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TSSi Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Harrisonburg, Virginia, June 26, 2020 – In 1980, Tactical & Survival Specialties Inc. (TSSi) was founded by retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Bill Strang. Driven by core values of Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Reliability, he had one mission: To build a company that would provide specialized operational equipment and services to the Department of Defense, federal, state & local law enforcement agencies, and emergency response professionals worldwide.

Innovation has been the cornerstone of TSSi, becoming well known for serving customer’s requirements through methods that are often unique within the government logistics industry. TSSi’s long-term relationships with thousands of manufacturing partners enables them to consistently source, design, develop, customize, and deliver products and services to customers…anytime, anywhere, no matter where the mission takes them.

For the past 40 years, TSSi’s objective has been to support the efforts of those who serve and defend our great nation and they have continued to do so with uncompromised integrity. As Bill has often stated, “Although the world continues to change…our mission has not.” TSSi’s staff is proud to celebrate and share this milestone with their customers and manufacturing partners – and they would like you to know that they could not have done it without you and look forward to many more.

TSSi is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that has been providing specialized operational equipment and logistics support around the world since 1980. Our mission is to provide mission-focused, time-sensitive, value-added equipment and logistics services solutions, delivered with uncompromising integrity – anytime, anywhere.

Adams Arms Announces VooDoo Innovations

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

BROOKSVILLE, FL – June 22, 2020 – Adams Arms announces the launch of VooDoo Innovations. VooDoo Innovations, known for enhanced pistol barrels, slides, coatings and other premium parts, has released its first complete direct impingement firearms. Two new AR-15s, The Witch Doctor and The Dark Moon, are chambered in 5.56×45 NATO, and both are available now.

“VooDoo Innovations grew out of a desire to improve upon existing platforms,” said VooDoo Innovations Vice President of Sales and Marketing Michael Halleron. “Having a history of manufacturing parts, we decided it is time to go back to the source and begin making firearms based on our knowledge of what it takes to deliver guns people want. This way we can ensure they run the way we expect, off the shelf, and at a price that makes sense. The Witch Doctor and The Dark Moon do just that.”

The Witch Doctor

VooDoo Innovations’ Witch Doctor is designed for the discerning expectations of everyday shooters. The upper and lower are both forged from 7075-T6 aluminum and are Type III Class II hard-coated anodized for durability and longevity. The rifle comes with a standard G.I. trigger, 16” Parkerized M4 barrel with a 1:7 twist, and is chambered in 5.56×45 NATO. The ergonomic free-float M-LOK™ rail allows customization and the barrel is capped with an A2 flash hider.  The complete rifle comes in at 6.25 pounds. The Witch Doctor is the perfect prescription for reliable performance and everyday use. MSRP: $749.99.

The Dark Moon

The Dark Moon, also in 5.56×45 NATO, is built for excellent functionality and lasting performance. The Dark Moon’s 1913 Picatinny rail extends along the length of the forend, allowing for even more versatility with optics and accessories. In its stock configuration, The Dark Moon is a workhorse built for regular use. On the range, in the field, at the ready, or in the safe–the performance of The Dark Moon will quickly eclipse other rifles. MSRP: $749.99.

Benchmade Knife Company Levels Up Its Senior Leadership Team

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Brand Adds VP of Marketing and Elevates Long-time Employees into Executive Vice President and Senior Sales Director Roles

(Oregon City, OR) June 22, 2020 – Benchmade Knife Company, the leading producer of American made knives has solidified a new leadership team as it looks to the future for even greater growth.

“This is the perfect moment for Benchmade to prioritize our team and culture” said Jon deAsis, President. “Our commitment to culture and performance drove me to seek out the right people to help support the incredible growth we have been experiencing. Evolving our structure with key talent and vision will energize our brand and improve our ability to satisfy customers worldwide.”

