Gear

If you need it in the field we will do our best to review it here. Learn about bags, packs, pouches, holsters, scopes, sights, ammunition and anything else you need to be ahead of the curve.

The Civilian PDW Concept, Part 1

The PDW concept came to be at the end of the 1980s and was a product of a NATO request. NATO wanted to replace their 9mm submachine guns. They wanted a weapon that wasn’t as large as a rifle, but more potent than a submachine gun. NATO specifically wanted something that could efficiently defeat body armor. That’s the military/NATO PDW, …

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RECON Drill: Do you set up shoot and move?

Shooting and moving is an important skill to dust off every once in awhile. Sadly it’s raining today so we will live vicariously through YouTube. I did a variation of this early this week and I was… dusty. But by the third run the fail duster had done its job and I was shooting where I wanted to again. Pro …

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Sunday Sermon: Accuracy is Relative

“Most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on ‘pucker factor’ than the inherent accuracy of the gun.” A note on accuracy. It is a widely abused term. If a rifle isn’t ‘Sub-MOA’ (even if the person asking has no notion what that means) or a handgun doesn’t stack rounds at ten yards in their hands then the gun in …

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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE GETTING GOOD TRAINING?

  When making a major purchase, a smart consumer will research options, read reviews, and compare products. A good student will do the same when seeking a firearms instructor and evaluating the quality of training offered. You are making an investment with your consumer dollars — and your life may someday depend on this training. The first step is to …

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If You Had to Have One Only…

Optic There are a plethora of valid arguments people have put forward for their ‘one’ rifle or handgun. But what about an optic? It’s usually easy enough to get someone to pick a favorite optic given a category. For example… Category: Value Cost Red Dot Sig Sauer Electro-Optics Romeo 5 This little RDS has been on for 14 months without …

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Review: AR500 Valkyrie Carrier System, UHWMPE

“Testing Armor” is a bit of a misnomer. Modern armor is a system with a series of components each doing a specified job. In most rifle armors there are three components to the system. What we’re testing is how these function together. -Hard Plate: Designed to take the rifle round impact on the strike face, will withstand rounds per it’s …

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NRAAM Roundup

To anyone who attended it was an excellent show. Great weather. BBQ everywhere. Vendors ready and eager to discuss their gear and how the year is shaping up. Manufacturers are in a stage of refinement, polishing and improving the existing product lines while looking to be predictive in the long term. I saw several iterations of lightweight products as various …

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Trajectory

Trajectory, or bullet flight path, is probably one of the most misunderstood topics in firearms by firearms owners. Bullets do not fly straight. Even when fired out of a barrel that is 100% leveled to the earth the bullet flies in a parabolic and predictable arc. We can predict this and often use optics to assist us in predicting this …

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Grandma Gun: The Smith & Wesson .380 Shield EZ

From Annette Evans The Smith & Wesson .380 Shield EZ – The Perfect Grandma Gun? There’s a target market for handguns I hadn’t considered thoughtfully until recently. Much of my shooting career has been focused on what I and people like me – young, fit, enthusiastic – can do with guns. With the advantages of average or better strength, the …

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Coolers, Commerce and Calumny

From Dr. LateBloomer In the ongoing battle of political righteousness versus lawful commerce, the virtue-signaling drama award for the week goes to… YETI and the NRA. The NRA claimed that YETI cancelled their relationship and prior orders and called YETI’s behavior “unsportsmanlike”. Then YETI claimed that the NRA report was inaccurate, and they were simply realigning their programs, or somesuch. One …

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