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Kit Badger just launched the Badger Den, a subscription that comes with an ever growing list of discounts (and other perks coming soon) for subscribers.

By joining the Badger Den you support the content that Kit Badger is creating and help to ensure that the channel can continue. You also gain access to discounts at some very cool retailers and manufacturers which supports them in turn. These are the kind of discounts that can easily pay for your subscription during the course of a year.

You can learn more about the Badger Den and see the current list of discounts here: Badger Den Information Page

You can purchase Badger Den access here: Kit Badger Shop

Memorial Day 2018

From America the Beautiful

O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife.

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life!

To those heroes who proved they loved country and mercy more than self and life – we say a resounding thank you. We are forever in your debt and you are not forgotten on this Memorial Day.

Make some time today, among the sales and cookouts, to remember those who gave their life in the service of this country.

A Cure for the Mondays – Clint Smith and His Goose

If you are dragging a bit on this Monday, take a look at the venerable Clint Smith and his gosling on the grounds of Thunder Ranch. If you can learn to love Monday’s like this goose loves Clint Smith, you’ll be better for it.

B.E. MEYERS & CO. BRINGS GLOBAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY SOLUTIONS TO SOFEX 2018

May 3, 2018 (Redmond, WA, USA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. will be showcasing advanced global defense and security solutions at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX) in Amman, Jordan on May 8-10, 2018. Attendees are invited to visit B.E. Meyers & Co. in the USA Security Defense Pavilion at booth #B627 where they will be exhibiting the MAWL-DA infrared and visible green weapon laser pointer/illuminator; the GLARE series of weapon mounted Hail/Warning/Illumination laser systems; the BOARS-M2 optics and accessories rail for the M2 platform; and the IZLID series of IR and SWIR laser pointers/illuminators for target marking and air-to-ground integration.

B.E. Meyers & Co.’s Director of Global Business Development Jamie Wilford, and Business Development Manager Chad Curtis will be present to answer questions and provide information on the company’s products. To schedule a meeting with Mr. Wilford or Mr. Curtis, please contact sales@bemeyers.com.

INNOVATIVE. MODULAR. MISSION SPECIFIC.

The B.E. Meyers & Co. MAWL-DA ® (Modular Advanced Weapon Laser – Direct Action) is an IR and visible green weapon laser for aiming and illumination. Understanding the shortcomings of common laser devices in use with both military and law enforcement, B.E. Meyers & Co. built the MAWL-DA with three ideal settings (Close Range, Mid Range, and Long Range) which allow for seamless transitions in any operational environment. Engineered with B.E. Meyers & Co.’s proprietary VCSEL technology, it offers significantly improved beam quality and clarity while maintaining efficiency. The MAWL-DA was designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the modern night fighter and is currently used by Special Operations Forces across the world.

INTELLIGENT. EFFECTIVE. EYE SAFE.

B.E. Meyers and Co.’s GLARE® series of weapon mounted lasers is the most advanced Ocular Interruption System available capable of providing effective Hail and Warning. Featuring B.E. Meyers & Co.’s patented SmartRangetechnology, the GLARE RECOL™, GLARE HELIOS™, and LA-22/U provide immediate and recognizable visual warning from 4m to 20km and beyond while maintaining eye safe power output on target.

LOW PROFILE. LIGHTWEIGHT. MODULAR.

The BOARS® -M2 is a low profile optics and accessories rail for the M2 platform. It offers quick-disconnect with true return-to-zero reattach for switching between day and night optics. The BOARS-M2’s minimal height over receiver allows for a lower end user defilade, while still featuring a pass through aperture for use with iron sights. 

EXTREME POWER. EXTREME DISTANCE. MAXIMUM VERSATILITY.

The IZLID® series of long range IR and SWIR laser pointers and illuminators have quickly become a sought after signaling and target marking commodity for handheld, weapon, and aircraft mounted applications. They have been to hell-and-back in conflict zones across the world, and stay operational and effective no matter how much abuse they take in the field.

