Win a Mk13 Mod 7 Sniper Rifle from the SSA!

The USMC Scout Sniper Association raffle continues, but time is running out to get in on it. There are five (5) weeks remaining. Although the annual Gathering of Snipers (2020) was canceled, the raffle was not. That means you still have the opportunity to win an MK13 Mod 7 (the USMC variant of the SOCOM rifle) with all the accessories and accompanying prizes or a HogTooth knife. All pertinent firearm laws apply, of course.

MK. 13 Mod 7

In April 2018, the US Marine Corps announced it would field a USMC-specific version of SOCOM’s MK13 Mod 7 Sniper Rifle manufactured at NSWC Crane. While the M40A6 is being retained for use in training and as an alternate platform, the MK13 Mod 7 has operationally replaced the venerable M40 series rifles as the primary sniper rifle for the Corps. The M40 series saw service with the Corps in several variations starting in 1966. Scout Snipers are now carrying the MK13 Mod 7 in every clime and place, throughout the Global War on Terror and in other hot spots around the globe.

SSA Mk13 Prize Rifle

The rifle you could win in this giveaway was donated through the generosity of SSA Member Ryan Niederman and Friend of the SSA Jarret Guill. Components were carefully sourced to produce as authentic a clone of the military-issued firearm as is humanly possible, some manufactured on Marine Corps contract production runs. In addition, generous donations were made by the following industry partners to ensure an authentic build:

  • Nightforce – Mil-Spec scope
  • Geisselle Automatics – Mil-Spec trigger
  • Surefire – Certificate for Mil-Spec suppressor
  • LaRue Tactical – Mil-Spec QD scope mount
  • MagPul Industries – Eight magazines
  • Harris Engineering – Mil-Spec bipod
  • VTAC – Mil-Spec sling

As the SSA explains,

“The lucky winner of this special, very complete rifle package will own a historic piece of the legacy built with the blood, sweat and tears of US Marine Corps Scout Snipers.”

Scout Sniper Association 2020 Prize Package (1st Prize)

This prize package has a retail value of over $12,000.00. FFL rules, transfer fees, and NFA tax stamp fees are the responsibility of the winner).

  • RIFLE: Mil-Spec Stiller MK13 Bolt Action with RFID tag
  • CHAMBER/CALIBER: .300 Winchester Magnum
  • SCOPE: Mil-Spec Nightforce M571 ATACR 5-25 x 56 F1 with TReMoR3 Reticle and RFID tag
  • SCOPE MOUNT: Mil-Spec LaRue Tactical LT840H-34-0 Quick-Detach SSDS Mount on an AI 20 MOA Picatinny Rail
  • CHASSIS: Mil-Spec Accuracy International MK13 Mod 7 AICS with Folding Stock
  • TRIGGER: Mil-Spec Geissele Automatics Super MK13 2-Stage Trigger, Non-adjustable, Set at 3.5 lbs
  • BARREL: Mil-Spec Lilja 1:10 Twist, Stainless Steel, 25-inches
  • FLASH HIDER: Mil-Spec Surefire 4-Prong FH762RC, 5/8-24 Thread
  • SUPPRESSOR: Pre-Paid Certificate for Mil-Spec Surefire SOCOM762-RC DE Suppressor
  • MAGAZINES: Eight Mil-Spec 5-Round MagPul PMAG 5 AC L Magnum and one factory AICS Magazine.
  • BIPOD: Mil-Spec Harris Engineering BRMS Bipod
  • SLING: Mil-Spec VTAC-Mk2-CT-UG Padded Nylon Sling
  • CASE: Mil-Spec Pelican iM3300 Storm MK13 Mod 7 Deployment Case with Custom Cut Foam
  • ACCESSORIES: Mil-Spec camo tool bag; Mil-Spec MK13 Mod 7 Multi-Tool; USMC-correct cleaning rods and brushes
  • Built faithfully to NSWC Crane/USMC Military Specifications

USMC SSA 2020 Prize Package (2nd Prize)

The second prize in this raffle is a hand-crafted blade from HogTooth Knives. It was made by Matt Chase, a former Scout Sniper, to honor fellow snipers who paid the price for excellence. This is the first time one of these knives will be released to a raffle winner.

