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New Blackhawk TecGrip FormLok Unleashes Limitless IWB Holster Fits

Monday, January 31st, 2022

New Inside-the-Waistband Nylon Holster is Moldable to Virtually Any Handgun

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – January 18, 2022 – Blackhawk®, a leader in law enforcement and military equipment for over 20 years, announces the introduction of its new TecGrip FormLok™ IWB holster, the industry’s first nylon holster that can be custom molded to fit almost any handgun. The TecGrip FormLok makes for a straightforward and simple concealed carry solution with all the TecGrip performance shooters know and love, but now with more passive retention and a customized fit.

Finding a compatible holster with today’s wide variety of available handguns can be a daunting task, especially for certain handguns like Walther, SCCY, Taurus and others, or for guns with special configurations such as threaded barrels and optics. TecGrip FormLok makes finding the right holster easy, no matter your handgun.

The TecGrip FormLok is crafted with moldable Memory-Lok® material which, when used with the included “dunk bag” and T-handle molding tool, allows a user to mold the holster to fit their specific handgun and leverage passive (friction) retention. The holster is also re-moldable. Consumers who buy a similar sized handgun later, can simply re-mold the FormLok to the new gun. The holster can also be molded to accept optics with its low-cut front sight track channel.

The exterior of the holster is covered in a textured material which clings to fabric and the body, providing users with a no-clip, inside-the-waistband carry solution. Optics compatible, the TecGrip FormLok utilizes low-cut, sight-track geometry that maintains a slim design. The holster is also completely ambidextrous and comes with a low-profile shirt guard to make it a more flexible and comfortable carry option for any shooter.

With six sizes available to fit a wide spectrum of handguns from micro sub compacts to full-sized autos, all TecGrip FormLok models have an MSRP of $54.95. The new holster will be shown publicly for the first time during the 2022 SHOT Show and will be available at retail this April. To learn more about the TecGrip FormLok or other Blackhawk holsters, check out Blackhawk.com.

Vortex Optics Explains the Next Generation Squad Weapons Fire Control Optic

Monday, January 31st, 2022

In episode #220 of the Vortex Nation podcast, Alexander Lewis from Vortex’s secret-squirrel sector discusses NGSW-FC and answers these questions:

What is an NGSW-FC? What is Vortex’s new scope replacing? What weapons will it ultimately sit on? What features/capabilities does it have? What is Active Reticle™? What is Intra-Soldier Wireless? How do the features work? With this much tech built in, is it durable? How was it tested? Is it easy to use? Where will the scope be manufactured? What are the overall implications of our nation’s warfighters having this technology in their hands?


00:00 – NGSW-FC Intro
08:44 – A Traditional LPVO at its Core
16:22 – Smart Scope Technology
19:43 – The “Active Reticle™” (Rendering)
23:40 – Smart Scope Technology (Continued)
29:07 – Size/Weight
33:08 – Laser Rangefinder (What’s “The Box on Top”?) and Interfaces
42:53 – Battery and Power
44:58 – NGSW-FC Closing Thoughts

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Jeff Rose Brings Over 20-Years of Innovative Marketing and Creative Experience as the New Director of Marketing at SENTRY Products Group

Monday, January 31st, 2022

As a leading senior creative manager for multiple industry brands, Rose now leads SENTRY’s marketing in catalog, advertising, packaging, social and event efforts.

Virginia Beach, Va. (January 2022) – SENTRY Products Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of products focused on protection, storage, and transportation of outdoor, military, and law enforcement equipment, signed an industry creative veteran, Jeff Rose, to spearhead SENTRY’s new marketing initiatives as the Director of Marketing and Creative.

Rose’s previous 18-year experience was as Creative Director with Vista Outdoor and the ATK family of companies. He built and led creative teams that propelled the companies’ extensive product lines into industry-leading brands that generate billions of dollars in annual revenue. His “roll up his sleeves” style of leadership allowed him to engage with multiple teams to create effective creative assets. With efficiency key to the success of generating and managing multiple creative products, Rose produced a sophisticated workflow management system to organize, traffic, and archive job requests and work processes for the development of assets for multiple campaigns and new product launches. His deep passion for branding and communicating through various visual communication platforms that cover the print and digital spectrum is evident in the new direction of SENTRY Tactical.

