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We received this note from our great friends at TNVC who were at last weekend’s NRA Annual Meeting in Houston. Even though they are a night vision company, they understand how important our fundamental right to keep and bear arms is to America.
As some of you were aware, we were down in Houston Texas attending the NRA show were over 70,000 showed up to show their support. An amazing show to say the least and we were honored to have NRA Executive Director Chris Cox stop by and talk about night vision. Kyle (our Director of Govy/Mil) is seen below explaining the finer points with some of our NV Gear.
Kyle also mentioned Gov. Perry showed up briefly and poked his head between the crowd to look at some gear. We wanted to talk with him, but the booth was incredibly crowded at that time.
We here at TNVC are extremely Pro-Gun and obviously have deep rooted beliefs in the 2nd Amendment. So you all know, each and every employee here at TNVC are also Lifetime Members of the NRA. We’re proud to support our constitutional rights and we hope each and every one of you are engaged in strong support.
Vic Di Cosola
TNVC is working on 15,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook and they are holding a giveaway to help them get there. There will be 10 WINNERS and well over $5,000 dollars worth of prizes.
BELOW ARE THE FAN PAGES YOU MUST LIKE TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN.
ALL WINNERS MUST BE VALID U.S. CITIZENS.
Please make sure you have followed ALL directions carefully to be eligible to win.
Explanation of Prizes:
TNV/PVS-14 ITT PINNACLE BASIC KIT (your color choice BLK/FDE/MULTICAM)
TNVC TORCH PRO IR Illuminator
5th,6th and 7th Place:
Panteao Productions Make Ready with Chappy NVG/IR Skillbuilder DVD
8th, 9th, and 10th Place:
TNVC Shooters Cap, Patch and Stickers
Prizes Given by ECHONiNER, FIREClean, and ORCA Industries will be distributed evenly amongst winners.
Scuderia Corsa, the Los Angeles based Ferrari team competing in its first full season of GRAND-AM, has announced that Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) sponsored driver Jeff Westphal will join Alessandro Balzan behind the wheel of the #63 Ferrari 458 for the remainder of the season in the Rolex GT class.
Westphal, a 26 year-old San Francisco native, started his racing career at a local northern California indoor go-cart track when the track owner was so impressed with his raw talent that he sponsored him for the 2004 Red Bull Driver Search Runoffs.
During the past few seasons Jeff has gained attention for his record-breaking victories in the Global Time Attack series and others early career highlights included a record string of victories in the Pacific F2000 series where he took the championship with 9 wins in 12 races. Jeff has earned numerous Continental Challenge starts together with two participations in the Rolex 24H At Daytona.
“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to drive the #63 after working with Scuderia Corsa and Ferrari for over a year” said Jeff Westphal. “The two have a reputation nothing short of stellar and I look forward to moving forward with both in the rest of this 2013 season. The remaining races encompass quite the challenge with some world-class facilities and events, tracks that I cannot wait to see again from behind the wheel.”
The Grand Am Rolex Series is a dual class endurance Championship with two categories racing at one time, and 2 drivers minimum per car. The GT class cars resemble road going sports cars, while the prototype class follows suit more inline with it’s title. Most races are 2 3/4 Hours in length with the exception of the famous Daytona 24HR and the Watkins Glen 6HR during the 12 event season. All of the events are televised on The Speed Channel, with particular viewing times depending on the event, seen here with the full schedule: www.grand-am.com/ScheduleResults/Rolex
The 458GT car is a GT3 version of the road going Ferrari 458, modified to meet the class rules to equalize performance with the likes of Porsche, BMW, Audi, and Camaro. The 458GT has a 450+ Horsepower V8, and uses a pneumatically operated paddle shift gear box but has no ABS and no Traction control, putting a high demand on driver precision.
“The moment I met Jeff, I knew he was something special. I feel he’s one of the best young drivers out there today. His racing skills are amazing, so it was no surprise to us Team Ferrari took notice” said TNVC President and CEO Victor Di Cosola. “Our ultimate goal was and is to bring awareness to the tactical arenas in the form of professional motor racing establishments. Ferrari and TNVC have much in common as both companies strive to bring the best products to market year after year.”
