New Gatorz Eyewear: The Gatorz x Ronin Collection

Gatorz Eyewear is excited to announce the Gatorz x Ronin Collection. The Gatorz x Ronin Collection is a collaboration between Gatorz Eyewear and former U.S. Army Green Beret Tu Lam of Ronin Tactics. This collection is made to the exceedingly high standards that all Gatorz Eyewear has come to represent to the Special Operations community, including meeting American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87+ rating and offering some features of MILSPEC Ballistic protection standards.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Lao Tzu

Tu Lam. a former U.S. Army Green Beret and founder of Ronin Tactics, fled communist Vietnam in 1979. The Lam Family escaped on an overloaded boat and eventually reached the safety of the United States as refugees.

Tu Lam x Gatorz

Tu was raised by his Step-Father, an Army Special Forces veteran, and drew inspiration to eventually serve as a member of the Army Special Operations Community. For over 23 years, Tu traveled across 27 different countries and a number of war zones as a career special operator.  During that time, he fought alongside and within the most elite units of the United States Military.

As the Founder and CEO of Ronin Tactics, Inc., Tu now develops innovative tactical equipment and teaches a range of Close Quarters Battle instruction for our military, Law Enforcement, and responsible armed citizens. Tu co-hosted three seasons of the History Channel’s “Knife or Death” and was developed into a playable character “Ronin” on the popular video game “Call of Duty.” Gatorz Eyewear is honored to be working with him.

Sam Havelock, The Chief Brand Officer of Gatorz eyewear and himself a former Navy SEAL, had this to say,

“We thought the collaboration with Tu Lam, whose background includes having to flee persecution from war-torn Vietnam especially fitting given the current state of affairs in Afghanistan. Gatorz Corporation is extremely committed to the Special Operations Community and closely identifies with the Mission of the Army Special Forces Community to Free The Oppressed  (De Oppresso Liber). 

The Ronin Edition collaboration with Tu Lam is an example of our willingness to partner with diverse members of our Gatorz Tribe who live a Mission-Driven life. Tu Lam’s personal history of service with the Special Operations Community coupled with his family’s legacy of relationships across Army Special Forces perfectly embodies our joint belief in the power of relationships and humans to overcome all obstacles during their Life’s Most Important Missions.”

Gatorz x Ronin

Gatorz x Ronin Specs

  • Inferno (Photochromic) lenses
  • Most Popular Magnum Frame Style
  • Black or Red Cerakote frame
  • ANSI Z87+/MILSPEC Ballistic (Mil-prf- 32432-a) 

What comes in the package?

  • Field Accessory Kit Nylon Case
  • Lens Cleaner
  • Eyewear strap
  • Gasket Set Kit
  • Repair kit
  • A Hand-Signed Print

Gatorz x Ronin

See more in the launch video: Ronin Collection Launch

For additional information on GATORZ or the Gatorz x Ronin Collection, please visit,, or follow @gatorzeyewear on Instagram and YouTube.

For additional information on Tu Lam or Ronin Tactics, please visit, connect via @ronintctaics on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to Tu Lam’s YouTube Channel

Gatorz x Ronin

About GATORZ Eyewear:

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, GATORZ Eyewear has for 30 years been a provider of premium, all-metal, professional-grade eyewear solutions to the Special Operations Community, the broader U.S. Military, as well as, Law Enforcement, skydivers, functional fitness athletes, action sports fans, and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. This first of its kind, American-made aluminum sunglass has become a staple of the communities it serves, with its lightweight, durable frames, superior optics, and high-velocity impact lenses.

MD-1505: An AR Take on Maxim’s PDX

The PDX from Maxim Defense has proven to be an extraordinarily popular design over the last few years, but it has (understandably) never been on the lower end of the firearm price point scale. They have now launched the “MD-1505”, to make a more affordable AR-15 style PDX available. Though similar to the PDX in size and capability, the PDX has MILSPEC forged receivers and a different handguard. With the SCW stock, SCW brace, and SCW pistol system options, there should be a version available for most conceivable needs.


Here’s what Maxim Defense tells us,

Maxim Defense MD-1505

When you’re looking for Maxim Defense PDX ingenuity in a standard AR-15 package, the MD-1505 is your answer. The MD-1505 was engineered to bring our top-tier PDX package to an even more affordable price point.

Starting at the muzzle, each MD-1505 is equipped with the patented Maxim HATEBRAKE muzzle device, which reduces recoil, decreases flash signature, pushes gasses, and concussion wave downrange away from the operator. All of which improve overall performance in short barrel pistols and rifles.

