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SilencerCo today introduced what they are calling the first commercially viable shotgun silencer.  The Salvo 12 works with 12 gauge, pump-action, gas operated semi-automatic and inertia driven semi-automatic shotguns. It’s compatible with both shot and slugs and attaches to the host weapon using a choke adapter. The company is betting the huge, and untapped, hunting and clay shooting market is ready to embrace the benefits of quieter firearms.

“The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” asserts Joshua Waldron, Chief Executive Officer for SilencerCo. “There is a huge installed base of shotgun hunters and shooters that has been waiting for a product like this for a long time, and we are proud to deliver it.”

The Salvo brings shotguns down to hearing safe levels. The company reports a maximum sound reduction of 23.9 dB at the ear, taming a 7 1/2 shot, 2 3/4″ shell from an 18″ Remington 870 down to 132 dB. I say maximum because the Salvo 12 is configurable. In its stock configuration, the Salvo 12 measures 12 inches and weighs 34.5 ounces. Sections can be removed in 2 inches, 4.5 ounce increments; the smallest of the four configurations hitting 6.42 inches at 21 ounces. Depending on the combination of host weapon, shell and silencer configuration, SilencerCo says the Salvo 12 can make a shotgun quieter than an unsuppressed .22 caliber rifle.

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Daniel Defense has teamed up with Kimber, EOTech and 5.11 to give one fan the chance to win a prize package consisting of a Daniel Defense DDM4v5, Kimber PRO TLE/RL11, EOTech EXPS2-0 and G33 Magnifier, as well as a 5.11 Tactical COVRT M4-511 Bag.  Together, the entire package is valued at $3892.00. “We greatly appreciate our customers and fans, and wanted to do something big to wrap up the summer,” says Jordan Hunter, Director of Marketing at Daniel Defense. “We partnered with a few select, well-respected companies to participate in this giveaway.”

The Guns and Gear Summer Sweepstakes runs July 18, 2014, to August 18, 2014.  Those interested in participating can fill out the registration form at the official sweepstakes website: www.GunsandGearSweepstakes.com.  No purchase is necessary to enter. 

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On July 4th, Combat Flip Flops set out to raise $15k via a crowdfunded VetLaunch campaign that will bring their cashmere product line to market while they continue to support stability in Afghanistan through economic means. They are almost halfway to their goal.

For the first time, our generation can have a direct impact on the future stability of a war torn country without having to join the military; we can speak with our local and national economy. On July 4th, Combat Flip Flops launched an ambitious crowdfunding campaign with VetLaunch to raise $15,000 to establish their cashmere apparel program—transforming cashmere wool from local Afghan goat farmers into fashion statement luxury scarves to be sold throughout the US and Internationally.

The DoD thinks Afghanistan cashmere potential is so great, they’ve assigned a special task force to organize the national industry and streamline exportation. CFF has been working directly with the DoD Cashmere Task Force to develop this program. This cashmere product is a direct government to commercial handoff as a result of the capacity building by the DoD. Who says the government doesn’t get anything done?

With Perks like first edition cashmere scarves, campaign t-shirts, one a kind CFF flip flops (including options for a “Lifetime supply”), social media shout outs just for you; supporting Combat Flip Flops’ ALL OR NOTHING campaign comes with its rewards.

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LanTac just released their new 7.62/.308 caliber Muzzle Brake and Drakon Brake for AK47 rifles.

The 7.62 Dragon is threaded for use on ARs while the Drakon is threaded for use on the 7.62 AK platform.

LanTac says The Dragon delivers hugely efficient recoil and muzzle rise control and offers proof in the form of this new video featuring three 7.62 rifles in 7.62X51mm (.308), 7.62X39mm (Russian Short) & 7.62X35mm (300 Blackout) calibers shot in semi and full auto.

No Rigs or Jigs were used in the filming of this video, the only thing holding the rifle was the shooter.

Ammunition used: 7.62X51mm (.308) PPU 145Gr FMJ 7.62X39 (Russian Short) PPU 123Gr FMJ 7.62X35mm (300 Blackout) Hornady 208Gr A-MAX (300 Whisper) Together with Handloaded 220Gr SMK, 9.8 Grains H110 powder.

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Mike Mers is no longer in the employ of Advanced Armament Corporation as of Thursday, July 10. Details are very, very thin (Updated; see below) at this point and rumors are flying about the circumstances surrounding his departure, but at the moment the only sure thing is that he is no longer a full-time employee of the Georgia-based, Alabama-bound silencer and arms manufacturer.

“I’m not sure exactly what happened,” said one source inside AAC, “but I know Mike is no longer with the company.”

