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  1. The new Nighthawk Custom Trooper is billed as a “no frills, straight forward” approach to the timeless Government Model 1911. Further, with a black Nitride finish and clean lines, the Trooper delivers on all fronts. In Nighthawk fashion, the Trooper includes all the hand-crafted custom gunsmithing that has become synonymous with the name. We got our hands on the new .45 pistol during the 2018 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous. RELATED STORY Nighthawk Custom Trooper: First Look at Nighthawk’s New Do-It-All Pistol Featuring the company’s “one gun, one gunsmith” manufacturing process, the Nighthawk Custom Trooper features a forged Government-sized frame. Also, the match-grade, .45 ACP barrel is crowned. Additionally, G10 Gator Back grips include the Nighthawk logo. Meanwhile, 25-line-per-inch checkering adorns the front strap and mainspring housing. A lightweight aluminum trigger, dehorned edges and ultra hi-cut front strap add to the features. Finally, a fiber optic front and Heinie Straight Eight Ledge rear sight complete the package. While the base model is minimal compared to other Nighthawk pistols, the company offers several barrel upgrades. Options include Bull Barrel, Fluted Barrel Upgrade (9mm only), Threaded Barrel Upgrade, Crown Barrel and Flute Barrel Hood. Upgrades range in price from $50 to $250. Caliber options include .45 ACP, 9mm, .38 Super and 10mm. Further, changing to .38 Super or 10mm adds $100. Finally, additional upgrade options include engraving, extra barrels, finishes, frame, treatments, grips, guide rods, magwells, safety, sights, slide and more. For more information, visit nighthawkcustom.com. Nighthawk Custom Trooper Specifications Frame Size: Government Caliber: 9mm Light Rail: None Safety: Single Side Overall Height: 5.4 inches Overall Length: 8.65 inches Width: 1.40 inches Overall Slide Width: 0.92 inches Grip Thickness: Regular Overall Weight: 38.8 ounces (empty) Rear Sight: Black Heinie Ledge Front Sight: Fiber Optic Overall Sight Radius: 6.51 inches Overall Barrel Length: 5 inches Finish: Black Nitride Overall Magazine Capacity: 8+1 MSRP: $3,199 The post WATCH: Hitting the Range With the New Nighthawk Trooper .45 ACP Pistol appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2. For anyone who is a fan of the classic 1911, Nighthawk Custom should need no introduction. They are pretty much like the Maserati of the 1911 world. Nighthawk Custom was started in 2004 by four individuals who shared a true passion for the 1911. Now they are staffed by roughly 65 full time employees, who all share that same burning passion for the 1911, as well as bringing their art of fine craftsmanship to the firearms industry. RELATED STORY FIRST LOOK: Nighthawk Custom VIP Black 1911 Pistol Nighthawk Custom uses a slogan of “One Gun, One Gunsmith.” They aren’t kidding either, as each pistol built is built from start to finish by one single gunsmith. That gunsmith then test fires each and every pistol that they build. As a further testament to quality, the same gunsmith who built that pistol then uses a metal stamp to imprint their initials under the left pistol grip panel. If that doesn’t scream exceptional “QUALITY CONTROL,” then I’m honestly not sure what does. The finished product provides the evidence. Nighthawk Custom Trooper Features Nighthawk Custom has now released its new “TROOPER” model for 2019. This 1911 is probably one of the most beautiful tanks I have ever seen, and I say that with nothing but love. I say “tank” as it’s got the normal weight that a 1911 is known for, rather than the plastic fantastic variety of pistols; that makes taming the recoil so much easier. Firstly, the Nighthawk Custom Trooper comes factory with a solid, curved custom trigger with a 3.5-pound pull. The finish is a black Nitride type, and really compliments the Trooper. Also, factory is the red fiber optic front sight and Heinie Ledge rear sight. As expected, the Trooper also ships with Nighthawk Custom’s legendary lifetime warranty. Additionally, should you have any problems, Nighthawk Custom will pay for the shipping both ways to rectify any unforeseen problems that may have occurred. Further, that’s a huge commitment right there, and should tell you just how much they believe in their line of pistols. The Trooper model is available in several chamberings, to include 9mm, 10mm, .45 ACP, and .38 Super. Also, the model sent for me to evaluate was in the 9mm flavor. I was recently able to get some hands-on time with the Trooper at the 2018 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous. It was nothing short of amazing. However, that was based upon perhaps 100 or so rounds down range. So, further range time is in order to really wring it out. For more information, visit nighthawkcustom.com. Nighthawk Custom Trooper Specifications Frame Size: Government Caliber: 9mm Light Rail: None Safety: Single Side Overall Height: 5.4 inches Overall Length: 8.65 inches Width: 1.40 inches Overall Slide Width: 0.92 inches Grip Thickness: Regular Overall Weight: 38.8 ounces (empty) Rear Sight: Black Heinie Ledge Front Sight: Fiber Optic Overall Sight Radius: 6.51 inches Overall Barrel Length: 5 inches Finish: Black Nitride Overall Magazine Capacity: 8+1 MSRP: $3,199 The post Nighthawk Custom Trooper: First Look at Nighthawk’s New Do-It-All Pistol appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. FN America recently announced the release of the new FN MRD pistol. The MRD is an optics-ready duty pistol designed specifically for agencies considering using miniature red dot optic-equipped sidearms, according to FN. Based on FN’s submission pistol for the U.S. Army Modular Handgun Trials, the 509 MRD includes improvements first seen in the earlier 509 series of pistols. RELATED STORY WATCH: First Range Test of the Civilian-Ready FN SCAR 20S Rifle FN MRD Features The 509 MRD utilizes FN’s Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System, which FN previously released on the FN 509 Tactical. Also, the system accepts more than 10 commercially available reflex sights, including the duty-grade Trijicon RMR, Leupold DeltaPoint Pro and Aimpoint ACRO P-1. Better still, the optics-mounting system accepts the majority of miniature red dots on the market. Moreover, the system enables a low-profile mount, co-witnesses with iron sights. Additionally, the slide does not require any milling to accept the optic. Also, a slide cap, for use when not shooting with an optic, features raised sight wings to protect iron sight alignment during hard use. A textured ramp aids when racking the slide against a belt loop, pant pocket or boot, according to FN. The MRD joins the FN law enforcement lineup, along with the Training and Simunition pistols released last year. For more information, visit us at www.fnamerica.com. FN MRD Specifications Caliber: 9mm Safety: Non-manual; internal, passive safeties Sights: Fixed, three-dot night sights; FN Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System Operation: Striker; DAO Trigger Pull: 5.5-7.5 pounds Capacity: 10, 17 or 24 rounds Overall Weight: 27.02 ounces Barrel Length: 4 inches Overall Length: 7.4 inches Price: LE Agency Quote Only The post FN 509 MRD Pistol Released for Law Enforcment Agencies appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. Though the U.S. military has been using night vision for decades, American law enforcement has only begun to break the surface of such gear for operations. One of the more recent, notable uses of cutting-edge technology used by LEOs was in 2013 when Massachusetts State Police used a FLIR camera from a helicopter to find one of Boston bombers hiding inside a covered boat. Very cool, but that story is somewhat of an outlier. RELATED STORY Why You Should Consider Adding a Clip On Night Vision Device That said, many competent officers and leaders across the country simply don’t have the depth of knowledge to implement a comprehensive plan for using and training with lasers, suppressors and night vision with their current firearms. Couple that lack of knowledge with the continual budget challenges every department experiences and stealth integration gets pushed farther to the bottom of the list. I sat down with longtime friend Lt. Mark Byrum of the Madison County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Department to discuss these issues. Byrum is the department’s SWAT commander and training coordinator. He handles all of the equipment acquired through the federal lease program. He has been working to integrate stealth equipment into his department’s operations for years. So he’s already experienced some of the learning curve officers across the country face when they begin this process. Here are the most relevant points of our discussion. Police Night Vision Q&A Where is your department in terms of stealth gear, and what obstacles have you faced so far? We got our first NODs around 2010 or 2011 through a Homeland Security grant. That grant included six PVS-14s, which is obviously not enough to equip the entire 16-man team. Since we didn’t have enough PVS-14s, we began looking for another source of equipment. The lease program we found is run through the Navy. Through that program, we were able to lease 16 PVS-18s for $4,800 per year, which is much better than having to buy that many units. But since we’re taking what’s available and don’t get to pick, the NODs and accessories don’t necessarily match. Some of the aftermarket accessories we’ve tried have been problematic with the less-common dovetail mounting components of the PVS-18. While I’ve had people tell me they prefer the dovetail, the mounts are less common, and we’ve had to retrofit regular PVS-14 mounts to fit our helmets. We have several deputies who are former military, but they were in units that didn’t necessarily get to use this type of gear extensively. They’ve used them a little on patrol or in training, so we don’t have any in-house experts, so we’re having to reach outside to get someone to get us squared away on it. The National Guard provided us a guy, but I think he was in the same situation, where he knew just enough that they made him an instructor. He gave us some classroom stuff, some PowerPoint presentations, but we didn’t really have any practical exercises. Up to now, we’ve been somewhat self-taught. So far, we’ve only used them in training and have never been able to deploy them on an operation yet. Police Night Vision: Training & Shooting We don’t really know the limitations until we discover them in training. Just to learn how to navigate takes time. You have to get used to the adjustments and where everything is. If you wanted to try to open a door, you have to change your focus to the doorknob instead of something 20 to 30 feet away, where your human eye does that automatically. Just trying to walk around with an NOD changes your depth perception. Then you have the whole perception that once you get this stuff, you’re automatically like the guys in movies and can run around through here and shoot at stuff in the dark and all. Well, no, you can’t. Before you can shoot any kind of weapon system, you’ve got to have some kind of sighting system to go along with it. Here you’re looking at another accessory that, depending on what you get, is going to cost almost as much as your night-vision device itself. So you’re looking at some sort of infrared laser coupled with a visible laser so you can easily sight it in. It has to be durable. Police Night Vision Concerns Some of the less expensive lasers won’t hold their zero just from firing a few rounds, so what do you do? Do you go through the time and expense to buy all these things and learn as you go, or do you reach out to other people? Sometimes you don’t know who to reach out to. You have all that to go through to figure out what equipment you really need. Then, how do you justify the expense? How much are you really going to use this? The best application we’ve found for this is to navigate up to your target and then assault the target with white light. That seems to be the smartest thing to do. That seems like the only way for law enforcement to do it. Even the majority of our special operations troops will approach under NODs and then assault with white