13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is set to be released in January 2016 and from all the scuttlebutt it looks like the political spin machines are warming up even as we speak.  I’ve only seen the trailer but the “jocked up welcome to the gym greeting a new team member gets” looks pretty hammy to Buckwheat. There’s no telling what the real message will end up being, but I’m glad these guys will end up with some well deserved benefit.

Posted in Fun Stuff | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Steiner eOptics Global Training and Applications (GTA)

Steiner eOptics GTA is provided as a world-wide service with two to three training events planned for each geographic region (e.g. Middle East, Europe, South America) throughout the calendar year.   Additional events and specialized application training, such as low-light and no-light forced entry, pistol-only, or hostage rescue team training can also be scheduled.  From static targets to team-based missions, Steiner eOptics training provides the end-user with the techniques, tactics, and procedures to effectively and confidently operate in low-light and no-light conditions.
Customers and end users will enjoy direct access to factory personnel during the training, and receive in-depth classroom and hands-on range training using the latest low-light and no-light technologies.
Distributors and agents benefit by creating closer ties to their customers and improve their ability to answer customer inquiries about the Steiner eOptics product line.

GTA training includes classroom theory and live-fire range application training for up to 20 students.  To optimize the live-fire range application training, Steiner eOptics recommends a class size of 8-12 students.  Live-fire training uses fully configured low-light and no-light weapon systems in real-world Law Enforcement and Military application environments.  In those situations where a range may not be available, GTA can still provide effective hands-on classroom-only training.

Steiner eOptics’ Global Training and Applications (GTA) service provides factory-direct training on state-of-the-art equipment being used in the field today and a unique opportunity to directly interact with Steiner eOptics factory personnel.   GTA schedules for the remainder of 2015 and early 2016 are now being finalized.
Contact Mr. Keegan at
MKeegan@Steiner-eOptics.com to reserve your spot today!

Posted in Training | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Command Arms AK47SFSP Side-Folding, 6-Position AK47 Stock Tube Now Available

CAA USA announced that CAA ambidextrous, side-folding, 6-position, polymer, collapsible stock tube is now available and shipping to retailers across the country. The CAA side-folding, stock tube (AK47SFSP) allows the installation of M4-style stocks on most AK-style rifles with Saiga stamped receivers. The CAA side-folding stock tube provides rifle enthusiasts and professionals with CQB and covert carry capabilities and easily converts from left-hand to right-hand folding positions.

The polymer construction of the stock tube features an internal aluminum lock and latch parts for extra strength. Installation is quick and easy and requires no gunsmithing or tools. The

horizontal tube mounting to the stock also improves sight picture. An oversized, ridged push button makes it easy to locate and fold the stock, even under stress. To move the stock from the folded to extended position, a pull on the stock is all that is required (no push

button). The 6-positions allow the user to customize the fit of the stock for a personalized and comfortable fit.

The CAA side-folding, 6-position, collapsible tube accepts all commercial AR15/M4 collapsible stocks including CAA’s skeletonized (SKBS) and collapsible (CBS) buttstocks. Available in black only with an Unconditional Lifetime Warranty, the CAA AK47SFSP collapsible tube for AK47’s has an MSRP of $ 114.99.

For more information on CAA USA, visit www.commandarms.com

Posted in Accessories | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What Is Lock Time?

Precision rifle shooters are notorious for some great discussion centered around weather, pressure, powder choices and calibers. They are staples in precision shooting circles, so for this Friday’s shoot-the-shit topic, we’ve selected one of the more obscure areas of discussion, rifle lock time. As with all shoot-the-shit discussion, participants are free to make any unsupported statement, insult anyone they please, use profanity or change the subject all together. All at no charge to you!

So what is lock time?

The undisputed king of the precision shooting circuit is the single shot, magazine fed, bolt action rifle. These weapon systems are capable of sub-minute performance with quality factory ammunition, and even better performance with hand loaded ammunition. When a shooter pulls the trigger, there is a delay in time from when the trigger breaks to when the firing pin strikes the shell’s primer. This delay in time is called lock time. Lock time is present in all firearms but has been relegated to a precision shooting topic.

Lock time can be measured with the appropriate instruments but topic “intelligentsia” suggest that it varies from rifle to rifle but falls in the rage of 2.5 milliseconds to as much as 5.6 milliseconds. Under most shooting conditions, lock time is negligible but it may be something to factor when dealing with a moving target. For purposes of this discussion, we’re going to use an average lock time, which we’ll calculate as follows

Lock Time (avg) = (2.5 msec + 5.6msec)/2 OR 4.05 msec

This means a shooter can expect a 4.05 msec delay from when the trigger breaks to when the primer is ignited. To understand what 4.05 msec means in the shooting equation we’ll use the following formula

Distance = rate x time

What we’re attempting to  do with this formula is determine how much a moving target moves in 4.05 msec.

Most target movement is stated in miles per hour so lets assume a vehicle moving at 20 miles per hours. This is the target’s rate and for time we’ll use 4.05 msec. Whenever performing numerical calculations we try to work with similar units so since we’re stating rate as miles per hour, we’ll convert 4.05 msec to hours, and when we do that we get a very small value expressed as  1.125e-6 or .000001125 hours. We’ll use the decimal equivalent to calculate distance traveled by the target.

Distance = 20 mph x .000001125

Distance = 0.0000225 miles. Next we’ll convert to feet

Feet = .0000225 x 5280 = .1188  Next we’ll convert to inches

Inches = 12 x .1188 = 1.4 inches

A target moving at 20 m.p.h. will have moved 1.4 inches in the time it took for the firing pin to strike the primer regardless of its angle of approach or departure.

Shooting at a moving target be it a slow mover or fast mover, as in our example, is a difficult task and the likelihood is that the shot will be missed. Shooting a moving target requires that you have an accurate target range, speed and angle to the target from the shooter’s position.


In the diagram above, mover “A” is traveling at 90 degrees to the line of sight and its to the right of the line of sight so it has a positive angle. This target requires the largest lead, and that lead will vary with range  and target speed. Mover “B” is at a zero angle; in other words, traveling directly at the shooter. This angle requires no lead. All lead angles are expressed as 0-90 degrees + or – a positive angle is in the 1st quadrant and a negative angle is in the 4th quadrant.