Two other sources inside AAC, both of them familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak on behalf of the company, confirmed the news. Mers was reached through an intermediary, but declined to talk about the situation.

“As a matter of policy,” said Remington Outdoor Company spokesperson Teddy Novin, “we don’t comment on personnel matters.”

Mers was hired in 2009 and has worked in various roles including law enforcement and military sales and as the company’s sales manager.

Update 7/12/2014: Mers made the following update on Facebook at approximately 2pm today, “I’m pleased to announce that I have transitioned into a new strategic consulting position at AAC. With the Company’s upcoming move to Huntsville, this decision makes the most sense for me and my family. As I begin my new role, I will transition my previous day-to-day sales responsibilities to other members of the AAC team. Thank you for the comments and support.”

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Applied Ballistics just released the iOS version of their mobile ballistic computing app Applied Ballistics Mobile.

The Applied Ballistics Mobile App runs a Point Mass ballistic solver; the state of the art ballistic solver calculates long-range rifle trajectories, and along with the library of ballistic coefficients provided by Bryan Litz, makes this the most accurate and complete ballistics app available.

The program integrates the equations of ballistic motion numerically, using a 4th-order Runge-Kutta method ; the standard way of solving dynamic equations of motion in aircraft and missile simulations.  Former missile design engineer, ballistician and President of Applied Ballistics, LLC, Bryan Litz wrote this solver, which is common among many of the Applied Ballistics devices – providing the same accuracy you expect.

The application also comes with G1 and G7 BC’s for over 1,300 bullets- allowing users to easily select their bullet and have its data loaded into each individual ammo profile automatically.

“Applied Ballistics is thrilled to announce the release of this highly-sought iOS version of the Applied Ballistics mobile app,” said Litz. 

The app has only been available on the Android platform for 2 years, and iOS shooters have been waiting patiently for an iPhone compatible version.

“We have worked extensively on this product with intense development to ensure we continue to offer our loyal customers with a solution to their ballistics computing.”

The new mobile app accounts for all major and minor trajectory variables that a shooter could encounter. The app displays single shot solutions in HUD view or reticle view, as well as multi-shot solutions in reticle view, table and graph.

Shooters can enter their observed drop-at range and the program will calibrate; incorporating muzzle velocity and drop-scaling over various segments of the trajectory to ‘true’ the predictions based on actual bullet impact.

A web-sync feature allows you to store your rifle and ammunition libraries online for quick retrieval, as users are able to backup all the profiles online or restore them to a device.

Available now through iTunes , the Applied Ballistics Mobile App costs $29.99, and requires iOS 7.0 or later for proper functionality. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, this app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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Noveske’s new CEO Tim Dillon with company owner, Lorina Noveske.

Noveske Rifleworks announced the arrival of Tim Dillon as their new President and Chief Executive Officer this week just as longtime Noveske 2IC Sheri Johnson quietly left her position as the rifle and firearm part manufacturer’s general manager.

Among other positions, Dillon spent 20 years at Brownell’s, leaving as their director of operations in 2008 and was the president and CEO of STI International from 2010 until 2014.

“Not only does he bring extensive knowledge of business within the firearms industry, he observantly respects and understands the history of Noveske,” said company owner Lorina Noveske about Dillon. “Mr. Dillon possesses a character that will perpetuate the unique quality and culture of this company, and will capture the enthusiasm of our wonderful customer base.”

Johnson joined Noveske in 2004. She was promoted to general manager in March, 2013 during a restructuring of the company following the untimely death of Novekse Rifleworks LLC founder Johnny Noveske in January, 2013.

 ”I could never have left that place not knowing that it was in good hands,” said Johnson, “that place is too precious to me; it’s been my life’s goal and I’ve pumped my soul into that place.”

Johnson leaves Noveske to start a new enterprise, EraThr3 with former Noveske Rifleworks president Sterling Becklin and Jason Hulst, a former designer with Disney and a custom car maker. EraThr3 will be a lifestyle company producing products that embrace firearm culture without the tactical edge.

She characterizes her departure in personal terms. “I miss the garage days,” Johnson said, referring to the early days at Novekse. She said she hopes starting her own company will bring that excitement back for her.

“With Dillon coming on board it’s a great time for me to have a fresh start,” Johnson continued. “He has all new perspectives and ideas that I think are going to take [Noveske] places it’s never been to before. And, it allows me a clean break to do what I’ve always wanted to do; own and operate my own business on my own terms.”

Dillon’s prior experience running Brownell’s and STI International will serve the growing company well.

