Our Veterans Kept this Flag Flying

Guy J. Sagi photography

Make no mistake about it. Fat-cat politicians, greedy billionaires and the vast majority of Hollywood’s elite and influencers had nothing to do with it. Our Veterans kept this flag flying by sacrificing time they could have spent with friends and family because they understood someone needs to stand guard on the front line of freedom.

Remember that on Nov. 11. Thank a vet, buy him or her lunch, share cup of coffee or just let them know you appreciate their dedication to this great republic—and the principles upon which it stands.

Now, perhaps more than ever, people need to be gently reminded that their right to free speech, ability to bicker, protest and petition, only remain legal and without recourse because our Veteran’s kept this flag flying.

Cheap Chinese Tires Slow the Russians

Ukraine’s defense force has found an unusual logistical ally. Military experts around the globe—after analysis of abandoned-vehicle photos—claim cheap Chinese tires slow the Russians.

Poor weather, off-road conditions too muddy to drive around disabled vehicles and lack of major paved highways compound the situation. Failure rates in the “China bombs”—as experienced RVers call the sub-par tires—increase dramatically in the colder, northern region of Ukraine. Rubber remains more pliable in the warmer southern portions of the war front, and aggressor gains on that front reflect the fact.     

Maintenance

A Twitter discussion started by Trent Telenko, a retired Pentagon staff specialist, first noted the lack of maintenance as the primary culprit. “Military trucks need to be turned over and moved once a month for preventative maintenance reasons. In particular you want to exercise the central tire air inflation system (CTIS) to see if lines have leaks or had insect/vermin nests blocking the system,” he wrote. “When you leave military truck tires in one place for months on end. The side walls get rotted/brittle such that using low tire pressure setting for any appreciable distance will cause the tires to fail catastrophically via rips.”

“There is a huge operational level implication in this,” he added later. “If the Russian Army was too corrupt to exercise a Pantsir-S1. They were too corrupt to exercise the trucks & wheeled AFV’s now in Ukraine. The Russians simply cannot risk them off road during the Rasputitsa/Mud season.”

Construction

“Those aren’t Soviet-era heavy truck radials,” Tweeted government advisor and economist Karl Muth after reviewing images. “Chinese military tires, and I believe specifically the Yellow Sea YS20. This is a tire I first encountered in Somalia and Sudan; it’s a bad Chinese copy of the excellent Michelin XZL military tire design.”

Muth added, “Yes, all the things in the original thread are valid, but these Chinese tires simply don’t have the load ratings needed for equipment like what’s shown. They are poorly-constructed and barely-inspected truck radials. The equivalent Michelin product is inspected and x-rayed.”

How the Cheap Chinese Tires Slow the Russians

When “rubber on the road” goes down, the infantry, vodka, support troops, gas, stroganoff, equipment, and ammo carried by other vehicles behind stack up in visible-from-satellite traffic jams. As noted by the experts above, going off-road and around that roadblock is risky due to lack of quality and maintenance.

Not only do those cheap Chinese tires slow the Russians’ advance, they also make it easier for Ukrainian marksmen to hit the bullseye. When a China bomb goes off there’s no need to enter target velocity in a firing solution calculation.

*Reputable tire companies manufacturing in China maintain tight quality control and maintain multiple inspection points in the process. Those from reputable brands are high quality. Thankfully, Russia’s oligarchs decided to go budget and pocket the difference.

Bolt-Action Rifle Eye Candy

You can’t beat the outdoors, and the legitimate look it gives to photos. Yes, this bolt-action rifle eye candy looks like the background was blown in, but I battled off mosquitoes to pull it off.

It was popular on social media, although most assumed I’d taken that forest image and composited it onto the canvas. In reality I exposed for the dark surroundings and adjusted the strobes on the rifle until things turned out.

In Print

One of the many magazines I write/photograph for, in this case Predator Xtreme, was apparently pleased with it, too. It ran as a two-page color spread. Now that it’s appeared it’s for sale on my modest Adobe Stock photo account.

It’s fun when you get things right, even is the bugs are hungry. If you’re a technophobe, the camera was a Canon 5D MkIV, Canon tilt-shift 45 mm and 580EXIIs for strobes. The rifle’s a Bergara B14 in .22-250 Rem.

Bolt-Action Rifle Eye Candy

Let me know how you think this bolt-action rifle eye candy ranks. There’s a lot of awesome gun photography out there….so I don’t expect it to be the best you’ve seen, but constructive criticism is always welcome.

And thank you for stopping by my small website. I hope you enjoyed the image and have a glorious rest of your day.

If you happen to be a southpaw, you might want to take a look at the Bergara B-14R Trainer Rifle for lefties.

