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Everest Adds More Tactical Manufacturers to its Line-Up of Storefronts

July 6th, 2020

The Woodlands, Texas – June 26, 2020 – Everest, the one-of-a-kind marketplace and e-commerce solution for the outdoors world has announced the addition of several big brands to the Everest family.

“Everest is thrilled to partner with so many emerging brands within the tactical and shooting sports arena,” says Marcus Johnson, EVP of Operations. “We consider it an honor to play a role in growing their e-commerce presence by introducing these brands to new consumers they’ve never been able to reach in the past. We will also provide them with marketing automation tools that will ensure they communicate with these customers through all the steps of the buying journey.”

The latest addition of manufacturer storefronts includes Grind Hard Ammo, Blackhound Optics and Triumph Systems. They join hundreds of other brands in the hunting, shooting sports, fishing, camping and hiking space who have already established storefronts within the Everest marketplace. Consumers can visit their storefronts where they can shop each brands’ products, watch manufacturer videos and more.

“I spend every minute of every day ensuring that I’m producing the best ammo in the market by investing in state- of-the-art equipment, hiring the right people and developing the best marketing strategies,” says Austin Weiss, Owner of Grind Hard Ammo. “Everest strengthens my SEO strategy and increases conversions through their automated marketing platform. I believe in the Everest team and trust that they will contribute significantly in building the Grind Hard Ammo brand.”

The newest storefronts are now live at Everest.com:

www.everest.com/GrindHardAmmo www.everest.com/BlackHoundOptics www.everest.com/TriumphSystems

US Army Selects Kongsberg to Develop Wireless Lethality for its Light and Medium Robotic Combat Vehicles

July 6th, 2020

Contract continues program maturity, supports future lethality requirements and provides commonality with the U.S. Marine Corps

JOHNSTOWN, PA, July 1, 2020 – The U.S. Army has selected Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace to provide a wireless fire control capability to support its future medium caliber lethality needs for its light and medium Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV). This decision creates a common architecture across all current robotic lethality fire control for crew-served, medium caliber and anti-tank weapons. In addition to the fire control architectures for both RCV-Light (RCV-L) and RCV-Medium (RCV-M), Kongsberg weapon stations – CROWS J and MCT-30 respectively – have been selected as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) for the Army’s RCV phase 2 experimentation.

“By overcoming the challenges presented by remote lethality, Kongsberg is paving the way for commonality across a variety of vehicle platforms – manned, optionally manned or unmanned,” said Scott Burk, vice president, Land Systems, Kongsberg Defense. “Beyond lethality and scalability, in conjunction with other Kongsberg medium caliber systems and medium weight systems being delivered, soldiers have the advantage of service-wide commonality. This will have tremendous positive impacts on training, provisioning and sustaining all U.S. Army weapon stations.”

This latest contract for wireless fire-control architecture augments previous awards to Kongsberg for the wireless fire-control architecture for the U.S. Army RCV-L program and the Multi-User, Multi-Station (MUMS) distributed fire-control architecture. The MUMS architecture was developed against a U.S. Marine Corps requirement for “one over many, many over one” control of RWS. The MUMS architecture is currently being applied to all Marine RWS deliveries including systems for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV).

Kongsberg demonstrated its wireless fire control capability for the RCV-L architecture, firing both a Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) as well as the weapon station’s 12.7 mm machine gun (.50 M2) from a legacy CROWS M153 mounted on an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The June 2019 live-fire demonstration was carried out at Redstone Test Center in Alabama. Kongsberg also successfully demonstrated secure transmissions of video and fire-control data including command signals over radio from the weapon station and the missile. Kongsberg will perform a similar U.S. government-sponsored demonstration of the medium caliber wireless capability later this year.

The Kongsberg MCT-30 is the first remotely-operated turret to be qualified and fielded in the United States. The system provides highly accurate firepower for wheeled or tracked combat vehicles and is remotely controlled and operated from a protected position inside the vehicle compartment for optimized crew safety.

