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Darley Announced As An EY Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Itasca, IL, July 29, 2021W.S. Darley & Co. was among the winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Midwest region of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, announced in a virtual celebration held last night to honor 34 finalists from 27 companies.

Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. “This year’s finalists are the next class in a long line of unstoppable visionaries,” said Ram Ramanan, Midwest program director for EY. “They are lighting the path forward to a robust recovery.”

Paul Darley, chairman, president and CEO of Darley accepted the award, “on behalf of our employees who were considered essential and came in day after day, and for the first responders we serve who were out there during the pandemic working to keep us safe.”

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November 2021 at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2022.

True Velocity Names Dr. Bruce Jette as Advisory Board Chairman

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Former Assistant Secretary of the Army Joins Advanced Ammunition Manufacturer in New Role After Three Decades of Military Leadership


GARLAND, TX (July 22, 2021) – Texas-based advanced technology company True Velocity announced the appointment of Former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology (ASA ALT), Dr. Bruce Jette, as Advisory Board Chairman. Dr. Jette will focus on strengthening True Velocity’s outside continental United States (OCONUS) market opportunities and international defense contractor strategy. He will also oversee the company’s growing Board of Advisors, which helps guide product development and manufacturing innovation. True Velocity currently produces proprietary composite ammunition and is a finalist in the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) program.


“We are thrilled to have someone as deeply experienced and distinguished as Dr. Jette join our team and lead our board of advisors,” said True Velocity President Chris Tedford. “His vision for manufacturing modernization and bringing innovation to every touchpoint required to arm and equip allied nations makes him a perfect fit to help accelerate True Velocity’s international penetration and advancement of paradigm shifting defense technology.”


A highly decorated U.S. Army veteran of 28 years, Jette joins True Velocity after a decorated career including multiple overseas tours and armor and cavalry commands and roles that led him to become the Army Acquisition Executive, the Senior Procurement Executive, the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Army, and the Army’s Senior Research and Development official. In these positions, he held principal responsibility for Department of the Army matters related to logistics and oversaw the life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapon systems and equipment including research and development, testing and evaluation, acquisition, logistics, fielding, and disposition.


Prior to confirmation as ASA ALT, Dr. Jette served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Synovision Solutions, LLC, which provided management and technical consulting, engineering services, and project management in support of military and governmental agencies, as well as to the commercial industry.


Dr. Jette graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and Chemistry, and holds a Master of Science degree and a Doctorate in Electronic Materials from MIT. Additionally, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.


SIG SAUER Academy Completes Inaugural P365 EDC Championship Presented by USCCA

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

NEWINGTON, N.H., (July 28, 2021) – SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce the results of the Inaugural P365 EDC Championship presented by the US Conceal Carry Association (USCCA) held at the SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire July 21-24, 2021. 

The P365 EDC Championship was a thirteen-stage match with four divisions and participation in the match required a SIG SAUER P365 pistol.  The first-place finishers in each of the divisions were as follows:

Open / Mason Lane: Modified P365 pistol that may be outfitted with aftermarket products.

Carry Optics / Zach Smith: Stock P365 series pistol with mounted optic only.

Stock P365XL / Phil Strader: No modifications allowed to firearm or magazine

Stock P365 / Shannon Smith: No modifications allowed to firearm or magazine.

“Congratulations to all the competitors and top finishers.  This was a fantastic inaugural event that challenged 130 competitors to run a scenario-based course of fire putting their marksmanship, competition, and concealed carry skills to the test with the game-changing P365 everyday carry pistol” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “We are looking forward to making the P365 EDC Championship an annual competition and growing the event as we continue to expand the depth of the P365 series of pistols.”

Results were determined using the Lewis Scoring Method. To view the full listing of results of the P365 EDC Championship presented by USCCA visit sigsauer.com.

Bushnell Recognizes Tom Beckstrand for Lifetime Achievement

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – July 28, 2021 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, has recognized Tom Beckstrand with the 2020 Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to optics and the outdoor industry. The rifle and optics editor for Guns & Ammo, Beckstrand is a dedicated writer and passionate shooting sports educator.

Born and raised in Wells, Nevada, Beckstrand grew up shooting bottles and cans with his father. His skill with a rifle would go on to serve him well in the military from West Point to Afghanistan and Iraq, where he led both Special Forces and counter-terrorism sniper teams.

