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Brownells Becomes Title Sponsor for The 2019 Tactical Games

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

GRINNELL, Iowa (February 6, 2019) – Brownells is proud to announce its 2019 title sponsorship of The Tactical Games, a series of exciting “battles” designed to test America’s best warrior-athletes in a combination of two-gun shooting and military-style training, with elements of both Strongman and CrossFit® competitions mixed in.

The first two installments of The Tactical Games 2019 schedule are set for February 23 and 24 at the Merdian Public Safety Training Facility in Meridian, Mississippi, and Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas, on March 16 and 17. More 2019 dates will be announced soon.

Former U.S. Army Green Beret Tim Burke co-founded The Tactical Games, bringing to bear his more than 21 years of experience in U.S. Special Operations as well as his career as the head of a law enforcement counter-terrorism unit.

“The Tactical Games provide an immediate, no-nonsense metric that either validates or challenges your training methods and conclusions.  It is the only sporting event of its type available for open enrollment,” said Burke. “If you work with or carry a gun for any reason, why wouldn’t you compete at The Tactical Games?”

Among athletes scheduled to compete this year are John “Tig” Tiegen who helped defend the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Tes Salb, well-known NRA editor, pistol instructor and pentathlete.  

Both men and women are welcome to compete in The Tactical Games. Mens’ classes are broken down into Elite, Intermediate (based on PT scores) and Master (45 years of age and older). Currently, all women, regardless of age or PT score, compete in the women’s division.

Participants do not need to have a military or law enforcement background to enter, but should be in good physical condition and have a reasonable familiarity with firearms. To learn more or to sign up, visit

Patriot Ordnance Factory Shows Their Stuff

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Patriot Ordnance Factory is as passionate about building guns as they are about the Second Amendment. In fact POF exists because founder Frank Desomma combined his love of firearms with his acumen in engineering. He was already working to defend our right to bear arms, but with the sunset of the Assault Weapon’s Ban almost 15 years ago, Frank knew what he had to do. Everything else is history.

True Velocity Forms Strategic Alliance With Dillon Aero

Friday, February 1st, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV – Texas-based True Velocity announced today a strategic partnership with Dillon Aero to support the company’s current and future weapons systems with superior composite-cased ammunition.

Following a lengthy period of rigorous safety and functionality testing from ground and aerial platforms, the two companies have agreed to a strategic partnership aimed at providing the U.S. military’s rotary wing and ground units with a firepower solution that is far more effective and reliable than any other small-caliber solution available.

“We’re very proud of the work that went into forging this relationship with Dillon Aero,” said True Velocity President Chris Tedford. “This alliance represents a combination of Dillon’s unsurpassed rate of machine gun fire with True Velocity’s revolutionary case design, reduced cartridge weight and unmatched reliability. This is the alignment of two very innovative companies, based solely on the goal of better equipping our fighting forces.”

True Velocity’s composite-cased ammunition will support Dillon Aero’s M134D minigun, which is chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. The M134D is capable of a rate of fire in excess of 3,000 rounds per minute. Since its establishment, Dillon Aero has fielded more than 6,000 M134D weapons systems in 30 countries.

The developmental partnership will also extend to Dillon Aero’s forthcoming M503D .50-caliber machine gun, which the company expects to field before the end of 2019. Designed for employment by air, land and sea, the new gun will have three barrels and shoot 1,500 rounds per minute. It will be lighter, faster and smarter than existing .50-caliber machine guns.  

“Dillon Aero is excited about partnering with True Velocity,” said Dillon’s Nick Perfetto, vice president of business affairs. “Their advanced technology and weight reduction bring an advanced level of capability to today’s warfighter.  The combination of True Velocity’s ammunition and the Dillon M134D on the battlefield is a game changer!”  

For more information on True Velocity, Inc., please visit

Federal Resources Announces 7th Annual ExperienceFR Event

Friday, February 1st, 2019

The event will be highlighted by guest speaker Curt Cronin, former Navy SEAL team leader and expert on leading High-Performance teams.

Stevensville, MD (January 18, 2019) – Federal Resources, a premier supplier of quality products and mission-critical solutions to military and first responders, is hosting its 7th annual ExperienceFR event on February 26, 2019 in Oxon Hill, MD. ExperienceFR is an exhibition of products and solutions for our emergency response, law enforcement, and military customers. Featuring not only technologically innovative solutions, ExperienceFR is set to include focused training, live product demonstrations and engaging presentations to all attendees.

