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  1. PepperBall recently announced the company’s less lethal launcher, the TCP, is available for civilian purchase. The compact CO2- or nitrogen-powered device fires a variety of less-lethal rounds. RELATED STORY Less Lethal 870: Wilson Combat’s 12-Gauge Launcher The pistol-type device measures 7.5 inches overall and weighs approximately 21 ounces. The device’s magazine holds six rounds overall. “It is designed to be a versatile option for personal defense situations and law enforcement or military tactical applications,” said a PepperBall release. The non-lethal launcher fires both the standard PepperBall round and VXR projectiles. While the round projectiles deliver accuracy out to 60 feet, the extended-range VXR projectiles provide direct hit accuracy out to 150 feet. Meanwhile, the launcher provides accuracy at even greater range when deploying PepperBalls to saturate an area with PAVA powder, according to PepperBall. Because power for all projectiles comes from CO2 or nitrogen, the less-lethal launcher maintains the ability to function in extremely cold weather conditions. Better still, the semi-automatic launcher fits in an open-top holster sold separately by PepperBall. The PepperBall TCP Consumer Kit comes with one launcher and two universal magazines that feed both round and VXR projectiles. Finally, a hard case completes a package that retails for $399.99. Additionally, PepperBall offers refill kits for both round and VXR projectiles to civilian consumers as well. PepperBall TCP Specifications Overall Length: 8 inches Height: 6.5 inches Overall Weight: 1.71 pounds Caliber: .68 Action: Semi-auto Power: 8g CO2/1.3gN2 For more information, visit pblifelite.com. The post PepperBall TCP Less-Lethal Launcher Now Available to Civilians appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2. A San Diego cop shot and killed a man who ignored dozens of commands to stop advancing while swinging a chain. Officer Corey Pitts shouted approximately 30 times for the suspect, Vaughn Denham, to stop. Finally, after retreating for some time, the officer put down the threat. RELATED STORY WATCH: Tulsa Cop Drops Suspect With 2 Shots Through Speeding Traffic Body cam footage shows Pitts arrive on the scene. Immediately, Denham acted deranged, violently swinging the heavy chain, striking the squad car. Then Pitts deployed a taser, which proved ineffective. The suspect swung the chain at the time of deployment, possibly dislodging the connection. Regardless, Denham kept advancing on the officer, who continuously commanded the suspect to get down. All the while, Pitts kept creating distance as he radioed for backup. San Diego Cop Responds “… Pitts ordered Denham to drop the chain and Denham refused while continuing to walk toward the officer, swinging the chain. Pitts used a Taser but it didn’t stop Denham, forcing Pitts to retreat for a block and a half while he continued to order Denham to drop the chain and get on the ground,” reported 10news.com. Finally, Pitts fired two shots at the suspect, putting him down and ending the confrontation. Denham later died from his wounds at the hospital. According to the toxicology report, the suspect tested positive for phencyclidine (PCP), cannabinoids and methamphetamine, according to 10news.com. The incident began when police responded to a call that a man had attacked another person, using a machete. That’s when Pitts arrived on the scene and found Denham wielding a four-foot dog chain. Local officials, meanwhile, cleared Pitts and called the incident a good shooting. “Based on these circumstances, Pitts fired at Denham in his own defense. He therefore bears no state criminal liability for his actions,” said the District Attorney’s office, as reported by 10news.com. The post WATCH: Suspect Ignores 30 Commands From San Diego Cop, Gets Killed appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. Memorial Day holds special meaning to the firearms industry. Like nearly all Americans, we pause to remember and honor those whose sacrificed their lives defending our freedoms. For firearms manufacturers, the small arms the fallen carried into battle remind us of the unique connection of those in uniform and our industry. Legendary Guns RELATED STORY How Vietnam Sniper Carlos Hathcock Took Down the ‘Apache Woman’ There is a collection of these firearms that has special meaning to Marines tucked away in a nondescript brick building at Marine Corps Base Quantico. Behind a locked door, in “the vault,” is what could be a priceless collection of the Marine Corps’ small arms, including what is believed to be a prototype of Henry Maxim’s machine gun. Most precious, though, are firearms carried by fallen heroes during their final acts of bravery. Colt M-1911 “The vault” is where I met Al Houde, Senior Curator of Arms and Armor for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Among the collection he shared is a Colt handgun. It’s marked Model of 1911, U.S. Army. Despite that, Marine Sgt. Albert Taubert carried and used it. Sgt. Taubert was awarded the Navy Cross twice, the nation’s second-highest valor award. He was recognized first for actions in World War I when in 1918 as a private he captured a German machine gun and crew. He was again awarded the Navy Cross for actions in Haiti in 1920, when he attacked and killed Haitian bandit leader Benoit de Batraville. Taubert recovered the bandit leader’s .38-caliber revolver and holster, damaged from one of the rounds fired from Taubert’s .45-caliber M-1911. Both are now in the Marine Corps Museum’s collection. M-16A4 by FN America Houde also brought me closer to my own combat tours. He showed me the M-16A4 carried by Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for actions during the Battle of Fallujah, Iraq. On Nov. 15, 2004, Sgt. Peralta was clearing houses when he was shot. Mortally wounded as the fighting continued, an enemy grenade landed in the room and Sgt. Peralta pulled the grenade to his body, absorbing the blast and saving the lives of the Marines in the room with him. Peralta was nominated for the Medal of Honor, but was awarded the Navy Cross. They also named a ship in his honor. In the gallery above, though, was the rifle he carried made by FN America at its plant in Columbia, S.C. It bears the marks of the blast that took his life. Seeing Sgt. Peralta’s rifle this closely robs you of words. I learn that I’m not the only one. Houde said Marines and their families often linger at the museum firearms, knowing how personal that connection is for those who fought and died in war. Legendary Sniper Rifle Lost Houde said some firearms are lost to time. Legendary Marine sniper Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock carried a Winchester Model 70 .30-06 during his first Vietnam tour and a Remington 700 during his second tour. There is no record of Gunnery Sgt. Hathcock’s Winchester and his Remington burned up when his armored vehicle struck a mine. Hathcock suffered burns and wounds in that incident that nearly took his life and ultimately ended his service. Hathcock died in 1999 at 56 years old. But Houde does have one Hathcock rifle. It’s a Stevens .22-caliber bolt-action rifle. Hathcock was an avid hunter, who learned to shoot with a World War II Mauser rifle and used a J.C. Higgins .22-caliber to hunt and feed his family as a child in Arkansas. Remington 700 M-40A1 Houde did have a rifle that was of personal significance. In 2004, insurgents killed a Marine sniper team in Ramadi, Iraq. Lost that day were Cpl. Tommy Parker Jr., Lance Cpl. Pedro Contreras, Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez, and Lance Cpl. Deshon Otey. Lost too was the team’s M-40A1 Remington 700. I was in Ramadi that day. I was also in Iraq on a subsequent tour when another Marine sniper team recovered the rifle. Two years after and about 20 miles from where the rifle went missing, Marine snipers observed a suspicious man on a cell phone and the profile of a rifle barrel in a car. They killed the insurgents and opened the car door to find the distinctive Marine sniper rifle. I held the rifle in 2006, days after it was recovered. I held it again 13 years later. Like then, the words escaped me. This rifle will soon go on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps to share this story. But inside this vault, surrounded by the firearms of generations of Marines, I held the legacy of freedom forged by the firearms industry in Ilion, N.Y., and carried into war by Marines who will never leave my memory. This Memorial Day I’ll pause to remember those who gave their lives in defense of our nation. I’ll visit graves of lost friends at Arlington National Cemetery. I’ll also look forward to when these firearms will be on display at the museum, illustrating the stories of these Marines, their sacrifice and their valor. About the Author Mark Oliva is Director of Public Affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industries. He is a retired Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant with 25 years of service, including tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Albania, and Zaire. The post 4 Priceless, Legendary Guns Carried by Marines in Battle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. A shocking video of a near fatal law enforcement accident is going viral. The video shows a Midland County Sheriff’s Office Deputy nearly killed when a train smashes into his squad car. The train knocks the vehicle completely over, causing it to roll near the tracks. RELATED STORY WATCH: Illinois Police Officer Narrowly Avoids Train Collision “According to Sheriff Gary Painter, two deputies in separate vehicles were responding to a call of a baby in distress on Tuesday, May 21. The deputies were driving with lights and sirens on and were going through red lights when they were stopped by a slow moving train,” reported fox7austin.com. But this railroad crossing contains two parallel tracks. And just as final cars of one slow-moving train was finally passing through the crossing, another speeding train was coming, unseen, from the opposite direction. But remember, these officers are responding to an infant in trouble. So they’re anxious to get through this crossing and get to the scene. So the lead squad car eases up into the crossing, and the second the final car passes, he accelerates onto the tracks. RELATED STORY WATCH: Wethersfield Police Officer Shoots, Kills Accelerating Suspect Midland Sheriff’s Deputies Struck By Train Footage shows the first train go by, then the deputy begins easing his vehicle into the railroad crossing. But just as he clears the first track, the oncoming train smashed into the squad car. The force drives the vehicle, flipping and rolling it off the tracks. The videographer exclaims “Oh my god” several times as the train smashes the squad car. Indeed, the scene looked potentially fatal for the officers. But these cops ended up lucky after all, as was the infant. “The deputy in the flipped vehicle was taken out of the car through the window. He was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, including bruising throughout his body. Other emergency responders were able to reach the infant who has been taken to the emergency room, according to Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter,” as reported by fox7austin.com. The post VIDEO: Midland Sheriff’s Deputy Vehicle Smashed By Oncoming Train appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. The Tulsa Police department recently released body cam footage from a fatal shooting on a busy highway. Responding to an active shooters situation, a Tulsa cop ended the madman’s terror with two shots, through speeding highway traffic, from his patrol rifle. RELATED STORY WATCH: San Diego Police Face Intense Shootout, 2 Officers Down Footage shows the initial responding officer running, as he covers a substantial distance