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Leicester Police Department Receives Personal Protective Equipment from the Spirit of Blue Foundation

WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTES – April 11, 2017 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Leicester Police Department (LPD) for the purchase of personal protective equipment.  LPD received five sets of Damascus FlexForce riot control suits, Damascus Vector gloves and clear impact-resistant riot control shields, valued at $5,691.25.  The equipment will enable LPD officers to adequately protect themselves when responding to riots, protests and other incidents requiring crowd control.

“The Leicester Police Department would like to thank the Spirit of Blue Foundation for providing us with this protective equipment.  The equipment affords officers additional protection in a variety of different scenarios,” said Chief Jim Hurley of the Leicester Police Department.  “The equipment has been placed in ‘go bags’ so that it can be rapidly deployed to officers in Leicester or to other law enforcement agencies in surrounding communities.   The purchase of this equipment, by the Spirit of Blue Foundation, shows that they truly have law enforcement’s back.”

Funding for the grant was provided by a generous gift from The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF), which serves our neighborhoods through children’s health, hunger relief and safety. Since 2006, together with Dunkin’ Brands franchisees, The DDBRCF has awarded $11 million in grants to local charities such as food banks and children’s hospitals.  In total the DDBRCF has enabled Spirit of Blue to make 17 Safety Equipment Grants throughout New England with a total value of more than $100,000.

“Sadly, there are too many examples of speech transitioning into violence, and our nation’s police officers are put at risk when having to respond to keep the peace,” said Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue.  “Further, the Leicester Police are planning to lend this equipment to neighboring agencies at a moment’s notice when they are faced with similar situations, so the impact of this grant will be felt well beyond just this city.”

Statistics released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that 135 law enforcement officers lost their lives in 2016, an increase of 10% from the prior year.  64 of those officers were firearm related fatalities, representing a 56% increase over 2015.  53 were lost as a result of a traffic related incident.  The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve to protect our communities.  By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit www.spiritofblue.org.

Image Caption – The Leicester Police Department is staging the five sets of granted protective equipment in portable gear bags in their patrol cars for quick deployment.  Included are Damascus FlexForce suits, Damascus Vector gloves and impact-resistant protective shields.

About The Spirit of Blue Foundation

The Spirit of Blue Foundation, based in Rochester, NY, is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to the enhancement of officer safety and vitality throughout the law enforcement community by promoting public awareness for their protection and fulfilling safety equipment and training needs.  The Spirit of Blue Foundation develops and executes fundraising campaigns nationally with the support of partner non-profits, national retailers and private equipment manufacturers.  Fundraising proceeds are distributed in the form of Safety Grants to law enforcement agencies across the country from local to state levels.

Whiskey Two Four ACRONYM 1.5″ 3 Ring Binder Cover

I would have gladly traded my neon Trapper Keeper with airbrushed soccer art for the new ACRONYM 1.5″ 3 Ring Binder Cover from Whiskey Two Four (WTF).

ACRONYM is WTF’s proprietary laminate material (you can read about it HERE) and they manage to find a lot of uses for it including skinning 3 ring binders. This cover may fit other 1.5″ binders but it is made specifically for the Wilson Jones HD Binders. It available in a variety of colors and features an 8″ x 4″ loop field for attaching patches and ID.

ACRONYM 1.5″ 3 Ring Binder Cover at WTFIdea.com

F3 Tactical Moving Sale

If you are anywhere near F3 Tactical’s Metrotech Drive location in Chantilly, Virginia… Get over there. They are moving to a new, larger location (with lots of interesting possibilities) and the more they sell, the less they have to move. They have deals on Blue Force Gear, Ares Gear, Raven Concealment, TangoDown, Magpul, and more.

F3 Tactical says:

We’ll be making great deals at the cash register all week (Until 6pm on Saturday, Feb. 25th) so it’s first come, first serve on everything.

You can get some great deals, learn about what is next for F3 Tactical, and meet Bolt the wonder dog. It’s a win/win/win.

Guns and Instagram – Learn the Law

The laws for posting gun and gun related pictures on Instagram are mostly unwritten but they are rigorously enforced. I figure it is about time someone codified them for reference. I’m no good at chiseling things into stone tablets so typing them here will have to do.

