Michael Rodriguez – Push Dagger

October 20th, 2016

These are four different versions of a new push dagger design called the “Throat Punch” or Tecpatl, by SF Veteran Michael Rodriguez. It’s a design that CRKT will be launching soon with proceeds of sales benefitting the George W Bush Military Service Initiative and the Special Operations Care Fund. He recently presented them to a very special group of friends on a particular personal security detail. They are made of layered G10 fiberglass making them lightweight, functional and concealable.

Arcteryx LEAF – Cold WX Jacket and Pants SV

October 20th, 2016

Arc’teryx unveiled the LEAF Cold Weather SV Jacket and Pants during SHOT Show. With Winter rearing its ugly head, now is the time to get yours. Although they are insulation layers, they combine Climashield insulation with Gore-Tex 3L and Windstopper fabrics to take you down below freezing.

The Cold Weather Jacket and Pants SV are available in MultiCam, Black and Crocodile, sizes Small – XXLarge.

Cold Weather Jacket SV

-Insulation provides maximum wet weather warmth
-Removable insulated hood; cinches with single pull adjuster and does not restrict vision
-Two way front closure for ventilation and easy on and off
-Waist drawcord retains articulated fit; Velcro® cuff closures allow enclosed sleeves
-Internal mesh pockets for radio carriage; internal stash pockets; external zip chest pockets
-Insulated hand pockets protect hands when not wearing gloves
-Upper arm zip pockets accessible when worn with personal protective equipment
-Vertically routed hem drawcords minimize interference with duty belt
-4×4.5 Velcro® upper arm identification patches with V-Lite™ retention ring

Cold Weather Pants SV

-Insulation provides maximum wet weather warmth
-Reinforced knees optimize durable performance
-Full side zips allow rapid ventilation and facilitate easy off and on
-External thigh cargo pockets
-Low profile suspender loops for optional attachment

Rare Sighting Of A Daniel Defense GL/SSC RIS II

October 20th, 2016

This is one of the most rare Daniel Defense RIS II Rails, the GL/SSC. This stands for Grenade Launcher, Sound Suppressor Capable. It’s slightly shorter than the M4A1 and was designed around a 12.5″ barrel. Only 125 were made. 100 went to SOCOM and 25 sold commercially. So if you have one of these, you own a unicorn.

2nd Bn, 3rd SFG(A) Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

October 20th, 2016

On 14 October, the 2nd Bn, 3rd SFG(A) celebrated its 25th anniversary. Seen here is LTC David Painter and CSM Christopher Raube placing a wreath to honor Bush Hog Soldiers, past and present.

I stood in formation during the activation ceremony on the parade ground of Fort Bragg’s Old Division Area back in 1991. As a severely understrength Caribbean-oriented battalion, we weren’t known as the Bush Hog’s yet and it would be several years before we completely ready. The unit cut its teeth on JCETs and Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti, served as our capstone. In the ensuing years, the Bush Hogs have really shined, earning their nickname in Afghanistan. I’m proud to have served on a SOT-A in 2/3.

Happy 25th Anniversary to my fellow 2/3 Veterans. Here’s to 25 more!

Mike Rowe to Headline 2017 SHOT Show State of the Industry Dinner

October 20th, 2016

NSSF is pleased to announce that Executive Producer, Narrator, and TV Host Mike Rowe will provide the headlining entertainment for the 2017 SHOT Show State of the Industry Dinner.

Mike Rowe is best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, where he completed 300 different jobs traversing all 50 states and transformed cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, and coal mines. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, dinosaurs, serial killers, and how stuff works. Most recently, Rowe launched The Way I Heard It, a weekly five-minute podcast of mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. He has also forged a handful of partnerships with iconic brands and filmed a boatload of Ford commercials.

As CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Rowe speaks regularly about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path to take for the most people. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand. Through scholarship programs, like the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the Foundation has helped grant more than $3 million in technical and/or vocational education for trade schools across the country.

