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John “Shrek” McPhee Introduces Gunfighter University

September 2nd, 2014


John McPhee aka Shrek aka Sheriff of Baghdad is a top-tier firearms trainer. Now, he’s launched an entirely new way of providing feedback to shooters. Gunfighter University utilizes analysis of video of the shooter combined with online feedback. McPhee has been using the Coach’s Eye software for several years now and has even been recognized by Coach’s Eye for his innovative methods.

But, Gunfighter U takes the whole thing to a different level. McPhee offers an affordable option for those who can’t make it to a formal class by offering individualized coaching based on the videos you provide. He’ll take a look at the mechanics of your shot (stance, presentation and grip) and recommend changes. Additionally, he continues to offer class enrollment for those so inclined.


His methodology is straight forward. It’s a three-strep process that can be accomplished virtually anywhere you can shoot your firearm and record yourself.


For more information, visit

VetLaunch – Trident Concepts’ Project Neptune

September 2nd, 2014


Trident Concepts’ has launched a funding campaign on VetLaunch for Project Neptune, an upgraded digital version of the TACOST cards system. It is a cloud based, multiple device community environment that will allow users to track performance history, access to an in-depth training skills library, set personal goals of performance, and network with other users.

A successful crowdfunding campaign will allow Trident Concepts to tentatively release a working product by SHOT Show 2014.

Some Background on Oakley’s Cerakote Ultrablend Camo

September 2nd, 2014


Last week, we visited Oakley’s Headquarters in Southern California. In addition to a great tour, we had a look behind the curtain at some emerging technologies, and then we sat down and had a discussion about the Ultrablend Camo pattern.


After a tour of the five football field long building, we headed back into the Standard Issue team’s lair. I hadn’t been there since 2004 and it was awesome to see where they had moved to, and how much OakDef had grown (for more photos visit our Instagram feed).


The discussion turned to Ultrablend when I mentioned that some readers felt it had a resemblance to the Kryptek family of camouflage. Turns out, it really doesn’t. But you may recognize the geometry, after all.


You may recall the painted Camo patterns that Rangers (and others) were applying to their helmets several years back. One of the OakDef team members, Drew Wallace, is a former Ranger and he brought the technique to the brand. Oakley had just started experimenting with Cerakote and he put together a couple of examples (shown above with a TC2001 high cut helmet he wore in Iraq as a contractor). The glasses are the Wiretap (top) and Blender (bottom) and these were the prototypes that proved the concept.

Ultrablend is more of a concealment methodology than an exact pattern. Specifically, it’s based on the camouflage techniques taught in Army FM 21-75 Ch 1. A base color is applied and then subsequent layers of Cerakote are over sprayed using a mesh screen like used in helmets.


In this photo you can see the SI Fuel Cell in the Desert and Black patterns. Ultrablend eyeglasses are individually airbrushed, utilizing two different patterns of netting and three different colors of Cerakote Gen II Firearm Coating. This offers the glasses added aspects of durability, abrasion resistance, and lower NIR reflectivity, along with a unique camouflage pattern.

Painted Sniper Rifle Image _ Ultrablend Story

The Ultrablend pattern is currently available on the SI Fuel Cell in Desert Sage although they’ve also created a Black version of the pattern. These are limited editions so if you’re interested, don’t wait around.

Sneak Peak – SureFire X300U In Desert Tan

September 2nd, 2014

You’ve heard the rumors and here it is.

Sneak Peak X300U Desert Tan

During a recent visit to SureFire we picked up a sample of the new X300U in Desert Tan, now in production. Limited to just 500 units the U-Boat model of the popular pistol light offers 500 lumens of illumination. Available later this month.

Kopis Mobile – NTtv Video Segments Part 2 – Various Environments

September 2nd, 2014

In this second in a week-long series of videos from Kopis Mobile, Kopis demonstrates how their Networked Tactical Television (NTtv) system is functional in a variety of environments, and how it can be adapted for use with tools such as an unmanned aerial vehicle or attached to a K9 unit’s harness.

Tactical Assault Gear – Banshee Plate Carrier Liquidation Sale

September 1st, 2014

Banshee Liquidation Sale

Tactical Assault Gear is holding a liquidation sale on the Banshee Rifle Plate Carrier. Save 42% off MSRP. Available while supplies last.

Beyond Clothing – Burrito Rolling

September 1st, 2014

Beyond Clothing made up this informative video on Burrito Rolling, also known as Ranger Rolling. Burrito Rolling is a space saving, packing technique that makes it easier to dig through a pack without making a cluttered mess of the contents, while allowing for packing more items or using a smaller pack. Definitely worth a look.

War Sport Industries Launches New Website

September 1st, 2014


The Beslan School Siege – A Decade On

September 1st, 2014

Ten years ago today Muslim Chechen separatists occupied School Number One (SNO) in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia which is an autonomous republic in the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation. On the first day of school, they took over 1,100 faculty, students and their parents hostage, demanding that the Russians leave Chechnya. After three days of negotiations, during which hostages and terrorists alike died, Russian paramilitary forces retook the school. Unfortunately, over 300 were killed during the operation. This was by no means a text book operation. The bad guys have studied it and learned from it. So should you.


Over the years, terrorists have have conducted this sort of operation more than once in various parts of the world. There is every reason to believe that they will do it again. ISIS is an increasing threat. Americans are gaining experience fighting for Islamo-fascist causes. At some point, many will attempt to reenter the US.

Citizens and Law Enforcement alike should be vigilant. For citizens, if a situation doesn’t look right, avoid it. For LE and first responders, it is imperative to practice and be prepared. It can be as simple as rock drills and command post exercises to work out command and control as well as communications issues is critical. Learn critical skills. Be prepared to transition from regular duties to dealing with single and multiple active shooters. Get the proper equipment and know how to use it. This includes medical equipment.

I recommend all read up on this operation and study both the actions of the terrorists as well as those of Government forces.

The SSD Z17 By ZEV Technologies

September 1st, 2014

The SSD Z17

Here’s a nice breakdown of the custom modification’s made to our Gen 3 GLOCK 17 by ZEV technologies over the Summer. You’ll also note the integration of the Trijicon RMR sight. If you’re interested in similar mods, contact them directly.