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Mission Spec Pushes Battlefield Medicine In New Direction

April 1st, 2020

Mission Spec, LLC (KS) is revealing their latest answer to the battlefield medicine question. Past customers will recognize the acronym EOC™ as Mission Spec’s original plate carrier design that was discontinued in December 2017 and replaced with EC2™. The company has decided to re-designate it from Essentials Only Carrier™ to Essential Oils Carrier™.

Innovation like this will allow combat and law enforcement life savers quick and ready access to a myriad of potential analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial solutions. Some suspect that these types of extracts could potentially replace broad spectrum antibiotics such as the Levofloxacin (500mg) or Moxifloxacin (400mg) (TCCC recommendation for oral antibiotics) commonly found in “Combat Pill Packs”. However, it is not intended as a replacement for intramuscularly (IM) injected or intravenously (IV) infused drugs such as Cefotan/cefotetan (2 grams [IV or IM] once every 12 hours) or Invanz/ertapenem (1 gram [IV or IM] once every 24 hours).

Future associated products include a MOLLE compatible, crush proof, coconut oil (or other carrier oil) dispenser pouch. This will allow for easy field-dilution by medical personnel.  Projected availability for Q3/2020.

The Essential Oils Carrier does come pretreated with lavender to promote a calm atmosphere for both the medical personnel and patient during combat operations.

Platatac ReCreates VN-era Navy SEAL Rifleman Shirt in MultiCam

April 1st, 2020

Platypus PLATATAC loves classic military gear, so they decided to release this famous Vietnam era garment in MultiCam Apocalypse Jungle fabric.

Grated, it’s not practical, but for the true believers it is the ultimate cool shirt.

Team Bushnell Delivers Top Finishes at A.I. USA Pro Series PRS Match

March 31st, 2020

Pro Shooter Mark Cooper Wins Tactical Division

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – Team Bushnell delivered a strong showing at the recent Accuracy International Long Range Classic, earning multiple top place finishes. During the fifth PRS Pro Series competition of the season, Bushnell Pro Shooter Mark Cooper earned First Place in the Tactical Division while teammate Bryan Sikes finished the match in 9th place overall.

 Held at the Altus Shooting Solutions range in Baker, Florida, the A.I Long Range Classic challenged competitors with 20 courses of fire designed to push each shooter and their equipment to the limits. The challenge of making long-distance impacts from a variety of shooting positions, all while under the clock, provided the field of 134 shooters with two days of hard-fought competition.

 Competing in the Tactical Division with his Elite Tactical XRS II, Cooper was able to maintain a lead throughout the match, winning the division by 28 points. His first major win of the 2020 season, Cooper was very pleased with his performance.

 “The A.I. match is a kickoff to the new season and this year I decided to focus my energy on competing in the Tactical Division for the first time,” said Cooper. “Altus is known for its first-class facility and challenging courses of fire so I knew that it would be a close match. Without my XRS II, I don’t think my top finish would have been possible. Its crystal-clear glass paired with the G3 reticle made locating and engaging multiple targets possible, all under a 90 second par time. In my opinion, Elite Tactical riflescopes win hands down every time.”

 In the Open Division, fellow Bushnell teammate and RCBS/Champion sponsored shooter Bryan Sikes finished the match in 9th place overall. Sikes was only 15 points behind the overall champion and relied on the Elite Tactical DMR II Pro to see him through the competition.

“Altus is one of those places that I look forward to competing at every year,” said Sikes. “Difficult stages, a great group of competitors and hundreds of rounds of fun. I’m very pleased with my finish even though you always wish you would have had a few more impacts. But overall, a solid match made even better by great glass. Looking forward to next one.”

For more information on the Elite Tactical riflescopes go to

Mystery Ranch Contributes to COVID-19 Fight with Mystery Masks

March 31st, 2020

MYSTERY RANCH is proud to share that with the help of local manufactures, we have come together as a community to provide support to our medical facility during these trying times. Utilizing fabric already available by MYSTERY RANCH, a soft, antimicrobial, breathable and most of all, available resource, and along with feedback from the staff at Bozeman Health Deaconess the team at MYSTERY RANCH has begun work to provide quality protection for our friends and neighbors on the front line of this pandemic. To date, the community has provided over 250 units to the hospital, with daily deliveries as long as demand continues. The pattern is available online for anyone with a sewing machine at home and is interested in participating.


Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

March 31st, 2020

Many of you own small businesses and are wondering how you are going to pay your employees as well as overhead costs such as rent and utilities. Regardless of where you stand on the CARES act recently passed by Congress and signed into law, there’s a provision in there to help you.