Maxim Defense Hatebrake

The Maxim HateBrake features:
– Primary Function is a muzzle booster
– Increase reliability with PDW’s
– Directs sound away from the shooter
– Decreases flash
– Adds the same length as a standard A2 birdcage flash hider
– Installs from the front and fits under most handguards
Photo by Down Range photography

For increased comfort and versatility every MD-1505 features our free-floating Slimline Handguard. These handguards provide a monolithic-like upper receiver platform and M-Slot compatibility on five sides. At the rear, the MD-1505S is equipped with our SCW Stock for the ultimate in compactness, comfort, and versatility.



  • MOA accurate
  • Free-floating Maxim Slimline handguard
  • Military-grade materials
  • SCW compact stock
  • Increased reliability due to included HATEBRAKE
  • Optimized for low flash signature
  • Ambidextrous magazine release
  • Ambidextrous selector


  • CALIBERS 5.56 NATO, .300BLK, 7.62×39
  • BARREL LENGTH 5.5” / 139.7mm
  • MUZZLE VELOCITY 5.56 NATO, 62gr: 1965 FPS avg. .300 BLK, 115gr: 1850 FPS avg. 7.62×39, 124gr: 1675 FPS avg.
  • OVERALL LENGTH 18.75” / 476.25mm


MD-1505 Models

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» MD-1505SPB «

» MD-1505SPS «


MD-1505 Affordability

MD is well aware that “affordable” is an extremely subject term. Those who will immediately react negatively to the MSRP, know this: Maxim Defense has never sacrificed quality for a reduction in cost. Their description says more affordable, not “easily affordable” or any other permutation thereof. In the specific case of the MD-1505 vs. PDS, it is more affordable. That said, quality speaks for itself. The price point will not be for everyone.

Maxim Defense: Not built for safe queens. 

Learn more at

Holosun 509T: Red Dot Reckoning at 1,000 Rounds

It took a while, but the Red Dot Sight (RDS) is now widely accepted as a suitable accessory for a defensive handgun. And while the RDS market was dominated by just a couple of big names for a very long time, the last couple of years have seen a number of new optics companies reach a level of mainstream use. The most popular of these newcomers is probably, as of this writing, Holosun. I recently completed my first thousand rounds through the Holosun HE509T-RD (red reticle) sight and, with just one minor aggravation, found it to be an excellent RDS option.

Holosun 509T

Daniel Bales

The HE509T-RD is an enclosed reflex optical sight designed to be mounted to a pistol. The HE509T features include a Titanium housing, Holosun’s proprietary “Super LED” with what they say is up to 50k hours of (CR1632 coin) battery life, and some other features those who’ve used Holosun will be familiar with: their Multi-Reticle System, Solar Failsafe, and Shake-Awake Technology (q.v.). As an optic with an enclosed emitter, it’s not quite the same sort of Holosun red dot many shooters might be used to, though the controls are intuitive and easily manipulated. Many people justifiably compare it to the Aimpoint Acro.

509 vs ACRO

One particularly likable attribute is its battery access. The optic is designed so that batteries can be swapped through a tray without removing the sight from the gun.

Colors and Contrast

The Holosun HE509T, which is available in both a red and a green reticle, has 12 different brightness settings. These include dim settings compatible with night-vision devices. The HE509T has what they describe as a parallax-free design, with unlimited eye relief (though no optic is completely parallax-free). The HE509T’s “Shake Awake Technology” shuts the LED off during periods of motionlessness.

1,000 rounds with the Holosun 509T

The dot intensity adjustment buttons on the 509T are large and easy to use.

The amount of time it takes for the LED to deactivate is user-programmable. Shake Awake can also be completely deactivated which keeps the optic powered on for up to 100k hours.

This HS model also includes “SOLAR FAILSAFE technology”. This feature automatically adjusts the sight’s brightness. When the optic is in a lit environment you will have a bright reticle; when indoors it will automatically dim to match ambient lighting conditions.

Holosun 509T after a thousand rounds through it

The Solar Failsafe is a great addition to the 509 and allows the optic to run on a failed battery.

Holosun 509T Review

Solar Failsafe will also allow the red dot sight to remain powered when your battery fails.

Mounting Up with CHPWS

I choose to mount the Holosun HE509T to my Gen 5 Glock 34 MOS. To accomplish this, I used CHPWS 509 red dot adapter mounting plate. I have been using the C&H Precision Weapon Systems (CHPWS) plates for some time, they are a trusty and sturdy option for anyone using a plate-mounted RDS pistol. Let me talk about the CHPWS 509 plate for a minute.

CHPWS describes the GLOCK MOS adapter plate as the “…most rugged, reliable, and trusted red dot adapter plate on the market today.” My experience gives me no reason to doubt it.