“This is a coming home moment for me,” said Rose. “After several years working on the agency side, I was given the chance to work with one of the industry’s most entrepreneurial companies in the early 2000s. It was there I learned about our unique industry and was allowed to find my creative voice. Since then, I was able to work with a major player in the outdoor industry and was responsible for their brand’s look and feel, and communicated the brand through print and digital platforms. At SENTRY I am now working alongside many of the same individuals as when I started in the industry. I am honored and excited to be part of the SENTRY Tactical team.”

“Jeff has a big task bringing our various brands together under the SENTRY banner,” Terry Naughton, President of SENTRY, added. “In his experience, he has tackled the same situation, in which he must tell the story of the many brands without losing sight of the story and mission behind the brand. Having worked directly with Jeff in the past, I am confident he will not only handle the marketing challenge, but he will also be integral in making this company internationally recognized.”

To learn more about SENTRY, or to become a dealer, contact us at [email protected] or visit sentrytactical.com.

Carryology Best In Show Award to Mystery Ranch

Monday, January 31st, 2022

During last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, Carryology honored Mystery Ranch with the Best In Show Award for their new Bridger Backpack.

The Bridger Backpack was also a nominee for the Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards. Offered in both men’s and women’s models, the Bridger is available as a 55 or 65 liter pack.

The Bridger Pack relies on an internal spring-steel wire frame.l coupled with the Endurance Yoke and its pocketed shoulder straps.

– Generous removable lid that converts to a hip sack
– Dual access to main bag
– Drawstring shroud access
– Two full-length zipper access
– Two, large stretch-woven back pockets with inner pockets and an elastic-topped dump pocket
– Dual adjustable tool attach
– Double daisy chains for lashing
– Side and bottom compression straps
– Speed Zip™ sleeping bag compartment with removable divider
– Pocketed waist belt

Comp-Tac Holsters Takes It To The Next Level By Partnering With A Rep Group

Monday, January 31st, 2022

HOUSTON, TEXAS – January 31st, 2022 – Comp-Tac® partners with Murski Breeding Sales to kick off 2022.

The 2022 mission for High Speed Gear® and Comp-Tac Holsters® is “Taking it to the Next Level” and they are doing so in multiple ways.  During SHOT Show ‘22, customers will be able to view the NEW Level III and Level II Holsters, the NEW Dual Concealment Holster, the Sport-Tac Holster and more! Yet, these new products are only part of the kickoff for 2022!  Teaming up with a top-end Professional Sales Agency is a key 2022 initiative for the Comp-Tac brand and today the agreement has been signed with Murski Breeding Sales!

Comp-Tac Holsters® is devoted to designing and manufacturing the highest quality holsters for concealed carry, competition, law enforcement, military and related accessories on the market. Comp-Tac® products offer options that make it easy and comfortable to carry a firearm for all our customers, no matter their profession: law enforcement, military, shooting sports enthusiasts and responsibly armed citizens. Comp-Tac products are built with the customer in mind.

Murski Breeding Sales has been working with virtually all levels of the industry as a professional sales organization for over sixty years.  They maintain a tenured sales team and long-term relationships. Serving 37 states and representing over five territories to include the Midwest, Mink, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest, Murski Breeding Sales will provide Comp-Tac even more sales coverage in the US. Murski is headquartered in Dallas, Texas only a short distance from the Comp-Tac factory in Houston, TX. The sales team at Murski have a combined 650 years of sporting goods sales experience serving all levels of the sporting goods trade.

“Comp-Tac was in search of a professional team, with high standards to continue to bring our products into the market with more of a hands-on approach”, stated Bill Babboni, High Speed Gear and Comp-Tac Holsters, Chief Operating Officer. “Through a series of meetings and exchanges, we know we have found that with the Murski Breeding Sales team!”

Comp-Tac Holsters® is excited to begin a new valued partnership with the Murski Breeding Sales team as the company continues produce quality products for those who rely on them most.

