Archive for August, 2021

Blackhawk Wins Five Telly Awards for Stache IWB Holster Product Video

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – August 26, 2021 – Blackhawk®, a leader in law enforcement and military equipment for over 20 years, received three silver and two bronze awards at the 2021 Telly Awards for its “The Creator – Stache IWB” product video. The annual Telly Awards, which were announced earlier this summer, honor excellence in video and television across all screens.

Blackhawk accepted the following honors:

• Silver: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video Craft – 3D Graphics/Animation (Non-Stereoscopic)

• Silver: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video General – Business-to-Consumer

• Silver: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video Craft – Videography/Cinematography

• Bronze: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video General – Branding

• Bronze: Blackhawk “The Creator – Stache IWB”

• – Promo Video Craft – Art Direction

“We’re thrilled to win five Telly Awards this year,” said Jamie Kistner, Sr. Director of Marketing for Blackhawk. “We put a lot of care and attention to detail into the Stache IWB holster, and the ‘The Creator – Stache IWB’ video is no different. It’s rewarding to see our team’s hard work and dedication be recognized.”

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials, with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, this year’s Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. For more information on the Telly Awards and winners, visit

Microdrones Welcomes the Gulf Testing Solutions Enterprise LLC as an Authorized Distributor in the Sultanate of Oman

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

Rome, NY – Gulf Testing Solutions, a certified Testing, Inspection, Quality Control and Surveying Services provider in the Sultanate of Oman is the latest addition to the global distribution network of Microdrones. GTS has three core business verticals to meet a range of client needs including multi- disciplinary laboratory services, surveying services and survey equipment, rental, and calibrations services.

Established in 2018, Gulf Testing Solutions provides a range of specialized engineering services in materials testing and technical services, materials technology, quality control of projects, chemical and microbiology testing, surveying services, as well as high-tech survey product sales, rental and calibration.

“Our customers need high end aerial surveying solutions,” says Suresh Muthu Kumar, the manager of business development. “We have a number of mining, roads, asphalt & infrastructure projects that will greatly benefit from the addition of the Microdrones LiDAR and photogrammetric technology.”

Available immediately, Gulf Testing Solutions will offer Microdrones Integrated Systems that come with everything a commercial user needs to get started using drones for surveying and mapping – the UAV, the sensors, and the software and hardware.

For more information about GTS visit

Tulmar Safety Systems Announces Repair & Overhaul Support Contract Extension for Canadian DND

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

Tulmar Safety Systems is pleased to announce the extension of their Repair & Overhaul support contract with the Canadian Department of National Defence for the Canadian Army’s Flotation Life Support Equipment program.  “This is a testament to the hard work, attention to detail, and passion of our R&O, engineering, and contract administration staff whereby we have been entrusted with the provision of critical life saving equipment to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces. I am beyond proud of the work they do to support those who go in harm’s way!” said Matt Fisher, Defence Solutions Manager for Tulmar.

GORUCK – How You Can Help – Afghanistan

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

GORUCK sent this out to their email subscribers yesterday. Many of us are frustrated because we can’t help the situation and this post gives us some hope. But no matter what you do, do NOT let our elected officials off the hook on this. Write them, call them, and remind them what a disaster was created here and that there will be consequences for our country and the world community for not only emboldening the Taliban, but arming them as well. Also, we’ve lost 13 fine young Americans, the best our nation has to offer. We need accountability so that this won’t happen again.

September 1st the Taliban will shut down the cell towers and continue hunting down, one by one and with increased effectiveness, those most loyal to the American cause for the past 20 years. We even gave them the list to help them carry this out.

If you’re wondering how you can help, this is one way.

A small group of Special Forces and other SOF members have established what’s called Task Force Pineapple as part of Operation Recovery (a 501c3 non-profit). They are operating out of an Ops Center in America, activating and reverse engineering 20 years of human networks in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the surrounding areas to get all US Citizens and as many Afghan partners — the people we served with and their families — out of the country. This will happen over land through a country under Taliban rule, full of Taliban checkpoints, activating safe houses and ratlines and an underground network operating in secrecy. It’s a classic Special Forces mission which requires a bunch of pissed-off and highly motivated Special Forces soldiers — and with your help they can save even more lives.

