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BE Meyers & Co Announces Michael Baccellieri As Latest Ambassador

Monday, November 11th, 2019

November 11, 2019 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Mr. Michael Baccellieri to its team of Brand Ambassadors. Mr. Baccellieri’s extensive expertise and years of sniper training make him an ideal fit in support of B.E. Meyers and Co.’s product line of advanced photonic solutions for the warfighter.

“I am honored and humbled to be joining the B.E. Meyers & Co. Brand Ambassador team,” said Baccellieri. “This is a company that has an unparalleled reputation in the world of military grade enablers, and has been the tip of the spear in innovation for improved application, function, and ergonomics. I am extremely excited to be a part of the B.E. Meyers & Co. family.”

Michael “Buck” Baccellieri grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and started his military career in the Oregon Army National Guard at the age of 17. He attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), and after three years as an infantry rifleman he transitioned to the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Baccellieri served as a Scout in a Surveillance and Target Acquisition platoon at Camp Pendleton, and completed training as an Assault Climber, and a Combat Water Safety Swimmer. After four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he transitioned back into the civilian sector where he worked as a diesel technician.

Five years later, Mr. Baccellieri returned to the Oregon Army National Guard, where he served as a sniper team leader. He finished his military career as an instructor at the Ft. Chaffee sniper school house in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. While serving in the U.S. Military, Mr. Baccellieri was deployed on five separate occasions, to various countries during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Leading up to this partnership, our team has worked with Michael on several efforts in order to ensure we are the most end-user centric defense company at the design level. Michael has been phenomenal to work with and has the respect of the industry as a true professional and Subject Matter Expert regarding precision rifle capabilities and employment,” said Matt Meyers, CEO of B.E. Meyers & Co. “He’s a good man, and thorough.”

Michael Baccellieri now works for Leupold & Stevens Inc. as the lead optics and firearms instructor for all military and law enforcement training.


Adams Arms – New Ownership, New Leadership, New Logo, New Location

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Brooksville, Florida – New has become a familiar word at Adams Arms this year.  Under new ownership since May, the company has made many changes, including new leadership, new products, and now a new facility, as well as, a new logo.

To build upon their growth and new development, Adams Arms has purchased a new building in Brooksville, Florida and is currently in the process of relocating all equipment and inventory from their previous leased facility in Odessa. The move was initiated on November 1st and is expected to take approximately 2 weeks to complete. Customers with active orders could experience slight delays during this time.

“We took a comprehensive look at our products and operations and chose a new location that better fit our long-term needs,” said Jason East, Adams Arms’ President. “We are excited about this move and new opportunities. This move will better serve the needs of Adams Arms and will in turn allow Adams Arms to better serve its customer base. We continue to be committed to building products that run cleaner, cooler, and more reliable using our piston system.”

In keeping with all of the recent changes and improvements, Adams Arms has released an updated company logo and branding which will begin to roll out on products in the coming weeks. The updated branding builds on the heritage of the Adams Arms name with an eye to future innovations.

For more information about Adams Arms, the P-Series lineup, or other inquiries, email pr@adamsarms.net or visit www.AdamsArms.net.

US Department of Justice Launches Procurement Collusion Strike Force

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

The new DOJ Procurement Collusion Strike Force is a joint law enforcement effort that will combat antitrust crimes and related fraudulent schemes that impact government procurement, grant, and program funding such as price fixing.

The Strike Force consists of prosecutors from the Antitrust Division, prosecutors from a number of U.S. Attorneys’ Offices around the country, and investigators from the FBI and four major federal Offices of Inspector General.

When competitors in any given industry collude and conspire to rig bids, fix prices, or allocate markets—that is, commit criminal antitrust violations—they distort the free market and harm customers with high prices and lower quality goods and services.  This is no less true in the area of public procurement, where the customer is the government and the American taxpayer foots the bill for artificially high prices.

-Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim

The PCSF plans to work with US attorney’s offices in the Central and Eastern Districts of California; the District of Colorado; the District of Colombia; the Southern District of Florida; the Northern District of Georgia; the Northern District of Illinois; the Eastern District of Michigan; the Southern District of New York; the Southern District of Ohio; the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the Northern District of Texas; and the Eastern District of Virginia.

Given that one out of every 10 dollars of federal spending is allocated to government contracting, the PCSF plans to attack The issue of price fixing in a two pronged effort. The first is to deter and prevent antitrust and related crimes on the front end of the procurement process through outreach and training.  The second objective is to effectively detect, investigate, and prosecute crimes that do occur through better coordination and partnership in the law enforcement and inspector general communities.

