Archive for February, 2019

Well Played Aviano, Well Played

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Special Operations Event Speakers include Deputy Director, Chief Information Officer, of Top U.S. SOF Command

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation hosts an annual Symposium in Tampa, FL to convene the SOF and defense community; the March 5-7, 2019 event will feature leaders from the global defense community.


The fifth annual Global SOF Symposium – US will bring together the Special Operations Forces (SOF) focused community in a collaborative and educational environment. This fifth iteration brings in exciting new speakers and topics, including leaders from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), international SOF units, and thought leaders in the defense community.

The Symposium agenda features a variety of topics, including six confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Vice Admiral Tim Szymanski, Deputy Commander of U.S. SOCOM
Mr. Emerson T. Brooking, Author, LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media
Dr. Lisa Costa, the Director of Communications Systems and Chief Information Officer (better known as the J6 Directorate) for USSOCOM

Major General Maria Gervais, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center – Training

The Honorable Jim Locher, Former Assistant Secretary for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, U.S. Department of Defense

Mr. James F. McDonnell, Assistant Secretary, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Additionally, the Honorable Jim Locher will be receiving the GSF’s Lifetime Achievement Award on March 6th during the Symposium General Session. This award honors individuals who have made an impact on the joint SOF community.

The Symposium will also feature a range of panel discussions, all of which include subject matter experts in their fields:
Innovation in Modeling, Simulation, and Training
The Operator’s Kit: Equipping the Operator
SOF Training Standards for Multinational Operations
The Nexus of Law Enforcement in Modern Warfare

These speakers from across the defense spectrum will make these sessions especially informative and educational.

The Symposium opens on March 5th with Professional Development and a Welcome Reception. There will be four concurrent sessions featuring a broad range of topics to appeal to all attendees. All of these sessions are free with a full Symposium registration, but participants may also purchase a single-day pass as well.

All of the Symposium events will take place at The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay for the first time in its five years. Conveniently located near Tampa’s international airport, this waterfront venue provides ample opportunity to conduct business, build relationships, and learn–all while enjoying Florida’s beautiful spring season.

The event host is the Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation, the only professional association for the international SOF community. This three-day Symposium is the Foundation’s flagship event and will also feature networking opportunities and two different expo spaces for industry participation.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join the global SOF community in Tampa, Fl., from March 5-7 2019. Register today at bit.ly/19GS-Register.


The Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation (GSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to build and grow an international network of military, government, commercial, and educational stakeholders in order to advance SOF capabilities and partnerships to confront global and networked threats.

SIG SAUER Adds 270 Win and 30-06 Springfield to its Rifle Components Line

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (February 27, 2019) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is now offering component cases in 270 Win and 30-06 Springfield for precision handloaders. These are the newest additions to the SIG rifle components line which include 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 243 Win, 270 Win, 30-06 Springfield, 300BLK, 300 Win Mag, 308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor. Currently, all SIG SAUER rifle component cases are unprimed and available in bags of 50.

SIG SAUER pistol component cases are available, primed or unprimed, in bags of 100 in the following calibers: 380 Auto, 9mm Luger, 357 SIG, 38 Spl, 357 Mag, 40 S&W, 10mm, 45 Auto.

“We entered the components business because we wanted a higher quality brass for our SIG Elite Ammunition and our customers who choose to handload,” said Brad Criner, Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development, SIG SAUER Ammunition. “SIG component brass offers exceptional concentricity at the mouth which improves accuracy. This level of quality has not gone unnoticed which is why SIG components have been so popular with dealers and consumers alike since we launched our brass line.”

SIG Elite Ammunition shell cases are engineered to exacting tolerances.  Each brass case undergoes rigorous in-line and post production quality assurance testing to ensure a flawless casing. The geometric consistency of these premium brass cases ensures each primer is held tightly in its pocket.  Flash holes are precise with no burrs and the superior metallurgical properties of the SIG SAUER cases enable repeated reloading.   SIG Elite rifle shell cases are induction annealed for consistent bullet retention.  All shellcases are 100% inspected.  The result is unparalleled durability and dependability.

The SIG SAUER 270 Win and 30-06 Springfield component cases are now available for purchase at the sigsauer.com/store.

