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NIOA Announces Picatinny Arsenal Tenancy

Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

The NIOA Group has taken up a tenancy at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey as it looks to strengthen allied supply of critical munitions.

Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, USA, where NIOA will take up a tenancy in a strategic move aimed at supporting allied defence capabilities. Photo credit: US Army Corps of Engineers

NIOA Group CEO Robert Nioa said the company’s expansion into the United States Army’s Joint Centre of Excellence for ammunition and weapons demonstrated its commitment to play a key role in armaments supply to the US Army and its allies.

Picatinny Arsenal has a workforce of more than 6000 military, government and civilian personnel.

It includes key organisations such as Joint Program Executive Office Armaments and Ammunition (JPEO A&A), Project Manager Soldier Lethality and Combat Capability Development Command Armaments Center (DEVCOM-AC).

The move “inside the wire” at Picatinny signals NIOA’s intent to expand its reach in the US beyond the recent 100 per cent acquisition earlier this year of Tennessee-based Barrett Firearms.

Barrett is a key supplier to the US Army and Special Operations Command, with active contracts for its MK 22 Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) precision sniper rifle, and the M107A1 .50cal semi-auto anti-material rifle.

Mr Nioa said the tri-lateral AUKUS security agreement had underscored the growing importance of trans-Pacific partnerships between Australian defence companies and the US.

This was highlighted recently by calls from Dr. William LaPlante, United States Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, for greater co-production, co-development and co-sustainment of weapons with close allies.

“Picatinny Arsenal is a vital US hub for defence innovation and collaboration,” Mr Nioa said.

“This strategic expansion comes at a crucial time and demonstrates NIOA’s long-term broader objective to strengthen allied defence capabilities.

“By establishing a stronger presence at Picatinny, NIOA hopes to facilitate closer collaboration with US government agencies to accelerate our contribution to global security.”

As well as its ownership of Barrett, NIOA has long-standing relationships with American companies such as General Dynamics, Northrup Grumman and Winchester through their operation of the Lake City ammunition plant, each of which also have tenancies at Picatinny.

The NIOA Group’s US-based Advisory Board members include a former commander of Picatinny Arsenal, Brig. Gen. (Ret) Alfred Abramson as well as former US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, the Hon. Ellen Lord.

NIOA’s Team at Picatinny includes Doreen Chaplin, who was previously the First Assistant Program Executive Office Ammunition and Daniel Napolitano, who was previously Program Manager Combat Ammunition Systems (CAS) Director of International Programs.

About the NIOA Group…

• The NIOA Group includes NIOA Inc [USA], NIOA Australia, NIOA New Zealand, the Australian Missile Corporation, Barrett Firearms [USA)] and joint venture company Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions.

• Established in 1973, NIOA is a global firearms, weapons and munitions company with operations in the USA, Australia and New Zealand and distribution covering more than 75 US State Department approved countries around the world.

• NIOA is a major tenant at the Australian government owned, contractor operated (GOCO) munitions facility at Benalla in Victoria where it is currently manufacturing 120mm munitions for the Abrams tank along with 30mm and 35mm cannon ammunition.

• The company is a joint venture partner with Rheinmetall of Germany in the Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions 155mm artillery forging facility in Maryborough, Queensland, delivering key munitions for US allied nations.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with DroneGun Mk4

Monday, November 27th, 2023

• Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese pictured with DroneShield DroneGun Mk4 portable counterdrone system at the White House complex in Washington DC.

• Australian Government supports DroneShield as a sovereign solution provider as global tensions continue to escalate, reflected in the aid package.

• $10.4 million of DroneShield equipment included under the latest $20 million aid package from the Australian Government to Ukraine, announced in late October 2023.

DroneShield (“DroneShield” or “the Company”) is pleased to share the ongoing support by the Australian Government for its cutting edge counterdrone capability, including the image of the Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with DroneShield DroneGun Mk4 handheld counterdrone system, at the White House complex in Washington DC. 

Last month, DroneShield’s counterdrone equipment was selected for deployment to Ukraine under the latest Australian Government aid package. The total value to DroneShield is $10.4 million (out of the $20 million package to four Australian companies). Full delivery and payment under this contract is due to occur prior to end of this year.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese holding DroneShield DroneGun Mk4, a handheld counterdrone system, with DroneShield US CEO Matt McCrann (far right), at the White House complex in Washington, D.C.

