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Frag Out! Issue 2 Polish Edition Is Now Available – International Edition Will Soon Follow

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Frag Out Issue 1

Issue 2 of the Polish edition of Frag Out!, the “Tactical & Tacticool” magazine, is now currently available in digital format on the web. This second issue features stories on the MSBS assault rifle, B&T APC, Eurosatory 2014, WB Electronics PERAD, TCCC – Combat Medicine, AK basic training, and more. The English international edition will soon follow.

You can read Frag Out! here:

End Of Negotiation

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

End of Negotiation from BLUR MEDIA on Vimeo.

End of Negotiation is a visual concept video that was produced by Blur Media in association with HHK (Hestehovkompaniet). Check it out, it’s pretty cool.

Applied Ballistics Re-Releases Accuracy And Precision For Long Range Shooting

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Popular Long-Range Ballistics Book Re-Released in eBook and Hardcopy

Cedar Springs, MI – Applied Ballistics, LLC proudly re-released one of Bryan Litz’s first comprehensive books on long-range ballistics, Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting, in both eBook and hardcopy. With the amount of credible information available on long range shooting, explaining how to correct trajectories for drop, wind deflection, etc.; this book takes it a step further as Litz discusses how various uncertainties affect hit percentage.

Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting is the manual that lays the groundwork for understanding hit percentages of long-range rifle fire; the discussion centers around probability. “Given different sets of environmental and shooter related uncertainties, what are the ‘chances’ of hitting a target at a certain range?”

A method for calculating hit percentage is presented and used in a number of scenarios, in which Litz explores things like: the effect of range uncertainty, wind uncertainty, muzzle velocity and rifle precision on hit percentage for different size targets at various ranges. The two basic applications of this method are:
1. To determine your chances of hitting a certain target at a certain range with your specific rifle and uncertainties.
2. To research which variables affect hit percentage most for your intended target, so you can design an optimal rifle and ammo system for your application.

While based heavily in statistical calculations, the conclusions of many analyses agree well with the experience of knowledgeable shooters. Several live fire tests are presented throughout, which serve to validate the method as well.

“Ballistics commonly focuses on generating an accurate fire solution which is important, but there’s much more to learn and apply from the science of accuracy,” stated Litz. “A lot of analysis is presented in the book, which demonstrates valuable principles, but those analysis are static. The Applied Ballistics Analytics software is a program which allows you to calculate hit percentages for your specific rifle and target scenarios using the same method as the calculations in the book. Armed with the knowledge in the book, and the AB Analytics software, you’re empowered with a realistic understanding of your hit probability on any target, and what things you can do to improve it.”

Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting is written in the same, easy to understand language that made Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting such an enjoyable and effective book for shooters of all capabilities. Long range shooting can be incredibly technical, and Litz communicates these complex scenarios into terms that allow most average shooters to master the subject with little difficulty.

Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting is available now on Amazon Kindle for $27.99 (Accuracy and Precision on Kindle) and through the Applied Ballistics Store in hardcover for $39.95 (Accuracy and Precision in Hardcover).

As part of the current re-release of this title, Applied Ballistics is offering the book, Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting for free with the purchase of the AB Analytics software. This offer is exclusively available through the Applied Ballistics web store (AB Analytics).

American Gunfighter Episode 2 – Tom Spooner, Northern Red – Presented by BCM

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The second episode of American Gunfighter is now live. Presented by Bravo Company Manufacturing, each episode of American Gunfighter features a different instructor from the BCM Gunfighter program. These instructors speak about how they got to where they are and what drives them to do what they do. This episode profiles Tom Spooner of Northern Red. His profile can be read below:

American Gunfighter

Tom has dedicated his adult life to serving our country. Starting as a private in the 82nd Airborne and culminating in 10 years at 1st SFOD-D. As an Operator Tom spent 40 months in combat, conducting over 1300 direct action missions. Tom’s experience base includes Hostage Rescue, Kill/Capture and Helo based vehicle interdictions. He served as both an Assault Team leader and Sniper Team Leader in combat. Tom’s extensive experience in executing missions that were often opposed by the enemies most hardened fighters created his passion for teaching the application of marksmanship and tactics in real world scenarios.

EJ Snyder Featured In American Survival Guide

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Who remembers American Survival Guide from the 1980s? It enjoyed a long run thanks to the survivalist movement that had sprung up. When the economy improved in the 90s, it was gone but it has found a new lease on life due to the rise of the prepper community.


