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Gunfighter Moment – Pat McNamara

August 30th, 2014

Being able to perform focal shift is a skill we sometimes neglect to practice on the range. I call this being omni-cognizant. Learning to see things full spectrum while performing a focal shift is a necessary skill and easy to neglect as we get sucked into the flat range training mindset. We should train ourselves to train our eyes. At a minimum, to perform a focal shift from our sights to the fight and from the fight to reference points beyond the fight. A way to exercise our eyes is by using a Brock String (easy to find instructions on the web). This is easy to build and easy to use. A Brock string (named after Frederick W. Brock) is an instrument used in vision therapy. It consists of a white string of approximately 10 feet in length with three small wooden beads of different colors.

The Brock string is commonly employed during treatment of convergence insufficiency and other anomalies of binocular vision sometimes developed by those of us who work strictly one eye on the range. It is used to develop skills of convergence as well as to disrupt suppression of one of the eyes. It is worth the few dollars on wooden balls, spray paint and string.

Patrick McNamara
SGM, US Army (Ret)

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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.

Gorilla Ammunition – Labor Day Sale + Remanufactured 300 BLK Ammunition

August 30th, 2014

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Gorilla Ammunition is holding a Labor Day sale. Take 10% off any in-stock items by using coupon code AMERICA at checkout. The sale is running from 8/29/2014 – 9/2/2014, so take advantage while you can.

www.gorillaammo.com

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Gorilla Ammunition has also announced a line of remanufactured 300 BLK cartridges. Utilizing once-fired brass cases, the remanufactured ammo still undergoes Gorilla’s stringent quality assurance process and is still loaded to the same specifications as their factory new ammo, but is offered at a reduced cost. And yes, the remanufactured ammo does qualify for the Labor Day discount.

www.gorillaammo.com/Remanufactured-Ammunition_c_17

Blue Force Gear – Labor Day Sale

August 29th, 2014

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Blue Force Gear is holding a Labor Day sale. This weekend only, take 21% off everything in the online store – use promo code LABOR21 to apply the discount. Sale runs through September 1st, so take advantage while you can.

www.blueforcegear.com

UTM – RBT 7.62mm Non-Lethal Training Ammunition

August 29th, 2014

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UTM has just announced their new line of 7.62mm Non-Lethal Training Ammunition. The line includes both 7.62×51 and 7.62×39, available in both loose and linked rounds, and in all four types of UTM RBT NLTA: Silent Blank Round (SBR), Battlefield Blank Round (BBR), Target Bullet Round (TBR), and Man Marker Round (MMR). According to UTM, this is the first 7.62mm Man Marker Round currently available on the market.

In conjunction with the new 7.62mm NLTA, UTM has also developed weapon conversions for the M240B, H&K 417, and FN Minimi, as well as a new UTM dedicated AK47 weapon to be revealed later.

www.utmworldwide.com

LBT Labor Day Deals

August 29th, 2014

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LBT is offering special Labor Day pricing on the LBT-1476A and LBT-2670B packs. The 1476A comes with an LBT-PVC patch, and the 2670B comes with 4 hook & loop LBX pouches. The sale ends Wednesday, September 3rd at noon EST, so take advantage while you can.

lbtinc.com/lday-14

American Gunfighter Episode 2 – Tom Spooner, Northern Red – Presented by BCM

August 29th, 2014

The second episode of American Gunfighter is now live. Presented by Bravo Company Manufacturing, each episode of American Gunfighter features a different instructor from the BCM Gunfighter program. These instructors speak about how they got to where they are and what drives them to do what they do. This episode profiles Tom Spooner of Northern Red. His profile can be read below:

American Gunfighter

Tom has dedicated his adult life to serving our country. Starting as a private in the 82nd Airborne and culminating in 10 years at 1st SFOD-D. As an Operator Tom spent 40 months in combat, conducting over 1300 direct action missions. Tom’s experience base includes Hostage Rescue, Kill/Capture and Helo based vehicle interdictions. He served as both an Assault Team leader and Sniper Team Leader in combat. Tom’s extensive experience in executing missions that were often opposed by the enemies most hardened fighters created his passion for teaching the application of marksmanship and tactics in real world scenarios.

www.bravocompanymfg.com/american_gunfighter

LAPD Approves S.O.Tech’s Cobra SIS Vest

August 29th, 2014

Cool news for S.O.Tech.

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CARSON, CA - S.O. Tech, Inc./Special Operations Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce that its COBRA SIS Vest has been recently approved by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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The Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Special Investigation Section (SIS) has spearheaded the development of game-changing tactics to make our nation’s streets safe. Gone are the days of detectives in police windbreakers waiting as a suspect barricades himself and SWAT arrives for a long standoff. SIS officers worked with S.O. Tech staff on the design of the COBRA armor carrier to quickly throw on over undercover clothing from a surveillance posture. The vest is also designed for maximum mobility to apprehend perpetrators in travel mode and the pouch placement follows the order of use and accessibility. “It was an amazing experience to assist SIS operators in translating their decades of tactical experience into a vest system that represents a true change in law enforcement tactics.” said Jim Cragg, President and CEO of S.O. Tech.

