Press Release: Safariland Acquires VIEVU

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For Immediate Release

June 29, 2015

Safariland Acquires VIEVU, a Leader in Body Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers

 Highly Complementary Addition to Safariland’s Suite of World-Class Safety and Survivability Product Brands

 ONTARIO, California – June 29, 2015 – The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today announced that it has acquired VIEVU, a leader in body worn video and data management solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

VIEVU, founded in 2007, is an industry leader in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of wearable video cameras and data management software for law enforcement and private security professionals. VIEVU body worn video cameras are already used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies in 17 countries, including the United States. VIEVU was founded by its President, Steve Ward, who drew upon his 13-year career in the Seattle Police Department, including six years on the SWAT team, to build VIEVU into a leading body worn camera and data management solutions provider. Law enforcement agencies are increasingly equipping officers with body worn cameras, and the acquisition of VIEVU by Safariland will ensure that VIEVU has additional scale, financial and human resources and distribution capabilities to meet rapidly rising demand.

“We are excited to add VIEVU to the Safariland family in order to help VIEVU to unlock its full potential and capitalize on the significant and growing demand for body worn video,” said Warren B. Kanders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Safariland Group. “After thoroughly studying the sector and its participants, it is clear that VIEVU’s industry-leading platform is superior and ideally suited to meet the needs of Safariland’s law enforcement customer base. Moreover, from a cultural perspective, Safariland and VIEVU are well aligned, as both companies are built around creating products that save lives and keep law enforcement officers safe. I am thrilled to welcome Steve, an industry-veteran, and the rest of his team to Safariland, and we look forward to a bright future together.”

Scott O’Brien, President of The Safariland Group, commented, “VIEVU – with its outstanding technology platform and track record of growth – is an ideal fit within Safariland’s suite of leading brands. We are committed to meaningfully investing in VIEVU to help the company achieve its full potential. Additionally, VIEVU will have access to Safariland’s robust distribution network and extensive relationships with police departments. This transaction will accelerate VIEVU’s growth and the adoption of its technology, and I am confident that it will also further solidify Safariland’s leadership position in the industry and extend our offering of safety and survivability products for the law enforcement community.”

Steve Ward, Founder and President of VIEVU commented, “I am extremely pleased about this partnership and excited to join the Safariland family. Over the last eight years, our team has worked tirelessly to develop reliable, high-quality, wearable video cameras and software. As a result of our hard work, VIEVU is a leading body worn camera manufacturer for law enforcement. As VIEVU enters its next phase of growth, particularly as demand for body worn cameras continues to increase, this strategic partnership with Safariland will provide us with the resources and deep industry experience to support the expansion of our platform. I have long admired Safariland’s leadership in the safety and survivability market and look forward to working with our new partners to capture the significant opportunity in front of us.”

VIEVU will remain headquartered in Seattle, Washington under the leadership of Steve Ward and the current management team. VIEVU will continue to operate as a standalone company within Safariland’s suite of brands and will have access to Safariland’s extensive distribution network and relationships to expand its sales, marketing and customer support activities.

About VIEVU

Made for Cops by Cops! VIEVU is a leader in body worn video (BWV), providing secure, high-resolution video cameras for law enforcement, security, emergency medical services and retailers. Built on police experience, VIEVU body worn video cameras are used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies in 17 countries. VIEVU received the highest score in an evaluation of body worn video by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For information please visit www.vievu.com.

About The Safariland Group

The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, ABA®, Second Chance®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Defense Technology®, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator®, NIK®, Mustang Survival® and Med-Eng®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com.

The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.

First “3-Gun-Type” Shooting Competition – A Review

I shot my first 3-Gun-Type Shooting Competition today.  I say “Type” since it was more or less a fun shoot at a local-ish range (2 hours away) that was not an official 3 Gun Nation match for score, though this range is a 3GN registered club.

I was looking for a low-key, no stress event to get my feet wet, have some fun and soak in as much information as I could.  Unfortunately this range would not allow photography or videography, so there will not be any accompanying range images with this article.

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For firearms I shot my slightly modified (stippled, with 10-8 Performance Sights and a Glock Triggers “The Guardian Duty-Carry” Trigger System) Glock 19, a “Frankengun” AR-15 built around a Rainier Arms Billet Ambidextrous Receiver Set and a stock Mossberg 930 JM Pro shotty.  I had the AR’s scope, a Vortex Viper PST 1-4x dialed in tight before hand, but had not had a chance to shoot the JM Pro before the match…so it was basically new in box with a fresh coat of oil.  (Not something that I recommend you do.)

For my equipment belt I had borrowed a buddy’s set up that is built around a Safariland competition belt, a stripped down ALS holster, some TACCOM Qualoads, and a single pistol mag and single AR mag carrier (from unknown manufacturer).  Again, it was borrowed.

The Qualoads worked as designed, but I need to look around for something a little more secure as shells would fall out occasionally.  My twin/dual reloads were satisfactory, but need improvement and I am not yet there with quad loads.  I would definitely go with additional pistol and rifle mag pouches as my pockets were at times stuffed with extra magazines depending on the stage.  This may not be a big concern in a sanctioned 3GN match, but with a COF that was all handgun and with one that limited everyone to 6 rounds in each magazine, they started to add up.

I did not go without some sort of malfunction on one or multiple guns on any given stage.  I am chalking the problems up to ammo on the rifle and shotgun and problem TBD on the Glock.

