Proper use of the tourniquet

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Kerry Davis of Dark Angel Medical explains the proper use of the tourniquet.

Dark Angel Medical also makes a stellar med kit called the Direct Action Response Kit (D.A.R.K.). Love the kit! I have two, one in my range bag and another on my Brokos belt.

If you train to take a life you should also train to save a life!

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Find Your Range

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This is a great video done with the guys at SilencerCo and Noveske in Oregon. I love it when the dude is grilling and his lady friend is popping steel from the deck.

If you have not gotten into silencers yet and you have the ability to shoot outside, I would highly recommend looking into them if you are in a local where its legal to own. Silencers make shooting so much more fun. I have a SilencerCo 22 Sparrow in ATF jail right now but my LGS allows conjugal visits. That suppressor on a 10/22 or a Browning Buck Mark brings back the joys of shooting from when you were a kid.

Anyways, fun video – Happy Thursday!

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Shooting Bench Techniques

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I dont know if you guys follow Gunwerks on YouTube  but they have a lot of great info on long range shooting. In the video below they have a number of great tips when shooting from the bench that will be helpful when sighting in your rifle at the range.

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Reloading Bench

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I got a couple of emails about my reloading bench that’s in the insane spring post. Instead of answering one by one I thought I would just do a post on it.

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When you start to think about reloading, the first thing you need is space. You actually don’t need a whole lot. I have a buddy that mounted a single stage Lee press to a bar stool and mounted the legs to a steel plate and he just keeps it in the closet except when he needs it. I have also seen where people have mounted their press to a drill press stand without issue.

All that being said, I knew early on I wanted a progressive press for handgun rounds so I was going to need something a little more robust. I have a nice workbench in my shed but I didn’t want to reload out there as I think humid summers would quickly rust the press. So I decided to take over part of the second bedroom which left me with about 6×6 feet space to work with. Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

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238 years ago a group of strong men thought there was a better way and declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. We have since grown to be the strongest nation in the world because of the freedoms given to us by our creator that are solidified in our Constitution. We fostered an environment where if you built it you could keep the rewards and if you came here you were given a chance to be great.

Today if you have time, please take a moment to reflect on all the men who gave their lives to make all this possible and the things we need to do going forward to keep America strong. Happy Birthday America!

Always a good read  – http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

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Terrorist Interdiction Bag (TIB) Review

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I have a bug out in the woods but my main residence is in an urban environment. I have been trying to figure out the best way to carry spare mags for a fighting rifle for a while. This is where I am at as of today, subject to change. I think the thought of carrying a rifle and mags falls into two trains of thought. One, it’s a get out of dodge / bug out scenario or two, it’s a SHTF situation.

In a bug out scenario with a rifle, I think that something that can be tossed on quickly that is low profile / covert in nature and has medical and mags (pistol & rifle) is the way to go. This could be a bag, battle belt, or chest rig. I have a battle belt from Viking Tactical that I use for rifle classes. I love the belt but it’s slightly bulky and I don’t think you will be moving around town unnoticed with it on. I am of the opinion that the same goes for a chest rig, although slightly more concealable then the belt with a cover garment.

In my humble opinion, the battle belt / chest rig / plate carrier are better suited for a total SHTF / without rule of law situation vs getting out of town unnoticed. So that leaves us with two options that I have found. One is the Raven Concealment ModuLoader Frames (review on the way) which are a low profile way to strap HSGI Taco pouches to you belt and the second is a dedicated bag. The RC ModuLoader is awesome piece of kit but you are slightly limited to what you can carry; 2 or 3 rifle mags and a pistol mag. They are somewhat easy-on depending if you get the paddle attachment vs belt loops but not something I would want to do under stress.

That brings us to a dedicated bag. There are a lot of them on the market from Maxpedition to Blackhawk and everywhere in between. I have looked at more than a few and I always come back to One Source Tactical’s Terrorist Interdiction Bag or TIB. It is very low key bag that you could throw in your closet or push under your desk and I’m sure the guys at OST intended it to be that way. You could easily carry it through downtown Chicago without issue.

