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Freedom Hill Gear Announces ShiftAR Shift Pegs for Harley Davidson Motorcycles

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Gilsum NH – Freedom Hill Gear, a veteran-owned company, is proud to announce the official release of their new ShiftAR® shift pegs for Harley Davidson® motorcycles. The ShiftAR® is a crossover product which replaces the standard shifter pegs with an actual A2 flash hider commonly used on M16, M4, and AR15-type rifles. The patent-pending ShiftAR® uses a custom adapter to thread the flash hider into the Harley shifter, and will accept any other ½ x 28-thread muzzle device for added customization.

Freedom Hill Gear owner Robin Oke explained the inspiration for the ShiftAR®, “A few years back I broke a peg on my Harley – it wasn’t the first time but I wanted it to be the last. While I was working in my garage, I noticed a few old takeoff AR-15 Birdcages laying on the workbench and decided to make those my new pegs. After years of hearing people tell me they wanted a set (and a good buddy kicking me in the ass) I decided to put them into production”.

Oke chose the A2 as a matter of practicality as the closed-bottom of the flash hider puts less wear on the rider’s boot. The use of an original mil-std crush washer allows the rugged flash hider to be properly positioned. “It’s had a tremendous appeal to veterans who want to add a memento of their service to their ride, as well as with supporters of the Second Amendment”, Oke concluded.

The ShiftAR® package includes: (1) ShiftAR® Peg Adapter, CNC Machined Carbon Steel with Black Cerakote finish, (1) Mil-Spec A2 Flash Hider with Nitride finish and (1) Mil-Std crush washer. Available at and select Harley Davidson® dealerships.

MFT Unveils Drinkware! Just in Time for Father’s Day!

Friday, June 12th, 2020

I love the drinkware Mission First Tactical has for Father’s Day.

They have two styles, Flip Top and Tumbler, but it’s the paint jobs on the flip tops that got me.

Choose from M18 Smoke, M7 A3 CS Gas and a 155mm shell transport tube as well as an MFT design featuring their most popular logos from over the years.

-4 hours hot / 9 hours cold
-Double Walled
-Triple Insulated
-Sweat Proof
-18/8 Stainless Steel
-BPA & Toxin Free
-Dishwasher Safe/ Handwash recommended
-Base color is a rugged powder coat, design is screen printed and will show patina with use just like in real life, adding a custom badass look over time.

16 oz Flip Top MSRP $24.95
20 oz Tumbler MSRP $29.95

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Pub Shorts

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Summer is almost officially here and the FirstSpear Pub Shorts should be at the top of your list. Not only are they 100% American made the all new material is so light and breathable if feels like you are wearing nothing at all! The inseam is cut at 8.5”and features an integrated elastic waist band for all day comfort, redesigned pockets, and reinforced belt loops. Available in charcoal and tan in sizes 28 – 44.

Primos Custom Mill Shop – The Perfect Gift for Father’s Day 

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Order by June 15th for Guaranteed Delivery by Father’s Days

FLORA, Mississippi – June 5, 2020 – Primos Hunting, a pioneer in game calls and hunting accessories, has the perfect Father’s Day gift for the outdoorsman in your life with personalized options through the company’s Custom Mill Shop. With multiple options available including customized authentic box calls, euro plaques and more, Father’s Day shoppers can help create a one-of-a-kind gift sure to impress any dad.

The online Custom Mill Shop offers users the ability to design a customized version of some of Primos’ most famous calls including the GameKeeper Box Call, Heart Breaker Box Call and Grunt Call. And while these calls are works of art worthy of display, they also produce a sound that only the finest, select, hand-tuned hardwoods can create.

Other popular options available from the Custom Mill Shop include euro plaques and a boot puller. From these hand-crafted products, users can select custom patterns, laser-etched hunting scenes, as well as custom inscriptions and messages.

Custom Mill Shop items range from $55 to $150 and each item receives a mark of authenticity from a Primos Master Craftsman prior to completion. All items are shipped in a protective package and are guaranteed to be delivered by Father’s Day if the order is completed by June 15th.

To learn more about the Primos Custom Mill Shop, visit

Oakley DRT5 Bike Helmet

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

I know some of you guys ride bikes. What some of you may not know is that Oakley got its start in the Motocross world, with eyepro coming later, after some really sick rubber handlebar grips back in the late 70s. By the 80s, these grips had found their way into the BMX world, along with the O-frame goggle.

For the past few years, Oakley has been manufacturing helmets for various sports, and their return to their biking roots is most welcome.

If you’re a bike rider, check out the DRT5. It was engineered, designed, and validated by mountain bikers, including a close collaboration with 3x World Champion Downhill racer Greg Minnaar.

-EYEWEAR DOCK: Integrated eyewear dock to securely stow your shades and keep them handy for quick and easy access.
-BOA® 360 FIT SYSTEM: With its soft textile feel and flexibility, the TX1 Lace lies flat against your head, allowing for seamless eyewear compatibility.
-X-STATIC® BROW PADDING: X-Static® harnesses the power of silver to create a powerful technology that inhibits the growth of bacteria on fabric, eliminating odor for the life of the product. Also ships with secondary set of pads.
-MIPS® INTEGRATION: The MIPS® Brain Protection System is a helmet integrated, low friction layer designed to reduce rotational motion transferred to the brain during an impact.
-CPSC 1203, EN1078 and ANZ2063 Certifications

Offered in sizes Small, Medium and Large, in colors Blackout, Forged Iron and Black/Celeste.

Available via Oakley SI.

Flying Tigers Motorcycle Helmet by Buco

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Japan’s Toys McCoys Store is offering an A.A.F. Flying Tigers Motorcycle Helmet made by Buco which takes its design cues from classic 60s motorcycle helmets.

I don’t even own a motorcycle, but I want one.

Woobieland of the Pines

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Woobieland of the Pines offers the Woobie Robe and Smoking Jacket.

Offered in four camouflage patterns…

And three solid colors.

Be aware, they are in high demand so expect delays once you’ve ordered. Get in the queue at

Congress Clears 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that Leverages Model Maintenance Code to Improve Conditions in Military Housing

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense separately updated its building standards to the most recent international building codes 

Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the Senate approved the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020, clearing the legislation for the President’s expected signature. The measure,  which authorizes appropriations for the upcoming year and sets forth policies for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) programs, requires that privatized military housing meet or exceed requirements set by a nationally recognized, consensus-based, model property maintenance code, such as the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), by February 1, 2021.

The IPMC, developed by the International Code Council, regulates the minimum maintenance requirements for existing buildings and establishes minimum standards for basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation and fire safety. It is used or adopted in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The maintenance code requirement is part of a broader effort within the NDAA to improve the oversight, accountability, management, and, most importantly, quality of privatized military housing following several reports detailing substandard conditions.    

Separately, DOD recently updated its building code, the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC), to use the 2018 International Building Code, 2018 International Existing Building Code and 2018 International Plumbing Code. The UFC had previously required using the 2015 versions of these codes. The UFC establishes  common requirements for DOD construction activities, and addresses safety, functionality and durability.

“Setting maintenance requirements for military housing will help ensure our service members and their families are afforded access to the well-built, well-maintained, housing they deserve,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “The Code Council very much appreciates the leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in addressing these issues. By working to bring uniformity in building standards to our military housing and other Department of Defense facilities, we are helping to contribute toward the safety of our servicemen and women.”  

To view the 2020 NDAA Conference Report, please click here. The UFC Building Code and UFC Plumbing Systems requirements are available here and here, respectively..