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Springfield Armory Introduces FIRSTLINE Discount Program

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

Springfield Armory has strong connections to those that serve both our nation and its citizens. And with its FIRSTLINE program, it has a new way to thank them for their service. This program, open to a wide range of qualified professionals, is designed to offer a select listing of Springfield Armory firearms at discounted pricing in a simple, streamlined process. The select list of firearms includes 37 specific models and variants, and all pistols offered in the line come with three magazines. The products offered in the FIRSTLINE program come from the Hellcat, 1911, XD, SAINT, Hellion and M1A families of firearms.

See if you qualify here.

Mission Spec and Custombilt Firearms Manufacturing Join Forces

Monday, May 2nd, 2022


Nylon gear manufacturer Mission Spec (KS) has announced that they along with Custombilt Firearms Manufacturing of Kansas City have joined forces.  The two companies are now co-located in Overland Park, KS and plan to use each other’s strengths and expertise to produce a superior product in both respective fields.  Mission Spec has produced the following video with more information.

Aardvark Tactical Launches New Website, Prioritizing Operators’ Voices, Advice From Industry Leaders, and Product Tutorials

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Tactical products and equipment specialist AARDVARK Tactical is launching a new and improved version of their website in April of 2022. This site will be geared towards more efficient product browsing, how-to videos for operators, and a purpose-built armor configurator for optimized platform customization.

The new website is designed to provide tactical teams with a wealth of educational resources – from demonstrations that accompany our products to in-depth conversations between leaders about the tactical field today. Product tutorials cover a myriad of topics, answering questions such as how to best use the LOKI Mk2 tactical sUAS, how to maintain your Kinetic Breaching Tool (KBT), how to set-up your PROJECT7 armor platforms, and much more.

AARDVARK is also pleased to release our “Lessons Learned” video series, featuring conversations between leaders in the tactical community. Viewers can expect advice on issues operators face in the field alongside in-depth knowledge of the industry. “Lessons Learned” topics include “Interior Drone use for SWAT Team,” “Understanding Threat Levels and Choosing Rifle Plates,” “Choosing Communications Gear,” and more. Website visitors can also request future video topics on the redesigned site. AARDVARK’s hope is that these series inform, inspire, and lead to continued innovation.

AARDVARK’s new digital storefront features a streamlined products and services navigation system that allows users to filter their search by brand, category, and featured products. The new browsing platform, powered by Shopify, provides an efficient and user-friendly experience. Plus, tactical operators and management staff are now able to request quotes online for products they need directly at

When it comes to configuring the ideal PROJECT7 armor platform, AARDVARK is making it easy with a custom configuration system that allows users to set their specifications based on preferences and mission-specific profiles. Users can configure PROJECT7 platforms from the ground up, including belts, helmets, accessories, and ballistics.

With the release of the new, AARDVARK aims to continue to raise the industry standards for serving tactical operators with equipment, custom solutions, and continued education.

Army Industrial Base Poised for Holistic Modernization

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — As the Army undergoes its greatest transformation in more than 40 years, senior leaders are taking steps to ensure persistent modernization of the Organic Industrial Base to sustain the next generation of Army equipment, current unit readiness and the ability to surge in support of contingencies.

The Army’s OIB Modernization Implementation Plan, led by Army Materiel Command, will modernize facilities, processes and the workforce across the 23 depots, arsenals and ammunition plants that manufacture and reset equipment, generating readiness and operational capability throughout Army formations. The Army OIB is comprised mostly of facilities that were built during World War II.

“The 15-year OIB modernization plan represents a once-in-a-generation chance to holistically modernize,” said Gen. Ed Daly, commanding general of AMC. “The plan provides a deliberate and comprehensive roadmap to a 21st century OIB focused on processes, facilities, equipment, workforce, data and information technology, as well as energy and cyber resilience.”

