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Kalashnikov-USA Introduced New Rifles and Calibers at SHOT Show 2022 Including A 5.56mm KR-101

January 28th, 2022

Pompano Beach, Florida January 28, 2022: Kalashnikov-USA (KUSA), the premier manufacturer of AK-pattern firearms in the United States, introduced an expanded line of rifle caliber AKs during the 2022 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show held in Las Vegas January 18-21. The new models include a 7.62x39mm KR-104 short barreled rifle (SBR)* featuring a 12.25” hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a folding stock.  A pistol version, the KP-104 is being introduced at the same time as the SBR.  This reduced length version of the KR-103 weighs just over 7 pounds and is only 22.3” when folded (or in pistol form) thus offering users a very compact firearm.  Using standard 124 grain FMJ ammunition, the KR-104 will produce muzzle velocities of approximately 2,200 feet per second (FPS) as compared to 2,350 FPS with the standard 16.3” barreled KR-103.  

Kalashnikov-USA also introduced a 5.56mm NATO caliber rifle, based on the AK-101 platform, to be called the KR-101.  The rifle features a side-folding stock, 16.5” barrel and uses the popular Bulgarian-style 5.56mm mags commonly found in the marketplace.  KUSA will also produce their own steel reinforced magazine for the new firearm.  A 12” barreled pistol version, dubbed the KP-102, is also being launched in the same time frame:  late spring/early summer 2022.

“Kalashnikov-USA is listening to our customers and we’re expanding our product line to give Americans the variety of AK firearms they seek— all while maintaining our strong focus on quality and fidelity to the original Russian designs” said David Garretson, VP of Marketing at Kalashnikov-USA.  “In addition to the 7.62x39mm KR-104/KP-104 and the 5.56x45mm KR-101/KP-102 we are looking to produce 5.45x39mm semi-auto firearms, the KR-74M rifle and KP-105 pistol, later this year” he added.  

Kalashnikov-USA has grown enormously in recent years as more American shooters discover the incredible reliability offered by Mikhail Kalashnikov’s iconic long-stroke gas piston design.  The company’s product line includes rifles, pistols and 12 gauge shotguns.  KUSA offers both civilian-legal variants for US consumers and several select-fire versions for bona fide Military and Law Enforcement agencies.  Exports are available to qualified buyers in accordance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) as administered by the U.S. State Department.   Additional information can be obtained by visiting the company’s website at www.kalashnikov-usa.com.

*Short barreled rifles (SBRs) are regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA) and require additional paperwork and the payment of a $200 transfer tax by individuals acquiring them  Interested purchasers should consult with a Federal Firearms Dealer holding a Class 3 Special Occupational Tax designation (i.e. “Class 3 Dealer”) in order to purchase a short-barreled rifle. Note that some states and municipalities prohibit SBRs.  

Introducing the DARC Micro Pistol Dot From SOUSA Optics

January 28th, 2022

Because carrying concealed shouldn’t restrict optics options, SOUSA® Optics Discrete Advanced Reflex Concealment (DARC™) Micro Pistol Dot sight offers superb magnification without the obvious bulk.

Fort Worth, Texas (January 2022) – SOUSA® Optics, American designers and manufacturers of precision aiming devices and firearms accessories, proudly introduce the DARC™ Micro Pistol Dot sight. DARC stands for “Discrete Advanced Reflex Concealment” and packs superior clarity, precision, and durability in a micro pistol red dot sight.

Designed for a single stack or conceal carry pistol, the DARC also performs flawlessly in competition shooting, self-defense scenarios, and any other situation where maintaining a consistent point of impact is required. The DARC’s 1X magnification, scratch-resistant, hydrophobic coated glass lens features an Advanced LED Technol lighting system with 3 MOA dot for precise aiming. The micro pistol dot automatically adjusts to the surrounding light levels and also offers a manual override for individual preferences, and is also night vision compatible with two NV settings.

The DARC’s lightweight aluminum housing with matte black finish is super durable and tough enough to withstand day-to-day use without any loss of point of impact. The DARC also has ten brightness settings and two-night vision settings, both with a 12-hour auto-shutoff to save on the always-on battery life (expect two to three years average use with four years dark storage).

Easy to install, the DARC fits directly in the factory slide cuts for the Springfield Hellcat®, SIG® P365, and the GLOCK® 43/48 MOS – no adaptor plate needed! The low-mount facilitates co-witnessing with the standard stock iron sights of the pistol. The DARC is also compatible with multiple third-party mounts for all other pistol installations.

