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The Veterans Family of Brands welcomes SSP Eyewear

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

The Veterans Family of Brands (VFOB), a Forward Operating Base for Veterans, is an organization bringing together like mission-minded companies, and individuals with a passion for supporting US Military and First Responder Veterans and their families!

Minden, NV. (August 25th, 2016) – The Veterans FOB was founded in 2016, after a small group of companies decided to work together to do more than they could accomplish by themselves from product demonstrations, customer events, and ultimately Veterans support. This vision quickly spawned interest from like minded companies with great brands who wanted to be part of the mission and as such the VFOB came to life! Check out our mission, our family of companies, our VFOB dealers, and get info on memberships at

SSP Eyewear

Why did your company have interest in joining VFOB?

“Being the son of a Vietnam Vet, and an employer of more recent veterans families, we have been disheartened in the available resources for our men and woman that have served abroad. After meeting with the key people at VFOB we were encouraged to discover an ethical board of veterans dedicated to financially supporting veteran based charities, stated Mike Bechtel, CEO of SSP Eyewear, “It also introduced us to a network of other business owners who have the same values that we have, primarily how to support our veterans without contributing to a large “Not For Profit Corporation”, with little or nothing going to our veterans.”

SSP Eyewear’s mission is to educated the world that safety eyewear is a necessity and doesn’t have to be expensive or uncomfortable. SSP Eyewear is committed to creating safety sunglasses that provide exceptional protection, great styles, coordinated colors and superior fit. The owner Mike Bechtel has over 17 years in the eyewear industry, he specializes in private labeling, custom eyewear, and introducing new innovative products that improve people’s lives. Check out for more details.

“We are ecstatic to welcome SSP Eyewear to the VFOB family! ” stated Casey Betzold, Co-Founder of VFOB, “They are like minded and make a fantastic product line, and have a huge heart for those who served. It was a no brainer to welcome them in with open arms. “

Magpul Field Case – Galaxy S7 Now Shipping

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Magpul is now offering a version of their famous phone cases for the Galaxy S7.

The Magpul Field Case for the Samsung GALAXY S7 is a semi-rigid cover designed to provide basic protection in the field. Made from a flexible thermoplastic, the Field Case features PMAG®-style ribs for added grip, snap-on design for easy installation and removal, and slides easily in and out of pockets without snagging. Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.

·Compatible with standard GALAXY S7
·Semi-rigid thermoplastic elastomer construction provides protection against minor bumps and abrasions
·Compact design adds minimal bulk to the phone
·Textured surface and PMAG-style ribs for added grip
·Raised lip protects screen when laid face down yet remains unobtrusive
·Charging cable port and headphone jack are accessible with case installed (optimized for use with factory charging cable and headphones)

Team Safariland’s Julie Golob and Rob Leatham Celebrate Victories at 2016 USPSA Carry Optics and Production National Championships

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

ONTARIO, Calif. – Safariland congratulates Team Safariland members Julie Golob and Rob Leatham for triumphing at the 2016 USPSA Back-to-Back Production and Carry Optics National Championships held in Barry, Ill. from August 11-14. Following these competitions, Golob is impressively the first and only woman to win a national title in all seven USPSA divisions, and Leatham is remarkably a 28-time USPSA National Champion.

Powering through to compete while feeling under the weather, Golob placed fourth in the Female Category at the 2016 USPSA Production National Championships. She also claimed her 15th USPSA Ladies National Title at the Carry Optics National Championships. Golob’s final tally was 1158.5395 match points with 75.485 percent.

“I pushed for every point and shot penalty free the entire match,” said Golob. “This is such a personal victory! Using the top gear, I achieved top honors in a sport I fell in love with as a kid.”

Rob Leatham continued Team Safariland’s winning streak, finishing first in the Senior Category of both the Carry Optics and Production National Championships, shooting a 92 percentile Master score. He placed 11th overall in the Production Division out of 369 competitors and fourth out of 75 in the Carry Optics Division.

“This is the first year I qualified to compete in the Senior Category of USPSA, and I have won every Senior National Championship this year,” said Leatham. “Competing with the best available gear, I look forward to the two upcoming USPSA Nationals in October.”

Golob competed using the Safariland ELS system with a 5198 Holster and 771 and 773 magazine pouches for her Federal Premium 147gr. Leatham used Safariland 771 pouches with 5198 Holster and USPSA Kit.

Team Safariland members are an integral part of the company’s product development process by regularly testing Safariland materials and products to ensure its equipment meets the rigorous demands of its users. This collaboration supports the best performance possible for law enforcement and military in the field and Team Safariland at competitions.

