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Tango Down Licenses AK Magazine Design to XTech Tactical

January 3rd, 2019

Mesa, AZ

XTech Tactical, an innovative firearms accessory manufacture based in Mesa, AZ announces the company has reached terms with Tango Down on a licensing deal. Here is the background of the licensed technology:

Around 2002, Tango Down released its AR/M4 ARC Magazine which featured a waffle pattern on its side walls and tread patterns on its front and rear. There were never any patents related to the features. That product continues to be sold today, and it is one of the strongest magazines available for the AR/M4 platform.

Around 2008, Tango Down designed and developed an AK magazine using the same waffle and tread features present on its ARC magazine. Due to the erroneous claims made by Century Arms against XTech Tactical in their common law trade dress lawsuit, XTech Tactical is announcing that it has licensed the rights to all IP related to the AK magazine formally known as the US palm AK30, from Tango Down. Tango Down designed the magazine and has never sold the design to any party including US Palm.

XTech Tactical does not require these rights or any rights from an outside party for its MAG47. “Tango Down has been a strong ally to our company, and we are very thankful for their cooperation during this time!” stated Jeremy Deadman, XTech Tactical’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

Century Arms has stated it acquired US Palm in March of 2018 after signing a terms sheet with US Palm’s owners in January of 2018. Century Arms previously had filed trademark applications on the US Palm name and logo in August of 2017. In September of 2018, Century Arms filed and announced its first lawsuit against XTech Tactical, which was voluntarily dismissed by Century Arms.

Surprising to XTech Tactical, Century Arms then refiled in Arizona adding an AK Grip for which XTech Tactical is solely one of several dealers. Century Arms also added one of XTech Tactical’s owners as a defendant. This second suit is still active in Arizona.

XTech Tactical will be releasing several new products leading up to and at SHOT Show 2019 at its booth #4169. “We are believers in a free market that welcomes innovation and encourages fair competition. We will stay true to our core mission of listening to our customers, offering great customer service, and bringing innovation to the market. We could not be more excited for this year’s SHOT Show!” stated Deadman.

For more information on what the market has widely accepted as the best US Made AK Magazine please visit https://www.xtechtactical.com/product/mag47-30-round-ak-magazine/

For media, dealer, and wholesale inquiries please email jeremy@xtechtactical.com



Mission Spec, LLC has recently obtained the rights to the Sherpa Scorpion Evo III Mag Pouch from Fight and Flight Tactical and will be producing it exclusively for Yeti Wurks.

The Sherpa is a four mag carry solution made specifically for the thicker magazines used by the CZ Scorpion Evo III.  The pouch comes standard with both bungee and flap-over-mag Velcro retention options. It can be attached to a plate carrier via the included MALICE clips or worn as a standalone piece of gear in a bandoleer style (strap included and removable).

The Sherpa is 100% manufactured in the United States with US sourced components and is Berry Compliant.  Black and Coyote are available at the time of this writing. As production ramps up, other colors/patterns will include MultiCam, Ranger Green, and Kryptek Typhon.

Some reports/reviews indicated that the original Sherpa mag pouch was too tight when inserting the magazine. Mission Spec has slightly edited the design to include more tolerance in the pouch area.

Product: https://www.yetiwurks.com/products/sherpa-4-x-30-rnd-scorpion-evo-iii-mag-pouch
Produced by: http://www.MissionSpec.com

Aimpoint Launches New ACRO™ Series Sight

Malmö, Sweden – June 2018 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in red dot sighting technology, is proud to introduce their new line of red dot sights, the Aimpoint® ACRO™ (Advanced Compact Reflex Optic) Series. The unique small sight design of the Aimpoint® ACRO series electronic red-dot sight was developed for use on pistols and other weapon platforms.

For many years, end users have requested a small enclosed red dot sight to fit on handguns. Utilizing Aimpoint’s advanced sight technology, Aimpoint is proud to launch the first of its kind to the market. The Acro P-1, offers an enclosed system that is much more durable than those with open systems. It is also the only sight in its size category fully tested for shock, vibration, temperature span and other environmental stress.

