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  1. The world of long range precision shooting is a vast and exciting one and over the past few years, there has been a significant resurgence of precision shooting. But like anything else, it can be tough to know where to start, what products you should buy and how to get questions answered. If you are just curious or are looking to dive into the world of Long Range Precision Shooting, this video series is for you. Our host, Sean Utley, will cover many topics from which rifle to buy, to proper rifle and scope setup, ammunition choices and which gear will help you in your quest to “send it.” We’ll also give you tricks and tips to help you shoot more accurately, and show you what it takes to shoot a mile. Episode 1: Anatomy of a Precision Rifle Episode 2: Foundations of Long Range Shooting Episode 3: Mechanics of Long Range Shooting Episode 4: Best Calibers for Long Range Shooting Episode 5: Anatomy of Bullet Flight Episode 6: Critical Equipment for Long Range Shooting The post WATCH: All 6 Episodes of Our Long Range Precision Shooting Series for Free appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2. Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies chased and eventually caught a 14-year-old car thief in Florida recently. Officer body cam footage captured the wild scene unfold. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Comedian Bill Burr Watches Green Beret Training and It’s Hilarious The suspect allegedly swiped the keys to a 2015 Mazda 6 from Golden Oldies Auto Sales in Hudson, Florida, according to police reports. As a result, a deputy located the suspect driving south on U.S. Highway 19. 14-Year-Old Car Thief Takes Flight Footage shows what appears to be the suspect avoiding authorities, with video clearly showing the vehicle wildly switch lanes and speed away. Consequently, the suspect eventually loses control of the vehicle, ending in a dramatic rolling crash off the side of the road. Body cam footage then shows the suspect exit the vehicle and flee on foot, with an officer chasing, yelling for the suspect to stop. After a short foot chase, another responding deputy cuts off and stops the suspect without incident. Deputies apprehended and took the boy into custody. Additionally, authorities charged the minor with grand theft auto and criminal mischief, according to police reports. Moreover, Pasco Sheriff’s deputies avoided injury during the incident. Auto thefts remain a leading crime authorities are forced to deal with on a recurring basis. Also, according to FBI crime statistics, an estimated 765,484 motor vehicle thefts occurred in 2016. This number represented a 7.4-percent increase over the previous year. Additionally, the FBI estimates approximately $5.9 billion was lost during the reported year due to thefts. The post WATCH: Pasco Sheriff’s Deputies Chase, Arrest 14-Year-Old Car Thief appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. During the recent Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous in Montana, we got range time with the new EOTech XPS2 Green model, and the results were impressive. RELATED STORY Why the EOTech Vudu 1-6 X 24 May Be the Best FFP Scope You Can Buy EOTech XPS2 Green Features Firstly, the clear benefits of the EOTech XPS2 Green center around the green reticle option. The article add versatility to the latest in EOTech’s now long line of HWS platforms. As such, the company claims this version of the reticle is six times easier to see than red in daytime. But its also the design of the reticle within a large viewing window, that continues to make HWS sights a popular choice. “The EOTech Holographic Weapon System offers significant advantages over a traditional red dot system,” said EOTech’s James Lawson. “The first is that the extra large viewing window offers you eyes wide open shooting, which allows the shooter to maintain peripheral vision and situational awareness in dynamic shooting situations. “The second advantage that this sight offers is that we utilize a reticle with a large ring and a precise aiming dot in the center,” Lawson continued. “That allows your eye to acquire the reticle under duress much faster than you would a traditional red dot system that just utilizes a single aiming point. That fine reticle also prevents obscuring the target, which allows for a lot more precise shot placement over a traditional single-dot system.” Going Green But when using the optic in bright, daytime conditions, it’s impossible to ignore the benefits of the green reticle. Stated simply, the human eye picks it up quickly, and the shots break sooner. “The third advantage of these systems is that we offer a green reticle versus a red,” Lawson explained. “Green’s important because the human eye can acquire a green reticle about five times faster than you can a red. So when seconds count, you’re able to get on target faster and engage the target faster, rather than searching for that dot and that red aiming point inside the viewing window.” The EOTech XPS2 operates on a single 123 lithium battery. Also, the XPS2 is water resistant up to 10 feet. Also, the EOTech XPS2 is the smallest, most compact HWS to date. Moreover, the unit’s small size saves room for additional iron sights or magnifiers, which speaks to the versatility of the platform itself. For more information, visit eotechinc.com. The post WATCH: The EOTech XPS2 Green Makes Daytime Shooting Easy appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. Federal Premium received a Navy ammunition contract worth $41 million over five years, the company announced recently. Additionally, the Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, awarded by U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC), is for Mk 318 Mod 0 carbine small rifle cartridges. RELATED STORY Federal Adds 90gr Sierra MatchKing to .224 Valkyrie Series Federal will begin shipping the ammunition in early 2019 to Navy and Marine Corps units, according to the release. Navy Ammunition Contract: Mk 318 Mod 0 Firstly, the Mk 318 Mod 0 cartridge utilizes Federal’s unique barrier defeating projectile and is compatible with existing 5.56mm weapons systems, according to Federal. Also, the 62-grain open tip match, lead free projectile is designed to defeat intermediate barriers. Further, the round