If you were excited about being able bring your small pocket knife on your next flight, you may want to sit down. Many of you know that the Transportation Security Administration recently made an announcement saying they would allow certain small knives aboard commercial flights starting April 25th, 2013.
That decisions is currently on hold indefinitely. [Read More…]
The items up for grabs range from awesome to extremely rare. Here’s just a few:
Barrett M82 .50 caliber rifle
Swiper Small Unmanned Aircraft System
5-day SPECOPS Adventure Experience in Jordan
Emerson knife carried during bin Laden raid
The Silent Professional Auction was created by Combat Flip Flops, The Macalan Group and Intelligent Waves as a way to show support to SOF members and their families all while providing you an opportunity to donate to worthwhile charities that offer aid to these groups. 100% of the proceeds will go to the SOF charities listed.
“Recently, I was reminded that ‘abundance’ is a constant circle of giving and receiving. This country and industry are blessed with abundance because of those that have given so much for us. The Silent Professional Auction is our opportunity as an industry to give back – it’s their turn to receive.”
- Matthew Griffin, CEO, Combat Flip Flops
There will also be an additional fundraising event held at SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) in Tampa on on May 15th at the Bad Monkey from 8pm – 12am. The entry fee is $100 but that fee is tax deductible and grants you access to the top shelf open bar as well as the chance to win raffle items that are not listed in the online auction. For details, contact Kym Goddu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s your opportunity to own some amazing gear and take part in life changing events, all while supporting the good guys.
Click here for the 2013 Silent Professional Auction
This article pulls at my heart strings and it’s one I’m proud to be writing today. Our local Fort Worth Police Department has recently instituted a Tactical Lifesaver Program based on TCCC protocols and has even started issuing personal trauma kits to all their officers who have gone through the training.
In the four years I’ve been running ITS Tactical, I’ve talked to countless members of our local Police departments who have told me time and time again that they’re issued nothing when it comes to medical supplies and are solely dependent on EMS to save them in a life threatening situation.
While I’ve given out countless ITS ETA Trauma Kits to those I know in the line of duty that have nothing that they don’t purchase on their own, there’s only so much I can do outside of continuing to spread the word about the importance of having life saving equipment available when you need it. Whether that’s in the line of duty or as a civilian taking the bus to work.
Here’s a couple of great videos from the Fort Worth Police Department about a HALO Chest Seal saving a life, as well as a video just released today about an officer shot in the line of duty that was able to self apply a Tourniquet to stabilize himself before EMS arrived on scene.
Something those that aren’t familiar with EMS protocols should know, is that most EMS won’t even enter a scene until the shooting has stopped and deemed clear and safe.
How long does it take to bleed out? Compare that to the average EMS response time and you’ll see why it’s so important to have life saving equipment at the ready. For those of you that carry a gun on a daily basis, you know how to take a life, but do you know how to save one? It just might be your own that you’re saving.
A heartfelt thank you for Tony Coltrin pointing today’s FWPD incident out to me, stay safe brother!
It has been a tragic week in America, first with the bombings in Boston on Monday, April 15th and now with the massive explosion in Texas. Many fortunate people are able to carry on with life as normally as possible, but for others directly affected by these disasters our help is needed.
Earlier this week we shared information from various sources on how you can help the city of Boston and the victims of the marathon bombings. We wanted to follow up and provide information on how you can help the people of West, Texas as they try to cope and move forward after the horrific fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday, April 17th. [Read More…]
While these bills are slated to go into effect on July 1, two ballot measures have been proposed in an attempt to undo these restrictions.
Magpul also reaffirms that the Boulder Airlift program will continue to operate as planned. If you aren’t familiar, they’re working to provide standard capacity magazines to responsible Colorado residents who wish to own them before HB1224 goes into effect.
If you’re a resident of Colorado and wish to jump in line to order your PMAGs, visit Magpul.com for more information.
For those outside of Colorado, don’t feel left out:
Customers in the rest of the country should rest assured that the airlift only takes a small portion of our production, and magazines and other products are continuing to ship to the rest of the nation. Our transition to a new home will occur in a phased and orderly a manner to allow us to continue to serve our customers during the move, as well as to allow an orderly transition for affected employees. We are actively working on those plans.
The final verdict is yet to be written but Magpul does consider themselves to be in “occupied territory.” There also is no official word on exactly when Magpul will leave Colorado or where they will go, but they did share their statement on Monday through a Facebook post:
…we will have no choice but to leave [Colorado] if the Governor signs this into law. We will start our transition out of the state almost immediately, and we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first. We expect the first PMAGs to be made outside CO within 30 days of the signing, with the rest to follow in phases.
As most of you know, ITS Tactical is proudly based in Texas and according to the Denver Post, Texas Governor Rick Perry sent a letter to Magpul saying that no other state “fits the definition of business-friendly like Texas.” We wish the best for Magpul in their transition out of Colorado and stand with them in their decision. We’ll also be here to welcome them to Texas with open arms if they choose to take Governor Perry up on his proposal.
