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Viridian Introduces World’s First Hand Stop Laser

August 3rd, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – August 1, 2020 – After six decades, the AR-15 is still America’s rifle. The platform’s popularity stems from its speed and ergonomics. Now the venerable rifle design is poised to be even faster and easier to control thanks to Viridian Weapon Technologies’ HS1™, the first and only hand stop with an integrated laser sighting device.

“The HS1 combines the functionality of an AR hand stop with the rapid target acquisition provided by a Viridian green laser,” said Brian Hedeen, President and CEO at Viridian. “The combination makes for a much more ergonomic rifle and cuts down on the attachments that add bulk to a gun’s foregrip.”

Viridian’s new hand stop offers increased control and faster target acquisition with a highly visible green laser that’s intuitively activated by the grip of the shooter’s support hand.

The HS1 uses M-Lok mounts to make installation easy. The laser is adjustable for windage and elevation. The HS1’s pressure pad activates the laser with a variety of support-hand grips, adding an added element of control and speeding up time to target.

This combination of speed and control makes the HS1 an ideal addition to any AR. MSRP for the Viridian HS1 is $179.

Features

  • M-Lok Mounts
  • Pressure Pad Activation
  • Daytime-visible Green Laser
  • Ergonomic Design for Pistols and Rifles
  • Single 1/3n battery
  • Adjustable for Windage and Elevation
  • More information about the Viridian HS1 can be found at viridianweapontech.com/hs1.

    Gundog Grind Small Batch Coffee Now Available

    July 29th, 2020

    CHAPIN, South Carolina – July 29, 2020 – A new breed of coffee for hunters, America’s favorite gundogs and outdoor enthusiasts has arrived. Gundog Grind was created by hunters with an appreciation for aromatic, delicious-tasting coffee. Every bag sold generates money for conservation and all roasts are available and shipping now.

    Gundog Grind isn’t just about the coffee. It’s a passion-fueled lifestyle founded by past experiences and relationships. The packaging was wonderfully illustrated by an artist and fellow hunter who captured the timeless beauty of America’s favorite hunting breeds. For lovers of English Setters, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, German Shorthair Pointers and more, delicious Gundog Grind coffee is ideal for celebrating every day.

    “Launching this brand and getting coffee into the hands of dog trainers, breeders, hunters and outdoorspeople everywhere is very exciting,” said Gundog Grind Co-Founder and owner Joe Whitman. “We’ve worked hard to get here and it’s just the beginning. We hope our commitment to gundogs, hunters and conservation is evident from day one.”

    Only the Best Grinds

    The team at Gundog Grind interviewed more than 50 roasters, sampled and taste-tested even more roasts and concepted dozens of packaging options to find the right recipe. All roasts (whole bean or ground) are crafted and selected in collaboration with an exclusive roaster in Gundog Grind’s home state of South Carolina. The proven expertise and experience can be tasted with each cup. Gundog Grind prides itself on selective quality that results in cup ratings of over 90. In comparison, many other small batch coffees tout ratings in the low 80s on their premium blends.

    “The result is something we’re proud of and we hope hunters and fellow coffee-aficionados appreciate and get behind,” said Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder Matt Carter. “This is the start of a community of outdoors people committed to friends, family and creating hunting opportunities for generations to come. On that note, we hope to announce some exciting partnerships with some of our favorite conservation groups very soon. We’re thrilled with the response so far and can’t wait to grow.”

    Retail, OEM and Private Label Options Available

    Gundog Grind offers retailers, outfitters and preserves special options to carry Gundog Grind for sale on location. Special programs and pricing are also available for co-branded and private label options as well.

    More information is available at gundoggrind.com and sales inquiries can be directed to [email protected].

    About Gundog Grind

    This small batch coffee company combines a passion for hunting, dogs, premium coffee, creating memories and giving back. Every bag sold gives money to conservation and the company has partnerships and relationships with the most active conservation groups. Gundog Grind offers hunters a way to fuel their passion, give back to their sport and create memories that last a lifetime. Learn more at www.gundoggrind.com.

    Benchmade – 3300BK-2001 Infidel

    July 27th, 2020

    $525, Available 8/20/20

    For the days you simply don’t need to fly under the radar, the new 3300BK-2001 is the latest iteration of the popularized Infidel®️ OTF platform. Building upon the decade-long legacy of the Infidel®️ family, the 3300BK-2001 brings a new flourish of color to this overtly tactical design with blue anodized handles. Updated to a CPM-S30V blade with a black DLC finish, this fan-favorite is a statement piece that’s built to last. The 3300BK-2001 is an Unlimited Limited product, that will only be available for 1 year.

