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Blackwater Announces Investment In Iron Horse Firearms

March 31st, 2020

For Immediate Release – Concord, NC –  Erik Prince and Blackwater Worldwide are pleased to announce the recent partnership with Iron Horse Firearms.  

Iron Horse entered the scene late 2018 with the first of its kind, thumb operated AR15 and their magazine fed shotgun called the Sentry 12.  The patent pending, thumb-operated trigger has been shown to greatly enhance the experience of a large portion of the shooting community and makes shooting possible for those who have limited mobility or severely injured fingers.  The Sentry 12 magazine fed shotgun, gives users the ability to rapidly select various ammo to match the threat level, all within a simple and reliable platform. Both products will be sold under the Blackwater Firearms division of Blackwater Worldwide.

“Ironhorse’s revolutionary trigger system has the potential to be a game changer.  It could not come at a better time as there have been so few impactful innovations in the firearms industry over the past 50 years.” Said Eric Prince, Founder of Blackwater Worldwide “Our in-house testing has shown a significant decrease in shot group size when compared to a traditional AR-15 trigger set.   We think this technology could be totally disruptive in the firearms market and could replace traditional triggers altogether at some point.”

“Blackwater brings much appreciated industry experience to our relatively new company.” Said Ryan McDonald, CEO Iron Horse Firearms “Together, we feel good about our chances of making this Blackwater and Iron Horse partnership very successful.”

Moving forward, Iron Horse Firearms will be “doing business as” Blackwater Firearms.

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The Perfect Hydration Tube: Source and Qore Performance Team Up on Tube Collaboration for IcePlate Curve

March 30th, 2020

Sterling, VA: Tired of inadequate hydration hoses, Qore Performance and Source have joined forces to create a custom version of the Source Tactical Drink Tube, built specifically for IcePlate Curve and IcePlate MOLLE Combo. This custom tube combines Source’s best-in class Helix Bite Valve drink tube with a 90 Degree Hard Elbow Qore Performance created specifically for IcePlate Curve. “This collaboration is super exciting for us because it delivers everything we want in a hydration tube: low-visibility signature, durability, reliability, and zero tube-kink risk. It really is the perfect drink tube,” said Qore Performance Co-Founder & CEO, Justin Li.


Qore Performance released IcePlate Curve in August 2019, exactly three years after they launched the original IcePlate Classic in August 2016. IcePlate Curve is the only hydration system in the world that can deliver four distinct benefits to the user with water they already carry: cooling, heating, hydration, and impact protection. Matching the exact geometry of a Medium ESAPI armor plate, IcePlate Curve delivers 50oz./1.5L and 70 watts of cooling in an ultra-slim, conformal package designed to minimize profile and boost physiological performance with a nearly indestructible package that can be worn under armor plates, over armor plates, or stand-alone for safety, recreational, and training applications.

A key component to IcePlate Curve is the IceCap. IceCap, designed and assembled by Qore Performance, is the Quick Disconnect drink tube interface for IcePlate Curve that uses the 28-410 thread standard, allowing it to be used on almost any plastic bottle product from Coca-Cola/Dasani in the world, in addition to IcePlate Curve.

The Source Tactical Drink Tube and Helix Bite Valve are currently standard on all Military and Law Enforcement orders placed with Qore Performance. They will come standard on all IcePlate Curves and be available as a stand-alone product starting April 1, 2020. Currently, they are available exclusively through Qore Performance’s website.

Qore Performance, Inc. is actively enhancing human performance and safety with wearable thermoregulation technology for military, law enforcement and safety professionals everywhere. Their IceAge Ecosystem enhances human physiological performance through thermoregulation under kit and while training. Qore Performance’s solutions were born out of a critical need identified by Co-Founder Justin Li, to improve performance and safety while working as a sworn law enforcement officer in the California desert.

Qore Performance products are proudly Made in the USA.

In Memoriam – SMSgt Ron Kellerman (USAF, Ret)

March 30th, 2020

We just received this tragic news from our friends in the Grey Beret Association. What a senseless loss of a great man who served for many years in the Special Tactics community. He will always stand as a shining example for present and future members of Air Force Special Warfare.

