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The Hits Keep On Coming! RCS Hires Clint Lynch as Senior Product Designer

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Clint Lynch is top notch! You may not know his name but if you read SSD, you’re familiar with his work. He has made things happen at several big name weapons manufacturers as well as creating a few widgets of his own.

This is great news and he is joining an awesome team full of talented individuals. Congrats to everyone involved! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Raven Concealment Systems Appoints Clint Lynch as Senior Product Designer

North Ridgeville, Ohio — Friday, 3 July 2015

Raven Concealment Systems officially announced today the appointment of Mr. Clint Lynch to the position of Senior Product Designer, effective 29 June. Mr. Lynch has 13 years of design experience in the firearms industry, in both weapons and weapon accessories.

Clint joins RCS from rifle manufacturer Daniel Defense, where he worked as a designer since 2010. Before that, he spent six years working on both pistol and long-gun projects with FNH-USA, most notably serving as Lead U.S. Designer on the Mk. 20 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR). His design career in the world of firearms began when he was hired as a designer by Knights Armament in 2002.
Clint joins Raven’s current pair of creators (fellow Senior Product Designer Eric Rice, and Product Designer Kyle Hendrickson) to give the company a powerhouse stable of CAD talent.

“It’s exciting to join such a talented crew, and to be part of the creative process for an entire line of products,” says Clint. “RCS aggressively encourages their design team to push limits –to be truly innovative—and as a designer, that is a really appealing environment to work in. Most of my career has been spent designing rifles and rifle accessories, so being thrown the brand-new challenge of designing more effective ways to carry a handgun is a welcome change. And the team they have assembled here is top-notch.”

Adding Lynch to the design staff is part of an ongoing push by RCS to expand their injection-molded product line in order to support a wider range of weapons and mission requirements.

“Starting on my first day,” says CEO John “Chappy” Chapman, “one of my top priorities was accelerating the new-product design process. These guys have so many innovative ideas, but with only two designers, there just wasn’t enough horsepower to push projects through to completion at the pace they needed. Adding another top-level designer was essential, and the whole management team was unanimous that we wanted to recruit Clint. We’re thrilled to have him join our team.”

Vectronix Introduces New Corporate Logo

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

I’m sure you’ve heard of Vectronix and you’ve probably heard of Safran. If Safran isn’t familiar, maybe you know about Sagem’s French Future Soldier System, Felin? That’s them. The players are all heavy hitters in the defense industry and they’ve been affiliated with one another for some time. This is just a long overdue update to corporate imaging.

Heerbrugg, Switzerland and Bedford, New Hampshire, USA


Vectronix, a leading observation and precision targeting solutions provider, officially unveiled a newly redesigned logo and brand identity today to better reflect its affiliation as a Safran company. The new logo amplifies the synergy of both companies and their continuing commitment to provide world-class solutions to fulfill mission requirements for all customers. The new brand identity will be integrated into a comprehensive new website and across all Vectronix marketing material in the months ahead.

Vectronix has been part of the Sagem group since 2003. In May 2005, Sagem merged with Snecma, the aerospace propulsion and equipment group, to form the Safran Group. Vectronix has been a subsidiary of Safran as part of its Optronics and Defense Division for the past 10 years, producing a long history of success. With the introduction of the new company branding, Vectronix will continue to offer its well-known portfolio of observation and targeting handhelds and introduce the Sagem portfolio to the U.S. defense industry.

Hyde Definition Announces The Launch Of

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015


29 June 2015


Designed and built in-house, is the new central, brand-hub for the PenCott® family of camouflage patterns from Hyde Definition Ltd.

This is the first time that the PenCott® pattern family has had its own dedicated website, and greatly expands and improves upon the PenCott® pattern content that has been previously held on the website.  Among other enhancements, the new site features an in-depth look at the development of the patterns, what makes them so effective and where the name ‘PenCott’ comes from. 


Another key highlight of the new site is the wide-ranging and ever growing gallery of submitted photographs showing the performance of the patterns in-the-field around the world.  There’s even an interactive map of the world that lets you select to see photos of the patterns in use by country (and by state in the US).

A useful section of the site for Makers is the page covering the range of different PenCott® pattern fabrics and materials that are now available – as well as links to sources where they can be bought.


Consumers will find the full, up-to-date listing of PenCott® garment and gear producers – with links off to their websites – an invaluable resource for getting kitted up in PenCott®.

