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Attend the Concealed Carry Fashion Show at the Inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo

August 17th, 2017

FAIRFAX, Va. – The 2017 NRA Carry Guard Expo Concealed Carry Fashion Show is scheduled for Friday, August 25, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Fashion Show will showcase the Expo’s top concealed carry products and demonstrate the features and benefits to an audience of firearm enthusiasts and industry media. The audience will vote for their top three favorite concealed carry products at the event’s conclusion.

This unique event at the NRA Carry Guard Expo is sponsored by 5.11 Tactical and CrossBreed Holsters and will feature more than 50 products from 20 manufacturers. Both male and female models will walk the runway, showcasing products ranging from conventional pistol holsters and accessories to concealed carry purses, bags, and much more.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the NRA Carry Guard Expo Concealed Carry Fashion Show are $10, and can be purchased online here.

The fashion show is part of the inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo, scheduled for Aug. 25-27 at the Wisconsin Center. The NRA Carry Guard Expo is an educational and interactive experience dedicated to individuals interested in increasing their knowledge and skills of personal protection, concealed carry and home defense tactics. This event will equip novices and experts alike with the products, skills, knowledge and mindset necessary to be prepared and respond when a threat arises.

G-Code Contact Series Micro Chest Rig 3Zero

August 17th, 2017

G-Code just released the new 3Zero Chest Rig. Its modular design allows the user to configure it for a wide variety of mission requirements and working environments.

An extreme low profile arrangement, the Contact Series 3Zero Chest Rig provides three Softshell Scorpion rifle magazine carriers. This array delivers ample storage while utilizing the smallest and flattest configuration available. The Scorpion Softshell rifle pouches fit ALL AR series magazines, ANY AK magazine and ALL variations in 7.62×51 (.308).  Additionally, Pistol Scorpion pouches (sold separately) can stacked on top of the rifle versions. 

www.gcode3zero.com

End of Year: 6 Things You Need to Know About DLA’s TLS Contracts in 2017

August 17th, 2017

Although this article was originally written and posted to their website by ADS, Inc, the information is applicable to the TLS program writ large. Naturally, DLA wants to close out TLS earlier than last year but with so many years of Sequestration, CRAs and OCO money, the services have forgotten how to trickle funding down to the unit level in a timely and predictable manner. Consequently, every year, chaos ensues at EOY. That’s why it’s imperative to be aware of the latest processes for placing your TLS order.

ADS Inc. is a proud multiple award recipient of the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Special Operations Equipment (SOE) and thedla Fire & Emergency Services Equipment (FESE) contracts as part of the Tailored Logistics Support Program (TLSP). As an incumbent Prime Vendor, ADS has proven itself successful in fulfilling customer equipment and incidental service needs and requirements since its first prime vendor contract awarded back in 2001 and its first TLS award acceptance in 2005.

ADS’ experienced contracting team, expansive customer-focused sales task force, and its positive relationships with over 3,000 partner suppliers contribute to its ability to exceed the TLS program’s primary goals of reducing costs, ensuring product of choice, improving logistics response time, and improving customer support. In this blog, we highlight six important things you need to know about leveraging DLA’s TLS contracts in 2017. Be informed with ADS!

1. The deadline for submitting End of Year (EOY) orders through DLA’s TLSP Contracts is earlier than last year.

It’s all too common for government entities to reach a use it or lose it period toward the end of the fiscal year. This is a pertinent time for buyers to determine any outstanding requirements and submit them to their contracting office for approval.
For customers, this means NOW is the time to start gathering any last minute purchasing requirements. See Diagram A – TLSP Procurement Vehicles for additional information regarding order processing as it pertains to the FESE and SOE programs.

Submission Date: All TLS orders must be submitted to DLA by September 8, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Funding must be in by September 22 at 11:59 p.m. Any orders with Fiscal Year (FY) 17 funds submitted past that timeframe will be returned to the submitter. Any orders received after that timeframe will be processed as FY18 funds.

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2. The process for ordering through FESE and SOE TLS remains the same for FY17. Reminder: Kits have new requirements.

As defense budgets shrink and a larger emphasis is put on improving the ordering process, the FESE and SOE TLSP contracts adapted to continue to provide users with a simple, efficient procurement vehicle. The changes adopted in FY16 gave customers greater visibility on orders, more accurate pricing information, and valid obligation/transfer of funding directly with DoD Finance personnel.

Changes were effective the SOE TLS Program (in November 2015) & FESE TLS Program (in May 2016): Due to a mandate to conform to Audit Readiness requirements, several changes have been made to the SOE and FESE ordering process that the customer may or may not be informed of.

Kitting Requirements: Kit purchases must include a breakdown for both SOE and FES. ADS provides a full list, pulled from each manufacturer and compiled.

