PMCI - December 2019

As another year falls behind us once again PMCI brings the latest from the 2019 show scene with an overview of the colossal DSEI in London, an update on the SIG 938, news from ASP Batons and Torrent Suppressors, along with an in depth look at the latest creation from celebrity shooter, bladesmith, and all-round good guy Dustin Rhodes. As we look forward to SHOT 2020, there's something for everyone to get excited about in this latest issue!

As another year falls behind us once again PMCI brings the latest from the 2019 show scene with an overview of the colossal DSEI in London, an update on the SIG 938, news from ASP Batons and Torrent Suppressors, along with an in depth look at the latest creation from celebrity shooter, bladesmith, and all-round good guy Dustin Rhodes. As we look forward to SHOT 2020, there's something for everyone to get excited about in this latest issue!


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Editor (UK): Bill Thomas

Deputy Ed (USA): Trampas Swanson

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T E L L T H E T I M E ,

A L L T H E T I M E .

Tr i t i u m i l l u m i n a t e d w a t c h e s

t h a t s t ay v i s i b l e a l l n i g h t .

E xc l u s i vely av a i l a b l e o n l i n e


DSEI 2019






When we paid a visit to DSEI in 2017 the

talk was all tightened defence spending, if

not outright cuts in funding, and two years

on this continues to be a heated topic for

discussion with talk of even further slashes

to manpower on the horizon. With the

continuing cuts to procurement budgets it

becomes increasingly important that new

and innovative ways are found to counter

the prevailing threats that we find ahead

of us, and the DSEI show aims to showcase the very best of them.

DSEI brings to the international procurement community

a unique format featuring nearly 1,700 exhibitors with 4

international pavilions that attracts over 36,000 visitors including

international delegations from existing and both traditional and

developing defence and security markets with over 300 world

class speakers.

The complexity of both national and international security

grows each and every year, and DSEI aims to provide a “one stop

shop” for inter-operability by melding the areas of maritime, land,

air and even cyber in one place at one time.

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In 1993 the British Army Equipment

Exhibition and the Royal Navy

Equipment Exhibition were

combined and held every other

year until the British government

decided to privatise the exhibition.

Exhibitions company Spearhead

launched the first DSEI, then

known as Defence and Systems

Equipment International, in 1999

at Chertsey in Surrey. In 2001 it

moved to its current location at

the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in

London Docklands. DSEI’s name

was changed in 2009, replacing

the word Systems with Security.

In April 2008, DSEI was

acquired by Clarion Events. The

Clarion Events’ portfolio of defence

and security events is acknowledged as the world’s leading

forums where high level government officials and senior military

personnel converge. Leading global equipment and services

providers meet to share ideas, discuss industry developments,

conduct business, and develop partnerships and network for

future growth. Whilst military systems and technology are

at the core of the industry and the events, the sector is also

diversifying and adapting to meet the changing needs of the

world. In addition to the threat of war, national security can

be threatened by humanitarian disasters resulting in mass

displacement of people or food and water shortages, terrorism

or pandemic.

All defence and security exhibitions in the UK including DSEI

can serve only the legitimate defence and security industry

which is the most tightly regulated industry in the

world. This means exhibitors and visitors must adhere to the

highest regulatory scrutiny, complying with UK and international

laws, treaties and conventions. DSEI itself works closely

with government departments including MOD, Foreign and

Commonwealth Office, BIS and Home Office to ensure this strict

compliance with all rules, regulations and laws. Furthermore,

the UK Government itself is responsible for inviting international



DSEI is divided into dedicated capability zones to make it more

manageable to navigate, as it truly is a gargantuan show!

DSEI 2019 featured its strongest aerospace offering to date,

comprising fixed, rotary wing, and unmanned platforms. The

popular Aerospace Zone was fully supported by the Royal Air

Force and Joint Helicopter Command and included a capability area

dedicated to the aerospace supply chain. With an impressive array

of static displays expected to feature around the ExCeL concourse,

as well as a notable line up of rotary assets operating in the

maritime domain, DSEI was the must-attend event for the entire

aerospace sector. Supported by the RAF, the expanding Aerospace

Zone encompassed an impressive array of static displays to

compliment a number of aerospace supply chain exhibitors. The

Zone also included a newly formed Hub dedicated to Space, as

well as the popular Air Seminar featuring high-level military and

industry speakers, including Chief of the Air Staff.

The Naval Zone was the most comprehensive dedicated Naval

Zone in DSEI history. This year the Zone incorporated specialist naval

exhibitors and was fully supported by the First Sea Lord and Royal

Navy. The Naval Zone was one of DSEI 2019’s greatest strengths,

a unique and interactive showcase of the latest vessels and

maritime technology. DSEI’s distinctive dockside setting delivers

a dazzling showcase of maritime capabilities and international

warships. Fully supported by the Royal Navy and First Sea Lord,

the Naval Zone provided unrivalled networking opportunities,

insights from key decision makers and the opportunity to see the

industry’s latest vessels in action through interactive presentations

and waterborne demonstrations.

The Land Zone for DSEI 2019 grew even further than before,

and surpassed the achievements of the 2017 event by introducing

new features such as a dedicated showcase which opened up

opportunities for even more suppliers to attend. The Land Zone

is DSEI’s largest zone, featuring the latest in vehicles, weapons,

ammunitions and equipment, and is the place where you’re most

likely to find the PMCI team at the show! Supported the British

Army, the Land Zone is your best opportunity to see first-hand the

latest developments and innovations from international exhibitors

and align yourself with the needs and requirements of the British

Army and other governments.

The dedicated Security Zone showcased security equipment

and systems to counter priority threats, such as Cyber Attacks

and terrorism, as well as an enlarged Special Forces and tactical

equipment area. DSEI 2019 once again centralised the security

sector’s expertise with a bespoke community in order to increase

networking opportunities for both exhibitors and visitors.

Showcased within the Security Zone were products and services

ranging from security & special forces training, tactical equipment,

perimeter security covert & overt surveillance & camera equipment

and PPE.

DSEI 2019 also saw an enhanced Joint Zone with a plethora

of products from exhibitors. The Joint Zone featured the latest

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products and innovations servicing the whole Defence

and Security Community with 3 key hubs: Communication,

Medical and Innovation. The Zone offered a real plethora of

products from exhibitors within the following sectors: C4ISTAR,

Communications, DIO, Electronic Warfare, Joint Enablers, Logistics,

Medical, Robotics & Telemedicine.


As with any major defence show DSEI has its share of critics, but

in a world where borders and allegiances are shifting seemingly

on a daily basis, the importance of the show as a benefactor to

the UK economy should not be undervalued. The UK defence

industry represents ten per cent of UK high technology

manufacturing and is the number one exporter in Europe,

second only to the US globally. DSEI, which is based at ExCeL

London, is a crucial part of that industry. The industry employs

over 300,000 people and generates billions of pounds per year

for the UK economy. The industry also works hand-in-hand with

the UK Armed Forces from factory to frontline, for example over

6,000 industry personnel that worked directly alongside troops

in Afghanistan, and in other theatres.

The economic benefits are not just about the defence

industry either, but directly benefit the London economy itself.

The thousands of exhibitors, visitors and contractors attending

DSEI occupy over 100,000 room-nights at London hotels during

the week of the event, generating an estimated £23m direct

benefit to the London economy in the process, even before

taking into account all of their associated expenditure on travel,

restaurants and the like across the capital during their stay.

As in 2017 we live in a world today where defence and

security budgets are all under scrutiny, if not direct attack, and

the DSEI show brings together the relevant “players” in the

community in one place at one time. If we are to be

protected we must support such shows as DSEI, not

protest against them. It

would be a naivety not to

acknowledge that millions,

if not billions change hands

at shows of this nature, but

if that money is well spent

to support a safer future

for all then it should be

seen as an investment, and

not a draw on increasingly

limited funding.

DSEI 2019 takes place

again in September 2021;

once again the PMCI Team

certainly enjoyed their

time at this year’s DSEI,

and we would like to

thank everyone that made

time to speak with us and

increase our understanding

of complex global security

and defence issues. We are

a humble publication, most

of us simple “footsloggers”,

in a vast marketplace;

whilst others look to the “bigger picture”, and we are thankful

that they do, our priority as ever is on the individual, the guys

that will have their boots in the mud on the front line, and it

always will be!

With that in mind, we hope that you’ll enjoy our

gallery of images from the 2019 show.








We live largely in a “grey world”, both

in terms of built-environment but

also is relation to a lot of jobs that

the thoroughly modern contractor

may be faced with. Whilst most

things are written into “SOP”

sometimes it’s the “grey areas”

where these guidelines don’t seem

to fit that makes life… interesting!

A few years back I started to notice

that certain clothing and gear manufacturers were adopting

grey into their product lines; Arc’teryx LEAF in fairness were

probably the first of the “Names” to drive this forward in any

meaningful way, but others were lightning fast to follow their

lead and numerous manufacturers came together to create

mutually supportive and compatible clothing and tactical

gear that all worked well together as a system.

Now the idea behind this is a straightforward one; in

today’s modern urban environment we have a LOT of concrete

and tarmac so grey is an obvious choice to “blend in” to the

background. Previously tactical teams would inevitably be

drawn to the “traditional black gear”, but in reality black

actually sticks out like a sore thumb in most urban situations


as black is not a naturally occurring colour. Are shadows black, is

it black at night? You could argue that in both cases the answer

would be yes, but in reality, if you’ll pardon the expression, it’s

all shades of grey.

5.11 Tactical though took their time about things. They are a

huge international company that have the luxury of being able

to really work things through rather than just jumping on the

bandwagon for the sake of a quick buck. As much as 5.11 gear

has always been popular for “tacticool” casual wear they really

do build for the “real world” so every single thing that they

make has to be 100% fit for purpose. No corners are cut in terms

of fabrics, materials and construction, so when you buy into 5.11

you really are getting the “real deal”, not a dollar store copy

that’s going to come apart just because you look at it!

This is an interesting topic in itself, a conversation that came

up very recently with a good friend; He was kind enough to

share with me a very thought provoking article he had written

which addressed the need for “real gear” in relation to training

and leisure pursuits, and the conclusion that I personally drew

from it was that although we don’t need gear of this standard

(hopefully our weekend range day is not going to put our lives

on the line!) buying into it can actually be a financially sensible

thing to do.

As I always say, spend your money wisely! Yes, you’ll pay a

little more for gear from brands like 5.11, but in the long term it

will wear much, much better than cheap copies; I’ve got a pair

of ten year old tactical Pants that are still going to this day that

attest to this fact!


As always with my personal gear I like to be able to have choice

and versatility based on one “core” set of kit, so the first choice

I had to make was the base for this. 5.11 offer a considerable

(HUGE!) range of shirts and trousers, but something on their

stand at back at SHOT 2015 really took my eye, and I bought

into it as soon as it was available and have been using it on

and off ever since! Enter the STRYKE Tactical Duty Uniform

(TDU)! This uniform is really a three component set that gives

a lot of flexibility. Crafted from highly durable 4.84 oz. Flex-Tac

mechanical stretch fabric and treated with DuPont Teflon Shield+

fabric protector for superb stain, liquid and soil resistance, the

new Stryke TDU Shirt from 5.11 features two canted front

chest pockets and sleeve pockets for increased storage, hidden

document pocket, together with Velcro adjustable cuffs and

mandarin collar for a truly personalised fit and overall comfort.

Additionally, the Stryke TDU Shirt comes with a YKK concealed

zip front, reinforced articulated elbows for added durability,

loop patch platform and an epaulette kit which can be sewn on

where you want them.

