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Elite Defense Is Attending NYTOA Tactical Conference

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015


Elite Defense is currently attending the NYTOA (New York Tactical Officers Association) Tactical Conference held at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. The show starts today and runs through April 30th. Stop by and visit Frank at Booth # 901 to see the latest armor set-ups from FirstSpear, ballistic headwear from Ops-Core, and uniforms from Patagonia. Mention this post on SSD and get a free gift (while supplies last).

Tactical Distributors Launches New Website

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015


Definitely worth a look.

Russell Oliver, Founder And President Of OSS, Awarded ESGR Service Member Patriot Award

Saturday, April 25th, 2015


On April 15th, Russell Oliver, President and Founder of OSS – Operators Suppressor Systems, was awarded the ESGR Service Member Patriot Award at OSS headquarters in Murray, Utah. The Patriot Award is awarded to idividuals who embody efforts made to support Citizen Warriors, such as offering flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for famlies, and granting required leaves of absence.

Griff Talks “Stoke” on a Global Scale

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered what this whole Combat Flip Flops thing is all about, founder Matt Griffin’s recent Ted Talk will fill you in.

Daniel Defense Celebrates 2 Years Of Safety Excellence

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Black Creek, GA- April 22, 2015- Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced it had reached a safety milestone at its Black Creek, Georgia, manufacturing facility.

This anniversary marks 500,000 hours and two years without an OSHA Recordable or lost-time injury. “We are extremely proud of this achievement, which continues to be made possible through the strong advocacy of our exceptional workforce and a comprehensive approach to safety awareness, training, and continuous improvement,” said Sean Polwort, Director of Training and Safety.

Safety is a core value for Daniel Defense and an integral part of operations. Each employee understands a robust health and safety culture is fundamental to company growth and success. Attaining this significant milestone was accomplished through active feedback and participation in various environmental, health and safety training programs.

“The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority,” explained Cindy Daniel, Executive Vice President and VP of Marketing for Daniel Defense. “I am extremely proud of our ability to hit this landmark. It’s a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to provide a safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly workplace for all employees, subcontractors, and vendors.”

Wilcox Industries Is Now Manufacturing Products In Australia

Monday, April 20th, 2015

PM Tony Abbott and GB

Wilcox – Made in Australia.

A major milestone occurred today, when Graeme Bulte CEO and Founder of Melbourne based company Aquaterro, presented Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with the very first Wilcox product “Made in Australia”.

Wilcox Industries is a leading American defense products manufacturer from New Hampshire, who specializes in advanced manufacturing, computer aided design and rapid manufacturing.  Wilcox is well known as a provider of equipment of the highest quality and specification to Special Forces, law enforcement and other military clients.

Wilcox and Aquaterro are currently in the middle of delivering on a significant contract for Night Vision Mounting Systems to the Australian Defense Force (ADF) as part of a multi-million dollar night vision capability upgrade for the Australian soldier.

“Wilcox Industries Pty Ltd” an Australian Company, was recently incorporated as a stand-alone Joint Venture between Wilcox Industries and Aquaterro, in order to expand the supply chain and global footprint of Wilcox, and to more closely mirror the kind of rapid customer response and operator focus that Wilcox provides for its U.S. customers.

“Wilcox understands that in order to succeed in Australia and the region, it needs to have a footprint and investment in Australia” said Graeme Bulte, “ and we are committed to bringing that customer focus and capability, along with the advanced manufacturing jobs opportunity it represents, to Melbourne”.

The Australian Made Wilcox EF1500  rail allows for accessories such as laser aiming devices to be securely fitted to Australian Army rifles.

The new “Wilcox EF1500 Exo-Skeleton Rail” is destined to be the first of many success stories as these close USA-Australian allies grow this cooperation across the Pacific in support of our soldiers and the growth of advanced manufacturing jobs.

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.

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