carrying his patrol rifle and delivering commands via radio. “Hold traffic, hold traffic, he’s got a gun,” the officer tells fellow officers via radio. The officer slows his pace once he seemingly gains a visual, then eases up to a concrete wall alongside the busy highway. There, the Tulsa cop quickly settles into a supported position, gaining a point of contact with each elbow for greater stability, then coldly squeezes off two shots, dropping the suspect. The suspect, later identified as Derrec Shaw, died on the scene. “Multiple witnesses said Shaw was firing at cars as he was in the middle of traffic,” reported Ktul.com. “The initial responding officer used his patrol rifle and fired twice, killing Shaw.” The incident began when officers responded to calls of an active shooter. The suspect went into a Cicis Pizza and fired at a man three times, striking him once in the shoulder. Then the suspect allegedly went a few doors down to China Wok. There, video shows him acting erratic, before he finally shoots another victim in the face, according to Ktul.com. Shaw then fled to a nearby hotel, pointed the gun at a clerk, paced around madly and fled again. That’s when officers finally spotted Shaw running up onto I-44. Then the Tulsa cop made an outstanding shot to stop the suspect. The post WATCH: Tulsa Cop Drops Suspect With 2 Shots Through Speeding Traffic appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. SIG Sauer recently announced that the Lloyd Harbor Police Department selected the P320 as its new duty pistol. The selected P320 is chambered in 9mm. The department previously carried Glock 23s. Lloyd Harbor Police serves the Village of Lloyd Harbor in Huntington, New York. RELATED STORY SIG Sauer Commemorative Pistols to Benefit NLEOMF Lloyd Harbor Police Chooses SIG “Our transition to the SIG SAUER P320 pistol has been seamless, and my officers are impressed with both the superior performance and accuracy of the pistol,” began Chief Thomas Krumpter, Lloyd Harbor Police Department. “Additionally, we appreciate the modularity of the pistol, having the ability to choose a comfortable grip size, and all the safety features of the P320.” The P320 pistol features modularity and functions as a striker-fired pistol, available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing. The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adjustable to multiple calibers, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W, .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLITE Night Sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly. Meanwhile, safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety. “We are honored to welcome the officers of the Lloyd Harbor Police Department to the growing number of police agencies adopting the SIG SAUER P320 and supporting their transition,” added Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President Law Enforcement Sales. “We are proud of the positive feedback we have received from Chief Krumpter, and look forward to strengthening our partnership with the officers protecting Lloyd Harbor.” For more information, visit sigsauer.com. SIG Sauer P320 Specifications Caliber: 9mm Luger / 357 SIG / 40 S&W / 45 Auto Action Type: Semi-Auto Frame Size: Full-Size Finish (Frame): Stainless Steel Frame Material: Stainless Steel Slide Finish: Nitron Slide Material: Stainless Steel Overall Barrel Length: 4.7 in (119 mm) Trigger: Striker Overall Height: 5.5 in (140 mm) Overall Weight: 29.5 oz (836 g) Accessory Rail: M1913 Overall Length: 8 in (203 mm) Overall Width: 1.3 in (33 mm) The post Lloyd Harbor Police Selects SIG Sauer P320 Pistol appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. Springfield Armory recently announced the release of its newest pistol, the XD-M Optical Sight Pistol in 10mm. The hard-hitting cartridge joins a platform that is both optics and suppressor ready in the XD-M OSP. RELATED STORY FIRST LOOK: Springfield Unveils SAINT Victor .308, Its First AR-10 Optics ready out of the box, the XD-M OSP in 10mm ships with three adapter plates to accept today’s most popular red dot optics. This OSP also features a threaded barrel and factory milled slide, allowing the operator to choose the optic and suppressor or muzzle device that fits their needs. The 5.3-inch hammer-forged, Melonite treated, threaded barrel comes with a thread protector. Additionally, the suppressor-height sights co-witness with your choice of optic. This enables the iron sights to be used through the optic if necessary. The short-reset trigger also features a minimal trigger break for quickly putting accurate rounds on-target. For those who love the power of the 10mm round, the XD-M is an ideal platform. It effectively manages recoil and provides a soft-shooting experience, according to Springfield Armory. The full-size grip frame with Mega-Lock grip texturing also provides a secure fit in your hand. Meanwhile, the three interchangeable backstraps allow the shooter to customize the grip to their preferred fit and feel. The versatile XD-M 10mm has been meticulously engineered to be as robust and reliable a defensive handgun as possible, proven through a grueling 10k round torture test without a single failure, according to Springfield Armory. The OSP includes three mounting plates are to fit the Vortex Venom, Burris FastFire 2, Burris FastFire 3, Leupold DeltaPoint, Leupold DeltaPoint Pro, JPoint Sights, and Trijicon RMR. The XD-M OSP in 10mm comes with two 15-round magazines. Suggested retail is $695. For more information, visit springfield-armory.com. The post Springfield Armory’s 10mm XD-M OSP is Optics & Suppressor Ready appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. FN America recently announced two new limited-edition versions of its popular FN 509 pistol. The new variants come in a striking flat dark earth (FDE) slide and olive drab green (ODG) frame color combination. The unique color combination unites two classic military colors on the same pistol in a unique way. RELATED STORY FN Announces MK 48 Machine Gun in 6.5 Creedmoor The FDE and ODG FN 509 pistols come configured in both Standard and Tactical models. The 509 Standard features a 4-inch slide and barrel, ambidextrous controls, fixed luminescent iron sights and 17-round standard capacity. Meanwhile, the FN 509 Tactical features a 4.5-inch barrel with 4-inch slide, FN Low-Profile Optics Mounting System, fixed three-dot sights and 17-round and 24-round magazines. FN also offers 10-round magazine versions for states with draconian magazine capacity restrictions. The FN 509 Series comprises FN’s signature striker-fired pistol line for duty or carry. The 509 features double-action operation, external extractor, loaded chamber indicator and front and rear cocking serrations. Inside, a cold hammer-forged barrel features a recessed target crown, along with a polished chamber and feed ramp. The frame utilizes a polymer construction with replaceable steel frame/slide rails. An enhanced grip texture helps deliver more shooter control. Meanwhile, interchangeable backstraps enable shooters to customize the fit. Each pistol features a Picatinny accessory mounting rail. A fully ambidextrous slide stop lever and magazine release deliver further versatility. Finally, each magazine features a high visibility, low-friction follower. The two-tone, FN 509 FDE/ODG pistols are available for a limited time, exclusively through Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. For more information, visit billhicksco.com. Bill Hicks Exclusive FDE/ODG FN 509 Standard FDE/ODG 17-round: $679 Standard FDE/ODG 10-round: $679 Tactical FDE/ODG 17/24-round: $1,049 Tactical FDE/ODG 10-round: $1,049 The post FN America Launches Exclusive Two-Tone FN 509 FDE/ODG appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. Shotguns are always hot items in this market, and there are more imported and domestically produced models available now than at any other time in the 20 years I have attended the SHOT Show. Many of the new models technically aren’t “shotguns” at all, however, because they aren’t shoulder fired. RELATED STORY FIRST LOOK: Weaterby 18i Inertia System Semi-Auto Shotguns Instead, they use pistol grips like the Shockwave Raptor, which allows them to utilize shorter barrels. But we’ll also cover several standard shotguns as well as less traditional AR-style, AK-style and bullpup designs. So, if you’re in the market for a home-defense or truck gun, you’ve come to the right place. Charles Daly Honcho Tactical Mag-Fed Pump This new 12 gauge from Charles Daly use a detachable five-round magazine and runs via a spring-assisted pump action for faster cycling. The Honcho Tactical Mag-Fed Pump has a 3-inch chamber, a 14-inch barrel, a synthetic bird’s-head-style grip with subtle finger grooves, a ribbed synthetic forend, and a 14-inch barrel. The gun weighs in at 5.7 pounds unloaded and is only 27.25 inches long. (charlesdaly.com) Charles Daly Honcho Tactical Triple For those who favor the intimidation factor of a 12-gauge shotgun’s gaping muzzle, or those who just thrive on the unique, Charles Daly is now offering the Honcho Tactical Triple, a break-action design with three barrels. With this pistol-gripped shotgun, each trigger pull fires the right, left and top barrels, in that order. The grip and forend both feature rubber-coated walnut. Additionally, the whole package weighs in at 6 pounds while being 27 inches long. Charles Daly wisely included eyelets for sling swivels as well. (charlesdaly.com) Citadel RSS1 Available from Legacy Sports International, the new Citadel RSS1 is sure to appeal to shooters who want an AK-platform 12 gauge, but would rather lock the magazines straight in instead of rocking them backward. To that end, the RSS1 uses VEPR-style mags that insert straight in rather than Saiga-style mags, which require rocking backward. This Turkish import comes with a five-round mag, and 10-round aftermarket mags are available. It also has a 3-inch chamber and uses screw-in chokes, allowing you to change the pattern density if needed. The Citadel includes AK-style iron sights. You can also mount an optic on the rail attached to the dust cover if more precise shots are desirable. (legacysports.com) IWI TS12 After being introduced last year, the TS12 bullpup designed by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) and intended to be made in America may finally become a reality later this year. This unique gas-operated semi-auto feeds from one of three tubes of a detachable magazine mounted below the barrel. All told, the magazine will hold fifteen 2¾-inch shells. As ammo from one tube is expended, or a different load is desired, the operator simply rotates the tube. The bolt locks rearward upon an empty magazine. But rotating a loaded magazine into place automatically closes the bolt and chambers a round. The TS12 can feed and eject from either side, and features a reversible charging handle. It also uses a two-position gas system for reliably cycling light or heavy loads, has M-LOK slots for accessories, and accepts Beretta- and Benelli-style chokes. (iwi.us) KelTec KS7 KelTec specializes in bullpups, and its newest shotgun is the KS7, which is a more compact version of the company’s original flagship KSG, a twin-magazine, 12-shot tactical shotgun. The KS7 is a pump-action 12-gauge that holds either seven total 3-inch shells or eight 2¾-inch shells. A version with an extended magazine and barrel that ups the capacity by three rounds is due out later this year. The KS7 has an integral carry handle, M-LOK slots for accessories and weighs only 5.9 pounds unloaded. The shotgun also has ambidextrous controls and feeds and ejects from the bottom, making it ideal for left-handed shooters or switch-shoulder shooting techniques. (keltecweapons.com) Mossberg 590 Nightstick Mossberg’s Shockwave series started the “pistol-gripped firearm” trend a few years ago, and it’s only getting