 

B.E. MEYERS & CO., INC. – LEADING DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY INTO THE FUTURE

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is a family owned business that prides itself on serving the needs of the warfighter with passion, ingenuity, and innovation. They design, engineer, and manufacture optoelectronic and defense solutions for the U.S. and her allies, specifically for those who are forward in the fight, both today and into the future.

The company’s core capabilities include visible, IR, and SWIR laser systems for pointing, illuminating, and Hail and Warning. These technologies are integrated onto various platforms including: crew served weapons, individual weapons, and fixed/rotary wing aircraft.   Customers include all branches of the U.S. Military; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign defense and security organizations; and defense contractors worldwide.

Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers & Co. is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer of optoelectronic devices. Its business offices, engineering, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington, USA.

www.bemeyers.com.

Review: TacPack March 2018 Box

The March 2018 TacPack is the best box in several months. Let’s crack it open and take a peek.

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box.

ReadyMan Training Lock – This blew me away. This training lock is basically a padlock constructed from clear plastic, allowing you to actually see how you are manipulating the lock with your picks. These are excellent lock bypass training aids. I have used them on several occasions but never owned one. This is one of the coolest inclusions to date.

Readyman also included one of their survival cards which are fun if you don’t already have a stack. If you do already have a stack, they make great gifts.

Mission First Tactical MLOK Sling Mount – We all have M-LOK and we all have slings. We can all use this. This is a great inclusion with broad utility and appeal.

MFT also included a 20% off coupon for their website which is a nice touch.

8″ Super Splatter Targets – There are great little targets and I will put this pack to good use in training my oldest child how to shoot. This is the second time TacPack has included Super Splatter Targets and I am glad to see them again. They are made in the USA and they work.

AR-15 GunBlocker – The GunBlocker isn’t necessarily something I will use often (or ever) but I have seen similar devices that weren’t as good as this one. First, it is made in the USA which I like. Second, this locks your AR four different ways – obstructs the chamber, obstructs the magazine well, locks the receivers together, and blocks the action. If you don’t have the key, you would really have to work to get this thing out of the gun. If you do have the key, it comes out extremely quickly.

If you want to try TacPack, you can check them out at TacPack.com. TacPack hints that the April box will contain some gloves and their favorite knife sample to date along with some other items.

Disclosure: I receive TacPacks, free of charge, for review.

“Assault Rifles” – The Political Long Play to Cultivate a First Target for Gun Control

When you look at the statistics (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting) for gun violence, it becomes clear that gun violence with so called “assault rifles” represents only a small fraction of the crimes committed with firearms in this country every year. The vast majority of gun crimes are actually committed with handguns. This could and should lead a person to question why then, are gun control advocates fixated on assault rifles if their goal is safety from gun crime?

The answer is that AR-15s, AK-47s, and the like have been the victims of a successful, decades long campaign to create a boogie man… something the public can fear without actually understanding. To attempt to ban handguns would be political suicide when many households around the United States still keep them as tool of home defense. To ban assault rifles is far more acceptable in a culture where they been intentionally cultivated as the politically expedient, first target for gun control advocates.

“You don’t need an AR-15 to hunt.”

“They are designed to kill”

“Bullets fired from an assault rifle do more damage than bullets fired from a X.”

“No body needs X rounds.”

The statistics I mentioned above are commonly cited by those defending our rights to own firearms but many fail to realize that the statistics simply do not matter. Their goal can be accomplished without reason or data because the seeds of fear and ignorance sewn over the years by politicians and media serving the anti-gun, anti-freedom agenda come closer to harvest every day.

Make no mistake… What we are witnessing in the political arena is the result of decades of work toward the goal of incrementally banning firearms. This is the level of patience, coordination, and scheming that the enemies of freedom possess. They are unified in their cause and history tells us that they won’t stop at banning assault rifles.

Are you willing to engage in a decades long campaign of words and will to protect your rights? Are you willing to be just as intentional as the other side has been for years and years? This is no time to sit on the fence because you can bet assault rifles are only the start. There will come a day when the gun control advocates do start using the FBI Unified Crime Report to cultivate the next boogie man… after all, you don’t need a semi-auto handgun to hunt, do you?