Kongsberg is the world’s leading manufacturer of Remote Weapon Stations (RWS), having delivered nearly 20,000 RWS units to more than 20 countries worldwide. Kongsberg is also the sole provider of RWS and remote turrets to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. All RWS and remote turrets bound for U.S. customers are manufactured in the Kongsberg Johnstown, PA facility. The company takes great pride in its continued support to, and for the United States, U.S. employees, and U.S. supply base.   

For more information, visit kongsberg.com

US Army and DoD Select SMART SHOOTER’s Counter-sUAS Technology Solution

July 6th, 2020

With a “One Shot – One Hit” capability, SMART SHOOTER’s Fire Control Solutions allow the operator to quickly and effectively neutralize any manned or unmanned threat

29 June 2020: SMART SHOOTER, a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy and lethality of small arms, is honored to announce that the company has been selected by the U.S. Army and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as one of a handful of approved Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) solution providers.

The designation of SMART SHOOTER as one of only three DoD-approved dismounted/ handheld systems by the Army – the DoD’s Executive Agent for the C-UAS mission area — follows an extended Army-led assessment of more than three dozen competing C-UAS systems. The Army notes that this assessment identified current systems for future investment based on criteria such as effectiveness, usability, sustainment, and integration.

SMART SHOOTER’s SMASH family of Fire Control solutions – capable of leveraging targeting data from a wide range of EO, RF and radar sensors — can be integrated onto any assault rifle, as well as combined with other C-UAS systems, to provide an effective multi-layer defense solution suitable for the modern battlefield.

Bringing precision-missile targeting algorithms and advanced electro-optical processing capabilities into standard infantry, SMASH enables the creation of a micro-tactical network between deployed SMASH units, allowing the entire platoon to be smart, precise, and connected.  

With a unique “One Shot – One Hit” capability, SMART SHOOTER’s Fire Control technology allows the operator to quickly and effectively neutralize any ground or airborne, manned or unmanned threat through automatic detection, tracking, and effective engagement.

Michal Mor, SMART SHOOTER CEO noted: “In recent years, drones and UAS have become a persistent threat over the battlefield, enabling opposing forces to gather critical tactical intelligence and even make direct attacks. The SMASH family of Fire Control Solutions offers precise, swift, and simple hard-kill elimination of this threat. We are thrilled that the DoD has down-selected and designated SMART SHOOTER’s exclusive technology for C-UAS application across the U.S. Armed Forces, and see it as validation of the operational value that our solutions provide. The selection is a result of SMART SHOOTER’s ongoing work with the Countering Terrorism Tactical Support Office (CTTSO), during which our technology was integrated with radar solutions to provide the warfighter with an unrivaled detection and hit system.”

For more information, please visit www.SMART-SHOOTER.com

WTF Roll Rasslers (with Split Bar FirstSpear Tubes)

July 6th, 2020

Whiskey Two Four are excited to offer an expanding line of workspace management tools for gearmakers.

WTF’s Roll Rasslers (with split bar FirstSpear® Tubes™) will wrangle even the peskiest of difficult to store rolled goods.

WTF’s Roll Rasslers help prevent premature wear of your MultiCam® printed VELCRO® USA brand wide loop.  WTF’s Roll Rasslers help prevent unnecessary depressions in softer, squishier fabrics like tricots and mesh.  WTF’s Roll Rasslers help prevent dust and debris from collecting on expensive rolls of fabric.

ITW 1.5″ Tri Glides and 60″ Texcel solution dyed, milspec, Berry compliant, MIL-W-17337, webbing straps offer a wide range of adjustment.

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Sold in pairs. USA SALES ONLY. NO EXCEPTIONS. “FirstSpear® Tubes™” is owned by FirstSpear® LLC.

ZEV Technologies New Sig Sauer Collaboration

July 6th, 2020

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Centralia, WA –  ZEV Technologies formally announced the launch of their new Octane Z320 gun mods and Sig Sauer P320 line of accessories. The new line of pistols and accessories is an official collaboration between the two brands. ZEV’s offerings will include a Z320 XCarry pistol, Z320 XCompact pistol, PRO Barrel, Combat Sights and the optics ready Octane slide.