hotter. The Nightstick’s styling is distinctive in a market deluged with the same boring black plastic stocks and nylon slings. Its retro look is straight from the 1960s, with a hardwood Raptor grip and a ribbed forend with a leather strap to keep your support hand where it belongs and away from the muzzle. The blued, heavy-walled barrel is 14.38 inches long, and a bead sight is installed up front. Finally, the Nightstick holds 5+1 rounds. (mossberg.com) Mossberg 590 Shockwave SPX Mossberg now has a lot of 590 Shockwave variants in its lineup, including one with a special chainsaw-style grip, but the most tactically oriented is probably the 590 Shockwave SPX. This 12 gauge features a heavy-walled, 14.38-inch barrel fitted with a heat shield and breacher as well as a corncob-style forend with a hand strap. The receiver features a top rail as well as a small rail section for mounting an additional two-shot sidesaddle. (mossberg.com) Mossberg 590A1 Retrograde This year marks Mossberg’s 100th anniversary, and to celebrate, the company has begun offering “Retrograde” shotguns that evoke early 20th century blasters. The 590A1 Retrograde has a 20-inch, heavy-walled barrel with a heat shield installed as well as a 7+1 magazine tube. The receiver and barrel are Parkerized while the buttstock and ribbed forend are made of walnut. Ghost ring sights also come standard, and for the less tactically minded, the 500 Retrograde is sleek and ready to defend. (mossberg.com) Remington 870 DM Hardwood Remington’s pump-action, magazine-fed firearms have proven popular among shooters, and the company has expanded the line to include this model, which is inspired by classic shotguns with hardwood furniture. Like the Tac-14 DM, the 870 DM Hardwood feeds from either three- or six-round magazines. It comes fitted with an 18.5-inch barrel, a bead front sight, a corncob-style forend and a hardwood buttstock with a SuperCell recoil pad. It’s a nice mix of old and new. (remington.com) Remington 870 Side Folder For those who want the aiming stability of a shotgun equipped with a shoulder stock yet need a compact footprint, Remington is now offering the 870 Side Folder in 12- and 20-gauge versions with 3-inch chambers. The right-side-folding stock is Remington’s own design, and it has an enhanced recoil pad and a rubberized adjustable cheekpiece for comfort, while the forend offers M-LOK slots for mounting accessories. The grip is a SAW-style design from TAPCO. The barrel is 18.5 inches long, and the magazine holds six rounds. (remington.com) Remington V3 Tac-13 The semi-auto V3 Tac-13 is based on Remington’s proven Versa Max action, which uses a porting system to help regulate the amount of gas cycled depending on the length of shell. Gas-operated semi-autos also noticeably smooth the recoil impulse, making the Tac-13 a very controllable weapon, even when shooting heavy loads. The Shockwave Raptor grip allows the Tac-13 to boast a 13-inch barrel without the need for any BATFE paperwork. The chamber can hold shells up to 3 inches long, but it’s capacity lists at 5+1 for 2¾-inch shells. The ventilated rib on top helps disperse mirage, and a Picatinny-style rail at the muzzle allows the mounting of lights or lasers. Finally, the forend has a hand strap to help control this little blaster. (remington.com) Remington Tac-14 DM Remington’s Raptor-gripped Tac-14 line has expanded this year to include a few different variants, including the Tac-14 DM, which feeds from either three- or six-round magazines. These magazines have steel bodies and rugged polymer wrappers to protect the exposed portions from dents and abuse and insert straight into the magazine well without the less intuitive rocking motion required with other designs. The receiver and action are based on the Model 870’s, but the forend has Magpul M-LOK slots for accessories. (remington.com) Rock Island Armory VR80 The new 12-gauge, semi-auto VR80 imported by Rock Island Armory has controls and styling similar to those of an AR-15 rifle, but with a bolt-mounted, right-side charging handle. The gas-operated VR80 uses upper and lower receivers made from 7075-T6 aluminum, takes 2¾- or 3-inch shells, and comes with adjustable flip-up sights. The VR80’s 20-inch barrel has a protective shroud to keep it from becoming dented. Meanwhile, the lower receiver is compatible with most commercial AR-15 buffer tubes, stocks and pistol grips. The VR80 comes with a supplied five-round detachable magazine but accepts nine-and 19-round aftermarket magazines. (armscor.com) RELATED STORY Altering an Old 870 Wingmaster in Wilson Combat’s Custom Shotgun Shop Standard Manufacturing SKO Mini Standard Manufacturing’s SKO line now includes the SKO, the SKO Shorty and the new SKO Mini. All are gas operated, feed from detachable magazines, and have ambidextrous safeties and Trulock screw-in chokes, allowing you to adjust your patterns downrange. The SKO is a full-sized shotgun, while the Shorty, at 28.75 inches, is the same model but without the shoulder stock. The SKO Mini, with its 14.75-inch, 4140 steel barrel and 27-inch overall length, is simply considered a “firearm” and sidesteps NFA classification. The Mini comes with a two-shot magazine, though five- and 10-rounders are also available. Finally, the gun comes with a vertical foregrip. (stdgun.com) TriStar Compact The new TriStar Compact is a 12-gauge bullpup that is only 30 inches long while still sporting a 20-inch barrel. This gas-operated, semi- automatic shotgun allows you to shoot shells up to 3 inches long, from standard field loads to 1.38-ounce slugs, interchangeably. The Compact also uses a removable choke system with Beretta/Benelli threads, and one extended, ported cylinder-bore choke is included along with a rubber recoil pad, sling mounts, a detachable carry handle, flip-up front and rear sights, and two 5-round magazines. (tristararms.com) This article is from the April-May 2019 issue of Tactical Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post 15 of the Best Shotgun Options for 2019 and Beyond appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. Boyds’ Gunstocks recently announced the release of its newest gunstock line, the At-One Thumbhole. The At-One Thumbhole combines user adjustability, Boyds’ hardwood materials and the unique thumbhole design. RELATED STORY McMillan A-10 Rifle Stock Delivers Custom Features to Smaller Shooters The At-One guns enables shooters the ability to adjust the butt and comb fo the stock with the push of a button. The quick-change design allows users to adjust for comfort and precision fit in an instant. Meanwhile, the thumbhole design adds to comfort and increases grip, according to Boyd’s. However, it’s the combination of those features that make the At-One Thumbhole distinctive. Boyds’ Gunstocks At-One Thumbhole Features “We’re thrilled with the performance of the At-One Thumbhole stocks,” said Dustin Knutson, General Manager. “We knew we were deploying something truly great during development and couldn’t wait to get the technology to market. These stocks are truly game changers and are helping people around the world customize their firearms and improve their own shooting performance. To say they hit the mark would be a major understatement. But we’re not done yet. Boyds’ will continue to push the envelope for shooting performance. The best is yet to come.” Boyds’ Gunstocks builds all of its models from genuine hardwood. Further, the company claims it only uses top-grade hardwoods built to precise specifications. Boyds’ stocks are also engineered to fit each specific gun model to deliver performance and accuracy. Users can build and customize the stock of their choosing. With endless shape and color options, you’re sure to find the perfect combination to turn your firearm into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Whether you’re going for simple and subtle or bright and bold, your firearm will make a statement and become a true reflection of your individual personality. Join the thousands of shooters who are enjoying the look and performance of the ultimate in firearm upgrades with the new At-One Thumbhole from Boyds’ Gunstocks. For more information, visit boydgunstocks.com. The post Boyds’ Gunstocks At-One Thumbhole Delivers User Adjustability appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. Odin Works recently announced a new line of suppressors for calibers 5.56mm and 7.62mm. Four different models mark the new Odin Works line of suppressors. RELATED STORY A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Firearm Suppressors Are Made Odin Works Suppressor Line Features The line features both direct thread and quick disconnect attachment models, delivering versatility for shooters. The suppressors also utilize baffle stacks designed and engineered to maximize suppression and strength, without increasing weight, according to Odin Works. “Odin Works suppressors exceed expectations in quality, strength, and sound suppression,” Odin said in a press release. Four models mark the line, including Moab 762, Baja 556, Badlands 762 and Brimstone 556. The Moab and Baja units feature direct thread attachment, while the Badlands and Brimstone employ quick detach. Overall weights range between 13 and 19 ounces for this lightweight line. Meanwhile, prices range from $339 to $600 Odin Works Suppressor Line Moab 762 Caliber: 7.62 Overall Length: 7 inches Overall Diamater: 1.625 inches Material: 17-5 Stainless Overall Weight: 17.5 ounces Mounting: Direct Thread Auto Rating: Semi-auto dB: 139 Color: Cerakote Sniper Grey Baja 556 Caliber: 5.56mm Overall Length: 5.5 inches Overall Diameter: 1.5 inches Material: 17-4 ounce Overall Weight: 13 ounces Mounting: Direct Thread Auto Rating: Full dB: 138 Color: Cerakote Sniper Grey Badlands 762 Caliber: 7.62 Overall Length: 8.25 inches Overall Diameter: 1.5 inches Material: Ti, 17-4 Stainless Overall Weight: 19 ounces Mounting: QD Auto Rating: Semi dB: 133 Color: Cerakote Cobalt Brimstone 556 Caliber: 5.56mm Overall Length: 7 inches Overall Diameter: 1.5 inches Material: Ti, 17-4 Stainless Overall Weight: 16 ounces Mounting: QD Auto Rating: Semi dB: 134 Color: Cerakote Cobalt For more information, visit odinworks.com. The post Odin Works Launches Suppressor Line in 5.56mm, 7.62mm appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. I will let Rob Furlong — a former Canadian military sniper who broke the world record for longest confirmed sniper kill at 2,657 yards in 2002 — make the proper introduction of TACOMHQ. “Militaries are not known for developing new technologies. (…) When you hear the words ‘That’s impossible,’ well that’s tantalizing to most of us in this industry because we want to make the impossible possible. (….) Every now and then, every five to 10 years there’s a piece of equipment that comes along, and that was the .50 back in 2002 (…) it was a game changer. If you look at TACOMHQ (…) it is a game changer. It will be forever remembered; probably what propelled us to the next level.” RELATED STORY Canadian Sniper Kills ISIS Fighter from More Than 2 Miles Away, Sets New World Record Founded by John and Jacob Baker, TACOMHQ is the culmination of a father’s promise to start a company with his son and a shared passion for perfection and pursuit for innovation. John alone is equipped with an optical engineering degree with more than 30 years of manufacturing experience as project and technical director with ISO-TS accountabilities. Together they are leading the industry development of new products that are in fact “game changers.” The TACOMHQ Heavy Hitter TACOMHQ is known for its development of the Charlie Tarac. The technology is most likely responsible for the record-setting 2.2-mile kill by a Canadian sniper in Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) in 2017. Paul Phillips’ (from Global Precision Group) also used it when he hit a world-record 6,000-yard shot in 2019. However, TACOMHQ is proving to be more than a one-trick pony. TACOMHQ has two popular innovations, the first of which is the Tarac (Target Acquisition). The second is a new aftermarket process that structures barrels to maximize rigidity, heat dissipation, and harmonic deadening. Both have very quickly attracted interest from civilian shooters and special forces from around the world. The Tarac consists of the Alpha, Charlie, and Delta — optical accessories that optically, not mechanically, shift a target image. This review will specifically highlight the Alpha and the Charlie. The Alpha Tarac TACOMHQ’s Alpha Tarac doubles as a battlefield zero so operators can simply aim at head/chest and pull the trigger out to 600 meters without any holdover. It does not superimpose a reticle on top of an existing reticle, and it is neither a scope nor magnifier. It merely shifts a target image up via a glass lens; so by raising your target higher, you have to aim higher without having to think about it. Mind blown yet? Operators no longer have to estimate holdover according to a target’s distance, which increases lethality since threats do not stand on 100-yard lines. Just point and click. TACOMHQ developed the Alpha in collaboration with SOF operators for SOF operators. With its QR mount, it is useable on multiple rifles with Aimpoint, EOTech, Trijicon MRO, or 1-6 scopes. The same glass used to 2X a battlefield zero can also be used to switch from super to subs. MSRPs start at $300. The [Record-Breaking] Charlie Tarac The Charlie Tarac is a long-range device that adds elevation to scopes so an operator can shoot with full magnification and not have to change rails, rings, cheek piece, or 100-meter zero. A military/patrol rifle set with a 100-meter zero can instantly switch to ultra-long range with a QR accessory. Take my money. The Charlie Tarac utilizes a series of mirrors, which are more scratch-resistant than most high-end scopes. They are arranged like a periscope to optically shift a target image higher so you have to aim higher. Since there are no moving components, and the elevation is internal to the unit itself; it’s transferable from weapon to weapon with absolute precision. TACOMHQ’s Charlie Tarac uniquely reflects — not refracts — light from a target so we can add up to 800 MOA (250 mils) to scopes without limitations. In turn, a target image stays optically centered — as seen by the scope — to retain greater image quality, especially at low light because the image will not be at the upper or lower limits of your objective. The End User Each Charlie can be dunked in a bucket of soapy water or gasoline. It is also purposely made to not use any small bolts or require any special tools. Clearly TACOMHQ designed it with real users in mind. Rail-mounted Charlies can be utilized on any weapon system with an extended rail; that includes rifles or .50-caliber machine guns. TACOMHQ optimized the rail-mounted Charlies for 1.5-inch (38mm) scope rings with a prime operating range of +/- .125 inches (3mm). The Charlie Tarac’s flexibility enables operators to utilize one Charlie on multiple rifles with little to no setup; this obviously saves time and money. Even the QR mount to attach your Charlie is self-adjusting and requires no tools credit to Bobro. Furthermore, each Macro Charlie Tarac is interchangeable from rail to scope mount or vice versa at any time. They are universally manufactured to accommodate either solution depending on the weapon or optical requirements. The Charlie is available in three select models: The Micro is a fixed unit capable of presets up to 40 MIL (130 MOA); the Macro an adjustable unit capable of adding up 250 MIL (800 MOA); and the Mark 8 a field adjustable unit capable with eight adjustable ballistic points you can set in increments of 10 MIL (or 50 MOA). MSRPs start at $600. Final Thoughts So basically these are the most user-friendly, forgiving, and durable, yet highly advanced gun accessories one could ever hope for. You will find a TON of positive reviews and examples of how these work on YouTube if you’re curious about the operation of it. For more information, please visit the TACOMHQ website or give them a call at (833)-TACOMHQ. The post How TACOMHQ Optical Accessories Are Legitimately Changing the Game appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. FN America recently announced the debut of its newest variant of the MK 48 machine gun, chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. The company plans to display the new MK 48 at the upcoming 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). FN developed the machine gun in 6.5 Creedmoor in a response to USSOCOM’s qualifications of the caliber last year. RELATED STORY The Civilian-Legal FN M249S Para Is as Close as It Gets to the Real Thing The prototype FN MK 48 Mod 2 6.5 Creedmoor feature the latest upgrades for FN”s series of light and medium machine guns. It includes an adjustable stock for length of pull and cheek height. Meanwhile, an improved, locking charging handle, double-notched sear and handguard with 3-, 6-, and 9-o’clock positions highlight upgrades. Further, a more robust feed tray latch ensures the feed tray cover locks into place during reloads. Once development is complete, existing MK 48 Mod 1 models can be configured at the armorer level to the Mod 2 variant or newest caliber with the addition of the upgrade kit and barrel conversion. The FN MK 48 Mod 0, adopted as a USSOCOM program of record in 2003, derives from FN Herstal’s 7.62x51mm FN MINIMI. It answers the request for a compact and easily-maneuverable machine gun in a heavier caliber. The M249 series also incorporates the improvements developed for the MK 48. These improvements came into service with USSOCOM as the MK 46 5.56x45mm machine gun. Additionally, FN also holds current USSOCOM contracts for the MK 17 7.62-caliber carbine and MK 20 SSR precision rifle. For more information, visit fnamerica.com. The post FN Announces MK 48 Machine Gun in 6.5 Creedmoor appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  14. McMillan recently announced the debut of its newest aftermarket stock, the A-10 rifle stock. The A-10 delivers PRS-style design to smaller statured shooters. RELATED STORY McMillan Built Its TAC-338 Chris Kyle Rifle to ‘American Sniper’ Specs The A-10 incorporates many features of McMillan’s popular tactical stocks but in a compact format. McMillan says the new package also facilitates to the needs of smaller-framed shooters. It combines a thinner forearm reminiscent of the A3-5, a butt hook similar to the A-5, and the sleek lines of the A-6. McMillan A-10 Features The vertical grip position is located further forward than other A-series stocks. It delivers a more relaxed 90-degree trigger finger placement due to the shorter trigger reach. The grip also features a small shelf that serves as a hand stop to assist in consistent hand placement and reduced fatigue. To further accommodate smaller-frame shooters, the adjustable buttstock delivers a LOP as short as 12 inches. Meanwhile, an adjustable cheek riser ensures optimal head alignment. “We consulted many of the top shooters in the country throughout the R&D process of the A-10,” said Britainy McMillan, McMillan VP of Operations, “including Regina Milkovich, one of the top competitors in Precision Rifle Series competition. We wanted to know what the pros would like to see in a precision stock, and the result is the A-10. This is the optimal rifle platform not only for women and other small-stature shooters, but especially for the youth shooter. The overall design, coupled with full adjustability in length-of-pull and cheek piece height, provides a stock that younger shooters can ‘grow with and not grow out of.’ We also went with the A-10 designation because this is a totally new stock in the McMillan lineup.” McMillan offers fiberglass stocks across the tactical, hunting, benchrest, competition and ultralight categories. The lines includes customization options to fit the individual shooter. Features include adjustable butt plates, cheek pieces, colors and finishes. McMillan offers factory-inletted stocks for most popular rifle configurations as well. For more information, visit mcmillanusa.com. The post McMillan A-10 Rifle Stock Delivers Custom Features to Smaller Shooters appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  15. Long known as the Copper State, Arizona at one time provided the U.S. with as much as 60 percent of its copper supply. In the mid-1980s, faced with union strikes and complying with tough EPA pollution standards, one of the largest mines shut down. Others fell like dominoes, and Arizona’s once-thriving mining communities became modern-day ghost towns. A few diehards hung on and refused to move, but the majority relocated to find employment. RELATED STORY Wilson Combat Releases Paul Howe Package for Glock 19, 26 Pistols But the geographic location made this area perfect for those who made their livelihood differently. Located close to Mexico and between Tucson and Phoenix, this former mining region was perfect for the distribution of illicit drugs. With few eyes on them and easy access to the I-10, Highway 79 to the east and I-8 to the west, traffickers found this area a dream location. Called To Serve It was in this unforgiving terrain, choked with cacti and creosote bushes, burnished by wind-driven sand and scorched by the relentless sun, that my niece began her law enforcement career. Fresh out of the academy with her Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification, she first started work as an armed officer with a private company that transported illegal aliens from various Border Patrol checkpoints into Tucson for processing. On her off days, she worked as a volunteer police officer for one of these small mining towns. Eventually she was offered a full-time position. It took some time, as the city council had to approve her new position, and in addition to being a full-time patrol cop, she was also the small town’s animal control and code enforcement officer. Despite the pay cut, she was happy, worked hard and developed a good reputation among her peers. I had to admire her perseverance. She tore her ACL the first week at the academy and was still able to keep up with the rigorous physical training for the next 26 weeks. After spending 14-hour days at school, she’d stop and buy some groceries on the way home and then cook dinner for her mother (my sister), who was waging her own battle against breast cancer. The fact that she was able to deal with everything on her plate has earned my undying respect. She doesn’t have an ounce of quit in her! Gearing Up to Serve My niece had to supply her own pistol, duty belt and uniform. Fortunately, she had a Glock 22 Gen4 that I had given to her as a present two years earlier for taking care of me after I had an ankle replacement. Her department supplied her with ammo for qualification and for carry, and that’s it. When I asked her about their shotguns, she told me she had seen some Remington 870s in their meager armory, but, “They looked old and in pretty rough shape.” A few years earlier, I had bought a Remington 870 Wingmaster at a gun show for $200 with the idea of building it into a tactical shotgun. Now I knew what I needed to do. Through its Scattergun Technologies division, Wilson Combat offers what it calls its Remington Steal Package, which presents customers the opportunity to refurbish Remington 870s to like-new condition, with some upgrades that make them perfect for law enforcement or civilian use. 870 Wingmaster Complete Package The Remington Steal Package can return your old hunting gun or retired cruiser 870 to near-perfect condition. Customers can choose from a list of modifications to have their shotguns rebuilt to meet their needs and budgets. I chose to have the old Wingmaster converted to Wilson Combat’s Border Patrol model. According to