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The pinnacle feature of the vest is its panel waste attachment system which allows the vest to be hung over a car seat then quickly pulled on and snapped into place. Built to order and adjustable for fit, the vest has a non-skid upper chest to keep the weapon secure while aiming and firing and includes a Velcro®-secured cummerbund to keep the vest from shifting. Made in the USA, the COBRA SIS vest can carry both soft armor and plates, has a built-in weapon sling and is made of 1000D Cordura® nylon for supreme durability. The vest is versatile and can accept other SO Tech products such as: First Aid Kits (which mounts out of the way in the lower back), an array of tactical pouches and holsters, a “Go Bag”, a bandolier and various patches.

sotechtactical.com/products/cobra-sis-vest-full-kit

RazorSix Tactical – AK-WIKQD – Sling Attachment Point for AKs

August 29th, 2014

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During a recent trip to Portland, I had a chance to meet the folks from RazorSix Tactical. Their new AK-WIKQD is a sling attachment point designed specifically for the AK platform, adapting most AR-type slings with a QD. No modifications are required, as it screws onto the gas block. This has the added benefit of freeing up a front rail for a light and/or optic.

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The AK-WIKQD is made from 6061 aluminum, anodized black and laser engraved with the RazorSix diamond logo.

Made in the USA.

stores.razorsixtactical.com/ak-wikqd-mount

The Duke’s House – Dictator Chic T-Shirts

August 29th, 2014

The Duke’s House is where you stay when you’re TDY to Bragg, if you’re an SF guy that is.

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The Duke’s House is selling these Dictator Chic t-shirts through their webstore. Made from 100% cotton, the Dictator Chic shirts come in two designs: Saddam or Gaddafi, with the despot of choice’s face on the front, and Duke’s House branding on the back.

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Available in the following colors: Desert Sand, Heather Gray, and Slate, in sizes SM – XL.

store.thedukeshouse.com/products/dictator-chic-desert-sand-tee

store.thedukeshouse.com/products/dictator-chic-tee

FS Friday Focus – Partner Series – SKD Tactical

August 29th, 2014

FS OEM Partner Series - SKD

Occasionally in the FirstSpear Friday Focus we take a look at their OEM partners. This time, we’ll examine SKD Tactical and one of the pieces of kit FirstSpear builds for them: the STT Plate Carrier.

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This particular STT is quite special. It’s a one-of-a-kind version in Kryptek Highlander. One-of-a-kind, as in you can’t purchase it. However, you can win it, in a Facebook contest, but more on that later. Now, on to some really cool background.

What drove SKD to get into products manufacturing versus just being another retailer?
When we first got involved in the Tactical gear market in 1999, we recognized pretty early that there were a lot of things that could be done to improve existing product designs. While technology was advancing products in other industries at breakneck speed, tactical gear was still pretty much some modified derivative of LBE’s or RACK systems. Our first step into “making” gear was getting Eagle Industries to modify the Paul Howe Universal Chest Rig for us. After that initial success, we realized that we could differentiate ourselves in the market by modifying and improving other products we already carried. This led to the easy transition of designing our own gear from the ground up. When tactical gear innovation really started exploding during OIF/OEF, we were well positioned to be able to take part in the new wave of gear designs.

Why “made in America?”
Making our gear here is woven into our identity. We as a nation have lost the quality edge on a lot of different product segments to overseas manufacturing, but America is still the best in the world at designing and manufacturing tactical gear. This is an undisputed fact. With partners like FirstSpear, continuing to make quality gear in the US is what we intend on doing for as long as long as we remain in business.

How did the relationship between SKD and FirstSpear begin?
Our relationship with FirstSpear began ironically at Eagle Industries. We were already making our own products with Eagle when they were sold in 2009. Visiting their design shop and factory was a regular occurrence. When Eagle eventually closed their factories in St. Louis, we were pleasantly surprised that many of the key players we dealt with at Eagle had moved on to start up FirstSpear. Working with a manufacturer that already had decades of experience making the world’s finest gear was a no brainer. Even before we actually began carrying any FirstSpear labeled products, we had inked a deal for First Spear to take over production of the PIG Plate Carrier.

What drove the development of the STT?
We were always impressed by the innovative technologies of FirstSpear’s Tubes and 6/12, but the price considerations of the Strandhogg were not a good match for our market. It was during a visit at FirstSpear that we came across a simplified version of the Strandhogg that was done for a major LE agency–we immediately had a “eureka” moment. When we realized that we could make the STT with the ability to accept PIG Airflow and Comfort Pontoons, and price it in the void that was left empty by the disappearance of the Eagle Plate Carrier, we knew we had to execute.

Were there previous iterations of the STT or any major changes through development?
Coming from an already existing platform, the development process was pretty linear. We went from flash to bang in about 3 months, which was pretty fast for us. We did experience a bobble at the release however- we only had one cummerbund size available. FirstSpear was really good about working with us to get the other sizes online and manufactured within weeks.

Are there any other FS/SKD partnership projects on the horizon?
We don’t have anything to announce at this moment, but we are always trying to come up with sneaky collaborations with FirstSpear, who is our premiere manufacturing partner. The quality and consistency they’ve turned out over the course of making thousands of PIG Plate Carriers has been nothing short of brilliant. We try and utilize both our Facebook pages and newsletter for product announcements, so please like both the SKD and FirstSpear Facebook pages and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news.

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www.skdtac.com/FirstSpear-STT-Plate-Carrier-SKD-Exclusive

Facebook STT Plate Carrier Contest

At the beginning of the article, we mentioned that you can win the one-of-a-kind STT Plate Carrier in Kryptek Highlander, which comes with a FirstSpear M4 3-Mag “Ranger” Shingle. For full details and to enter, ‘like’ both the FirstSpear and SKD Tactical Facebook pages and share the contest post on the FirstSpear page. Good Luck!

www.facebook.com/1stSpear

www.facebook.com/skdtactical