To this end, they have launched a public website featuring antitrust training materials and legal resources, as well as a citizen complaint form that members of the public can use to report suspected criminal violations affecting government procurement. 


Peace is the Way Forward. Combat Flip Flops Launches New Logo

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Collectively, as a company, Combat Flip Flops and its mindful customers are a reflection of today’s polarized American society—we are civilians and veterans, Liberals and Conservatives, pro gun and pro gun control, men and women. But we all agree on a common mission rather than focusing on our differences. Together, we unleash the entrepreneurial good in people who live in places of conflict. Creating peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. We take bold risks, create community connections, and flip the view on how wars are won. Through persistence, respect, and creativity, we empower the mindful consumer to manufacture peace. Business, Not Bullets.

“After seven years of serving mindful consumers with products made in conflict areas, we know that peace is the way forward. The new eagle carrying the olive branch represents that we forge ahead together, in peace,” said Griff, Combat Flip Flops CEO and Founder. 

Our materials, design and function continue to evolve, bringing comfort and style to the Unarmed Forces. Check ‘em out here

Franklin Armory’s Reformation RS7 Wins NASGW-POMA Caliber Award For Best Shotgun

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

When I walked up to the Franklin Armory booth at last week’s National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers annual meeting, I noticed that they had won a NASGW-POMA Caliber Award for Best Shotgun.


” rel=”noopener”>One of three finalists in this category, apparently there was some discussion on which category to compete the Reformation RS-7 which was designed to fit specifically within the very narrow firearms laws of California and other non-second amendment friendly states. It’s not a rifle, nor a shotgun, but rather a firearm.


Blackhawk Issues Recall For T-Series LC2 Holster When Used With Modular Handgun System

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

In typical media fashion, word went out from the Consumer Products Safety Commission that Blackhawk had issued a recall for the new T-series holster. Crazy stuff was said, making consumers concerned it would make the a pistol on its own. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The issue is simple, but the explanation somewhat complicated.

If you’re using a Modular Handgun System pistol (M-17/18 variant of the SIG SAUER P320), don’t carry it in a T-Series L2C holster.

This affects a very small number of people.

First off, there aren’t that many M17/18 in private hands. These aren’t carry guns; it’s mostly collectors. Because of this, collectors want the holster that is issued with the MHS, which is from Safariland.

Second, unlike the commercial P320, MHS has an external safety. The first run of the LC2 holster has a model for the P320. Holster literature templated that to extend to the M17/M18. Due to a tight cavity, intended for the commercial P320, the first run holsters would move the external safety on MHS models from the safe position. The pistol wouldn’t fire on its own, but the safety may not be in the safe position when the pistol is drawn.

Blackhawk has already made changes to the LC2 holster to accommodate the external safety.

This was never an issue with either the L3D and L2D versions of the T-series holsters.

Below is Blackhawk’s official statement on the subject.

Official Message Regarding T-Series L2C for Sig P320-M17/M18 Variant

In an effort to clarify misinformation reported by some media outlets, we would like to take this opportunity to further explain the recent recall of the T-Series L2C that specifically affected the Sig Sauer P320-M17/M18 variants.

To showcase the limited scope of this recall, we’ll outline the levels of specificity you have to go through before someone would be affected in this situation. First, we have the overall family of T-Series holsters, which includes the L3D, L2D, and L2C variants. Next, we’ll drill down a layer further to only the L2C variant of the T-Series. Another narrowing of the focus takes you to the specific L2C Sig P320/P250 fit. One more step, and we arrive at the M17/M18 variant of the Sig P320. If you are one of the few people who owns a Sig P320-M17/M18 and you specifically purchased the L2C version of the T-Series, only then does this recall apply to you.

Thanks to the new nature of this holster as well as the relatively new nature of that handgun being made available to the public, the great likelihood is that there are very few people out there who would meet both criteria of owning a T-Series L2C as well as the M17/M18 variants of the Sig P320.

This recall only affects the T-Series L2C model for the Sig P320/P250-M17/M18, and affects no other models of the T-Series family of holsters. If you are using an M17/M18 variant, the concern is that the added safety mechanism of the firearm could potentially be disengaged during the holstering of the firearm. The holster will in no way actually cause the firearm to discharge.

