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TacStrike has a lot to offer serious shooters. They offer innovative steel targets, a very cool gear consignment service, and even high end training through their affiliation with Pat Goodale of Practical Firearms Training (PFT).


The thing that drew me to TacStrike originally was their 1/4 Scale Steel Target System. I know from experience that shooting steel can take your training to the next level. It allows you to be much more efficient on the range than if you are shooting paper. Paper requires pasting, replacement, and gear like staplers and tape. Steel targets can be set up quickly and can take round after round without maintenance during your range time.

The 1/4 Scale Target System is one of the most training friendly and versatile steel targets that I have seen (which is exactly what you would expect from a target designed with Pat Goodale and PFT). It is compact and can be moved by just one person. The target is made from AR 540 steel and it floats in the frame which allows it to soak up the impact of round after round. The 1/4 size silhouette target forces the shooter to concentrate on getting a hit unlike many larger steel targets which are too forgiving of marginal hits. The vertical post that holds the target up is armored to protect it from damage. Everything about this target is well thought out, including the base which can also accept 1×2 or 2×2 boards for use with paper targets.

Gear Consignment

TacStrike also offers a service that I am sure many busy shooters will appreciate – gear consignment. So what do you do when you have a bunch of gear that you don’t use anymore? Well, you could hit the classified section of an online forum and spend your time taking pictures, answering goofy questions from goober after goober, getting low-balled, and standing in line at the post office… or you can just send the gear to TacStrike. They will take pictures, list the gear on their site, handle the shipping, and then cut you a check when your gear sells. Now that is convenient. Of course, since this is a consignment service, that means you can also find some great deals on other people’s unneeded gear. That is a win-win.

Be sure to check out TacStrike’s Youtube channel for videos of their targets in action and their Facebook page for updates on the latest consignment gear.


I have to admit that I really like TOP SHOT. I didn’t really know much about until I came across it on Netflix a few months ago and watched the first episode of the first season. I think I finished the rest of the season in about 2 days.

We are now on the brink of the 3rd season of TOP SHOT. The season premier will run on History Tuesday, August 9th at 10PM/9PM central time. I was contacted by the folks at History and they passed along this information about the coming season:

HISTORY’s hit competition show is back with a gauntlet of all new extreme challenges and eager marksmen ready for a shot at greatness.  16 competitors chosen from across the country vie for the $100,000 prize and the title of TOP SHOT.  A national revolver champion, two homeland security agents, a former Navy SEAL, firearms instructors, a restaurant owner and a camp director must demonstrate their skill using the most diverse weapons, from state-of-the-art firearms to rocks.  This season also stars some of the biggest weapons ever featured on TOP SHOT such as the Gatling and Hotchkiss Mountain Guns.  Colby Donaldson returns as host for the competition that takes a page from history.

The 14 marksmen and two markswomen were carefully selected from thousands of applicants to participate in this season of TOP SHOT. The contestants include a national revolver champion, two homeland security agents (who also happen to be close friends), a former Navy SEAL, two cops, a nurse and several firearms instructors. Two of the contestants, a restaurant owner and Christian camp director, are self-taught.

The shooters will have to display mastery of weapons from all eras of human history, from the most primitive (rocks) to the most sophisticated tactical firearms. Contestants will employ some of the biggest munitions ever featured on TOP SHOT, including the Gatling gun, the Hotchkiss mountain gun and the CornerShot. In addition, they must endure extreme physical tests to stay in the game. High-speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each test in extreme slow-motion.

The premiere of season three begins with a gauntlet of extreme challenges. 16 marksmen immediately pair off and duel with one of the world’s biggest handguns. Teams are then divided into winners and losers before facing off in a surprise military challenge. In the elimination challenge, two competitors get the ride of their life on a horse-drawn stagecoach as they shoot to stay in the competition.

You can head over to the TOP SHOT Facebook page or the TOP SHOT website to keep up with all the latest news about the show.

Disclosure: I was contacted by HISTORY and provided with information for this post.

Eberlestock A2MP MultiPack

The A2MP MultiPack from Eberlestock looks like a very versatile pouch. It has a ton of pockets and can be carried several different ways.

The A2MP MultiPack features 10 different pockets! There are internal slip pockets, mesh see through pockets, a zip up main compartment, and a some smaller exterior pockets. You should have no problem organizing a ton of small items in the A2MP.

The carry methods are as varied as the pockets. It can be used as a chest pack in conjunction with your backpack. In this configuration it allows you to carry items that you want immediately accessible without having to remove your pack. It can also be attached to MOLLE webbing. It would make a heck of an organizer pouch for a pack that lacked a lot of internal organization. You can also mount the A2MP to just about any strap which opens up possibilities like a waist pouch or even attaching a shoulder strap.