Q:  So, does lock time matter? 

Ans: It all depends on the situation!

You’re invited to participate and contribute your thoughts. Have a great and safe weekend. Get out with your buds and family!

Posted in Shoot-the-shit | Tagged , , | Leave a comment




They are finished, marked, sharpened, and handled up. They just need scabbards and will ship by the end of Aug.

More info/purchase: CLICK HERE

Posted in Knives and Tools | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Gear Review: Streamlight EPU-5200



Streamlight’s latest addition to their USB product line, the EPU-5200, is a robust, portable and rechargeable power pack with enough under the hood to recharge any of the company’s USB illumination tools, smart devices like iPhones and tablets.

At a $30 street price you have no excuse for finding yourself in the great outdoors without light, smartphone, GPS or anything else that charges from a USB port.

Read my review!


Posted in Electronics, Power | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

LaserLyte’s All New Premium Pistol Laser Trainer


COTTONWOOD, AZLaserLyte, is introducing the next generation of their widely popular LT-series of pistol laser trainers. The all-new LT-Premium (LT-PRE) combines the proven training features of the LT-PRO with a brand new ON/OFF switch to conserve battery life, and a tool-less barrel diameter adjustment to easily fit nearly any handgun.


LaserLyte’s new LT-PRE is the first laser trainer to fit “snubbie” revolvers like Smith & Wesson J-Frame and Taurus M85 pistols. A minimum barrel length of 1.875-inches is required and allows shooters to train with one of the most commonly carried handguns in existence. The LT-P  RE also fits nearly every revolver or semi-auto chambered in all of the most popular calibers: .380 ACP, 9mm, .38 Sp., .357 Mag., .357 SIG, .40 S&W, 10mm, .45 LC, .45 ACP, or .50 AE.


Mounting inside the muzzle-end of a barrel, the LT-PRE has a sound activated switch that illuminates a laser for 100 milliseconds, showing impact with a laser dot every time the hammer or striker fires. This allows users to train at home with their favorite handguns, while saving money on expensive or hard-to-find ammunition.


Paired with LaserLyte Laser Training Targets, the LT-PRE is the most effective system for shooters to become proficient with nearly any pistol caliber, from .380 ACP up to .50 AE. 


-Product Number: LT-PRE

-Minimum 1.875-inch barrel length required (Fits Snubnose Revolvers)

-Fits Calibers: 380 ACP, 9mm, 38 Sp, 357 Mag, 40 S&W, 10mm, 45 ACP, 50 AE

-Minimum Diameter: 0.325 inch

-Maximum Diameter: 0.543 inch

-Activation: ON/OFF Switch; Sound of Striker or hammer

-Windage/Elevation adjustment

-Run Time: 3,000 Shots

-Batteries: 3 x 377

-Power Output: 650NM, 5MW, Class IIIA

-Weight: 0.25 ounces

-Length: 2.3 inches

-MSRP: $109.95

Posted in Laser Based Technologies, Training | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Free Aimpoint® Micro T-1 With Purchase of Eligible LWRCI™ Rifles

c6df2598-8cd8-4631-8720-b3f1e8764f5fChantilly, VA – July 28, 2015 – Aimpoint, has partnered with LWRC International to offer consumers an outstanding value-with-purchase opportunity.  Through August 31, 2015, consumers purchasing a new rifle from an authorized LWRCI dealer will receive an Aimpoint Micro T-1 red dot sight (retail value $889.00) for free, via a mail-in rebate.  This promotion applies to the following LWRCI rifles: IC-5.56, SIX 8-6.8 SPC, and R.E.P.R. – 7.62 models.

Fulfillment is being handled by LWRCI, and requires submission of a rebate request form, federal form 4473, proof of purchase receipt, and UPS sticker.  Rebate forms can be downloaded at www.lwrci.com/aimpointpromo.  LWRCI will ship the optic to the dealer within 4-8 weeks of receiving complete information.  All requests for rebate optics must be postmarked and received no later than September 30, 2015 in order to qualify.

For more information on the LWRCI “Step Up – Aim High” promotion, call (410)901-1348 or visit: www.lwrci.com/aimpointpromo.

For more information on Aimpoint or the company’s products, visit our webpage at www.aimpoint.com or contact:

Posted in Accessories, Alerts, Optics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

IWI Jericho Pistol Now Shipping to the U.S. Market

Harrisburg, Pa. (July 2015)IWI US, Inc., announced that the highly anticipated Jericho brand of pistols for the U.S. market is now shipping to distributors. Retailers can expect the steel framed Jericho 941, designed specifically for the U.S. market, will hit their shelves within the next few weeks.

The Jericho 941 steel frame, semi-auto, short-recoil model is currently shipping in full-size chambered in 9mm and .40S&W and semi-compact in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45ACP. The pistol features adjustable sights, an integral MIL-STD 1913 rail, an ergonomic pistol grip, and ships with 2 magazines in a lockable carry case. IWI US will also carry CO, CT, DC, HI, IL, MD, NJ and NY compliant pistols with 10-round magazines (no models available for CA and MA).

Jericho 941 Steel Frame Specifications









.40 S&W


.40 S&W

.45 ACP


Steel    Full Size

Steel    Full Size

Steel Compact

Steel Compact

Steel Compact














2.3 lbs.

2.3 lbs.

1.95 lbs.

2.25 lbs.

2.25 lbs.


2 – 16 rd.

  (F-910 – 2-10 rd.)

2-12 rd.

(F-4010 – 2-10 rd.)

2-16 rd.

(FS-910 – 2-10 rd.)

2-12 rd.

(FS-4010 – 2-10 rd.)

2-10 rd.