This highly practical shirt features the Flex-Tac, a revolutionary

fabric utilising proprietary fibers and developed exclusively for

5.11 Tactical. The lightweight, breathable, Polycotton Ripstop

incorporates mechanical stretch yarns, meaning the stretch and

recovery of the fabric is achieved without the use of Spandex. As

a result, the breathability, colour retention, and durability of the

Flex-Tac are superior to other Cotton / Spandex fabrics currently

in the market. If you favour more of a UBACS style shirt though

the Stryke TDU Rapid Shirt is probably the one to go for. This

model has a torso made from a highly flexible blend of Polyester

and Spandex material, and the shoulders and sleeves are made

of an exclusive 4.84 oz. Flex-Tac mechanical stretch fabric, again

treated with Teflon.

Crafted from a specialised proprietary blend of mechanical

stretch Polyester and Cotton material, the Stryke TDU Pants

are perfect for general use; they are made from a specialised

proprietary blend of mechanical stretch polyester and cotton

material, and are the perfect partner for either of the shirt

models. The TDU pants feature canted ergonomic cargo pockets,

double layered articulated knees and fully gusseted crotch for

superb freedom of movement in virtually any tactical situation.

The TDU pants come with stretch panels at the waist and

behind each knee, and are Teflon treated for stain, liquid and

soil resistance, and enhanced bartacking is used throughout for

increased durability and longevity.





If however you like to run a little more “low key” then 5.11

offer some super “low profile” gear that’s made to the same

standards as the uniform pieces but will be equally at home

in the pub as in a firefight, and they come in patterns and

tones that fit well with an overall “grey” theme! The choice

of a good “cover garment” is paramount, which is why 5.11

added the new Tango Short-Sleeve Shirt to their line; the

Vent-Tac fabric falls naturally and allows airflow, while the

colours of the shirt themselves help reduce printing. There’s

also a RAPIDraw placket which gives the wearer fighting

functionality, along with a chest pocket with flap and pen

guide and branded metal case buttons and snaps. If you like

something even more relaxed, the plaids in the Echo Long

Sleeve Shirt give you colour and style options that blur the

lines between professional, undercover and smart casual.

A cotton/polyester blend feels as great as it looks. As for

tactical capability, the covert RAPIDraw placket provides swift

access to your CCW, and a hidden chest pocket securely stores

your phone or wallet. 5.11 branding on the neck tape, metal

ring snaps and other key features round out this design nicely.

Keeping with the more relaxed vibe, a real favourite

amongst the range for me is the old Diablo Hoodie which

was a bit of a classic! Made from 100% anti-pilling brushed

Polyester fleece, the Diablo featured a classic kangaroo-style

hand warmer pocket at the front, large protective hood with

integrated adjustable draw cord and zippered utility pocket

on left sleeve for additional storage. The Diablo Hoodie also

came with loop patch on the upper right sleeve, and tonal

contrast stitching gave it a great look. The Diablo featured

genuine YKK zippers for extra durability. Thanks to its

reinforced pockets and weather resistant construction, the

Diablo offered excellent freedom of movement with superb

protection against the wind, rain, and weather; I pretty much

live in mine and it’s one piece that I’m sad to see no longer

in the line, although you can still find them with selected



With clothing options sorted now it was time to get down to

business. First up I wanted a simple belt system so that I could

carry a backup handgun, it this case a G17, and affix a dump

pouch. 5.11 tactical belts are strong, durable and comfortable

multi-purpose belts with a low profile design which makes it

ideal for casual or tactical wear. They are perfect to carry a

holster and sidearm without rolling or deforming, and often

feature lightweight aluminium anodized buckles, ribbed

weave nylon webbing, a reinforced signature 5.11 belt-tip,

and subtle logo touches throughout; if you like something a

bit more “formal”, 5.11 can help you there too!

Carrying kit? No problem as 5.11 offer a multitude of

solutions. When I put this set of gear together I chose the

Tac Tec Chest Rig as a) it’s tried, tested and has been in the

5:11 range for a while now, and b) because it’s a lightweight,

breathable and versatile bit of kit! One size fits all and it has

eminently customisable configurations. As standard you can

carry up to six internal M4 mags with a either a nylon cover

or bungee retention; the bungees are included. Two outside

compartments can be converted to carry 500ml water bottles,

and there is an internal web platform for holster, pouch or

knife attachment along with a map pocket. The front of the

rig has extensive MOLLE so I decided to mount two further

two cell magazine pouches, and spare pistol magazine pouch,

and a medical pouch to cover all eventualities.

I always like to carry a small pack in addition to a rig, for

essentials like a larger FAK, extra ammunition, and even some

basic “snivel gear”. I’ve had a number of 5.11 packs over the

years, but the RUSH 24 is one that has most definitely earned

its place in my personal gear locker! Although it’s by far not a

new model, sometimes things REALLY don’t need changing,

and the RUSH is an absolutely prime example of this; it’s 5.11s

most popular tactical backpack, and is a high-performance

tactical pack suitable for duty, hunting and recreation, or graband-go.

Compatible with the 5.11 Tier System and Scabbard,

the pack features great, well-organised storage capability, a

wrap-around MOLLE and SlickStick-compatible web platform,

adjustable shoulder and sternum straps, a 60-oz. hydration

pocket, and durable, water-resistant construction. It’s a pack

built to last, and to be ready for anything!

With all this pulled together I simply needed to add some

boots, lightweight gloves, cap and shooting glasses and I

was good to go for training sessions on the range! I have to

admit that my inspiration for this set of gear came specifically

from a single picture that I saw in the 5.11 catalogue some

years back, and yes, I totally bought into it (so good job 5.11

marketing department!) and then I let my mind wander to

create something a little different in that grey palette that

would work either on or off the range for me. All the gear

is beautifully put together from first rate materials and even

though this is by no means the cheapest set of kit I’ve ever put

together everything has already lasted for some considerable

time and works in virtually any urban environment.

If you find something that inspires you then go for it, no

matter what it may be, but as always I’ll say do your research,

buy right and buy once! To learn more about the very latest

gear from 5.11 simply pay a visit to www.511tactical.com, or

seek out the dealer for your area!






Well, what can I tell ya, loyal readers?

Another year seems to have rushed on by, and PMCI is about to

enter yet another one! When I took over the helm of this little

tome back in late 2014 I had no idea that heading towards the

end of 2019 we’d not only still be here, but we’d be a fixture in

the community!

During this time I’ve been lucky enough to have two fabulous

partners in the form of my friends Nige, the man behind Calibre

Publishing, and Trampas, the “stump to my tree” (a joke between

us since we first shot together!) who has become a fabulous

tactical/shooting journalist in his own right, and thoroughly earned

his place as my trusted deputy editor in the USA.

I’ve also been blessed with a magazine designer who having

“done his bit” at the highest level too just 100% “gets it” when

it comes to putting our somewhat random musings onto page;

Baz makes us look good even when we’re not! Into the fold some

folk have come and gone, but it’s down to all of our highly valued

and professional contributors that we now have the readership

that we do, and I would thank every single person that has ever

put quill to parchment in support of the magazine!

So where do we go from here I hear you ask, and the answer

is simple! We keep right on being down to earth and honest, both

in our dealings with the industry and with what we bring to you,

our readers, every time we launch a new issue!

It’s an exciting time at the end of each year as we eagerly look

forward to SHOT Show in the USA, and to IWA in Germany; both

these colossal shows give the entire PMCI team a chance to get

together face to face with the manufacturers, friends both old and

new, and to plan forward our content for the coming year.

Now I don’t always get to attend both shows, but for 2020 I’ll

be front and centre with Trampas and the team to meet everyone

in person, to thank them for their faith in PMCI and to find out

what they would like to see more of from us.

I will not tell you that the last few years haven’t been without

their challenges, but here we are; 2014 to 2019, and getting

stronger every year!

Not bad for a bunch of beardy old shooters and looters!

I’ll conclude this time by wishing you one and all the very best for

the festive season ahead, and if you’re in a country that doesn’t

celebrate this as we do, well then just raise a toast to those who

do, and enjoy things in your own way.

Keep sharp, keep safe, and I hope to see some of you in Vegas!





Any brand grows based upon the standard of what

they produce, the quality of their service, and the

testimonials of the users more and more of us are

turning to Clawgear for clothing and accessories. Bill

now looks at a couple of their latest models in depth.

I’ve been working directly with the guys at Clawgear for a

few years now and I’ve been really overjoyed to see them

gaining slow but certain growth in the tactical clothing

market, and given my background in technical clothing

and fabrics they have not disappointed me with the new

garments, and indeed gear, that they have produced. After

a great deal of interaction with them I’ve come to trust the

merits of their technical clothing systems and they have

always had total confidence in the products they send me

to test and evaluate; this process continues as a “two-way

street” to this day.

The very latest garments to come my way show

that whilst Clawgear continue to innovate, they don’t

necessarily throw out what are great existing designs, but

instead improve on them!

For a while during the summer months I’ve been using

their excellent Instructor Shirt on the range when testing

(and when shooting abroad with friends) and it’s really

become a bit of a “go to” garment for me. The Instructor

Shirt MKII has been developed specifically for use at

shooting ranges and training facilities, and Clawgear have

designed this unique shirt to fulfill the requirements of

comfort and utilitarian configuration whilst maintaining a

pared-back, cool look. The Instructor Shirt is exceptionally

versatile as it i features velcro mounting points and zip

pockets on both sleeves, and a hidden side pocket for

a mobile phone including cable outlet has also been

included. It’s a simple T-shirt design, but the cut is generous

to aid with dynamic movement whilst shooting, and the

60% cotton, 40% Polyester fabric mix is both durable and

comfortable next to the skin.

However, as I tend to shoot for real in “hot places” the

short-sleeved option is not always the best, and I longed

for a model that would give me more coverage and

perhaps a little more protection for the lower arm. Enter

the Instructor Shirt MKII LS! Inspired by the popularity of

the original, the long sleeve version has been developed as

for use primarily on the shooting range and for instructors.

Due to its versatility, it is also suitable for a variety of other

tasks, including, as Clawgear put it “professional level light

operations”. The fabric of the torso maintains the great feel

of the original for use and comfort under plate carriers.

The technical design of the sleeves ensures extremely

high freedom of movement, and they are made of a very

durable, stretchy and water-repellent 87% polyamide,

13% polyurethane fabric mix; combining this shirt with

a light, water repellant vest gives you superb protection

whilst maintaining high levels of breathability. The two

upper arm pockets provide sufficient storage space for

range cards and small items, while the loop surfaces offer

space for ID badges if required. The shirt also features an

extended torso to avoid slipping out of your trousers, and

overall the main 60% cotton, 40% Polyester torso fabric

is quick drying, breathable and comfortable.

Both the Instructor Shirts are available in a range of plain

colours, so they will fit pretty much anywhere you choose

to use them too. Clawgear will never be the cheapest

option on the block, but as they say, you get what you

pay for and in this case that’s an awful lot of comfort,

performance and durability!

For more information on the superb range of gear from

Clawgear please do visit www.clawgear.com



Ask any serious shooter or collector, “Where do you

store your firearms” and the immediate answers you

will get will routinely involve being neatly arranged

in some sort of elaborate and well-made gun safe

of some size or shape. What’s interesting is if you

ask these same groups, “Where do you store your

magazines”, the answers will greatly differ from desk

drawers to cardboard boxes, usually amidst disarray

and total lack of organization. Trampas believes he has

the solution we’ve all been looking for!

Thanks to a company by the name of Mag Storage

Solutions, order is now being conveniently being offered

to not only help cleanly organize collected magazines but

help offer fast access to them as well!

In 2018, I first met representatives of the Mag Storage

Solutions company during SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas. At

the time, this company only offered a handful of products

designed to install inside gun safes to organize and hold

AR15, AK-47 and assorted pistol magazines. I thought

the concept was extremely innovative and asked to have

a few of these items sent for review. Between moving

homes, growing our training company and working on

new projects, a year manage to lapse between our show

floor conversation and follow up on our product request.

