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Thursday, August 17th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – August 17, 2017 – Viridian Weapon Technologies will attend the NRA Carry Guard Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 25-27. The Viridian booth (#1018) will offer attendees first-hand looks and interaction opportunities with their newest, most-advanced lights and lasers. Those frequenting the booth will also get a chance to win free products as Viridian will give away one of their popular C5Ls ($349.00 value) each day.

The NRA Carry Guard Expo is dedicated to those who want to increase their knowledge and skills in personal protection, concealed carry and other defense tactics. This interactive and robust show will feature seminars, personalities and products focused on providing information and techniques on how to enhance personal and family safety.

“The NRA Carry Guard Expo is the perfect venue for our brand, products and staff,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “We started Viridian to give private citizens, law enforcement officers and military members options to better protect themselves. Before we entered the market it was assumed that green lasers weren’t viable. Our first product was a green laser—and now we have an entire line of lights, lasers, holsters and other accessories. We can’t wait to engage and interact with our dedicated customers and fans.”

Viridian staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide insight and help attendees find the right product for their needs. In addition, the booth will feature new products like the Viridian Green® Laser, Elite Red™ Laser and the REACTOR® RTL lighting system with RADIANCE® all dedicated to the new Ruger LCP II. Each of these products also includes an Enhanced Combat Ready® (ECR®) holster with INSTANT-ON® technology.

Viridian is also the only manufacturer to offer firearm-specific holsters with their lights and lasers at no additional cost. Many of these feature INSTANT-ON and other elements that allow for the user to better conceal, carry, train with and access their firearm.

Attendees can stop by booth #1018 to register for their chance to win a C5L and see what’s new from Viridian. Information on the full line of products will be available at the expo and can also be found 24 hours a day at www.ViridianWeaponTech.com.

About Viridian Weapon Technologies

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Viridian Weapon Technologies is devoted to applying cutting-edge technology to design compact, powerful self-defense products for the civilian, military and law enforcement markets. Viridian® is the leader in weapon-mounted technology and responsible for a number of firearm innovations including green and red laser sights, LED weapon-mounted illuminators and several shooting accessories including the Tacloc® Holsters. Viridian products are designed and built in the USA. More information is available at www.ViridianWeaponTech.com.

OR Open Air Demo – Industrial Revolution Softshell Ice Cream Ball

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

One of the most useful things I saw at the event was the new softshell ice cream ball from www.YayLabs.com.


It’s very simple to use and I want to get one for use while camping. The inside of the ball is hollow and you put ice cream mix inside at one end and ice and salt at the other end. Then you just roll it around until the ice cream is made. It looks like lots of fun and the ice cream I tried was awesome.


CES 2012 – G-Shock GB-6900

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Casio’s latest offering in the G-Shock line of watches is the GB-6900. It’s the first in the line to use Bluetooth Low Energy Wireless Technology, which is really Newspeak for this thing will be studying your daily habits to better plan the eventual machine takeover. All joking aside, it’s a pretty useful bit of hardware.

It connects to most smartphones to automatically adjust and correct its own display time and includes an alert signal that notifies the user of incoming calls and messages. Any ring alerts and vibration can be stopped by tapping a button on the watch. Similarly, phone alarm and vibration functions can be activated with a button press if the phone is misplaced. The Bluetooth signal features a data transfer rate is abound 1 Mbps with a signal range of 2m and a 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard.

As a watch, the GB-6900 isn’t too shabby either. It has five independent daily alarms, a stopwatch, countdown timer, and display options for 35 time zones in 100 cities, including Coordinated Universal Time and the option to enable Daylight Savings Time. Like other G-Shock models, it has a shock-resistant body and is rated for immersion up to 200 meters of water. A battery life of approx. 2 years is provided by a single CR2032 disk battery, assuming the communication function is used for only 12 hours per day. It’ll be available in Japan in March. The USA, and presumably everyone else, will get it by the end of the year.