They further advise their adapter plates are approved for duty use by several hundred Local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies as well as with some US Military units.

Mounting the CHPWS 509 plate to the Glock 34 MOS is a relatively simple process. To accomplish this, I simply removed the old plate and placed the CHPWS 509 plate in its place. I utilized the (included) mounting screws and Vibra-Tite thread locking liquid, then torqued it to their suggested torque specs.

After mounting the plate, you can place the HE509T on top of the plate and tighten the mounting screw on the optic. This mounts the optic to the plate and pistol, though you’ll still have to zero the weapon.


Adjust and Zero

Before I go to the range, I will adjust the red dot to the co-witnessed iron sights. To do this I look through the optic, align the iron sights appropriately then adjust the RDS up, down, left, or right until the dot is sitting directly on top of the front sight.

This is not a zero!

It is just moving the dot closer to actual zero so I use less ammo during the zeroing process.

My thousand round count (and counting) experience with the HE509T by completing my zero. I zero all pistol-mounted optics at 25 yards, starting from the 10-yard line. There I’ll fire anywhere from three to ten rounds and attempt to obtain a reasonable group with those rounds. If the group is off, i.e. if the group is low and left, I adjust for POA/POI (point of aim/point of impact).

After I achieve my desire from 10 yards, I move to the 25-round line and repeat the process. Usually the completion of these two steps will end with the topic being close to or right on my desired zero.,

Completing the zero was extremely easy with the HE509T. The windage and elevation adjustments have a great audible click with a firm movement between clicks. Each click on the windage and elevation on the HE509T is 1 inch at 100 yards, so at 25 yards you are moving ¼ of an inch per click. I was able to achieve a zero using only a few rounds.

While zeroing, I use a B-8 target and my point of aim is the X ring.

Note: the reason I complete my zero at 25 yards is that it is more precise. If one can achieve a quality zero at 25 yards with a pistol-mounted optic, it will be better than a zero at 15 yards. I have noticed this with individuals who zero their pistol optics at 10- or 15-yards. Such results are good at those ranges, but when you step back to 20 and 25 yards (or even further), there is a degradation in achieved accuracy. By zeroing back at the 25 I can ensure I’m more likely to hit what I want to hit from the 25 and in. 


Doing It with the Dot

I used the first 50 rounds with the Holosun HE509 to complete the Dot Torture shooting drill. I typically complete this drill* at 3, 5, or 7 yards, and every string of fire started from the holster and this time was no different.

HS509T review

The first 50 rounds fired after my zero, completed using the “Dot Torture” drill. I completed this 50/50 at the 3-yard line.

The Holosun HE509T has a 2 MOA dot that is clear and crisp. Although I was shooting outdoors in bright desert sunlight the dot was easy to acquire and maintain.  This is complemented by the optic’s closed emitter housing, the structure of which actually provides an aiming reference aid.

*This target can be downloaded at

If you look through the 509T and can see the side, top, or bottom of the housing, you need to adjust your firing grip. Properly done, this will help you look directly through the two viewing windows with no sides in view and should allow you to readily “pick up” the dot inside the window.

HS509T review

I utilized several drills to test the 509T, including the aforementioned Dot Torture. Another, pictured here, is the “5×5”. The 5×5 Drill is an awesome way to test both skill and equipment.

While evaluating the Glock 34 with HE509T mounted on it, I have completed the following shooting drills: FBI QIT, FBI Bullseye Qual, Half and Half, The Super Test, 5×5, and others.

The optic remained zeroed, the dot remained visible, and the optic remained mounted properly through all those shooting iterations. The optic has been mounted for approximately four months now and I’ve yet to change the battery.

There are many things to recommend the HE509T. Some that stood out for me were:

• Bright dot intensity

• Easy and audible elevation/windage adjustments

• Rugged housing

• Battery tray allowing battery change without optic removal.

• Ability to choose three choices of reticle, i.e. 2 MOA dot, 2 MOA dot with 32 MOA circle, and 32 MOA circle.

The only negative I’d call out in this stage of my evaluation is that windage and elevation adjustments require a tool supplied by Holosun.

If you are looking for an optic for your pistol, particularly if you have a limited budget, I would strongly recommend you consider the Holosun HE509T as an option. It is, as of this writing and round count, at the top of my list in a market full of RDS options.

Note: Plate Particulars

CHPWS plates are designed and manufactured in the USA. They’re CNC Machined from Aircraft Grade 6061 Aluminum with a Type III Hard Anodized Finish and come with Stainless Steel Torx Head M3 screws to mount the plate to your slide. Each plate comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. (Read my CHPWS review at: They are online at; connect via Facebook /CHPWS/ or follow @chpws on IG; #boomsquad on Instagram.)