By the time I reached back out to Mag Storage Solutions,

the company had grown substantially and offered a fair

few more products such as magazine go bags, magnetic

gun safe mounting hardware and large 6 magazine holder

brackets. They were very happy to hear back from us and

decided to send out two sets of their signature AR-15

brackets, two sets of the AR-10 / AK-47 brackets and two

sets of their assorted magazine brackets as well for our

review. Given the current “at capacity” status of our Liberty

Gun Safes, I felt it would be too crowded to fairly include

these large, easy to use brackets into such tight quarters.

After thinking on a solution to waiting to put these

neat devices into use, I came up with the idea to install

peg board to the blank wall of my office closet in which

I keep several ammo cans, ASP training guns, work shirts

and tactical gear. What would result would be nothing

short of fully functional and yes, absolutely gorgeous to

any gun guy who would see it!

By implementing these racks, it allowed me to efficiently

use previously unusable wall space to store a wide variety

of pistol and rifle magazines, fully loaded and ready to be

grabbed at a moment’s notice on the way out the door to

the range. This has eliminated valuable time once wasted

looking for specific magazines that corresponded to certain

firearm platforms. Each polymer rack is easy to use and

securely holds the magazines upright and in place to be

quickly removed and returned when done.

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As a firearms instructor and daily concealed weapon

carrier, Trampas is always on the lookout for new

and innovative products to make life safer and better

prepared for unknown circumstances and this time he

illuminates Dead Point Lights!

Three items I always want on a reliable defensive firearm are

a good trigger, solidly built iron sights (preferably night sights)

and some sort of quality white light. While the trigger and

sights are an easy fix, white lights usually take a bit more effort

to carry. The tactical light market primarily revolves around the

accessory rail of a handgun. Each manufacturer has their own

proprietary shape and size of light which makes model specific

holsters a necessity. When carrying concealed, adding a light only

adds to the overall bulk of an item never meant to be human

body friendly to begin with. Recently, I discovered Dead Point

weapon lights which looked to me the missing link I had been

searching for.

What caught my eye with Dead Point lights was how they

mounted to the firearm. Instead of the traditional accessory

rail, the Dead Point light replaced the factory recoil guide rod

assembly of the pistol. According to the website, the light uses

a 303 stainless steel guide rod paired with a recoil spring from

a company world famous for their aftertmarket products, Wolff

Gunsprings. At the time I ordered a light for my Glock Gen 4

Model 19 9mm pistol, the lights were only available for Gen 3

and 4 Glocks in 17 and 19 frames as well as the newer Glock

model 42.

Approximately 10 days after ordering, my light arrived in the

mail. The package included the steel guide rod with the Wolff

spring already mounted on it, a unique looking 9-volt battery

pack and an extended take down lever. Switching out the factory

parts for the Dead Point products only took about 2 minutes with

no issues at all. (Make sure the take down lever is facing the

correct way during installation.)

Operating the light simply requires pressing inward in either

direction on the ambidextrous take down lever to active the

light. The heart of the unit is a Cree LED bulb that produces about

90 lumens. Considering what its diminutive physical size would

lead you to believe, the Dead Point light actually produces an

impressive high volume of concentrated bright light. The pistol

still retains its same balance, overall feel and ability to index

naturally without any adjustment to grip or stance. The lever

protrudes slightly further outward than a factory take down lever

but does not drag or hang up on any holster or clothing I tested

the gun with. With several holsters, including my custom inside

the waistband holster built by good friend, Doc Burger, if the light

is accidently left on when holster, the lever gets pushed back

to OFF position as it inserts it is re-holstered. I could see where

this would come in handy when in a rush or hyper-focused on

the task at hand.

Working with an unloaded Glock, I worked through my house

room to room at night in low light and no light situations using

the Dead Point light. Using both weak hand and strong hand

supported grips, I was able to activate the light using the index

finger of my support hand. When switching to a one hand only

grip, my trigger finger could activate the light with minimal effort

despite having relatively short fingers. In a complete dark room,

the light illuminated a 10’ x 12’ space with no problems.

This light would work well in conjunction with a primary

handheld light for searching. As with any weapon mounted light,

regardless if it is a handgun or long gun, I regularly carry an

additional light on my belt or in my pocket for searching in dark

environments. My time working as a SWAT operator taught me

the importance of not searching areas using weapon mounted

lights. Not all persons encountered in low light will end up being

threats, so sweeping them with the muzzle of a firearm as you

use the light mounted on it to search is a “NO GO”.

On the range, I was in for a pleasant surprise in how soft my

Glock seemed to feel shooting. The Wolff recoil guide rod spring

made the felt recoil seem noticeably lighter from shot to shot.

When I manually cycled the slide, I could not notice the slide

or spring feeling any stiffer, but it certainly seemed so during live

fire. Over the test period, well over 500 rounds were put through

the Glock 19 with the same soft recoil being felt throughout.

Overall, I enjoyed working with the Dead Point light. I found

the product was very user friendly and built well. If I had to pick

a downside to the weapon light, it would be with the battery.

While the unique little 9-volt battery pack kept the light

running brightly during the entire four month test period, it isn’t

a very common battery. Fortunately, at only US$5 direct from the

company, they are affordable enough to keep several on hand.

I normally tend to prefer products that operate with batteries

I can readily find at my local gas station or worst-case scenario,

Walmart. Due to size the battery is needed to fit into, I don’t

foresee this issue changing any time soon. (Side note: battery

life expectation according to the company is around 45 mins of

continuous run time.)

Retailing for US$149.99, I feel this light is priced on par with

the larger, bulkier lights. Are their lights on the market that are

a bit larger, brighter and have a longer battery life, sure. For me,

the trade off on sheer volume of light and battery life versus

concealability was well worth it to be able to comfortably have

a light on my gun 24/7 and still know I have a quality-built


To learn more about more about the Dead Point, visit their

website at www.DeadPointLights.com to discover a product that

best fits your specific needs.






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It’s that time again when we all need to contend with colder weather, so “in house technical clothing

guru” Bill turns his attention to some great kit which will help you to keep “snuggly in your snivel gear”

when the mercury plummets! - By Bill Thomas


s I sit writing this I can tell that winter is

upon us just by the temperature in the

office, and the fact that I’ve finally ditched

my usual shorts for a pair of trousers, and

my t-shirt for my go-to Helikon-Tex hoody

fleece and jeans. Just this morning we had

our first frost of the year, and from what

the “meteo” is telling me that’s just the

start of a potentially cold and snowy winter ahead; on

my recent trip up to see the guys at the range, gritting

teams were out doing trial runs on the motorway so for

me it’s definitely time to get planning for those frozen

days of training!

Although I’m still in two minds as to whether or not to

invest in “snow camo” (I have this debate with myself

year on year!) it is time to break out the insulated jacket

for downtime on the ne, and I truly believe that this is a

crucial piece of gear to own for two main reasons.

Firstly, after a hard mornings training you’re going to

have built up a head of steam but when you’re out on a

basic range with no heated reload zone (in many cases

you’ll be operating from the back of the car!) it’s very,

very easy to chill down quickly when you stop for lunch.

This leads all too quickly discomfort and on a cold,

snowy winters day I’ve seen many guys leave at

lunchtime as they’ve become too chilled to continue.

Secondly, in the UK it’s often not the cold, pretty white

stuff falling from the sky that we need to contend with

but sleet and icy rain, so you’ll totally get why I find an

insulated jacket to be and indispensable bit of kit!

I know that I keep on about a correct and effective

layering system in your gear, but in the winter months

you really need to push up the insulation levels of your

mid-layer so it’s seriously worth considering some form of

lightweight lofted garment. Once upon a time everyone

would have been saying “get a down jacket”, and in


certain conditions I’d thoroughly agree with that. These

days though I pretty much always go for a synthetic fill

rather than down; synthetics retain a high percentage

of their insulative properties even when wet whereas

when down gets wet it will stay wet and will actually try

to use your own core body heat to dry itself resulting in

you being even colder! Another benefit of a synthetic fill

is that you can also compress it, and leave it compressed

for extended periods of time without causing any damage

to its structure. Most of the jackets will come with a

compression or stuff sac which can be used to minimise

its size making it easier to store and carry with you.

Hypothermia can, ultimately, be a killer, and even in its

mildest form can lead to you having not just a bad day, but

a bad time full stop! If you really don’t want to be “that

guy” who causes a problem for everyone due to lack of

forethought and preparation, then please read on. I know, I

really do, that you could easily look at this and say that an

insulated jacket is just another piece of kit to buy, another

expensive item of clothing that won’t get used that much,

but in fact once you own such a garment I think you’ll be

shocked actually how much you do use it!


All the “big names” out there will offer one if not more

insulated jackets in their clothing range and depending

on your left-over-after-the-latest-ammo-buy-money then

shopping around will get you something in your price

range. Although camouflage insulated jackets are available

think about where you’ll be wearing it. If you buy a simple

block colour rather than a camo, then you’re also going

to end up with something you can wear every day which

makes it even better value for money.

Most good outdoor pursuits stores will now have in stock

a wide selection of both down and synthetic insulated

jackets by now, and some of them are offering some great

gear from the top mountaineering companies by now, and

I’ve noticed that there are some seriously good bargains

to be had from the likes of Black Diamond, RAB, Mountain

Equipment, Patagonia, and The North Face, and all of them

this year seem to be available in black or some really cool

grey tones; do be wary of buying “names” though as there

sadly is still a degree of “paying for that” depending on

where you actually make your purchase.

Good models to look for are those that are referred to

as “belay jackets” as those are purpose designed to stuff





down into your pack for use when you need them most, ie,

when you stop being active and become more static, and

their designs are more often than not more technically cut to

fit lower over the small of the back and abdomen, whereas

many of the more “fashion cut” jackets are waistline cut. I

still have a very old belay pullover filled with Primaloft from

my time working with Lowe Alpine many years ago, and it’s

a classic!

Of course there are now many “tactical” brands that will

sell you and insulated jacket, and those are usually jazzed

up with a lot of arm-velcro and different features from the

“civvy versions”, but I’ll still go back to my old faves Snugpak

when it comes to insulated gear for military and tactical use;

they’ve built on the success of their best known insulated

jacket, the Softie (a UK Forces “favourite”!, to bring some

great models to their clothing collection, and the latest

generation of insulated jackets are British made in the

company’s factory in West Yorkshire, and are manufactured

using its exclusive Softie Premier synthetic insulation.


The Snugpak SJ Range is their latest development in

tactical all-weather jackets that are designed to give you

the perfect outer shell whatever conditions you’re facing

throughout the year. All four jackets in the range benefit

from our high tech Paratex Micro outer and Paratex Light

inner, keeping any moisture away from your skin, so you

stay warm, comfortable and dry, and their Softie Premier

filling has excellent insulating properties, trapping heat and

maximising comfort.

The warmest jacket in the collection is the SJ12

(UK£184.95); the newest Snugpak design is tailored to fit

the contours of your body, with a water-resistant main zip,

and a high neck design that keeps out the draughts. The

Softie Jacket 12 is designed for the winter months with a

permanent, adjustable, insulated hood for extra warmth

around the head, neck and face. You’ll be comfortable right

down to -15°C. It comes in a Blue, Red, Olive, Military Black,

Multicam camouflage colours, which also feature Velcro

patches on the arm for military use. The SJ12 also has the

extended body and longer back I mentioned earlier.

