UPDATE: The Army sent us a few images of Master Sgt. Benjamin Owens modeling the Army Combat Uniform using the new Operational Camouflage Pattern. OCP does look to be the Army’s Scorpion W2, which bears a strong resemblance to MultiCam. Also notice the updated shoulder pockets on the ACU top.

The Army announced today that new combat uniforms featuring the service’s new camo pattern should be on sale in military clothing sales stores next summer.

Interestingly, the Army’s announcement only disclosed that they’ve “selected a pattern” and named it Operational Camouflage Pattern,  but didn’t tell what it was or even show what it may look like. Based on prior reporting, we assume the new camo pattern is Scorpion W2, a cousin of Crye’s MultiCam camouflage pattern currently in use by the Army under the name Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern.

This comes on the heels of a Department of the Army solicitation seeking ways to “overdye” current stocks of IOTVs and OCIE/TA50 items coyote brown.

ARLINGTON, Va. (July 31, 2014) — The Army has selected a pattern as its base combat uniform camouflage pattern. The Army has confirmed through testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers.

The Army is naming the pattern the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) to emphasize that the pattern’s use extends beyond Afghanistan to all Combatant Commands. The Army’s adoption of OCP will be fiscally responsible by transitioning over time and simply replacing current uniforms and equipment as they wear out.

The Army anticipates the Army Combat Uniform with the OCP will be available for purchase by Soldiers at Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSS) in the summer of 2015.


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I wrote about a problem I was having with my Leatherman MUT back in May. The pliers failed on not one, but two MUTs.

After light duty, the tool’s arm containing the blade and saw loosened up so that it would swing open freely rather than offer sufficient resistance to reliably open the pliers. This was a particular nuisance when using the tool one-handed. I thought the problem stemmed from the safety torx screw holding together the arm’s pivot joint.

It turns out that was not the problem.

One of our readers suffering the same issue  said it was the result of cracks in the tool’s frame. He was right.

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Remington Arms Company put out a statement today that addresses issues with the Remington R51 and initiates what appears to be a voluntary recall of the troubled pistol. The company acknowledges performance issues and explains that the problems customers may have experienced resulted from the process of transitioning the pistol from a prototype into mass production.

“These problems have been identified and solutions are being implemented,” reads the press release, “with an expected production restart in October.”

Remington says anyone who purchased an R51 may return it and receive a new R51 pistol, along with two additional magazines and a custom Pelican case, by calling Remington at (800) 243-9700.

But that’s not all.

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SureFire has a welcome addition to their Scout Light weaponlight lineup. The new M600P not only puts out 600 lumens but it also has a much wider beam pattern that comes from the Fury series head placed on the Scout Light body. Existing Scout Light heads used a tightly focused TIR lens to increase the range of the beam while the M600P provides a wider reflector-shaped beam that offers better situational awareness, especially when indoors.

The lights will come in two versions, the M600P ($349), above, that uses a simple thumbscrew to attach to Picatinny rail, and the M620P ($449) that uses a swing-lever clamp for secure, tool-less attachment to Picatinny rails.

• Virtually indestructible LED generates 600 lumens of light for 1.5 hours
• Surefire reflector provides a wider beam pattern, increasing situational awareness for close quarter operations
• Hard-anodized aluminum body, tempered window & O-ring seals make light rugged and durable
• Ergonomic tailcap and pressure-pad tape switching included
• M600P Thumbscrew mount attaches quickly & securely to in-spec MIL-STD-1913 rails
• M620P Self-­adjusting Swing-­Lever clamp fits MIL-STD-1913 rails and even if they are out of spec
• Powered by two 123A lithium batteries with 10-year shelf life
• Backed by SureFire’s No-Hassle Promise


  • WHITE-LIGHT MAX OUTPUT: 600 lumens
    *Runtime until output drops below 50 lumens
  • BEZEL DIAMETER: 1.37 inches (3.47 cm)
  • LENGTH: 5.7 inches (14.5 cm)
  • WEIGHT: 6.6 oz (187 g) with tailcap click switch, 7.8 oz (221 g) with pressure-pad tape switch
  • SWITCHING: Tailcap click switch, pressure-pad tape switch
  • MATERIAL: Aerospace aluminum, tempered window
  • FINISH: Mil-Spec Type III anodizing
  • COLOR: Black, Tan
  • BATTERY: Two lithium 123A (included)
  • ACCESSORIES: Diffuser (FM44), Red Filter (FM45), Blue Filter (FM46), Beam Cover (FM47)
  • MSRP: M600P $349, M620P $449
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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:  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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AB App

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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