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U.S. Pistol Athletes Named to 2019 Pan American Games Team

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – June 13, 2019) –

Seven U.S. Pistol athletes, including four Olympians, have earned the opportunity to compete for Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. The XVIII Pan American Games will be contested July 26 – August 11 and will feature over 6,500 athletes from 41 nations.  

Athletes were determined based on results of the 2019 Spring Selection Match that took place March 25-30 in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Previously earning quotas by winning the 2018 Championship of the Americas was Alexis Lagan (Boulder City, Nevada) and James Hall (Colombia, Missouri) in Women’s Sport Pistol and Men’s Air Pistol.  Given that there are still quotas needing to be obtained in each of those events, Lagan and Hall both declined their invitation to participate, freeing up spots for their teammates to go and try to earn a quota. Lagan won Spring Selection while Hall was second.  Earlier this year, Henry Leverett (Bainbridge, Georgia) earned a quota in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol after a fifth-place finish at a World Cup in Beijing, China. He finished second at the Spring Selection Match, but would give up his spot after the achievement.

The Pan American Games will be a critically important match to a pistol program eager to prove itself with a mix of young and proven talent. In search of five Olympic quotas, Team USA will include three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) competing in Rapid Fire Pistol, 2016 Olympian Jay Shi (Phoenix, Arizona) competing in Men’s Air Pistol, and 2012 Olympians Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana) and Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) competing in Men’s Air Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol respectively.

Joining this veteran squad is two-time Pan Am Games participant Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York) competing in both Air and Sport Pistol, Miglena Todorova (Miranda, California) setting her sights on Air Pistol, and 19-year-old Jackson Leverett (Bainbridge, Georgia) competing alongside Sanderson in Rapid Fire Pistol. Todorova and Mowrer will team up together in the Mixed Team Air Pistol event.

Sanderson will be making his first appearance at the Pan American Games since 2007 when he earned silver in the Rio de Janeiro. The 44-year-old has competed in four World Championships and 50 World Cup matches, earning medals in 10 of them.

Mowrer is a 2012 Olympian in the now discontinued event of Free Pistol that will be competing in his third Pan American Games and looking for his first Pan Am medal after previous finishes of fifth, sixth and ninth. He finished fifth at the Championship of the Americas in 2018.  

Shi, Uptagrafft, Tobar and Todorova proudly represent Team USA as naturalized citizens. Shi was born in Beijing, China and finished 18th in Air Pistol at the 2016 Olympic Games. He helped earned his spot to Rio de Janeiro by placing second in the event at the 2015 Pan Am Games and earning the Olympic quota for Team USA.

Uptagrafft was born in Singapore and will be competing in her fifth-straight Pan Am Games, having previously earned gold medals in Sport Pistol in 2003 and 2007 while earning silver in 2011 and 2015 and adding a bronze medal in Air Pistol as well in 2011. She finished third at the Championship of The Americas in 2018 in Sport Pistol.

Tobar competed for the Columbian National Team through 2011 before becoming a U.S. citizen.  She has participated in two previous Pan American Games in 2003 and 2007, earning a bronze medal in Sport Pistol at the 2003 Pan Ams in the Dominican Republic. Her father, Bernardo, is a Columbian shooting legend, having competed in four Olympic Games and finishing sixth in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Todorova competed for Bulgaria as recently as 2006, participating in two World Championships. She finished second at the 2002 World Cup in Milano.

Henry Leverett declining his chance to compete in Peru opens up the chance for his older brother, who finished third at the Spring Selection Match in Rapid Fire Pistol.  Jackson finished 12th at a World Cup event in 2018 and was eighth at Championship of the Americas.

The Pan American Games are the world’s third-largest international multi-sport Games featuring athletes from countries in the Americas. The first Pan Am Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951, and are held every four years. From July 27-August 3, shooting competition will take place at the Las Palmas Air Base. The U.S. Shooting Team earned 13 medals (four gold, six silver, three bronze) at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

2019 U.S. Pan American Games Pistol Team

Women’s Air Pistol

• Miglena Todorova (Miranda, California)

• Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York)

Women’s Sport Pistol

• Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York)

• Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama)

Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol

• Jackson Leverett III (Bainbridge, Georgia)

• Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Men’s Air Pistol

• Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana)

• Jay Shi (Phoenix, Arizona)

Mixed Team Air Pistol

• Miglena Todorva / Nick Mowrer

 *All Pan American Games roster nominations are pending approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee. 