B.E. MEYERS & CO. TO MAKE PREMIERE APPEARANCE AT ENFORCE TAC

February 19, 2018 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. will be exhibiting its full range of laser and flash suppression solutions for military and law enforcement applications at Enforce Tac in Nürnberg, Germany 7-8 March, 2018 in hall 11.1 at booth 137. The company will be showcasing its full catalog of products, including: the MAWL, GLARE, and IZLID series of lasers; as well as the BOARS-M2 modular optic and accessories rail for the M2 platform.

To schedule a meeting with B.E. Meyers & Co. at Enforce Tac, please email sales@bemeyers.com.

MODULAR ADVANCED WEAPON LASER (MAWL)

The B.E. Meyers & Co. MAWL family of individual carbine lasers have been designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the modern night fighter and is currently used by Special Forces groups across the world, including the French GIGN. Understanding the shortcomings of common laser devices in use with both military and law enforcement, B.E. Meyers & Co. built the MAWL with three ideal settings (Close Range, Mid Range, and Long Range) which allow for seamless transitions in any operational environment. The MAWL-DA (Direct Action, class 3B) and MAWL-C1+ (Class 1+) feature high powered near infrared and visible green aiming and illumination capabilities. The MAWL-CLAD (Covert Laser Aiming Device) distinguishes itself from other MAWL variants through the inclusion of a Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) laser pointer. Every MAWL features cutting edge Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology to provide consistently superior NIR beam quality and clarity, as well as a significantly greater illumination range.

HAIL AND WARNING

The GLARE® RECOIL, now designated the LA-22/U, was selected by the Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) as the sole source winner for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Ocular Interruption Systems (OIS) program. It features the B.E. Meyers & Co. patented SmartRange™ technology that utilizes laser range finding and near-field detection to self-regulate power output. The result is a product that represents the pinnacle of Hail and Warning systems technology, featuring controlled EyeSafe™ irradiance while simultaneously achieving maximum permissible exposure on target.

B.E. Meyers & Co. also offers a class 1M variant of the LA-22/U, known as the GLARE HELIOS™.

IZLID

The IZLID® series of NIR and SWIR laser pointers/illuminators are versatile and dependable. They allow Special Operations and conventional forces to clearly and precisely communicate with to other assets both in the sky, and on the battlefield. Primary applications include marking, pointing, targeting, and illumination. The IZLID series of lasers can be used as handheld units or mounted to various weapons systems or aircraft.

BOARS-M2

In response to the need for a modular, compact optic mount for the M2 platform, B.E. Meyers & Co. developed a revolutionary low profile mounting solution, the BOARS-M2™. It offers a modular, quick-disconnect system with true return-to-zero reattach, and a pass through aperture for use with iron sights. The BOARS-M2’s low profile form factor increases operator survivability by lowering the end-user defilade.

For more information about B.E. Meyers & Co. products, please visit www.bemeyers.com

 

B.E. MEYERS & CO., INC. – LEADING DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY INTO THE FUTURE

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is a family owned business that prides itself on serving the needs of the warfighter with passion, ingenuity, and innovation. They design, engineer, and manufacture optoelectronic and defense solutions for the U.S. and her allies, specifically for those who are forward in the fight, both today and into the future.

The company’s core capabilities include visible, IR, and SWIR laser systems for pointing, illuminating, and Hail and Warning. These technologies are integrated onto various platforms including: crew served weapons, individual weapons, and fixed/rotary wing aircraft. Customers include all branches of the U.S. Military; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign defense and security organizations; and defense contractors worldwide.

Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers & Co. is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer of optoelectronic devices. Its business offices, engineering, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington.

For more information about B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. and their products visit www.bemeyers.com.

What Changed? Not Guns, Not Kids… Culture

Sadly, there is another mass shooting in the news. I’ve been thinking about these tragedies more intently since my oldest daughters are at an age when they are becoming more aware and thoughtful about such things.

I’ve been attempting to piece together some coherent thoughts about this kind of overwhelming violence so that I can talk to my girls in an honest way. I don’t know that I’ve reached any great epiphanies or that I have any of the answers, but I do know that most of the rhetoric out there is self-serving and aimed at symptoms instead of root causes.

What Changed?