The SJ9 (UK£149.95), which uses Softie 9 Insulation

features a full time insulated hood, which can be rolled

down and secured in place when not in use, and Snugpak’s

Softie® Premier insulation for ultimate warmth, making it

ideal for extreme winter conditions or when stationary for

long periods of time. Hem draw cords mean you can snug


it in to retain warmth, elasticated cuffs form a great seal

when wearing gloves, and there are two deep hand warmer

pockets as well. Down the sides of the jacket is a unique

panel of baffles which holds the insulation exactly where it’s

needed; Snugpak have obviously looked to their sleeping

bag range and taken inspiration from there, and it works

very well indeed.

The SJ9 is available in olive, military black, MultiCam

and A-TACS camo, and features Velcro on the arms for unit

or morale patches. I’ve been really pleased to have this

model on test since its inception and it’s proved 100% to

be a “keeper”. Over the winter months of the last couple

of years I’ve been able to try it in various conditions and,

especially when the temperature plummeted it really

performed! If you’re looking for a really great winter jacket

that is absolutely perfect for wear on the range then I’d urge

you to take a really close look at the SJ9 as it comes with

my thorough recommendation.

One of the things with ranges and training areas is that

you do spend a fair amount of time in a cold, static position;

you might be attending the safety briefing first thing in

the morning or breaking for lunch, but it’s a rarity to find a

heated outdoor range isn’t it? For years I’ve always had an

original Snugpak “Softie” jacket in the back of the car for just

such times, for when you want a bit of instant warmth. Now

Snugpak have really upped the ante though, taking things

to an entirely new level! Developed by Snugpak with input

from professional navigators, mountain leaders, climbing

instructors, meteorological staff, and military personnel,

the functional Military Mountain Leader Smock has been

created to support the user in a diverse range of operational

environments, especially when exposed to extreme cold


As a part of Snugpak’s “VENTURE” range the MML6 Softie

Smock is the flagship garment. It’s a tri-layer garment and

uses both Paratex Micro as a face fabric, and an internal

Softie Premier fill, encapsulated with a Paratex Light lining.

Designed to provide excellent thermal protection against

the cold the MML6 is rated -5C to -10C; it also provides a

high degree of wind protection. The MML6 Softie Smock is

lighter than normal expedition style jackets, and uses water

resistant YKK zips, making it ideal when size and weight

need to be kept to an absolute minimum. It is ideally worn

with a variety of base layers, such as the Snugpak 2nd

Skinz Coolmax base layer, to move moisture away from the

skin, keeping you dry and regulating core temperature in

extremes of cold.

The quick drying, Paratex Micro 100% nylon material has

a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish. Water repellency

can be maintained with a cool tumble dry after washing

and periodic re-treatment with suitable after care products.

The MML6 Softie Smock will keep you dry in a short, light

shower, giving you time to find a safe place to stop and

put on more effective waterproof layers. The MML6 Softie

Smock can also be worn under waterproof membrane hard

shells in severe weather, still allowing easy access to your

essential equipment.

Whilst not exactly cheap at UK£189.95 the MML6 Softie

Smock should be viewed as a long term investment,

especially if you act as an trainer or RO as well as being a

shooter; whilst trainees can easily head back inside to warm

up a trainer/RO needs to be out on range at all times that

shooting is in progress. The MML6 easily lets you do this

so in my mind is an invaluable addition to your kit locker.

Whatever your budget may be though, there’s a great

insulated jacket out there with your name on it! It may not

be a garment that is going to see all round use,

but you’ll thank me next time those around you

are shivering and you’re all snuggled up in your

gucci-smucci new jacket and complaining how

warm you are!






The tactical equipment market seems to be more and more flooded with choice than ever before,

and sometimes it’s easy to overlook a brand because their gear somehow doesn’t fit into the “Gucci

Category”. Bill takes a pause and a step back to his roots in the outdoor performance market to

focus on WISPORT, a Polish brand that really should be better known and appreciated!


t has to be said that an awful lot of gear that we use is

driven by big faceless brands and what is seen on the

backs of “operators” both in real life and in the movies/

on the TV. Of course there’s also the influence of the

gaming industry that want their virtual characters to

look “tacticool”, so much so that we’re now seeing tieins

between game producers and manufacturers of gear

not just as a nod, but as direct business relationships.

Now I’m not saying that this is a bad thing as increased

sales for company X driven by the virtual marketplace and

showcase generated online by company Y leads to more

money in the pot for future development of new gear, and

this is actually a pretty healthy place to be for any producer of

tactical kit. All companies love a government contract which

may lead to the production of thousands of pieces of one

particular type of gear and assure sales for years to come, but

as always contracts of this type are undoubtedly pared back to

the bone when it comes to what the company actually earns,

and what they have to spend developing new ideas.

What sometimes amazes me though is that there are some

absolutely corking manufacturers out there that not only provide

kit for the top “operators” of their own countries, but innovate

like mad using the best possible technologies and components,

and somehow are completely passed by because their gear

hasn’t been shown off in “Call of Modern Battlefield Duty 27” or

appeared in the latest “Dark o’clock” blockbuster movie!

I’ve mentioned before in relation to clothing that there is

some absolutely cutting-edge stuff coming out of Eastern Europe

at the moment, and let’s not forget the operational experience

of Special Forces units like Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-

Manewrowego (GROM) from Poland, who have been right in

the thick of things with 1st SFOD-D (Delta Force), SEAL Team

Six (DEVGRU) and the SAS, that are feeding their hard-won

knowledge back into companies producing absolutely first rate

gear. One of the manufacturers, who are based in Wrocław,

Poland as it happens, that we seem to pass by is WISPORT, and

I can’t for the life of me work out why!

WISPORT have actually been making packs (as well as

other items for the outdoor and hunting markets) since 1984

and certainly know their business! In addition to a thoroughly

extensive collection of backpacks, the company also offers

fleece, ski pants, thermoactive underwear, organic cotton

T-shirts, hiking boots, trekking and ski socks, and a wide range of

accessories (first aid kits, transport bags, rain capes, crampons,


etc) to over 100 stores in Poland and throughout Europe. Whilst

they may not be so well-known in the UK and USA I think I can

safely say that they have a “track record” for making good gear,

one that the PMCI teams can personally attest to!


Each year I try to get out into the wilds of the European Alps to

drag a bunch of gear through its paces, and although this has been

curtailed a little by “medical considerations” in the immediate past

couple of years, it’s something that I love, and not even a brush

with cancer will keep me from my beloved high and wild places!

Last year I group-tested a bunch of packs on the mountain trails

and amongst them was the “Sparrow” from WISPORT.

The smallest of Sparrow backpacks family the 16 is the latest

generation of compact backpacks made of extremely durable

500D Cordura Nylon and developed in collaboration with Polish

Military forces. The main advantages of the Sparrow 16 backpack

are removable, ergonomically shaped and lightly padded shoulder

straps, a spacious hydration-compatible main compartment and

multiple MOLLE attachment points.

The main compartment of Sparrow 16 comes with an internal

hydration sleeve on the backside inner, a zippered pocket and

multiple elastic loops for easy organisation. Additionally, above

the sleeve pocket are a hook for the attachment of hydration

system and a passage for the hydration hose or an antenna. The

pack features a front compartment with zip closure, and multiple

quick release buckles allow the backpack to be quickly dropped

when required. The side compression straps allow the pack to be

adapted to the size of carried kit and prevent it from shifting inside

which may cause unnecessary noise, discomfort and disturbance

to balance. On the front of the pack and side panels are multiple

MOLLE strap attachments points, which allows for mounting

various MOLLE accessories.

Durable and lightweight, the Sparrow 16 pack is perfect for

carrying all you need to a full days training or operations, and

serves well as a patrol pack when you need to dump your big


Moving up a notch to what I refer to as “Three Day” packs

WISPORT have a whole heap of models in this important 30-50L

capacity area, and my personal

favourite of the bunch is the

ZipperFox 40L. One of the more

recent additions to WISPORTs line

of military packs, the ZipperFox

40L was created as a modified,

slightly larger and more versatile,

version of their Silverfox 30L

model. Designed for medium

duration trips or patrols, this new

generation of single compartment

tactical packs benefits from

extremely lightweight and durable construction, high degrees of

functionality and innovative technology.

The main feature of this unique pack is an inverted “U” shaped

clamshell zip opening, which allows for quick and easy access

to the main compartment from the top and both sides at the

same time. Additionally the ZipperFox comes with re-designed

Semi Adjustable System (SAS) Plus carrying system which now

includes profiled straps, a removable buckled waist belt, rigid

back construction and highly breathable padding. Thanks to the





ergonomically profiled straps sewn in permanently, the pack

provides excellent stability when carrying uneven or dynamic

loads, which makes it an ideal choice for more challenging

environments and activities.

The ZipperFox is fully hydration system compatible, with an

easily accessible zippered hydration compartment, and is fully

MOLLE compatible thanks to numerous webbing straps placed

around the pack. This highly practical pack also comes with

waterproof rain cover hidden inside the bottom compartment,

side ski attachment straps (probably with other uses in the UK!)

and multiple inner sleeves / zipped pockets for easy organization.

It represents a perfect storage/carry solution for anyone that

needs to manage a larger load when the going gets tough!


Depending on whether you are heading to your local range for

an extended training session, or hauling your kit into the middle

of nowhere for a multi-day exercise, WISPORT really do have you

covered in all respects!

From not-so-simple duffles like the 50L Stork up to full on

mountaineering packs, WISPORT offer the lot! Made of Cordura

Nylon material for superior durability, the Stork Bag features a

spacious main compartment equipped with a two-way zipper

opening, loop patch for hook-backed IDs, tags or morale patches,

and multiple pockets. The bag offers plenty of storage space and

comes with removable and adjustable shoulder strap, along with

numerous PALS webbing straps for additional MOLLE attachments

(such as pouches or lanyards). The Stork Bag is big enough to fit

in everything you need without having to dig through a massive

main compartment, performs exceptionally well in virtually all

conditions, and represents a perfect storage solution for all your

gear on the range!

If you need to be carrying your home on your back though,

there is a lot of choice in the WISPORT Racoon Series of packs,

but my personal choice here is the ShotPack. Designed with the

serious shooter in mind (and with a price-tag to match!), this

fully customisable and adaptable “L-pack” allows for secure and

comfortable transport of a long rifle along with personal belongings

and other necessary equipment for multi-day deployment in one

solid package.

Developed again in

collaboration with Polish

Military forces, the

ShotPack features a fully

adjustable and highly

comfortable FAS Plus

Military back system, two

large detachable side

pouches, top, bottom

and front access to the

main compartment, and a

fully removable stiffened

back section with internal

frame and MOLLE for

multiple storage options.

Additionally, this highly adaptable tactical pack comes with a

dedicated three section standalone rifle case with heavy internal

padding, MOLLE webbing and multiple carry options. There’s also a

hydration sleeve, concealed waterproof rain cover, helmet mesh

mount, and numerous compression straps, and these are only a

few of the many interesting design solutions featured in this this

superb tactical pack. The military grade ShotPack offers a huge

amount of carrying space and is perfect for military personnel as

well as tactical shooters.

I’ve really only touched the tip of the iceberg here when

it comes to what WISPORT offer as their range is absolutely

enormous, and if you can’t find what you need amongst their

range, then it probably doesn’t exist in the wild! From simple,

well-thought-out packing solutions to full spectrum load-carrying

hardware, they have the lot, and you can check everything out

by simply visiting www.wisport.com.pl, and my sincere thanks

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PMCI are pleased again this time to be joined by occasional guest contributor Rob S. Rob is well

respected in the PMC world, but these days tends to rollout for chosen “CP Details”, spending the

rest of his days testing gear he wishes he’d had “in the day”! - Rob. S.