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The TIB is essentially a messenger bag with 4 pockets; one large pocket for rifle mags and a pistol, two side panels that can fit medical gear and odds and ends and a front pocket that holds pistol mags. The bag has a grab handle, a messenger style shoulder strap and a strap with a fast buckle that can wrap around your waist if you need to move quickly. Once dialed in, the bag can be locked up very secure to your body or worn loose like a messenger bag. Continue reading

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Insane Spring

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Sorry guys, I have been MIA for a bit. A new job and lots of running around has been taking up a lot of time. We do have some great stuff for this summer of 2014. I have gotten heavy into 300 Blackout with a 16in upper build that I put together that is a very nice shooter. The desire for Blackout has sparked another new passion of reloading. I was able to get a smoking deal with some Cabela’s bucks and coupons on a new Hornady Lock & Load progressive press.

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300 Blackout has also taken us down the road of the NFA and stamp collecting with two new suppressors; an AAC 762-SDN-6 and a Silencer Co Sparrow along with a AAC 300 blk SBR.

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The SBR and the 22lr can are in ATF jail waiting for release, although my local dealer/range allows conjugal visits. The 9″ AAC SBR with the SDN-6 on it is about as sweet as it gets! I was unable to get those transferred to my dealer before the E- Forms systems went down so now it looks to be a long paper filing wait. Should be a great Christmas present to myself.

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So we have lots of good reviews on the horizon along with some good GLOCK add-ons; some crap and some worth your time.  And a lot of shooting. We also are working on a new project that I think long time readers will seriously dig.

Hope you guys had a great spring and there is lots of stuff on the way for summer & fall 2014!

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Mastering Layers

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This is an interesting video from the Law Enforcement & Armed Forces (LEAF) division over at Arc’teryx that is essentially a resurrection of an old North Face layering system. Although he is totally reading off a cue card, he makes some good points about interpreting the 3 layers and adapting different pieces into that 3 layer system. Video may have to load first for those of you that are quick on the draw.

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KKM Precision’s Drop In Barrel Review

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I have thrown a lot of rounds downrange with my GLOCK 19. I would guess 20-25k. The barrel is still in decent shape although groups may have opened up a little bit. On the advice of Kyle Defoor, I decided to try out KKM Precision’s Glock 19 Match 9mm Drop in barrel. After about 1k round I can say the results are far better than I was hoping for.

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There are a number of quality players in the game of GLOCK drop in barrels. You have Lone Wolf Distributors who makes a quality product for the money that gets great reviews and is a solid contender for the price, although you need to like cartoon charters on the top of your barrel. There is also Storm Lake Barrels, who I would say for the price to value ratio is right up there with KKM. Bar-Sto, another barrel manufacturer, makes excellent barrels but are expensive compared to the others mentioned and I don’t know if the extra cost is worth it. I went with KKM based off Kyle’s recommendation. At the time of writing the KKM Barrel was $165 + shipping and was at my door in less than a week.

FYI – Some barrel makers will offer two types of barrels; Drop in and Match grade. The Match grade may require fitting by a gunsmith and I would not use in self-defense pistol. The Drop in barrels are just that – drop in. They should require no fitting and in regards to the KKM, it has been flawless with every type of ammo I can get my hands on. I have read some musing on the interwebs that the KKM and others can be a little tight with reloads. I am in the process of setting up a reloading bench with a Hornady Lock-N-Load AP and will update this post when I get more real world data on shooting reloads.

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The KKM Match 9mm Drop in barrel is Stainless steel bar stock which is then heat treated and vacuum tempered to 42 to 45 Rockwell = very hard. KKM then CNC the barrel to exact Glock specs. The Chamber is slightly tighter along with different barrel rifling which allows for better accuracy. KKM uses a Button rifling on their barrels. Per KMM WebsiteButton rifling is a process in which a titanium nitride-coated carbide button is pulled under pressure, displacing the metal and producing a rifled bore. Our process produces a uniform mirror-like finish down the entire length of the barrel. Unlike broach, ECM, or hammer forging, button rifling produces a more accurate bore diameter, surface finish and hardness.  This also produces a more uniform rate of twist. A single button can produce thousands of barrels before wearing undersized. This allows us to maintain a high level of quality control. All of our buttons are produced in house using highly specialized equipment. We experiment with different bore configurations and twist rates, which allows us to maintain an edge in competitive shooting.

Using an aftermarket barrel will also allow you to use lead reloads if you so desire. GLOCK uses a Polygonal rifling on their barrels which cases issues when shooting exposed lead bullets as the lead can build up in the grooves. This can cause over pressure and a kaBOOM under the right conditions. Hence why GLOCK says NO to lead bullets. Some say it’s not an issue but generally I try to roll with the manufactures recommendations.  Continue reading

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