Without any official US military presence as of September 1st, this is exactly how America can still represent and carry out our highest ideals — given the ground truths, this will happen in the shadows. It does not matter at this point what should be happening, or who to blame. There will be time for that, there always is. What is happening right now with Task Force Pineapple is what we do have, and it’s growing stronger by the minute. 

Before the bombing at the Kabul Airport, this was the precise symbol to get inside the wire. So far, over 500 lives have been saved with this symbol. It has since been changed — but the spirit remains and it is one of hope and sacrifice in line with our highest values as a country. Namely, loyalty to our friends and partners. Task Force Pineapple will not stop operating just because the U.S. is officially leaving. The Underground will grow. More lives will be saved.

Unfortunately, the Taliban will also grow stronger.

I know personally the people who are running TASK FORCE PINEAPPLE and I vouch for their character and effectiveness. We will not be able to save all of our partners, but we will damn sure try.

To aid and support the mission, here’s the patch for sale. All proceeds to benefit Task Force Pineapple. Or you can donate directly to them below.

Jason McCarthy

10th Special Forces Group, 2006-08

Founder, GORUCK

Purchase a patch here

Donate here

FN Announces Key Upgrades to Proven FN SCAR Semi-automatic Line-up

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021


(McLean, VA – August 31, 2021) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce that the long-awaited non-reciprocating charging handle (NRCH) upgrade is now available in all FN SCAR® semi-automatic models. FN’s new NRCH assembly features dual, ambidextrous charging handles that enable users to shoot from any position or use any grip style. The FN SCAR upgrade improves an inherently more accurate and reliable platform that, in its military configuration, has served America’s most elite fighting forces for more than a decade.

“The FN SCAR has proven itself as a leader in its class since its introduction, setting the standard for what gas-driven, semi-auto rifles should be,” said Chris Cole, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of FN America, LLC. “The complete modularity and fast-handling character of our most versatile rifle platform continues to advance. The FN SCAR 17S and 20S were already the softest shooting gas-driven .30-caliber rifles on the market and these upgrades deliver even more functionality to the SCAR platform.”

Dual, Non-Reciprocating Charging Handles

The FN SCAR becomes even more intuitive to the end user with new, non-reciprocating, dual charging handles, enabling any shooting position, grip style or optic choice. Combined with the fully-ambidextrous operating controls and adjustable buttstock, the FN SCAR instantly adapts to any shooter.

The assembly, consisting of a new charging handle sled and two ambidextrous, reversible charging handles that lock forward on bolt-close and remain static during fire, provide superior forward assist capabilities. The two charging handles, one at a 30-degree cant specifically designed to reduce interference with low-mount optics and one low-profile, are user-swappable in the field. The reduced reciprocating mass of the new bolt carrier produces less felt recoil, making a soft-shooting rifle even easier to manage.

“With the FN SCAR there’s a reason for every part, all have to work together perfectly to deliver the uncompromising accuracy, reliability and toughness this platform has earned under fire, that’s the difference between an FN SCAR and other carbines, we are held to a higher standard than most, failure is not an option for our Nation’s most elite forces, said Benjamin Voss, Product Manager for FN’s Long Guns. “With the semi-auto FN SCAR 16S, 17S and 20S, we hold the same standards of quality for these commercial variants. Adding the non-reciprocating charging handles allows SCAR to be even more adaptable, enhancing an already accurate and soft-shooting rifle. Shooting positions like urban prone, from a barrier or with a CQC-style grip are made possible and users can now run low-mount optics without interference.”

Every SCAR Tells a Story

The legendary FN SCAR series takes root in its battle-proven lineage, adapted from USSOCOM’s newest battle rifle since the M4 entered service in the 1990’s. The benchmark of reliability and versatility with its three variants, the FN SCAR 16S, SCAR 17S and SCAR 20S are capable of consistent accuracy from their cold hammer-forged and chrome-lined barrels and one-piece forged aluminum receiver, delivering precision fire with aid from its fully adjustable buttstock, low-flash gas regulator and fast-handling characteristics uncommon in similar rifle platforms.

