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Tacprogear’s handy new Packable Shoulder Bag is now available.

In its full-size form, this shoulder-carried bag measures 16 inches long, 4 inches wide and 12 inches high. When not in use, it compresses down to 7.5 inches long, 2 inches wide and six inches high.

Weighing in at 3 ounces, the Packable Shoulder Bag “incorporates both practical organization and compartmentalization for the savvy traveler. Expanding quickly, this luxury packable delivers functionality when carrying a wide variety of “must haves” on the road,” according to a Tacprogear press release.

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An interesting little gadget from knife maker Andre De Villiers.

The bronze anodized titanium Tac Tool features an “index finger hole which locks it into the hand and allows for a very sharp and effective non-lethal self-defense option,” according to knifecenter.com. “It’s got a variety of hex wrench sizes (1/2″, 3/8″, 1/4″, 3/16″) built into the handle, a keyring hole, a bottle opener and a pocketclip.”

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Surefire recently unveiled a new variant of the P2X Fury light equipped with auto-adjusting IntelliBeam technology.

“A first press or click activates its intelligent sensor and microprocessor- based system to continuously evaluate and seamlessly adjust light output based on your surroundings, so you always have the light output you need,” according to a Surefire press release.

“This cutting-edge technology also preserves dark-adapted vision by never activating on high in close quarters. If you need tactical light output, just press or click twice to lock in all 600 lumens.”

The P2X Fury with IntelliBeam retails for $229.

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Federal Premium came out with potent buckshot load this year that packs a wallop with tungsten-alloy pellets.

“New Federal Premium Vital-Shok High Density buckshot is already the load of choice for feral hog exterminators who work for various government agencies,” according to a recent Vista Outdoor Inc., press release. “They’ve proven that its nine-pellet 00 buck tungsten-alloy payload and 1,600 fps muzzle velocity give it superior stopping power compared to lead loads.”

The new Federal shot shell line is currently being delivered to distributers for sale to the general public, the release states.

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Colt Defense LLC., today filed Chapter 11 in federal bankruptcy court to remain open during an accelerated sale of long-time gun maker’s business operations in the US and Canada.

The move is the latest attempt by the struggling company to survive in an extremely competitive small arm industry.

Colt, the original maker of the M4 Carbine, seemed to lose some of its standing when the U.S. Army acquired expanded licensing rights in 2009 that made it possible for the service to invite other gun companies compete for contracts to build the weapon.

Before that happened, Colt had been the sole maker of the M4 for about 15 years.

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Heckler & Koch’s new .40-caliber version of its VP striker-fired pistol line is now available.

The VP40 joins the 9 mm VP9 that was introduced to the U.S. commercial and law enforcement markets in June of 2014.

“Just a year after launching the VP series pistol with the 9 mm VP9, we are thrilled to have a .40-caliber model join the line-up,” Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice president for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales, said in a recent HK-USA press release.

“For civilian shooters and law enforcement agencies looking for a little more power to go with the VP’s well-recognized superior quality – this is it.”

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Alamo Four Star LLC is out with a new muzzle brake for big guns.

The Lubbock, Texas-based maker of firearm accessories on Wednesday unveiled the so-called Cowl Induction Brake, which it says reduces recoil of large-caliber rifles by more than half. [click to continue…]

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