Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tactical Black Friday Sales 2011 :: SoldierSystems

Tan is the new Black
I love Tactical Black Friday for several reasons. Mainly, I can justify some pretty BA purchases by telling my wife that they are on SALE!

Soldier Systems has compiled a list of some great deals! Head on over there and check it out.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle Accuracy :: Quick Look

The Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle is quickly becoming one of my most favorite guns to shoot. It is compact, fairly light, and quick. I have outfit mine with a Bushnell TRS-25 Red Dot mounted on the forward picatinny rail.

Two 3 round groups at 100 yards
Firing from a seated position; using sandbags as a rest, I placed a target at 100 yards. I chose to use a Goat Target from MyTargets.com just for fun. At 100 yards the "3 M.O.A." dot covered the majority of the target as I fired. In the picture above I fired two three round groups with a slight adjustment after the first group.

I was firing 150 Grain Federal Power-Shok fed into the rifle through the provided 10 round magazine.
The GSR is fitted with Ruger's LC6 Trigger which has very little noticeable creep and breaks clean every time. The only modification I've made to the rifle is the replacement of the flash hider. I think the supplied flash hider is ugly and chose the PWS Triad to replace it. Hopefully I will replace that with a AAC Cyclone-K within the year :)

Overall, I am pleased with the accuracy from a forward mounted red dot. I have no doubt that even more accuracy could be squeezed out of this rifle with the use of a magnified optic. Now I need to get my hands on the polymer magazines.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Beretta Nano Accuracy :: Weapon Blog

Courtesy of Aaron Spuler :: Weapon Blog
Aaron over at the Weapon Blog took his Beretta Nano out to the range for the first time the other day and brought us back some pics! It is a nice first look at what this little gun is capable of; as far as accuracy is concerned.

Take a look! ---> Beretta Nano: First Range Trip

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Friday, November 18, 2011

DPMS Dedicated .22LR AP4 Upper Assembly Review :: Coming Soon!

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The folks at DPMS Panther Arms were nice enough to send me a sample of their new Dedicated .22lr AP4 Upper Assembly to review. RTB.net will be at the range for most of the weekend collecting data on this new offering to the AR marketplace.

I have always been a proponent of a dedicated .22LR AR as a supplement to training. Firing .22LR gives you a lot of trigger time at a pretty low cost. Not to mention the advantages of being able to use your existing (often tricked out) lower receiver. See you on the range!

Stay Tuned...

In Other News :: 11/12/2011 - 11/18/2011

In an attempt to keep your insatiable appetites for industry knowledge met; we have created "In Other News" (ION). It will publish each week as a list of links to things that I shared via Facebook or Twitter, but did not post to RTB.net. Enjoy!
New Products
Good Watch

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ruger Announces Polymer Magazines for Gunsite Scout Rifle

I sure wish I could find a cheaper, lighter and smaller magazine for my Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle. If it's too much to ask, I would also like the capability to top-off the magazine while it's in the rifle... oh, you have some of those?

The new polymer magazine comes in:
All three are $39.95 each from ShopRuger.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How Loud is It? E1: Face Slap :: SilencerCo

Mech Armor Defense TacOps-1 Ambidextrous Charging Handle :: REVEIW

For how often charging handles are used they are often overlooked and ignored. Many people just think they will have to make due with what is provided with the rifle. Some take the time to research other charging handle options to better suit their needs. A few of those folks end up purchasing an after-market charging handle that is often better than the standard. But there were some folks that thought they could make a better one. Out of frustration came an idea and with aerospace engineering know how and true combat experts the Mech Armor Defense TacOps-1 Charging Handle was forged.

The Claim
TacOps-1 Ambidextrous Tactical charging handle is the newest and most effective ACTUAL combat innovation that has been designed specifically for the AR platform in some time.  Not just another accessory; but a well thought out concept that dramatically changes and enhances the way your weapon is deployed, especially with optics on-board!

