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Pantac USA Partners With Brandon Webb For Co-Branded Gear Line

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Admittedly, I was hesitant to pass this press release on due to Pantac’s history of knocking off products from several other manufacturers to serve the MilSim market. But the recent addition of Peter Minichino as Director of Military/Law Enforcement at Pantac and his assurances that the company is taking a new drive toward innovation has made me reconsider my decision. So, I figure, let the market be the judge.

Pantac is now working with Brandon Webb, whom I’ve known for several years and I’m looking forward to what they come up with. Good luck guys.

March, 2014 – Pantac USA, a leader in quality tactical gear manufacturing, is pleased to announce our partnership with former Navy SEAL, and Editor-in-Chief of SOFREP.com, Brandon Webb. The exclusive collection of co-branded BW/Pantac gear will revolutionize the tactical market space, and will contain Special Operations DNA in every piece made.

“I’ve always enjoyed designing gear since making alterations to my own gear in 1998 on the SEAL Team Three parachute loft sewing machine. In addition to overseeing every design in this collection I’ve commissioned several close friends from the US and Coalition Special Operations community to help me design some incredible gear under my “BW- Land-Air-Sea” Line.”
–Brandon Webb, former Navy SEAL

Pantac USA is committed to giving back to the US military, and a portion of sales from the BW collection will raise funds for the Red Circle Foundation (RCF), a quick reaction non-profit that provides immediate gap funding assistance for Special Operations families in need. RCF is the first Special Operations charity to adopt a 100% model; all donations go toward the mission fund.

www.pantacusa.com

What Do You Think About Brandon Webb’s Possible Candidacy For NRA Board Of Directors?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Former SEAL and SOFREP Editor Brandon Webb is talking about running for the NRA Board of Directors. His possible candidacy has already spawned an “anti” Facebook page as well as a rather lively thread on AR15.com. BW is certainly outspoken and in response, he has posted a platform of sorts on SOFREP which we are sharing with permission. This isn’t an endorsement of Webb’s positions or candidacy but rather meant as a informational post and to spark discussion on the issues raised in his post.

A Navy SEAL Sniper’s Perspective on Firearms Ownership & The NRA in America

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I’m writing this in response to a recent stir about my intent to run for an NRA board seat.

I first joined the NRA when I decided to attend the NRA Range Development course in 2005. I was there to learn about private range operations and the hurdles of getting shooting ranges approved in California. I learned that getting a shooting range approved in California is almost harder than getting Spotted Owl on the menu at a Sierra Club gala.

I took military leave from the SEAL sniper course to attend the Las Vegas NRA Range Development conference in 2005. I remember sitting in the conference room as the attendees were going around the room introducing themselves, “Joe from Colorado, gun show owner”, “Bob from Montana, gun smith…” When it came to my turn, I stood up, kept a straight face, and told them I was a representative of the Sierra Club who was attending to find ways to shut down shooting ranges across the nation. I’m pretty sure one guy had a stroke, and the rest were just north of apoplectic. When I told them I was bullshitting them and gave them my background as a Navy SEAL, the tension disappeared and the room erupted in laughter.

I never shot much as a kid, aside from shooting clay pidgeons off the bow of the boat I worked on. I hunted quite a bit, but it was with my spear gun, not a rifle. I learned to shoot in the Navy, and only became an expert with a weapon by the time I finished my first SEAL platoon work up. It was there that I was given a shot to attend sniper school with my best friend Glen Doherty (later killed in Benghazi, Libya).

My first exposure to the firearms hot button came when I spoke out in defense of school shootings and compromise on my personal blog. Things heated up again more recently when I announced that I’m going to run for a 2015 NRA board seat on my author Facebook page.

Many people I’ve encountered on social media lately have misinterpreted my position on the 2nd Amendment. Lately, I’ve heard people develop wild and ungrounded conclusions about my position on the 2nd Amendment. Some think that I’m automatically talking about Americans giving up their right to keep and bear arms, and 2nd Amendment compromise. They couldn’t be more wrong.

In the dark corners of the Internet they lurk, call names, and make ridiculous emotion-based (not fact-based) assumptions. I’ve heard it all, and I’ll take this on the chin. To be honest, I could have been clearer on my position in the past. However, do keep in mind that the word “compromise,” a term I’ve used before, comes in many forms; sometimes it includes sitting down with your adversaries and having an intelligent conversation and debate on major issues.

