Friday, September 30, 2011

SHTF-1 Tactical Shoot 2011 :: AAR

Photo Courtesy of SHTF-1
On September 24th attended the SHTF-1 Tactical Shoot at Ahlman's in Morristown, MN. You could not have asked for a nicer day. It started out in the fifties and warmed into the low seventies. Perfect weather for folks to be completely decked out in their tactical garb. The cadence of gunfire started slow at the beginning of the day but quickly rose to a persistent white background noise.

We didn't really know what to expect from the event. We had seen their booth at the DPMS Zombie Shoot earlier in the year advertising the SHTF-1 shoot and continued to follow them. When the day finally arrived we loaded our gear and headed to the event not knowing how many people would be there. It reminded me of the first DPMS Zombie Shoot; lots of fun but plenty of room for improvement. The organizers of SHTF-1, taking their position seriously, have done the responsible thing and already laid out the improvements they want to put into place by next year. Here's the AAR they have released:
Thank you for attending the first SHTF shoot. We had a ton of fun planning and putting this on and hope you had a great time at the event. We’ve received a ton of feedback, mostly positive, but also some tips on how to improve for next year. These suggestions are very helpful and will be taken very seriously while planning next year’s shoot. They include:

1. More food and beverage vendors, and have them be on site all day

2. More metal targets and metal reaction targets

3. Dueling stages, where you compete against a shooter next to you

4. Timed and scored stages for shooters who want to compete against themselves/others      
5. More squad stages

6. More walking trails and even more action on the walking trails, possibly with gun transitions

7. A map of the grounds and stages, which guns required on which stages, vendors, bathrooms, etc.

8. Better organized demonstration location and times

9. Updated website to improve badge and shirt ordering

10. Create SHTF patches for uniforms

We have already been putting ideas on paper to address these main suggestions, as well as areas of improvement we felt we could make but weren’t pointed out. Overall, everyone seemed to have a great time and were hoping we would put on a year 2! I’ve already locked in a date with Ahlman’s, we’ll update our website and facebook pages to follow us into SHTF-2.

As you can imagine, these shoots take a lot of work from an administrative, planning and execution perspective. If you’d like to donate stage ideas, target ideas, set-up or clean-up help or any other service you can offer to make the event more fun for all of us, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be open to discussing discount or a free shooting pass for those folks offering help. Once again, thanks so much, we hope to see you all in 2012!!!

We are looking forward to it!

Make sure you check out our YouTube Playlist of a few shooting videos we made.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Full Auto Fun :: SHTF-1 Thompson Sub-Machine Gun & Soviet PKM

We had a lot of fun at the SHTF-1 Shoot last weekend and have a couple videos showcasing some really mediocre shooting. This is the first in a handful of videos from the event.

Next year can only be better!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

5.11 Tactical Series Covert Casual Shirt 2.0 :: Review

Three words to describe the 5.11 Covert Casual Shirt 2.0:
  • Stylish
  • Functional
  • Discreet
I've been wearing the Covert Casual 2.0 off and on for the past two months and can tell you it has passed the ultimate test for clothing in my book. It has survived repeated washings by my wife... I had to make sure she wasn't behind me. Seriously, nothing annoys me more then when a shirt shrinks, fades, or just falls apart for no apparent reason. I have not experienced any of these problems with the 5.11 Covert Casual Shirt 2.0

This is what 5.11 has to say about their shirt:
Our new collection of Covert Casual Shirts for spring 2011 delivers fresh new fabrics and patterns to keep your undercover wardrobe updated and looking good. For the new styles we have selected a lightweight 55% cotton 45% polyester fabric that is soft and comfortable yet durable and easy to care for. In an effort to improve performance we have removed the mesh lining to lighten the garment keeping you cooler in hot, humid environments. Our Rapid Draw center placket with false exterior buttons and easy open metal snaps give you immediate access to a shoulder holster or the 511 Holster Shirt. If you carry a handgun on your waist, the Covert Casual Shirt is cut a bit longer to maintain your anonymity. We’ve included breakaway side vents for quick access to your sidearm when you need it. Lastly we’ve incorporated two hidden chest pockets made popular on our line of Tactical Shirts. So whether you are doing undercover work or just need a great looking casual shirt for the weekend the new Covert Casual Shirt from 511 Tactical has you covered.
Even with the two large interior chest pockets the shirt is light and comfortable. The first two top buttons are standard buttons, but the rest down the front of the shirt are fake. They appear to be actual but are in fact snaps that are quite sturdy but will tear away once you give them a tug. Tugging away the snaps gives you access to the two chest pockets or a shoulder holstered firearm (5.11 Tactical Holster Shirt fills this niche perfectly). If you opt to conceal a firearm at the hip the Covert Casual 2.0 has integrated a cut at the 3 and 9 o'clock that are secured by Velcro. These cuts allow for quick access to which ever hip you may have a firearm holstered.

