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SIG SAUER Forms Defense Product Management Team

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Through continuous product innovation, and significant investment in research and development SIG SAUER continues to expanded its reach into the military, law enforcement, and defense markets both domestically and abroad.

Recently SIG SAUER formed a dedicated Defense Product Management Team, exclusive to expanding the reach of SIG SAUER within the military, law enforcement, and global defense markets. Made up of existing SIG employees, this new group is headed by Robby Johnson, Vice President, Product Management – Defense.

It’s official, Robby Johnson is a VP.

This team’s focus is exclusively on the advancement of SIG SAUER defense products across all product categories under the SIG SAUER umbrella, with a heightened focus on the Next Generation Squad Weapons and machine gun programs.

Most of the team members are in this photo taken with me during a recent visit to SIG Academy.

SIG SAUER has always been dedicated to the growth and development of defense products which has resulted in the award of several high profile contracts and awards including the US Army MHS Program with the M17 and M18 handguns, the SDMR optic with the TANGO6T optic, and the 716 rifle contract with India.

A peak inside SIG CEO Ron Cohen’s office with me holding his new favorite gun, the 338 Norma Mag machine gun.

The attitude around SIG is a little different than what I’ve seen in past years. For instance, during a recent visit to the company’s New Hampshire Headquarters, CEO Ron Cohen referred to SIG as a defense company. He caveated the statement by pointing out that they didn’t just specialize in military or LE equipment, but that they also concentrated on personal defense. But the point was made; SIG SAUER keeps winning contracts, and rightly so. They not only offer pistols, rifles, and now machine guns, but they also manufacture suppressors, optics and ammunition. No other small arms producer in the US has that much capability and can compete in so many areas.

Indian Army Rifle test ammo manufactured by SIG.

SIG’s Government Product Management Team leverages other parts of the company to make these wins happen. For instance, when they were competing for the Indian Army Rifle Contract, the team turned to SIG Ammo to manufacture cartridges to the same spec used by the customer. That cut out the delay of trying to obtain contract ammo. When SIG’s guns showed up at the trial, they knew the rifles would function. Such interactions occur on a daily basis. During my visit, they were building machine guns for an upcoming evaluation.

I expect to see a lot more from this team as they concentrate on NSGW and the 338 NM machine gun.

Brigantes Presents – Outdoor Military Show

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

The inaugural Outdoor Military Show took place last week at the University of West of England, Bristol.

As the only show focused on on the man equipment it was well attended by the key brands from the UK outdoor industry and visited by all arms of the services and Ministry of Defence.  With the UK military undergoing dramatic change it was a perfect opportunity for new technology and ideas to be viewed and discussed.

There were several highlights.  First up was a new ultra lightweight chest rig/plate carrier from Snigel. This was brought across especially for the show and generated a huge amount of interest.

Based on an innovative skeletal chassis it can be fully de-armoured making it ideal for light role forces who need to manoeuvre successfully in difficult terrain.

Cold weather operations continue to be a key topic of discussion and several new innovative projects were displayed at the show.  Included in this was a completely new sleep system which is designed for the use of arctic light role forces.  It is in its final stage of development and will been seen in its full colours in the new year.  It includes the Tactical Arctic Bag (TAB) and Tactical Insulated Tarp (TIT).  More on both of these in a future post.

Alongside tactical product you could see plenty of the newest civilian outdorr clothing and equipment.  This included Black Diamond, DMM, Scarpa, Exped, OMM, Grivel, Black Crows and Ion.

The show is planned to take place again early November 2020 with the promise of more innovative technology and excellent opportunities for the defence community to engage with the outdoor industry.

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New Anti-Jam GPS Systems From General Dynamics Fielded To Soldiers In Europe

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

General Dynamics Mission Systems subsidiary GPS Source, Inc. has developed jam-resistant GPS systems designed to provide soldiers in combat vehicles with more reliable access to positioning, navigation, & timing data.

Imagine a soldier in a U.S. Army vehicle convoy using GPS to travel through harsh terrain in unfamiliar territory. Suddenly, their GPS signal is interrupted. The soldier may not even know it yet, but his convoy is now hundreds of miles from their destination without their primary method of navigation.