provides terminal performance through barriers commonly encountered on the battlefield, including vehicle windshields and doors. “This contract demonstrates the design and production strengths within our business, achieving our goals of meeting customer requirements,” said Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink. “We are enthused Federal ammunition will continue to serve Navy and Marine Corps units, and their unique needs in combat. Design parameters and development of the projectile, a joint effort between Federal and NASWC, represent the continued innovation, and excellence required to support our units in the field.” The NSWC conducts all Navy research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for offensive and defensive systems. This marks the second major contract Federal has announced in the last few days. The company also secured a $75 million contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Additionally, that contract provides .223 Remington duty and training ammunition to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Also, the multi-agency contract also provides the ammunition to several law enforcement components and other federal agencies. For more information, visit federalpremium.com. The post Federal Receives Navy Ammunition Contract Worth $41 Million appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. The Walther Q5 Match is built for speed, designed as a competition-ready pistol versatile enough to race in several disciplines. As such, the Walther Q5 Match is recognized as fitting the requirements for IDPA Stock Service Pistol, USPSA Production and Carry Optics as well as most 3-Gun rulesets. RELATED STORY VIDEOS: Meet Walther’s Optics & Suppressor-Ready PPQ M2 Q4 TAC Steadily growing its presence in competition shooting in recent years, especially practical pistol, the Walther Q5 Match delivers a match-ready pistol equal to that support. For instance, the company recently established a contingency program in 2017, matching the commitment Walther continues to give at the match level. Walther doubled down on that support with the addition of the Q5 Match, a pistol based on the company’s popular PPQ platform. We caught up with Walther at this year’s Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous, and the Q5 Match did not disappoint. Walther Q5 Match Features Designed to compete, the Q5 Match delivers several features sure to be welcome by shooters. Forward slide cuts lighten the overall slide weight, dampening the effect of felt recoil. Also, the cuts aid in barrel cooling. A red fiber-optic front sight pairs with an adjustable rear target sight. Also, Walther provides three additional mounting plates included, fitting Trijicon, Leupold and Docter, for those wishing to use optics. A corrosion-resistant Tenifer coating protects the slide, barrel and internal action parts. Meanwhile, a non-slip grip surface encourages positive control. An ambidextrous slide stop is well-placed for reach, while the magazine release can be placed on either the left or right side of the frame. Walther touts its single-stage trigger as being one of the best in this class. Consequently, the 5.6-pound trigger requires only 0.4 inches of travel with a mere 0.1-inch reset. In keeping with its match-ready theme, the Q5 Match ships with three 15-round magazines. For more information, visit waltherarms.com. Walther Q5 Match Specifications Caliber: 9mm Barrel Length: 5 inches Trigger Pull: 5.6 pounds Trigger Travel: 0.4 inches Capacity: 15 rounds Overall Length: 8.1 inches Height: 5.3 inches Width: 1.3 inches Weight: 27.9 ounces (empty) MSRP: $849 The post WATCH: How Fast Is the Walther Q5 Match Pistol? appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. SIG Sauer Academy recently added two new classes, Shotgun and Rifle Fundamentals. As a result, the two new SIG Sauer Academy Courses begin in 2019 and are geared toward new firearm owners. Moreover, each training course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge in gun safety, manipulation, loading, unloading and firing common types of rifles and shotguns, according to SIG. RELATED STORY Sig Sauer Academy: Mastering the Carbine Along with basic safety and weapon manipulation, students will learn handling skills, marksmanship, zeroing procedures and positional shooting. The courses also teach students how to properly maintain modern sporting rifle and shotguns. Above all, students will spend time in the classroom and on the range, developing a wide range of skills, according to SIG. Rifle Fundamentals This course teaches students how to safely carry, transport and store firearms. Also, the class covers basic operation and function of modern sporting rifles. Rifle Fundamentals touches rifle and ammunition selection, along with loading, shooting, reloading and unloading the weapon. Additionally, students learn rifle manipulation skills, marksmanship fundamentals and zero procedures for both iron sights and red dots. Finally, positional rifle shooting drills and multiple target transitions round out the course. Shotgun Fundamentals Like the rifle course, Shotgun Fundamentals covers the basics in safe carry, transport and storage of firearms. Also, the course highlights potential dangers such as penetration, ricochet, misidentification and accidental discharge. Moreover, Shotgun Fundamentals covers loading, manipulation, slug zero and buckshot patterning. Static shooting position drills and practical application drills round out this course. Above all, each one-day course costs $250. SIG Sauer Academy The SIG Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, boasts a modern, 140-acre facility capable of providing a wide range of instruction for military, law enforcement and civilian shooters. Also, the facility includes a maritime training area, tactical training area, multiple shoothouses, 1,000-yard range and 360-degree range. Additionally, the SIG Sauer Academy Pro Shop displays the entire SIG inventory, offering guns and gear for sale to the public. Upcoming SIG Sauer Academy Courses Rifle Fundamentals: Jan. 16, 2019 Shotgun Fundamentals: March 11, 2019 Additional dates for these and other course can be found at sigsaueracademy.com. The post SIG Sauer Academy Adds Courses in Shotgun and Rifle Fundamentals appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. The