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Lendy’s Wings For Warriors

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is Lendy’s Wings For Warriors sponsored by Mission First Tactical.

The location is Lendy’s, 1581 General Booth Boulevard, in Virginia Beach, Virginia from 1400 to 1800. For $20, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat wings, door prizes, and events. If you aren’t in the area, but would still like to contribute to the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation, then you can buy a Lendy’s Wings For Warriors t-shirt. I’ll be there, and I hope to see plenty of people in attendance.

Edit: I wasn’t able to attend. Boo. Still, from what I hear the event was a success!

Red Storm Interactive On NC Now

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

This video from UNCTV shows the process by which Red Storm Interactive collects the sounds and looks of multiple firearms to further enhance the quality of their own games. They do this by recording the weapons shots at a range, then later having advisers come in with real weapons so they may record all the individual features. This insures the firearms are accurately modeled in their games, especially compared to other development studios. This is something I personally appreciate, because too many times I’ve heard firearms in games that just look and sound completely wrong. If you ask me, the extra effort is well worth it.

FPS Russia

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Youtuber FPS Russia seems to have access to two things: a metric ass-ton of disposable income, and some impressive connections in the firearms trade. In each video he picks from a diverse collection of weaponry, including the appropriate to his namesake AK-47 and the “most powerful handgun on Earth” .500 S&W Magnum revolver. Using these, he puts multiple rounds into everything from melons to soda bottles to paper targets of hostile clowns, and more often than not, he goes fully automatic. At the very least, the videos are pretty entertaining to watch, if only to see firearms most civilians would never dream of having access to. Also, I doubt that accent is real.

Flypmode Wins XC2V Challenge

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Local Motors ran a design contest in which readers were tasked with developing a vehicle for DARPA’s XC2V (Experimental Crowd-Derived Combat-support Vehicle) Challenge. Of all the entries, Victor Garcia’s Flypmode was chosen as first prize, netting him $7500 and his vehicle design becoming an actual DARPA prototype. Other noteworthy designs were second place winner Marc Senger’s Kratos ($1500 prize) and third place winner Romain Chareyre’s Sentinel ($1000 prize). For what I assume is just a simple coincidence, check out the Sentinel. It looks fairly close to the Warthog from Halo, sans chaingun.

Thanks to reader Giovani FarLords for the tip.

Machete Slingshot

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Looking like something out of a action-packed B-movie*, this machete slingshot/crossbow is damn near the coolest, if ‘WTF?’ worthy, DIY project I’ve seen on Youtube. And this is but one of many amazing slingshots from the mind of JoergSprave and his ‘The Slingshot Channel’. But why would he go through the trouble of building something this impractically awesome? It was in response to a challenge from the Youtube community A.K.A. because he could. At least this proves when we run out of bullets, and we want something a bit more intimidating than arrows to launch from our bows, large blades are always an option.

*Attention Robert Rodriguez: Here’s something to consider for the eventual Machete sequel.

Camouflage Fudge

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Design A Candy/Vickers Fudge of Port Macquarie, Australia is sending 8kg (about 17.6lbs) of camo-colored caramel-flavored fudge to Australian troops in Afghanistan. 4kg is a gift sent from customer Scott Bailey to his son’s Godmother whom is currently serving in the Australian Army Intelligence division. The additional 4kg is a donation from the confectionery shop, so there would be plenty to go around. The camouflage pattern design was a request from Mr. Bailey so that the fudge could be shared with other troops. Receiving morale boosting fudge from a loved one is always appreciated. The camouflage design is just icing on the… er, fudge.

Thanks to portnews.com.au for the original story.

This Ain’t Your Kid’s Green Machine

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Developed by Parker Brothers Customer Choppers, this is one bad ass big wheel. It’s completely street legal and steers from the back two wheels, just like the original. But what’s most awesome about it? It’s powered by a Harley V-Twin. A man-sized Green Machine with a motorcycle engine? No better way to relive your childhood than that.

Zombie Killing Spree

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

TheFilmFestRejects have possibly created one of the best zombie vids available on Youtube to date! It’s a sweet combination of gear, guns, and the undead, with a score system to match. And it’s all done with a comic filter that simply looks beautiful. However, the film does suffer a crime against reason: at the time of writing, it was only at 152 views. Spread the word to remedy this immediately!

