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American Defense MFG – Raider 7 Carbine Raffle

April 26th, 2015


American Defense MFG is raffling off a special UIC Mod 2 rifle in support of The Raider Project, honoring the 7 Marines and 4 National Guard Soldiers who were killed in a training accident on March 10th, 2015. The rifle features a custom distressed woodland camo Cerakote finish done by Red Beard Cerakote in Texas, and features ’0372′ as its serial number, which is the MOS code of a MARSOC Critical Skills Operator.

The complete rifle includes:

- Magpul furniture, MBUS Pro iron sights, and PMAGs
- SureFire 3 prong flash hider
- Nightforce NXS 1-4×24 scope with FC-3G reticle in an ADM Recon mount
- American Defense optic mount (of the winner’s choice)

For further details, rules, and to purchase an entry, visit

Badger Ordnance – 30mm Recon Unimount

April 26th, 2015


Badger Ordnance originally developed the 30mm Recon Unimount for a Military end user, and is now offering it commercially. Machined from 6061 aluminum alloy and MilSpec Hard Coat Type III anodized, the Recon Unimount is designed specifically to co-witness with Night Vision and Thermal optical devices. It features an increased forward offset to facilitate use of popular low magnification and long eye relief optics. Additionally, its increased height allows for unimpeded clearance of laser aiming and illumination devices mounted in the 12 o’clock position.

Task Force Dagger Foundation – Dagger Dive 2015

April 26th, 2015

MATBOCK has produced a ‘Whiskey 5′ to explain an upcoming Recreational Therapy Event being held by Task Force Dagger:

1. WHO: Task Force Dagger Foundation

2. WHAT/WHERE/WHEN: Conducts a Recreational Therapy Event in Key West, FL from 16-24 June


3. WHY: TF Dagger sponsors activities that foster a sense of well-being, offer encouragement, and assist the service member’s rehabilitation and recovery from wounds/injuries sustained while serving our country. One of our core beliefs is that if the soldier is injured, the whole family is injured and must heal together. Teamwork is more than being on a Special Forces Team, it is being part of a family that is stronger together. As such, when we conduct an RTE, we bring the whole family and include the whole family in the activities. Our activities include Scuba, 3 Gun shooting events, Outdoor activities such as white water rafting, fishing, sailing, horseback riding, skiing, and snowmobiling.

The hard cost for the event is $115k and they need to secure the money by 8 May for the mission to be a success. Each donor will still get a storyboard for their donation. MATBOCK is asking for everyone to join together and help us make this event a success and give back to these awesome families.

Team 5 Medical Foundation – Charity Silent Auction

April 26th, 2015

Team 5 Medical Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit Veteran medical foundation with the mission to bring Western medicine and education to overlooked developing countries. They are currently running a silent auction with 5 individual top prize packages provided by Remington and Gunsite, featuring a brand-new Model 700 SPS .308, a Leupold VX-1 3-9x40mm Scope, and a 3 day custom rifle course developed by Gunsite and Remington.

Corps Strength – Drugged, Dazed, And Confused

April 25th, 2015

Over the years I’ve known many Marines with physical problems. I’ve pretty much seen everything from combat injures (with PTSD) to a wide range of more common service related problems like being damn near deaf (like myself), joint and back issues, sleep apnea, etc. Considering everything, I was very lucky and I retired after 28 years with what I would consider very minimal physical problems. Recently however, I did have a first hand experience with something that I’ve seen many times in others. To make a long story short a few weeks ago I had a pretty bad ear infection, bad to the point where I was dizzy and out of balance. So reluctantly, I went to sick call and the Navy Doc gave me some antibiotics. Now I hate taking any meds, not even aspirin, but, I didn’t ask what they were, I just did what I was told and took the pills for the full directed 10 days. My ear infection cleared up in a few days, which I thought was the end of it, not.

After the 10 days were up, a few days went by and I started having chest pains. Something like I had never experienced before. I still kept running every morning and going to work, but they got worse and worse. So one morning, I felt I must be having a F’ing heart attack or something. So I had to leave work and go to medical. They did all kinds of tests and came back and told me that my heart/lungs/blood pressure were fine, great in fact. However the pain was coming from a serious GI track inflammation from the previous antibiotics? So the cure for that? A different drug for another 8 weeks. So now I need another drug to counter act my last drug? WTFO?

What is the point of all this? That I think that we all should be very cautious about what drugs we are prescribed to “fix” what ever problem we may have. It seems that is the first thing that many doctors do nowadays, is throw some strong drugs at any problem. I think that’s one reason that we have so many service people (and others) addicted to pain killers. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t listen to your doctor, or take medicine when you need it, but I think we all need to be mindful of falling onto this prescription “Merry-go-Round.” I’ve seen too many others on this ride and it isn’t pretty. I once worked for a LtCol that was on so many pain killers for a bad back, he would hold multiple meetings with the same people on the same issues, as he couldn’t remember having the previous meetings? No thanks.