You can find much more information and pictures on the Eberlestock website.

Tactical Handyman: Magpul RVG Mod

Magpul’s RVG (and MVG) has proven to be a tremendous value in the crowded market of vertical grips. It offers a solid, durable, and relatively lightweight way to really get a grip on your rifle. It is long enough that it can be used with a full grip (hammer grip) but savvy users will find that it is well shaped to work with the thumb break or thumbs forward grip. However, when it is used in this method, it is much larger than it needs to be.

This installment of The Tactical Handyman is nothing earth shattering, but it is useful. We will be taking a look at some modifications to the MVG and RVG that will make these vertical grips better suited to a thumb break or hand stop style grip, increase grip, and save a little bit of weight in the process.


  1. Cutting implement that is suitable for plastic (a hacksaw or hacksaw blade works great, a rotary tool could also work)
  2. Pencil
  3. Sandpaper in various grits
  4. Rotary tool (optional)
  5. Stippling gear (optional)


Our goal is just to shorten the grip to remove any length and weight that we aren’t using. You will be tailoring it to how you grip the rifle. If you are using it as a handstop and most of your hand is actually gripping the hand guards then you can take a ton off the grip. If you are using a pure thumbs forward grip, you may want to leave most of the MVG intact. Your grip will dictate how much is removed.

The procedure is simple. As with any project, remove all ammunition from the area that you are working in. Check that your carbine is unloaded. Double check that it is unloaded and then check it again. You can’t check too many times. Then…

  1. Study how you grip the rifle. Present it several times and as you do, mark the lowest point on the grip that your hand is contacting with your pencil. You will want to do this several times and at full speed to really get a good idea of where to start cutting.
  2. Plan the cut. Once you have decided on a pencil mark to use for your cut, consider adding about 1/8″ to account for sanding later or just to give yourself some room on the grip. I decided that I would cut my RVG at a diagonal since I only contact the front of the grip. You will want to plan your cut now because it will be too late after you start cutting.
  3. Make the cut! You can remove the grip and put it in a vice if you like. This would be the safest thing to do, especially if you are using a power cutting tool. I using a hacksaw blade so I just kept the RVG mounted. I wrapped one end of the blade in tape so I could grip it and I liked the control and flexibility that this method gave me. You can use the grooves on the front of the RVG to align your cutting tool.
  4. Clean up your cut. Use your rotary tool if you have one or your sandpaper to clean up the sharp edges where you made your cut. I rounded the edges fairly aggressively. Finish the clean up with the finest grain sand paper that you have.
  5. Stipple the grip. This step is optional. After step 4 you will have a functional grip but you can really increase its function with some quick and dirty work with your soldering iron. If you need help you can check out my article on stippling gear.

I am not the first one to do this modification and, like I said, it isn’t really earth shattering but it is functional. I think the stippling really enhances the functionality of this mod so I strongly encourage you to give it a try.

Krebs Custom Customer Service

I recently ordered a couple of parts from Krebs Custom to complete a project that I have been working on. I received the parts very quickly but one of the parts was incorrect. It was a very small difference but it rendered the part unusable to me.

Every AK needs a Krebs Custom Enhanced Selector.

I was unable to call Krebs at the time so I sent a quick email to point out the problem. Gina from Krebs Custom replied to my email within an hour and said that the new part would be sent to me and that I would be refunded some of the purchase price to cover my return shipping of the incorrect part. I have had several companies expect me to return their mistakes on my dime before and yet Krebs covered my shipping without me even having to ask. They just made it right.

I received the correct part today, less than 48 hours from when I brought the problem to their attention. Included in the box was a $5 bill – no waiting on a credit card refund or having to deposit a check. Someone actually sent me cash to cover my return shipping. Talk about painless. They just couldn’t have made it any easier.

If the true test of a company is how they handle problems when they do occur, then Krebs Custom gets an A+. Thank you Gina and Krebs Custom.

If you need innovative and well made AK parts that are backed by people who take your satisfaction seriously, then check out Krebs Custom.

BCS Saiga-12 Chest Rig

Beez Combat Systems (BCS) recently introduced a new chest rig for the Saiga-12 shotgun. The Saiga-12 Chest Rig is based on BCS’s well liked AK chest rig which is fitting for a shotgun that is based on the AK.