Posted in pistols | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mission First Tactical TEKKO Metal AR 7" Free Float KeyMod Rail

Horsham, Pa. (July 2015) –Mission First Tactical, LLC (MFT), a leader in USA-made rifle/carbine accessories, is proud to release its latest product, the TEKKO Metal AR Free Float 7″ KeyMod Rail System (TMARFF7KRS). This all metal free float 7″ rail system allows secure mounting for MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny Rails and tactical accessories, like vertical grips, bipods, lights, lasers and other rail mounted kits. The KeyMod system allows for universal modularity between numerous manufacturers of accessories and accessory rails.

“We created this rail system for the operator who needs to customize his rifle to a specific mission. That’s why it’s light, tough as nails and allows tactical gear to be quickly and easily added,” said MFT’s Vice President David Edelman.

The rail is made out of Type 3 hard coat anodized aluminum. The free floating nature of the rail allows for less torque on the barrel, making it easier to shoot tighter groups. It also provides a larger range of modularity with offset mounting positions, as well as the traditional 12, 3, 6 and 9:00 positions.

The rail was designed to accommodate most suppressor installations. It comes with a patent-pending mounting, indexing and lock up system. It has a monolithic style top rail that eliminates the gap between the receiver and rail. Minor assembly is required. The TMARFF7KRS utilizes standard barrel nut and will allow a standard front sight post, low profile gas block or Picatinny rail gas block. Available in Black or Scorched Dark Earth, the TMARFF7KRS is made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.

Features and Functions:

  • Free floating rail replaces the plastic factory handguard (7″)
  • Secure KeyMod platform that allows mounting of Picatinny rails and accessories
  • Lightweight 6061 aluminum construction
  • Removal of Delta ring and front sight post required
  • MSRP $149.99

For more information on Mission First Tactical, visit www.missionfirsttactical.com.

Posted in Accessories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Ruger Precision Rifle

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. has just introduced its Ruger Precision Rifle chambered in .308, 6.5 Creedmoor and .243 Win. There are lots of things to like about this gun. First on my list is its cold hammer-forged chrome molly barrel with 5R riffling – this is the same riffling used in the M24 sniper weapon system. The rifle is patterned after the AR15 so barrel changes are relatively easy to perform. Ruger has also included a full length 20 MOA Picatinny rail secured to the receiver with four #8-40.

The second major thumbs up, for me, is Ruger’s  multi-magazine interface. Imagine a rifle that will accept the traditional SR-25 “style” magazines as well as the AICS and M14 magazines –  Hooya! That alone should be sufficient incentive for you to favorably consider a purchase; however, the good news continues.

The Ruger Precision Rifle ships with an externally adjustable, for weight of pull, trigger. Shooters have a choice in weight of 2.25 lbs. to 5.0 lbs. The rifle features a three lug bolt with a 70 degree throw and a fully adjustable Ruger Precision MSR stock. The buttstock attaches directly to the back of the receiver which ensures that recoil is directed straight into the shoulder. Now for the grand finally…

M.S.R.P. $1,399

Posted in Weapon systems | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sneak Preview: Streamlight EPU 5200


For 2015, Streamlight added several USB rechargeable flashlights to their product line, so it makes sense for the company to also introduce a rechargeable power pack. On the surface there’s not much that a scribe can say about a power pack; however, there’s more to this little gadget than meets the eye.

This $40 accessory fits in a small pouch and addresses a number of power needs for law enforcement, outdoorsmen and military personnel. If you can’t afford to be without a backup power source you’ll want to consider Streamlight’s EPU 5200 for your USB rechargeable device.

In my upcoming review I’ll also show you a configuration that will solve the majority of your infield power needs…

Posted in Power, Sneak Previews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

MAGPUL MOE SL Mid-Length Hand Guard Now Shipping

MOE SL™ Hand Guard, Mid-Length – AR15/M4

MOE SL Hand Guard, Mid-Length

  • Weight: 8.3 oz.
  • Length, maximum: 10.9 in.
  • Width, maximum: 1.8 in.
  • Height: 2.4 in.
  • Colors: Black, FDE, Gray, OD

*NOTE: The Mid-Length MOE SL Hand Guard is a direct replacement for most factory plastic, two-piece, mid-length hand guards and utilizes the existing ROUND front hand guard retaining cap and spring-loaded delta ring.  Must be used with A2 front sight assembly; triangular retaining caps and other gas blocks are not compatible
If so equipped,  the factory sling swivel must be removed from the A2 front sight assembly.

Posted in Accessories | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Army Links Family of Weapon Sights-Individual To The Enhanced Night Vision Goggle Wirelessly.


Military.com ran an interesting story on the Army’s efforts to integrate its Family of Weapon Sights-Individual (FWS-I) with the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG). In this system, the operator is able to transmit his thermal weapon sight’s image, with a push of a button, wirelessly to his ENVG; allowing the operator to quickly engage a target. This is some great news as it equips our operators with much needed technology shortening the kill chain.

Although were are enthused by the development, WiFi connections can be easily disrupted by jamming techniques falling under the spread spectrum jamming concept. These jamming techniques are even effective against frequency hoping communications systems. I fear that much of our system development is driven by experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan ignoring the potential for conflicts with developed militaries.

Maybe fiber optic connectivity would mitigate that risk and still limit weapon to operator wiring at a minimum. Something to think about.

Read Matthew Cox’s article “ Army: New Wireless Sight Offers Leap-Ahead for Night Marksmanship

Posted in Night Vision Technology, Optics, Soldier Systems, Thermal Imaging | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Density Altitude Discussed

One of the more interesting questions we get around here is about density altitude as it pertains to external ballistics. So, we thought it would make a good shoot-the-shit topic for this Friday. In this post we want to shed some light on the concept of density altitude as it pertains to external ballistic performance.

External environmental parameters influence the efficiency of a projectile moving through the air for a given ballistic coefficient and projectile geometry. Different bullet designs perform differently under similar conditions and all bullet designs exhibit flight paths influenced by environmental conditions.  The impact of that influence increases with range to the target. For example, police snipers  don’t usually concern themselves with environmental conditions when they operate within their usual engagement range of 53 yards; however, they all understand environmental parameters and will employ them as range to the target increases. A one inch error at 100 yards translates to a three inch error at 300 yards and six inches at 600 yards.