Along with eating right and exercising, your relationship with your doctor is an important part of the health and fitness equation. With that doing your own research into your medical situation is very important also. If I had read up on this drug I would have known to ask some questions about its possible serious side effects, and maybe asked for a alternate solution? I don’t know, and that is the point. I was lazy about it and suffered for it. Get your own info and ask the hard questions. It can’t hurt in any case. On a lighter note; After I got back to work from medical and told my retired Navy Capt boss what happened, he said. “Don’t sweat it, this new drug will probably give you an ear infection.” No shit.


Take care and be Safe

Semper Fi


ANZAC Day 2015 – 100th Anniversary

April 25th, 2015

Each year, April 25th is observed as ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the first military action at Gallipoli of the Australia New Zealand Army Corps.


It’s a century on now and we all owe a moment of gratitude for our coalition partners who’ve stuck by us on the side of right. They’ve been with us through thick and thin and that says a lot for three countries separated by a common language but who all share common values amd a commitment to them.

Having served with units from both Australia and New Zealand during my military service, they often come to mind, and each ANZAC Day in particular.

Cheers, Mates.

Gunfighter Moment – Pat McNamara

April 25th, 2015

Lots of hot topic debate issues out there in the gun world. Many revisited and many will be for years to come.

Ones of my faves is whether a rifle zeroed to me is zeroed to you. Some of the gray area in this debate lies in lack of understanding. Understanding on what zeroed is and how it’s done.

If I am shooting BRM next to a shooter who is consistently knocking out the X ring at say 100 yards – consistently doing so – it would stand to reason that not only is his rifle zeroed to that distance but he probably knows what he is doing and he is doing it consistently. His trigger control is excellent, his cheek to stock weld is true to ensure he is looking directly through the center of his aperture to mitigate any parallax. He finalizes trigger squeeze on his respiratory pause.

Now, if I am replicating what he is doing with my own rifle, the same should stand true for me. We are both zeroed, we can both shoot.

I’ve been through this dozens and dozens of times; I can switch up with him and yield the same results. There are caveats to this however. For instance, if this shooter next to me is shooting irons only, I would need to know what his hold is.

So, my answer is “Yes. A zeroed rifle is a zeroed rifle.”

I’ve got lots of empirical data to back up my finding. If you do not, don’t chime in with mindless thoughts. The rest of us however, dive in.

Patrick McNamara
SGM, US Army (Ret)

Pat McNamara

Patrick McNamara spent twenty-two years in the United States Army in a myriad of special operations units. When he worked in the premier Special Missions Unit, he became an impeccable marksman, shooting with accurate, lethal results and tactical effectiveness. McNamara has trained tactical applications of shooting to people of all levels of marksmanship, from varsity level soldiers, and police officers who work the streets to civilians with little to no time behind the trigger.

His military experience quickly taught him that there is more to tactical marksmanship than merely squeezing the trigger. Utilizing his years of experience, McNamara developed a training methodology that is safe, effective and combat relevant and encourages a continuous thought process. This methodology teaches how to maintain safety at all times and choose targets that force accountability, as well as provides courses covering several categories, including individual, collective, on line and standards.

While serving as his Unit’s Marksmanship NCO, he developed his own marksmanship club with NRA, CMP, and USPSA affiliations. Mac ran monthly IPSC matches and ran semi annual military marksmanship championships to encourage marksmanship fundamentals and competitiveness throughout the Army.He retired from the Army’s premier hostage rescue unit as a Sergeant Major and is the author of T.A.P.S. (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting). He also served as the Principle of TMACS Inc.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer some words of wisdom.

Russell Oliver, Founder And President Of OSS, Awarded ESGR Service Member Patriot Award

April 25th, 2015


On April 15th, Russell Oliver, President and Founder of OSS – Operators Suppressor Systems, was awarded the ESGR Service Member Patriot Award at OSS headquarters in Murray, Utah. The Patriot Award is awarded to idividuals who embody efforts made to support Citizen Warriors, such as offering flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for famlies, and granting required leaves of absence.

ACT Optics – AVS-Ground Adapter

April 24th, 2015


ACT’s AVS-Ground Adapter (AVS-GA) is a system which turns AN/AVS and similar NVGs into a fully-functional standalone NVG for ground use. The AVS-GA replaces the standard ball point mount and adjustment axle, and includes an internal power supply and on/off switch. Different mounting platforms are currently and will soon be available including bayonet and dovetail.

Velocity Systems Releases New Colors For BOSS Rugby

April 24th, 2015

BOSS Rugby wearers have called for additional colors and Velocity Systems responded by introducing the Coyote version we saw in March as well as the new Ranger Green and Red. If I were ever accused of endorsing a product, the BOSS Rugby would be it. I love these things and it’s great to see more color options.

You’ll notice that the Red variant, which is great for range personnel, is long sleeved and features Grey sleeve pockets. In fact, all three new colors will be offered in Short and Long Sleeve versions. These should be available very soon. In addition to Velocity Systems, SKD Tactical has also placed a stocking order.