    Blade Steel – CPM-S30V

    Blade Finish – Diamond-Like Carbon Coated (DLC)

    Blade Length – 3.91” [9.93cm]
    Blade Thickness – 0.118” [2.997mm]
    Open – 8.91” [22.63cm]
    Closed – 05.00” [12.70cm]
    Handle Material – 6061-T6 Aluminum

    Weight – 4.90oz [138.91g]
    Handle Thickness – 0.59” [14.99mm]

    www.benchmade.com/3300bk-2001-infidel

    SIG SAUER Introduces PROFORCE M18 Airsoft Pistol

    July 20th, 2020

    NEWINGTON, N.H., (July 20, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the SIG AIR® PROFORCE® M18® airsoft pistol.

    This newest addition to the SIG AIR PROFORCE line is a replica of the U.S. Military issued M18 handgun in look, balance and handling characteristics. As with all SIG PROFORCE airsoft products, the M18 is designed for professional training and for discerning recreational airsoft shooters who demand the highest quality and reliability.

    The PROFORCE M18 has an optic-ready slide with removable rear sight plate for easy mounting of the soon to be released SIG AIR Reflex Sight. Like the PROFORCE M17, the M18 is field strippable and features a polymer frame and metal slide with full blowback action. The magazine holds 21 rounds of 6mm polymer or biodegradable airsoft BBs. The PROFORCE M18 also has an adjustable hop-up feature and picatinny accessory rail. It comes standard with a flush mount, green gas magazine. A CO2 cartridge magazine is also available and sold separately.

    “The SIG P320-M18 handgun is very popular because of its adoption with the U.S. military as part of the Modular Handgun System. It has since become the official handgun of the U.S. Marine Corps, and was most recently adopted as the official handgun of the U.S. Air Force, which has only increased the demand for the handgun in the civilian market,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “The SIG AIR PROFORCE M18 has the same look and feel as the P320-M18 making it the perfect option for training in a variety of environments and refining your technique when you can’t make it to the range.”

    PROFORCE M18 Airsoft Pistol:

    Total length; 7.7 inches
    Barrel length: 3.5 inches
    Power Source: Green Gas or CO2
    Caliber: 6mm BB
    Muzzle Velocity using .20g Polymer BBs: Green Gas – up to 320fps / CO2 – up to 410 fps
    Muzzle Energy: Green Gas – 1 joule / CO2 – 1.5 joules
    Magazine Capacity: 21
    Weight (w/magazine): 24oz.
    Finish: Coyote Tan

    The SIG AIR PROFORCE M18 is now shipping and available at sigsauer.com. For more information on the complete SIG AIR airsoft product line visit sigsauer.com/airsoft.

    THE AMG UH-1 Gen II HOLOGRAPHIC SIGHT – UNSTOPPABLE, DAY OR NIGHT

    July 16th, 2020

    BARNEVELD, Wis. – When our customers talk, we listen.

    Just look at the brand-new, American made AMG® UH-1® Gen II: Tactically-minded shooters loved the Gen I’s rugged reliability and lightning-quick target acquisition in close quarters, but they craved night-vision compatibility. The AMG® UH-1® Gen II answers that call in a big way.

    With four night-vision compatible settings and a dedicated night-vision button, the Gen II is ready to light the way, day and night, keeping the incredibly fast EBR-CQB reticle clear. For quick transitions between night-vision and daylight performance, the Gen II features immediate recall to a shooter’s last daylight setting.

    To make target acquisition even faster, we’ve increased the viewing window’s already generous size. And target acquisition isn’t the only thing that’s gotten faster: A truly toolless battery cover makes battery replacement fast and easy to keep your Gen II up and running.

    At the same time, shooters will find all the features that made the Gen I such a powerful tactical solution. The incredibly clean and intuitive reticle is simple and fast, and FHQ™ technology virtually eliminates stray light emissions for stealth movement with no forward signature. Also included is the integrated quick-disconnect mount for easy on, easy off convenience.

    The best part is, Vortex® was able to build all that innovation into a lighter platform, giving shooters even more maneuverability.

    The AMG® UH-1® Gen II proves that when you listen to your customers, great things happen.