What have I learned since getting out of the Navy in 2006? Few things will stir people up in this country like the 2nd Amendment. It’s right up there with gay marriage and abortion. And I’ve learned that you can’t have a conversation with a fanatic.

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind, and won’t change the subject.” – Winston Churchill

Some facts about me

-I’m Canadian-born American citizen by birth (by a US parent).
-I grew up hunting fish (Halibut, Yellowtail, Bass, nothing was safe) and Lobster in the kelp forests of the Channel Islands with my spear gun.
-I bought my first gun when I was a new SEAL at Team 3. I still have it – an HK USP .45.
-Favorite gun manufacturer: Rifle-Blaser Handgun-HK
-I was an M-60 Gunner in my first platoon (It’s one bad ass area weapon!)
-I am a certified SEAL sniper, sniper instructor, and US Army-trained stinger missile gunner.
-The snipers in the Teams used to go on Navy-sponsored hunting trips, mostly white tail.
-I shot my first buck in 2002 at 443 yards with my issued .300 Win Mag in Washington State.
-I served in the Navy from 1993-2006.

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I own (don’t tell on me):
-Remington 300 Win Mag w/Night Force 15x Mil Dot optic
-HK .45 USP
-HK .45 USP compact (carried this in Afghanistan and Iraq)
-Sig Sauer 1911 .45 “Nightmare”
-Glock 19 9MM
-Mossberg 12 GA Stainless mMrine (I love my stainless)

My wish list for 2014:
-S&W 686 .357
-Blaser .338/.308 with Schmidt & Bender Mil Dot optic
-HK UMP .45
-A good .308 suppressed semi-auto with short range scope and red dot (my Zombie gun)

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A Snap Shot Perspective of My Views on Gun Ownership & The 2nd Amendment

-The 2nd Amendment is inherent in America’s cultural DNA
-Limiting magazine capacity is ridiculous and impractical
-I believe everyone who owns a gun should attend a firearms safety qualifications course, and this should be standardized across the country. Too many people I’ve seen on the range are unsafe.
-Yes, owning a gun is a right; driving is similar to this but you have to have pass a drivers test to prove competency *this point was clarified from my earlier post.
-The NRA should be like PADI or NAUI and encourage gun ranges to only accept NRA basic qualified shooters on the range.
-Few people outside of America understand how important firearms ownership is to Americans
-Background checks are a good idea but should take minutes, not days
-Often gun laws are made by people who don’t use, own, or understand firearms
-Mass shootings have to be dealt with head-on or America will face more gun restrictions and erosion of 2nd Amendment rights
-NRA training needs to be brought up to date.
-Legislation on increasing the prevention of mentally ill folks from gaining access to firearms seems logical
-Increasing early warning signs
-Dogs/handlers at schools and colleges are better than armed guards, in my opinion
Guns aren’t the problem, mental illness is the problem. It’s like punishing responsible automobile owners (which kill more people annually) because of drunk drivers killing innocent people on the road
-I like high cap magazines
-I believe we should be able to concealed-carry and open-carry where practical (e.g., not on an elementary school campus or an airplane)
-Guns are guns and people should be able to own and obtain a permit to own everything, short of WMD, if they’re properly trained/certified
-The NRA should take a strong leadership position when it comes to legislation affecting ownership pro and con, not just a “supporter” of legislation. The perception from the left is that the NRA is an uncompromising organization
-I think the current NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre, a career lobbyist, is unfit to lead the NRA into the 21st Century. I wouldn’t let him lead my kids camping trip, let alone the NRA. This may make some angry, but I would be dishonest if I didn’t make my opinion on LaPeirre perfectly clear, see you in 2015 Wayne
-If elected to the board I would be one of 76, but I would do my best to make sure we hold the elected leaders accountable, and work on ways to promote and engage the responsible youth in this country. They are the future, and there’s a decline in youth participation in firearms sports.
-I believe the 2nd Amendment is a right we should keep and hold dear
-Hopefully this clarifies my position. I’ll be happy to address more specific questions when I go forward with a petition to get on the 2012 board ballot. To the name callers, and haters of the Inter-web I have nothing to say to people who can’t change the subject. To the rest, thanks for your support regardless of your NRA membership or vote.