Wilson, “The Border Patrol has an outstanding, well-earned reputation as the workhorse of Wilson Combat/Scattergun Technologies shotguns. The U.S. Border Patrol uses thousands of these guns daily, in some of the harshest conditions of both weather and terrain. Unequaled quality and relentless reliability are the minimum requirements demanded of a firearm for its mission, and the Border Patrol model has met these expectations for years.” Though my niece is not a Border Patrol officer, I thought this combination of parts and modifications would best suit her needs for work. All the worn and damaged parts were replaced, and the wooden buttstock and forend were switched out for touch synthetic versions that will never warp or crack. My Wingmaster was fitted with a SpeedFeed stock, though Wilson recently started using Hogue stocks. Wilson also cut the barrel to a shorter 18.4 inches, and re-cut the choke to cylinder bore, which is ideal for slug and buckshot use. My gun had a 2¾-inch chamber, and Wilson re-cut the chamber to 3 inches. Fighting Refinements For the sake of reliability, the shotgun was retrofitted with a Flexitab anti-jam system. A stainless steel spring and high-visibility follower were added to the magazine tube. The standard safety at the rear of the trigger housing was replaced with an oversized safety. It can easily be engaged and disengaged even when wearing gloves. The entire trigger assembly was also professionally remanufactured for absolute reliability. Wilson technicians not only bring the shotgun up to fighting standards, but also refinish it to make it look new. The base gun for this Remington Steal Package was an old 870 Wingmaster with a 28-inch barrel. It was a typical hunting gun—well used, with bluing missing in spots and some pitting on the receiver. Sanding sticks were used to eliminate the pits, and then the receiver was bead blasted. Wilson Combat drills and taps the rear of the receiver in two places for its Trak-Lock rear sight. Once the barrel, chamber and choke were cut, the new front sight base was silver-soldered in place. It too was bead blasted prior to being Parkerized. With the barrel and receiver Parkerized, Wilson craftsmen applied a black Armor-Tuff finish. Designed to provide a non-reflective finish, the Armor-Tuff seals the pores of the metal. Further, it offers corrosion resistance while delivering a certain amount of lubricity between the coated parts. This is especially important in a desert environment, where standard lubrication acts like a sand magnet. Better Than Before Wilson Combat refinished all parts, assembled the gun, test-fired and returned to me. I wasn’t prepared for just how nice the customized gun would be. In fact, it was impossible for me to tell that it had once been an old hunting shotgun! The old wooden furniture was gone, the barrel was shorter and all the pitting on the receiver had been erased. For all intents and purposes, it was a brand-new gun. Even though I had received the gun several months earlier, it turned out that my niece and I couldn’t match our schedules to go shooting until her birthday week. But as far as she was concerned, I couldn’t have given her a better gift. With a good assortment of 12-gauge ammo, we found a spot in the Rincon Mountains to shoot her new shotgun. We started with some cheap promotional birdshot loads to get a feel for it. The smooth cycling of the gun impressed immediately. It is slick. With light-recoiling birdshot rounds, we were both able to hammer a steel target about 20 yards away. RELATED STORY The Wilson Combat Super Sniper Packs Serious Long-Range Punch Wilson Combat’s 870 Wingmaster Using Remington’s 1-ounce Slugger Managed-Recoil slugs, we each fired groups that measured around 5 inches off-hand at 35 yards. These rounds are about 45-percent lighter on recoil than traditional slugs and boast an effective range of about 80 yards. The Trak-Lock rear sight delivers adjustability for windage and elevation; however, the gun shot to the point of aim and needed no adjustments. We also fired some Remington Express Managed-Recoil buckshot, which generates about half the felt recoil of standard buckshot. It placed all eight pellets in a pattern about 9 inches in diameter at 20 yards. To be clear, the recoil-reduced shells served my arthritic shoulder, not my niece. This young lady seems to be amazingly recoil-tolerant. In the time span between shipping my old Wingmaster to Wilson Combat and my niece shooting the rebuilt gun, she has moved to a new agency and is working as a county sheriff’s deputy. This department receives much better funding, including the best possible equipment, firearms and vehicles. While she may never carry this Wilson Combat Border Patrol shotgun on duty, she can rest assured that she owns the very best tactical shotgun available. That makes her Uncle Mike awfully happy! For more information, visit wilsoncombat.com. This article is from the April-May 2019 issue of Tactical Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post Altering an Old 870 Wingmaster in Wilson Combat’s Custom Shotgun Shop appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  16. Matador Arms recently announced the release of its newest firearm accessory, the Regulator muzzle device. The Regulator muzzle brake features a unique adjustable functionality, enabling no-tools adjustments to the ports. RELATED STORY Matador Arms Mag-X Converts AR Lowers to Accept SIG P320 Mags Like an brake, the Regulator of course manages muzzle blast and recoil. However, the unique adjustability of the ports makes this muzzle brake truly unique. As such, the Regulator delivers 60+ engaged settings ranging from fully open to fully closed ports. Each setting is easily chosen by the user by simply turning, or clicking, the locknut at the front of the brake. Shooters can make all adjustments with the simple turn of the hand. The Regulator utilizes a triple-chamber design for high efficiency, according to Matador Arms. The muzzle brake’s vertical ports reduce muzzle climb, enabling extremely fast follow-up shots, when the ports are open. Meanwhile, the brake forces gases forward, away from the shooter, when the ports are closed. Matador arms machines the muzzle brake from 4140 steel. The company heat treats and black nitrides each brake as well. Matador Arms Regulator Specifications Overall Length: 3.6 inches Overall Outside Diameter: 1.08 inches Calibers: .223/5.56mm, .308/7.62, 9mm Overall Weight: 6.8 ounces MSRP: $219.99 For more information, visit matadorarms.com. The post Matador Arms Regulator Muzzle Brake Delivers 60+ Adjustable Settings appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  17. Hailing from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Rise Armament began in 2014 by designing and manufacturing components for the AR platform. After creating top-of-the-line triggers, the company began building its own rifles. I got my first hands-on look at some of Rise’s weapons at the Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous last October in beautiful Montana, and its Watchman rifles—designed specifically for law enforcement—immediately piqued my interest. The cop in me wanted to see if one was up to snuff for a patrolman. So, I figured a bare minimum of 1,000 rounds of ammunition would suffice for an impromptu endurance test. RELATED STORY Kiefer Police Department Selects Rise Armament Watchman SBR You can really tell a lot about a manufacturer in how it handles potential problems and issues. Not only does Rise Armament offer a lifetime warranty on each Watchman rifle, but also what the company refers to as its “Blue Line Backup.” This is for those cops who find themselves in officer-involved shootings and have their Watchman rifles held for evidentiary reasons. As long as such an officer is cleared for duty, Rise Armament will provide a free loaner Watchman until the officer receives his or her original rifle back, after the case is adjudicated. This alone proves that Rise Armament truly “gets it.” Built For Heroes The past few years have been especially rough for American law enforcement officers. After five police officers were killed and nine others injured during a heinous ambush in Dallas, Texas, on July 7, 2016, the folks at Rise Armament had an idea. “We set out on a mission to do whatever we could reasonably do to ensure officers aren’t on the streets being outgunned by bad guys,” said Rise’s Garrett Grover, a veteran Army sniper, police officer and gun guru. “We spoke to officers from coast to coast, talked to firearms instructors, competitive shooters and military snipers, and then created a database of the most desired features for duty use. Then (we) combined them all to make this gun, with the goal of making it fit into a law enforcement officer’s budget.” The result? Two rifles: The Watchman 300LE in 300 Blackout and the Watchman 223LE with a .223 Wylde chamber, allowing it to fire both .223 Remington and 5.56mm NATO ammunition more accurately. I got my hands on the 223LE variant for testing. Wylde Style It’s obvious that Rise Armament chose the components for the Watchman 223LE very carefully. It comes from the factory with a 16.1-inch, 416R stainless steel, nitride-coated barrel with proprietary fluting and a 1-in-7-inch twist. Topping off the barrel is Rise’s proprietary four-prong flash suppressor. Tested at dusk, it does an exceptional job of mitigating flash, and it doesn’t produce that annoying ringing sound common to other prong-style flash suppressors. Rise also chose a mid-length gas system, as it provides a more appropriate dwell time for gas management and recoil reduction. Surrounding the barrel and gas system is a free-floating, 13.5-inch, M-LOK-compatible handguard. Rise states that this helps enhance the rifle’s accuracy and modularity while further reducing weight. The handguard has a full-length Picatinny top rail as well as six total QD sling sockets at the front and rear along the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock axes. Watchman 223LE Components The bolt and bolt carrier are both given a premium nitride coating, and the upper sports a Rise charging handle with an extended latch. The lower receiver is equipped with an oversized triggerguard, anti-walk trigger pins and an ambidextrous safety. You’ll also find a Magpul CTR stock and MOE+ pistol grip. My only real gripe is that the Watchman 223LE doesn’t come with an ambidextrous bolt release. Otherwise, it’s a great rifle as is and can be further customized by the purchaser. Finally, we have the star of the show: Rise Armament’s single-stage LE145trigger. Rise is known for its triggers, and the LE145 was designed specifically for duty use. My Wheeler trigger pull gauge agreed with the manufacturer specs and put the break right at 4.5 pounds. The LE145 has minimal overtravel, virtually no creep and a short, fast reset for quicker follow-up shots. It has what I consider a very crisp, icicle-like break. Interestingly enough, most police agencies that I know of require a 4- to 4.5-pound trigger pull at a bare minimum. So, Rise Armament set the trigger right at the sweet spot. Duty Upgrades Now it was time to make the Watchman 223LE “duty ready.” As a retired law enforcement officer, I chose what I thought was a proper balance for patrol use. Remember, a cop is going to have a bunch of gear on them already, and factoring in running and other physical activities, it’s best to follow the KISS principle here. Backup sights are mandatory for most law enforcement agencies. Every shooter should know how to master their irons before moving on to an optic. For the Watchman, I chose a set of Diamondhead “Hole Shot” sights that deploy quickly, and if you need a fast, accurate shot up close, just level the apertures and utilize the round upper and horizontal bars for sighting. The more I use these sights, the more I really like them. You can go several routes in terms