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SIG Ammo Brochure

Sig Sauer Inc., is now in the ammo business. Its Elite Performance Ammunition is the company’s first-ever line of centerfire pistol ammunition. They’re shipping 5 flavors to start: 90gr .380Auto, 124gr 9mm Luger, 125gr .357SIG, 165gr .40S&W, and 200gr .45Auto.

Sig calls out three features that set its EPA ammo apart from its competition. Its unique secondary hollow point cavity, a carefully located cannelure and a premium, coated brass case.

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The SwitchBack by Thyrm offers a unique weapons light solution that allows a shooter to deploy a light while maintaining a two handed grip. Courtesy of Thyrm

The SwitchBack by Thyrm offers a unique weapons light solution that allows a shooter to deploy a light while maintaining a two handed grip. Courtesy of Thyrm

Many, if not most fights, happen in low-light. But for EDC — particularly concealed carry — having a dedicated weapon light with a special holster isn’t a reasonable option.

Plus, for those of us on a budget, having your EDC light double as your weapon light is appealing. I’ve used Safariland’s Rapid Light System in the past and I’m a big fan. It is easy to use, it can be attached and detached quickly eliminating the need for a special holster and it  allows you to maintain a two-handed grip. But, it is conspicuous. Not to mention it is more bulk than I want on my belt or in my pocket when I’m running

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This leaked video and announcement from Arc’teryx, quoted below, belies what is clearly a brand in trouble. Arc’teryx, makers of performance and tactical equipment and apparel, has lost a longstanding international courtroom battle that has waged for years behind closed doors at the Hague over the use of the name “Arc’teryx”.

In 1991, the Canadian rock climbing manufacturer changed its name from Rock Solid, to Arc’teryx. What has never been reported is the reasoning behind the change of identity.

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Wilson CombatWilson Combat just announced a full product line of enhanced replacement parts and a suite of custom gunsmithing options for Beretta 92/96 series handguns. They’ve brought on Ernest Langdon, a longtime proponent of the platform, as a technical advisor.

The Beretta 92/96 series is a classic combat handgun and the standard issue sidearm of the United States Armed Forces since 1985. The legendary reliability and user-friendly design of the 92/96 can now be enhanced with our quality parts and services geared towards the needs of defensive, tactical shooters.

Lots of service members are introduced to the 92 as worn out hand-me-downs issued from the deepest bowel of the armory. In reality, the 92 series had to do something right to win it’s place as the workhorse pistol of our nation’s military. Not that there aren’t newer or better designs out there, but it’s great to see someone with as much clout in the industry as Bill Wilson recognize the performance potential of such a widely scorned sidearm.

More information and pricing is available on Wilson Combat’s Beretta page.

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031314 OFF Sawman Sandals002ACobian’s Sawman Signature Sandals are a great way to air our your dogs while supporting a great cause. The sandals feature padded straps with a subdued American flag, a lifetime warrantied Kevlar reinforced toe post, screened drain holes that move water from underfoot to improve grip, a molded and textured footbed that includes arch support on top and a clear outsole featuring a motivating graphic of Craig ‘Sawman’ Sawyer.

A portion of the sale of each Sawman sandal goes to Operation Hawkeye’s mission to honor fallen Special Operations Forces warriors, raise awareness and advance actions that support their families. The sandals are available from Bass Pro Shops now for $45 in desert camo (shown) or urban camo.

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missionSoldiers to Summits is a program of No Barriers USA, whose mission is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. Soldiers to Summits accomplishes this by building transformative experiences designed to help veterans and service members overcome barriers and live a life of purpose. Their journey-based expeditions range from one day to three weeks in length, and have taken participants to Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, the South Pole and locations around the US.

Soldiers to Summits is currently accepting applications for their new program, Mission: Mt. Whitney, which will take place September 1-13, 2014. The application deadline is March 21, 2014. Apply here or nominate a veteran or service member here.

During this mission a group of veterans/service members will participate in two major training events over the summer and a multi-day service project prior to the expedition before conquering Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the contiguous United States, with the summit date planned for September 11th. Learn More Here

Ideal candidates are veterans/service members that possess a desire to overcome barriers, live a life of purpose, can dedicate themselves to several months of physical training and participate in pre- and post-program webinars, training and events.

