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USAF Pararescue Specialists & Astronaut/Entrepreneur Larry Connor Announce World-Record Skydive to Raise $1 M for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Friday, August 11th, 2023

Alpha 5 Project Announces World-Record Skydive to Raise $1 Million for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Alpha 5 Team Will Use Michigan Created Balloon– the Largest in America for 35,000 Transport Before Jump

[Melbourne, Fla.–August 10, 2023] – Operator Solutions, a leading provider of specialized search and rescue solutions to the commercial spaceflight and private sectors, and Larry Connor, pilot of the Axiom Space Ax-1 Mission and Founder and Managing Partner of The Connor Group, a nationally recognized real estate investment firm, are proud to announce the launch of the Alpha 5 Project, a mission to set a new world record for the highest HALO (high altitude, low opening) formation skydive and raise $1 million for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) through donations at

To break the existing unofficial world record for the highest HALO formation, skydive, the five jumpers will ascend to an altitude of 35,000 feet in a specially designed hot air balloon along with a balloon pilot and O2 Tech while following HALO safety protocols and wearing full oxygen equipment. From there, the jumpers will exit the balloon, link arms, and form a five-person formation before safely separating and landing. A representative from Guinness World Records will be present to assess and validate the record-setting achievement.

The Alpha 5 Project mission is to highlight the invaluable work carried out by SOWF, while also serving as a tribute to the remarkable skills and technical prowess of U.S. Air Force Special Warfare Pararescue Specialists known as “PJs.” SOWF honors fallen Special Operations Personnel, and all Medal of Honor Recipients, by providing comprehensive educational opportunities to their children, “cradle to career,” from preschool through college, as well as immediate financial support to wounded, ill, and injured Special Operations Personnel.

Impressed by Operator Solutions’ commitment to excellence during the Ax-1 Mission to the International Space Station, Connor approached Founder and CEO Brandon Daugherty to collaborate on a high-altitude jump for a purpose. Daugherty, a PJ, and Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, assembled a team of four current and former PJs (including himself) to perform the jump alongside Connor, as well as a full support team to ensure its safe and successful execution.

“The Alpha 5 Project combines the challenge of setting a world record with the purpose of raising awareness for an incredible organization that honors the legacy of Special Operations Personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our Nation,” said Connor. “I’m proud to be able to shine a light on these unsung heroes and the incredible technical expertise and dedication of the PJs and the Special Operations community. They are the best of the best.”

“Special Operations Warrior Foundation is an incredible organization that cares for the children and the legacy of America’s Special Operations Personnel and, as someone with seven overseas deployments to combat zones, it’s a cause that is near and dear to my heart and to everyone in the Special Operations community,” added Daugherty. “We’re excited to make this jump to shine a spotlight on this great organization and raise the funds that will allow them to continue their mission.”

“We invite the Nation to join us in celebrating the exceptional capabilities of America’s PJs and the enduring mission of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of our country’s heroes and ensure a bright future for their children,” shared Major General (Ret.) Clayton M. Hutmacher, President & CEO of Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

The Alpha 5 Project will take place at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, within the jump window of September 15 to October 15 (due to weather conditions and restrictions).

100% of funds raised will go directly to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Learn more and donate at

Silencer Central and NDA Extend Conservation Partnership

Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – August 7, 2023 – Silencer Central, America’s largest silencer dealer, has officially announced its continued partnership with the National Deer Association. As active stewards of wildlife conservation, the companies have joined forces as leading advocates in the industry.

“With a strong shared belief in the principles of hunting and conservation, we’re thrilled to expand upon this partnership with NDA,” said Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central. “We’re proud to continue providing the hunting community with top-of-the-line products and working towards the initiative of ensuring the future of hunting and wildlife.”

The National Deer Association aims to uphold its renowned standing as a trustworthy source to hunters, enabling them to become better educated, accomplished and dedicated caretakers of deer and wildlife. Through educating the general public, including non-hunters, about the vital role deer play in the overall prosperity of wildlife conservation, the organization brings together hunters, state and federal wildlife agencies, elected officials and communities to ensure long-term sustainability.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with Silencer Central, which has been a great partner for many conservation groups,” said Nick Pinizzotto, CEO of NDA. “The company recognizes the importance of supporting conservation initiatives, and having personally gone through the process of obtaining a silencer with the team there, I can attest they are top-notch to work with from start to finish.”

With a legacy spanning over 18 years, Silencer Central emerged as a pioneer, offering customers a streamlined process for legally obtaining firearm sound suppressors. Today, this industry-leading company plays a vital role in the firearms industry, tirelessly advocating for silencer owners across the nation.

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ASA Kicks Off Monthly Member Giveaway

Saturday, August 5th, 2023

ATLANTA, GA – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is excited to announce their monthly member giveaway.  As an active member of the ASA of you will be automatically entered into a monthly giveaway each month for a suppressor.  Capitol Armory, an ASA sponsor, will cover the cost of the tax stamp for the monthly winner.

The amount of entries are based on your active membership level.  One year memberships receive one entry per month, three year memberships receive two entries per month and a lifetime membership receives three entries per month.

Monthly prizes

August –  SilencerCo Switchback MSRP $539 + $200 Tax Stamp covered by Capitol Armory – Total Value $739

September – AB Suppressor F4 MSRP $599 + $200 Tax Stamp covered by Capitol Armory – Total Value $799

October – YHM Phantom MSRP $388 + $200 Tax Stamp covered by Capitol Armory – Total Value $588

November – Product to be announced soon

December – Product to be announced soon

“Our members are the backbone of this Association and it is an honor for us to serve you as members. Our new monthly giveaway is just another way that we are thanking our members for continuing to support ASA.” said Owen Miller, Vice President of Outreach for ASA.

Winners will be announced during the first week of the following month.  For more information on the monthly member giveaway, click here.