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Viridian Introduces World’s First Hand Stop Laser

Monday, 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

    Wednesday, 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

    Monday, 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

    Monday, 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

    Thursday, 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

    Tuesday, 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.

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

    Wednesday, 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.

    SIG SAUER MCX Virtus PCP Air Rifle Now Shipping

    Thursday, 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

    Tuesday, 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.

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

    Tuesday, 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

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

    Monday, 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

    Thursday, 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.

    High Speed Gear Releases Two New Duty TACOs

    Wednesday, 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

    First Colorado Agency Implements Viridian Gun Cameras

    Tuesday, 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].

    5.11 and SIG SAUER Team Up for “Inside the Blue Line” Documentary

    Thursday, May 7th, 2020

    IRVINE, C.A., (May 7, 2020) – 5.11, Inc. and SIG SAUER, Inc. are pleased to announce the launch of Inside the Blue Line, an original content series that presents the reality and evolving demands on law enforcement today. In this series the Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department granted unprecedented access to a film crew from Ironclad Media to follow officers on the front line and into the line of duty.  

    “The goal of our project was to give the public a greater appreciation for life behind the badge today,” said 5.11’s Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Radcliff. “Watching these officers in action and learning about the challenges they face was a life-changing experience. We are honored to bring their stories to life.”

    The official series is now live at insideblueline.com, and will be launched across 5.11 and SIG SAUER social media next week at the commencement of National Police Week on Monday, May 11, 2020.  Additionally, the Inside the Blue Line video series is part of a robust campaign 5.11 is launching to commemorate National Police Week. Next week, 5.11 will start to sell the Honoring Those Who Serve patch with proceeds from the sale being donated to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

    “We are honored and excited to have partnered with 5.11 and the Manchester Police Department on this project,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “SIG SAUER and 5.11 are aligned in our core mission – to serve and support law enforcement and the defense community with our products – which unites us as brands. This was an extraordinary project, and in these unprecedented times, we have a heightened awareness for the sacrifices that are being made by the law enforcement community and thank them for their service.”

    Apex Announces Threaded Barrel for 3.6″ M&P M2.0 Compact

    Monday, April 27th, 2020

    PEORIA, Ariz. – Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce that its new 3.6” Apex Threaded Barrel for the 9mm M&P M2.0 Compact pistol from Smith & Wesson is available for pre-order and will begin shipping on May 5th.

    Based on the patented design of the Apex Grade fitted barrels, the Apex Threaded Barrel for the 9mm M2.0 Compact (3.60” model) is a cold hammer-forged stainless steel barrel with a black Melonite finish. It features a 1:10” twist rate that is designed for optimal accuracy performance and the barrel has an undercut thread intercept to accommodate a wide variety of attachments. The thread pattern is 1/2-28 and a thread protector with captive O-ring is included.

    This barrel is a true drop-in and requires no fitting.

    Features and Specifications:
    – For 9mm M&P M2.0 Compact w/ factory 3.6″ barrel
    – Cold hammer-forged stainless steel
    – 1:10” twist rate
    – 1/2-28 thread pattern
    – Thread Protector included
    – Black Melonite finish
    – No fitting required
    – Apex Part #: 105-044
    – MSRP: $199.95

    store.apextactical.com/WebDirect/Products/Details/192992

    NEW “SideSlinger” Scoped Leather Holster by TANDEMKROSS

    Friday, April 10th, 2020

    For Immediate Release
    April 10, 2020

    WEARE, NH — TANDEMKROSS is excited to announce the launch of our latest high quality firearm accessory. Introducing the all new “SideSlinger” Scoped Leather Holster.
    Every detail of this premier holster has been carefully tailored to ensure it truly stands out in a crowd. Made of high qual­ity, full-grain brown leather, this holster will last its user a lifetime. Even the edges have been burnished and hand dyed for a beautiful finish.

    This holster comfortably fits a number of the most popular single stack .22lr platforms in use. The “SideSlinger” fits the Ruger® Mark™ and Mark 22/45™ Series, Smith & Wesson® SW22 VICTORY®, and most Browning® Buck Mark models. This is partly thanks to a double button strap that allows the wearer to keep their pistol safe and secure by adjusting the proper level of tension necessary for their specific pistol.

