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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Specialist Fred Gutierrez “interrogates” a turkey for it’s supposedly links to the North Vietnamese Army as it sits in the rucksack of Staff Sgt. Raymond Scherz near Bearcat Base, Dong Nai Vietnam, Thanksgiving 1967.

Luckily, for both men of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, the turkey was cleared and allowed to “join” them for Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey was one of 57,000 sent to Vietnam to feed the nearly half a million servicemen and women in country during Thanksgiving 1967. They also came with 28 tons of cranberry sauce, 15 tons of mixed nuts, eight tons of candy, 11 tons of olives and 33 tons of fruitcake.

O P Tactical Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Starting on Black Friday, 29 November, use coupon code BF19 for store-wide savings! Everything from Mayflower and Velocity Systems vests and chest rigs, Eagle and Raptor Tactical Belts, Hesco Armor, Altama OTB Maritime Boots, Surefire Lights and more will be on sale. See below for the deals breakdown:

• Use coupon code BF19 for 10% off site-wide starting at 12:01am EST Friday; get 12% off Saturday and Sunday; and then a whopping 15% off on Cyber Monday. Some exclusions apply, see website for details starting Friday.
• 25% off all Salomon Boots now through 6 December. Items marked down, no coupon needed. $5 Flat Rate shipping to most USA addresses!
• 25% off all Lowa Boots now through 2 December. Items marked down, no coupon needed. $5 Flat Rate shipping to most USA addresses!

The best deals of the year are in stock and available here, don’t miss out on these great savings!

TAC SHIELD Helps Shooters Choose the Right Tactical Sling

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

November 26, 2019, Pinehurst, NC—When considering the best tactical sling for you, it’s essential to understand the basic functionality of slings and how specific features that they offer can either enhance or make your shooting situation very difficult. 

There are five basic functionality needs for the average rifle shooter when using a sling:

1. Practicality for the situation 

How will you be using your rifle? Is it for home defense? Do you shoot 3-gun? Are you in law enforcement? You may have the perfect sling in your arsenal already—a 2-point sling. The ideal staple not only for the hunt, but also for many applications is a 2-point sling—specifically a quick-adjust version like the TAC SHIELD 2-Point QD Sling with Quick Adjust. A quick-adjust sling gives you the ability to set up a steadier shooting platform, cinch your firearm tightly to your body, or sling it across your back. However, a 1-point sling like the TAC SHIELD CQB or Shock Sling could also work for you. Main difference?  Your rifle is going to hang freely, allow easy shooting on the move rather than from a platform, and a quicker transition to support side if necessary.  Consider functionality for your most-used application when choosing a sling.

2. Quick Adjustability

Whether you are heading to the urban battlefield, range, or the hunt, quick adjustability is vital. Most slings on the market are adjustable, but there will be times, on the move or aiming, that precious seconds can be lost if you are stuck adjusting your sling. A sling with a quick-adjust slider is a must when choosing your sling. The TAC SHIELD 2-point QD Sling with Quick Adjust Sling is again, a wise choice for this function.

3. Maneuverability 

Obviously, 1-point slings are pretty maneuverable, so the maneuverability consideration applies most if you prefer a 2-point sling. Ensure that the sling you choose has enough adjustability to shoot both strong side and support side and keep it at a length that allows it to work on the support side, giving you an edge for a quick transition to defend yourself.

4. Attachments

Pretty simple stuff. HK hooks work with most everything on planet Earth but can be noisy and heavier. That being said, they are the “go-to” choice for single-point slings or slings that have a double to single-point conversion capability like the TAC SHIELD Warrior Sling. QD swivel attachments are excellent because they are low-profile, quiet, and light. They allow for a sling to be quickly transferred to another QD capable rifle for people who are not interested in stocking up on slings. Heavy Duty web-loop slings are certainly the quietest and attach to all long guns easily.

5. Comfort

Not all sling applications require comfort. Running and gunning for fun is typically fast-paced and short term. Carrying long distances or durations are another story, so reach for a padded sling of some type if you plan on slinging your rifle over time. The above-mentioned Warrior Sling comes in a non-padded or padded version (can be a single- or double-point sling and has a quick-adjust slider!) and is an excellent choice for any application.


Finally, think about Value. Here’s the good news. You can get an awesome, American-made sling with all the bells and whistles at a reasonable price. TAC SHIELD’s products offer extensive features and benefits for a price that is more affordable than most of their American-made competitors, on purpose…to give shooters an excellent sling for any purpose at a price that they can afford. And don’t forget that they are also battle-proven by our American soldiers.

2020 International Tactical Medicine Competition Registrations Opens 12/1/19 at 1200 EST

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

REGISTRATION OPENS 12/1/19 at 1200 EST2020 International Tactical Medicine Competition

The International Tactical Medic Competition is an event created to allow tactical medical providers from around the world the opportunity to collaborate and compete in a community of peers. Civilian Tactical Medicine is a relatively new topic within the world of pre-hospital medicine. ITMC creates opportunities to increase awareness, collaboration and training. This competition is a great opportunity to bring like minded individuals together, and support a cause greater than self.

