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Bergara USA Is Awarded Contract To Supply Atlanta S.W.A.T. With Precision Rifles

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Bergara to Build Rifles for Atlanta S.W.A.T.

Bergara offers law enforcement agencies mission-specific, customizable precision rifles

Duluth, Ga. (April 2015) - Bergara USA, a division of BPI Outdoors, announced today that it has obtained a contract to supply tactical rifles to the Atlanta Police Department S.W.A.T. unit. According to company officials, the rifle is based on its “Heavy Tactical” model and includes various customized features and components. Bergara worked closely with members of the S.W.A.T. team for several months in the development of the rifle. Each of the rifles will ship with a Dead Air 7.62 Sandman-L™ suppressor featuring its unique QD (quick disconnect) system. Dead Air Armament™ is also a division of BPI.


Bergara USA is based in Duluth, Georgia and is already a well-known supplier of precision rifle barrels to several of the world’s top rifle manufacturers. They entered the custom rifle business three years ago, achieving immediate success in this exclusive segment of the firearms market. Combining its precision barrels with its newly developed Premium actions and under the direction of former Marine sniper rifle builder, Dan Hanus, Bergara’s custom rifles have become widely respected by long-range shooting enthusiasts, big game hunters and law enforcement professionals.

The Bergara “APD S.W.A.T. Rifle” features are as follows:

Barrel: Bergara 416 SS in .308 with # 6 Contour

Action: Bergara Premium

Stock: Ashbury International

Trigger: Timney

Suppressor: Dead Air Sandman-L™

Scope: Nightforce ATACR 5-25 MOAR

Mounts: Badger High 34mm

Magpul’s New GLOCK Mags Fail In Some Models – Magpul Mans Up, Acknowledges Issues, Vows To Replace Bad Mags

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Magpul started shipping their new Glock PMAG 17 GL9 magazines last week and almost immediately issues started to arise with reliability in certain Glock models. Magpul went right to work ascertaining the issue and set out an explanation/apology and plan to rectify the problem. Good on them.   OK we screwed up.

After initial release of the Glock PMAG 17 GL9 a few days ago we started seeing random issues of failure to feed with the new magazine in other Glock models, primarily the Glock 19 and 26. Of all the challenges of building a Glock magazine with a single new composite, issues like drop free, impact strength and feed lip retention were foremost on our mind. The failure to feed came as a bit of a surprise to us and we immediately headed out to the range to investigate.

In short order we found the problem. Without getting into technical details, some small, but critical geometry changes did not make it into the initial production molds. We should have caught this but no failures showed up on our factory guns during live fire testing and flaws in our internal processes of checks/balances did not flag the oversight as it should.

So as I said before, we screwed up and here is what we are going to do about it.

Molds are being updated with the correct geometry as we speak and a replacement magazine body with the correct geometry should be available by May 4th, 2015. These will be date coded 5/15 or later and will replace any magazine bodies in service of earlier manufacture. Just use your existing spring, follower, and floor plate with the new body.

-If you purchased your magazines direct from Magpul, Brownells or Midway, you do not need to do anything, replacement magazine bodies for the magazines ordered (1 for 1) will be shipped to you automatically.
-If you purchased your magazines from a gun store, replacement bodies will be sent out to the store in question for you to pick up.
-If neither of the above works for you then Magpul customer service will handle the replacement directly.
In short, we are updating ALL of the affected magazines released as quick as we possibly can.

Richard Fitzpatrick
President/CEO -Magpul Industries Corp

Quantico Tactical – Weapons & Gear EXPO

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Quantico Tactical will be hosting their Weapons & Gear EXPO at their Woodbridge, Virginia location, April 17-19. The event will double as a Grand Reopening for the store, and there will also be food, giveaways, and manufacturer attendees. The full release can be read below:

QT-EXPO-Virginia SSD

Quantico Tactical® Brings Weapons & Gear EXPO to Northern Virginia

Military, Law Enforcement and the Public Get Close-Up View
of Special Operational Equipment, April 17-19

April 16, 2015 Woodbridge, VA— Quantico Tactical, a leading supplier of Special Operational Equipment, is bringing its Weapons & Gear EXPO to Northern Virginia April 17-19. The event is designed for military, law enforcement and the general public, and will take place at Quantico Tactical’s store located at 13329 Worth Avenue in Woodbridge, Virginia. The EXPO coincides with the store’s Grand Re-Opening as the retail location has recently doubled in size.