“We’re thrilled to have Mike Rowe speak at our annual State of the Industry Dinner, and it’s not hard to see why,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “He is a champion of hard work, fairness and common sense; he has worked tirelessly as an advocate of America’s blue-collar worker; and his philanthropic efforts to put people back to work in skilled jobs have resonated from America’s big cities to its heartland. He’s also one of the most entertaining speakers around, and we think his message is one that everyone at the State of the Industry Dinner will appreciate.”

NSSF’s annual State of the Industry Dinner will take place the first evening of the 2017 SHOT Show, Tuesday, January 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will begin with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour. Following the social hour will be a gourmet dinner, then a variety of industry award presentations and the state of the industry address by Steve Sanetti, NSSF President and CEO, before the stage is given over to Mike Rowe. Individual tickets to the event are $125 for NSSF members and $145 for non-members. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $1,150 by NSSF Members and $1,350 by non-members. Seating is limited and this event will sell out, so those wishing to attend are urged to purchase their tickets early. For more information, visit the event’s page.

US Elite / SOC-F Arc’teryx Skyline Shirt LS

October 20th, 2016

US Elite partnered with Arc’teryx LEAF to bring you the custom-embroidered Arc’teryx LEAF Skyline shirt. The run is limited to just 275 of these shirts and 10% of each sale will be donated to the Special Operations Care Fund (SOC-F).

The shirt features a U.S. Elite logo on one arm, a SOC-F logo on the other, and an American flag with Arc’teryx’s iconic deadbird on the nape of the neck.

Sneak Peek – Tactical Tailor In A-TACS iX Pattern

October 20th, 2016

For 2017 Tactical Tailor will be introducing the A-TACS X line, starting with A-TACS intermediate (iX) camouflage, to their fight light line of gear. This is the first photo of the Fight light plate carrier and magazine pouches.

Colt Introduces the Colt Combat Unit Carbine Featuring Mid-Length Gas System

October 20th, 2016

We recently gave you a sneak peek of the new Colt Combat Unit™ Carbine. This is Colt’s official release.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (October 19, 2016) – The Colt M4 continues to be the platform of choice amongst Military, Law Enforcement, and firearms enthusiasts alike. Now Colt is offering yet another option for enthusiasts looking for that robust and well-fielded platform – the Colt Combat UnitTM carbine, featuring Colt’s new mid-length gas system.
The Colt Combat UnitTM carbine offers many of the features you love about the Colt M4 platform, but now Colt is introducing its first production mid-length gas system. “Producing a mid-length gas system was the logical next-step for us, and it’s long overdue,” said Justin Baldini, Director of Product Marketing for Colt. “Shooters will find that by moving the gas block closer to the muzzle as this mid-length gas system does, the felt recoil is more constant with what is fielded by our troops carrying a 14.5” barrel M4.”

The Colt Combat UnitTM is a team of Sponsored Shooters and Product Advisors that Colt has worked closely with to develop the Colt Combat UnitTM line of firearms that are tailored to the needs of today’s more savvy Operators, Law Enforcement, and firearms enthusiasts. “When we decided to put together the Colt Combat UnitTM team, we sought out the upper echelon of the world of elite operator training. These are all former Special Forces trainers who are helping us understand what the folks in the field want from their firearms, which has been proven with the success of the Colt Combat UnitTM Rail Gun®.”

The Colt Combat UnitTM carbine was developed with the help of legendary trainers Mike Pannone, Ken Hackathorn, and Daryl Holland. It features a Magpul® SL® buttstock and pistol grip as well as a MOE® trigger guard. The carbine is the first to feature Colt’s new mid-length gas system. It has a low profile gas block which allows for the use of its M-LOK® capable Centurion CMR free floated forend. The Colt Combat UnitTM carbine (SKU – LE6960-CCU) has an MSRP of $1,299 and is available exclusively from TALO Distributors.