light. Yeah, you hear about the guys that went in to kill bin Laden and did it under NODs. Well, how long did they train for just that mission? The top 1 percent does that sort of mission. Right, and you have teams like that, if they’re not on a mission, they’re training for one. Most law enforcement teams, especially part-time teams like ours, don’t get that. We’re lucky enough to get two training days per month, but with patrol staffing, we don’t get a full eight-hour day. We get four to six hours with the whole team there and then finish out with whoever can stay. There are a lot of teams that only get one training day per month, and they may not get a full eight hours. There are a lot more important things that you have to train on, where night vision and everything related to it seems more like a luxury. If you can get the equipment and the training hours in, then yes, it’s great. You have an ability that other people don’t have. If you look at the training required and the consequences of using this gear during a mission and failing, then you have to ask if it’s worth getting into, given everything else we have to be able to do. Have you discussed any of this with the Telluric Group or the other companies that specialize in training on night operations and equipment? Most of the people I’ve learned from so far have been former military who have used them extensively. So far we haven’t received any formal training from anyone but the National Guard. Once again, it costs money. Everyone’s training money has been constrained over the last few years, and we have to move into this new facility that’s taking up a lot of our time and money. What types of operations do you foresee being suited to this type of equipment? Any time you have an extended situation like a hostage situation, it’s always going to be to your advantage to get a listening device up close to the structure the hostage-taker is holding. Night-vision capability would allow you to approach the structure in darkness to plant a listening device. Or, when you’re preparing for an assault, you can approach and place breaching charges—things like that, where you can approach quietly in the dark without escalating the situation. Also, just placing your team members. If your negotiator can talk the suspect into coming outside to show that the hostage is alive, you could potentially have officers in position without the suspect’s knowledge in case the opportunity arises to end the situation. Also, everyone has night-vision security cameras around their houses now. Well, bad guys have them, too. If there are cameras, then they should be lit up like a spotlight when you’re looking through night vision. You can spot the guy’s cameras and either know what to avoid or where to go to disable the cameras. So, you guys have NODs and some of the other equipment, but no formal training so far. Is that what’s next? That’s part of it. In years past, we’ve had very low turnover on the team. About two years ago, we found ourselves in the situation where 10 of the 16 team members had one year of experience or less. So, we’ve really been struggling trying to make sure everyone is up to speed in daylight, much less trying to incorporate things at night. We have new guys still learning what they need to know. Then we hand them this new piece of gear and say, “By the way, you need to be competent with this, too.” Have you looked at this from the standpoint of reconnaissance, surveillance or pre-mission planning where the situation is still developing? The Metro Narcotics Division used to do their own entries. As of about three years ago, the decision was made by both parent agencies that one agency’s SWAT team or the other would do all narcotics entries going forward. Sometimes we get enough advance notice to go do surveillance beforehand, but a lot of times we don’t. When we do get enough notice, it would be outstanding to use this equipment in that way. Sometimes, the National Guard’s counter-drug unit is able to come out and do that surveillance and strictly inform and advise us on what they’ve observed. We’ve been able to get day and nighttime air assets in some cases as well. Have you considered adding suppressors to your weapons? We have. I definitely see a role for them, and it would be great to have them. Right now, we’ve decided that there are other things that are more important. Our body armor needs to be replaced. It’s reached its expiration date. During the day, deputies recognize each other by their standard uniforms and marked patrol cars. Has there been any discussion of identification when working under NODs in low-light situations. There has. We’ve discussed the need for infrared-reflective patches for our uniforms. We’ve not discussed anything for the vehicles yet. Right now, we don’t have any sort of individual identification patches. As far as being on scene or in a stack, we all look the same. We’ve discussed some way to recognize who is who. We do have some of the surplus infrared strobes. But that’s going to alert the suspect if they happen to have cameras that see infrared light. The patches would be passive. We do have a couple of handheld thermal devices—each patrol supervisor carries one. But it helps identify an individual that’s hiding or if someone is injured in an area that’s hard to see. The Bottom Line on police using night vision: Though stealth guns and gear offer an opportunity to improve the safety and performance of law enforcement teams nationwide, tremendous improvements must be made to the availability of equipment and training required for officers, leaders and administrators to authorize and use them. Budget constraints, training priorities and knowledge deficiencies hamper the integration of stealth tools into law enforcement operations. But forward-thinking leaders such as Byrum keep pushing their departments’ capabilities forward. This article is from the 2019 issue of Stealth magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. The post What Are the Benefits and Challenges of Police Using Night Vision? appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. My love for rifles in 6.5 caliber go back to my high school days. I was a senior who had already turned 18 and I was free to purchase any long gun I could afford, which wasn’t much. It was a Saturday in late winter, and the gun show at the Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium attracted a big crowd of civilians and soldiers from nearby Ft. Bragg. I bought a Swedish Mauser chambered in 6.5x55mm that day and that started my attraction to all things 6.5mm. RELATED STORY Ruger Introduces Magnum Models to Precision Rimfire Line In the years since, I’ve lost track of all of the .264-caliber rifles and pistols I’ve owned or shot. The latest rifle that’s scratched my 6.5mm itch is the Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Target in 6.5 PRC. The hot new 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge (PRC) is raising some eyebrows in the shooting world. Based on the 300 Ruger Compact Magnum case, this beltless magnum has been billed as the “big brother” to the 6.5 Creedmoor. It’s also designed to cram its fat, stubby case into the confines of a medium-length bolt-action, the same actions used for 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester rifles. The biggest difference is the 6.5 PRC’s bolt face, which harnesses the 0.532-inch cartridge rim. For those familiar with the .300 Win. Mag., you’ll recognize the PRC’s identical rim dimensions. 6.5 PRC Comparison By my estimation and velocity data, the 6.5 PRC is much closer to the .264 Win. Mag. in performance than its little brother, the 6.5 Creedmoor. The 6.5 PRC is nearly identical in performance to the 6.5 Remington Magnum that was released to the market back in 1965. This cartridge nearly died out, owing to being chambered in Big Green’s then-new Model 600 and 660 carbines. How does the 6.5 PRC stack up against these previously-mentioned .264 caliber cartridges? To find out, I borrowed a GA Precision rifle chambered in 6.5 PRC from company owner George Gardner last summer. George is the mastermind behind the 6.5 PRC, and he collaborated with Hornady on the 6.5 PRC’s development. He’s also had quite a bit of success with the 6.5 SAUM over the past few years, which has a slight powder capacity edge on the non-wildcat 6.5 PRC. After my initial introduction to shooting the 6.5 PRC GA Precision rifle, which is a $4,700 custom rig, I anxiously awaited for other manufacturers to join the game. When Ruger released its Hawkeye Long Range Target rifle in 6.5 PRC, I was quick to make a call. A couple of weeks later the rifle arrived at my local gun shop, and I didn’t waste any time mounting some high-grade glass and pulling the trigger. Shooting the Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Target The first two loads fired from the Hawkeye were Hornady factory rounds with the company’s 143-grain ELD-X and the 147-grain ELD Match. Ten rounds each across the screens of an Oehler 35P chronograph at 10 feet gave me some data to start. I also took the opportunity to thoroughly clean the barrel after the first five rounds and at the 20-round mark to properly break in the new barrel. Initial velocity data had the 143-grain loads averaging 2,934 fps. Meanwhile, the 147-grain match loads averaged 2,877 fps. The standard deviation for the 143s was 15; 25 for the 147s. The velocity was fine, but the SDs were disappointing. I had already mounted a Bushnell Tactical Elite 3.5-21X scope, and I refined my zero at 100 yards to see how the Hawkeye would group. Grouping proved nothing special with the 143-grain load, with 5-shot groups hovering around 1.2 inches. However, when I switched to the 147-grain load, I got a pleasant surprise. The first group of five shots printed a tight 0.519-inch cluster. Interesting. Setting the rifle aside for 10 minutes, I tacked up some more targets. When I got back on the gun I sent the next five rounds downrange without much pause between shots. The group looked pretty decent, so I sent another five, and it looked similar through the scope’s lens. Retrieving the target I measured both groups and got an astonishing 0.215 and 0.218 inches. These two back-to-back groups are the smallest I have ever fired with factory loads from a factory rifle, and the three-group average of 0.317 is excellent, too. Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Target Features The Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Target in 6.5 PRC features a heavy-contour target barrel that’s tamed with a Ruger Precision Rifle Hybrid muzzle brake to effectively reduce recoil while minimizing noise and blast to the sides of the shooter. The barrel is free-floated, cold hammer-forged 4140 chrome-moly steel with a 1:8 twist and 5R Rifling at minimum bore and groove dimensions, minimum headspace and a centralized chamber. To get maximum vertical adjustment from target optics, this rifle wears a 20 MOA Picatinny rail secured with four, #8-40 screws. Also, this rail rides overtop the traditional Ruger integral scope mounts machined directly into the solid-steel receiver. A laminated wood Target stock features a two-way adjustable comb, adjustable pull length with soft rubber buttpad, QD attach points and a flush-mounted Lower M-LOK rail. Also, the stock is painted with a textured two-tone paint. Additionally, this rifle’s two-stage, adjustable target trigger features a short take-up stage, followed by a light 2.75-pound pull with a bit of creep. The Hawkeye’s non-rotating, Mauser-type controlled round feed extractor gives positive case extraction and features a fixed blade-type ejector that positively ejects the empty cases as the bolt is moved fully rearward. The three-position safety is easily accessible and allows the shooter to lock the bolt or to load and unload the rifle with the safety engaged. Finally, the rifle ships with one AI-Style 3-round Accurate Mag magazine. Final Thoughts I’m looking forward to crafting handloads for this rifle with single-digit standard deviation. Once that part of the equation is achieved, I’ll be looking for a longer range than the 1,000 yards I’ve got on my farm. Further, that’s what it will take see what this hot, new rifle is capable of achieving with those beautiful little 6.5mm missiles. For more information, visit ruger.com. Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Target Specifications Model: Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Target Caliber: 6.5 PRC Stock: Speckled Black/Brown Laminate Overall Barrel Length: 26 inches Material: Alloy Steel Thread Pattern: 5/8-inch x 24 Twist: 1:8-inch RH Capacity: 3 Barrel Finish: Matte Black Overall Weight: 11 pounds Overall Length: 47 – 48.50 inches Grooves: 5 Overall Length of Pull: 13 – 14.50 inches Suggested Retail: $1,279 The post The Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Target Is Dead On with Factory Loads appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. Unarex USA recently announced the release of its newest airgun, the Umarex Synergis. Moreover, the company bills the Synergis as the first gas piston under lever rifle to offer an in-line repeating action, fixed barrel and removable magazine. RELATED STORY Gun Review: Umarex Colt Peacemaker Nickel & Gold “Our engineering team has worked tirelessly to achieve all identified goals for this rifle. They’ve certainly exceeded each one,” said Steve Lamboy, Senior Director of Strategic Product Development. “First it’s a true repeater, providing 12 shots from a removable auto-indexing magazine. Second, it’s an under lever, meaning the fixed barrel and breech block are never out of line with the air cylinder as it would be if it were a break barrel. That means inherent accuracy. Third, its innovative cocking mechanism automatically advances the magazine and loads and seats a pellet into the breech chamber. Fourth, it achieves a velocity of 1,000 feet per second through our engineering collaboration on our new Airflow Boost Technology. And finally, we incorporated a full shroud to silence the rifle like you’d find on quality PCP air rifles, like the Gauntlet.” Umarex Synergis Features The Umarex Synergis utilizes a patent-pending Airflow Boost Technology (AAT). Moreover, this system and its auto-loading probe mechanism automatically seats a pellet from the magazine into the chamber up cocking. The Synergis fires lead pellets at speeds up to 1,000 fps, according to Umarex. A 12-round RapidMag Under Lever System helps make the Synergis easy, convenient and technologically advanced, according to Umarex. “There’s not another gas piston repeating pellet rifle that’s as fast to shoot as the Umarex Synergis. It’s going to reinvigorate the pellet rifle market,” said Richard Turner, President of Umarex USA, Inc. “It has functionality like never before seen in a pellet rifle, especially for one that retails for $169.” Above all, Umarex claims the Synergis is simple to operate. Additionally, the company says users need simply to load the magazine, pull the lever, insert the magazine, close the lever, and you are ready to fire. Moreover, the RapidMag System does all the work, seating the .177-caliber pellet into the breech. Once the first pellet is fired, subsequent pulls of the lever loads the rifle again. For more information, visit umarexusa.com. The post FIRST LOOK: Umarex Synergis .177-Caliber Pellet Rifle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) recently awarded a five-year, $12 million contract to SIG Sauer for its TANGO6T 1-6×24 Second Focal Plane (SFP) Riflescope. The contract also includes SIG’s ALPHA4 Ultralight Mount. Moreover, the contract states the procurement sends the combo to Special Operations Forces, according to SIG. RELATED STORY FIRST LOOK: The Suppressor-Ready, .300 BLK SIG MCX CaneBrake “The TANGO6T riflescope line combines ruggedized MIL-SPEC810-G mechanical systems and HDX high definition optical design with advanced electronic technologies,” began Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “We are firmly committed to supporting the Department of Defense with this riflescope to provide greater adaptability, increased lethality, and enhanced target acquisition for our Special Operations Forces.” SIG Sauer TANGO6T 1-6×24 SFP Features Firstly, the TANG06T utilizes a second focal plane and an anodized aircraft grade aluminum tube in Flat Dark Earth. Also, the riflescope features an M855A1 Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) illuminated reticles. Additionally, the reticle delivers holds for CQB to medium engagements and an ultra-bright red Hellfire fiber optic illumination system. The system provides fast daylight target acquisition, a locking illumination dial, throw lever and a laser-marked scope level indicator. SIG designed the ALPHA4 Ultralight Mount specifically to use with the TANGO6T riflescope. Also, the mount fits standard MIL-STD-1913 rails. Moreover, SIG machines the ALPHA4 from 7075 aluminum and hardocoat anodizes the riflescope. SIG claims the resulting mount is both lightweight and rugged. “We are honored to receive an additional award for our TANGO6T series of riflescopes for use with our elite forces, and be recognized for our commitment to providing equipment that performs and adapts to the most critical mission requirements,” added Ron Cohen, President and CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. “We are also very proud that we were successful in our first submission for our ALPHA4 Ultralight Mount, and that it was recognized for quality and durability through this award.” The five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, firm-fixed-price contract runs through July 2023. SIG plans to build all units in its Wilsonville, Oregon facility. For more information, visit sigsauer.com. The post SIG Sauer Awarded DoD Contract for TANGO6T 1-6×24 SFP appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. The long-rumored Daniel Defense DELTA 5 is the manufacturer’s first foray into bolt-action rifles and the results are impressive. RELATED STORY FIRST LOOK: The Daniel Defense DELTA 5 Bolt-Action Rifle Tactical-Life contributor Sean Utley got his hands on a pre-production DELTA 5 model at an exclusive event in late 2018. Here’s a quick recap on the shooting experience: “We were able to shoot the initial pre-production rifles in various scenarios, including general range shooting,” Utley said. “We shot groups from 100 yards all the way out to 1,000 yards on different ranges. Our rifles were chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. They fed with excellent 140 gr. ELD Match ammo from Hornady. Daniel Defense topped them with high-quality Nightforce Optics, 5-25×56 ATACRs.” Watch Utley put the new rifle through its paces in the video above. Read Utley’s complete review for a better idea of what to expect. For more information, please visit DanielDefense.com. Daniel Defense DELTA 5 Specs Caliber: .308 Winchester; 6.5mm Creedmoor; 7mm-08 Remington Barrel Length: 20 inches (.308 Win); 24 inches (6.5 Creedmoor); 24 inches (7mm-08 Rem) Barrel Twist: 1:10 RH (.308 Win); 1:8 RH (6.5 Creedmoor); 1:9 RH (7mm-08 Rem) OA Length: 40 inches Max (.308 Win); 44 inches Max (6.5 Creedmoor/7mm-08 Rem) Weight: 8.9 pounds (.308 Win; 9.5 pounds (6.5 Creedmoor/7mm-08 Rem) Action: Mechanically bedded stainless steel action with integral recoil lug Bolt: Three-lug bolt with a 60 degree throw and floating bolt head Capacity: Five round PMAG 5 7.62 AC – AICS Short Action magazine included MSRP: $2,199 The post WATCH: Range Time With the DELTA 5, Daniel Defense’s First Bolt-Action appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. There’s an inherent problem with being a manufacturer that specializes and dominates in one category of firearms: You are only known for producing that particular type of firearm. And no matter how well you do it, it’s difficult to break that mold and be seen by the masses as anything but. RELATED STORY 3 Highly Shootable Offerings From the Daniel Defense DDM4V7 Lineup The AR-15 market is bloated, flooded, and fat. It’s a beast that is often unleashed by a threatening political climate. It awakens and grows into something uncontrollable and as rhetoric dies down, so does its energy. Daniel Defense is an AR-15 manufacturer of the ages and has ridden the ebb and flow countless times. Now DD is breaking new ground with the all-new Daniel Defense DELTA 5 bolt-action rifle. Bolting in a New Direction It’s important for manufacturers to grow and specialize. But why not specialize in creating a winning formula that results in quality products as opposed to specializing in creating a particular product? When your formula is successfully executed over and over, people know that no matter what you produce, it will be right, and Daniel Defense is poised to show others how it’s done. Bolt-action rifles is where it’s at. They’re hot like the Black Creek, Georgia summers that DD enjoys and it’s not showing any signs of slowing. If you haven’t been in the bolt-action game with a relevant product for at least the past two years, you’re well behind the curve. Daniel Defense realized this and has been designing and engineering its next dominator for the past two years — reluctant to release it until it was right. And on a late fall day on a private farm in Georgia, Daniel Defense revealed to us the DELTA 5. The DELTA 5 is a bolt-action rifle, and a seriously considered, well-thought-out one at that. In its initial iteration it will serve as a multi-role, everyday “working man’s rifle,” able to do many things well. But the platform is expandable and future product additions will allow the DELTA 5 to become whatever the end user wants it to be for whatever occasion. Daniel Defense says the DELTA 5 is modular, but that is an oversimplification and makes it sound a bit cheap and gimmicky in my opinion. Let’s simply say it’s “expandable,” just like the AR-15 platform Daniel Defense is so well known for. Inside the Daniel Defense DELTA 5 Like any rifle, the core is in the DELTA 5’s receiver and the rifle utilizes a mini chassis so that the action always beds into the same place. Accuracy and predictability start with consistency, and this design helps ensure this. The mini chassis is aluminum. Daniel Defense sandwiched it between the stainless steel action and the DELTA 5 bottom metal, which features integral pillars that pass through the stock and mate up perfectly flush with the bottom of the mini chassis. Everything is square and straight. This is an important design feature because the stock is basically held in place by the chassis system and bottom metal. Temperature changes can effect wooden and plastic stocks but the aluminum mating between the bottom metal and the mini chassis is hardly effected by temperature swings. Again, accuracy and predictability starts with consistency. The bottom metal also features a built in barrier stop and is compatible with AICS pattern magazines. Bolt As mentioned before the action is stainless steel, with a 3-lug bolt, resulting in a short and sweet 60 degree throw. You will notice that the DELTA 5 action has a fair amount of play in it at the rear. Meant for field use, this keeps elements and debris from becoming a problem to your DELTA 5. But a floating bolt head ensures extremely tight and straight bolt lock up. Proper alignment between the bolt face, and cartridge head is achieved here, which leads to good accuracy. The short action gets a standard .473” bolt face diameter and an excellent Sako-style extractor. The bolt handle is press fit and welded for extra strength, while the bolt knob is removable and has a 5/16-24 thread pitch for other options. Action The DELTA 5 action is well thought out. While the scope base is not integral, it features four strong #10-32 bolts that are slightly offset to keep the rail firmly in place without the bolts stripping. The base is notched to mate up with the integral recoil lug, further lessening the chance of any movement and the aforementioned offset keeps the rail against the lug. The base angle is 20 MOA or 5.8 mil of additional elevation, and features 14 T slots. RELATED STORY WATCH: Range Time With the DELTA 5, Daniel Defense’s First Bolt-Action That Barrel System If you’re not yet convinced of the DELTA 5 bringing any real benefit to the bolt-action game, what I’m about to say might do it. Changing barrels on bolt actions is something that must be performed by a gunsmith, unless you have a switch-barrel type of rifle and those are typically very expensive. The DELTA 5 features a user interchangeable barrel system, much like that of