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“Loyalty” By DEFCON Media Featuring Svalinn

November 20th, 2014

DEFCON Media produced this great video featuring the K9s from Svalinn as well as gear from Salient Arms International, Crye Precision, SureFire, LBT Inc, and Griffon Industries.

MagPod Production Models Are Nearly Here

November 20th, 2014


Back in May, we offered a brief sneak peak of a production model MagPod. We’re happy to say that they’re now very close to being commercially available. Aside from frequent updates on the official MagPod Facebook page, with one comment hinting at a late November commercial release, they’ve also been sending out promotional MagPods taken from the production stock, a few of which we’ve received ourselves.


As a reminder, the MagPod is a replacement floor plate for Magpul MOE Gen2 Pmags which turns the magazine into an effective monopod, easily capable of balancing a fully-loaded carbine. It also functions quite well as a grip when grabbing a mag from its pouch.

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

Sneak Peek – Kryptek Inferno

November 20th, 2014


Kryptek fans have been asking for a hi viz option. Enter Inferno for 2015.

Doc Beech Joins Applied Ballistics As Technical Support Specialist

November 20th, 2014

Cedar Springs, MI – November 18, 2014 – Applied Ballistics is proud to announce the exciting new addition of Nigel “Doc” Beech to its team. Mr. Beech will provide customer support to users of all AB products; primarily the smartphone ballistics apps and Kestrel units.

Known to many in the industry by his forum handle “DocUSMCRetired,” Doc is renowned as an expert source of information on many shooting related products.

“Doc has been an irrefutable, unofficial member of the AB team, providing support and feedback to our end-users for quite some time,” stated Applied Ballistics President, Bryan Litz. “We are confident and excited that his strong knowledge-base of the products, coupled with his in-depth knowledge of the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry, will prove to be an invaluable asset to our team.”

Before joining the Applied Ballistics team, Doc spent the last ten years in the military; having served multiple deployments to Iraq as a Corpsman of Marines, and graduated with Honors from both Corps School and the top of his class at Field Medical Service School, earning his Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist device in Iraq. Shooting his entire life, having grown up in East Texas, Doc’s childhood consisted of hunting and fishing. Doc is a Wounded Warrior Alumni, VFW Life Member, Marine Corps League Member and NRA Member.

Doc is a hunter, outdoorsman and competitive shooter; in all aspects of bow hunting, long-range and pistol. He’s currently in school getting a degree in Computer Sciences and Electronics Engineering.

Strike Industries – SLICK Handguard For HK MR556/416

November 19th, 2014


Strike Industries has begun taking pre-orders for the SLICK Handguard, an aftermarket forend for the HK 416/MR556 rifle. Manufactured from 6061 aluminum with Black Hard Coat Anodizing Type III, the SLICK Handguard features KeyMod sections at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions, three integrated 1913 rail sections at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions, a continuous 1913 top rail, and four QD sockets, giving shooters plenty of space and options to customize their rifle accessories to their preferred specifications.

The SLICK Forend comes in three lengths: 9″, 11″, and 13″. It has a width of 2″, and a height of 2.5″, giving it a slim profile. All SLICK Forend pre-orders receive a 15%-off discount and free shipping.

Mega Arms Introduces Slide Lock – New Charging Handle

November 19th, 2014


Last week I had the opportunity to try out Grey Ghost Precision’s new Specter heavy and light rifles. These are manufactured exclusively for GGP by Mega Arms. One of the 5.56mm light guns had an interesting charging handle. At the time, the new Slide Lock was still under press blackout but they allowed me to snap a photo for when it did come out.


Well, it’s out now. The patent pending design is ambidextrous but doesn’t rely on all of the moving parts that rival makers incorporate into their designs. Instead, it’s pretty straight forward. Much of the design has to do with the tooth on the catch. Rather than a sharp tooth it is more angled which allows for an easier opening on the pull. You can’t say there aren’t any moving pieces because there are. It’s just simpler than everything else out there.


What’s more, it works. I messed with it quite a bit to get a feel for how well it locked and unlocked as well as the pull. I must admit, I had a smile on my face as I cycled the Slide Lock over and over.

So far, the Slide Lock is only available for 5.56mm AR-style platforms, but Mega is working on a 7.62mm compatible version.

Here, Jason Curns, Firearms Manager at Mega Arms goes over the new charging handle.

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NRA Life Of Duty – Radiological Sabotage Trailer

November 19th, 2014

NRA Life of Duty | presented by Brownells
Frontlines | sponsored by FNH USA

It’s imperative that America’s 100 nuclear reactors remain impenetrable. The National Composite Adversary Force is working to strengthen security in nuclear power plants—by breaking into them.