For more information visit

Why I Formed the American Suppressor Association by Knox Williams

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

In December 2008 I was a broke college junior looking for extra cash to buy beer and take my girlfriend on dates. I loved guns, thought silencers were illegal (they’re not), and didn’t know what I wanted to do after graduation. Knowing how much I loved to shoot, a family friend of mine, who babysat for the owner of Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC), set up an interview for a paying internship that started in January. I aced the interview, landed the job, and walked through the doors at AAC for the first day of my internship not knowing that this $10/hour part time job would ultimately lead to the development of the American Suppressor Association.

Growing up the son of an audiologist, I always understood the importance of hearing protection. Before my first hunting trip at age 15, my mother made me a set of custom earplugs. She let me know in no uncertain terms that I was to wear them no matter what, because exposure to even a single gunshot can permanently damage your hearing. Like most teenage boys, I didn’t listen. As I settled the scope of my Remington 710 chambered in .30-06 on the vitals of the first deer I saw, I distinctly remember thinking that I should put my earplugs in. A half second later, when that button buck took a step forward, I pulled the trigger. My ears rang for three days.

When I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010, I was hired full time at AAC as the Special Projects Coordinator. One of the first assignments in my new role was the development of AAC’s Can U, an interactive website designed to educate consumers on the legalities and functionalities of suppressors. In order to build out the content, I spent weeks researching every state’s laws and regulations as they pertained to suppressors. At the time, hunting with a suppressor was only legal in 22 states. When I realized my home state of Georgia was not one of them, I knew that I would do whatever it took to change the law because I didn’t want the next generation of hunters to jeopardize their hearing like I did.

As I began developing a plan to make hunting safer, I quickly realized two things:

1) At the time, no other NGOs were working on pro-suppressor reform. If we wanted to change suppressor laws, we would have to do it ourselves.

2) We would be far more effective if we were able to create a coalition to work together on our common goals.

It was out of these realizations that the idea for ASA was born.

Nearly a year later I organized an industry meeting in Washington, D.C. on August 19, 2011 to discuss the formation of an association with an attorney that specialized in the establishment of non-profits. The meeting was attended by representatives from AAC, Gemtech, Gun Trust Lawyer, M3 – Major Malfunction, NRA, SilencerCo, and SWR. By the end of the meeting, AAC, Gemtech, and SilencerCo each pledged $5,000 towards the development of a trade association. On September 8th, our articles of incorporation were approved, officially creating the American Silencer Association (ASA) – now known as the American Suppressor Association.

At the end of 2011, I left AAC with the intention of transitioning full time to ASA. However, we were unable to establish a full-time position, so I remained engaged with ASA in an unpaid capacity. For the next two years, I simultaneously consulted with Etymotic Research, a leading manufacturer of electronic hearing protection devices, and volunteered my time to advocate for suppressors and grow ASA. It wasn’t until December 2013 that I received my first paycheck when I assumed the role of Executive Director.

While Georgia was the impetus for my personal desire to leap into the political fray, the initial goals of our newfound association were more comprehensive. As stated in our initial pitch to industry, ASA sought to “further the pursuit of education, public relations, legislation, hunting applications, and military applications for the silencer industry.” Those goals remain largely unchanged to this day.

On July 1, 2014, as a result of over three years of work, my initial dream was realized when hunting with a suppressor became legal in Georgia. It was the eighth state that we helped flip. Despite this keystone victory, my desire to ensure that every law-abiding citizen in every state has the ability to own and use suppressors to help protect their hearing was magnified.

In 2015, ASA expanded by hiring Michael Williams, a full-time attorney who served as our General Counsel for nearly two years. During his tenure, he helped draft dozens of pieces of legislation, including the Hearing Protection Act. In September 2016, we added Owen Miller as the Director of Outreach. Prior to joining us, Owen was the Director of Compliance at Gemtech for over a decade. Since joining our team, Owen has helped ASA more than triple the ranks of our public membership.

Today, state legislation remains one of our top priorities. As a direct result of our lobbying and educational efforts, Iowa, Minnesota, and Vermont legalized suppressor ownership. Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming all legalized the use of suppressors while hunting.

For the past eight years, ASA has actively lobbied in 30 states, fought to ease the archaic restrictions on suppressors in D.C., testified in front of dozens of legislative bodies, hosted countless suppressor demonstrations for legislators, policymakers, media, and the public, and funded research proving the efficacy of suppressors. We are the boots on the ground in the fight to legalize and deregulate suppressors and are the front-line defense against the anti-suppressor factions that want them banned.

I tell you all of this to illustrate that the American Suppressor Association is an organization of, by, and for the gun community. We are not here simply to field a paycheck and stop working at 5:00 PM. Rather, we are committed personally and professionally to the advancement of suppressor advocacy. For the past six years, I have spent more nights in hotels than at home because I’m willing to do whatever it takes to expand and protect your right to protect your hearing.

