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Activision/Infinity Ward Appropriates BCM/BPRE Promotional Imagery for Latest Call of Duty Release

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Back in 2013, prior to the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, a beta for the game featured a slightly-altered version of the Mil-Spec Monkey logo as an in-game player customization icon.

Needless to say, this was not an authorized use of that copyrighted material. And, it looks like Activision and Infinity Ward are at it again:


This is a loading screen for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

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And this is promotional imagery for BCM and BPRE. Strikingly similar, aren’t they?

For the curious, this image was featured in promotional materials for BCM’s line of .300 Blackout carbines, among other uses.

Not to excuse the use of this imagery, but it’s worth mentioning that the new Modern Warfare is currently in a pre-release state, and it’s possible that this is being used as placeholder art until the game launches later this year. Still, you’d figure that a big corporation like Activision would be a bit more cautious when it comes to potential intellectual property violations for their multi-billion dollar franchise.

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Gear Up Issue 2

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

The second issue of Gear Up’s webzine is now available.

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Panteao Launches New Series of Hunting Instructional Videos Make Ready for Africa with Geoffrey Wayland

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Columbia, SC, August 6, 2019 – Panteao Productions is happy to announce the release of Make Ready for Africa, with Geoffrey Wayland. This is the first video in a new series of instructional titles that will focus on hunting and hunter education. We’ve all seen the hunting videos that show a hunt but give little information with regard to how to prepare for the hunt or to understand the game being hunted.

In this first video, Panteao has teamed with African professional hunter Geoffrey Wayland of Fort Richmond Safaris. Raised on a remote farm in the Northern Cape of South Africa – a farm that’s been in his family since 1867 – Geoffrey started hunting when he was seven years old. When his father passed, Geoffrey took over the family outfitting service – Fort Richmond Safaris – and has been working as a professional hunter and outfitting safaris for plains and dangerous game all over Africa for more than a dozen years.

Along with Geoffrey, gun writers Richard Mann and Ron Spomer, and Carlos Martinez from the Remington Outdoor Company Custom Center, give their valuable insight — based on more than a century of field experience — to help you make ready for Africa. Topics include selecting an outfitter, travel, firearms permitting, rifle and cartridge selection for plains and dangerous game, optics, clothing, field prep, payment and gratuity, taxidermy, expectations, and much, much, more. Before you head to the Dark Continent on your first, or even next safari, you should watch this video.

Panteao greatly appreciates the support of the sponsors that help make this video happen: Dakota Arms, Remington Custom Shop, Marlin Custom, Meopta, Merkel, Jagdhund, SKB Cases, Hunters HD Gold, Surefire, Versacarry, Work Sharp, Spyderco, African Odyssey, and African San Taxidermy Studio.

Make Ready for Africa Sponsors:

Make Ready for Africa is now available streaming for Panteao subscribers. It can be watched online via a PC or Mac, on a smartphone or tablet using the Panteao Make Ready Android and iTunes apps, or on television with the Panteao Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. For more information on how to stream the Panteao videos, visit:

The video will also be available later this month on DVD and Digital Download formats. For more information on this title, visit Panteao at:


Season One of Gunsite Academy NOW! is Live, and Delivers 52 Firearms Instructional Videos Produced for Internet Delivery

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Columbia, SC (August 5, 2019)—Gunsite Academy, the oldest and largest civilian firearms training academy in the world, has teamed with Panteao Productions to offer 52 Internet-based firearms instructional videos. These short—social media compatible—videos are hosted by gun writer Richard Mann and highlight the diversity of the Gunsite Academy curriculum and the quality of Gunsite Academy instructors.

The videos can be viewed on the Gunsite Academy website,, and the Gun Digest website. Additionally, all 52 videos are available on the Panteao Productions website, and through the smartphone and tablet Panteao Make Ready Android and Apple apps, or on television via the Panteao Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV. You can also expect distribution through Season One’s partnering sponsors: Mossberg, Crimson Trace, Federal, Galco Gunleather, and Kitanica.

Gunsite Academy NOW!’s Season One’s Associate Producer, Host, and Gunsite alumni, Richard Mann, said, “It was an absolute honor to host Season One of Gunsite Academy NOW and to work with the quality products provided by the sponsors. Not only do these videos highlight the best firearms instruction you can get, they set the bar high with regard to the delivery of firearms related video content to potential Gunsite clients and prospective customers for all the sponsors.”

With a five-season plan in the works, pre-production for Gunsite Academy NOW! Season Two has just begun. Sponsorships opportunities are available. For more information on Gunsite Academy NOW! Season One, and upcoming Season Two, contact: Richard Mann (304) 887-2698 /

FRAG OUT! #25 Is Now Available

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

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Sunday, July 28th, 2019

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Jack Murphy Cuts Ties With Hurricane Group, Establishes YouTube Channel

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

After thousands of articles written and edited and hundreds of podcasts hosted, I have terminated my relationship with Hurricane Group Inc. to include all of its associated properties such as NEWSREP. Thank you for your support over the years, both readers and fellow writers. I am moving on to other endeavors, book projects, and a new livestream that can be found at:

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

Friday, July 19th, 2019

The Battle of Long Tan is iconic in the Australian and New Zealand experience in the Vietnam War. A labor of love, this project has been a development for over 10 years.

In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.

In cinemas beginning August 8th in Australia. Hopefully, we’ll see it here in the US.