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Polaris’ Indian Motorcycle & Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis Welcomes ‘Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime’ Selectees to Third Annual Motorcycle Therapy Adventure

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Best Friends and Above the Knee Bi-Lateral Amputees to Trade off Piloting an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Minneapolis & Los Angeles (July 24, 2017) — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, and “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis,” announced veterans Corporal Joshua Stein, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Corporal Neil Frustaglio, U.S. Marines (Ret.) have been named as the honorary “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime” selectees. The two post-9/11 veteran heroes were chosen from over 50 total entries in a nomination program that called upon friends and family members to submit deserving veterans for a once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle therapy adventure.

Corporal Joshua Stein, US Army (Ret.) joined the Army in February of 2005 as a 12B Combat Engineer, and was deployed to Iraq in December. On Easter Sunday of 2006, Josh and his team were struck by an Explosively Formed Penetrator bomb that blasted through their armored Bradley vehicle and immediately severed and cauterized both of Josh’s legs. Doctors in Iraq prioritized limb salvage, saving both his arms, and transported him back to the U.S., where he eventually woke up out of a medically induced coma with his family surrounding him a the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas. Following a long battle, and significant rehabilitation, Josh found a purpose at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) from which he’ll be graduating in Phoenix, Arizona on July 7, 2017.

Josh’s best friend, Corporal Neil Frustaglio, US Marines (Ret.) joined the Marines right after graduating high school and was deployed in September of 2005 with his unit to Ramadi, Iraq. While on a mission providing security during the Iraqi elections, Neil’s convoy sustained two massive IED explosions. As a result of the blasts, Neil lost both of his legs above the knee and received third-degree burns to twenty percent of his body, forcing him to undergo 24 surgeries and intense physical therapy at the young age of twenty-two. In a significant effort to turn around his life, support his family and maintain a regular life, Neil went back to work and eventually to school. He graduated in December 2016 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Arizona State University. Neil grew up riding motorcycles, was constantly on a bike before his injury.

“We’re extremely excited for this year’s ride to Sturgis. We have a great group of veterans joining us, and each and every year is special in its own right,” said David Frey, Veterans Charity Ride Founder. “Our Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime selectees, Josh and Neil, know a thing or two about resiliency. It’ll be incredible to witness two above-the-knee bi-lateral amputees push and motivate one another half way across the country as they trade off riding an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar. That indomitable spirit and nature will be powerful for our entire group of veterans.”

The two heroes will pilot an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar with modifications made by John Meade, owner of Azzkikr Custom Baggers, and his veteran employees in Phoenix, AZ. The Indian Scout Sidecar rig will be outfitted with a Rekluse Clutch, which eliminates the need to pull the clutch handle for shifting, a hand shift mechanism so the amputee rider can shift the bike manually, and the rear brake system will be moved and adapted to a hand brake on the left handlebar. The Scout will be complete with a custom Corbin seat to provide extra comfort and seating area for the long journey.

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis will depart from Los Angeles on July 28, on Indian Motorcycles and Champion Sidecars. The therapeutic adventure provides participating veterans the opportunity to work toward overcoming their post-war challenges while out on the open road. Riding through the most scenic back roads of the western United States, veterans will not only experience the great outdoors and the beauty this country has to offer, but also make stops to meet with other veterans, supporters, riders, and participate in various adjacent adventures. Upon arrival in Sturgis on August 5, the group will be treated to a special “Heroes Welcome” before taking part in a week of activities that further solidify the brotherhood and sisterhood formed during the ride.

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans.

Primary sponsors of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis include Indian Motorcycle and Champion Sidecars & Trikes, with additional sponsorship and support provided by Monster Energy Drink, Bates Footwear, Cycle Gear, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Avon Tyres, and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

To follow the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, support our veterans, donate and hear their stories, visit IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us/veterans-ride and VeteransCharityRide.org.

Army to Begin Fielding New Modular Handguns in November

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

FORT MEADE, Md. — Soldiers have many reasons to be excited about the new Sig Sauer modular handguns, which the Army will begin fielding in November, said Lt. Col. Steven Power, product manager of Soldier Weapons.

Testing of the modular handgun system, or MHS, this spring by Soldiers at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, resulted in overwhelmingly positive feedback, Power said, and 100-percent concurrence that the XM17 was an upgrade over the M9.

"That's an uncommonly positive thing," Power said, explaining that there's typically some reluctance with any new system. "Typically even in our own households, when you're buying a new car, there's things that people like about the old car better than the new one," he said.

In this case, all of the Soldiers who tested the handgun said the MHS was more comfortable to shoot and they had better confidence with it, Power said.

The first new XM17 handguns are scheduled to be fielded to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in November.

The Army's versions of the Sig Sauer P320, the XM17 and XM18, have different ammunition requirements than the commercial 320 pistol, and are painted a different color. The P320 was released for commercial use three years ago.

Improved durability and adjustability over the M9, along with interchangeable grips that fit comfortably, are among the features Soldiers can look forward to with the new pistol, Power said.

The new handguns also have an external safety and self-illluminating sights for low-light conditions.