new Mossberg Retrograde Series of pump-action shotguns includes two new models, the 500 Persuader Retrograde and 590A1 Retrograde. Also, the two Mossberg Retrograde Series guns commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary in 2019. RELATED STORY 6 Reasons Why the Mossberg MVP Precision Rifle Is a Top Bolt-Action Firstly, Mossberg highlights features from two of the most iconic police and military pump-action shotguns in history. As a result, bringing back the look and feel of the walnut stock and matching corncob fore-end creates a unique shotgun line. Mossberg, after more than 50 years of production, has built more than 12 million shotguns on the 500 platform, an extraordinary number. Moreover, the only pump-action shotgun to pass the U.S. military’s Mil-Spec tests, the 500 has proven tough and reliable. Mossberg Retrograde Series Features Both the 500 Persuader Retrograde and 590A1 Retrograde feature Mossberg’s combination of non-binding twin action bars, dual extractors, positive steel-to-steel lock-up and anti-jam elevator. Also, the anodized aluminum receivers and ambidextrous top-mounted safety should be familiar to Mossberg fans. The 500 Persuader Retrograde utilizes an 18.5-inch barrel, cylinder bore and is topped with a dingle front brass bead sight. Also, the 590A1 is built to Mil-Spec standards, has a nine-round magazine capacity, 20-inch heavy-walled barrel, heat shield, bayonet lug and ghost ring sights. Above all, each model stands out with the timeless wood furniture and corncob fore-end. The 500 Persuader Retrograde retails for $504, while the 590A1 Retrograde comes in at $902. For more information, visit www.mossberg.com. Mossberg Retrograde Series Specifications Model: 500 Persuader 6-Shot Chamber: 12 gauge, 3 inch Capacity: 6 Barrel/Finish: 18.5 inches, blued Sights: Bead Chokes: Cylinder Bore Overall Length: 39.5 inches Overall Length of Pull: 14.5 inches Stock: Walnut Weight: 6.25 pounds MSRP: $504 Model: 590A1 9-Shot Chamber: 12 gauge, 3 inch Capacity: 9 Barrel/Finish: 20 inches, Heavy-Walled Parkerized Chokes: Cylinder Bore Overall Length: 41 inches Overall Length of Pull: 14.5 inches Stock: Walnut Weight: 7.25 pounds MSRP: $902 The post FIRST LOOK: Mossberg Retrograde Series Shotguns appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. Auto-Ordnance is no stranger to historic firearms. Part of the Kahr Firearms Group, you probably know the Auto-Ordnance name because it manufacturers world-class Tommy Guns. But the company also creates quality 1911s, and it recently unveiled a line of special-edition 1911s that should interest all the history buffs out there. Models include a casehardened 1911 with “U.S.” grips as well as Fly Girls, Victory Girls and Squadron variants. I recently got my hands on the Auto-Ordnance Squadron for testing at the Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous in Montana. RELATED STORY Thompson Auto-Ordnance Unveils WWII-Themed Tanker Thompson The Auto-Ordnance Squadron features striking attention to detail. You’ll find custom-engraved panel lines and small dimples that look like rivets along the slide and frame, giving the gun a pieced-together appearance like a World War II fighter plane. The detailing on the checkered wooden grips makes them look nearly identical to those found on original M1911A1 pistols carried by U.S. soldiers. You’ll also find vertical rear serrations and the U.S. Army Air Corps insignia on both sides of the frame. But the most noticeable touch would have to be the shark Cerakoted onto the slide near the muzzle, like popular “nose art” of the era. Nose art was originally started by the Italians and Germans to help distinguish friend from foe in flight, and the U.S. Army Air Corps adopted the idea. But, in true red-blooded American fashion, the squadrons took unique liberties, bending the rules and muddling the original intention to turn this once-practical method into something that made each squadron stand out in its own way, and it became a symbol of unit pride. Auto-Ordnance Squadron 1911 On the Range Not only is this particular 1911 attractive—and a worthy nod to the sacrifice and bravery of our pilots—but it also functions with the quality you’d expect from all Kahr/Auto-Ordnance 1911s. The .45 ACP recoil is minimal due to the pistol’s weight, with very little muzzle rise. This makes it easy to be accurate and consistent on the range. Of course, I didn’t get enough time behind the gun to measure its reliability, but 1911s are known for being workhorses, and I personally believe every gun owner and collector should have at least one in their arsenal. Firing Auto-Ordnance’s Squadron Special Edition feels as if you’re stepping back in time or partaking in WWII. The weight, handling and iron sights feel old school—and that’s because they are! This why the 1911 is so appealing in the first place. So take the plunge and grab a piece of history. The Squadron 1911 isn’t too fancy or over the top—just quality, American-made engineering. For more information, visit auto-ordnance.com. Auto-Ordnance Squadron 1911 Specifications Caliber: .45 ACP Barrel: 5 inches OA Length: 8.5 inches Weight: 39 ounces (empty) Grips: Checkered wood Sights: Blade front, adjustable rear Action: SA Finish: Cerakote Capacity: 7+1 MSRP: $1,106 The post Gun Test: The WW2 Fighter Plane Auto-Ordnance Squadron 1911 appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. I’ve been a gun writer for several years now, which has some advantages. One of the biggest is getting to see how various weapons systems evolve over time. Many designs come and go, but others stick around for years. The best remain largely unchanged outside of some cosmetic enhancements, or the materials or production methods will change. But occasionally you get a company that will go the extra mile to vastly improve one of its products. One of the best examples of this dedication to improvement is the LWRC International REPR (Rapid Engagement Precision Rifle) MKII in .308 Winchester/7.62mm NATO. RELATED STORY Gun Review: The LWRCI SIX8-A5 Razorback II Rifle LWRC International REPR LWRC International developed a proprietary short-stroke gas piston operating system that is recognized worldwide as being one of the most robust and reliable on the market. Dedicated to professionals for years, LWRCI’s 5.56mm NATO and 6.8 SPC rifles have withstood the harshest conditions, offering excellent accuracy and unparalleled reliability. Thus, military units, law enforcement personnel and other professionals pushed the company to create a larger-caliber rifle with the same qualities. In 2010, I tested LWRCI’s first REPR. Designed as a semi-automatic precision rifle, it was very accurate, and its reliability was better than most of the competition at the time. Featuring a left-side charging handle, it was a tad heavy; it proved to be a good weapon. The platform saw incremental improvements until the U.S. Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) program came along, resulting in a completely new rifle. I first got my hands on the REPR MKII for testing in 2017, and it was a whole different ball game. The gun was so light that I thought LWRC International had sent me a 5.56mm by mistake. Removing it from the box, it looked more like a hand-built custom rifle than something mass-produced for combat. Everything about it was improved, including its inherent accuracy. And I didn’t think the gun could get any better until LWRCI decided to offer it with a Proof Research carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel earlier this year. Luckily, I was able to pit the best AR-style rifles against each other, head to head, for sister publication Ballistic’s Best, giving me a chance to really wring out LWRCI’s latest and greatest. A Closer Look The first thing I noticed about my test rifle was its expertly applied tungsten Cerakote finish. Also, the fit and finish were superb, starting with the Monoforge upper receiver. Moreover, the rifle came with a 16-inch Proof Research carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel with a 1-in-10-inch twist rate and LWRCI’s four-port Ultra muzzle brake. This barrel weighs about half a pound less than its all-steel brethren. The Monoforge name comes from the fact that the handguard and upper receiver are designed as one integral component. Here the handguard has dozens of lightening cuts as well as a full-length Picatinny rail on top. The sides and bottom have more slots for accessories, and removing two screws at the front allows you to remove the entire top portion of the handguard so you can easily access the gas system. Two short rail segments were included with my test rifle along with a QD sling mount/rail combination unit. While most piston-driven rifles in this caliber have adjustable gas blocks, they typically only offer three different positions: suppressed, unsuppressed and off. The REPR MKII’s gas block features adjustability to 20 different positions, allowing you to really fine-tune the gun for specific loads and conditions. Another enhancement is the upgraded bolt carrier group, which is coated for ease of cleaning and reliability in harsh environments, and LWRCI includes a set of its Skirmish backup sights. The charging handle, magazine release, bolt catch and safety are all ambidextrous. The forged lower receiver also features an enlarged, integral triggerguard, a two-stage Geissele Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced (SSA-E) trigger, a Magpul MOE+ pistol grip and an adjustable Magpul UBR stock that provides a solid cheekweld as well as a storage compartment. Finally, each rifle comes with a 20-round PMag. Only The Best As I said, the REPR MKII’s initial test came in Ballistic’s Best, where it competed against 17 other semi-automatic rifles in either 5.56mm or 7.62mm NATO. Four independent evaluators put each rifle through its paces over two days, assigning a score for a number of categories, including accuracy, ergonomics and reliability. And of all the guns, the REPR MKII was the hands-down winner. Every evaluator scored it as the best rifle they tested. The fit and finish even exceeded that of the only custom rifle in the contest. Its accuracy and ergonomics also contributed, and it outscored every rifle. The only negative came in the “Value/Price” category, as it was the most expensive at $4,670. But we all agreed that it was worth the money. One evaluator said, “It costs a ton, but it delivers. It may be the best .308 rifle I’ve ever used.” Heading to the Range For this article, I hit the range again and added some new equipment. For targeting, I installed a Bushnell 4.5-30x50mm Elite Tactical XRS II scope in a ZRODelta mount. With its H59 reticle and relatively compact dimensions, this Bushnell scope is versatile and easy to use. I got to see the LWRCI Ultra muzzle brake in action during the initial test, and while it was fantastic at reducing recoil, it was also loud and packed quite a blast. Since this test included running the gun around urban obstacles like walls and cars, I replaced the brake with the NG2 Defense MZLMAX. This device sends all of the blast forward, away from the shooter and his or her neighbors. It mitigates recoil and flash very well. I’m a big fan of offset sights, so I replaced the Skirmish backup sights with a set of Fail Safe Angle sights from Griffin Armament. These work well for close-quarters work—you just roll the rifle and go. I also added an extended buttpad to the Magpul UBR stock and installed an Atlas bipod with a ZRODelta DCLW Head-S mount. I also used a Feisol tripod for some shooting positions. LWRC International REPR MKII Shooting My groups at 100 yards were truly impressive, matching what I could produce with the best bolt-action precision rifles. I was able to cluster five Barnes 130-grain TTSX rounds into half an inch, and the gun did pretty much the same thing with Black Hills’ 178-grain ELD-Xs and DoubleTap’s 125-grain Ballistic Tips. Moving out to 300 yards, the best groups—all in the 2.5-inch range—came from the Colt 155-grain TMK and Hornady 155-grain A-MAX loads. The latter seems to be the best “all-around” load, and it would be my primary ammo if I used this rifle on duty. Extending the range to 855 yards, the Black Hills 178-grain ELD-X ammo gained ground with its higher ballistic coefficient and heavier weight. Overall, this load was the most consistent at 855 and 1,000 yards, bucking the wind better and holding a tighter “cone” of accuracy even with its low velocity. I rarely missed my 12-inch steel target, and if I did, it was mostly due to the wind. Shooting quickly at 700 yards—as fast