Finally, the Blog section of the site will present all of the latest news related to the PenCott® patterns, as well as additional original content relating to the field of camouflage history, design and technologies.


With the launch of the separate site, the legacy site will be revamped and refocused to cover the consultancy services and other camouflage projects that Hyde Definition works on.

Check out today – and also don’t forget to follow PenCottCamo on Facebook and Instagram too.

Safariland Has Announced Their Acquisition Of VIEVU

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Safariland Acquires VIEVU, a Leader in Body Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers

Highly Complementary Addition to Safariland’s Suite of World-Class Safety and Survivability Product Brands

ONTARIO, California – June 29, 2015 – The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today announced that it has acquired VIEVU, a leader in body worn video and data management solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

VIEVU, founded in 2007, is an industry leader in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of wearable video cameras and data management software for law enforcement and private security professionals. VIEVU body worn video cameras are already used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies in 17 countries, including the United States. VIEVU was founded by its President, Steve Ward, who drew upon his 13-year career in the Seattle Police Department, including six years on the SWAT team, to build VIEVU into a leading body worn camera and data management solutions provider. Law enforcement agencies are increasingly equipping officers with body worn cameras, and the acquisition of VIEVU by Safariland will ensure that VIEVU has additional scale, financial and human resources and distribution capabilities to meet rapidly rising demand.

“We are excited to add VIEVU to the Safariland family in order to help VIEVU to unlock its full potential and capitalize on the significant and growing demand for body worn video,” said Warren B. Kanders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Safariland Group. “After thoroughly studying the sector and its participants, it is clear that VIEVU’s industry-leading platform is superior and ideally suited to meet the needs of Safariland’s law enforcement customer base. Moreover, from a cultural perspective, Safariland and VIEVU are well aligned, as both companies are built around creating products that save lives and keep law enforcement officers safe. I am thrilled to welcome Steve, an industry-veteran, and the rest of his team to Safariland, and we look forward to a bright future together.”

Scott O’Brien, President of The Safariland Group, commented, “VIEVU – with its outstanding technology platform and track record of growth – is an ideal fit within Safariland’s suite of leading brands. We are committed to meaningfully investing in VIEVU to help the company achieve its full potential. Additionally, VIEVU will have access to Safariland’s robust distribution network and extensive relationships with police departments. This transaction will accelerate VIEVU’s growth and the adoption of its technology, and I am confident that it will also further solidify Safariland’s leadership position in the industry and extend our offering of safety and survivability products for the law enforcement community.”

Steve Ward, Founder and President of VIEVU commented, “I am extremely pleased about this partnership and excited to join the Safariland family. Over the last eight years, our team has worked tirelessly to develop reliable, high-quality, wearable video cameras and software. As a result of our hard work, VIEVU is a leading body worn camera manufacturer for law enforcement. As VIEVU enters its next phase of growth, particularly as demand for body worn cameras continues to increase, this strategic partnership with Safariland will provide us with the resources and deep industry experience to support the expansion of our platform. I have long admired Safariland’s leadership in the safety and survivability market and look forward to working with our new partners to capture the significant opportunity in front of us.”

VIEVU will remain headquartered in Seattle, Washington under the leadership of Steve Ward and the current management team. VIEVU will continue to operate as a standalone company within Safariland’s suite of brands and will have access to Safariland’s extensive distribution network and relationships to expand its sales, marketing and customer support activities.

Paul Litchfield, Formerly Of Reebok, Joins Combat Flipflops’ Advisory Board

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Paul Litchfield, Creator of Reebok’s The PUMP, Joins Advisory Board

{Issaquah, WA} – Combat Flip Flops, a veteran-owned small business creating economic, educational and life-saving opportunities for those living in conflict areas, has announced former Reebok Vice President of Advanced Concepts, Paul Litchfield, will be joining the company as an advisor.

“As a rapidly growing footwear and fashion company, Combat Flip Flops is recruiting leaders to drive the mission,” said co-founder and CEO, Matthew ‘Griff’ Griffin. “As a veteran of the footwear industry, leader of innovation, and navigator of market challenges, Paul brings decades of experience to the Combat Flip Flops team. As a member of our advisory board, Paul’s focus is to help us smoothly navigate the exponential growth in global markets.”