“I knew shortly after Lorina Noveske and I talked of bringing me on board, that this is a company that understands and shares my ideals of quality manufacturing and superior customer service,” said Dillon. “I feel honored to be a part of the Noveske Rifleworks family, and very proud to have the opportunity to bring this company to continued levels of success.”

Dillon takes over the Noveske brand as the company continues to grow and adapt to a changing customer demographic. Noveske’s success was built on a foundation of technical innovation demanded by military and law enforcement customers, but that reputation has brought with it a new, much larger customer base made up of firearm enthusiasts.

Noveske Rifleworks, formed by John Noveske in 2001, is known for its rifles that feature an extended life competition grade barrel, improved 5.56mm chamber, KX3 muzzle device, the Switchblock gas block system and the NSR lightweight rail system.

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Bates Footwear, a division of Wolverine Worldwide launched the Recondo jungle boot, a low-absorption, quick drying, durable solution designed to provide secure footing in multi-terrain jungle regions. Named for the Reconnaissance and Commando Training Course developed in the 1950s at Fort Campbell, the Recondo meets the need for a Berry Compliant jungle/tropical combat boot for today’s warfighters and peacekeepers.

To meet the demands of today’s evolving asymmetrical threats, Bates partnered with the United States Army Special Forces Command (USASFC) to develop the Recondo. Bates received valuable performance feedback after the 75th Army Ranger Regiment tested the Recondo in Central America during the winter of 2014. As a result, the Recondo boot delivers a light weight, quick drying durable leather and textile upper and has been designed to provide the best breathability possible for the spectrum of jungle combat situations.

The Recondo boot is made with Wolverine Warrior Leather which is lightweight, durable, breathable, and is water, stain, and oil resistant. The MultiCam ripstop nylon fabric enhances performance as it is lightweight, abrasion resistant, and durable. The blended upper material is light, strong, comfortable and has near infrared properties (NIR) making the boot less visible in low light environments.

The Recondo utilizes a unique lacing system developed based on feedback from operators and incorporates Bates’ many years of experience with lace-to-toe styles. This assures that all users can easily utilize the speed lace system and achieve proper fit and closure.

The design of the solid rubber outsole is the Vibram Mutant, which has a deeper, more aggressive lug depth for off road traction, a multi-directional leading edge that enhances it’s slip-resistant properties, and a rounded heel. This sole design has also incorporated a customized rubber compound that is durable enough to withstand Special Operations Forces use in hot weather, temperate weather, and mountainous operational environments.

The Recondo boot is being officially launched at the ADS Warrior Expo East in Virginia Beach, VA, on July 10th and 11th. The Recondo will be available for purchase beginning Fall 2014. Visit warrior-expo.com for more information on the event.

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SureFire’s new Y300 Ultra flashlight is the railmount-less incarnation of their popular X300 weaponlight series. The 2 CR123 batteries are side-by-side instead of end-to-end in the Y300 (and X300), giving the light a short, wide shape. This shorter body includes a magnetic attachment system that allows the Y300 to attach to any steel surface or to its included magnet belt clip for secure carry and easy access. In addition, the Y300 includes a steel pocket clip for secure pocket carry or to clip the light to the bill of a cap.

And, before you ask, Surefire says, “Although it strongly resembles SureFire’s X-Series WeaponLights, the Y300U is NOT designed for attachment to a weapon of any kind.”

The light’s switch is the same rotating stalk push/toggle arrangement as it is on the X300 with the addition of a second brightness setting. You get 15 and 500 lumens, but it’s not clear how the switch works. It could be rotate one way for high power and the other for low, or it could be a tap-and-hold configuration. Either way,  it may take some getting used to for anyone picking this up after using conventional tail-mounted thumbswitch. The light is just 3.6 inches long with a weight of 5.5 ounces including two 123A lithium batteries.

The body and bezel are constructed of aerospace aluminum that’s finished with Mil-Spec hard anodizing that resists chipping and corrosion. The unit is also gasket and O-ring sealed to keep debris and moisture away from Y300U’s electronics. The Y300 Ultra has an MSRP of $295.

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hillebergIf you are a fan of the outdoors and haven’t yet discovered Hilleberg tents, you’re missing out. For those of you already aware of their durable and adaptable shelters, you’ll be interested to see this tease posted on Hilleberg’s Facebook page. Hilleberg has been making nothing but tents and shelters since the 1970′s, so a move into the sleeping bag market should signal they have something serious to offer.

UPDATE: The Hilleberg’s were using those sleeping bags to conceal their new Enan one-man tent. It’s a light, three-season tent in their Yellow Label series.

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