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Quick Fit Recce EO System Launched by Chess At DSEI

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Long range easy to fit, easy to use Hawkeye Vehicle System on stand S8-140

A quick fit electro optical system designed for recce vehicles is launched at DSEI by Chess Dynamics on stand S8-140.


The Hawkeye Vehicle System (VS) is an easy to use, easy to fit surveillance system which allows the operator to see out to 15km using long range day/night sensors.

“The basic principles of reconnaissance have not changed in millennia, it is to gather and disseminate tactical and operational level information which enables commanders to disrupt an enemy’s activities,” said David Eldridge, Sales Director at Chess Dynamics. “Our Hawkeye VS is designed specifically to enhance the most reliable method of persistent surveillance and observation, eyes on the ground.”

To reduce the operator’s workload the system uses the latest image stabilisation and video tracker techniques, in addition to relevant situational awareness aids. A touch screen, icon based display and a Game Pad style controller makes the system both intuitive and very easy to use. The system has built into it the ability to set up specific target areas which are monitored automatically and the operator alerted to any activity rather than having to continually monitor the screen.


The system comprises a four metre pneumatic mast that lifts the electro optic head, which enables the vehicle to remain “hull down” in anonymity while observing targets at a safe distance and out of reach of direct line of sight weapons.

A Gen4 cooled thermal imager and Chess Dynamics Long Range Piranha Day/Low light camera forms the backbone of the system, detecting targets at extreme ranges.

The sensor suite also incorporates a Laser Range Finder capable of measuring ranges up to 17km; an optional Laser Target Marker, Designator or NIR pointer can also be fitted to enhance the platforms capability. The system is geo-referenced system enabling the platform to give accurate target location, which, with the correct battlefield C4I system, can support and feed into the wider targeting cycle.

“A combination of these assets in a squadron would prove useful for target hand off and directing troops at night,” said Mr Eldridge.

www.chess-dynamics.com

MOHOC Cameras Becoming The Video Camera Of Choice For Armed Forces

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

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Revolutionary MOHOC® Cameras, the first helmet cameras to be fully ruggedized for operational use, continue to be deployed with Armed Forces around the world.

Already in service with NATO countries, these military-optimized cameras are now being procured by Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies across the globe.

Recent contracts with various Military and Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Asia Pacific, South America and GCC countries add to a rapidly expanding number of countries deciding MOHOC® Cameras are the helmet camera for their personnel to wear in training exercises and in theatres of operation.

Unlike ordinary sport action cameras MOHOC® Cameras have a unique, low profile form-factor which matches the shape of a helmet for secure, snag-free fitting. They have simple, easy-to-use controls and come fully ruggedized with an IP68 rating, waterproofing to 10m and are drop-proof to 2m. The tactically designed MOHOC® Cameras record high quality 1080p HD video and 12 MP photos and are available in both Visible Light and Infrared models.

A range of accessories have been developed to increase the capabilities of MOHOC® Cameras, including a replacement door that enables the camera to be ‘hardwired’ for continuous power supply and video streaming, and a K9 harness that provides dog handlers the capability to see exactly what their dog detects. An easy-to-use iOS and Android app allows streaming, playback and recording control of the camera.

Visit the MOHOC® Cameras team at Booth N5-402 for a demonstration of these game-changing cameras or contact John Prosser, Director of International Sales for more information.

MOHOC, Inc.
e: jprosser@mohoc.com
www.mohoc.com

Crimson Trace Offers Options For GLOCK Gen5 Pistols

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Glock Gen 5 with Crimson Trace Laserguard LG-639G

(Wilsonville, OR)— Crimson Trace is offering many laser sight options for the newly released GLOCK® G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 semi-auto pistols. Among those options include: the Laserguard® laser sight LG-637 with red laser diode and the Laserguard LG-637G with green laser diode; the Laserguard LG-639 (red) and LG-639G (green) laser sights; and the Laserguard LG-436 laser sight. The Crimson Trace Laserguard LG-452 green laser sight will also fit those GLOCK pistols. In addition, the soon-to-be released Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro with LED white light and laser diode—the LL-807 with red laser diode and LL-807G with green laser diode—will fit the new GLOCK G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 pistols. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices for Crimson Trace laser sights begin at $249 for the LG-637 laser sight.