HS509T mounted with CHPWS plate.

Holosun 509T Manufacturer Specs

The HE509T-RD is an enclosed reflex optical sight designed for pistol applications. Features include a Titanium housing, Holosun’s Super LED with up to 50k hours battery life, Multi-Reticle System, Solar Failsafe, and Shake Awake.RMR

HS 509 T

The included 509T-RD RMR adapter plate is not compatible with ZEV or Shadow Systems style RMR interfaces.

    • MRS: Circle Dot; Dot Only
    • Up to 50,000 Hours Battery Life (Setting 6)
    • 12 Brightness Setting: 10 DL & 2 NV Compatible
    • Enclosed Design & Titanium Housing
    • Convenient Tray Battery Compartment
    • Parallax-free & Unlimited Eye Relief
    • Solar Failsafe
    • Shake Awake
    • Multi-Reticle System
    • Super LED
    • Reticle2 MOA Dot & 32 MOA Circle
    • Light Wavelength650nm
    • Reticle ColorRed
    • Parallax FreeYes
    • Unlimited Eye ReliefYes
    • Magnification1x
    • Multi-Coatings
    • Power SourceSolar & Battery
    • Battery TypeCR1632
    • Battery Life (Hours)
    • Housing MaterialTitanium
    • Surface FinishTitanium
    • Adjustment per Click1 MOA

The optic ships with:

• RMR Adapter

• User Manual

• Lens Cloth

• T10L Key

• CR1632 Battery




About the author

Daniel Bales has been in law enforcement for nearly 15 years. During his career he has worked for a large Sheriff’s department in Nevada on such assignment as detention, courts, court transport, patrol, and S.W.A.T. He is currently a full-time rangemaster. Daniel has numerous firearms, tactics and instructor certifications, to include: handgun, shotgun, carbine, less lethal, force on force, low light, certified armorer, basic and advanced S.W.A.T. schools. He has instructed many students for LMS Defense and is one of the founder-owners of Crucible Consulting. Follow or connect via Instagram, @crucible_consultants.

Daniel Bales of Crucible Consulting

Daniel Bales of Crucible Consulting


Dan Bales is a veteran LEO, a seasoned firearms instructor, and part of the Crucible Consulting cadre

Dan Bales is a veteran LEO, a seasoned firearms instructor, and part of the Crucible Consulting cadre


Maxim Defense Has Cases of 7.62 x 39 Ready to Ship

Maxim Defense, the “premiere manufacturer in PDW technologies”, wants you to know they have a large amount of Yugoslavian 7.62 x 39 FMJ and 7.62 x 39 TUI in stock and ready to ship. This won’t help us in the long run with the ban. That’ll take litigation and legislation to handle that. However, it will allow you to keep your long gun (or short gun, for that matter) fed in the interim.

They also have their own Maxim Defense ammo available (as you can see below).

Yugo 7.62 x 39

As of this announcement, the Yugoslav ammunition is retailing for $695 per case of 1120 rounds or roughly 62 cents ($0.62) per round. Cartridges are 124gr annealed brass case 7.62 x 39mm FMJ with a Berdan primer. They ship mounted on SKS stripper clips. Buyers keep the case. And the brass, too, Maxim Defense would humbly suggest. If you don’t reload, someone you know almost certainly does.

If that particular type 7.62×39 doesn’t suit, Maxim Defense also offers its own ammunition: the “TUI” (Tumble On Impact) line. TUI ammunition is a solid copper spun line design explicitly designed for short barrels in mind. They’ll handle light recoil with no sacrifice in velocity, and because of the solid copper construction, they can be used wherever lead projectiles are prohibited for sport shooting. The Maxim Defense TUI SBR ammunition is 117gr SCS and ships 20/box.

Maxim Defense TUI

Bullet Type M67 FMJ
Caliber 7.62X39MM
Grain Weight 124 GRAIN
Muzzle Velocity (FPS) 2402
Rounds Per Box 1120
Rounds 1120 ROUNDS
Grain Weight Ranges 120 – 139


 On top of the multiple versions of 7.62×39, they carry plenty of types of ammunition, including 5.56 and .300 Blackout. If you’re in the market for more, take a look at the ammunition section of their website.

Find reviews of Maxim Defense ammunition on the REFT blog or Small Arms Defense Journal.

About Maxim Defense

Maxim Defense is a development company aiming to provide the Military and First Responders the next generation of tools and equipment to succeed in today’s most extreme environments. The company primarily engages in small arms manufacturing focusing R&D on producing better, lighter, and more reliable weapons and accessories. As an industrial-design-centered organization, Maxim seeks to improve and enhance existing weapons platforms alongside developing cutting-edge technologies for redefining the future. Maxim Defense is headquartered in St. Cloud, MN. To learn more, please visit and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter @maximdefense.

