Cheap Chinese Tires Slow the Russians

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.

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

Taurus TX22 Competition SCR

From Taurus

If you compete in the Steel Challenge Shooting Association matches, you’ll want to take a close look at the new Taurus TX22 Competition SCR. Even if leisurely shooting is more your style, there’s still a lot to like in this innovative semi-auto .22 LR pistol with striking looks.

The Taurus TX22 Competition SCR builds on the company’s original TX22 Competition model with a precision engineered slide, match-grade bull barrel and “skeletonized” slide. Its enlarged ejection port allows red-dot optic mounting to the barrel and to help prevent any issue during ejection of empty shells. The mounting configuration significantly enhances accuracy potential when compared to a slide-mounted optic platform. Two adapter plates each featuring two mounting patterns are included to interface the leading red dot sights on the market today with the barrel.

Two additional factory upgrades further elevate the pistol’s credentials. The first is the TANDEMKROSS Game Changer Pro Squared Compensator. This included compensator features dual 45-degree-angle gas venting to counter muzzle rise and recoil for quicker follow-up shots. The compensator also helps improve overall gun balance that, combined with the muzzle rise and recoil mitigation, keeps the gun “in the zone” for lightning quick target re-acquisition in fast-paced competition.

Another upgrade found exclusively on the TX22 Competition SCR is a TANDEMKROSS Eagle’s Talon extractor. This custom extractor’s precision-machined out of tool steel, positive hook provides a reliable “grab” on the cartridge rim to reduce and eliminate failure-to-eject malfunctions during high-volume cycling.

Taurus TX22 Competition SCR Specifications

Caliber: .22 LR

Capacity: 16 rounds – model: 1-TX22C151-T

10 rounds – model: 1-TX22C151-T10

Magazines Included: 3

Firing System: striker-fired

Action Type: SAO

Barrel Length: 5.25″

Muzzle Device: TANDEMKROSS Game Changer Pro Squared Compensator

Sights Front: fixed (white dot)

Sights Rear: fully adjustable (white dots)

Safety: striker block, manual safety, trigger safety

Frame Size: full

Grip/Frame: polymer

Slide Material: high-grade aluminum

Slide Finish: hard anodize

Accessory Compatibility: red dot optic, Picatinny rail, threaded muzzle

Overall Length: 9.37

Overall Width: 1.25″

Overall Height: 5.44″

Weight: 25.84 oz.

MSRP: $589.32

And if you’re fond of metal-framed handguns, here’s my interview with the experts on how long a polymer pistol can last.

Ruger, Davidsons and 5.11 Are the Latest to Reduce SHOT Show 2022 Exposure

In an abundance of caution for their staffs, Ruger, Davidson’s and 5.11 are the latest to reduce SHOT Show 2022 exposure by not participating fully in the event. It’s unclear what presence the firms will have, if any. The pair join SIG Sauer, Benelli, Beretta, Steiner and Burris in either not having a booth at all, or leaving physical displays unmanned to minimize employee and contractor exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

E-mails received from Glock, Taurus and Daniel Defense on Jan. 7, 9 a.m., indicate that as then their plans include manning booths during SHOT Show 2022. At 2 p.m. the same day, Otis, DRD Tactical, Shooter’s Choice and Aimpoint all e-mailed to confirm they will be fully staffed on the event’s floor.

Each of the companies confirmed they will be filling orders, answering media questions, conducting press conferences and keeping appointments. MGM targets will also have a booth, but it will not be fully staffed throughout show hours. The company will, however, be making and keeping all scheduled meetings.

The situation continues to evolve, and CES—the world’s largest computer and electronics trade show already underway in Las Vegas—has made the unprecedented decision to close one day early. Attendance is down by roughly 50 percent, despite the fact proof of vaccination was required to enter the show floor. CNET.com’s correspondent at the event said crowds were “…estimated to be less than half of the 150,000 who attended CES two years ago…” Both CES and SHOT Show were held virtually last year.

