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Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Signs ToT Agreement with FAME S.A.C for the Assembly of its Small Arms in Peru

Monday, May 15th, 2023

The weapons are intended for use by the Peruvian Armed Forces and National Police

15 May 2023, Ramat-Hasharon, Israel: IWI – Israel Weapon Industries – a member of the SK Group (founded by Mr. Samy Katsav), and a global leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for military forces, police units, law enforcement agencies, and governmental entities around the world – has announced the signing of a ToT (Transfer of Technology and Knowledge) agreement with FAME, under which both companies will establish an assemblance and production line in Peru for the ARAD family of assault rifles.

Under the terms of the agreement, IWI will provide FAME with technological knowledge regarding small arms assembly, advanced quality assurance and maintenance processes. In the future, the companies will also explore the possibility of expanding production to include additional weapons and relevant optical sights for the country’s defense and security forces.

“IWI is proud to have signed a cooperation agreement with FAME, which further strengthens its activities in Peru and in Latin America,” says Ronen Hamudot, Executive VP Marketing and Sales of the SK Group. “This is the first step in a cooperation that will generate employment opportunities in the country and is expected, over the next few years, to be expanded into the local production of IWI’s various small arms, as well as other SK Group solutions – like Meprolight’s day sights.”

“IWI is a world-leader company, with decades of proven experience in the development, production and marketing of small arms,” says Leoncio Noriega, Commercial Director of FAME. “This signing aligns us with a partner that has rich experience and technological knowledge that it will share with FAME, as part of the agreement, promoting the Military Industry of Peru. We are sure (convinced) that the cooperation between the companies will be fruitful and long-lasting.”

Helikon-Tex 2023 Preview

Saturday, March 11th, 2023

The Helikon-Tex booth at IWA was festooned with new gear. We’ve already shown you a few items, and here is the balance.

First up is the Guardian Plate Carrier System, a modular and scalable armor carrier system which Helikon-Tex tells me will be a flagship product going forward.

Guardian will include an assault pack option.

Next, we’ll go over the multiple mannequins which showcase new products.

On this Assaulter you’ll find:

-MCDU Combat Shirt

-MCDU Pants

-Mirage Carbine Sling

-Guardian Plate Carrier

Next is Law Enforcement equipped with Black versions of the same gear worn by the Assaulter.

-MCDU Combat Shirt

-MCDU Pants

-Mirage Combat Sling

-Guardian Plate Carrier

Prepared for a workout, this mannequin sports:

-Tactical T-shirt Topcool Lite

-Utility Light Shorts

-Guardian Plate Carrier

-Urban Training Bag

All set for a day on the range:

-Squall Hardshell Jacket

-MCDU Pants

-Rangemaster Gear Bag

-Competition Multigun Rig

-Mirage Carbine Sling

-Traveler Enlarged Lightweight Chair

Get ready for some undercover work:

-Greyman Jacket

-Greyman Shirt

-Greyman Jeans

-Urban Merino Beanie

-Rat Waistpack + Pistol Holder Insert

Take a walk in the wild side:

-Patriot Jacket Mk2

-Urban Tactical Pants

-EDC Backpack

-All Round Tactical Gloves

Here’s a lady on a hike:

-Marigold Women’s Shirt

-Women’s OTP Shorts 8.5″

-Possum Waist Pack

Hanging out down the pub:

-Reversible Wolfhound Hoodie

-Alpha Hoodie Jacket Grid Fleece

-Hybrid Outback Pants

-Summit Backpack

-Winter Merino Beanie

Here’s a closeup of that Mitchell Camo Wolfhound Hoodie.

Here’s a great outfit for a lady out and about in the spring and fall:

-Gunfighter Women’s Jacket

-Marigold Women’s Shirt

-Women’s UTP Resized

-Raccoon Mk2 Backpack

Here’s a great setup for spring and fall hiking:

-SAS Smock Jacket

-Woodsman Pants

-Bergen Pack

-Wanderer Cap

A closeup of the SAS Smock which is based on an early 50s anorak but with a full zip.

And finally, another women’s ensemble:

-Squall Women’s Hardshell

-Women’s Cumulus Jacket

-Women’s Outdoor Tactical Pants

-Raccoon Mk2 Backpack

These new products will roll out throughout 2023.