The best part is that the Covert Casual 2.0 doesn't look like it has all of these features. That is why I will continue to shop with 5.11 Tactical for more Concealed Carry Clothing.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Home Invasion :: Who's the 'First Responder'?

A video highlighting exactly why 'First Responders' need to change their title.

I don't know why the term 'First Responders' has always bothered me, but it has. I'm not sure whether to find it arrogant or just accept it for what it is; a simple title. In any situation where you must act (like in the video above for example) YOU are the first responder. The police, ambulance, or firefighter are secondary or even tertiary responders. I don't want you to think I do not appreciate what these fine folks do because they have a very difficult and demanding job, but the term 'First Responder' has always rubbed me the wrong way. Just like the use of the word 'civilian' when spoken with the right inflection to infer 'second-rate citizen'.

H/T: The View From North Central Idaho

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Zeroing an AR

In preparation for this weekend's S.H.T.F.-1 Tactical Shoot I went out and zeroed in my 16" AR. I have plenty of experience with the AR platform and I'm confident in my zeroing abilities, but I still wanted to know if there was something out there I should know. Over the past few days I have stumbled upon several videos on the Internet, most had nothing to do with zeroing an AR, but here's two of the better ones I saw.

H/T: Gun Websites and Spike's Shooting Team

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Advanced Armarment Corp. Micro7 Rifle

AAC Micro7 Rifle 300 BLACKOUT

Introducing the Advanced Armament Corp. Micro7 Rifle! Built on the proven Remington Model 7 this light weight rifle is sure to be a favorite host for many cans!
• Weather-proof synthetic stock with AAC adjustable cheek piece.
300 AAC BLACKOUT lightweight 16 inch barrel.
• Threaded muzzle (5/8-24) for compatibility with sound suppressors. AAC thread protector included.
X-Mark Pro adjustable trigger
• AAC picatinny scope mount pre-installed using the same beefier Torx screws used in the US Army’s M24 sniper rifle
• Nitrided 1/8″ twist barrel for extreme hardness and long life
I have no experience with the 300 AAC BLACKOUT (7.62x35mm), but I can tell you it is on the top of my list of cartridges to check out. It was intended for use in the AR platform and is ideal for suppression because of its sub-sonic capabilities while delivering a .30 caliber bullet downrange. I'm glad to see it has cross pollinated into a bolt gun.

MSRP: $899.99
Orders being accepted NOW!
H/T: AAC Blog

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Ruger SP101 .22 Long Rifle

On the coat tails of the Single-Ten; Ruger has brought back their successful SP101 chambered in .22 Long Rifle.
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I don't know how many of you have looked at the .22LR Double Action Revolver landscape recently, but it is pretty sparse. The Ruger SP101 .22LR will be a much needed/welcomed addition to the market. I might also be a little bias. I am a big fan of the SP101 and recently made a 2012 SHOT SHOW Prediction that Ruger would announce the return of the SP101 chambered in 9MM. Time will tell... Until then I hope to get some trigger time with the new .22LR variant!

Check out Ruger's .22LR SP101 Video.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Revision BATLSKIN Head Protection System
Revision has launched what they have dubbed BATLSKIN (Battle Skin) It is being marketed as a whole head protection system.
"Batlskin Head Protection System combines groundbreaking technology and design, with new materials and innovative processes to deliver an all-new ballistic helmet shell, trauma liner, front mount, retention system, mandible guard and visor. The result is a single, fully integrated system that provides excellent protection from blunt force, blast and ballistic threats, with a lightweight wearability for peak performance."

The product looks great, but we all know that what looks great on paper doesn't always live up to the hype.

My first concern is fogging. I have worn many goggles that claim to be fog proof/resistant, however, fog is always a factor. My other concern is how well the mandible section actually integrates into active use. I am interested to find out how well a rifle can be 'cheeked' while the mandible is attached. Finally, the field of view would be a deal breaker for me if it was too narrow. I have not donned the BATLSKIN, so I cannot say whether or not the FOV is comfortable or not.

What I like about BATLSKIN is that Revision has actively seen the effects of blast trauma and developed a product to help mitigate the effects. Only so much can be done for the overpressure of a blast, but BATLSKIN offers a lot more protection from shrapnel than a standard ACH. I can see this system being integrated into the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for turret gunners and being embraced by the Soldier in that role. I know it would have saved my face from bouncing off the butt of a 240B once or twice.