Soldiers Train With Allies To Survive Jungle

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

CAMP BAROMMATRAILOKKANAT, Thailand — Soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, and the Royal Thai Army (RTA) learned jungle survival skills, basic rifle marksmanship and room clearing procedures Feb. 13, 2019, at Camp Barommatrailokkanat, Thailand, during Exercise Cobra Gold.

The training was an exchange of skills between the two armies. U.S. Soldiers would demonstrate their tactics and techniques, conduct practical exercises and the RTA soldier would do the same.

“This training increases interoperability by having us understand each army’s tactics better,” said Sgt. John Drayton, a team leader with 5-20th Inf. “We will be ready if we ever had to operate with each other in the future.”

This training helps build a common picture between the U.S. Army and the Royal Thai Army, said Sgt. 1st Class Derrick Dritchas, the first sergeant for B Company, 5-20th Inf. The U.S. Soldiers learned the Thai tactics, standard operating procedures, and shared their knowledge on the subject with the RTA.

“Being in Thailand is a new experience for most people here,” Drayton said. “Just training and operating in this environment teaches Soldiers how be better prepared for missions in this region.”

They don’t know what missions may come down in the future, said Dritchas. The jungle training gave these Soldiers the ability to find edible plants, wildlife and where to find water. Having those skills to survive off of the land in the jungle is invaluable.

The Thais taught them things he never knew such as ants can be a signal of where to find water, said Spc. Louis Smith, a Soldier with B Co. 5-20th Inf. He now knows how find those food and water sources in the jungle if something were to happen to him in the future.

“I want my Soldiers to fully experience the cultural of Thailand and understand the training value of going to another country,” Dritchas said. “Understanding this culture and how their army operates is a valuable skill for Soldiers to have.”

By SSG Samuel Northrup


Thursday, February 28th, 2019


The new S3/HPG JFAK is available on the website in both military and civilian versions. Packed is the Hill People Gear Kit bag which allows to be worn with all gear including plate carriers.


XTech Tactical Joins Front Lines with Commufornia Special

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

February 28th, 2019 – Mesa, AZ
XTech Tactical, a rapidly growing innovative firearms accessory manufacture, is now shipping its MAG47 10/30 (MSRP $29.95) as its introduction of the “Commufornia Special” magazine line. The MAG47, which has widely been established as the greatest US Made AK Magazine, is now available for those in states that currently do not permit standard capacity magazines.

The MAG47 10/30, just like the MAG47 features:

-Stainless steel reinforced feed lips and locking lugs
-Stainless steel spring
-Tool free disassembly and reassembly
-Industry leading polymer
-Waffle and tread pattern to ease in extraction and insertion
-Counts as 3 922r components

The MAG47 10/30 will not function if its blocker is removed due to its reduced spring, and the magazine is only marked as a 10-round magazine. Rebuild kits will be available from the company should users relocate to free states or their local laws change to permit standard capacity magazines.

The company will donate $1 per “Commufornia Special” magazine from its website for the life of the “Commufornia Special” line. This donation will go towards efforts that protect the inherent Constitutional rights of all Americans. XTech Tactical has selected Gun Owners of America (GOA) as the recipient of this donation. The magazines will also ship with a $5 off annual membership offer to Gun Owners of America.

“XTech Tactical has historically chosen to not consider producing any state compliant products. Our rational has been that such products quiet those in restrictive states. We hope that the message of the “Commufornia Special” line will unify, educate, and assist those in restrictive states to fight for the rights of all Americans. This is our way of joining the front line of the fight! We are excited to work with the team at Gun Owners of America and encourage other manufactures to consider similar partnerships with organizations fighting to retain our rights”, stated Jeremy Deadman, XTech Tactical’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

Dealers can contact [email protected] or contact Zanders Sporting Goods.

For more information on XTech Tactical please visit www.xtechtactical.com

ASE UTRA To Reveal New Suppressors At Enforce Tac & IWA Outdoor Classics

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Check ASE UTRA’s new 5.56 suppressors at booth 556 during Enforce Tac and booth 3-514 at IWA.

The will publish further info and spec sheets on the new designs just prior to Enforce Tac.