You may have heard of EJ Snyder from his two appearances on the Discovery Channel show “Naked and Afraid” as well as other TV appearances. Some of you may know him from his 25 years of military service as he retired as a Sergeant Major from the US Army.


In the latest issue of American Survival Guide, EJ shares his top 10 tips for staying alive. He isn’t all Hollywood. EJ is an instructor at the US Army’s SERE school at Ft Bragg. While it might be old hat for some, it’s worth a read.

The Official SSD Response to the Washington Times’ Latest Article on the US Army’s Halted Individual Carbine Program

Thursday, August 21st, 2014


Our official response to the Washington Times article entitled “Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine”?


That is all…

NRA American Warrior Number 21

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

NRA American Warrior

The latest issue of NRA American Warrior is now available. This issue features a story on our friends at Hodge Defense Systems, along with coverage on guns, gear, and lifestyle.

You can read it here:

Hill People Gear Website Upgrade

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Hill People Gear has just announced some improvements to their website, including product display and how they now process payments. You can read the full release below.

HPG Website

This summer, we decided it was time to focus our energy on a significant upgrade to our web infrastructure. In addition to a completely new backend and updated look (that is more mobile device friendly), we’ve added three big improvements.

The HPG equipage taxonomy ( is a systematic approach to thinking about backcountry living systems — what you need to carry and when. For seasoned backcountry travelers, it may serve as nothing more than a way of understanding under which circumstances each piece of gear we offer is most useful. For everyone else, we hope it serves as a good introduction to their own integration with a backcountry or austere environment – regardless of whether they ever buy a stitch of gear from us.

Our product catalog ( is much streamlined with a number of filter options, product attributes, and a product comparison feature. This allows customers to easily determine which of our products go with which, which of the equipage levels they are most appropriate for, and exact weights among other things.

We now accept credit card payments through McMillan Merchant Services ( MMC is a payment processor that was started specifically as a pro 2nd amendment choice in the face of so many anti-constitutional banking practices. We’re proud to support the McMillan family in their effort to develop an independent pro-constitution financial infrastructure. PayPal is still available as a trusted 3rd party payment option for customers who are more comfortable using that.

We invite anyone interested in backcountry travel to take advantage of the many free resources available on our website and hope they’ll consider our gear when outfitting themselves.

Applied Ballistics Announces New Book Series From Bryan Litz Entitled, “Modern Advancements In Long Range Shooting”

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Popular Long-Range Ballistics Author to Release First Book in the Series in July 2014

MAILRS - Bryan Litz

Cedar Springs, MI – June 25, 2014 - Applied Ballistics, LLC is excited to announce the release of a new series of books from popular author, Bryan Litz, entitled “Modern Advancements for Long Range Shooting” which documents the ongoing research and development that is taking place inside the Applied Ballistics laboratory. Volume I of the series is scheduled for release in late July 2014.

In the first Volume of the series, readers will be privy to extensive test results which fully explore the effects of twist rate on muzzle velocity, BC (supersonic and transonic), precision, even spin rate decay for various rifling profiles as they are tested experimentally.

Other sections of the book detail the evolution of modern rifle, bullet, and optic design. Additionally, results from in-depth chronograph testing are presented, showing the strengths and weaknesses of available commercial chronographs.

Nick Vitalbo, contributing author and President of nVisti Tactical Innovation, Applied Ballistics’ partner company specializing in small arms fire control systems, optical wind measurement and product development, explains state-of-the-art instrumentation such as laser rangefinders and wind measurement devices in detail.

“This new series is heavily based in experimental ballistics, and takes a sort of ‘myth busters’ approach to many of the questions and problems faced by modern long range shooters,” stated Litz. “In today’s world of marketing hype and movie magic, Applied Ballistics continues to explore long range shooting using the scientific method, and publishes the results in a non-biased way that’s easily understood by everyone.”

Scheduled for release at the end of July 2014, “Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting – Vol. 1” will be available for $39.95. Future volumes are planned to cover the ongoing testing and evaluation activities of Applied Ballistics. The new book will be offered for pre-order from June 24 thru July 25. Readers can pre-order the book at a 10% discount ($35.95).

Follow SSD On Instagram For Up To The Minute OR Coverage

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

If you’re not following SSD on Instagram, you’re missing out on plenty of OR coverage that isn’t being published on this site, or even our Facebook page. Just take a look at a few of the images posted from the show floor already.

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