    MSRP:
    $799.99 – AMG® UH-1® Gen II Holographic Sight

    Amend2 Releases First Ever Polymer 6.5 Grendel Mags

    July 14th, 2020

    IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO – July 14, 2020 – Amend2 Magazines is proud to announce new 6.5 Grendel magazines. These are the first ever polymer magazines dedicated to the 6.5 Grendel. The new magazines provide a lightweight and durable option for the growing number of shooters who prefer the capabilities of 6.5 Grendel and are ideal for 6mm ARC cartridges, too.

    “Amend2’s 6.5 Grendel magazine provides impeccable reliability,” said Matt Bellitti, Amend2 General Manager. “These mags have been designed from the inside out to prevent nose-diving, and to ensure stability and control for the wide 6.5 Grendel cases.”

    The Amend2 10 round 6.5 Grendel magazine is a sturdy, reliable AR15/M4/M16 magazine made of an advanced glass-filled polymer. It is a light, durable and excellent alternative to the standard M4/M16 USGI aluminum/steel magazines. The patented design combines internal stabilizing ribs and a new 6.5 Grendel follower. The result is lighter, easier to load, and provides greater reliability than any other Grendel magazine on the market.

    Inside the magazine, rounds stack in a staggered pattern that narrows into a single stack at the top for optimal feeding. Because these magazines index rounds with the case wall instead of the case neck, they will also work flawlessly with 6mm ARC.

    The first of these new 6.5 Grendel magazines will hold 10 rounds, making it ideal for benchrest and long-distance shooting. The magazines come in a variety of colors, including Black, Flat Dark Earth, OD Green and Gray and are available now.

    FEATURES:

  • Sturdy Impact resistant polymer with textured grip
  • Anti-tilt super follower
  • Heavy duty, non-memory, and non-corrosive stainless steel spring
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Material able to cerakote
  • Proprietary Grendel internal design
  • About Amend2 Magazines
    Amend2 Magazines is a family owned and operated business based in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The company was founded in 2013 out of a passion for the Second Amendment and because of expertise and knowledge in industrial plastics. The Mod-1 version of the Amend2 AR-15 magazine was the company’s first product to market in 2014. Amend2 has quickly gained market share as being known as the toughest AR-15 magazine on the market. It has continued expanding the line with additional platforms and calibers to meet the needs of customers. Amend2 proudly produces its products in the United States with the majority of parts and components coming from its own backyard in Idaho and Utah. More information is available at amend2mags.com.

    LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Model Kit

    July 13th, 2020

    Fans of constructor sets and arguably the most standout charcter in the original Star Wars trilogy may want to give The LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Model Kit a look. The LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet model kit is a LEGO set designed more for experienced LEGO builders, and adult fans, with an 18+ age rating. It consists of 625 pieces, so it’s fairly elaborate, but that shows through its impresive level of detail. When fully constructed, the helment measures 8.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.5″, and sits on a base with nameplate, so it won’t take up much space on a desk or shelf.

    www.lego.com/en-us/product/boba-fett-helmet-75277

    There’s also an equivalent set for the Stormtrooper helmet, if you’re preferential towards the Empire’s elite shock troops, or want a complete set.

    www.lego.com/en-us/product/stormtrooper-helmet-75276

    Viridian Launches Grip Lasers for all North American Arms .22 Mag Revolvers

    July 8th, 2020

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – July 8, 2020 – Viridian Weapon Technologies is proud to announce a partnership with North American Arms that kicks off with a Grip Laser for the NAA-PUG-D and all other NAA .22 Mag revolvers. Viridian continues to be the leader in weapon-mounted technology by offering the most gun-specific lights, lasers, cameras and accessories for the most popular firearm brands.

    Viridian Grip Lasers for North American Arms revolvers boast a simple, yet intuitive design and activate automatically when the user grips the handgun. Each option has an MSRP of $199.00, is designed to fit all magnum frame revolvers and features a highly-visible red laser for rapid target acquisition. The grip lasers are easy to install and adjust. Viridian grip lasers increase comfort and improve the ability to accurately shoot the firearm thanks to a rubber over-molded design. Each Grip Laser also features an industry-best seven-year limited warranty.

    “Adding firearm-specific Grip Lasers to our revolvers is great,” said North American Arms Sales Manager Jessica Jarvis. “Now North American Arms owners and future owners get increased performance across all .22 Mag Revolvers. We’re also excited for what’s coming in the very near future. We look forward to a long partnership with Viridian and think our fans and self-defense enthusiasts everywhere will benefit as well.”

    The PUG-D is a small-framed revolver chambered in .22 Magnum and designed for self defense. This 5-shot capacity wheel-gun offers the ultimate in concealability and performance. It has been a popular choice for on and off-body carry for years. The addition of a reliable, highly-visible laser as part of the grip increases effectiveness in multiple situations. North American Arms also has several other .22 Mag revolvers compatible with the new Viridian Grip lasers for the ultimate in compatible upgrades.