US Army Issues Update On OCP Transition

November 19th, 2014

The US Army has issued an update on the pending OCP transition. This message validates what we’ve been saying about the bookend patterns as well as the transition to a Coyote Boot and Tan 499 Belt and T-shirt. The 75th Ranger Regiment is the only unit to be issued the new OCP ACU. Serving Soldiers will be required to purchase the uniforms with their annual clothing allowance. New accessions should see OCP in their clothing bag beginning in FY 2016.


Operational Camouflage Pattern

What is it?

After a thorough, fair and scientific camouflage tests, the U.S. Army is adopting the Operational Camouflage Pattern as an Army-wide base pattern for uniforms and personal equipment. The use of Operational Camouflage Pattern will be gradually phased in to minimize the cost to Soldiers and the Army.

What has the Army Done?

Camouflage – In 2009, after Soldier feedback revealed dissatisfaction with the performance of the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) in Afghanistan, Secretary of the Army Peter Geren approved the execution of a four-phase camouflage improvement effort. The first three phases, conducted from September 2009 to January 2010, resulted in the selection of Crye Precision’s MultiCam pattern as the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern for uniforms and Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) for Afghanistan.

The objective of the last phase (Phase IV) was to determine a long-term multi-environment camouflage strategy for the entire force, so the Army continued working on testing a family of camouflage patterns (arid, transitional, and woodland/jungle patterns with a single matching OCIE pattern) and established the Army’s most rigorous and scientific study of camouflage to date. The Army employed important lessons from a decade of combat experience to ensure the selection process was sound and thorough.

Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan will continue to be fielded with uniforms and OCIE in Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern until inventories are exhausted. In coming months the Army will conduct operational testing and user evaluations of existing Service arid and woodland patterns for possible adoption by the Army.

Phase-in Strategy Reduces the Cost to Soldiers – The financial impact on Soldiers will be minimal. The gradual introduction of the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms will allow Soldiers to phase in uniforms as their UCP patterned ACUs and OCIE wear out. The Army will begin introduction of the Operational Camouflage Pattern during the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 in Army Clothing and Sales Stores.

Why is this important to the Army?

Camouflage is a centerpiece for Soldier Force Protection. An effective camouflage provides Soldiers concealment which is critical for Soldiers in the close fight with the enemy. The Army will continue to provide the Soldiers with the best possible camouflaged uniforms and equipment.

What other related uniform efforts does the Army have planned?

To correspond with the introduction of the Operational Camouflage Pattern starting in the summer of 2015, the Army will change the color for the Army Combat Boot to a coyote brown color, and change the color of the belts and t-shirts to a tan 499 color.

This article was originally featured on the November 19th, 2014 edition of ‘Stand-To! The Official Focus of the US Army’.

FirstSpear Offering Carrier + Ballistic Plate Sets

November 19th, 2014

Due to recent demand for armor carriers complete with plates, FirstSpear has launched a new Military/Law Enforcement-only section that currently features First On and Strandhögg armored carriers paired with FirstSpear Ballistic Plates.


I am a big fan of the First On which was developed as a low cost carrier for Active Shooter Response. These days, every law enforcement officer wears soft armor. The First On carries your hard plates as well as rudimentary gear such as ammunition and first aid items. During an Active shooter call or when entering a known hostile environment the First On can be rapidly thrown over your duty soft armor. It incorporates FS TUBES as closures which facilitate rapid donning and doffing. Finally, the First On features Velcro fields for identification.

FS_FirstOn_back and side

The new First Ons are currently available in Black and Coyote. By popular demand, FS is now offering the First On with a Med Pouch and your choice of a FirstSpear standalone Level III or IV ballistic plates (set of two).


For those looking for a more feature rich carrier, I’d suggest you check out the Strandhögg which incorporates comfort padding and 6/12 mounting technology. It is compatible with both legacy MOLLE pouches as well as the FS line of 6/12 pouches which allows you to have more control of load configuration. Strandhöggs are available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, and Multicam.


FirstSpear Ballistic Plate Offerings with First On and Strandhögg

Blitz: Level IV Standalone – NIJ Standard 0101.06
- light AP protection (5.56x45mm-M855)
- advanced ceramic/composite design
- multi shot rated
-9lbs per plate

Patrol: Level III Standalone – NIJ Standard 0101.06
-100% polyethylene
-Neutrally buoyant
-multi shot rated

Available immediately to Government, Law Enforcement, and Military only.

Reminder Retailers – Black Friday Sales Announcements Due By COB 21 November

November 19th, 2014

The title says it all. If we don’t receive your Black Friday sales announcements by 21 November, we aren’t posting them. The cost, as always, is free.

As in years past we will create a single page with every sale we know of. It has become a great central location to announce your sale plans. It should go up very soon, so the earlier you submit, the better.