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Combat Flip Flops Release Two New Styles

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Combat Flip Flops is releasing two new styles for men and women. Both the LT-22 and RBR are Lowtops which will run $64.99 and $59.99 respectively. Both models will be available in both Black and White.

The LT-22s. Classic style, modern performance, required durability. With Nyco laces, blended synthetic uppers, EVA insoles, and stickyAF rubber, these lowtops are built to roll as hard as you do.

Let’s face it. If you’ve got miles on your frame, a good set of slip on shoes makes every step better. The 2022 Combat Flip Flops RNRs combine stickyAF rubber, stitched outsoles, and padded fit for those with experienced style and grit.

Covered by the Combat Flip Flops Lifetime Warranty, these styles come in Men’s sizes 7–15 and Women’s sizes 5-11 (HALF SIZES GO DOWN IN SIZE).

Both styles are made in Bogota, Colombia and will be available in late August.

Find out more at www.combatflipflops.com/new.

ORCA Coolers and Drinkware Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Refreshed Drinkware Collection

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Just in time for summer, ORCA announces two new drinkware styles that promise to “Make it Last”

NASHVILLE, TN (April 20, 2022) — ORCA Coolers & Drinkware, the U.S. based manufacturer of coolers and outdoor drinkware, celebrates 10 years of keeping your refreshments cool with four new drinkware styles and a new and improved rebranding, including an updated logo and slogan – “Make it Last.” The new travel mugs include the Camper and Traveler.

The new drinkware launches just in time for summer and all the adventures in store – camping, trips to the lake, fishing, road trips, picnics and more. Whatever you have planned this summer, ORCA promises to “make it last.” The stainless steel, double walled and vacuum sealed drinkware keeps your beverages cold for up to 24 hours and piping hot for up to eight hours. Additional features include:

? Copper-clad interior lining for superior temperature retention

? BPA free no-spill lid with signature ORCA tail opening for drinking

? Powder coat finish in nine colorways for a customized design

? Top shelf dishwasher safe for easy cleaning

The higher capacity Traveler is 24 ounces and includes an ergonomically designed handle for on-the-go adventures. The slightly smaller, but equally sturdy, Camper is 16 ounces and the perfect size for sitting around the campfire. Similar to the Traveler, the Camper has an ergonomically designed handle for easy drinking.

The new drinkware collection will be available April 2022 at select retailers and Orcacoolers.com. To learn more about ORCA and its full collection of best-selling coolers and drinkware, visit Orcacoolers.com.

Air Venturi Debuts Bullpup Avenger

Monday, December 27th, 2021

It’s not a Red Rider BB Gun with a compass in the stock, but considering how much some of you guys love bullpups, I thought this was worth a share.

Solon, OH — Air Venturi is excited to announce the launch of the Bullpup version of its wildly successful Air Venturi Avenger PCP Air Rifle.

“After the initial success we had with the synthetic stock Avenger rifle, we listened to the customer feedback and the consensus was clear that they wanted a wood stock version, and they wanted a Bullpup” explained Air Venturi President, Val Gamerman. “We were happy to launch a wood stock version of the rifle early in 2021, but our real excitement and focus has been on this Bullpup version.”

The Bullpup offers the same fantastic performance as the rifle, but in a much more compact package. Shaving nearly 10” off of the overall length and coming in at just 33” from muzzle to buttpad, the Avenger Bullpup offers increased maneuverability without sacrificing any of the fan favorite attributes the rifle versions are known for. “Another change we know customers will love is a new polymer that has been used to create the Bullpup stock, it has a higher quality look and feel to it compared to the original synthetic stock on the rifle” says Gamerman.

Talking about the stock, users will find a number of unique enhancements built into the Avenger Bullpup. Two magazine storage slots in the underside of the stock keep your magazines secure and easily accessible when they’re not in use. A new tool-less adjustable buttpad can be easily manipulated as needed by the shooter. Additionally, a four position adjustable cheek piece further enhances the shooting experience. For those that want to accessorize the bullpup, there are three picatinny accessory rails at the fore-end of the stock so bipods, lights, lasers or other attachments can be added.

At the heart of this PCP is an externally adjustable regulator and externally adjustable hammer spring. These allow the user to customize the Avenger’s performance to fit their needs. Achieving speeds over 1000 fps in .177 caliber and over 900 fps in .22 and .25 caliber, the Avenger packs plenty of power. The trigger can be adjusted to the shooters liking as well. Mounting your optics is achieved via a picatinny rail that is nearly 10” long.


