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October 12th, 2015


Many thought the AK compatibility requirement for the SOF Combat Assault Rifle had fallen off the table. Not true. Rather, USSOCOM initially concentrated in the impending need for 5.56 and 7.62 NATO variants. Now, FN has built a 7.62×39 version of the Combat Assault Rifle to fulfil a requirement. with the CAR contract entering its second five years, you’ll start to see these models hitting the field as a reliable alternative to battlefiled pickup AKs.


Naturally, it features a different barrel, bolt, lower and AK-style magazine catch, but it also has a different gas regulator seen below.


As it utilizes AK magazines, there is no bolt hold open on the last round.

SilencerCo And Travis Pastrana Fight the Noise

October 12th, 2015

SilencerCo and Travis Pastrana Fight the Noise

Leading Firearm Silencer Company Teams Up with Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus Crew at Pastranaland for a Weekend of Guns, Bikes, and Explosions.

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – October 6, 2015 – SilencerCo, the leading firearm silencer manufacturer, has released the newest installment of their popular Fight the Noise series of videos.  This episode features legendary rally and dirt bike rider, Travis Pastrana.  Pastrana is accompanied by other Nitro Circus stars such as Street Bike Tommy and Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham as they share stories about growing up with guns, perform their notorious stunts, and give a behind the scenes look at their lives.

The purpose of SilencerCo’s Fight the Noise series is to not only spread awareness of the benefits of silencers and support grassroots advocacy, but also to show that gun owners come from all walks of life.  In this episode with Travis Pastrana and fellow Nitro Circus crew, the focus is on their adventurous spirits and the steps they take to protect themselves from harm – whether that means wearing appropriate safety gear while riding or using a suppressor on their firearms.

Check out the video below to see Pastrana, Tommy, Wheelz, and their band of misfits do what they do best and shoot suppressed out at Pastranaland.

To learn more about the Fight the Noise movement and see other video installments, visit

AUSA – H&K MP-5A5 Mid-Life Improvement

October 12th, 2015

This is the MP-5 Mid-Life Improvement. While they haven’t changed the weapon mechanically, they’ve upgrade to a new three position collapsible stock, the Modular Slim Line Handguard and Mounting Rail with STANAG 4694 Profile. All three of these items can be retrofitted to existing MP-5s.

2015 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition

October 12th, 2015

Please join us for our coverage of this year’s AUSA.


PIG FDT Bravo FR Glove Available for Pre-Order 

October 12th, 2015

Pre-Order for the highly anticipated PIG FDT Bravo FR gloves has commenced. Pre-Order customers get a special 20% off their purchase and will also be the first ones to receive their gloves before anyone else.

What The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Has Been Up To

October 12th, 2015

On this first day of the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army I find it fitting to tell you about a considerably smaller group of industry advocates. While lesser known, I occasionally write about the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC).

For the most part, I write about a very narrow segment of the defense industry; those businesses that concentrate on protecting our service members. As I’m sure you’re aware, the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) industry historically has had a minimal presence on Capitol Hill, to the detriment of the needs of both the warfighter and industry. But not anymore.

Back in 2009, at the urging of DoD leadership, industry leaders took the initiative to bring a fragmented group of nine American companies together to speak with one voice to Congress on the need to sustain a industrial base. Never before in the history had the armed forces relied so heavily of rapid industrial innovation and production of personal protective equipment. No one wanted to see that capability go away due to the lack of a planning process. The result was the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC), which has grown into a not-for-profit that enjoys an active membership of more than 40 companies dedicated to ensuring US warfighters and peacekeepers alike are properly supported and equipped for the full spectrum of missions.

I am proud to host this site and discuss many of these issues. Those of you who read, comment, and support this site through advertising are engaged daily not only with the US Department of Defense but also increasingly with foreign militaries. As our defensive posture continues to evolve and opportunities to sustain the domestic industrial base have diminished, the procurement process has become even more difficult at a time when the industry that supports the warfighter is extremely stressed.

Sequestration is our number one defense issue. The current standoff taking place between the President and Congress over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an example of the collateral damage caused by sequestration. To adequately fund DoD around the constrictions of the sequester, Members of Congress have used the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account to add almost $85 billion dollars to meet the critical demands of our national defense. President Obama has repeatedly called this effort a “gimmick” and has threatened to veto the NDAA altogether. Both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees just approved a Conference Report containing this OCO funding. If the President vetoes the measure, more uncertainty remains around the necessary funding for the Department of Defense.

