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    Brownells YouTube Termination

    Firearms websites and video channels all lit up this weekend with the news that YouTube Channel of Brownells, one of the biggest firearms and firearms retailers in the world. According to the official Facbeook page of Brownells, their YouTube channel was closed down without any warning:

    So when you visit their channel, you will be greeted with this message “This account has been terminated for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines.”

    We assume here that Brownells may have violated the YouTube Policies on content featuring firearms, since they are a retail company, with this particular provision:

    • Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g. private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories include, but may not be limited to, accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g. bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and high-capacity magazines (i.e. magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds).
    • Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic, or simulated automatic, firing capabilities.
    • Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

    Since the Brownells YouTube Channel cannot be reached when you visit YouTube, we cannot identify which particular video(s) they have uploaded that may have caused the action. In a report at Recoil Web, the company intends to appeal the decision:

    We discovered Brownells’ YouTube channel had been terminated early Saturday morning, June 9. We received no warning and no reason for its termination.

    We appreciate the outpouring of support we’ve received from channel subscribers and Brownells customers.

    We do plan to appeal. Any help the gun community can provide is greatly appreciated.

    Will NRA pressure the video-sharing website? Pete Brownell the CEO of Brownells, just stepped down as the president of NRA, replaced by Oliver North, the man known for the Iran-Contra affair.Brownells are enjoining supporters to contact Google and YouTube to pressure them to restore their channel.

    Will YouTube relent? Sometimes appealing something to YouTube is like banging your head against the wall especially if your audience is small. But if your channel has many followers, it can be possible since channels which have large numbers of followers are usually favored content creators.

    Stay tuned.

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    Fallout 76 Reveal Trailer

    The E3 starts today so be prepared for more first person shooter and RPG games stories from us instead of airsoft and firearms this week. With many airsoft players also avid video game aficionados, E3 provides us an insight on some of the games that airsoft players will look forward to playing when it gets cold outside to play airsoft later this year. We start with the Bethesda’s Fallout 76 Reveal.

    Bethesda announced Sunday night that Fallout 76 will be an online role playing survival game. 25 years after the nuclear war, Reclamation Day begins as the Vault 76  dwellers emerge into the outside world to see a post-nuclear America. Players can play solo or work in groups in order to survive in this online game. This also means that the players will embark on being the first ones on rebuilding society in a ravaged landscape.

    As what the teaser video of Fallout 76 hinted, where John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, the game takes place in West Virginia. The game will be huge in terms of expanse and Bethesda says it is four times bigger than Fallout 4 with six regions for the players to explore. It is a “shared world” like Destiny. Players will form temporary alliances to survive and they will have to watch their backs, allies can quickly become enemies as they want to gain territory to build bases.

    In Fallout 76, just like Fallout 4, building settlements is part and parcel of the game. Using the resources found in the game, players can build whatever type of base they want and they’ll be able to defend it as well with weapons. With the Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform, or C.A.M.P., they will be able to build their settlements and put defensive weapons fast.

    Now, even in the aftermath of a nuclear war, players will be able to find nuclear facilities in the game to find nuclear codes. Now, players will decide if they want to launch nuclear missiles against other player’s bases. But they will also have to take note that other players may have their own launch codes to nuke back.

    Fallout 76 with include mutated beasts that players will need to watch out for, one of these is called a Scorchbeast which looks like a massive bat that fires sonic blasts.

    If you want to be one of the first to emerge from Vault 76 and immediately play the game, there is a "Break it Early Test Application" or BETA for short, when you pre-order. Fallout 76 will be available to play in 14 November 2018. Be ready to build your bases and watch for nukes when it gets released.

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    Tom Clancy's The Division 2

    Things get worse for the future of the United States. With Washington D.C. on the verge of collapse, all active Division agents are being called to the capital city as lawlessness and instability are threatening society and with rumours of a coup in the offing. They will need to take action before it’s too late to save the country from descending into total chaos.

    That is the story of The Division 2, the sequel of Tom Clancy’s shooter RPG, The Division. With the capital in crisis, the player, taking the role of a Division agent, an elite group of civilian agents who are the last line of defense , will need all the gear and utilize skills to defeat the threats and save the country. The Division will be up against various factions that intend to take control of the capital, exploiting the crisis.