    “North American Arms has carved out an area of expertise unparalleled in this industry,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “Partnering with the brand and team over there just makes sense. The Grip Laser for the PUG-D is a great start and there are some very exciting additions coming in the near future.”

    The Grip Lasers for North American Arms firearms can be found at ViridianWeaponTech.com and are currently in stock.

    Medicom MAFEX Mandalorian Figure

    July 7th, 2020

    Medicom, under its MAFEX line, is releasing a Mandalorian figure, from the only post-Rogue One Star Wars property that’s actually worth paying attention to. This figure is approximately 16cm / 6 in tall, and comes with a cloth cape.

    The full set of accessories includes Mando’s blaster rifle and pistol, knife, whipcord, and flamethrower effect.

    Plus the figure comes with a ‘Child’ (AKA Baby Yoda) accessory, because why wouldn’t it?

    You can pre-order your own MAFEX Mandalorian at the link below:

    www.hlj.com/mafex-mandalorian-medmafex-129

    Happy 4th of July, Everyone!

    July 4th, 2020

    Happy Independence Day, everyone! As you enjoy the 244th anniversary of our country’s founding, don’t forget what the day celebrates: the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress and the official establishment of the United State of America.

    In any event, enjoy the above inspirational and on-topic scene from an unlikely but welcome source: Big Trouble in Little China.

    Smith & Wesson – Performance Center M&P 9 Shield EZ

    June 29th, 2020

    For those of you unfamiliar with the M&P 9 SHIELD EZ, it’s a 9mm variant of the single-stack SHIELD EZ line of pistols, which are designed for ease of use for inexperienced shooters and those with weaker grip strength. And for those who are unaware of S&W’s Performance Center line, they’re variants of existing S&W firearms, featuring several factory-installed upgrades that are analogous to those that are common on the after-market, such as additional side milling, upgraded sights, and high-performance parts coatings.

    Combine the two and you get the Performance Center M&P 9 SHIELD EZ. This particular variant features a barrel coated in TiN (Titanium Nitride), giving it a striking gold appearance and increased lubricity and wear resistance, with the aluminum trigger and grip safety given a similarly gold anodized finish. The stainless steel barrel is ported to help reduce muzzle flip, and the slide features lightening cuts to reduce weight. The sights are HI-VIZ Litewave H3 Tritium/Litepipe Sights, which provide a high-visibility sight picture equally in high and low-light conditions.

    Variants with thumb safety, and with either a stainless or Armornite (nitride) finish barrel are also available.

    www.smith-wesson.com/firearms#/?series=207

    SIG SAUER MCX Virtus PCP Air Rifle Now Shipping

    June 25th, 2020

    NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 25, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the MCX Virtus pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) Air Rifle is now shipping.

    Based on the MCX Virtus Patrol Rifle, the .22 caliber MCX Virtus PCP semi-automatic air rifle features a 30-round rapid pellet magazine and 17.5-inch barrel with M-LOK™ handguard for easy mounting of accessories. The Virtus is powered by a regulated, 13-cubic-inch, high-pressure air cylinder located in the stock. Maximum fill pressure is 3,000 psi and output is controlled at 1,100 psi ensuring consistent shots. The air cylinder is refillable and delivers up to 150 shots per fill.

    The .22 caliber MCX Virtus PCP Air Rifle shoots up to 700 fps with muzzle energy of 11 ft-lbs.

    MCX Virtus PCP Air Rifle:

    Total Length: 37.25”
    Barrel Length: 17.5”
    Weight: 7.5 llbs.
    Muzzle Velocity: up to 700 fps
    Muzzle Energy: 11ft-lbs
    Caliber: .22
    Magazine Capacity: 30
    Finish: Navy
    Power Source: High-Pressure Air

    The MCX Virtus PCP Air Rifle is now available for purchase at the sigsauer.com/store.

    MSRP: $349.99

    For more information on SIG SAUER airguns, visit sigsauer.com/airguns.

    Steinel Ammunition Brass Spike Ammo for .50 Beowulf Uppers Now Available

    June 23rd, 2020

    The Steinel 12.7 x 42mm 414 grain Spire Point ammo offers superior consistency with tight standard deviations in velocity.