OAvlhMxvSDmSxw5R7eb9_K4500ABODIn determining a firing solution, precision shooters must take temperature, station pressure, humidity and altimeter into consideration. Prior to the integration of ballistics software with weather meters, like the Kestrel NV4500 family, ballistic calculations involved manual entry of environmental data into a separate device like a PDA or smart device to arrive at a firing solution. This procedure is both tedious, time consuming and what happens when your ballistic calculators gets run over by a Humvee  – enter density altitude.

Density altitude is an aerodynamic concept used extensively in aviation. For example, on a hot and humid day, I know that I’m going to have a longer run down the runway before rotating. You may have heard the term “flying by the numbers,” here’s what that means. It means that you adjust aircraft attitude and indicated airspeed for specific values under specific conditions. For example, rotation air speed will vary with fuel and weight. The best rate of climb speed is that airspeed that results in the best vertical gain for horizontal travel. This value varies under different conditions. Yet another performance factor is fuel consumption, it too will vary with density altitude. So, it follows that a projectiles performance will vary with density altitude.

Pencil and paper computation of density altitude is not trivial needing a  couple of conversions and requires that you have the following data: temperature, station pressure and dew point. All commercially available weather meters capture that data and automatically calculates density altitude. Once you have your density altitude value from your weather meter,  you’re ready to get your firing solution from commercially available cards.

Density altitude cards, also called estimators are available in sets grouped by ammunition type, meters or yards, MRAD or MOA. Using these tools is easy and eliminate the need for a separate ballistic calculator.

I use cards as a backup against device failures due to battery exhaustion or device damage. They work great and the firing solutions are accurate. If you are a precision rifle shooter having a set of ballistic cards is strongly recommended and highly desirable.

As always we look forward to hearing from you, or if you want to change the subject all together, well that’s cool also– it’s a shoot-the-shit.

Have a great weekend everybody, be safe and have some fun with your buds or family!

Posted in Shoot-the-shit, Sniper Systems and Tools | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

SKBS Skeletonized Buttstock from Command Arms

CAA USA‘s Skeletonized Buttstock (SKBS), is designed to meet the demands of tactical operators, eliminates excess weight without compromising on strength or durability. Made from a high-strength, nylon reinforced polymer with an over-molded rubber cheek weld contoured and texturized to provide additional user comfort, the SKBS mounts to both MIL-Spec and commercial buffer tubes via a compression ring ensuring a super tight fit and eliminating any chance of movement, no matter how slight. Additionally, a thumb activated extension pin locking tab slides to secure the SKBS in place, thus preventing any accidental stock movement.

The SKBS adjusts in length to accommodate the user with an easy-to-use stock latch. The grooved release latch allows for quick length changes and prevents accidental operation. Users can swiftly adjust length during use.

Three integral sling mounts allow for a variety of carries with web slings. Comfort is built into the SKBS with the over molded check rest and a removable buttpad for increased impact protection and added anti-slip.

CAA USA Skeletonized Buttstock Specifications:

  • Model Number:           SKBS
  • Fits:                           AR15/M16 with MIL-Spec and commercial buffer tubes*
  • Material:                    Polymer
  • Weight:                     10.88 oz.
  • Width:                       1.75 in.
  • Length:                      7.5 in.
  • Height:                      5.25
  • Colors Available:        Black, Green, Khaki
  • MSRP:                        $80.50

For more information on CAA USA, visit www.commandarms.com.

Posted in Accessories | Tagged , , | Leave a comment




Posted in Gear | Tagged , | Leave a comment

HSGI Introduces New Pistol TACOs

HSG Triple Pistol TACO MolleBy popular demand, HSGI has introduced two new pistol TACO designs – a double pistol TACO and a triple pistol TACO. Both the double and triple pistol TACO are available in MOLLE or belt mounted version.

Get your TACOs here

Posted in Load Bearing, magazines | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Steyr SSG Carbon Is Now Shipping

(July 21, 2015) — Steyr Arms has announced that its newest SSG rifle—wearing an advanced carbon-fiber stock—has landed in America. Initially introduced at the 2014 SHOT Show, the exceptionally accurate, innovative and moderately-priced SSG Carbon rifle was met with an unprecedented number of orders from the law enforcement community that took the last 16 months to fill, but the latest shipment of rifles now makes the SSG Carbon available throughout the U.S.

Unlike conventional carbon-fiber stocks made from woven carbon fabric that often suffer from side-strike structural failures, the SSG Carbon’s stock is made using the same “chipped-carbon” Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) construction used to create load-bearing structures in Formula 1 racecars and high-performance aircraft. The SSG Carbon’s chipped-carbon flakes combine thermally with the binding agent to form the SMC for a distinctive appearance to the stock, but like the spirals on the rifle’s cold-hammer-forged barrel, they aren’t just there for looks. The carbon chips interlock with each other to create an unparalleled tension net that is superior to steel in every direction, yet weighing a fraction of steel and aluminum.

Due to the unique recoil absorption properties of its SMC technology, the SSG Carbon is surprisingly lightweight, and its recoil absorption is unmatched. Utilizing the same barreled action and muzzle brake as the famed SSG 08, the SSG Carbon is based on Steyr’s Safe Bolt System (SBS) action, and it utilizes its direct trigger, legendary for its crisp, clean and repeatable break. A detachable box magazine functions either as a constant-feed magazine or it can be placed in a second position that acts as a magazine cutoff to single-feed the rifle over the top of a loaded magazine.

The stock of the SSG Carbon has multiple mounting points for sling attachments. It also features an adjustable cheek piece, an adjustable butt plate, rubber-wrapped pistol grip, a heavy bipod and an integrated finely adjustable rear-elevation pod. The cold-hammer-forged barrel measures 20 inches and features a twist rate of 1:10.

The suggested retail price is $3,695. To find a dealer near you, visit the Steyr website at www.steyrarms.com.