2023 Helikon-Tex Preview

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023

Helikon-Tex offered an awesome display at the IWA Outdoor Classics. Here is a sneak peek of a few items coming in 2023.

Striding into the booth, you are greeted by a mannequin kitted out head-to-toe in Rhodesian Brushstroke, equipped with the Raid Shirt, Urban Tactical Shorts, Claymore Bag, Chicom Chest Rig, and Mirage Carbine Sling.

Here’s a focus on the CHICOM Chest Rig mentioned above.

Next are a couple of new paint jobs on classic Helikon-Tex products. From Top Left, Clockwise: Raid Shirt in Tigerstripe, Patriot Jacket Mk II in Tigerstripe, Reversible Swagmen Roll in PenCott patterns, and Reversible Swagmen Roll in Mitchell camouflage.

Finally, we have the Traveler folding chair which features the highest quality aluminum poles from suppliers in Korea. The Traveler includes a storage case. Expect these in several colors.

This is by no means complete and I’ll dive more extensively into their upcoming items later this week.

Brownells New BRN-180SH Upper Optimized for Suppressor Use

Monday, March 6th, 2023

GRINNELL, Iowa (March 6, 2023) – Brownells unveiled the BRN-180SH complete upper – the newest addition to the popular BRN-180 line – announcing it at the IWA Outdoor Classics show in Nuremberg, Germany.

Chambered in 300 Blackout, the BRN-180SH has 10.5” barrel with 5/8-24 muzzle threads, and a gas system with three settings –unsuppressed, suppressed, and off.

The BRN-180SH retails for $999.

With the gas system turned completely off, the upper is converted into “single shot” mode, virtually eliminating sound produced by gases escaping through the ejection port or by the bolt carrier group cycling.

When fired with a suppressor attached and the gas system turned off, the BRN-180SH in single-shot is even more quiet than a BRN-180S.

The BRN-180SH comes with an adjustable charging handle that can be turned downward to help transform the upper into a straight-pull action, allowing for fast follow-up shots when set for the quietest possible operation.

The upper can be quickly converted back to unsuppressed shooting with a simple twist of the gas adjustment and by turning the charging handle back to its upward position.

Like the rest of the BRN-180 line of uppers, the BRN-180SH fits onto any standard AR-15 or BRN-180 lower, and requires no buffer tube assembly. It readily operates with a folding stock, or no stock at all.

To see the new BRN-180SH, and the rest of the BRN-180 line of uppers, lowers and parts, visit

Extrema Ratio – Survival Kit

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022

I ran across this survival kit accesory in Extrema Ratio’s stand at IWA which attaches to the Selvans Ontos and Moros sheaths.

Contents include:
whistle, pocket chain saw, water purifying tabs, compass, copper wire, fireball flint and striker, LED micro light, 2.5 m lanyard, and sharpener

March Mannequin Madness – Day 13

Friday, March 25th, 2022

During IWA Helikon-Tex displayed their new products on mannequins arrayed around their stand. Each day we will showcase a different one and detail the gear.

On this last day, we’ll showcase one of my favorite Helikon-Tex garments, the Covert M-65 Field Jacket. Made of Duracanvas, it’s offered in several colors and features slotted buttons and a breakaway zipper.

Pockets include:

– Detachable pocket that can be used as a fanny pack
– Inner pockets for magazines
– Outer hip pockets that can be used as dump pouches

March Mannequin Madness – Day 12

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

During IWA Helikon-Tex displayed their new products on mannequins arrayed around their stand. Each day we will showcase a different one and detail the gear.

This ensemble consists of the Pilgrim Anorak jacket, Defender Mk2 Pilgrim shirt, Pilgrim pants, Bushcraft ball cap, Numbat Chest Pack, Frostbite handwarmer, and Swagman Poncho Roll in Red at his waist.

March Mannequin Madness – Day 11

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

During IWA Helikon-Tex displayed their new products on mannequins arrayed around their stand. Each day we will showcase a different one and detail the gear.

This is the new Tramotane wind pack jacket, Trip Lite shirt, Trekking tactical pants made from Aerotek fabric, Helikon-Tex SnapBack cap and Foxhole bag.