The reduced, missing or unmanned booth trend at CES has already spilled onto the SHOT Show 2022 floor before it opens in Vegas on Jan. 18. On Jan. 5 The Washington Post noted that at the electronics show there, “…were multiple bare patches of floor where companies had presumably planned to—but never did—present their work.” This list above, however, makes it obvious there is no avalanche of gun-related firms planning on missing what is traditionally the largest gathering of the firearm industry.

Travel woes are another variable as the Omicron variant continues its unchecked spread. Aside from winter weather, “…a high number of call-outs by employees who were either sick with COVID-19 or were isolating after close contact with someone with the virus” are the culprit for many Southwest Airlines cancelations, according to a company statement reported by NBC-TV affiliate NBCDFW. The inability for passengers to get tested, according to the Wall Street Journal, is a big contributor to increased flight crew exposure.

Final figures are in from CES, which just closed in Vegas. Attendance was down 75 percent compared to 2020 and there was a dramatic drop in media attendance.

The Safariland group also withdrew from SHOT Show 2022 on Jan. 6.

Omen for SHOT Show 2022

CES, the largest trade show in the world for the electronics and computer industry, opened yesterday and the halls looked like a ghost town—an ominous omen for SHOT Show 2022, which takes place a few days later. Don’t take our word for it. Here’s photographic coverage provided by Mashable, along with comparisons with pre-pandemic, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds.

SHOT Show 2022 is also takes place Las Vegas. It, unlike CES, doesn’t require proof of vaccination or provide complimentary COVID tests to attendees. Beretta announced earlier this week a policy that it would not be participating in major indoor events while the COVID pandemic continued unchecked. As a result, it will not be staffing booths on the SHOT Show floor. SIG Sauer withdrew in October.

CES typically attracts roughly five to seven times the attendance of the SHOT Show.

Weaver Expands Grand Slam Scope Ring Line

From Weaver

Weaver, an industry leader in high-performance mounting systems for more than 90 years, has expanded its lineup of popular Grand Slam scope rings to include two additional sizes. Now, consumers have the option of adding a new 30mm low matte steel ring or a 30mm medium matte steel ring to their favorite firearm setup.

Weaver Grand Slam rings are engineered and manufactured to give the most discerning shooters the confidence they need when taking that shot of a lifetime. Each Grand Slam ring starts as a piece of solid steel bar stock and is slowly and meticulously machined into a solid steel ring. Each ring features an integrated square recoil lug for superior ring-to-base contact and maximum recoil resistance. Each ring also uses no-slip Torx head screws and fits Weaver-style bases.

Every Weaver Grand Slam scope ring is proudly made in the United States. Both the Grand Slam 30mm low steel ring and the Grand Slam 30mm medium steel ring have an MSRP of $34.45. For more information about these or other Weaver products, visit weaveroptics.com.

Galco’s Concealed Carry Belt Holster Collection

From Galco

Belt holsters remain a very popular choice for concealed carry, and Galco has an entire collection of belt holsters crafted from different materials.

The Combat Master™ is a premium steerhide belt holster hand-molded to fit specific handguns. This gives it excellent retention properties along with a beautiful appearance. The traditional high-riding pancake-style design pulls the handgun tight to the body and making defensive handguns disappear under even light clothing. It features an open top with firing grip accessibility for speed.

The hybrid TacSlide™ combines steerhide and Kydex for a belt holster that’s fast, concealable, and very economical. Open top and neutral cant make the draw fast and simple, while the wide spacing of the belt slots pulls the handgun in tight to the body. Compact, secure and versatile, the open-muzzle design of the TacSlide makes it a favorite of gun carriers who own multiple barrel lengths of the same firearm model.

The Kydex Corvus™ has an open top for fast draw, adjustment for ride height and cant, and comfortable forward molding. With the bonus of quick conversion to IWB carry, the highly versatile Corvus is a superior choice for defensive handgun carry.

