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Thomas Carlson Joins Daniel Defense As Director Of Marketing Communications

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015


Black Creek, GA- June 23, 2015- Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced that Thomas Carlson has joined Daniel Defense as the Director of Marketing Communications, reporting directly to Cindy Daniel, Executive Vice President and Vice President of Marketing. He began at Daniel Defense on June 22, 2015. He assumes responsibility for the Daniel Defense marketing communications strategy, including print media, and online media, direct mail, editorial placement, media production and public relations to support our marketing and sales objectives.

Carlson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles in Santa Monica, CA.

He comes to Daniel Defense with significant industry experience—his skillset and prowess will enhance the outstanding marketing organization. With his expertise in directing marketing communications from concept to execution, he will contribute greatly to the mission of promoting and elevating the Daniel Defense Brand throughout the world.

Daniel says, “His passion and experience in the firearms industry gives Thomas an advantage in communicating with Daniel Defense’s core customers and media partners.”

“I am excited to be a part of the Daniel Defense brand and looking forward to help further the development of an already leading firearm company”, said Thomas.

He can be reached at 1-866-544-GUNS (4867) ext. 3232 or

Congrats Thomas!

A Note To MGL Leather Belt Owners

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Mean Gene Leather sent this note out to belt owners. Be sure to check those Chicago screws.

Those whom have received MGL belts, I have had a few reports of the Chicago screws loosening and backing out. Please check your belts and let me know if you need me to send out any replacements.

I was hesitant to place any lock-tite on the screws being if anyone wanted to switch out buckles, it could be a challenge. If you wish to place lock-tite on the screws, please do so, or use some candle wax or steal your kids crayon while they are not looking and mesh the wax/crayon into the threads of the Chicago screwed retighten. My apologies for any issues that may have occur.

Defoor Proformance Shooting and HSG Join Forces for “Made in the USA” Series

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

High Speed Gear is pleased to announce that Kyle Defoor of Defoor Proformance Shooting and HSG have joined forces for his “Made in the USA Series”. Kyle is a premier firearms instructor, actively teaching firearms and tactics to military, law enforcement, and civilians. Given his vast knowledge gained as a decorated special operator with combat experience he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the support gear he selects. We are humbled that Kyle choose our Battle Proven Tactical Nylon Gear as part of his series.

2015 1st Biannual Ranger Rendezvous Trade Show and Bash

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

The guys at Tactical Tailor asked us to remind you about the 2015 1st Biannual Ranger Rendezvous Trade Show and Bash, coming thiw week. There are some great sponsors for this inaugural event.


Tactical Tailor and Ranger Up are hosting the first biannual Ranger Rendezvous Trade Show and After party at Fort Benning and Columbus, GA on 23 JUN 15.

Stop by the Benning Brew Pub at 2794 Sightseeing Road, Fort Benning on 23 JUN from 1200-1600 and sip on some Lead the Way IPA or the Benning Lager, then check out over 20 Ranger owned and run businesses. Everything from rifles you can’t break to fine art that is most likely breakable….If you do damage yourself or the equipment, the Ranger crew from North American Rescue Products will be on hand to dispense Motrin, refreshing water and sage advice on how to best take a knee.

When you’re done there join the after party at the Uptown Tap at 1900-UTC located at 1024 Broadway, Columbus, GA where you can groove to the outlaw country and southern rock tunes of Ranger JT Thompson and the Gunslingers.

Security Devices International To Attend The 75th National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference And Exhibition

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Security Devices International (SDI) will be present at the 75th National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Baltimore, MD. They will be at Booth 1049 displaying their line of 40mm less-lethal munitions technologies including the Blunt Impact Projectile (BIP), which has an effective operational range of 2 to 80 yards; the cushioning gel-head mechanism built into the BIP allows it to be used in close range situations, and its aerodynamic characteristics allow it to be used with improved accuracy over longer distances.

SDI Vice-President Allen Ezer will be in attendance, along with SDI’s 40mm Specialists Ross Botha and Gunner Couce. If you’re attending the show, stop by their booth to learn more about SDI’s product line.

This year’s NSA exhibition is taking place in Baltimore, Maryland. (Monday, June 29th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and on Tuesday, June 30th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Princeton Tec Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

When I found out that this year Princeton Tec celebrates its 40th anniversary, I asked VP Dave Cozzone what that meant to the customer and the answer I came away with is impressive indeed. You can read the deatils in the press release below but I want to hit some wave top points that really bring home what is going on at PT.

They are more than doubling their square footage this year and moving to hire an additional 150 workers. That increase in capacity makes this year’s expansion into lanterns possible as well as improvements in all of the other areas they’ve mastered; dive lights, headlamps, military helmet lights, and industrial lighting. They continue to apply 40 years worth of customer interaction, technical development, manufacturing application in everything they do and I can’t wait to see what new products we see roll out of this latest expansion.

Please join me in congratulating Princeton Tec for 40 successful years!