Experience the FN SCAR’s unmatched history of military excellence and never-ending list of features, including the new, non-reciprocating charging handles online at

S.O.TECH 2021 Medical Catalog

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

S.O.TECH is proud to announce its 2021 Medical Catalog showcasing the latest iteration of their Tactical Medical Modular Carriage System.  The first generation was the standard issue of Special Forces medics for the past 15 years, and the second generation is off to a tremendous start.  Spiral developments with input from 18Ds, SOCMs, SOFACCs and 68Ws have evolved into cobra pack system and Micro Pack system, two game changing product design concepts.  All products are available on GSA and on the MMC through medical prime vendors.

Get yours here.

US Army Lab Gets Green Light for Supercomputing Project

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program announced its selection of an Army supercomputing project for fiscal 2022.

Since 2014, DOD has awarded what are known as Frontier Projects to enable research, development, test and evaluation outcomes that could not be achieved using typically available DOD High Performance Computing Modernization Program resources.

Researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory along with the Naval Air Warfare Center, submitted a winning proposal for a project to explore large-scale integrated simulations of gas turbine engines.

Drs. Luis Bravo from the laboratory and Russell Powers from the Naval Air Warfare Center are primary investigators for the research.

“The advanced design tools resulting from this project will lead to ?quantum leaps in the performance, efficiency and reliability of next-generation gas turbine engines,” Bravo wrote in the proposal. “We are now able to tackle such large problems due to the recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and advanced computational fluid dynamics.”

The researchers hope to create a digital twin of an actual gas turbine engine.

This will enable real-time engine health awareness and reduce lifecycle cost, Bravo said.

“This award will provide the supercomputing resources to make possible our collaboration between our laboratory, NAVAIR, Pratt & Whitney, the University of Cincinnati and Cascade Tech on digital twin models in propulsion,” Bravo said. “We are partnering across government, industry and academia to address a grand challenge in propulsion and we are all very excited about receiving this announcement.”

“The selection of our project shows a focus on advancing state of the art capabilities in numerical predictions for naval aviation engines,” Powers said.

The collaboration will help demonstrate increased capability and applications of predictive modeling and simulation tools, setting a new standard for the use of modeling and simulation in future engine and acquisition programs, he said.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to use these resources, the support of our leadership, and excited to get started,” Powers said.

The award is one of four projects the DOD selected in its Foundational Research and Engineering category and the only one across the Army. The other awardees in this group include the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research.

DOD will allocate resources starting Oct. 1, 2021. While the project will get quarterly reviews, the effort is planned to cover up to four years of research.

“We have high expectations that all Frontier Projects will produce notable achievement and strong mission impacts,” said Dr. Will McMahon, DOD HPCMP director in a memo announcing the award.

By U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs

Langdon Tactical Presents LTT Discover, a Platform for Education and Support for Firearms Owners

Monday, August 30th, 2021

PHOENIX, AZ (August 30, 2021) – Langdon Tactical Technology (LTT), known for custom firearms, parts, gunsmithing services and firearms training, is expanding their brand this fall with the addition of LTT Discover. LTT invites you to discover your firearm carry journey as an educational resource spanning mindset, physical well-being, fitness, tips, tools and more. With record-breaking new gun ownership on the rise, LTT has collaborated with well-respected individuals and organizations to provide resources for a wide variety of firearms owners – from those looking to own their first firearm to those who are just beginning their Everyday Carry (EDC) to those who currently have their CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon permit.)

As part of the effort to welcome and educate new gun owners, LTT wants to meet the individual wherever they are on their journey of gun ownership and self-protection by creating two new divisions: LTT Dominate and LTT Discover:

LTT Dominate is what you already know about Langdon Tactical – products, custom gun work, and training that allow gun owners to fine tune the edge they get from LTT’s custom products and firearms.

“It’s not a one size fits all industry, and we want to broaden the standard. At LTT, we not only strive to deliver great products, but we have the desire to educate and provide confidence to individuals and their families by meeting them where they are in their firearms ownership journey instead of forcing them to be one way. Being prepared should be accessible to anyone and that’s what we hope comes across with LTT Discover.” said Aimee Langdon, Vice President of Langdon Tactical Technology, Inc.

LTT Dominate and LTT Discover promise to provide product, resources, training, and content to embody the LTT ethos – Custom Without Compromise.

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