The Contents of the Borka MG17
While not nearly as sexy as a new rifle, pistol, optic, or other fancy accessory, tools are a very necessary part of any shooting sport. This is especially true of sports requiring scopes and all the mounting options that accompany them. Usually along with any number of required items that I dump into my bag for the day, is a good tool kit which has a tendency to be much bigger then it probably needs to be. Continue reading
I like painted guns. I like to use my guns. A good combination? Depends on the paint. Continue reading
A couple of years ago, I purchased a Smith and Wesson VTAC M&P15 from a coworker. It became one of my favorite rifles pretty quickly. The rifle was spec’d by Kyle Lamb, head dude in charge over at Viking Tactics and is street ready.
A few months ago, I walked into my local gun shop and they had a VTAC 2 in stock. I handled the rifle, and after some internal debate, I became the new owner of the VTAC 2. Continue reading
I am a new guy when it comes to muzzle brakes. I’ve spent my career shooting “whatever” came on the end of the rifle. And that “whatever” has always came in the form of a good old fashion A2 flash hider. Continue reading
110gr and 208gr .300 Blackout loads with 5.56 M855 Green Tip in foreground.
When it comes to tacticool ninja stuff, the .300 Blackout cartridge is one spoken of in hushed tones. Even if we ignore its fabled use by Fox Force 5 and other velcro clad, tobacco chewing, bearded warriors, its conceptual benefits as an urban CQB cartridge are quite clear. The problem is, once we get away from the mystique, is adoption of the .300 Blackout a smart move for agencies and teams? Continue reading
With more of my friends in LE getting toward the end of their career and the future of the nation’s gun rights always a bit volatile, I have fielded many questions in the last year or so about “hey, what gun(s) should I get now to put away for after I retire?” For you non-LE gun guys, it may be a shock that a lot of LEO’s are either not hardcore gun guys or may really enjoy guns and shooting, but have access to all the ammo, range time, and hardware at work and have never put any thought into buying any of their own. Continue reading
Battle Tested Equipment trigger installed in a Spikes lower with Badger Ordnance selector.
Walking around shot show this year I happened to stumble upon a company I hadn’t heard of before. Battle Tested Equipment offers AR accessories made in the USA and designed with function over form in mind. Their products aren’t shiny, gold, or polished and are built to last and be used hard. Which for me at least draws my attention much more then a new organic coating designed for the outside of the space shuttle, dipping something in multi cam, or having a guy with an amazing tactical beard tell me about it on Youtube. After playing with some of their accessories I ended up picking up their charging handle and single stage trigger to try out. Continue reading
At a recent LE patrol rifle qualification, I stood behind the line, and observed something I guess I’ve known for a while now. The basic patrol officer hangs way too much crap on their patrol rifles, and most of the time, all this stuff they hang on it, doesn’t equate to better accuracy down range.
Hear what I am saying prior to sharpening those pitchforks, and lighting the torches.
Patrol is the backbone of policing in the United States. They are the true first responders. No call is the same, no situation is the same. They have to be prepared for just about everything at any time. I get that. And things such as a good sling, a white light, and a QUALITY Red Dot sight are helpful. Continue reading
In late 2004, FN Herstal won the contract from the United States Special Operations Command for a new, modular, and adaptable rifle system. The FNH entry was called the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR). The new rifle system offering was rumored to be slated for several different calibers, including 6.8 SPC. To date, the FNH SCAR is only available in factory form in 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm. The FNH SCAR saw service with the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in the two variants, the SCAR MK16 (5.56), commonly referred to as the SCAR-L for Light, and the MK17 (7.62), commonly referred to as the SCAR-H for Heavy. In 2010, SOCOM announced that it was cancelling the MK16 program. The initial claim was that the MK16 did not do anything better than the current M4 offerings. To my knowledge, a couple of units still field the 5.56 SCAR-L in the 10.5 inch CQC variant. The SCAR family of rifles operate off of a short stroke piston system. The SCAR family of rifles are also completely ambidextrous, a bonus for left handed shooters who often are at the whim of right hand designs. Continue reading
I recently was presented with a challenge that the “stud time” for the VTAC 1-5 Drill had to be under 3.0 seconds. For the life of me I didn’t remember whether my best time was 2.83, 3.28, 3.82, or hopefully not 8.32 (but those 3 digits were clearly in there somehow…I’m sure of it….). I always enjoy a new challenge, so I packed up my range gear and hit the range. Continue reading
In my travels, I see that many LE agencies and individual LEO’s are moving toward Short Barreled Rifles (SBR’s) for patrol and SWAT. Most typically, the rationale is for easier movement in and around cars, as well as CQB movement inside buildings. While there is no arguing that a shorter barrel is easier to move around, I would offer that it is not a mandatory requirement for success. Continue reading
You can never have too much ammunition. At least, that is the mentality of many users that wish to strap on as much ammunition to their rifle as possible. While I typically like to have my carbine as light as possible, there are legitimate reasons to attach a spare magazine to the gun. I have seen many different ways to accomplish this, and some are better than others. But before we go into the options, let’s look at whether or not you need to have a spare magazine attached to the rifle. Continue reading
My latest addition to the rifle pile is this S&W M&P 10. I have taken great interest in the development of the 7.62/.308 gas guns, and am still trying to figure out what I want to do with one. This M&P 10 got set up just enough to hit some range time with it.
The rifle is essentially in its stock configuration with the exception of a Vltor E-Mod stock from the parts bin and a Schmidt & Bender Short Dot in an extremely old LaRue mount. This optic setup is quite interesting for many reasons. It was likely one of the very first, if not the very first Short Dot in the US outside of the original DoD contract. You can read about the background of the Short Dot on the Vickers Tactical site. I was with Larry during the 2002 SHOT Show when he drafted the spec list and was also present during the meeting with Hans Bender when Larry presented the list of requirements. It was with Larry and Hans Bender’s direct assistance that I was able to purchase one of these optics direct from Schmidt & Bender and mount it with the then-unknown LaRue mount from Austin Precision Products. The Short Dot presented capabilities relatively unseen at the time, and is still a fine optic today, albeit a heavy one.
After some more range time with this setup, I will have to put some thought into how I want to complete its configuration. What do you like on your M110/SR-25 type rifles?
Now comes the “in the white” prototype of the new Apex Tactical Specialties line of bolt handles for the SCAR 16s/17s line of rifles.
The design was a request by some .mil customers who wanted a bolt handle that would clear all the optics they were issued. Based upon their needs, we developed a couple of versions designed specifically around the EoTech and Elcan. The above picture was decided as the best compromise for clearing the optics with gloves on, all the while giving positive control of the bolt handle. Some OpSpec students have been running these bolt handles for the last year in classes and we have over 15,000 rounds to test for wear and issues.
The yet to be named project should be to market around the NRA show, or slightly before.
Riflescope, glass or precision optic; there are just as many terms for the tubular magnifiers that sit atop your prized weapons as there are manufacturers and options for these pricey items. Quite a few have come and gone throughout my locker over the years, but a handful have stayed based on use, repeatability, glass quality and overall ruggedness. The few hours I had at SHOT this year I was talking with Darryl Bolke about optics and he said I needed to see the new offerings from Bushnell. Evidently the look on my face made Darryl respond with, “Seriously, you need to believe me on this one.” Hearing that from a trusted friend, I followed and we met the Director of Military and Law Enforcement Sales, Tom Fuller. An hour later, with an exchange of business cards, I had arranged for two of their new production scopes to be sent my direction when they came off the line. Continue reading