The exhibition keynote presentation will be delivered by guest speaker Curt Cronin, a former United States Navy SEAL and leader of the nation’s premier SEAL assault force during his 19 year-long military career. Curt’s experiences as a SEAL leader reinforced his fundamental belief that the competitive edge for any organization in the information age is neither technology nor information, but the unparalleled power of an aligned team. Attendees will be invited to consider the concept of teamwork, the art of leadership, and the talent of harnessing your own courage and heroism to inspire and empower individuals and teams.

Made possible through sponsorships by RAE Systems by Honeywell and media partner, CBRNe World, ExperienceFR will include up-close product demonstrations and training opportunities from more than 65 partners. On-site exhibitors include 908 Devices, Nikola, Polaris, First Line Technology, Patagonia, KLAS Telecom, FLIR, TRX Systems, Getac, CUBIC, Motorola Solutions, Synnex Corporation, Phoenix Lighting, Smiths Detection, SouthTek, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bobcat, LRAD Corporation and more.

Focused training sessions will highlight a sneak peek at our DrugIQ training course, a synthetic opioid risk-based response class where students learn how to implement risk-based response tactics to safely respond to incidents involving synthetic opioids, including clandestine labs. This course is 50% hands-on, and attendees will get a preview of material covered in the course while also experiencing the hands-on portion featured in several Federal Resources training courses.

Luke’s Wings, based in Washington D.C., has been selected as this year’s charitable partner for the event. The charity’s mission is to support wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families by providing families travel agency services to visit their service member during their hospitalization and rehabilitation. Contributions made during the exhibition will be matched by Federal Resources and benefit the organization’s mission and programs.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8AM – 4PM

MGM National Harbor

101 MGM National Ave

Oxon Hill MD, 20745

To register for this one-of-a-kind experience at no cost, please visit

To make a donation to this ExperienceFR 2019’s charitable partner, Luke’s Wings, please visit  

True Velocity Teams With General Dynamics On Next Generation Squad Weapons

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV – Texas-based True Velocity announced today a partnership with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) to develop the Next Generation Squad Weapon systems to replace the M4 and M249 platforms.

GD-OTS was one of five companies awarded contracts by the U.S. Army in July 2018 to develop prototypes of the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle.

True Velocity has partnered with GD-OTS to support its new weapon system with a revolutionary composite case design that will yield significant ballistic improvements over traditional brass-cased ammunition, while also reducing the weight of a loaded cartridge, improving accuracy, decreasing thermal heat signature and diminishing wear and tear on the weapon system.

“True Velocity is committed to producing composite-cased ammunition that is superior to standard brass-cased ammunition in every way,” said True Velocity President Chris Tedford. “We feel strongly that our partnership with General Dynamics will result in a disruptive, technologically advanced weapon system that will afford our military a distinct advantage on the battlefield.”

The NGSAR is expected to improve upon the firepower and effective range of the M16 and M4 platforms, while simultaneously yielding capability improvements in accuracy and lethality, according to the Army. The weapon will weigh less than its predecessor, fire lightweight ammunition and have reduced acoustic and flash signature.

“By integrating the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Next Generation Squad Weapon with True Velocity’s superior composite-cased ammunition, we can provide the U.S. Army with the right balance of lethality, weight reduction, and overmatch capability. We are excited for this partnership as we build on our capabilities as a system integrator” said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament and platform systems for GD-OTS.

The deadline for the submission of prototypes is anticipated prior to the end of 2019.

For more information on True Velocity, Inc., please visit


The Story Behind The Image At BCB HQ

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

 Accept riding the BCB International, many visitors to their new HQ have been intrigued by the graphic of three soldiers towering over the camouflage production unit where they manufacture NATO issued camo face paints, camo nets and concealment systems.

Here is the story behind the image…

The image is not just an amusing reminder that BCB’s camouflage face paint formula is a closely guarded secret, it is also a poignant homage to an important figure in BCB’s history.

SAS legend…

The central figure in the image is none other than Barry Davies, the former British Special Air Service (SAS) Officer who was decorated for the part he played in the successful GSG9 hostage rescue operation at Mogadishu Airport in 1977.

After serving 18 years with the SAS, Barry joined BCB International Ltd where he worked on special projects for over 30 years until his passing away in April 2016.


Henry Schein To Expand Its Medical Group With Acquisition Of North American Rescue

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Gains new global defense and public-safety customers, and new portfolio of proprietary medical products

MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire approximately 93 percent of North American Rescue (NAR), the leading provider of survivability and casualty-care medical products to the defense and public-safety markets.

