Not long ago I mentioned in a previous blog post how impressed I was with the quality of the Burris FastFire3 MRD. The only con I found in the entire package was the Burris MRD mount lacked a bit on the fit and finish. Don't get me wrong, the Burris base will do fine for most weekend shooters and plinkers. Some shooters just don't feel they need the additional strength, return to zero and combat ruggedness of select after market optic mounts. The training we do at Sierra12 does require the products we use to have those extra quality traits. I set out to find a MRD mount which would allow an MRD to be ran as the primary....
Burris AR-F3 (FastFire III) review
I recently picked up a Burris AR-F3 3MOA sight bundle. This bundle includes the Burris FastFire III and the Burris AR-F3 picatinny style sight mount. A quick description then we will dive into the review.
The Burris FastFire III is a member of the Miniature Red Dot (MRD) family of red dot reflex sights. The sight is very similar in size, weight and function as the Trijicon RMR, EOTech MRD, Docter Sight II & III, Leupold DeltaPoint, JP Enterprises JPoint4, and PFI Rapid Reticle Micro Red-dot…
Tactical medical considerations - Stages of care
Tactical medical considerations aren't just the team medic's problem, everyone needs to be well versed on the latest Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs). We will discus some general concepts and considerations for combat live saving steps.
A word picture designed to take you through the some of the early on steps used when a team member is injured and you’re taking hostile enemy fire.
If during an operation a team member goes down, you have to avoid the overwhelming feeling to run directly over to them and attempt to begin medical treatment or assessment. The stages of care are:
Thanks to all who braved the Arizona summer heat and attended the 1-day Combat Rifle Class. Great event, lots of motivation.
Special thanks to TAC-CON USA for hosting us on their private range! For the precision shooters, SDMs, keep your eyes open. TAC-CON has will be introducing a must have product soon.
Big camera went down, all we had from the days event was cell phone pictures. Sorry guys!
A quick recap of the days events.
TAPCO Short Vertical Grip mod.
First I would like to point out that I actually find some of the products from TAPCO aren’t all that bad. My main issue with TAPCO products is mostly the aesthetics are pretty ugly.
The thing I really like about TAPCO is they are an American owned company producing quality parts here in the States at an affordable price point. I have talked previously about price point and how it influences buying decisions. Let’s turn the tables a little on the AR-snobbishness that runs rabid in the firearms industry. I say if it is made in the USA, is a quality part, then lets support them instead of putting the company down....
A lot of great articles from Max and DTG on night fighting and low light considerations. We would like to piggyback on their shirt tails, adding in some additional thoughts .
Why do object seem to fade out or disappear when we stare right at them at night?
This is called the “Night blind spot”. It is Located in central viewing axis (fovea), the Absence of rod cells in fovea creates the blind spot. The “night blind spot” encompasses a viewing area of 5 to 10 degrees center of your visual field of view.....
Requirements: Rifle and or Pistol, glass / cup preferably a mug with a vertical handle, water.
Firing on the move can be broken down into smaller technical sections i.e. target identification, firing, moving, situational awareness, and reloading. Below we will focus on the movement portion of firing on the move.
Movement and firing with a firearm is much different than static firing. Moving and shooting adds in more challenges for the shooter.....
Sierra12 was out at Ben Avery Shooting Facility today with TACCON USA http://tacconusa.com/ . We test fired the drop-in ready fire-control system. The device is one of the best fire-control systems I have ever used in an AR platform. The assisted trigger reset gives....
J-Comp Type 89 muzzle device
During this weekends familiarization fire we used a new muzzle device from Strike Industries. The muzzle device is based off the type 89 Japanese assault rifle. I was a little skeptical at first. ....
Check out some new morale patch ideas, let us know what you think. We made these samples at Mutiny Shop
We reviewed the SHIELDSAK by LOKSAK a month or so ago. We picked up another product from LOKSAK, this is call the OPSAK...that s a lot of SAKs. This SAK is all about keeping things sealed in or sealed out. I've been using it lately to seal out the water while listening to pod casts in the shower.....