    Twinsburg, Ohio (June 2020) – Steinel Ammunition, a premium manufacturer of self-defense, hunting, and target ammunition, announce the release of their new “Brass Spike” ammo, a 12.7 x 42mm 414 grain Spire Point round designed for .50 Beowulf uppers. Using a .50 Beowulf upper on a standard AR-15 platform increases stopping power.

    Although the .50 Beowulf round is well-known in tactical and law enforcement circles as an excellent short to mid-range tack-driver round, the Brass Spike is also an outstanding hunting round for American big game, such as deer, moose, or black bear. The non-expanding round features exceptional penetration and accuracy. The round fits single-stack style in a standard AR magazine.

    The Steinel Ammunition Brass Spike cartridge uses new Starline brass, premium Hodgdon powder, and CCI primers, and the beautiful topper to it all is the 414 grain Steinel Spire Point. Available online at Steinel Ammunition for $51.99 a box.

    For more information on Steinel Ammunition Co., visit www.steinelammo.com or follow along on Facebook or Instagram.

    The Hacksmith – Predator Thermal Vision Helmet

    June 21st, 2020

    YouTube Channel The Hacksmith created a thermal vision helmet inspired by the ones worn by the Predators/Yautja from the series of the same name. They accomplished this by utilizing several off-the-shelf camera and computer components, including a FLIR Lepton 3.5 thermal censor pulled from a FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging camera, and mating them to a Zeiss Cinemizer headset, all mounted within a Predator-themed motorcycle helmet cover. However, they didn’t stop there, as they also utilized a Wicked Lasers LaserCube with a custom 3D-printed shoulder mount to replicate the Predator’s laser cannon. The end result is a working helmet that can switch between various vision modes, and a shoulder-mounted laser that projects a triangular reticle, and can pop balloons almost instantly; in short, it’s pretty damn cool.

    You can check out more of The Hacksmith’s videos via their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjgpFI5dU-D1-kh9H1muoxQ

    Grey Man Tactical Introduces the RMP Series – A Revolutionary Rigid Organizational Panel

    June 16th, 2020

    Lafayette, LA – Made in the USA, Grey Man Tactical™ provides ease of transportation, organization and concealment for a wide variety of firearms, medical supplies, hunting and overland gear. CEO Paul Capdepon saw the need for everyday carry items to be organized and transported discreetly. This led to the patented RMP Series [Rigid MOLLE Panel]™, designed for ultimate efficiency in conquering your gear.

    Each RMP™ is built from a durable, sag-resistant High Density Polyethylene, giving it the durability needed to withstand everyday use. Grey Man Tactical™ manufactures an array of sizes ranging from backpack to vehicle applications, ensuring there is an option ideally suited for the user’s needs. The versatile 15.25 X 25 Heavy Duty RMP™ is manufactured with injection-molded Glass Reinforced Nylon Polymer to increase strength and prevent sagging when mounting heavy items, providing durable organization and rapid accessibility. The RMP Series™ is offered with locks and a covert RMP Cover™ to provide unrivaled concealment and security of your everyday gear.

    Mounting an RMP™ to a seat back can be done in under 60 seconds with no drilling or tools required. For mounting to a case, safe, wall or any hard surface, Grey Man Tactical™ provides pre-drilled holes to line up with designated mounting points.

    Every Grey Man Tactical™ product is tested and evaluated for durability in the most adverse and demanding conditions to ensure quality. The RMP Series™ has been deployed by the United States Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Federal Bureau of Investigation and many other law enforcement agencies. Grey Man Tactical™ delivers a battle-tested and proven product that can be implemented in any mission. When purchasing a Grey Man Tactical™ product, know you’re getting American-made quality that will last a lifetime.

    Grey Man Tactical™ has developed the Vehicle, Backpack, Case and Safe RMP Series™ and accessories to fit all your organizational needs. Key features of the RMP Series™ include:

  • Patented RMP [Rigid MOLLE Panel]™ grid design
  • Multiple mounting options for easy installation on any surface
  • Consistent positioning of critical gear enables quick access
  • Universal MOLLE compatibility for customization
  • Weather resistant, fire resistant, non-corrosive build
  • Load-bearing, sag-resistant construction
  • RMP Backer Plate Series™ enables seamless hard mounting of gear
  • RMP™ can be quickly reorganized or interchanged for next task
  • Hand-finished, American made craftsmanship
  • greymantactical.com

    Pvt Murphy limited edition Toy Figure On Kickstarter

    June 14th, 2020

    Mark Baker, celebrated cartoonist and creator of the comic ‘Pvt Murphy’, has started a Kickstarter campaign for a Pvt Murphy collectable figure. Not too much info on this one as it’s currently presented, other than the figure is planned to be 3″ in height, and will hopefully be the first of many figures, depending on the success of this campaign. ‘Pvt Murphy’ is a fantastic comic, and we here at Fanboy wish Mark Baker the best of luck for fulfilling his dream of making Pvt Murphy into a toy.

