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AK Operator -The Modern Guide To A Legendary Rifle

Our friends at Polenar Tactical in Slovenia are working on a project to create the ultimate training DVD for the AK platform – in stunning 4K resolution.  If you’ve seen any of their videos, then you’ll know that if anyone can pull this off, its these guys (and gal).

Polenar-Tactical-AK_OperatorBut wait, there’s more!  Thanks to an awesome response from the marketplace, Polenar Tactical have actually managed to fund this project in less than a week!!  So, they’ve have decided to give away Special Edition DVD Covers – FOR FREE and move their other stretch goals down to lower amounts – that means more content for free and more easily attainable new goals!

This project is about more than just making a DVD though. It’s also about Polenar Tactical’s mission to put a human face on gun ownership and to show the positive side of ‘gun culture’ in Slovenia, Europe and the rest of the world.


Find out more, and keep up-to-date on the AK Operator DVD project here.


BORDER WAR photo contest

Our friends at Airsoft & Military News Blog are running a photo contest for this year’s ‘Border War’ MilSim event.  They’ve got some great sponsors lined up to provide some great prizes…


Click here to get all the details.

Saturday Snapshot



Cpl. Joshua S. Baczkowski, machine gunner, Machine Gun Section, Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, carries an M240B machine gun during a Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity assessment at Range 107, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, March 30, 2015.

From October 2014 to July 2015, the GCEITF will conduct individual and collective level skills training in designated ground combat arms occupational specialties in order to facilitate the standards-based assessment of the physical performance of Marines in a simulated operating environment performing specific ground combat arms tasks.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez/Released


Spc. Damian Keller, an infantryman assigned to Ghost Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment along with his fellow troopers, prepare to move onto their objective after engaging targets during their unit’s platoon live-fire exercise at Smardan Training Area, Romania, April 6, 2015.

The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate unit capabilities during a live-fire training event while supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve-South.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner/Released

50 Shades of Tactical Grey?

You might have seen that the color grey has become a bit of a trend, and a topic of conversation, in the tactical industry lately.  So okay, I’ll be that guy who makes that joke…

But seriously, why has grey suddenly become so fashionable?  Why is it suddenly ‘the new black’?  Grey as a tactical or low-visibility color has been around for quite a long time.  Remember the German soldiers in WWI and WWII?  They predominantly wore uniforms of ‘Field Grey’, and in some cases ‘Mouse Grey’ in order to reduce their visual signature.


The ‘sea wolves’ of the German U-Boat forces not only painted their submarines in a low-viz shade of grey, they also wore uniforms in a shade of grey that bears a close resemblance to the ‘Wolf Grey’ of today (as seen in this still from the movie “Das Boot”).


The US Navy also painted all of their major surface ships a famous shade known as ‘Battleship Grey’, and to this day most aircraft in the US Navy and US Air Force are painted a subtle shade of low-visibility grey.


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Grey Ghost Rifle Case

If you’re in Nashville for the NRA show this week/week-end, then you’ll probably have a chance to see these first-hand.  The Grey Ghost Gear Rifle Case is something a little different from the cheap rifle bags you see elsewhere.

For a start, its lined with hook and loop so you can infinitely customize rifle ride positions, and add additional patches, pouches, or holsters.  Of course, Grey Ghost’s own line of Orange Diamond Concealment pouches can be fully integrated. There is also a set of generous zippered mesh pouches on the inner lid to secure loose items such as range cards, magazines, notepads, and other shooting accoutrement.

Grey Ghost Rifle case

The Grey Ghost Rifle Bag is versatile too.  Rifles up to 38” long can fit without issue and larger rifles can easily be secured if broken down, leaving plenty of space for a spotting scope, NVGs, or a handgun or two.

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