He was talking too loudly when I tapped him on

the shoulder and whispered; “shhh you stupid

American!” We were on watch and as per normal

SOP we were to record what we saw and report

back. Stealth was the name of the game. Two

guys went by and I hit record; wait, they had red

arm insignia on not blue badges? Ah confirmed

those are the special units we heard about but

no way we could tell with monochrome NVG

sets we normally used.

It was O dark ⅛ moonlight, not enough to see your hand in

front but with any decent NVG it looked almost daylight outside

of the canopy. I slid away having what we needed, and we

picked our way through the dense cover not afraid of using our

illuminators now as they were 1065nm and traditional NVGs

don’t see in that range, but this Sionyx colour NVG camera

did. Earlier I was arguing with my EOD mate about these low

cost cameras; yeah I’m a fool, and now I saw their value was

far above what I thought. He had laughed and said; “colour is

information and information is good”. Yeah mate, it is.”

I recently received a Sionyx Aurora Sport IP67 rated action

night vision camera from a client and was asked if we needed

these for our security detail. My first reaction was, we all have

pvs14s and Flir why would we need that? Well colour is indeed

information and more information is good. Jumping ahead, this

is now in my go bag and most likely should be in yours as well.

Before we get off to the camera lets cover a few details.

Seeing in the dark is important, so much that man has used

fire, flashlights and more for ages. Then the military developed

light intensifiers, owning the night, and these evolved into

our current NVG tech, but it sees in monochrome. So why is

“Seeing Colour at Night” so Important? Seeing colour enhances

situational awareness resulting in faster and more accurate

decision making, it allows for a better understanding of the

terrain and the surrounding area, and can reduce fatigue and

disorientation that has been associated with conventional,

monochrome NVG.

Seeing in colour is just what the human body is used to

and so a typical individual can mentally process what they’re

seeing faster with these systems. Seeing in colour aids

reconnaissance and target identification. Colour night vision can

provide important missing data (the colour of a target vehicle or

clothing, etc.) allowing positive identification faster, and positive

identification further. Night colour vision aids in night-time

search and rescue and recovery operations more efficiently and

with greater safety. Colour can be crucial for rapid and accurate

wound assessment and treatment, as with monochromatic night

vision, blood can look the same as water. This system enables the

user to differentiate arterial from venous blood. Colour also can

allow bomb techs to see red, green, blue, and different colour wires,

components, and more. And then there are maritime uses (IP67

rated remember) where colour may be the key to knowing rather

than guessing. Wreck that $50k skiff and see how much your boss

wants to pay you!


So what makes this system what it is? Cost? MSRP of US$399 as of

Nov 2019. A typical gen 2+ sees less and can cost over US$1,000+,

then at Gen 3 we get into 3 to 5 thousand US dollars and it is still

monochrome. While this individual unit cannot see as well in low

light as a gen 3 (very close though) it beats a gen 2 and with

a 1065IR illuminator that most gen 3 cannot see, it sees clearly.

We tested this out and all of our 850, 940 lasers and illuminators

worked well but the icing on the cake was the custom 1065

illuminator we tried. It was able to see clearly while the pvs14 we

had could barely make out it was used. A Tactical advantage for CQB

operations and stealth as we all know from when Kevin turned on

his 940 illuminator; RIP Kevin! Then there is ITAR; how many times

have you left only to return and have your fancy toys taken due to

ITAR? No? OK, well some of us have. Haha. This is not on ITAR and is

sold worldwide to travel, so no issues.

Sionyx LLC is a sensor company with

over 40 patents. Their sensor can see

further into the IR spectrum than a PVS

or such.

Sionyx owns the technology and

controls the cost, and this keeps things

affordable and we can expect many

more great products soon from the

company. I wish I could say more but

company OPSEC says “soon”. Sionyx

was awarded $20M as part of the

army’s IVAS program for next general

digital NV though...

Can I wear these NOD style you may

well ask? Many want to know if it can

be worn head-mounted for NVG use.

The answer is yes, and they are even lighter than most NVG sets.

Although it does have a small amount of lag on the lowest settings

(I run mine at 30fps, night and -2.0 diopter and they are great, and

we are talking only 15ms versus the eye at 10ms) and the field

of view is a tad smaller but after running this in a dual nod setup

in our shoot house, I have come to love this set. It is cheaper for

the pair of Sports and mount (see below) than just a single gen

2 which it blows away. If there is any light I can actually identify

clothing colour and with the 1065nm illuminator I can slide in 100%

O dark not be noticed until too late. Lionsgear Solutions offers an

amazing mount and other accessories for your Sionyx NOD set up

via Wilcox and other mounts, along with lens covers protectors, eye

cups and more. Their dual NOD Machos mount is state of the art

military grade including the option to adjust for each eye alignment

individually and stainless steel hinges that lock at any given degree.

Sionyx also offers the smarter sibling the Black “Aurora” model

at US$800 that contains a Built-In Wi-Fi, GPS, Compass and by the

time of this article it should have the software update that allows

and adds Augmented Reality. So when looking into the camera, it

will show you where your base, objective and team members are,

their tag, how far away they are from you and their direction when

they are also running the Aurora black camera.

Last but not least, LEO and legal use? Since the Aurora black

camera records more information, colour, has a timestamp, and GPS

as well, it’s admissible as evidence!

Sport Version Features

• Sensor - Ultra-Low Light CMOS 1” (Yes 1”!)

• Near Moonless Starlight capable

• Colour or monochrome display

• Lens - f/1.4 Night, f/2 Twilight, /5.6 Day 16mm lens that

cannot be damaged by daylight in night mode.

• Video - 720p Mov

• FPS - 7.5, 15.24, 30, 60

• Photo - .9mp

• Shutter speeds - 1.5″, 1″, 1/2″, 1/4″, 1/7.5″, 1/15″, 1/30″,

1/60″, 1/120″,

• 1/240″, 1/480″, 1/1000″, 1/2000″, 1/4000″, 1/8000″

• Wifi - USB 2.0

• MicroSD 4 - 32GB

• Micro OLED Display

• IP67

• USB Rechargeable battery (swappable)

• IOS and Android app

• Remote Live View, Record, Download, Share

• Under 8oz and fits in the hand

• ITAR friendly

For more information please simply pay a visit to www.sionyx.com






Right after SHOT SHOW 2019 this past January, Clint received a call from PMCI Deputy Editor, Trampas

asking if he was interested in reviewing SIG’s newest addition to their growing Legion series. This would

be an updated version of their classic model P938. Never being one to turn down the opportunity to

shoot the boss’s ammo, Clint replied “Let’s get on this right away!”.

Beyond its appearance, I wasn’t really

expecting to like this gun. Why, you might

ask? Well, I have never been a big fan of

SIG’s pistols in general. See, I’m a left-handed

shooter and historically SIG has left us

southpaws feeling a little left out. Primarily

because most of their designs feature the

controls on the wrong side of the gun for us.

I know it’s rather petty. But it’s always been

a turn off for me. I decided that I would go into this with an

open mind and give this little pistol a shot. Little did I know

this would embark into a year long journey together.

Before we move deeper in the P938, lets take a step

back to the 1980’s. Disco had finally died its inevitable

death, Wall Street was booming and there didn’t seem to

be anything that could stop the money-making machine

that was the American economy. Americans were looking

for small concealable firearms to protect themselves and all

that money they were making. Colt Manufacturing decided

it was a good time to capitalize on their flagship pistol of the

20th Century, the historic 1911. This pistol had been the side

arm of the American fighting man for almost a century by

that time. Colt’s decision? Use what’s worked, adapting the

1911 design by shirking its scale down from the large .45

ACP to host the smaller .380 ACP cartridge. This small 1911

released as the Mustang and its many variants would


be in Colt’s catalog from 1983 until it’s production would cease in 1996.

In 2009, new life would be breathed in to the now deceased

Mustang. When SIG SAUER announced the release of the P238

chambered in .380 ACP. This “new” pistol was built from a license

of the Mustang from Colt. A few years later, capitalizing on the

success of the P238 and answering the clamoring crowd of

consumers demanding a 9mm version the P938 was born.

While similar in design and appearance to their hugely

successful P238 .380 ACP micro-pistol. The P938 it differs by

being slightly longer, wider and heavier to facilitate the longer

and more powerful 9mm cartridge. The P938’s sales were so

strong, SIG included it in a number of following specialized series

such as the Nitron, Nightmare, Extreme, Combat, and an FDE

version known as the Scorpion. Heck, they’ve even got a Rose

Gold version if you’re in to that kind of thing. Now, SIG follows

up all their success with inclusion in their most elite version to

date, the Legion program. This stands out particularly impressive

considering the overwhelming production of polymer pistols

chambered in 9mm seemingly flooding the market, yet a steel

SIG pistol still manages to garner that much demand.

If your unfamiliar SIG’s Legion line of products, here is a quick

overview. The Legion program is SIG’s series of proven designs

in their catalog that have been tweaked and upgraded based on

years of feedback from shooters. This program is just as much

about the lifestyle as it is the high-quality firearms within it.

When you purchase a Legion product, you are eligible for Legion

membership perks like their exclusive branded holsters, knives,

shirts, hats and other gear from some of the industry’s top

manufacturers all sporting the now iconic Legion chevron.






Alright, let’s get back to the review. I first saw a sample of P938

Legion at the 2018 SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas. I was immediately

impressed with its new look. The Legion grey Cerakote finish

and striking G-10 grips with the inlaid signature chevron

emblem of the Legion line made for a striking and professional

looking package. I was interested in seeing firsthand if this new

edition to the P938 line had upgraded the gun’s performance as

well as its looks. Our team arranged to have a sample sent for

testing once production began. Finally, in January, the Legion

P938 arrived at our FFL holder, Legion Defense Industries for review.

When I took the delivery of the P938, I was immediately

reminded of the difference between an all metal constructed

firearm such as the SIG versus my current daily driver the

polymer framed Glock 43. While this little pistol was heavy it

knew that weight would help to ease the recoil of the 9mm

cartridge. My next thought was could it be? Had SIG really

thought about the 15% of the world’s population that was

wrong handed as my Grandmother use to say and had added

an ambidextrous safety. Yep there it was! I was holding a lefthanded

friendly SIG.

Because of my initial fears of not liking this pistol due to past

disappoints with SIG from a left hand shooter’s perspective, I

was hesitant to follow the industry writer trend of rushing to

publication with my first thoughts sans real experience living

with the gun as a daily carry option. Instead, I spoke with

Trampas about extending the loan period from SIG and devote

the next ten months to carrying the 938 extensively both

personally and professionally while offering the gun ample

opportunity to let it grow on me and find out just why they are

so popular. For anyone who knows me, rushing to opinion isn’t

my character to begin with, so why should my review?

After getting the green light from the editors and a miriad

of support from the folks at SIG Sauer, I continued with my “get

to know each other” session with the little 9mm, I was pleased

to see that SIG had also included their X-ray day/nights sights

on this version of the P938. Comparing them to the white

plastic “U” shaped sights that come standard on a Glock model

43 or the notch cut into the frame of a Colt Mustang along with

the small bump meant to be a front sight and the P938 sights

win hands down straight out of the box. The more I inspected

the pistol after unboxing it, the more excited I was to get to the

range and put it through its paces.

Once at the range, I loaded up the three seven round

magazines that come standard with the Legion P938 package

with an odd assortment of 9mm ammo. Including some

of SIG’s new, high-performance SIG 365 Elite Performance

Ammunition in 115gr 9mm FMJ (More on this product at a later

date.) As I took to the range, I slowly worked through the

first magazine focusing on the feel of the trigger and trying

to find its reset point. Due to regularly shooting my Glock 19X

with its stock trigger and short reset, my first couple of shots

with the heavier trigger felt a bit jerky. On the third shot, I

noticed the reset “click” and adjusted my trigger pull tension.

