Archive for February, 2019

Fostech Echo Sport Trigger Now Available for Pre-Order  

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

ABERDEEN, N.C. – (February 2019) The Fostech Echo Sport is now available at Proven Arms & Outfitters.  The Echo Sport trigger sold out in one day due to popular demand!   The new shipment will be arriving within the next few weeks and is available for Pre-Order, which means you can order today and lock it in at the competitive price of $289.99.  

The Fostech Echo Sport Trigger is an economical pull and release trigger for the AR-15 platform.  The Echo Sport has the functionality of the ECHO AR-II.  The only difference is that you select the ECHO mode from the paddle rather than the safety selector.  You can negate the second round but you do it off the paddle, rather than the safety selector. The Fostech ECHO Sport for the AR-15 gives you all the functionality with a more affordable price.

Quick list of features:
• 5-8lb trigger pull
• ?Not drop-in (YouTube instructions should be up soon)
• Two-position paddle (called the “Echo Selector”) above trigger to switch from semi to echo
• No ambi safety
• Requires a full auto bolt carrier

Proven Arms and Outfitters has long stocked the popular Fostech Echo Trigger.  The Fostech Echo trigger gen 2 is available, in-stock and for sale now at the sale price of $375.00, vs the MSRP of $479.00! The Fostech Echo Trigger system is easy to install and requires a full auto bolt carrier.

The Fostech Echo Gen 2 trigger system allows shooter to select from 3 different settings.
• Safe Mode: Firearm will not fire.
• Semi-Automatic Mode : When the trigger is pulled, the firearm will fire.
• ECHO Mode: Firearm will fire when the trigger is pulled and will fire again after the trigger is released.

The ECHO trigger is designed with safety being the utmost priority. When the Shooter is in the ECHO mode and depresses the trigger one round if fires, if the target moves, the shooter can move the selector to the safe position and the second round will NOT fire upon release.

Fostech Echo Trigger Gen 2 for AR-15 Trigger Features:
• Patented design that gained the ATF Approval (Patent#US 8,820,211 B1)
• Drop-in design technology for the AR-15 platform (Licensed through Mossberg)
• Technology licensed through HIPERFIRE inside the ECHO trigger
• Light, clean, and crisp pull in Semi-Automatic Mode
• The Echo trigger is packed full of cutting edge technology
• Reliable function in Echo Mode

The Fostech Echo Sport Trigger and Fostech Echo Trigger Gen II are not available in ND, OR, WA, and NJ.

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2019 Knight’s Armament Catalog

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

The 2019 Knight’s Armament Co catalog is available for download.

In addition to the new 2019 version, Knight’s has been gracious enough to curate sift copies of their catalogs going back to 2012 at

Sneak Peek – UF PRO Striker BDU in CONCAMO

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

CONCAMO is a commercial German pattern which made its debut about a year ago. UF PRO is introducing their Striker BDU in this pattern, along with some other items.

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SIG SAUER MCX Rattler Canebrake Now Shipping

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (February 26, 2019) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest addition to the MCX family, the MCX Rattler Canebrake is now shipping and available in retail stores.

The MCX Rattler Canebrake comes as a suppressor ready platform with an SD handguard and inert training device that mimics the size and weight of the SIGSRD762 suppressor, and assures all muzzle flash is past the shooter’s hand when reaching out on the handguard during operation without a functional suppressor installed. With the MCX Rattler Canebrake there’s no need for the purchase of a shorter barrel kit and SD Handguard to have a suppressed MCX system, simply unthread the inert training device, install your suppressor, and select the appropriate gas setting for your ammunition.

Additional features of the MCX Rattler Canebrake include a 2-stage flat-blade match trigger, Cerakote E190 finished upper and lower, a folding coyote-tan PCB, and comes with one 30-round polymer 300blk Magpul™ magazine.

MCX Rattler Canebrake

To learn more about the MCX Rattler Canebrake or locate your local SIG SAUER dealer visit

MACV-SOG History

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

FORT BRAGG, N.C., – Today marks the 55th anniversary of the activation of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) in the Republic of Vietnam.

The Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was activated, January 24, 1964, to function as a joint special operations task force. Commanded by a U.S. Army Special Forces colonel, MACV-SOG was a subcomponent of MACV. Born from a need to conduct more effective special operations against North Vietnam, many Central Intelligence Agency programs were transferred to SOG, which eventually consisted of personnel from U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Navy Sea-Air-Land (SEALs), U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, Force Reconnaissance and CIA personnel. Special operations were conducted in North Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam.

MACV-SOG grew in size and scope over the next eight years. Missions evolved over time, and included strategic reconnaissance, direct action, sabotage, personnel recovery, Psychological Operations (PSYOP), counter-intelligence, and bomb damage assessments. Maritime operations covered the coastal areas of North Vietnam. PSYOP missions included ‘Voice of Freedom’ radio broadcasts into North Vietnam, to publicize the advantages of life in South Vietnam.

The so-called ‘Ho Chi Minh Trail,’ a vital enemy logistical system named for the North Vietnamese communist leader, was a target of many operations. The trail was a well-developed ‘highway’ that ran from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia. The communist insurgency was sustained by the trail, as troops, trucks, tanks, weapons and ammunition flowed south into South Vietnam. Aerial reconnaissance of the trail was difficult; SOG teams provided the most reliable ‘boots on the ground’ intelligence.

SOG headquarters remained in Saigon, with subordinate commands and units located in various forward operational bases over the years, with command and control camps, launch sites, training centers, and radio relay sites in all four U.S. Corps Tactical Zones. By late 1967, MACV-SOG had matured and split into three subordinate geographical commands: Command and Control North, Command and Control Central, and Command and Control South. CCN, at Da Nang, was the largest in size and conducted operations in southern Laos and northern Cambodia. CCC, at Kontum, also operated in southern Laos and northern Cambodia. CCS, at Ban Me Thout, was the smallest, and operated in southern Cambodia.

SOG command and control sites operated independently. Each was organized based on the ground tactical situation, but all three had reconnaissance, reaction or exploitation, and company-sized security forces. Each site was about the size of a modern SF battalion. Reaction or exploitation forces were used to extract reconnaissance teams or conduct raids or other assault missions. Reconnaissance teams (RT) consisted of two-to-three Americans and six-to-nine indigenous personnel, normally Vietnamese, Montagnards, Cambodians, or ethnic Chinese. Teams were given a variety of code names (U.S. states, poisonous snakes, weapons, tools, or weather effects). Support troops on site provided logistics, signal, medical, and military intelligence support.

Each mission was unique, but most followed a similar tactical profile: after being alerted of a mission, the reconnaissance team was briefed and conducted detailed planning, rehearsals, inspections, and training, time permitting. Teams were inserted by helicopter into the target area. Team leaders were Americans and designated as One-Zeros (10), with American assistant team leaders, and radio operators serving as One-Ones (11) or One-Twos (12). Indigenous troops were Zero-Ones (01), Zero-Twos (02), and so forth. Teams were given considerable latitude regarding tactics, uniforms and weapons. Captured enemy equipment was often used. Vital communications were maintained with a Forward Air Control fixed-wing aircraft. Such airplanes coordinated for close air support for immediate extraction if a team was compromised, or upon completion of the mission. A mission lasted from three-to-five days. SOG was all-volunteer, and personnel could leave without prejudice.

After 1970, the scope and intensity of SOG operations were affected by the ‘Vietnamization’ of the war, and steady withdrawal of U.S. forces from Southeast Asia. In March 1971, 5th Special Forces Group, the largest source of volunteers for the unit, returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Congressional restrictions prevented U.S. personnel from accompanying operations into Cambodia and Laos. On April 30, 1972, the unit was deactivated. Colonels Clyde R. Russell, Donald D. Blackburn, John K. Singlaub, Stephen E. Cavanaugh, and John F. Sadler served as SOG commanders.

The first true JSOTF organization formed to support a theater campaign, SOG ‘blazed a trail’ for current Army and joint special operations task forces in the war against transnational terrorism. The teams conducted special operations missions, often across international borders, to support the commander’s mission in Vietnam. Nine ARSOF SOG soldiers received the Medal of Honor and the unit was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation. Some sources credit the organization with providing upwards of seventy-five percent of intelligence on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. SOG innovative tactics, personal equipment, and lessons learned influence SOF to this day.

