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5.11 DEBUTS “CALL TO SERVICE” PODCAST

September 17th, 2020

Irvine, CA (September 17, 2020) – 5.11, Inc., the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, has debuted a weekly podcast, “Call to Service” – Presented by 5.11. The mission of the podcast is to provide an inside look into the lives of public safety personnel and provide dialogue between professionals. Guests vary from an array of backgrounds including tactical operators, law enforcement, fire, emergency services, and active and veteran military personnel.

5.11 as a company was built on servicing the professional community through producing end-user-tested apparel and gear that meets the needs of life’s most demanding missions. Over the years, 5.11 has introduced several other initiatives to bridge the professional and civilian communities including programs like Quiet Warrior, Everyday Hero, and in-store ABR (Always Be Ready) Academies where 5.11 provides cost-free clinics for store patrons instructed by professionals in an effort to educate guests on areas of expertise such as trauma/first aid, fitness, and concealed carry.

“In trying to figure out a way to truly honor our first responders and frontline workers, we came to the conclusion as a team that telling their stories was the first step to doing that,” said 5.11’s Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Radcliff. “Our hope for “Call to Service” is that in learning about the professional community and what they endure on a daily basis.”

““Call to Service” has the opportunity to act as a platform to dive into current day trends from a larger collective of individuals,” said 5.11’s Director of Professional Marketing, Chris Skahill. “This process of sharing information between a strong mix of guests from a variety of assignments and backgrounds across regions will give visibility to different practices and comparisons allowing for opportunities for growth.”

“Call to Service” will be hosted by 5.11’s Director of Southwest Sales, Will Ayres. Ayres has been with 5.11 for 9 years. Working across the globe for 5.11 during his tenure, Ayres has spoken with countless public safety workers and understands the hardships these individuals face on a daily basis as well as the importance that dependable gear, like 5.11’s, carries for these men and women.

The first “Call to Service” podcast featured an interview with former US Navy SEAL and Tident Concepts, LLC President, Jeff Gonzalez, followed by ShivWorks founder and former law enforcement and SWAT officer, Craig Douglas. In the coming weeks, “Call to Service” will feature interviews with Mike Pannone, former operational member of U.S. Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces (Green Beret) and 1st SFOD-D (Delta); Larry Zanoff, Israeli army combat veteran; a SWAT department from Southern California; Rick Hogg, 29-year US Army Special Operation Combat Veteran and owner of War HOGG Tactical; Ryan Starling, active San Bernardino County Firefighter and SWAT Engineer Paramedic.

“Call to Service” episodes will be available each Thursday, and can be found on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Google, Spotify, Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Castbox, Amazon and iHeart.

RIP Venture Bros

September 8th, 2020

According to myriad sources on the internet (so it must be true! Unfortunately, it really is true; straight from the creators’ mouths, in fact.), the long-running cartoon series Venture Bros has officially been cancelled by late night adult programming network [adult swim]. Venture Bros was first introduced to the [as] programming block with a pilot in 2003, the show debuted in earnest in 2004, and continued in a fairly sporadic manner with seasons premiering on a roughly biennial — that’s every 2 years or so — schedule. Venture Bros’ seventh, and final, season ended in late 2018, making it one of the longest lasting series on [adult swim] at 15-ish years of production(!!!). In fact, the show runners were in the process of writing the eighth season when news of the show’s cancellation broke, so they were just as surprised as anyone else.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. [adult swim] has expressed interest in continuing the story line as planned in some fashion, and in this age of streaming services and series revitalizations, Venture Bros could totally migrate over to a new production company. If I had to make a bet, it would probably be HBO Max, since that’s where all of the Turner-owned animated shows seem to be popping up, as of late.

But, whatever the case, I will dearly miss the satirization of 60’s era boy adventurer and Space Age fiction that the Venture Bros. is/was, and am eager to see how the property is developed in the future.

Lipsey’s Goes Back To Where It All Began With Retro P80 9mm Exclusive

September 1st, 2020

So this is actually a pretty cool announcement from Lipsey’s: an exclusive Glock Full Size 9mm pistol styled after the original Austrian Military P80 ‘Gen 1’ service pistol, complete with the accurate ‘tupperware’ case. Despite the likely limited availability of this release, the listed MSRP is only running a bit higher than the most current G17 Gen5, at $670. Yeah, that’s not a break-the-bank price for a poly handgun — especially in today’s market, where 9mm handguns are pretty scarce due to… increased market interest in firearms ownership — but those familiar with the Lipsey’s exclusive Glocks would know that it’ll also be a pain to get a hold of without paying scalper prices, since these are sure to be an ‘allocated’ item with most stores having extremely limited, if any, stock.