"A big reason why the modular handgun system is such a leap ahead in ergonomics is because of the modular hand grips, instead of just making a one size fits all," Power said. "The shooter will have a handgrip that fits their hand properly which does a lot to improve accuracy — not only on the first shot but also on subsequent shots."

Members of the 101st Airborne are scheduled to receive about 2,000 pistols in November. Eventually, the Army will distribute the weapons to all units over a 10-year period. From November 2017 until September 2018, the new handguns will be fielded at a different post each month, except for March and April of 2018, according to the current plan.

Power said troops from different military branches have already trained with the new handguns and tested them, but none have fielded the weapons yet. The new weapons have long been anticipated, as the M9 Beretta, first issued in 1986, is nearing the end of its serviceability.

"That's pretty dated technology," Power said of the M9. "The specific performance improvements from MHS over the M9 are in the area of accuracy, dispersion (and) ergonomics. And ergonomics isn't just about the comfort of the shooter."

A lot of the weapon's accuracy can be attributed to ergonomics, Power said, adding that human factors engineering determines how well the weapon works in a shooter's hand.

Sig Sauer earned the $580 million contract to produce the weapons in January after winning the Army and Air Force's XM17 Modular Handgun Competition. The Army will continue to use 9mm rounds, subcontracted to ammunition manufacturer Winchester. Power said the Army did not have a preference to remain with the 9mm rounds, but rather used a systems approach to determine ammunition type.

"There was no prejudice toward 9mm," Power said. "The goal was to pick a system that best met our requirements."

Originally posted to www.army.mil.

High Speed Gear – Duty-Grip Padded Belt

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

SWANSBORO, North Carolina – July 25, 2017 – High Speed Gear® has a history of producing some of the most versatile tactical pouches and platforms in the industry. A proven performer, HSGI® continues to show tremendous popularity in law enforcement, military and shooting sports markets worldwide. Our extensive list of top tier operators includes U.S. and allied special forces, state and local tactical units, and federal agencies.

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HSGI® is proud to announce the Duty-Grip Padded Belt, a new, slimmer padded belt designed for any duty rig configuration. These belts have been field tested by numerous law enforcement officers and agencies to ensure we created a system to meet their needs.

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The Duty-Grip is constructed with durable 1000D Cordura® and our popular neoprene padding to add a gel-like comfort and unsurpassed grip. This belt is available in two versions: the standard Duty-Grip features a complete series of vertical laser-cut slots that allow a rigger or duty belt to weave securely to expose any or nearly all of the belt for attaching belt-mounted pouches and holsters, while the Duty-Grip M features a four-column, laser-cut MOLLE panel on the back for attachment of MOLLE pouches or accessories. Because of its unique design, paired inner belts don’t require interior Velcro®. At 2.75” tall, the Duty-Grip is our slimmest padded belt yet and is still compatible with belts up to 2”.

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The Duty-Grip and Duty-Grip M are available now!

Made 100% in the USA, Battle-Proven Tactical Gear.

For more information, visit www.highspeedgear.com.

Blueridge Armor Releases Vengeance Series Hard Armor Shield Line

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

BlueRidge Armor announced the launch of the VENGEANCE™ series, a new hard armor tactical shield line. Introductory models of the new ballistic shields were displayed July 13th and 14th at the ADS Warrior Expo East in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The VENGEANCE™ Series builds off BlueRidge Armors popular WMX1 Transporter Platform. Partnering with Dix Defense distribution and Elzetta Lighting, maker of the toughest flashlights on the planet, the new series introduces an exclusive patent pending viewport, and two available patent pending lighting systems. The VENGEANCE™ viewport offers the same side to side peripheral vision of a traditional rectangular viewport, while improving lower peripheral vision and maintaining a high degree of upper helmet coverage as the result of its unique Deep-V top.

Elzetta Lighting developed two new shield handle systems with integrated high output LED lights. A Horizontal handle system incorporates a proprietary single point, ambidextrous pressure switch eliminating exposed wiring. The revolutionary Tridextrous™ handle system offers three grip angles and greatly improves ergonomic three-point control of the shield. Three intuitive light activation points are easily accessible for both right and left handed users. Both systems feature high output 1000 lumen LED lights, incorporate distinct diamond textured grip surfaces and are proudly made in America.

BlueRidge Armor, LLC., Dix Defense and Elzetta Lighting are independent, privately held companies.

For further information please contact:

BlueRidge Armor LLC, Phone – 844-556-M855 – email – info@blueridgearmor.comblueridgearmor.com

Dix Defense, Phone – 336.558.9512 email – dixenterprises@dixdefense.comdixdefense.com

Elzetta Lighting, Phone – 859-707-7471 email – info@Elzetta.comelzetta.com

New Gerber Sharkbelly Now Available

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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PORTLAND, OREGON (July 25th, 2017) – GERBER, an industry-leading manufacturer of personal knives, multi-tools, and gear, announces the introduction of the new Sharkbelly. This smartly designed knife is an update to the classic everyday carry pocket knife with lightweight utility and standout features. Designed and built in Gerber’s Portland, Oregon manufacturing facility, this American made knife is available in partially serrated and full fine edge blade variations.