Global Ordnance Now Offering New Grand Power Stribog Curved Magazines

Global Ordnance, the exclusive distributor for Grand Power in the United States, recently released a 30-Round curved magazine for the Grand Power Stribog SP9 lineup. They advised that after years of research and development, rigorous testing, and a “…long ride across the sea”, the magazines are finally available for purchase. 

The Stribog Curved Magazine offers customers a more desirable design that’s easier to load and allows smoother feeding for the tapered 9mm cartridges, robust polymer construction, and a more compact package.

Grand Power has worked with Global Ordnance for many months to perfect and test the new magazine design. “We are pleased with the results of our partnership in design and development with Grand Power,” said John Dilley, Director of Commercial Operations for Global Ordnance, “we are excited to put the new magazines in the hands of the dedicated fans and followers of the Stribogs.”

Initially, the new Stribog 30-Round Curved Magazines will be offered for retail purchase in limited quantities directly from Global Ordnance and from such trusted retailers as GunMag Warehouse

Additionally, for current inventory, Grand Power Stribog SP9A1 and SP9A3 models will be upgraded to include one Curved Magazine in all new shipments.

Grand Power Stribog SP9A1, Stribog SP9A3, and the new 30-Round Stribog Curved Magazines can be purchased by visiting the Global Ordnance website at To learn more about Grand Power and the Stribog lineup, please visit 

Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, Global Ordnance LLC ( is a force multiplier within the commercial and defense military industries supporting a wide array of equipment, ammunition, and firearms. As a Veteran-Owned Small Business, Global Ordnance LLC strives to provide excellence to our customers with unparalleled integrity of values and the loyalty expected.  


Maxim Defense PDX Now Available in Urban Grey

St. Cloud, MN-based Maxim Defense, the premiere manufacturer in PDW technologies, has just announced the availability of the Maxim Defense PDX in Urban Grey.

The PDX, which is now chambered in .300BLK, 5.56 NATO, and 7.62×39, had its genesis in USSOCOM. Born of the SOCOM PDW solicitation, the Maxim Defense PDX dominates CQB encounters and puts maximum energy on target.

The PDX – which is just 18.75 in. OAL is available in both pistol and SBR configurations. Utilization of the patent-pending Maxim SCWTM system reduces stock length to 4 in., while an integrated BCG with interchangeable buffer weights provides maximum performance and versatility without sacrificing functionality (and, for the aesthetically minded, form).

The PDX™ is also equipped with a newly invented Maxim HATEBRAKE™ muzzle booster. This patent-pending device significantly reduces recoil, decreases the flash signature, pushes gasses and concussion waves downrange away from the operator, and improves overall performance in short barrel pistols and rifles. 

  •  HATEBRAKE™ installed under the handguard
  •  2 MOA accurate
  •  M-Slot compatible handguard
  •  Military-grade materials [17-4 Stainless Steel, 7075 and 6061 Aluminum]
  •  SCW buffer-carrier
  •  HK height rail for a more rigid upper receiver
  •  Optimized Personal Defense Weapon.
  •  Increased reliability due to included HATEBRAKE™
  •  Optimized for low flash signature
  •  Military tested Rapid Deploying PDW stock


  • CALIBERS 5.56 NATO, .300 BLK, 7.62x39mm
  • BARREL LENGTH 5.5” / 139.7 mm
  • MUZZLE VELOCITY 5.56 NATO, 62gr: 1965 FPS avg. 7.62×39, 124gr: 1675 FPS avg.
  • FINISH Urban Grey Hard Anodizing
  • OVERALL LENGTH 18.75” / 476.25 mm
  • WEIGHT (EMPTY) 5.9 lbs / 2.68 kg
  • MUZZLE DEVICE Maxim Defense HATEBRAKE™ Muzzle Booster
  • CONFIGURATIONS SCW™ stock system, SCW Pistol
  • TRIGGER ALG Combat Trigger (ACT)

Magazines: Each PDX ships with one 20rd magazine (7.62x39mm 20rd CPD mags, 5.56NATO 20rd DHL, .300BLK 20 rd Lancer Systems)

Learn more here.

Always Be Prepared from MAXIM DEFENSE on Vimeo.

The Family Business: A Dystopian Shoot-out

Baen Books has released Mike Kupari’s latest novel, The Family Business. Its protagonist is a Federal “Recovery Agent” on the job in a much-changed United States of America hunting alien collaborators (from the invasion) and leftover aliens (still at large) while dodging apex xeno-predators lurking in remote places.