Vic sent me this update late yesterday -
Jeff wasted no time with his first race in the 458 Ferrari today at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama! Race results attached with a great pic. Taped telecast on Speed Channel Sunday at 1430hrs Pacific time.
You can follow Jeff, Scuderia Corsa and their progress at these social media channels:
Twitter: @Westphalracing, @Scuderia_Corsa
TNVC Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/TNVC-Inc
TNVC is the first to carry the IR & GLO and IR only custom cell tag and call sign patches from FirstSpear. FirstSpear Infrared Reflective Cell Tag and Call Sign patches are velcro-backed for attachment to tactical gear and clothing. They are IFF devices that identify personnel under normal lighting conditions and glow brightly when viewed under night vision goggles and hit with infrared light. First Spear has developed a patented new process that bonds IR reflective material with regular fabric to greatly reduce the sheen associated with legacy IFF patches which helps provide a lower profile to operators and increases the camouflage properties of the patches because the surrounding fabric color can better match uniforms.
TNVC offers FirstSpear Cell Tags and Call Sign Patches in two different configurations:
IR Only feature solid black infrared reflective lettering with a cloth overlay.
IR & GLO feature black infrared reflective lettering with a GLO Tape border that helps increase visibility under daylight conditions. This can be of value to law enforcement personnel so they can be clearly identified.
Custom ordered with a minimum of six (6) pieces.
They can be found under the IR markers section tnvc.com/shop/category/ir-markers-2
Team Wendy is now offering MultiCam dipped EXFIL Bump Helmets and Tactical Night Vision Company is giving us a first look. Featuring an entirely new suspension/padding system that minimizes the use of foam, any energy from a strike is dissipated through a combination of a crown sling and buckling zones. In fact, this helmet’s liner technology was developed specifically in support of Natick’s Heads Up program. It also incorporates the Boa lacing system found on ski boots for a custom fit. Additionally, the EXFIL comes with a skeletonized Wilcox VAS shroud and rail system with integrated T-slots.
The MultiCam variant will join the Tan and Black versions on TNVC’s website later this week.
Over the past few days SSD has been host to several articles penned by industry professionals that we hope will inform and spark discussion on the Second Amendment of the Constitution. This article is from Chip Lasky, Director Product Development at TNVC, Inc.
Like the rest of the nation, I am horrified at the senseless murder of innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. My heart is broken. But, I am also horrified at politicians and many Americans who claim to be grieving and shocked, immediately turning to anger and lashing out at law-abiding gun owners. We didn’t commit this crime, a deranged kid and his failed parent did. Yes, we have all heard the old saying “guns don’t kill people, people do.” Well, it’s true.
The fact of the matter is that there are deranged people out there who do not see life and this earth like the rest of us. They do not understand the difference between fantasy and reality. What this comes down to is parents. We live in a society where the cost of living practically forces both parents to work. Kids are not getting the parenting they got in previous generations. Sometimes this cannot be helped, because parents are working, but the parents need to make that extra effort to spend the time with their kids when they are home and be involved with their lives. I’m tired of hearing how so many of these kids had warning signs of dangerous behavior and nobody did anything. I lay the blame at their feet. All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.
These evil people exhibit all the deranged anti-social behaviors that lead to this stuff. They are able to recede into their dark little worlds playing violent video games where they can simulate the mass murder of hundreds of people as they run screaming from the gamer. A regular person can do this and know it is a game, but a mentally ill person (whether medically or pushed there from bullying, or any other reason) starts to see this sort of thing as possible. They start to wonder what it would be like in real life. We are surrounded by violent imagery in the media: movies, TV, games, etc. We are separated more and more from each other by social media that takes the human contact out of our lives. And when parents and teachers do not intercede when a kid is exhibiting mental instability, we get tragedies.