Predator Ewoks

Monday, March 28th, 2011

PredEwok t-shirt

Truly the perfect killer: a cuddly bear-like creature that uses primitive technology and pure wit to take out elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire crossed with the DNA of the universe’s ultimate, technology superior hunter. Truly something to fear, despite the almost joyous look of that Stormtrooper’s helmet even as his spine dangles beneath, used as a carrying handle. This somewhat terrifying, somewhat adorable design is available in t-shirt form from 604Republic.

BTW, the image is a link to buy the shirt, if you’re interested.

The UTS-15

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Is it just me, or does this shotgun look awfully familiar? Huh. I must be imagining things. Anyway, Turkish firm UTAS has gotten into the bullpup shotgun market with the UST-15. It features a 14+1 capacity of 2.75″ shotshell via dual tubes, but it can also chamber 3″ rounds… Weird, I swear I’ve heard this somewhere else before. Back on topic, a selector switch allows the user to select which tube to feed from, or an option to alternate between the two tubes also exists.

The body of the UST-15 is constructed from carbon fiber and features a full length picatinny rail for a variety of attachments. It already comes equipped with both forward and rear iron sights and the lower receiver features a built in button operated laser and light. The overall length is 27″ with a weight of 7.2 lbs.

For those Americans salivating at the prospect of owning one, it’s also being manufactured in the US. Yippy skippy! Now I know I’ve heard that before as well. But what other bullpup shotgun could have such similar traits?

House: Zombie Hunter

Monday, March 28th, 2011

“Good thing I brought my axe-cane.”

I think the above line pretty much sums up how awesome this clip is. But wait, there’s more! It also converts into a shotgun! And do I detect a Wilhelm scream? Why yes, yes I do.

Freedom Hunters

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

We ran across a cool organization called Freedom Hunters this weekend at Bass Pro Shop in Hampton, VA. Bass Pro Shop always has a lot going on during the weekend such as clinics, special sales, celebrity visits and contests.

Freedom Hunters offers the opportunity for military personnel and in particular, wounded veterans to participate in hunting and fishing by partnering with individuals, corporations and land owners to facilitate equipment, transportation, access and most of all companion and mentorship. It’s a great way to offer our nation’s heroes a way to enjoy the outdoors.

Please check out their website to learn more or to donate. www.freedomhunters.org

Gerber Bear Grylls Parang

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The Gerber Bear Grylls Parang is a parang machete which features an angled blade made from high carbon steel, full tang construction, a textured rubber grip, and a lanyard cord attached to the grip for additional security. It stores in a nylon sheath which is ‘military-grade’ and mildew resistant. In addition, the sheath also has land to air rescue instructions and SOS sewn to the outside, and you also receive a pocket guide of Bear’s survival essentials.

I bought one yesterday for clearing some vegetation in my yard. Not the original intention for the blade, I’m sure, but I did find it’s not very sharp. Not a good quality for something meant for survival. It might be alright on zombies, though, since their flesh is already starting to decay.

You can check it out at: http://bear.gerbergear.com/gear/parang/

How Special Forces Quietly Opens Velcro

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

We all know how velcro can easily give away a position in a tactical situation. Well, youtuber woodswisdom offers a method to combat this disadvantage. It’s a Special Forces (US Rangers) method he was taught for opening velcro without alerting anyone to the noise. Enjoy.

Radio Rifle

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

James Bond, eat your heart out. This totally ‘spy-a-rific’ (my term) children’s toy from the 1966 J.C. Penny Christmas Catalog transformed from an AM/FM radio* to a kick-ass cap gun. And for only $2.22. What a bargain!

*Note that the radio didn’t actually work.

Today Is National Medal Of Honor Day

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Today is March 25th, National Medal Of Honor Day. Please take at the very least a moment to honor the recipients of this award. Their actions and courage in the face of absolute danger deserves nothing less than our total respect.

For information on all the current MoH recipients and information on the award itself, visit CMOHS.org.

Camouflage Bridal Garders

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Make your wedding just right with a camouflage bridal garter from advantagebridal.com. Available in multiple styles of camo, such as woodland-ish, desert-ish, pink, and blue among others. There are also some with branch specific insignia, like Marines or the above Air Force.

New Captain America: The First Avenger Trailer

Friday, March 25th, 2011

I’ll admit I had my doubts about this film, but if this trailer is any indication, this movie will do Captain America much justice. It looks a helluva lot better than what that crappy-looking Thor movie is turning out to be. Also, Tony Stark’s dad! I haven’t been this excited about a fictional account of WWII since INglourious Basterds, but there’s little chance we’ll see any Hitler death in this one.

