Pulsar announces latest addition to monocular lineup with Helion XQ28F

The Helion XQ28F thermal monocular integrates with Pulsar’s StreamVision App delivering more capabilities. (Photo: Pulsar)

Pulsar continues to expand its shooting and hunting accessories, announcing the new Helion XQ28F thermal monocular.

The full-featured thermal monocular continues the Helion series featuring all the attributes hunters have come to love out of the series to include audio and video recording as well as eight color display modes. The Helion XQ28F boasts variable magnification in addition to a rugged glass-nylon composite construction and IPX7 protection.

The Helion XQ28F features Wi-Fi and an IPX7 design. (Photo: Pulsar)

Powered by an 8-hour rechargeable battery, the Helion XQ28F provides Wi-Fi compatibility, granting users the ability to use Pulsar’s StreamVision app alongside the device. The app allows the unit’s display to be viewed on users’ smartphone and tablet devices using them as a remote control for the Helion. The StreamVision App also takes technology a bit further permitting users to stream video, transfer data and update the Helion’s software efficiently and easily.

The Helion XQ28F thermal monocular is available through Pulsar with a MSRP of $2,419.

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Meet Jody Stelzig, weapons wrangler for the movies (VIDEO)

The HBO series Westworld is a dystopian thriller where an Western-themed amusement park full of cyborgs revolt against greedy corporate creators. Suffice it to say there’s a lot of gunplay. And when Hollywood wants the thrills to feel real, they turn to people like weapons wrangler Jody Stelzig.

Stelzig is a jack-of-all trades – acting, stunts, fight coordinating – who specializes in training actors how to safely handle weapons and animals. In addition to providing all the weapons used on the award winning Westworld’s interactive production at SXSW, he teaches those interested in the craft at his ranch The Rockin’ J out in Luckhart, Texas.

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Meet Jody Stelzig, weapons wrangler for the movies (VIDEO)

The HBO series Westworld is a dystopian thriller where an Western-themed amusement park full of cyborgs revolt against greedy corporate creators. Suffice it to say there’s a lot of gunplay. And when Hollywood wants the thrills to feel real, they turn to people like weapons wrangler Jody Stelzig.

Stelzig is a jack-of-all trades – acting, stunts, fight coordinating – who specializes in training actors how to safely handle weapons and animals. In addition to providing all the weapons used on the award winning Westworld’s interactive production at SXSW, he teaches those interested in the craft at his ranch The Rockin’ J out in Luckhart, Texas.

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Explosion injures four at Letterkenny Army Depot (VIDEO)

An explosion injured four employees Thursday morning at the Letterkenny Army Depot in central Pennsylvania.

Depot Commander Stephen Ledbetter confirmed the incident occurred around 7:15 a.m in the painting shop of Building 350. Three people were airlifted to a hospital in Baltimore while a fourth victim sought treatment at a local facility in Chambersburg.

Firefighters responded within minutes and worked quickly to contain the ensuing fire, officials said. All remaining workforce were 100 percent accounted for, Ledbetter said. No terrorism is suspected at this time.

“The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority,” Ledbetter said in a news release Thursday. “And the injured employees and their families are in our thoughts and prayers. The Letterkenny Army Depot’s safety specialists are conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident so we can determine what happened.”

The remaining employees of Building 350 will not return to work until Sunday evening, according to the news release. Local media reports the building provides maintenance for military vehicles.

The 18,000-acre facility opened weeks after Pearl Harbor as an ammunition depot and later evolved into “an organic maintenance facility” for tactile missile air defense systems. Officials refer to Letterkenny as “the depot of choice for warfighters.”

The depot also refurbishes generators, Humvees, mine-resistant route clearance vehicles and other soldier-support equipment.

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Gunwerks hosts first Precision Rifle Series Match, Monster Steel Challenge

The Monster Steel Challenge will test precision rifle shooters during its two day match. (Photo: Gunwerks)

Gunwerks will host its first Precision Rifle Series Match, the Monster Steel Challenge, to be held in Cody, Wyoming July 28 – 29.

PRS is quickly becoming a hot activity in the world of shooting, with long range shooters flocking to the sport and competitions. The Monster Steel Challenge looks to continue that trend of PRS through its own match dedicated to testing shooters skills.