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/murphytoys/pvt-murphy-limited-edition-toy-figure

    Prometheus Design Werx – Ti-FS Mk2 Survival Lighter

    June 10th, 2020

    A durable and reliable lighter is a major boon to any survival or outdoors kit, and Prometheus Design Werx’s Ti-FS Mk2 Survival Lighter is designed to handily fulfill that role. The Mk2 features an 6AL-4V titanium chassis, with a stonewashed tumble and bead peened finish, and a plated brass lighter core.

    The exterior is clearly modeled after the WWII-era Mk 2 ‘pineapple’ grenade – which also lends towards the lighter’s name – which provides a better grip surface for cold/wet conditions. The lighter is weather-resistant, with an o-ring seal to keep moisture out of the interior.

    The Mk2 comes packaged in a reusable survival tin with extra flints, a spare wick, and two extra o-rings.

    prometheusdesignwerx.com/products/ti-fs-mk2-survival-lighter

    Introducing Galco’s New E-Z Loader Cartridge Strips!

    June 8th, 2020

    PHOENIX, June 2020

    Galco introduces E-Z Loader™ cartridge strips!

    Made of flexible Santoprene, E-Z Loaders carry six revolver cartridges ready for quick reloading. The slim design makes it easy to slip into a pocket to keep a quick reload handy. Reloading your revolver is simple, whether a full load or a “tactical”(partial) reload of a few rounds. The extended rubber tab makes the E-Z Loader easy to grab and sure to handle.

    Sold in pairs for .38/.357 revolvers, Galco’s E-Z Loaders retail for $9.95.

    www.galcogunleather.com/e-z-loader-cartridge-strips_8_1214_1495

    FN joins the #responsiblerecreation movement

    June 4th, 2020

    (McLean, VA – June 05, 2020) FN America, LLC, the makers of the world’s most battle-proven firearms,® is proud to announce support for the #ResponsibleRecreation campaign established by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and other conservation partners.

    The campaign encourages individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors while practicing #ResponsibleRecreation. With the lifting of most state’s “stay at home” orders and the approach of summer, CSF and other partners launched the campaign to encourage Americans to responsibly enjoy outdoor activities while adhering to social distancing and other precautionary measures, as well as natural resource stewardship principles.

    “We are proud to support the Responsible Recreation campaign and have pledged our commitment to enjoying the outdoors safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, whether participating in recreational shooting at an outdoor range, hunting, fishing or other outdoor activities,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “We encourage everyone to take this same pledge today and ensure that access to public land and facilities remain open to all who wish to enjoy them.”

    #ResponsibleRecreation seeks to engage all outdoor enthusiasts by encouraging safe and responsible recreation. Maintaining opportunities for these activities also supports critical conservation funding during this time of economic uncertainty, while also supporting the businesses that drive the outdoor recreation economy.

    To take the #ResponsibleRecreation pledge and learn more about the campaign, please visit www.responsible-recreation.org.

    # # #

    Carry the Future.™ | FN America, LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of Belgium-based FN Herstal, S.A. provides U.S. military, law enforcement and commercial customers with a complete range of state-of- the-art, groundbreaking solutions developed around small caliber firearms and associated ammunition under the FN brand name.

    FN Herstal is the Defense & Security entity of Herstal Group that also includes a Hunting & Sports Shooting entity (Browning and Winchester Firearms’ brand names) and operates globally.

    FN product lines include portable firearms, less lethal systems, integrated weapon systems for air, land and sea applications, remote weapon stations, small caliber ammunition, as well as modern and cutting-edge solutions to provide enhanced combat, logistics, maintenance and communication capabilities.

    In addition to FN America – headquartered in McLean, VA, with manufacturing operations in Columbia, South Carolina –, FN Herstal is the parent company of FNH UK in the UK and Noptel (electro-optics) in Finland.

