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My Friend James Yeager Has ALS

Sunday, June 12th, 2022

I saw my old friend James Yeager at the NRA show in Houston and he was just ornery as ever. We’ve always treated one another with mutual respect and I’ve always enjoyed our visits at various trade shows. This was no different but something was different. It’s his health and it’s gone for the worse. He’s produced this video to publicly acknowledge that he has been diagnosed with ALS which you may also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

It’s not a condition I would wish on anyone, but he’s taking it in stride. I wish him well and hope he enjoys as much as he can, as long as he can.

SENTRY Products Group to Exhibit at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

SENTRY Products Group™ will showcase SENTRY Hexmags, Optics and Firearms Covers, the SENTRY Gunnar Series Carriers and Vests, SENTRY bags and packs, and SENTRY Solutions oil-free gun cleaning and lubrication products.

Virginia Beach, Va. (May 2022) – SENTRY Products Group™, a leading manufacturer and distributor of products focused on protection, storage, and transportation of outdoor, military, and law enforcement equipment, will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2022 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in Houston, Texas, May 27 – 29, 2022, at booth 3823.

“The annual NRA event is a great opportunity to get out in front of our customers,” Terry Naughton, president of SENTRY Products Group, said. “This year we have several new items in our SENTRY Hexmag and nylon gear product lines, such as our new AR15/M4/M16 Shorty 20-round magazine, and our new packs like our 3-Day Low-Vis pack and the new SENTRY Barrage Low-Vis pack.”

Also new this year is the SENTRY HexGrip IWB or pocket holsters. These comfortable, non-printing conceal carry holsters are designed to enhance grip and reduce pistol slippage by using thousands of micro-replicated gripping fingers. The non-slip exterior and a closed-cell foam interior conform to the shape of the handgun while protecting and reducing friction and wear.

With a mission to protect the gear used by operators and responsible civilians alike, SENTRY’s optic and firearms covers are a must to protect handgun slides, optics, and long guns while in storage or transport. SENTRY Solutions’ oil-free cleaning and lubrication products not only keep firearms and knives operating in top condition and protect them from the elements but can actually improve their performance.

SENTRY Products Group Gunnar Series of vests and carriers with an assortment of pouches, belts, and platforms feature SENTRY’s patent-pending 1082™ mounting system that allows the user to quickly configure gear in support of mission demands. The unique laser cuts allow more flexibility for accessorizing than standard MOLLE/PALS platforms with cuts every 1/2 -inch instead of the traditional one-inch.

Stop by the SENTRY Products Group booth 3823 during the 2022 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, May 27 – 29, 2022.

To learn more about SENTRY Products Group, or to become a dealer, contact us at [email protected] or visit sentrytactical.com to see the complete product line.

Cole-Tac Adaptive Gear Stick

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

The Adapative Gear Stick is retry straight forward both in name and design. It’s PALS compatible and is offered in Black or Coyote

Made from laser cut Tegris, it includes adjustable Shock Cord, Elastic Band and One-Wrap retainers.

www.cole-tac.com/product/adaptive-gear-stick-ags

Stryker Brigade Combat Team Equips Modernized Missile System

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Leaders of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division gathered at the installation’s ranges on April 28 to witness the culmination and validation of the brigade’s year-long journey to become the U.S. Army’s most modern and lethal ground fighting force with the addition of the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station-Javelin, or CROWS-J.

The CROWS-J allows Soldiers to fire the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile from within the vehicle, allowing for on-the-move target acquisition and engagement.

“[The Javelins] are a very capable missile,” said Capt. Jacob Poag, operations officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd SBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “We are taking the opportunity to fire 12 Javelins today, which will get six crews across the brigade to fire.”

Firing the FGM-148 using the CROWS-J had not been done previously by any Brigade Combat Team in the U.S. Army, outside of testing. The occasion provided Soldiers an opportunity to do so outside of simulated, virtual training.

“There are portions of training you can’t get in a simulation that you can only get by firing a live missile,” Poag said. “It’s incredibly important for the brigade to make us a lot more lethal by firing today.”

Before installing the CROWS-J onto Strykers, the FGM-148 Javelin was designed to be shoulder-fired by a dismounted Soldier.

“We have the ability to fire about 100 dismounted Javelins during any kind of training mission or [if we are] to be deployed,” Poag said. “The addition of the CROWS-J gives us double that, making us very lethal in the anti-tank realm.”

“We are now the most lethal force there is,” said Spc. Jerett Vermeis with 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd SBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “We are ready for whatever the nation needs us for.”

By SGT Gabrielle Pena

Some photos by MAJ Jason Elmore

Visit Haley Strategic Partners in the VirTra Booth at Modern Day Marine

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Haley Strategic Partners will be on hand in the VirTra booth (#605) which their virtual training simulator partner at next week’s Modern Day Marine Exposition at the Washington, DC convention center.

Another Success for the Mission Master SP: Rheinmetall Wins Bid for Spiral 3 of UK’s Robotic Platoon Vehicles Programme

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

For the third time, the British Ministry of Defence has awarded Rheinmetall a contract for its Robotic Platoon Vehicles (RPV) programme. The RPV programme is a three-phase experiment to determine the extent to which unmanned vehicles can boost the combat effectiveness and capabilities of dismounted troops at platoon level. For Spiral 3, the programme’s final phase, the British once again chose to work with Rheinmetall Canada.

The British Army ordered four Rheinmetall Mission Master SP – Surveillance Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles (A-UGV) in an Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) configuration and three Rheinmetall Mission Master SP – Cargo vehicles, for a total of seven new A-UGVs. The UK had procured a total of eight Mission Master vehicles in previous phases of the programme. The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP is part of the Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) family developed by Rheinmetall Canada.