According to Dan Groce, Director of Brand Engagement, “We’re extremely excited to venture into the world of SIG Sauer. The ZEV Team has worked diligently to design P320 gun mods that will not only enhance aesthetics, but also enhance end user performance in all conditions.”

www.zevtechnologies.com

Federal Ambassador Dakota Overland Wins the Ladies Division at the 2020 USPSA Multigun National Championship

July 6th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – June 23, 2020 – Federal brand ambassador and competitive shooter Dakota Overland takes home the Ladies Division title at the recent 2020 USPSA Multigun Nationals Match in Frostproof, Florida.

“The match itself wasn’t ladies focused, however I won both the Ladies’ categories in the Tactical and Overall,” reported Overland. “I had no malfunctions, and my ammo worked flawlessly with unbeatable accuracy and reliability. Throughout my shooting career, Federal has been my ammo of choice and continues to be.”

“Dakota bested 17 other female competitors in 12 different stages over two days of competition to take top honors,” said Federal Vice President of Marketing Jason Nash. “This annual USPSA summer event attracts top multigun shooters from across the country, and for her to take home the Overall Ladies title is quite impressive. We congratulate her for a great match and representing Federal in such a big way.”

Although still in her teens, Dakota Overland is an avid hunter and ambitious competitor who regularly participates in United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) pistol and 3-gun matches. Her schedule, which typically includes an average of 13 major shoots each season, has taken her on a whirlwind tour of some of the country’s top ranges. Along with the thrill of rapid-fire competition, Dakota enjoys the camaraderie among shooters, as well as helping other young people get into the sport.

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

Shooting drill from Mission Spec

July 5th, 2020

Mission Spec sent us this shooting drill to challenge our readers. It’s called the “Innocent Balloon Drill.”

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Americans Navy

July 5th, 2020

In the early 1770s, a Connecticut inventor David Bushnell started designing what would be the first submersible. It was a small egg-shaped and less than eight feet tall. Her hull was constructed from two oak shells held together by steel bands and waterproof with a thick layer of tar. It had ventilation tubes, a compass, and a device for determining depth. Attached to the exterior was a primitive bomb. The pilot entered the vessel through a hatch at the top. There were a couple of small glass windows that provided very light and visibility. It was operated by a hand crank that propelled it and a tiller that steered it. The operator also controlled the hand pump that regulated the ballast that submerged and surfaced the craft. Once submerged and the ventilation tubes were closed, there was about 30 minutes worth. It was called “Turtle” because of the two “shells” put together to make it. It is also referred to as Americas Turtle.

In the spring of 1776, about a year into the Revolutionary War, Bushnell wrote to General George Washington asking if the Turtle could be used in defense of New York City’s harbor. Washington accepted the offer. Around midnight on 6 September, the Turtle, piloted by Army sergeant Ezra Lee. That’s right, the first submarine action by the U.S. Navy was led by an Army guy.

It took Lee two hours to get to his target; a British ship named the HMS Eagle. Once he positioned himself beneath the vessel, he was supposed to drill into her hull using a bit attached to Turtle’s top hatch. Once the hole was deep enough, he would anchor his explosive device to the ship’s hull. He had about 30 minutes to get away from the Eagle before the charge would detonate. That was the plan, but Lee’s bit got stuck in a metal part of the hull. On his second attempt, the Turtle bobbed to the surface and he was spotted. As he headed for shore, Lee released his “torpedo,” which exploded harmlessly in the middle of the East River.

Even though Lee wasn’t successful in sinking or doing damage to the HMS Eagle (other than a small drill hole) it was the U.S. first attempt at underwater warfare, and it was one of the first in a very young countries Navy. Secondarily the failed attack ultimately forced the British to move their fleet of 200 ships to where they thought was a safer location. The threat of underwater attack kept the British fleet on their toes throughout the war and made them use more resources and manpower to protect their ships then they normally would have. Much like using Special Forces behind the enemy lines in modern warfare. So, it turns out it wasn’t as big of a failure as first thought. The basic principles used by America’s Turtle still remain valid in submarine warfare today. In recognition of Bushnell’s achievement, the U.S. Navy named two submarine tenders in his honor, one during World War I and one during World War II. Inevitably, the ships were nicknamed “Turtle.”