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Magpul PTS Masada - Spartan Imports Booth - Shot Show 2012
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So I stopped by the Spartan Imports booth while hanging out at Shot Show 2012, however, I apparently missed the big showing of the new Magpul PTS Masada GBBR kit.  So I was a bit bummed about that, but there's only so much one can do.  As I understand it, it's basically a drop-in kit for the existing Masada AEGs, so nothing much different from an aesthetics point of view.  Just know that they're going to be releasing that GBB kit sometime this year.

Trying to make the most of the situation, I decided to snap a few shots of what they didn't have available for display from Magpul PTS.  Some items were new, some not-so new.  Either way, they got their photo taken by me.

See some of the new Magpul PTS Masada AEG photos from Shot Show 2012 after the jump...

Chris Costa Resigns as President of Magpul Dynamics.
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Chris Costa Leaving Magpul Dynamics.  Photo by Stickman, used with permission.
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Wow.  According to the Military Times blog, Gear Scout, Chris Costa is leaving Magpul Dynamics, effective as of year-end 2011/early 2012-ish.  In case you're just tuning into the world, Magpul Dynamics is the tactical training powerhouse in which Costa played a key role developing a cult-like following in both the real steel and Airsoft realms due, in part, to a series of instructional training DVDs filmed during their live-fire shooting courses.  Perhaps most notably, "The Art of the Tactical Carbine" Parts I & II, which feature The Beard along with former-Magpul Dynamics CEO, Travis Haley, instructing students on the most effective ways to dispatch a threat using very expensive tricked-out M4 carbine rifles.

Apparently, Costa and his beard plan to start their own training school, Costa Ludus, which should allow him a bit more flexibility in his tactical enlightenment schedule to spend more time with his family.  Also according the Gear Scout report, Costa appears to be leaving on good terms with Magpul, which is always something I hope for.  I'm not a fan of drama. 

As a little "knowledge treat" for you, the term "Ludus," according to the all-knowing Wikipedia, stems from Ancient Rome, with several meanings.  One of which refers to a training school for gladiators and the other?  Erotic role-playing.  I couldn't make that up if I tried.  My guess is Costa was going for the former meaning, rather than the latter.  However, I know that he can be quite the character at times, so perhaps I might be wrong. Either way, I think I can speak for many of the Magpul maniacs out there when I say that we wish him well on his new endeavors. 

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