Black Ops Edition Deck from Quick Draw Card Co

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

New to Kickstarter is the Black Ops Edition playing card deck from Quick Draw Card Co which will feature SOF units from around the world.

The company was founded in 2019 by two Former British Royal Marines Commandos and these guys make some amazing artwork so be sure to check them out.

Here’s an example of what you’ll find in the deck.

The four Aces:
– Special Air Service
– Special Boat Service
– Navy SEALs
– Delta

Back it at www.kickstarter.com/projects/quickdrawcardco/quick-draw-card-co-black-ops-edition-playing-cards.

Military Glass Top Humidor

Friday, December 10th, 2021

From Case Elegance comes this Glass Top Humidor built by Claro which features thick wood construction and cedar inlay. Resembling a foot locker, it’s designed to hold up to 100 cigars.

It features their patent-pending Hydro System, which comes with a humidification tray, one bottle of regular Humidor Solution, and one bottle of Winter + Dry Climate Humidor Solution Mix.


The Black Powder Red Earth World Expands with a 28mm Tabletop Game

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

_Echelon introduces Black Powder Red Earth 28mm — a brand-new close combat skirmish wargame built on a fast and fluid ruleset pitting player vs player in tabletop miniatures battles. Built around a responsive combat system players direct their customized small unit kill teams in pitched battles through war-torn sprawls on the border between two failing states.

Drawn from the best selling graphic novel series, Black Powder Red Earth 28mm is set in a near-future, detailed with both a conflict bible in the core rules and in the pages of the ongoing graphic novel — Black Powder Red Earth Awbari.

To ensure the highest quality every game component, playing card, miniature, and the core rules book are all made in the USA — with materials sourced in the US or other western nations.

Get yours at www.blackpowderredearth.com/28mm.

Baen Releases “The Family Business: New Novel From Mike Kupari

Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Baen Books has released Mike Kupari’s latest novel, The Family BusinessIt’s a dystopian (perhaps post-apocalyptic*) tale of a Federal “Recovery Agent” on the job in a much-changed United States of America. As of this writing, it is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Here’s an excerpt:


Being both farther south and at a lower elevation, it wasn’t nearly so cold and windy as Flagstaff was in the winter, and in the summer, it didn’t get as hot as it did in the desert around the Phoenix Crater. It was a pleasant morning and Whiskey Row had its share of locals and travelers, even if the bars and brothels weren’t open yet.

Traffic was light. Gasoline and diesel weren’t rationed anymore but were still expensive. Many people walked or rode bicycles to get around, especially on such a nice day. There were even a few folks going about their business on horseback, just like they would have done a hundred years earlier.

*This depends on your definition of catastrophe and apocalypse.

Author Mike Kupari in a deployed location, toiling ceaselessly to improve his skills and weapon manipulation (the better to write much more realistically…).

Kupari, a self-described revolverphile who preaches the Gospel of the FN, is an experienced (though wrong-handed) shooter who uses his experience as a former EOD Technician, PMC contractor, and general retr0-gun-nerd-savant to provide verisimilitude to his writing.

Here’s another excerpt.


Jesse’s shop looked cluttered and chaotic, but he seemed to know right where everything was. The centerpiece of it was a CNC mill and a lathe. Electronics projects cluttered one workbench, while firearms projects took up another.

A faded Arizona flag hung on one wall, as did a prewar, fifty-star US flag. Next to them was a pair of posters. REMEMBER PHOENIX, one declared, while the other proclaimed KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES!

Below those, framed, was his certificate of his completing the Arizona Ranger training course and a photo of his swearing-in ceremony. Leading Nathan to his gun-bench, Jesse picked up a large pistol and proudly handed it to his friend.

“What’s this?” Nathan asked, examining the gun in his hand. It wasn’t anything he’d seen before, and he knew his way around a gun.

“Did you make this?”

“I did,” Jesse said, beaming. “That’s my third prototype. It’s ready for field testing.”

The gun was a hefty semiautomatic, but the magazine well was located in front of the trigger guard. Nathan locked back the slide, verifying that the weapon was unloaded, and looked at the markings.

“.45 Win Mag?”

Jesse grinned. “Yup! The problem with most magnum semi-autos is that they’re huge, right? It’s because they’re trying to cram a revolver-length, rimmed cartridge into a pistol grip. You end up with a grip like a two-by-four. I solved that by moving the magazine well out of the grip.”

“Like a Broomhandle Mauser,” Nathan said.

“Only in overall layout. This gun is striker-fired. It’s roller-delayed, recoil-operated, like the Kraut STG-88 assault rifle. Try the trigger!”

Nathan released the slide and squeezed the trigger. With only a little bit of take-up, it felt like a thin glass rod breaking.