    The “SideSlinger” is scoped, meaning there is a section cut out to make space for wearers’ various optics setups. More than that, the end is open in order to allow for various barrel lengths and aftermarket barrel attachments as well.

    “The TANDEMKROSS ‘SideSlinger’ was designed from the beginning to fulfill the need for a high quality leather holster for many popular rimfire pistols using red dots and other optics. The ‘SideSlinger’ is hand crafted in the US using top quality leather and is built for a lifetime of use.” — Eric Paulson Business Development Manager

    www.tandemkross.com/Holsters_c_35

    Killer Instinct® SWAT™ XP Crossbow in Popular TrueTimber® Strata New for 2020

    Thursday, March 26th, 2020

    INMAN, S.C. – March 26, 2020 – Killer Instinct is set to introduce the new SWAT XP Crossbow decorated in the TrueTimber Strata camouflage pattern. Attendees of ATA were able to get a first-hand look at the impressive new bow that is revolutionary for the new year. The SWAT XP delivers superior speed, extreme precision and balanced control all while maintaining a compact design.

    “Strata continues to show its versatility in terms of the application of a multipurpose camouflage, and we are very excited to see it utilized on this crossbow,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “Killer Instinct is a great partner that produces extremely high-quality bows. The SWAT XP Crossbow paired with Strata is going to be to a very effective combination for hunters in seasons to come.”

    TrueTimber Strata

    TrueTimber Strata incorporates both macro and micro camo schematics—the macro design breaks up the human outline at all distances while the micro elements melt into any terrain at close range. From the open country of the west to the mixed forests of the south and to the leaf-barren late season hardwoods of the east, customers simply won’t find a more effective all-purpose pattern.

    Killer Instinct SWAT XP

    The All-New Killer Instinct® SWAT™ XP is an ultra-compact 27-inch crossbow shooting 415 FPS that is unmatched in balance and control. Featuring the exclusive Killer Instinct Accutac™ Barrel System, the SWAT XP changes the game when it comes to broadhead accuracy. The enclosed 360-degree revolutionary design provides greater guidance and support to reduce the amount of crossbolt oscillation. The crossbow cocks down to an ultra-narrow 9.5-inches wide, creating a crossbow that’s unparalleled in balance, control and fit.

    To learn more about the Killer Instinct SWAT XP Crossbow, please view the following video:

    Killer Instinct SWAT XP in TrueTimber Strata at 2020 ATA Show

    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.

    NEW Umarex Fusion 2 Sends 9 Rounds in Silence

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

    FORT SMITH, AR (March 13, 2020) – Umarex USA continues blazing the path to deliver innovation, adventure and performance at an attractive price with the new Umarex Fusion 2 CO2 powered bolt action air rifle. The original Umarex Fusion pellet rifle was a CO2 powered bolt action design that was very popular for backyard plinking and quiet pest control. Umarex has carried over the best aspects of the original Umarex Fusion and added to it a re-designed SilencAir muzzle device, a nine-shot rotary magazine, a flexible CO2 power system, and an all-new stock design.

    The original Umarex Fusion was popular because of its accuracy, quietness, and compact design. These three elements remain the bedrock to which Umarex began their revamp of this classic rifle. The first thing shooters will notice about the Umarex Fusion 2 is how quiet it is. Umarex re-worked the SilencAir for better performance and a bold look. Shooters will notice the impact of the pellet on the target as louder than the muzzle report.

    The repeater revolution that began in the pre-charged pneumatic category is finding a home in other rifle based platforms as well. The Umarex Fusion 2 proudly features one of the best designed rotary magazines in the industry. The Fusion 2 magazine is extremely easy to load and holds nine .177 caliber pellets. To load the magazine, insert a pellet into the first open space in the cylinder and rotate the magazine cylinder counter-clockwise. The magazine will hold on the last pellet seated, therefore the shooter doesn’t need to worry about the magazine getting out of sync. Umarex Fusion 2 magazines also feature a last shot indicator to help prevent dry-firing.

