Archive for February, 2016

Warrior Assault Systems 2016 Catalog

Saturday, February 27th, 2016


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Warrior Assault Systems has released their 2016 catalog, which can be viewed by clicking the image above.

Interested in carrying the Warrior Assault Systems product line? Click on the following link or email [email protected].

Shield Sights Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Saturday, February 27th, 2016


Dorset, England — February 25, 2016 – Shield Sights announced today that it has received the highly sought after ISO 9001:2015 certification. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) established the ISO 9001:2015 certification as the newly revised international standards for Quality Management Systems and Environmental Management Systems. Shield Sights is one of only a few Red Dot Sight manufacturers in the world who is currently ISO 9001:2015 certified.

“Shield Sights is committed to excellence as we are always striving to offer the highest quality products and customer service and having the ISO 9001:2015 certification is another testament to that commitment,” said James White, marketing director at Shield Sights. “As we look to expand our product distribution into the United States in 2016, this international certification will help ensure the quality our customers in the US and around the world expect.”

Shield Sights has been fundamentally committed to strict quality control and management systems since the company’s inception in the 1980’s. This new certification confirms Shield Sights manufacturing processes and procedures conform to these standards.

“We’re incredibly excited about what this international certification means for Shield Sight’s future as a company and are so proud of our entire staff for achieving this tremendous honor,” said James White.

The ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards and its standards are recognized worldwide. ISO-certified organizations are required to continually improve the effectiveness of their quality management system through the use of product and service quality policies and objectives, audit results, analysis of data, corrective and preventive actions and management review.

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U.S. Elite Gear – Velocity Systems Scarab + Free shirt

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Scarab Infographic

For a limited time, U.S. Elite is bundling a free Velocity Systems tee with every purchase of Velocity Systems SCARAB light plate carrier. Get your free gift with qualified purchase while supplies last.

Gunfighter Moment – Ken Hackathorn

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

It is beyond amazing the amount of ‘junk’ I see people hanging on their AR15/M4 style blasters. Some folks seem to think that if it’s for sale, they have to add it to their carbine. I keep thinking that the word has gotten out about this stupid approach, but apparently I am wrong.

So, here is my read on this topic. Put only what your need on your blaster. That means good sights: I strongly recommend a good quality red dot (Aimpoint Micro is my favorite). Backup iron sights remain on all my guns. If you live in an area where ranges can be longer than 100 meters, an optic (scope) may be warranted. A good 1×4 or 1×5 scope has merit. You will normally be set on one power, dialing up in power as range and time allows for. First focal plain scopes on carbines are brain dead; you can’t see the reticle for shit when it is on one power. Remember this isn’t a sniper weapon, second focal plain is what you need. A good two point sling is my recommendation. I have never been a fan of single point slings, they are quickly becoming only favored by those guys that have everything hung on their carbine except for a coffee maker.

I want my primary weapon to have a good trigger. Some AR platform makers offer good serviceable triggers, others feel like they have a broken hacksaw blade for a sear, backed up with a truck spring for a hammer spring. Bill Geisselle offers the ‘gold standard’ in AR triggers. I have a couple of Hiperfire Enhanced Duty Triggers that have proven to be outstanding and Paul Buffoni of BCM is about to release an enhanced GI spec trigger that if it measures up to everything else BCM offers, it should be a top choice.

A white light is critical; if you need your carbine in a low light scenario, you must be able to identify your target. Don’t go Cheap Charlie on this one; get a good light, mount it where you can operate it when your carbine is being held in the manner your normally fire from. Changing your hand position to activate the light and them having to move it back to your firing position is a mistake.

For the life of me I do not understand why so many folks think they must have a muzzle brake/compensator on their carbine. I realize much of this comes from the 3-gun gameboy world. Listen up, in the dark these things are terrible, indoors they are horrendous with a concussion that can be very disturbing, and if someone touches one of these comps off beside your head, you will have your chimes rung for sure. Yea,yea I here the crap about how they make the gun shoot “flat” and keeps your splits really low. If you are such a wimp that you can’t control the recoil of a 5.56 then I understand your needs, and splits, well they don’t mean sh-t in the real world. Keep your primary (carbine) simple, keep it lubed and running with good magazines and quality ammo.

Train, practice, and stay alert.