By Robert Seals, USASOC History Office

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 24 January, 2019.

Prometheus Design Werx- Odyssey Cargo Pant All Terrain Cloth

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Full Featured Technical Cargo Utility Pant Built in the USA

Prometheus Design Werx’s popular Odyssey Cargo Pant returns this Spring 2019 in their high performance, technical All Terrain Cloth. A full featured utility field pant adapted to desert – jungle environments, and warm-hot weather wear. 19 pockets to stash and organize as little or as many EDC items as needed.

Featuring their high tenacity, 4-way stretch, technical All Terrain Cloth with a C6 DWR finish, this performance textile is light weight, durable, submersible, quick-dry and breathable. You’ll find signature PDW details throughout, purpose driven design to support explorers and extended field use in multiple conditions. Time consuming industrial grade construction throughout. Built in the USA.

The Odyssey Cargo Pant ATC is an evergreen seasonal style for Prometheus Design Werx. They will be available in Transitional Field Green, Machine Mineral Gray and All Terrain Brown.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“For serious field use the cargo type pant still reigns supreme for utter functionality. Nothing can replace the convenience of a cargo pocket to quickly stash extra gear, sun hat, bandana, etc. while on the go. Our new All Terrain Cloth is the lightest technical material we’ve offered, possessing all the performance one would expect, while offering great durability for it’s weight class. It’s quick-dry, submersible, won’t weigh you down, breathes, moves with you with the 4-way stretch and protects the wearer from environmental hazards from bug bites to sun and wind burn. For the global adventurer and explorer, these wash up easily in any hotel sink – basecamp bucket, dries quickly and is ready to wear again. You’ll get 3+ season wear out of these and with a base-layer even push these into cooler weather conditions. Early pre-production examples of these have already made their way into the hot muggy regions of our world and we’re stoked to hear reports that they have performed excellently. Whether you’re participating in the 36 Hours of Uwharrie, following in (hopefully more successful) footsteps of Percy Fawcett, or excavating at the Neolithic site of Beidha, the Odyssey Cargo Pant in ATC literally had you covered.”

The USA Made PDW Odyssey Cargo Pant ATC will be available for $149.00 on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 12:00 noon PT via their website,

In Memoriam – Ron Avery

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Firearms trainer and former Police Officer Ron Avery passed away on February 23rd.

This is his obituary:

Ron E. Avery passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62, and lived in Ouray, CO. Ron was a former police officer, as well as a recognized researcher and world-class shooter, winning many local, state, national and international competitions. He provided firearms training to all branches of the military, select government agencies, hundreds of federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agents, and countless clients in the private sector.

He was the co-founder of the Tactical Performance Center in St. George, UT, which teaches his doctrine of Reactive Shooting. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Reactive Shooting, which explains this doctrine in greater depth. Ron wrote for many different publications and had his own column in

Ron is survived by his wife Michelle Poirier, and daughters Sarah Smith (nee Avery) and Samantha Avery, together with four (4) brothers (Paul, Neil, Alan and Bob) and four (4) sisters (Barbara Avery, Mary Bennett, S. Avery Smith and Joan Poundstone).

At his request, no viewing or funeral services will be held, and he will be cremated.

A memorial service is planned for the USPSA National Match in September, 2019, in St. George, Utah.

Ron will be missed. May He Rest In Peace.

USB Condoms

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Our friends at WNDSN Expedition Team have another tip for you.

On the topic of so-called USB condoms, USB thumb drive-sized devices that are designed to protect the user from malicious data traffic in and out of the device when hooking up to public or unknown USB charging outlets. They work by physically removing the ability to transfer data, and are thus quite safe in that regard. Something else that is interesting when dealing with unknown power sources, or sometimes with sketchy cables is charging speed, and actual throughput (which is often quite fragile, especially with high-powered cellphones), as well as remaining power in power banks. To combine the two functions, with the latter being surprisingly more often needed than the former, I got a USB power monitor, one from PortaPow, the other one from Drok, both of which are about the size of a thumb drive providing several measurements of electricity plus the ability to only allow power, and no data exchange. Don’t travel or commute without.


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