of optics: a red dot, a prism sight or a variable-power scope. However, some agencies won’t allow their patrol officers to equip their rifles with a variable-power scopes. This is a shame, as scopes can be an invaluable tool in quickly discerning good guy from bad, etc. Now, I’m not talking about mounting a telescope on one’s rifle, but a simple 1-4X, 1-6X or at most a 1-8X scope. A police officer isn’t going to go playing “sniper.” It’s simply about proper target identification. Time to Accessorize My usual one-stop shop is Primary Arms, as it has pretty much everything under the sun anyway. Plus, the company has tremendously stepped up its optics game in recent years. I’ve had the opportunity to torture-test a few Primary Arms models that I’d trust my life with. I’ve personally put Primary Arms’ 1-8x24mm PLx4 FFP scope through about as much abuse as a variable-power scope can take, and it’s still working. Besides, it’s got a lifetime warranty. As far as red dots go, I opted to utilize the Primary Arms SLx1 Compact 1-20 Prism Scope for this endurance test. It uses an etched ACSS Cyclops reticle. Personally, I’d feel comfortable running either optic on my patrol rifle. To finish off how to make this rifle really shine, I added the Crimson Trace LiNQ system, which consists of rail-mounted light/laser module that is activated and controlled wirelessly by a dedicated pistol grip. The module houses a green laser and a 300-lumen light. And let me just say that this system is pretty robust and should be capable of handling the rigors of patrol work. I’m very confident in the LiNQ system’s capabilities, especially after seeing how well it held up to being used on my short-barreled AK after firing several cases of ammunition. RELATED STORY Rise Armament Debuts Gen 2 RA-902 Stinger Handguard Born To Run The Watchman 223LE handled very well on the range. Aesthetically, it’s an impressive-looking rifle, so I had high hopes for its performance. And it didn’t let me down. If any demons need to be exercised from a new rifle, they usually rear their ugly heads well before the 1,000-round count. For this Watchman 223LE, no exorcism was needed—just a good beating. The mid-length gas system made for a much softer-shooting rifle, versus a carbine-length gas system. It was easy to shoot steel targets at distances from 300 to 400 yards, and I also achieved sub-MOA results with two different loads at 100 yards. To make things more complicated, I collected my accuracy results while semi-hunched over and leaning against my ATV—how a cop might shoot while utilizing their patrol vehicle for cover. IN other words, this rifle has the accuracy potential in the right hands. The testing was conducted in single-digit temperatures. I took the rifle into my house and back out again to make it sweat. It rode in the front rifle rack of my ATV for “coyote duty,” and I never cleaned it throughout the evaluation. The Watchman 223LE didn’t stutter; it just took the abuse and kept on running. The Watchman 223LE is sure to be a hit within the law enforcement community as well as for the rest of us commoners. For a smaller company to come out of the gates swinging like this, I’ve got high hopes for Rise Armament and its future offerings. Whether you use it on patrol, for home defense or competition, the Watchman 223LE is sure to impress. For more information, visit risearmament.com. Rise Armament Watchman 223LE Specifications Overall Barrel Length: 16.1 inches Caliber: .223 Wylde Overall Length: 33-36 inches Overall Weight: 6.44 pounds (empty) Stock: Magpul CTR Sights: None Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Matte black Overall Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $1,099 Performance: RISE ARMAMENT WATCHMAN 223LE Load Velocity Accuracy Black Hills 69 TMK 2,837 1.20 Federal American Eagle 75 TMJ 2,419 0.90 Hornady 55 Frontier Match HP 3,818 1.80 Hornady 75 Black BTHP 2,498 0.90 HSM 64 Power-Point 3,540 1.10 Hornady 75 Training BTHP 2,573 1.80 Magtech 62 FMJ 2,918 1.70 Prvi Partizan 62 M855 2,944 1.90 Speer 75 Gold Dot 2,483 1.50 Wilson Combat 69 BTHP 2,755 1.00 Bullet weight measured in grains, velocity in fps by chronograph and accuracy in inches for best overall five-shot groups at 100 yards. This article is from the April-May 2019 issue of Tactical Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. 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  18. SureFire recently announced the release of its newest suppressor, the SOCOM300-Ti. The lightweight, titanium suppressor accommodates .308 platforms and below. RELATED STORY SureFire Fury IntelliBeam Employs ‘Smart’ Output Technology The SOCOM300-Ti is a lightweight suppressor optimized for precision-oriented platforms chambered in .308 caliber and below, according to SureFire. Variants also accommodate 6.5mm, 6mm and 5.56mm. The suppressor combines minimal weight and maximum sound attenuation, according to SureFire. The unit weighs in at just 11 ounces. The SOCOM300-Ti utilizes a high-grade titanium construction. The front plate, baffles, and locking ring also feature titanium construction, delivering significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength. The SOCOM300-Ti also features SureFire’s renowned Fast Attach mounting system. The system, while extremely quick, delivers minimal and repeatable impact shift. That guarantees superior accuracy regardless of the number of attach/detach cycles, according to SureFire. The company test-fires all SOCOM300-Ti suppressors to verify sub-1 MOA group size and point-of-impact shift. The Fast Attach system also allows attachment and removal without the need for tools. The SOCOM300-Ti delivers tremendous sound, flash and dust signature reduction with virtually non-existent first-round flash, which reduces user detection, according to SureFire. Further, SureFire maintains stringent standards resulting in tight tolerances and precision bore concentricity. The suppressor comes in two color choices, black or dark earth. For more information, visit surefire.com. SureFire SOCOM300-Ti Specifications Overall Length: 7.9 inches Overall Weight: 11 ounces Caliber: 7.62mm Overall Diameter: 1.5 inches The post SureFire SOCOM300-Ti Suppressor Delivers Lightweight Option appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  19. Two San Diego Police officers suffered gunshot wounds during a wild, intense shoot-out last year in California. Body cam footage, released recently in conjunction with investigators clearing the use of deadly force, shows the entire violent scene. The incident began when officers responded to a disturbance call. Once on the scene, San Diego Police officers observed smoke and called local fire fighters to the scene. That’s when the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Joe Darwish, opened fire. “Officers knocked on the front door for more than 20 minutes but received no response, officials said,” as reported by 10news.com. “Firefighters forced entry into the home but were met with gunfire.” San Diego Police Ambushed Footage shows the scene quickly descend into chaos, as firefighters and officers immediately suffer fire from the suspect. One officer takes a round, then other officers respond to help drag him to safety. “Darwish shot one officer in the back with a large caliber weapon, according to the DA’s office,” reported 10news.com. “Two officers returned fire as they provided cover for the wounded officer, who couldn’t move for several seconds. The wounded officer eventually managed to roll onto his stomach and crawl away from the line of fire.” But the gun fight continued, as the suspect continued to rain down heavy fire on the officers. Finally, the officers escaped through a window while taking constant fire. “This harrowing incident shows just how quickly a routine call for service can turn deadly for police officers who suddenly found themselves in the line of fire, trying to protect their wounded fellow officers and keep the shooter from endangering members of the public,” said District Attorney Summer Stephan. “It’s a tribute to these officers’ bravery and quick response that the gunman didn’t injure more people or kill the officers and firefighters involved.” Authorities later found Darwish dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to reports. Meanwhile, both injured officers ultimately recovered from their wounds. The post WATCH: San Diego Police Face Intense Shootout, 2 Officers Down appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  20. Carlos Hathcock is known for his skill and patience when it comes to dispatching his opponents from a distance. This United States Marine Corp sniper, also known as “White Feather” during Vietnam, has been comfortable with stalking and shooting since he was a boy. RELATED STORY Timothy Murphy: Is the Revolutionary War Sniper’s Shot the Best Ever? Marine Life for Carlos Hathcock Raised by his grandmother for the first 12 years of his life, money was an issue. Hathcock took on the responsibility of caring for the family. He began hunting and shooting to put food on the table using his .22-caliber J.C. Higgins single-shot rifle. When he wasn’t hunting animals, he spent his free time hunting imaginary enemies with the Mauser his father brought back from WWII. His instinctual nature toward service, combined with love of country and firearms, made the dream of being a Marine an obvious choice; and at the age 17, he made that dream a reality. Hathcock’s service record bolstered 93 confirmed kills (a conservative number). Known for his patience when pursuing his targets, he was legendary throughout Vietnam and quickly became a person of interest for the Vietcong. At one point the PAVN placed a bounty of $30,000 on Hathcock. For reference, the average going rate for bounties on American snipers was between $8 and $2,000; I would say that’s a good indicator of a job well done). The Apache However, Hathcock was not the only infamous Vietnam figurehead being talked about and feared. A Vietnamese female platoon leader, interrogator and sniper known as “Apache” created quite the name for herself. She was not known for her leadership skills or even her sniper skills, but for her propensity toward torturing American “GIs.” The name “Apache” was a nod toward the Apache Indians, who were known for their “creative” methods of torture before killing their victims. One of her signature moves involved placing herself and the prisoner of war within ear shot of a U.S. base. Why? To make sure U.S. soldiers heard her victim’s screams. This was a trap coupled with psychological warfare. Even if the Americans didn’t take the bait by running toward the GI to save him and then being killed themselves by one of her snipers, they would be forced to listen as their brother was tortured and left to die. During her reign of terror, Americans would find her victims without eyelids, she kept them as trophies. Victims were found skinned and with fingernails missing. She made it a point to castrate them as well. She would leave them to bleed to death, or let them go knowing they wouldn’t survive. Graphic Torture Apache was overheard once talking to her victim, according to an excerpt in the book “Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills” by Charles Henderson. Warning: The excerpt is graphic: “You cherry boy? I think maybe no. You get plenty p**** back stateside, yeah. You get Vietnamese p**** too? I think you do. You go China Beach swimming, f*** plenty. You like get cherry p****? Plenty American GI like cherry p****. F*** many young girl-take cherry p****. True! I know true. You mother****** GI!” she said. “You no f*** no more,” she said, as she approached him with a long, curved knife in her hand. Taking his genitals in her left hand, she jammed the blade’s point beneath the base of his penis, grazing his pubic bone. She pulled the knife with a sweeping, circular cut that released both testicles and his penis in one large handful of flesh that gushed with blood. She said, shaking with laughter, “Run, GI. Maybe you live-you find doctor in time! Run to wire. We watch Marines shoot you motherf*****.” Carlos Hathcock vs. Apache After this, Hathcock had had enough. He and his spotter finally got the opportunity they were looking for. They spotted a sniper platoon about 700 yards away: “We were in the midst of switching rifles. We saw them, I saw a group coming, five of them. I saw her squat to pee; that’s how I knew it was her. They tried to get her to stop, but she didn’t stop. I stopped her. I put one extra in her for good measure.” The shots fired by Hathcock completely shattered Apache’s spine and blew out all of her lower organs. A key moral victory for the U.S. troops, for Hathcock, and justice served for the ones brutally tortured at her hand. The post How Vietnam Sniper Carlos Hathcock Took Down the ‘Apache Woman’ appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  21. *NOTE: We were given a special sneak peek at some of the upcoming commercial releases from Remington Defense. However, not every firearm in the above video is currently available to civilians. Those included in the first civilian release are listed below. We will release an update on all firearms featured in the above video when we get more details.