May He Rest In Peace

Brothers & Sisters ~

With great sadness I am informing all of you about the recent death of our Special Tactics/SOWT Friend, Teammate, Mentor, Leader and true BROTHER

Ron Kellerman – RHK

RHK was killed on 29 March 2020 at his home on Roatan island in Honduras – Details are still being compiled

Ron was a key leader in SOWT for many years, serving at Fort Bragg, Rhein-Main, and Hurlburt Field. He was a Master Parachutist, Military Freefall Jumpmaster, and recognized communications expert. He was a plank holder Detachment and Team NCOIC with the 10th Combat Weather Squadron, and later served at both the 720th Special Tactics Group and HQ AFSOC. Following a full and illustrious military career, he transitioned to a civilian GS position at AVTEG and served the nation in a highly critical role there for over 15 years until recent retirement just a few months ago.

It’s fair to say he directly influenced everyone in the SOWT specialty. The tributes we are seeing to him are overwhelming. The word “Mentor” is woven in to nearly every single post. I’ve known him since 1986 and I have never heard even one negative word said about him. He was one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet and was loved by all who knew him.

Ron’s influence and expertise extended far beyond the borders of the SOWT community, and his significant accomplishments and contributions to Air Force Special Operations as a whole were recognized in 2005 when he was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame.

His wife Maria is currently in Spain with her Mother – Efforts are in progress to get all the pieces and parts squared away with her movement, security of their house, etc. I have spoken with Maria, and I let her know we loved Ron and we love her – And will do everything we can to assist her however possible.

More to follow as we learn it – This is a very sad day for all of us.

-USAF Grey Beret Association

Agilite Tactical Presents: Helmet Health Week-The Sad Story of Billy and Jennifer

March 30th, 2020

It’s Tactical Helmet Health Week at Agilite. As the world leader in tactical helmet covers they’ve decided to to spread helmet damage awareness. Watch the tragic story of Billy and Jennifer:

Not many people know this, but even the most high-end ballistic helmets have vulnerable painted surfaces. When they’re scratched or chipped, it can slowly cause irreparable damage to the ballistic layers underneath and void your helmet.

Don’t risk it! One serious knock and your helmet starts a process that may require you to stop using it several years early, so be responsible.

To celebrate Helmet Health Week, Agilite are doing 2 things this week:

1. A Sale on all helmet covers!

2. They’ve made it super easy to know what cover will definitely fit your helmet type (they cover all common helmets) as well as offering their one-size-fits-all Helmet Bridge option.

Watershed Joins Kitsbow, Industry Nine, Oowee Products in COVID-19 Response

March 30th, 2020

Switching from Drybags to Face Shields, Watershed helps WNC gear makers produce 1,000,000 units a month

Asheville, NC (March 29, 2020) – Known for their top of the line submersible packs, duffels and cases, Watershed Drybags joins the ranks of Kitsbow, Industry Nine and Oowee Products in creating hundreds of thousands of face shields in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The brand, who also outfits several military units including the Navy SEALs, is assisting by cutting out clear polycarbonate shields to be used in the end design of the reusable, protective medical equipment.

Led by cycling clothing company, Kitsbow and cycling component brand, Industry Nine, the foursome went from manufacturing their own products to pumping out thousands of face shields a week within days. By working together on sourcing, production and development, the brands shifted into high gear cutting 30,000+ shields ready for assembly in just one day (on March 27).

“Industry Nine CEO and friend, Clint Spiegel, called me after hours on Tuesday March 24, wanting to see if our automated cutting table could cut the shield material. We rushed some personnel back to the shop, and within 30 minutes had laid out the patterns and successfully cut parts. We are proud to be contributing to the nationwide effort at PPE production.”

The shields will be distributed regionally and nationally to medical professionals and first responders and began shipping on Saturday (March 28). The goal is to make and ship 1,000,000 a month. See for more information on the PPE products.