Baton Rouge, La.—Lipsey’s, the nation’s premier firearms distributor, has unveiled the new Lipsey’s Exclusive GLOCK P80. A historical reproduction of the original, innovative GLOCK pistol adopted by the Austrian Army in 1982.

In 1981, Gaston Glock assembled a team of engineers and designed his first firearm. The result was submitted to the Austrian Army pistol trials and won the contract in 1982. The Army then designated the first GLOCK as the Pistole 80. These guns were later known commercially as “G17s” and were only available in the US market for two years until the “Gen2” model was introduced in 1988. P80 marked GLOCKs were never imported into the United States.

After its American debut as the GLOCK 17 in 1986, the simple, yet proven, mechanics and materials have remained mainly the same. The original P80 and Gen1 G17 featured non-railed frames with no finger grooves and wrap around pebble grain texturing. Lipsey’s worked with GLOCK to recreate the Gen1 single pin frame and the original flat extractor. The P80 markings are the same font used in 1982. The classic “Tupperware” style container was also re-manufactured for this edition. Each GLOCK P80 includes a commemorative overbox and certificate of authenticity.

The new Lipsey’s Exclusive GLOCK P80 was developed to allow modern GLOCK enthusiasts to acquire a piece of the company’s unique history. The concept began with Jason Cloessner, Lipsey’s Vice President & Product Development Manager, who initiated the collaboration with GLOCK some three years ago. “I have always wanted to do a retro GLOCK pistol. GLOCK took painstaking measures to recreate the original frames and packaging to make this P80 edition as close to the original as we could get. Not only is this edition a great shooter, but it also helps tell the amazing story of how GLOCK came to be.”

Bob Radecki, GLOCK, Inc. National Sales Manager was an instrumental partner in bringing this throwback concept to life. “GLOCK, in conjunction with Lipsey’s, is very pleased to commemorate the adoption of the GLOCK P80 by the Austrian Army with a recreation inspired by the original GLOCK Pistole 80. The P80 was GLOCK’s first pistol and was the catalyst that led to the introduction of the G17, which revolutionized the pistol market and launched GLOCK as the pistol manufacturer trusted around the globe for over 30 years.”

You can access GLOCK P80 technical specs and information here: Lipsey’s GLOCK P80

Located in Baton Rouge, Lipsey’s formed initially as a wholesale hunting and fishing distributor in 1953.

Today, Lipsey’s is one of the largest independently owned firearms distributors in the country offering a full catalog of firearms, NFA items, and accessories. The “AIM HIGHER” company mantra focuses on innovative product development, distribution, and dedication to family, community, and industry. With a committed focus on relationships, Lipsey’s provides value to federally licensed dealers and the industry’s top manufacturers.

Please visit www.lipseys.com or follow at facebook.com/lipseysguns and Instagram @LipseysGuns

Comp-Tac releases holster fits for the S&W M&P 9 Shield EZ

August 25th, 2020

HOUSTON, Aug. 21, 2020 – Comp-Tac® recently added new Smith & Wesson® M&P® 9 Shield™ EZ® fits for the MTAC™, Infidel Max™, Warrior™, eV2™ and International™ holsters.

These five holsters rank among Comp-Tac’s most popular items. The brand periodically releases new holster fits throughout the year to accommodate more and more gun owners, and to match the ever-growing firearms market.

“Firearm manufacturers continue to expand their product lines with handguns that have additional features and options to fit a wide variety of customers, lifestyles and uses,” said Gordon Carrell, Comp-Tac general manager. “We at Comp-Tac believe in those same ideals and strive to match the varied number of handguns with an equal variation of holsters. Our many holster fits help to meet the needs of customers regardless of carry position, clothing options, lifestyle needs and more.”

The MTAC is a hybrid, inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster that works perfectly for customers who need to tuck their shirt in. The two mounting clips on the MTAC are located on the sides of the holster, allowing a shirt to be tucked in over the gun and holster, leaving only the clips to show for deep concealment.