The Crimson Trace Laserguard family is one of many laser sight and tactical light products the company offers that securely fit firearms by GLOCK and many other manufacturers. Full details are available at www.crimsontrace.com and Crimson Trace products can also be purchased across America at more than 2,500 retailers.

Crimson Trace now offers more than 30 laser sights, firearms lights, and combination units for installation on nearly all GLOCK pistols. This quantity is greater than the number of laser sight products offered for GLOCK pistols by all other laser sight manufacturers combined.

For owners of the new GLOCK G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 pistols, Crimson Trace’s innovative Laserguard Pro laser sights combine a 150-lumen LED white light within a compact housing along with either a red (LL-807) or green (LL-807G) laser. Features of the Laserguard Pro include Crimson Trace’s Instinctive Activation™ firearm laser sight engagement system located under the trigger guard, a master on/off switch on most models, and easy-to-use elevation and windage adjustments. An adjustment wrench and battery are included in each package. All of these innovative products are covered under Crimson Trace’s Free Batteries for Life program.

In addition to its laser sight products, Crimson Trace now also offers special packages complete with form-fitted concealed carry holsters crafted by Blade-Tech® for several GLOCK firearms. Crimson Trace offers a variety of Glock holster solutions to give consumers a wide choice of performance and price options. More details are at www.holsterresourceguide.com.

Crimson Trace products for GLOCK pistols can also be easily installed without 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 2017 catalog, visit www.crimsontrace.com or call 800-442-2406. Crimson Trace is widely recognized as the leader in establishing laser sights as standard equipment of firearms.

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 www.crimsontrace.com or by calling 800-442-2406.

IEE Rugged Displays Featured at DSEI 2017

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Displays Focus on Open Architecture (OA) and Open Standard Video and Data Interfaces

September 5th, 2017, Van Nuys, CA—IEE, a manufacturer of enhanced displays for military applications, will be exhibiting at the Defense Security Expo International (DSEI) exhibition in London, England September 12-15th. IEE’s array of smart and flat panel displays addresses a variety of applications across Ground Vehicle, Naval, and Airborne markets. Open Architecture (OA) Systems, and Open Standard Video and Data Interfaces across IEE’s product lines, address customers needs for modularity and reuse, to deliver compliant and cost-effective solutions.

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A highlight of IEE’s Ground Vehicle Displays is the 12.1” Control Display Unit, (CDU) utilizing networked open architecture standards to achieve interoperability and optimization of size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C). Standards such as Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA—UK DEF STAN 23-09), LAVOSAR NATO GVA (NGVA—STANAG 4754) and US VICTORY, emphasize the importance of networking in intra- and inter-vehicle communications.

“IEE’s objective is to provide competitively priced, high-quality display solutions that meet the needs of our customers all over the world,” commented Steve Motter, Vice President of Business Development at IEE. “Part of meeting customer needs is providing modular products designed with the flexibility to quickly and easily accommodate custom applications.”

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For the Airborne market, IEE will be showcasing a new square aspect ratio display 3 ATI Line Replaceable Unit (LRU), that addresses the ongoing need for Instrumentation and Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) replacement. The 3 ATI is available in a variety of I/O configurations, including Ethernet, RS-232/422, 1553, ARINC 429 and ARINC 818. IEE’s field-proven avionics replacement displays have made them a display of choice for a variety of military aircraft platforms.

IEE is exhibiting in the South Hall-Stand S9-231 at DSEI, September 12-15th in conjunction with Solid State Supplies/Ginsbury Electronics, IEE has supplied rugged displays in partnership with Ginsbury for programs and platforms such as the Astute Submarine, Chinook Helicopter, Cutlass (UK Bomb disposal, Type 23 upgrade). Stop by or make an appointment with Steve Motter by calling toll-free 1-800-422-0867, ext. 327, or email sales@ieeinc.com.

About Ginsbury Electronics: (Part of the Solid State Supplies Group)

Established in 1979 and located in Rochester, Kent, Ginsbury Electronics is a specialist displays and power component distributor and integrator for commercial, retail, industrial and military clients throughout the UK and Europe. For further information visit www.ginsbury.co.uk.

