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BE Meyers & Co Announces Michael Baccellieri As Latest Ambassador

Monday, November 11th, 2019

November 11, 2019 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Mr. Michael Baccellieri to its team of Brand Ambassadors. Mr. Baccellieri’s extensive expertise and years of sniper training make him an ideal fit in support of B.E. Meyers and Co.’s product line of advanced photonic solutions for the warfighter.

“I am honored and humbled to be joining the B.E. Meyers & Co. Brand Ambassador team,” said Baccellieri. “This is a company that has an unparalleled reputation in the world of military grade enablers, and has been the tip of the spear in innovation for improved application, function, and ergonomics. I am extremely excited to be a part of the B.E. Meyers & Co. family.”

Michael “Buck” Baccellieri grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and started his military career in the Oregon Army National Guard at the age of 17. He attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), and after three years as an infantry rifleman he transitioned to the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Baccellieri served as a Scout in a Surveillance and Target Acquisition platoon at Camp Pendleton, and completed training as an Assault Climber, and a Combat Water Safety Swimmer. After four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he transitioned back into the civilian sector where he worked as a diesel technician.

Five years later, Mr. Baccellieri returned to the Oregon Army National Guard, where he served as a sniper team leader. He finished his military career as an instructor at the Ft. Chaffee sniper school house in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. While serving in the U.S. Military, Mr. Baccellieri was deployed on five separate occasions, to various countries during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Leading up to this partnership, our team has worked with Michael on several efforts in order to ensure we are the most end-user centric defense company at the design level. Michael has been phenomenal to work with and has the respect of the industry as a true professional and Subject Matter Expert regarding precision rifle capabilities and employment,” said Matt Meyers, CEO of B.E. Meyers & Co. “He’s a good man, and thorough.”

Michael Baccellieri now works for Leupold & Stevens Inc. as the lead optics and firearms instructor for all military and law enforcement training.


Metisentry Acquires ScholarVets

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

AKRON, OH (Nov. 8, 2019) Metisentry, LLC, based in Akron, OH, has announced the acquisition of ScholarVets as of Nov. 1, 2019.

ScholarVets is based in Silver Spring, MD, and works to connect military veterans with academic partner schools more efficiently. Through the use of its patent-pending web platform and mobile application, ScholarVets is arming veterans with a powerful communication channel.

This, in turn, is increasing veteran graduation rates post-military service. 

“Our vision has always been one where our platform would help 100% of military-connected students graduate and obtain meaningful employment post-military service,” stated John Lunardi, President of ScholarVets. “This acquisition will not only further our original vision but because of Metisentry’s strong ties to the military via MilitaryHire.com and Willco Technologies, will take ScholarVets to new heights.”

The acquisition of ScholarVets is happening on the heels of Metisentry’s recent acquisition of MilitaryHire, which works to connect veterans with employers seeking their unique skills.   

According to Metisentry CEO, Marling Engle, “We see ScholarVets as a fantastic complement to our other military-related portfolio companies. These organizations are working to connect and help veterans realize their goals post-military service directly. We’re very proud and excited to be a part of that process for them.”

The acquisition was finalized on Nov. 1, 2019, and the ScholarVets staff will remain on— and grow. Metisentry will be acquiring the business through an investment from SaaS Factory, the related portfolio company.

Special Tactics Airman Identified, Recovery Efforts Ongoing

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The Special Tactics Airman who had an unplanned parachute departure from a C-130 aircraft, November 5, 2019, over the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hurlburt Field, has been identified. 

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a Special Tactics combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command.

“Cole was a man with deep-rooted beliefs who dedicated himself to God, our freedoms, peace, and his family. He was a devoted family man within our squadron, focused on teaching his girls to be adventurous like he was,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Cooper, commander of the 23rd STS. “This is a tragic loss to the squadron, the Special Tactics community and our nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and teammates at this time.”

The Dallas, Texas native was a graduate of Sachse High School. He attended Utah Valley University and later served a two-year mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spokane, Washington. Condiff then enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2012 and immediately entered the two-year combat control training program. Upon completion of the pipeline, he was assigned to the 23rd STS at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

            Condiff was a static-line jumpmaster, military free-fall jumper, combat scuba diver, air traffic controller, and a joint terminal attack controller. As a Special Tactics combat controller, Condiff was specially trained and equipped for immediate deployment into combat operations to conduct reconnaissance, global access, precision strike and personnel recovery operations.

            Condiff completed deployments to Africa and Afghanistan in support of national security objectives.  His awards and decorations include an Air Force Achievement Medal and an Air Force Commendation Medal with a combat device.                                                                         

Recovery efforts by a combined U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy team are ongoing. The Air Force is actively investigating the incident. To preserve the integrity of the investigation, no additional details will be released until further notice.

Condiff is survived by his wife and their two daughters as well as by his parents, sister and two brothers.  The 24th SOW would like to emphasize the family’s request for privacy.

Statement provided by the Condiff family:

“Cole loved his country and was honored to serve to protect the freedoms we enjoy.