an AR-15, which comes as no surprise. The receiver is notched, and the barrel has an indicator protrusion, as well as a barrel extension. Due to tight and consistent tolerances achieved during machining, proper headspace is ensured. No smith needed. With Daniel Defense’s ability to produce hammer-forged barrels in house, just think of the possibilities. Can you say contours? Stocking Up The DELTA 5’s list of goodies doesn’t stop there. Daniel Defense continued its own design in the stock as well. It’s a carbon fiber reinforced polymer construction that helps keep the overall package less than 10 pounds in the heaviest configuration. Engineers told us they spent a significant amount of time on the stock to make sure it felt right, and this development was watched closely by Marty Daniel. The stock is comfortable and has a ribbed area for the shooter’s thumb to rest in line and comfortably. I found no issue with the stock and found it to fit me well with minimal adjustment. It will serve many shooters well. As you might expect, it’s configurable as well with length of pull and butt pad height adjustments; the latter being one I find especially nice. Cheek pad adjustability has an inch of travel up and is adjustable for yaw and drift. There is a butt hook on the bottom rear of the stock. Some people like them and some don’t. Up front there are 11 M-LOK attachment points for bipods, slings, and the what not. There are also QD sling points at the front and rear of the stock. Trigger & Chamberings While Daniel Defense makes a lot of things, they deferred the trigger to someone else, opting to go with a Timney Elite Hunter. Pull weight on the Timney is adjustable from 1.5 to 4 pound, exactly as expected. Break is clean and crisp, exactly what I’ve come to expect from Timney. The DELTA 5 will bring a world of variety and modularity to bolt-action rifles that hasn’t been seen before. Initial offerings will be short action rifles chambered in .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 7mm-08 Remington. Respective barrel lengths will be 20 inches for .308, and 24 inches for the other two. Barrels will be threaded in 5/8×24 pitch for fitment of muzzle devices or suppressors, either of which you can get from Daniel Defense. The manufacturer outfitted the test rifles with DD Wave suppressors. Rifles also ship with PMAG five-round AICS magazines. Daniel Defense DELTA 5 Testing We were able to shoot the initial pre-production rifles in various scenarios, including general range shooting. We shot groups from 100 yards all the way out to 1,000 yards on different ranges. Our rifles were chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. They fed with excellent 140 gr. ELD Match ammo from Hornady. Daniel Defense topped them with high-quality Nightforce Optics, 5-25×56 ATACRs. It’s hard for me to give my complete shooting impressions of the DELTA 5. Being pre-production rifles, some things weren’t complete or were in the process of being changed, as one might expect. That said, I couldn’t fully gauge the complete shooing experience. I can say that the rifles were accurate, with couple of attendees shooting sub half-MOA groups during our time on the 100 yard range. All shooters easily made hits on the 1,000 yard target multiple times and everything in between, nearly to the point of boredom. I was impressed by how well the rifles held up, especially with several people running them hard with hot with suppressors attached. The rifles stayed accurate and continued to run. Final Thoughts Going into this event Daniel Defense didn’t have an MSRP set. All of us gladly chimed in with our thoughts on the matter. But it was hard to say with all the innovation and modularity it brings. That said, Daniel Defense has announced an MSRP of $2,199, for a complete rifle, with one barrel and one magazine. For an accurate bolt-action platform with interchangeable barrels and other solid features, that’s pretty good. I can think of no reason that this rifle won’t be an instant hit with buyers. As the platform upgrades and expands, it could see a cult-like following. I’m eagerly awaiting the full-production model for a complete shakedown. The Daniel Defense DELTA 5 definitely has the goods, and the promise of a bright, expansive and modular future. For more information, please visit DanielDefense.com. Daniel Defense DELTA 5 Specs Caliber: .308 Winchester; 6.5mm Creedmoor; 7mm-08 Remington Barrel Length: 20 inches (.308 Win); 24 inches (6.5 Creedmoor); 24 inches (7mm-08 Rem) Barrel Twist: 1:10 RH (.308 Win); 1:8 RH (6.5 Creedmoor); 1:9 RH (7mm-08 Rem) OA Length: 40 inches Max (.308 Win); 44 inches Max (6.5 Creedmoor/7mm-08 Rem) Weight: 8.9 pounds (.308 Win; 9.5 pounds (6.5 Creedmoor/7mm-08 Rem) Action: Mechanically bedded stainless steel action with integral recoil lug Bolt: Three-lug bolt with a 60 degree throw and floating bolt head Capacity: Five round PMAG 5 7.62 AC – AICS Short Action magazine included MSRP: $2,199 The post FIRST LOOK: The Daniel Defense DELTA 5 Bolt-Action Rifle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. Springfield Armory recently announced it newest line of defensive arms, the Saint Victor series of rifle and pistols. Moreover, Springfield designed the new Victor line as purpose-built defensive guns, built to professional standards, according to Springfield. RELATED STORY Springfield Armory Reveals Saint SBR, Saint EDGE SBR Saint Victor Rifle The lower receiver is Accu-Tite tension-bonded to a flat-top forged upper. Also, the 16-inch CMV barrel is finished inside and out with in Melonite, resisting corrosion, according to Springfield. A 15-inch free-float M-LOK handguard provides ample attachment points. Meanwhile, within resides a mid-length gas system. Further, the rifle features a full-length “uninterrupted” rail for more versatility. The new rifle line utilizes a pinned, low-profile gas block, Additionally, the rifle includes spring-loaded flip-up sights, a proprietary muzzle brake and nickel-boron coated single-stage flat trigger. A staked receiver end plate features a QD mount for sling attachment. Inside, the M16 bolt carrier group utilizes a Melonite finish; the 9310 steel bolt is shot peened. A Strike Industries Featureless Grip and Magpul MOE Fixed stock round out the package. Saint Victor Pistol Including several features from the rifles, the Pistol sports a 7.5-inch barrel in 5.56mm and 9-inch barrel in .300 BLK. Moreover, the 7.5-inch Pistol includes a SA Forward Blast Diverter muzzle device, while the 9-inch model wears an A2 flash hider. Finally, an SB Tactical SBX-K forearm brace enhances shooting. The Saint Victor Rifle and Saint Victor SBR retail for $1,073. Meanwhile, the Saint Victor Pistol retails for $1,015. For more information, visit springfield-armory.com. The post FIRST LOOK: Springfield Armory Saint Victor Rifle and Pistols appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. Trijicon recently announced the company is making available commercially the SOCOM version of the Type 2 Ruggedized Miniature Reflex (RMR). Moreover, we reported in August last year how Trijicon won a $7 million contract for its RMR Type 2 as a “Handgun Reflex Sight.” Additionally, the military-inspired variant of this optic will be sold as the RMR HRS. RELATED STORY Why the Trijicon RMR Type 2 Reflex Sight Is a Much-Needed Upgrade Trijicon RMR HRS Features Firstly, the RMR HRS utilizes a brown, anodized finish. Also, the optic includes audible and tactile windage and elevation adjustments, enabling quick and easy zeroing without tools, according to Trijicon. Additionally, the RMR Type 2 includes electronics designed to bolster durability and performance in punishing conditions, according to Trijicon. Above all, battery contacts are designed to work under harsh recoil impulse. The optic features automatic brightness and push buttons to control eight adjustable brightness settings. Moreover, two night vision settings, along with super bright, add versatility. Also, a CR2032 lithium battery powers the unit for up to four years at a mid-setting, according to Trijicon. A button lockout feature sets the RMR HRS into an automatic mode, preventing accidental adjustments. The sight also has a battery conservation setting; after 16.5 hours, the RMR automatically adjusts the aiming dot to ambient lighting conditions. Finally, the RMR maintains compatibility with existing RMR mounts and optic-ready pistols on the market, according to Trijicon. For more information, visit trijicon.com. Trijicon RMR HRS Specifications Magnification: 1X Overall Length: 45mm Overall Weight: 1.2 ounces, with battery Illumination Source: LED Reticle Pattern: 3.25 MOA Dot Day Reticle Color: Red Night Reticle Color: Red Adjustment @ 100 Yards: 1 click/inch Housing Material: Forged Aluminum Batteries: 1 CR2032 Lithium Battery MSRP: $739 The post Trijicon Releases SOCOM-Inspired RMR HRS Reflex Sight appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. Bergara Rifles, part of BPI Outdoors, recently announced the debut of the Bergara Premier Series Ridgeback Rifle at the upcoming SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Moreover, Bergara designed the Ridgeback specifically for precision rifle shooting. RELATED STORY Bergara Ships the B-14 Ridge Rifle for Hunters, Target Shooters Bergara Premier Series Ridgeback Rifle Features Firstly, the Ridgeback utilizes Bergara’s Premier action. Further, the action is mated to a Medium Palma tapered, stainless steel Bergara barrel, according to BPI. Also, a Grayboe Ridgeback composite stock fully supports the popular M-LOK system. It delivers 12 slots for attaching accessories, providing a wide range of options. The stock also incorporates an embedded bubble level to ensure positional shooting at extreme range. Finally, the Ridgeback weighs in at 10.5 pounds. “From the moment we laid our hands on the Ridgeback stock in early 2018, we knew it was destined to cradle a Premier barreled action,” said Nate Treadway, CEO of BPI Outdoors. “Our only question was how fast we could work it into the production schedule. It truly has everything that a serious PRS shooter wants and needs in a production-class qualifying rifle.” Like all Premier Series rifles, the Ridgeback features Bergara barrels and TriggerTech triggers. Further, technicians qualify each rifle for accuracy and guarantee sub-MOA performance, according to Bergara. Finally, the Premier Series utilizes standardized parts for greater efficiency, geared toward near custom performance at an affordable price, according to the company. Ridgeback calibers include .223 Rem., 6.5 Creedmoor, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .300 Win. Mag. and .300 PRC. For more information, visit bergarausa.com. Bergara Premier Series Ridgeback Rifle Specifications Overall Weight: 10-10.7 pounds Overall Length: 39.5-46 inches Magazine: AICS style detachable Overall Barrel Length: 20-26 inches Overall Mag Capacity: 5 round mag provided (7 round mag: 6.5 PRC) Cerakote: Graphite Black Trigger: TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology Barrel Taper: Medium Palma Muzzle: Threaded 5/8-24-inch with thread protector Stock: Fiberglass with easily adjustable cheek rest and fully supports M-LOK system Scope Mount: Fits Remington 700 bases with 8×40 screws MSRP: $2,100 The post FIRST LOOK: Bergara Premier Series Ridgeback Rifle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. MasterPiece Arms (MPA) recently announced the release of its newest long-range product, the BA Enhanced Sniper Rifle Chassis. Also, MPA will debut the ESR at the upcoming SHOT Show in Las Vegas. RELATED STORY MasterPiece Arms Introduces the MPA BA Hybrid Chassis The MPA Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR) Chassis is an enhanced version of the company’s popular BA Chassis System. Moreover, MPA designed the ESR as a submission for a recent military program, meeting the chassis specifications, according to MPA. Because of these upgrades, the ESR is suitable for military, law enforcement and competitive shooting applications. Enhanced Sniper Rifle Chassis Features The BA ESR Chassis utilizes M-Lok slots on the sides and bottom of the forend. Also, the system includes an enhanced night vision bridge option along with two additional inches of length to the forend itself. Further, a