Afterwards, shooting the P938 started to feel comfortable and

relaxed. At 7 yards, I was hitting 6 out of 7 shots onto a 2” by 3”

orange reflective bullseye plastered on a make shift yard sign

target. After about 30 rounds or so, I started working through

controlled double taps and then came a few mag dumps fast


enough to run dry quickly, but not too fast as to lose defensive


During reloads, I noticed the magazine would slide in about half

way without any resistance at all then stop. With a firm slap

from the bottom, the mag snapped into place with an audible

click of the magazine catch. This was evidently a design feature

to ensure the user firmly seated the magazine in each time.

The design worked because I found myself dropping mags and

slapping fresh ones in much faster and firmer than I would with

my usual polymer guns.

I was impressed with the clarity of X-ray day/night sights,

and how easy it was to re-acquire a crisp sight picture for

follow-up shots. Another item I would like to note is the ease of

manipulation of the pistols slide. Generally, with pistols in this

category the recoil spring is very heavy leading to some people

having difficulty racking the slide during normal operations,

let alone when there are any outside stressors taking a toll on

them. This is an issue that I have been trying to address with

my wife and our quest to find her the perfect defensive firearm.

Since I would be spending quality time over the next few

months carrying the SIG Legion 938 concealed, I decided to

reach out to my friend and local holster maker, Jim Kay at

Panther Concealment located here in Northeast Florida. Jim is

well known locally for his no nonsense practical kydex holsters.

I explained to Jim what I was looking for in a concealment

holster for the tiny P938. He immediately told me that he had

just the holster I was looking for!

A couple days later just in time for another range trip, I

arranged to meet Jim at his workshop to pick up the holster.

Jim’s holster design was constructed to allow the clip to be

switched for right or left-handed inside the waistband carry

with a straight drop or zero cant. The P938’s short 3-inch barrel,

combined with Jim’s excellent holster allowed for comfortable

carry practically 360 degrees around the body. What separates

this combo from others on the market is the size allows for

the gun to almost disappear from detection while still being

large enough to provide a full master grip and speedy draw

onto target. From the draw to shots fired, this gun and holster

combo covered all three “must haves” in a carry gun package.

It was very controllable, accurate and comfortable carrying in all

positions for extended periods of time.


As we come to the end of this review project, I would like to

mention I went in to this project with some misgivings. My

initial concerns based on appearances alone about the P938

were it would possibly be too heavy, too small and not very

controllable thus affecting accuracy on the range due to its size

and caliber. Much to my delight over the past year, I was wrong

on all points.

Shooting the P938 wasn’t even remotely close to the

experience of shooting most guns in the pocket pistol category.

Usually, I find the frames are undersized even for medium to

small hands let alone large hands like my own which causes

unwanted movement and constant regripping during firing.

I enjoyed the weight of the P938 absorbing more felt

recoil than my Glock 43 which resulted in quicker follow up

shots. Where the pistol excelled in carry for me was tucked

inside the waistband with the Panther Concealment holster at

the appendix position. The weight kept the pistol positioned

perfectly and I could access it in nearly any seated or standing

position. This gave me a solid piece of mind knowing I would

be fully prepared to react to an immediate threat situation.

With a MSRP of around US$900, this may seem steep for

a small pistol, but consider several things first. Most microsized

9 mm pistols on the market retail for around the US$400

- US$500 price point, before shooters commonly spend another

$500 on average to enhance their gun. Common upgrades

include smoothing out the trigger, add better sights, adding

an ambidextrous trigger (if applicable), purchasing a third

magazine, adding a mag well and changing out the typical

factory black finish only to end up adding an additional US$400

- US$500 to their factory gun.

After spending time with the Legion 938 pistol, customers

may initially spend a couple hundred dollars more than the

base model but end up with custom shop quality for far less

than custom prices. Right out of the box, the Legion pistol is

the complete package. Other than even more magazines, I

could not think how SIG could further improve the gun. I easily

consider the time invested this year well spent in really getting

to learn the Legion 938.

As it has been my experience, pistols specifically designed

for CCW are typically built to be carried often but shot irregularly

due to heavy recoil, I didn’t find this to be the case for the P938.

It is a true shooter and proven performer based on a historic

design. For this shooter, the SIG Legion P938 is a highly capable

and recommended handgun for everyday personal defense

carry. To find out more about the Legion P938 and other great

products from SIG SAUER, visit their website at https://www.

sigsauer.com/ and discover the one that best fits your needs.

To find out more about Panther Concealment check out http://








Throughout history, various cultures have held edged tools, knives specifically, symbolic of strength, power

and survival. As special operators around the globe can tell you, there are still many countries today in

which their society holds symbols of battle such as a soldier’s knife as a reflection of his character, honor

and status; Trampas digs deeper...

To wield a high-quality blade with power and

deliberation is a well-respected feat among

men regardless of language barriers, religion

or education. While it is more common these

days for warriors to carry commercially

manufactured during peace time and war,

there are those however who still honor the

old ways of learning the secrets of steel.

These architects of glowing hot metal and

heavy hammer regularly create some of the best blades

in the world in which any survivalist, tribesman or special

operations operator would be honored to employ. This

month, PMCI looks at once such special blade project created

by a skilled keeper of the old ways of hammer and forge.

Unless you have lived under a rock for the past few

years, you already know, one of the biggest things to

happen to the knife community has been television’s Forged

in Fire presented by the History Channel. Each week 4

contestants battle it out building custom blades under time

limits for a chance to overnight become a household name

by winning the episode and a check for US$10,000. Each

one of these everyday knife makers are potentially the next

Ernie Emerson, Bill Harsey or Gil Hibben. One of the most

outstanding of these contestants is Dustin Rhodes. Dustin

made his appearance on the show’s Season 4 Episode 2.


Rhodes not only appeared on Forged in Fire but went on to

compete on the Discovery Channel’s show, Master at Arms.

While entertaining, both these programs only scratched the

surface of displaying Rhode’s talent and creativity. Earlier this

year, I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Dustin and

collaborating on a custom knife project. What would emerge a

few months later would be nothing short of amazing!


Based on the nature of the blades intended use as a large tactical

/ survival knife, Dustin tweaked his custom recurve chopper

design to become a combat camp variant. Built from 1080 High

Carbon steel, this knife was hand forged by the man himself,

Dustin Rhodes in his Forge Works shop located in Shobonier,

Illinois. Sporting an overall length of 12 5/8”, the menacing 8”

blade with a max width of 2 1/8” and very comfortable black

paper Micarta grips. The blade was finished in antique blue and

accompanied by a utility Kydex sheath featuring a quick clip for

easily attaching to a belt or gear.

When the knife arrived, removed it from the shipping box and

wiped the excess oil off. The razor-sharp edge quietly sliced

through the cloth I was using to dry the blade. I noticed the

balance for such a large knife was quite impressive. As I practiced

my grip on the contoured scales, I enjoyed how the weight

seemed comfortably forward of the ricasso over its choil. With

slightly less weight than a hatchet, knife did however, feel like

a tool of heavy destruction. Having spent time working in areas

with thick density underbrush, I could see how this knife could

easily play many roles during jungle operations for military, LE

and contractors alike.


A few days later, I met up with fellow Swanson Media Group

writer, Jerry Moody at our private training grounds affectionately

known as “The Swamp” to give the chopper a workout. The main

goal was not to see how the blade would do in a competition

setting, but rather, an everyday, utility role for camping, hunting

and small chores around the range. We work hard, we play even

harder, we expect a custom camp blade to do the same.

To start with, Jerry set up a 4” diameter Ash log for me to

chop into. To put the hardness of this wood into perspective for

you, this is what Louisville Slugger makes their baseball bats out

of due to the high density factor. The expectation of this stage

of test was more to see what the wood did to the blade edge

and not so much what the blade did to the wood. Just cutting a

section of the log with a handheld sawsall took a considerable

about of time. After about 15 intense minutes of Jerry and I taking

turns on the log, there was a rather impressive about of damage

done to the log. The shock coming through the blade from striking

the immensely dense would was that of what one would image

striking two rolling pins together. Upon inspection of the blade’s

edge, it was still razor sharp without any dinging or rolling.

As with most knife tests, we had to include a water bottle test

because you never know when someone in camp will only want

half a bottle, right? You guys ask for it, so we include it. To reduce

any possible injury, I used the conveniently located lanyard hole

in the knife handle to attach cordage in order to secure it to my

wrist. With the flick of a wrist, the test was over, and the water

bottle was cleanly halved. It went so quickly; I repeated the

process several times just to get the full experience of what I

often see in slow motion videos.





After cutting through everything from paracord to bungee

straps, I decided to see what sort of damage the chopper would

do to a 2x4 board. After securing it into a vise, I went to work

chopping deeply into the pinewood as debris flew everywhere.

After only five short minutes, the blade had chewed through

most of the board with ease. As I ran the blades edge down a

piece of paper, it still retained enough sharpness to slice down

into it. The overall design of the blade and the comfort of the

G10 grips gave me complete control over the large knife even

as I grew tired from the laborious chopping.


Overall, I really enjoyed working with this Dustin Rhodes

creation I simply refer to as “the Chopper”. The no nonsense

design, performance and craftsmanship displayed in this knife

was highly impressive. During these past few months, I have

really enjoyed not only working with the blade but getting to

know the blade maker as well. The depth of knowledge Dustin

has for understanding steel and knowing what designs and

materials match up best with the intended tasks of the tools he

creates is inspiring to say the least.

For those interested in having Dustin create a project in the

style of our test blade, you would first need to contact him via

www.facebook.com/drfwemrknives/ to check availability on

his company’s books. If you are new to the custom blade world,

you must understand, these blades are hand forged and each

unique in their own way. This takes time and as with anything,

the time of a skilled professional equals a price worthy of

that level product. The base model camp knife offered in this

style by Dustin starts at US$650 and can range up to US$850

depending on variant such as this combat camp blade.

I have been very fortunate over the past decade to work

with some amazing bladesmiths around the country and

even throughout Iceland, Nepal and the UK. Based on my

experience, I hold Dustin Rhodes in the highest regard for being

able to produce a robust, quality blade built for hard use in

the harshest of climates. I look forward to seeing where my

adventures lead with the “Chopper” in hand. If having

a custom fixed blade knife built for you as well sounds

like you need to represent your warrior status, I highly

recommend making Dustin Rhodes one of the people

you should talk to. Until next issue, keep your skills

honed and your blades sharp!





The AK-47 is undoubtably the most popular battle rifle around the globe, from tribal warriors in far

reaches of Africa to top tier special operators of the mightiest armies in modern history. Hell, the iconic

piston driven rifle has even made an appearance on national flags! Trampas gets his “Three Stripe” on

to look at how things are moving forward.

For American operators, who have a love affair with

the gas operated M4 platform, the AK still offers

them a a wide range of practical applications

within their arsenal. The U.S. Operators often use

AK-47 for covert warfare to reduce their signature

footprint in politically restricted areas as well as

unit cohesion when working with or training other

international forces. A key tool used by many

operators in conjunction with the AK platform is a

quality suppressor to not only reduce sound levels but flash

signature as well. This month, PMCI looks at two suppressor

options designed specifically for the AK-47 chambered in 7.62 x

39 mm by Torrent Suppressors, the MILITARY ONLY model TMIL-7

and the civilian model, the Gospodin 7.

For those of you familiar with Torrent Suppressors products,

you may first ask two questions. First, “what is different

between the Gospodin 7 and the TMIL-7?” and secondly, “what

separates them from the other .30 suppressors offered by the


These are easy to answer questions both mechanically and


based on extensive experience with Torrent’s standard .30 cal

suppressor, the T3. I have run this original .30 cal suppressor

on everything from .300 Blackout to 6.5 Creedmoor with very

impressive results over the past few years.