* Certain firearms grab our attention and hold it close, like a high school crush. Typically this happens when a firearm is rare, or offered only in limited numbers. Another way manufacturers ensure massive amounts of attention is to designate it as military or LE use only. This immediately angers the general gun buyer while, at the same time, holding their gaze and desire for long periods of time. A prime example of such a brand is Remington Defense. It’s elusive on the best day and completely shrouded in secrecy on the worst. It makes you wonder what they’re actually doing back behind the big green curtain, because they’re only guns, and guns can’t be that classified. Can they? RELATED STORY Gun Review: Remington Defense R5 RGP 5.56mm Rifle Civilian Dream Come True I too have lusted over Remington Defense products if for no other reason than, well, they’re defense products, and must be far superior to the offerings for us mere mortals. Even if it’s only slight in the way of upgraded parts or pieces, or for the simple reason that a “special” customer specifically requested certain features, I’ve been bothered by Remington’s lack of empathy for the rest of us. But change is on the horizon. Remington is now launching several of its Defense-labeled products to the rest of us. And yes, they’re the real Defense products and not watered down versions that will still leave us jealous of the service men and women and first responders that have them issued to them. Not all products will be available as you might expect and details on exactly which ones will be available are still spotty. Nonetheless, we received three of the aforementioned goods and were also able to test drive others in the high-desert of Utah at the Barnes Ammunition range. Watch above to see the fun. Current Availability Read more about the confirmed releases below. All of them, with the exception of the R4 16-Inch Enhanced Carbine, are currently available. Remington confirmed that model will be available either late summer or early fall. For even more exclusive details (not seen here) on the new Remington Defense offerings, pick up the August/September 2019 issue of Tactical Life magazine, on sale July 16 at OutdoorGroupStore.com. Remington Defense Shotguns 870 Police Shotgun Bead Sight (Walnut) Caliber: 12 Ga. 3″ (76mm) Finish: Parkerized Barrel Length: 18 inches Choke: Improved Cylinder Stock: Walnut Stock Dimensions: Length of Pull: 14″; Drop at Comb: 1.5″; Drop at Heel: 2.5″ Forend: Walnut Sights: Single Bead Steel Magazine: 6+1 Weight: 7.5 pounds Length: 38.5 inches MSRP: $764 Status: Available now 870 Police Shotgun Bead Sight (Synthetic) Caliber: 12 Ga. 3″ (76mm) Finish: Parkerized Barrel Length: 18 inches Choke: Improved Cylinder Stock: Synthetic Stock Dimensions: Length of Pull: 14″; Drop at Comb: 1.5″; Drop at Heel: 2.5″ Forend: Synthetic Sights: Single Bead Steel Magazine: 6+1 Weight: 7.5 pounds Length: 38.5 inches MSRP: $659 Status: Available now 870 Police Shotgun Rifle Sight (Synthetic Pistol Grip) Caliber: 12 Ga. 3″ (76mm) Finish: Parkerized Barrel Length: 18 inches Choke: Improved Cylinder Stock: Synthetic Pistol Grip Stock Dimensions: Length of Pull: 13″; Drop at Comb: 1.5″; Drop at Heel: 2.5″ Forend: Synthetic Sights: Rifle Sights Magazine: 6+1 Weight: 7.5 pounds Length: 37.5 inches MSRP: $777 Status: Available now 870 Police Shotgun Ghost Ring (Pistol Grip) Caliber: 12 Ga. 3″ (76mm) Finish: Parkerized Barrel Length: 18 inches Choke: Improved Cylinder Stock: Pistol Grip Stock Dimensions: Length of Pull: 13″; Drop at Comb: 1.5″; Drop at Heel: 2.5″ Forend: Synthetic Sights: Ghost Ring Magazine: 6+1 Weight: 7.5 pounds Length: 37.5 inches MSRP: $921 Status: Available now 870 Police Shotgun Ghost Ring (Improved Cylinder Collapsible) Caliber: 12 Ga. 3″ (76mm) Finish: Parkerized Barrel Length: 18 inches Choke: Improved Cylinder Stock: Collapsible Recoil Reducing Stock Dimensions: Length of Pull: 11.25″; Drop at Comb: N/A; Drop at Heel: N/A Forend: Synthetic Sights: Single Bead Steel Magazine: 6+1 Weight: 7.8 pounds Length: 35.75 inches MSRP: $1,027 Status: Available now Remington Defense Carbines R4 16-Inch Enhanced Carbine Caliber: 5.56 NATO Fire Control: Semi-Auto Barrel Length: 16 inches Twist: 1:7 Barrel Material: Hammer Forged Chrome-Lined 4150 Handguard: Magpul CTR/RAHG Stock: 6 Position M4 type Sights: Magpul MBUS Magazine Capacity: 30 Muzzle Device: AAC 51T Weight: 7 pounds Length: 32.5 inches MSRP: $2,255 Status: Available late summer/early fall 2019 R4 16-Inch Operator Carbine Caliber: 5.56 NATO Fire Control: Semi-Auto Barrel Length: 16 inches Twist: 1:7 Barrel Material: Hammer Forged Chrome-Lined 4150 Handguard: Magpul MOE SL/MWI Keymod Sights: Troy Folding Front & Rear Magazine Capacity: 30 Muzzle Device: A2 Flash Hider Weight: 7 pounds Length: 32.5 inches MSRP: $1,975 Status: Available now R10 Carbine Caliber: 7.62 NATO/.308 Win Fire Control: Semi-Auto Barrel Length: 16 inches Twist: 1:10 Barrel Material: Hammer Forged Carbon Steel Handguard: Modular RAHG Stock: Collapsible Magazine Capacity: 20 Weight: 8.8 pounds Length: 35.1 inches MSRP: $4,627 Status: Available now Remington Defense Rifles Model 700P Rifle (308 Win) Caliber: .308 Win Trigger: 40XP Adjustable Barrel Length: 24 inches Twist: 1:10 Barrel Material: Hammer Forged Carbon Steel Stock/Chassis: H-S Precision Magazine: 4-Round Internal Weight: 8 pounds Length: 47 inches MSRP: $1,145 Status: Available now Model 700 LTR Rifle (308 Win) Caliber: .308 Win Trigger: 40XP Adjustable Barrel Length: 20 inches Twist: 1:10 Barrel Material: Hammer Forged Carbon Steel Stock/Chassis: H-S Precision Magazine: 4-Round Internal Weight: 7.5 pounds Length: 41 inches MSRP: $1,234 Status: Available now M24A2 SWS Caliber: 7.62 NATO Trigger: M24 Adjustable Barrel Length: 22 inches Twist: 1:11.25 Barrel Material: Hammer Forged Carbon Steel Stock/Chassis: H-S Precision Adjustable Magazine: 4-Round Internal Weight: 11 pounds Length: 43 inches MSRP: $6,995 Status: Available now For more information, please visit RemingtonDefense.com. The post EXCLUSIVE: 11 Remington Defense Firearms Coming to Civilian Market appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  22. Bond Arms recently announced its newest handgun model, aptly-named, the Texan. While the company is long-known for making ultra-light and highly-concealable handguns, the Texan is something different altogether. The 6-inch barreled hand cannon is the company’s largest overall pistol to date. RELATED STORY Bond Arms Backup: Not Your Granddad’s Derringer The Texan features two barrels, one chambered for .45 Long Colt, the other 3-inch .410 shells. The 6-inch double barrels deliver not only impressive accuracy and increased velocity over shorter barreled models, but also looks impressive with a stainless steel finish handsomely appointed with an extended rosewood grip, according to Bond Arms. Etched into the grip is an attractive outline of the state of Texas emblazoned with a star over it and crisscrossing snakes at the bottom. Other key features include Bond Arms’ retracting firing pins and cross-bolt safety, spring-loaded and cammed locking lever, and a full trigger guard. The gun features a front blade and fixed rear sight. The sights, along with the longer sighting plane provided by the 6-inch barrels, makes aiming easy and getting back on target for a follow-up shot a cinch. Like all Bond Arms handguns, the barrels of the Texan are interchangeable to allow for the installation of shorter barrels or chambering for different calibers. The overall length of the handgun is 8.125 inches, and the overall weight is 27 ounces. Finally, the Texan retails for $700. “With its longer barrels and stylish design, this is the Bond Arms handgun deserving of the title the Texan. All of our firearms are made right here in Texas; it’s something we take a lot of pride in,” says Dylan Hunsucker, spokesman for Bond Arms. For more information, visit bondarms.com. Bond Arms Texan Features Stainless steel double-barrel and frame Extended rosewood handle Compatible with all standard Bond Arms barrels Automatic spent casing extractor Patented rebounding hammer Retracting firing pins Spring-loaded, cammed locking lever Overall Weight: 27 ounces Overall Barrel Length: 6 inches Cross-bolt safety Overall length is 8.125 inches MSRP: $700 The post The Double-Barreled Bond Arms Texan Delivers Firepower appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  23. Though the assault on the Second Amendment is once again heating up, with enemies coming from both purported sides of the political spectrum, we freedom-loving shooters are living in the good ol’ days in many ways. For one thing, the selection of purpose-engineered and reliably performing defensive and tactical ammunition is better today than ever before. The advancements made in bullet technology alone have as much to do with this as anything. We can now choose ammo with any number of projectile designs based on the specific requirements of our intended application. RELATED STORY SIG Sauer Releases 300 BLK Elite Copper Duty Ammunition Throughout 2019, we’ll be examining options for reloading replicas of some of the most popular and effective tactical cartridges with a variety of bullet styles, including bonded/barrier-blind, monolithic and open-tip match (OTM) bullets. In the last issue of Tactical Life, we covered the “why” behind this idea. Now we’ll get into the specifics of how to do it. This time, we’ll clone some of the most popular and effective bonded/barrier-blind loads available. Factory Examples The projectiles used in bonded or barrier-blind loads are engineered to perform consistently even after passing through commonly encountered obstacles, such as auto glass, wallboard, heavy clothing and automotive sheet metal. Police officers conducting traffic stops often find themselves facing an assailant shielded behind a car door or windshield. A homeowner is more likely to face wallboard and heavy clothing. All of these materials can destroy the performance and consistency of traditional jacketed, lead-core bullets. Hence the rise of the bonded or barrier-blind bullet. Federal’s 62-grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw (TBBC) shines brightest. Sold under the part numbers XM556FBIT3 and XM556SBCT3, this is currently the top-performing bonded/barrier-blind 5.56mm NATO load. It’s the issued carbine load of the FBI. We’ll also work up a clone of what is arguably the top commercial variant, Federal’s 62-grain Fusion MSR. Both of these loads use 62-grain bullets, so we’ll also work up a load for the 55-grain Gold Dot from