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Announcing P&S Administration & Logistics

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

P&S shared this announcement with me.

We are excited to announce our newest evolution with Primary & Secondary!

Primary & Secondary: Administration & Logistics – or PSAL.

This will be our service to bridge the gap between training companies and students. We are offering administrative services as well as advertising to training companies to remove a tedious aspect of their business so they may focus on what really matters – the training!

If you are interested in hosting one of our client training companies or affiliate training companies at your facility or range, contact Logistics@primaryandsecondary.com

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Team Wendy Issues Statement Regarding Secretary Clinton’s Visit

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

This morning I awoke to an Internet circus. Team Wendy, one of our advertisers, had shared a local news story that Democratic front runner for President, Hillary Rodham Clinton was holding an event at their facility this coming Monday. Now, I shouldn’t have to point this out, but I will; Mrs Clinton is not well liked by the rank and file or veteran service member or Law Enforcement Officer (this guy included). As you can imagine, the Internet mob was out in full force, vilifying Team Wendy for their actions. I received several emails about the issue from concerned readers as well, so I looked into it. I have spoken with Team Wendy CEO Jose Rizo-Patron about the situation and he offered the statement below. But before I get to it, I’d like to say something about this situation, Team Wendy and its owner, Daniel T Moore, from my perspective.

I’ve known Mr Moore for well over 10 years now, since well before there was an SSD, and I’ve met with him on several occasions. Until today I never even considered his politics. We always spoke about American manufacturing and his efforts in dealing with Brain Injuries. Once, on a visit, we also discussed his hometown of Cleveland, and I can tell you, that man is proud of his town. But we never discussed politics because it wasn’t germane to our common goals of protecting service members and employing Americans. Even now, I know that those are core values of Team Wendy as well as the man that owns it, and those are the very reasons that they are an advertiser on my website.

As I understand it, Secretary Clinton had planned to visit the 700,000 sq ft facility which houses Team Wendy along with several other small manufacturers called the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center. At some point it was determined that this repurposed plant contained a defense contractor. Hard to say who made the call. The area is solidly Democrat so it could just as well have been a local party organizer as an HRC campaigner. Regardless, it transformed somewhere along the way from a facility visit to a campaign event. The news was notified and it blew up. I have a feeling that the opportunity to bring TBI to the national stage became the main focus, and the possible fallout from a visit by a Presidential candidate wasn’t at the forefront. There was some excitement and the news story was shared by Team Wendy in their Facebook page. Näive? To be sure. But I don’t see any effort in their end to endorse a candidate for political office as so many have claimed. I also think Team Wendy had as many actual customers as were claimed during the Facebook tirade against them. They employee Americans, continue to innovate and make a great product that is used in every issue helmet. Their ZAP pads have saved many a noggin over the years from the effects of shock and blast. Also, their next generation of helmets and liners are pushing the envelope of protection technology.

Do I think it was a mistake? Absolutely. But on this one, Team Wendy gets a mulligan from me. To be sure, it’s been a costly learning experience for them. They are now stuck between a rock and a hard place. They could go back on their word to participate in the visit and make their critics happy. However, this could result in ramifications both locally and perhaps, long term at the federal level. On the other hand, Team Wendy could go along with the event and alienate their customer base. Regardless of which course Team Wendy takes, this is a cautionary tale for anyone in the defense industry to abstain from endorsing political candidates from any party. The reality of business is that they must work with both parties.

My support for Team Wendy hinges on their long-term actions. Will they stay true to their commitment to excellence in the head protection arena? Will they continue to insist on American manufacturing? And, will they stay out of politics? America needs a vibrant defense industry. I am in this for the long haul and I want to see them there as well.

– Eric Graves, SSD Editor

Team Wendy’s Statement

Team Wendy Friends and Customers,

Let me start by stating unequivocally that Team Wendy has not endorsed nor will be endorsing any candidate for President of the United States.

Our business and focus is centered around three principal goals: Protecting Americans and our allies against serious and potentially life-threatening impact related injuries, creating American jobs and promoting American manufacturing.

To the extent that politicians are interested in working with us to address these core goals, Team Wendy has always been, and will continue to be, willing to meet and listen. We do not get to dictate who serves as President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State or Chairman of the HASC. We simply engage with and are openly willing to work with anyone who shares our core mission of saving lives, or anyone who is in a position to positively advance our mission.

To those who are not aware, Team Wendy is a company within a portfolio of sister companies that focus mainly on industrial innovation. Team Wendy is very different than its sister companies. Team Wendy was founded in 1997 by Cleveland-based entrepreneur Dan T. Moore as a memorial to his daughter Wendy, who passed away from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) following a snow-skiing accident. Next year will mark the 20 year anniversary since Wendy’s passing as a result of that tragic accident. Her legacy and memory lives on daily here at Team Wendy through the work being done toward developing leading edge protective gear and other innovative products.