Attacks on GPS signals from adversaries are becoming more frequently reported in the news and are an active threat to U.S. Forces. These attacks affect not only navigation systems, but also warfighters’ ability to fire GPS guided missiles, identify the locations of friends and foes, and maintain precise timing for their communications systems.

In response to this threat, the U.S. Army has begun fielding Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (MAPS) systems designed to provide soldiers in combat vehicles with more access to GPS signals and alternative GPS data input and validation.

The 1st Generation (Gen-1) version of the MAPS GPS system was developed by General Dynamics Mission Systems subsidiary, GPS Source, Inc. These jam-resistant GPS systems are designed to provide trusted and reliable positioning, navigation, and timing data, independent of the availability or integrity of GPS signals. The MAPS Gen-1 system includes GPS Source’s latest Assured Positioning, Navigation, & Timing (APNT) products:

Enhanced D3 (ED3) Receiver – Provides access to SAASM and M-Code protected GPS data

VICTORY CSAC Accessory Module (VCAM) – Contains a Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC), software designed for electronic surveillance / electronic protection (ES/EP), and allows for integration of other solutions such as an Inertial Navigation System (INS) and anti-jam antennas

Anti-Jam Antenna System (AJAS) – Mitigates impact of enemy jammers with the use of a FRPA antenna and Anti-Jam Antenna Integration Module (AJAIM)

The MAPS Gen-1 GPS system has been shipped out for use by the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany in the Fall of 2019, to generate quick feedback from the field, allowing for rapid improvement and development in the 2nd and 3rd generation phases. Eventually, the Army hopes to roll out the systems on a larger scale to troops throughout the world.

Mounted Assured PNT System (MAPS) Gen 1 is now available for order via the Common Hardware Systems (CHS-5) contract for indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) acquisitions.

XGO Online Exclusive – Performance Heavyweight Logo Hoodie

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Just in time for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, XGO Phase 4 Heavyweight Logo Hoodie. Available in Black, Tan 499, Desert Sand and Blaze Orange. Use code BFCM2019 to take 50% off your entire order (hoodie include)!

Limited stock – Act Now!!!


SureFire Black Friday Sale

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

SureFire will be running a Black Friday promo from Friday 11/29/19 at 12:00 a.m. PST to Monday 12/2/19 at 11:59 pm PST. On promo will be the X300V (Limit Qty 5 per customer), Guardian, Sidekick and select SureFire Muzzle Brakes, ProComps, Flash Hiders & Warcomps.

ePIG Video on NFM’s New Hjelm

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Norway’s NFM released the new Hjelm helmet during last week’s Milipol expo in Paris. My friend Martin Sendlbeck was there and shot this video.

Video production by Stefan Czech.

Catch Santa in the Act this Year with TNVC’s Black Friday Sale! Deep Discounts on TNV/PVS-14s with Lifetime Limited Warranty, Thermal Fusion, and More!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

DTG: 250330DEC19

Location: Your House

Footsteps on the roof.

Have you been naughty or nice? How sure are you, and why is this fat man and these feral [probably] reindeer creeping around your house at zero-dark-thirty?

Catch Santa in the act this year with some of TNVC’s greatest and most in-demand Night Vision, Thermal, and VAS accessories to get you in tip top shape to handle everything from rotund Scandinavian men to wild boars, with free FedEx Ground shipping on all purchases over $500!

This year for Black Friday, and starting on November 29th, TNVC is offering our Industry Standard TNV/PVS-14 system with L3 OMNI VIII Gen. 3 Autogated thin-filmed Green Phosphor image intensifier tubes, the same types of units used by our warfighters overseas that will meet or exceed OMNI VIII MIL-SPECs for performance. These are not blems, discounted overruns, export fallouts, or bump and scratch tubes and units that we’re trying to unload, but regular production, newly built TNV/PVS-14 units, each coming with the full accessory kit our new, fully transferable TNVC Lifetime Limited Warranty that covers TNV housings and systems for the lifetime of the unit, and image intensifier tubes for ten years after the purchase date.

These TNV/PVS-14 units are in-stock and ready to ship, and available in black housings only, and are on sale for $2,850 (an over 10% discount) from November 29th until supplies last!

