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T-Worx Forms Tactical Advisory Group to Optimize Deployment of its I-rail Platform

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Industry Leader Brings Former Snipers, Special Operators Together to Drive Innovation for “Next Gen” Rail System

Ashburn, VA—Today, T-WORX, a global leader in the development of firearms technology, announced the formation of a Tactical Advisory Group (TAG) which will bring together veterans from the Naval Special Warfare, Army Special Operations and Marine Scout/Sniper communities to provide hands-on expertise in the deployment of its Intelligent Rail® (I-Rail®) platform. The I-Rail® is a patented platform technology that powers, connects, and communicates data from rifles and accessories to command centers on and off the battlefield. To view the bios of the members of the TAG click here.

“We are thrilled to bring together such an impressive group of experts from across our military’s special operations and sniper communities to assist us in putting our groundbreaking I-Rail® platform in the hands of military and recreational shooters around the world,” said Don McLaughlin, Vice-President of T-Worx. “The three men who make up our original group bring over 70 years of applied shooting and combat experience—I am confident that their feedback in using the I-Rail® platform will be invaluable as we make final preparations to bring it to the marketplace.”

The discrete data broadcast from the I-Rail® platform feeds analytics on ground troop movement, their actions and events, and enables high-resolution video streamed in real time. Now a NATO standard, the I-Rail® represents the next frontier for rifle platforms in both military and recreational settings.
“The game changing aspects of the I-Rail® platform are compelling, particularly for those who may be deployed at the tactical edge and for enhancing combat development training,” said 25 year Special Operations Combat veteran and former federal agent, Dave Powers. “The platform offers a dynamic package of power, lethality and connectivity to a wide range of data-driven assets that can win the fight—I look forward to shooting it and working with the team to maximize its impact.”

The Intelligent Rail® technology, also known as the Powered Rail®, has been developed over the last 9 years under the US Army SBIR program and with private equity funding. The core technology is a sealed, ruggedized Printed Circuit Board (PCB) that is inserted in the center of each Mil-Std-1913 Picatinny Rail. The Intelligent Rail® (I-Rail®) PCB is designed to withstand the rigors of combat, rough use, and extreme barrel temperatures, and is submersible to 20 meters. Originally designed to provide a central power source for all weapon-mounted accessories, the I-Rail® also provides the user with accessory command and control from a rail-mounted control module containing 3 user-assignable control buttons. This control module eliminates any tape-switches or cables and allows the user to control all weapon-mounted devices with his off-hand. The I-Rail® provides secure device integration through the data and communications capability embedded within the I-Rail® PCB and accessory connection, providing enhanced Situational Awareness (SA) through its secure on-weapon network, bringing real-time imagery and information into the battlefield common operating picture from the individual and squad level.

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Scalarworks Launches Aimpoint Pro Quick-Detach Mount

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017


Easton, PA – August 22, 2017 – Scalarworks is pleased to introduce the Low Drag MountTM for Aimpoint PRO sights; the lightest quick-detach Aimpoint PRO mount in existence.


The LDM/PRO is a lightweight, high-strength, low-profile, quick-detach optic mount for with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails, that is compatible with the Aimpoint PRO, Aimpoint ACO, Aimpoint CompM2, and Aimpoint CompM3, and most other 30mm tube sights.

The Scalarworks LDM/PRO features a user friendly and low-profile 30mm ring. The Scalarworks ring has a precision fitted alloy steel hinge that ensures even pressure around the optic, without requiring the tedious and imprecise setup that traditional rings do. Twin oversize CNC machined shoulder screws provide even tension and act as structural elements, making the entire ring assembly phenomenally rigid.

Like every Scalarworks Low Drag MountTM, the LDM/PRO has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any quick detach mount on the market. It’s tubular monolithic base is CNC machined from ultra high-strength 7075-T6 aluminum, and features our patented recoil-proof thumbscrew with ball detent mechanism. It also has the same precision telescoping clamp as our popular Aimpoint Micro, and Trijicon MRO mounts, which ensures a repeatable zero with each installation.