The Infidel Max Holster is an all-Kydex® IWB holster designed to be worn behind the hip at the 4 o’clock or 5 o’clock positions. With an easy-on, easy-off single clip, this holster is a favorite for users who want the ability to put on their gun or take it off as their environment changes.

The Warrior Holster is an outside-the-waistband holster that was recently tested and recommended by the National Training Officers Association (NTOA). The all-Kydex, pancake design is excellent for concealed carry or general range use.

The eV2 Holster is an appendix inside-the-waistband holster designed for concealed carry. The eV2 includes the Comp-Tac Kick, a piece designed to help press the grip of the gun into the body for better concealment.

The International Holster is an all-Kydex holster with a modular mounting system that includes a belt mount, paddle mount and drop offset piece. The International has been the top holster used at the IDPA nationals for eight years in a row and is an excellent choice for those who want to participate in competitive shooting events or head to the range for some training time.

comp-tac.com

www.highspeedgear.com

Versace – Greca Rhegis Boots

August 17th, 2020

Everyone: the combat boot has gone Guuci! Well, technically this ain’t Gucci, but rather rival Italian luxury fashion brand Versace. All the same, this is a $1100 pair of “combat boots” (no word on Pro Deal pricing as of the time of writing) that probably ain’t good for anything else other than announcing to the world that you’re wearing an $1100 pair of “combat boots”. Details are fairly scarce on the product page, but what is revealed is the following:

– Outer fabric: 100% leather
– Lining: 100% leather
– Sole: 100% Rubber
– Made in Italy

They’re also lace up style boots, and have an embossed logo. Oh, and there’s a nifty little Easter Egg of sorts on the sole: those numbers? Coordinates, to the plaza in front of the Milan Cathedral. Not sure if that’s a standard flair of Versace goods, but neat nonetheless.

Plus, if you’re not digging the vaguely desert-ish “neutrals” colorway, you’re not lacking in color options; you can always pick the White or Black option instead.

www.versace.com/us/en-us/men/shoes/boots/greca-rhegis-boots-d26/DSU7885-DCRTEG_D26

Apex Announces New Hellcat Trigger

August 10th, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz. – Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the introduction and upcoming release of its new Action Enhancement Trigger for the hugely popular Hellcat pistol from Springfield Armory. Starting at just $79.95, the package includes an Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, Apex Sear Spring and Apex Striker Spring, which, when installed, significantly improves the feel of the trigger pull while reducing trigger travel and pull weight to that appropriate for a duty or carry pistol.

Apex’s engineering and design team developed the Action Enhancement Trigger as a direct drop-in replacement of the factory polymer trigger and springs of the Hellcat. The new trigger will be available in Black, Red, Thin Blue Line, and Black anodized Freedom Edition versions. Pre-ordering will begin soon.

Retailers and wholesale distributors that have not yet ordered and wish to stock the new trigger can contact Apex at [email protected] or (623) 322-0200 for pricing and quantity availability.

Features and Specifications:
– Reduces trigger pull weight to 5.0 to 5.5 lbs, after break-in period
– Smooths uptake and reset
– Reduces overall trigger travel and reset distance
– Crisp trigger break
– Direct drop-in replacement for factory polymer trigger
– Maintains factory safety values
– Easy to install
– Apex Part #: 115-112 (Black)
– Apex Part #: 115-152 (Red)
– Apex Part #: 115-B112 (Thin Blue Line)
– Apex Part #: 115-F112 (Freedom Edition Black)
– Apex Part #: 115-B112-F (Freedom Edition TBL)
– MSRP: $79.95 to $89.95

www.apextactical.com/index

Umarex – REKT OpFour CO2 Powered Dart Rifle

August 4th, 2020

The REKT OpFour Dart Rifle from Umarex is fairly unique when compared to other dart blasters, since it uses two 12 gram CO2 cartridges to propel its darts, rather than a spring like many of its contemporaries. Modeled after an AR-15, the Dart Blaster features similar furniture, with a collapsible stock, A2-style grip, functioning irons, and a Knights-style foregrip that also serves as the pump-action charging handle. The Dart Blaster comes with a 12-round magazine that feeds REKT foam darts; the magazine looks vaguely like a NERF N-Strike mag, and the darts themselves are supposed to work with a variety of dart blasters.

True to its name, the REKT OpFour series dart guns come in two colors – red and blue, much like NERF’s Rival series – for team play; or, if you prefer one color over the other.

www.umarexusa.com/search?q=Rekt

www.playrekt.com

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