  • · Model: SSG Carbon
  • · Purpose: Long-Range Target Shooting, Tactical
  • · Manufacturer: Steyr Mannlicher GmbH Kleinraming, Austria
  • · Importer: Steyr Arms, Inc. 2530 Morgan Rd. Bessemer, AL 35022 (205) 417-8644 http://www.steyrarms.com
  • · Operation: Bolt-action repeating
  • · Caliber: .308 Winchester
  • · Magazine type/capacity: Polymer double-stack detachable box/10 rounds
  • · Action material: 25CrMo4 steel
  • · Barrel: 20- and 22.4-inch cold-hammer-forged heavy barrel
  • · Rifling: 4 Grooves, 1:10 RH Twist
  • · Sights: 20-MOA Picatinny rail
  • · Finish: Mannox®
  • · Safety: 3+1 Position Safety
  • · Trigger type: Single-stage
  • · Pull weight: 3 pounds, 8 ounces (user adjustable)
  • · Stock material/type: SMC carbon fiber
  • · Length of pull: 14.25 inches min. (0.33-inch inserts available)
  • · Comb Adjustment: 2.25 inches vertical adjustment
  • · Drop at heel: +1.07 to -3.8 inches vertical adjustment
  • · Recoil pad: Elastomer; 0.8-inch thick
  • · Sling swivels: Two removable push-and-turn style
  • · Pistol grip: Polymer with interchangeable rubber inserts
  • · Checkering: None
  • · Weight, empty: 11 pounds, 2 ounces
  • · Overall length: 43.4 inches
  • · Included accessories: Owner’s manual, HD bipod, continuously adjustable rear-elevation pod, one Detachable box magazine, hard travel case, sling swivels.
  • · MSRP: $3,695
Posted in Sniper Systems and Tools, Weapon systems | Tagged , , | Leave a comment




GEMTECH has a limited supply of of its high quality .22LR subsonic ammunition. The ammo will go live on GEMTECH’s Web Site Thursday, July 23rd at 9:00 am MT. In previous sales supplies were exhausted within hours from when they went live.  Buy It Here!


  • Ammunition Caliber: .22 LR
  • Ammunition Type: Suppressor
  • Bullet Manufacturer: CCI
  • Bullet Type: LRN
  • Bullet Acronym: LRN
  • Ballistic Coefficient: .123 approx.
  • Sectional Density: .120
  • Bullet Length: .503 unfired
  • Bullet Weight: 42 grains
  • Bullet Diameter: .2235”
  • Primer Type: CCI Rim fire
  • Test Barrel Length: 24”
  • Neck Diameter: .2235
  • Case Type: Gemtech head stamp CCI 22 Long case
  • Case Length: 0.609”
  • Cartridge Overall Length: 1.000 max SAAMI
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1,050 ft/s
  • Projectile Energy: 103 ft-lb
  • Max Avg Chamber Pressure: 21,000 psi
  • SAAMI Chamber Pressure: 24,000 psi
Posted in Ammunition, Suppressors | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Vickers: In Depth Analysis Of The Stoner 63


This is Part 2 of Larry Vickers Stoner 63 video. It provides an amplified look at this legendary weapon system. You can view Part 1 here.

Posted in Weapon systems | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Gear Review: Streamlight’s TLR-6


Well it’s time to dress up your Glock Perfection with an awesome laser-light combo from Streamlight. The TLR-6 is Streamlight’s latest addition to their TLR line – 100 lumens of LED light and a razor sharp visible red laser complements the Glock 42 and Glock 43.

If you own a Glock 42 or Glock 43 you’ll want to check out the TLR-6 and step one is read my review…

Posted in Accessories, pistols | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment



Once done, all you need is a great sling to match  so visit Blue Force Gear to pick one out.

Get A Sling

Posted in Accessories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Read The Iran Nuclear Deal Here!

(This article was published on Thursday 16 Jul 2015 to accommodate other editorial priorities)

This Friday’s shoot-the-shit will be the recent Iran Nuclear Deal formally titled “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” or JCPOA.

A lot has been said about this deal, but whatever side of the equation you are on, it represents the first and only good faith attempt at a diplomatic solution. Having said that, this deal rewards Iran handsomely for compliance. I found the timelines of 10 and 24 years somewhat curious and suggestive that western negotiators were trying to leverage generational change. So the bottom line is this…

If Iran abandons its nuclear weapon ambitions, permanently, the country will see an economic overhaul of biblical proportions. EU and EU+3 negotiators held out the carrot so is Iran willing to abandon a national ambition for a nuclear weapon and benefit from an outpour of assistance? That remains the question. If you’ve formed your answer based on past performance, you’ll conclude that Iran will cheat before it even has a chance to implement. If you’re an optimist you’ll assume that Iran prefers to have a vibrant economy over a nuclear arsenal. I think Iran will assume that it can have both. Some of the deal points follow.

The deal, leaves a commercial nuclear program intact, and supports it, in fact, with accessibility to EU, EU+3 and US research and technical assistance. The deal limits uranium enrichment to 3.67% , it allows Iran to produce its own nuclear fuel, continue nuclear research, produce isotopes for medical and research purposes, limits the types and number of centrifuges and prevents Iran from stockpiling nuclear material. The terms also require Iran to completely abandon all ambitions to develop nuclear weapons, but aside from reimposition of sanctions has no explicit teeth for failure to comply. Other than abandonment of nuclear weapon ambitions, the deal places no other burdens, such cessation of regional ambitions and support of terrorist groups.

Had Secretary Kerry asked me for input, I would have included restrictions on developing a nuclear powered surface and submarine navy. The only difference between a commercial reactor and one found on a ship or submarine is size. By allowing commercial development of nuclear power, deal makers have accelerated Iran’s development and deployment of a nuclear fleet. Said fleet could operate farther and for extended periods globally, which mitigates some of the requirements for land based intercontinental ballistic capability. With a nuclear navy, Iran can use smaller devices; for example, something like the old U.S. UUM-44 SUBROC, which can be fired from a torpedo tube has a range of 34 miles and has a sufficiently  large payload (5 kiloton) to take out a harbor or naval flotilla.

An Iranian nuclear Navy operating in the Mediterranean could pose a very serious problem for Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia and others.