The Acro P-1 optic can perform under tough conditions while adding negligible size and weight to the equipment. Tested with a minimum of 20,000 rounds on a .40 cal pistol slide, this small optic has proven itself in its size category as the leader in ruggedness and reliability.

Designed for direct integration onto pistol slides, the Aimpoint Acro P-1 sight can also be used as a backup sight for magnifying scopes, personal defense weapons, and on any system where a small red dot is applicable.

The Acro P-1 sight is a 1X (non-magnifying) parallax-free optic that features a 3.5 minute of angle (MOA) red dot for fast target acquisition. It is fully submersible to 25 meters and allows continuous operation for over 1 year on a single CR1225 battery. Dot intensity is adjusted with side push buttons.

“The development of the Acro P-1 sight sets a new standard for compact pistol mounted reflex optics,” said Aimpoint AB President Lennart Ljungfelt. “The commitment we make to our customers is to develop the highest performing red-dot sights available. The Acro P-1 optic fulfills that commitment by providing the lightest and most rugged enclosed red-dot sight in its size category on the market.”


About Aimpoint

All Aimpoint products are manufactured in Sweden, and Aimpoint AB is headquartered in Malmö, Sweden. For more information on Aimpoint or other Aimpoint products, please visit our webpage at www.aimpoint.com or contact:

PRESS CONTACT (Rest of the World)
Sabine Eriksson
Public Relations & Brand Director

PRESS CONTACT (North America)
Andrea Cerwinske
Vice President Marketing


B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. will be showcasing their innovative Laser Technology and Warfighter Solutions on May 22-28, 2018 during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, FL. Their exhibition will be located just a short walk across the sky bridge from the Tampa Convention Center at the Embassy Suites, Bayside Ballroom 1 on the second floor. Attendees are invited to visit B.E. Meyers & Co. to speak with members of their team, and to see the MAWL® series of infrared and visible green weapon laser pointers/illuminators; the GLARE® series of weapon mounted Hail/Warning/Illumination laser systems; the IZLID® series of IR and SWIR laser pointers/illuminators for target marking and air-to-ground integration; and the BOARS™-M2 optics and accessories rail for the M2 platform.

To schedule a meeting with the B.E. Meyers & Co. Sales Team, please contact sales@bemeyers.com.


Gearward HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife

Gearward’s new HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife is now available. The HemiSERE is like the classic Lapel Knives of the OSS in concept but thoroughly modern in materials, ergonomics, and function.

This wafer thin, ultralight, non-ferrous knife is designed to be carried discreetly in a number of different ways. It is ground from .05″ thick Titanium/Ceramic composite that was selected to balance factors like durability, weight, and edge retention. The HemiSERE’s overall length is 3.375″ long with a blade length of 1.875″. It weighs just 4 grams!

The HemiSERE’s name comes from the hemispherical cut out in its handle. This is the key to how the HemiSERE can be gripped comfortably, retained effectively, and creates its edge forward orientation when gripped. This, coupled with its thin flat grind and Wharncliffe blade shape, allows it slash deep.

Each HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife comes stuck to a blank credit card with a glue dot and with 12 extra 3M glue dots. The HemiSERE is so thin and light that it may be carried with the glue dots in a variety places like under a lapel, inside a phone case, stuck to a credit card, or anywhere you can dream up.

Stay tuned for a more complete review.


Happy Thanksgiving

JTT has a lot to be thankful for this year. We’re thankful for you, our readers, and for all our advertising partners.

From my family and I to all of you – Thank you!

Scalarworks Receives Patent

Scalarworks has received a patent for a number of the elements designed into their Low Drag Mount series. They are understandably proud of the unique features of their mounts that make them the lightest QD mounts available – lighter than many non-QD optic mounts.

Strike Hard Gear SKS Buttstock Pouch

While many of us are busy building slick AR-15 builds, there are still plenty of good folks out there happy to hunt and defend their homes with the good old SKS. Maybe it is what they can afford or maybe they just like them. Either way, at least they are armed.

