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ADS Ready to Handle EOY Buys

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

If you’re at work right now reading this, chances are good you’re also working on obligating the last of your End of Fiscal Year funds.

ADS has extended hours of operation though midnight PST September 30th to assist with obligating end of fiscal year funding requirements. Contact us today for more information.

They have the most commonly procured items in stock and can work with you through a variety of procurement vehicles to obligate funds.

www.adsinc.com

Coming Soon from 215 Gear – Blended Operator Shirt

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

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215 Gear has now done for the T-shirt what they did for the ball cap. The upcoming Blended Operator Shirt will be offered in MultiCam with a performance fabric featuring anti-microbial and wicking combined with CoolMax panels under the arms.

Pre-order yours now. It is Made in USA! And features a lifetime warranty, sized Med – Xlg.

215gearstore.com/blendedoperatorsshirtmulticam

Warren Tactical Tritium Front Sight for Glock Available from SKD Tactical

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

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If you’re looking for a Tritium front sight for your Glock, then check out the Warren Tactical model available from SKD Tactical. It’s manufactured by Trijicon and is .245″ high.

www.skdtac.com

Protect the Force, LLC Merges with Mission Ready Services

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Recently Protect the Force, LLC merged with Mission Ready. This is very big news as it creates the right environment for a new business, 10-20 Services to exist. I’ve been briefed on 10-20 Services and I can say that it has the potential to positively impact anyone who owns or uses outdoor and tactical equipment, from the MilSim enthusiast or weekend camper to the hardcore LEO or Servicemember. Even units and agencies will get a lot out of 10-20 Services. Look for more soon.

Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company”), and Protect the Force LLC (“PTF”) are pleased to announce the merger of their operations. PTF brings over 100 years of combined experience providing products, services and first-hand expertise to governments, first-responders and tactical markets. The business, mission and client portfolio of Protect the Force is laterally aligned with that of Mission Ready making for a seamless transition with no disruption to PTF’s clients, vendors or strategic partners.

Protect The Force is a strategic consulting firm specializing in providing leading manufacturers with relationship management, product development, acquisition & contracting expertise, and sales & marketing support geared towards successfully selling to the U.S. Federal Government.

With offices in Georgia, Washington D.C., and Massachusetts, Protect the Force has a robust infrastructure comprised of a network of industry professionals, an efficiently-coordinated supply chain, an unparalleled dealer organization, and a leading edge research and development faculty.
Mr. Gary Hess will lead PTF as President, Mr. Clay Williamson will continue to assist PTF as well as head up the operations of 10-20 Services Inc. another wholly owned subsidiary of MRSI and Mr. Francisco Martinez will support all operations as Chief Technology Officer.

This is an important growth step for Mission Ready, a unique opportunity that greatly increases the Company’s portfolio of products and services. In addition to the added value that we will be able to provide to PTF clients, Mission Ready has gained invaluable industry connections as a result of this merger. These relationships will be instrumental in expediting the launch and saturation of the Company’s inspection, cleaning and repair centers throughout the USA operated by 10-20 Services Inc.

The Company’s mission is to save lives and enhance the performance of security personnel and those who protect us, by working to ensure they are equipped with the best possible personal protective equipment.

Mission Ready Services Inc.
(signed “Rod Reum”)
Rod Reum,
CEO & President

Protect The Force Inc.
(signed “Gary Hess”)
Gary Hess
President

10-20 Services Inc.
(signed “Clay Williamson”)
Clay Williamson
President

www.protecttheforce.com

LaRue Tactical Offering Backpack Shield Level IIIA Ballistic Plate

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

The Backpack Shield BP3A Level IIIA Ballistic Plate is made from Kevlar, offers full NIJ level IIIA protection in the form of a simple plate that can be placed in packs, messenger bags, briefcases and other similar EDC bags.

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The above plate was shot with 32 rounds of pistol ammo ranging from 9mm to 45ACP

This isn’t the first of its kind, but its interesting to see LaRue once again expand from their core business to offer their customers new products. And I think they are right on time with this one. If you or your significant other regularly carry a daypack or have children who do, then this is a great, simple addition to your EDC that gives you something to hide behind in the event you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Think of it as insurance.

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One point to consider is the weight. It’s 2 lbs. That’s a big deal to an adult or older kid but it could be a bit of a burden for a younger child in addition to his books. Also, consider the size when ordering to make sure you have a pack to fit. It’s 17” high x 12 wide” x .375” thick (Plate surface is roughly .25” thick). If your concern is to protect yourself or family, have the pack or attache accommodate the plate and not the other way around.

Manufactured in Austin, Texas, the Backpack Shield BP3A Level IIIA Ballistic Plate, is available at www.laruetactical.com/backpack-shield.

Canipe Correspondence – Why Measure Performance?

