Posts Tagged ‘Sniper’

Full Spectrum Solutions Shooting Mat

Monday, March 16th, 2015

-The shooting mat can be used alone mode or while attached to a pack via two different PALS attachment points.
-Constructed from lightweight 330D Cordura, the mat incorprates closed cell foam to protect the shooter while operating on hard/rough surfaces.
-Light-weight, coming in at ~1 lb. 10 oz.
-Clear, water resistant “data on previous engagement” (DOPE) card holders that affix to the mat via Velcro. This allows the shooter to maintain their data in high wind environments or take them off and carry them in a pocket or on/in kit
-Adjustable Bipod loops are sewn into the mat to provide the shooter with the ability to “load” the bipod legs and practice proper marksmanship fundamentals without the gun sliding or slipping. This capability/feature could also be utilized to tie down and secure equipment as needed. The adjustable bipod loops allow the shooter to adjust the overall length to accommodate multiple different rifle platforms and are also removable via side release buckle if not in use or needed
-Rear grommets to secure the shooting mat when operating in high wind environments 

-Open 29” (22”) x 48”
-Rolled Up 5” x 5” x 14”

Offered in Coyote and MultiCam.

Sneak Peek – USMC M40A6 Prototype

Monday, March 16th, 2015

I recently got a look at a prototype of the proposed USMC upgrade to the M40A6 configuration for their venerable sniper rifle based on the Remington 700 action. Well I’m told that IOC still two years out, the decision for the upgrade in stock to a modified version of the Remington Arms Chassis System which has already been adopted in other forms by the US Army and SOCOM.

Currently, the working designation remains M40A6 but it well be fielded as the M40A7.  Apparently, the barrel remains the sticking point, and a final decision on length and twist rate has still not been made although the weapon remains 7.62 NATO.  Take a look at the gallery and you may see a few other tidbits of info like the SureFire suppressor adapter.

HOG Saddle Now Available in OD Green

Monday, March 16th, 2015

During a small vendor show sponsored last week by US Tactical Supply last week in the NCR, for Federal LE Agencies, I got a chance to check out the new OD version of the HOG Saddle by Shadow Tech LLC.  It’s seen above and below with different rifles mounted and used in conjunction with the SS Loophole Sling.

For those of you unfamiliar with the MOD 7 HOG Saddle, it is standard issue for every USMC Sniper (NSN 1005-01-616-2719) and is in use with numerous other military and police organizations both here and abroad.  Basically, it’s a clamp (that won’t harm the rifle) that allows you to shopt from a tripod and leave your DRIFIRE in place even if you back away from it during long periods of observation.


  • CNC machined from a solid block of aluminum 
  • Black oxide stainless steel bolt and guide rods
  • Hard anodized finish (a resilient surface which serves as an excellent base coat for custom camouflage paint)
  • 1/4-20 stainless steel mounting threads and 3/8-16 back up threads
  • CNC machined torque knob assembly with retention button screw to prevent disassembly in the field (opens 1/4in wider than previous model)
  • Stainless steel noise dampening tension spring
  • 1/4 inch thick, recessed urethane pads specifically engineered to absorb rifle recoil and reduce muzzle jump
  • Anti-rotation slots to accept tripod QD plates that have video pins
  • Superior resistance to corrosion
  • Weight: Less than 16 oz

The photo above shows the HOG Saddle to the right as well as the stamped metal PIG Saddle to the right.  It was taken indoors so the color is a bit off.  It’s much darker in person, as you can see in the top photo.

In addition to the new OD color, it is also offered in Shadow Grey.

Thunder Beast Sniper Data Book

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

We’ve written several times about the awesomeness that is the their patented Multi-Environment Rewrite System. It’s been used for several applications including the US Marine Corps’ Battalion Infantry Operations Support Kit. Not only is it erasable, but it is also impervious to weather and human blood. Additionally, it remains there until you want it gone. Now, this rewritable technology has been used to develop a Sniper Data Book.

Officially called the Simplified Density Altitude – Sniper Data Book, it is a joint venture between THUNDER BEAST ARMS CORPORATION, GUERILLA TACTICAL, DEMIGOD LLC, and MIR/THULS. And, just like the name implies, data in the book is organized by Density Altitude which, once computed can actually be a constant across multiple environments and can be ascertained via a device such as a Kestrel or by using the density altitude chart in the book. As you learn more about your weapon and various loads/conditions, you can save it to the confirmed section of the data book.

The Sniper Data Book is modular. The standard version supports .308 Winchester (7.62 NATO) but you can add modules for additional cartridges. Already, the two military standard .300 Win Mag loadings, Mk 248 Mod 0 and Mod 1, are available as plug-in modules with more on the way. You can also add other standard THULS modules to the book for further customization. For example, you can use the glow-in-the-dark range card seen above.