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We wanted to share this slide deck with our readers. It outlines the small business paycheck protection program which runs through June 30. You’ll learn that you don’t have to lay off employees, and in fact, this provision incentivizes you to keep them on full pay, even if circumstances keep them from coming into work. Many of you can take advantage of this program to grow your business while others retract, unable to envision business during these tough times.

Panteao Productions Launches Make Ready with the Experts Podcast

March 31st, 2020

Columbia, SC, March 30, 2020 – Panteao Productions is happy to announce the debut of the Make Ready with the Experts Podcast. Each episode will feature firearms instructors from the Panteao cadre, industry professionals and the team from Panteao talking about what is going on in the world today. In addition, Season 1 will feature documentary specials taken from the Make Ready archive. The History of Walther, The Life and Legacy of Jeff Cooper and the real story of Black Hawk Down are all on tap for this first wave of episodes. 

The podcast series is filmed with the same attention to detail as Panteao’s firearms training videos. Each interview is filmed in a multi-camera format in both 6K and 4K resolution and delivered in 4K Ultra HD and HD resolution to our audience. The video version of our podcast is available to Panteao subscribers via a PC or Mac, on a smartphone or tablet using the Panteao Make Ready app, or on television with the Panteao Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.

For the audio only version of our podcast, you can visit the Panteao website or listen in on iTunes, Google Play, Podbean and Stitcher. The podcast will be available on additional platforms soon.

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Gerber Technology Creates PPE Task Force Resource Page

March 31st, 2020

Gerber Technology, the makers of Gerber cutters used by the textile industry, has created a resource page for companies wishing to transition their production line to manufacture medical PPE. It includes Patterns, Markers and Tech Packs. A special thanks to On Point Manufacturing for providing many of the Tech Packs.

Updated regularly, you can access it at

Now is the Time for the US to Prepare for the Next Medical Threat

March 31st, 2020

We are currently engaged in a war with an invisible enemy, the COVID-19 virus. While it’s certain, that given enough time, we’ll defeat this challenge like others before it. A pandemic, “the big one,” has been looming for decades, with each year’s new virus making many wonder if this is “it.” But these small emergencies still haven’t been enough. Even the Ebola epidemic which rocked Africa during the last decade haven’t made the cut as the wake up call for us to prepare ourselves adequately for emerging medical disasters.

The Food and Drug Administration has created a system designed for incremental innovation, with lots of oversight to ensure medical materials are safe for use. This is fine for normal situations, but when confronted by a health emergency, we find these processes too slow to affect the course of the threat.

While Congress is in the mood to appropriate money to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the perfect time for them to work with the Executive Branch to establish a couple of organizations to prepare this nation to face future biological threats.

The first looks at long-term development of innovative technologies. A model already exists within the US government; the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is a DoD organization charged to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.

What we need is a Medical Advanced Research Project Agency, or MARPA, which would be under the Food and Drug Administration and work to incentivize the biotech industry to create breakthrough technologies for the public health.

Let me put aside any fear such a new capability will create duplicative efforts. For instance, the Intelligence Community has their own version, called IARPA. Granted, DARPA does already look at both medical and intelligence innovation, but their efforts are based laser-like, on defense requirements. Instead, MARPA would focus entirely on bio-tech, solving the unsolvable and curing the incurable. Things like innovative treatments, immunizations, and devices.

MARPA must be located in a city with a great deal of medical innovation such as Cleveland, Ohio with its Case Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic.

Establishment of MARPA takes care of long-term development. To aid in the transition of promising commercial technologies and quickly identify novel solutions to near-term health issues, a MEDWERX organization is needed. Consider the US Special Operations Command’s SOFWERX organization as a model or the Air Force’s AFWERX. These technology accelerators promote collaboration between government and industry, embracing mid-tier acquisition rules to rapidly identify, assess and field solutions.

MEDWERX could start out as a DoD organization located at somewhere like San Antonio, Texas, home of the US Army Medical Command and San Antonio Military Medical Center. Even if DoD were to stand up such a unit, FDA requires their own as well. While the defense version could concentrate on this current crisis, the FDA version could be created.

A means to provide rapid access to innovation is crucial. FDA’s current certification system is slow, expensive and difficult to maneuver. Smaller companies find it all but impossible to introduce new products and materials to the healthcare community. FDA desperately needs a way to speed up the identification of short-notice requirements to industry and conversely, solicit solutions.

These proposals may not be cheap, but the future only promises more pandemics and more unforeseen medical emergencies. We need to be ready. By creating new organizations focused specifically on bio-technology, we can “book-end” the day-to-day efforts of the FDA with both short-term solutions and long-term development.