If you don’t wish to enter the raffle but do want to help out, or you would like to double down on your support for the Association, donate here.

USMC Scout Sniper Association

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Black Collar Arms does Forged Carbon Fiber

Black Collar Arms has advised they’re bringing out a series of forged carbon fiber components. Beginning with scope rings in 30mm and 34mm diameter, the new components will be manufactured with the same material originally developed by Lamborghini and Calloway. It’s reportedly stronger than titanium with just one third the weight.  The new weapon accouterments will be built in partnership with Oklahoma-based McVick Manufacturing.

Black Collar Arms says the new scope mounts have many physical advantages over aluminum mounts. They reportedly weigh in at a “…scant 5.2 ounces, these forged carbon fiber scope mounts are as stiff and rigid as if they were machined from steel…with just 1/6th the thermal expansion of aluminum.”

They further advise that the new rings present a 30mm distance from the top of a Picatinny rail to the centerline of an optic. According to their release, this is tall enough to just clear most 50mm objective lens scopes on a full-length rail (their emphasis).

A custom Black Collar Arms” “Pork Sword” pistol with McVick forged carbon fiber scope rings, spiral fluted X-Caliber barrel, SB Tactical FS1913A brace, JK Armament Modular Solvent Trap, and ELF700 trigger.

The upcoming one-piece scope mounts will not only be the first of a line of forged carbon fiber optic mounting solutions but in a series of AR15 parts and other weapon components and accessories.

Black Collar Arms forged carbon fiber accessories.

As for availability, Black Collar Arms explains,

“Quality is extremely high, but current production capacity is low. Mount availability will be rather limited with small batches arriving at Black Collar weekly while we gradually invest in increasing capacity.”

Learn more on the Black Collar Arms website (@blackcollararms) and/or at McVick’s site (@m.cvick). Delta Engraving is online at


Lightening the armor load | Shotstop Ballistic Technologies

There are many misunderstandings out there about “civilian body armor” (i.e. armor for citizens). Though it is perfectly legal in most places for someone to buy, own, and wear body armor (despite what some media outlets might prefer), legality doesn’t do anything about weight. Nor does it make armor less cumbersome, restrictive, or expensive.

Shotstop body armor

Shotstop, an Ohio-based “armor technologies company”, says they have an answer to those drawbacks. And not just when it comes to lightweight body armor either. They say it’s even more significant with regard to their armor plates (like the one you see above in a photo by @missheraux).

Says Shotstop, “Our patented materials, processes, and designs make real-world ballistics protection solutions far more affordable to a wider market, thus saving many more lives.”

armor plate by shotstop

They do this, in part, with what they refer to as Duritium technology. It’s a material they claim makes for the lightest level IV body armor available, if true would be a fine counterpart to the best plate carrier you’re able to get hold of. Duritium technology also appears to be a part of their recent bulletproof backpack inserts and guidance (see more at “Bulletproof Backpacks“).

Shotstop armor plate backpack

Here’s how they run it down in their own words. Everything between the two lines was pulled from one of their blog posts.

Body Armor Materials and their Contribution to Weight

The type of material that makes up body armor plays a significant role in how heavy it is. Below is a list of the various materials used to make body armor and how much they typically weigh per sq. ft.


While steel might be the most common and cheapest type of body armor out there, it definitely isn’t the lightest. In fact, steel body armor is typically the heaviest, weighing in at about 10.2 lbs per sq. ft., which is why body armor is so heavy—if you’re wearing steel plates.


Ceramic body armor is typically much lighter than steel plates, weighing in at about 5-6 lbs. per sq. ft. However, what you lose in weight, you also lose mobility. They’re also a lot more expensive for a product that can typically only stop a few rounds before shattering. So, while ceramic plates are much lighter than steel, given the lengthy period you’re probably wearing them, that weight adds up.