Direct Action To Unveils New Products At 2019 IWA Outdoor Classics and Enforce Tac

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Direct Action® is ready to Go Loud! this year with their new products to be shown exclusively at the largest exhibitions in Europe – IWA Outdoor Classics 2019 and Enforce Tac 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Within the whole range of presented gear and garments the most noticeable will surely be their newest Direct Action® SPITFIRE® MKII Plate Carrier and a complete combat uniform – VANGUARD®, composed of VANGUARD® Combat Shirt and VANGUARD® Combat Trousers each with Cordura 500D reinforcements.

Direct Action SPITFIRE® MKII Plate Carrier

When it comes to modern tactical equipment, those not going forward are actually going backwards. We, at Direct Action ®, are focused on constant evolution of our products. Thanks to the feedback from users around the world, we were able to create the new, improved version of one of our top products – the SPITFIRE ® Plate Carrier. The MK II version may look simpler, but in fact it is much more scalable and mission configurable. We’ve decided to strip down the carrier of unnecessary PALS slots under the flap and on the back as well as enlarge the loop panel on the front for large LE patches. Even more – we’ve made it lighter than the standard version. Thanks to numerous new flaps, back panels and cummerbunds you are able to make the carrier the way you actually need it.

• Made of Cordura® 500D fabric and proprietary laminate
• Optional accessory cutaway system, compatible also with SPITFIRE® Plate Carrier
• No flap included; various accessory flaps available
• Slick back compatible with SPITFIRE back panels; various accessory back panels available
• Minimalistic cummerbund included; various accessory cummerbunds
• Back zippers compatible with Crye Precision AVS standard
• Front buckles for attaching flaps or chest rigs; buckles compatible with Mayflower ®/Velocity Systems standard
• PTT mounting points
• Cables/hydration tube stabilizers
• Zippered chest pocket on front
• Optional comfort pads, compatible with the standard SPITFIRE ® Plate Carrier comfort pads

Weight: 430g – size M / 0,95 lbs

Sizes: M/L/XL


Direct Action VANGUARD® Combat Shirt

A combat uniform is one of the most important layers you have on you during any operations. It protects against abrasions from environment, but also should provide proper freedom of movement. Our VANGUARD® combat shirt is made of top-quality fabrics. The torso is made of Polartec® PowerDry FR fabric that is not only pleasant to touch, but also stretchable, as well as transfers the moisture away from the body. The sleeves are made of NYCO fabric that is durable, yet breathable. Reinforcements on the elbows, that work as pockets for protective pads, are made of Cordura® 500D fabric. There are additional zippered pockets on shoulders with soft loop panels for personalization.

• Made of Polartec® PowerDry FR and NYCO fabric
• Zippered pockets on shoulders
• Hook&loop closed cuffs
• Loop panels on shoulders for personalization
• YKK® zippers
• Cordura® 500D reinforcements on elbows
• Pockets for protection inserts on elbows

Weight: 460 g – size M / 1,01 lbs

Direct Action VANGUARD® Combat Trousers

Comfortable uniform is one of the most important things on battlefield. Therefore, our VANGUARD ®combat trousers were made specially to provide as much freedom of movement as possible without compromising the durability. Made of NYCO fabric with Cordura® 500D reinforcements on the knees, these pants will serve you well on any mission. Numerous pockets, including classic hip pockets, zippered front pockets and hook&loop closed pockets on thighs will fit all your necessities. The hook&loop pockets can be used as improvised dump pouches. Hook&loop flaps on leg cuffs and knees allows you to adjust the pants to your needs. Additionally, to provide even more freedom of movement, the pants feature numerous gussets made of 4-way elastic softshell fabric.

• Made of NYCO fabric, YKK® zippers
• 4 way elastic gussets to enhance freedom of movements
• Cordura® 500D reinforcements on knees that work as additional pockets for knee pad inserts
• Classic hip pockets with reinforced edges
• Zippered front pockets
• Hook&loop closed pockets on tights; can be used as improvised dump pouch
• Adjustment on knee area, Adjustment on leg cuffs, Hook&loop closed front, Zippered fly

Weight: 602 g – size M / 1,33 lbs

Direct Action® also decided to upgrade both of it’s gloves models (DA HARD and LIGHT gloves) with genuine leather instead of synthetic.


DIRECT ACTION ® – Experience Based Gear