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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Geissele Automatics just posted this video to their YouTube page teasing something so fast that a PACT shot timer could only register splits on 22 of 30 rounds –and the ones it did catch were 0.1 second each.

It’s not hard to figure out what Geissele is teasing us with. Based on their current product line and the fact they talk about firing thirty shots, it’s safe to say we are going to see a new rapid fire trigger system from GA at SHOT Show 2015.

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…is incredible. Okay, it’s not a crazy, simulated downrange environmental video with bearded men blasting bad guys with exotic firearms. But it does it’s job explaining the features of the new Heagon bullet, admirably with all that mouth watering 3D animation and texturing. I’ll admit that sometimes my inner photography geek shows through, and this is one of those times. Get more info on Geco’s new Hexagon ammo here.

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Magpul let loose an addition to the MOE 1911 grip line this week. The new panels feature an aggressive grip texture and are available in black, flat dark earth, OD green and gray for $20.

Created as an evolution to the original MOE 1911 grip panels, the 1911 Grip Panels with TSP Texture offer the user a more aggressive texture allowing for better control of the weapon system. Constructed of reinforced polymer, the grips have a unique diamond-shaped cross-section to prevent twisting in the hand, an aggressive magazine release cut-out, aggressive TSP texture for positive control, and are compatible with ambidextrous safeties. The grips are designed to fit full size framed 1911s with standard grip screw bushings.

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Sometimes cold sneaks up on you slowly, sometimes it grabs you by the ears and punches you in the face. Either way, the key to comfort — and in some circumstances, surviving — is maintaining core warmth. Few options provide the amount of warmth per unit of bulk as the Arc’teryx Atom line of insulated jackets.

Atom LT Hoody Wolf 2The Atom LT is already my favorite warming layer for this reason. Its gossamer-thin, water-resistant outer layer, breathable underarm sections and bulk-less insulation are combined with tapered elastic cuffs that never need adjusting and an athletic fit that somehow defies riding up and never restricts. All this in a package that crushes down to the size of a softball and warms you like the noonday sun. How could it get any better?

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Dead Air

What is this? Like them to find out!

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Editor‘s Note: Travis Rolph (above, left) is a badass. This is his second year participating in the grueling 2014 Grand to Grand Ultra endurance race. The seven-day foot race covers 170 miles in six stages and is unsupported except for water and shelter. That means the competitors carry everything they need, including food and a first aid kit, for the duration of the event. This is his personal, post-race hotwash of his gear’s performance. In a race where every ounce and every stitch is the linchpin connecting months of pre-race preparation and race-day performance, I thought our readers would be interested in an ultra-endurance racer’s loadout and impressions of his gear’s performance following the event.

When racing with everything on your back every once of weight translates to decreased speed and fatigue. For a race of this type I like to break the preparation work into thirds: mental preparation, physical preparation and logistical preparation. The purpose of this AAR is to focus on the latter, race day logistics. I break logistics down further into nutrition, hydration, personal hygiene and comfort, both during load carriage and during periods of rest and recovery.

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Look for the film version of Chris Kyle’s autobiography American Sniper to begin hitting big screens around Christmas 2014. With Clint Eastwood directing, I don’t see how this could miss.

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