New CZ TS 2 Racing Green Pistol

CZ-USA has introduced a new CZ TS 2 Green pistol that inherits all of the company’s performance features, but sports in a racy finish sure to turn heads at the firing line. It’s competition ready for USPSA Limited and IPSC Standard divisions.   

The pistols anodized aluminum grips and magazine bases were an unusual green finish along with the magazine release. Add its sport trigger and quick reset and it delivers on the promise for speed at during the next match or during casual shooting at the range. The rear sight is height-adjustable rear sight, slide stop is flat and it comes with an extended manual safety on the left side of the handgun.

The new CZ TS 2 Racing Green pistol is produced by the same state-of-the-art processes the company is renowned for, producing the kind of accuracy, performance and reliability enthusiasts have come to expect from the company. The 20-round magazine features a duralumin base for added protection during those speed reloads.

CZ TS 2 Racing Green Features:

• Flat green aluminum grips and magazine bases 

• Aggressive checkering on grips for improved control

• Single action Chambered in the 9mm Luger 20-round magazine capacity

• Sport hammer

• Flat slide stop

• Left side thumb rest 

• Extended left side safety

• Adjustable aluminum magazine release 

• Fiber-optic front sight and height adjustable rear sight

CZ TS 2 Racing Green Specifications:

• Caliber: 9mm Luger

• Magazine Capacity: 20 Rounds

• Frame/Slide: Steel

• Sights: Fiber Optic Front/Adjustable Rear

• Grips: Anodized Aluminum; Flat Green  

• Barrel: 5.23in, Cold Hammer Forged

• Height: 5.86in

• Width: 1.93 in

• Overall Length: 8.86in 

• Weight: 49 oz

• Safety: Manual; Ambidextrous 

MSRP for the new CZ TS 2 Racing Green Pistol is $2,049

New Lupo BE.S.T. Rifles with Wood Stocks

Benelli USA has introduced new Lupo BE.S.T. rifles with wood stocks that bridge Lupo’s precision performance and technological innovation with defined ergonomics and contemporary styling.

For 2022, the new Benelli Lupo BE.S.T. rifles with wood stocks are available in 6.5 Creedmoor and .300 Win. Mag. chamberings. They are available with premium AA-grade walnut stocks and well-thought ergonomics that make the Lupo one of the most comfortable rifles on the market today.

The new Lupo rifles include the field-proven, glossy Benelli Surface Treatment (BE.S.T.) on the barrel—a finish so dependable in preventing rust, corrosion, and abrasion that Benelli backs it with a 25-year warranty.

BE.S.T. (Benelli Surface Treatment) is a new proprietary finishing technology developed by engineers and scientists at Benelli’s manufacturing headquarters in Urbino, Italy. It is a hybrid Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) and Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) technology that applies a protective coating to parts. This coating provides corrosion and abrasion resistance superior to any other firearm finish on the market.

In addition to the glossy BE.S.T. finish on the barreled receiver, the rich walnut stock features a durable satin finish that speaks to classic rifle aficionados and stands up to the hard use and challenging conditions Benelli firearms are known to endure. The function continues with the stock’s Monte Carlo profile and integrated features that have made the Lupo a standout in the field, such as the Progressive Comfort recoil reduction system to mitigate felt recoil and muzzle rise. The AirTouch Grip surfaces along the forend and grip provide a solid purchase in all weather conditions.

Benelli Lupo bolt-action rifles share praise with experienced hunters and the shooting media for their rich features, high-quality manufacturing, durability, sub-MOA accuracy, and, most importantly, reliability. The Crio-treated free-float barrel combines with a hardened steel barrel extension bedded to a steel block within an alloy receiver to deliver precise and repeatable point-of-impact. Other features include a detachable box magazine that blends smoothly with the chassis, top-mounted ambidextrous safety, a two-piece Picatinny rail system for optic mounting, as well as user-adjustable stock spacers to customize length-of-pull. The Lupo comes with shims to adjust drop, cast, and trigger reach for an even more custom fit. This innovative platform is driving new performance levels in the bolt-action rifle category.

Lupo Wood BE.S.T. models include:

  • .300 Win-Mag, Satin Walnut/gloss BE.S.T., 24-inch barrel, 4+1 capacity, 1:11 RH twist, 7.1 lbs, MSRP $2199
  • 6.5 Creedmoor, Satin Walnut/gloss BE.S.T., 24-inch barrel, 5+1 capacity, 1:8 RH twist, 7.1 lbs, MSRP $2199

New Heritage Manufacturing Barkeep Boot

Heritage Manufacturing, producer of the classic-style Rough Rider single-action revolvers, takes “compact” to a new level with the introduction of the new Barkeep Boot series revolvers.