But, society doesn’t want to take responsibility for the monsters it creates. It would rather blame guns. Does the video game industry take responsibility for making games like Grand Theft Auto that glamorize mass murder and committing crime? No. How about all the Hollywood actors and screen writers who make millions of dollars off ultra violent movies that glamorize murder, torture, rape, drugs, alcohol, etc, only to turn around and call for the banning of so-called “assault weapons?” Then we have the people in this country who wet the bed at the thought of scary guns while having never participated in the shooting sports, have no idea about the differences in guns, and do not want to know. They think that anyone can go to the local store and buy a machine gun because MSNBC and CNN say it is so. They are wrong, but they do not want to hear it. Then there are the politicians who have wanted to ban guns for political points, yet walk around with bodyguards carrying all sorts of hardware. These sick people never let a tragedy go to waste. Sen.Diane Fienstien from California had her bill ready to go before the smoke cleared at the crime scene. It’s sick. These beautiful children are not even laid to rest yet, and certain political movements are already trying to get points.
Reading some of the blogs shows a despicable attitude towards gun owners. Some of the so-called “peaceful” people of our nation are calling for the execution of the president of the NRA while others say that anyone who ever gave money to a pro-gun organization has blood on their hands. Why are Americans so quick to jump to rage? When Gabbie Giffords was shot in Arizona, people on one side of the aisle were saying the same things. It immediately became a partisan issue where people were saying incredibly nasty things to each other over political differences. This is not a democrat or republican thing. It is a societal thing. We have created a society where we glamorize violence and cruelty. We have self-described “peaceful” folks who rally against guns and war, only to go home and mow down hundreds of unarmed, screaming victims in their video games and watch SAW movies.
The problem is not guns. And when unthinkable tragedies happen, people are so ready to fight that they immediately start throwing blame around and looking for the easiest solution instead of the right one. Taking away “assault weapons” will not solve these problems. It only hurts people who are law-abiding and have no intention of becoming a criminal. Why should we punish millions for the actions of a tiny few? What does that solve? We might as well ban alcohol again. After all, it serves no good in society. It creates alcoholics, drunk driving (which is responsible for way more fatalities every year than guns), fuels domestic violence and child abuse, tears apart families, contributes to rape and teen pregnancy. The list goes on. But, all these gun-grabbers wouldn’t think of doing that.
I get asked all the time why I need an “assault rifle.” Does it matter? Of course not. Why do you need a car that has more than 100 hp? You don’t. How about an SUV that all but guarantees the death of someone in a compact car in an accident? No, these people wouldn’t think of banning anything mainstream. What about banning all the violent video games and movies and music? No. Even though a direct correlation can be drawn between this media and the increase in violent behavior and tendencies in kids today can be drawn, this stuff is protected as art. Society is the problem. If we want to fix this, we need to stop looking for simple answers and start attacking problems at their root. But, that would require critical thinking and it seems our society, carried by social media, is made up of more drones than problem-solvers these days. Let’s take some time to grieve and honor the fallen. Then, let’s take a look at our society and the way we treat one another. Let’s look at how much anger and hate is out there and do something about it. Let’s take an active role in identifying crazy people and getting them help.
Like them or not; guns are not the problem. Study after study by the FBI and NIJ show that banning guns has no effect on crime. Independent and government studies showed that the Clinton assault weapon ban had zero effect on crime. And, the places with the highest gun control have the highest crime rates. Oddly enough, CT is rated in the top five strictest gun control states in the nation. They have a state ban on “assault weapons” and “high-cap magazines.” They are also the only state in the country that bans civilian ownership of body armor. Yet, murderer had both. Gun control does not work. Bad people will always have access to weapons. All it does is make people feel good that they did something about the problem. Is that a way to solve this? No. You cannot solve this issue with a band-aid.
