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Revision Eyewear Sawfly

I have been searching for some new shooting glasses that will work better with my hearing protection. My search brought the Revision Eyewear Sawfly Eyewear System to my attention.

The “comms-compatible” arms are the most useful feature of the Sawfly for me. They are very thin which allows ear muff style electronic hearing protection to seal over the arms. My current shooting glasses make the use of ear muff style hearing protection difficult due to the thickness of the arms. The Sawfly should solve that problem.

They also offer multiple sizes to ensure a comfortable, distortion-free fit. When shooting glasses are too small for your head they flex which can cause distortion in the lenses. You can only shoot as well as you can see so distortion is a bad thing. I wish more eyewear manufacturers would follow Revision Eyewear’s lead and offer different sizes.

The Sawfly also features excellent impact resistance, generous side coverage, a retention band that actually snaps into the arms, and a variety of lens colors that can be easily swapped into the frame. With all these features and the modular lenses, you can see why Revision calls this an eyewear “system“.

Keep an eye out for a full review on the Sawfly coming soon.

CCI .22 Long Rifle AR Tactical

CCI now offers a rimfire load designed specifically for AR-15 .22LR conversions. The new load is called .22 Long Rifle AR Tactical and CCI claims that it is purpose built for reliable function and increased accuracy in .22LR conversions.

It uses a 40 grain copper washed lead round nose bullet. CCI states that the lead round nose bullet was chosen for its feeding reliability from among several bullets that they tested. The copper wash should help keep leading in check for those who don’t run a dedicated conversion. The muzzle velocity is 1200 feet per second which CCI claims helps with accuracy in AR-15 .22LR conversions.

The reports on this ammo are mixed. Some say it is a gimmick while others have reported excellent reliability and accuracy. The copper wash and lead round nose bullet make sense to me, but the 1200 FPS velocity concerns me since some conversions have fairly stiff recoil springs. The only way to know whether it works for you is to try it in your specific firearm. It may be just what you need to squeak out every last bit of functionality from your .22LR conversion. It is nice to see an ammo manufacturer making the effort to support this valuable training tool.

You can find a more detailed PDF spec sheet for the .22 Long Rifle AR Tactical on the CCI website.

If you are interested in other ways to increase the reliability of your .22LR conversion, check out the previously reviewed .22 Thruster from Carlson Comps.

 

TangoDown Shooters Log

Firearms are a lot like your car in that they are a significant investment and they require regular maintenance in order to continue functioning efficiently. Just like your car, it is difficult to ensure that your firearm is up to date on its maintenance intervals unless you are keeping quality records.

The TangoDown Shooters Log is designed to help you organize and record critical information about your firearms, like round count, notes on ammo, and optics settings. The round count is especially important since it determines when your firearm is due for maintenance. I like having a place to track changes to my optics since there have been times when I make a change, only to find that I need to restore the original settings at a later date. It might be easier to track things like this on your computer in a spreadsheet but I still like to have something that I can easily carry to the range with me.

The TangoDown Shooters Logs are available in packs of 5 on the Tango Down website.

Pistol-Forum.com

Noted handgun course instructor Todd Green has started a new internet forum called Pistol-Forum.com. The new forum is a sister site to his blog, Pistol-Training.com (which is also part of the GunUp blog network).

Shooters of all skill levels are welcome and it is free to join. The forum already boasts some well known and very knowledgeable SMEs (subject matter experts) as members so it is already well on its way to becoming anĀ  invaluable resource for those who are dedicated to honing their skill with a handgun.

You can join the discussion on Pistol-Forum.com.

Magpul Dynamics Strikes Again… From Far, Far Away

Magpul Dynamics has announced that the next installment in their DVD training series will be Art of the Precision Rifle. This DVD looks to have great production value, a heavy dose of cutting edge tech, and some techniques that are sure to go against the status quo – in other words, just what we have come to expect from Magpul Dynamics.

Art of the Dynamic Shotgun – Coming Soon

Costa and Haley take on the shotgun…

Art of the Dynamic Shotgun comes hot on the heals of the successful Art of the Dynamic Carbine 1 & 2 and Art of the Dynamic Handgun. Magpul Dynamics continues to impress with these high production value training videos.

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ST Action Pro Dummy Rounds

If you want to add realism to your home dry fire sessions then you need dummy rounds and the best dummy rounds that I have used are made by ST Action Pro. Dummy rounds are a must if you want to safely and realistically practice realistic reloads and malfunction clearance at home.

ST Action Pro Dummy Rounds consist of 2 parts: a real brass case (and in some cases a nickle plated brass case) and a brightly colored plastic insert. The real case makes them extremely durable. I have chambered some of my dummy rounds hundreds of times with little damage. The brightly colored case makes it nearly impossible to mistake these for real ammo.

It should be noted that these are dummy rounds, not snap caps. There is an empty cavity where the rubber bumper would normally be on a snap cap. However, these can be made into a snap caps relatively easily (sounds like a future Tactical Handyman post).

Take your dry fire training up a notch with ST Action Pro Dummy Rounds.

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Tips for Low Light Training – Keep Your Light Clean

Low light training is absolutely invaluable. You won’t be able to use that light on your rifle or handgun very effectively if you haven’t had effective training.

It is not uncommon during low light training for your weapon light to become coated with a dark gray layer of unburnt powder due to the light’s proximity to the muzzle of the gun. This gradually reduces the effectiveness of your light as it becomes more and more obscured by the sooty build up.

The best way to deal with this build up is to prevent it. Put a drop of whatever gun oil that you have on the lens of the light and smear it around with your thumb until it covers the lens. When the lens starts to darken with unburnt powder, wipe it clean and reapply the oil. The oil will prevent the powder from sticking and will make it easy to wipe clean.

If you have build up that will have to be cleaned from your lens there are two methods that have been suggested to me that work very well. You can use a pencil eraser or some tooth paste on a cotton swab. Both can be used to rub the build up from the lens. I have found that the use of oil on the lens before shooting often precludes the need for any serious clean up after shooting.

Get some low light training and keep your light clean!

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BLADE-TECH Training Barrels

I have been using BLADE-TECH Training Barrels in my dry fire training for about a year. They are a easy and very safe way of turning your handgun into a non-functional training tool. When the training barrel is installed prevents the use of live ammo while still allowing the user to manipulate the trigger.

Many people use molded plastic replica guns for practicing things like disarming, weapon retention, and tactical movement. The BLADE-TECH Training Barrel is less expensive than these replicas and allow more realistic training since they allow the use of the shooter’s actual weapon (including sights, holsters, trigger set up, etc).

If you can field strip your handgun, you can easily install these training barrels. It is a simple drop in replacement for the handgun’s actual barrel. The bright yellow color makes absolutely sure that you can not mistake the training barrel for a real barrel.

The BLADE-TECH Training Barrels are available for several common handguns.

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Hundredpushups.com

Lately, I have been making better choices, shedding a few extra pounds, and getting more serious about increasing my strength. Strength training often requires a lot of expensive equipment that takes up a lot of space but there are ways to build strength using what you already have – your own body weight. The push up has been around forever and it is an excellent exercise that builds your chest, arms, and core.

Hundredpushups.com is a website that gives readers a simple approach for gaining some pretty serious muscle strength and endurance. The goal is simply to be able to complete 100 consecutive push ups at the end of 6 weeks. This is accomplished through a method of constantly adding more and more reps. The program is never the same from day to day. It is constantly increasing reps until you meet your goal.

If you are looking for a way to increase your strength without having to purchase any equipment, you may want to try this free program. It is working for me so far.

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