About IEE:
For over 70 years, Industrial Electronic Engineers, IEE, has been a trusted provider of enhanced displays for military and industrial applications. From rapid prototyping of custom designs to full-scale production runs, IEE produces innovative displays with advanced features like multi-mode backlighting, optically bonded touch-screens, and lightweight, ruggedized enclosures. IEE’s direct control of critical process steps reduces costs, decreases production lead times and improves life-cycle management. IEE display products are distributed worldwide. Go to ieeinc.com.

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Crimson Trace Launches Laserguard For Ruger’s LCP II

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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(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 www.holsterresourceguide.com.

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 www.crimsontrace.com 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 www.crimsontrace.com or by calling 800-442-2406.

TNVC’s Giving Your Smart Phone Night Vision Capability Without Having To Acquire Different Adapters For Your Particular Smart Phone!

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

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TNVC has teamed up with Tele Vue, who manufactures some of the worlds finest telescope eyepiece and telescopes out there to bring you their FoneMate Night Vision Smart Phone Adapter System.

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Tele Vue’s excellent FoneMate is a universal Smart Phone Adapter that interfaces with many different optics. Completely adjustable, the FoneMate will accept any smart phone with any protective case (from the ridiculously large, to the thinnest models out there), and lock it into a cradle that mates with other optics. Most smart phone adapters are specifically designed to work with certain phones. But FoneMate is the most rugged and universal solution to adapting your smart phone to other lenses. That’s where TNVC steps in.

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Tele Vue and TNVC teamed up to develop the ultimate Smart Phone to Night Vision Adapter System. An exclusive TNVC adapter will interface the FoneMate with any night vision monocular that contains a PVS-14 Eyepiece Assembly (PVS-14, MOD-3B, GT14, Etc), providing perfect alignment for crisp photography and viewing on a digital screen. It will even attach to the popular Trijicon Electro Optic line of thermal imaging systems. This is the first system specifically designed for this application and we’re excited to bring this to the market.

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TNVC’s President and CEO Vic Di Cosola is also an avid amateur astronomer in which TNVC and Tele Vue have also co-developed a new AFOCAL PVS-14 lens adapter for The Tele Vue line of telescope eye pieces that now allows you to mate your PVS-14, MOD-3 or any other NVD that uses PVS-14 lens systems to telescopes.

We are excited to be working with the most noted telescope and eyepiece manufacture out there. Al Nagler is a legend in the astronomy and glass world, an iconic figure who has been developing some of the best glass for over 50 years!

USSOCOM Seeks Body Worn Sensors

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Not long ago, we mentioned Joint Threat Warning System, USSOCOM’s program of record for SIGINT collection systems. For ground-based collection, that is the AN/PRD-13(V)2. By default, it is also the system used by the US Army, which seems to have checked out of developing tactical SIGINT systems. Many capabilities which SOCOM adopts in the SI realm, also find their way into US Army LLVI.

USSOCOM, Special Operations Forces Acquisition Technology and Logistics (SOF AT&L), Program Executive Officer for Special Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Exploitation (PEO – SRSE), Program Manager for Joint Threat Warning Systems (PM-JTWS) recenty released an RFI to industry for Body worn sensor with low Size Weight and Power (SWaP). As communications systems become more sophiticated, so must the equipment designed to collect against them.

According to the RFI, the Program Manager is specifically interested in signals intelligence technologies, ideas and solutions which advance in the following Key Interest Areas:

1) Body worn sensor with low Size Weight and Power (SWaP)
2) Low profile DF antenna

JTWS is seeking potential solutions with the below criteria as initial guidance but not formal direction:

• Hardware:
o Software Defined Radio Threshold –
-Ability to conduct surveys of special/advanced Signals of Interests (SOIs)
-Provide Narrowband automatic signal detection
-Ability to search (scan) special frequency bands
-Ability to search (scan) operator created search parameters or tables
-The system shall have the ability to be sanitized upon command
-The system shall have the ability to be zeroized upon command
-Zeroize feature shall include a fail-safe device to prevent inadvertent zeroizing

o Software Defined Radio Objective –
-Survey capability between the frequency range of 3 – 6,000 MHz
-Provide Wideband automatic signal detection
-Allow for remote zeroization and sanitization