Last year, the Army stood up an OIB Modernization Task Force with experts from across the service. The task force has collaborated over a series of planning sessions, site visits and war games to develop a holistic investment plan to bring the OIB into the 21st century, infuse industry best practices and refine human capital management structures to maximize the skills and capabilities of the workforce.

“We are exploring new production processes to enhance capacity and improve resiliency, rebuild organic capabilities and develop new ways to leverage innovation technologies,” said Doug Bush, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.

The 15-year OIB Modernization Implementation Plan synchronizes a cost-neutral investment of an estimated $16 billion in three phases: Build 21st Century Capability for the Future (Fiscal Years 24-28); Continue to Build Capabilities and Attack Vulnerabilities (FY29-33); and Maintain and Sustain OIB Investments (FY34-38).

“The first phase is getting at the most critical processes and capabilities that we need immediately,” said Daly. “The second phase is really expanding those 21st century capabilities and reducing our vulnerabilities, and then the third phase is continuing to expand beyond that and into the future.”

ASA(ALT) and AMC, in collaboration with the Secretariat, Department of the Army partners, academia and industry, built the OIB MIP from the 2019 Army Modernization Strategy and 2019 Army Organic Industrial Base Strategy. These investments are tied directly to the Army’s signature modernization efforts, ensuring that the OIB is ready to sustain the next generation of Army equipment.

“History is replete with examples of the OIB’s criticality,” said Daly. “This is getting at the continuance of that legacy. It is ensuring the OIB can better support surge capacity for Large Scale Combat Operations, reducing single points of failure and mitigating supply chain vulnerabilities.”

A key piece of these modernization efforts is empowering the OIB workforce, approximately 32,000 employees who work in more than 240 different job fields, ranging from aircraft mechanics, machine tool operators, welders and machinists.

“Our artisan workforce provide the best equipment the world has ever seen, and it is their dedication that lets a warfighter know when they take a piece of equipment on the battlefield, it will survive enemy contact,” said Daly. “They are the backbone of the OIB. To meet the Army’s future needs, we need to ensure we are recruiting, training and retaining the next generation of artisans. We must identify and prioritize the jobs and skill sets needed to repair the Army’s future equipment.”

A living document, the OIB MIP was developed through data-driven decisions tied to the Army’s priorities of People, Readiness and Modernization. The OIB Modernization Task Force transitioned the 23 sites from having separate, hard-copy master plans to using an enterprise data repository that can show real-time updates and information.

“It’s dynamic, flexible in nature and it will be revisited on an annual basis,” said Daly.

By Megan Gully, U.S. Army Materiel Command Public Affairs

Comp-Tac Signs Rob Leatham as Brand Ambassador

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

HOUSTON, TX – April 21, 2022 – Comp-Tac®, manufacturer of holsters and related accessories, is pleased to announce the signing of Rob Leatham of Leatham Enterprises, LLC as an official Comp-Tac® brand ambassador.

“We are honored to bring on an industry expert of Leatham’s caliber to our team,” stated Gordon Carrell, general manager of Comp-Tac. “Leatham’s extensive experience with holsters, mag pouches and related equipment is vast and diverse, due to his many decades of success in both the action shooting sports and firearms training. With his help we know that we will be able to improve our current line, as well as produce new solutions for all of our different markets for years to come.”

“I am very excited to be partnering with Comp-Tac and HSGI! I have long admired their products and team shooters. Having known both Randi and Gordon for so many years, when the opportunity to join them and the Comp-Tac family arose, I jumped at it! It is an honor to be a brand ambassador for a company making such fantastic equipment. I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship. Mixing my many decades of field experience with their design and manufacturing expertise has the potential to create many new high-performance products that will really complement their already-extensive line of quality gear,” said Rob Leatham, multi-time world and national pistol champion and expert firearms instructor.