SOUSA Optics DARC Micro Pistol Dot Specifications:

Magnification: 1X

Lighting System: Advanced LED Technol lighting system with 3 MOA Dot


Height: 0.9-inches

Weight: 19.05 g/0.67 oz.

Housing: Lightweight Aluminum

Battery: CR2032 (installed)

Settings: 10 Brightness, 2 Night vision, manual override

Attachments: Fits factory micro pistol cut mounts & a wide range of 3rd party mounts. Included two sets of screws to fit SIG P365 and GLOCK pistols

Guarantee: ASW™ Guarantee

MSRP: $209.99

FirstSpear Friday Focus: V20 Now Available!

January 28th, 2022

Now available for digital download, FirstSpear has released the all new V20 product catalog. Check out some of the latest advancements in maritime and land based personal protective equipment, technology and technical apparel.

For a physical copy, check out www.first-spear.com/catalog or download a pdf: www.first-spear.com/first-spear-catalog


ePIG Group SHOT Show Sing-a-long

January 28th, 2022

Every SHOT Show, our friend Martin from ePIG Group talks folks into participating in his SHOT Show Sing-a-long.

Here is this year’s masterpiece, “Guns & Explosives: SHOT Show Top of the Line”.

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Introduces ROMEOZero ELITE Premium Micro Reflex Sight

January 28th, 2022

NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 27, 2022) – SIG SAUER Electro Optics is pleased to announce the first expansion of the ROMEOZero line of micro reflex sights for 2022 with the introduction of the ROMEOZero ELITE – bringing a new level of performance and durability to ultra-compact reflex sights. 

“The ROMEOZero ELITE takes the innovation of the award-winning ROMEOZero to the next level with premium features, beginning with a glass lens for unmatched clarity, scratch-resistance and a distortion-free picture. Additionally, a new proprietary carbon-infused and ruggedized polymer housing provides category-leading drop protection,” said Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “With the continued proliferation of optics-ready sub-compact pistols from a wide variety of manufacturers, and red dot optics becoming the standard for everyday carry, the ROMEOZero ELITE combines fast target acquisition with exceptional ruggedness and optical performance, at an affordable price.”

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEOZero ELITE is a premium micro-open reflex sight that’s optimized for concealed carry pistols, slim slide profiles such as single stack 1911s and sub-compact firearms and features an aspherical glass lens with zero distortion. The ROMEOZero Elite has an RMSc footprint and is constructed with a carbon-infused weapons grade ultralight polymer housing for increased drop and shock protection and comes with a structurally enhanced steel shroud for added protection. The ROMEOZero ELITE is available with a circle dot reticle that has a 2MOA dot in combination with a 32 MOA circle, or a standard 3 MOA dot only, has eight daytime illumination settings, and uses a CR1632 battery for up to 20,000 hours of run time. The new ELITE models also include T.A.P.™ (Touch Activated Programming) for an additional method of changing brightness and reticles, and a SuperLuminova™ glow-in-the-dark backup rear sight. The ROMEOZero ELITE is fully assembled in the U.S.A. at the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.

ROMEOZero ELITE Specifications:
Objective Lens Diameter: 24mm
Reticle: Circle dot with 2 MOA Red Dot / 32 MOA Circle, or 3 MOA dot only
Illumination Settings: 8 Daylight
Overall Length: 1.6 inches
Overall Width: .98 inches
Overall Height: 1 inch
Weight (w/o battery): 0.5 ounces

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEOZero Elite is now shipping and available for purchase at sigsauer.com.  To learn more about the complete SIG SAUER Electro-Optics line of products visit sigsauer.com.

DroneShield Releases Upgraded Capabilities via Firmware Across its C-UAS Devices for Quicker and More Effective Detection

January 28th, 2022

Global Leader in Drone Defense Tech / Counter-UAS, Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence Shares Details on Next-Level RfPatrol, RfOne and DroneSentry-X Devices.

Updates To Be Rolled Out to Devices Over the Next Week; Given Immediate Urgency Following Recent Uptick of Drone Strikes.

Sydney and Virginia (January 27, 2022) – DroneShield (ASX:DRO), an Australian/US global leader in Artificial Intelligence based platforms for protection against advanced threats such as drones and autonomous systems, has today announced an enhancement of their AI engine through the release of updated RF Detection devices. The instruments improved include the RfPatrol, RfOne and DroneSentry-X drone detection and tracking platforms.