as I could reacquire the target—I was able to pull 10 shots of 10 on a full-sized IPSC steel target. Both of the 155-grain loads did pretty much the same thing at 855 yards but lost some gas at 1,000 yards. Bottom Line: LWRC International REPR MKII The REPR MKII’s controls are easy to reach from either side, and it’s easy to reload from just about any position. You can even speed things up a bit by holding the bolt open on the off-hand side and then releasing it on the strong side. This rifle is at home as a designated marksman rifle (DMR), shooting from prone or close quarters, working in and around vehicles and obstacles. With the NG2 MZLMAX, I could shoot under my car, next to the fender and around walls without getting any blast or debris in my face. This is just about perfect for real work. This is the lightest of the REPRs so far, but at around 13 pounds fully loaded and equipped, you can get lighter guns. I’m not sure they would come close to this rifle’s ruggedness or reliability, though. None of the other piston-driven rifles in this class match the REPR MKII’s features. One thing is certain: This rifle will do anything anyone might ever need to do with a rifle at any realistic range. Hunting, law enforcement countersniping, long-range competition—LWRCI’s REPR MKII does it all and looks really good while doing it! For more information, visit lwrci.com. LWRC International REPR MKII Specifications Caliber: 7.62mm NATO Barrel: 16 inches OA Length: 34.8-37.6 inches Weight: 9 pounds (empty) Stock: Magpul UBR Sights: LWRCI Skirmish Action: Piston-operated semi-auto Finish: Tungsten Cerakote Capacity: 20+1 MSRP: $4,670 Performance: LWRC International REPR MKII Load Velocity Accuracy Barnes 130 VOR-TX 2,986 0.54 Black Hills 178 ELD-X 2,470 0.72 Colt 155 TMK 2,650 0.60 DoubleTap 125 Ballistic Tip 2,750 0.65 Hornady 155 Black A-MAX 2,700 0.60 Bullet weight measured in grains, velocity in fps by chronograph and accuracy in inches for best five-shot groups at 100 yards. This article is from the 2019 issue of Black Guns magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. The post GUN TEST: Return of the LWRC International REPR MKII appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), recently awarded Federal Ammunition a major contract. Also, the multi-agency contract provides for up to $75 million of .223 Remington ammunition to multiple Department of Homeland Security (DHS) law enforcement components and other federal agencies, according to a press release issued by Federal. RELATED STORY Federal Premium to Supply DHS With .40 Cal Tactical HST Ammo The contact will provide agents and officers with .223 Rem. duty and training ammunition, according to Federal. “We are proud to provide the highest quality duty ammunition to DHS agents in the field,” said Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink. “Officers in the field require the highest quality ammunition at their disposal, in their vigilant fight to protect our freedoms. Federal Tactical ammunition ensures the highest performance threshold, and absolute officer confidence in terminal performance.” Moreover, the contract loadings utilize Federal brass, projectiles and primers, according to the release. ICE, which was created in 2003, is tasked with promoting homeland security and safety. ICE also enforces federal laws governing border control, immigration, customs and trade. The agency has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 stateside offices and 46 foreign countries. Its annual budget is roughly $6 billion. ICE executes its mission through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes, and focuses on immigration enforcement, terrorism prevention and combating the illegal movement of people and trade. For more information, visit federalpremium.com. The post BREAKING: DHS Awards Federal Ammunition $75 Million Ammo Contract appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. Ultradyne recently released its Apollo Max Muzzle Brake, specifically built to tame the recoil impulse generated by .308 Win. cartridges. RELATED STORY VIDEO: ZRODelta Releases New Gen 2 CIB Muzzle Brake The company claims to have utilized advanced imaging and precision instrumentation when developing the new muzzle device. Ultradyne’s design utilizes what the company calls muzzle-rise compensation ports at the end of the muzzle brake. Additionally, these ports direct gasses away from the shooter’s line of sight. Further, each port is located, sized and shaped for maximum gas flow. The brake utilizes a combination of modeling and testing, according to Ultradyne. Ultradyne further claims the the brake reaches a higher level of recoil reduction in a brake of this size. Also, the company credits this feat to a combination of applied science and engineering. Each muzzle brake is CNC machined. Also, each one is built in the USA. Moreover, for competition shooters, namely 3-Gun and practical rifle shooters, a better muzzle brake for recoil mitigation would be welcome. Because practical shooting is a speed-based sport, taming recoil is important. Firstly, better control of the rifle equals faster follow-up shots. But also, delivering less muzzle rise helps with target transitions as well. Further, finding one under $100 will likely encourage shooters from these camps to check out the Apollo Max Muzzle Brake. Finally, Ultradyne, located in Columbia, Missouri, produces muzzle brakes, iron sights and other parts designed for AR-type platforms. For more information, visit ultradyneusa.com. Ultradyne Apollo Max Muzzle Brake Specifications Caliber: .308 Win/7.62 Barrel thread: 5/2×24 UNEF-2B Material: 416 stainless steel Finish: salt bath nitride Mounting: shrouded timing nut Weight: 4.1 ounces Length: 2.94 inches Outside diameter: 0.975 inches MSRP: $89 The post Ultradyne Apollo Max Muzzle Brake Tames .30-Caliber Recoil appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. SB Tactical, famous for its line of braces for AR-15 pistols, is now shipping the CZPDW Pistol Stabilizing Brace. Designed for the CZ Scorpion Evo S1 pistol, the CZPDW provides a significant upgrade to the popular firearm. RELATED STORY SB Tactical Reveals New FS1913 Pistol Stabilizing Brace Pistol Brace Features The CZPDW delivers the capability to run the gun from one of three positions, utilizing a pull-through