“Three and a half pounds’ pull weight on that, and it doesn’t feel mushy. I added a thumb safety because the trigger pull is so light, and to make it extra drop safe. I tossed my second prototype off the roof, onto the driveway, over and over again, trying to get it to discharge, and the safety held.”

“Anyway, the barrel is fixed, so it’s real accurate. For the next prototype, I’m working on a user-serviceable quick-change barrel system. You’ll be able to swap from the five-inch service barrel, like on this one, to a longer, heavier target barrel, and even a short snub barrel. I figure I can machine a scope mount into the heavy barrel, so it’ll be good for handgun hunters. I may be able to figure out a caliber conversion system, eventually, too.”

“This is really nice, Jesse,” Nathan said, aiming the pistol at an antelope head mounted on the wall.

“The magazine holds ten rounds. I’m working on a twenty-rounder, but I haven’t put it together yet. Even still, that’s four extra shots over a typical police revolver, it’s more powerful, and it reloads quicker.”

“I’m impressed, Jesse. Very nicely done. You gonna put these into production?”

“Eh, I really can’t. I’m a one-man outfit. I don’t have the capability to mass-produce a gun and making these as one-offs would make them too expensive. Once I get the design finalized, I’m going to try and sell the manufacturing rights.”

“Yeah, I guess that makes sense.” Nathan flipped the gun around in his hand and offered it to Jesse butt-first. “You gonna pack this beast on your next Ranger call-up?

Kupari The Family Business

Kupari looking OAF in tiger stripe cammies and a Sam Brown wheelgun belt.

The book is officially described thusly:

Decades ago, the Visitors descended on Earth. They claimed to bring peace and prosperity. Their real goal was the total subjugation of humankind. But humanity did not give up its only home without a fight. After a devastating war, the Visitors were driven back to Mars. Their millions of willing human collaborators were left behind. The task of hunting down these former alien collaborators and bringing them to justice falls to Federal Recovery Agents like Nathan Foster.

Now, Nathan Foster is tasked with bringing to justice Emmogene Anderson. As a teenager, Emmogene was experimented on by the Visitors and implanted with a device that allows her to control other people. With her is her obsessive ex-lover, who was also a former commando of the Visitors’ forces. It’s an easy enough job—but Emmogene has been implanted with something else, something much more important.

Nathan and Ben must decide what is right in a largely lawless world— and the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

Says Kupari,

“I started writing in high school. I didn’t really get into it until college when I began writing fiction online. I never seriously considered trying to be a novelist, though, not until 2006. That was the year I met Larry Correia. He liked a story I was writing online and asked if he could jump in on it. That story ultimately became DEAD SIX.

I lived in Doha, Qatar for a year, while working security at a US installation there. Qatar ultimately became the inspiration for the fictional country of Zubara.

Later in life, I served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the US Air Force. I deployed to Afghanistan and applied that experience to my second book, Swords of Exodus.

My first solo novel, Her Brothers Keeper, wasn’t exactly inspired by real life. I am sad to admit that I’ve never captained a privateer rocket ship. I do, however, have a lifelong love of science fiction and space opera and am excited to continue sharing my take on different genres.”

About Author Mike Kupari

Mike Kupari is the author of the debut science fiction novel Her Brother’s Keeper, as well as the co-author, with Larry Correia, of the best-selling Dead Six military adventure series including Dead Six, Swords of Exodus, and Alliance of Shadows. He is a relatively active prolific freelance writer, having contributed to Breach-Bang-Clear, The Mag Life, and other publications over the last several years. Mike grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and enlisted in the Air Force at the age of seventeen, deploying twice as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal tech. He went on to serve six years in the Army National Guard and spent several years both at home and abroad as a security contractor with a PMC. He now lives in the northern tier, bemoaning the price of ammo, arguing with a truculent parrot, and filling in DFPs (complete with grenade sump) dug into his yard by a recently adopted canine.

You can find the book on the Baen website or in Amazon.com’s book section.

Howler Brothers – Daily Grind Boardshorts

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Summer seems to be coming in like a lamb this year but it’s definitely on its way. Some folks are already wearing shorts.

I recently picked up a pair of these boardshorts from Howler Brothers. Admittedly, what caught my eye was the East German raindrop camouflage pattern (they refer to it as “deluge”), but it turns out, they’re pretty nice all around.

They feature a front tie closure,
welded zipper front pockets with drainage, a rear pliers pocket
and a rear velcro pocket with drainage.

In addition to the camo version, there’s also a Black model. Offered in sizes 28-40 with some odd waist sizes in there as well.