    The players will be playing in a world in which Washington D.C. is a 1:1 representation of the real thing. That goes a long way as the setting is more authentic and for those familiar with the city, they will have a lot to look forward to see the details if it is really what the game developers claim. Players will have coop and player versus player mode as well as clans. After a player finishes the campaign and reach level 30 specializations will be unlocked such as Sharpshooter, Demolitionist, and Survivalist. Over time, the player’s character will unlock more tools as well as increase in power.

    At the E3 the audience roared in approval when Ubisoft announced the 8-player raids which is an improvement on the Incursions in the original The Division, it was only up to 4 players. The Raids will have two four-man teams though not much detail was given you but expect more in the coming weeks about the Raids.

    The Division 2 will have free expansions in the first year, perhaps as a peace offering to players who were put off by the season pass. For interested players who want to test the game, Ubisoft is now allowing for sign-ups of beta testers.

    The Division 2 will launch on March 15, 2019. It will be playable on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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    Fear The Wolves E3 Trailer

    Still not having enough of Battle Royale video games? With the ongoing E3 in Los Angeles, you won’t be disappointed as another group of developers based in Kiev, Ukraine, announce another Battle Royale that is set in a radioactive environment. Called “Fear The Wolves” it is said to be PUBG/Fortnite meets S.T.A.L.K.E.R. as the team behind this game is also behind the first-person shooter survival horror video game and have set up Vostok Games.

    If you are familiar with Ukraine, then you are also familiar with Chernobyl, the radioactive wasteland in that country. The game drops 100 players in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl and they will need to survive in order to win. There are two ways to win in this game: you will be sole survivor at the end or you will get to the extraction point where a chopper gets to pick up only one player even if there are still other surviving players.

    To survive, players will need to scavenge for weapons, Hazmat suits, and gas masks. If unprotected by a Hazmat or a gas mask, a player won’t be able to pick up loot in an radioactive area. There will be air drops as well so that is the chance to get better equipment even without going to a radioactive area. But both air drops and areas with radiation provide the best loot in order to survive. In the same vein as PUBG and Fortnite, the game area will shrink but in the case of Fear The Wolves, more radiation will flood the area and if you do not have protective equipment, then you will be put at a disadvantage such as being slower, suffer from hallucinations, and of course radioactive poisoning.

    Radiation and other players are not the only dangers in the game. As the in the game title there are wolves that usually hunt in packs to hunt down players. If you are smart enough, you can use these wolves against your enemies. The wolves are mutants as they are affected by the radiation and there might be more mutants in the game though these have not been revealed by the game developers.

    The extraction point that you will need to reach in order to escape via a helicopter will vary and knowledge of the game map will be crucial. But if you prefer doing rock roll shooting at anything that moves, then feel free to eliminate all the players in the game and be the last man or woman standing.

    Fear The Wolves will be first released for the PC later this year with game consoles to follow and expected to be available in 2019. Early access to the game begins this summer.

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    AM General NXT 360 Humvee

    We see Humvees at airsoft games and man they’re cool to use in at events. But those versions are not up to par to the mission needs of the U.S. military when they went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. While they are good at ferrying troops, they are not immune to mines, IEDs, and even some bullets that a good number of them are being replaced by the Oshkosh L-ATV which won the the JLATV progtam in 2015.

    Nevertheless, the Humvee still has a life as it is not being totally replaced by the Oshkosh L-ATV and has its role in the U.S. Military. But to make its Humvee still attractive to military purchasers, AM General, the maker of the Humvee, just unveiled the Next Generation Humvee at the ongoing Eurosatory 2018 in Paris.

    Not to be confused with the Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 shoes, the AM General NXT 360  comes with bigger wheels and that there is a significant ride improvement with increased approach and departure angles, higher ground clearance and wheel travel to make its offroading capabilities even better.

    Also, in transitioning from onroad to offroad and vice-versa, it has even more powerful air compressors to increase or decrease tire pressures quickly leading to faster transitions.

    “What excites me about the NXT 360 is our ability to intently listen to the customer and utilize our engineering expertise to develop and deliver a solution that builds on the core strengths of the successful HMMWV platform. The NXT 360 provides added protection, payload capacity, and superior handling performance to perform in any rugged or urban environment,” said Andy Hove, AM General President and CEO said in a press release from AM General. “Eurosatory is a great venue that will allow our global customers to get a first look at this versatile truck that can enhance their light tactical wheeled fleet in a timely and cost-efficient manner.”