Speer. One of several popular options in the Speer line, the 55-grain Gold Dot is one of the few barrier-blind options that are ideal for older carbines or even the new “retro” carbines with 1-in-12-inch-twist barrels. Bonded Bullets Bonded bullets utilize jackets fused to their lead cores by one of several methods. Federal uses an electrochemical process with its Fusion projectiles to ensure that the jacket remains attached to the core. Speer uses a “Uni-Cor” electrochemical process to bond its Gold Dot handgun and rifle bullets. The TBCC is also a Speer bullet and has been on the market as a big-game hunting round for many years. Unfortunately, the 62-grain Fusion and TBBC are not available directly from their respective manufacturers as component bullets as of this writing. Both are readily available from several online reloading vendors as pulled bullets, though. I’ve purchased thousands of these over the years, and after an initial visual inspection upon receipt to make sure no other projectiles were intermixed, I haven’t had any problems with any of them. Speer does also offer 55-, 62- and 75-grain Gold Dot projectiles for loading. Experimenting With Barrier-Blind 5.56 To get a baseline of performance with the factory ammo, I fired five 5-shot groups with each of these loads using an AR-15 with a 16-inch, match-grade, stainless steel barrel and a mid-length gas system. I also used a titanium Thunder Beast Arms Corporation (TBAC) Ultra-9 suppressor for all of the group shooting. A MagnetoSpeed chronograph mounted to the suppressor captured the velocity readings. Once this baseline of accuracy and velocity was established, the process of developing a handload to match the performance of the factory ammo began. Starting with the 62-grain Fusion and an extruded powder that has been a consistently good performer for me over the years—IMR 8208 XBR—I loaded in increasing steps until achieving just about identical velocity to the chronographed average of the Federal Fusion MSR factory ammo at 2,770 fps. IMR’s 8208 XBR is one of my go-to extruded powders due to its temperature stability and extremely small kernel size. I’ve gotten good accuracy resulting with the IMR 8208 XBR by nearing the top end of the pressure spectrum, but since we’re replicating factory loads, that won’t be an issue. In fact, all these loads are considerably below maximum pressure limits. With an average velocity of 2,770 fps, the Fusion is what I’d consider a moderate load. A couple hundred fps remain left on the table for the handloader seeking maximum velocity. Still, the Fusion MSR load performs extremely well in ballistic gel and through barriers at this modest velocity. The accuracy of the factory Fusion MSR load through the test rifle was more than acceptable. It delivered an average group size of 1.2 inches at 100 yards. With Fusion bullets seated and crimped to the cannelure, new Hornady brass and Federal GM205MAR primers, 23.8 grains of 8208 XBR generated an average velocity of 2,785 fps and an average group size of 1.4 inches. If it weren’t for one shot that landed well outside an otherwise respectable group, there wouldn’t have been much of a difference between the factory and clone loads in terms of accuracy. Further Testing Next, I tested the factory 62-grain TBBC load in the same way to establish baseline velocity and accuracy figures in order to give us a standard for our handloads. With an average velocity of 2,780 fps and an average group size of 1.4 inches as our factory load baseline, I chose IMR’s 8208 XBR powder again for the handloaded clone, this time using 23.8 grains for a nearly spot-on velocity average of 2,785 fps and an almost identical average group size of 1.45 inches. Though the 8208 XBR is a fine-kernel extruded powder, a spherical powder will almost always flow though the powder measures on progressive presses more consistently. Accurate Arms’ 2230 has long been known as a great powder for the .223 Remington, and Accurate lists 5.56mm NATO load data for those wanting to reach maximum velocities. Since I frequently load .223 ammo on my Dillon 550B, I wanted to develop a load with ball powder as well. I also found excellent results with the 62-grain TBBC using 23.7 grains of the 2230 powder. The velocity was a perfect match at 2,788 fps, and accuracy was close to factory ammo at 1.5 inches. Finally, the 55-grain Speer Gold Dot factory ammo had an average group size of 1.5 inches at 2,978 fps. To clone the Gold Dot load, I once again used IMR 8208 XBR powder, Hornady brass and Federal GM205MAR primers. This load had a chronographed velocity of 2,988 fps with 24.9 grains of powder. The average five-shot group size came in at 1.6 inches. One note about the 55-grain Gold Dot: Ballistic gel tests show diminishing penetration with increasing velocities. That’s no surprise, but it’s worth keeping in mind if you want to handload this bullet for optimal performance. Either keep velocities moderate or use a shorter-barreled carbine with this bullet. Already Saving With Handloaded Barrier-Blind 5.56 I clone tactical ammo more frequently these days as I’ve gone through the process of transitioning from simply using 55-grain, full-metal-jacket (FMJ) ammo for most carbine shooting tasks to using thoroughly researched and vetted (thanks largely to Uncle Sam) high-performance ammo like bonded/barrier-blind rounds, monolithic bullets and heavy OTM bullets for specific tasks. The costs associated with the improved capabilities of high-performance ammo can add up, though. Just this week, my clone 62-grain TBBC handloads saved me roughly $12. I identified a problem with a red-dot sight mounted on my home-defense AR. A final confirmation at 200 yards with the “real” XM556FBIT3 load took only three rounds. So rather than just hoarding your expensive tactical loads for that rainy day, load up some clones and start shooting. This article is from the April-May 2019 issue of Tactical Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post How to Create Affordable Clones of Today’s Best Barrier-Blind 5.56 Loads appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  24. An Oxnard Police officer recently shot a juvenile girl who charged the officer with a large kitchen knife in California. Despite repeated commands to drop the knife, the 17-year-old pulled approached the officer, who responded with multiple shots from his service pistol. Officer body cam footage shows the entire scene play out. RELATED STORY WATCH: LAPD Fires Bean Bag Rounds, Stops Suspect Armed With Knife The incident began when police responded to a woman’s call reporting a “disturbed” teen waving a knife near a Carl’s Jr. restaurant. “In a handful of calls to dispatchers, the witness said the girl might have a gun as well. The caller also said the teen’s behavior was getting ‘increasingly worse’ as she yelled and threatened people, according to police,” as reported by sacbee.com. Oxnard Police Responds Officer Timothy Roberts responds to the scene, where he immediately attempts to deescalate the situation. “Why is someone calling saying you’re waving a knife around,” he asks. In turn, the young lady begins reaching for the knife. “Don’t reach for the knife,” the officer commands. “Sit right here on the curb.” “Why, what happens if I reach for it,” the girl asked. “Then something bad is going to happen,” the officer responds. The young lady then immediately pulls the knife and begins approaching the officer. Roberts begins backing up, creating distance between himself and the suspect. Meanwhile, he radios for backup and alerts that the young lady is armed and approaching him. “Put the knife down,” he says again. “Drop it.” “No,” the girl replies, continuing to advance. “Come on, shoot me. I’ve been waiting all day. I’ve been waiting. Come on. Finally the young lady charges, and Roberts responds with what sounds like three quick shots, dropping the suspect. The suspect remains in critical but stable condition, while the department placed Reynolds on administrative leave, according to sacbee.com. The incident played out eerily similar to a shooting we reported here back in February. There, a Maricopa Sheriff’s Deputy shot an armed terrorism suspect. The 18-year-old suspect threw rocks and ultimately charged the officer with a knife. The post VIDEO: Oxnard Police Shoots “Disturbed” Girl Who Pulls Huge Knife appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  25. Denis Prisbrey, who was one of our content creators and just an overall good person, unfortunately passed away on May 9, 2019. We were lucky enough to know him for more than 20 years and even luckier to call him a friend. He had a knack for writing long sentences without them being run-on — it was a talent that always amazed us. He was a good man and he left the world in a better place for being here. Not only did we lose a talented writer and an asset to the outdoor community, but also a great friend. Our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family. Denis Prisbrey Sept. 2, 1952 – May 9, 2019 Denis Jack Prisbrey, known to some as “Wooly Mammoth” or” Wild Stallion,” passed away during a sudden and brief stay at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City May 9, 2019, at the frustratingly young age of 66. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, nephew, uncle and best friend, Denis was born Sept. 2, 1952, in St. George, Utah, to Jack Roland Prisbrey and Laurel Adele (Anderson) Prisbrey. In his youth, Denis spent a great deal of time with family in the rural town of Oak City, Utah, where a piece of his heart always remained. There he developed an appreciation of his family heritage, history, the mountains and the west desert. His adult years were spent in service. He served in the Air Force during the later years of the Vietnam War where he enjoyed bouts of “poor attitude” and “misconduct” with his superior officer. Denis eventually settled in Salt Lake City where he served his community for 18 years as a police officer and weapons instructor for the West Valley City Police Department. The latter, and majority, part of Denis’s life was spent as a well-respected writer for several gun and outdoor magazines. While it took Denis a few tries, he finally found the love of his life, Bubbles, and settled in Lake Point, Utah. Together for more than 30 years, their never-ending devotion to each other served as a great example to their children and others. Denis found joy connecting in unique and thoughtful ways to those he loved. He found even more joy being a grandfather and mentor with simple acts like coloring with his granddaughters or helping a little buddy achieve his Eagle Scout award. His friendship, support and big bear hugs will be sorely missed. Denis is survived by wife, Carol Jane “Bubbles” Prisbrey; children: Kelly Kinney (Christopher, Winston-Salem, North Carolina), KanaMarie Poulson (Chris, Bluffdale), Jody Woodard (Salt Lake City) and Angela McNorbrey (Mendi, North Tacoma, Washington); granddaughters Madison Kinney (North Carolina) and Izabella Woodard (Salt Lake City); siblings, Thayne Prisbrey; family friend Chris Peterson, Stacy Prisbrey all of Meridian, Idaho, Scott Prisbrey (Victoria, Portland, Oregon), Gail Dealy (Boise, Idaho) and Kenny McGrath (Nampa, Idaho). He is preceded in death by his daughter Kimi Prisbrey (Salt Lake City), and his grandson Sasuke Poulson (Bluffdale). Viewings will be at Tate Mortuary, 110 S Main St., in Tooele Utah, on May 16, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. and Friday, May 17, 2019, from 12-12:45 p.m. Funeral services follow at 1 p.m. Interment at Lake Point Cemetary in Lake Point, Utah.The family respectfully asks that you wear blue jeans to the services. We promised him it’d be casual. The post Athlon Outdoors Writer Denis Prisbrey Has Passed Away appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article

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