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SPARTAN/HARSEY II

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Infantryman’s first choice for last resorts on the battlefield!
An incident in Sean Parnell’s new book Outlaw Platoon, chronicling his tour in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain division, reinforced something I have always felt about infantry combat. Murphy rules! Anything you think could never happen to you almost certainly will. Starting out on a patrol, he makes a point of checking that every man in his platoon was carrying the full, “by the book,” load of ammunition. I quickly noticed that basic load-out hasn’t changed much since Vietnam, around 180 rounds of 5.56mm. The first law of real combat is the guy that wrote the manual was never in a firefight, I carried around 500 rounds and I knew guys that were packing closer to 700 or 800 rounds. Parnell’s platoon was soon in a gun battle with a numerically superior force of Taliban and one by one their belt-fed weapons went dry. Far quicker than they expected they were down to a magazine or two per rifleman and Lieutenant Parnell was watching enemy troops with “8-inch knives on their belts” closing in on his position. He then mentally thought “I should order everyone to fix bayonets now!” The only problem was they weren’t carrying bayonets—too much weight, don’t you know, and no one ever uses them in modern combat, right?

Team Para USA Shooter Wills Wins USPSA Sectional Championship

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Madison, NC – Para USA, LLC (“Para”) is proud to announce that Team Para USA member Lee Wills won the United States Practical Shooting Association’s (USPSA) Virginia/Maryland Sectional Championship - Junior Division, Single Stack competition.  
 
“All of us at Para USA are tremendously proud of Lee’s performance,” said Travis Tomasie of Team Para USA.  “His sportsmanship, integrity, and relentless fortitude are inspiring – Lee has set an example for everyone to follow.” 
 
Wills began shooting at the age of nine and was the youngest in the history of USPSA to make B Class in the Single Stack Division. Now at the age of 12, Wills has been through countless surgeries to correct a hand disability. Despite these challenges, he has ascended to the top of the junior ranks - all while leading tremendous fund raising efforts for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill And Custer Headline Legends Of The Wild West Event At Heritage

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DALLAS – Heritage Auctions’ June 10 Legends of the Wild West Signature® Auction is shaping up as the most important auction of its kind ever put together, featuring more than 300 artifacts from the biggest and most important names in the history of the American West.
 
The grouping includes The very 12 Gauge Parker Brothers Shotgun, Serial #48767, that belonged to legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley, consigned by her relatives (estimate: $100,000+), “Buffalo” Bill Cody’s beloved and trusted Remington .44 revolver (estimate: $200,000+), Custer's Last Rally, 1881, John Mulvany ‘s epic 11 x 20 foot oil painting (estimate: $200,000+), a cultural phenomenon in its time – the only known document in private hands signed by both legendary American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the men who opened up the West for America after the historic Louisiana Purchase of 1803.

Remington Expands Popular Rem Squeeg-ETM Gun Cleaning System

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Madison, NC – Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) has introduced a new addition to Remington's full line of superior gun care and maintenance accessories— the Rem® Squeeg-E™ Universal Gun Cleaning System. 
 
Based on the revolutionary Rem Squeeg-E, which eliminates the need for cleaning patches, the system includes all the tools needed to clean almost any firearm, from a .22 caliber handgun to a 12-gauge shotgun, conveniently packed in a green canvas range bag with shoulder strap.

FNS-9 9mm

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Striker-fired duty pistol ready to stand up to harsh use and high round counts!
Over the last couple of years, the opportunity to use the FNX double-action/single-action (DA/SA) series of pistols has presented itself a few times. Early on, I spent some serious range time with the FNX-40. The pistol’s ergonomics were excellent, as was its accuracy. FNX pistols are easily some of the lightest pistols out there with top-tier quality.
 
The ambidextrous controls were certainly nice, but I parted ways with decockers years ago. There is nothing wrong with them—they are just not my preference. Having carried a long list of “cocked and locked” pistols over the years, it remains my favorite type of carry. For Wild West Auction At Heritage

BLACK RIFLE BRC 5.56mm

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Custom-grade patrol rifle designed to exceed mil-spec standards!
Black Rifle Company is a relatively new player in the increasingly crowded AR market, but if the rifle that they sent me for evaluation is indicative of the quality of their work, you’ll be hearing much more of this small manufacturer.
While rack-grade AR-15s are becoming commonplace as patrol rifles, some agencies might want to consider a company that produces rifles beyond “mil-spec.” This designation might be great for large batches of weaponry, but Black Rifle Company is a company devoted to semi-custom builds that exceed all expectations. Their AR-platform rifle, the BRC, is a duty weapon that can withstand the harsh abuse most law enforcement officers will dole out, and it does so in a reliable package that can perform up to the standards of a sport shooting competitor.
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