Platatac’s Tet Offensive

Monday, January 31st, 2022

In late 2019 deep in the Platatac development skunk works we were made aware of some upcoming adversary training requirements by various units around the world and the demand for a low volume, high quality, battle proven modern combat uniform in a non-issue camouflage pattern.

It was a perfect fit for Platatac with a long history of developing and producing short run camouflage patterns for previous clients such as Australian SOCOMD with digitised Auscam & Marine Cam and numerous projects with UK MOD and many more that will never see the light of day.

The obvious choice for this was Tigerstripe, and so the quest to bring this project to life began. Tigerstripe came to prominence during the Vietnam War but was never an official US issue item, personnel permitted to wear it at first had their uniforms custom-made by local Vietnamese tailors so it was a perfect fit for what we had planned. 

What started out as a need for OpFor combat uniforms quickly snow balled in complexity as the product range expanded and we tried to navigate the ever changing challenges of Covid-era logistics and continuous unexpected delays along the way.

The next challenge was to find a high quality fabric that would be up to the rigors of the abuse the end users expect our products to handle, although Platatac is well known and for our ability to develop and digitise patterns in house the decision was made to expedite the project in early 2021 and partner with Flimmuur Tactical UK who was well down the path developing a Tigerstripe pattern with a nod to the classic faded look of the original Vietnam era pieces but on modern ripstop NyCo.

Fast forward to the anniversary of the Tet Offensive in 1968 and Platatac is proud to present an exclusive collaboration with Flimmuur UK in partnership with OPTactical in the US, bringing to life a reproduction of a classic weathered Tigerstripe pattern in a modern tactical uniform.  

Available exclusively in limited numbers from:

platatac.com 22:00hrs AEDT (Aus) – full collection

ftactical.co.uk 11:00hrs GMT (UK)

optactical.com 06:00 EST (US)

Army Fielding Enhanced Common Operational Picture Suite, Looks Towards Cloud-Enabled Mission Command

Monday, January 31st, 2022

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The latest iteration of the Army’s converged suite of common operational picture capabilities is now fielding to Soldiers after reaching a critical milestone with the approval of Command Post Computing Environment, Increment 1 for a full deployment decision.

This milestone, reached December 15, marks the culmination of an integrated test strategy consisting of cyber security assessments; interoperability and developmental tests; Soldier touch points; and operational assessments throughout the last 15 months. The FDD also verifies training packages, affordability and sustainment for the CPCE, Inc 1 capability, and ultimately signals the start of fielding key enhancements to operational units.

“This [decision] is significant because Increment 1 provides several improvements over Increment 0 that the Soldiers have been asking for,” said Col. Matt Paul, project manager Mission Command, assigned to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical.

CPCE is the primary computing environment under Army Futures Command’s Common Operating Environment modernization effort, supporting command posts and combat operations. Inc 1 marks the first significant convergence of warfighting functions into CPCE and incorporates improvements across a wide range of applications, including new mission planning and whiteboard tools, geospatial capabilities to converge some Intel functions, and security and general performance enhancements.

“Convergence into a simple, intuitive, single common operating picture is critical,” said Col. Evert Hawk II, Mission Command lead for the Army Futures Command Network Cross-Functional Team. “For commanders to make rapid, informed decisions, they need to access and evaluate data from numerous sources across warfighting functions. The team has leveraged Soldier feedback to make sure we are bringing all that information together and presenting it in an integrated way.”

An operational test conducted last year assessed the effectiveness, suitability and survivability of the enhanced Inc 1 capabilities, proving the ability for commanders and staff to share battlefield information and collaborate through a customizable COP from the battalion to the combatant command level.

To produce the COP, CPCE Increment 1 receives and processes data feeds from more than 25 other digital systems inside of the command post, including those from Joint and Coalition partners. The software’s ability to produce a COP was successfully demonstrated as part of the OA during last year’s Joint Warfighting Assessment 2021 (JWA21) with the 4th Infantry Division. JWA21 included Joint and Five Eyes partners all contributing to CPCE’s COP using common data standards and interfaces.