Oleg Vornik, DroneShield CEO, commented: ”DroneShield continues to receive strong support from both Australian and US Governments, being our two home bases. This image of the Australian Prime Minister holding our flagship product is a showcase of this support. Most work we do, is under strict confidentiality due to the nature of our customers, and its pleasing to see this public endorsement of our work, as global tensions and hostile use of drones continue globally.” 

The Beretta Tomcat by LTT

Monday, November 27th, 2023

(Phoenix, AZ) – After years of waiting, the Beretta Tomcat is finally getting the custom attention it deserves. Langdon Tactical Technology (LTT), custom firearms shop that specializes in creating customized, high-quality firearms, has released their version of the legendary Beretta Tomcat, Beretta’s 32 ACP tilting barrel pocket pistol.

“Customers have asked us for years to work on the Tomcat, and in 2022 we jokingly released an April Fools post suggesting that we had started doing so, however it was just a joke” said Vice President of LTT, Aimee Langdon “but then the likes, comments, and messages started rolling in with thousands of customers begging us to make it a reality. Today, we have.”

Langdon’s Tomcat will include their Trigger Job, RDO Cut, and a rear slide Bevel, along with cerakote finishing on the slide. At launch, LTT will be offering the suppressor ready FDE variant of the Tomcat and accepting customer guns for Custom Gun Work.

LTT Tomcats with the full custom package will retail at $649 without an optic, while Custom Gun Work begins at just $140.00.

To learn more about Langdon Tactical and browse the full lineup of custom gun options, visit

APEX Protective Launches Two New Gloves

Monday, November 27th, 2023

For Immediate Release

Unleash Dexterity & Technology for APEX Performance

Louisville, Colorado – APEX Protective, LLC. announces the release of their new High Dexterity Multi Sport Gloves, the 1.0 High Dexterity Glove and 2.0 Cold Weather Glove.  

Adrian Hovey, former Operations Manager at SKD Tactical, LLC., says of his new venture:

“We’re proud to finally launch our 3 year long endeavor to source the best designs, materials and production partners for touch screen compatible, high performance sport gloves. Having previously worked with an industry leader in tactical gloves, we didn’t have the normal teething pains associated with launching a new glove line.  Although much of our product development was delayed during the pandemic, we’re now producing at full steam and selling directly to our customers through our partners at Amazon.”

We’ve looked at the competition and found them wanting – tired of trying to perform fine motor skills with auto mechanic gloves?  Check out our tactically inspired, modern high dexterity gloves, available on Amazon Prime.

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1.0 High Dexterity Glove

2.0 Cold Weather Glove

Whether you’re a passionate athlete or a weekend warrior, the APEX Protective 1.0 and 2.0 gloves are your perfect companion to excel in any pursuit and are designed to elevate your athletic performance across various disciplines.  

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The APEX Protective High Dexterity Multi-Sport 1.0 Gloves are engineered to offer an unparalleled level of precision and dexterity. We meticulously engineered them to provide unmatched versatility and performance. Crafted with premium materials, they offer a combination of fit, grip, durability, and comfort that’s unrivaled. From football to hiking, cycling to shooting sports, and everything in between, these gloves are tailored to meet the demands of your favorite activities.

The APEX Protective High Dexterity 2.0 Cold Weather Gloves are designed to offer windproof warmth without compromising dexterity. Never before has a 3 season Cold Weather glove offered so much fit and  dexterity.  Crafted with premium materials, they offer a combination of fit, grip, durability, and comfort that’s unrivaled. From football to hiking, cycling to shooting sports, and everything in between, these gloves are tailored to meet the demands of your favorite activities.

Key Features:

Enhanced Grip: Our gloves feature a specialized grip technology that ensures a secure hold on sports equipment, enhancing your precision and control.

Breathable Comfort (1.0 Only): Designed with advanced ventilation, these gloves keep your hands cool and dry during intense workouts, preventing discomfort and fatigue.

Built Tough: Made to last longer than your dad’s favorite dad jokes, our gloves will be your trusty sidekick for many games to come.

Versatility: From outdoor adventures to indoor training, our Multi-Sport Gloves are adaptable to various environments and conditions.

