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Things Are Getting Real For The BATFE’s Firearms Technology Branch

April 17th, 2014

Sometimes, you can get to know a bit about someone by taking a peek at their shopping list.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was served a lawsuit last week by SIG Sauer. This suit immediately followed ATF’s public chastising from a judge in a similar case brought by Innovative Arms (both cases where muzzle brakes were submitted for testing and classification and deemed “silencers” by the ATF, but no decibel reduction testing was provided to back up their determinations). It might be of interest to other muzzle device manufacturers (and possibly the legal team at SIG Sauer) that ATF themselves this month has admitted that their own sound testing equipment “…has reached end of life and requires an upgrade.” and has issued a sole-source solicitation to purchase a new “computer controlled firearm silencer testing system” from a Virginia-based Bruel & Kjaer representative that custom built ATF’s last system in 2005.

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Recently, ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch claimed that Innovator Enterprises, Inc.’s Stabilizer Brake was a highly-restricted silencer, even though the manufacturer’s intent was to make a freely-sold, unregulated recoil device. The ATF’s determination, however, was shot down with no small amount of candor by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia when Innovator Enterprises sued the ATF over the mischaracterization. District Judge John Bates’ commentary read that the ATF’s “decision to classify the Stabilizer Brake as a ‘firearm silencer’ is ‘arbitrary and capricious’ for at least two reasons: the agency failed to ‘articulate a satisfactory explanation’ for its decision and the agency failed to ‘examine the relevant data’ before coming to a final conclusion.”

The Court noted that the ATF did not provide any proof or determination of the Stabilizer brake’s ability to reduce noise, but gave FTB the benefit of the doubt by assuming “Although the FTB (Firearms Technology Branch) utilizes state-of-the-art sound metering equipment, these tests do not affect the classification of any item.” But ATF themselves, in what may wind up being an unfortunately-timed admission from them in any upcoming court cases, gives justification of their purchase by admitting that their sound metering equipment is actually not “state-of-the-art” but rather “has reached end of life.”

The Court goes even further to question the history of “what exactly Congress was concerned about in deciding to regulate silencers at the federal level”, and points out a study showing that “The 1934 congressional debates [over what became the National Firearms Act] provide no explanation about why silencers were licensed” in the first place.

The ATF’s National Firearms Act Branch is incredibly overworked and understaffed. It is constantly inundated with tens of thousands of silencer transfers, and is currently dealing with the frustrations of a contractor’s failed e-Forms website (that was supposed to help ease their workload and speed the processing times of these transfers). Add the issue of being repeatedly sued over arbitrary determinations – on what is not even a firearm to begin with, but rather a harmless noise-pollution reduction device – it is certainly a ripe time for Congress to assess if suppressors should be removed from the purview of the NFA entirely.

- Kel Whelan

Kel Whelan has spent decades working NFA issues, and is well known to many in the firearms industry. Plus, he can always recommend a great place to eat.

Conqueror Australia – Mk1 UEV-490

April 17th, 2014

The UEV-490 is the largest Urban Escape Vehicle on offer by Conqueror Australia. The body is CNC manufactured and features skeletal construction with cladding to reduce weight. All body parts are electro galvanized and epoxy coated and Chassis beams are hot dipped galvanized. The 490 rides on an independent trailing arm suspension with coil springs and ‘Tough Dog’ shock absorbers.

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Luxury items include a diesel-powered hot water system, interior heating, microwave, shower, fridge/freezer, full kitchen with cutlery and crockery, and a flat screen DVD player.

Contact sales@conqueroraustralia.com.au for a quote. Conqueror Australia sells the UEV-490 worldwide.

uev.com.au/490-1

Hot Shots/Dead Legacy Clothing Collaboration

April 16th, 2014

Hot Shots has partnered with Dead Legacy Clothing to offer exclusive t-shirts featuring the best Hot Shots images over the last three years. The first shirt launched is the ‘Daisy’, featuring Hot Shots Girl Daisy Watts.

Additionally, £10 (~$16) from the sale of each shirt will be donated directly to Help for Heroes which is pretty awesome!

www.deadlegacy.com/shop/1322/t-shirts/daisy

Darley Defense Days – MMI Outdoor

April 16th, 2014

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Developed using input from SOF customers, MMI’s RD Dump Pouch is made from 330D Cordura and Tweave stretch fabric. It utilizes MMI’s proprietary, fast opening RD – Rapid Deployment technology, and is designed for one hand operation – opening and closing. Holds up to six 30-round 5.56 magazines, with an elastic retention flap that keeps the contents from spilling out during use. Additionally, the elastic retention flap is field repairable.

Available in Coyote, MultiCam, AOR1, and AOR2.

www.mmitactical.com

ATS Tactical Gear – Cobra 2.5 In Kryptek

April 16th, 2014

Cobra 25 Highlander

ATS Tactical Gear made up a couple prototypes of their Cobra 2.5 pack in Kryptek Typhon and Highlander for a customer, and have plans to produce and make them commercially available. The Kryptek Cobra 2.5s feature the same Brushed DriLex lining and compatibility with the CAP series organizational pouches as previous models. ATS will also be adding Kryptek patterns to the color matrix on their site in the coming weeks.