DLA Troop Support – Construction and Equipment Program:
For more information on how these changes affect the ordering process flow please download the flowchart provided by DLA.
1. Customer must register a designated Finance Office Point of Contact (FOPOC) with their account and submit their information. Here are instructions on how to complete the designation form provided by DLA.
2. Once the customer’s FOPOC is registered, orders can be submitted for equipment, supplies and/or services under the current Order Request Spreadsheet. Once DLA approves the items for scope the request will be solicited amongst the qualified TLSP vendors.
3. DLA will email the Price Acknowledgement Spreadsheet to BOTH the Ordering Activity as well as the FOPOC.
4. Once the order is approved by the FOPOC and the Ordering Activity, the customer submits required funding information via the FOPOC Review Spreadsheet to DLA.
5. Upon award, DLA will send a second notification to the FOPOC and the Ordering Activity letting them know the order is awaiting obligation in the system.
6. Once the KO obligates the order, a third email will be sent to the FOPOC and the Ordering Activity with final order line item details.
7. A final email will be sent from DLA to the customer and will include a request to post receipt of the order in DoD FedMall.

3. It’s easier than ever to register with DLA.

To have access to a wide variety of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) equipment, incidental services and training through the SOE and FESE TLS Programs, qualifying customers must be authorized DOD, Federal or other DLA approved, federally-funded agencies. For more information on how to register, if you haven’t already, contact the following contracting offices:

FESE
FESE WEBSITE
Registration: Email | FESECustomerRegistration@dla.mil
Ordering: Email | FESOrders@dla.mil
Questions: Email | FESECustomerInfo@dla.mil

SOE
SOE WEBSITE
Registration: Email | SOECustomerRegistration@dla.mil
Ordering: Email | SOEOrders@dla.mil
Questions: Email | SOECustomerInfo@dla.mil

4. Every request is approved on a case-by-case basis. Increase your chances of a quick, smooth approval process with these tips:

There are several reasons why DLA would not award or approve product requests. It’s important to keep in mind that DLA may not always know of the product (if it’s new technology for example) and may not always know the relevant application and how it pertains to your mission and the contract scope.

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5. You can buy incidental services through TLS if they’re ancillary and purchased with a product.

According to Bloomberg Government, the government’s top four spending categories are services-related.
When it comes to the purchase of incidental services through the FESE and SOE TLS Program contracts, they are typically requested as an additional line item on the Customer Order Request Form and are ancillary to a product being requested.

Incidental service requests should also ensure proper functional capability and safety of the accompanying product(s). Consistent with product requests, DLA will approve incidental service requests on a case-by-case basis.

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See Diagram C – EXAMPLES OF INCIDENTAL SERVICE REQUESTS for examples of these requests for both FESE and SOE programs. For additional instruction, visit the DLA SOE TLS Customer Guidelines and DLA FESE TLS Customer Guidelines or contact your respective TSLP Contract Manager.

6. ADS can…

-Help you tackle road blocks early on.

-Help you select equipment that fits your needs and requirements.

-Provide procurement options through both of our FES and SOE TLS contracts.

-Keep you updated on shipping information when your order is complete.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Send RFQ to ADS
Request a quote from your ADS Account Manager. They will help you identify the best procurement options for your requirements – GSA, TLS, Open Market, etc.

2. ADS Provides Quote
Our knowledgeable ADS Account Managers can help you select equipment to satisfy your requirements, determine procurement options, as well as verify part numbers, lead times, pricing (including freight), and country of origin.

3. Register for the Program
If you determine that the TLS Program is best for your requirement, register for the corresponding TLS Program with DLA Troop Support.
Instructions for Customer/FOPOC Registration:
FESE | SOE

4. Submit Your Order
Email your completed order request to DLA Troop Support. They will act as your contracting office.
Contact Info: SOE TLS Orders: SOEorders@dla.mil
Contact Info: FESE TLS Orders: FESorders@dla.mil

5. You’re All Set!
DLA Troop Support will compete the requirement amongst the participating TLS vendors and provide best pricing for all items requested.
Once approved, DLA Troop Support will contact you and your FOPOC for funding information.
Once that is processed, an award will be made!

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High Speed Gear – Tactical Sling

August 17th, 2017

SWANSBORO, North Carolina – Aug. 17, 2017 – High Speed Gear® is pleased to announce the release of our new minimalist sling.

The HSGI® Tactical Sling is versatile and uncomplicated, offering the maneuverability of a one-point sling while attaching like a three-point sling. This sling is made with comfortable 1.25″ tubular nylon webbing and features a side-release buckle for quick and easy detaching.

Because of the sling’s sliding design, the butt of your weapon will naturally hang at the armpit and rise into the shoulder. This feature enables the sling to comfortably hang behind your back, in front of you at the controlled carry or in the tactical carry without any additional support.

HSGI® has a history of producing some of the most versatile tactical pouches and platforms in the industry. A proven performer, HSGI® continues to show tremendous popularity in law enforcement, military and shooting sports markets worldwide. Our extensive list of top tier operators includes U.S. and allied special forces, state and local tactical units, and federal agencies.