The LDM/PRO weighs less than 2.45oz (in lower-third height) which is less than half that of Aimpoint’s bundled QRP2 mount. The LDM/PRO is proudly made in the USA, and is available in both Absolute and Lower-Third Co-Witness height variants.


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Bill Orr, Founder of GT Distributors and Former President of NAPED, Passes

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

New Bern, NC (August 2017) – The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors (NAPED) is sad to announce the passing of one of our industry greats, William J. “Bill” Orr, founder of GT Distributors and a founding member of NAPED.
Bill passed away Aug. 21 at his home in Georgetown, Texas.

He will be buried beside his late wife, Charlotte, at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Bill’s passion for firearms and Smith & Wesson® specifically, began in his youth. After his service in the Army and marriage to his college sweetheart, Charlotte, Bill managed an appliance store. On the side he bought and sold guns. In 1966, Bill was granted a Colt® distributorship while still running the appliance store. By 1972, Bill, with the help of Roy Jinks (Smith & Wesson historian), had received a Smith & Wesson Law Enforcement distributorship. He and his wife officially founded GT Distributors, so called because their first building sat on the Georgia and Tennessee state line in Rossville, Georgia.

Since those early years, Bill and Charlotte, and eventually their kids, built the business into one of the largest law enforcement distributors in the country. As a man passionate about collecting firearms, he was also passionate about business and was one of the original five members of NAPED in 1986.

“Bill will be sorely missed by everyone at GT and remembered as a man that was truly interested in everyone and every gun he met. He was an astute businessman and loving family man, who generously gave his time and energy to his employees,” Tim Brown, president of GT Distributors and of the NAPED BOD commented.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visit to share condolences with the family and view the memorial tribute.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research ( or the charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends 5 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug 24 at the Heritage Funeral Home.

MASF to Host Top Tier Speakers at Civilian Carry Mindset Seminar

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Lovettsville, VA – Modern American Shooting & Firearms (MASF), a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Education Organization, focused on the premise that safety is learned though education and training, has announced they will be hosting their inaugural, Civilian Carry Mindset Seminar, August 26th, at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association, in Lovettsville, VA.

Attendees of the seminar will be able to interact with some of the industry’s top trainers and subject matter experts, to present topics ranging from mindset to daily concealed carry, law, justified shootings and much more!

Those in attendance will learn from six speakers, and a one-hour, open panel discussion at the conclusion of the day. Speakers include: VA Senator Dick Black (USMC Veteran), Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman (Former DEA), Philip Van Cleave (VCDL), Brett Harnish (USMC Veteran currently Green Ops), Attorney Daniel L. Hawes (Virginia Legal Defense), Nathan Murr (USMC Veteran, currently Kinetic Developement Group), Rob Tackett (USMC Veteran, currently Critical Carry Firearms Training and TacStrike Steel Target Systems).

All attendees are eligible to be entered in multiple door prizes. Some of our sponsor donated items include XP-15 DELTA – 5.56 beautifully accessorized out by KDG, Trijicon MRO® – 2.0 MOA Adjustable Red Dot with Low Mount, TacStrike Steel, PMAG® D-60™ AR/M4 5.56X45MM NATO, Green Ops One Day Class, FPF Training One Day Class (John Murphy) and too much more to list!

For more information, and to enroll in the MASF Civilian Carry Mindset Seminar, visit here.

Team Rubicon Appoints Four New Members to Its Advisory Board

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

LOS ANGELES, (August 21, 2017) – Veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon welcomes four members to its advisory board with the appointments of Andy Bessette, Gen. (ret) James Conway, Gregg Lemkau, and Jeff Smith.

“Our newest board members bring a broad range of experience from the finance, insurance, government, and military sectors,” said Jake Wood, Team Rubicon cofounder and CEO. “With nearly 50 disaster response operations under our belt in 2017 alone, these individuals will enhance and accelerate our efforts to build stronger communities through continued service.”