o Antenna Threshold –
-Multiple cables lengths and calibration tables for different operational environments
-Antenna repair kit
-Convenient antenna and cable kit
-Shall conform to platform specific requirements for use on a full range of platforms
-Man-packable antenna shall come with the ability to be mounted off the body for operations on-the-halt

o Dedicated SIGINT Communications Architecture Threshold –
-LOS Meshed Network / Self-Healing connectivity to support collaborative operations

o Dedicated SIGINT Communications Architecture Objective –
-Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Meshed Network / Self-Healing connectivity to support collaborative operations
-Low Probability of Interception (LPI) and Low Probability of Detection (LPD) waveforms

o Data Storage Devices Threshold –
-Removable, replaceable and separated from operating system storage
-Store a minimum of 100 GB of data storage in a removable form factor
-Clear identification markings for emergency destruction

o Data Storage Devices Objective –
-Encryption for data-at-rest
-Digitally record, catalog and store a minimum 500 GB of data in a removable form factor

o Environmental and EMI/EMC conditions
-Compliant with MIL-STD-810F and MIL-STD-461F as required, or commercial requirements in accordance with operational platform

o Global Positioning System (GPS)
-Receive, display and metatag collected sensor data with GPS-based position, time stamp and/or platform navigation data from either internal or external source(s)
– ystem clock time synchronization to the sensor; if GPS loses synchronization the sensor time will be maintained until GPS is reacquired
-Comply with CJCSI 6140.01.

o Weight Threshold –
-Sensor shall weigh no more than 12 lb with batteries, less antenna(s) and ancillary cabling

o Weight Objective –
-Reduction of weight between 3 lb to 9 lb

o Batteries Threshold –
-Sensor shall be powered by hot-swappable MIL-SPEC batteries for a minimum of eight (8) continuous hours using batteries carried by the operator
-Sensor shall store a Hold Up Battery (HUB) in an effort to prevent loss of data during unexpected system power down

o Batteries Objective –
-Increase operating time on batteries to a minimum of twelve (12) hours

• Data:
o Sensor will detect, collect, locate and process multiple data types
o Sensor will output common audio and data formats
o Exchange of data utilizing File Transfer Protocol (FTP), IPV6 and Secure file transfer protocol (SFTP)
o Ability to exchange data with other sensors and networks

• GUI:
o Human Machine Interface (HMI) / Graphic User Interface (GUI) Threshold –
-Interface with RaptorX
-Display frequency spectrum type observation of signals (separable into up to three {3} spectral displays selectable by the operator)
-Ability to adjust the basic receiver tuning via a spectral display
-Selectable visual and/or aural indications of a newly detected signal within five (5) seconds of the signal’s presence
-Display status of all channels
-Ability to start or stop recording on any channel from the GUI
-Ability to convey sensor status in the form of a Built In Test (BIT), with corresponding error codes
-Support searching in both manual and automated modes
-Include frequency-spectrum separable for up to three spectrums between 3 – 6000 MHz
-Provide audio / graphic monitoring on spectral display with minimum update rate of 3 Hz.
-Adjustable basic receiver tuning via the spectral display (volume, frequency, squelch, span)
-Display results in near-real time across the JTWS family of systems
-Overall system and all subsystem visual output shall be on a single, common display, with screens for each subsystem or system function set selectable
-Provide enough display area to simultaneously view and manage user defined functions/features of sensor (i.e. higher resolution displays or enhanced user interfaces)
-Displays shall be readable in bright sunlight when in direct frontal view by the operator
-Equipment shall not disrupt operator user of night vision goggles when not viewing system display
-Variable brightness control from zero illumination to its maximum, sufficiently illuminated for nighttime operations and daytime operations
-Display emitter location data/results in real-time on a user defined map (e.g., Ellipse, Heat map, LOB, point target)
-Upon user request, display operator geographic location (GPS) and compass orientation to equipped sensors
-Transmit positional data across networks
-Display estimated signal source location on a moving map display
-Color-code or otherwise provide distinguishing display of each signal being tracked
-Displays shall be NVG compatible
-User shall be able to play back historical libraries with the ability to combine previous and current information
-Produce an output data stream compatible with current DOD geospatial mapping programs

