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CrossBreed Holsters Seeks National Account Manager Candidates
CrossBreed Holsters (CBH) is currently seeking a National Accounts Manager to oversee CrossBreed® Holsters' dealer program. The estimated hire date is the 4th Quarter of 2014.
The Safariland Group Appoints Chad Appleby as Vice President, Tax
The Safariland Group announced that Chad Appleby has joined the Company as the Vice President, Tax based in Jacksonville, Florida. Appleby will be responsible for leading the global tax strategy and tax operations of the Company and will report to Scott Harris, Chief Financial Officer. Appleby is a certified public accountant with more than 15 years of experience working on a wide range of domestic and international tax matters.
Aimpoint Launches New Carbine Optic
Aimpoint announced the introduction of a new sight designed specifically for modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15. This new product, known as the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO), expands upon the company's already proven designs and focuses these features into a high quality, entry priced optic.
LaserMax Delivers Multispectral Thermal Laser Markers to U.S. SOCOM
LaserMax announced the delivery of Multispectral Handheld Thermal Laser Markers to U.S. Special Operations Command. Commissioned as part of the Department of Defense's Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program, the hand held laser devices complement existing military longwave and midwave imagers already in the field.

Kahr Arms
IMR Introduces Enduron Powders
IMR Legendary Powders has created a new line of sophisticated extruded powders that are loaded with more features than other brands of powder available today. Enduron™ Technology features a built in copper fouling eliminator, insensitivity to temperature extremes and small sized grains for easy flow with an ideal loading density.
Selecting the Right Equipment for Concealed Carry
USCCA has released the second video in the series which aims to educate armed citizens. This installment explains selection of the right gear for concealed carry -- including handguns, holsters and accessories.
SilencerCo Releases Threaded Pistol Barrels
SilencerCo launched a line of threaded aftermarket pistol barrels. SilencerCo will begin sales with most common Glock models this year, adding select Sig Sauer, Springfield XD and Smith & Wesson M&P models in the first quarter of 2015.
Gun Digest the Magazine Spotlights Concealed Carry
As interest in concealed carry continues to soar across the country, the new issue of Gun Digest the Magazine delivers information that both veteran and new shooters alike need as they consider guns for personal defense.

Brownells
New LIVING READY Book Highlights the Best Survival Gear
Gain peace of mind and a sense of security with The Family Preparedness Buyer's Guide, an all-in-one essential buyer's guide from the editors at LIVING READY that offers articles and recommendations for helping individuals decide how best to spend their hard-earned money on preparedness gear and tools.
Crosman Introduces Magpul® M-LOK Licensed Air Rifle
Crosman has teamed with Magpul to create the Benjamin Armada, a premier AR-compatible PCP Air Rifle featuring the official Magpul M-LOK modular accessory system. The first unit will be auctioned off on GunBroker.com,October 20-November 2 with the proceeds going to support the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Eagle Imports a Stage Sponsor of the 2014 US IPSC Nationals
Eagle Imports, Inc. announces their Stage Sponsorship at the 2014 US IPSC Nationals, to be held at the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, Florida October 21st through 26th, 2014. Bersa International Shooting Champion Gastón Quindi Vallerga will also be competing at the match using a Bersa Thunder Pro 9 XT Pistol.
FMG Publications Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals
FMG Publications, one of the leading magazine publishers catering to the firearms enthusiast and shooting sports participant, and owner of such well respected titles as American Handgunner and GUNS Magazine, has signed on as a returning sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