V-bedding system provides clearance for glass bedding of the action and straight section of the barrel, according to MPA. A built-in inclinometer leveling system, machined thumb notch and V4 Spigot Mount, a Picatinny rail and dovtail plate add versatility. Also, multiple QD sling swivel locations provide options for users. Meanwhile, the unique pocketing system reduces weight and increases structural integrity, according to MPA. An adjustable cheek riser and length of pull enable shooters to build a custom fit. Finally, a two-round holder comes with the system. The ESR includes a super precision platform that accommodates Remington 700 Short and Long, Savage and Howa Short or Long actions, along with Tikka, Badger M2018, Mausingfield, Surgeon, Stillers and more, according to MPA. Also, Cerakote colors include Graphite Black, Flat Dark Earth, Burnt Bronze, Tungsten, Gunmetal, Sniper Green, NRA Blue and USMC Red. MPA BA ESR Chassis Specifications Chassis Overall Weight: 5.4 pounds Coating: Cerakote Overall Length of Pull: 13.5 – 14.75 inches (Can be reduced to 12.5 inches upon request. Additional fee may apply.) Magazine: Any AICS Type (Magazine not included) MSRP: $1,000 – $1,400 For more information, visit masterpiecearms.com. The post MasterPiece Arms Releases BA Enhanced Sniper Rifle Chassis appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  14. FORT BLISS, Texas – Sgt. Trey Troney credits training he received from his unit’s medics after the soldier saves a man’s life following an accident on Interstate 20 near Sweetwater, Texas, Dec. 22, 2018. RELATED STORY WATCH: Loose Round Triggers Unexpected Discharge for Army Shooter Troney, 20, was on his way home to Raleigh, Mississippi, a small town about 1,085 miles east of Fort Bliss, for Christmas when he saw the accident at about 2 p.m. and pulled over. Seeing Jeff Udger, of Longview, Texas, slumped over the steering wheel of his truck, Troney asked two other men to help him pry open the door. Udger had a bad gash on his head, and Troney took off his brand new “Salute to Service” New Orleans Saints hoodie and wrapped it around Udger’s head to help stop the bleeding. At this point, Udger was still conscious enough to make a joke about it, Troney said. “Well, this is Cowboy country, so I don’t know how I feel about you wrapping me up in a Saints hoodie,” Udger told Troney. Soon after, however, Troney noticed that the left side of Udger’s chest wasn’t moving, and he realized Udger had a collapsed lung. Troney ran back to his Jeep, hoping he still had some first aid supplies left from the brigade’s recent rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. Sure enough, he had a Needle Chest Compression, or NCD, and an Individual First Aid Kit, or IFAK, so he grabbed them and ran back to Udger. Soldier Saves With Ink Pen While his training made the use of the NCD second nature for Troney, he had to think fast after the NCD needle was too small to reach into Udger’s collapsed lung and relieve pressure. Finding a ballpoint pen, he had an idea. He tore off the ends of the pen and took out the ink so it was just a hollow tube. “I took the NCD and put it right in the hole and kind of wiggled (the pen) in with my hand in between the ribs and you just started to see the bubbles come out of the tip, and I was like, ‘OK, we’re good,'” said Troney. The state trooper who had just arrived asked, “Did you just put an ink pen between his ribs?” “I was like, ‘I did,'” Troney said. “And [the state trooper] was like, ‘he’s on no pain meds,’ and I said, ‘oh, he felt it, but he’s unconscious. He lost consciousness as I was running back to my Jeep because he had lost a lot of blood.'” When the ambulance arrived about 10 minutes later, the paramedics credited Troney with saving Udger’s life, and the state trooper bought him food at the truck stop up the road. Still, Troney said he was afraid Udger might try to seek legal action if he had made any mistakes. To the contrary, Udger, as soon as he recovered enough to respond, has been contacting government officials, the media and Troney’s chain of command — all the way up to his brigade commander, Col. Michael Trotter — and telling them how thankful he is for Troney’s actions. A Grateful Patient “In an urgent situation (Troney) showed amazing patience and continuous care,” said Udger in an email. “He kept talking to me and acted as if the situation was no pressure at all.” In a phone interview, Udger said he is glad Troney left behind his email address so he could contact him. He has also offered to replace Troney’s hoodie. Troney said the loss of the hoodie means nothing to him and there is no need to replace it. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery, said Udger. Troney, a field artillery cannon crewmember assigned to Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, said the medics made sure Soldiers knew the basics of combat medicine, and often reinforced and extended that training in between Howitzer fires in the field. Also, in El Paso’s 100-degree heat in the field, they would trade coveted DripDrop hydration packets for demonstrated knowledge of combat medicine. “We train over and over; it’s like muscle memory. Not to sound biased, but at 2-3 … they’re some of the best combat medics that I’ve ever met,” said Troney. A soldier practices needle decompression of the chest, during Combat Lifesaver training. CLS is a course designed to teach non-medical personnel lifesaving, time-sensitive skills for use on battlefield trauma. The course mainly focuses on stopping arterial bleeding and clearing blocked airways.Ready & Willing Capt. Angel Alegre, commander, Btry. C, 2nd Bn., 3rd FA Regt., 1st SBCT, 1st AD, said he has worked with Troney for about a year and recently became his battery commander. Knowing Troney, his actions at the accident scene do not surprise him, he said. “Put simply, he is a man of action and excels in times of adversity. It’s what he does best,” Alegre said. “Sgt. Troney is very attentive and places great emphasis on all Army training. To be available when needed as a Combat Lifesaver [Course] qualified [noncommissioned officer], and especially to have the IFAK readily available sitting in his vehicle, many could say is nothing short of a miracle.” Troney has set the example and represented the battery, the battalion and the brigade very well, Alegre said. “I will speak for all when I say we are very proud of one of our own, one of our best and brightest, being ready and able to answer when called upon to help someone in need,” Alegre said. Soldier Saves by Helping Others Troney said he has been in the Army for about three years and the incident taught him how his training can help others outside the Army. “I was in a pair of jogging pants and a T-shirt on the side of a highway and somebody’s life depended on me slightly knowing a little bit [about emergency medical care],” Troney said. “It wasn’t anything crazy [that I knew], but to [Udger], it was his world.” Troney said one of the things Udger told him in an email will always mean a lot to him. “Young man, you will always be my hero. Continue to give back to this world and the people in it. You truly will never know when you will make a life-changing impact to someone.” Troney said he learned from the incident that you never know what a person might need. “You’re just there and you might have what they need,” said Troney. “He needed an ink pen to the ribs. Luckily I had an ink pen.” Story by Wendy Brown, Fort Bliss Garrison Public Affairs. 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  15. Reducing your visual signature is an important part of stealth operations and activities. This is important day or night, regardless of the technical capabilities of your opponent or the eyesight of your prey. Understanding the different camo patterns ensures tactical and sporting needs are met. RELATED STORY Fibrotex Wins US Army’s $480 Million Next-Gen Camo Netting Contract Visual signature might include several factors, such as shape, color, texture, pattern, reflection, outline or the orientation of each. Weapons present visual signatures with similar factors, plus the flash and smoke from firing and dust or debris blasted from near the muzzle as the gun is fired. An adversary can use each as a target indicator, or your prey might recognize them as a threat. The human outline is distinct in the animal world. A two-legged predator in a landscape populated by four-legged creatures is recognized as an immediate threat to all but apex four-legged predators. Using camouflage to break up the human outline and blend in with the terrain and vegetation is a technique as old as the concept of predator and prey. Camo Evolution From covering ourselves with animal hides and rubbing soot or dirt on exposed skin, we’ve elevated personal camouflage to an assortment of clothing, gear, paint, tape, webbing, netting and every other imaginable material available in dozens of camo patterns. Also, you can instantly apply camo face paint in multiple colors and remove it almost as quickly. This multitude of options means you can select camo tailored precisely to the environment of your next mission and the conditions at the moment you embark. By studying the natural world and reviewing battlefield successes and failures, we’ve learned to become almost invisible. The past few decades of camouflage development and refinement have brought some challenges, too. The increasing prevalence of image-intensifying NODs has forced militaries to understand the requirements of camouflage in daylight as well as low light. Military and sporting camo patterns have similarities but are usually designed with different constraints and requirements. General-issue military camo patterns must be effective in many environments and conditions while presenting a professional appearance and enabling the identification of friendlies. But manufacturers can tailor sporting camo patterns to terrain, vegetation and the season of their intended use. This often leads to sporting camo patterns that look like components of the environments in which they’re designed to work. Camo patterns marketed to Eastern hunters often feature the twigs, leaves, bark and branches of the woodland habitat of whitetail deer. Camo marketed to Western hunters might include images or representations of rocks, sagebrush and coniferous trees of the elk woods or antelope prairies. Goals for Camo Patterns Camouflage is most frequently designed with one or more of three goals: blend, break up or disrupt. Blending patterns mimic the predominant colors or patterns of the environment where they’ll be used most. A classic example is one of my all-time favorite patterns, the original Mossy Oak Bottomland. It blends with the colors and textures of the hardwood forests so common throughout the southeastern United States during the dormant season. Viewed from more than arm’s length, Bottomland takes on an almost monotone look, however. It has two shades of brown, but there’s no real attempt to use contrasting elements to break up the human shape. Bottomland blends with a specific environment during a specific season, and it does so well. Realtree Max-1 is another sporting pattern that attempts to blend in but adds contrasting elements to help break up the human outline. Long marketed as the Western hunter’s camo pattern, Max-1 has somewhat fallen out fashion but remains extremely effective. With multiple mid-tone brown colors overlaid with contrasting depictions of sagebrush and evergreen boughs, Max-1 does a good job of blending, with accurate colorization and an appropriate amount of contrast. Breaking Up Outlines Camo patterns designed to break up the human outline usually have large contrasting blocks of color or patterns. A recent example is the Cipher pattern from First Lite. Cipher uses large, irregular and contrasting areas of colors and shapes to prevent the wearer from appearing like a large monotone blob. This is the downfall of many blend patterns like Bottomland. Cipher works in many environments but uses primarily brown tones to work well in arid regions or wooded areas during the dormant seasons. Because Cipher is a breakup-style pattern, the colors aren’t as important as they would be if the pattern were intended to blend. All Season All Terrain camo, is an older