TNV/PVS-14 L3 OMNI VIII – $2,850

Night Vision and Thermal are the pillars of the warfighter, law enforcement officer, and civilian enthusiat’s toolkit, but they both have their own advantages and limitations, which is why more an more organizations are beginning to use Night Vision/Thermal Fusion systems, whether you’re talking about the Army’s ENVG-B program or the new Marine Corps Squad Binocular NVG (SBNVG), which combine both thermal imaging and image intensification into one integrated unit that allows you to use both simultaneously–no opening or closing one eye to look through one side or the other, the Optics1 AN/PAS-29A Clip-On Thermal Imager (COTI) is in use by USSOCOM to give enhanced capabilities and NV/thermal fusion to existing systems by projecting a thermal image into the Night Vision Device, allowing the user to detect thermal signatures of hidden or camouflaged enemies or animals and through smoke, fog, or other obscuration, as well as in lighting conditions where traditional image intensification alone may struggle.

The COTI can be set to Outline, Patrol, or Full Thermal mode and be used with standard IR lasers, and has a built in compass for navigation and orientation, and can be quickly attached and detached from any PVS-14 style, PVS-15, or BNVD (PVS-31)-style system and is small and lightweight (5.8 oz. including internal battery) enough to wear full-time as part of any visual augmentation system suite, and great for working in attics, basements, or even chimneys…

Previously, the AN/PAS-29A COTI has been expensive and difficult to get due to restrictions on commercial and Law Enforcement sales and complex distribution channels, making Fusion Technology largely inaccessible to many consumers except for expensive old-generation devices with limited product and manufacturer support.

TNVC is happy to be able to announce that we are now a Direct Distributor for Safran/Optics1, and are able to offer the AN/PAS-29A COTI directly from the manufacturer with full product support–and while they are still not “cheap,” we’re happy to announce that we will be offering them for Black Friday at a new low price of $5,350 each from November 29th to December 13th, including the accessory kit with the appropriate bracket for mounting to your NVD*.

TNVC Optics1 AN/PAS-29A COTI – $5,350

*these units will have a lead time of approximately 60 days


In addition to these exciting devices, TNVC is also offering a Catch Santa Black Friday Doorbuster Sale on select accessories from November 29th to December 2nd using the code CATCHSANTA2019:


Deep Discounts on the Wilcox L4 G24 USSOCOM-standard dovetail NVG mount in Black (add and use coupon to cart to see price) (

As well as 11% OFF of:

Unity Tactical FAST Micro Mount in black ($138.84)

ALL TNVC Mohawks (All GEN 2 MK1, MK2, and MK3s) – $70.31

TNVC TNV/PVS-14 Powered Bridge Mount (PBM-A) – $702.21

TNVC TAPS Standard Dual Remote Switch–Now Available with Streamlight HL-X and Dual Crane-style leads, as well as the Surefire-style/Crane-style versions!

This sale won’t last long!

Friday, November 29th to Monday, December 2nd only on these items!

Don’t forget to use the coupon code: CATCHSANTA2019 for the discounts!


Grey Ghost Brands Announce One Day Grey Tuesday Sale

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Wallace, ID, November 26th, 2019: For a couple years now, both Grey Ghost Precision and Grey Ghost Gear have designated the Tuesday right before Black Friday as their largest single day sales event. Here’s what you can look forward to (today only):


Grey Ghost Precision Grey Tuesday Sale


• Free Rifle Case and Sling – with purchase of any GGP Rifle ($152 value)

• $50 Gift Card – with purchase of any GGP320 slide ($50 value)

• Free Combat Pistol Frame – with purchase of any GGP Glock® aftermarket slide ($169.99 value)

• Free Upper Receiver – with purchase of a GGP Cornerstone Forged Lower Receiver ($109 value)

• Free GGP Muzzle Brake – with purchase of any GGP Handguard ($99 value)

• Free Radian Raptor Charging Handle – with purchase of any GGP Billet Receiver Set ($89.95 value)



Grey Ghost Gear presents Grey Tuesday Sale


• 45% Off Sitewide Discounts

**Excludes already clearances items; Armor Plates


Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Not seeing a deal on the items you’re after? Stay tuned for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales updates!