Enoch Industries Introduces the ODIN Chassis System, a Lightweight Chassis for the 10/22 Platform

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Spring Creek, TN, June 17, 2019 – Enoch Industries, designer and developer of top-tier firearm components, has recently unveiled their first product, the ODIN Chassis System, a lightweight and versatile system for the 10/22 platform. Weighing in at only 12.2 oz, this chassis system incorporates current AR-15 attachment standards, giving users a new level of function that standard 10/22 platforms fail to deliver.

The only 10/22 chassis available on the market with a Picatinny rail at the back, the ODIN Chassis System provides a better option for attaching a new standard of stocks and pistol braces. This flexibility features a smaller footprint and offers considerable weight savings over the standard receiver extension and buttstock combos. Machined from billet 6061-T6 aluminum, The ODIN Chassis System provides a rigid, no-compromise platform for building or upgrading a precision rifle or pack-lite pistol.

“This new chassis fills the gap in the market for a lightweight, modular system for the 10/22 platform,” said Joseph Sudderth, CEO of Enoch Industries. “While on the hunt for a lightweight chassis to upgrade a 10/22, we couldn’t find anything on the market that fit the bill. So we set out to design one that provided the flexibility and versatility that we needed, and the ODIN Chassis System was born.”

The ODIN Chassis System is designed to give competition shooters and 10/22 enthusiasts the freedom to customize their build for any number of unique setups. In the front of the chassis, MLok slots at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock allow for the addition of a variety of accessories while two steel, 360° quick disconnects on both sides of the chassis are ideal for running sling attachments. The ODIN Chassis System includes a grip adapter that closes the gap from the grip to trigger housing, keeping the transition to a minimum and providing a more enjoyable shooting experience. The chassis accepts all non-beavertail AR-15 grips, although some beavertail grips are compatible with minor modifications to the grip. The ODIN Chassis System also fits all standard, non-takedown receivers excluding the Supergrade. Other notable ODIN Chassis System specs include:

• Material: 6061-T6 Billet Aluminum

• Weight: 12.22 oz (including all hardware)

• Dimensions: 12.75” (L), 1.5” (W), 1.5” (H)

• Stocks: 3 Picatinny slots at the rear of chassis

• Attachments: MLok slots at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock

• QD Inserts: 2 nitrided 360° steel inserts

• Barrel channel inner dimension: 1.015″

• Barrel lengths: Using a 6″ barrel brings the threaded muzzle to .575″ past the handguard, exposing threads for silencers.

The new ODIN Chassis System is available online to customers in the US (excluding Puerto Rico) for an MSRP of $225 and includes the ODIN Chassis in anodized black along with all required hardware. For more information about Enoch Industries and the ODIN Chassis Systems, please visit the website at

US Army NGSW Submission 6.8 Sherwood by VK Integrated Systems and Bachstein Consulting

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

The XR-68 is a new weapon system that has been submitted to the Army for the NGSW program by VK Integrated Systems of California and Bachstein Consulting LLC of New Hampshire. The system consists of an electronics suite combined with a rifle chambered for a new cartridge design, 6.8 Sherwood. Variants for both, the NGSW-R and NGSW-AR, have been submitted.

A standout unique feature of the XR-68 is the lower receiver designed to house electronics, route power and data in a secure and robust way. Similar to other VK Integrated Systems rifles, the XR-68 houses the SmarTak electronics system, an advanced weapons system design for real-time battlespace awareness. This will provide the warfighter’s enablers and sights with data that will enhance situational awareness. Parameters like number of shots, last service date, location and orientation will be made available in a way that allows for easy upgrades of software and electronics.

Rifle Design

The XR-68 is based on the DPMS308/SR-25 system used throughout the industry. The XR-68 is chambered for a new cartridge called 6.8 Sherwood. The barrel is the only part that is non-standard, similar in concept to a 300BLK in an AR-15. All other parts in the XR-68, such as the bolt, bolt carrier, fire control, etc., are DPMS308/SR-25 compatible parts. The XR-68 has an ambidextrous charging handle, safety selector and magazine catch.

Ammunition/Cartridge Design

Bachstein Consulting designed the 6.8 Sherwood to meet the level of performance required by the Army for the NGSW program. 6.8 Sherwood has more internal case volume than 7.62mm and other cartridges derived from 7.62mm, allowing for more performance potential. 6.8 Sherwood is compatible with 7.62mm bolts and bolt carriers, no special modifications are required.

VK Integrated Systems

Bachstein Consulting

NEW! Basket Weave Kydex Products from Comp-Tac

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

For Immediate Release – HOUSTON – Comp-Tac® a leader in high quality holsters for competition, concealed carry, and duty use, recently released new basket weave Kydex® variants of many of its most popular products.