Wendy’s legacy also lives on through the work that Team Wendy does by engaging government, academia and the private sector to learn more about TBI and how we can better prevent this from happening to the American troops who do so much to protect our country.

Although we are a profit-making company, we will continue to be driven by Wendy’s legacy and will continue to work our tails off to provide our guys and gals on the front lines the best protective equipment possible, in the most timely fashion possible, and with the best customer service we can deliver. Nothing is more important to us.

We intend to actively and aggressively promote our core mission with Secretary Clinton during her time here on Monday and will continue to work as a company to do all that we can to be advocates for our core customers, our troops and first responders.


Jose Rizo-Patron

CEO, Team Wendy

LALO Tactical Issues Statement Regarding Status Of Former Founder Nathaniel ‘Lalo’ Roberti

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Update: We understand Lalo turned himself in this morning.

As you may have heard, former Navy SEAL Nathaniel ‘Lalo’ Roberti is currently wanted by the Long Beach, New York Police Department for a variety of alleged crimes. After his arrest and release, he failed to appear before the court. As he was a founder of Lalo Tactical and the company is named after him, I spoke with the company. They offered me this statement.

LALO Tactical expresses sympathies, expects speedy apprehension of wanted former founder

San Diego, Ca. (June 7, 2016) – LALO LLC, dba LALO Tactical, a San Diego, California footwear company, wishes to express its sympathies for the victim(s) of the crimes allegedly committed by former LALO Tactical founder, Nathaniel Roberti, who is currently wanted by law enforcement across the country. Mr. Roberti was one of the original five founders of LALO Tactical, but parted ways with the company in early 2014, and has not had a role with, nor been connected with the entity since his departure.

The recent warrant issued for Roberti’s arrest came to the attention of the LALO Tactical management team after being directly contacted by the Long Beach, New York Police Department.

The team at LALO Tactical was discouraged to hear of the recent developments with Mr. Roberti, and would like to emphasize their full support and cooperation with the authorities in this matter.

For any inquires regarding the relationship between Mr. Roberti and LALO LLC, dba LALO Tactical, please contact Shannon Baker via email at: shannon@lalotactical.com

Blade Show – Spartan Blades / Harsey Folder Wins American Made Knife of the Year

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Cngratulations to our friends at Spartan Blades along with Bill Harsey for their folding knife being selected as Blade Magazine’s American Made Knife of the Year!

Here you can see Mark Carey, Bill Harsey and Curtis Iovito recieving their award.

The knife features a stainless S35VN 4.25″ inch blade along with dual titanium thumb lugs and phosphor bronze bushing for a smooth, ambidextrous opening.  The frame lock design incorprates and internal lock bar stabilizer that prevents the lock bar from over traveling and the slabs are are titanium.


Have You Seen B5 Systems’ New Website?

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Ok, it’s not exactly brand spanking new, but it’s newish.


Watch Team Combat Flip Flop On Shark Tank

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Earlier this year, the crew from Combat Flip Flop made a great showing on Shark Tank, securing funding that is taking their brand and vision to the next level. In case you missed their epic appearance, ABC will rebroadcast the episode tomorrow night, June 3rd.  

Caracal USA Expands To Boise

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Caracal Opens U.S. Offices For North American Sales And Marketing Operations

BOISE, ID – Caracal today announced that it has established offices in Boise, Idaho for its North American sales, marketing and business operations in a move designed to better serve customers and position Caracal for long-term growth in the United States firearms industry. Caracal USA offices are located at 6051 West Corporal Lane in Boise, Idaho 83704. The facility will provide Caracal USA with 2,679 square feet of combined office and warehouse space.

President of Caracal USA Christopher Sirois said “This is history in the making.” In January Caracal announced a partnership with Wilcox Industries in Newington, New Hampshire to manufacture Caracal products for the first time in the United States.

“The opening of Caracal USA offices in Idaho further signifies Caracal’s commitment to provide products and services to customers in the United States and demonstrates our considerable progress to date,” said Director of Marketing Jae Gillentine.

“With offices up and running at the New Hampshire manufacturing facility and now with the Boise, Idaho operations office, Caracal is centralized to both our materials and suppliers for manufacturing, and our customers for after sale care and support. We are pleased to be able to offer a true product support mechanism to the U.S. market,” said Caracal USA Vice President of Operations Jeffrey Spalding.

Gun related industries are thriving in Idaho, which reportedly hosts at least 180 firearms and ammunition makers. In 2015, USA Today ranked the City of Meridian, located just outside of Boise, as the best city in the United States to live in.

SOFIC – Direct Action Announces US Production With Tactical Tailor

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Poland-based Direct Action has reached an agreement with the US firm Tactical Tailor for Berry complaint production. This gear will be sold through Direct Action’s US subsidiary.

This is a tease of DA’s new Direct Action uniform. Details to follow.