o Human Machine Interface (HMI) / Graphic User Interface (GUI) Objective –
-Provide acquired information to onboard / off board (when selected by operator) processing elements for intelligence and Command & Control (C2) purposes (for both organic and external / off board force employment) and provide updates to onboard / off board Common Operation Picture (COP)
-User interface for mapping, audio control, sensor control and data manipulation

o Audio Processing real-time and post mission audio manipulation Threshold –
-User Interface (UI) shall provide audio controls for volume, frequency, squelch, span, noise reduction and advanced filtering
-Audio output compatibility with various interphone systems / headsets
-Provide reduction of signal noise to improve raw collection for audio quality and speech detection
-Provide selectable real-time filtering of audio
-Displays shall provide for dual audio outputs
-Displays shall route audio to operator(s) from any four simultaneous signals

o Audio Processing real-time and post mission audio manipulation Objective –
-Route audio to operator(s) from any four simultaneous signals, each present for at least two seconds; each audio stream 100% complete
-Quickly retrieve and play back a segment of audio data collected within the past 15, 30, 45, or 60 seconds in order to further analyze the data
-Buffer real-time audio, so that upon resumption the operator will be able to recall missed audio during playback times
-Provide the user the option to post process audio for language identification, speaker identification, gender identification, speech detection and group identification via post mission analysis using audio processing software
-Provide the user the option to process audio in near real-time for Language identification, speaker identification, gender identification, speech detection and group identification. Also audio should be available via post mission analysis using audio processing software.

• Software:
o Information Assurance to comply to ICD 503 protection level 3, Integrity Level Of Concern (ILOC) medium, Availability Level of Concern (ALOC) medium or equivalent Office of the Director of National intelligence (ODNI) directives/publications

Remember, this is still just an RFI and the information will be used to inform requirements. However, if as a company, you don’t participate, the government may not be aware of a capability you can provide and won’t issue a requirement for it. They need to know the art of the possible. The Government requests submissions NLT 28 JUL 17.

For more information visit www.fbo.gov.

Crimson Trace Suggests: This Father’s Day, Take Dad Shooting

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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(Wilsonville, OR)—Looking for a great way to spend time with dad on Father’s Day? Crimson Trace suggests skipping the necktie gift this June 18th and making dad very happy by taking him shooting. Whether safely plinking in a farm field or shooting at a local gun range, dad and the family can practice their skills while spending quality time together. Everyone can make that practice session more exciting—and beneficial—with a Crimson Trace® laser sight installed on dad’s favorite firearm.

While there are many makes and models of handguns and firearms that dad could own and shoot on his special day, there are more than 275 Crimson Trace laser sights and lights designed to fit thousands of firearm models. Dad will have plenty of choices: Does he want a green or red Crimson Trace laser sight? Does he want that laser sight secured on a Picatinny rail, installed over the pistol’s trigger guard, or secured to the firearm as a replacement grip? Does he want his Crimson Trace laser sight pre-installed by the firearm manufacturer or does he want to install the laser sights himself? If dad owns a popular 1911 handgun, or a Smith & Wesson M&P® 45 Shield, there are numerous laser sight models for those popular handguns.

Crimson Trace products offer fathers and all firearm owners across America several advantages. By using Crimson Trace’s patented Instinctive Activation firearm laser activation technology, most models are instantly activated when the firearm is gripped. A laser sighting system on a firearm will also help dad or any owner easily determine any problems with firearm control or operation—and help with correcting those problems. Seeing a laser downrange also adds to the excitement of the shooting session. With laser sight prices beginning at $159, the price tags will fit the wallet of most dads—and gift buyers.

Your dad could be the important person who introduced you to shooting and firearms. Taking him shooting this Father’s Day is a great way to return the favor—or pass it back! Dad can also rest easy in knowing that his Crimson Trace laser sight is backed 24/7 by a professional customer service department.

For more product details, visit www.crimsontrace.com or call 800-442-2406. To find a range or place to shoot, and to download targets for the shooting session, visit the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s website: www.wheretoshoot.org.

Crimson Trace is widely recognized as America’s top brand of laser sights. The company strives to make laser sights as standard equipment on concealed-carry and personal-defense firearms. For more than twenty years, Crimson Trace has equipped America’s gun owners, law enforcement officers and military units around the globe with the largest selection of award-winning laser sight and tactical light products. Full details are at www.crimsontrace.com or available by calling 800-442-2406.