pattern that might not be as fashionable as it once was. Still, it’s effective as ever. ASAT breaks up the human outline and disrupt the ability of game to distinguish individual parts of the wearer. I’ve often explained my affection for ASAT like this: Other camo patterns attempt to look like something, but ASAT attempts to look like the nothing between somethings. Rather than looking like a tree, bush or rock, ASAT attempts to become part of the negative space between. It makes parts of the human form confusing to an animal’s eye. I admit, ASAT is not pretty and doesn’t use high-tech printing techniques to create shadowing. It also lacks photorealistic elements, but it flat-out works. Ready For Battle The standard in modern military and uniform camouflage is the MultiCam pattern from Crye Precision. Although the U.S. Army adopted a slightly older and demonstrably less effective version of MultiCam known as Scorpion (the Army would say it’s a separate pattern) for political and legal reasons, MultiCam is the foundation of the free world’s modern camouflage scheme. Also, Western militaries have adopted MultiCam outright or worked with Crye Precision to create their own slightly unique proprietary variant. Further, Soldiersystems.net covered those domestic and international issues extensively if you’re interested in the controversies and facts. MultiCam is a highly versatile and effective blending pattern that excels in most temperate environments. It is also effective in some semi-arid and arid regions. It’s as effective at night as it is during daylight. MultiCam features mostly mid-tone brown and green colors with light and dark contrasting elements that reduce the “blob” effect. As a result of camo testing throughout the globe and military interest, MultiCam is offered as a family of patterns. Also, specific variants perform in arid, tropical and arctic regions. A black variant creates a distinct and professional appearance for law-enforcement tactical teams. With more choices than ever, it’s easy to find a tactical or sporting camo pattern that works for you. Whether you choose a blending, disruptive or breakup pattern, your concealment will be enhanced tremendously. This article is from the 2019 issue of Stealth magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. The post Understanding the Different Camo Patterns for Tactical and Sporting Uses appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  16. Expert trainer Kyle Defoor recently traveled South Dakota to teach a class, and along the way he stopped to visit Jeff Hoffman, the founder of Black Hills Ammunition. While there, he had a specific question: What’s the best all-around 5.56mm cartridge for the AR platform? RELATED STORY Black Hills 77-grain 5.56mm Match “I have fired them all, from green-tip 55-grain rounds to much heavier 77-grain OTMs,” Defoor said. “I wanted some testing and data to back up what we were seeing in the field. Students always want one bullet, one knife or one rifle, which is unrealistic, but it’s worth thinking through what’s currently available and has the broadest utility.” A two-hour conversation ensued. Hoffman and Black Hills have produced ammunition for civilian and government customers for more than 20 years, so he had a lot to say, and field and lab tests to back it up. The pair examined accuracy tests, ballistic gelatin, cycling reliability, fragmentation, penetration through various media and other factors. For example, Hoffman uses more than a dozen gels tests per load to get a consistent data set before he reaches conclusions. 5.56mm Cartridge Verdict The Black Hills load using Barnes’ 62-grain TSX bullets was the all-around winner. Why? It yaws 0.5 to 1 inch early upon entry, immediately creating a broadening wound cavity. The copper-jacketed bullet also performs consistently through various mediums, such as brick, glass and sheet wood. “It also cycles well in every platform I have run it in and is super accurate inside 200 yards and very good out to 300 yards,” Defoor said. “I can also switch between the 62- and 77-grain ammo with less than a 1-inch change in zero. The two are largely interchangeable. Even at 200 yards, there’s still little variance.” For more information, visit black-hills.com. This article is from the 2019 issue of Stealth magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. The post What Is the All-Around Best 5.56mm Cartridge for the AR Platform? appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  17. Mauser recently announced that its popular model 18 bolt-action rifle is now available in 6.5 PRC. Also, a classically-styled, rugged hunting rifle, the addition of 6.5 PRC delivers improved long-range trajectory capability to the platform. RELATED STORY New for 2018: The Mauser M18 Bolt-Action Rifle “The Mauser is a big seller here in the United States because of its ultimate reliability, durability and accuracy at an unbeatable price point,” said Christian Socher, CEO of Blaser USA. “We wanted to add the 6.5 PRC chambering as an additional caliber option for those who hunt and shoot at longer ranges.” The 6.5 PRC delivers a flatter trajectory and higher impact velocity than even the 6.5 Creedmoor, which has exploded in popularity as well. Moreover, the 6.5 PRC excels at everything from benchrest competition to hunting medium to large game, according to Mauser. Mauser 18 Features Firstly, the Mauser utilizes a rugged synthetic stock, perfect for hard use afield. For better grip, the stock also includes two areas of soft inlay. Meanwhile, a steel receiver and cold-hammer-forged barrel adds to the durability. Also, a three-position safety enables hunters to carry a round in the chamber without worry of the bolt nudging out of battery. The detachable box magazine holds five rounds. Additionally, an adjustable trigger enables hunters to dial in the pull to their preferred weight. Above all, the 6.5 PRC joins .243 Win., .308 Win., .270 Win., .30-06, 7mm Rem. Mag, .300 Win. Mag. and 6.5 Creedmoor in the Mauser line. For more information, visit: mauser-usa.com. Mauser 18 Specifications Overall Barrel Length: 56 cm standard caliber, 62 cm magnum caliber Overall Length: 106 cm standard caliber, 112 cm magnum caliber Surface: Black Burnished Overall Weight: 2.9 kg standard caliber, 3.0 kg magnum caliber Overall Magazine Capacity: 5+1 Stock: Polymer MSRP: $699 The post FIRST LOOK: Mauser 18 Now Available in 6.5 PRC appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  18. The Lafayette Police Department recently released body cam footage that shows an officer shot in the line of duty while conducting a search warrant in Indiana. Moreover, friendly fire hit the officer, identified as Lane Butler. RELATED STORY Watch: Suspect Pulls Gun on Lakemoor Police Officer, Gets Shot in Head “Officer Butler is an amazing public servant and is a dedicated and valued member of our agency,” said a Lafayette Police Department statement. “She is demonstrating tremendous courage and strength and she fights to recover from her injury.” Lane, a three-year veteran of LPD, joined two fellow officers recently to execute a search warrant at a local residence. There, the homeowner cooperated and allowed officers to search, demonstrating the suspect was not there. However, the homeowner did alert officers to a large dog locked in a cage prior to entry. “As long as she ain’t gonna get out, then we’re good,” an officer can be heard responding during the video. Friendly Fire Hits Officer But near the end of the search, the dog broke free, causing all three officers to flee the apartment. It was at that moment that one of the officer’s pistol discharged. Footage shows the round travel through the door, striking Butler in the back. Although Butler wore a protective vest, the bullet managed to strike above her protected area, according to the report. Authorities transported Butler to a local hospital for treatment following the incident. Also, officials said Butler is listed in serious, but stable, condition, according to the report. “We are very grateful for the outpouring of support,” LPD said in the statement. “Citizens from our community and from around the state and nationally have offered their prayers and support. The Lafayette Police Department asks for your continued support for our officers and prayers for a speedy and full recovery for Officer Butler and comfort for her family. This incident, while incredibly unusual and unfortunate, highlights the risks that officers face during the daily execution of their duties to keep our communities safe.” A follow-up report stated that no officers faced punishment as a result of the shooting. The post WATCH: Officer Shot in Back by Friendly Fire After Dog Charges LE appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  19. Henry Repeating Arms recently announced the release of its newest rifle, the American Eagle. Moreover, the .22-caliber Henry American Eagle can digest .22 Short, .22 Long and .22 Long Rifle ammunition. RELATED STORY Henry Adds Long Ranger 6.5 Creedmoor to Lever-Action Line Henry American Eagle Features Firstly, the Henry American Eagle pays tribute to America’s most enduring symbol, the American bald eagle. Additionally, the rifle features distinct engraving and plating work. The look begins with the unique ivory-looking stock, a pale, bone-colored finish that is unlike other models in the Henry line. Moreover, that look is achieved through a complex process, where the American walnut receives several layers of primers in ivory color. Additionally, the stock is sanded between each application, highlighting the wood grain. Also, the stock if deeply engraved and checkered, according to Henry. Finally, the Henry logo, and American bald eagle head and leafy vine scrollwork complete the furniture treatment. Then the receiver cover, buttplate and barrel band receive a mirror-like nickel plating, one that provides a stark contrast. Because the lever-action rifle is built upon Henry’s popular Golden Boy platform, it earns instant credibility. Additionally, a 20-inch octagonal barrel, fully-adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight and brass bead front sight provide familiar lever-action features. Further, the American Eagle’s tubular magazine provides a 16-round capacity. Also, the rifle retails for $950. Firstly, with its light 6 3/4-pound weight, the Gold Boy platform offers a classic design. Also, it makes this variant suitable for plinking, target shooting or hunting. Also, well-balanced and delivering Henry’s popular lever-action functioning, the new tribute rifle is likely to be a hit. Finally, few firearm designs offer more shooting fun than a lever-action .22. For more information, visit henryusa.com. Henry American Eagle Specifications Overall Barrel Length: 20 inches Barrel Type: Octagon Blued Steel Overall Length: 38.5 inches Overall Weight: 6.75 pounds Rear Sight: Fully adjustable semi-buckhorn with diamond insert Front Sight: Brass Bead Overall Length of Pull: 14 inches MSRP: $950 The post FIRST LOOK: Henry Releases American Eagle .22 Rifle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  20. One of the issues every shooter must overcome when integrating stealth technology like image-intensification and thermal devices into their inventory is how to mesh the tools used during daylight hours with the tools used during low-light hours. Rifles require optics and iron sights for redundant aiming systems during the day. When darkness falls, those same guns need white and infrared lights for searches and identifying people or objects, plus an infrared laser and either a dedicated night optic or what is referred to as a Clip On Night Vision device that attaches to the day scope for aiming once a target is found and identified. There are advantages and disadvantages to each setup. But the concept of a clip-on night sight that attaches to your existing day scope is tremendously appealing for a number of reasons. RELATED STORY WATCH: Night Shooting with the Trijicon REAP-IR Mini Thermal Riflescope Clip On Night Vision Pros & Cons Clip-on night vision devices attach to the rifle in front of the day scope. Attachment is usually accomplished by placing the NVD on an extended Picatinny rail or on a forend bracket with a Picatinny rail. Some clip-on optics attach directly