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Paper Targets from TacStrike

TacStrike is well known for their steel targets, but that just isn’t good enough for them. They want to provide all your training target needs! They have begun ramping up a huge selection of paper targets that can really take your training to the next level. The new line up of targets includes target overlays for IDPA and precision shooting, a ton of realistic scenario targets, training targets from VTAC, and more.

Check out their full line of paper targets at TacStrike.com.

BAD-CASS-SA Now Available from Battle Arms Development

It has been several months since I reviewed a prototype of the BAD-CASS-SA from Battle Arms Development. I was seriously impressed with its combination of the proven lever designs of the BAD-ASS and the new robust dovetail attachment method. Well, after all these months, I am happy to say that the production version is finally available.

The dovetail design stems from the BAD-CASS-SA’s combat ready heritage. It is a semi-auto revision of the original BAD-CASS-3P which was Battle Arms Development’s idea of what a bomb-proof 3 position selector switch should be. The dovetail interface of the levers takes all the stress off of the screws that attach the lever to the selector core. Even if a screw was to break somehow, the fit is tight enough that the lever can actually be retained through hundreds of cycles (see my review).

Many of the same lever options that make the BAD-ASS great are also available on the BAD-CASS-3P. My preferred set up is to use a “Standard” lever on the bolt stop side and a “Short” lever on the ejection port side. This configuration keeps the ejection port side lever mostly out of the way of my trigger finger but still provides plenty of surface area for positive manipulation on my support side. You can choose 2 out of 4 available levers when you purchase the BAD-CASS-SA.

The best news of all might be that the BAD-CASS-SA will also be available in a short throw version. The BAD-CASS-ST-SA features Battle Arms Development’s pioneering 45 degree short throw core design. I have reviewed the short throw version of the BAD-ASS and I think it is probably the way the selector should have been designed in the first place. It is excellent.

This is probably my favorite Battle Arms Development selector yet. You can get your own BAD-CASS-SA or the short throw BAD-CASS-ST-SA at BattleArmsDevelopment.com.

Magazine Management

Many shooters spend time on the range honing their emergency reloads into smooth, efficient actions. But, how many shooters spend time on the range practicing magazine management as an underlying structure and strategy for success with their reloads? There are actions that you can take before the emergency reload that can increase your efficiency, or better yet, preclude the need for an emergency reload all together.

Magazine management is simply the act of rotating your magazines in your chest rig, belt rig, or plate carrier so that you maximize the chance of having a magazine in the optimal position for reloading when you need one. It is a dynamic decision making process that is happening at each reload and with just a little forethought and practice, it can be second nature.

Fast, Faster, Fastest

Each shooter’s strategy for magazine management will vary based on the way that they carry magazines, the shooter’s strong hand, and other factors. The first step toward developing your strategy is identifying where your fastest reload comes from.

As a general rule, your fastest reload will come from the pouch that is closest to your support hand (non-dominant hand) simply because this will be the easiest to reach. Open top pouches will be faster than those with flaps or retention of some kind. Additionally, it is generally faster to reload from belt level than from chest rig level. This combination of factors is why many shooters will place an open top magazine pouch on the support side of their belt to serve as a dedicated emergency reload location.

Once you have identified the fastest reload location, you should order the rest in terms of speed and ease of use. Generally, the closer your magazine pouch is to your weapon side (dominant hand), the slower and more difficult it will be to reach.

This chest rig shows the available reload locations numbered from fastest (1) to slowest (3) for a right handed shooter.

Lets look at the simplified example of a 3 cell chest rig. The fastest reload will be the one closest to the support hand which is the pouch marked with a 1. The slowest reload is closest to the weapon hand which is the pouch marked with a 3.

Now that you have ranked your pouches in order based on speed and ease of reach, you have already done much of the work. You can use this information to develop your magazine management strategy. Remember, the goal is to always have a magazine available in the fastest reload location. This is accomplished by choosing which pouch you reload from based on the situation and rotating magazines when possible.

Choose the Pouch Based on the Situation

Speed is not the emphasis with administrative and “tactical” reloads so they should come from your slowest pouches. Using our example chest rig from above, this means that an administrative or tactical reload will come with pouch 3. By choosing to complete your reloads that do not require speed from your slowest pouches, you help ensure that there will be a magazine available in your fastest reload location during an emergency reload.

Top Off

Let’s carry our example further. You have just completed a administrative reload from pouch 3 and completed a course of fire. Before you start the next course of fire, it might be wise to complete another tactical reload from pouch 2 so that you can start the next course of fire with a topped off rifle. By keeping your rifle topped off from the slowest location, you accomplish two things. Most importantly, you reduce the chance that you will need an emergency reload at all and secondly you keep that all important fastest pouch ready to go with a fresh reload.

Rotate, Rotate, Rotate

What if you run through a course of fire that requires an emergency reload and find yourself with a moment before the next course of fire begins? This is an excellent time to rotate magazines. Top off your weapon, then take the magazines from your slowest pouches and move them over to your fastest pouches. Remember, the goal is to always have magazines ready in your fastest pouches.

Back to our example chest rig. If you emergency reload from pouch 1 and you find yourself in a lull in the action, rotate the magazine from the slowest available pouch (2 or 3) into pouch 1. Now you are ready for another emergency reload.

Layered Approach

If you have magazines in multiple locations like on a belt and chest rig, it can help to think of your gear in a layered approach. I choose to use a belt rig as my base line since I carry a firearm daily. It makes sense for me to reinforce going to the belt for my reload in training since the same motions will work for reloading my handgun or my carbine. If I am taking a carbine course, I will always have my belt rig on but I usually only have a chest rig on if the round count and pace of the course requires additional magazines.

My belt is typically going to be my fastest reload location. I think of my belt as my main support gear while my chest rig is secondary. The belt feeds my rifle and the chest rig feeds my belt. I am constantly rotating magazines from my chest rig to my belt to ensure that there is always a reload available in my fastest location.

Conclusion

Magazine management isn’t rocket surgery. Identify your fastest reload locations, choose your reload location based on the situation, top off, and rotate. Identify your strategy at home, practice it on the range, and soon it will be second nature.

BAD-MRAD RAPID BRAKE and BAD-DBM Remington M700SA Bottom Metal

Battle Arms Development could probably sit back and rest confidently in the knowledge that they make the best AR-15 selectors in the world but that just isn’t how they do things. They are pushing into new platforms with their newest products – the BAD-MRAD RAPID BRAKE and BAD-DBM Remington M700SA Bottom Metal.

The new BAD-MRAD RAPID BRAKE is a unique brake that is designed by Randy Cain of R+D Precision specifically for precision rifles. The RAPID BRAKE features a “pinch” design that allows it to be timed without having to worry about torque. It can be easily removed for cleaning or suppressor mounting and then re-installed just as easily. The ports are angled 10 degrees up to eliminate ground signature. The RAPID BRAKE fits 5/8″-24TPI, Class 3A threaded barrels and is precision CNC milled from 1144 “Stress Proof” Bar Stock Steel.

The BAD-DBM Remington M700SA Bottom Metal is also designed by Randy Cain. The BAD-DBM is a bottom metal set designed for Remington M700 short action rifles. Its key feature is a low-profile, snag-free, and completely ambidextrous magazine release lever that can easily be reached with the trigger finger without loosening your firing grip. This bottom metal set accepts the industry standard Accuracy International 5 and 10 round magazines.

Stay tuned for more upcoming gear announcements from Battle Arms Development.

Make Ready with Pat Rogers from Panteo Productions

Panteao Productions is making a name for themselves by delivering a huge and ever growing variety of tactical training from many of the most noted trainers in the industry, right into your living room. They not only provide DVDs but also offer an innovate streaming service that gives you access to the entire series of “Make Ready” training videos in HD on your computer. The newest part of the Panteao Productions Make Ready series is a Basic Carbine installment with legendary firearm instructor Pat Rogers. If that doesn’t make you stand up and take notice of what Panteo Productions is doing, I am not sure what will.

From the Panteao Productions website:

This video is a great way to start building upon your skill set in using a carbine or brushing up on your fundamentals. Pat Rogers, founder of EAG Tactical and retired Marine and Sgt in NYPD, takes you through all the steps needed towards building a solid foundation. In a one-on-one setting, Pat reviews with you the various accessories and gear available for the carbine platform. He covers weapon manipulation, trigger reset & dry firing, zero procedure, target engagement drills, shooting from intermediate and prone positions, turns, multiple target engagement, shooting on the move, and more. If you are serious about carbine use, this is a must have video.

Pat Rogers has a no BS approach to shooting, scratch that, to fighting with a gun. This should be an excellent addition to the already impressive Make Ready series.

Check out Make Ready with Pat Rogers Basic Carbine on PanteaoProductions.com.

UW Gear Bandoleer

UW Gear has a ton of new products coming out so stay tuned for all the details. In this post, we’ll check out the new UW Gear Bandoleer.

Chest rigs are an efficient means of bearing the weight of rifle magazines for extended time periods but they aren’t necessarily best when it comes to reactionary situations since they you likely won’t have time to don the rig. UW Gear designed their bandoleer to fill the role of reactionary support gear. This isn’t a tool that is made to go looking for trouble. This is a tool for when trouble finds you.

The UW Gear Bandoleer allows you to have 3 rifle reloads at your finger tips in the blink of an eye. The user simply throws the shoulder strap over their shoulder and the UW Gear Bandoleer is ready to go. If there is enough time, the user can also secure the waist strap. Even with the waist strap secured, the bandoleer is designed to allow access to items mounted on both sides of your belt. The pouches feature the same excellent flap design as the Minuteman MKII chest rigs.

The combination of easy donning, easy access, and secure retention make this a great compliment to a truck gun. It can also be kept next to your home defense carbine so it is ready for use.

The UW Gear Bandoleer is available for the AK and for the AR. You will also want to check out the UW Gear Facebook page and their forum where you can interact directly with the owners and read more about the philosophy behind their products.

TacStrike GOFO Target System

The new GOFO Target System is about as compact and portable as a steel target can be.

There are a number of reasons why having a portable steel target system makes a ton of sense. Steel targets that are left outside can be become irresistible temptations for thieves so it makes sense to have a target that you can easily move and stow indoors. If you shoot at an unorganized range, you likely need to bring your own targets and no one wants to have to move around full size target if they don’t have to.

The GOFO utilizes the same 1/4 scales target as TacStrike’s well known 1/4 Scales Steel Target System. However, the GOFO is far more compact and lighter in weight since it does require a stand, a base, or staking. The entire system folds small enough to be easily carried and deploys easily with a hitch pin locking it in the open position. The hitch pin is the only removable part (everything else is welded).

Due to the design of this target, it can handle rifle fire at distances of 75 yards or greater. It isn’t going to break to pieces if you are closer but the angle of the target could cause a safety issue if you are within 75 yards.

Check it out on the TacStrike website for more information on the GOFO and other great targets.

MagPod

Let’s just get something out of the way right up front. Placing the magazine on the ground in order to stabilize your AR-15 will not cause malfunctions. This technique has proven over and over again to be not only reliable but extremely useful. While I am dispelling myths… the 5.56 doesn’t tumble end over end through the air and Mattel never made M16s for the military.

The reason I bring this up is that the makers of the excellent line of Multitasker Tools recently made a splash with the introduction of the MagPod. The MagPod is a replacement baseplate for the ubiquitous Magpul PMAG. It is shaped in such a way that it provides a stable base when you are using the magazine as a monopod to stabilize your rifle and works as an aid in removing the magazine from pouches.

I think the MagPod has tremendous merit. I have personally used the magazine monopod technique with great success for a while now so I have no fears about this product causing malfunctions. Many people use products that attach to the base of their magazines that aid in removing magazines from their mag pouches. I view the MagPod as something similar but with the additional and useful functionality of stabilizing the rifle when used as a monopod. As with any product, time and testing will tell the whole story.

The MagPod will be available soon. While you are waiting, check out MagPod on their website and their Facebook page.

IWC 2 to 1 Point Split-Bar Triglide

So you really like the idea of the IWC 2 to 1 Point Triglide but your sling has sewn in attachment points? Well, that is no longer a problem. Check out the new 2 to 1 Point Split-Bar Triglide from Impact Weapons Components.

The 2 to 1 Point Split-Bar Triglide, as the name indicates, has a split center bar. The split center bar allows it to be placed on a sling without having to thread it on from an end. This means that those of you who have slings with sewn in attachment points can now experience the “Triglide.”

Check out the 2 to 1 Point Split-Bar Triglide on ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. Remember to use the coupon code “triggerjerk” at checkout to receive 5% discount at IWC.

Crosstac Pro Armorer Mat

Finding a clean, organized work surface when you are on the training range or out in the field can be a real challenge. Without suitable work surface, you run the risk of losing critical parts and efficiency while you try to get your firearm back up and running. Crosstac has a solution – the Pro Armorer Mat.

The Pro Armorer Mat is designed to work like a portable work bench. It can turn any surface, even the ground, into a useable workspace for firearm maintenance. The work surface is made from durable, non-slip ToughTek fabric. The corners have magnets on them so you can retain all of your small parts securely right on the  work surface and small pins and springs are prevented from rolling off the edges. The Pro Armorer Mat also features a zippered pouch and elastic loops for retaining small parts and tools.

The tethered Impact Pads are the most clever feature. One is made from leather and the other is hard plastic. This gives you something drive pins against even if you are working on a soft surface like the ground. The plates are tethered to the mat and can be stowed in a slip pocket when they are not in use.

You can fold the Pro Armorer Mat and secure it in the closed position with a Velcro strap when it is not in use. The exterior is Multicam nylon that is laminated to the ToughTek fabric.

You can check out the Pro Armorer Mat on Crosstac.com.

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