DroneShield capabilities are used to protect Military, Government, Law Enforcement, Critical Infrastructure, Commercial and VIPs throughout the world. Key products such as the DroneGun Tactical, RfPatrol, DroneGun MKIII, DroneSentry-X, RfOne MKII and software like DroneSentry-C2 are used to detect and eliminate unmanned threats.

Key aspects of the firmware update include the following:

• Seamless Integration: Introduction of Cursor-on-Target message output, allowing sensors to seamlessly integrate into the major platforms such as ATAK (Android Team Awareness Kit)

• Increased Detection Speed: A 30% detection speed improvement. This means the time between initial detection scan and alerting is dramatically reduced.

• Improved AI-Model: The AI model has been trained specifically for weaker or obstructed signals, greatly increasing the detection range performance of all devices.

• Elevated Frequency Range: An additional frequency band is now fully operational, supporting a number of key protocol detectors specific to this band.

“As we’ve seen in recent events, the use of drones and UAS escalates and increases destruction in situations of high tension- with no barrier of distance,” stated Oleg Vornik, DroneShield CEO.  “Detection is even more vital than before.”

The updates will be rolling out across DroneShield devices globally in the next week, with heightened urgency given recent uptick in drone strikes in the Middle East and elsewhere. The technology upgrade is validated by deployments with the US Air Force and Australian Army.

Additional information about the system can be found at www.droneshield.com.

Safariland Announces Distribution Agreement with Busch PROtective

January 27th, 2022

Safariland to Now Offer New Innovative Ballistic Protection Helmet Solutions

Jacksonville, Florida – Safariland® Armor, a brand of The Safariland Group®, a leading global provider of safety products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets and one of Cadre Holdings, Inc.’s (NYSE: CDRE) (“Cadre”) key brands, announced today a national distribution agreement with Busch PROtective.

“The collaboration between Safariland and Busch PROtective will bring advanced ballistic protection to a greater number of law enforcement agencies,” James Duncan, VP/GM of Armor for Safariland said. “This strategic relationship will expand the availability of Busch PROtective’s state-of-the-art ballistic helmets designed for the specific needs of local, state, and federal law enforcement such as the DEA, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and ATF.  Safariland is thrilled to add these innovative armor solutions to the options we provide for those who serve.”

“The collaboration with Safariland is a perfect fit,” Scott Wyatt, President of Busch PROtective, added, “Our team will be able to provide unique innovative helmet solutions to those who need them most, by utilizing Safariland’s industry-leading law enforcement distribution network. Our helmet systems, which range from premier Ballistic protection, SAR/Training, to Riot Control, offer world-class performance in lightweight designs that are as comfortable as they are robust. We’re excited to join forces with Safariland and to do our part to further Safariland’s mission: ‘Together, we save lives’.”

Busch PROtective’s ballistic helmets meet the widely referenced National Institute of Justice (NIJ Standard 0106.01) Level IIIA test standard. In addition, the Busch PROtective AMP-1TP helmet system is designed for the demanding needs of  Federal and Domestic law enforcement agencies and public safety missions and meets the new DEA-FBI Ballistic Helmet Protocol V1.0-2019 as well as the European VPAM-3 standard.  Introduced to US law enforcement in 2019, the DEA-FBI Protocol has become the defining real-world ballistic performance evaluation that tests against projectile penetration specifically limiting energy transfer during ballistic events to help reduce possible TBI, ballistic resistance in both hot and cold temperature extremes, edge protection, hardware testing & reduced blunt trauma.

Through the new agreement with Busch PROtective, Safariland will handle domestic US sales and distribution of Busch PROtective helmets & accessories. For more information on Busch, please visit www.safariland.com/pages/busch-protective.

FN Announces Safety Bulletin for the FN 502 Tactical

January 27th, 2022

(McLean, VA – January 27, 2022) FN America, LLC announces a safety bulletin for the FN 502 Tactical .22LR pistol. The company has become aware that a very limited number of FN 502 Tactical pistols in the field may have an improperly installed manual safety. In these cases, the external safety lever will not function as designed and may result in unintended firing. To ensure the pistol’s safe operation, FN is asking owners of the FN 502 Tactical to suspend use of their pistol and perform a function check to verify the manual safety is operating correctly, following the function check guide located here. 

For more information, please see the FN 502 Tactical safety bulletin at fnamerica.com/customer-support/fn-502-safety-bulletin/. For assistance in returning a firearm, please contact FN Support at [email protected] or call 1-800-635-1321, ext. 145, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.