Gunwerks said the first match day, which will be held at the Cody Shooting Complex, will feature 10 stages in a fast-paced, traditional range set-up. The second day, held at Monster Lake Ranch, will see competitors shooting with a 270-degree fire fan resulting in challenging shots. Those looking to compete will need to provide 200 rounds for both days. This figure does not include ammo needed for sign-in or confirmation shots.

Equipment restrictions are limited to caliber and velocity only, with 3,200 fps being the maximum velocity allowed and calibers restricted to .224 to .308.

“Gunwerks is very proud and excited to be hosting our first-ever Precision Rifle Series right here in our backyard,” Aaron Davidson, Gunwerks founder and CEO, said in a press release. “The courses will be challenging and the vistas that Wyoming will be offering the competitors will be outstanding.”

Registration is now open for the Monster Steel Challenge through Gunwerks with a $250 non-refundable registration fee required to sign-up.

 

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American Built Arms Company intro’s MOD*X Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor (PHOTOS)

The MOD*X Rifle by A*B Arms comes standard in 6.5 Creedmoor. (Photo: A*B Arms)

American Built Arms Company releases a new rifle, the A*B Arms MOD*X Rifle, chambered in what has become one of the industry’s favorite rounds — 6.5 Creedmoor.

Built in the U.S., the MOD*X Rifle features a lightweight, bolt-action design with a Remington 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD barreled action. Delivering a modular style chassis, the MOD*X is capable of accepting a bevy of after-market accessories, according to the company, mounting products such as the A*B Arms MOD*X GEN III Side Folder Mechanism and KeyMod parts.

The rifle ships standard with upgrades such as the A*B Arms Urban Recoil Pad, the Ergo 4009-BK pistol grip, the A*B Arms Xtreme 13.5” aluminum hand guard alongside a heavy, threaded barrel.

The company says the rifle tailors to hunters, military and law enforcement. (Photo: A*B Arms)

“The MOD*X Rifle was designed around the extremely popular MOD*X GEN III Modular Rifle System,” Jason Combs, President and Founder of American Built Arms Company, commented in a news release. “Along with our relationship with Remington Outdoor Company, we were able to merge the Model 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD in both .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor to create one outstanding, bolt action rifle.”

Designed for military, police and hunters, the A*B Arms MOD*X Rifle boasts a lightweight design tipping scaled at under 10-pounds. Available through A*B dealers and distributors, the 6.5 Creedmoor chambered MOD*X rifle is priced at $1,249.

The MOD*X features a modular style chassis that can accept a bevy of accessories. (Photo: A*B Arms)

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FN expands 509 series, launches FN 509 Tactical pistol (PHOTOS)

The FN 509 Tactical features a suppressor and optics ready design. (Photo: FN)

FN America debuted a new pistol into its 509 series, releasing the optics and suppressor ready FN 509 Tactical pistol.

The 9mm handgun features the company’s Low-Profile Optics Mounting System. This system allows miniature red dot, MRD, optics to mount onto the gun without no direct milling to the slide required. The 509 Tactical provides suppressor height iron sights that co-witness with several MRDs on the market.

The pistol touts a 4.5-inch, cold-hammer forged, stainless steel barrel with 1/2 x 28 threads. The FN 509 Tactical accepts a majority of 9mm suppressors and ships with a thread cap with integrated O-ring to eliminate loosening during use. Offered with a 24-round magazine, the 509 Tactical delivers capacity “without impacting carry convenience,” according to FN.

The pistol offers suppressor height iron sights that co-witness with MRD optics. (Photo: FN)

“The FN 509 Tactical and the FN Low-Profile Optics Mounting System are another leap forward in the optics-ready pistol market,” John Keppeler, vice president of sales and marketing for FN America, said in a news release. “FN set the trend for factory optics-ready pistols with the release of the FNP-45 Tactical nearly a decade ago and we’re set to do it again with this release. From barrel to base plate, the FN 509 Tactical really is the ultimate tactical pistol.”

The 509 series is based on FN’s Modular Handgun System submission, which Sig Sauer was ultimately awarded. FN said after the MHS trials the company revamped the 509 series for the commercial market.

The 509 Tactical is priced at $1.049.

The gun ships with a 24 round magazine for more capacity. (Photo: FN)

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