Propel LLC Featured on Cover of March/April Textile World

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Propel LLC, which has received multiple SBIR awards from the Department of Defense, and is currently working on new 3D knitted garments for the US Navy, under the direction of the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, Natick MA, is the feature story on the cover of the most recent Textile World. The article highlights Propel’s work in Smart Textiles, funded by the US Navy, and the development of the new Steam Suit for NAVSEA. Propel is manufacturing the Steam Suit at Peckham Inc., Lansing MI, and delivering for use aboard every US Submarine.

NSSF – Firearm and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report 2022

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

Each year the National Shooting Sports Foundation publishes a report on the economic impact of the firearm and ammunition industry on the US economy.

Considering that the industry has seen a 269% increase from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $70.52 billion in 2021, it’s a significant contribution to this nation’s bottom line. What’s more, it creates jobs. The total number of full-time equivalent positions increased 126% from 2008-2021 from approximately 166,000 to over 375,819. On average these jobs average $56,900 in wages and benefits.

In just the last year, the US added 5.4 million new gun owners. No other industry is seeing this type of new growth.

The report also notes the significant impact the firearm and ammunition industry has on wildlife conservation funding in America through its growing Pittman-Robertson excise tax contributions to the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund which exceeded $1.1 billion in 2021.

The Future of Optics Includes Expansion at ATN Corp

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

Marc Vayn, Founder, Chairman, and CMO of ATN Corp, reveals where the innovative next-gen optics company is heading in the not-to-distant future.

Marc Vayn, a Ukrainian-born American citizen, launched the Silicon Valley start-up American Technology Network Company (ATN) in 1995 and brought into his entrepreneurial endeavor, experience in high-tech, and his acumen in business from the University of California, Los Angeles. The products he and his co-founder, James Munn, a US Army veteran, were designing and producing were some of the latest in the new technological field of night vision.

“The early days of ATN were crazy,” Marc Vayn said. “We were a young company reaching out to the hunting and consumer communities while trying to increase our market share in law enforcement and the military, but the road to those goals meant we had to offer very unique products in order to differentiate ourselves from the competition.”

One of the first companies to develop day/night scopes for rifles, the product allowed a user to simply “add on” to an existing daytime scope, allowing the user to now view in low to no night situations. This affordable night vision innovation became the go-to device for nighttime predator hunting and for law enforcement sniper units where a day scenario could easily slip into a nighttime scenario.

After 9/11 the global battlefield changed. Warfighters no longer fought using traditional military methods and the generation of urban warfighting specialists began. A prime tool for mission success was the NVG. Night vision products were designed specifically to outfit weapons, helmets, and as hand-helds. ATN responded to growing demand, and in 2012, was awarded as an official supplier to the US Government under the GSA contract. Vayn and his company quickly expanded R&D and production to accommodate new government and military contracts, as well as the growing demand in law enforcement and the private sector. A new line of Thermal vision devices was developed to aid the user in identifying heat-producing targets more easily.

The year 2014 was a pivotal year for the company and Vayn. With increasing pressure from new night vision start-ups, Vayn had the vision to incorporate a new technology into his products. ATN shifted its focus to the development of Smart IoT (internet of things). IoT technologies are capable of collecting and analyzing data and providing it to the user to make smart, real-time decisions. In the case of a hunter, it allowed the hunter to address multiple variables such as distance, elevation, moving speed, and location while providing some of the highest resolution and superior clarity. The Bluetooth technology allowed the user the ability to connect with a variety of other interfaces and accessories. In other words, ATN’s Smart HD scopes and rangefinders gave hunters an edge not found before. Not only could they take better, more humane shots, but they could record the event and send it to a laptop or another computer. The recordings were more than a memory video; they housed critical information that could make the hunter a better shot, while maintaining a catalog of event conditions.

“To stay on top of your competition, you need to often look elsewhere. If you become too focused on what the other guy is doing, you end up either copying the competition or falling behind,” Vayn explained. “At ATN, we look outside our industry at what other successful companies are employing, especially in the world of technology. We studied what companies were doing with the new IoT solutions and found ways to incorporate the same smart technologies into our products, giving our customers a leg up on any of our competition.”

For the law enforcement and military professional, the Smart HD technology gave our police and soldiers the extra edge in the battles against crime and evil. The collection of data and analytics made better warfighters and made ATN a top choice for many large law enforcement and government agencies. Most of the ATN systems worked primarily in Infrared, and other systems provide Thermal imaging for unprecedented target acquisition. All of ATN’s IoT solutions were housed in familiar glass optics packages, such as binoculars and riflescopes, but with the addition of all the modern technologies that many people have come to rely on in their Smartphones and other gadgets.

As the company expanded, it took a step into the retail world in 2021, by opening a brick and mortar 1,300 sq. ft. storefront in the Dallas, Texas area. Serving a large base of hunters and law enforcement, the risky venture has paid off well for Vayn and his team by increasing brand awareness and driving sales in a receptive market.

“As many company founders know, your company’s health can be better monitored through your commitment to interface with the customer,” Vayn added. “Our first storefront was a natural progression of our customer relations. ATN has always embraced using social media to listen to our customers and also to educate our customers on our rapidly developing technologies.”

Today, ATN boasts facility locations in the US, with a recently relocated headquarters in Doral, Florida; the UK, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and the UAE. With market insight reporting the Smart Internet of Things demand in modules will only increase and the technologies advance in 2022 through 2028. Already, Vayn and his company have responded with the new Battle Management System. Initially introduced as the ATN Radar App, it targeted the hunting community allowing hunters to create a group, by which team members were able to know each other’s location and provide critical information through a built-in laser rangefinder for a successful hunt. Using the ATN Radar app as the foundation for the Battle Management System, ATN incorporates its Auxiliary Ballistic Laser (ABL) and Ballistic Information Exchange (BIX) technology to allow warfighters to scout enemy using one of ATN’s specialized binoculars or rangefinders and share data such as measured distance to an ATN rifle scope. The Battle Management System allows the warfighter the ability to pin the enemy on the app’s map or copy coordinates of the pin(s) and share them with team members.

While ATN continues to dominate and innovate in the night vision/thermal market, the company recently became involved in the Ukrainian crisis. As Vayn saw tensions rising between his birth country and Russia, he took steps to move his Ukrainian team out of harm’s way. When the crisis exploded, Vayn quickly flew into Bulgaria, where his ATN team and he began to set up distribution into Ukraine for much-needed ATN products for the Ukraine military and resistance troops. ATN set up a donation platform on the ATN website and Vayn was the first to donate $100K of his own money to the cause. As the crisis deepened, ATN formed a partnership with the GORTA Group, a large NGO with well-established distribution and warehousing in the crisis zone, providing much-needed humanitarian and medical supplies, donating $300K.

“I could not stand by, and I am happy that ATN has joined the ranks of many companies helping the Ukrainian people defeat this unprovoked threat,” Vayn commented. “If our products can help the Ukrainian resistance in any way, it shows the best of capitalism and democracy can beat back communism.”

As a small Silicon Valley start-up some twenty-seven years ago, Marc Vayn’s company would go on to win nine years of awards from Optics Planet Inc., Predator Xtreme Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards, as well as the coveted NRA American Hunter Magazine’s Golden Bullseye Award in 2022. Building on the company’s success and popularity in multiple markets, Vayn now has his eyes set on expansion within the vertical market. As ATN’s current Chairman of the Board and CMO, Vayn has recently added “Shopping Officer” to his title.

“We have entered into an acquisition period in our company’s growth,” Vayn explained. “We are actively looking for companies with the right fit, meaning companies within our current space with a tech factor, somewhere in the $20M to $100M range.”

With 2022 promising to be one of ATN’s most dynamic years with the release of their Gen-5 products, increased contributions to the defense and sectors, and the company’s open efforts to defend Ukraine against Putin’s forces, Marc Vayn is not slowing down, in fact, he is just getting started.