In or around 2002 Tango Down developed and brought its first Battle Grip to market, the BG-16. The grip featured an ergonomic shape and a texture on each side of the grip.
In or around 2006 Tango Down brought its AR15/M4 Arc Magazine to market. The magazine features a waffle pattern on each side wall and tread on the front and back of the magazine. In addition, the magazine design was described as a five-sided box, which was permanently bonded together so the magazine optimized its strength.
Mid 2008-Fall 2009
After being approached by SGC Global, the founder of US Palm, Tango Down designed and developed what was known as the AK30, an AK magazine which contained the same features as the ARC Magazine but for the AK platform. This magazine was brought to market under the US Palm brand, and Tango Down was to be paid a fee per magazine for the life of the product.
July 28th, 2009
Tango Down files trademark on term “Battlegrip”. Trademark was granted and Tango Down still owns the trademark today.
September 29, 2009
SGC files trademark on the , US Palm’s owner “First filing for a Trademark on term US PALM”
October 5th, 2009
First announcements of US Palm and the AK30 are made by SGC USA. TangoDown is referenced.
Below are links referencing the known link of the AK30 to Tango Down and its owner.
March 16th, 2010
AK30 Starts Shipping
May 8th, 2010
“AK Battlegrip upcoming release”
October 6th, 2010
Tango Down releases BG17
Around Q4 2010
“US Palm and Tango Down both release a large AR pistol grip known as the BG-17 and AR Battlegrip”
“45rd and 30rd Quad Stack Videos are Released”
US Palm stops paying Tango Down
“US Palm Closes Out AR Battlegrip”
April 2nd, 2014
Robert Anderson announces he acquired US Palm from SGC Global. Brandon Finch, a former SGC Global employee, is added as a partner of the new entity by Robert Anderson.
Around October 2014
US Palm moves AK30 & AK Battlegrip Injection Molds to Tempe, AZ. Jeremy Deadman of XTech Tactical was an employee of the injection molding manufacture in Tempe, AZ and managed the US Palm account.
November 25th, 2015
The trademark on the phrase “US Palm” is assigned from SGC LLC to Black Swan Gear, LLC DBA US Palm.
US Palm Contracts Molded Devices
Jeremy Deadman accepts position at Molded Devices, Inc an injection molding manufacture also based in Tempe, AZ. US Palm elects to move the AK30 and AK Battlegrip molds to Molded Devices, following Mr. Deadman.
“AK30R is Released”
January 8th, 2017
US Palm reduces MSRP of the AK30 to $19.95
See: US Palm Facebook post Jan 8th, 2017. https://www.facebook.com/USPALM/
April 1, 2017
US Palm makes a Facebook post “suspending all consumer sales”.
See: US Palm FB Post April 1st, 2017. https://www.facebook.com/USPALM/
In an unfiled lawsuit sent by Century Arms listing Molded Devices and XTech Tactical Century Arms stated the following:
“In or about May 2017, Plaintiff and US Palm initiated discussions relating to
Plaintiff’s proposed purchase of certain assets of US Palm. Plaintiff conducted due diligence
relating to that purchase over the course of nearly a year, through March 2018.”
See: Lawsuit May 30th, 2017
June 30th, 2017
US Palm Trademark owned by Black Swan Gear is 710 – Cancelled – Section 8
July 10th, 2017
Armor Express announces hiring of Robert Anderson as Brand Manager for “Lighthawk Tactical”
August 6th, 2017
US Palm makes a Facebook post stating “All good things must come to an end, and this is ours at US PALM”.
See: https://www.facebook.com/USPALM/ Post dated August 6th, 2017
August 23rd, 2017
Century International Arms, Inc files Trademark Application on the phrase “US PALM” and the US Palm logo.
January 23rd, 2018