design. Additionally, this design, which adds a third point of contact for stabilizing the firearm, increases the user’s ability to control the weapon. “The CZPDW will make the popular CZ Scorpion EVO S1 pistol perform even better,” said Alex Bosco, inventor and CEO of SB Tactical. “The speed and ease of adjustability will allow the shooter to custom fit the perfect point of contact for maximum control and accuracy.” The pistol brace ships as a complete assembly, one ready-to-install, and utilizes 6061 hard-coat anodized aluminum for the housing. Available in black and FDE, the CZPDW weighs 13.1 ounces and is BATFE compliant. For more information, visit sb-tactical.com. SB Tactical CZPDW Pistol Stabilizing Brace Specifications Fit: CZ Scorpion Evo Length: 3.25 inches (collapsed), 7 inches (mid), 9.25 inches (extended) Weight: 13.1 ounces Width: 3 inches Strap width: 1 inch Colors: black, FDE MSRP: $279.99 The post FIRST LOOK: SB Tactical CZPDW for CZ Scorpion Evo S1 Pistol appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. While we all want a new shotgun, rifle or pistol, for all practical purposes, your Christmas list better include some gifts that won’t break the bank. You need to ask for good, affordable tactical gear this year. Don’t worry, we’ve already done all the heavy lifting, researching the firearm industry for some of the best gear available, gear that every shooter needs. So just use the following guide to tell everyone what you want this Holiday season. Do that, and you might just get some great, affordable tactical gear under the tree. Magpul Core Patrol Gloves Magpul Core Patrol Gloves are lightweight and feature a one-piece, leather palm construction. Offering protection, yet maintaining dexterity, a nylon stretch fabric on the back of the hand provides a snug fit. A padded, neoprene backing provides additional protection. The MSRP is $44.95. For more information, visit magpul.com. Honeywell Impact Sport Bolt Digital Earmuffs The Honeywell Impact Sport Bolt Digital Earmuff amplifies conversation while shutting off amplification at 82 db, making it perfect for the range. The design is ergonomic and comfortable, while one control knob gives shooters easy command. “Between improving range safety and actively attacking hearing loss, the Impact Sport Bolts are a no-brainer,” said Ken Ross in his review. “Honestly, do you want to be the guy yelling, ‘What’d you say?’ for the rest of your life?” The MSRP is $129.95, but its currently on sale for $89.995. For more information, visit honeywellstore.com. Lucky Shot 30mm A-10 Warthog Shell Shot Glass If you’re gonna throw some back, why not do in style? And nothing imparts a shooter’s style quite like the Lucky Shot 30mm A-10 Warthog Shell Shot Glass. Made from a genuine 30mm shell casing, each casing is inspected, cleaned and anodized, removing all traces of chemicals, gunpowder or primer residues. All that remains is one extremely cool delivery vehicle for your sweet elixir of choice. The MSRP is $12.99. For more information, visit luckyshotusa.com. Kershaw Knives Fringe Everyone needs a good knife or 20, and the new Kershaw Fringe is one designed for everyday carry. Its titanium carbo-nitride coated handle with carbon-fiber insert is stylish. Black hardware completes a uniform, classy look. Lightweight, and sporting a deep-carry clip, the Fringe is well-suited for carry in everything from pants to shorts. Meanwhile, the steel blade delivers Kershaw performance. The MSRP is $47.24. For more information, visit kershaw.kaiusaltd.com. Otis Mission Critical MC-10 High Performance Cleaner & Lubricant Every range bag needs some quality lubricants and cleaners for when you get your pew on. As such, the Otis Mission Critical MC-10 High Performance Cleaner & Lubricant delivers. Rated for temperatures ranging from -65 all the way to 650 degrees, the MC-10 is ready for anything you can throw its way. Better still, the lubricant is resistant to break down, while the cleaner wipes debris away without diminishing the lubricant’s protection. The MSRP is $29.99. For more information, visit otistec.com. Daniel Defense DD Magazine Any list of affordable tactical gear should have a quality magazine. Built for 5.56mm and .300 BLK, the Daniel Defense DD Magazine delivers 32 rounds of firepower, while maintaining the industry-standard 30-round size. Featuring carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer construction, the DD Magazine is built to be rugged. An improved feed-lip design and anti-tilt follower deliver reliable feeding. Finally, a textured body provides a sure grip when executing reloads. The MSRP is $20. For more information, visit danieldefense.com. Magpul MS1 Sling The Magpul MS1 Sling utilizes a two-point design, yet delivers the ability to use in a single-point configuration as well. Once setup, the sling is designed to resist slipping. Additionally, the MS1 eliminates any tails or loops hanging off and otherwise snag hazards. The MS1 Sling has an MSRP of $34.95. For more information, visit magpul.com. CMMG Tactical Bacon Why Tactical Bacon? Well, first of all, it’s bacon. For years, CMMG’s Tactical Bacon has enjoyed a cult following within the shooting community. And why not? It comes with 54 slices of fully cooked, ready-to-eat bacon in every can. Perfect for the zombie apocalypse or a long day on the range. You might wonder if this product truly fits the bill for affordable tactical gear. Did we mention the can is full of bacon? The MSRP is $22.95. For more information, visit cmmginc.com. DoubleStar Dragon’s Tooth Thumb Stop Designed to work with M-Lok technology, the DoubleStar Dragon’s Tooth Thumb Stop is a great addition for anyone that uses a forward grip on the handguard. Better still, in addition to protecting hands from the muzzle, this stop also serves double-duty digging into barricade support. Stylish, yet practical, the Dragon’s Tooth adds utility to your AR-15. The MSRP is $29.99. For more information, visit star15.com. 5.11 Station 2AA Delivering 256 lumens, the 5.11 Station 2AA delivers a run time of 2 hours, 21 minutes on high operation. Utilizing two AA batteries, you’ll always have access to a fresh power supply. A machined aluminum body makes this light rugged, while its simple on/off operation switch makes the 2AA a go-to light for the truck, range