CES 2012 – Mimoco

Friday, January 13th, 2012

I’m not gonna lie. At first, my interest was purely in the property rights this company was carrying. A Boba Fett Return of the Jedi edition MIMOBOT USB drive? Hell, yeah! But, Mimoco has come up with a useful tool in their MIMOMICRO card reader/USB drive.

MIMOMICROs allow for easy transfer of data stored on microSD cards. You know, the really small ones that almost always require an adapter since barely any computers on the market accept them as is? My camera takes them, and in case you couldn’t tell, I’m not a big fan. You simply insert the microSD card into the device, then flip out the USB plug. Simple and fast usage of the normally pain-in-the-ass microSD. Plus, Batman and Darth Vader make everything cooler. The MIMOMICRO line will be available March of this year.


CES 2012 – Sound Egg

Friday, January 13th, 2012

The Acousticom Sound Egg is a total immersion entertainment chair lined with ‘Acoustic Isolation Foam’ that keeps out external noise while five full-range speakers and a 10-inch sub woofer deliver 5.1 HD Surround Sound to the user. Each Sound Egg is highly customizable, with options for an attachable arm with a tv/monitor, tablet/laptop, or mouse & keyboard mount, colored leather or vinyl padded covered seats, cup holder, and 11 foam colors. Standard shell colors are black, red, blue, tan/beige, green, gray, LCD chocolate, dark green, and yellow, although a color matching option is available if requested. Available direct from the manufacturer or from Amazon.com.



CES 2012 – CTA Digital Inc. – U.S. Army Licensed Products

Friday, January 13th, 2012

CTA Digital Inc. has released a line of officially licensed U.S. Army video game peripherals. Seen above is the Elite Force Assault Rifle (US-EFR). Modeled after an M4 Carbine with an EOTech holographic sight (“modeled after actual military equipment”), the Elite Force controller has every button featured on a standard DualShock 3, including the rumble effect, and connects to the PS3 using Bluetooth. The ‘barrel’ can also be removed from the Elite Force and replaced with a Move controller, turning it into a navigation controller. The controller is powered by two (2) AA batteries. Available in digital camouflage and in Olive Drab with green-grey furniture as the ‘Commando Assault Rifle’ (not pictured).

Also available is the U.S. Army Universal Gaming Headset With 3D Effect (US-UGH). The Universal Gaming Headset connects to a monitor or sound system via RCA stereo jacks (red and white cables) and directly to your console or PC via USB. This allows you to independently adjust in-game and chat volume using the in-line controller. A ‘3D Sound’ button takes advantage of the triple drivers in each ear cup to deliver realistic sound based on volume and location in-game. Other features include a 14ft cable, removable microphone, and padded ear cups.


CES 2012 – XShot

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

XShot is a company that deals in tripods and other camera mounts. The product shown in the picture above is the XShot 2.0 Camera Extender. It features a universal tripod mount and extends the reach of the camera by 37″, making it perfect for group photos and self-portraits, along with any other situations where an extended camera reach would be useful and/or appropriate. The Pocket XShot Camera Extender, a similar product, features a reach of 30.5″ and can fit into a pocket or purse when retracted. XShot also offers iPhone cases with a detachable tripod adapter and a swivel that allow the user to quickly switch from portrait or landscape views, along with the XShot Kayak Mount, perfect for Kayakers and Kayak fishermen.


CES 2012 – Lifeproof iPod Cases

Thursday, January 12th, 2012


Lifeproof is a company that makes highly durable iPod cases that are designed to be water, dirt, snow, and shock proof. The cases feature a polycarbonate frame, scratch-resistant waterproof screen protector, shock absorbing elastometer, shock absorbing rear Polypropylene cover, and shock absorbing perimeter O-ring. They are built to MIL-STD-810F-516.5, meaning they have been dropped on all surfaces and edges onto concrete from a height of 2 meters without any decrease in performance from the device. Additionally, Lifeproof-clad devices are rated for immersion up to 2 meters of water and are low profile, with a main body depth of 10.8mm, only 1.3mm thicker that the phone itself. The case currently available is only compatible with iPhone 4 and 4S, although, according to the show rep, an iPad case will be available roughly six months out.