Why don’t people ask themselves what has changed to cause the increase in these types of attacks? We hear on the news that these mass shootings are on the rise (I understand there is some valid debate about whether this is true or not) but no one seems to be asking why this is so beyond the immediate knee jerk reaction to blame guns.

It isn’t guns in general. Guns have been part of the fabric of our nation as long (or longer) than there have been organized schools. It isn’t any specific type of gun. Semi-auto firearms (and even full autos if you go back a few decades) have been around and accessible for decades. It isn’t kids. Every kid starts out life just as flawed but with as much potential as any other. So, what changed?

Our culture changed and we changed with it.

Guns are incapable of doing anything on their own and kids are a reflection of their parents so neither can truly be at the root of problem with violence. The mass violence we are seeing is the result of the godless, self-centered, largely absent form of child rearing that our culture peddles. It is a result of a cultural devaluation of human life and relative morality. These are the deep seeded issues. These are hard to face issues that you can’t assuage with legislation. But, these are also deeply offensive issues in today’s politically correct environment.

The answers won’t come from politicians. Politicians seem to be happy to sell the lie as it is a useful means to their political ends. It would not be politically correct address the root cause of the problems we face as a culture. It could hurt someone’s feelings, after all, to hear that they are personally responsible for their actions and that their choices have consequences – even in the lives of subsequent generations. Beyond that, it is too scary to think that, even when a culture is on the straight and narrow, evil still exists and there is no accounting for what it will do.

Maybe I am overreaching by even attempting to discuss root causes. We can’t even get a politician to address the symptoms effectively (allowing or providing some form of armed recourse)! They are only interested in a quick and easy “solution” that lets them tell their constituents that they’ve done something.

The Change Will Start in Your Own Home

Our culture did not become what it is overnight. Changing it will not happen over night. It won’t be as easy as writing a letter or throwing money at it.

Yes, you should absolutely invest money in your favorite Second Amendment advocacy groups but also invest your time in your kids. Yes, you should write a letter to your representatives to let them know you are still here, demanding representation. But, you should also let your kids know that you are still here and always will be here for them. Yes, you should demand common sense, honesty, and strong morals from your politicians but you should demonstrate the same qualities to your children in your own home.

The future of your liberty might depend on the actions that you take to counteract the culture in your own family today.

Armageddon Gear Tacticooler

It’s that time again! I always look forward to when Armageddon Gear rolls out a new product because often they roll out a funny video with it. The new Armageddon Gear Tacticooler and related video doesn’t disappoint.

From Armageddon Gear:

The Tacticooler is the coolest little tactical cooler you’ll find (see what we did there?). Built with the same high-tech reflective insulation we use in our US Army issued P.U.S.S. Pad, It’s a dove stool, a gear bucket, or better yet, a beer bucket. Take it on the golf course to regain some of the man points you lost with those plaid pants and keep your cold ones frosty. It even has an expandable mesh pocket to lovingly cradle your balls. The Tacticooler is perfect for the back of the pickup, the deck of your fishing boat, or on the rack of the four wheeler for a day in the mud bog. Simply add ice and refreshments to the 5-gallon bucket (Bucket not pictured, but included with purchase!) into the Tacticooler and voila, ‘Merica!. Can be custom embroidered with your business logo, CB handle, Tinder username, favorite sports team, or just about anything else. Contact us for embroidery specifics. Like everything Armageddon Gear makes, the Tacticooler is proudly manufactured right here in the good ol’ USA!

Check out the Tacticooler at ArmageddonGear.com.

Aimpoint Booth Celebrity Appearances

Aimpoint has announced the roster and schedule for their 2018 SHOT Show booth (#14573) celebrity appearances.

Tuesday 1/23
Wednesday 1/24
Thursday 1/25
11AM-12PM
Magnus Samuelsson
Magnus Samuelsson
Teemu Rintala
12PM-1PM
Tatiana Whitlock Tatiana Whitlock
1PM-2PM
Larry Vickers
Larry Vickers
2PM-3PM
Jeff Gonzales Vera Koo Jeff Gonzales
3PM-4PM
Magnus Samuelsson Vera Koo
Magnus Samuelsson

Aimpoint.com

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