Founded in 1996 by CEO Bob Castellani, NAR is headquartered in Greer, South Carolina, and has 105 full-time team members. With nearly 60% of its sales to the U.S. government, NAR generated record sales for the 12 months ended October 31, 2018, of approximately $184 million, reflecting a diversified portfolio of proprietary medical products. This transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, at which time Mr. Castellani will continue in his role as CEO. NAR will be integrated with Henry Schein Medical, the U.S. medical business of Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein expects NAR will be neutral to the Company’s 2019 earnings per share and accretive thereafter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“NAR is a successful, growing company with an exceptional team that has created the recognized leader in the markets the company serves,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “We are delighted to welcome Bob Castellani and NAR to Team Schein, and we look forward to expanding our Medical group’s geographic footprint, customer base, and product offering both in the U.S. and overseas. Furthermore, through this transaction, Henry Schein Medical will be well-positioned to benefit from a business with solid growth and attractive profit margins.”

NAR serves all branches of the U.S. military; various U.S. military departments and federal agencies; militaries of allied foreign countries; federal, state, and local law enforcement departments; emergency medical service providers and fire departments; and community preparedness organizations, including school districts and commercial and community centers. The company specializes in providing products to treat and overcome the three most common causes of preventable combat deaths, namely hemorrhaging, tension pneumothorax, and inadequate airway. NAR offers online education and training, which complements Henry Schein’s commitment to provide continuing education tailored to a customer’s specific needs.

“NAR offers a unique value proposition,” Mr. Bergman added. “The company’s ability to provide tailored, mission-enabling survivability products is critical to countering the rapidly evolving threats of the 21st century. We look forward to expanding our customer base, as well as to selling new, innovative, life-saving products and supplies that will keep us at the forefront of critically important military and civilian markets.”

This investment offers multiple areas for growth and potential business synergies for both NAR and Henry Schein Medical. For NAR, this includes the combined ability to expand market share in the growing public safety market place, as well as the ability to sell more Henry Schein Medical and Henry Schein-branded products through NAR’s existing channels. Additionally, NAR will have access to Henry Schein’s broad product offering. 

“NAR has enjoyed considerable business success over the past 20 years and our future is bright by having access to the resources, expertise, and global presence of Henry Schein,” said Mr. Castellani. “NAR is South Carolina-grown, and it is extremely gratifying to reinvest in our community and grow the local economy by retaining 100-plus NAR employees and by investing in the next year to increase capacity at our facilities.” 

Mr. Castellani also expressed his wishes to continue championing causes that seek solutions to a range of societal issues. This commitment mirrors that of Henry Schein, whose global corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares, works to “help health happen” for underserved communities around the world.

Steve Hoffa joins SENTRY Products Group as Vice President of Sales

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Hoffa will be responsible for developing and managing SENTRY Products™ growing sales and distribution network worldwide.

Virginia Beach, Va. (January 2019) – SENTRY Products Group™ is pleased to announce that Steve Hoffa has joined the firm as Vice President of Sales. Hoffa, formerly with Alpha Guardian (Cannon Safe / GunVault / Stack-On) and BLACKHAWK!, brings 20 years of sales and operations experience to the team.

In his new position, Hoffa will be responsible for developing and managing SENTRY’s growing sales and distribution network worldwide. Recently, Hoffa served as COO of Alpha Guardian, President of Cannon Safe, Inc. and National Sales Manager – Outdoor Division at BLACKHAWK!. Hoffa had also worked as an Independent Manufacturer’s Representative with Jim Ferry and Associates, Inc., representing Beretta Firearms, Winchester Ammunition, Steiner Optics and numerous other shooting sports products, as well as National Sales Manager for Cold Steel Knives, Inc. 

Hoffa is a 20-year Special Forces Army veteran, serving in a variety of assignments in the United States and overseas in both peace time and combat operations. He retired in 1999 as a Chief Warrant Officer from 10th Special Forces Group, Ft. Carson, Colorado.

“We were fortunate to have worked with Steve in the past while he was at BLACKHAWK!,” said Terry Naughton, President of SENTRY. “He is a tremendous asset and we know his unique skills, passion and leadership will be critical our continued growth.”

SENTRY Products Group is the parent company for HEXMAG magazines; Scopecoat Optic Covers; Sentry Solutions cleaners and lubricants and SENTRY Firearm Covers, Bags and Packs and Nylon Gear. At the 2019 SHOT Show, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, SENTRY (booth #414) will introduce 35 new products across various product lines. If you are interested in previewing the new products or becoming a Distributor, Dealer or OEM Customer, visit us at the booth, or contact us at (877) 726-7328.