Soldiers to Summits can accommodate a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, blindness, amputation, severe burns, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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20131206-132059.jpg This is pretty cool. I’ve seen and used plastic illuminated pens and they don’t last long. They also take some funny hearing aid batteries that are impossible to buy in hurry.
The 5.11 XBT Scribe Pen is made of aluminum and runs on a single, easy to find AAA battery. The pen puts out 1 lumen of light; enough to illuminate a sheet of paper and has a lockout switch so you can choose if the light goes on when you click the pen open or not. These are $33 and out now.

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Mystery Ranch | IFAK and VLAK Medical Kits from Mystery Ranch on Vimeo.

With a rip-zip design for one-handed access, secure storage for basic life support equipment and a low profile, the IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) and VLAK (Vehicle Litter Aid Kit) have multiple attachment options and offer quick, uncluttered access to medical supplies.

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F690F575-5056-9F73-191A3024195239A3Making wireframe shades that can stand up to ballistic forces has always been a challenge. Eyeshield-style glasses have been the go-to design for ballistic protection because the larger surface area of an eyeshield absorbs and disperses the energy of an impact without popping out of place. In standard, two lens sunglass designs, one of the impacted lenses would normally pop out during impact and become a projectile, joining whatever blast debris is already heading toward your eye. Beefy polymer frames can absorb some of that energy and keep the glasses from flying apart, but wire frames have always had a tougher time because of the rigidity of their metal structure.

In order for the new Oakley SI Ballistic Crosshair to meet the MIL PRF 31013 ballistic impact requirement, Oakley built a frame using lightweight “hi modulus C-5 alloys” and patented lens geometries. In testing, the glasses are hit with a 0.15 caliber, 5.85 grain, T37 shaped projectile at approximately 640-660 feet per second. To pass, the eyewear must remain intact throughout the test without experiencing any dislodged components or lens fracturing.

“When we began the process of engineering the SI Ballistic Crosshair, we knew the user wanted similar protection to what they get with Oakley’s SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0, but not to look like they were getting ready to kick down a door. The Ballistic Crosshair is the perfect blend of art meets attitude,” said Drew Wallace, Oakley SI Product Manager.

The Ballistic Crosshair is available in matte black or gunmetal grey on Some specs:

  •  Meet or exceed impact and optical requirements per ANSI Z87.1 2003/2010

  • Meet or exceed ballistic fragmentation requirements per MIL PRF 31013

  • Lenses block 100% of UVA/UVB & harmful blue light up to 400 nm wavelength

  • Have advanced anti-fog coating and hard coating for scratch resistance

  • Are composed of Plutonite, Oakley’s high purity optical-grade polycarbonate

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I’ve always wondered why we buy black rifles? I mean, they don’t blend with any camo pattern, and they get hot just sitting out in the sun. I guess the answer is that black anodizing is the most efficient and effective way to finish aluminum for the money. Colored anodizing is out there, but I’ve yet to see it catch on in a big way.

I’m glad more manufacturers are offering guns with factory Cerakote finishes. Daniel Defense began Cerakoting a few of their most popular rifles this winter, and I got to see them at SHOT. The result, combined with their new house brand furniture, is damned sharp looking; evidence the DD Mk18 shown above. Getting a factory applied Cerakote finish means you get all the benefits of a durable, colored finish without any of the angst and waiting associated with sending your rifle out for a custom color job.

A great feature of Cerakote is its ability to withstand solvents. Taking the DD’s Mil Spec+ (brown!) Cerekote for example, you have a rifle color that works fine in brown shade environs and with similarly toned camouflage patterns. If you’re heading someplace that calls for a color change or you want to add some shapes and contrast, just do it with a rattlecan of Krylon from the hardware store. When you want to switch it up again, or go back to the base color, just hit it with a can of brake cleaner. The Krylon will come right off and the base Cerakote won’t be affected.

DD is offering the DDM4A1, V5LW, V7 and Mk18 in Mil Spec+ for a $130 premium above their non-Cerakote rifles. Considering an aftermarket Cerakote job costs between $200 and $400, a factory Cerakoted rifle is a good value if you’re thinking of getting a non-black rifle.

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