For more information about Team Safariland and Safariland equipment, please visit

Crye Precision Founders Launch Vantage Arms, LLC Located in Tennesee To Manufacture Six12 Shotgun

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Crye Precision founders Caleb Crye and Gregg Thompson have launched new brand Vantage Arms, LLC, to manufacture the Six12 Modular, Rotary Shotgun. They have located to the Nashville, Tennesee area where they will invest $5 million to move into a 22,000-square-foot facility at 1657 Murfreesboro Road.

Gregg Thompson told the Nashville Post, “We couldn’t be more excited to begin this new endeavor in Nashville, it’s absolutely critical to the success of the company that we have the right people at the helm and the right environment to grow. We’ve come to the clear conclusion that Tennessee, and Nashville specifically, offers a top-notch workforce and a climate that is unwavering in its support of innovation.”

The 12 guage Six12 uses a six round rotary magazines like a revolver but which can be removed for loading. The shotgun has been paired with the SilencerCo Salvo 12 shotgun suppressor as seen above. Originally envisioned as a breaching shotgun, the bullpup’s modular design allow it to be configured as a stand-alone weapon or attached to an M4 carbine.

Designed at Crye Precision’s home base at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Six12 was unveiled several years ago. However, production at that location was problematic due to regulation. The move to Murfreesboro is a sound one where they plan to hire 100 employees. We wish them well in this new endeavor.

Desert Tech Relases The New TRASOL Ballistic App

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Trasol Horizontal White Logo with Light Gray

West Valley City, UT – August 30, 2016 – Desert Tech has announced the full release of the TRASOL ballistic app complete with Heads-Up Display (HUD).

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TRASOL is the first ballistic application to incorporate Heads-Up Display (HUD) technology. By using your mobile device’s built-in camera and onboard sensors, TRASOL allows users to point their device at their target and automatically generate extremely accurate ballistic solutions. 

The HUD environment has highly intuitive drag and drop tools for quick input of range, wind speed/direction, and the device’s sensors automatically input atmospheric data.  The HUD also allows tracking of moving targets to provide very accurate lead solutions.  Lastly, the photo/video capturing capability allows you to log your shots easily and share them with your friends.

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HUD Features:

A) Auto-sensing technology
B) Moving target tracking
C) Photo/video capturing with image zoom
D) Photo/video sharing

TRASOL was developed for precision shooters who rely on first round hit accuracy to 1500 meters and beyond. Desert Tech has developed new ballistic algorithms that reshape predictive flight curves to align with Doppler radar data, and accurately predicts the change in Ballistic co-efficiency through the flight of the bullet. TRASOL provides the most accurate ballistic trajectory predictions available.

Trasol calculates for bullet stability & spin drift, coriolis, density altitude, multi-wind bands, and rifle cant. Trasol also features cold bore tracking, tracking of zero settings, and field condition zero profile tracking.

Available for download on Google Play and iTunes.

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SCALARWORKS Launches World’s Lightest Quick-Detach Aimpoint CompM4 Mount

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Scalarworks has announced the Low Drag Mount for the Aimpoint CompM4, which they claim is the lightest QD Aimpoint CompM4 mount available on the market; given it weights in at only 1.49 oz. (with mounting hardware), that’s a hard claim to refute. The full release can be read below:


EASTON, PA – August 29, 2016 – Scalarworks, manufacturer of high-performance optic mounts, is pleased to introduce the Low Drag Mount™ for Aimpoint CompM4 sights; the lightest quick-detach Aimpoint CompM4 mount in existence – weighing only 1.49oz, include sight screws.

The LDM/CompM4 is a lightweight, low-profile, quick-detach optic mount that is compatible with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails and Aimpoint CompM4 and CompM4s red dot sights. Full product specs and details can be found here:

Like all Scalarworks Low Drag Mounts; the LDM/CompM4 has a monolithic base made of high-strength 7075-T6 Aluminum, and features our proprietary recoil-proof notched thumbscrew with ball detent. It also has the same precision telescoping clamp as our popular Aimpoint Micro and Trijicon MRO mounts, which ensures a repeatable zero with each installation.

The LDM/CompM4 is proudly made in the USA, and is available in both Absolute and Lower-Third Co-Witness height variants with a retail price of $149.

To learn more about this and other Scalarworks optic mounts and bundles; please visit

US Elite Offers 20% Off OR Gloves

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Outdoor Research is 20% Off at U.S. Elite! Hold on to summer and don’t let go with a pair of Gripper’s! Do your research, get outdoors, grab a badass bargain at U.S. Elite.

Looking for a new pair of OR gloves? Use the U.S. Elite Glove Comparison Chart to help you get a good idea of which Outdoor Research glove might be right for you.

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Whale watching off the coast of Iceland.

Thanks MB!