The Gospodin 7 and TMIL-7 differ only by the materials (

Titanium vs Stainless Steel ) used inside to withstand the

extensive heat of sustained full auto fire. The design is the same,

highly effective baffle system but different in cost ( Titanium

being much a good deal more expensive in raw material and

production ). The average AK enthusiast shouldn’t have to pay

for the expense of producing a full auto rated product if most

of them are never going to be able to sustain the amount of

heat needed to warrant such a product. Torrent agrees and for

a sub US$900 suppressors, you still get a very durable product

that can handle moderate full auto fire without the high price

of this quality of a product. The Military Only version, the TMIL-

7’s more expensive Titanium construction may cost more to

produce but can easily handle the intense heat generated in a

prolonged gun fight if needed.

On the outside, the sleek, sexy appearance of these two

AK suppressors look just like Torrent’s original line of .30 cans

such as my older model T3. This is not purely cosmetic because,

construction wise, the AK suppressor is simply a T3 threaded

with a 14x1 LH pitch common in AK-47 rifles such as our

Romanian SAR 1 test model. For me, the fact this is basically

the same suppressor minus the thread pitch change is a huge

bonus because the T3 has already proven its effectiveness with

a wide range of calibers and ammunition over the past 3 years.

A few factors come into play when it comes to why even

suppress the AK platform. First, the AK-47’s 7.62x39mm is the

same diameter of the highly effective .308 round in which as a

former SWAT sniper, I made a career out of mastering.

The reliability and high capacity of the AK-47 chambered

in 7.62x39mm has made it a very formidable foe of both .308

and .223. The 7.62x39 is also loaded to lower pressures than

that of its .308 counterpart and combined with the host rifle’s

piston operated system, the entire platform lends itself to

being suppressed relatively well using standard battle-ready


To prove how well the AK could be used suppressed in the

battlespace, we decided to focus on using standard, easy to

source ammo like that used by private military contractors and

specialized operators around the world. So why not specialized

subsonic ammo testing you may ask? Traditionally, the AK is

not the ideal platform to run subsonic ammunition through and

expect a rifle designed like a 1930’s washing machine to run

smoothly or quietly. Keep in mind, the main attraction of using

a suppressor for the AK platform is to reduce hearing damage

and flash signature in clandestine operations.


Test rifle: Romanian SAR 1

Caliber Rating: 7.62/30 cal

Thread Pitch: 14×1 LH (AK -47)

Color: Black / FDE / Ti RAW

Color Finish: High-Temperature Cerakote®

Length: 7.75”

Diameter: 1.48”

Weight: 10 oz

Sound Reduction: AK 128 dB (unsuppressed AK 159 dB)

Material: Ti 6Al-4V (Grade 5)

Rating: Responsible FA (Godspodin), Full Auto (TMIL-7)

Price Point: Godspodin7 US$850


As good as the Torrent suppressors looked, it would be on the

range where they really shine. Using a Romanian SAR 1 AK-47

as a host rifle, it was a simple switch from the flash hider to

installing the suppressor in order to get started. Using a mix

124 grain FMJ Wolf Military Classic ammo and 122 grain FMJ

ammo from TulAmmo, I loaded up several 30 round magazines

before getting started. Within the first 10 shots, I could already

tell a difference in noise level from the first shot to the last.

The AK’s regular recoil began to feel more like recoil

impulse as the piston system digested the increased gas blow

back and continued to work thought each round unphased.

(It’s an AK, did we expect any less?). Obviously, the supersonic

round was still loud, but easily tolerable while shooting without

hearing protection for the entire day. Roughly a 27 - 30 dB

difference was noticed via two different sound meter programs

downloaded onto my smart phone.

After over 200 rounds of immediate fire, the suppressor

was heating up quickly. When sitting the rifle on the shooting

bench, I made sure to use the Liberty Defense handy mat sent

over with the suppressors from Ms. Clover at Torrent. This came

in handy for not burning the table with the hot suppressor as

well as making sure the suppressor remained tightly fitted on

the rifle. These mats are made from the same high temperature

resistant materials that Liberty Defense makes their amazing

line of suppressor covers from. These have served well on

many of the full auto rated suppressors when have tested at

past events using both the M4 and AK platforms.

One of the many misconceptions of the AK platform is they

are inaccurate, and whilst the AK is NOT a precision rifle, it can be

a very spot-on battle rifle. The three AK-47 rifles in my personal

collection are a short-barreled Krinkov configured Yugoslavian

built NPAP from Zestava, a full-length Russian made Saiga and

the Romanian test rifle. All three have performed very well at

common combat distances in both accuracy and offer stellar

reliability. What impressed me the most about using the Torrent

suppressors on my AK rifle was the total lack of shift between

point of aim and point of impact unlike several suppressors I

have attempted to use in the past from other manufacturers.

This basically means, where I aim in coloration with where

the rounds strike when shooting suppressed is practically the

exact same as when I shoot unsuppressed. This is often a factor

needed to be considered with lesser suppressor products.


Overall, I enjoyed running the Torrent AK Suppressors during our

3-month test period. For sound suppression, Torrent continued

to match or beat others on the market given the ammo used

throughout all the AK testing our team does. What greatly

stood out was the lack of flash was just as impressive as its

lack of shift. These two variants flawlessly help cycle over 500

rounds of test ammo during several range visits and continued

proving to be worthy of the company’s reputation from top

quality products.

As with other suppressors I have tested in past from

Torrent, I found the AK models were very well made and at an




affordable price point the average shooter

can invest in. The construction quality

has often been commented on by many

industry giants as to how crisp and clean

the welds and threading were compared to

other suppressors on the market.

This is simply another credit to

the overall professionalism in which Torrent

Suppressors does business. While their

company has only been around now for a

few short years, the combined experience

of the people who make up Torrent

Suppressors have been in the industry for

years and behind dozens of successful,

well-known products. To find out more

about the featured suppressors

and other products from

Torrent, visit them at www.

torrentsuppressors.com . Until

next time, Train Hard and

Continue the Fight!






/ SRP: £79.95




For many armed professionals, the impact weapon—along with proper training, discipline and skill development

in its role in the use of force continuum—has meant the difference between safety and danger, even life and

death. Trampas gets to grips with the very latest from ASP

During my career as a Deputy Sheriff, this was

certainly true on several occasions. Thankfully,

I had at my disposal a tool from ASP; the

company has been synonymous with top-quality

collapsible batons for decades. ASP’s eagle logo

is recognized and respected worldwide by law

enforcement, private contractors and military

personnel, and others who carry batons into

service, for its dependability and standardsetting

in the industry.

Our brother staff writer and career PMC Shawn Swanson put it

best when he said;

“The collapsible baton, such as the ASP, is an indispensable

tool, and a much needed update to the age-old wooden baton

that those in more savage times would rely on as a control and

force option. It is imminently deployable, compact, and a sound

give/take between tool strength and weight. When employed

properly, it is an easily-accessed psychological de-escalation

tool, a control device when cuffing and restraining, and when

necessary, a force-multiplier when an engagement escalates.”

Not to rest on their laurels, ASP constantly seeks to improve

on its designs, whether it is with improved performance, speed

or strength, all the while trying to minimize the operator’s gear


weight burden. And thanks to those efforts, along with advanced

engineering and materials, the future of impact weapons is here—

this month, we feature ASP’s all-new Talon Infinity Baton.

We’ll review the things that make this version of the company’s

gold standard of impact weapons unique, and why many armed

professionals are quickly making the switch from their classic steel

friction batons. ASP sent us the Airweight version of the new baton

(we were one of the first media outlets to receive one), so we will

focus on that:


Model: Talon Infinity

Material: 7075 T6 Aluminum middle shaft & 4140 steel (all-steel

version available)

Lengths: 40mm, 50mm and 60mm (extended length)

Weight: 8.8 ounces, 11.2 ounces and 12 ounces (Airweight models)

Price: $165.32 - $176.02 US

So, let’s get right to what makes the Infinity design so special. This

isn’t just a simple rework of the original ASP Friction Loc platform,

or even of the earlier Talon models; it’s a true generational change,

from the ground up.

This revolutionary baton uses a disc-locking system that

engages an internal groove machined into each tube. The Infinity

design incorporates fewer moving parts than earlier Talon iterations,

improving performance, strength and reliability. Extension is

lightning-fast, positive and secure in both the upward (“to the

sky,” as taught in ASP training) and downward (“to the ground”)

deployment. The new locking system allows for not only a smoother,

more positive extension, but release and retraction as well. Just the

overall mechanical simplicity of this design clearly lends itself to

being one of the most reliable collapsible batons on the market


The new engineering and material combination also eliminates

need for routine lubrication and makes it virtually maintenancefree.

This is a valuable point to note, as low-to-no maintenance

reliability positively contributes to office/operator safety. Over my

tenure as a law enforcement officer, I witnessed and/or used ASP

batons hundreds of times to assist in securing an arrest, subduing

violent criminals, and entering homes and vehicles via defeating

glass barriers. On all those occasions putting the ASP into action,

I rarely remember officers, (myself included) taking the time to

properly maintain their batons other than wiping them down with

Clorox wipes. The Infinity design aids in making sure this vital piece

of equipment will continue to work when needed.

Talon Batons feature an easy-to-use pushbutton release, which,

unlike the original Friction Loc Batons, eliminates the need to strike

the end of the baton into a hard surface to collapse it. This in turn

makes it quicker to secure when performing tasks such as arresting

and cuffing a suspect, and allows the operator to do so without the

need to kneel and find a hard surface to strike; again, an officer

safety consideration. Not to mention, having worked the bulk of

my career in very rural areas, hard ground surfaces weren’t always

immediately available after chasing a suspect into the woods or

heavily vegetated fields.

Weight is another key reason I really like and appreciate the

Talon Airweight version in particular. After spending over a decade

carrying all-steel ASP Friction Loc batons, I can confidently attest

to the concept of ounces turning into pounds as the hours go by.

The weight difference between the all-steel designs and the Infinity

Airweight Talon may not seem like a lot to the inexperienced user,

but I promise, you will feel it over the course of a day. You would

be hard-pressed to find someone in the field who formerly carried

the older steel design, who isn’t eternally grateful for the Airweight

option for this reason alone. Also, its light weight makes it possible

to slip the baton into a pocket without “sagging,” while its large grip

surface area makes it easy to retrieve from concealment.

The Talon also features a larger tip, when compared to friction

models. This not only provides an enlarged striking surface, but adds

the ability to covertly deploy the baton by quietly pulling the baton

open with just your fingertips.

Our sample baton featured the new Vector Grip option. Having

used batons with foam grips for years, the new, molded Vector

surface gives a good bit more felt “traction”. When reaching behind

me to draw the baton from under my cover shirt, I felt I had more

control with indexing the grip and delivering pinpoint strikes.

Whether the grip was dry, wet from rain or sweat from training in





Florida humidity, the baton felt very secure in my hand. This was

one of the biggest features I really wish had been available during

my career.

These batons range between US$165.32 - US$176.02 US, with

an impressive offering of 42 different configurations to choose

from. The expanded variety of options include steel variants, the

popular Airweight series, electroless nickel finishes, standard

foam grips and my favorite, the Vector Grip. You can also choose

between pushbutton and push cap release/retraction. All are

available in three sizes—and if complete carry discretion is in

order, there’s the Agent series of concealable Talon system batons.

ASP is known for having the most baton options in the

business, and that includes a whole range of accessories. As I

was just discussing with fellow writer Clint Steele the other day,

I have always liked the company’s highly-functional and compact

scabbard designs. Cases like the Envoy model allow the Talon

baton to be closed directly into the scabbard, yet another operator

safety factor. Other accessories like glass-breaking BreakAway

Tips, Anti-Roll Grip Caps, pocket clips and more, make an already

great tool even better.