Colorado is being used as a testing ground for national gun legislation and we continue to urge you to contact your local representatives and make yourself heard!
Colorado House Bill 1224, a measure that bans the possession, sale, or transfer of magazines over 10 round capacity, passed today with a 34-31 vote. With that, Magpul Industries is now one step closer to being forced to relocate. Magpul had taken out an ad in the Sunday Denver Post saying that “A Magazine Ban will do more than hurt public safety in a free Colorado. It will force a Colorado company to leave the state.”
“Magpul Industries, a proud Colorado company started over a decade ago in the founder’s basement, dedicated to personal freedom and personal responsibility in the true Colorado spirit, would be forced to relocate out of the state if House Bill 1224, a ban on common, standard capacity firearm magazines, passes. Regardless of exemptions or amendments, HB13-1224 would force over 600 jobs and a protected infusion into the Colorado economy of over $85 million per year, out of the state”
Only three Democrats voted against HB13-1224, which is important, as the bill now heads to a Democratically controlled Senate with a 20-15 majority before appearing on Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk. There are three others that are still on the block for the Colorado House. HB13-1229 requires background checks on all firearm transactions, HB13-226 is on concealed carry permits on campuses and HB13-228 is a fee for gun buyers to cover the cost of background checks.
Richard Fitzpatrick, Founder, President, and CEO of Magpul Industries, said that regardless of any amendments that may be worked into the bill, he will no longer be able to continue to do business in Colorado if his core product is made illegal.
“Our company could not, in good conscience, continue to manufacture our products in a state where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from purchasing and owning them. ” Fitzpatrick said. “The passage of this bill will do nothing to enhance public safety, but will force us to immediately begin taking our business to another state.”
Magpul had recently asked residents to contact their state legislators and members of the Judiciary Committee and urge them to kill the measures on the floor, but they’re obviously past that point. Magpul is still urging everyone to contact Gov. Hickenlooper and the direct link to do so is here: http://www.colorado.gov/govhdir/requests/opinion-leg.html
No one wants to see Magpul have to uproot their business out of Colorado, but the reality of that happening seems to be coming true. We wish Magpul the best with their continued battle and hope for a good resolution. Please do what you can to help support their fight against the Colorado Legislature.
Just as many States are experiencing across the US, our firearm rights are at stake. Colorado is the most recent to introduce several anti-freedom bills that could potentially affect great companies in our industry like Magpul and Impact Weapon Components, to name a few.
Magpul posted a request for help in contacting legislators regarding a ban on mags in CO, which would force them to stop making P-MAGS and move from Colorado to resume production. We’d like to request that you take a few minutes and read through Magpul’s statement below and do what you can to help.
While I was out this weekend teaching my son’s Boy Scout Troop how to shoot .22′s, I learned of the tragic February 2nd shooting of Chief Chris Kyle and his close friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield. Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine veteran who had apparently been suffering from PTSD, has been arrested in the shooting.
Image via Paul Moseley/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
From what I can gather, it appears Kyle and Littlefield were out doing what they believed in, which was helping Routh in his recovery by taking him out to shoot at Rough Creek Lodge, just west of Glen Rose, TX. Kyle was a true hero who served in the Teams for 10 years and founded a local Dallas company called Craft International, LLC upon leaving the service. Kyle also authored American Sniper and was involved in many charities, co-founding the FITCO Cares Foundation, which benefits wounded and disabled servicemen and women returning from combat.
First thing I did yesterday is to start learning how we could best help the Kyle family. When I visited the Website for FITCO Cares, I learned of America’s Mighty Warriors’ commitment to raise funds that will 100% benefit the Kyle family directly. While FITCO is still actively taking donations directly to help Veteran’s fight PTSD, they’re directing people over to America’s Mighty Warriors to donate directly to the Kyle family.
I was glad to see our favorite charity, America’s Might Warriors and Debbie Lee, were making this commitment. If you’re not familiar with our affiliation with America’s Mighty Warriors, please check out some of the articles linked below. I’m grateful to know Debbie and be able to do what I can to help support her non-profit organization. In turn, if you’re able to help the Kyle family, please visit America’s Mighty Warriors to do so.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Chief, your loss impacts us all and you’ll never be forgotten for what you’ve done for our country and its Veterans.
We have received considerable interest from friends, colleagues and members of the general public wishing to contribute to the families of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, who were tragically killed on Saturday, February 2, 2013. We are extremely humbled by the outpouring of generosity and offers of support.
In response, trusts have been set up in both of their names for anyone who would like to make a financial donation to the families. These trusts will provide for the general welfare of the families as well as the education of their young children. One hundred percent (100%) of the donations will go to the respective families.
Please follow this link to make a donation to the Chris Kyle Memorial Trust and the Chad Littlefield Memorial Trust.
On behalf of everyone at Craft International, we thank you for all of your kind words, thoughts, prayers and assistance.