After watching our Charging Handle Comparison Video; Mech Armor Defense contacted us to see if we wanted to run their TacOps-1 ambidextrous charging handle through the ringer. They were very confident in their product and stated that their design had been tested and selected by several Police and Military Units along with independent reviews from folks; such as Paul Howe and Todd Jarrett. How was this handle not on our radar? We had to see one for ourselves!

  • CNC Machined 7075 T6 Aluminum Billet
  • Matte Black Anodized
  • 40% Larger Roll Pin
  • 7 lbs. Spring to Prevent Blowback during Suppressed Fire
  • Ergonomic, Ambidextrous Design
  • T-Handle is twice the size of a standard handle 
  • Available for 5.56 or 7.62

First Impressions
When the TacOps-1 arrived my first reaction was that the handle was huge! I wasn't sure what to think of it. It was defiantly solid, being built of 7075 Billet, I expected as much. At first glance the design seems complex, but on closer inspection it is caveman simple. A larger roll pin for increased surface area, a large one-piece latch that operated consistently and smooth, and finally a stainless steel 7 lbs. spring for strong lock-up. As an added feature the latch is designed to bottom out internally against the handle body restricting latch travel and thereby relieving roll pin pressure. Then I saw a glint of 'gold'! I had no idea what it was or its intended purpose, so I called the TacOps-1's engineer. He told me that it was a brass insert that accomplishes three things:
  1. Stabilizes the spring travel
  2. It's domed and acts as a self lubricant to the mating surface of the steel latch for smooth action
  3. Fits inside the spring hole to block debris from entering 
The majority of ambidextrous handles on the market seem to be an after-thought. A manufacture will take an existing OEM charging handle and 'make it work' from either side. The TacOps-1 is different; you can tell right away that it was designed from the ground-up to be operated from either side more efficiently and with fewer parts than any other competitor. Was this the one charging handle to rule them all?

The Test
I headed out to my local range to put some rounds through the TacOps-1 to see how it operated. Being mid-November in Wisconsin I was wearing gloves to guard my hands from the cold and did not realize it right away, but the TacOps-1 was a dream to operate with gloves. The large T-Handle lends itself to easy manipulation with or without gloves.
I first loaded three magazines with a mixture of live and dummy rounds to force the need to clear a 'malfunction'. I did this from the right and left shoulder to see if the operation of the handle changed from either position. I didn't encounter a single issue working the handle from either shoulder (see video of demonstration).
The first three magazines were fired using a red-dot, but Mech Armor says that this handle really shines once you have a scope over it. I don't have any large optics but I still mounted a scope to see if I would be able to operate the TacOps-1 as well as before. Even with an optic over the t-handle I had no trouble clearing any malfunctions. Also worth noting was that at no point did I knock my knuckles into the forward assist; which I do repeatedly with other designs.
An issue that plagues several ambi charging handles is that in an attempt to design a truly ambidextrous handle engineers end up adding more parts (springs, pins, handles, etc.). This increases chances of a part failing, especially once debris is introduced. Not the TacOps-1; the section you engage on the rear of the t-handle and the latch in the standard location are the same piece. I wanted to see what would happen once debris was added to the equation. What I found was the TacOps-1 runs like a CHAMP! Remember that brass fitting from earlier? It ensures that sand, rocks, and mud stay away from the spring hole ensuring that, even in the worst possible conditions, you will still be able to charge your weapon.

While our tests may not have been as strenuous as Colt Arm's Engineering Laboratory (tested in 2010; it passed all of them); it has proven to be a 'to-hell-and-back' design. It is my firmly held belief that once the word gets out; the TacOps-1 will be the most sought after charging handle on the market. I don't think I will ever use another charging handle again and I'll be able too because the TacOps-1 is guaranteed for life.

Support the Wounded Warriors Project
As an added benefit of purchasing the TacOps-1; Mech Armor will donate $5 to the Wounded Warriors Project. Just Head over to the Mech Armor Website and place your order. You will receive a call from the folks at Mech Armor to ensure all of your needs are being met and don't forget to tell them RomeoTangoBravo sent you!