The incentives for Iran to abandon its nuclear weapon ambitions, under this deal, are there in a very big way; however, are they enough to influence a government who views a nuclear arsenal as a sovereign right and a symbol of national prestige? That folks is the $65 million dollar question and it’s a huge crap shoot given Iran’s current regime.

As with all shoot-the-shit topics, you’re invited to make any unsupported comment, insult any one you wish, use any form of profanity and it’s all free of charge.

Have a great weekend be safe, get out and do something with your buds and family!

The Deal

Posted in Shoot-the-shit | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

TPG Releases the Gen 2 Tactical Rolling Luggage Line

Boynton Beach, Fla. (July 2015) –Tacprogear, a leading manufacturer of tactical equipment used by professionals around the globe, is pleased to announce the new GEN 2 designs for the Tactical Rolling Luggage (TRL) line are now available for purchase. The TRL line was designed as a user-friendly, extremely durable travel companion.

The TRL line consists of the standard Carry-On Size (B-TRL2-G2) and the Standard Full Size or “Check It” Rolling Luggage (B-TRL1-G2). The Carry On holds all the essentials for a three-to-five day get-a-way, while the Full Size Rolling Luggage is perfect for those extended trips requiring additional equipment. The Sherpa strap, located on the face of the Carry On bag, allows for a secure carry of a backpack or duffel bag to lighten the load. A perforated exposed back panel aids in weight reduction. The TRL line comes complete with Wolf Gray interior fabric for easy item identification in low light.

The Tactical Rolling Luggage, Gen 2 line features:

  • Durable, ambidextrous telescopic handle for easy rolling control
  • Two large 1.5″ external compression straps and clamshell opening
  • Side modular webbing for accessory attachments
  • Rear business cardholder or ID card holder
  • YKK locking zippers for TSA compliant locks
  • Internal flap with large zippered mesh pocket
  • Internal load compression straps and weather resistant outer material
  • Durable custom wheels and wheel housing
  • Protective skid rails
  • Bottom, top, front and side handles

The Tactical Rolling Luggage, Gen 2 line is constructed out of Black 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon. Weighing in at 3.9 lbs., the Carry On measures 14″ L x 11″ W x 21″ H, with four small internal mesh pockets and an external top zipper pocket for easy access when stowed in overhead compartments. Weighing in at 5.3 lbs., the Full Size Rolling Luggage measures 16″ L x 14″ W x 30″ H, with six internal mesh pockets and two external zipper pockets. MSRP starts at $354.

The Tactical Rolling Luggage, Gen 2 line is available for purchase now on the Tacprogear website.

Posted in Load Bearing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Fobus Holsters Announces New Senior Management

Bensalem, Pa. (July 2015) – First Samco, Inc. (FSI), the exclusive distributor of Fobus Holsters & Pouches, has announced that Ira G. Block has been President of FSI since January of 2015. The official announcement comes just as Fobus is undertaking a number of new and exciting initiatives under Mr. Block’s directive, all geared toward leveraging Fobus’ stellar reputation and extensive product offerings.  Mr. Block comes to Fobus from Kimber Mfg., Inc. where he was General Counsel and a valuable member of Kimber’s senior management for over a decade.

One of Mr. Block’s first initiatives was the introduction of the Inside the Waistband (IWB) series of holsters in the first quarter of 2015. Unlike traditional holsters that are pistol specific, the IWB’s are offered in large (IWBL), medium (IWBM) and small (IWBS) styles to accommodate the vast majority of varying sized pistols without compromising retention or comfort. MSRP: $34.99.

During the second half of 2015, Mr. Block will unveil many new products, including a holster for the Glock 43 pistol in Fobus’ popular Evolution Series paddle holsters and an overall refresh of the Fobus Brand for today’s consumer audience.

Fobus Holsters IWBL

Fobus Holsters IWBM

Fobus Holsters IWBS

First Samco Inc. is the exclusive USA distributor of Fobus Holsters. www.fobusholster.com.
Posted in Holsters | Tagged , | Leave a comment



This kit will convert the CZ 922 Scorpion from a pistol to a short barrel rifle. The kit includes these US made parts 2 magazine bases, 2 magazine followers, 1 disconnector, 1 trigger, 1 pistol grip, 1 compensator. It also includes a factory CZ EVO folding stock. The stock has a rubber butt pad, metal hinge, and a magnet that when closed connects to the serial number plate to hold the stock closed to the weapon. The stock is the same one that is coming on the Fully automatic guns and is made in the Czech Republic. Part #19380

Pre-order introductory price $179.99! Scheduled for mid-August arrival.

All NFA regulations apply

Posted in Accessories | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

ESS Crowbar Ballistic Eyewear

The Lightweight ESS Crowbar is now available. They feature a frameless bottom lens design and ESS’ Lens Gate™ that makes lens exchanges quicker and field of view greater than ever. The military-grade polycarbonate lens material makes for a clear and crisp optic with a broad range of ballistic protection.

Crowbar™ won’t interfere with hats, helmets, hearing pro or comms gear. The Crowbar is offered in the following configuration; Crowbar (Subdued Logo Kit), Crowbar (Silver Logo Kit), Crowbar Tactical and Crowbar (Polarized Mirrored Gray Lenses)

Posted in Ballistic Protection | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Steiner Intelligent Combat Sight (ICS)

Steiner has just released their Intelligent Combat Sight or ICS. The ruggedized sight features and integrated laser range finder, weapon sight and ballistic computer optimized for the 7.62x51mm cartridge. 

The  ICS is a fixed 6 x 40 optic and true electro-optical aiming device that provides trajectory compensation out to 800 meters by automatically calculating the point-of-aim based on ammunition ballistics, measured distance and angle to the target.

The scope’s internal computer and inclinometer calculates holdover at the measured distance and provides a bright red dot aiming solution in seconds – all at the push of a button.
It is optimized for the 7.62x51mm but can easily be configured for 5.56mm, 300 Blackout and .300 Win Mag cartridges.

The ICS has a Picatinny base on top of its housing, which allows for the addition of a CQB sight, and a back-up iron sight on the right side as an auxiliary sighting option.