CPCE Inc 1 served a similar role in Project Convergence 2021, connecting to a myriad of experimental systems to provide the joint COP for the Army’s signature modernization exercise.

“CPCE Increment 1 provided a foundational capability at PC21 to allow the Army to conduct experiments with promising new systems still in development,” said Paul. PC21 observations indicated a need for established Joint interface standards to better prioritize data convergence and to integrate a data fabric onto the CPCE environment.

Two weeks ago, the 41st Field Artillery Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany became the first unit equipped with the new CPCE baseline when it received Inc 1 software. The unit — which is the only European-based fires brigade — provides strategic, operational, and tactical-level fires and support throughout the U.S. Army European Command.

Other units receiving Inc 1 software this month include the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

The software’s extensibility allows it to serve as a platform to integrate new or legacy 3rd party applications from industry and government sources. CPCE Increment 2 will build on Inc 1 and will converge additional warfighting functions, including sustainment and aviation applications.

Inc 2 will also add an initial data fabric capability to allow commanders and staffs to search and discover data they need more quickly and easily. Integrated data fabrics will stitch together different data formats to make relevant data visible and available throughout the ecosystem, facilitating sensor-to-shooter tasks, information advantage and decision dominance. Critically, CPCE Inc 2 will align the Army’s data fabric implementation to the Department of Defense’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control, known as JADC2, construct and will contribute to the department’s new Joint Warfighting Concept.

Inc 2 also plans to leap into the cloud, supporting Army imperatives to migrate applications into a Cloud environment. PM Mission Command plans to leverage the cloud to provide a unit with redundant capability to maintain its COP and its critical mission data during large-scale combat operations. Specifically, the Army intends to optimize CPCE cloud deployment for units ‘first in the fight’, referred to as Joint Forcible Entry units.

PM Mission Command has also executed a number of unit driven pilot efforts concurrent to Inc 1 development and fielding to demonstrate CPCE in a cloud environment. These efforts include the XVIII Airborne Corps “DragonCloud” and similar initiatives that have provided the ability for units to use CPCE from cloud service providers where sufficient bandwidth is available. These proofs of concept are addressing cloud hosting and cyber accreditation challenges, and ongoing experimentation is generating valuable feedback to inform future cloud deployment.

By Justin Eimers

In Memoriam – MG John K. Singlaub (USA, Ret)

Sunday, January 30th, 2022

Yesterday, Retired Army Major General John K. Singlaub passed away at the age of 100. He was a member of World War Two’s Office of Strategic Services, founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency and a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment.

John K. Singlaub was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in November 1943. As part of JEDBURGH Team JAMES, he jumped into France on 11 August 1944 to arm and direct the French resistance. Sent to China, as the commander of the PIGEON Mission, he jumped onto Hainan Island on 27 August 1945 to rescue Dutch and Australian Prisoners of War. As one of a handful of Special Operations Branch personnel retained the Strategic Services Unit (successor to the OSS), Singlaub stayed in China to report on the Civil War.

Singlaub was again involved in special operations when he was an instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia and helped to establish the Ranger Training Center in 1950. He then had two tours in Korea, including one with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Joint Advisory Commission, Korea (JACK).

Singlaub returned to special operations in from 1966-1968, when he commanded a joint unconventional warfare command, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observation Group (MACV-SOG). Retiring in 1978, Major General Singlaub remained active in the Special Operations community and was recognized with the United States Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Bull Simons award in 2011.

There’s no doubt that General Singlaub was one hell of a man, but the thing I respect him for the most is falling on his sword over the Carter Administration’s plan to pull all US troops out of South Korea which would have assuredly led to an invasion by the north. It led to his being relieved as Chief of Staff of U.S. forces in South Korea and subsequently his forced retirement.

An ardent anti-communist, he founded the Western Goals Foundation after his retirement.

His contributions to America’s security are myriad and some of his exploits can be read in his autobiography, “Hazardous Duty: An American Soldier In The Twentieth Century.”

America needs men like this. He will be missed.

May He Rest In Peace.