Captain America: The First Avenger is due in theaters July 22nd.

Duke Nukem Forever Delayed Again. In Other News, [Insert Something Obvious Here]

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Duke Nukem Forever was almost literally taking forever to be released. It suffered countless engine changes, numerous, non-engine related delays, and even the studio developing it closing down for good, all over a 14 year period. Then, the one game we thought would never be released was finally in sight. Many gamers jumped for joy when they saw it in playable form at PAX Prime 2010, or the trailer on the internet made from nearly-complete gameplay, and all the media outlets saying the same thing: DNF will be relased March 3rd! Finally!

…And then Gearbox Software Head Honcho Randy Pichford had to release this video:

To his credit he does seem genuinely surprised the game is taking another month to be released. And he knows the fans are out for his blood, now. Just keep an eye on it, Randy! First it’s a month, then it’s 6 months, and before you know it, March 3rd, 2024 is the new release date. But that’s all right, because his head will have been on a pike long before that time.

Digital Camo Goes a Bit Too Far

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Sure, protesters and bandits use black ski masks to in order to hide their identities, but this new Pixelhead mask is intended by its creator, Martin Backes to serve as “media camouflage” for those weary of finding themselves on Google Streetview and Facebook. This model features two eye slits and is printed in a pixelated image of German Secretary of the Interior Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière.

Fanboy note: Anon will be most pleased.

Crysis 2 Has Arrived

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

So Crysis 2 came out yesterday. I’ll admit with all the other games coming out it kind of went unnoticed by me, but I’ll be picking it up anyway. After all, who doesn’t want to be a soldier in a super powered nanosuit defending New York City from an alien invasion? If you need a bit more convincing, however, just check out this vid:

He’s like The Predator in that suit! Except, you know, in a good video game. And if the previous Crysis was any indication, you’ll need a PC of near Brainiac-level computing power to even hope to run the game on its lowest settings. That’s why I’ll stick with the 360 version, thank you very much.

Happy 80th Birthday William Shatner!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Now, I can’t really give a cake over the internet, so we’ll have to celebrate the only way I know how… with the Kirk/Spock Pon Farr fight to the death… with Lirpa!

^Any opportunity I have to put this scene in an article, I will do it.

Bid On A Full-Sized Ghost

Monday, March 21st, 2011

In Modern Warfare 2, Ghost was Task Force 141’s mysterious operative who always wore sunglasses and a balaclava with the image of a human skull’s lower jaw on it. Despite his status as a secondary character (outside of the comic book, of course) he was one of the more popular characters in the game, especially since he shares a VA with Gaz, from the previous Modern Warfare. Originally only available to Infinity Ward and select partners, now it’s your chance to own a full-sized standee of this famous character, brand new in box, while benefiting Japan via #PlayForJapan in the process. Plus, the shipping’s free, which is a very nice bonus.

You can bid on the statue via eBay.

Beefy Crunch Burritos Are Serious Business In San Antonio

Monday, March 21st, 2011

In one of the more insane events involving fast food in recent times, a man in San Antonio, Texas got into a firefight with police over the price of Taco Bell’s Beefy Crunch Burrito rising in price from $.99 to $1.49. The man, who is currently unidentified, tried to order 7(?!) burritos and was told the price wasn’t as low as he expected it to be (the lower price was part of a promotion, which ended) so he shot at the manger through the drive-thru window with an airsoft gun then pulled out a semi-auto assault rifle and pistol in the parking lot. He then fled as the police were called, exchanged fire with several officers, and hid in his hotel room which was later flooded with tear gas when he finally surrendered and was arrested.

Now he faces three attempted capital murder charges, plus whatever else they’ll try and charge him with, over “food” that doesn’t even feature the USDA’s minimum required amount of beef for taco and burrito filling. That, and the fact that he felt he needed seven of them is the real surprise here. All I can say it that must have been one serious case of the munchies.

Thanks to mysanantonio.com for the original story.

Utah First State To Have An Offical State Firearm

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Out of all the decisions politicians have made over the years, I can find one I’m totally behind: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed legislation that declared the M1911 as Utah’s official state firearm, a first for any state in the US. Now that one of the most well-known and popular pistols on the planet is an officially recognized symbol of a state, who’s to say others won’t follow suit? Arizona’s on board with the Colt Single Action, after all.

Thanks to wtma.com for the original story.