  • Variable Intensity Red Aiming Dot
  • 905nm Class 1 Eye Safe IR Laser
  • Integrated Rangefinder and Inclinometer
  • Built-In BDC Computer
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Multicoated Optics
  • Quick-Release Picatinny/Weaver Mount
  • 0.5 MOA / Click Impact Point Correction
  • 60 MOA Windage and Elevation Adjustment
  • Nitrogen-Filled, Fogproof /Submersible
  • Runs on one CR123A battery
  • MSRP $3,999.99
Posted in Optics, sights | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Daniel Defense 7.62 Release Date Coming Soon

Black Creek, GA- July 10, 2015– Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced that it has completed one of its final testing phases of the highly anticipated Daniel Defense 7.62 model.

This is a groundbreaking platform, engineered by using over a decade of expertise from Daniel Defense engineers and designers, that will set a new standard for those demanding the increased range and terminal ballistics the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge offers. One of the final testing phases has been completed which included over 10,000 rounds of live fire.

“The only way to guarantee quality firearms is by doing it right the first time”, said Marty Daniel, President and CEO of Daniel Defense. “We want to exceed our customer’s expectations and this means we are putting our new 7.62 through the same vigorous testing all of our rifles go through.”

While an official release date and product name have not been released, a sneak peek of the new DD7.62 is provided below…


For more information, visit www.danieldefense.com.

Posted in Weapon systems | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Stoner 63 Light Machine Gun Variant

The Store 63 is a Vietnam Era 5.56×45 weapon system built in a variety  of variants: rifle, carbine, automatic rifle (top-fed), light machine gun, medium machine gun, fixed machine gun  and last but not least a commando version (100 round drum fed). In the LMG flavor you had a cyclic rate of about 1000 rounds per minute. The carbine variant was built with a 1:12 and 1:9 twist.

Posted in Weapon systems | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Army Contracting Command Is Purchasing Glock-18 and Glock-19


U.S. Army Contracting Command has requested and was given authorization to bypass full and open competition to purchase (3) Glock 18 Systems and (1654 Glock 19 Systems)  in support of U.S. Army Research Development Engineering Command Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM-ARDEC) and United States Special Operations Command. The Glock contract is valued at $530, 780.00 and authorized with Title 10 funding.

Glock 18 System:

  • [1] Glock 18 machine pistol.
  • [6] magazines with 17 round capacity each (factory Glock magazines only)
  • [1] Operator’s Manual

Glock 19 System:

  • [1} Glock 19 pistol
  • [6] Magazines with 15 round capacity each (factory Glock magazines only).
  • Self luminous front and rear sights of standard height.

Delivery of the Glock 18 machine pistols will occur within [9] months of contract award. Glock 19 deliveries will occur within 3 months of contract award.

Redacted Justification Document

Posted in pistols | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Streamlight TLR-6 Sneak Preview



Glock-42 and Glock-43 owners now have a few credible options for a light / laser accessory package. At the top of that short list is Streamlight’s TLR-6, the latest addition to the company’s TLR weapon mounted line of professional grade highly reliable tactical illumination tools. In August I’ll be reviewing the TLR-6 for our readers pointing out its numerous features that separate chaff from wheat.

Posted in Accessories, Sneak Previews, Tactical Lighting | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Australia Moves Forward With The EF88 Assault Rifle


EF88Australia’s LAND 125 Phase 3C project is valued at approximately $467m. The enhanced F88 (EF88) rifle contract accounts for approximately $100m or 21.4% of the total project valuation.

First on the EF88 rollout list is 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) as a precursor to its rollout to the Australian Army. The EF88 issued to 1 RAR will be equipped with an enhanced day sight, foregrip and, for grenadiers, a grenade launcher attachment. The EF88 greatly improves mounting options for optics, laser aiming devices as well as support for grenade launcher attachment. The enhancements overcomes all of the limitations plaguing the initial F88 originally placed in service in 1988. The EF88, also known as the F90, retains all of the benefits of the Steyr bullpup design, including its interchangeable barrel, but raises the weapon’s performance and capabilities to meet present day battle requirements. Thales Australia began initial production in 2014


Posted in Weapon systems | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment


POF-USA has introduced a new adjustable gas block that it sells as the Dictator Gas Block. Then new gas block is a 9 position adjustable DI (direct impingement) gas block that provides the ultimate range of adjustability and versatility. The addition of a suppressor typically increases the level of back pressure within the rifle system. This increase will prematurely wear parts and increase the amount of gas/carbon introduced into the chamber. With the Dictator, you can now control that rate of fire, gas flow and ultimately the reliability of your system.
The Dictator is a low profile gas block, fitting under rail systems with a picatinny rail channel of ½” or greater. Adjusting the gas system is easy, the front of the gas block has a dial that accepts a flat screwdriver, 3/32” hex wrench and dictation tool included with the Dictator gas block kit.
Each Dictator gas block kit comes complete with the applicable length gas tube. The 2 lengths currently available are carbine and mid-length. This gas block is setup for barrels manufactured for a .750 gas block. MSRP $179.99
Part Number 00838 — Mid-Length
Part number 00837 — Carbine Length

Posted in Accessories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment


Magpul Industries is now shipping the PMAG 40 Gen M3 5.56×45. These magazines are now available in both black and sand. MSRP $19.95

Posted in magazines | Tagged , | Leave a comment

New Optics From Steiner

Steiner just introduced some great new optics for your summer outdoors activity. Several years ago, I learned that binoculars are an important part of your kit; whether camping, hiking trails or just communing with nature. There fill a number of important needs; not to mention the fact that they add to a great experience. Steiner has extensive experience in producing excellent military optics a fact that extends to the company’s binoculars.

In keeping with that tradition of excellence, Steiner has just introduced the XC Series, Wildlife XP, 8×22 Miniscope and Navigator Pro.

9eb37968-eccb-41cb-abb4-103d9bfc052cXC Series – there are four models to choose from. The compact 8x32mm and 10x32mm are light enough to carry in a pack or purse, and the mid-size 8x42mm and 10x42mm bring in amazing detail at longer ranges. Prices range from $530 to $580.




