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MagnetoSpeed T1000 Target Hit Indicator

Fortunately, MagnetoSpeed’s new T1000 isn’t a shape-shifting, liquid metal robot from the future. The T1000 is target hit indicator for steel targets. It is essentially a light that can be attached to the back of a steel target to indicate the impact of a projectile on the target. It can also sense and indicate missed shots.

The T1000’s main light body is water resistant and protected by the steel target itself. The rubber reflector is replaceable (along with several of other parts) and designed to withstand many impacts before it needs to be replaced.


A-Zone Splatter Targets from RE Factor Tactical

Everyone likes those “shoot and see” style targets that make it extremely easy to see your hits from a distance. However, the vast majority of those products are geared toward recreational shooters. What about people who are hitting the range with purpose? Well, that’s where the new A-Zone Splatter Targets from RE Factor Tactical come in.

These adhesive backed targets are coated black but show a vivid orange ragged circle around bullet holes so that they can be seen easily from distance. They are the size of a typical A-zone scoring area of an IDPA target so they can be used on many common targets including the RE Factor Tactical Kill Zone Target or even on their own on the target backer of your choice.

The A-Zone Splatter Target comes in packs of 10. Check them out at REFactorTactical.com.

Bargain or Just Cheap? – Kershaw CQC-6K and E-Train

Welcome to Bargain or Just Cheap? This series reviews budget friendly knives for a variety of uses in a short format. All of the knives will cost less than $50 (in most cases, much less) and will be purchased out of my own pocket. I’ll buy them, carry them, and use them in an attempt to determine if the knife is a bargain or just cheap.

The line of collaboration knives by Emerson Knives and Kershaw is extensive and affordable. However, not all of them are bargains (see our CQC-4K review). The CQC-6K is the subject of today’s installment of Bargain or Just Cheap? and it has something impressive that no other folder in this category has.


Lock: Frame Lock

Pocket Clip: Reversible, Tip up only

Steel: 8Cr14MoV

Handle: Textured G-10 front, 410 stainless steel back

Blade length: 3.25 in.

Closed length: 4.5 in.

Open length: 7.75 in.

Weight: 5 oz.

Observations from Use

So what does the CQC-6K have that no other knife in this category has? It has the E-Train – a fully functional training drone version of the CQC-6K. That is a huge value added over other knives if you are interested in training but still operating on a budget. Kershaw and Emerson should get major props for creating a budget-minded live blade and drone combo. Even if you aren’t interested in the CQC-6K, you may want to pick up an E-Train to add to your training tools.

The CQC-6K has a lot going for it on its own. It has the Emerson Wave Opening Feature which is a hooked protrusion that can made to catch the edge of your pocket (or other materials), deploying the knife blade as you remove it from your pocket. Once you get used to the Wave Opener, it is hard to live without.

The knife also has a useful clipped point blade shape with plenty of belly and straight edge for a variety of cuts. The knife has a roughly half-height, hollow primary ground and a clipped point. It is relatively thick for a folder at .11″ thick but the hollow grind does a good enough job of thinning the edge that it cuts well. Overall, the blade shape and profile are very useful for a variety of tasks.

The ergonomics are very good. The knife is comfortable in all 4 grips – tip up and down, edge in and out. The G-10 scale offers excellent traction and the deep finger choil serves to lock the hand in place. It feels good in the hand and has a handle heavy balance.

The lock-up the CQC-6K and E-Train that I purchased are both quite good. They lock up early on the lock bar so they should have room to wear in over time. The detent on my CQC-6K is a little light but adequate but the E-Train has an excellent detent.

Bargain or Just Cheap?

The CQC-6K does a few things better than the not-so-positively reviewed CQC-4K. First, it has a higher primary grind which improves cutting performance and the ergos are spot on. It is a better knife in every way.

I can’t stress how cool it is to see an affordable knife offered with an affordable and readily available training drone. I don’t know of another knife in this price category that offers a drone. It is especially impressive when you consider that both the CQC-6K and E-Train can be purchased for less than $50 total.

When you consider things like a useful blade shape, G-10 scale, Emerson Wave Opener, and the availability of a training drone, you have to conclude that this knife is a BARGAIN.

I will be using Amazon as the price base line for this series. All knives were purchased by me from Amazon:

Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K

Kershaw Emerson E-Train

Our goal is to represent knives for a variety of uses from EDC, to outdoor, to tactical knives. Do you have a favorite affordable knife? Let us know about it in the comments!

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Let RE Factor Tactical Design Custom Your Custom Targets

RE Factor Tactical is now offering a custom target design service. Departments, agencies, units, trainers, ranges, and even regular guys can lean on RE Factor Tactical’s experience in target design to create a target that supports their training goals.

They make the process of designing the targets as painless as possible. The minimum order is relatively low at 1000 targets with tiered discounts for larger orders and they can design in black and white, full color, and even splatter targets.

Check out REFactorTactical.com for more details.

Sneak Peek: RMJ Tactical Utsidihi Trainer

RMJ Tactical announced that they will produce a training drone version of their Utsidihi compact fixed blade defensive knife. The trainer is machined from aluminum and given a blue finish to easily identify it as a training drone. It is designed to fit in the Utsidihi sheath without modification. The Utsidihi trainers will likely begin shipping in the next week.

RMJ Tactical

National Stop the Bleed Day #NSTBD18

National Stop the Bleeding Day (NSTDB) is a White House campaign to bring awareness and training for treating blood loss due to traumatic injury. Blood loss from traumatic injury is the most common cause of prevalent causes of preventable death in the United States. According to the statistics sited by NSTBD, 20% of these cases could have survived with immediate bleeding control.

National Stop the Bleeding day will take place on March 31, 2018. NSTBD is coordinating with instructors around the country to offer free bleeding control training. You can get involved by visiting http://www.bleedingcontrol.org/ to find a class near you. If you are an instructor that would like to hold a class, there are instructions for contacting National Stop the Bleeding Day at their website, https://www.stopthebleedday.org/.

RE Factor Tactical Dartboard Target

RE Factor Tactical makes some very thoughtfully designed training targets but sometimes you just want to have fun at the range (or just give a more fun makeover to your training). They are now offering the Dartboard Target and this one looks like it would be a blast to shoot with buddies or your kids. The target is printed with a full dartboard and instructions for 3 different games you can play.

Dartboard Target at RE Factor Tactical

RE Factor Tactical Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck – Rifle Version

The pistol version of RE Factor Tactical’s Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck has been out for some time. I use it in my own range sessions. Now they have released the rifle version. Like the pistol version, the rifle version is a full deck of cards with a drill printed on each card. The drills are built around RE Factor Tactical’s IQ Target. Each deck comes with instructions and a metal carrying case which is nice for keeping the cards together and in good shape inside of your range bag.

Check out the new Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck – Rifle Version at RE Factor Tactical.


Have you been thinking about carrying Mission Spec’s RTCA1319 targets in your shop, online retail spot, or including them with your training curriculum?  What if they could also feature your logo and branding?  Mission Spec has made their RTCA1319 targets available for customization by adding 3rd party branding when a minimum order quantity has been reached, at no extra charge.

Tactical Advantage, a retailer in south Overland Park, KS has had their logo added to this target for resale.

Wholesale and dealer pricing is available. Ordered targets can be glue-bound along the top edge, like the original RTCA target (100-packs), at any quantity desired.

These customized targets can be resold to your end-user customers or given away with purchases.  The result is your logo on the range and in front of shooters.

For information contact your Mission Spec sales rep or use the contact form on the MissionSpec.com website.

Original RTCA1319 product: 13×19”, 70# stock. Fundamentals training target.
http://missionspec.com/ products/reference-target- chart-a-13×19-rtca1319/

When it Comes to Staged Firearms: Organized and Uncluttered is Faster…

A lot of us will spend hours of time and hundreds of dollars to shave a tenth of a second off our draw stroke but do we give even a moment of thought about staging firearms for efficient access?

If your gun safe looks more like a wood shed, read on…

I recently had an interesting situation at JTT HQ. We live in a very rural area and have a typical long driveway found out here where properties tend to be larger. People turn around in our driveway all the time but usually near the road where we have a nice wide apron. The driveway meanders a bit and is long enough that most people have no reason to drive down it. That is what made it unusual when someone came down our drive way late at night, turned around in the yard in front of our house, and then slowly rolled back toward the road.

I watched the vehicle out the window without any particular sense of danger. I figured they were probably just drunk or lost or both. I was already armed with a handgun at the time. Things took a seemingly nefarious turn when the car stopped in the driveway and turned off its lights. It could still be nothing – maybe just some kids looking for a private spot to neck or smoke pot – but it was something I was going to have to check out.

I quickly instructed my wife to keep an eye on the car while I grabbed the rifle I keep staged for bumps in the night. Normally, that rifle sits in a smaller safe that I keep uncluttered and well organized for just such an occasion…

The Blue Force Gear Sling Sleeve is a useful piece of gear. It keeps your sling tidy and able to deployed with just a tug.

The problem was that I had shoved a number of extra rifles into the safe hastily on the previous day after working on a project and I never returned to organize them. When I tried to pull out the loaded and ready rifle, it’s sling snagged on three other rifles and the rifles pulled back. It was stuck. That rifle would normally have it’s sling cinched tight in its already installed Blue Force Gear Sling Sleeve but again, due to my negligence in packing the safe, the sling was loose and tangled instead of neatly bundled in the Sling Sleeve. I spilled 3 rifles out of the safe and onto the floor just by tugging the one rifle that I wanted out of the safe. It was a mess, and worse still, it was slow.

Learning occurred…

The AR pistol on top shows a simple way of securing a sling with just a rubber band that is kept staged on the brace.

For what it’s worth, I did finally make it outside. I shined a hand held light up the driveway toward the car which quickly turned on its lights and left. Then I spent the next two hours checking various parts of the property for theft, damage, or ne’er-do-wells just to ease my mind.

If you are going to keep a firearm for home defense, it isn’t going to be as effective as it could be unless it is staged in a way that makes sense. Here is what I usually do (and what I failed to do that night).


If you keep your firearm in a safe, keep the safe organized. It should be uncluttered and allow quick access to the most important firearms without having to move other items out of the way. If you have a very full safe, consider buying a second safe or some other secure staging option for your home defense guns ready and accessible. Keep that home defense safe sacred – don’t get lazy like me and jam it full of half finished projects.

Stage Smart

Stage your firearm in a location that makes sense for how you intend to use it. If you keep a long gun ready to use, you may want to consider storing it muzzle down in the safe so you can take positive control of the firearm immediately. Keep it loaded. Consider staging other important items with the firearm like an IFAK, a flashlight, a reload, materials to take notes like license plate numbers, etc. I find that a sling bag or something like a Hawkepaks ITOA is much faster and easier to don than something like a chest rig in these situations.

Secure Slings

If you keep a long gun for home defense, secure your sling. You can use a rubber band, BFG Sling Sleeve, or any number of items to ensure that the sling stays tight to the long gun so it can be retrieved without snagging. Slings are too important to go without and they can make an absolute rat’s nest if left to chance.

Be Disciplined

I had all of these suggestions in place but I was not disciplined enough to keep them in place. You can have a great plan but if you don’t have the discipline to keep the elements of the plan in place, it will fail.


Practice accessing the firearm in likely scenarios like hauling yourself out of bed or off the couch. This will help you find holes in your plan and improve your response time.

It’s easy to call a firearm your “home defense gun”. It’s harder to set up and maintain the conditions in which your home defense gun will be most effective.

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