The new Heritage Manufacturing Barkeep Boot is a downsized version of the recently introduced Barkeep revolver—a single-action rimfire based on the company’s popular Rough Rider series handguns available in two- or three-inch barrel lengths. In the spirit of the Old West, this new revolver from Heritage Mfg. moves the Barkeep from “waistcoat carry” to “boot carry” with its diminutive one-inch barrel and sleek bird’s head grip profile.

Chambered for .22 LR (it will accept the Heritage .22 Win. Mag. cylinder), the new Heritage Manufacturing Barkeep Boot comes with a new 1-inch barrel for optimal discreet carry in a revolver. Adding to its easy-carry nature is an elegant bird’s head-style grip, which offers a comfortable hold and a flowing aesthetic profile with less bulk when compared to the traditional “plow handle” grip.

Beyond the barrel length and grip, the Barkeep Boot delivers the familiar operation and quality construction of the Rough Rider series single-action revolvers on which it is based. This includes a hammer firing system, manual safety, classical notched rear sight, and black oxide barrel, frame, and cylinder finish.

Three models are offered with custom wood black grips, custom gray pearl grips, and custom-engraved wood grips. All revolvers come with a custom Heritage wood-handled ejector rod for removing empty cartridge cases.

SIG Sauer MCX Spear

SIG Sauer has expanded its MCX series of rifles with the new MCX-Spear, which is chambered in .277 SIG Fury. The MCX-SPEAR was developed with direct input from U.S. warfighters to provide more power, distance, and accuracy to replace the current M4 rifle platform.

“This is a rare opportunity for passionate consumers to own a piece of history,” said Ron Cohen, President & CEO, SIG Sauer. “This first production run MCX-Spear, and all of the revolutionary technology behind its development, is being offered to the commercial market in a configuration that is a near match to our NGSW-R submission. Further, this is the only rifle submission to the program that is designed and engineered in the United States by a company with the manufacturing scale and proven adherence to military-grade quality requirements – which is a tremendous source of pride for everyone at SIG Sauer.”

The MCX-Spear is an adaptable multi-caliber rifle (.277 SIG Fury, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7.62 NATO, with barrel change) featuring rear and side non-reciprocating charging handles, 6-position folding stock, ambidextrous fire control, bolt-catch, and mag release, 2-stage match trigger, 2-position adjustable gas piston, a lightened free-float M-LOK™ handguard, a full-length picatinny rail, and ships with (2) 20-round magazines.

The .277 SIG Fury ammunition is the commercial variant of the 6.8 x 51 mm hybrid military round available in the hybrid case technology submitted to the U.S. Army NGSW program. Also available is a .277 SIG Fury FMJ traditional cartridge round.

“The revolutionary SIG FURY ammunition is the most technically advanced leap in small arms ammunition in over 150 years, this turns your intermediate rifle platform into magnum performance without the added weight or length while still using 20-round magazines,” added Cohen.

“The final component of this special-edition offering includes the SLX Suppressor. The design of the SLX suppressor is optimized to dramatically reduce harmful toxic backflow and features our patented QD attach/detach system making installation of the suppressor a game-changing level of ease,” said Cohen.

The SIG Sauer SLX Series of suppressors are designed to drastically reduce toxic fume inhalation by the end-user and sound reduction and are available commercially for 5.56, 7.62 NATO, and SIG Fury .277 calibers. The SLX suppressors feature a monolithic core construction in Inconel, an internal multi-flow path to exhaust gases at a higher rate resulting in lower toxic fume inhalation, a sound reducing baffle design, a flash reducing end cap, and are available with either the new Clutch-LOK QD mounting system for easy install and removal that offers an intuitive tactile locking ring with infinite radial locking positions, or direct thread.

MCX-SPEAR:

Caliber: 277 SIG Fury / 6.8 x 51

Overall length: 34.1 inches

Overall height: 7.97 inches

Overall width: 2.98 inches

Barrel length: 13 inches

Barrel Twist: 1:7

Weight (w/magazine): 8.38 lbs.

SIG FURY Ammunition:

277 SIG Fury 135 Gr FMJ Bullet – Standard Brass Case

277 SIG Fury Elite Series Accubond 150 Gr Nosler Accubond Bullet – Hybrid Brass/Stainless Steel Case

SLX Suppressor:

Finish: High Temp Cerakote

Core Material: Inconel

Diameter: 1.67in.

Overall Length: 5.24in./7.49in.

Weight: 8.8oz -19.4oz.

Attachment Type: Clutch-LOK QD or Direct Thread

The MCX-Spear, .277 SIG Fury Hybrid Ammunition, and SLX Series Suppressors are now shipping and available at select commercial retailers. To learn more about the SIG Sauer submission to the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons Program or the products visit sigsauer.com.