    The NXT 360 will come with B7-level protection, which is the highest level of ballistic armoring in vehicles (IFVs, APCs and tanks not included as they have different armors), allowing the vehicle to withstand many armor piercing 7.62 x 51mm rounds. Humvees suffered in RPG attacks, IEDs and anti-tank mines that for the NXT 360 it has been given blast seats and mats and the front wheels are rated STANAG 4569 Level 2a (mine explosion that is activated under pressure by wheeled or track vehicle) though we wish it could do Level 2b which is a blast under the center of the vehicle where the passengers are vulnerable. As for the rear wheels, they can withstand a blast from a hand grenade. The windows are also said to be bulletproof.

    All these upgrades mean an increase in weight. To power the NXT 360,  its powerplant is a P400 Electronically controlled 6.5L V8 turbocharged Engine that gives 250 HP (186 kW), 460 ft/lbs (624 N•m) at 1700 rpms and a 6L85e 6-speed automatic transmission.

    If you are not satisfied with such specifications for a next generation Humvee, you might be interested in another type of a Humvee that can be equipped with a HMMWV Hawkeye 105mm Weapon System. Now you can ride a Humvee that is armed with. Neat isn’t it?

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    SAO Alternative GGO LLenn with P-Chan

    Amongst airsoft companies in the world, it’s only Tokyo Marui that is able to insert its brand in pop culture. Through collaborations with some of the biggest consumer, gaming, and entertainment brands in the world, Tokyo Marui is able to promote its brand and airsoft products in public.

    Examples are with CAPCOM with the Biohazard/Resident Evil series, Taito for an airsoft game arcade and with Japanese film distributors when locally-made or foreign action films are promoted in Japan. It even has its own airsoft gun that is designed in-house adapted as a weapon in video game.

    It’s latest collaboration is with Pizza Japan and the Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online (SAO Alternative GGO) a Japanese light novel series for the "Pizza Hut Squad Jam" promo. They are giving away prizes via social media and of course when customers order pizza from them. The prizes are: 3 pieces of a framed print that have been signed by series creator Keiichi Sigsawa and character designer Kouhaku Kuroboshi; 5 pieces of the script signed by the main cast; and 2 of Llenn’s P-Chan.

    P-Chan is the pink FN P90 that is the main weapon of Llenn, the avatar of Karen Kohiruimakin, a shy girl from Obihiro, Hokkaido. Her whole online persona is being dressed in pink to go with her pink FN P90. In the anime adaptation of the Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online she is voiced by Tomori Kusunoki.

    The real world P-Chans that will be given away are P90 Airsoft Guns from Tokyo Marui that have been painted pink. It might be something that Aleeia Marcelo, the P90 Girl, may want to own provided that she likes pink.

    The light novel series is about an online VR game called Gun Gale Online that Karen plays with her small avatar. It is a spinoff of the Sword Art Online series and was printed in December 2014. The anime television series adaptation was first aired last 8 April 2018 and will be a total of 12 episodes.

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    Gears Pop E3 2018 Reveal Trailer

    If you have been collecting the Gears of War Funko Pop! vinyl figurines, then you might just look forward to collecting them in a mobile device next year. Microsoft announced at the E3 last week during the Gears 5 presentation that a “Gears Pop” mobile game is in the works and due for 2019.

    Watching the trailer, Microsoft will have a cute game in their hands as the Gears of War characters, in Funko Pop! form are adorable to look at. The other game company that can think of such cute games is Nintendo with their Splatoon shooter game for the Wii U and Switch which are both mobile gaming platforms.

    Now for the non-cute, serious shoot `em video game, “Gears 5”, as Microsoft officially calls Gears of War 5, it will be mainly cast Kait Diaz who was first seen in Gears of War 4.  Not much details were revealed about the story of Gears 5 except that she had a vision and needs to go “back where it all began”, but the game will feature split screen and online coop play. If you want to play the game in full 4K glory, better have the right graphics card, as this will be at 60 frames per second and is HDR.

    Gears 5 will be available next year for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

    Another game under the Gears of War franchise is called “Gears Tactics” and it is a PC- turn-based strategy game. Players can customise their squads and this game combines signature fast-paced action, character driven storytelling with massive boss battles.