    For more information on FN’s latest products, visit us at www.fnamerica.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Nerf Ultra Two Motorized Blaster

    May 31st, 2020

    The NERF Ultra Two is part of Hasbro’s latest line of NERF blasters, named after their new “Farthest flying NERF darts ever!”, the Ultra dart. The blaster is battery powered, and fires from an enclosed, rear-mounted “fast-back” 6-dart cylinder. To fire, you hold down an acceleration button which powers the on-board motor, then the trigger to fire a dart. This blaster also features a nondescript accessory rail along the 12 and 6 o’clock positions of the frame, however none of the official product descriptions note whether these rails are compatible with existing NERF N-Strike accessories, however given how similar the rails look, I’d hazard a guess and say, yes, they do.

    The Ultra dart itself features a new aerodynamic design, with stabilizing “Aerofin Technology” on the rear of the dart, along with a segmented lightweight foam and a newly designed flight tip. According to Hasbro, these darts are capable of firing out to 120 ft (or 36m for our international friends), although results may vary.

    Available wherever NERF products are sold.

    nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-ultra-two-motorized-blaster-fast-back-reloading-6-nerf-ultra-darts-compatible-only-with-nerf-ultra-darts

    High Speed Gear Releases Two New Duty TACOs

    May 27th, 2020

    SWANSBORO, N.C. – May 27, 2020 – High Speed Gear® recently expanded its duty line of gear with two new products, the Duty Triple Pistol TACO® and the Duty Double Pistol TACO® – Covered Plus.

    These products were designed to meet popular demand from law enforcement seeking to carry additional magazines or fit high capacity pistol mags. While the Triple can hold three pistol mags as its name implies, the Plus is designed to fit either 21-round 9mm magazines, such as for the P320 X-Five, or 10-round 1911 mags. Both products are available now.

    “We’re very excited about these two products,” said Bill Babboni, HSGI® vice president of sales and operations. “We’ve received a lot of requests for these two in particular and we’re always looking for ways to expand our catalog to better serve our men and women in blue.”

    Duty Triple Pistol TACO

    Duty Double Pistol TACO – Covered Plus

    Sideshow Collectables – Hot Toys IG-11 1/6 Scale Collectable Figure

    May 24th, 2020

    ‘The Mandalorian’ is, save ‘Rogue One’, the only salvageable thing to come out of Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars property. That’s why it’s actually worth taking a look at Sideshow Collectables and Hot Toy’s IG-11 1/6 Scale figurine. Based on the IG-11 Bounty Hunter droid featured as a character in ‘The Mandalorian’, the IG-11 figurine comes in at roughly 14″ tall, with over 29 points of articulation, including an enhanced waist articulation which allows for a full 360 degree spin, just like in the show. The metallic grayish-black armor exterior is painted with accurate weather effects, and molded with precise pipe and wire details, and the mechanical head piece features LED light-up function. The IG-88 figure comes complete with the following accessories:

  • One (1) pair of articulated mechanical graspers
  • One (1) heavy blaster
  • One (1) blaster rifle
  • One (1) leather-like double shoulder belt with ammo pouches
  • Specially designed desert-themed figure stand with Star Wars logo and character nameplate
  • Like all Hot Ones releases, this is a pre-order, with an estimated arrival of October – December 2020.

    www.sideshow.com/collectibles/star-wars-ig-11-hot-toys-905332

    Noah Gragson’s No. 9 Xfinity Series Car to Feature TrueTimber® Camo for NASCAR’s Return to Racing

    May 19th, 2020

    INMAN, S.C. – May 19, 2020 – Noah Gragson’s JR Motorsports number 9 paint scheme featuring sponsors TrueTimber, Bass Pro Shops and Black Rifle Coffee Company will be showcased Tuesday night, May 19, at Darlington Raceway as NASCAR returns to the track following COVID-19. Gragson brought home a victory at Daytona earlier this year in the car featuring TrueTimber Viper Urban camo and looks to bring home another top finish. The race is set for 8:00 p.m. ET with no fans, only essential personnel and will be shown live on FS1.

    “While we are dealing with the unprecedented circumstances associated with COVID-19 and the road to recovery, it is great to see that NASCAR is able to get back to the track,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “Noah has had a great season so far and we are looking forward to what he can do in the future. JRM is a fantastic partner and we love seeing Bass Pro Shops, Black Rifle Coffee and TrueTimber come together on this awesome car.”

    After four races in the 2020 season, Gragson sits sixth in the NXS standings with one win, two top five finishes, three top 10s and has led 44 laps total. Gragson will be accompanied by three other JR Motorsports drivers including Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric for Tuesday night’s race. In 35 previous starts at Darlington, JRM has earned two wins, eight top five finishes and 20 top 10s.

    “It’s going to be weird experiencing a race without fans, but we plan to put on a great show so that everyone watching on TV has something to be excited about,” said Gragson.