    The original Umarex Fusion was powered by two 12-gram CO2 cartridges and that is still true of the Fusion 2, but with a twist: the Umarex Fusion 2 uses a removable 12-gram CO2 adapter that can be set aside if the shooter wants to use a single 88-gram CO2 cartridge. The Fusion 2 offers shooters the best of both worlds in powering convenience. Shorter shooting sessions can be done with economical 12-gram cartridges or a longer shooting session can be powered with a single 88-gram cartridge. Shooters can expect around 70 shots from a pair of 12-gram CO2 cartridges and around 250 with a single 88-gram cartridge.

    While these big changes are offering shooters quite the bang for their buck, it must also be stated that the Umarex Fusion 2 comes with a 4X32 scope which mounts to an integral Picatinny style rail. The Fusion 2’s ergonomic stock has grip serrations on the fore-end and a raised cheekpiece that make getting a solid cheek weld a piece of cake for just about any shooter. The Umarex Fusion 2 also has a manual safety that is recessed into the stock just above the trigger on the right side. This oversized lever has a 90-degree throw for positive engagement and disengagement of the safety. The recessed positioning also means the safety is protected from accidental disengagement.

    At the end of the day, Umarex wants shooters to find an air rifle that works for them. The Umarex Fusion 2 is an air rifle that will compel the whole family to get together and put in some valuable trigger and family time. The Umarex Fusion 2 is just one more rifle in the Umarex Airguns catalog that steps into that role with an impressive host of features and an MSRP of only $139.99.

    www.umarexusa.com/umarex-fusion-2-quiet-co2-pellet-rifle-177-compact-airgun

    Introducing the WESN Henry

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

    With a 2.35” blade and a 3” handle, the WESN Henry is a modern take on the classic slip-joint pocket knife. With Titanium scales and Cherrywood inlays, the Henry is a lightweight, yet perfectly balanced knife for any task at hand. Utilizing Swedish steel, we are paying tribute to the inspiration behind both our design and overall quality of the Henry. Our blade steel of choice: Sandvik 14C28N has passed the test of time, and proven to be one of Swedens top grade knife steels. With over 150 years of experience, Sandvik has mastered the processes of manufacturing knife steel that we can trust.

    Inspired by a traditional slip-joint design from the late 1800s found in northern Sweden, the Henry carries characteristics that have been used for over 150 years. We are honored to name the knife after one of the most inspirational men both personally in my life and many others. A man that has inspired the need for an everyday pocket knife that solves both functional needs yet displays the beauty of pure craftsmanship.

    The Henry is a knife to be passed down from generation to generation, as a token to remember the years behind its use and the craftsmanship that will carry on to represent the integrity behind a well-designed product.

    Launched on Kickstarer January 22nd at 11am EST

    Kickstarter URL:

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/billy-chester/the-wesn-henry-titanium-slip-joint-pocket-knife

    Specs:

  • Blade Length: 2.35” (6 cm)
  • Closed Length: 3” (7.6 cm)
  • Open Length: 5.35″ (13.6 cm)
  • Weight: 1.6 oz
  • Handle Material: Grade 5 Titanium Scales with Cherrywood inlays

    – G10 inlay option
    – Full Titanium option

  • Blade Steel: Sandvik 14c28n
  • Blade Shape: Spear Point
  • Mechanics: Titanium Slip-joint
  • Lanyard Hole
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Material options: Titanium & Cherrywood inlays, Titanium & Micarta inlays, All Titanium.

    5.11 Launches Revolutionary New 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Footwear Collection

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020

    Irvine, Calif. (February 13, 2020) – 5.11, the global innovator of technical, purpose-built gear, debuted its biggest product launch of 2020, the all new 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear collection last month during the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Tactical Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the name implies, the All Terrain Load Assistance System footwear series features three styles: an eight-inch Boot, Mid Hiker and Trainer.

    Several years in the making, the 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear series was designed with professional end users who carry considerable loads while on duty in mind. 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear enhances agility and stability while at the same time adding cushion support, which is increasingly important when adding considerable weight to a user’s frame.