Despite the fact that polyethylene—generally made from a specific kind of polyethylene, called Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)—is the most common type of plastic used in the world today, it is not your cheapest body armor option. In fact, it typically costs more than steel or ceramic armor, but the added cost comes with 15 times the abrasion-resistance than carbon steel. Luckily, it is the lightest option, by far, between steel and ceramic, but still not the lightest option on our list.


Duritium is our patented technology, combining UHMWPE with composite materials for the lightest, thinnest, and most durable body armor—Yes, you read that correctly, lightest body armor.

If you’re interested in learning more about Shotstop, they’re online at Connect with ’em on Facebook ( /shotstopballistics/ ), follow on Instagram ( @shotstopbodyarmor ), or find them on Linked In.

Shotstop armor plate in the desert


Hit the Heat: Thermal Targets from IR.Tools

IR.Tools, a leading provider of infrared (IR) protection for the military and law enforcement, has released a new series of powered thermal targets. The company has been known for its IR products for over a decade and a half now. Tom Boyer, owner and lead engineer of IR.Tools, jumped at the opportunity to add powered targets to his suite of high contrast passive shooting targets.

Thermal target from IR.Tools

The new powered thermal (and lightweight) targets are heated with a proprietary Fabroc technology that is nearly indestructible. Constructed with a rubber-like material, it has no wires to short circuit from bullet penetration.  Powering up on a 12 or 24-volt battery, the integrity of each heat-efficient target purportedly remains intact for over 500 rounds, with a consistent thermal image and no flaring to disrupt training exercises. 

What makes this thermal shooting target so unique is reportedly its durability. In fact, according to the manufacturers, Fort Bragg, NC, has been shooting at the same Fabroc targets for 9-years.

“The unmatched number of shots it takes while maintaining a clear, realistic image to shoot is incredible.”  — Range Manger Fort Bragg

IR.Tools ( now aims to provide this stand-out IR target to the military, special forces, law enforcement, hunters, and recreational sportsmen alike.

powered thermal target

Not only are these powered thermal targets necessary for training, but they are easy to use. Their longevity means they are cost-effective. Now you can have a safe powered thermal target that lasts during some of the more complex training options, such as shoot, no-shoot scenarios.

You can purchase the powered thermal shooting target, should you be so inclined, for an MSRP that ranges from $60.00 – $90.00 at INV PRO TECH Tools.

Current Draw at 12V = 1.15A
Power Consumption at 12V = 14W
5590 mAh Battery (12V Battery Life) = 13h
Current Draw at 24V = 2.3A
Power Consumption at 24V = 56W
5590 mAh Battery (24V Battery Life) = 3.25h


powered thermal target for thermal shooting (boar)

powered thermal target (coyote)

Rainier Arms Select Barrels ARE BACK!!

The Rainier Arms Select Barrels have always been one of the best Bang-For-Your-Buck barrels out there. They are all 1:8 twist, feature a 5-groove polygonal rifling and have a limited lifetime warranty. They’ll even give you a full refund if it doesn’t outshoot your similarly priced barrels.

Currently they have both the 14.5″ and 16″ barrels in-stock which are perfect for most AR build needs. They do offer a 10″ and 18″ version too but you’ll have to sign up for email notifications for when those are back in-stock. Best news of all … these barrels are just $170 and right now come with FREE SHIPPING. Snag one now while you can at


Rainier Arms President’s Day Freedom Sale

Rainier Arms has a huge President’s Day Freedom Sale going on right now. Basically a ton of AR Rifles and AR Pistols that are heavily discounted.

If you’re looking for my recommendation, check out the Brace Built guns. They come packed with some really nice features but are not over done and are a great value. This MC5 5.56 rifle with an MLOK Handguard, Nitride BCG and Magpul furniture is on sale for just $699.99 which is hard to beat unless you go with a super basic gun.