From SIG Sauer

Safariland Withdrawal from SHOT Show

Citing health concerns for staff, families and friends, a letter was issued Thursday that announced the Safariland withdrawal from SHOT Show 2022. The company is one of world’s foremost manufacturers of protective equipment for law enforcement and shooting gear for civilian enthusiasts. The letter, below in its entirety, was dated Jan. 6.

“To Our Valued Customers,”

“Throughout the pandemic, employee health and safety has been a priority for The Safariland Group. It was our plan to attend the 2022 SHOT Show as we have for the past 40+ years, however, we have made the difficult decision not to attend.

“We feel there could be a significant health risk for our associates, their families and to our customer base due to the COVID Omicron variant. We have also stayed abreast of various exhibitor and attendee decisions, which was a contributing factor to this outcome.

“We plan to attend the SHOT Show in 2023 and have communicated that with the NSSF staff to ensure our seniority space location is preserved.

“In the meantime, should you have any questions, or would like product information, please be sure to reach out to your Safariland Account Manager.

“Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support.

“Sincerely,

“Brad Williams

“President, Cadre Holdings, Inc.”

The list of companies not attending, or reducing exposure with limited floor staff, continues to grow. SIG Sauer withdrew in October, but Ruger also made a similar decision this month, along with 5.11 Tactical.

Meopta Introduces MeoSport R 3-15×50 RD

Meopta Sport Optics had introduced the new MeoSport R 3-15×50 RD with illuminated 4C reticle. Designed for hunters seeking value and performance well beyond its price, the new MeoSport features a 30 mm main tube with European-quality optics that perform in low light situations when hunters need it most. Reliable, accurate, and rugged, this 5x zoom scope with MeoBright lens coating delivers bright, crisp, and clear images, even in inclement weather thanks to Meopta’s MeoDrop hydrophobic lens coating which aggressively repels rain.

The MeoSport R 3-15×50 RD features a side focus from 10 yards to infinity, exposed 0.1 Mil windage and elevation adjustments with zero-reset turrets that lock, and an illuminated red dot reticle that makes it easier to get on target swiftly and accurately in low light. The lighter, sleek design incorporates a low-profile power ring that is easy to adjust, even when wearing gloves.

“We have really expanded our riflescope offerings in the last few years with the addition of the Optika5 and Optika6 lines, and the new MeoSport gives our customers the option of a lower-profile 30mm hunting scope at a great price point,” said Jaroslav Doseděl, Global Head of Meopta Sport Optics.

The MeoSport is nitrogen purged, shockproof, and fully sealed for fogproof and waterproof performance in the most demanding conditions. Like all Meopta optics sold in the United States, it is backed by Meopta’s Lifetime Transferrable Warranty.

Retail Pricing:   $449.99

—Meopta Sport Optics Press Release

CES 2022 Attendance Down by 75 Percent

Final figures are in and reflect a CES 2022 attendance down by 75 percent with the SHOT Show opening only 10 days later in the same city—Las Vegas. The number of writers, bloggers, vloggers and other media attending CES to get a glimpse of new products plummeted from 6,517 in 2020 to 1,800 in 2022.

Barron’s reported late yesterday, “Diminished by widespread concern about the Covid-19 pandemic, attendance at the latest edition of the CES tech trade show was down more than 75% from the last live version of the show in 2020.” Total number of companies exhibiting was 2,300, while two years before that figure stood at 4,419, despite mandatory masks and proof of vaccination to attend.

CNET.com confirms the figures. “The number is a far cry from 2019, in which upwards of 180,000 attendees filled the Las Vegas Convention Center,” it reported. “The show’s Friday conclusion is a day earlier than originally scheduled, implemented as a safety measure after several larger companies such as Microsoft, Google, AMD and Intel canceled or modified their in-person plans.”

U.S. News & World Report wrote, “Attendance at this week’s CES gadget show in Las Vegas fell more than 75% compared to its previous in-person event two years ago, its organizer said Friday.”

Citing health-related concerns for employees, contractors and their families, Ruger, SIG Sauer, Beretta, Benelli, 5.11, Burris and Steiner have already announced they will have limited or no presence at the SHOT Show. The decisions became public prior to the release of CES’ final attendance.

SHOT Show is scheduled to open Jan. 18, during what some experts claim will be a period of record-setting COVID cases in the United States. In a Jan. 6 New York Times guest essay Dr. Jeffrey Shaman wrote, “Our projections depict a rapid surge of cases nationally that peaks at record high numbers during the first one to three weeks of January. Just how many? Our middle-of-the-cone projection produces five million cases during the worst week but ranges from three million to more than eight million cases.”

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