Author Mike Kupari putting some time in on the range. An ardent Second Amendment supporter and enthusiastic shooter, Kupari spent several years as an EOD tech and a PMC contractor before turning to writing full time.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Free Territories were what became of parts of Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon, the former Human Sectors. A vast demilitarized zone created by the Treaty of Khartoum, millions of former UEA citizens lived there, since most of their native countries wouldn’t take them back. 

An army of UN Peacekeepers, mostly from countries that had stayed neutral during the war, kept the ex-UEA separated from the rest of the population of Africa, lest that continent see more war and genocide.

Kupari, a self-described revolverphile who preaches the Gospel of the FN, is an experienced (though wrong-handed) shooter who uses his experience as a former EOD Technician, PMC contractor, and general retr0-gun-nerd-savant to provide verisimilitude to his writing.

Kupari, has written several novels in the past.

Here’s another excerpt.

Moving through the deserted streets of Chandler, weighed down by an armor vest, load-bearing gear, a gunbelt, a medical kit, water, and ammunition was harder than it used to be. Tinted goggles and a high-filtration respirator protected him from the potentially toxic dust, but it made it harder to see and breathe. He had to keep going, though. The Feds’ advance was stalled, one of their vehicles was apparently disabled, and they were caught out in the open. If they stayed there, they were all going to get killed.

The gunfire had only been sporadic before, but now it had died off completely. An eerie quiet settled over the ruined city as Nathan moved. There were other structures between him and the target building, but he was alert for movement. The enemy had an opportunity to press the advantage, to counterattack and wipe out the Homeland Security troops. He had to figure out what the hell was going on and tell them to pull back before it was too late. 

The Ruffner APCs were only about half a mile from the mobile command center. All Nathan had to do was follow the plume of black smoke drifting up from the street. There was another, smaller one farther away, probably the wreck of the Feds’ helicopter, but he wasn’t

going to go look for it by himself. 

The APCs had followed a doglegged path through the streets, keeping themselves out of view of the target building until the last possible moment. That had been smart, for all the good it had done them. It was likely, he thought, that the UEA insurgents had rigged the entire area with sensors and alarms. Hell, they might be watching me right now, he thought,

moving up a dust-covered alleyway.

The alleyway ended at a wide, four-lane, divided street. A row of desiccated tree trunks ran down the center of the divider island. Either side of the boulevard was lined with abandoned cars, faded from years of sun and weather. To his left, just before the intersection, were two

of the three Homeland Security APCs. They were idling, one right behind the other, too close together. The third one, presumably the one that had been hit, had already rounded the corner.

They got lucky, Nathan thought, running across the street. 

If the defenders had waited a few seconds, they might have gotten all three APCs into the kill zone. 

Breathing hard through the respirator mask, he paused for a moment to catch his breath and check his surroundings. No sign of any UEA insurgents. Keeping close to the empty storefronts, he jogged up the sidewalk, approaching the two stopped APCs from the rear. The vehicle commanders’ hatches were open. Both men had their seats elevated so that they could see better, and saw Nathan coming. He kept his weapon slung and held his bronze badge up as he approached…”

The book is officially described thusly:

Decades ago, the Visitors descended on Earth. They claimed to bring peace and prosperity. Their real goal was the total subjugation of humankind. But humanity did not give up its only home without a fight. After a devastating war, the Visitors were driven back to Mars. Their millions of willing human collaborators were left behind. The task of hunting down these former alien collaborators and bringing them to justice falls to Federal Recovery Agents like Nathan Foster.

Now, Nathan Foster is tasked with bringing to justice Emmogene Anderson. As a teenager, Emmogene was experimented on by the Visitors and implanted with a device that allows her to control other people. With her is her obsessive ex-lover, who was also a former commando of the Visitors’ forces. It’s an easy enough job—but Emmogene has been implanted with something else, something much more important.

Nathan and Ben must decide what is right in a largely lawless world— and the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

Says Kupari,

“I started writing in high school. I didn’t really get into it until college when I began writing fiction online. I never seriously considered trying to be a novelist, though, not until 2006. That was the year I met Larry Correia. He liked a story I was writing online and asked if he could jump in on it. That story ultimately became DEAD SIX.

I lived in Doha, Qatar for a year, while working security at a US installation there. Qatar ultimately became the inspiration for the fictional country of Zubara.

Later in life, I served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the US Air Force. I deployed to Afghanistan and applied that experience to my second book, Swords of Exodus.

My first solo novel, Her Brothers Keeper, wasn’t exactly inspired by real life. I am sad to admit that I’ve never captained a privateer rocket ship. I do, however, have a lifelong love of science fiction and space opera and am excited to continue sharing my take on different genres.”