Comp-Tac® has enhanced their products by imprinting a basket weave finish on their high-quality, air-craft grade Kydex® . Because the pattern is imprinted into the Kydex® it will not rub off or wear over time. It gives a long lasting visual as well as tactile feel of basket weave on the customer’s favorite holster, mag pouch, handcuff or tourniquet TACO® product. In addition to the basket weave finish, the stenciling of the item’s make and model has been moved to the back to maintain the clean look the basket weave offers.

“A large number of law enforcement officers are required to carry basket weave finish on their gear as part of their department regulations,” explained Bill Babboni, High Speed Gear® Vice President of Sales and Operations. “For many, this has limited their product choices. Now that Comp-Tac® can create a basket weave pattern on Kydex® products, we hope to expand those officers’ choices and allow them to carry the gear they need and want while still meeting their departments’ requirements.”

Available in black Kydex® only, basket weave finish is available for the International™ Holster, Warrior Holster, Single Magazine Pouch PLM, Kydex® Tourniquet TACO® and Kydex® Handcuff TACO®.

International™ Holster Basket Weave – SKU: C846 – MSRP: $77.00
Warrior™ Holster Basket Weave – SKU: C847 – MSRP: $85.00
Single Mag Pouch PLM Basket Weave – SKU: C848 – MSRP: $36.00
Kydex® Tourniquet TACO® Basket Weave – SKU: 11TQK0BW – MSRP: $43.00
Kydex® Handcuff TACO® Basket Weave – SKU: 11DCK0BW – MSRP: $41.00

PDW Ti-NATO Straps

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Updated Modern Version of the Military G10-Type NATO Strap

Prometheus Design Werx introduces their new Ti-NATO Strap. An updated and modern take on the classic military G10-Type watch strap originally introduced in 1973 by the British Ministry of Defence. The PDW version of the “NATO-Type” watch strap features titanium alloy rings and buckle which are non-magnetic and rustproof. The Ti-NATO uses a heavier duty nylon strap, which is durable, yet pliable and comfortable. These straps are perfectly suited for today’s purpose driven, mechanical movement watches. Use them on land or underwater. The PDW Ti-NATO Straps will be available in 20mm and 22mm widths, and Black and OD Green straps colors.

The Ti-NATO Strap from Prometheus Design Werx will introduce new colors in the near future, and possibly new widths according to customer requests and as they are developed.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“The initial impetus to create these was out of a need to accommodate some of our DOD customers. We’re known for our watchband compass kits and since they are designed to be used with NATO-Type straps we became aware that the stainless steel rings and buckles on most of the ones available on the market were easily magnetized when exposed to all the trendy rare earth magnets found in today’s EDC products. We’ve never been huge fans of rare earth magnets used in EDC goods, but they are out there. Firstly anyone with a good mechanical movement watch knows that magnets are not a mechanical watch’s friend. Secondly, if you use a strap-worn supporting compass, any magnetic fields will throw off your accuracy. By using titanium hardware in our strap we’ve eliminated this from even being a possibility. Our titanium rings are more robust than the typical stamped stainless type and not as bulky as the ZULU type. It’s a good sweet spot. Our nylon straps are custom woven and again, we feel a great sweet spot for thickness, durability while remaining comfortable for all day wear. On land or under the sea our Ti-NATO straps are perfect companions for your favorite watch.”

The new PDW Ti-NATO Strap will be available for $36.00 on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 12:00 noon PT via their website,


High Ground Releases NEW Pack Line

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Philadelphia, PA. – High Ground Gear (HG), an exclusive product line of Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc., proudly announces the release of two (2) versions of their new BANG Pack.  The BANG Pack compliments HG’s mission-specific line of tactical and outdoor gear.

“The design/release of the two (2) new BANG packs from High Ground rounds out our extensive offerings of bags, packs and load out bags. Operators rely on HG’s history of fantastic, high-quality bags that provide great flexibility. The new BANG Packs are available in 2 different versions,” stated Mike Runella, High Ground’s Director of Business Development.  He added “we already have our larger family of legacy packs with the HG-3-Day and HG Summit that have been very well-received for years by our end-users. Our customers now turned to us for a smaller version of our pack for their smaller missions.

The BANG Pack “Tactical” is a mid-size 3-Day pack features 1/2” Volara® Closed Cell Foam and air mesh back padding, utilizes HG’s exclusive cable routing shoulder straps, and includes a stowable/removable waist belt system. The BANG Pack-Tactical provides numerous modular attachment points on the front of the pack for the end user to customize his/her pack.