    So that means there are three “Gears” games that will  be released by Microsoft next year as they company looks to expand Gears of War as another massive gaming franchise like Halo. Watch the E3 Keynote presentation to catch all the information available for “Gears.”

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    Iron Claw Tactical tAnK 47

    This is going all over social media and our thanks to the Ravishing Rick Dude for giving us the links for information about this custom built AK from Iron Claw Tactical (ICT). Called the tAnK 47 this is really a cool and solid build that we wish someone would do it in airsoft.

    But first, let’s see the list of components of this custom rifle as listed by Iron Claw Tactical:

    • Iron Claw Tactical Gen II Magwell
    • Iron Claw Tactical Crossbolt Safety
    • Iron Claw Tactical Gas Block Sight conversion
    • Iron Claw Tactical Custom Symmetrical Dual Charging Handles
    • Bad Company Tactical R2S retention system
    • Welded stock adapter
    • ALG Defense trigger
    • Mission First Tactical Minimalist Milspec stock
    • Lage Manufacturing pig nose
    • Sabrewerks 13, LLC KOP
    • Custom milled Midwest Industries handguard - Circle 10 AK pistol grip
    • Diamondhead T-brake
    • Iron Claw Tactical Custom Cerakote design distressed green

    According to The Firearm Blog, this is a custom built for an AK instructor and is based on a WASR 10 (Wassenaar Arrangement Semi-automatic Rifle) which are usually imported from Romania to the U.S. by Century Arms and meet the requirements of the U.S. law. The WASR-10 is a post-ban version  of the AKM rifle that  uses the 7.62×39mm ammo which Century Arms modified to accept double-stack, standard-capacity magazines after importing them from Romania.

    The ICT 2nd generation AK magwell is compatible with AK-47 with both milled and stamped receivers and AK-74 pattern rifles and magazines. According to the company, the enhanced magazine release has extended latches and also assists with the dropping of magazines. It can be used in the usual AK fashion, or by using the index finger to push the magazine release lever extension that is found under the trigger guard. Thus, loading a fresh magazine can be done either the traditional AK way of rocking it or just straight up if you are coming from AR background.

    To install the Mission First Tactical Minimalist stock, ICT modified the stock attachment point so that it take an AR-15 buffer tube. For the scope mount, they use the  Kalashnikov Optics Platform (KOP) from Sabrewerks 13, LLC.

    With the Bad Company Tactical R2S retention system ICT has given it a holster system and it is rather unusual that it uses a Cross-Bolt Safety which is a push button that blocks either the hammer or the trigger usually seen in pump action and semi-automatic guns. The Firearm Blog mentions that Kalashnikov Concern use the safety in their SR1 Balanced Action Competition Rifle.

    To finish the rifle, they have given it a Cerakote coating in distressed OD Green with custom graphics, giving it a Soviet look.

    Since it is a custom work, interested shooters can request ICT if they can make an identical one or a variant of the tAnk 47. It is just a matter of the customer’s budget and the custom parts and accessories they want to go with it.

    We want an airsoft version of the ICT tAnK 47. Any reputable airsoft gunsmith up to it?

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    Military Boots

    Executives of the bankrupt American company, Wellco Enterprises, have been sentenced to prison last June 13 after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, smuggling goods in ripping off the US Defense Department to the tune more than US$8.1 million by supplying “Made in USA” military boots which were mainly made in China and partly in Peru and the Dominican Republic, violating the “Berry Amendment” in which domestically produced products, such as food, clothing, fabrics, and specialty metals are given preference in procurement by the DoD.

    The company executives who were convicted are: Vincent Lee Ferguson, CEO; Matthew Lee Ferguson,  Senior Vice President for Sales; Kerry Joseph Ferguson, Marketing Director ; Matthew Harrison Martland, Director for Distribution and Logistics; and Stephanie Lynn Ferguson Kaemmerer, Operations Manager.