See all of Galco’s belt holsters!

Blackhawk Releases New Stache IWB Concealment Holster

From Blackhawk

Blackhawk, a leader in law enforcement and military equipment for over 20 years, has announced the release of its new StacheIWB Concealment Holster. Meticulously engineered, this Inside the Waistband (IWB) holster is the ultimate solution for everyday carry, with the perfect balance of comfort, rigidity, and modularity.

Constructed with impact-reinforced, injection-molded polymer, the Stache IWB outperforms the design and material limitations of Kydex® holsters at a price that doesn’t break the bank.  With its ambidextrous design, the Stache IWB also gives both right- and left-handed shooters a comfortable and versatile carry option. The Stache also comes standard with a low-profile shirt guard for added comfort without inhibiting the draw stroke.

“If the holster isn’t comfortable, eventually the carrier will choose a different holster – or worse, stop carrying entirely,” said Justin Hoffman, Blackhawk product manager. “We want people to carry, which is why we developed the Stache.”

Designed to never be seen, the Stache gives users unparalleled comfort and firearm security. The Stache utilizes an optional concealment claw to reduce printing and to add a greater level of stability when carried.

“The concealment claw uses opposing leverage on the interior of the belt, so as the belt pulls the holster in, the claw pushes out,” said Hoffman. “By harnessing this leverage, the pistol grip is pulled in toward the body, reducing printing. By changing out the different sized leverage pads provided, users can tailor the concealment factor to their gun, their body type, and their preference.”

Additional features on the Stache include a 1.5-inch J-style belt clip for secure attachment, as well as height and cant adjustment for both the holster and the optional magazine carrier. Available in Base and Premium configurations, the holster is compatible with a variety of other Blackhawk IWB carry accessories and with Discreet Carry Concepts Gear Clips™.

Optics ready, the Stache IWB is designed to accept popular handgun mounted red dot sights. Multiple variations of the Stache IWB Holster are available to fit a wide range of handguns including the GLOCK 17, GLOCK 19, GLOCK 43, GLOCK 48, SIG SAUER P365, S&W M&P 2.0, S&W Shield, Colt Commander, Taurus G2C and Ruger LC9.

“The Stache was designed by concealed carriers, for concealed carriers,” concluded Hoffman. “When you put it on, carry it and train with it, you will understand why.”

MSRP for the Stache IWB Holster is $39.95 for the Base option and $64.95 for the Premium configuration. For more information about the Stache IWB Holster including in-depth product videos, imagery and specs, visit Blackhawk.com.

Samson Low Profile M-LOK Hand Stop

From Samson

The new Low-Profile M-LOK® Hand Stop is contoured to provide a more comfortable interface with your hand. The minimalistic design takes up less space on your handguard, but still give the user all the features they need.

The hand Stop can be installed face forward to pull firearm in closer for better control, or installed face rearward to prevent hand from sliding forward on firearms with shorter handguards.

The Low-Profile M-LOK® Hand Stop retails for $24.95 and is available on the Samson website.

Galco’s Miami Classic For the SIG-Sauer P365 With Red Dot Sight

From Galco

Galco‘s world-renowned Miami Classic™ shoulder holster system carries a handgun in a horizontal position for a very fast draw. It also carries two spare magazines in a vertical orientation, securely held in place with snapped straps.

A key component of the Miami Classic is its spider harness. All four points of the harness pivot independently and are connected by our unique clover shaped Flexalon™ swivel back plate, which is a Galco trademark. This results in a perfect fit and lasting comfort for all sizes and shapes. The Miami Classic’s harness straps are 1″ wide, distributing weight while also remaining highly concealable.

This Miami Classic is constructed of premium steerhide and includes holster, harness, magazine carrier and a set of harness fasteners. Optional, modular accessories and components may be purchased separately.

The Miami Classic is also available for over 120 other semiautomatic pistols.