After his military career, Beckstrand started writing for shooting publications, eventually landing at Guns & Ammo magazine. At the time, there was limited coverage of optics in books and publications, and Beckstrand stepped in to help fill the gap. An ever-evolving area of shooting sports technology, optics became a passion for Beckstrand. Known for his insatiable curiosity, Beckstrand sought to explore optics technology from every angle for his readers.

“Early on, Tom learned each company’s optic contacts and began putting himself in front of the engineers and product managers,” said Eric Poole, editor of Guns & Ammo. “He’d show up to an optics manufacturer with questions prepared and write down answers. Along the way, he immersed himself in the science behind the technology, always wanting to show how and why the features or products work the way they do.”

Beckstrand uses his own personal shooting experiences to inform his writing as well. In 2009, he started competing in Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches, two-gun matches and precision gas-gun matches.

“At some PRS matches, Tom noted it was hard to see at a distance when it was overcast or rainy and when the target was a piece of shot-up steel inside a woodline,” said Poole. “Most scopes are great when the sun is shining, but Tom started paying attention to who was hitting and who wasn’t when targets were in the shadows. He made note of the optics each were using, and along his journey as a writer, he started tracking and including light-transmission tests in his evaluations. That level of detail in his writing goes above and beyond.”

The Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Award was established by Bushnell to honor the legendary writer and photojournalist Bill McRae for his vast contributions to the optics and outdoor industry throughout his 50-year career. Introduced in 2011, the annual award was created to recognize McRae and the other journalists who have made a profound impact in the industry.

“This award has honored some of the best shooting and optics writers in the industry, and Tom’s work and dedication has built on that tradition,” said Matt Rice, senior media relations manager for Bushnell. “Not only has Tom educated millions of hunters and shooters through his writing, but he has left his mark on the industry as a whole.”

Previous winners have included Ron Spomer, John Barsness, Wayne van Zwoll, David Petzal, Andrew McKean, Bob Robb, Bryce Towsley and Richard Mann.

Thyrm Introduces CellVault-5M Modular Battery Case

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Innovative Storage Solution for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Sunnyvale, CA — We’re excited to announce the arrival of the CellVault-5M™ Modular Battery Case, our flagship battery storage solution for lithium-ion batteries. The CellVault-5M provides a safe haven for the batteries relied on the most by users of high-powered flashlights, weaponlights, night vision and other critical gear. Whether they need CR123s for a helmet light or NVGs, 18350s for a new pistol light, or 18650s for rifles, the CellVault-5M case can be custom-configured to carry exactly what’s needed while keeping cells safe, dry, and attached to gear. Whether on patrol or at the range, power-ups are fast and easy.

The CellVault-5M Features:

  -Modular inserts for 18650, 18350, CR123 batteries
  -Extra wells for CR2032 batteries
  -Waterproof gasket seal
  -Integrated straps for attaching to MOLLE/webbing
  -Lockable over-center latch
  -Adhesive Velcro® patch for front panel included
  -Durable premium polymer construction
  -Available in Black, OD, Rescue Orange, & Flat Dark Earth
  -Designed & Made in the USA

While the CellVault-5M case comes with enough modular battery inserts for most users’ needs, we are also offering a Modular Insert Pak that includes additional battery inserts allowing for every configuration possible (when paired with the inserts that come with the CellVault-5M case).

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EOS Demonstrates Precision Firepower

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Huntsville, Alabama – EOS Defense Systems USA, Inc. (EOS DS USA), successfully demonstrated the precise lethality of its Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) to U.S. Military observers at the Crew Served Weapons (CSW) Industry Range Day event on Red Cloud Range, Fort Benning, Georgia, July 14-15, 2021.

The first-time event, which included a live fire and static display, was sponsored by the office of the Product Manager, Crew Served Weapons, from Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, and included participation from members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines and SOCOM.  

EOS R400 with M230LF and Javelin ATGM

CEO of EOS DS USA, Retired Brigadier General Phil Coker said, “We appreciate the innovative approach offered by the team from Program Executive Office Soldier Lethality and their willingness to host industry in this outstanding event.”

EOS took full advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase its world class RWS systems by mounting two medium-gimbal R400S RWS on HMMWVs, one firing the Northrop Grumman percussion-primed M230LF, 30x113mm cannon and the other the Dillon Aero M134D, 7.62mm Gatling Gun.  EOS also displayed the light-gimbal R150S RWS, mounted on the Polaris DAGOR, firing the M2, .50 caliber heavy machine gun and capable of supporting the Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).