    “Listening to our end users and solving problems to allow them to perform better is at the heart of why we design our products,” said Brendan Rynne, Footwear Category Manager for 5.11. “We heard our guys complain about ‘work weight’ over and over again, and after several years, we are really excited to be giving them the answer to their footwear support and stability problems in the new 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. series.”

    The 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Boots—available in 8-inch and mid heights—featuring 5.11’s new Echo (high rebound) and Force (high impact) foam midsole with the 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. plate for turning and stability control, while carrying additional weight. 5.11 utilized a key engineering partner to help create these new foam formulas. In addition, the 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Boots and A.T.L.A.S Mids also feature a new Ortholite® foot bed, slip and oil resistant outsoles, and highly breathable uppers for maximum comfort. MSRP for the 8-inch Boot is $149.99 and MSRP for the Mid is $139.99.

    A.T.L.A.S. Boots by 5.11

    The 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Trainer takes its functionality cues from the All Terrain Load Assistance System Boots and Mid and is designed to withstand the toughest training sessions – from hitting the gym, to hitting the pavement, hiking through the backcountry, or hauling around your property. The 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Echo Lite (high rebound) foam midsole enhances agility and can be paired with an optional A.T.L.A.S. plate for better stability. MSRP for the 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Trainer is $119.99.

    www.511tactical.com

    The New F.A.B. Gradus Pistol Grip Offers Exceptional Control

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020

    Northbrook, IL (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Gradus is a revolutionary pistol grip with exceptional attention to detail and an incredibly durable design. It uses an ergonomic model that increases grip strength, control, and overall comfort. Made for long-range and close contact accuracy, the Gradus is versatile and mission-ready.

    The grip uses a relatively straight profile with a 15-degree reduced grip angle that increases stability while creating excellent grip security. The design is slim, with a curved back strap that significantly improves comfort. It even comes with the option for a beavertail or flat configuration design.

    The Gradus is constructed from a reinforced polymer core that delivers incredible durability. The textured rubber over-mold adds an additional layer of security while providing an outstanding grip for shooters. The combination of materials provides pressure relief by equally distributing force placed on the grip. The level of control increases as a direct result of the materials used and the ergonomic design.

    The Gradus pistol grip is available in Black, Olive Drab Green or Flat Dark Earth. The MSRP pricing is set at an affordable $28, making the grip available for a large market. The Gradus has a beautiful design that performs at the highest levels. It’s made to last while delivering a stable and comfortable grip at any range.

    www.fab-defenseus.com

    Soldier Helps Pave the Way in Army’s First Tabletop Wargame Team

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — When 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Command Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander, Capt. Ivan Cho, first started playing tabletop wargames in eighth grade, he never would have thought he’d be playing his favorite games while wearing the Army logo.

    Cho, and three other Army active duty and reserve Soldiers, did just this as the U.S. Army eSports’ Warhammer 40,000 Team at the Las Vegas Open on January 24, 2020, which hosts the largest Warhammer 40,000 Tournament in the world.

    “It really opens up avenues for civilians and other parties to see that the United States Army has opportunities within it if you are willing to branch out and try new things,” said Cho.

    The U.S. Army eSports Team is a competition team of the U.S. Army and pulls its members from the Regular Army and Army Reserves. The Team has various sub-teams that fall under the Army eSports Team, including the Army eSports Warhammer 40,000 Team. Members play competitive Warhammer 40,000, a tabletop wargame where players enact battle by using miniature models of warriors and combat equipment on top of the layout of a battlefield.

    “For a lot of veterans, Warhammer 40,000 is considered great for morale and therapeutic because of the vast hobby aspects that come with it including building the miniatures, painting them, then being able to compete against other players and hobbyists,” said Cho.

    Cho and his teammates competed against over 750 players and played more than six rounds of games. Each round was roughly two and a half hours long, totaling about 15 hours of gaming over the course of two days. All four team members made the top 25 percent of players, competing with some of the best players in the world.

    “I think it will have a lot of benefits for future Army players to know they have the backing of the United States Army to play and compete in a hobby they love to do,” said Cho.