Recently filling the key role of Vice President of Marketing, Joe Prebich joins the team with a long history of defining and developing strong brand relationships to the consumer. Prebich’s previous experience with leading brands like Fjallraven, Oakley and Red Bull, bring a level of consumer expertise that is a key element of Benchmade’s commitment to best-in-class customer experiences.

“I am so proud to be joining the Benchmade family,” said Prebich. “The reputation and dedication to quality is what drew me to the brand, but it is the people that I met along the way that proved Benchmade is truly committed. I look forward to working with the entire organization and to share this incredible story with customers across the world.

Bringing greater depth and sales leadership to the executive team, Charles Darby has been promoted to Sr. Director of Sales and will elevate new responsibilities for Benchmade’s global sales and retail affairs. Darby has made a career at Benchmade and now ascends into the position with a continued commitment to the brand’s long-time relationships across multiple channels of sales.

“Benchmade has given me the chance over the past 15 years to grow as a person and professional,” said Darby. “Now, as I take the reins with my incredible sales team, I am excited to put my perspective on the future and to partner with the group to translate our story to every one of our retail relationships.

Additionally, to emphasize continuity planning, culture, and organizational development, Kristine Gittins has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President, focusing on securing strategic access to capital and ensuring execution of our corporate mission.

“Kristine has been an integral part of the culture and success at Benchmade and her promotion caps off a year that has challenged every industry. I am very proud of her leadership through difficult times and am looking forward to her continued success here at Benchmade.”

Benchmade Knife Company is proudly taking actions to ensure the future of the brand remains PEOPLE and PRODUCT.

These strategic new additions follow what has been a year of reinforcing the core values of the business that were established when Les De Asis began hand building knives 40 years ago. Today, Benchmade is known throughout the industry as a leader in quality and technology with a relentless drive to bring only the best product to the Benchmade customer.

“I am thrilled to have established a new leadership structure at Benchmade,” said De Asis. “The addition of Joe and Charles to the team means that we will continue to grow our brand, create value, and enrich collaboration with all market partners. Our vision for servicing the market centers around the important relationships with our customers, investing more in our external channels and strengthening our brand identity overall.”

ZEV Technologies Launches New Website

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

June 19, 2020

Centralia, WA –  ZEV Technologies formally announced the launch of their new ecommerce website.  The site is fully ecommerce capable and incorporates the latest mobile responsive technology.

According to Dan Groce, Director of Brand Engagement, “ZEV’s mission is to continually lead with innovation.  This website enhances our security, streamlines our navigation and most importantly, gives us a platform to deliver better service to our customers.   For example, ZEV customers can now purchase firearms and set up FFL transfers directly on the site.   We will be building additional tools and features as we go forward”.

Bushnell Named Official Optic of Realtree

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Bushnell to be the Exclusive Optic of Realtree Television and Digital Properties

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – June 11, 2020 – Bushnell, an industry leader in performance optics, announced today that it has become the “Official Optic” of Realtree. This new agreement expands the partnership between two of the industry’s most iconic hunting brands, with Bushnell optics enjoying exclusive placement across all Realtree television, digital and social channels.

Fans of the Realtree TV and digital properties will have the ability to see the latest Bushnell products in action every week. As the Realtree prostaff sets off in search of every wild game imaginable, viewers will have a front row seat to all the action along with a first-hand account of why these hunters put their trust in Bushnell products. Throughout the season, viewers will get an inside look at Bushnell’s newest products, helpful tips and tricks plus other product insights from the company’s full breadth of optics including: riflescopes, binoculars, rangefinders, spotting scopes and night vision products.

“Hunters know great optics make all the difference for a lot of reasons. This partnership with Bushnell brings their quality optics in Realtree camo to hunters everywhere, and that will make for a lot of successful hunts,” said Realtree Designer and President Bill Jordan.

“At Bushnell, we have made it our primary mission to develop and bring to market quality, purpose-built products to improve our customers outdoor experience,” said Mark Bauman, Director of Optics for Bushnell. “Through our expanded partnership with Realtree, we’re excited that hunters will now have the opportunity to see how our products improve the hunting experience in real world situations across Realtee’s broad offering of quality outdoor programming.”