to the riflescope. Meanwhile, others attach to a special mount that replaces the top of the forward scope ring. Using a clip-on in front of the day optic allows the shooter to use the same familiar scope, reticle, adjustment knobs and other controls he or she trained on during daylight hours for night operations as well. In this mode, there is no reticle in the clip-on optic, and all of the aiming is done with the reticle of the day optic. The clip-on merely presents the field of view and target image to the day optic. Some clip-ons are also capable of working in standalone mode where the clip-on becomes the sole optic. Here, it provides both the target image and the aiming point. The advantages of using the same day scope during night operations are lost in this configuration, however. Clip On Night Vision in the Military Perhaps the most dominant use of the clip-on NVD is in long-range military observation and sniping roles. Our military snipers have successfully used clip-ons like the PVS-27 Magnum Universal Night Sight (MUNS) for years. The training and proficiency benefits that come with maintaining one day-scope system for 24-hour use is significant. The same zero is maintained, the same ballistic data and resulting aiming corrections are maintained, and the controls required to make those corrections feel the same during day or night. The elevation-adjustment knob is always in the same place, always turns the same direction, and each adjustment increment always has the same “clicks” as it is turned. The same goes for the windage-adjustment knob. This facilitates rapid engagement and consistency of operation, which are both obvious benefits. Using Clip On Night Vision Devices If there is a downside to the most common clip-on NVDs, it is the use of image-intensification technology, which relies on available light to process and present an image to the day optic. As the amount of light increases, the performance of the clip-on increases. Conversely, on those dark, moonless, overcast nights, the range of the clip-on will be significantly limited and may require additional illumination from an infrared device. This also has advantages and disadvantages. For the military sniper working against a night-vision-equipped adversary, using an infrared illuminator is like turning on a glowing beacon that says, “Drop artillery here!” On the other hand, the sniper’s spotter, who often has a clip-on mounted in front of a spotting scope, or the sniper himself can watch the bullet fly to the target by observing the reflection of the infrared light off the base of the bullet. This makes spotting impacts and correcting for a follow-up shot easier than doing so during some daylight conditions when watching the trace of the bullet. If you’re an enthusiast looking to ring some steel targets after hours, then using infrared illumination isn’t a big deal. Mounting a clip-on in front of your day scope also takes advantage of the day scope’s magnification and ability to zoom in or out. Night-vision devices generally only have digital zooms that significantly degrade in quality as magnification increases. Since day scopes use optical zoom, there is no degradation or pixilation of the image as magnification is increased. Since the exit pupil decreases with increased magnification, there will be a reduction of light transmission, however. Some clip-on models will perform well only up to moderate magnification levels. Going Thermal? The ability to utilize the day scope’s optical zoom ties into the primary benefit of an image-intensifying clip-on over a thermal clip-on: identification. There is no doubt that a thermal scope or thermal clip-on will make detection—simply realizing the presence of a target—easier. Identifying that target, however, is usually easier with an image-intensifying device due to the increased detail available through such an optic. When you are operating under the sort of rules of engagement or use-of-force criteria that our military snipers and law enforcement marksmen work with, positively identifying the guy who just walked up to the building you’re observing is mandatory. There’s a big difference between “a tall guy with a beard and a funny hat just entered the building” and “Osama bin Laden just entered the building.” The increased detail available through an image-intensifying device facilitates positive identification. Is there a place for a thermal clip-on? You bet. For the around-the-clock hunter, a thermal clip-on is a great option. You’ve set up your stand during daylight hours. You’ve zeroed and practiced with your day optic. You know the controls and are comfortable and confident in its use. After sunset, you simply clip on your thermal and the heat signatures from the animals are instantly visible. For that matter, you can use the thermal clip-on during the day as well. Further Considerations on Clip On Night Vision Turn on your image-intensifying clip-on in broad daylight and you’ll quickly ruin it. Points go to the thermal in this case. Another option is to use your thermal clip-on as a handheld monocular during daylight hours. You can detect heat signatures where animals may be hiding by using the thermal to scan. Once you locate the heat signature, use your day optic to zoom in. Then identify the target and take the shot if desired. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to watch bullet trace or see your impacts unless there is some sort of thermal signature created by those impacts. Several years ago I spent a few days at Fort Riley, Kansas, with some soon-to-deploy snipers. Impacts on steel targets and misses into the surrounding gravel were easy to spot through the high-end thermal viewers. When we hit steel, there was an obvious thermal signature created as the bullet impacted the target. If missed (not that I missed or anything) into the gravel, sparks flew and corrections were easy to make. When our rounds impacted into grassy areas, however, no thermal signature was created. Those misses were very hard to call precisely unless you were following the signature of the bullet itself. To be fair, the same problems can exist with standard day optics in those conditions as well. One negative of the thermal clip-on is the reduced screen size of most units. If you want to use the optic in standalone mode or as a handheld scanner, you’ll have a reduced screen. Not the end of the world, but a possible consideration. Clip On Night Vision Final Thoughts As is often the case, the right tool for the job will be determined by your application and environment. If merely finding an animal or a person that is either well camouflaged or screened by light brush is adequate, the thermal excels during day or night. If detailed identification or long-range marksmanship with a spotter is your mission, an image-intensifying clip-on has some serious advantages. This article is from the 2019 issue of Stealth magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. The post Why You Should Consider Adding a Clip On Night Vision Device appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  21. Magpul recently released a video promotion for its newest drum magazine, the PMAG D-50 in 7.62×51 NATO/.308 Win. Moreover, the magazine fits popular SR25/M110 pattern rifles. Above all, watch the video through to the end and see the explosive firepower delivered by Magpul’s newest magazine. It’s simply phenomenal in all its 7.62 glory. RELATED STORY EXCLUSIVE: US Army Opens Magpul PMAGs for General Procurement Built to handle larger-than-SAMMI-spec match ammunition, up to 2.830-inches overall, the magazine is versatile. Also, the magazine utilizes Magpul’s GEN M3 improvements, equating to enhanced strength, durability and reliability, according to Magpul. The company achieves these improvements by utilizing next-generation impact and crush-resistant polymer construction, according to Magpul. Spring tension is removed via a ratcheting loading lever, enabling users to load the D-50 by hand. Meanwhile, an anti-glare, translucent window on the drum’s rear provides visual indication of available ammunition, according to Magpul. Stainless steel internals resist corrosion. Better still, the D-50 can be loaded full and still seat on a closed bolt. Disassembly is achieved via a flat blade screwdriver, while a dot matrix pattern enables easy marking and identification. The D-50 weighs 1.5 pounds unloaded and 4.5 pounds fully loaded. Magpul designed the D-50 specifically for 7.62×51 NATO/.308 Win. ammunition. However, the company recommends to not load .260 Rem. and 6.5 Creedmoor. Finally, lightweight and rugged, the Magpul PMAG D-50 seriously brings the thunder with 50 rounds of 7.62 ammunition. With an overall height equal to a 25-round PMAG, shoot any position, including prone, with the D-50. No word yet on just how soon until the D-50 is available, so stay tuned. For more information, visit magpul.com. Magpul PMAG D-50 Specifications Overall Weight: 1.726 pounds Width: 4.64 inches Overall Length: 4.35 inches Height: 8.34 inches Made in the USA Color: Black MSRP: $149.95 The post WATCH: The New Magpul PMAG D-50 7.62 Brings the Thunder appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  22. Springfield Armory recently announced the release of its newest compact pistol, the 911 Alpha. Moreover, the new 911 Alpha comes in two different models, both chambered in .380 ACP. RELATED STORY Why Agencies Allowing 1911s Should Look at the Springfield TRP 10mm A follow up to Springfield’s successful 911 launch, the new 911 Alpha also attempts to deliver the familiarity of the timeless 1911 design into a true pocket pistol. Springfield Armory 911 Alpha Features Firstly, the pistol utilizes 7075 T6 anodized hard-coat aluminum in the frame. Meanwhile, the 2.7-inch barrel features 416R stainless steel with a black Nitride finish. Additionally, a full-length guide rod with flat wire spring enhance control and soften recoil, according to Springfield Armory. Cross Cannon polymer grips and vertical line texturing on the front strap and mainspring housing provide purchase on the pistol. Springfield claims its frame-to-slide-to-trigger guard relationship enables intuitive, accurate shooting, all in a pocket pistol-sized platform. Also, the polymer trigger reportedly delivers a crisp, short reset, breaking at 5 pounds. A loaded chamber indicator, typical of Springfield, provides both visual and tactile indicators for the gun’s condition. Meanwhile, the 911 Alpha includes an extended thumb safety. The sight picture features a fiber optic front and white, two-dot rear, designed for quick target acquisition, according to Springfield. Moreover, at just 5.5 inches long and 4 inches high, the 911 Alpha should excel in concealment. Also, with a retail price of $429, it won’t break the bank to find a home in your holster. Two versions are available: Stainless and Black Nitride. For more information, visit springfield-armory.com. Springfield Armory 911 Alpha Specifications Caliber: .380 ACP Magazines: One 6-round, stainless steel magazine Barrel: 2.7 inches, 416R Stainless Steel, Precision Broached, Black Nitride Finish Rate of Twist: 1:16 Trigger: Polymer Sights: Fiber Optic Front, White 2-Dot Rear Frame: 7075 T6, Anodized Hard Coat Aluminum Slide: 416 Black Nitride, with Ball Cut & Loaded Chamber Indicator Recoil System: Full Length Guide Rod, Featuring Flat Wire Spring Overall Length: 5.5 inches Overall Height: 3.9 inches Grips: Polymer Cross Cannon Grip Overall Weight: 12.6 ounces MSRP: $429 The post FIRST LOOK: Springfield Armory 911 Alpha .380 Pistol appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  23. The sound suppressor industry has taken some serious hits over the past few years. Before Donald Trump was elected president, demand kept suppressor companies busy—they couldn’t make them fast enough. Companies were selling thousands of suppressors a month, and it could take months just to get the transfer process started. But now the industry is struggling because demand has fallen. All the talk about Congress making them nothing more than “muzzle devices” available at big box stores did not help. Why dump a $1,000 on a suppressor, $200 on a tax stamp and wait for a year when you might able to buy them at Walmart in a few months? RELATED STORY 21 Cutting-Edge Suppressors You