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SIG SAUER Academy Completes Inaugural P365 EDC Championship Presented by USCCA

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

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.

Name That Logo

July 29th, 2021

Who can guess which company this logo belongs to? We’ll follow up at the end of the day with the answer.

Task Force Phoenix in the Fight Against RCIEDs

July 29th, 2021

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were a deadly threat during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, causing the majority of casualties in both conflicts. IEDs remain a threat today for coalition forces in Iraq and Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.

The U.S. military developed several countermeasures to protect both mounted and dismounted service members from this threat.

Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Warfare (CREW) systems provide protection by jamming signals that detonate radio-controlled IEDs (RCIEDs). The Duke Version 3 and CREW Vehicle Receiver Jammer (CVRJ) vehicle-mounted systems, and the Thor III and MODI II dismounted systems, have been effective in protecting service members from the RCIED threat.

Since 2010, an Electronic Warfare Operations (EWO)/CREW system course had been taught by contractors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The class was offered to service members from newly arrived units that employ CREW systems in convoys and on patrols. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the class has not been taught for the past 10 months.

“Due to travel restrictions, we were unable to offer the same level of training,” said Capt. Jefferson Wilkes, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for the U.S. Army Central Command Readiness Training Center (ARTC). ARTC is responsible for providing training support to coalition tenant units in Kuwait.

“The EWO/CREW Specialist Course allows Soldiers who rely on CREW systems, as they come in theater, to stay proficient in the operation and maintenance of the systems to increase survivability of their units across the AOR (Area of Responsibility),” Wilkes said.

Illinois National Guard Soldier Chief Warrant Officer 2 Anthony Meneely and Florida National Guard Soldier Chief Warrant Officer 4 Douglas Montgomery are Electronic Warfare Technicians who arrived in theater in April 2021 with Task Force Phoenix—a combat aviation brigade responsible for full-spectrum aviation operations for Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve.

Meneely, Montgomery, Electronic Warfare NCO Sgt. Ismael Pulido and OIC Maj. Jeremy Tennent are Task Force Phoenix’s Cyberspace Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) cell. They are responsible for ensuring that friendly radio-wave emitting equipment is safe and secure, and they advise the Task Force’s command staff on adversary electromagnetic jamming.

After they arrived in theater, they soon learned that the EWO/CREW class was not being taught.

“This equipment is vital on a contested battlefield where RCIEDs are a threat,” Meneely said. “Soldiers were not getting proper training for the CREW devices for their vehicles that were headed north.”

Meneely and Montgomery had the skills and expertise to teach the class. They contacted Capt. Wilkes and Lt. Col. Willard Lund, director of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS). DPTMS is responsible for all training in Kuwait. Meneely, Montgomery and Tennent made an offer to Wilkes and Lund to restart the class, update it and teach it.

“They were fully supportive,” Meneely said of Wilkes and Lund. “They’ve been helping us insurmountably with materials, equipment and general support.”

“Chief Meneely, Chief Montgomery and Maj. Tennent identified a training gap along with a resourcing gap,” Wilkes said. “They worked with us to make connections across the AOR to stand up a new program. As a result, they were able to update all of the systems and offer training for them.”

Meneely, Montgomery and Pulido, a California National Guard Soldier, welcomed their first class at Camp Buehring on July 12. Tennessee National Guard members Spc. Curtis Hicks and Staff Sgt. Thomas Daniel, from the 1-181st Field Artillery Battalion, and Virginia National Guard Soldier Staff Sgt. Richard Recupero, from the 29th Infantry Division, were the first graduates of the four-day course.

“We taught them the fundamentals of electronic warfare and the 10-level maintainer tasks for CREW systems,” Meneely said. “Upon completion of the school, the CREW maintainers can load, operate, troubleshoot and fix deficiencies in the systems. They will go back to their units responsible for ensuring all their CREW systems will be mission capable.”

Staff Sgt. Daniel said the course gave him vital training on the CREW systems that his battalion employs. “Our security force rolls out with these systems,” he said. “We’ll be in charge of doing the testing and reporting for the systems for the battalion.”

“I think the class went well,” Montgomery said. “We’re going to continually adjust the course and update it based on assessments, feedback and emerging threats.”

Meneely and Montgomery said they will be hosting additional classes as needed for incoming units. They also plan to establish a counter unmanned aerial system (CUAS) academy at Camp Buehring.

Story by MAJ Jason Sweeney, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade

Thyrm Introduces CellVault-5M Modular Battery Case

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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Warrior East 21 – Ex-Power 2000 Multi-Fuel Generator

July 28th, 2021

The Ex-Power 2000 is from Novatio Engineering and only sold to the US military.

Based on a Honda Eu2200i generator, this multi fuel model will burn JP-8, F24, MOGAS and DF-2 emergency fuel. They’ve also integrated a BB2590 with weather shroud into the system.

It offers 4.2 hours at 1250W and 5.6 hours at 1000W.

Units and agencies can procure Novatio Engineering products shown during Warrior East by contacting Atlantic Diving Supply.

Warrior East 21 – Beyond Warrior Giveaway

July 28th, 2021

Beyond is conducting a Warrior Giveaway in conjunction with Bradford Knives for the Guardian 4.5 a pair of Firebird Airwalk MultiCam shoes and this spiffy glass and shemagh.

You can enter by scanning this QR code.

Warrior East 21 – Eleven 10 ETAK Tear-Away

July 28th, 2021

Eleven 10 ETAK (Enhanced Trauma Aid Kit) can be worn on your belt or mounted to any PALS webbing.

* Rapid Deployment utilizing a Releasable Platform and Fidlok® Strap
* Modular Internal Elastic Loop Organizers
* Medical Identifying PVC MED Patch Included
* Zippered Closure
* Can be Attached to MOLLE/PALS Using the Included Malice Clips
* Sewn-In Belt Channel

Kit Includes:

(1) ETAK Med Pouch with Elastic Loop Organizers
(1) Eleven 10® Compact Medical Trauma Dressing 4”
(1) QuikClot Combat Gauze LE or Frog Gauze
(1) Nitrile Exam Gloves – Pair, Size L
(1) Eleven 10® Frog Tape
(1) North American Rescue Hyfin Vent Compact Chest Seal, Twin Pack
(1) 4” ChemLight Light Stick
(1) 5.5” Trauma Shears

Offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.


Units and agencies can procure all products shown during Warrior East by contacting Atlantic Diving Supply.