For all the details check out Predator BDU Blog.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Springfield Armory to Release XDm 5.25 in .45ACP

I think Springfield just hit the bullseye. I had a chance to shoot the 9mm XDm 5.25 a few weeks ago and I can only see this as the natural progression of the platform.
3 magazines for a limited time
5.25"MATCH GRADE SELECT FIT Steel, melonite" fully supported ramp
red fiber optic front(Replacement red & Green filament included)and
fully adjustable target rear
Sight Radius:
Frame :
black polymer
Weight w/ empty mag:
26oz w/empty magazine
Available colors:
Black and Bi-Tone

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CZ 805 BREN :: Czech's New Combat Carbine

I was wondering when CZ would release their modern carbine. It appears to be a 'modular' weapon system as most combat carbine designs are nowadays. It comes as no surprise that their native countrymen would be the first to adopt the new weapon, although in small numbers (505 at first), once the 805 BREN gains the trust of the Czech Troops it will become a very popular weapon system. They are expecting another 3,000 805 BREN's by November. It will replace the currently issued Sa vz. 58.

H/T: KitUp!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kel-Tec RFB Overview: Video

This is a quick overview of the Kel-Tec RFB. My buddy Chris lent me this rifle to shoot at the DPMS Outbreak: Omega 4 Zombie Shoot. I had a lot of fun with it and before I gave it back to him I gave it a quick clean and pulled out the camera to give it a once over for you guys. The only problem I experienced with the RFB is that immediately after firing it; I wanted one of my own...

Here's what Kel-Tec says about the RFB:
RFB stands for Rifle, Forward-ejecting Bullpup. Why forward-ejecting? Because it allows the RFB to be the first truly ambidextrous 7.62 NATO Bullpup ever developed. The patented, dual-extractor system maintains control of the case from the moment it leaves the magazine and upon firing, pulls the fired case from the chamber and lifts them to push them into an ejection chute above the barrel, where they exit. The Bullpup configuration and tilting-block mechanism allow the 18" model to be only 26.1" long, or as much as 14" shorter in overall length than its competitors with equal barrel lengths. Furthermore, the stock and mechanism cross-section is similar to a conventional rifle, in stark contrast to existing Bullpup rifles. The RFB is also the safest Bullpup ever developed because the breech is separated from the shooters face by two layers of 1.6 mm steel. In the highly unlikely event of a case rupture, gas expansion is directed downwards through the magazine well to protect the shooters head and face. 
Weight unloaded (no magazine):11.3 lbs8.1 lbs
Barrel length:32"18"
Magazine:10 or 20 FAL
Practical range:
Weight unloaded (no magazine):11.3 lbs8.1 lbs
Barrel length:32"18"
Magazine:10 or 20 FAL
Practical range:1200m600m
Weight unloaded (no magazine):11.3 lbs8.1 lbs
Barrel length:32"18"
Magazine:10 or 20 FAL
Practical range:1200m600m
The RFB is a short-stroke gas piston operated semi-automatic rifle in 7.62 mm NATO caliber. It accepts standard metric FAL type magazines which work "drop free" and do not need to be tilted in. One 20 round magazine is included*. Barrels on current models are 18" long, with a chrome lined bore and chamber. The muzzle is threaded 5/8x24 TPI and comes equipped with our A2-style Flash Hider*. Longer barrel lengths of 24", 26" and 32" will be available in the future. All controls are fully ambidextrous; the reciprocating operating handle can be switched to either side. The trigger mechanism is second to no other Bullpup ever built and better than nearly all commercial semi-auto rifles. The safety disconnects the trigger and blocks the hammer action. A Mil-Spec Picatinny rail is attached rigidly to the barrel. No open sights are provided, allowing the user to select from the very best new optics and sight systems available. The RFB comes with a two point sling that can be easily configured to suit the user's preference. Available accessories include a free-floating, four-sided Picatinny forend, bipod mounts, a removable bayonet lug for use with NATO style bayonets including our own Folding Bayonet, and many more.

MSRP: $1880.00

Yes, I am missing my front tooth in this video (along with all of the videos from the Zombie Shoot) I'd like to say, "You should see the other guy," but the other guy was my thirteen month old daughter. She hit me in the mouth with a wooden block. She's fine.... and it only took the VA three months to get it fixed!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The 9/11 Revolver

In memory of New York Police Officer Walter Weaver and all people who lost their lives on 9/11/2001.

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