Bushnell will continue to sponsor both Realtree Outdoors® and Realtree Road Trips® TV in addition to extending its support to Realtree’s Monster Bucks® and across the Realtree 365 network. New video and digital series where viewers can now see Bushnell products include: Midwest Whitetail & Chasing November, Spring Thunder, Black Cloud, Whitetail TV, Pay Dirt, Hunt United, Grigsby and Sea Bucks.

Click here for more information regarding Bushnell’s full line of optics offered in Realtree patterns. 

In Memorium – Frank DeSomma

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Patriot Ordnance Factory shared the tragic news today that founder and President Frank DeSomma succumbed to wounds from a traffic accident.

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should Thank God that such men lived.

-George S. Patton

It is with great sadness that we bring to you, the news that POF-USA’s founder and President, Frank DeSomma, passed away yesterday evening. Thank you to everyone who has been part of Frank’s journey. POF-USA will do everything in our power to build on Frank’s legacy of patriotism, passion, and innovation.

Frank was always a good friend. I was once criticized for talking about how much Frank loved the Second Amendment, but it was true. He lived and breathed gun rights. It was only second to his love of family.

Aside from that, Frank always wanted to build the most reliable guns he could. I always felt he over engineered, but the man could always explain why he made the material and design choices he did.

He leaves a legacy of excellence behind. His shoes won’t easily be filled. He will be missed by many.

May he Rest In Peace.

-Eric Graves

Task Force Dagger Foundation and Cubic Raise Awareness For Special Operations Forces Families

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Task Force Dagger Foundation (TFDF) will be the beneficiary of the SOF Online Auction presented by Cubic, opening June 15 at 8AM EDT and closing June 19 at 5PM EDT.

Auction items include an OMEGA “James Bond” watch, Daniel Defense Experience, 75th Anniversary D-Day Flag shadow box, Argentina 4 person Dove Hunt, Maxim Defense Pistol Kit, Custom Bourbon Barrel Table, Tickets to 2021 PGA Championship, Weapons from Benelli, SigSauer, Glock, S&W and an Adams Arms TFD rifle, Plus additional items from Under Armour, Aimpoint, Magpul, FirstSpear and many more.

Funds raised though the auction will directly impact families of the Special Operations Community and will be applied to TFDF’s three core programs: Immediate Needs, Rehabilitative Events, and the SOF Health Initiatives Program.

To bid on an item or learn more about this fundraising event, please visit:

Task Force Dagger Foundation provides assistance to wounded, ill, or injured United States Special Operations Command members and their families. We respond to immediate needs, conduct Rehabilitative Therapy Events, and provide next-generation health solutions for issues facing our service members. Our cohesive programs improve the quality of life for Special Operations Families.  To learn more about Task Force Dagger Foundation, visit our website at




Tuesday, June 16th, 2020


After cancellation of Eurosatory due to the current sanitary crisis, its organiser COGES EVENTS will hold the online business meetings “CONNECT”, on September 14 and 15, 2020. They will be dedicated to all French and international manufacturers in the land and airland Defence and Security domains.

These online meetings will allow to the entire Defence and Security community, companies, governments, international organisations and research centres, to make appointments that the cancellation of the show has deprived them of.

Proximum, the provider of Eurosatory business meetings, will organise these online appointments for COGES EVENTS. They will take place in the form of secure video conferences via the Vimeet platform.

Registration will be opened next week to allow everyone wishing to participate to plan the business meetings.

CONTACT for participants : Jérémy VIGNA +33 (0)1 44 14 51 52 / [email protected]


COGES EVENTS is the event subsidiary of GICAT (*), which organises:
• in even years the EUROSATORY trade fair
• GICAT’s FRENCH PAVILIONS on international trade fairs
• BUSINESS MEETINGS of the domain and any other Defence and Security EVENTS.

(*) GICAT is the French Land and Airland Defence and Security Association