    The Army eSports Warhammer 40,000 Team consists of six active members from across the Nation: Capt. Red Powell of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Capt. Ivan Cho, Capt. Matthew Talley of U.S. Army Forces Command, Master Sgt. Justin Pizzoferrato of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, Staff Sgt. Shane Watts of Defense Information Systems Agency, and Staff Sgt. Jason Rider of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

    “At this time, we are in the works for opening up more slots on the active team and create a second team to encourage more growth in the Warhammer 40,000 community as well as show the rest of the world that you can be a Soldier and still do your normal hobbies,” said Cho.

    By Rebecca Nappi, 20th CBRNE

    SIG SAUER Introduces New SIG AIR Reflex Sight

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020

    NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 22, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the new SIG AIR Reflex Sight for fast and accurate target acquisition.

    Designed to fit the SIG AIR M17 pellet pistol and ProForce M17 airsoft pistol, this low profile 1x23mm reflex sight features a wide field of view and 3 MOA red dot. The manual brightness control, located on the front of the sight, has six illumination intensity settings making it easy to see the red dot in all lighting conditions. The sight features easy to use windage and elevation adjustments, and the lightweight aluminum housing and shock-proof design ensure durability.

    “We have seen strong demand for reflex sights on our SIG AIR pistols,” said Matt Handy, Director, SIG AIR. “With an increasing number of law enforcement and recreational shooters now using red dot sights, our new SIG AIR Reflex Sight delivers rapid target acquisition for those training with our SIG M17 pellet and airsoft pistols. The sight is also designed to fit future SIG AIR pistols.”

    The SIG AIR Reflex Sight comes with a 1CR20 32 battery and two optic mount plates – one for airguns and one for airsoft.

    SIG AIR Reflex Sight Specifications:

    Magnification: 1x23mm

    Height: .98 in / 25mm (without picatinny mount)

    Width: 1.53 in / 39mm

    Length: 1.88 in / 48mm

    Weight: 1.41 oz / 40g

    Overall Elevation Adjustment Range: 40 MOA

    Overall Windage Adjustment Range: 40 MOA

    Battery: 1CR20 32

    Battery Life: 100 hours under max brightness

    2000 hours under min brightness

    Rainproof

    MSRP: $59.99

    The ProForce M17 is available for purchase at the sigsauer.com/store.

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

    STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES TLR-9 RAIL MOUNTED TACTICAL LIGHT

    Sunday, January 26th, 2020

    Rear Switch Model Fits Full Frame Handguns; Delivers 1,000 Lumen Ouput

    EAGLEVILLE, PA, January 23, 2020 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the TLR-9™ rail mounted tactical light, designed for use with full frame handguns. Featuring a slim, compact design, the new light offers ergonomic rear switches with either a low or high position to match users’ shooting styles, while providing 1,000 lumens for a variety of tactical and home defense uses.

    “This lightweight new tactical light is engineered to be both sleek and powerful, featuring a high power LED for extreme brightness and extensive range, as well as good peripheral coverage,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “It also features an ambidextrous on/off rear switch with low and high positions to suit user preference. And it fits a wide variety of full frame handguns, making it an ideal light for first responder and tactical applications.”

    The TLR-9 uses a power LED to provide 1,000 lumens and 10,000 candela over a 200-meter beam distance with a run time of 1.5 hours; the light’s strobe mode offers 3 continuous hours of run time. The light is energized by two 3 Volt CR123A lithium batteries.

    Securely fitting to a broad range of weapons, the TLR-9 features a one-handed, snap on and tighten interface that keeps hands away from gun muzzles when attaching or detaching it. The light also includes a Safe Off feature, locking it to prevent accidental activation. A key kit is included to securely fit the light to a broad array of handguns.

    Constructed with durable 6000 Series machined aircraft aluminum with a black anodized finish, the TLR-9 weighs 4.26 ounces and measures 3.87 inches in length.

    With extensively live-fire tested, impact-resistant construction, the new model features an IPX7-rated design, making it waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

    The TLR-9 is packaged as the TLR-9 FLEX that comes with a High switch mounted on the light, plus an included Low switch. It has an MSRP of $240.00, and comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

    www.streamlight.com