EOS R400 with Dillon M134D

The R400S / M230LF combination was the only 30mm system demonstrated to achieve first round hits on every target out to the maximum distance available on the range. It demonstrated EOS’ signature RWS precision by placing accurate bursts, at high-rate of fire, on successive targets at multiple ranges. The R400S also demonstrated how it transforms the Dillon M134D into a devastating point engagement system.  By precisely applying the Dillon M134D‘s trademark firepower the R400S reduces rounds expended and increases stowed kills.

EOS R400 w/ M230LF Engaging Targets

Coker stated, “This inaugural event that gave us an opportunity to showcase the EOS family of Remote Weapons Stations.  The R400S provides the U.S. Military with a critical capability in the modern, near-peer fight allowing for the employment of precise medium caliber firepower to counter potential future adversaries on the battlefield. At the same time, the R150S provides a fully stabilized platform with high end day/night sensors for light and ultra-light mobility platforms. The R150S is designed to mount next generation weapons and enhance the lethality and survivability of specialized formations.”  


EOS also exhibited, for the first time, its R600 Missile Carrier (R600MC) in the static display area. This unique platform provides to the U.S. Warfighter a medium-caliber cannon RWS with the added anti-armor punch of four, ready to fire, Javelin missiles (2 x twin missile pods on either side of the RWS). This prototype system, in development with the cooperation of the Javelin Joint Venture, aims to provide mechanized elements with the firepower to engage multiple armored threats. EOS plans to conduct a live fire evaluation of this system at the end of 2021.

EOS Defense Systems USA, Inc., headquartered in its 80,000 ft2 manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama, and its Australian parent company, Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd have been providing industry leading RWS systems to allied and partner nations’ security forces for more than 30 years, including the delivery of the R400S and R150S to the Australian Defence Force in support of the Land 400 Phase 2 and 3 programs.


Australian Dept of Defence Announce $35m Contract to Aquaterro Australian Combat Helmet (Team Wendy EXFIL) Refurbishment Program

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Melbourne, Australia 27th July 2021.

Today the Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP announced a landmark $35m (USD$26.5m) Contract with Australian Company, Aquaterro for the refurbishment of the ADF Tiered Combat Helmet (TCH) fleet.


The contract to refurbish the Aquaterro supplied Team Wendy EXFIL (TCH) reflects the confidence the Australian Commonwealth has in Aquaterro’s capabilities as a technical inspection and complex programmes service provider. Aquaterro is the Prime Vendor for the Land125.3B Tiered Combat Helmet Program.

As a leading regional provider of soldier and officer worn and carried equipment, Aquaterro is steadfast in its continual strategic investment in product design, development, testing and production capabilities. Aquaterro’s commitment to investment in these critical capabilities continues to be evident through its significant expansion across multiple fronts, including recruitment of technical specialists and investment in dedicated infrastructure for the future, long- term commitment of Self-Protection Personal Equipment research and development.

As of July 2021, Aquaterro officially announces the completion of “Building 2” on its Aquaterro Defence Precinct site in Pakenham, Southeast Melbourne. This dedicated Integrated Soldier Systems Center on over 32,000 square feet of industrial land is adjacent to the company’s 70,000 square foot headquarters property, which will accommodate the Armour Technical Inspection and Refurbishment Workshop.

The HON Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, previewed Aquaterro’s refurbishment and SPPE capabilities during his visit to Aquaterro Headquarters in May 2021, where the Prime Minister was among the first to see the new Combat Ballistic Helmet Technical Inspection and Refurbishment process, now operating within the new Building 2, Integrated Solider Systems Center.

This facility and Aquaterro’s capabilities will continue to enable the ongoing development and production of operationally relevant Integrated Soldier Systems and Small Arms programs capability for Australia’s sovereign defence industry.

The Team Wendy EXFIL Tiered Combat Helmet (TCH)

Canadian Department of National Defence Awards Tulmar Safety Systems for Emergency Passenger Oxygen Systems

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Tulmar Safety Systems is pleased to announce the award of Contract No. W8485-216379/001 by the Canadian Department of National Defence for the exclusive supply of  Essex Industries Emergency Passenger Oxygen Systems (EPOS) to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

Air Forces such as the USAF and RCAF utilize the EPOS smoke hood for trained individuals in military aircraft emergencies such as decompression, fire, evacuation, rescue, smoke-filled cabins, toxic fumes or hazardous cargo spills.  The EPOS smoke hood utilizes compressed aviation grade oxygen and CO2 scrubbers to furnish up to 60 minutes of oxygen for someone at rest.

Founded in 1992, Tulmar has become Canada’s leading supplier of Aviation Life Support Equipment for defence and commercial aviation markets.