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The 420HC modern sheepsfoot-style blade is easily deployed with a sizable thumb hole, revealing flat top serrations that are easy to sharpen on a flat stone and practical for daily use. The tactile SharkSkin Grip™ succeeds in function and aesthetics with unidirectional scales that provide additional traction when in hand – smooth in one direction and grippy in the other.

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The SharkBelly’s scratch-resistant wire pocket clip means it can be worn anywhere without worry of causing damage to a car, bike, or other valuables you might brush up against, and weighing in at just under 2.3 oz, it has a place in any pocket or pack.

Learn more about the Sharkbelly here. $39, available now.

Learn more about Gerber’s commitment to American manufacturing here.

Propper 4PV Armor Records First Save

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

St. Charles, MO — Troup County (GA) Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hockett, 24 years old and newly married, recently became the best kind of statistic – a survivor – thanks in part to his Propper 4PV concealable armor.

According to the sheriff’s office, Hockett was responding just before noon on January 9 to a welfare check call in the rural community when he was allegedly shot by Matthew Edmonson multiple times with a shotgun-type weapon, including in the side, where the 4PV he was wearing under his uniform stopped the projectiles from penetrating. Hockett returned fire, striking the suspect once in the shoulder, then retreated to his vehicle, where he called for backup as he drove to safety. In all, Hockett was struck in the forehead, side, hand, and elbow. The suspect was later taken into custody by the SWAT team after a long standoff.

The Sheriff’s Office released the following statement:

Around 11:55 [January 9th, 2017] a Deputy with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Jackson St in Troup County regarding a welfare check on an individual. When the deputy arrived he exited his vehicle to go around a fence toward the house and heard what he described as a banging sound. As he looked in the direction of the noise he saw a white male firing a gun at him. The deputy then retreated at which time the individual got into a truck and began driving toward the deputy. At that point the individual exited his truck and began firing at the deputy who announced to the person that he was a deputy and the deputy returned fire striking the male who then got in the truck and went back to the house.
The deputy, Michael Hockett, was struck by gunfire and was able to retreat to his vehicle and call for further assistance and was transported to West Georgia Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released a short time later.
At 6:25 PM the suspect, identified as 28 year old Matthew Edmondson, was arrested without further incident after coming out of the residence he had been held up in since the incident began. Edmondson was assessed on scene by emergency personnel and was transported to Columbus Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
The scene has been turned over to the GBI and charges are pending against Edmondson. Nothing further at this time.

“We are extremely grateful that the vest did its job and Deputy Hockett survived this potentially deadly encounter,” said Skip Church, Vice President of Armor Products for Propper. “The four-panel design of the 4PV placed the protection where he needed it. A typical two-piece vest would not have performed as well.”

The 4PV’s four-panel system includes separate side panels that bridge the gap between the front and back panels, filling in the vulnerable opening found in two-piece designs.

Hockett was presented with a brand new replacement vest courtesy of Propper at a ceremony honoring his bravery. This is the first recorded save by a Propper 4PV since the company began making armor in 2014.

Dashcam footage of the incident.

www.propper.com

Gentex Awarded $13M U.S. Army Contract for Apache Aviator Integrated Helmet

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Direct contract enables better pricing, and streamlined engineering and integration support

Simpson, PA, July 24, 2017. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel has been awarded a $13,443,811 firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Army for the delivery of Apache Aviator Integrated Helmets (AAIH).

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Worn by Apache helicopter crews, the AAIH is an integrated helmet, display, and sight system with improved safety features and comfort that provides situational awareness and targeting information. The integrated helmet is a key component of the next generation Apache helicopter, the AH-64E, which will be flown by over 15 countries.

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Prior to the competitive win, Gentex had been supplying the helmet to the Army as a subcontractor under a prior agreement. “We’re proud to have been chosen to continue producing this next generation aviator helmet for the Army,” said Robert McCay, vice president aircrew systems, Gentex Corporation. “Providing the helmet to the Army directly allows for better pricing, and streamlined engineering and integration support.”

The AAIH is based on the highly successful Gentex HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmet System, which Gentex has been supplying to the U.S. DoD since 1993. Work for the AAIH contract will be conducted at Gentex’s large capacity manufacturing facility in Simpson, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be complete by June, 2022.

Return of the TangoDown iO Cover for the Aimpoint T-1 Optic

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

TangoDown is pleased to announce the return of the iO Cover for the Aimpoint™ T-1 (iO-003). The iO-003 maintains the same sleek & snug fit of the original iO cover.

Manufactured from durable thermoplastic polyurethane, the caps resist solvents, oils and UV exposure. Additionally, they accept most spray paints and hydro-dip processes.

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The iO-003 offers deeper solid caps which provide protection from scratching the lenses.

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They conveniently nest together to keep them out of the way while the optic is in use. In addition to deeper caps, the iO-003 has protection ears for the elevation adjustment cap. Protect your Aimpoint™ and know your expensive investment is safe under all conditions!

The iO-003 accommodates the following optics only: Aimpoint™ T-1/H-1/R-1

Current Color Options: Black & Flat Dark Earth

MSRP: $28.95

Visit tangodown.com/shop/io-cover for more information on the iO-003.