I haven’t seen Matt Jacques resume, but I’m guessing that any version I’d see would scream undercover. He’s been a sought-after instructor in the field of small footprint operations and discrete weapon employment due to his military and LEO experience. It only seems logical that Vertx, a brand developing gear for the non-uniformed tactical market, turn to him and his cadre of instructors at Victory First to get the ground truth about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to on-the-job clothing and equipment.
“Matt brings a unique set of skills and specific mindset to the design table,” says Vertx Business Development Manager Darrell Morrow. “His particular background and experience will help us completely change the way you go to the range and do the job–armed and unnoticed.”
According to Vertx, Jacques is an SME with over twenty years of military, law enforcement, tactical and undercover experience. He’s spent more than twenty years working in or providing training to specialized units that operate in low profile assignments here and abroad. These have involved counter-narcotics, investigations, high risk fugitive apprehension, dignitary protection/PSD and force protection. He has also overseen the development of several weapons systems and their training programs.
He’s also the host of the new Panteao Productions Make Ready TV, is an instructor on several of the Panteao Productions’ “MAKE READY” series of training DVDs, has been involved in the last 3 seasons of Trigger Time TV.
“They’re a company that is making great strides forward in practical application discreet apparel and gear,” says Jacques. “You’re going to see their catalog grow with some phenomenal clothing and kit.”
We’ve heard Vertx has been working with Jacques and Industrial Alchemy on a line of concealment bags that will be unveiled at SHOT Show 2014.Read More
Barry Dueck has a new set of pistol sights coming out at SHOT show this year. I had a look at them during Surefire’s media event this week. The new sights feature a smoothed notch on the rear for easy slide racking on just about anything you can hook the sight on.
Dueck also gave the front sight a little breathing room with a rear sight notch that’s .145″ (and 120 thousandths deep) so there’s some light on either side of the post. This makes the sight stand out vs. the black-on-black you’d see with a narrower rear notch. The front sight will be unserrated since, according to Dueck, the coating on serrations tends to wear over time and leave reflective edges that catch the light that the serrations were meant to disperse in the first place. Rather than have to remember to color a serrated front sight with a Sharpie, he just left the front sight unserrated.
The version will fit Glocks and be available with your choice of front sight; fiber optic insert, tritium insert or no insert. More details and pricing will be available within a week.Read More
Founding partner Mike Pappas has been fired from his position as vice president of Silencerco. The company was founded 5 years ago by Pappas and Silencerco’s current president Jonathon Schults and current CEO Josh Waldron. The action was announced today in response to a query by Military Times GearScout.
“Discussions took place and the company decided to change directions in regards to management,” said Waldron. “Pappas’ expertise in customer service developed a solid foundation for unparalleled customer service, and warranty departments. Silencerco thanks Mike Pappas for his contribution and wish him good luck going forward in his future endeavors.”
“We had a difference of opinion in the way the company is growing,” said Pappas when reached by phone. “I’m more conservative and my stance led to an impasse with my partners.”
Pappas remains an equity partner in the company, though he is no longer an employee.
“I still own part of the company,” said Pappas, “There’s a slew of people I love there and I don’t want them, or the company, to be negatively impacted as a result of my departure.”
Silencerco is known for their innovative approach to firearm suppressors. Their distinctive, rectangular Osprey silencer, easy-to-clean Sparrow .22 caliber silencer and modular Saker rifle suppressor each brought meaningful advances to the field of firearm suppression.
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Bushido Tactical has worked with AustriAlpin, the makers of the COBRA buckle, to manufacture the Bushido Tactical COBRA HALO quick release buckles. The name HALO stands for Heavy Duty, Aluminum, Low Profile, Operator and the buckle comes in two versions: HALO2, HALO3; the number denotes the number of MOLLE/PALS rows onboard in the HALO2 and HALO3. (There is also a HALO1, but it’s not being used in any of their products.)
LEOs and operators “…wanted an easier, faster way to get in and out of their plate carriers without having to remove magazines and fumbling with the Velcro flap,” said Wade Rorich, Operating Manager of Bushido Tactical, LLC. “We started manufacturing newly improved plate carriers (Guardian & Sentinel) and tactical vest (Itus), including a retrofit cummerbund utilizing our innovative HALO buckle.”
Bushido Tactical nylon gear incorporating the HALO buckles will be available in December 2013. These buckles are exclusive to
Bushido Tactical and not available for sale as individual pieces. Damn.
- Solid, lightweight aluminum construction
- Slim “H” design
- Quick release buckle utilizing the COBRA® buckle locking mechanism
- Patent Pending HALO2 and HALO3 versions offered
- MOLLE compatible HALO3 buckle
- Available in matte black and coyote brown
Here are some of the most technical and performance oriented Army and Navy uniforms we’ve ever seen. Sure, there’s no flame-resistance , no camouflage, and it doesn’t even look like there’s’ any buttons. But, there ‘s plenty to admire about this year’s updates to the Army and Navy football team’s uniforms by Nike’s talented designers.
