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Hot Shots Calendar Issues Response To All Media

October 19th, 2014

Hot Shots Calendar has issued this statement to media in response to the current circus surrounding the details behind the shoot in Utah for this year’s edition. Like we said yesterday morning, it’s about supporting the charities.


Hodge Defense AU Mod 2 Is Go!

October 19th, 2014


Pipe Hitters Union – Limited Edition People Sleep Peacefully Hoodie

October 19th, 2014


Pipe Hitters Union has put their popular ‘People Sleep Peacefully’ design on a hoodie, and have released a limited number for general purchase.

Available in Black in sizes LG – XXXL

Aimpoint To Release New Carbine Optic

October 19th, 2014


A leak on Facebook has revealed that Aimpoint is releasing a new Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO), designed for use with modern sporting rifles. The full release can be read below:


Mayflower Research & Consulting – Che T-Shirt

October 18th, 2014

Che Shirt

At last year’s SHOT Show, Mayflower gave away these Che t-shirts. Demand was high enough that they decided to start offering them through their webstore.

Available in sizes MD – XXL.

Gunfighter Moment – Daryl Holland

October 18th, 2014

I was reading LAV’s Gunfighter Moment on Soldier Systems Daily the other day because I’m the new guy at Alias trying to keep up, and I realized that Larry & Mike see the same stuff I do… only ten times more.

I’d like to elaborate on a common term that echoes in this community, “outrunning your headlights”. This analogy is useful for a Special Forces Team training our Allies, as lesser trained foreign soldiers always want to jump into the advanced training. It’s called Foreign Internal Defense (FID) and a large part of the SF Mission around the world. Anyway, to prevent our foreign friends from going faster than they are ready, we always told them that advanced training is simply the basics done well. ‘Crawl, Walk & Then Run’, this is never more important than during marksmanship training.

Slow down and perform the perfect repetition to build perfect muscle memory. Speed will come naturally, and accuracy is a must before speed, or you’re just slinging lead on a range, much like when you go to hit golf balls at the driving range without ever receiving a golf lesson.

I still see Military & Law Enforcement spending their budgets on the latest and greatest equipment, but they only check the block with marksmanship training and tactics a couple times a year. If it’s your life, or bread and butter, then training should be first to alleviate bad outcomes and fill the gap with equipment shortages, as the training will recognize short falls. Owning the most expensive piano doesn’t make you Mozart.

As it was explained to me 20 years ago when I would follow Larry to IPSC matches with other unit shooters, “You learn to shoot the gun you have and as you outperform your starter gun, you replace pieces with tricked out/high end parts to shave a second here and there”.

With long gunners, I’ve seen 25 power scopes on a .308 Remington 700 style, when a fixed 10 power is plenty for that rifle system, and for finding targets more quickly at ranges between 100m-800m. If you can afford the glass for a Leapold x25 or Schmidt & Bender x28 scope, then you can afford a .338 Lapua Magnum and enjoy dropping that Mule Deer a mile away. Make your optic fit your gun.

Sometimes, I just don’t get the shooting industry. By the time Jethro has figured out, “It’s not as easy as it looks and could use a little help”, he has already developed bad habits and the reason why women are usually better marksmanship students…

Yep, I said it!

- Respectfully, Daryl Holland


Daryl Holland is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major with over 20 years of active duty experience, 17 of those years in Special Operations. Five years with the 1st Special Forces Group (SFG) and 12 years in the 1st SFOD-Delta serving as an Assaulter, Sniper, Team Leader, and OTC Instructor.

He has conducted several hundred combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Philippines, and the Mexican Border. He has conducted combat missions in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains as a Sniper and experienced Mountaineer to the streets of Baghdad as an Assault Team Leader.

He has a strong instructor background started as an OTC instructor and since retiring training law abiding civilians, Law Enforcement, U.S. Military, and foreign U.S. allied Special Operations personnel from around the world.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer some words of wisdom.