The HSGI® Tactical Sling is available now!

Made 100% in the USA, Battle-Proven Tactical Gear.

For more information, visit www.highspeedgear.com/hsgi/95TS00-95TS00

Gunwerks Announces New BR2500 Ballistic Rangefinder

August 17th, 2017

Gunwerks announced today the release of it’s latest version ballistic rangefinder, the GSeven branded BR2500. The newly updated BR2500 carries a major upgrade in laser rangefinding capabilities, extending the effective range of the BR2500 to over 2,500 yards dependent on conditions. The BR2500 also features the best available laser beam divergence, set at .75 MRAD and optimized for hunting conditions with advanced signal processing tuned for ranging animals instead of highly reflective objects like steel. As with previous models, the BR2500 features five on-device programmable ballistic profiles, sensors for range, pressure, temperature and incline, and provides outputs for wind compensation.

The BR2500 provides the user a complete ballistic solution, providing both angle compensated and shoot-to range solutions for both MOA and BDC turrets and reticles.

“This is our most advanced ballistic rangefinder yet.” noted Aaron Davidson, Gunwerks founder and CEO. “We came out with the BR2 6 years ago, and this is the natural progression of ranging and ballistic technology. With the BR2500, we’re meeting or exceeding ranging capabilities previously only available in advanced military technology, while still retaining the Class 1 eye-safe designation with our laser.”

The G7 BR2500 is available immediately via Gunwerks direct and in coming weeks through Gunwerks’ network of dealers at a street price of $1,599. Learn more at www.gunwerks.com/store/featured-products/g7-br2500-rangefinder.

Never Run Out of Power in Austere Conditions

August 17th, 2017

Protonex is demonstrating the impressive capabilities of their PTX series of power management solutions for response and recovery teams and individuals alongside more than 15 others at the 4th biennial ‘Strike Challenge’ event at Camp Rilea this week.

Protonex has also donated a special one-of-a-kind custom Geissele 13″ S Mod MLOK Rail w/ PTX logo valued at $485 dollars for the event’s silent auction to benefit the ‘Racing for Heroes’ charity. To learn more about Racing for Heroes, visit: www.racingforheroes.org

To learn more about the PTX series of power management solutions, visit: www.PTXnomad.com

Ask SSD – Where Can I Purchase A KCRF Patch?

August 17th, 2017

We often receive this question. While we give special editions of the patch away at various events throughout the year, our friends at MOJO Tactical offer them as well.

As popular as they are, they aren’t always in stock, and at various times, MOJO will have different color schemes in stock. 

Get yours at mojotactical.com/?product=keep-calm-and-return-fire

Cohort Showcases Capability Across Land, Sea And Air Domains At DSEI

August 16th, 2017

Defence technology company Cohort plc will showcase its capabilities across the land, sea and air sectors at DSEI 2017.

Cohort’s four business units will all be represented, with their presence including Portugal-based EID for the first time following the company’s acquisition last year.

Cohort Chief Executive Andy Thomis commented: “We have a growing order book in our domestic markets and worldwide. DSEi offers an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our new technologies and capabilities.

Alongside products and services in the established domains, we will also be focusing on our latest work in sectors such as cyber.”

EID’s focus will be on integrated communications and control systems for naval and land applications, including its ICCS, Integrated Communications Control System for warships, as well as ICC-201 and ICC-251 vehicular intercoms for heavy and light configurations respectively, plus its TWH-100 series personal radios, in use by several Armed Forces.

Marlborough Communications (MCL) is the UK’s leading provider of hearing protection for military personnel with tens of thousands of systems in use across the land, sea and air domains. MCL will be focusing on its Tactical Hearing Protection Systems (THPS) for the Dismounted Close Combat User and THPS Basic User, along with systems for specialist users and for RAF air crew.

Cohort’s cyber and intelligence specialists MASS will be highlighting cyber risk assessment, security and digital operations centres, and critical national infrastructure protection. MASS will also be highlighting some of its latest Electronic Warfare technology.
MASS provides EW training at its specialist centre in Lincoln. Its expanding training portfolio also includes design and delivery of operational level exercises, where it has considerable experience in supporting UK and NATO forces, along with overseas customers. Another developing area for MASS is secure information systems and the move from management dashboards to management cockpits.

SEA will be reinforcing its maritime pedigree, including further developments of KraitArray, the innovative thin line towed sonar. KraitArray has attracted considerable interest from overseas navies recently, with the launch of the modular anti-submarine warfare suite – Krait Defence System – the go-to ASW solution for smaller vessels or platforms with restricted deck space.

SEA will also be displaying the latest in aviation training simulation systems, which now incorporate the most up-to-date virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities. One of the most successful applications is DECKsim providing an immersive, high fidelity, 3D virtual environment for training students in both flight deck and land-based operations.

Cohort plc can be found on Stand S6-240 at DSEI 17.