Cole had a deep faith in God. Although we mourn, it is through our faith that we take comfort in knowing we will be with him again.

He loved his family. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by all.

We would like to express our deepest and unending gratitude to those that have searched so diligently.

We would also like to thank those who have been and continue to stand at the ready to help serve the family in this time of crisis.

We ask for continued prayers as his wife and daughters move forward without their beloved husband and daddy.

Please pray for all of our military men, women, and families.”

XTech Tactical Increases H&K VP9/P30 Standard Capacity with 17rd and 21rd Complete Stainless-Steel Magazines

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Chandler, AZ- XTech Tactical, makers of premium firearm magazines and accessories, announced today the release of their expanded capacity complete magazine line for the H&K VP9 & P30 9mm pistols. These are anything but industry standard aftermarket magazines. The re-development process took over one year, and when you handle the parts it shows.

XTech Tactical first brought their VP9 and P30 magazines to market as 15rd and 20rds two years ago. The company has been widely accepted as the go-to aftermarket option that is on par with factory H&K magazines. However, consumers continuously reached out to XTech Tactical requesting an increase in capacity to bring the VP9 and P30 on par with other popular pistols.

XTech Tactical’s approach, as it has become known for, compromised nothing. The company completely re-engineered and re-tooled each of the plastic components to the flush fit magazine. In addition, the company added a 17rd indicator hole, and re-engineered the mag catch feature on the magazine body to offer seamless release on the newer VP9-B pistol.

The magazine bodies are upgraded in steel over factory and come with a lifetime warranty.  They are also available in 5 and 10 packs for both options. The 17rd magazines are only 1/10” longer than the company’s former 15rd magazines and H&K factory 15rd magazines.

The 21rd magazines feature the patent pending MTX design that offers industry leading reliability, ease of installation, and durability. The MTX line is also shipping for the Smith & Wesson M&P9 as a plus 5 9mm, and the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm as a plus 2 to both the factory 7rd and 8rd magazines.

The magazines are 17rd (MSRP $34.95) and 21rd ($59.95). They can be purchased at www.xtechtactical.com  Dealer inquiries please contact dealers@xtechtactical.com Please also follow the company on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and promotions.

24th SOW Update: Recovery Efforts Begin For Special Tactics Airman

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – As of 6 p.m. Friday, the U.S. Air Force has taken the lead role as the search transitions to a recovery effort for the Special Tactics Airman who had an unplanned parachute departure from a C-130 aircraft November 5, 2019, over the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hurlburt Field.

              The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended their search efforts at this time.

              “We would like to extend our gratitude to all of the federal, state and local units that have aided in the search for our Airman, especially the U.S. Coast Guard,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Matt Allen, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing. “We will continue our recovery effort as long as circumstances and resources allow to bring our Airman home.”

              Recovery teams are currently refining and adjusting the search area as efforts continue.

              To respect the privacy of the family and teammates of the individual, we will be releasing the name of the Airman following next of kin notification. 

              The Air Force is actively investigating the incident. To preserve the integrity of the investigation, no additional details will be released until further notice. 

Dallas SWAT Selects LWRCI IC-A5 Surefire, Aimpoint, B.E. Meyers For Their New Rifle System

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Elite Tactical Unit fields first completely new weapons and components upgrade in departments’ history.

Cambridge, MD (November 8, 2019) –  LWRC International, the leader in piston driven carbines and rifles, is honored to have been chosen, and fielded as the duty carbine for the Dallas, Texas SWAT Team.

In an official statement released today- ” The Dallas Texas Police Department SWAT team has selected and fielded the LWRCI IC-A5 carbine. The entire carbine setup was the first time in the departments history to obtain factory new weapon and components, identified, tested and selected by its team members, and delivered as a complete kit.”

Dallas SWAT Team members conducted long and rigorous testing on each component from several companies over a nearly 2 year review process. At the end of that process they chose the LWRCI IC-A5 Individual Carbine in a 10.5″ barrel configuration as its issued carbine for their elite tactical unit.

The IC-A5 is built on the patented LWRCI short-stroke gas piston system that offers unparalleled reliability and easy maintenance. Dual Control fully ambidextrous lower receiver includes bolt catch and release, magazine release and fire control access from both sides of the IC-A5 make it a versatile option for any operator. A low profile 2 position adjustable gas block allows the operator to compensate for running a suppressor.

Key accessory components were also included in the testing process. Dallas SWAT chose the Aimpoint CompM5 red dot as their primary sighting system, a Surefire SOCOM Mini II suppressor, the Surefire M622 Ultra SCOUT Light and the MAWL-DA visible / IR laser aiming and illumination device from B.E. Meyers to complete the package.

The team members who tested and chose the system issued this statement to those who made this possible.  “Thank you to the citizens of Dallas who donated the funds to the Team foundation that ultimately paid for the purchase. This outstanding rifle package was entirely privately-funded and donated to our Dallas SWAT officers. We cannot thank those outstanding civic leaders and their associations enough for their enthusiasm to support us and make this rifle a possibility.”

