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Archive for January, 2011

People Get Worked Up Over the Silliest Stuff

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Jeremy Scahill, long obsessed with all things Blackwater, recently made a point about Mossberg selling shotguns emblazoned with the Blackwater logo. Sometimes, I forget that this stuff isn’t common knowledge and don’t realize I should write about it.

You see, there is more to this story that Jeremy apparently didn’t know. He just saw the Bear Paw and lost it. When Erik Prince recently sold Blackwater aka Blackwater USA aka Blackwater Worldwide aka Xe aka US Training Center to his friends (USTC), he kept all of the rights to the Blackwater logo and name. In addition to Mossberg’s guns, Sig also has produces Blackwater branded pistols and has for some time. These licensing agreements predate the sale of the company so are still in effect. No word on how long they are good for, or if Erik Prince is looking to expand his licensing options.

But alas, due to the trademark issue, the BW-15s previously assembled by the armorers at US Training Center may no longer be produced. At some point, they may go back into production building AR-style rifles but the market is already pretty well saturated and they were already over priced. The only reason anyone would have paid their prices was for the Bear Paw logo etched into the receiver. Now that it is no longer an option, USTC may go in another direction producing accurized precision rifles. Time will tell.

So, at this point, Blackwater only exists as a brand and Erik Prince, shrewd business man that he is, kept it for himself. This explains why the Pro shop near Fort Bragg closed so quickly. It was run by Xe and they were losing the right to the Blackwater branding. All of the operations and real estate associated with the former Blackwater now belong to a group of investors collectively referred to as USTC.

Of course, the real takeaway is that Mossberg has retained a license for the Blackwater logo despite the amount of negative press that organization has received over the years. It is a testament to the brand’s popularity, at least among the gun toting public.

Army Blog Releases Army Social Media Guide

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Army has released their 2011 guidance for Soldiers interested in participating in social media. In this day and age most military personnel know that they need to watch what they say around unauthorized personnel as well as the press. One of the biggest dangers of social media is that it draws the participant in and eventually he feels a sense of intimacy with fellow members, who often share a common background or bond. Unfortunately, not everyone in the social media world is a good guy. Whether actively pretending to be someone they are not or just sitting back and taking it all in, some of the folks online are bad guys and I was glad to see the reminder early on in the document that the enemy is listening.

And oh yeah, all of that stuff about “you are representing the Army” is pretty good advice too. I have seen some guys lose their minds online. For those of you who are curious, check it out here. You might want to take a look at the “Army Twitter Strategy” as well.

Art of the Precision Rifle from Magpul Dynamics

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

With no fanfare and on the heels of SHOT Show, Magpul Dynamics released the teaser for their upcoming video “Art of the Precision Rifle”. It features the Magpul Dynamics crew along with Todd Hodnett of Accuracy 1st. Travis Haley is in the video and according to Magpul will probably continue to appear in future video productions.


Zippo’s New Offerings at SHOT Show

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Check out Tactical Fanboy’s article on Zippo’s new products unveiled at SHOT SHow. Zippo lighters have been accompanying GIs into battle since WW II and their new items will be even more useful for military customers.


Piranha Pocket Tool

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

PocketToolX claims that the Piranha is TSA friendly. Featuring 22 functions, we saw the Piranha at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market last week in SLC, Utah. One of the coolest features, after the bottle opener, is the Phillips and flat driver bit. It can be removed from its rubber boot and inserted into the 1/4″ hex wrench section for use. It is compact and lightweight.

The Piranha is joined by several other tools. Be sure to check them out.


OTTE Gear Recce Anorak

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

This exclusive video depicts OTTE Gear’s new Recce Anorak which they debuted at SHOT Show. Packed full of features, it is the first softshell we have seen that integrates a ghillie platform directly on the jacket. The headover anorak design features pitzips that go from waist all the way up to the elbow. The forearms pockets will take the place of arm boards and will also accept an ammo sleeve for a long gun. A large collar opening and pass through kangaroo pockets top off the piece. Coming Spring 2011. They are also planning an Assaulter version that will lose the hood as well as the ghillie platform and come in a solid color.

In other OTTE news, they have updated their color palette dropping Light Coyote in favor of Tan and Foliage Green for the darker Ranger Green. In fact, what little bit of inventory is left in these older colors is on sale.

They have also produced a gaiter in MultiCam.


Win an iPhone 4 Field Case Courtesy of Magpul

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Our brother site, Tactical Fanboy is sponsoring a giveaway for an iPhone 4 case. Visit www.tacticalfanboy.com for more info.

Coming from Vertx

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Vertx made an excellent showing at SHOT Show. In addition to a t-shirt what was one of the best giveaways for SHOT Show, Vertx showed several new products available now including a new PolyCotton patrol uniform for LE and a developmental piece that is almost ready to hit the streets. Everybody is making polos (including Vertx) but they always want to do something a little different so they came up with this tactical rugby shirt. It gives a different look than a polo yet includes a low profile inset sleeve pocket and adjustable wrists. Let’s hope they release it soon.