    As to how the fraud was perpetrated by these company officials, the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee put out some of the details last February 16, 2018 when the defendants pleaded guilty:

    According to information on file with the U.S. District Court, Wellco was a leading manufacturer and supplier of military footwear to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and to civilian (commercial) customers for over 70 years.  From 2006 through 2012, DoD alone paid in excess of $138 million to Wellco for the supply of combat boots.  Wellco pioneered and patented the first practical method for molding and attaching a rubber sole to a shoe upper in a single operation.  During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army adopted Wellco technology for the manufacture of its hot-weather boots for the jungles of Vietnam, a boot that became known as the “Vietnam Boot” or the “jungle boot.”   In May, 2007, in a deal involving approximately $22 million, Wellco was acquired by two investment firms, Golden Gate Private Equity, Inc. and Integrity Brands, Inc.  Wellco became a wholly owned subsidiary of Golden Gate’s portfolio company, Tactical Holdings.

    In March 2006, Vincent Lee Ferguson was made President and CEO of Wellco.  At that time, he discussed with Wellco’s Board of Directors, his turnaround plan for the company to increase commercial sales and “aggressively pursue” sales to the U.S. government.  From December 2008 through August 2012, he conspired with his executive team to import military-style boots that were made in China into the United States and then deceptively market and sell those boots to DoD (and other federal departments and agencies), government contractors, and the general public as “Made in the USA” and as compliant with the Berry Amendment and the Trade Agreements Act (TAA).   The Berry Amendment prohibits DoD from buying clothing that is not grown, reprocessed, reused or produced in the United States.  The purpose of the Berry Amendment is to protect the viability of America’s textile and clothing production base.  The TAA provides that the government may acquire only “U.S.-made or designated country end products” and requires government contractors to certify that each “end product” meets applicable requirements. 

    By December 2008, Wellco was manufacturing certain military boot model uppers and insoles in China.  In order to conceal this fact, the conspirators required the Chinese manufacturing facility to include the American flag and “USA” on labels of certain boot uppers.  After two shipments of these deceptively marked boots were detained and seized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, the conspirators ordered the Chinese facility to stitch tear-away “Made in China” labels in Wellco boot uppers.  After importation, the conspirators instructed Wellco factory workers in Morristown, Tennessee to tear out the “Made in China” tags prior to shipping the boots to government and commercial purchasers.

    The defendants marketed and sold these Chinese-made Wellco boots as “Made in the USA.”  They also submitted false certifications to DoD and other federal agencies, and to government contractors that these boots complied with the Berry Amendment and TAA and met certain safety standards, including electrical hazard and blood-borne pathogen protections for U.S. troops.  For example, on August 15, 2012, the defendants submitted a signed “Certificate of Conformance” to a government contractor, representing that Wellco’s boot model S161 was “100% Berry Compliant” and “fully protective against Electrical Hazard,” even though the model was imported from China and not safety tested.  The boots were then supplied to troops stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.   In total, Wellco sold at least $8.1 million of fraudulent boots.

    This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, General Services Administration Office of Inspector General, and Defense Contract Audit Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys David L. Gunn and Timothy C. Harker represented the United States.

    Photo: U.S. Army Soldier  Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore)

    According to the Star Telegram, Matthew Ferguson and Kerry Ferguson were sentenced to six months in prison; Neil Streeter and Stephanie Lynn (Ferguson) Kaemmerer were sentenced to five years of probation; Matthew Harrison Martland was sentenced to six months of probation. Former CEO, Vincent Lee Ferguson, will be sentenced later this year.

    Wellco Enterprises officially went out of business on  the 28th of November 2014, after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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    Facebook Mobile App

    Whether you are an airsoft and real firearms seller using Facebook as one avenue to generate sales, better be aware that Facebook has introduced another policy. Whereas before the ban was limited to sales of guns and mods, now the social media giant wants you to restrict the promotion and sales of weapons accessories and gear to persons at least 18 years of age and over.

    Now, some of you might think that the weapons accessories and even gear which also covers military clothing are mainly meant for airsoft so they would not be a problem targeting customers below years old. However, airsoft and the real world weapons and gear overlap as many in the airsoft community use some of the genuine articles that have their own replicas intended for airsoft use only. Even some in the tactical community will be using some products intended for airsoft just for training purposes only such as replica gear.

    Here is the full list of items that are banned on Facebook or are to be restricted to users 18 years and above:

    This policy takes effect today, the 21st of June 2018. If retailers are having issues or unsure how to adjust in order to still continue using Facebook, the social media giant is willing to work with them in order to adapt to the changes, so we suggest they get in touch with their representatives to avoid being banned from using their platform.