Watershed Drybags are known for their patented Drybag technology that uses their one-of-a-kind ZipDry closure system, abrasion resistant polyurethane-coated fabric and radio frequency welded joints. The end result is a bag so airtight and watertight it can endure up to 300 feet of underwater pressure. Their bags were born from a love of whitewater kayaking, but have filtered into many arenas over the years such as preppers/survivalists, the military, and mountain biking.

MATBOCK Monday – Efforts to Help Supply Critical Medial Gear

March 30th, 2020

MATBOCK has taken an expeditionary portable chlorine machine and is putting it to work by bottling the chlorine into 3.25oz bottles. Additionally, they are working to hire Virginia Beach locals that are without work during this time to assist in the production.

The idea came from one of their employees, John Bottoms, who spent years traveling to over 30 countries assisting in disaster relief. Having spent time in austere locations battling Ebola, he knew exactly how to get us set up and running.

Simply mix one bottle with 32oz of COLD water and you will have a surface disinfectant or a hand sanitizer alternative. Sold as a 6 pack.

For every bottle you buy we will donate a bottle to a local hospital. If you’re a healthcare provider and need direct support, email

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DOD Establishes Task Force to Meet US Medical Equipment Needs

March 30th, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has established a joint task force to deal with daily requests the department is receiving for medical and personal protective equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, and others.

Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said she has established the Joint Acquisition Task Force to deal with the influx of requests.

“The task force will synchronize the DOD acquisition response to this crisis, working closely with all the services and defense agencies,” she explained. “The task force will leverage DOD authorities for maximum acquisition flexibility to provide resilient capability in the current health crisis.”

The task force will prioritize and direct the Defense Production Act authorities and funding in response to the immediate crisis, Lord added. It also is focused on reducing reliance on foreign supply sources, she said.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of the data repositories and portals we have in [Defense Contracting Management Agency] industrial policy and those we are establishing under the JATF,” she said. “These repositories allow us to bring in critical feedback from the contracting officer level all the way up to the Pentagon.”

DOD is also providing portals for good ideas from industry, so that there is one repository where all can go to see what is being offered in terms of technical assistance and manufacturing capability, Lord said.

Last week, DOD had four, productive “synch” calls with Defense Industry Association leaders and other key associations. The calls provided important feedback that allowed Pentagon leaders to make significant progress on matters such as the critical defense contractor workforce’s ability to continue working; ensuring cash flow to the defense industrial base; and getting standardized guidance out to industry, she said.

“I’m working closely with DHS. I issued a memo that defined essentiality in the defense industrial base workforce, ensuring that DIB’s critical employees can continue working,” Lord added.

“This was very important,” she said, “because industrial leaders told us that state and local government had different shelter-in-place rule guidelines, with some even issuing misdemeanor citations to workers trying to get to work.”

Lord said her memorandum will help ensure continuity of mission with a full commitment to the safety of the workforce and state and local governments.

Additionally, the director of the Defense Contracting Management Agency has worked closely with the contracting workforce and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to ensure invoices are continuing to be paid in a timely manner, Lord said.

“Our office of small business programs within industrial policy reached out to industry small businesses and is working with the Small Business Administration and their small-business emergency loan program to help protect these companies,” she said.

“We know innovation comes in large part from small businesses, and we remain committed to supporting these small businesses,” Lord said.

Moving forward, DOD remains fully engaged with the interagency effort to leverage the Defense Production Act to help reinforce critical elements of the defense industrial base, Lord said.

“As we discussed with the Joint Acquisition Task Force, it’s important that everything we do has joint representation, a joint mindset and the joint warfighter in mind,” she emphasized. “It is critically important we understand that during this crisis, the DIB is vulnerable to adversarial capital, so we need to ensure companies can stay in business without losing their technology.”

Lord said DOD is working as smartly and quickly as possible — in close coordination with Congress, state governors, and the defense industrial base — to do everything it can to support military members, their families, defense contractors and U.S. citizens.

“We recognize how serious this pandemic and national emergency is,” she said. “And we will remain fully transparent and provide oversight and accountability in all we do.”

UF PRO – P-40 Urban Pants

March 30th, 2020

UF PRO’s Head of Product Development, Armin, walks us through the features of the P-40 Urban Pant.