– Brandon Webb

2nd Amendment – A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

St Martin’s Press Teams With SOFREP For Ebooks

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

St Martin’s Press editor Marc Resnick has negotiated a deal with SOFREP.COM (Special Operations Forces Report) to publish hard-hitting, news-breaking original e-books from the world of Special Operations. With millions of visitors monthly, SOFREP is the largest Spec Ops site on the internet devoted to authentic, accurate, and timely analysis of Special Operations, Intelligence, and foreign policy issues that affect the United States. SOFREP’s editor-in-chief Brandon Webb is a former Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author of The Red Circle and the original e-book, Benghazi: The Definitive Report.

Resnick says, “With the December 17, 2013 publication of OPERATION RED WINGS: THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND LONE SURVIVOR, St. Martin’s Press is thrilled to begin an extraordinary new e-book publishing program with our partner, SOFREP.COM.”

Tapping directly into the huge fan base of the bestselling memoir, Lone Survivor, and the upcoming Universal Pictures adaptation of that book, OPERATION RED WINGS tells the story of the recovery mission to rescue Luttrell for the first time ever. Written by Peter Nealen and the team at SOFREP using exclusive interviews, after-action reports, military intelligence, and previously untold accounts of the rescue mission, OPERATION RED WINGS is filled with never-before-told details and shocking new revelations.

“Navy SEAL Tips: Fundamentals of Marksmanship” by Brandon Webb

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Navy SEAL Brandon Webb has just released a new ebook (kindle) entitled “Navy SEAL Tips: Fundamentals of Marksmanship.” It is one of three titles in his new “Navy SEAL Tips” series. As many of you know, Brandon is the Editor of SOFREP.com and the author of the bestselling autobiography, “The Red Circle.” The information was inspired by the recent, tragic events in Aurora, CO and are an expansion of the article Brandon published on SOFREP on the issue. It’s important to note that these aren’t full length books but rather short guides, laden with tips. From what I understand, Brandon plans a full library of these handbooks covering a wide range of topics.

The full line of handbooks includes –

Navy SEAL Tips:

How To Survive an Active Shooter

Marksmanship Fundamentals

Becoming A SEAL Sniper

‘The Red Circle’ Now Available as an Audio Book

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Navy SEAL Brandon Webb’s bio, ‘The Red Circle’ is a great read and gives you a good idea of not only what makes him tick, but also gives the reader an fiest-hand understanding of the realities of military service, as well as info on just how hard all of BUDS is, not just Hell Week.

Now, it’s available as an audiobook narrated by Jon Bailey. Get your copy at http://www.audible.com

The Red Circle GMT Watch Now Available for Pre-order from Resco Instruments

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Resco Instruments has teamed Brandon Webb to produce The Red Circle GMT.

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This timepiece is limited to 215 individually numbered watches to commemorate BW’s BUD/S class number. The face is also emblazoned with his personal logo. It features a DLC 316L Stainless Steel case and a Swiss ETA 2893-2 movement combined with a Domed Sapphire Crystal with Inside AR coating which makes it waterproof to 300m. The Red Circle GMT ships with black nylon band (leather and steel bands sold separately).

Pre-order yours at www.rescowatch.com/products/the-red-circle

‘Inside the Team Room’ – Life Before the Teams

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

SOFREP.com premiered their new web series, ‘Inside the Team Room’ earlier this week with the episode Life Before the Teams. It’s a great bite sized look at the background of success. All three participants in this first round have proven themselves in the SEAL teams as well as in life and briefly discuss their upbringing and some of the ‘stuff’ that makes them different.

It’s definitely worth checking out.

sofrep.com/sofreptv/life-before-the-teams

Massif Launches Brandon Webb Logo Clothing – Updated

Friday, April 6th, 2012

About a month ago friend, former SEAL and SOFREP Editor Brandon Webb shared some cool news with me. Massif was going to launch a line of clothing featuring his logo and earlier this week, it happened.

The launch includes three GREAT Massif products which should be no strangers to regular SSD readers; the Diamondpeak Field Pant, Pilot Rock Polo, and Integrated Tactical Jacket. In fact, I own and use all three.

The line is offered in BW Black and features Brandon’s logo embroidered on the garment.

We caught up with Brandon and he told SSD, “There is a massive void in the market for combining innovation and functionality into outdoor clothing that is also at an affordable price point. Arc’teryx makes AWESOME stuff but it’s out of the reach of many. I’m working with Massif to develop several key survival items built into new clothing for fall. This stuff will keep Bear Grylls up at night tossing and turning.”

We also want you to know that the line will included several new items for Fall. For example, there will be survival multi tools incorporated into new garments such as a reversible anorak (Black/Camo). Also the line will expand with OD as a color option.

www.massif.com/civilian/brandon-webb