Last but not least, all of these baton advancements are backed

by an unprecedented “Infinity Warranty,” which covers everything,

any time, for any reason, forever, period. Just look for Infinity

symbol laser engraved on the baton nose cone. The Infinity design

and warranty continue to showcase how ASP leads the way into

the future with affordable, top-tier equipment for your tactical


Because ASP is also one of the most responsible law

enforcement companies I have known, they even offer tuition-free

training to qualified law enforcement personnel and agencies.

They believe that ensuring equipment is used in the safest

and most effective manner possible is part of their obligation. It’s

no wonder that this innovative company and its amazing new

design are a top pick of highly skilled professionals, in a category

of tools that often gets overlooked and underestimated. To find

out more about the Talon and other ASP products visit them today

at www.asp-usa.com.






If you have an interest in operations where “the little guy triumphs

against the odds” then this compelling book should definitely be

on your reading list! In late 1971, the People’s Army of Vietnam

launched “Campaign Z” into northern Laos, escalating the war in

Laos with the aim of defeating the last Royal Lao Army troops. The

PAVN troops numbered 27,000 and brought with them 130mm

field guns and T-34 tanks, while the North Vietnamese air force

launched MiG-21s into Lao air space.

General Giap’s specific orders to this task force were to kill the

CIA army under command of the Hmong war lord Vang Pao and

occupy its field headquarters in the Long Tieng valley of northeast

Laos. They faced the rag-tag army of Vang Pao, fewer than 6,000

strong and mostly Thai irregulars. In 1970 the Thai army recruited

young Thai men to fight for the CIA in Laos, and by the time the

PAVN launched their first attack, 4,000 “Tahan Sua Pran” had

been recruited, armed, trained and rushed in position in Laos

to defend against the impending invasion. They reinforced Vang

Pao’s indigenous army of 1,800 Lao hill-tribe guerrillas.

Despite the odds being overwhelmingly in the PAVN’s favour,

the battle did not go to plan. It raged for more than 100 days, the

longest in the Vietnam War, and it all came down to Skyline Ridge.

As at Dien Bien Phu, whoever won Skyline, won Laos. Against all

odds, against all expectations, the PAVN lost, their 27,000-man

invasion force routed.

James Parker served in Laos and has been trying to tell this

story for years; finally he was able to piece together his own

knowledge with CIA files and North Vietnamese after-action

reports so that now the full story of the battle of Skyline Ridge

can be told. This book is somewhat different to most as it quotes

comprehensively from PAVN notes and after-action reports

published in Hanoi after the war. This draws you in with a view

into what the “other side” had to say about the events portrayed,

and sheds a fresh light on the battle.

James E. Parker was one of the first American soldiers into

Vietnam, and he was the last to leave in 1975. In between

he married, graduated UNC and joined the CIA. His first CIA

assignment was upcountry Laos where he led Hmong hill-tribe

guerrillas against two divisions of North Vietnamese soldiers.

After paramilitary work in Laos/Vietnam, Parker went on to

serve undercover in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, retiring

in 1992. His books included Last Man Out: A Personal Account of

the Vietnam War, and Covert Ops: The CIA’s Secret War in Laos.

James spent years researching the battle of Skyline Ridge and

working on this book; he sadly died while it was in production.

Hardback: 288 pages

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1612007058

ISBN-13: 978-1612007052





With “6mm Training” now becoming a “thing” in the minds of not only shooters but indeed some of the big

firearms manufacturers the PMCI team are constantly on the lookout for new and innovative training products.

Bill has been following the rollout of a fabulous system from Attack Sense originating in the UK and now gives

it the attention it so richly deserves!

Sooo, “6mm Training”is “a thing” right enough,

but I’m still finding that some shooters are

denying that this is anther useful tool in the

box, and I genuinely have to qestion why?

Anything, and by that I do mean ANY THING,

that makes us more competent, and above all

safer, shooters MUST be a good thing surely?

I have said this in the past on numerous

occasions, but being resident in the UK means

that my access to handguns and any semi-automatic long

gun above .22 for training is severely limited; it’s only when

I’m lucky enough to work with a “Section 5” dealer (and that

also has its limitations legally in the UK!) that I get my hands

on something “meaningful”, and otherwise I have to head

to sunnier climes (poor me!) to lay down some rounds; this

involves an investment of both time and money.

However, in the meantime I do still want to work on

my “skills and drills” without breaking the bank, and whilst

running countless dry manipulations, magazine changes and

transititions is all very well, it’s absolutely no substitute for

some intensive live target work. I do this on a regular basis

using “6mm” (read airsoft BB!) replicas, and it would appear

that from the growing buzz in the training world I am far from

alone in this, up to and including some LE units around the


But how do yomake your 6mm training varied and vaild?

A friend of mine, Phil, recently acquired a superb new training

system from a UK-based company called AttackSense, and

having spoken to him about it at length I decided to approach

them myself, and have been so impressed, not only by the

system itself, but by their open approach that I felt it 100%

necessary to bring their training products to your attention as

soon as possible!

To set the tone though Phil has been kind enough to

let me share some of his initial overview comments on the

AttackSense system, and I thank him for his input to this article.

He told me:

“I often find myself traveling through the internet to find new

and exciting things to look into more and see what it’s all about.

One evening whilst on YouTube, I saw a video with some rather

funky target system that responded to being hit and could run

different programs, all done through a wireless link. Not only

that, but it gave real quantifiable data and, as a scientist at

heart, having a way to actually measure any improvements

was a huge plus!”

In the words of the guys behind AttackSense from the website:

“AttackSense is a wireless electronic target system that’s

affordable, versatile and easy to use. Our targets work across

a large area and connect to an app that lets (users) act out

a variety of target practise, competitive shooting and multiplayer

scenarios.Up to 32 targets can be connected together

using our round builder to create complex practical shooting

and kill house configurations, with automatic scoring and

interactive leaderboards.”


Back to Phil:

“Wow, right!? I mean that’s quite a lot of functionality and potential

isn’t it? I got in touch with the guys who own and run this UKbased

company to see if I could borrow a set for a review and I

was delighted when a few days later a couple of boxes arrived. I’d

been sent the starter pack, which retails for UK£395 and includes

five targets, five batteries, five tree mounts, a battery charger and

five replaceable front panels. What you’ll need on top of this if

you want to run them on stands, is a set of camera light stands

(available from the AttackSense shop or Amazon/eBay) and an

Android device to run the app that controls it all. You can buy

a tablet pretty cheaply to do this and the guys had included a

LenovoTab E7 in the boxes. They offer this an option with the 3D

printed mount and a tripod stand, for a very reasonable UK£79



When you receive the sytem I can now say that setting up is a

breeze! Once the tablet is on and you’ve opened up the app, you

just connect the batteries to one of the targets and it will become

the “Master”; wait until you see this one on the screen and then

plug the rest in. Any target can be the Master unit so there’s no

worries that you’ve connected them up wrong. You can attach

up to 32 targets to one control unit but trust me; after having a

go with ten, that’s more than enough and that number had both

the old heart rate and adrenaline going at max output! Once they

are connected, they will be able to communicate with each other

anywhere in a square 100m x 100m, and that’s a pretty big area.

If it is in dense woodland though, these numbers will be reduced

as the signal will obviously have interference but it is rarely more

than a few metres difference. From here it is simply a case of

entering your name if you so wish and then picking your poison.

Speaking of which, there are eleven options on there, which

include things like “Shoot When Lit”, “Target Practice”, “Shoot No

Shoot” and a particular favourite of mine, an electronic version

of a dueling tree, where you have to get all the targets your

colour whilst another shooter does the same. That is an immense

amount of fun but the first few times I guarantee that as good as

you may think you are you will fluff a mag change or transition

and you will get it so wrong you just start swearing!

There is also a “Custom Round Configurator” option, so you

can program the targets to do exactly what you want from them,

even having previously “hit” targets coming back into play at a

predetermined point, which is a pretty cool feature and a definite

improvement over paper targets or knockdown ones. The team

at AttackSense are always evolving the product offering and

can write pretty much anything for it. They welcome feedback

and suggestions; there have already been three updates to the

software since Phil receieved his set!


Through the app you get real time data on the status of the

targets, their batteries and of course the all important data on

how well you’re shooting. I would suggest that to get a baseline

score do a round of “Shoot When Lit” first, before you do anything

else and then crack on with whatever you want to have a play

with but at the end of your session (the supplied batteries can

last for the best part of a day so you could be a while!), repeat the

“Shoot When Lit” program and then, using the in-app recording,

you can check your scores and see, hopefully, an improvement.

The first time Phil used it he noticed he was approximately 50%

faster than his first run and he tells me hes has improved more

since then too, mainly in mag changes and transitions, which, in

his words, “were frankly shocking to begin with”.

So how does this magical system work then? Basically the

“target” is an aluminium sheet with a plastic correx faceplate

screwed to it, which is replaceable. In the centre of this is a

CNC milled opaque lens, protecting the RGB LEDS that provide

the different colours for “Shoot No Shoot” or other and they

are perfectly bright enough to be seen at distance so you know

you’ve hit them. Each hit also registers on the controller and

there’s a beep too, so it guarantees that you know what’s what.

They don’t currently say where on the target they are hit, just that

they are hit. Phil tells me that so far his set shows absolutely zero

signs of use or damage on the lenses, not even a slight indent

after extended use.

Everything to make the targets work is contained inside 3D

printed boxes on the back of each aluminium backing and there

are no moving parts to be knocked about by continued hits and

the aluminium sheet is plenty thick enough to provide years and

years of trouble free use with 6mm BBs. The batteries are also

protected in 3D printed cases that slide onto mounts next to the

target box so there is no danger of damaging these during use.

Once you’ve finished a round, the app can display a multitude

of stats to embarrass you, including your worst split or worst

reaction time but it really does drive you to do better.

I got together with Neil from AttackSense a short while back

and he told me;





“We started AttackSense after recognising that no system

existed that provided reactive training targets which could

monitor shooter performance and function in a representative

environment. With our experience gained from the drone

industry we developed a reliable wireless target system that

could operate in any environment, with the levels of robustness

needed to provide long service life in the harsh use case targets

find themselves in. It was critical to us that the system would

operate using a tablet computer, to provide the level of detail

we wanted to track shooter performance over time and to

support future proofing, something our customer enjoy with

frequent updates supporting new features and shooter tracking.

As the system grows and our user base increases, we’re

currently re-investing 100% of our revenues back into the

product. This is allowing us to innovate with R&D in software to

improve the features and use cases we support, and in hardware

with different target designs for new environments as well as

companion units for start / stop indication, movement sensing,

flow control and improved immersion. Close engagement

with our customers is allowing us to improve the product and

find new directions to move in all the time, it’s an extremely

exciting time for us as it is for the industry in general.”

Updates and system durability/longevity improvements are

already being introduced thanks to that oh-so-importanmt user

feedback, and I have every confidence that the team behind

these targets aren’t resting on their laurels and they’ve already

intimated that there is quite a lot more to come in the future.

I’ll be using the AttackSense system for personal training

and also as a testbed for new 6mm training weapons that we

see coming onto the market; this is 100% a focus for the PMCI

team at both SHOT and IWA 2020and I look forward to reporting

back further in due course!

If you’re amongst “the enlightened” who see 6mm training

as an extremely useful tool in your box then rest assured you’ll

find the very latest news here in PMCI, and we’ll be working

with AttackSense closely as we develop and champion this.

More information on AttackSense Targets can

be found at www.attacksense.com and also on

Facebook and Instagram; go check them out.


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