Proof that I follow the Instagram Gun Picture Laws.

  1. When in doubt, turn up the Structure and Vignette. You may work in a cubicle but you can always add some grit and mystery with Structure and Vignette. Don’t be stingy. Turn it up.
  2. You must place magazines or ammo into a holiday-specific shape on holidays. Make a heart on Valentine’s Day, spell out the numerals for the year on New Year’s Day, etc. It’s a great way to humblebrag about how many magazines you have. Bonus humblebrag points are awarded for making shapes out of firearms or suppressors.
  3. Action pictures don’t count unless there is brass in the air or muzzle flash. If there is no brass or muzzle flash, its probably a posed picture.
  4. You must use an approved background for all gun pictures. Approved backgrounds include concrete (smooth or textured), weathered wood boards (example: decking or a rustic fence), gravel, pick up truck beds, or a firewood pile.
  5. Guns must never be placed squarely in frame. Turn them at an angle. It’s the law.
  6. No one wants to see your face. Crop it out… except leave a hint of beard in the picture. That way everyone will know you have a beard which is one of the 3 keys to being taken seriously as an Instagram gun guy.
  7. No one will know you drive a nice car unless you lean your rifle against the wheel or bumper once in a while. Be sure we can see the badge! This is the only exception to rule 4.
  8. Flex. How else will we know that you work out?
  9. Spilling a little ammo next to your gun and laying a paper target in frame makes it look like you are about to train. Alternately, you can use spent brass and holes in the target punched with a pencil to look like you just finished training. No one on Instagram trains (or lets people think they train) more than you.
  10. Cleavage. You’ll never get any work at SHOT Show without it.

Note: There is no Instagram Gun Picture Law requiring you to share the distance from which you shot your target or to show your target after posting a  video of you shooting fast (and looking cool). That’s what we call a loophole.

Did we miss any? Tell us your proposed additions in the comments.

TacPack Giveaway

The folks at TacPack are hosting one heck of a giveaway. The prizes include 3 Sons of Liberty AR-15s and a plate carrier complete with soft armor and plates.

It’s easy to enter. Visit the contest page for details: TacPack Contest Page

Urban Operator Wrist Straps

Working out is good. Trashing your wrists isn’t good. Urban Operator’s new Wrist Wraps can provide some support while you lift.

Wrist Wraps provide additional wrist support anytime you need it. These affordable but durable wraps are made from a Mil-spec webbing. Use them for greater wrist stability anytime you are pressing or going overhead during weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman training.


  • Sold in Pairs
  • 22″ in length
  • Width: 2”
  • Hook and Loop Closure
  • Different colors available

Check out the Wrist Wraps at Urban Operator.

Seraphim Armoury Makes Valentines Day… Special

You may remember how Seraphim Armoury brightened Christmas with their excellent Die Hard targets. Now they want to make Valentines Day a little bit better too with their printable Valentines Day cards.

The cards may be viewed and saved at their Facebook page (click here) and if you message them, they will send you high resolution files so you can print them (the higher quality files can be folded correctly, the image below is for demonstration purposes).

New Weapon Friendly Crowd Funding Platform – Weapon Launcher

Most crowdfunding platforms aren’t exactly weapon friendly. If you have an idea for a self-defense oriented knife, a gun part, or something along those lines you are unlikely to be able to use the major platforms to secure the funding necessary to make it a reality. Weapon Launcher, a new weapon friendly crowdfunding platform, is seeking to fill that void.

It works like any other crowdfunding platform for the most part. You articulate your idea to the best of your ability. It is displayed on the Weapon Launcher website. You hustle to promote your idea. People decide if they would like to back your idea with their funds and the Weapon Launcher site provides a means to track all of the investments.

On their About Us page, Weapon Launcher says:

Weapon Launcher helps gunsmiths, knife makers, survivalists and innovators of the weapon world find the needed resources to bring their ideas to reality. If you’re prop master, movie maker or game developer then Weapon Launcher is the place for your idea to get launched. Every maker has the right to show the world their ideas. Weapon Launcher is the perfect crowdfunding platform to allow your innovations and inspirations to be judged by the consumer rather than the “corporate” guys. We have your back whether your project is for cosplay or the zombie apocalypse.

Check out WeaponLauncher.com to learn more.

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