The result of this situation for our industry is continued uncertainty. Let’s face it. If there’s no budget, there are no orders for goods, and companies may well turn their efforts elsewhere, or close up shop altogether. This obviously directly effects the military. OCO funds are used with broad discretion, and while they may serve as a bandaid, they also create some havoc with the bean counters and lead to “feast or famine” situations for the military as well as their suppliers. You can’t conduct any long-term planning when the budget process is broken. Specific to our industry, you get a glaring lack of line item visibility for both PPE and OCIE. On top of that, the constraints of the Budget Control Act and sequestration have led procurement authorities to rely heavily upon lowest price/technically acceptable (LPTA) contracting methods in order to make those limited funds stretch as far as possible. While it sounds great on paper, choosing the lowest price over quality and best value for PPE and OCIE is a recipe for disaster both for the domestic industrial base as well as our warfighters.

Confronting these challenges head on may seem like an impossible task. You know as well as I do that not only are there current growing threats around the world (Russia, Syria, ISIS, North Korea) but the Berry compliant industrial base must be ready to meet unforeseen challenges within a moment’s notice. How many times to do we have to repeat history? Time and time again we have allowed our military’s industrial base to descend into disarray. The goal here is sustainment of capabilities; military as well as industrial.

The WPRC was founded to not only ensure the best available equipment for our warfighters and peacekeepers but to advocate on behalf of the American companies and manufacturers who provide the best available PPE and OCIE. Members and non-members alike have benefitted from their work. The WPRC has led the effort to discontinue the use of reverse auctions (RA) and Lowest Price/Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracting for PPE/OCIE product categories. Margins are already thin and these types of purchases have resulted in winning bids that are just too good to be true. Over time these methods of procurement have led to missteps, including the procurement of substandard PPE. Just this year, the companies who are part of the WPRC worked together to successfully secure language in the NDAA that states:

“The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, in procuring an item of personal protective equipment or a critical safety item, use source selection criteria that is predominately based on technical qualifications of the item and not predominately based on price to the maximum extent practicable if the level of quality or failure of the item could result in death or severe bodily harm to the user, as determined by the Secretaries.”

This language is an important step in a continued process to ensure that our warfighters not only maintain a significant combat advantage but are as safe as possible while doing so. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), Chair of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee have been champions for this issue in Congress.

Here’s another win that I bet you haven’t heard of. The WPRC has also achieved a notable success by supporting legislation that requires DoD to provide line-item funding for PPE and OCIE in future budgets. Beginning next year, Program Managers and industry will have visibility into the spending plans of the service branches, allowing for far better planning within the government and industry on the best way to allocate precious resources to support the service branches. Up to now, everything has been haphazard. This is huge and will help planners get their arms around what has been happening.

There’s still a lot of work to be done. I urge companies to pay attention to the work being done by this non-profit association and consider adding their efforts to the advocacy work that leads to these types of accomplishments. It’s critical to our industrial base and to all those who serve in uniform, and it deserves our support. Congress needs feedback from the uniformed services as well as from industry. If we let it operate in a vacuum it will never know how to improve the acquisition process.  

Unfortunately, what they do day-to-day is often missed but if I had to sum it all up in a single sentence, I’d refer to them as “Our Voice of Industry on Capitol Hill.” While it has taken time to gain momentum, this voice has been pretty effective so far, and the more that companies band together to alleviate uncertainty, the better they can concentrate on providing the best support to our troops. 

U.S. Senior Border Patrol Agent & Team Safariland Member Robert Vadasz Wins At NRA National Police Shooting Championships

October 12th, 2015

Robert Vadasz at NPSC 2015

Vadasz is Individual National Champion and Grand Aggregate Champion

ONTARIO, Calif. – Safariland congratulates U.S. Senior Border Patrol Agent and Team Safariland shooter Robert Vadasz for his win at the 2015 NRA National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). Held in Albuquerque, NM in late September, Vadasz was named Individual National Champion and Grand Aggregate Champion.

Competing in the sport since 2001, this is the seventh national championship win for Vadasz. He is the 10th national champion for the U.S. Border Patrol and holds the second most wins in NPSC history. A revolver and semiautomatic firearm-based competition, the Championships are open to public and private law enforcement members and select law enforcement members of the U.S. military. During the competition, Vadasz used the Safariland Model 014 Open Class Competition Holster, Model 002 Cup Challenge Competition Holster, Speedloader – Comp III and Model 773 Competition Open Top Magazine Pouch.

“With competitors from Venezuela, Australia, Germany, and the United States, Vadasz’s wins are impressive,” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Equipment, The Safariland Group and Team Safariland Manager. “In partnership with champion shooters like Vadasz, we develop superior products for competition that help ensure winning results.”

Team Safariland members are an integral part of the company’s product development process by regularly testing Safariland materials and products to ensure design and development. For more information about Team Safariland and Safariland equipment, please visit