“This is the first time we’ve brought our Weapons & Gear EXPO to Virginia,” explains Robert Beam, the Quantico Tactical Store Manager in Woodbridge. “It’s a great opportunity for local military, law enforcement, and tactical enthusiasts to get quality time with manufacturers, see the newest equipment and gear and purchase at great prices.”

The EXPO features free pulled pork sandwiches on Saturday made in the company’s onsite smoker, free gifts with purchase, and opportunities to register to win gear and equipment. Several manufacturers will be in attendance to show and explain their newest products. The company is also launching several new brands, unique to the Woodbridge store, at this event.

Gemtech Is Donating Suppressors And Ammo For BSA Camp Hinds

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Boy Scout camp to adopt sound suppressors for shooting programs – By Michelle Libby

Hearing safety, concern for environment, and improved teaching are top priorities


Camp William Hinds in Raymond is soon to become a leader in shooting sports and the first Boy Scout camp in the country to use suppression technology to quiet the sounds of the guns and be a better neighbor for those enjoying Panther Pond.

Under the direction of Scout Executive (CEO) of the Pine Tree Council Eric Tarbox, Camp Hinds is moving into the future by teaching safe and responsible gun handling during its summer camp programs and competitive shooting sports year round through the Scholastic Pistol Program for Venture Scouts (co-ed ages 14 to 20) and Cub Scout (ages 7 to 10) Biathlons sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.

Boy Scouts of America is the leader in introducing young people to shooting as an enjoyable, safe, and competitive sport.


In a partnership with Gemtech, a manufacturer of firearm suppressors and ammunition, the 10 counties in central and southern Maine served by Pine Tree Council at Camp Hinds will have the opportunity to use state of the art equipment while learning gun safety. The Scouts use the National Rifle Association (NRA) teaching program First Steps for pistol, rifle and shotgun merit badges, as well as National Shooting Sports Foundation’s teachings.

“Training new Scouts the safe, responsible enjoyment of shooting sports is greatly enhanced by reducing the decibels of gunshots,” said Joe Debergalis, Chairman of the NRA’s Education and Training Committee. “This is a superb initiative that will enable Scouts to improve their skills while teaching them respect for their environment.”

Gemtech donated eight .22 caliber suppressors and 25,000 rounds of sub-sonic ammunition. Josh Waldron the CEO of Silencer Co. offered to join the initiative donating two Salvo suppressors for shotguns at Camp Hinds.

This initiative will be a first in the Boys Scouts of America, and follows the recent completion of a new range complex at Camp Hinds. The ranges exceed NRA safety recommendations and use ballistic sand built into berms to stop the bullets, a high standard in range safety.


“National Guard and Reserve servicemen and women are rebuilding our camp properties as a part of their training. Our new range complex allows us to offer more teaching opportunities, so we asked Gemtech to help” said Tarbox. “Gemtech gladly joined us and helped us form a plan to reduce sound, protect hearing, and show concern for the Maine lakes region environment. Sturm, Ruger, & Co. is donating eight All American .22 rifles, which are designed to use attachments including sound suppressors. We are very grateful for the help of Gemtech, Ruger, and SilencerCo, and to Furlong Custom Creations for providing legal transfers of the gifted product,” Tarbox said.


The sound suppressors are attached to the muzzles of the rifles, shotguns and pistols to muffle the sounds of the ammunition being fired.

Sound suppressors have long been viewed as something only seen in movies and on television, however countries in Europe have long required or encouraged their use. Contrary to popular belief, suppressors do not silence gunshots. Suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by an average of 20 to 35 decibels, about the same reduction as standard earplugs or earmuffs.


“We believe in the more educational shooting opportunities. To be a leader for teaching Scouts, in hearing prevention against Tinnitus or other hearing disorders and respect for our environment,” said Tarbox.

“The Boy Scouts of America is one of the few organizations that instill excellent core values in young men today. We are very excited to support them in their efforts to teach firearms safety and responsibility with the use of suppressors. Suppressors have become more popular in all aspects of shooting and using them to help protect hearing and avoid noise pollution is the focal point,” said Tom Collins, CEO of Gemtech.

“In the last two years, we were one of ten Boy Scout camps in the country to offer a pilot program that allowed boys 14 years old and up to learn to shoot .22 pistols,” said Tarbox. In addition to the pistol program, the camp also offers merit badge and advanced instruction in.22 rifles, shotgun, and archery. As of this summer, suppressors will be used for the rifles, pistols and shotguns.

“Using suppressors makes the shooting experience safer,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “By using suppressors, the Scouts at Camp William Hinds will be able to focus on the fundamentals of shooting. This is especially important for the many young Scouts who are learning to shoot by taking the rifle and shotgun shooting merit badges. Instructors will have an easier time delivering range commands, and the Scouts will be able to more effectively protect their hearing, and, by reducing the noise pollution, become better stewards to their neighbors.”

“The Town of Raymond continues to have a wonderful relationship with Camp Hinds and the Pine Tree Council,” said Don Willard, Raymond town manager. “Camp Hinds has been teaching shooting safety since 1927, and this initiative shows the Scouts’ willingness to be great neighbors,” Willard said.

The hope is that Scouts from all over the country will come to Raymond. “When Scouts want a safe, responsible enjoyment of pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting, Camp Hinds will be their number one destination,” Tarbox said.

Jeff Furlong Custom Creations has also been extremely helpful with the legal side of the donations. Furlong is an authorized dealer of firearms and suppressors, so he was also to streamline the process for the donations from Gemtech and SilencerCo.


Although the shooting sports program is a popular activity in the summer, Camp Hinds is a traditional camp with a full aquatics program, sailing, kayaking, row boating, a climbing program, Scout skills and other traditional camp activities. The camp runs in 1-week sessions for six weeks.

The Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America serves nearly 10,000 registered youth and adult volunteers. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Camp Hinds will pilot this initiative starting in the summer of 2015.

“We teach the boys and girls to whom we’re teaching target shooting that we can enjoy our sport in addition to protecting our environment and care for those who enjoy our outdoors,” Tarbox concluded.

For more on the Gemtech suppressors, visit

CORDURA Brand To Showcase Durable Fabrics And Products At LAAD Show In Brazil

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

INVISTA Team Member and Former Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army will host daily gear presentations at the booth

Kennesaw, GA (April 13), 2015 - INVISTA’s CORDURA® Brand will showcase durable protective fabrics at the LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition April 14-16 in Rio de Janiero. The latest advancements in tactical gear and apparel featuring No Melt No Drip CORDURA® NYCO uniform fabric and Solution Dyed Nylon (SDN) CORDURA® Classic fabrics for enhanced Near Infrared protection will be on display at the Invista brand booth L.54.

“For more than 45 years, CORDURA® fabrics have provided enhanced protection, durability, and comfort to military and tactical soldiers worldwide,” says Bill Colven, INVISTA Global Military and Tactical Segment Director. “Our number one goal is to help protect the lives and safety of those who use our fabrics. At LADD, we are able to get an international perspective on the how our innovations can better meet the protection needs of the people who depend on them.”

LAAD Defence & Security International Exhibition brings together Brazilian and international companies specialized in supplying equipment, services and technology to the Armed Forces, Police and Special Forces, Security Services, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, security managers from large corporations and critical infrastructure, consultants and government agencies.

CORDURA® NYCO fabric is based on an intimate blend of cotton and INVISTA’s T420 nylon 6.6 fiber. It offers comfortable durability in military and tactical uniforms while providing abrasion resistance and No Melt No Drip thermal protective performance. CORDURA® Classic nylon 6,6 fabric, including Solution Dyed Nylon (SDN) fabrics for enhanced Near Infrared (NIR) protection, provides rugged durable performance for a variety of end uses including load carriage gear, ballistic vests, footwear, and tactical apparel. CORDURA® Baselayer fabric is constructed to take on the types of conditions and climates today’s military and tactical officers face all around the world. CORDURA® Baselayer fabric provides the durability of nylon with the comfort of cotton and excellent moisture management.