Andy Bessette is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Travelers. Bessette is responsible for operations from real estate to community relations as well as sports partnerships, including the company’s official marketing partnership with the PGA Tour. A member of the 1980 Olympic Team, he continues to support Olympic Committee activities. Bessette holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Gen. (ret) James Conway was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 1969. During his 40-year career in the Marine Corps, Conway initially led the invasion of Iraq in 2003 with 90,000 troops under his command. During his second tour, he oversaw the Battle of Fallujah. Conway was the senior operations officer on the Joints Chiefs of Staff providing support as a military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the President. He also served as the 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as the senior uniformed Marine.

Gregg Lemkau is the co-head of global mergers and acquisitions for Goldman Sachs. He is a member of firm’s management committee, the investment banking division executive committee, and the investment banking division operating committee. He joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions department in 1992. Lemkau was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2002. He earned a Bachelor’s in Government and Economics from Dartmouth College in 1991.

Jeff Smith is the senior vice president of human resources for FedEx Ground. With over 20 years of strategic leadership in human resources and operational roles, he joined FedEx Ground in November of 2014 as vice president of human resources and was named senior vice president in June 2017. Jeff is a member of The Conference Board’s Chief Human Resources Officer Committee and served on the Client Advisory Board for Linkage – Women in Leadership. Jeff is an Army Veteran serving as a member of 5th Special Forces Group and as an Army Aviator with 1/147th Aviation Battalion of the Wisconsin National Guard. Jeff has a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a master’s from the University of Iowa.

U.S. Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty founded Team Rubicon in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake. The nonprofit organization has grown from eight volunteers to over 50,000 with over 200 operations under its belt, including responses to Superstorm Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and Hurricane Matthew.

Black Aces Tactical Announces a New Suppressor at $199 for Both the .30 and 7.62mm Platforms

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Black Aces Tactical (BAT), an American manufacturer best known for its patented custom shotguns, is excited to announce the release of the company’s new PoBoy suppressor for both the 30 caliber and 7.62 models.

Said Lemoine, “Riding on the immense success of Pro Series 56 PoBoy suppressor, the customer demand for the both 30 Cal and 7.62mm suppressors has been nothing short of incredible. We at Black Aces Tactical have listened. Our larger caliber cans employ the same simple technologies found in our 556 models while being reinforced to take the punishment administered by the larger, more powerful rounds. And as always the end goal was to give the customer a suppressor they can be proud of while offering it to them for a price that is accessible and makes sense.”

At just $199 retail – with even the least expensive silencers on the market coming in at nearly over the price – customers are finally now able to purchase a quality suppressor at less than the cost of the required NFA tax stamp.

“For years, the suppressor industry has been producing an increasingly complex and costly product with little change in performance,” said Eric Lemoine, CEO of Black Aces Tactical states. “We were confident we could manufacture a simple yet rugged product that meets and surpasses expectations, while being affordable for gun owners.”

Named the Pro Series 30 and Pro Series 47 respectively, the “Po’Boy”, the suppressor features a number of details only found on much more expensive models offered by other manufactures. The “Po’Boy” not only quiets the report of an AK47 by 30+ decibels, it also is able to handle the more powerful rounds up to a 338 Lapua. It is fully automatic capable and the finish boasts 2000 degree cerakote. And in what might be Po’Boy’s trump card, the suppressor is fully serviceable by the end user using an AR15 stock wrench

“Through ingenuity and innovation, Black Aces Tactical has used a combination of time-tested design and modern technology to produce a suppressor that is as strong as it is quiet and affordable,” said Lemoine.