The Winchester Universal Game & Target 7 1/2  shot that I started with gave me numerous malfunctions in the first course of fire (COF) in the JM Pro.  Another helpful shooter advised that his 930 did not like steel heads/rims and he provided me with some brass headed Suprema 8 shot to finish out the day with.  The Suprema worked out great without another malfunction in the shotty.

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As for the .223 ammo I was using, the Atlanta Arms remanufactured ammo that I was shooting caused way too many malfunctions to mention and really hurt my times.  It is what I had the most of on hand for boxed .223, but I also had two boxes of Gorilla Ammo 69gr Sierra MatchKing OTM in my bag and the rest of the match was flawless with that ammo.

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Lastly, the Glock 19 had a lot of problems.  At first I thought that it may have been too dry, but some added lube did not remedy the single shot problem that I was having.  The gun was clean, so fouling was not a problem.  I have yet to break down the gun to armorer level, but I think that it may be an extractor issue.  Once the gun is back together I will run some quality ammo through it to ensure that the Speer ammo I was using was not a bad batch.  I guess it is just a sign to upgrade to a G34.

The courses of fire were fun, yet challenging.  There were initially 5 COF, but one had to be cut out due to Hunter Education being taught on one of the lanes.  Only 2 COF involved all 3 guns, while 1 was all handgun and the other was all rifle.  That was a little disappointing, but nevertheless challenging.

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Prior to the match, I was advised by a friend to have some sort of jogging stroller to haul my gear/guns around with me.  Unable to find a reasonably priced stroller on short notice, I re-purposed my golf pull cart with some 3″ PVC pipe to haul around the shotty and the AR.  It worked out okay, but still had to haul the ammo bag around.  Not the end of the world, but still a PITA.  Will work on a more substantial solution for the next match.

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Overall, it was a great experience for my first semi-competitive shoot, especially since I was not stressed about my times and was there to get my feet week.

Here is to much more practicing, training and improving on times.

 

Gorilla Ammunition .223 69gr Ammo Test

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Was very pleased with how the 69gr .223 Sierra MatchKing OTM Gorilla Ammo shot this morning. 50yd zero and the grouping is 20 rounds at 100yds with two volleys of 10 rounds about 20 minutes apart.

I prefer the 50yd zero since that is our duty zero for our patrol rifles and the rifle is zeroed at 50 and about 215yds with about a 2.5in rise above zero around 100yds, hence why the rounds in the bottom image appears high.

This ammo performed flawlessly without a single FTF or FTE, even on a dirty AR with a few hundred rounds through it since the last cleaning.

I also shot some Gorilla Ammo 55gr and 77gr rounds this morning and though they did not perform poorly, the 69gr came out on top for my specific rifle that has a 18″ 1:7 barrel.

HK VP40 Handgun Now Available

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NEWS RELEASE FROM HK:

Heckler & Koch added a .40 caliber model to its new VP striker fired pistol line. The VP40 (Caliber .40 S&W) 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,” said Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice President for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales. “Last year the VP9 took the market by storm and the VP40 promises to live up to its birthright. 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. Once again it shows Heckler & Koch’s commitment to the U.S. market and American shooters.”

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The VP pistol line has been in development for more than four years and its debut marked the return of HK to striker-fired models. Heckler & Koch pioneered striker fired handgun designs with the HK VP70 and P7 pistols more than 35 years ago and was also the first company to produce polymer frame models. The 9 mm VP9 has been one of Heckler & Koch’s most successful products – selling widely – and receiving positive reviews from civilian and law enforcement shooters throughout the U.S.

Wayne Weber, President of HK-USA stated, “Like the 9 mm VP9, the VP40 has been through just about every test and challenge possible. Heckler & Koch’s strict company testing program put the VP40 through just about every trial imaginable; NATO and U.S. NIJ drop tests, water, dust, mud, and sand tests worst that the most extreme environmental conditions in the world.”

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VP40 function and abuse tests included firing thousands of rounds of a wide variety of ammunition types through several test pistols. Unlike some manufacturers, Heckler & Koch test fires every VP40 pistol for accuracy and function.

The VP40 has the same excellent, precise trigger that debuted on the VP9. And the VP40 grip can be customized to fit any shooter by using a mix of three interchangeable backstraps and six grip panels.

The charging supports – a feature introduced on the first VP models is present on the VP40 as well. These small, removable wings on the rear of the slide make cocking and manipulating the pistol much easier than other handgun designs. VP pistols also have a safer and easier disassembly process than many competing models.

Covered by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty, the VP40 is designed and manufactured in Oberndorf, Germany with HK’s famous long-term durability. The VP40 is value priced with a suggested retail cost of $719. A law enforcement configuration VP40 with tritium night sights and three magazines is also available for $819 SRP. VP40 pistols are shipping now (June 2015).

About Heckler & Koch

Heckler & Koch is the world’s premier small arms systems company and a major supplier to global military, law enforcement agencies, and civilian shooters. An innovative leader in design and manufacturing, Heckler & Koch provides technologically advanced firearms, logistical support, training, and specialized services with the highest standards of innovation and reliability to its customer base. Heckler & Koch’s well-known range of products include the USP series pistols, MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 Personal Defense Weapon, the G36 weapon system, the HK416 enhanced carbine, HK45, P30, and most recently VP series pistols.