About Author Mike Kupari

Mike Kupari is the author of the debut science fiction novel Her Brother’s Keeper, as well as the co-author, with Larry Correia, of the best-selling Dead Six military adventure series including Dead Six, Swords of Exodus, and Alliance of Shadows. He is a relatively active prolific freelance writer, having contributed to Breach-Bang-Clear, The Mag Life, and other publications over the last several years. Mike grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and enlisted in the Air Force at the age of seventeen, deploying twice as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal tech. He went on to serve six years in the Army National Guard and spent several years both at home and abroad as a security contractor with a PMC. He now lives in the northern tier, bemoaning the price of ammo, arguing with a truculent parrot, and filling in DFPs (complete with grenade sump) dug into his yard by a recently adopted canine.

You can find the book on the Baen website or in’s book section.


Vertx/Firebase PARABELLUM Bandolier: It’s for Multi-Mission Loadouts

The Firebase Parabellum Bandolier is an AR or PCC magazine bandolier created by Vertx, in collaboration with Firebase Combat Studies Group (Firebase CSG). The Vertx Firebase Parabellum acts as a low-profile, multi-use load-bearing option. It’s designed to mitigate the weight and space problems caused by the need to pack and load for multiple mission profiles. If you watch the video below, the Parabellum can be worn in more than a couple of ways. It can be worn as a bandolier, like a chest rig, or under the arms.  You can also mount directly to a plate carrier, inside a backpack, or down in a kit bag.

Vertx advises,

“You can’t always spare the space or weight it takes to pack for multiple mission profiles so when it comes to loadout the Firebase Bandolier is the versatile solution you need. With the ability to be worn or stored in four different configurations, the Firebase Bandolier is an expert addition to the Prepared Professional’s arsenal.”



• Unique multi-purpose pouch platform allows for on or off-body carry options
• Exterior panel can be stowed to reveal hook-side for attachment in bags, packs, chest rigs and plate carriers
• The center stow pocket can be used to store sensitive items like IDs and documents or IFAK
• Belt keeper shock-cord provides added security when worn in x-strap configuration
• Snap closures add retention when on the move
• Straps can be reconfigured for left or right-handed use
• Pouches can be oriented faceup or facedown for faster reloading


• 4 pouches sized to fit AR15 magazines, IFAKs, radios and other tools (Option 1)
• 4 pouches sized to fit pistol caliber carbine magazines, flashlights and other tools (Option 2)
• Overlapping elastic retention
• Silicone printing inside mag pouches for added retention

Fabric and Technology:

• Pliable material conforms to the body
• Wear-resistant honeycomb mesh
• Lightweight and durable Hypalon snap closures


AR Bandolier Version


PCC Bandolier Version



Vertx provides the following bandolier/chest rig advice:

Be A Hard-Charger, Just Do It Discreetly

You can’t always spare the space or weight it takes to pack for multiple mission profiles so when it comes to loadout the Firebase Parabellum Bandolier is the versatile solution you need. Worn either under the right or left arm like a shoulder holster, diagonally across the body like a bandolier, attached to the front of your plate carrier, or deployed from your bag for off-body carry, the Firebase Parabellum Bandolier allows up to four mags with  the ability to configure access either from the top or bottom.

Each mag cell has silicon printing for extra retention and the centerline pocket is Tactigami compatible and a great place to store maps, documents or an IFAK. Designed for concealment under shirts or jackets the low-profile shoulder and waist straps secure the bandolier without adding bulk. A multifunctional, multiple carry platform, the Firebase Bandolier is an expert addition the Prepared Professional’s arsenal.



Firebase CSG is online at

The new bandolier is available online at:


Taylor’s and Co. Release .45-70

It’s a lot more like your great-grand-pappy’s favorite rifle than the ones you prefer – it’s a new addition to the Taylor’s Firearms 2021 lifestyle series; it’s the TC86 Takedown rifle. The Taylor’s and Company TC86 Takedown is a .45-70 lever action hunting rifle they describe as a weapon made for the “…ultimate expedition, while maintaining a finish fit for a classic design.”

Here’s the remainder of the release we were sent:

The TC86 becomes a versatile companion for any hunt, hike, or to just go plinking at the range. The color case receiver and checkered pistol grip walnut stock.  A rubber butt plate absorbs recoil, and the wide lever size allows for easy use in all conditions. It also Includes a weaver rail sight with a skinner peep sight on it

“Taylor’s & Company brings to the gun enthusiast classic firearms that made cowboys, lawmen and outlaws famous, but with a modern twist,” said Rob Girard, VP of Sales & Marketing. “All Taylor’s premium firearms are made using the latest in precision machinery and high-quality materials with one goal in mind; to create reliable and accurate reproductions of Civil War, Old West, hunting and tactical guns from the 19th century. The TC86 Takedown is a perfect example of this.”