    To see Noah Gragson’s TrueTimber, Bass Pro Shops and Black Rifle Coffee Car number 9 car, view the following video:

    TrueTimber, Bass Pro Shops and Black Rifle Coffee Sponsor Noah Gragson No. 9

    To learn more about the entire TrueTimber product line and see all available patterns, visit TrueTimber.com. Details about future product launches can be found on TrueTimber’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

    About TrueTimber

    Founded in 2005, TrueTimber is based in Inman, South Carolina and is the most realistic, performance-driven camouflage brand in the industry. TrueTimber offers a wide variety of clothing items and accessories, featuring 27 distinct camo patterns that perfectly blend with their surroundings. The company spends countless hours researching, testing and seeking new technology to produce the most effective and lifelike camouflage patterns possible. TrueTimber products can be found in retailers across the United States and Canada, and it continues to be one of the fastest growing camouflage companies in the world. For more information about TrueTimber, visit TrueTimber.com.

    In Search of Tomorrow – The Definitive 80’s Sci-Fi Documentary (Official Trailer)

    May 17th, 2020

    80s Sci-Fi movies get a bit of play here on this site, so it seemed appropriate to bring up a 4 hour documentary on the very subject. ‘In Search of Tomorrow’ is intended as the “Definitive 80’s Sci-Fi documentary”, consisting of “interviews with actors, directors, writers, SFX experts, and composers” of these beloved films.

    Movies such as Escape from New York (one of my personal favorites, if it wasn’t clear), Predator, Aliens, RoboCop, The Wrath of Kahn, and much more will be the focus of the documentary. Cast and crew alike have been interviews, discussing the characters, special effects, production design, socio/political context, and legacy of these films, so it’s shaping up to be a pretty comprehensive documentary.

    It’s currently up for funding on Kickstarter, but has blown past it’s initial goal of $40,000 and is currently up to a bit over $520k at the time of writing, with only 10 hours to go on the campaign – this one’s a sure thing.

    All the same, you can check out the link below to pledge to the campaign, maybe have your name as part of the credits:

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/creatorvc/in-search-of-tomorrow-80s-sci-fi-documentary

    First Colorado Agency Implements Viridian Gun Cameras

    May 12th, 2020

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 11, 2020 – The Kit Carson County Sheriff’s Office has deployed the FACT Duty™ Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™). Sheriff Tom Ridnour has been working to equip his force for modern policing over the last year. Every sworn deputy of the Eastern Colorado county now has a Weapon-Mounted Camera in the field to compliment body cameras.

    The rural force is responsible for patrolling over 2,000 square miles that includes the border with Kansas. Sheriff Ridnour has been working to implement Viridian gun cameras, and was able to get them deployed on March 1 of this year. That timing coincided with the first time footage from Viridian’s gun camera was used in an officer-involved shooting (OIS) trial in Texas. A jury quickly convicted the defendant of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public official. The WMC provided the critical evidence in the case by showing the defendant pointing a sawed-off shotgun at Vernon, Texas Police Corporal T.J. Session.

    “The Weapon-Mounted Cameras provide a new layer of visibility and perspective for our deputies,” said Sheriff Ridnour. “As a rural force, we cover a huge area with a limited number of personnel. The range of responsibilities our deputies have is equally as great—and knowing we now have the FACT Duty gun cameras in the field gives us even more coverage and awareness.”

    Viridian has created an important category for law enforcement with the introduction of the Weapon-Mounted Camera. This distinctive camera provides an unobstructed view of critical use-of-force events from the end of the firearm, addressing limitations officers can face with body cameras.

    “Sheriff Ridnour has been dedicated to bringing the latest technologies to his department, and we’re thrilled he added the FACT Duty,” Viridian President and CEO, Brian Hedeen, said.  “Our technology can be a supplement or alternative to body cameras as a mandatory evidentiary tool to provide the critical evidence in an officer involved shooting. We commend Sheriff Ridnour for being the first to deploy in Colorado and wish him and his deputies the best during these unprecedented and challenging times for all first responders.”

    The highly advanced WMC employs a 1080p full-HD digital camera with a microphone and 500 lumen tactical light. Viridian’s proprietary INSTANT-ON® technology automatically activates the camera and microphone whenever the officer draws the firearm from its holster. Not only does this eliminate risk of failure to manually turn on the camera during a critical event, but it also keeps the officer from fumbling with cumbersome equipment.

    More information on the FACT Duty can be found here or by contacting Viridian directly at [email protected].