bag or bedside drawer. The MSRP is $44.99. For more information, visit 511tactical.com. The post 10 Pieces of Affordable Tactical Gear You Might Actually Get for Christmas appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  14. Today’s world has become increasingly violent with predators stalking our streets and countryside. Whether it is a criminal attacker, terrorist or enemy, situational awareness is the name of the game, and once a threat is identified, immediate steps must be taken to attack, counterattack or effect an escape. This encounter could very well occur while you are operating a motor vehicle. If so, your “mental toolbox” needs to have some equipment with which to work. Yes, you can watch plenty of videos. But there’s nothing like getting out there and doing it. However, under the heading of “Don’t try this at home,” your best bet is to take a professional course. This enables you to actually perform the maneuvers you’ll need to stay alive. RELATED STORY Tuffy Security Products Provides Vehicle Security Solutions I recently attended a sample Vehicle Dynamics course at the Panthera Training Center in West Virginia. This 750-acre facility has everything for law enforcement, military and civilian self-defense training. Along with numerous shooting ranges and training areas, there’s a 1.5-mile high-speed driving track, skid pan and off-road driving course. The center has foundation elements, but its courses are normally custom-designed, with a focus on real-world mission training. For this course, two of Panthera’s top driving and shooting instructors took me and a few other gun writers through a number of dynamic driving exercises. We observed and learned different techniques that might help us to survive if the roadway becomes a battlefield. 1. Staying In Control A principle goal in any driving experience is to be consciously competent. This will prevent accidents in spite of adverse conditions or the actions of others. To do this, the driver must demonstrate situational awareness, maintain vehicle control and use evasive maneuvers. Vehicle control can only be understood if you are familiar with vehicle dynamics—the forces that affect or cause weight transfer and traction management. Only a very small portion of the tire is in contact with the road at any given time. A shift in the vehicle’s weight can radically change the traction balance. Here the instructors emphasize threshold braking instead of jamming on the brakes and losing control; you brake only with enough pressure to maximize the braking force developed by the tires and then accelerate out. The optimal amount of braking force develops just when the wheels begin to slip. 2. Reversing Should you drive into what becomes a deadly-force encounter, your best course of action might be to rapidly reverse to gain distance and cover from your attacker(s). At the same time, you want to maintain a stable platform should your “crew” need to engage the attacking element as you tactically retreat. Our instructors demonstrated how to use the passenger-side mirror as a stable reference point for keeping the vehicle straight while reversing quickly. In this case, the edge of the pavement was the focal point, and maintaining a constant distance from it while reversing was challenging. Doing this, one can even round a curve as we did and end up behind a low hill, out of view and behind cover. I was amazed at how fast one of our instructors was able to do this. 3. The J-Turn A more aggressive way to exit a danger zone in a vehicle is to execute a J-turn. Here, the driver puts the vehicle in reverse and rapidly accelerates. The length of straight roadway you have will dictate how far you can go in reverse before you spin the steering wheel, causing weight transfer that swings the vehicle around. Basically, you throw the wheel and let go, and the vehicle will find full steering lock, helping it to swing around. Once this happens, the driver immediately slams the transmission into drive and accelerates forward. One mistake to avoid is looping your thumbs around the steering wheel, as this could cause injury in such a violent maneuver. 4. Controlled Turns A unique aspect of the on-road track at Panthera is that it’s built on the side of a gently sloping hill. This provides some interesting dynamics compared to similar courses laid out on flat ground. A basic fundamental when doing any high-speed driving is to avoid obstacles and make controlled turns. On the track straightaway, we built up speed and then, coming into the left-hand turn, we had to use our threshold braking skills, bring the car into the apex of the outside of the curve and then turn inward and to the left, which allows a speedy, yet controlled turn. A few yards forward of that turn were orange traffic cones in a row, a bit over a car-length between them, and they had to be negotiated at speed. Getting close to the cone without hitting it is the goal using the forces of traction management to maintain good control of the vehicle. 5. Off-Road Recovery While performing these maneuvers, you may inadvertently leave the highway. If you’re lucky and don’t go right into a ditch or tree, as long as you don’t panic, you can get the vehicle back on the road. The worst thing you can do is jerk the steering wheel in the direction that will put you back on the road, because, depending upon your speed, you could flip the vehicle. If your vehicle does leave the road, slow down with controlled braking and calmly steer the vehicle back onto the roadway. Our instructor actually had us close our eyes while he took control of the steering wheel and moved the car off the road. Then he had us open our eyes and deal with the situation. It was startling to say the least, but it got the lesson across with just a few runs. 6. If The Driver’s Down What if the driver is suddenly incapacitated? As the passenger, you must quickly gain control of the vehicle. You have to get over to the left side as best you can and get a hand on the steering wheel. You may need your left arm to push the driver over and hold him or her there. Your right hand can do the steering. Your left foot will have to most likely shove the driver’s foot off the gas pedal. The goal here is to get the vehicle quickly and safely stopped. Once you get control of