Additionally, the long awaited Cobra II is now in the beginning stages of development. Stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.

www.atstacticalgear.com

Darley Defense Days – Gerber

April 16th, 2014

E-Tool With Pick
E-Tool With Pick

The E-Tool is a military-grade digging tool for trenches and holes. The shovel head is powder-coated, carbon steel with a serrated blade edge. The head folds back to expose a pick for loosening rock and breaking up roots. The E-Tool body is composed of an annodized aluminum shaft with a glass-filled Nylon handle; the overall length of the E-Tool comes in at 23.75″.

www.gerbergear.com/Tactical/Gear/E-tool_22-01945

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River Shorty

The River Shorty is designed for rafting, diving, or other water-borne activities. The 3″ blade is forged from stainless steel and well polished to limit corrosion. It features a small partial serration on the lower edge, and a longer, beefier serration on the upper edge, with a stunted tip.

The handle is composed of glass-filled Nylon, with porcupine-like edges along both sides, which support natural thumb and finger placement along the lower edge and offer a sturdy grip.

The sheath is constructed of hard plastic and can be mounted to a Personal Flotation Device, pack, or belt for quick access.

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Made in Portland, Oregon, USA. Available in two handle colors: Hi-Vis Green and Black.

www.gerbergear.com/Outdoor/Knives/River-Shorty-Green_31-002645

Blue Force Gear – PLATEminus 2 Overview And Pre-Order

April 16th, 2014

Blue Force Gear took all the feedback from beta testing and customers of the original PLATEminus to create the updated PLATEminus V2. The PLATE 2 includes the two most requested features of the original PLATE: side plate pockets and a cummerbund.

The side plates are fully enclosed with a unique and effective double fold. The front of the side plate pockets are MOLLE compatible for attaching additional pouches.

The cummerbund is fully adjustable and features Ten-Speed elastic. The length is adjustable by the back panel and side plate pockets. PLATE 2 ships with a standard 2-cell cummerbund which works with chest sizes 38″-45″, but can also be combined with the LMAC Side Closures for smaller or larger sizes.

Available for pre-order. Estimated shipping is mid-May.

www.blueforcegear.com/plateminus-2-tm

Warrior Expo West Pre-Registration Announcement

April 16th, 2014

Warrior Expo West is soon approaching. It’ll be taking place April 23-24, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Deigo, CA.

If you plan on attending, you can pre-register at the following address: warrior-expo.com/register-to-attend. Please note that pre-registration closes Friday, 4/18 at 1700 Pacific.

warrior-expo.com/warrior-expo-west

Slumberjack Becomes SJK Tactical Hunting Gear, Sets Sights On The Hunting Market With New Product Offering For 2014

April 15th, 2014

Partnering with camouflage supplier Kryptek®, SJK Tactical Hunting Gear introduces a complete line of hunt-specific packs and tree stand cloaks

BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – After 57 years designing and developing outdoor gear for outdoor enthusiasts, Slumberjack is evolving, changing names, and setting its sights on the tactical hunting market. Launching for 2014, the new SJK Tactical Hunting Gear brand will offer a complete line of Kryptek® camouflage packs and tree stand bags designed specifically to give hunters a tactical edge on any hunt.

SJK Tactical Hunting Gear’s new for fall 2014 line appeals to an emerging market of tactical hunters, introducing cutting edge features and functionality into every product. Lightweight materials, durable construction, cutting edge Kryptek® camouflage, and an extensive amount of input from our professional hunting guide partners at Outback Outdoors, combine to create some of the most advanced equipment available.

“The hunting community is rapidly evolving, moving towards a more tactical approach to their outdoor experience, and we are leaders in this trend, addressing the needs of the emerging market with cutting edge equipment,” said Russell Rowell, Vice President of SJK Tactical Hunting Gear. “Our shift from Slumberjack to SJK Tactical Hunting meets the needs of the new tactical hunting customer with products that feature materials and technology designed specifically for the modern hunter.”

The SJK Tactical Hunting line includes five new tactical packs, ranging in size from the essentials-only Flush 750 waist pack up to the fully-featured Bounty 4500. The Bounty is a 74-liter pack featuring an expandable/detachable load-carry system that allows a game bag or other gear to be carried close to the body for better load support, a detachable day pack with organizational pockets for quick trips away from camp, and a built-in rifle shooting platform to help stabilize the shot. Remove the entire pack bag and use the frame separately to create a highly versatile carry platform for larger loads.

Designed to offer protection from the elements and the freedom to stay mobile on the hunt or around camp, the SJK Thermal Cloak tree stand bag provides all-day warmth and comfort for cold, wet, stoic hours on the hunt. Tactical hood features keep your peripheral vision and hearing sharp so you can see and hear approaching game. Quiet, weather-ready fabrics repel wind, rain, and snow while 160g of synthetic insulation helps keep you warm all day. The foot of the bag is long enough to cover boots yet open, allowing you to feel the edges of your tree stand to ensure proper footing. Large, self-sealing (via magnets) arm ports allow you to silently move into bow or rifle shooting position.

www.slumberjack.com/tacticalhuntinggear

Darley Defense Days – Tactical Tailor/Grey Ghost Gear

April 15th, 2014

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Grey Ghost Gear has introduced a line of Kydex to their site from Orange Diamond Concealment. Seen above is a Velcro hook backed AR magazine carrier. You may notice the distinctive diamond shape molded into all of these products. That and the Orange Diamond name hail the WWII Ranger insignia. Orange Diamond Concealment also offers a variety of holsters.

You may notice that it’s attached to a Tactical Tailor MBAV Low Viz Carrier in Wolf Grey.