“At this time, we are going leave these special donors remain anonymous, but you know who you are.” They also wished to express their gratitude to the Fort Worth SWAT team who had suggested the LWRCI rifle and components that they had tested and selected two years prior. Thanks as well to DSG Arms, an Authorized LWRCI Law Enforcement Distributor who won the procurement contract and managed the logistics to assemble the kit as delivered.”

Upon receipt of the carbines, Dallas SWAT went through several weeks of new equipment familiarization and training, contracted and provided by Victory First and the manufacturers to increase proficiency with the new technology and benefits of the components. After several long training cycles and qualifications, Dallas SWAT began their operational deployments with new equipment.

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Adams Arms – New Ownership, New Leadership, New Logo, New Location

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Brooksville, Florida – New has become a familiar word at Adams Arms this year.  Under new ownership since May, the company has made many changes, including new leadership, new products, and now a new facility, as well as, a new logo.

To build upon their growth and new development, Adams Arms has purchased a new building in Brooksville, Florida and is currently in the process of relocating all equipment and inventory from their previous leased facility in Odessa. The move was initiated on November 1st and is expected to take approximately 2 weeks to complete. Customers with active orders could experience slight delays during this time.

“We took a comprehensive look at our products and operations and chose a new location that better fit our long-term needs,” said Jason East, Adams Arms’ President. “We are excited about this move and new opportunities. This move will better serve the needs of Adams Arms and will in turn allow Adams Arms to better serve its customer base. We continue to be committed to building products that run cleaner, cooler, and more reliable using our piston system.”

In keeping with all of the recent changes and improvements, Adams Arms has released an updated company logo and branding which will begin to roll out on products in the coming weeks. The updated branding builds on the heritage of the Adams Arms name with an eye to future innovations.

For more information about Adams Arms, the P-Series lineup, or other inquiries, email pr@adamsarms.net or visit www.AdamsArms.net.

Spirit of Blue Awards Tourniquet Grant to Glendale Heights Police Department

Friday, November 8th, 2019

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – November 5, 2019 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Glendale Heights Police Department (GHPD) to outfit their entire force of officers with lifesaving tourniquets inside of rugged duty belt cases.  The GHPD uniform policy was amended to include mandatory wear of the North American Rescue Gen7 C-A-T Tourniquet inside of an Eleven 10 RIGID TQ Case with Basketweave finish as part of its official uniform.  The grant was funded in large part by a strategic partnership with Law Enforcement United, along with contributions from North American Rescue and Eleven 10, and is valued at $3,818.38.

“Our officers are now equipped to render life-saving aid to themselves, fellow officers and members of our community,” said Chief Douglas R. Flint of the Glendale Heights Police Department.  “Tourniquets are an essential piece of equipment that every officer should have access to on their duty belts.”

Spirit of Blue Co-Founder and Board Member Todd Parola (center left) presented Glendale Heights Police Chief Douglas Flint (center right) with the safety equipment grant at a recent ceremony.  All 54 officers of the department will now carry a tourniquet as part of their uniform.

Tourniquets have proven to be incredibly effective in stemming blood flow to an injured extremity, and their use has vastly improved the survivability of soldiers in combat over the last two decades.  That learning overseas is now being leveraged to save injured law enforcement officers here at home.  When only precious minutes exist to treat such an injury, tourniquets are able to be applied individually or on a fellow officer to prevent excessive blood loss until that individual can be placed into medical care.  As a secondary benefit, officers who carry a tourniquet are also able to use them to rescue a member of the community who may have experienced a similar type of injury.  Spirit of Blue Foundation will replace any tourniquet that is used in the line of duty for the life of the tourniquet so that no officer who uses their tourniquet will have to go without one in the future.


To date, Spirit of Blue has granted over 3,300 tourniquets nationwide which have resulted in six documented saves – 5 with members of the community and one officers save which came in June of 2019.


“We are honored to place these 54 tourniquets into service here in Glendale Heights,” commented Todd Parola, Spirit of Blue co-founder and Board Member, who also lives in the Chicagoland area.  “We are excited that these officers are now safer, and that they could end up saving a life as a result.”


The lead sponsor for the grant was Law Enforcement United (LEU), who has supported Spirit of Blue with over $280,000 in safety grant funding since 2015.  LEU is an organization of active and retired police officers who honor fallen officers and raise funds to assist charitable organizations that serve the law enforcement community.  Each year LEU members ride 250 miles or more into Washington, DC to participate in National Police Week events and carry flags in honor of fallen officers which are given to the surviving family members upon their arrival.  Since its founding in 2009, LEU has raised over $6,750,000 for law enforcement causes.  Other sponsors included North American Rescue and Eleven 10 who offered special pricing on the equipment.


Statistics released by the Officer Down Memorial Page show that 102 law enforcement officers have lost their lives in 2019.  On average, 150 officers are lost in the line of duty each year.  37 of those deaths were firearm related, which so far has been the leading cause of officer deaths this year.  The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.


The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or to become an annual member, visit www.spiritofblue.org.