the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the vehicle needs to be steered off the road with controlled braking to come to a stop. 7. Rollovers What if you’re being chased in your vehicle and circumstances cause your vehicle to roll over onto the roof? What can you do now to keep the bad guys from approaching and killing you at their leisure? As a real-time demonstration, we donned helmets and were strapped into a window-less SUV fitted with exterior roll bars. Another SUV with a long cargo strap was used to roll our SUV over, at which point we needed to quickly release our seat belts, get out of the vehicle and use it for cover as we fired our handguns at two steel targets 10 yards away. We then had to move to a wall about 21 feet away from the vehicle, again firing on the targets. As the vehicle begins rolling over, pull your feet close to the seat and away from the brake pedal, which could trap your foot. After that, use your strong arm to push as hard as you can on the roof of the car so that when your support hand unbuckles your seat belt, you don’t have an uncontrolled fall. Lastly, move as quickly as possible out the driver’s side window, keeping the vehicle between you and the aggressors. 8. The PIT Maneuver “PIT” is an acronym for “Pursuit Intervention Technique,” and performed properly, it can help stop a vehicle pursuit. The key is the pursuing good guy (GG) needs to position his or her vehicle on the left or right side of the bad guy (BG) vehicle so slight contact is made with the front bumper of the GG’s car to the rear portion of the BG’s car, just behind the rear wheel well. The instant this contact is made, if the “pitting” vehicle is positioned correctly, a simple quarter-turn and acceleration will cause the BG car to lose traction and slide sideways. Now, the GG accelerates, shoving the BG car to the side as the GG steers away. The speed at which both cars are traveling will determine how violently the BG will spin out. This is a very dangerous maneuver, and the pursuer needs to wait for just the right time. Also, attempting this at speeds over 35 miles per hour should be avoided. 9. Skid Control The Panthera Training Center has a large skid pad where students can practice regaining control of their vehicles after losing traction. Avoiding panic, steering into the skid, and threshold braking are the keys to getting back under control. The old police vehicles we were using had a switch to turn off the traction control system so it did not try and counter the loss of control. Instructors showed us methods of controlling skids in tight turns on wet pavement. Also, our instructors would take over the gas pedal to make things even more exciting. This is a necessary experience during a dynamic driving course. 10. All Together Now Toward the end of the class, everything culminated on the high-speed track and in a multi-use paved area. Aggressive driving at high speeds mated with cornering skills, avoiding obstacles like traffic cones, maintaining traction and threshold braking were all covered as we went around the 1.5-mile track. At the multi-use area, the instructors set up a driving course that would have us rapidly accelerate. Drivers then brake to a complete stop in a marked area, then accelerate again and finally turn into a slalom course with traffic cones to zigzag through. At the end of this was a cone inside the still-wet skid pad where a tight turn had to be made, after which you accelerated to two more cones and made tight turns into a final straightaway. The finale required the driver brake to a stop without hitting any cones. A timed course and competition kept things interesting. On top of all that, instructors conducted several demos that involved shooting through windshields and at other parts of vehicles. Overall, this experience was invaluable. If you’d like to build your own tactical driving skills, visit pantheratraining.com. This article is from the November/December 2018 issue of Tactical-Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. The post Panthera Training Center Top 10 Road Warrior Tips appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. 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  15. Comedian Bill Burr narrates a clip of Army Green Beret Training, and if you’re a fan of the Boston-born funnyman, it’s everything you’d expect it to be. Burr takes on this elite Army selection process quite like no other. RELATED STORY Combined Arms Center Facility Shows Path to Future Army Training The video itself highlights the Army‘s Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course (SFAS), a video otherwise known as “2 Weeks in Hell.” Moreover, the video centers on the physical challenge of elite special forces training. Clearly, it caught Burr’s attention. Breaking Down Green Beret Training Burr breaks down all the different ways in which SFAS tortures the candidates: “I don’t think I could go more than 18 seconds watching this thing without going ‘I’d quit there, I’d quit there, I’d fail that.'” However, he does give in that he thinks he might be pretty decent on the obstacles course. He does pull-ups and climbs a rope, after all. “But even then, I do pull-ups and climb a rope after eight hours sleep, and I had a nice bowl of oatmeal. My wife gives me a kiss on the cheek and then I go down there. I do as many as I can until it starts to hurt-ooh, that hurts-then I stop. Among Burr’s funny revelations is that he could never, ever make it as a Green Beret. But in his own way, Burr pays homage to every candidate that ever attempts this brutal selection process. Be warned, the language is adult, and some of the content is even a bit graphic. But if you’ve got the stomach, Burr paints quite the picture of the Army’s elite SFAS. Burr has starred in seven comedy albums and specials during his career. The comedian also counts more than a dozen films to his credit, including Daddy’s Home with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. Burr’s numerous television appearances add to an impressive filmography, including notables such as Chappelle’s Show, Breaking Bad and F is for Family. [contact-form] The post VIDEO: Comedian Bill Burr Watches Green Beret Training and It’s Hilarious appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article

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