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

I recently started following an online debate about performance related to shooting, where one group of high-performing individuals (serious USPSA shooters) were conversing about a training philosophy that doesn’t use any set, specific metrics for performance. There were a number of interesting thoughts on the topic, most everyone being in agreement that you need to be able to track your level of proficiency, work to improve it, and measure it to see how that level has risen or fallen. The arguments piqued my interest because I come from a background strongly rooted in tactics versus competition, but I personally found that the methods used for improvement among that crowd carry over nicely, even if some specific things don’t work for my uses. I like what they had so say, and likewise had a fair amount of negative feelings over the notion of not working towards a measurable goal or standards in my training. This isn’t a rant against a specific organization or trainer, because frankly I’m not going to worry much about people or organizations who are unconcerned with quantifiable performance. It’s mostly just because I find the notion of not using performance standards in general preposterous.

I am not sure why we would fall into some category in a gunfight that is unlike other forms of competition in terms of the level of preparation and performance tracking helping us out. What do pro football, motocross, ultramarathon running, or even golf have in common with fighting? Easy: there is a clear cut winner and loser, and there are tremendous penalties for screwing up the details. I challenge you to find a quarterback in the NFL who the coach sends out onto the field because the player felt he had to confidence to prevail, without ever measuring his ability to perform the tasks required to do so. I challenge you to find a Badwater winner who just trotted around the neighborhood a little bit and said “I’m ready to win this. What the hell is this stopwatch I keep hearing about?” Golf would be even more boring if we didn’t keep score. Nobody who just goes out and swings clubs around until it feels right wins a green jacket at Augusta. So why would we not use a performance-based system of improvement to meet out full potential when the difference in a win or loss isn’t a championship, a trophy, bragging rights, or a personal record, it is being dead? There was an argument made that if someone failed to meet a standard, then they would not have the confidence to perform in a real-life fight. When someone decides to kill you, you’re in the big leagues now, whether you want to be or not. Sure would be nice to have big-league skills right around then, wouldn’t it? I don’t need someone to tell me I’m ready, I want to know I’m ready because I can do (insert task) to (insert standard)!

I have been fortunate enough to attend a number of schools and a selection process, and then work in them later in my career. I’ve also trained with most of the reputable tactical trainers in the industry as well as some top-level competitors. There is a common bond between all of these places and people that I’ve encountered: they have all had a set of performance standards you are measured against and then you know whether you’re as good as you think you are. If you don’t know where you’re at, you have no idea where to go from there. Like one of my partners says, “It’s not hard to be the fastest motherf**ker in a one man race.” I shudder to think at the state of the force had I passed people on their confidence to perform rather than their abilities. I would have had a 100% GO rate. Fortunately, it was never a floating set of standards based on one guys individual potential or my intuition. I’m not some master educator, I’m more of a knuckle dragger. But I know we could afford to hire people that were, and they all dealt in standards. You stand in the hallway with a list of #1-150 for all of your peers to see, and nobody other than #1 feels good about it. Lesson: It’s important to know if you suck or not. Feeling like you can win something that you can’t isn’t “confidence”, it’s stupidity. Working to meet that standard is where the greatness comes out.

This little piece has been pure opinion, experience, and a little bit of a rant. Everyone else is welcome to theirs as well, but I doubt anyone is going to change my mind, that you can’t reach your full potential in anything without tracking your progress and seeing where you stack up against yourself and others. You have to be measured in training, because when the time comes for real you’re going to be measured, whether you’re ready or not.

Jon Canipe served on Active Duty with the US Army as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant at 5th SFG(A) and was a Senior Instructor at the JFKSWCS, training SFQC students in planning, unconventional warfare, small unit tactics, CQB, and advanced marksmanship. He is a veteran of multiple combat tours, and still serves in the Army National Guard’s 20th SFG(A) in addition to working as an industry consultant and small arms instructor.

Forces Focus – 17th ASOS

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

This video is a great montage of the life of a JTAC assigned to the 720th Special Tactics Group’s only Air Support Operations Squadron, the 17th ASOS.

Gunfighter Moment – Larry Vickers

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

‘It is in most shooter’s best interest to become as proficient as possible with a handgun. The reasons are very simple; because of amount of concealed carry permits issued around the country most people are most likely to use a handgun in a lethal encounter. In addition, sight alignment and trigger control are most difficult to master with a handgun so this causes a trickle down effect; the better you become with a handgun you are automatically becoming a better shooter with virtually every other small arm.’

-Larry Vickers
MSG, US Army (Ret)

Larry Vickers is a decorated US Army Special Forces veteran and national pistol champion. Mr. Vickers has nearly two decades of special operations experience (1st SFOD-D), much of which was spent as his unit’s Primary Firearms Instructor. In addition to his special operations accomplishments, his competitive shooting has yielded a 10th and 9th place finish in the 1993 and 1994 USPSA Limited Nationals as well as a 1st place finish in CDP class at the 2001 IDPA Mid-Winter Nationals at Smith & Wesson. Mr. Vickers is a founding member of IDPA. In addition to being a highly experienced operator and national pistol champion, Mr. Vickers is also one of the premier 1911 pistolsmiths in the country and his work has been featured in several firearms publications and on the cover of American Handgunner. In addition to all this, Mr. Vickers has served as a consultant and technical expert to the firearms industry. Mr. Vickers is featured on two new firearms, tactics, and accessories focused T.V. shows called Tactical Impact and Tactical Arms.

www.VickersTactical.com

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.