Our next class will have the benefit of using quality weapons cleaner and lubricant. We had so many problems with our previous class that we decided to address weapons maintenance and weapons prep very first thing....
We just purchased a .22 Cal SENTRY ALARM MINE trip wire alarm. This device will hold a single .22 blank ( Home Depot Ramset type blank). This device will not hold a live round.
We will be using these in select training events. Keep your head on swivel.
There is a lot of writing in our community about fitness, and rightfully so, it is very important. The root of the Shoot Move and Communicate game is not Shoot, it is Move. From JM's dreaded PT admonitions and stories of personal workout standards and load bearing abilities, to Max’s seemingly impossible ruck humpin' program. What you've probably not read, I certainly haven’t, is any article about fighting fitness, not for a young Airborne Ranger, but for a middle-aged guy looking to shore up his defenses and up his chances in a hostile world. All the better if that article is from the perspective of a guy who will tell you straight up about his warped path from “Army Strong” to wheezing, overweight slug and back again. I’m that guy.....
We recently did a live-fire test on AR500 Armor’s level 3 Advanced Shooters Cut steel plate during one of our recent training events. My initial thoughts were that the plate would stand up to several strikes, and I was very happy with the end result. AR500 Armor test video
We placed the AR500 LVL 3 ASC plate at 25 yards, 5 shooters, firing a mixture of ammunition:
You should pick the zero for your weapon that is best suited for your AO. For me, I go back to basics, what I was taught in USMC Boot Camp, 300 yard BZO. For others a 100 yard zero might be the best due to equipment constraints such as bullet drop compensating reticles.....
Think Sustainability- got S4 (logistics) covered? Might want to think long term usability. Short article to follow.
A closer look at the AR500 Armor plates and a link to the video https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=688637431177393
React: Do something, react. This means you are relying on instinctive training, practiced- not just thought about. Actually getting out and practicing it.....
We have been testing a set of Exoskel Guards for a few weeks now. I found this piece of gear really finds it stride when being used in urban or urban-lite environments. Man-made structures that have nice sharp corners and other protruding objects which you normally try to avoid when navigating through an environment are now used to your advantage when wearing the Exoskel Guards....
Don’t you just love the name?
This is a must have for your SERE / E&E kit. This is the smallest hideout handcuff key I have ever seen. You can clip or tuck it just about anywhere. I have tried this key on a set of ASP handcuffs and a set of peerless, the key work fine on both.....
EOTech EXPS3 / XPS2 reticle break down
Here is a picture to give some details on EOTech EXPS3 / XPS2 Adjustment clicks are 0.5 MOA or 1/2 inch at 100 yards 0.5 MOA @ 50 yards =1/4 inch ......
Adjustment clicks are 0.5 MOA or 1/2 inch at 100 yards
0.5 MOA @ 50 yards =1/4 inch
An average sized man standing 5'8" will fill the 65 MOA outer reticle at 100 yards. Same man will fill half the reticle at 200 yards, and 1/3 of the reticle at 300 yards.
Having an understanding of your optic and its relationship to a known size will help you with range estimation.
Take a little refresher using google-fu look up mil-dot math or check out a sight I have found invaluable :http://www.mil-dot.com/
We took our newly purchased ShieldSak to the field last outing and found that not a single drone could be seen circling overhead. We tested this Radio Frequency protecting security bag with several different types of cell phone....
Water treatment in the field-
At our last class we tried a new water treatment product. I have normally just used Potable Aqua tablets. The main listed ingredient in Potable Aqua is Tetraglycine Hydroperiodide. I did a little research and found that..
Don’t throw out those torn or unserviceable BDU / ACU/ DCU…. Find interesting ways to salvage what’s left. In the picture you see the lower leg portion of an old set of DCU’s....
We just tried out this new product line from Vigilant Gear. It consists of a small Velcro patch pouch which can hold VigilantGears Micro SERE Kit. The kit is small, and very light.
I opted to add the additional Titanium Nano Bogota pick set.
Everything fits nicely into this pouch. The pouch is backed with Velcro loop for attaching to any Velcro hook surface. The front side of the pouch is covered in Velcro hook so any standard moral patch will fasten to the top....