The new order, placed in January 2022, is scheduled to be fully delivered by the end of August of this year. It includes comprehensive training, support services, and spare parts. Rheinmetall Canada is the prime contractor, working in cooperation with Rheinmetall Provectus, its Ottawa-based robotics branch.

The Mission Master SP is a low-profile A-UGV designed to stealthily follow soldiers anywhere. Agile and highly transportable, the Mission Master SP has a low-signature electric motor, silent drive mode, and compact profile to escape detection under threat. Like all members of the Mission Master family of A-UGVs, the Mission Master SP is powered by the PATH autonomy kit (A-kit). This proven, agnostic, trusted, and autonomous suite of advanced sensors and perception algorithms enables the Mission Master to find the safest routes through dangerous environments and challenging terrain, and to complete its missions seamlessly.

The Mission Master SP – Surveillance comes equipped with an ISTAR payload. This module supports forward and last-mile resupply missions, performs silent watch operations, and carries payloads. Built to optimize situational awareness, the ISTAR module’s array of sensors can be easily swapped depending on mission objectives. These sensors provide leading-edge target detection, recognition, and identification at long ranges, regardless of weather and lighting conditions. They also facilitate early warning and identification of chemical threats in the event of a chemical warfare.

The ISTAR module is fitted on top of an improved version of the Mission Master SP vehicle. Feedbacks from customers and lessons learned from trials have been the main drivers for these improvements. For instance, the drivetrain and frame are more rugged and more accessible to ease maintenance operations. In addition, the Mission Master SP platform now includes a diesel generator that can be used on extended missions.

The Mission Master SP – Cargo, for its part, reduces soldiers’ combat load, hence improving mobility and efficiency. The robust A-UGV can transport supplies, tactical kits, and medical equipment either independently, in follow-me mode, or in convoy mode with other Mission Master vehicles.

Now the owner of several Mission Master vehicles and modules, the British Army possesses a true force multiplier that can be harnessed for more complex experimentation, especially related to Rheinmetall’s wolf pack (swarm) concept.

The wolf pack consists of a team of Mission Master vehicles working together to accomplish missions ranging from surveillance to target position transfer and slew-to-cue. The units communicate with each other using their advanced artificial intelligence capabilities to maintain rich situational awareness. The wolf pack is remotely managed by a single operator, who is thereby able to focus on a successful mission outcome rather than on individual UGV tasks. This unique capability is enabled by the Rheinmetall Command and Control Software.

Rheinmetall Canada’s successful bid for Spiral 3 demonstrates further proof of the British Army’s trust in the Canada-based branch of the Rheinmetall group, one of Europe’s leading defence suppliers. The contract was awarded following a request for tenders in which Rheinmetall ranked exceptionally high.

While the delivery of Spiral 3 will mark the end of the RPV Programme, Rheinmetall Canada intends to continue its involvement in the UK’s experimentation with robotic vehicles at the newly formed Expeditionary Robotic Centre of Expertise (ERCoE).

Bushnell Shooter KC Eusebio Wins Open Division, High Overall at USPSA Area 6 Championship

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – April 27, 2022 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, congratulates Team Bushnell pro shooter KC Eusebio on his strong performance at the 2022 USPSA Area 6 Championship. Eusebio, using the Bushnell First Strike 2.0 reflex sight, earned High Overall and secured first place in the Open Division during the highly contested championship match.

During the two-day championship, Eusebio went head-to-head against more than 100 competitors in purist of the Open Division title. This year’s match featured 12 challenging stages of fire designed to test competitors in both speed and accuracy. From the onset, Eusebio was able to stay one step ahead of the competition finishing the match with 1,210 points which put him comfortably ahead of the second-place finisher by 80 points.

“This was a great way to start the shooting season, with a victory,” stated Eusebio. “Every year you can count on this match being extremely fast paced. Using the Bushnell red dot, I was able take my speed up a notch thanks in part to the crisp red dot and clear glass. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been fortunate enough to take home multiple titles, all while having the Bushnell on my side.”

Up next for Eusebio is the 2022 World Speed Shooting Championship on April 28-30th, where he looks to capture his ninth word speed shooting title.

To learn more about the First Strike 2.0 or to see the full lineup of red dots, including the recently released RXC-200 and RXU-200 micro red dots, head over to Bushnell.com.

Five Canadian Police Agencies Choose GLOCK Pistols

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

OTTAWA – April 27th, 2022 – RAMPART is proud to announce that five Canadian Police Agencies have chosen GLOCK pistols including Canada’s newest Police Service.

Surrey Police Service in Surrey, British Columbia is the latest of the five Canadian Police Agencies to adopt GLOCK pistols. The other agencies are located in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon. Three of the five agencies are replacing legacy Smith and Wesson® pistols while two of these agencies are newly formed.

Over 80% of law enforcement, agencies across Canada are currently using GLOCK pistols. GLOCK pistols are safe, accurate, and reliable with full service and support in Canada.  

“We are proud to be able support these five agencies become new GLOCK users. We have seen many agencies chose to adopt GLOCK pistols over the last few years. GLOCK reliability and quality combined with RAMPART’s dedication to supporting the end user creates a winning partner for Canadian law enforcement and military end users” said Mike Klein, President of RAMPART Corp.

Why GLOCK and RAMPART?

1. Canadian Law Enforcement’s most trusted firearm since 1993

2. 130+ Canadian agencies carry GLOCK’s

3. In house armouring and warranty support

4. In stock inventory of pistols, parts, and accessories

5. Test and evaluation programs

6. In country armourer training

“GLOCK is honoured to chosen by  the Surrey Police Service to provide them with their duty firearm” added James Cassells, the Canadian Sales Manager.  “We look forward to continuing a long relationship with them and providing them with the support GLOCK in Canada has become known for.”

www.rampartcorp.com