Introducing the Centurion Arms C4 M-LOK® Rail

Centurion Arms LLC is happy to announce the C4 M-LOK® Rail.

The M-LOK® C4 rail system is based off the patented quad rail version. It is a lightweight, rugged, 2-piece free float rail that when installed gives the uppers a continuous 12 o’clock rail and M-LOK® slots for the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. The C4 system is the lightest and most rigid rail that clamps to a standard barrel nut on all AR15, M4, and M16 type weapons systems. This design allows the installation of the rail on an upper assembly without removing the front sight post or permanently attached muzzle devices.

– Material: 6061 T6 Aluminum
– Finish: Type 3 hard coat anodized
– Rails: 1913 spec rail
– Fasteners: Grade 8 bolts, phosphate finished
– QD sling swivels front and rear on both sides


  • C4 M-LOK Rail (Carbine Cut) – $280.00
    • (Intro Price $238.00) Pre-Order, Shipping by Mid-March
  • C4 M-LOK Rail (12in) – $310.00
    • (Intro Price $263.50) Available NOW
  • C4 M-LOK Rail (Mid Cut) – $320.00
    • (Intro Price $272.00) Pre-Order, Shipping by Mid-March
  • C4 M-LOK Rail (12in FSP) – $350.00
    • (Intro Price $297.50) Pre-Order, Shipping by Mid-March

Wild Things Gear | Updated Overwhites

At the Wild Things booth during 2020 SHOT Show, we got to see some of the updates that they’ve made in the Overwhites line.

Zippered Pocket for Hood Storage

New updates to Wild Things Gear Overwhites white out snow camo.

For times when you don’t quite need to wear a hood but you don’t want it flapping around in the wind, the  Overwhite jacket collar now has a zippered pocket in the collar for storage. Also, they added some “Pit Zips” under the arms for better ventilation of body heat. Throw it on over your cammies, two-clasp overalls, or coffee shirt. Doesn’t matter. You’ll blend into a snowy background regardless.

The jacket features include:

  • Full front zip with storm flap.
  • Two front side pass-through pockets to access internal kit
  • Stowable, fully adjustable, helmet-compatible hood.
  • Adjustable, elasticized drawcord at waist

Ankle Zippers on Pants

New Anke zippers have been added to the pants in the Overwhites now camo line from Wild Things Gear.
Notice the 18-inch ankle zippers for easier donning and doffing.

The pants now include 18-inch ankle zippers to make them easier to put on or take off.

Other pant features include:

  • Stretch waistband, drawcord and 18″ ankle zippers for easy donning and doffing over boots.
  • Grommets at cuffs allow for tie-down under boots.
  • Two front-hand, pass-through pockets to access under layers
  • Rear back storage pocket
  • All zippers covered for added protection and to eliminate straight lines through your camo

New Helmet Cover

The new helmet cover allows snow camo coverage from head to toe and features a velcro closure.

New Cover for the Knuckle Roaster

Now, when you take your Knuckle Roaster along, you won’t have to worry about it being in contrast with the rest of your overwhite gear.

The new Knuckle Roaster cover in the Overwhites line from Wild Things Gear.
New cover for the popular Knuckle Roaster.

The Overwhite Knuckle Roaster Cover is a shell that provides consistent coverage.

Pack Covers in Three Sizes

With these overwhite gear pack covers, you can keep all your gear covered too.

The new Overwhites pack covers come in three sizes from Wild Things Gear.
The new Overwhites pack covers keep your gear covered.

Pack cover features include:

  • Pack Cover comes in three sizes: M (3000 in³), L (5000 in³), or XL (7000 in³) to fit most packs
  • Adjustable shock cord around the perimeter to ensure a snug, adaptable fit
  • Full center line zipper to allow full access to the pack
  • 4 grosgrain “Logan” loops on the hem to offer additional securing to pack
  • Bottom grommet drain hole

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