5111e4cf-5128-4f60-9593-c5f9675d7a7fWildlife XP – is a  roof prism binocular that incorporates premium German fluoride glass and classic European styling. Available in 8x44mm and 10x44mm, the Wildlife XP’s open-bridge design is lightweight, compact and extremely robust. MSRP is $2,299 to $2,414.




2568c4e5-26af-456f-ba53-3a002b4b30638×22 Miniscope –  the new monocular is a pocket-sized design. Measuring just 2” square, it is small enough to travel in a pocket, purse or pack. The 8×22 Miniscope is now available at Steiner retailers nationwide.  MSRP is $114.99.



d7295853-e26e-4c34-b4db-d188bed07b6eNavigator Pro –  for recreational boaters, weekend anglers and day sailors.  The Navigator Pro offers many of the features found on Steiner’s premium marine binoculars and are “must have” equipment for any boat. Four models are available in 7x50mm or 7x30mm, with or without compass. MSRP $344 to $689.

Posted in Optics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Morphix Technologies® Instructional Video on How-to-Use the TraceX® Explosives Detection Training Kit


The TraceX explosives detection kit is designed to help identify bombers, bomb-makers and their bomb-making facilities. It detects the most common explosive materials and their precursors at trace levels in a single test


Morphix Technologies® is a privately-owned Virginia Beach based business that develops, manufactures and sells easy to use, lightweight and inexpensive. colorimetric chemical detection products. The company developed SafeAir® and ChromAir® badges to monitor exposure to toxic gasses for industrial workers.

In 2005, the company launched the Chameleon® product line, which provides rugged, easy-to-use chemical detection for military and first response personnel. The Chameleon could not have come at a more important time, as terrorism, meth labs and even chemical suicides have become serious concerns for warfighters and first responders.

In 2013, Morphix launched TraceX®.  The TraceX Explosives kit detects trace levels of explosive materials and their precursors on surfaces.  With a single swab, the TraceX Explosives kit allows military and law enforcement personnel to quickly and easily identify the most common Home Made Explosives (HME) materials used to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

This is some great technology for forward deployed personnel and others needing to screen individuals, quarters or  other facilities.

Posted in Environmental | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

What The Hell Is A Sanctuary City?

Congratulations, you’ve made it through another week and that entitles you to engage in a good shoot-the-shit. This week’s topic is “Sanctuary” cities. What the hell is a Sanctuary City?

Sanctuary is defined as a place of refuge or safety; so I ask you, what refuge or safety was afforded to Kate Steinle? Her life was snuffed out by some genetic defect, a convicted felon, who repeatedly entered the country illegally! It was a sanctuary for Francisco Sanchez, Kate’s killer, but Kate Steinle’s grave. She died in her father’s arms asking for his help, and I’m pissed. So, how the heck does a city, unilaterally, decide not to enforce federal law?

Regardless of where you stand on the immigration issue, here are some irrefutable facts.

Every organism on the face of the planet has a means by which it accepts what is beneficial and rejects what is harmful. At the cellular level that function is performed by the cell wall or cell membrane, and at the life form level it’s a function relegated to the immune system. All living organisms employ this mechanism. Countries, write and employ immigration laws that are designed to serve this purpose but when national immigration laws are short circuited or blatantly ignored you end up with disaster. Immigration is not a divine right. It happens at the generosity and pleasure of the host nation and conducted within prescribed laws. The objective is to welcome what is good and reject what is bad. So I ask again, how does a city unilaterally circumvent the process? I honestly can not comprehend the mentality that does that.

The United States of America has a lawful immigration and  guest worker process, and it’s very clear that those here illegally, and the opportunists who live extremely well on the backs of those seeking an opportunity, are  the ones claiming that our immigration system is broken. Our immigration process is not broken it simply needs to be followed and enforced where applicable and no municipality should be allowed to circumvent our laws. So, feel free to chime in and tell us what you think.

Have a great weekend readers, be safe,  get out and do something with your family or buds!

Posted in Shoot-the-shit | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

UZI® PRO Pistols Now Shipping

IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., announced that the UZI® PRO Pistol, for the American consumer market, is now shipping to distributors. Retailers can expect the the pistol to hit the shelves in the next few weeks.

The UZI® submachine gun (SMG) was designed and patented by Uziel Gal who gave the production rights to the Israeli Ministry of Defense. After initial testing by the IDF, the Ordnance Corps ordered 8,000 units and the love affair with the world’s most iconic 9mm platform began. The UZI® brand is world renowned with sales of over 2 million carbines and pistols worldwide since 1963.

The UZI® PRO Pistol is the latest evolution of that storied design, now featuring the most advanced firearms technologies. Based on the famous UZI® SMG, the UZI® PRO is purpose-built with only one goal: uncompromising performance and reliability on a robust design. This 9mm Luger Parabellum version for the American public has an advanced polymer pistol grip that reduces weight and incorporates an integrated magazine release button for fast and easy magazine changes. The cocking handle is located on the receiver side allowing for a full-length Picatinny rail on the top receiver cover. A short Picatinny rail is also incorporated into the polymer body, mounted below the barrel, perfect for additional accessory placement.

The new UZI® PRO features three safety mechanisms: a conventional manual thumb safety, a firing pin block and a proven grip safety that must be fully depressed before the gun can be cocked and fired.

Simple maintenance on the UZI® PRO requires no special tools for quick and easy field stripping. Each UZI® PRO Pistol comes with one 20-round and one 25-round magazine.

UZI® PRO Pistol Specifications:

Part No: UPP9S

  • Caliber: 9mm Luger Parabellum (9x19mm)
  • Operation: Blowback operation from closed bolt
  • Barrel: Cold-Hammer forged CrMoV barrel, 4 groove 1:10 RH twist
  • Barrel Length: 4.5 inches
  • Overall Length: 9.5 inches
  • Weight: 3.66 lbs.
  • Sight: Adjustable target sights
  • Magazines: 1-20 & 1-25 round
  • MSRP: $1,109.00
Posted in pistols | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment