Sentry Products Group Acquires Hexmag

Virginia Beach, Va. (October 2017) – SENTRY Products Group, an industry leader in the Military, Law Enforcement and Outdoor equipment, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hexmag™, innovators of AR-15/AR-10 magazines and accessories.

When Hexmag was founded, it introduced lightweight magazines for the AR-15/AR-10 platforms.

“We set out to make the most durable, versatile and aesthetic magazine on the market,” stated Aaron Schefter, founder of Hexmag. He continued, “With great acceptance and a strong end user following, the company rapidly expanded and SENTRY was the logical partner to continue the product development. When the SENTRY crew were executives at BLACKHAWK!®, they really loved and understood product development and manufacturing and that is what I want for the future of Hexmag’s products.”

Built in the USA and backed with a lifetime warranty, Hexmag’s products are manufactured using a proprietary fiber-reinforced polymer, PolyHex2, resulting in a lighter and more durable magazine. The patented hexagonal surface provides superior grip and ease of handling. Hexmag’s HexID Color Identification System allows end users to quickly personalize magazines to identify different ammunition calibers. Product line extensions include grips, rail covers and grip tape allowing end users to further customize their gear.

“We are proud to add Hexmag products to our company offerings; their innovative approach to product design and marketing fits well and extends our presence in the Military, Law Enforcement, Tactical and OEM markets,” said Terry Naughton, President of SENTRY Products Group. He continued, “This addition creates new US based jobs as manufacturing and distribution moves to SENTRY’s Boise, Idaho facility and core business functions move to the Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S.A. headquarters.”

“The acquisition of Hexmag fits perfectly with SENTRY’s short, medium and long-term vision of both organic growth, as well as growth through acquisition,” said Mike Noell, CEO of SENTRY. “Hexmag was an easy plugin to our accessories business and gives SENTRY additional product categories, sales channels, new distribution partners and an entrance into the high-tech injection molded product arena. We are now focused on operational excellence, great products and awesome service. Thank you for your trust and business, we look forward to serving you!”

If you are interested in becoming a Distributor, Dealer, OEM Customer, Manufacturers Rep or to request an appointment to preview our product line at the 2017 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting (booth #601), please contact us at (877) 726-7328.

About SENTRY Products Group, LLC:
Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S.A. with distribution world-wide, SENTRY designs, manufactures and distributes products and equipment serving our Military, Law Enforcement, Tactical and Outdoor industry. SENTRY Brands include Hexmag™, Scopecoat™, Slideboot™, Sentry Solutions™ and SENTRY™ brands. Product categories are Bags, Belts, Packs, Cases, Firearm accessories, Cleaning and Lubrication solutions for guns and knives, Optic covers, Rifle and Pistol Magazines, Rifle and Pistol Covers.

Bravo Concealment Torsion Holster Review

Some information from the manufacturer:
The Iconic Inside the WaistBand (IWB) Drop Out of Sight (DOS) gun holster is now better than ever! Our breakthrough Torsion Technology integrates a 10 degree inward angle which allows the gun holster to conceal your handgun better than any competitor’s holsters. The integrated inward angle allows your handgun to ride closer to your body without any extra attachments or accessories.

The Torsion IWB concealed carry gun holster is a dedicated IWB kydex holster. Whether you run appendix or anywhere else around your waist line this handmade kydex concealment holster is tough and built to last. The Torsion is easy to wear with our standard double IWB belt clip configuration. If you want more comfort and flexibility in your EDC positions simply remove the shorter belt clip and utilize a single belt clip for on-the-fly adjustments to your kydex appendix carry holster.

Running the holster in the “single belt clip configuration” allows for the holster to go “Tuck-able” This means that you can tuck your shirt between your pants and the holster for a more formal style of concealment.

  • Even Deeper Concealment with NEW Torsion Technology
  • Integrated 10 degree inward cant for greater conceal-ability
  • Designed specifically for IWB concealed carry
  • Virtually drops out of sight and erases your weapon’s visual signature
  • Comfortable to wear
  • One of few IWB holsters offering retention
  • Holster adds minimal mass to weapon
  • Holster retains its shape for efficient one handed re holstering

My thoughts:
I had the privilege to test both the IWB Torsion Holster and the BCA OWB Holster.

Please note that the only downside that I observed was the fact that at present these are available in right hand models only. Southpaws are left out at present, but left hand models are on the horizon soon.

As tested, these holsters for a Glock 19 retail at $44.99, which I find to be a very reasonable price.

Fit and finish are impeccable.

It is obvious that the folks at Bravo Concealment worked a long time to get the comfort factor just right, as it is very comfortable for all day (17 hour wear) without issue.

Final thought:
I would have no reservations in recommending the BCA holsters to anyone needing a holster for their firearm. Not only are the products outstanding, the company is a pleasure to interact and work with.

Retroactive Criminalization

The proposed ban on bump stocks not only applies to a wide, vague range of firearm accessories, as Christian Britschgi noted this morning. It also criminalizes mere possession of those accessories, making owners subject to fines and up to five years in prison, even if they acquired the newly prohibited items before the ban was enacted.

In that respect the bill, introduced by Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), differs from, say, the expired federal ban on so-called assault weapons, which did “not apply to the possession or transfer of any semiautomatic assault weapon otherwise lawfully possessed under Federal law on the date of the enactment of this subsection.” State “assault weapon” bans likewise allow continued possession of the targeted firearms, as long as owners register them with the government. Curbelo and Moulton’s bill, by contrast, says “this section and the amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to conduct engaged in after the 90-day period that begins with the date of the enactment of this Act.” That means continued possession after that point would be a federal felony.

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Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

House democrats have proposed bills in reaction to the Las Vegas murders:

  • HR.3962
    Banning online ammunition sales
  • H.R. 4025
    Requiring gun dealers to report the sale of two or more rifles to the same person in a five-day period
  • HR. 4052
    Banning magazines able to hold greater than 10 rounds

Chris over at has the full details:

House Dems propose bills to stop online ammo sales, ban mags

Are Silenced Weapons Really That Quiet as Shown in the Movies?

Are Silenced Weapons Really That Quiet as Shown in the Movies?

Have you ever wondered about how people handle guns in the moves?

They make it look so easily!

Whether they are professional or act as if it were their first time shooting a gun, they seem to have no trouble with it except for a bit of shakiness (but this is all acting). But just like how they act, most of what you see on the television isn’t real. And one of the wrongly-perceived facts when using guns in the movies? How loud they sound!
Yes, what you hear and how people act when shooting a gun in the movies is NOT what you would expect in real life. But what is it supposed to sound like anyway?
Read on as I show you the facts about the gun’s sounds and the wrong perception between gun silencers and suppressors.

How Loud Are Guns?
So, let’s figure out where the gun sounds come from. The primary source comes from the sonic crack of the bullet, then the mechanical action and the sound of your bullet hitting your target.
Even the should as your bullet flies off the gun makes a sound! So with all these in mind, it isn’t exactly the silent sound you have heard in movies, nor is it just a crack. If used without protection or a suppressor, you may actually suffer from permanent ear damage because of it!
That is why people invest on silencers or suppressors, which reduces the noise to up to 43 decibels, which depends on factors such as the type of bullet and length of your gun’s barrel or silencer itself. On average, it would suppress about 30 decibels

Is It a Silencer or Suppressor? What People Get Wrong
No, it DEFINITELY isn’t a silencer! A silencer would make the sound of a gun fully quiet and simply just a “whoosh” sound, which you hear in movies. But silencers do not do that. In fact, they aren’t really called silencers, but are supposed to be known as its real name, which are suppressors.
They do not make the gun anywhere near silent, but suppress the noise because of the pressure wave from the propellant gases, which expands rapidly. So it only reduces a portion of what makes the gunshot defining.

Using a gun silencer is crucial because it would reduce the recoil to up to 30%, which would increase your accuracy and reduce your fatigue from miring. It also helps with its precision and your ear safety. You wouldn’t want permanent ear damage, and a suppressor, though still loud when used, will greatly reduce the risk.

How to Keep Your Ears Safe When Firing a Gun
So now that you know about the real sound of the gun and what to expect, what are the precautions you should make to prevent any injuries and perform well when using your gun?

It all boils down to the proper usage of guns, which takes practice and skill. You can never change the gun’s sound, despite having a suppressor. And since you can’t change that, what you can do is to adjust and get used to how it sounds.

But of course, while you are using it (unless it’s an unexpected emergency), ensure that you have the earplugs and protection to avoid affecting your ears. And as much as possible, invest in a suppressor because believe me, it isn’t just a “whoosh” sound you expect!

In Conclusion
When using a gun, there are things you must take note of. While you think that using a gun for the first time isn’t all that bad, it will take practice and skill to get used to handling it, especially when it comes to the sound! But as long as you have the proper protection for your gun and continue to practice with a suppressor, gaining knowledge on the gun, then you won’t need to worry about any injuries you may sustain while using the gun.

I hope that this article helped you become fully informed on the gun’s loudness levels and the importance of suppressors (they are not silencers!). So now that you’re acquainted with this area of the gun, do read more articles and learn more about its parts and function to further learn about how it works and how to use it.

If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences on handling a gun and its sound, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.

Author Bio:Hi, my name is Naser, a gun enthusiast who’s always on the lookout for new and exciting weapons to use and gun accessories to improve my skills. As someone who’s had experience with handling a gun since I was a teen, I have the expertise and skills to share with you my ideas and tips on how to handle a gun properly and with style. So come join me as I share my passion!

Skill Set: Simple and Effective

There are no advanced skills. Responding to a threat is a matter of being able to apply the fundamentals. The techniques used should be simple to understand, easy to learn – with the appropriate investment – and easy to apply. For example moving, communicating with the threat – issuing verbal commands, using cover, and shooting if necessary. Don’t forget to be thinking too, figuring out how to best solve your problem. These concepts are fairly simple. For some reason though, a lot of people like to look for secret or magic techniques. They try to make it a lot more complicated than it really is.

With most things you have to figure out what you’re trying to do before you can determine how to do it. Take the basic fundamental of pressing the trigger as an example. To fire an accurate shot you press the trigger smoothly, without disrupting the sight picture or anticipating the recoil. Hold as steady as possible, press and let the shot fire whenever the firearm decides it’s time to fire. You’re looking for a “surprise” break on the trigger. This is simple to understand, but if you don’t grasp the concept you’ll never learn how to press the trigger properly.

You start applying this concept with the basics, firing one accurate round at a time. Try to go too fast – for example pushing to see how quick you can dump the whole magazine on target – and you’ll never master the basics of a good trigger press. When you get to the point you can always fire one good shot then start working on firing two accurate hits. Eventually you get to the point that no matter how many you fire, they are all accurate. The same principle applies to drawing the pistol, acquiring a proper grip and every other skill needed to use the pistol safely and efficiently.

A lot of times we’ll read about the techniques a professional/competition shooter uses. It may be a new or different way they’ve come up with to press the trigger. Just keep in mind these guys have been shooting a long time, with thousands of hours racked up on the range. Their job is to shoot. After that much time they have modified the basics, changing them in order to create the best performance they can produce. But, they all started with the fundamentals just like everyone else. Then, over time, their techniques evolved to fit them personally. Often times you’ll hear them say, “This is what works best for me.” This doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. The only way to find out what works is to do it.

At some point you’ll begin modifying the way you do things. The way you acquire the grip on the pistol while still in the holster changes as you become more comfortable with drawing. You discover exactly where the support hand needs to be on the pistol. Over time the amount of pressure used to grip the pistol changes. This is good; you’re discovering what works best for you. Just don’t stray too far from the fundamental concepts.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. But keep in mind just because something is new or so and so does it doesn’t mean it’s better for you. When you change and then realize it’s not working go back to what you were doing before. Don’t try to force something to work. The techniques you use should be easy to understand, easy to learn, efficient and effective. Practice will make it all better.

This article originally appeared in the October 12, 2017 edition of The Tactical Wire ( That last paragraph is really a great one to take to heart.

AAC Halcyon – Short and Sweet

An Open Letter About the NRA’s Mistakes in its Statement on Bumpfire Stocks

Let’s start with my thoughts on what the Second Amendment and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA) means. I believe that the RKBA was intended to allow the citizenry to protect the nation against foreign invasion or against tyrannical government. It has nothing at all to do with duck hunting or “sporting purposes.” The rights exist in the people; they are not granted by the Constitution nor by the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment exists to restrain the Federal government (and has been incorporated to restrain the states as well).

To me, the RKBA means that there may come a time when a foreign nation invades us, or the government has grown tyrannical to the point that it must be stopped with force. When the call comes out to form up irregular infantry companies in town squares across the land, citizens grab weapons and equipment out of their closets or gun safes and head down to muster. In order to form provisional infantry units, the citizens need the ability to own weapons suitable for the task.

These weapons need to be contemporary or equivalent to the average infantryman. If the modern military has self-loading automatic rifles, then the citizenry needs to be able to match those capabilities. If the modern infantryman has a belt-fed light machine gun, then the citizen needs to be able to have one as well. Crew served weapons may be different, although there is plenty of historical precedent for civilians fielding entire warships or batteries of cannon to fight.

If the threat is tyrannical government, it makes no sense for that same government to keep control of the weaponry to pass it out to citizens upon muster, or to know where each weapon is housed, or to be able to prevent the citizens from obtaining them in the first place. What good would it do to allow a government the ability to hamstring the very people that keep it in check?

The Supreme Court wisely laid out what the standard should be in the 1939 case US v. Miller, where it posited that any weapon that was useful to military service should receive the protection of the Second Amendment.

This brings us into the Constitutional failure of thought that the Federal government can regulate anything it wishes under the Commerce Clause. This faulty reasoning (established first in Wickard v. Filburn, arguably one of the worst-decided cases in SCOTUS history) allows the Federal government powers of regulation well beyond those granted to it in the limited powers of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. A measure originally intended to prevent trade wars between the states has evolved into a many-tentacled, omnipresent Leviathan of control.

Further, nowhere in the Constitution is the Federal government authorized to enact general crime control statutes. Congress only has the implied powers associated with the express provisions of Article I, Section 8 govern crime control, such as the ability to prosecute murder of a postman, or the ability to enact a military justice system to discipline troops. However, this also has been perverted to the point that the citizenry believes the Federal government has the authority to enact any measures Congress sees fit to proscribe any activity at all.

This brings us to the recent NRA statement about bumpfire stocks. The NRA’s argument is inherently flawed on many levels. First and foremost, it starts out with the incorrect assumption that machine guns can and should be heavily regulated. This assumption is then magnified when applied to bumpfire stocks, which are in no way, shape, or form machine guns of any kind. The BATFE ruling soundly reasoned that there is still only one activation of the trigger per round fired. The BATFE (to its rare credit) was unwilling or unable to rewrite the definition of a machine gun in order to proscribe bumpfire stocks. The conflation of bumpfire stocks with machine guns by the NRA is dangerous and foolish. It is especially dangerous given the vast reach and platform that the NRA has, and the risk for others to incorrectly conflate the two types of weapons as well.

Further, the statement advocates for the BATFE to be the ones to review the bumpfire stock decision and regulate it by rulemaking. This abdication of Congressional authority to an executive agency is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard. With the unfortunate Chevron decision in place, it will be almost impossible to dislodge any unfavorable ruling by the BATFE, and therefore leave the force of law to be decided by some career bureaucrats with no accountability to the voters. This is an unfathomable position in which to place our inalienable rights.

I’ve heard it said that this must be some genius 4-D chess move by the NRA, designed to extract concessions from the gun-grabbing crowd. This is a foolish principle as well. There cannot be negotiation on the RKBA. At all. It is a fundamental right, and it’s all or nothing. The text is clear: “Shall not be infringed.” Chris Cox’ voice was on a loop when I called the other day to express my displeasure, and I heard him say, “We will not back down.” This hypocritical behavior by the top brass of the NRA is what is causing its support to bleed out profusely.

There cannot be negotiation with gun grabbers. They don’t want to negotiate; they want to steal our rights at every turn. Every “negotiation” somehow seems to wind up with us giving away more and more, and then cheering when we block them from taking yet one more sliver. These concessions do not help our cause, they only hurt it. This is not a zero-sum game. Every step further away from complete and total deregulation of firearms is a loss.