A-TACS FG Released!

A-TACS is well known for it's arid desert-type camouflage, because it works well. Now they have a camo pattern for the greener side of the globe; dubbed A-TACS FG (Foliage Green) and it looks great! I need to get some for the Great North Woods.

For the full story head on over to the Predator Intelligence Blog.

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Gun :: What could it be? *HINT*

Going to zero it in on Friday for the Wisconsin deer opener on Saturday!
Any guesses what it is?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Beretta Nano vs. Ruger LC9 vs. Walther PPS :: Photo Comparison

Here's a quick 'Photo Comparison' between the Beretta Nano, Ruger LC9, and Walther PPS.

Top: Beretta Nano // Middle: Ruger LC9 // Bottom: Walther PPS

Top: Beretta Nano // Middle: Ruger LC9 // Bottom: Walther PPS

Left: Walther PPS // Middle: Ruger LC9 // Right: Beretta Nano

Left: Beretta Nano // Middle: Ruger LC9 // Right: Walther PPS

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Walther PPQ vs. H&K P30 :: Photo Comparison

I just figured out what the Walther PPQ reminded of! The H&K P30:

Top: Walther PPQ // Bottom: H&K P30

Top: Walther PPQ // Bottom: H&K P30

Left: H&K P30 // Right: Walther PPQ
I don't know enough about either of these pistols to write an intelligent 'First Impresions' post, but a photo comparison is still enlightening.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Walther PPQ Hits the Shelves!

I'm not sure what to think of the Walther PPQ ... I can say for certain that it will be the best $500 gun you buy for $700!

This pistol really looks familiar... Oh, I figured it out.

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Beretta Nano Hits the Shelves!

DPMS .22LR Uppers

DPMS 16" Chrome-Moly Bull Barrel .22LR Upper

DPMS 16" AP4 .22LR Upper
The folks at DPMS Panther Arms have released a dedicated .22LR Upper for use on your Mil-Spec AR Platform Rifle Lower. They are currently offering two different uppers (Click the links below for more info and specifications):

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

In Other News :: 11/5/2011 - 11/11/2011

In an attempt to keep your insatiable appetites for industry knowledge met; we have created "In Other News" (ION). It will publish each week as a list of links to things that I shared via Facebook or Twitter, but did not post to RTB.net. Enjoy!

Good Read
New Products
Industry News

SORD Hoodie + Kangaroo Pouch

I've told countless people and it's still a firmly held belief of mine that a good mid-weight hoodie is indispensable in a number of situations. The hood alone offers warmth, protection, and concealment in several environments. Not to mention that there is often ample pocket room built-in to hold all sorts of gadgets. 

The new Hoodie by SORD has taken several of these concepts to a new level. The hood can be worn or not but then stored in one of two fashions. Either relaxing in the back like a standard hoodie or rolled and tucked to present a more professional looking 'collar'. SORD has also built-in even more storage space. In addition to your standard front pockets you now have a 'kangaroo pouch' located on your chest and fastened with a zipper. This can be utilized to store any number of things; from a map to a badge or whatever else your heart desires. Improving upon the original design they have added zippers at the 6 and 9 o'clock to improve access to any hip mounted accessories you may want to carry.

Head on over to PredatorARMAMENT for all the details and pricing! 

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Savage Arms NEW Products for 2012

Savage Arms has given us a sneak peek at their New Products for 2012. Check out all of the pictures on the Savage Arms Facebook Page.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

RTB.net One Year Anniversary November 8, 2011 :: Origins

If you would have told me a little over a year ago that I would be running a successful firearms related website; I would have laughed at you, walked away and thought about how cool that would be. Well that is the current reality and to be honest there is more work that goes into this than you would think.