Like the AK Chest Rig that BCS makes, the Saiga-12 chest rig features a large expanse of uninterrupted MOLLE webbing with the pouches sewn in behind it. This gives the user a lot of versatility when adding pouches. It also makes the chest rig very low profile.

Saiga-12 mags can be heavy so this chest rig is wisely limited to 3 magazine pouches. The pouches are sized to accommodate both 8 and 10 rounds magazines. I wish more gear makers would make 3 magazine chest rigs. The 3 mag pattern allows the chest rig to be very compact and seems to work very well with the long, curved mags that one typically encounters with AKs.

The simple H-harness is sufficient for a chest rig this compact and light. It should support the weight of the magazines well without the bulk that comes with a padded harness.

The Saiga-12 chest rig is available on the BCS website.

Armory Racks

I have very little shelf space so I have been on the look out for a solution that lets me maximize what little space I have. I was thrilled when I came across Armory Racks on Gunmart Blog.

Armory Racks are a space saving way to keep your handguns organized and easily accessible. The racks hold the handguns in place via an angled post that slips into the barrel of the handgun. This allows the handguns to hang vertically with the grips facing up and out. This positioning maximizes the available space and presents the grip to the user for quick access. They come in 4 and 8 gun configurations so you should be able to fit them into just about whatever size space that you have available.

The Armory Racks can also accept a storage tray that slips under the handguns. This clever feature would be a great place to store magazines, speed-loaders, holsters, or maybe even more handguns.

Additional features include rubber end protectors on the posts to prevent damage to the bore of your handguns, carry handles for easy mobility, and the ability to cable lock all of the handguns to the rack by passing a cable through the trigger guards.

I have never seen any racks that offer a handgun organization solution that is quite so elegant. Not only does the Armory Rack hold the handguns in a very space efficient way but they are also extremely accessible. All of the other features are just icing on the cake. I have an 8 gun model inbound for full review so stay tuned!

You can find more information on the Armory Racks website.

MI AK Mini Dot Mount

Midwest Industries is turning out some of the most interesting AK accessories around and that is not about to change with the introduction of their new AK Mini Dot Mount. This mount may look familiar to some of you since it appears similar to the long discontinued LaRue Tactical AK Iron Dot, but that is not a bad thing at all.

The AK Mini Dot Mount is designed to replace the rear sight with a platform for mounting a mini red dot. MI has designed multiple versions that should cover just about every mini red dot worth mounting on a fighting rifle. The mounts are made from hard anodized aluminum and melonite coated steel which should make them very rugged. They feature a built in back up iron sight that gives a lower 1/3 co-witness. The rifle can still be completely field stripped with the mount in place.

The new AK Mini Dot Mount can be found on Midwest Industries’ website.


Redback One Combat Pistol Sights

Hilton Yam of 10-8 Performance and Jason Falla of Redback One have collaborated on a new set of pistol sights – the Redback One Combat Pistol Sights. The sights will be based on the excellent 10-8 Glock sights. They will feature a generous square rear notch at .156″ wide, tritium in the front sight post, and the typical finely serrated surfaces that set 10-8 Performance sights apart.

The thing that I find most fascinating to me about the Redback One Combat Pistol Sights is that they are designed to shoot point of aim/point of impact (POA/POI) all the way out to 100 meters. I actually practice shooting my handguns at extended distances fairly regularly. Calibers like the 9mm, .40SW, and .357SIG shoot flat enough to make hits at these extended distances and these sights should take out a lot of the guess work with hold overs and hold unders that exist with many of the sights on the market right now.

These sight sets will be available soon and you can reserve a set today by contacting Jason Falla at Redback One.

Boker Plus Epicenter

I always like to keep my eyes on what Boker is up to, especially in their Boker Plus line. They introduced several new knives in their catalog this year, but none were more intriguing than the Boker Plus Epicenter. This is one great looking and well appointed production knife.

The Epicenter is designed by an up and coming maker named Todd Rexford. This knife is packed with features that I really like in a knife. It has 5mm thick titanium handle slabs which are contoured to fit the hand. These thick slabs also mean that the frame lock on the Epicenter is massive. The 3.5″ blade is a drop point profile that is ground from VG-10 steel. VG-10 is one of the only stainless steels that I actually like because of its combination of edge holding and ease of sharpening. The ambidextrous thumb studs are removable and the pocket clip can be placed for tip up or tip down carry.

The Boker Plus line is well known as a great value and the Epicenter should be no exception. It will be priced very competitively with other Ti framelock designs.

The Epicenter should be on dealer shelves shortly. Todd Rexford already has his first production example of the Epicenter and he seems very pleased. You can read more about the Epicenter on the Boker website.

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