Nike Football designed uniforms highlighting each academy’s heritage and drawing inspiration from key historical figures within each respective military branch. Here’s what Nike has to say about the uniforms that you’ll see take the field in Philadelphia, December 14 2013:
Army’s striking white and grey uniform pays tribute to the enduring legacy of General Winfield Scott, nicknamed “Old Fuss and Feathers” for his insistence on maintaining proper military dress. Scott served as General in the U.S. military longer than any other. During the summer of 1814, in the heat of the War of 1812, General Scott led a company of soldiers to victory against the British—the first U.S. victory on open ground. All West Point cadets still wear the same color grey as worn by General Scott on that day, which carries over to Army’s new football uniform pants and baselayer. The sleeves of the baselayer are decorated with elements of the West Point crest—olive branches (representing peace) on one sleeve, and oak leaves (representing strength) on the other. The Army helmet carries a deep gold hue with a black stripe down the center.
Navy’s uniform design pays tribute to the dying command of Captain James Lawrence: “Don’t Give Up the Ship.” Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry flew a flag emblazoned with the statement during the decisive Battle of Lake Erie, one of the biggest naval battles of the War of 1812. Perry’s charge engrained a never-say-die attitude in the U.S. Navy and the sentiment remains to this day. Mimicking the burlap fabric of the “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flag on display at the Naval Academy, Navy’s baselayer serves as poignant reminder of action-based tradition. The baselayer top also acts as the root for the uniform, which matches a navy jersey to white pants—in step with the Navy’s dress uniform. A Naval officer’s cover serves as inspiration for the helmet design with a thick gold stripe representing the traditional gold braid.
Both the Army and Navy Nike Pro Combat uniforms work as unique systems built from the inside out, as the athlete’s baselayer works in concert with his jersey and pants. The Nike Hyperwarm Shield Max Mock provides athletes with a streamlined, thermo-regulated baselayer that doesn’t sacrifice warmth. This piece features lightweight panels to reduce bulk as well as side mesh gussets allowing for a full range of motion and extra breathability. Nike Dri-Fit Max twill accelerates the pull of moisture from the skin, keeping the body dry and helping to eliminate chill. Nike Shield Technology provides additional water repellency on the arms to prevent outside moisture from contacting the skin.
Both teams will wear the Nike Alpha Pro Cleats and Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Shield Gloves. Made using seamless Nike Hyperfuse construction on the back of the hand for wind and water-resistance, the Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Shield Glove is equipped with a fleece lining for extra warmth. The palm features Nike Magnigrip material to catch in any condition. With a 3/4 length Phylon wedge at the midsole, the Nike Alpha Pro Cleat promotes forefoot control through low profile cushioning. The bladed cleat base provides 360-degree traction for precise cuts on all surfaces.
I’m a big fan of combining artwork and firearms, so when I saw Houston’s XRAYGUNS.com project I was floored. His prints are made by taking CAT scans of firearms. Ingenius! In his own words:
We scanned various guns using a variety of methods to produce source images that were then passed on to a graphic designer for refinement. Additional high resolution screenprinting experimentation took place over a period of months until we finally achieved what you see here on our T shirts. After two years and multiple generations of test prints we have produced what we feel are the best such images ever created. The prints are meant to be framed. They make for great man-cave art and is a very unique addition to any gun room.
The majority of these firearms are from my personal collection but some are loaners from friends. Most are BATFE registered transferable machine guns. The older firearms from WW2 are generally matching numbers (Curio and Relics) originals.Some have interesting pedigrees and stories behind them.
At the moment, there are prints of the HK33, HK 51, MP5, MP5k, Uzi, Mp40, PPSH-41, PSG-1, FN’s SCAR 16 and 17, Barrett M82, Springfield M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, AK47, AR15, Luger P08, 1911, USP .45, Ruger GP100, Sig P220, Walther PPK, Saiga 12, Tommy Gun, and an HK23E machine gun for sale.
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October 23 of this year marked the 30th anniversary of the terror attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. It was the largest nonnuclear explosion in history. Thirty years later, it still is. The NRA Life of Duty Frontlines team returned to Beirut to remember, and to honor, those whose lives were lost.Read More
TrackingPoint is a company breaking new ground by integrating electronics and firearms in some exciting ways. Trailblazing means the road is sometimes hard to follow and TrackingPoint’s board of directors decided that their CEO, Jason Schauble, has driven the company down the wrong path and dismissed him today.
“The board of directors felt there needed to be a change in direction,” said TrackingPoint in response to a query by Military Times GearScout. “We will be announcing our 2014 new product offerings in the new year, and as always, we are committed to providing exceptional products and service with our smart rifles.”
Reached by phone, Jason Schauble confirmed the action but declined to comment.
Schauble joined TrackingPoint as president in March 2012 and was promoted to CEO in May 2013. Prior to joining TrackingPoint, Schauble was Vice President of Remington Defense from 2008 to 2012, Deputy G3 at the US Marine Corps Special Forces Command (MARSOC) from July 2006 to February 2008 and retired from the Marine Corps as a Captain having served from December 1997 to July 2006 and receiving the Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” and a Purple Heart.Read More
The ATF posted a series of videos yesterday accompanying the release of their report on 3D-printed pistol technology.
“The bottom line is, the penetration results demonstrated that the Liberator is a lethal weapon,” Earl Griffith, chief of ATF’s firearms technology branch, explained to reporters at ATF headquarters in Washington on Wednesday. “The .380 bullets fired from the Liberator penetrate sufficiently to reach vital organs and perforate the skull.”
It looks like the 3D-printed gun made from Visijet material blew up before the bullet even left the chamber, as seen in the video above. Another video on the ATF’s Youtube channel, below, shows a Liberator made from ABS material successfully firing a presumably vital-organ-reaching, skull-perforating shot.Read More