– Ken Hackathorn

Old Guy With A Blaster

Ken Hackathorn has served as a US Army Special Forces Small Arms Instructor, Gunsite Instructor, and NRA Police Firearms Instructor. He is currently an FBI Certified Firearms Instructor, Certified Deputy Sheriff with Washington County SO, Ohio, and a SRT member and Special Response Team trainer. Ken has trained US Military Special Operations forces, Marine FAST and SOTG units and is a contract small arms trainer to FBI SWAT and HRT.

Ken has provided training to Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and been active in small arms training for the past 25 years. He has written firearms related material for Guns & Ammo, Combat Handguns, Soldier Of Fortune, and currently American Handgunner and contributed to at least six other gun/shooting journals. Ken was also a founding member of IPSC and IDPA.

To see Ken’s Training Class Schedule visit

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer SSD readers hard earned words of wisdom.

Operation Safeside

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Designated by the code name “OPERATION SAFESIDE”, the 1041st USAF Security Police Squadron (Test) was formed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii from a cadre of USAF graduates of the Army Ranger school. From that original unit, the Air Force eventually stood up the 82nd Combat Security Police Wing and subordinate units the 821st, 822nd and 823rd Combat Security Police Squadrons. This is an example of the equipment worn by those Security Policemen while deployed to Viet Nam.

He is a short two-part, USAF film on this unit.

Part I

Part II

Today, the lineage of these units lives on in the 820th Base Defense Group and its subordinate squadrons.

New Magpul Products Release

Friday, February 26th, 2016


The Magpul DAKA Pouch, designed to bring organization to the dusty, dirty, and muddy world we work and play in.

Made from polymer infused textiles that are welded on all seams and use a genuine YKK water resistant zipper. The construction methods and materials used mean that these pouches are at home in hard use applications like tool storage or bulk storage of your reloaded ammunition as well as lighter duties like organizing your personal electronic accessories. Although these pouches are not 100% water proof (read submersible…) they will keep your items dry under most wet weather situations making them a great choice for most outdoor adventures.

Made in the U.S.A.

· Reinforced polymer fabric with anti-slip texture
· Welded construction creates permanent impenetrable seals
· YKK AquaGuard water repellant zipper
· 550 paracord with heat shrink tubing for enhanced grip, even with gloves
· Paint pen dot matrix debossed into body for identification marking
· Carabiner attachment points


At the Virginia convention held May 1775, The Colony was divided into 16 districts and each district instructed to raise and discipline a battalion of men “to march at a minute’s notice.”

On July 17, 1775 a cadre of 350 men called the Culpeper Minute Men were organized under a large oak tree in “Clayton’s old field”

They adopted uniforms consisting of hunting shirts of strong, brown lines, dyed with an extract of the leaves of trees. On the breast of each shirt was worked in large white letters the words: “LIBERTY OR DEATH.”

Their flag had a rattlesnake with 13 rattles, coiled in the center, ready to strike. Underneath it were the words: “DON’T TREAD ON ME.” On either side were the words: “LIBERTY OR DEATH.” And at the top “THE CULPEPER MINUTE MEN.”

No sooner were they formed than the companies of Culpeper Minute Men were absorbed into regiments of the Continental Line, and by Act of Assembly in October 1776, they were dissolved and merged into the militia. Many went on to serve, and die in places like Valley Forge.

As with much of the art created in an era long before “cut-n-paste”, many versions exist. The snake and the text on the Magpul “Liberty or Death” T-shirt are inspired from some of the more rare versions of this original artwork.


This two day course is designed for anyone looking to learn the skills that it takes to navigate by map and compass in the wilderness. Using a systematic approach, we will introduce you to the lifetime skill of orienteering. As your confidence grows, you will be continuously challenged to move longer distances with more precision, thus increasing your sense of independence in the wilderness. Whether you an outdoor professional, competitive adventure racer or just someone looking for the freedom of knowing where you are in the backcountry, this course will give your skills to never get lost again.


Using the same high quality hardware that comes on our Tejas “El Original” Gun Belt, this hardware kit allows you to change the color of your hardware or upgrade any belt that uses a standard 1-1/2” buckle and two removable screws.

· Tool-free fasteners
· 1-1/2” compatible buckle

KiloNiner – A Shemagh For Your Dog

Friday, February 26th, 2016

KiloNiner Pets is a lifestyle brand created by some guys I know in the tactical nylon business. They have started out by offering shemaghs in dog sizes. Available in several colors and two sizes, they’ll soon be joined by several other items like vests.

A Tour Of S.O.Tech

Friday, February 26th, 2016