Need to Know About Well, that doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon, but suppressor companies are trying to figure out how to keep moving forward. One of the best ways is to make a solid and simple product that works, and provide the best possible customer service. Silent Legion is doing just that, and the company’s CEO, Ed Shoppman, is driving it rather well. The Legion Way Silent Legion promises three things to its customers: Its products will perform, you’ll get great value for your dollar, and each product is warrantied for life. That sounds pretty legit to me, and I’ve pushed this philosophy to other companies I’ve advised for consulted for years now. Drop the marketing fiction—just tell customers what your product will do and make sure it does it. Then stand by your product and price things fairly so your customer gets value for their hard-earned dollar. Ed Shoppman knows this well, and he’s been in the firearms industry for a long time, starting with Remington in 1999. As a research engineer, he designed firearms with an eye towards innovation while using the latest technology. In 2001, he became the product manager for Remington’s shotgun line before creating and running its military products division in 2003. He eventually moved on to L3 Technologies and Lightforce before becoming the CEO of Silent Legion in 2016. In short, he brings almost two decades of experience leading the industry in customer service and marketing. Legion Experience Another man behind the scenes at Silent Legion is an icon in the suppressor industry. Greg Latka holds some of the most innovative patents in the suppressor industry and has been manufacturing silencers since 1985. He has been in the aerospace industry for decades, with one of the few shops meeting the rigorous ISO 9001 standards. He’s built parts for the Space Shuttle, so suppressors are pretty easy by comparison. In that vein, he designed and built many suppressors with someone else’s brand attached. He also manufactured his own GSL suppressors for years before beginning a relationship with Gemtech that lasted until Ed and Silent Legion came along in 2016. As you can see, his knowledge in manufacturing suppressors is unmatched. These are just two of the faces behind veteran-owned Silent Legion, giving the company a no-compromise attitude that focuses on integrity. They are also dedicated to making suppressors mainstream—something I have been fighting for since the mid-1990s. They are not the evil tools portrayed by Hollywood and politicians, but simple tools that protect everyone and make just about anything you do with a firearm more fun. Multi-Caliber Suppressor Silent Legion offers a wide variety of suppressors, but I recently got my hands on its Complete Multi-Caliber Kit for testing. This kit starts with a .30-caliber suppressor built from titanium that weighs in at 16 ounces. Capable of either direct-thread or quick-detach (QD) mounting, it comes with adapters so you can use weapons ranging from the 5.56mm NATO to the .300 Winchester Magnum. Direct-thread adapters screw directly into the suppressor using a supplied spanner wrench. Two are provided, covering most rifles: 1/2×28 for 5.56mm-based cartridges and 5/8×24 for most .30 caliber or smaller rifles. The kit also comes with two different flash suppressors (5.56mm and 7.62mm) with the same thread patterns. I used two different rifles to test the Multi-Caliber Kit. The first was a Wilson Combat Super Sniper in .224 Valkyrie with a heavy 20-inch barrel. I’ve used this rifle in a few different articles now, and it produces groups in the 0.5- to 0.7-inch range using every factory match load available from DoubleTap, Federal and Hornady. I’ve also used this rifle with a few different suppressors, making it great for comparisons here. For targeting, I installed an EOTech 5-25x50mm Vudu scope with a Horus H59 reticle using a Nightforce mount. My second rifle was a Robinson Armament XCR-M with a .260 Remington barrel. This gun used a Nightforce 4-16x42mm ATACR F1 scope with a Horus T3 reticle in another one-piece Nightforce mount. I ran the XCR-M with Hornady’s 130-grain ELD-M ammo, which has consistently produced 0.5-inch or tighter groups with both my Surgeon bolt action and a Modern Outfitters MC7. This Hornady load will maintain 1-MOA accuracy out to 1,308 and 1,000 yards with the Surgeon and Modern Outfitters rifles, respectively, making it a solid base cartridge for testing. In The Field I really like simple and clean suppressor designs, and the Multi-Caliber Kit fits that bill perfectly. The machining on my test sample was superb, with clean lines throughout and no extraneous marks to be found. The matte black finish was smooth without any bare spots or runs. And, thanks to the QD mounts and flash suppressors, the sound suppressor was to install and remove without any serious work. In short, the Multi-Caliber Kit is simple, well made and versatile, as advertised. Attaching the suppressor to the Wilson’s 20-inch barrel using a QD mount did not make the gun feel too barrel-heavy or unbalanced. Granted, the Super Sniper barrel is on the larger side already. But the Silent Legion suppressor did not make the rifle unwieldly at all, unlike some models I’ve tested. The point-of-impact shift was minimal, too—about 1.5 inches vertically with no horizontal movement. More importantly, the gun was very quiet and the backpressure was minimal—far less than most conventional suppressors. This meant I didn’t have to adjust the gas block. Finally, the rifle’s accuracy was unaffected, as it produced 0.5-inch groups with DoubleTap’s 90-grain SMKs achieving 2,800 fps on average. I had previously tested the Robinson XCR-M with an over-barrel suppressor that caused it to produce groups in the 3-inch range. With the Silent Legion suppressor, my groups were closer to 1.5 inches, which is stellar by comparison. I had to adjust the gas block, but again the backpressure was minimal. What I really noticed here was how quickly the suppressor cooled even after some rapid-fire strings. Shooting full-bore .260 Remington rounds out of an 18.5-inch barrel builds up some heat. But the Silent Legion suppressor dissipated it pretty quickly. My point-of-impact shift here, once again only vertical, was closer to 2 inches—still less than most conventional suppressors. All In One Given the people behind Silent Legion, I wasn’t surprised by the Multi-Caliber Kit’s attention to detail, simplicity and reliability. But I was surprised by the lack of backpressure. I have a similarly designed suppressor that is a gas-making machine; in fact, it’s hard to use. That wasn’t the case here. The Multi-Caliber Kit is a very clean design. It’s about as light as you can get while still being able to shoot .300 Winchester Magnum rounds. It’s incredibly versatile. Suppressor buyers are picky these days, as they should be. If you want a simple design that allows you to use it on several guns, direct thread or QD, the Multi-Caliber Kit should be very high on your list. One thing is certain: Silent Legion delivered on the first two parts of its promise: This suppressor performs well and does so at a solid value. In fact, given its performance and build quality, I’m not sure I’ll ever need that lifetime warranty! For more information, visit silentlegion.com. This article is from the November-December 2018 issue of Tactical-Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. The post TESTED: Silent Legion Multi-Caliber Suppressor Kit appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  24. The Noveske Gen 4 product video went live recently, and it’s one of the more unique product launches we’ve seen. Moreover, this is one video you’re definitely gonna want to check out. RELATED STORY VIDEO: The Noveske Ghetto Blaster Looks Like a Whole Lot of Fun We’re not really sure what the video is trying to say, but it sure says it loudly. From a promotional sign spinner, to a Wild Bill knockoff, to a rad Chevelle, to bikers, and back to camp, the crew is diverse. Also, we get shooting on the range, in the field and even from a boat, which is pretty awesome. Firstly, the product launch is clearly meant to be unique and witty, wacky even, and appeal to younger shooters, Millennials even. But most of all, we’re sure it’s meant to be fun. Gun culture being what it is, while some folks will love the video, others will surely rail against it as though it marked the beginning of the Apocalypse. To the latter, just simmer down. But make no mistake, shooters know Noveske for its rifles. As such, the Gen 4 is billed as the company’s next generation. Noveske Gen 4 “Noveske Gen4 is the latest evolution of our receiver and rail integration,” said a company release. “Intentionally designed to not deviate from the Noveske family of product, this new generation of rifle is our most modular, and functional combination to date. All this without compromising the quality, reliability, or signature Noveske design language. With the addition of ambidextrous controls, additional rail mounting locations, cable management, and improved magazine well dimensions, this rifle meets and exceeds the needs of our modern warfighter, law enforcement, and civilian users.” The Noveske Gen 4 is available in a 10.5-inch SBR, 10.5-inch Pistol and 13.7-inch Rifle variants. Also, Noveske lists three different Gen 4 PDWs, including 7.94, 10.5 and 16-inch models. Retail prices start at $2,150. For more information, visit noveske.com. The post WATCH: Noveske Gen 4 Video Drops and Its Straight Fire appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  25. SIG Sauer recently announced the release of its newest piece of gear, the SIG Pivoting Contour Brace (PCB). Along with being sold as an aftermarket accessory, select MCX and MPX series rifles also feature the new product. RELATED STORY FIRST LOOK: The Suppressor-Ready, .300 BLK SIG MCX CaneBrake Firstly, the PCB arm pivots a full 360 degrees and utilizes an I-beam construction. Also, a 1913 rail mounting interface and the ability to fold flat for storage add to its versatility. Moreover, the PCB comes in both black and coyote tan, according to SIG. “This new pivoting contour brace has been reengineered to increase functionality,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, “The minimalist design of the brace makes it lightweight, and by design there are more points of contact between the brace and the user increasing control for better accuracy, while the 360-degree pivoting arm only enhances the overall user-friendliness of the brace to enhance the shooting experience.” A recent Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) National Family Day Learn to Shoot Again event recently featured the SIG PCB at San Antonio Police Academy in Texas. There, the new accessory impressed event attendees. “With the SIG Sauer Pivoting Contour Brace I was able to eaily move through the stages of a challenging course of fire eaily alternating the angle of my SIG MCX and adjusting for target position and barrier placement,” said Rick Cicero, Manager and Lead Instructor for the HAVA Learn to Shoot Program. SIG plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the SIG Pivoting Contour Brace to the HAVA Learn to Shoot Again program, according to SIG. The SIG PCB retails for $199. For more information, visit sigsauer.com. The post NEW GEAR: SIG Sauer Releases Pivoting Contour Brace appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article

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We are a community of concerned patriots who are not overly confident in the current direction of our society, from the wild political climate to what can be summed up as a lack of morals or a complete void of integrity and pretty much a blatant disregard of respect..... Respect for our past, respect for our future and respect for each other. In order to protect our constitution and life as we know it, we decided to not be the silent majority anymore and pull our selves up by the bootstraps and make the world a better place. This website is to unite people like us, people who want to make a difference ... and do it the right way, Little did we know that in doing so we would create the number one militia community online. Here we are. Enjoy.


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