Are you willing to stand with me?

The American Suppressor Association is calling on suppressor owners everywhere to make your voice heard by joining or making a donation to ASA today! Do so now through December 2nd, and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of 12 prizes worth more than $15,000. Your membership makes ASA’s voice stronger and provides the funding that allows ASA to stay active and engaged in the essential fight to protect and expand suppressor rights nationwide!

Visit for details and to enter.

Chase Tactical Black Friday Sale

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

24% OFF through 11/30
Coupon Code: BLACKOUT24

TangoDown, Inc 2019 Thanksgiving Promotions  

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

The holiday season has officially arrived!

Between November 27th and December 6th, TangoDown® customers can enjoy 10% off orders up to $125 and 15% off orders over $125.  When placing your order during promotion periods, keep in mind our order system runs on Pacific time and must be placed by 11:59pm (Pacific) on December 30th for the order to qualify for the promotion.  No offer code is needed, just shop and save.  Avoid the crowds and shop from the comforts of home this Thanksgiving!

Like last year, there will also be promotions on various days advertised via our social media only.  There will be a little something to please everyone who might be shopping for gifts…or even purchasing for themselves (we won’t tell!).  Make sure to look for the date/time these social promotions are valid.  The social media promotions are also valid with the 10-15% off discount listed above.  

Don’t miss out & find our social media here:



The entire TangoDown® team wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving!

**Please note, orders placed after 10:00am (PST) on 11/27/19 will NOT be processed/shipped until after the holiday weekend.  Due to the holiday and sales volume processing times will be longer than normal.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:

11/27/19:  Offices close at Noon (local time in AZ & CA)

11/28/19 & 11/29/19:  Offices Closed

To fulfill your holiday shopping needs, visit:

Customer Inquiries:  [email protected]


The McRae Industries Story – Part 3, War In The Desert

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

> When war broke out in the Persian Gulf, McRae Footwear shored up its workforce to deliver a new product. The desert boot was designed to stand up to the arid climate and sandy terrain of the Middle East.

Keeping out the heat

BY JULY 1990, times were tough for McRae Industries. The Cold War was over, military spending was down, and Defense Department demand for combat boots had ground to a halt. To weather the financial storm, company founder and CEO Branson McRae laid off nearly half of the company’s 287-person workforce and began to pursue other lines of business. It was the first furlough since McRae Footwear began making military boots in 1967.

“Many in our workforce had been with us for more than two decades,” says Victor Karam, who at that time headed up McRae’s footwear division. “Sending them home was heartbreaking.”

“No one wanted to see the U.S. in another war. But we took great pride in knowing these boots would make life better for our troops.”

— Victor Karam, Director, McRae Industries

Responding to the surge

Just a month later, war broke out in the Persian Gulf.  In response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, the U.S. joined 38 other countries in an allied coalition, and laid-off McRae Footwear employees returned to work. Their orders? To produce a new desert combat boot for American troops.

“The government called us up to Philly on a Saturday morning, ” Victor remembers. “We were given a contract to produce 250,000 pairs of boots. Desert Storm came so quickly that our country wasn’t prepared to supply boots suited for the desert sand.”

Desert combat: The Persian Gulf War called for new tactics-and new boots.

As troops were scuttled to the Gulf, McRae Footwear operated at peak capacity, churning out 200 cases of boots a day, 12 pairs a case, until the war ended in February 1991. To meet the demand, McRae Footwear also subcontracted with three other manufacturers and relied on its recently purchased western boot factory to help fill the government’s order.

Following Stormin’ Norman’s specs

The war required ground forces to operate in desert conditions – an environment not encountered by U.S. troops since the North African campaign of World War II. McRae Footwear was one of four companies the government selected to manufacture the new boot, again using vulcanization to attach the outsole to the upper and create a bond of invincible strength.

General Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. commander in the Persian Gulf region, served as a key advisor in developing boot specs. He found that the black, leather, and canvas boot originally crafted for the Vietnam War was not suited to desert conditions. For example, drainage vents designed to keep out jungle moisture were letting sand in, and steel plates in the soles that protected against booby traps were retaining heat.

Along with removal of the vents and steel plates, Schwarzkopf’s specifications for the desert combat boot were many: tan fabric, padded collar, leather ankle reinforcement,10 speed-lace eyelets for easy tying and untying, and a Panama-sole tread pattern on the bottom of the boot, designed to easily shed debris. Boots were also insulated to provide extra protection from ground temperatures that could reach as high as 130 degrees.

Strict specifications: General Schwarzkopf set a high bar for designing the new desert combat boot.

After the war, the government continued to procure desert combat boots from McRae Footwear for ongoing operations in the Persian Gulf, as well as for use in other hot-weather regions. The original boot formed the basis for the hot-weather Army and Marine Corps combat boots of the 2000s. Today, the boot is produced using a rubber Vibram Sierra outsole, providing exceptional shock absorption and durability.

Mutual appreciation: Branson McRae meets President George H.W. Bush, who led the nation through the Persian Gulf War.