Paul Litchfield is one of the most influential product creation experts working in the athletic footwear, performance apparel, and sporting goods industry. He holds over 160 granted patents and patents applications pending, and has long been regarded as one of the leading innovators in the field.

Paul began his career at Reebok in 1985, where he held roles in product creation and product marketing while also founding the Advanced Concepts Team. He and his team were responsible for numerous production innovations over the years, including The Energy Return System; The PUMP; DMX Moving Air; Insta-Flate, ZIGTECH, Easytone, Realflex and Z-Pump Fusion. With the 2013 launch of CHECKLIGHT, a sports and activity impact indicator for the head, he and his team made significant strides in the field of wearable electronics and safety equipment.

“I am extremely proud to have the chance to work with Griff and the Combat Flip Flops Team. CFF not only makes an array of cool product, but also brings a unique passion and commitment to business by focusing on the social and economic betterment of those living in areas of conflict around the world,” said Litchfield.

“Back in the day, we would call in a Gunship for mission support,” said Griff. “Paul is our Gunship on this new mission. Through persistence, creativity, and respect, Paul will help Combat Flip Flops empower the mindful consumer to manufacture peace through trade. We couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity to work a proven leader in the industry.”

TNVC Announces NightGoggles, Inc.

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

This is an announcement from TNVC regarding their new sister company NightGoggles, Inc. 

Congrats, guys!

We are pleased to announce NightGoggles, Inc. (NGI); the sister entity to Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC INC). NightGoggles is dedicated to bringing the unique first-hand knowledge, experience and service enjoyed for years by the professional tactical community, to the burgeoning hunting market. NightGoggles exists to outfit the consumer who wants the best night vision gear their budget can afford. Like you, our staff has a passion for hunting, be it hogs, predators, or even gators. We are prepared to answer all of your nighttime hunting questions and ensure you end up with a product that balances budget and performance.

Like our sister company TNVC, we realize that you are looking for a shopping experience tailored to your mission. We present you with a plethora of hand-picked night vision and thermal optics, as well as pertinent accessories. Recognizing that not every night vision end-user is looking for the most expensive military-issue devices, we supply field-proven gear at a budget-minded price. Our customers know that they are getting a solid product that will provide years of faithful service. We won’t sell something that we would not purchase ourselves for our own hunts.

NGI Customers will find a unique offering of products, exclusive to our website. These include some more-affordable variants of popular TNVC products as well as exclusive gear. You will find some familiar night vision systems with a twist: utilization of high quality Gen2 and Gen2+ image intensifier tubes. These solid tubes provide great clarity and target identification capability for a fraction of the Gen3 price. What’s more: many of these systems will be housed in the exact same bodies as their government-issue counterparts. If you are looking for MILSPEC quality at a consumer price: NGI is your huckleberry.

Thanks for checking out the launch of NightGoggles Inc. Make sure to stop back often as we will be continually adding new products to our exciting lineup. On behalf of our entire staff and myself: thank you for your continued support. Stay safe and happy hunting!


Oakley SI Launches New Site

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Oakley Standard Issue has completely reimagined their website. The new site is built on a backend infrastructure by Hybris Content Management System giving it sime real horsepower. Not only is it easier to navigate, but it delivers additional rich content such as videos to enhance your understanding of Oakley’s product line.

One of the features I really like is the pulldown menus. They make navigation a snap and it’s much easier to find what you are looking for. I also like that Oakley continues to offer their commercial products to the SI audience.

Don’t forget, Oakley SI membership is open to active, reserve and veterans of the US Armed Forces, current members of Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS amd US Government employees.

Huge news! RCS Appoints John Chapman As CEO!

Friday, June 26th, 2015

This is some amazing news we just received from RCS. They are putting a dream team together over there. Congrats to Chappy and the RCS crew.  We can’t wait to see where this leads.

Raven Concealment Systems Appoints John “Chappy” Chapman as CEO

North Ridgeville, Ohio — Friday, 26 June 2015

Raven Concealment Systems officially announced today the appointment of Mr. John Chapman as Chief Executive Officer, effective 15 June. Mr. Chapman, a.k.a. “Chappy,” has over 22 years of industry experience, covering everything from weapons and tactics training, to corporate project management, general management, and product development.