This issue has since been rectified, so all new T-Series L2C Sig P320/P250 fits will now also work with the M17/M18 variants. Curious to know if you have the “new” or “old” version? Look at the part number on the back of your holster – if it’s stamped with an “A”, then that is the old version. If it is stamped with a “B”, that is the updated version. To return your holster for a refund or if you have any questions, please contact us here: blackhawk.com/contact-us

Thanks for your time and patronage. If you should have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

Michael Wratten Joins Chase Tactical, LLC as VP of Business Development

Friday, October 25th, 2019

October 25, 2019 (Bozeman, MT) – Chase Tactical, LLC is proud to announce that Michael Wratten has joined the team as VP of Business Development.  Michael started off his career with the Los Angeles Police Department where he served over 18 years as a police officer with LAPD and the West Covina Police Department.  Michael founded Shellback Tactical in 2003 and was the key designer of the complete Shellback Tactical product line seen today.  Over the past decade, Michael has acquired extensive experience in tactical nylon design and Business Development.  He has also consulted for companies in the defense and military markets.

“We are extremely excited to have Mike on board as a member of our team.  There is no doubt that Mike will be a key factor in our continued growth across all of the verticals and he will certainly strengthen relationships with our existing and future client base and business partners.” said Brent Chase, CEO of Chase Tactical.

“I am very excited and looking forward to this new role, its challenges and the opportunity to be part of Chase Tactical’s growth.  It also gives me the opportunity to serve and provide the men and women in the Military and Law Enforcement communities with the quality equipment they need and deserve!” said Michael Wratten.

Chase Tactical, founded in 2012 and headquartered in Bozeman, MT, is a veteran owned and operated manufacturer of premium tactical products focused on the military and law enforcement markets.

Mike can be contacted directly at Mike.W@ChaseTactical.Com or (406) 219-7603

The McRae Industries Story – Part 2, Boots On The Ground

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Crafting combat footwear for the Vietnam War

> American troops in the Vietnam War needed a better combat boot.

The year was 1967, and the Vietnam War raged on. With half a million American troops in South Vietnam, the U.S. was at the height of its combat operations.

One major challenge? The standard, all-leather boot issued to troops was falling apart. As America’s warfighters trudged through the dense bamboo, razor-sharp grass, and perilous swamps of southeast Asia, the stitching on their boots was rotting. The federal government sought a more reliable construction to withstand the hot, wet, and humid conditions troops encountered every day.

A shoemaker’s mission: Combat boots that prevailed in the hot, harsh jungle.

“When lives are on the line – as they were every day in the Vietnam War – no gear is more critical than durable combat boots.”

– Jim McRae, Vice President, Director, and Secretary, McRae Industries

Changing course

Responding to the call: McRae Footwear got its start as a government contractor by making boots for American troops in Vietnam.

More than 9,000 miles away from Vietnam, in tiny Mount Gilead, NC, a children’s shoe company had a solution to the military’s boot problem. Gro-Rite Shoes built its footwear following “Process 82.” Instead of the standard practice of stitching on soles by using the welt construction, rubber outsoles were molded directly onto the leather, yielding a highly functional and long-lasting boot.

Responding to the call: McRae Footwear got its start as a government contractor by making boots for American troops in Vietnam.

Functional and long-lasting: McRae’s olive drab jungle boot.

The U.S. Department of Defense asked Gro-Rite to consider producing combat boots for the Vietnam War. The company bid on and was awarded its first federal contract. The product: olive drab jungle boots, with a hunter-green canvas upper section and thick black rubber outsole.

The war order secured, the company changed its name to McRae Footwear and swiftly exited the children’s shoe business. Although McRae shared the jungle boot contract with 13 other government suppliers, work was plentiful. Jungle boot construction continued steadily in Mount Gilead until 1973, when U.S. troops left Vietnam.

Building a relationship with the federal government

“The military boot business was a huge change for us,” says Jim McRae, vice president, director, and secretary of McRae Industries. “We had the equipment and we had the knowledge, but we needed to learn about government specifications and the ins and outs of being a government contractor.”

Sparked by the abiding tenacity of company founder Branson McRae, the company continued making military boots of various designs for the government using the vulcanizing/direct molded sole construction. Over the years, McRae has emerged as a trusted supplier of military boots.

The jungle boots were so successful that they remained a military-spec item until the mid-1990s. McRae still manufactures commercial versions of these boots using the same vulcanizing presses and molds from the Vietnam War era. Today’s boot is constructed of green canvas-colored nylon Cordura for light weight and maximum airflow.

“The Vietnam War had a huge impact on our nation,” Jim says. “It also had a huge impact on our family business. We started bidding for government contracts, and we have been fortunate ever since to continuously win government work.”