INVISTA team member, J.D. Long, new Global Innovation Manager will be on hand to share experience gained over 22 years of active military experience conducting Counternarcotic and Humanitarian aid operations throughout Central America, and during Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Joint Endeavor Bosnia., The former Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army will highlight the importance of and the science behind durable and protective gear and will host daily booth presentations (L.54) at 11 a.m.

In addition, value chain partners, Santista Têxtil, Santanense, Cedro and Moais will be on hand at the CORDURA® brand both showcasing latest generation products made with CORDURA® fabric including jackets with thermal comfort, uniforms, ballistic vest applications and military accessories.

“Being on hand in the CORDURA® booth offers us a great opportunity to showcase our cutting-edge Duracam collaboration with the CORDURA® brand,” explains Mauro Preti, Director of Santista Work Solution. This high-tech camouflage fabric provides tear resistance and NIR protection.

According to industrial director of Moais Group, Leonardo Ishizuka, “The reliability and quality offered by INVISTA allows us to effectively deliver best in class products for Brazil’s security forces.” The company will showcase a new holster collection made with 500 and 1000d CORDURA® fabric for exceptional durability and abrasion resistance. This holster provides a modern safety design component currently used by US and European forces. Additionally, Moais will display latest generation lightweight ballistic vests made with 500 and 1000d CORDURA® fabric.

Cedro will bring its Force Rip Stop, powered by CORDURA® NYCO fabric technology, which is part of the company’s military uniform line and specially designed for the manufacture of combat uniforms that can withstand rigorous physical demands. “The military uniform market in Brazil is a traditional market, but at the same time it requires constant modernization, with camouflage patterns, special finishes and constructions with increased comfort and reliability,” says Renata Garcia Parsia, commercial manager of Cedro’s professional line. “Our Force Rip Stop is comfortable and the fabric has superior resistance to the mixed fabrics made of cotton and polyester, in addition to having protection against ultraviolet rays (UV 50+), ideal for professionals engaged in outdoor activities.”

Santanense will present latest samples of their application of Unicor Rip Stop fabric, a mixture of 50% INVISTA T420 nylon 6,6 and 50% cotton. The Unicor Rip Stop garments are examples of smart uniforms designed to add comfort, resistance and thermal protection. The company will also present products featuring 100% CORDURA® Classic fabric for added abrasion and tear strength, as well as new Action Denim Tech (85% cotton, 15% polyamide CORDURA® Denim fabric), ideal for activities requiring high performance of the product in relation to durability.

Latest generation CORDURA® Classic fabric packs from both Mystery Ranch and TRU SPEC® will also be on display.

Genuine CORDURA® fabrics are available in Brazil from the following certified weavers: Macias Têxtil; Santista Têxtil, Têxtil Omborgo; Cedro; Indústrias Têxteis Milagres (ITM); Vingi Têxtil; Tecelagem Oyapoc; Saltorelli; Sadasa; Santanense.

To learn more about CORDURA® brand fabrics and end use military products, stop by the CORDURA® brand booth L54 and visit

BCMGUNFIGHTER History – Pt 3 – Kyle Defoor

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


It happened around 1994.

We were finally given approval to use a carbine for CQB (Close Quarters Battle) versus the H&K MP5 submachine gun that we had worked with exclusively up until that point. The MP5 had been the weapon of choice for CQB by the British SAS and both Army and Navy Special Operations Forces were heavily influenced by how the Brits had run their operations. But after studying the performance in the field, from special operations in Vietnam to the hostage rescue mission at Princess Gate, the decision makers in the US realized that a rifle caliber was needed, even at CQB distances inside rooms.

