Danner, the original designer of the Marine Corps’ Rugged All Terrain boot, is having a limited-time sale on “second quality” boots.

Both the temperate and hot-weather versions of the boots, normally $340 and $320 respectively, can be had for $79. That is potentially a huge break for Marines who need a replacement pair.

Second quality, however, means the boots aren’t aesthetically perfect.

“Form, fit, and function. These are the standards we will never jeopardize. A second quality boot maintains these standards and is only marked as second quality due to cosmetic defects. It requires the critical eye of our craftsmen to catch these small imperfections,” according to Danner’s web site. “Common defects for second quality boots include things such as scuffs, veins, or scars in the leather, slight color variations, and different colored hardware.”

They are available in limited sizes and only for three days or until supplies run out, but those who jump on it quickly could score a sweet deal.

As of noon today, temperate boots were available in sizes 4, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, and 12.5. Hot weather boots were available in 4, 5, 8.5, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13.5, 14, 14.5, 15, 15.5, and 16.

To see what’s available visit and sign up for Danner’s “Breakroom” sale website at www.hitthebreakroom.com.

 

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Battle Arms Development’s AR fire control selectors are available Cerakoted from the factory in a variety of colors to match popular Cerakote gun finishes.

The original offerings saw all components of the modular fire control selector coated; even the shaft. As of this week, though, BAD will stop painting the shafts to ensure compatibility with the widest range of AR lowers.

BAD says even though the coating adds only 0.002″ to the diameter of the selector shaft, they worry it may be too much for some slightly out-of-spec lowers. With a glut of new AR manufacturers hitting the market to soak up some of the post-Sandy demand, it’s not unreasonable to expect some of them to have problems sticking to the original M4 specs. So, as a prophylactic measure, BAD has decided to stick with a parkerized shaft for a more comfortable fit in more receivers (photo above). The original, fully Cerakoted model is shown below in pink.

“To date, Cerakoted selectors compatibility issues, specifically, its diameter being 0.002 or so larger than the host receivers, can be counted in one hand,” the company reports in a thread over on AR15.com, “However, with more manufacturers making AR receivers, it’s virtually guaranteed a few will not be in spec, the prudent thing to do is preempt these issues once we identify it. In this case, leaving the center at technical data package specs and not coating them.”

To this, I say, meh. If a manufacturer can’t get the dimensions right, the fire control selector holes may be just the first of many issues with a lower. Why BAD want’s to enable poor manufacturers, I don’t know. But, it does make sense for them to stick to the spec and reduce the chances of alienating a customer that can’t get the safety to fit their gun.

Most folks that Cerakote their guns are doing so mainly for aesthetic reasons. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to paint the selector core anyway since it can’t be seen. I suppose there are some who would argue the coating offers oxidation protection for the part’s operating surface. To those folks: I guess you’ll just have to invest in a few Q-tips.

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Troy Asymmetric just announced the appointment of it’s newest addition to the instructor cadre. John Williams is a twenty-six year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Troy Asymmetric is part of Steve Troy’s family of companies that’s grown from Troy Industries to include Troy Industries, Troy Defense and Troy Prepared. Troy Asymmetric provides instruction, services and products for government, military, law enforcement and corporate risk organizations that focuses on the  response to threats from explosives and other asymmetric attacks. Offerings include:

Instruction:

  • Large Vehicle Bomb Post-Blast Course
  • Combat Zone Post-Blast Course
  • SWAT/EOD Interoperability
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Threat Analysis for Government and Private Entities

Services:

  • Forensics and Evidence Exploitation
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Threat Analysis

Products:

  • Tactical Post-Blast Kits
  • SWAT/EOD Kits
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KAC covers a concise history of their handguard systems before showing how to install the new URX4 on an AR upper. A couple things set this rail system apart. First, it uses the KeyMod attachment system in place of Picatinny rails on the sides and bottom. Second, it has an integrated barrel nut. That means the whole free-float system is one piece. It’s very simple, strong and uncomplicated. Installation is a breeze with the included wrench. You don’t even need a torque wrench since installation is timed and torqued using a shim set.

We had a look at the system and a bunch of the new KAC KeyMod accessories at SOFIC. It’s great to see how much support the KeyMod system is getting and KAC looks like they are going all-in, judging from the range of KeyMod rail parts they are putting out with the URX4.

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No doubt, TrackingPoint is some nextgen gun tech. If you can get past the gamer feel, this animated video gives an idea how the HUD looks when you’re behind the gun.

We shot it at SHOT this past year and found the system is deadly accurate. We were center-punching steel at close to 1,000 yards when the wind was calm. When the sock perked up, though, the system had some trouble. TrackingPoint said they are working on integrating wind measurement into an update.

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Too much? Or, just about right.

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Polaris Sportsman MV 850. On the want list.

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This guy! I ran into Kevin at the Sig booth as he was checking out the new uber compact MCX. He suggested naming it the Black Mamba.

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TAMPA — Sig Sauer quietly showed their new PDW, a short stroke push rod, multi-caliber, integrally suppressed carbine that has yet to be named. MCX would be a likely choice for the carbine’s name based on Sig’s current naming convention.

The compact carbine is multi-caliber capable with the bolt and barrel change happening at the end-user level. The end-user can switch between 5.56 NATO, 7.62x39mm and 300 AAC.

The design uses Sig’s short stroke push rod operating system. It still has a Stoner-style rotating bolt but features a gas tappet that regulates the gun’s operation. In fact, the upper is fully compatible with an any AR lower.

Though Sig employees were careful not to reveal the inner working of the design, it seems obvious that the system replaces the AR’s lower receiver-based buffer system with a more compact arrangement that resides completely in the upper receiver. This allows for the use of a completely collapsible or folding buttstock.

One of the challenges overcome by Sig is the ability for the bufferless operating system to run both supersonic and subsonic ammo in a suppressed or unsuppressed configuration.  Sound suppressors increase gas pressure in the operating system and speed up the operating cycle of Stoner-based firearms. Removing the buffer system reduces the operating system’s ability to compensate for the swing in gas pressure that occurs when switching from low pressure subsonic to hot supersonic cartridges and will present reliability challenges for the Stoner-based guns. The new, tappet-based system is more forgiving of varied gas pressure and makes it easy to run suppressed or unsuppressed sub- or supersonic ammo, with or without a can.

We’ll be tracking the release of the MCX and hope to have more details on the short stroke push rod operating system as Sig shares them.

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