CES 2012 – SkunkJuice

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

SkunkJuice earbuds and over ear headphones use magnets in lieu of an entirely cord-based connection. The headphones are separated into two parts, the phones and the jack, that also allow the use of up to three additional connector pieces. These allow other users to bridge into the connection, allowing a small group to effectively share a single music player. This particular connection method also helps to limit any damage that could occur with yanking or pulling away with a standard cable. Pretty useful if you’re rough with your earphones, or just happen to walk away from your electronics with your earbuds still in.


CES 2012 – Mighty Dwarf Speaker

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012


Mighty Dwarf Speakers are a series of devices that turn any surface into a speaker. This model features a 5-watt resonating downward-facing driver and plays .mp3 files by using any MicroSD card up to 16GB. It can also connect to any electronics that support a standard 3.5mm earphone jack. Mighty Dwarfs feature a built-in lithium-ion battery that charges via USB and will last up to 12 hours, depending on the volume and base of the sound playing.

New this year at CES is the BlueII Bluetooth model. Like the standard Mighty Dwarf, the BlueII accepts MicroSD cards up to 16GB, but it also can connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device for instant streaming. This model features a 10-watt resonating downward-facing driver along with a skyward-directed tweeter that projects a ‘dome’ of sound around the device. It also has a lithium-ion battery with a maximum life of 12 hours.


Fanboy Is At CES 2012!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

This is Tactical Fanboy, and I’m currently walking the Consumer Electronics Show! Expect plenty of articles through Friday detailing products and events throughout the show. Speaking of which, is there anything in particular as a reader you want to see covered? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see about getting to it.

Dr. Danger…Brass Balls, Stoopid or Both?

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Dr. Danger either had brass balls or was just colossally stupid. He also doesn’t know the difference between a Ma Deuce and a submachine gun, though we won’t quibble. Have you seen the Dr. Danger series yet from MOJO? It’s crazy.

“You don’t want to rent a car [at Bali Doogle]. You want to rent an army.”

Check out the episode when he was in Mogadishu on HULU.

BCB Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

This May Well Be The Best Thing Seen at Modern Day Marine. As you can see, she’s modeling BCB International’s Blast Boxers.


NTOA Prize Pack Giveaway

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Chances are good if you read this page that you’ve already liked Tactical Fanboy on Facebook, but if you haven’t then here’s some great news: I’m choosing one random, lucky reader who has liked the Tactical Fanboy FB page to win the above prize pack. It’s full of the cool swag I got from NTOA last week. The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, September 27th, so get your like in if you want to win!

The pack includes:

– SORD USA Coyote Brown US Flag Cap
– Tactical Distributors Glasses Case
– Tactical Distributors Grip-It Luggage Identifier
– Tactical Distributors Camouflage Beer Cozy
– TRU-SPEC 9/11 Never Forgotten Wrist Band
– 2x A.L.S. Technologies Shot Shell Shot Glass
– 5x A.L.S. Technologies ‘Large Caliber Muzzle Protector’
– SureFire Logo Pin
– Tactical Tailor Spartan Patch

NAS Oceana Airshow – Sights and Sounds

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Here’s some sights and sounds from the 2011 NAS Oceana Airshow. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and most events were cancelled.




In addition to a wide variety of aircraft on display, Navy Reserve SEAL Team 18 and Special Boat Team 20 as well as Navy Riverine Squadron 3 were on hand.




Check out these shots from the pyrotechnics “demonstration.”. Due to the low ceiling, they couldn’t launch the demonstration sorties that would have shown how CAS works. During airshows they often stage pyrotechnics to demonstrate bombing.



A mockup of the X47B UCAS was also on static display. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the window kickers go up and tap on the skin as if they were going to ascertain some secret knowledge from their actions.