For more information about Black Aces Tactical, contact Eric Lemoine at 407-630-9359, email, or visit

Crimson Trace Launches Laserguard For Ruger’s LCP II

Friday, August 18th, 2017


(Wilsonville, OR)— Crimson Trace®, recognized as America’s top brand of laser sights in a recent Southwick Associates industry survey, is now manufacturing two new Laserguard® laser sights: The LG-497 with red laser diode, and the LG-497G with green laser diode. Both laser sights are designed for a precision fit onto Ruger’s popular LCP® II compact semi-auto pistol. These Laserguard laser sights are also offered in special packages with holsters that are designed to secure the firearm with the laser sight installed. Details on additional available holsters for these laser sights installed on Ruger’s LCP II and many other firearms can be researched at

These new Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sights for the Ruger LCP II pistol can be easily adjusted for windage and elevation. Each side of the product also has unique stripling to match segments of the Ruger pistol’s grip. A distinct CTC logo is prominent on each side of the laser sight’s front section. These new laser sights are easy to install and maintain (owner’s manual is included in packaging and also available on the company’s website), plus these laser sights are covered under Crimson Trace’s innovative Free Batteries for Life Program.

Like all Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sights, these new products feature the company’s award-winning and patented Instinctive ActivationTM firearm laser technology, designed to activate the laser sight when the firearm is held with a normal firing grip and when the user is ready to fire.  Instinctive Activation, a common consumer demand, is one of the many reasons that Crimson Trace is a leader in the firearms laser sight market. 

Released in 2007, Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sights incorporate either a red or green laser diode within a sturdy and compact housing that’s simple to install onto the pistol’s trigger guard. The necessary installation screws, plus battery for operation, are included in the product packaging. Some other laser sight manufacturers require the additional purchase of tools and batteries after purchasing the product or offer their products only with green lasers.

Crimson Trace further leads the laser sight accessory category by offering more than 275 products at 2,500+ dealers across America. The company’s products can be easily installed without requiring modification of the firearm —or special gunsmith skills. For more information on Crimson Trace products, dealers, dealer locations, and to obtain a free copy of the company’s catalog, visit or call 800-442-2406.

About Crimson Trace Corporation
Based in Wilsonville, Oregon, Crimson Trace Corporation is recognized as the leader in establishing laser sights as standard equipment on concealed-carry and personal-defense firearms. For more than two decades, the company has provided America’s firearms owners, law enforcement officers and military units worldwide with the largest selection of award-winning laser sights and tactical lights products. Those innovations include: Lasergrips® laser sights, Laserguard® laser sights, LiNQ™ wireless operated laser and light systems and Lightguard® lights for firearms, each with Instinctive Activation™ firearm laser activation technology. Additional product lines include the Defender SeriesTM and Rail Master® firearms accessory platforms. Full details are available at or by calling 800-442-2406.

Norm Crawford Wins Prestigious Wimbledon Cup for Second Year in a Row

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Columbia Falls, MT. (August 2017) With a winning shoot-off score of 100-5X, Norman Crawford won his second consecutive Wimbledon Cup Championship. Crawford used the same PROOF Research barrel he used in 2016 to earn a cup victory-the first ever achieved with a carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel-a 32″, 1.1″ diameter, 1-in-8″ twist chambered in Shahane .284.

“They’re lighter, they seem to be a lot easier to find a load that will shoot through them, and they don’t seem to wander quite as much as a regular steel barrel will as it warms up and cools down,” Crawford said of the PROOF barrels he uses in competition. “Generally, they just seem to be a bit more predictable all the way around.”

Crawford has won the historic Wimbledon Cup a total of three times, earning his first victory back in 2003 with a steel barrel.

“I shot steel barrels for years. I got asked three or four years ago to try one of PROOF’s barrels for competitive shooting,” Crawford explained. “And that barrel shot as good as any barrel I’ve ever had-and it lasted longer than any other .284 barrel I’ve ever had. In fact, I couldn’t kill it.”

Crawford has been shooting competitively since 1990 and has racked up a long list of victories over the course of his career, but he is especially proud of his Wimbledon Cup victories, given the historic significance of this match. “The Wimbledon Cup is probably considered the most prestigious of all the long-range matches in the national championship,” he said. “It’s been shot in the United States since 1876.”

Next up for Crawford are the Spirit of America Fullbore Rifle Prone National Championships, which will take place in New Mexico the second week of September 2017. He plans to use a PROOF carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel in this competition as well.