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Remember the Men of Extortion 17

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

I can’t believe it’s been three years since I heard the news about the crash of Extortion 17, a US Army CH-47 carrying 38 souls: 17 US Navy SEALs, 5 NSW Fleet Techs, 2 USAF Pararescumen, 1 USAF Combat Controller, 5 US Army National Guard and Army Reserve Aviators, 7 Afghan Commandos, and 1 Afghan interpreter. Also on board was a single NSW Working Dog.


I live in Virginia’s Tidewater which was home port for many of those men. I’m not sure the town will ever really get over the tragedy. There are a lot of families, friends, and teammates who bear the loss every day. Only one day a year everyone else thinks about these men and their sacrifice. I think that’s selfish. I don’t expect you to think of them everyday unless they were yours, but don’t make their passing into something any more special than any other death. This obsession has trivialized their passing as much as it does every other death. Each and every loss has meaning and every loss is mourned. I challenge you to look past this one day a year and this group of men. By all means, remember the Men of Extortion 17 and then recognize the sacrifice of all of our fallen.

American Marauder – Choose Danger Shirt

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


In Norse mythology, Siegfried is a brave young man who is raised by the dwarf, Regin. He decides that he wants to do something important and goes into the cave where the dragon lives. He battles and slays the dragon. The quote is from Euripedes circa 412 BC – ‘A coward turns away, but a brave man’s choice is danger.’

American Marauder’s ‘Choose Danger’ shirt features a “design that is dedicated to those that choose to wake and slay the dragon every day.” Made from 65/35 polyester/cotton, the shirt is slim fit and comes in black.


Printed in the USA.

Violent Little Machine Shop – Creasy Bear And Goose Color Patches

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Creasy Bear Goose SSD Patches

Violent Little Machine Shop partnered up with Combat Swag to turn two of their most popular patches, the Creasy Bear and Goose patches, into full color PVC.

Creasy Bear Patch 1

Talk to Me Goose Topgun Group Patch

Rest In Peace David Lyon

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I had the pleasure to meet and speak with David Lyon several times over the past few years. We weren’t close but he made one hell of an impression on me, every single time. What a great young man. In fact, we were just talking a couple of weeks ago about a story on his latest endeavor, a new Vodka.

Initially, I met him through a mutual friend and then found out about his company Forward Solutions LLC, which specializes in EOD equipment. You see, David was a Marine EOD technician and as you can tell from the photo below, he was a Wounded Warrior. He might of lost his legs to an enemy IED but he didn’t lose his heart. He stuck in there, maintained a great attitude, worked with other wounded Veterans and used his head to come up with new solutions for his EOD brethren. All laudable actions. I was humbled when we’d talk.

David Lyon

Yesterday, I found this post on his Facebook page:

We announce, with sadness that David Lyon passed away today at approximately 2pm from sudden heart complications. His family was able to be with him as he peacefully left this world. We plan on having a memorial in San Diego and he will be laid to rest at home in Utah. We do not have details yet but will inform everyone as soon as arrangements are made. Dave was a incredible man and touched many lives in great ways.

Rest in peace Dave, you were an amazing father, son, brother and friend. You will be missed and never forgotten!

What a blow. The enemy couldn’t get him but the wounds of war hit their mark. I’m glad he passed peacefully with family, but I’m sad he’s gone.

You will be missed. Rest In Peace.

SIG SAUER Launches New Webstore, Expanded Product Lines

Thursday, July 31st, 2014


NEWINGTON, N.H. (July 31, 2014) — SIG SAUER® has launched a redesigned webstore, offering an expanded selection of SIG SAUER branded clothing, merchandise, accessories, and a new line of Mitch Rosen designed holsters.

The SIG SAUER webstore has always been the premier online resource for factory parts and accessories. Now fans can show their affinity for the SIG SAUER brand with a selection of men’s and women’s shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and drinkware.

“SIG SAUER owners are passionate about their firearms,” said Jeff Creamer, SIG SAUER Executive Director and Chief Merchandise Manager. “Now they can show that passion with products that fit the SIG SAUER brand.”

In addition to new clothing, SIG SAUER has partnered with Mitch Rosen Extraordinary Gunleather to provide a line of SIG SAUER-specific holsters, including hard-to-find holsters for handguns such as the SP2022®, 1911, P320, P250® and P290®. Right- and left-hand models are available in most patterns.

“Mitch Rosen is one of the top holster manufacturers out there, and we’re excited to offer these products,” Creamer said.

While many of the products in the webstore are new, Creamer said they are just the beginning.

“Expect to see more and more products being added in the future,” he said. “We’re working with some of the best clothing and accessory manufacturers to develop some really cool items.”

Edit: SIG Sauer has revised their shipping rates for SIG apparel. They’ll be cutting shipping to $9.95 and offering free shipping on all order $100 or more.

American Marauder – UPA Flag Sticker

Saturday, July 26th, 2014


American Marauder has expanded their ‘Pineland series’ to include a sticker version of the UPA (United Provinces of Atlantica) flag used by the OPFOR during the Robin Sage portion of Special Forces Selection. UV coated for durability, these stickers are 3.35″ x 2″ and are intended for exterior use, such as on a car window.


Made in the USA.

Violent Little Machine Shop – Patrick Bateman Business Card Patch

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Patrick Bateman Patch

Patrick Bateman: New card. What do you think?

Craig McDermott: Whoa-ho. Very nice. Look at that.

Patrick Bateman: Picked them up from the printer’s yesterday.

David Van Patten: Good coloring.

Patrick Bateman: That’s bone. And the lettering is something called Silian Rail.

Violent Little Machine Shop is now offering Patrick Bateman’s business card from the movie ‘American Psycho’ in patch form. Made from leather, the patch is a perfect copy of the card from the film, right down to the misspelling of “Aquisitions”.

3.5″ x 2″, hook backed, made in the USA.

S&S Precision – Limited Edition Custom Long Boards

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014


S&S Precision has made up 25 custom long boards to sell to the public. They are made in the 757 and cost $327.57 each.

If you are interested in purchasing a board, you’ll have to call the shop directly at 757-453-6695 to place an order. Once they’re gone, they’re gone, so you’ll have to get one while you still can.

Hail Columbia!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Before there was Uncle Sam, America was personified by a lady named Columbia. Wearing a Phrygian cap and adorned with the red, white and blue, she fell out of favor after World War I.


Columbia has always had a special place in my heart and this war bond poster remains my favorite. The recent rantgasm over the use of flag-like garments caused me to look at some illustrations of our American lady. I had forgotten how closely associated she was with the Stars and Stripes.

Gellman Gear Tactical – Team USA RWB Plate Carrier

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

RWB Plate Carrier

We put this picture up on our Facebook page and it garnered a lot of attention, so in the interest of cool, custom gear, here’s the story:

The Team USA RWB (Red, White, and Blue) Plate Carrier was made by Fayetteville-based Gellman Gear Tactical as a small run for a specific group. Recently, they posted an auction on eBay for a custom version made to order for the winner. It was listed as being made from 1000D nylon with MilSpec elastic/webbing, buckles, and thread, removable shoulder pads, and a three (3) cell pouch “sized for 12-24 oz canned beverages”, built around the SAPI plate size requested. Although that auction has ended, don’t fret – there may be more of these carriers available at an undisclosed time if Gellman is able to source the proper hardware.

Keep an eye out on the Gellman Gear Tactical Facebook page and for more information.