BORDENTOWN, N.J. (June 16, 2015) – Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden coached the Bruins to their 10th national title in 12 seasons. The Sex Pistols played their first gig. And, Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia. It was 1975, and during this same year, in a modest work space in Princeton, New Jersey, dive enthusiast William Stephens hatched a company that would become a leader in the outdoor lighting industry: Princeton Tec.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the family-owned company continues its unwavering commitment to U.S. manufacturing and industry leading lighting products. Princeton Tec has grown from its humble beginnings to becoming the market leader of headlamps and handheld lights for the outdoor, bike, tactical, industrial, and SCUBA markets, and has its sights set on another four decades of growth and product innovation.

40th Anniversary Catalog:

“Princeton Tec is part of a small group of outdoor companies that have been operating for four decades. We take pride in the fact that we’ve stayed true to our roots while maintaining a high standard of product creation,” said Dave Cozzone, VP of Princeton Tec. “It’s inspiring to reflect on the brand over the years, the progression and change that’s occurred in our products and markets, and the sustainable growth and core values the company has cultivated since 1975.”

From the revolutionary dive Bottom Timer Stephens created in 1975 to the brand’s recent Backpacker Editor’s Choice award for their Sync headlamp, volumes of history, industry leadership, and best-in-class product have defined the brand over the last 40 years. Today, Princeton Tec currently offers more than 50 versatile lights, built with the end-user in mind. From the world’s highest peaks to the deepest ocean floors to pedaling two wheels on every continent, Princeton Tec’s lights help assist and inspire professional athletes and novices alike to pursue their goals.

For 2015, Princeton Tec continues to shine bright as it heads into the summer season. The company was recently awarded an $18M Economic Development Authority tax grant from the state of New Jersey for manufacturing expansion, which will support infrastructure, employee, and product development growth. This, coupled with innovative new product and a 40th anniversary celebration at this summer’s Outdoor Retailer show in Aug., position the brand for greatness and continued fun-inspired leadership in the industry for years to come.

For more about Princeton Tec, please visit:

Kyle Defoor Joins Team MultiCam

Monday, June 15th, 2015

We received this unanticipated announcement from Crye Precision regarding our friend Kyle Defoor who is joining Team MultiCam. This is obviously a big deal for Kyle who has been working hard at his training business but it’s also major news from the MultiCam brand because it indicates an expansion into additional shooting sports sponsored athletes.

We cannot be more thrilled to announce that Kyle Defoor is officially on Team MultiCam. He has been a long time friend and it only made sense to cement the relationship. Kyle is one of the premiere firearms instructors for military, law enforcement, and civilians specializing in pistol, carbine, sniper and CQB. The bulk of his expertise was honed during his military service as a special operations member. Kyle exemplifies professionalism both as a shooter and as an instructor. Though the majority of his training instruction is done with the military, his open enrollment classes are focused on building a student’s base knowledge with a firearm and taking them to the next level. Kyle not only believes in improving a shooter’s accuracy, but also their mindset. Kyle is also a very accomplished climber, ultra runner and he’s passionate about motorcycles and the outdoors.

Congrats to all involved! Maybe now we can see you update that camo, Kyle!


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

It’s been awhile since we’ve last heard from SPECOPS.PL, the Poland-based tactical gear company. They’ve recently undergone a major restructuring, and are now coming out even stronger for 2015. They are currently undergoing the following developments:


  • SPECOPS.PL has just launched a new Polish language website. English, Russian, and Finnish versions will follow shortly.
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  • They are working on new ULPC-3 project – an ultralight plate carrier, based on laminates and laser-cut technology, as the successor to ULPC-1.
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  • They are also working on a new MBS-3 combat uniform. It is a major improvement over MBS-2, and will come in the following versions:
  • - MBS-3 – heavy-duty uniform for SF operations
    - MBS-K93 – simple, light uniform for general infantry use.
    - LMCS-3 – ultralight, low-drag uniform for combat training and DA.

    Additionally, SPECOPS.PL is looking for new international distributors in Europe and USA – if anyone is interested, they can contact

    You can follow SPECOPS.PL on:

    GSS Gear Va Beach Is Moving

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2015


    They’re still about a month out but work is coming along nicely on GSS Gear’s new location on Laskin Road here in Virginia Beach.  They expect to movie in mid-July and we can’t wait to check it out.


    Vets Corps and SOTech support the VA

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

    We received this great note from our friends at SOTech.  They continue to do great things with the Veterans community in SoCal.


    Normally we are announcing new product designs, but today we are honored that we were able to apply our skills to support the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. Secretary Robert McDonald came out to ceremonially reopen the gates of the campus signalling a new day for the campus. A lot of momentous changes have been instituted by the VA and they are returning it to being a “Home for Veterans” rather than just a hospital. The VA asked Vets Corps to make copies of the original 1888 bronze plaques that read “National Soldiers Home”. Vets Corps volunteered SOTech employee Clark Acton who spent years in the film industry making rubber dummy guns to create the casts. At SOTech, Clark pours molds to make resin forms of radios, trauma plates, optics and weapons for pouches from originals that customers supply. This time Clark, a veteran himself, got to make a symbol that will welcome Veterans in Los Angeles to their Soldiers Home for decades to come.

    Jim Cragg
    President, CEO and Founder
    S.O.TECH / Special Operations Technologies Inc.