The BANG Pack “Slick” is built off the same platform, shape and size but has been toned down to be more of an everyday carry bag. The Slick version also utilizes the slimmer ½” Volara® foam and shoulder strap configuration. With its sleeker appearance, the BANG Pack-Slick is the perfect pack for that weekend hike or plane ride. The Slick will be available in a wider range of colors for the outdoor enthusiasts.

“Our new BANG Packs offer a cool alternative to our successful HG 3-Day and HG Summit packs,” offers Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc. CEO, Bob Rosania.  “The packs are specifically designed to provide the customer with the high quality workmanship expected of a High Ground product without all the extensive features of our legacy packs at an affordable price point.”

High Ground; We Make Every Stitch Count…

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D3O Launches Its Lightest Helmet Pad System Yet

Monday, June 17th, 2019

D3O, the world’s number one impact protection company, has just launched its most lightweight helmet pad system for law enforcement and military applications, D3O® TRUST NimbusTM.

TRUST NimbusTM has been designed to provide superior impact protection performance and comfort, suitable for integration into any helmet shell, via 7 or 9 helmet pad configurations.

This Berry Amendment Compliant helmet pad system exceeds the required level of protection for the Advanced Combat Helmet Standard (AR/PD 10-02) in both Polyethylene and Aramid helmet shells, offering excellent performance across multiple impacts.

Bill VanMullekom, Executive Vice President of D3O US LLC, says “Soldiers or law enforcement officers must be able to execute the mission without being distracted by their own comfort level or fatigue. This knowledge led our team at D3O to develop our most lightweight helmet pad system, focusing on combining exceptional impact protection with complete comfort.”

The launch comes in response to the movement in the defense market today towards lightweight protection, which reduces fatigue over long periods of time and enables greater freedom of movement and agility.

3M is a global leader in head protection for military and tactical applications and has enjoyed a long-term relationship with D3O. 3M’s Vasilios Brachos, Senior Defense Product Development Manager says: “Our approach is to work with customers and end users to understand the specifications we are required to achieve. End users are asking for lightweight and comfortable products which are proven to protect – that’s why we’ve chosen the TRUST Nimbus for use in several of our helmets.”

The integrated memory foam comfort liner and moisture wicking head-side fabric with anti-microbial properties enhances the comfort of the helmet pad system, while providing superior impact protection performance.

Terry Griffith, Global Business Manager – Defense and Law Enforcement at 3M, notes “We are pleased to work with D3O and offer their latest advanced lightweight impact protection pad system to our customers. Combined with our advanced ballistic protection and lightweight helmets, it will enhance our product value to the end user.”

TRUST NimbusTM will be available for individual or unit sales through D3O’s distribution partners, RRDS and TSSI, over the coming months.

US Marine Corps Adoption of M18 Underscores Success of SIG SAUER Modular Handgun System Program

Monday, June 17th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 17, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. is honored to announce that the United States Marine Corps (USMC) is set to adopt the M18, the compact variant of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), as their official duty pistol.

“The Marine Corps announcement to put the M18 in service with the Marines is a very exciting development for SIG SAUER, and a true testament to the success of the MHS program,” began Ron Cohen, President & CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The Marine’s procurement of the M18 brings the adoption of our Modular Handgun System full circle, as this means, beginning in 2020, either the M17 or the M18 will be officially in service with every branch of the U.S. Military.”


The M18 is a 9mm, striker-fired pistol featuring a coyote-tan PVD coated stainless steel slide with black controls.  The pistol is equipped with SIGLITE front night sights and removable night sight rear plate, and manual safety. 

Recently, the M18 successfully completed a MHS Material Reliability Test that consisted of firing three M18 pistols to 12,000 rounds each for a total of 36,000 rounds in accordance with the MHS requirements.  Comparatively, the U.S. Army’s legacy pistol was only tested to 5,000 rounds making the test duration for the M18 pistol 2.4 times greater than that of the legacy pistol.  In this testing, the M18 experienced zero stoppages despite being allowed up to twelve stoppages.  Additionally, the M18 passed a parts interchange test, and met stringent accuracy and dispersion requirements.

“The success of the MHS program is the direct result of the indisputable performance and superior quality of the M17 and M18 pistols, and the commitment and dedication of the men and women of SIG SAUER to those that serve in the defense of freedom,” continued Cohen. “We are very proud, and humbled, to have earned the trust of every branch of the U.S. Military through their acceptance of the MHS program and adoption of the M17 and M18 pistols.”

Currently, the M17 and M18 are in service with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  The USMC will begin their acquisition of the M18 pistol in 2020.