NSSF
Sig Sauer Academy Returns To Sponsor Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals
The Sig Sauer Academy, one of the nation's leading firearms training facilities offering a comprehensive program of more than 60 courses for the armed professional and responsible citizen, is returning as a major sponsor of the upcoming Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.
GLOCK Returns As Major Sponsor Of S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals
GLOCK, the nation's leading pistol provider to American law enforcement agencies and maker of some of the most popular pistols used in the shooting sports, is back as a major sponsor of one of IDPA's most popular new championships, the Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals.
Lights, Sights, Lasers Tour at Richland, WA
The Lights, Sights, Lasers free training was attended by seventy peace officers at the Richland Police Training Facility last month. This no-cost accredited training workshop provided students with professional instruction from Wes Doss of Khyber Training and incorporated lights, sights and weapon-mounted lasers throughout the curriculum.
Lights, Sights, Lasers Training Workshop at Yuma, Arizona
The Lights, Sights, Lasers 2014 US Tour is completing its final stop, this in Yuma, AZ, this week. The Lights, Sights, Lasers Tour has been delivering world-class training by Wes Doss and his team of Khyber professionals to multiple local, state and federal agencies across the United States.
Brownells Releases Emergency And Survival Pandemic Kits
Brownells now offers two Emergency & Survival Gear Essentials Kits specifically designed for pandemic preparedness, with both kits containing filter masks, nitrile gloves, first-aid kits and hygiene supplies in an organizer bag with an ESG hook-and-loop patch for instant identification.
Streamlight Debuts Double Clutch USB
Streamlight® Inc. introduced the Double Clutch™ USB, a compact, low-profile LED headlamp that is USB rechargeable, with optional battery back-up. The new light features both spot and flood beams -- for either distance or close-up lighting needs -- and provides high and low intensity settings for each beam mode.
Colt Launches Loyal Customer Rebate Program
Colt's Manufacturing Company is now offering a Loyal Customer Rebate Program for qualifying Colt handgun purchases. The program offers a $100 pre-paid rebate card for the purchase of a Colt O1991 Government Model pistol, and a $75 pre-paid rebate card with the purchase of an O6790 Mustang XSP or O6891 Mustang Pocketlite.
Guncrafter Industries Adds Model No. 5 To The Lineup
Guncrafter Industries expands the "M" series of pistols built to handle the powerful 50 GI to include the Model No. 5. The "M5" is based on the already successful Concealed Carry Option "CCO" offering a truly "Big Bore Compact. "
Mossberg Scores Second Industry Innovator Award
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., America's oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, was presented with the "2014 Innovator of the Year" Award during the opening night festivities at the 2014 National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesaler (NASGW) Expo & 41st Annual Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Eagle Imports Receives NASGW 2014 Excellence in Imports Awards
Eagle Imports, Inc. announces that it has received the inaugural 2014 Excellence in Imports Award from the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW). The award was presented to Michael Sodini, President of Eagle Imports, Inc., during the 2014 Awards Reception & Dinner, held during the NASGW Expo & Annual Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Crimson Trace Honors Media Members
Crimson Trace recently honored two shooting sports media members for professionally communicating about concealed carry techniques and self-defense firearms.
Crimson Trace Scores NASGW Accessory Manufacturing Award
Crimson Trace has earned the Excellence in Accessory Manufacturing award from the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW). The honor was presented during the recent NASGW Annual Meeting and Expo held in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Steyr Arms Now Shipping AUG A3 M1 Rifle Platform
Steyr Arms has begun shipping the new multi-configurable M1 variant of the AUG A3 bullpup rifle platform to dealers and distributors. Utilizing an optics attachment platform similar to the rare and much-sought-after AUG A2, the AUG A3 M1 will be available nationwide in a Short-Rail version, a High-Rail version as well as an Integrated-Optic version with either a 1.5X or 3X scope.
Tactical Gear And Training Featured In The American Handgunner Tactical 2015 Special Edition
Quality training and top-grade gear are the two most important aspects of preparation for any scenario, and the American Handgunner Tactical 2015 Special Edition provides invaluable information on all things tactical.
 
Editor's Notebook: Support Gear
Maxpedition Versipack.
It's one thing to discuss 'everyday carry,' but it's something else to try to organize your gear - particularly on road trips but any time you're more than an hour or so away from home. Like a number of my acquaintances, I've accumulated a number of gear bags over the years. It's easy to get weighed down, but this is what I've settled on.