Put simply, a shoulder fired weapon shooting a pistol caliber round was not regarded very highly, and no one had the confidence to actually take it on a real mission. To this end, during Operation Just Cause (Panama) and Operation Gothic Serpent (Somalia), both The Unit and The Command deployed with highly modified CAR-15s. Experiences there cemented the utility and lethality of what would become the one of the most effective assault weapons of all time.

I remember being issued my M4, very clearly. Our “new” carbines weren’t really that new on the inside, but they featured a few game changing modifications that would improve the lethality of the weapon over the CAR-15s we had been using to that point.

One of the things most of the guys did, was to take a hacksaw and cut the removable carry handles down to create a bomb-proof fixed rear iron sight. This made room for the literally brand new “red dot” mounts that attached directly to the 1913 Rails on the upper receiver. One of the less than stellar side effects of having a fixed carry handle carbine was that any optics had to be mounted on top of the carrying handle giving the shooter a chin weld versus a solid cheek weld. Mounting optics this way also rendered the iron sights useless as they were obscured by the optic mounts. (I still laugh that companies are still making the same rear iron sight today that we “invented” by chopping the carry handle.)

The plastic hand guards were replaced with a 7 Inch 1913 Picatinny Rail System built by the Knights Armament Company. The 1913 rails allowed us to attach a light and a PEQ-2 laser without hose clamps, safety wire and duct tape. The rail system also allowed us to attach a Knights Armament vertical fore grip to the carbine which lined up with the MP5Ks we had trained with for so many years prior. What we also figured out was that the use of a vertical for grip on a 7 inch rail made it way easier for the shooter to manipulate their light and PEQ-2 laser.


It wouldn’t be until years later, with the HK 416′s 9 inch rail, that guys were able to start going without a vertical fore grip because the extra 2 inches of handguard created enough space for laser and light to be activated without any unnatural contortions of the arms and hand.

Finally, Knights also made the flash hider that would accept their first ever successful quick detach suppressor. While these suppressors added several inches to our 14.5″ M4s, we ran them 100% of the time, because of the advantage they gave us in terms of muting the sound and flash signature.

Still, it would be another year before we took delivery of the first Surefire 6P in an ARMS mount and an Aimpoint Comp M2 paired with either an ARMS or Wilcox mount, depending in where you worked. It was at this point, that we finally had one gun to do-it-all.

Not long after, we were deployed to Sarajevo, snagging war criminals and taking them to The Hague for trial. With a few dozen missions under our belts, we started eyeballing a shorter version of the gun, specifically driven by our constant use of suppressors that made the M4s unwieldy for use in the low visibility and CQB missions we were tasked with.


When we got back, we started working with Crane and the Shorty M4, as it was called by the guys in The Command, was born.

10.3″ Barrel with 1:7 Twist
Carbine Length System
Improved Buffer
Knights Armament RIS (7″)
Standard Front Sight Tower
Cut Down Rear Carrying Handle
Knights Armament Vertical Fore Grip
Aimpoint Comp M2
Wilcox Aimpoint mount
Surefire 6p with Wilcox mount
Boonie Packer 2 Point Adjustable Sling (who else remembers that!!!!)

This is the gun that both Tier 1 units originally took to war before the 416. It was the first real rifle caliber gun that we had been issued that worked well for a commando mission. Compact, light, easy to load in vehicles, easy to jump and overall a better CQB weapon which was our primary tasking.

This set up has killed a metric ton of bad dudes.

In my opinion, this is the gun that won the war. This is what we had when we figured out how to do assaults, ambushes, reconnaissance and just about everything else we had to do in Afghanistan.

Over gassed? Check. Needs more lube than a typical M4? Check. Sucks for getting dirty when shooting with a suppressor? Double check. But nothing is perfect.

The IR filters for our flash lights required duct tape to stay in place on our 6P lights and the QD suppressors required duct tape to stay attached to the barrel. On the old Aimpoints, we had to even duct tape the on/off knobs to prevent them from falling off. We ran out of barrel caps and had to duct tape the barrels to keep dirt out during helo operations. The list goes on, but I’ll put it up against any modern weapon as long as it’s in the right hands. The carbine worked wet, it worked in the sand, it worked in the dirt, it worked at altitude and it shot out the 200 yards no problem.

This was not an Army Soldier’s carbine. It was not a Marine’s rifle. It was an Assaulters weapon, period.

Celox Manufacturer Medtrade Products, Ltd Appoints Medtrade Biopolymers Corp. To Provide Direct Sales And Technical Support To Customers

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Medtrade Products, Ltd, manufacturers of Celox hemostatic agents and dressings and the FoxSeal chest seal, have announced the appointment of their Seattle-based subsidiary, Medtrade Biopolymers Corp., to provide direct sales and technical support to customers and distributors. Additionally, Medtrade Products, Ltd have increased the number of direct distributors for their products in North America.

“2014 was a remarkable growth year for Celox and FoxSeal, as a result, we’ve made several positive changes in our US organization, bringing significant expertise in house. At the same time we have added to our direct distribution to keep up with the growth in the market. These changes will immediately provide a higher quality of sales and customer service capabilities and enhance product availability. This success would not have been possible without tremendous support from our dedicated distributors.” said Anthony Fife, Global Sales Director, Medtrade Products, Ltd.

The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Announces Don Kester As Director Of Training And Education

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Doylestown, Pa. (April 2015) - The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce Capt. Don Kester (ret.) as the new Director of Training and Education. Don will lead the association’s Training and Education Department, as well as NTOA’s prestigious cadre of instructors. He will also manage NTOA training courses, seminars and conferences, as well as develop strategic plans to keep the NTOA at the forefront of law enforcement training and practices.

Don served more than 23 years with the Pima County (AZ) Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2015. His assignments with the department included training director, patrol district commander, special operations, tactical response and staff services section commander, as well as the support operations and criminal investigations division commander.

Don’s SWAT experience spans the majority of his career. He served as a trainer, SWAT team operator, team leader, team sergeant and SWAT commander. He is certified as a chemical agents, FSDD and less-lethal instructor, as well as a master Taser instructor. He is also a firearms, defensive tactics and use-of-force instructor, and teaches many other specialties, such as rapid deployment, warrant service, hostage rescue, TEMS and incident command and leadership. He has authored several articles on these topics.

Don has served as a use-of-force consultant/expert on cases in superior and federal court. He has served on the Law and Legal and Defensive Tactics subject matter expert committees for the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST). He was a delegate to the International Law Enforcement Forum (ILEF) for Minimal Force Options, as well as on the Advisory Council for the Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC) and as a member of the SWAT Technical Support Working Group (TSWG).

Don was the Less-Lethal Section Chair for the NTOA from 2001 – 2008; he then served seven years as a member of the NTOA board of directors. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

An interview with Don Kester will appear in the spring 2015 issue of NTOA’s quarterly journal, The Tactical Edge.

Don may be reached by email

Massif Sponsors Best Ranger Competition

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

It’s great to see our friends at Massif pitching in.

The Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning has a tremendous legacy, and Massif is proud to debut their support as a Silver Sponsor of the 32nd annual event. Most rangers are familiar with our Army Combat Shirts, but we’re hoping the 20 units of our CoolKnit T-Shirts will help keep the rangers cool and dry when the action heats up.    he Best Ranger Competition rewards teamwork. Massif is honored to be a part of that team, helping the armed forces stay safe and comfortable in the competition, on the battlefield, and beyond.

Reebok Sponsors 2015 Best Ranger Competition

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

St. Louis, MO (April 6, 2015) – Warson Brands, official licensee of Reebok military footwear, is supporting this year’s Best Ranger Competition by providing Reebok high performance military boots to all 102 contestants. The Best Ranger Competition 2015 is the 32nd anniversary of the event and will be held on Fort Benning, April 9-13.

“This event attracts the most elite athletes in the US Army,” said Dan Henry, Warson Brands Military Business Development Manager, former Captain US Army, Airborne Ranger, and BRC competitor. “We want them to know that Reebok is designing high performance footwear to meet the unique challenges of the US military. And there is no better place to demonstrate that than at the Best Ranger Competition.