The rail up top can be utilized for optics, a rifle-suitable weapon light (in an offset mount), or whatever else you might want.

The TC86 Takedown is available and models are shipping now.


LENGTH: 16.5” | CALIBER: .45-70

Release Date MSRP: $1839.86

To learn more about the new Taylors and company takedown rifle and the complete product offerings from Taylor’s & Company, please visit or follow them socially on Insta, @taylorsfirearms.

Seriously Light Armor Plates (Level IV!) from ShotStop

ShotStop Ballistics (of Stow, OH) has announced the release of armor they characterize as “ultra-light” Level IV HA  Armor Piercing Advanced Body Armor Plates. 

ShotStop says,

“What makes this an industry shattering announcement is the unprecedented weight for Level IV protection, weighing in at 4.5 lbs (2.0 kg) with a low profile of 0.9″ thick, these multi-curve, stand-alone, multi-hit plates provide the lightest armor-piercing protection in the world. The plate will provide the operator comfort, better mobility, and all the confidence to carry out their mission whether they are Military, Special Forces, SWAT, or Law Enforcement.”

Jason Henkel, Director of Operations at ShotStop, says, “Protection is absolutely ShotStop’s top priority, but being able to increase comfort, mobility, and advanced unique applications really differentiate this launch from others. Our new Level IV plate is positioned to dramatically change the way in which personal protection can be utilized in various environments and circumstances.”

The armor plate inserts from ShotStop Ballistics are available in the following Shooter Cut and SAPI cuts and the following sizes:

6” x 6” x .9”

8” x 10” x .9”

8.75” x 11.75” x .9”

9.5” x 12.5” x .9”

10″ x 12″ x .9″

11″ x 14″ x .9″

Threat Level Protection The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) states that level IV armor must stop a single hit of 7.62MM AP. ShotStop’s HA Level IV ballistic body armor, made with patented Duritium® technology, is multi-hit and can defeat special threats including: 5.56x45mm 55 grain ball (M193), 7.62x39mm PS ball (MSC), 7.62x51mm 149 grain M80 FMJ, NATO M855 (SS109) 5.56x45mm 62 grain steel core (SS109), M855 A1, 7.62×54mmR Dragunov, and 7.62x63mm M2 AP.

The plate is currently pending testing to be listed with the NIJ.

Ounces Equal Pounds, and Pounds Equal Pain Improving on the current HS Level IV model plate, ShotStop reduced the weight from 5.3 lbs to 4.5. When pounds equal pain for the operator, every ounce matters. Typical heavy body armor increases the amount of pressure on the joints, causing fatigue, pain and long-term medical issues. ShotStop’s Level IV plate gives the operator maximum mobility and while reducing weight-displacement injuries which are typical from heavy steel or ceramic Level IV plates.

“The accumulated reduction in knee load for a 1-pound loss in weight would be more than 4,800 pounds per mile walked,” says researcher Stephen P. Messier, PhD, of Wake Forest University. So, if a person was carrying 10 pounds less weight, “each knee would be subjected to 48,000 pounds less in compressive load per mile walked.”

Industry-Leading 10-Year Warranty Along with the armor-piercing protection, the HA1RF3MC model comes with an unprecedented 10-Year warranty, translating to an unusually low total cost of ownership for the highest quality level IV plate available. Standard level IV ceramic body armor is only warrantied for 5 years. Unlike ceramic plates, which can crack when dropped, ShotStop’s proprietary composite plates do not need MRI/x-rays to monitor the plate’s integrity throughout the industry-leading warranty period. ShotStop’s plates can take a beating from everyday wear & tear and mishaps like drops, without ever compromising protection.

What is Duritium?

Duritium is a portfolio of technologies including a proprietary formula of Polyethylene fibers or ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. These polyethylene fibers are woven and stacked by a computer navigated layering process at particular angles which elevate the ability of the armor system to more efficiently diffuse kinetic energy during ballistics impact. The stacked polyethylene is then vulcanized under 5000 lbs. per sq. inch presses while going through various high heat and cold cycles to form the base of the Duritium body armor.

Depending on the threat level requirement, the armor system can then be combined with ShotStop’s proprietary alloy composite which offers even further weight and thickness savings compared to other competitive armor options, especially at the higher threat levels.

ShotStop is online at You can follow them on social, @shotstopbodyarmor on Instagram or /shotstopballistics/ on Facebook.

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