I have an older Maxpedition Versipack, like the current Jumbo EDC Concealed Carry shoulder bag, that serves as the snivel gear bag. Various meds, a number of flashlights and other gear populates the bag with its main compartment, side compartment and a cinch pouch for a water bottle. The shoulder strap functions as a sling and there's a grab handle on top. A removable waist belt can be used to better secure the rig to your body if you have to move quickly.

Breathable padding keep it comfortable against the body for those short expeditions on foot. The fixed shoulder strap is two-inch webbing with non-slip shoulder pad and D-ring attachment point. The concealed zippered compartment is mean to hold a sidearm though I've never used it for that.

The current iteration of that bag is here: Maxpedition Jumbo EDC

Spec-Ops Brand Pack Rat Organizer, Streamlight NANO light on the zipper pull.
Inside the Versipack, I have the Spec-Ops Brand "Pack Rat Organizer." My ability to keep organized is already problematic and the Organizer helps. The gear in the Versipack is largely contained by the Pack Rat.

Inside the organizer, the yellow lining provides great visual contrast making it easier to find that errant flashlight, batteries, inhaler and other stuff. There are 14 storage compartments. An external mesh pocket is handy. The zipper goes all the way around, allowing you to open the Pack Rat completely to lay out flat. D-ring attachments allow the possibility of adding a shoulder strap. Made of 1000D Cordura, it's rugged and altogether handy way to load gear into the Versipack.

The one I have is rendered in coyote brown and it actually holds the snivel gear and flashlights --including the Streamlight NANO Light at the top zipper pull for navigation use -- and it fits inside the Maxpedition pack. I can "grab and go" with the Pack Rat if I don't need the contents of the whole bag.

I can also quickly transfer the Pack Rat from pack to briefcase, to suitcase for longer travel. Get a look at the SPEC-OPS Brand Pack Rat Organizer.

The Wilderness Tactical Smartphone Cases, the iPhone 4 with Griffin Survivor case on the left and the iPhone 6 in an Otterbox on the right.
Finally, a method of carrying the increasingly big and overwhelming "phone" - actually a "pocket computer - communication device." After breaking the belt clips on the Griffin Survivor iPhone case, I knew that was a non-starter. Enter the Wilderness Tactical Smartphone case.

I had the iPhone 4 for a number of years. The first thing I did was get the Griffin Survivor case, a rubbery protective case for the expensive gizmo. The pocket clip is cheese, very fragile, and I'd looked for another way to pack it. Wilderness Tactical came to the rescue, as usual.

Wilderness President, Ralph Holzhaus, had been using an iPhone for some time but liked available cases even less than I did. He got prodded by a longtime customer and decided to construct the typically overbuilt Wilderness case for smartphones.

Like the Spec-Ops Brand Pack Rat Organizer, The Wilderness' rugged smartphone case is constructed of 1000D Cordura® nylon and has their signature wraparound belt loop that is wide enough to fit duty belts. The belt loop includes a high-density polyethylene liner for stiffness and an extra Velcro® patch so that it can be folded back upon itself and used as a paddle inside snug pants without a belt.

The body of the Smartphone Case is lined with a thin layer of closed-cell foam to cushion shock and ensure the case to fits your specific phone. A range of phones and personal data devices can be covered with The Wilderness case. Its full-flap closure with Velcro fasterner protects and retains the phone. It's still smart to wear the phone screen in - to protect that vulnerable part of the phone.

There is a range of sizes but which did I need for the rubber-armored iPhone 4? They shipped an XL and an XXL. The XL fit it, tightly. In the short time I had it, the Wilderness Smartphone case made carrying the daily interrupter almost pleasant. Alas, nothing lasts and technology gives us built-in obsolescence. The iP4 was replaced by the new iteration, this one (iPhone 6) covered with the Otterbox. The whole mess is taller but thinner. The altitude made the fit to the Wilderness Smartphone case size XL minimal. The XXL came out and became the home for the new phone. Lighter overall than the Griffin armored iP4, I have to be more careful with the new interrupter, but it's worth the worry.

To cover your phone of choice, see The Wilderness Tactical.

-- Rich Grassi
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