Support Hot Shots Calendar

October 18th, 2014

Apparently, are quite a few people up in arms over the “partially nude” models in this video we originally posted a couple of weeks ago. But that’s kind of the point of a pinup calendar isn’t it?

Yes, there’s currently a witch hunt afoot to root out whether members of the Utah Army National Guard and Utah Department of Public Safety provided unauthorized assistance to the 2015 Hot Shots Calendar. But that hasn’t altered our support to the project.

We are media partners with Hot Shots Calendar because of the great work they do to support the UK’s Help for Heroes as well as select US SOF charities. We’ve traveled to England in support of the calendar and seen up close and personal the great work the charity and the models have done to support UK’s wounded warriors. We ask that you continue to support these charities whether you purchase a Hot Shots Calendar or provide direct support.

SureFire – X400V-A-IRC

October 18th, 2014


SureFire’s X400V-A-IRC combines a 150 lumen tactical white light, a 120mW IR light, and a <0.7mW IR laser into a compact package that works equally well mounted to a pistol or a long gun. Constructed of high-strength aerospace aluminum, the X400V's body is hard anodized with a MilSpec finish, and sealed with gasket and O-rings for dust and water resistance.

Users can rotate the bezel to switch between White and IR light. A separate mode selector on the rear allows users to switch between off, laser only, light and laser, primary beam only, and a second off. The IR laser features an amber-colored LED indicator to alert users when it is on. The patented toggle switch allows users either momentary-on or constant-on activation. The X400V is fully compatible with optional DG grip and pressure-activated XT07 switches for additional control without altering the grip.

Powered by two 123A batteries, the X400V is capable of the following 'constant on' runtimes with each individual setting:

White Light - 1.8 hours
IR - 8.0 hours
Laser - 20 hours


Currently available in Black.

National Molding – New Sling Hardware

October 17th, 2014

National Molding has capitalized on the popularity of the weapon sling by offering two new sling hardware parts:

NM new sling parts

A 1.25″ tension lock with aggressive side ribs for positive grip, along with the ability to add a lanyard – #10343.

A 1″ to 1.25″ adaptor which features a 1″ slot and 1.25″ slot for simple transition between different webbing sizes – # 10344.

Both parts complement the National Molding 9094/9095 HD sling buckle. They are available in a variety of military colors and are 100% Berry compliant.

Tactical Advantage, Inc. Now Carrying All Remaining BAE Systems ECLiPSE Gear

October 17th, 2014

ECLiPSE product sheet

Over this past Summer, Tactical Advantage, Inc. negotiated with BAE Systems to purchase all remaining ECLiPSE load carriage equipment inventory from all of BAE’s production facilities. As a result, they’ve taken in over 23,000 pieces of ECLiPSE LCE MOLLE gear in ABU, ACU, Coyote Brown, MJK Khaki, Multicam OCP, Ranger Green, and a small amount of Black.

ECLiPSE was originally developed in conjunction with Matt Johnson, formerly of Eagle, while under the employment of BAE Systems. The product line started with the RBAV-SF, developed to fulfill a USSOCOM contract for a SPEAR BALCS compatible carrier. Different configurations of the RBAV have been in use with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, as well as Air Force Security Forces, TACPs, and PJs.

In 2008, BAE Systems began to offer the RBAV family of vests and complementary load carriage equipment through the commercial market. In 2012, BAE Systems was outbid on the standard issue MOLLE contract, and any new production of the ECLiPSE line discontinued. Now, Tactical Advantage, Inc. is the sole commercial source of all remaining ECLiPSE Performance Gear, although BAE Systems maintains the copyright of the brand.

Key features of the ECLiPSE line include:

  • Unique secondary closure system on select pockets
  • Double layered for increased durability
  • Triple stitching
  • SilentStrips, which eliminate noise created by hook and loop extraction
  • Currently, Tactical Advantage, Inc. is offering a 25% discount on all Coyote, Khaki, and Ranger Green ECLiPSE products, and a 50% discount on all ABU and ACU ECLiPSE products, until current stock runs out. ECLiPSE products are wholly US made and Berry compliant.