Optimized Fit: Designed to conform to your hand’s natural contours, our gloves offer a second-skin fit for maximum control and agility. They look pretty darn good, too.

Introducing Magtech Steel Case 9mm Pistol Ammunition

Monday, November 27th, 2023

Minneapolis, MN – November 27, 2023 – Magtech Ammunition, a leading global manufacturer of high-quality ammunition, is pleased to announce the launch of its Steel Case 9mm pistol ammunition. Engineered over the last two years, they have developed a new production process that significantly elevates the quality and performance standards traditionally associated with steel case ammunition.  

The new Magtech Steel Case 9mm ammunition is produced completely in-house, on proprietary machinery using the same Boxer primers, powder and projectiles they load in their standard brass case 9mm.  These steel cases are zinc-plated and polished to an extremely high standard which eliminates the need for problematic lacquers, polymer coatings, and other case treatments that often result in reduced performance.  

“We are excited to introduce Magtech Steel Case 9mm to the market,” said Troy Duerr, President of Magtech Ammunition. “This new product is manufactured to the same high standards as our brass ammunition with a more economical price point. We are confident that it will be a popular choice for target shooting and range use.”

Magtech Steel Case 9mm is currently available with 115GR FMJ projectiles at select retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit the Magtech Ammunition website at

Rheinmetall Electronics UK’s Contract Award to Supply Trailblazer Camera System to UK Warrior IFVs

Sunday, November 26th, 2023

Rheinmetall has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to supply the Trailblazer driver’s view system for the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle fleet. Rheinmetall Electronics UK Ltd won the contract in an open competition and will now supply Trailblazers for a total of 359 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles. The order value is in the low double-digit million euro range.

The Trailblazer cameras will be used as a Rear Safety Camera System (RSCS) for the Warrior vehicle, providing a key safety feature for the driver to recognise terrain and personnel at the rear of the vehicle.  

The camera proposed by Rheinmetall Electronics UK is also used as the PAX camera on the Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) – part of the vehicles complete local situational awareness system. The PAX model comprises an infrared camera with a 90° field of view giving coverage down to 0 Lux, allowing the driver a wide field of view across the width of the vehicle. 

On the Boxer MIV programme, it has recently been independently confirmed that the Trailblazer system will be compliant to an internationally recognised functional safety standard (IEC 61508, within a SIL2 application).

Alongside delivery into the Warrior and Boxer MIV programmes, Rheinmetall Electronics UK are also providing the Driver Vision System on the Challenger 3 main battle tank programme.  Boxer MIV and Challenger 3 represent two of the most important modernisation programs for the British Army. Selection of a common Trailblazer solution provides excellent coherence across the fleet.

As part of this programme, Rheinmetall Electronics UK will be delivering the latest, Third Generation Trailblazer solutions, which are fully software defined, Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) compatible and have already been qualified to safety and EMC standards, reducing risks around integration. The cameras support continuous, incremental updates, ensuring the capability remains evergreen. 

Wayne Cranwell, Rheinmetall Electronics UK Head of Sales said: “Our solution to the Warrior RSCS requirement was founded on the mature design we provide into the Boxer MIV programme ensuring effective and safe rearward operations. Great to see that DE&S identified our proposal as the best value offer in this competition – this will keep this important British Army capability current for the remainder of its in-service lifetime.”

Richard Streeter, Rheinmetall Electronics UK Managing Director said: “It is heartening to see coherence developing across the UK fleet vehicle vision. This approach drives down integration and delivery risk and timelines as well as the total cost of ownership for the UK MoD. The Trailblazer Gen 3 solution was specifically developed to meet the demanding requirements of the UK Army and it will be great to see this system now also supporting the safety needs of the Warrior platform.”

Brigadier Matt Wilkinson, Vehicle Support Team Leader, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), said: “This safety critical upgrade to Warrior is being delivered at pace and with the principals of quality, supportability, and value for money at its heart. The DE&S Vehicle Support Team look forward to working with Rheinmetall Electronics UK in integrating this leading-edge technology to our in-service fleet of Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles over the next 12 months.”

Aero Precision Named WiFi Sponsor for Industry Day at the Range 2024

Saturday, November 25th, 2023

LAS VEGAS, N.V. – November 17, 2023 – Industry Day at the Range is thrilled to announce Aero Precision as the official WiFi Sponsor for the highly anticipated event in 2024. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the support and enhancement of connectivity during the premier shooting industry event.

Industry Day at the Range serves as a prelude to the annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and is set to take place on January 22, 2024 at the Boulder City Rifle and Pistol Club, Nevada. The event offers a unique opportunity for media members, buyers and industry professionals to experience firsthand the latest innovations and products from leading firearms manufacturers and outdoor brands.

Aero Precision, known for its high-quality firearms components and accessories, is proud to support Industry Day at the Range 2024 by providing seamless WiFi connectivity throughout the venue. This sponsorship underscores Aero Precision’s commitment to technological advancements and their dedication to facilitating communication and connectivity within the firearms industry. Attendees will be able to test these products in their exclusive bay, SR-1 and Long Range Shooting Area LR-3.

Kelsey Puryear, Event Manager of Industry Day at the Range, expressed excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are delighted to welcome Aero Precision as our WiFi Sponsor for Industry Day at the Range 2024. This collaboration ensures that our attendees, exhibitors and media representatives will have access to reliable internet throughout the event, enabling seamless communication and interaction. Aero Precision’s support underscores their commitment to fostering innovation and connectivity within our industry.”

Ryan Donahue, President of Sales and Marketing for Aero Precision, “I have been attending Range Day for many years and we could not be more excited to support the industry event as the wifi sponsor for 2024.  We will be showcasing all of our brands including Aero Precision, Stag Arms, Ballistic Advantage, and VG6 in bay SR-1 and all our new bolt action rifles on the long range, LR 3&4.  We are honored to be part of this event and we could not be more thrilled with our ongoing partnership with Industry Day at the Range and the NSSF. We look forward to see everyone in January and I look forward to seeing you all on the range.”

The sponsorship by Aero Precision further solidifies the event’s position as an essential platform for networking, product demonstrations, and the unveiling of the latest advancements in the shooting and outdoor industry.

For those interested in exhibiting in 2024, exhibitor spaces are extremely limited and nearing capacity. Prospective participants are urged to register without delay, as exhibitor registration is set to close November 22 or when all spaces have been reserved. For more details, please visit our website.

For additional insights and updates on Industry Day at the Range, please visit our official website at

Aegis Kinetic Group Vertex 1.5 Plate Carrier

Saturday, November 25th, 2023

We are pleased to announce that Aegis Dynamics has rebranded as Aegis Kinetic Group (AKG). This change symbolizes our continuous focus since our origins in 2022 – creating unique products that increase operator efficiency and move the equipment industry forward. Our commitment to serving you, our customers, has never been more solid. We would not be here if not for the generosity and support of some truly brilliant members of this community, and we are determined to pay it forward in every way we can. 

On the topic of evolution, we are also pleased to unveil our flagship product: The Vertex 1.5 Plate Carrier and Operating System. The Vertex Operating System has undergone three years of quiet development, iteration, and field testing, made better by lessons learned and user feedback received on V1. Redefining the boundaries of lightweight, scalable, maritime-ready plate carriers, the Vertex is what you make it – literally.

Made from water-resistant 500D Cordura laminate, the Vertex can adjust to any S/M plate variant using Velcro OneWrap adjustment tabs and a FIRSTSPEAR 6/12® plate backer (L/XL coming soon). The Vertex can augment existing S/M slick plate carriers for increased capability and collapses for packing in a rucksack, duffel bag, or cargo pocket. Ballistic plates are top-loaded into the Front and Rear panels of the Vertex, and the reinforced bottom ensures plate security during wear. An open design encourages immediate drainage during maritime and over-the-beach operations. The Vertex also features native wire routing beneath the carrier’s surface, sewn-in shock cord lashing points and mounting options for PTTs, and integrated, removable FIRSTSPEAR TUBES® Buckles for mounting third-party cummerbunds. The Vertex 1.5 Plate Carrier will launch alongside other system components (Shoulder Straps, MOLLE Placard, Packable Cummerbund) during our Black Friday Sale on November 24th, 2023, at noon MST. Additional components, such as removable Front and Rear Load Frames and various pouches, will be released periodically throughout 2024.

The Vertex Operating System is designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. from Berry Compliant laminate and thermoplastic materials. For MIL/LE sales, email [email protected]. Unit-specific customizations can be made on request.