RTB.net Origins
Early readers of RTB probably caught on pretty quick that I had started the site while deployed in Iraq. Why start a firearms related website while in Iraq? Well I was considered the firearms subject matter expert of my unit and ended up fielding a lot of questions regarding this subject. Everything from AR's to bird guns. In an attempt to avoid repeating myself twenty different times I figured I needed to develop a system to effectively communicate and have all their questions answered. At first I thought about a simple email newsletter answering several questions I had received that week. Then I realized that everyone had a Facebook account so a simple 'Group' would suffice. Ultimately I decided on a Blog. RTB quickly filled the downtime that comes with all military deployments. I still feel that RTB kept me sane and kept me connected with the 'real world'.

November 8, 2010 I paid Google $10 for the RomeoTangoBravo.net domain name. I was sitting in a plywood shack with bird and mouse $hit covering the floor and walls with about 20 computers on their last leg. That is where this site was born.

As for the name: Romeo Tango Bravo, it's obviously the phonetic of RTB; which is an acronym for 'Return To Base'. While in the Army I was a 12B (Combat Engineer) and as such we get tasked with driving up and down roads at the pace of a brisk bike ride looking for bad people doing bad things; in the middle of the night... a.k.a. Route Clearance. While conducting these 'courtesy patrols' we would encounter IED's that tend to do quite a bit of damage from time to time. While other platoons would 'Return To Base' after such an incident; the platoon I was in prided ourselves on being able to successfully clear a route even after taking battle damage. But sometimes the bad guys get lucky and are able to induce enough damage to send us back to base for the rest of the night. This is what had happened a few days before I started RTB.net. I know RomeoTangoBravo.net isn't that catchy or very memorable, but that is what was on my mind that night.

Since I have arrived home I've been able to put more time into RTB and develop what quickly morphed into a part-time job that competes with my real full-time job and family. It has allowed me opportunities to not only bring people news about the industry, but be apart of it in some ways. Everyday is a welcomed adventure.

I had started RTB as a hobby but it is quickly becoming a business. I have a handful of really neat product reviews coming down the pipe. A few are several months out, but others are much closer.

I would like to thank all of the faithful readers of RTB and everyone who deems my work worth sharing. RTB.net has grown bigger than I could have ever expected and continues to grow!

Here's to the future and all of the fantastic unknowns!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mech Armor TacOps-1 Ambidextrous Charging Handle Review Coming Soon! :: Sneak Peek

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If you have watched our video on AR Platform Charging Handles you will know that there are a few good options on the market for an ambidextrous handle, but no great ones... or is there? We will soon find out. The folks over at Mech Armor Defense Systems Inc. have sent me one of their TacOps-1 Charging Handles to test and evaluate. I will be heading to the range this weekend to put it through its paces. You can expect a full write-up once I am complete. Above is a quick cell phone picture of the TacOps-1 flanked by the "competition".

Stay Tuned...

-=**UPDATE**=- Mech Armor Defense TacOps-1 Ambidextrous Charging Handle :: REVEIW

Friday, November 4, 2011

In Other News :: 10/29/2011 - 11/4/2011

In an attempt to keep your insatiable appetites for industry knowledge met; we have created "In Other News" (ION). It will publish each week as a list of links to things that I shared via Facebook or Twitter, but did not post to RTB.net. Enjoy!

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Travis Haley's Thoughts on Airsoft as a Training Tool

Tactical Visor :: HSGI A-TACS **Limited Run** Visor

I have no doubt, in my mind, that this visor will improve my golf game ten-fold! High Speed Gear, Inc. is selling a limited run of these A-TACS camo visors for $20 each. Get one before they're gone! For more 'gotta have it gear' hop on over to HSGI!

H/T: Predator BDU Blog

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Beretta Tx4 Storm Shotgun Review :: The Firearm Blog

Head on over to The Firearm Blog for a complete review on the Beretta Tx4 Storm Shotgun.

Since the Tx4 Storm was released at SHOT 2010 I have wanted to get my hands on one, but have not seen a single sample. Good review with plenty of info!

Here's Beretta's video:

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