It comes with three hard binder rings but these can be changed out for cable rings if desired. This article is only the tip of the iceberg. The learn about all of the aspects of the Simplified Density Altitude – Sniper Data Book, visit

2012 24-Hour Sniper Adventure Challenge

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Competition Dynamics and Thunder Beast Arms Corporation have teamed up to present the 2012 24-Hour Sniper Adventure Challenge, held 27-29 JULY 2012 at SniperCountry in Washakie, Box Elder, Utah.

It’s an adventure race for two-man teams involving: land navigation; practical shooting with long-range rifle, carbine, and pistols; fieldcraft; problem solving; and other related tasks. Teams will negotiate a 30 mile course on foot carrying the gear they require to complete the land navigation and all tasks. Additionally, teams must carry one long-range rifle, one carbine, and two pistols for the entire course.

For the whole low down on this interesting competition visit There aren’t many slots left.

Hog Saddle Tripod Mounted Rifle Rest Improvements

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Hog Saddle showed us a couple of improvements they made to their tripod mounted rifle rest.


For one thing, they’ve replaced the polymer adjustment knob with a MilSpec aluminum version which is more robust.


Additionally, they’ve added coyote urethane pads as an option.

The mount is solid and will hold all but the most unbalanced rifle in place so that the shooter can accomplish other tasks. Additionally, spotters have begun to adopt the Hog Saddle for their spotting scopes.

One final feature that bears mentioning is that the Hog Saddle does not require an adapter and can be attached directly to any 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 thread attachments. This can be a huge space and weight savings.

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Tactical Concealment Manufacturing Introduces A-TACS

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Established in 1999, Tactical Concealment Manufacturing, Corp is well known for their ghillie-based concealment systems. Now, they’ve added A-TACS to their line.

Products include:

The popular Mamba Suit offers the operator full body concealment. Built from scratch and constructed from the highest quality materials, the Mamba is provided ungarnished allowing the user to garnish it as best suited for their operating environment.

The Cobra system base garment is designed to be worn in conjunction and work in unison with, combat loadout equipment including LBVs, Assault Vests and slim line backpack systems. The concept is that the wearer achieve the same camouflage/concealment effectiveness a Sniper has with a ghillie suit, but scaled into a package that is practically suited toward the working needs and style of an Assaulter. The Cobra is suited for LP/OP, Reconnaissance/Intelligence Gathering, Ranging, Forward Observation, Dismounted Patrol, Ambush Line and Target Beaconing. One size fits most.

The GhillieSkins Viper Hood is a lightweight, cape-like garment that covers the head and upper body. Like the Cobra, this garment is also designed to be worn in conjunction and work in unison with combat loadout equipment including LBV’s, Assault Vests and Backpack systems. Once again, one size fits most.

On a similar note, the Snipers Boonie is designed provide head and shoulder concealment but based on a boonie hat platform. One size fits most.

Finally, the Sidewinder Chest Skid Plate does exactly what the name implies. It provides a smooth, unobstructed chest skid surface for low crawls during stalks or movements during Close Target Recces. Additionally, it provides much needed comfort and reduces physiological degradation often found against harsh ground surfaces and temperate conditions. An inner liner integrates a side entry pocket for document and map storage and allows the wearer to adjust the level of chest padding. Constructed from 1000 denier Cordura, it is a one-piece design with adjustment straps to allow for adjustment for different size wearers and a 1-inch webbing egress crotch strap keeps the SideWinder from riding-up during reverse crawls. Finally, donning and doffing is facilitated by 1-inch ITW Nexus buckles.

Hog Saddle Tripod Mounted Rifle Rest

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Designed by a Marine Scout Sniper and OIF Veteran, the patent pending Hog Saddle is a rugged, lightweight (16 oz), mobile shooting platform that has been designed from the ground up to universally attach to tripod-based modular equipment, providing the shooter with a stable shooting position adaptable to any environment. These are in use now with military and LE shooters.

The Hog Saddle is built around four principles:

RUGGEDNESS – Specifically designed for the military sniper to be impact and corrosion resistant
VERSATILITY – Universal to any tripod platform utilizing 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 thread attachments
AMERICAN MADE – They didn’t sell out and go to Asia or India. They have kept their business in the USA

The Hog Saddle is CNC machined from a solid block of aluminum and then hard anodized and features a black oxide stainless steel bolt and guide rods. Adjustments are via a heavy-duty torque knob. Other components work in concert to mitigate noise and hold the weapon fast. There is a stainless steel noise dampening tension spring as well as 1/4 inch thick, recessed urethane pads specifically engineered to absorb rifle recoil and reduce muzzle jump.

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