A friend of the blog who dearly loves his SKS recently asked me if I knew of a way to carry extra ammo (preferably in stripper clips) on his SKS hunting/truck rifle. He was having trouble finding any SKS support gear locally. I told him that I wasn’t sure but I suspect Strike Hard Gear would have a solution. Sure enough, they make an SKS Buttstock Pouch that holds 3 stripper clips. He purchased one and is very happy with it.

The Strike Hard Gear SKS Buttstock Pouch is designed to hold 3 10 round SKS stripper clips, fully covered, on the buttstock of your rifle. The pouch threads onto the buttstock in such a way that sling swivels are still usable. He reports that his reloads are faster now that the stripper clips are on the gun rather that in a pocket and that the quality is excellent.

I don’t write this to say that the SKS is the ultimate rifle but it should warm anyone’s heart to know that there are gear makers out there supporting affordable rifles with good quality gear.


Tipton County Sheriff’s Office Receives K9 Safety Grant from the Spirit of Blue Foundation

TIPTON, INDIANA – April 5, 2017 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a K9 Safety Grant to the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) to train their acquired K9 service dog.  The new dog, K9 Nelson, is serving with handler Deputy William Cline who has served with TCSO for 2 years.  K9 Nelson is a dual purpose dog trained in tracking, apprehension and narcotics detection.  The $3,000 grant was sponsored by the Planet Dog Foundation, the charitable arm of dog toy and accessory manufacturer Planet Dog, who has given over $1 million dollars to organizations that bring people and dogs together for fun and mutual support.

“The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the grant it has received from the Spirit of Blue Foundation,” said Tipton County Sheriff Tony Frawley.  “The grant allowed K-9 Nelson to complete his training and become a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Cline and K-9 Nelson proudly serve the residents of Tipton County each and every day and continually work to make Tipton County a safe place to live and work.”

K9 Nelson is a 3-year old Belgian Malinois who was bred in the Netherlands.  He finished his basic training at Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana before going through his final training at a K9 academy offered through the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in Muncie, Indiana.  On his very first night on duty, K9 Nelson hit on a car during a traffic stop indicating there were narcotics present.  The search of the vehicle revealed four plastic baggies containing a tannish-white granular substance.  Around the baggies were dryer sheets used in an attempt to cover the substance’s odor.  The owner of the vehicle told deputies the substance was the chemical used in creating the synthetic drug commonly known as “Spice”.  In total 12.5 ounces of the substance was located and the driver of the vehicle was arrested on possession charges.

K9’s bring an auditory and olfactory advantage to police work, able to track subjects and identify articles not easily found by their human counterparts.  But, all K9’s are trained to protect their handlers, making them an effective less lethal force option while enhancing the safety of officers on duty.  When not on duty, K9 Nelson resides with Deputy Cline at his home as the family pet.

“The TCSO was very resourceful in working with their local businesses to raise the funds to acquire K9 Nelson,” said Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue.  “But when they contacted us and shared that they lacked the funding for the final training phase we sprang into action to get that piece in place and get K9 Nelson and Deputy Cline out working on the road together.  It is wonderful to see so clearly the direct impact that our granting ability makes for agencies such as this one.”

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.  In addition, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported that 25 K9 working dogs were lost in 2016 as well.  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 – Sheriff Tony D. Frawley (left) and Deputy William D. Cline (right) surround K9 Nelson who has quickly made a name for himself as a valuable asset for the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.

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.

Gear Head Works Tailhook MOD 1 and 2 Pistol Braces

Gear Head Works will be releasing a new pistol brace design that is sure to grab the attention of AR Pistoleros everywhere. Their Tailhook MOD 1 and Tailhook MOD 2 feature a unique hinged design that allows the brace to “open” into a hook that slips under the shooter’s forearm to support the AR pistol for one handed shooting.

The Tailhook MOD 1 is the more compact version of the two. It is machined from aluminum and clamps directly to the buffer tube. The molded polymer Tailhook MOD 2 attaches to the buffer tube much like a stock would and allows for length adjustment to accommodate shooters of all sizes. You can see the Tailhook in action in the video below.

The two versions of the Tailhook shown here have already received ATF approval. There may be additional version forthcoming pending additional approvals.

Check out the Tailhook Pistol Braces at Gear Head Works and stay tuned for new pricing and availability information.

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