This is a systemic problem with people and our society. We need to work on identifying the people who shouldn’t have access to guns so that their records have it. There are already laws in place to deny the sale or transfer of guns to anyone who has been hospitalized or treated for mental illness, is a convicted felon, been convicted of domestic violence, been dishonorably discharged from the military, or has a restraining order filed against them. The instant background check will flag any of this. But, the information has to be recorded and has to be there. The shooter in Aurora at the theater was seeing a shrink who warned his school that he was going to do something violent but the school dismissed it saying that he was un-enrolling and it was no longer their concern. The shrink did nothing further. The authorities were not warned and the killer was able to legally purchase the guns he used to murder people. Had the doctor and the school taken responsibility, they would have alerted authorities and the killer would have been flagged and brought in for treatment.
The signals for Adam Lanza were there. His own mother was working to put him in a mental hospital for treatment. She was caught in the process of trying to have an adult committed against his will. This angered Adam. But, she was doing the right thing. The problem is that he was receiving no mental help, was on no medication, and was given all the tools he needed to fuel his rage. He never spoke to anyone, lived in his mother’s windowless basement, walls plastered floor to ceiling with posters of guns and weapons, and played Call of Duty for hours on end. His mental state and zero social skills meant his mother had to actually talk for him according to his barber. Mom dropped the ball on this and let a person like that become dangerously obsessed with violence, go unmedicated, and gave him access to guns. That is the problem. All his social cues came from violence and isolation. To someone who needs to be committed in the first place, this is a dangerous combination. Shame on his mother for allowing this to happen. Shame on all the other people; friends, family, etc, who knew and did nothing.
But, don’t come after my guns and my rights to own certain types of guns and accessories in a responsible manner. I am not crazy. I know it is a difficult request, America: but start thinking! Don’t just blindly lash out. An assault weapons ban does nothing. Columbine happened in 1999: smack dab in the middle of the Clinton Ban. I have no blood of innocent people on my hands. But, if the rabid gun-grabbers pass an assault weapon ban because they want an immediate “fix,” the blood of all the innocents in the next tragedy will be on their hands.
Charles “Chip” Lasky
Director Product Development
TNVC has just announced the release of the often-requested and long-awaited TNV/PVS-14 Night Vision Monocular! It’s their own, in-house take on a PVS-14 program designed to meet the needs of their customers with options for everyone. The TNV/PVS-14 is available in three tube configurations, three body colors, and three packages. They are assembled by TNVC’s professional staff in-house, using only brand/factory-new parts. Each TNV/PVS-14 is built using a specially selected tube that meets or exceeds the minimum OMNI VIII spec. All systems come with a factory data sheet for the installed-tube and a full 5-year TNVC Warranty for the tube and system from the date of purchase.
Tube Configuration Options:
•L3 U.S. Gen3 Factory MILSPEC Current Contract OMNI VIII Tube
•ITT U.S. Gen3 PINNACLE Factory Current Contract OMNI VIII Spec Tube
•Gen3 U.S. New Commercial OMNI VIII Equivalent Tube
•Basic Kit (includes goggle and basic goggle accessories)
•Weapon Kit (includes Basic Kit + TM14 Weapon Mount, Aimpoint Twist Mount Base)
•Full Kit (includes Weapon Kit + ACH/MICH Helmet Mount Assembly)
Housing Color Options
•Officially Licensed Crye MultiCam
This version of the TR-2 Automatic Knife is made exclusively for Tactical Night Vision Company by ProTech Knives USA. Its laser engraved, 3″ plain-edged spear point blade is made from 154-CM Stainless Steel with an overall length of 7.6″ and a weight of 3.3 oz. Limited to only 100, the TNVC Skull Auto Knife features an aluminum handle with diamond-knurling patches and an inlayed sterling silver skull medallion in the center. The skull’s eyes are filled with a night-vision green paint to represent the dark nature of night operations. Additionally, each handle is custom laser-engraved and numbered on the underside.
As this is an automatic knife, you must call in your order. Full instructions at the link. Get yours before they’re gone from www.tnvc.com/shop/limited-edition-tnvc-skull-tr-2-auto-knife
Note:Automatic knives are restricted to government purchase only and require a copy of your Military, Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue, EMT, etc ID as well as a signed Auto Knife Waiver before we can ship. ABSOLUTELY NO SALES TO THE STATE OF NEW YORK.