Chappy has worn many hats in the industry. He joins RCS from Steiner/Beretta Defense Technologies, where he held the position of Tactical Applications Manager. Although leaving there to take the helm at Raven Concealment, he will continue to assist and consult with Steiner/Beretta Defense Technologies for select, on-going projects.

While his work with the Beretta family of companies has been his mainstay for the past several years, Chappy is probably best known publicly for the training he provides to law enforcement and military clients through LMS Defense; a company which he founded, and will continue to own and operate in addition to his new position.

“Our domestic and foreign military and law enforcement sales volume has exploded over the past two years,” said Michael Goerlich, owner of Raven Concealment Systems. “To meet that demand, RCS has had to grow rapidly. Managing such rapid growth requires leadership from someone with extensive experience managing both people and projects. Having worked with Chappy in the past on projects supporting Steiner and Beretta products, we knew he had the skills and experience to lead our company to the next level.”

The transition from a management position with a centuries-old international corporation to being CEO of a 10-year old manufacturing firm in northeast Ohio will be a big change – and a big challenge — for Chapman. But it is a challenge that he welcomes:

“I’m honored to have been chosen, and enthusiastic to lead such an influential team of professionals through this exciting evolution for RCS,” said Chappy. “The opportunity to direct the path of Raven Concealment during this key time in their ascent was one I could not pass up.”

Gorilla Ammunition – Sponsored Shooter Nick Atkinson

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Nick Atkinson’s 2015 Season is off to a great start with Gorilla Ammunition

Gorilla Ammunition’s sponsored shooter, Nick Atkinson, has placed well in each of his first three events of the 2015 season, finishing in 2nd place twice.

Vero Beach, FL, – June 24, 2015 – Nick Atkinson’s 2015 professional shooting season is off to a great start with two 2nd place finishes. His most recent performance was this past weekend where he placed 2nd place at a Chris Kyle charity event, the Wild West Multi-Gun.

“Gorilla Ammunition is proud of Nick’s performance to start this season. Nick has done a great job representing the Gorilla Ammunition brand. His accomplishments have demonstrated the precision of our high quality ammunition and the competitive edge it gives amateur and professional shooters” said Gorilla Ammunition’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Jay Duncan

Nick Atkinson has been a competitive shooter for 10 years and a 3 Gun Nation Pro Shooter for 2 years. In the 2014 season Nick ranked 11th out of the top 60 shooters in the Nation. Nick’s 2015 season is off to a great start with several great rankings at high profile events.

  • 2015 Southeast Regional – 15th place
  • 2015 3-Gun Nation Pro Event #3 – 2nd place
  • 2015 Wild West Multi-Gun – 2nd Place
  • “It feels really good to get a solid start to the season. With two second place finishes out of the first three matches I have shot, I feel like this could be my best year yet. Gorilla Ammunition is running great in my rifle, making it easy to hit those long shots, and shooting soft on the close in targets. The guys at Gorilla Ammunition really have produced a great round that does everything I need to succeed.” said Nick Atkinson.

    SureFire Commences With Corporate Restructuring Program

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

    Fountain Valley, CA — SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s finest and most innovative illumination tools and tactical products, announced today that it has started a comprehensive program to streamline its operations, refine its product offerings, and cut overall expenditures, which regrettably includes the reduction of its workforce. The company notes a drop in U.S. Military spending as the primary reason for these painful but necessary steps.

    Dr. John Matthews, CEO and founder of SureFire said, “We had to make some difficult decisions to layoff some very good people. SureFire ramped up to meet the demands of our military but we must “right-size” now that military spending has declined.” Matthews continued, “SureFire will continue to provide military, law enforcement, and consumers with industry-leading products with unmatched quality and our lifetime guarantee. Products built to help keep our customers safe and secure.”

    The company notes that their product mix is more ambitious and innovative than ever. This includes several groundbreaking suppressors like the SF Ryder 9 and the new whisper-quiet SOCOM300 SPS as well as illumination products like the auto-adjusting P2X Fury® flashlight with IntelliBeam™ Technology (launched last week) and the highly anticipated ultra-compact XC1 that will launch later this summer. All these products and about a dozen more were announced at SHOT Show 2015. Many have started to ship—and the initial consumer response has been strong. There is much more to come this year including a totally revamped line of dual-spectrum V-Series lights and a new low-cost polymer-bodied 2211X WristLight that costs nearly two-thirds less than the original all-aluminum model! Stay tuned.