Look at NFA ’34, GCA ’68, the poison pill Hughes Amendment to FOPA ’86 (FOPA ’86 is a perfect example of cheering when we claw back towards where we already were), the ’89 import ban, and the ’94 OMNIBUS crime bill. We never gain, we only lose. If we claw back a step or two, we call it a win. It’s still an end loss. If we give up one thing to gain another, we haven’t gained anything.

Pelosi admitted the other day that she “certainly hoped” that a bumpfire stock ban would lead to a slippery slope of more gun control. This is how they get to their desired end state: complete civilian disarmament. Further, when we allow the gun-grabbers to drag us down to the level that they’re arguing over individual components, weapon systems, or action types, they’ve already won the war over our rights. We’re arguing with them over whatever scraps that we can salvage.

Most importantly, in this most recent statement the NRA actively called for gun control. Think about that for a second: the biggest, most persuasive gun-rights group in the nation actually CALLED for more gun control. My jaw hit the floor, and I was appalled. Clearly the top brass does not truly believe in fighting for the right to keep and bear arms, if they are actively assisting the gun-grabbers in calling for more gun control.

This call is dangerous for a few reasons: first and foremost, it abdicates the argument and claims that gun control actually has merit as an idea, and might actually work to solve the issues of violence in our nation. The NRA’s statement says to the nation: “Gun control has merit, and in some cases is a reasonable response.” We all know this to be a lie. Yet, why does the most powerful gun-rights organization in America give them that win? Talk about bad optics.

The NRA has tons of power. Democrats revile it. Republicans quake when its members blow up the phone lines. So why would an organization this powerful knowingly and willingly bend? What could possibly be gained? Dems will no longer be worried about the NRA if they realize it can be bullied and pushed around. When they see that the NRA administration is spineless and unwilling to stand up at every turn, they will be empowered to ignore the NRA and attack.

I don’t care about bumpfire stocks. But this statement isn’t about bumpfire stocks. It’s about the creeping attack on our rights, and the dangerous encroachments on our liberties if we do not call out infringements when we see them.

If the NRA has so much power, why would the organization waste it? USE IT. To shamelessly steal their words and use them against the NRA: “Stand and fight.”

Baxter Stegall
October 9, 2017

How to Find the Perfect Rangefinder That Suits You Best

A rangefinder is a device used to estimate the distances of objects focused on its lens. Most rangefinders make use of laser technology such that a beam of light is sent from the device to a targeted object and when the light reflects back into the device, the distance travelled by the light is used to approximate the distance of the object. With the many different rangefinders available in the market, it can be quite a tall order to find one that suits you best. Luckily for you, we have compiled a comprehensive list of the most important factors you should consider when shopping for a rangefinder.

  • Maximum Range – This is the farthest range that you can expect the device to read under optimum conditions. Ideal conditions would be a highly reflective surface such as a tall building or shiny surface. However, if you will be using your rangefinder for hunting, then there is a slim to none chance that you’ll be operating in optimum conditions. For this reason, as a general rule, find a rangefinder that has a maximum range about twice as much as your normal hunting range, e.g. if you mostly hunt deer within a maximum radius of 500 yards, then choose a rangefinder with a maximum range of about 1000 yards.
  • Magnification – This is the extent to which your rangefinder will be able to magnify objects. It is advisable to choose a rangefinder that has a magnification of 4X to 7X depending on your preferred hunting method. Bow hunters would work comfortably with a lower magnification of about 4X-5X while those using high-powered rifles can benefit better from a 7X magnification. The higher the magnification, the farther out you can hunt.
  • Angle Compensation – If you regularly hunt from tree stands, then you will benefit from a rangefinder with an inclinometer since it offers angle compensation, thereby resulting in a more accurate reading.
  • Reviews – Experience is the best teacher, hence before you purchase a rangefinder, be sure to read some online reviews of the product. A good website to visit is where they base their reviews on personal use of products and first-hand experience in the outdoors.
  • Accuracy – Since the main objective of a rangefinder is its ability to estimate distances, then it is mandatory that the rangefinder you choose has a high level of accuracy. Look out for rangefinders that have digitally enhanced accuracy features as they tend to be the best in this category.
  • Optic Display – Your rangefinder should have a crystal clear display so that you can accurately identify your target. It would be a shame for you to hunt or maim illegal game due to poor optics.
  • Durability – Since you’ll be using your rangefinder in the great outdoors, it needs to be well-prepared for the harsh conditions. Study the casing and material of your rangefinder to ensure that it will not easily break or become faulty. Waterproof and shockproof features are an added advantage.

