Aimpoint® has just announced the company has been awarded another highly lucrative contract to supply the U.S. Army with 30,000 M68 Close Combat Optics (M68CCO). The Aimpoint CompM4s optic has been selected to be type-classified as the M68CCO for use in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. This announcement is incredible news for the iconic red dot optic manufacturer, and a continuation of Aimpoint’s service to U.S. troops.
Olympic Arms of Olympia, Washington announced just after SHOT Show the company will be closing their business on February 28, 2017. After more than 40 years in the firearms business, the Schuetz family who owned and operated Olympic Arms has decided to leave the firearms market.
The end of a firearms company is a part of the open market system, but is often a tragic event in our opinion. The robust American firearms market provides consumers the most abundant choices in the world, and is the driver in world-wide competition and innovation. Olympic Arms was not one of the major U.S. firearms manufacturers, but their contributions helped drive the hunting AR-15 market.
On December 22, 2016 Sig Sauer announced a recall of their MCX rifle carriage assemblies. According to Sig Sauer, extensive factory testing has indicated in very rare circumstances the current MCX might be able to fire unintentionally. Sig Sauer has currently only noted the problem with the .300 BLK version of the MCX, but has offered an upgraded carriage assembly to fix all effected MCX rifles . This upgrade will be offered for both 5.56mm and .300 BLK MCX versions.
Sig Sauer is one of the most respected firearms manufacturers in the world, and their products have been widely praised for quality, innovation, and safety. Any manufacturer of mechanical devices will occasionally run across a problem unforeseen or experienced in production. Sig Sauer has jumped on their responsibility to fix this problem, and their robust recall efforts exhibit the signs of a great leader in the firearms community.
A few weeks ago the Force Science Institute posted an article about Restorative Sleep. The concept of Restorative Sleep involves scientific studies on the devastating impact to the human body and mind for officers and other emergency personnel who are required to work the overnight shift. The overnight shift more than any other is associated with fatigue and sleep deprivation.
In recent years there has been an abundance of new research into the phenomenon of fatigue and particularly sleep deprivation. The signs, symptoms, and outcomes of sleep deprivation are extremely troubling, especially for emergency personnel who are often required to work odd shifts, overtime, and under conditions that prevent proper rest.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Force Science Institute has given BlueSheepDog expressed and written permission to republish a full article on this subject from FS News #323. BlueSheepDog is a huge supporter of the efforts of The Force Science Institute to research and advance the understanding of human dynamics in high stress situations. This concept of Restorative Sleep is incredibly important for law enforcement, and other high stress overnight occupations. We encourage all of our readers to subscribe to the free twice monthly Force Science newsletter by visiting www.forcescience.org or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BlueSheepDog Crew wish all of our readers and supporters a Happy Thanksgiving! Fall is my favorite time of the year. Between cooler temperatures, beautifully colored landscapes, College football, and hunting, the fall season is packed with many of our greatest treasures.
In addition, the Thanksgiving holiday sees some of the biggest sales all year, as we enter into the Christmas shopping season. This is particularly good for police officers as firearms, ammunition, and assorted gear go on sale. Many officers are not blessed with departments big enough to supply all of their duty gear, and this time of year is one of the few times officers can stock up on critical needs.
Happy Independence Day BlueSheepDog readers! Today is July 4th, and our country is turning 240 years old today. In the history of mankind no other nation has advanced so quickly as the United States of America. From rough, and rural colonies, to 50 united states, America has not only transformed itself, but the world along with it.
The BlueSheepDog Crew hope all of our readers and fans enjoy the national holiday and have an opportunity to spend time with family while reflecting on the freedoms we often take for granted. We hope you will remember there are men and women in our nation’s uniform serving overseas to combat the threat of terrorism. Take time this holiday to investigate the steps our Founders took to establish “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.
Happy Father’s Day from the BlueSheepDog Crew. The importance of a good father in the family unit is so critical to well-balanced and disciplined children that we wanted to take time to recognize our fathers. We completely love our mothers, and there are plenty wearing the badge and holding the line, so please don’t be offended at this posting ladies. Instead, help us celebrate the figure that inspires us, holds us accountable, and keeps us on the straight and narrow. The man who teaches us right and wrong, how to fix things, and the importance of providing for family. Men can bring the logical approach to life’s struggles, while women often help us understand our emotional side.
So today, June 19th, let us take time to thank our fathers for all they have done for us. Give dad a call, or better yet, take him out for lunch or dinner. Why not make it a full day of fun – shooting, fishing, a good BBQ, and maybe some funny reflections on times past and present. If you’re close, visit the old school, the old neighborhood, and maybe retrace some old hang-outs. Whatever you do make memories with such an important figure in your life. If your father was not around, consider spending the day with a man whose influence has been instrumental in the course of your life.
This weekend Americans take time away from work and school to BBQ, head to the lake, or just hang out with friends and family at home. But this weekend isn’t about a vacation from work, it is a very important celebration of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep the United States of America the land of the free (because of the brave).
As recipient’s of the hard-won rights we hold so dear, but often take for granted, we owe it to ourselves and our children to take time to remember just how much freedom costs. In a day of trillion-dollar deficits, and the constant stream of live information from the internet, it can be easy to forget that young men and women are deployed overseas fighting back organized terrorists organizations whose goal is to erase freedom worldwide.
Famed firearms instructor Pat Rogers has suddenly died at his home after a massive heart attack. Pat Rogers was a retired NYPD Sergeant and Chief Warrant Officer in the Marine Corps, who turned his “street” skills into one of the most popular and highly acclaimed private firearms instruction programs in the nation. Pat incorporated E.A.G. Tactical in 1992, as the firearms and tactics training company to enhance professional and private shooters’ firearms skills in real-life engagement scenarios as opposed to static range or bull’s-eye shooting.
Pat Rogers was very influential in the firearms instruction field, and his courses of instruction are considered some of the best available. Rogers emphasized the need for the shooter to “run the gun”, or in other words master the use of the tool. A Rogers training course was not about shooting tight groups from stationary positions, rather the courses taught the shooter how to win a gun fight.
Harris Publications is one of the largest magazine publishers in the world, producing over 75 various magazines ranging from health and beauty, to hip hop, to firearms. On April 29, 2016 Harris Publications suddenly closed their doors and announced they are going out of business. This means 85 full-time employees, and dozens more part-time employees are out of a job. It also means some of the firearm industry’s icon publications have come to an end.
You may not know the Harris Publications name, but if you are interested in the firearms industry you will most certainly know many of their firearm magazine publications. The end was swift, and came as a surprise to employees and the entire firearms industry. We’ll analyze what this announcement means, and what the future of firearms marketing may look like now that almost every major firearm’s magazine is gone.