Magpul just released the first two products in their Black Book series; a precision rifle data book and a set of quick reference cards. Magpul Dynamics, the training arm of Magpul, has been teaching precision classes for years and these products were likely developed by the staff and refined over time with testing and exposure to Magpul Dynamic students.

The Magpul Black Book Series is collection of knowledge created to aid and enhance your experiences in the field.  There will be an assortment of different modules covering a variety of military and practical field subjects.  From shooting and tactics to survival, communications and physical training, there will be a module for everyone.  The majority of the publications will be printed on a PVC material that will give the books true all-weather writing capability when using map pens and pencils, and will be conveniently sized to fit in standard uniform pockets and wrist boards.

Precision Rifle Quick Reference Cards: All-weather, armboard-sized cards for faster access to all of your necessary data for that critical shot in the field. ($20)
Precision Rifle Data Book 2.0: Develop range cards in the field and track all of your rifle’s data across a wide band of density altitude with this all-weather notebook. ($50)

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10682352_817350744982442_1475958373691432536_oThe first 25 of this extremely limited run of Bird Caps in Tweave MultiCam will be auctioned off, amongst other pieces from the LEAF line at the Special Operations Care Fund (SOC-F) Patriot’s Dinner on Nov 14th. These hats will not be available for sale! Get more information about the charity, learn how to participate and donate at http://soc-f.org/.

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Mountain Safety Research’s new WindBoiler Stove System is based on the windproof radiant burner and regulated fuel pressure technology that first appeared in MSR’s Reactor. The Reactor is a snow melting powerhouse built for alpine pursuits. The one liter WindBoiler ($129) takes the essence of the Reactor and turns it in to a more compact personal cooking machine. 

The WindBoiler will appeal to anyone that wants one stove that combines the efficiency and high altitude/cold weather performance of the Reactor with the size of something like a Jetboil Flash.

Above is a great overview of the new stove and below is a look at some of the research and development that went into the creation of the WindBoiler.

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bildeAsk Air Force F-16 pilot Maj. Brian Gerwe what helped him and his 30-man detachment make it through a yearlong deployment to a remote air base in Pakistan, and he’ll tell you it was all about that one critical supply drop.

“It’s hard to describe just how much of a difference one box of video games can make,” he says. “It was essential.”

Former Army Capt. Stephen Machuga knows exactly what Gerwe is talking about.

Back in 2004, the airborne and Ranger-tabbed infantryman-turned-intelligence officer remembers getting an entirely different kind of care package when he was deployed to Iraq.

“It was more like a crate, really, full of third-hand romance novels from a library that was clearing shelves,” Machuga says.

He remembers thinking, “What in the hell are bunch of infantrymen going to do with these?”

Target practice, that’s what.

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 BEV Block Here’s a couple of items we saw back at SOFIC and have been not-so-patiently waiting for. Few wrenches prove durable enough or work with a broad enough range of rifle parts to fulfill the promise of the one-wrench-to-rule-them-all. I’ve given up on the idea of having just one wrench on the bench and now value reliability above multifuntionality. I’d rather spend more on several bomber tools instead of going the value/convenience route and ending up with a wrench that slips or snaps, trashing metal or muscle in the process. The Magpul Armorer’s Wrench ($80) seems to hold up the mantle of buy-once, cry-once tool crowd.

The American-made is built burly and has a feature set that pro armorers will appreciate. The wrench is solid steel with a grip-enhancing phosphate finish. It engages both Mil-Spec and pin-style barrel nuts, fits standard sized flash hiders, installs and removes rifle receiver extensions and carbine castle nuts and has extended teeth for use with ASAP plates. There are two hammer faces that will come in handy when frustration overrides skill. It works with 1/2” torque wrench with relevant torque specifications on the tool for quick reference. Lastly, there is a bottle opener for refreshments after the build is complete (fits both Metric and SAE bottle caps.)

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Courtesy of Akai Custom Guns

Akai Custom Guns, a Florida custom shop that specialized in competition firearms, recently released a pistol created in partnership with Marine MoH recipient Cpl. Dakota Meyer. With his input, they manufactured the Dakota Meyer Special Edition 1911 in .45ACP.

The .45-caliber 1911 is accurate enough to shoot in competition and rugged enough for self-defense or concealed carry said Shay Akai, the company’s owner.

“It was important that it was nontraditional, more aggressive, more modern,” Akai said. “Dakota had some very specific requests. It had to be the kind of gun you would be proud to carry in the sandbox.”