Author Bio: Charlie Brown is a trainer and an experienced hunting guide working for an agency. Along with this, he writes blogs that informs and encourages people about safe shooting and hunting.

Smith & Wesson: A Major Player in the History of the Arms Industry

The partnership of Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson marked the beginning of a legacy that has revolutionized the arms industry into what we know today. Smith & Wesson has remained at the forefront of the firearm industry since the mid 19th century designing and manufacturing integral advancements to various models of hand guns and rifles.

Many moments throughout history served to fortify and shape S&W into the legacy/brand we know and love today. From the supply and demand of wartime to the personal preferences of law enforcement and civilians needing personal protection, S&W worked tirelessly to improve upon their designs and forge the way toward a higher standard of firearm all while accomplishing many firsts along the way.

The Model 1

Originally titled the Seven Shooter, the Model 1 was manufactured between 1857 to 1860 and was the first practical cartridge revolver, marking the end of single-shot percussion firearms. The revolver was a tip-up model that allowed the barrel to tip up and back, allowing the cartridge to be removed and loaded with Wesson’s patented .22 rim fire cartridges. The rim fire cartridges were also a first in the arms industry as they were small enough to be carried around in a pocket and fully waterproof. Thanks to the Model 1 and it’s self-contained rim fire cartridge, S&W was inevitably coined the thoroughbred of the handgun world.

Wartime and Historical Events

It was the commencement of the Civil War that encouraged the development of a revolver with a faster reloading time since the tip up models had proven themselves unwieldy and time consuming. As a result, by 1870 the The Model 3, a .44 caliber revolver, was born. The Model 3 was a vital development for the business because of the massive national and international contracts, which aided in funding S&W through the late economic depressions of the 70’s.

After the Civil War, the American West was the next most influential historical event to aid in the expansion of S&W firearms as it provided a lucrative market serving both the United States Calvary and the rush of new settlers often in conflict with Native Americans. The Model 3 proved successful and the large-framed revolver continued to be in high demand.

At the start of WWII S&W dedicated their production efforts to military arms only, producing millions of the Victory Model, the .38 Military and Police Revolver containing the cartridge of the popular .38 S&W Special. Known today as the Model 10, this revolver has served nearly every military and police organization in the world and by 1960 nearly 85 percent of law enforcement officials around the world carried the .38 M&P.

Law Enforcement and Civilian Use

In the 1930’s law officials began to request a higher powered handgun that could keep up with criminals who were better armed now than ever before. This request was the spark that launched the firearm industry into the Magnum era after Wesson developed a .357 Magnum round in response. After perfecting the .357 for law enforcement, the infamous .44 Magnum was revealed in 55′ and, thanks to the film “Dirty Harry,” became one of the most well known revolvers ever produced.

The rapid growth of the 19th century led to better armed criminals and increased crime rates. S&W had already taken over the law enforcement market and turned it’s efforts to civilian use for personal protection. Their early models, like the .38 Double Action, was small and safe enough to conceal and increased the demand from civilians for various new models of the caliber. However, personal protection was not the only growing market for the company during the 19th Century as the interest in sport shooting began to increase.

The .38 M&P had been a popular choice among sport shooters after WWII, but eventually requests were made and a .22 caliber target pistol was manufactured in the late 1940’s. After years and years of testing, adjusting and improving upon their high-grade target pistol, S&W finally released to the public the most impressive and accurate shooting pistol yet seen to date, the Model 52.

The Legacy Continues

In January 1880, Scientific American named S&W “one of the oldest, most perfect, and widely known [revolver makers] in the country.” Over a century later this title still stands. Smith & Wesson has led the revolution of firearms to what we love and shoot today. It wasn’t until early 2000 that the company refocused it’s marketing on major outfitters and big box retailers, attempting to cater to the growing community of Americans that love and uphold their right to carry a firearm. The historic legacy of the partnership between two men created a brand that has been household name since the birth of this nation and continues to lead the industry in many new and exciting ways.