The M1911 is an American icon, in service since before World War I and carried by troops until the introduction of the 9mm Beretta M9 in the 1980s. It has a storied history, and many have an old-school look about them with wooden grip panels.

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Daniel Defense just announced an upgrade to their Aimpoint Micro Mount. The original mount was already a simple, effective and durable mount for the Aimpoint Mirco T, H and R optics and the update gives you the option of an absolute co-witness. They didn’t mess with anything else.

The mount bolts on to a 1913 rail with a pair of screws. The mount is simple and light since there’s no quick-release BS. The $79 mount is made from 6061-T1 aluminum and weighs 1.5oz or 1.8oz with the magnesium lower third co-witness spacer.

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“In the early years, we earned the reputation of being a rails & accessories company,” said Marty Daniel, the company’s President and CEO.  “It remains a core element of our business, and this upgrade to the Aimpoint mount demonstrates our ability to take a proven product and elevate it to the next level.”03-045-14131_AimpointMicroMount_LowerThird_AbsCo_WithSpacer_Sight_MK18_Left

The company also released their new KeyMod SLiM Rail, which first debuted in a 15-inch version on the factory built DDM4v11. The SLiM rail is now available for separate purchase in two lengths, 12-inch rifle or 15-inch extended rifle lengths; each retails for $279.

01-147-02038_12_Slim“We’re fired up about our customers having access to this new rail system,” noted Daniel Defense Director of Marketing, Jordan Hunter. “The feedback we received after launching this railed forend, our first featuring KeyMod, confirmed we hit the mark and met user expectations.”

 

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ACO.jpegWithout much of an announcement, Aimpoint is now offering a new, entry level red dot sight designed for modern sporting rifles (a.k.a AR platforms). The Aimpoint Carbine Optic features a 2 MOA red dot, 10k hour operation on a 1/3N battery, waterproof housing, 30mm body, and absolute co-witness with included fixed-height picatinny rail mount.

I’ll go ahead and qualify the value/entry level moniker by explaining that building an optic using only the most germane features for a given use allows Aimpoint to tailor the product and the price to a specific market. This is a budget level RDS in the sense that it’s lowering the price of entry into a top tier brand.

Comparing the ACO to the Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO); no NVG level settings, the mount is non-quick release, and there are no lens caps/covers included. The ACO appears to be very similar to the CompM2 featureset. Aimpoint will offer flip covers, anti-glare filters and spare battery holders as accessories for the ACO.

Aimpoint says the ACO will MSRP for $393 and will hit shelves mid-October. With the Aimpoint PRO found easily for $430, it’s tough to understand the value of the ACO. If the ACO’s street price drops and falls in line $100 or so below the PRO, then we’re looking at a $300 RDS that does everything a sport shooter could want.

As always, military members and LEOs would do well to contact Strohman Enterprises for the best price on this and all Aimpoint products.

 

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The Proxdynamics PD-100 Black Hornet is a palmable UAV platform that may be the next evolutionary step in small unit ISR platforms. The carbon fiber-winged PD-100 is about the size three tightly wadded sheets of paper and weighs about as much.

It can fly for about 25 minutes on a full charge, has a range of about a mile, shoots video at 320 x 240 and stills at 1920 x 1080 using three cameras. The operator controls the aircraft from a ground station that’s about the size of an MRE and features bays to charge two Black Hornets and stow the handheld controller.

The unit streams its photographic payload back to the ground station without storing it onboard, which  answers opsec concerns. The operator can use any of the three daylight cameras to look forward, down at about a 45 degree angle, or straight down.

Proxydynamics showed us a version of the PD-100 that replaces the daylight-only three camera array with a single daylight/thermal camera that provides a fusion view and sends both daylight and thermal views back for recording and analysis.

The unit flies in two modes, GPS waypoint navigation and assisted manual. Waypoint navigation sets the UAV up to follow a trail of waypoints. Assisted manual flight means the operator flies the aircraft with a controller as if it were an arcade game; flight systems convert the simple control inputs into the complex  actions need to maneuver the helicopter.

While the commercial industry has embraced quadrotor technology, Proxydynamics says helicopter technology is more efficient, quieter and has better aerodynamics and is better suited to the micro uav role.

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With release of the Army’s Modular Handgun System ‘final’ draft requirements document last week, it’s coming down to do or die time for companies competing in the largest pistol contract since the Army adopted the M9 back in 1985.

We’ve seen and heard a bit about several entrants, but none take the level of modularity as far as Sig Sauer’s P320. Sig showed us the most recent version of their MHS submission pistol that has four five differences compared to the commercial version.

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