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Survival Tactical Systems – Woodland Hat

Saturday, August 15th, 2015


Survival Tactical Systems is offering their own Woodland Hat. Lightweight with a Woodland front panel and bill, and a light green mesh back. It adjusts via a Velcro back strap. Made in the USA.

Additionally, Survival Tactical Systems has a couple of upcoming events.


There’s the upcoming SMOKECHECK course September 18-20th in Central Eastern PA. For more details, click the link below.

First Strike Military Expo

Survival Tactical Systems will also have booths #306 – #307 at the upcoming First Strike Military Expo at the NC State Fairgrounds Expo Center. The event is happening September 12th through 13th.

Steve Reichert Training – SRT Ballistics Course

Friday, August 14th, 2015


The SRT ballistics course is a full 8+ hour course that immerses the student in every aspect of bullets in flight. This course is a very intense and in depth dive into what very few people fully understand. The instructor for this course is Dr. Lyman Hazelton.

Dr. Hazelton has served as a faculty research scientist at the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His work as a Project Scientist and acting Principal Investigator, he led a team from MIT and the NASA Ames Research Laboratory to create a computer system to provide astronauts with AI based scientific assistance, the “PI-in-a-Box” experiment. The experiment successfully flew on SLS-2 (STS-58).

Following this mission, he headed the design team for the onboard science computer system (hardware and software) for the Chandra X-ray Observatory CCD Imaging Spectrometer. Dr. Hazelton has done previous work in lasers, holography, spectroscopy, and plasma physics. He has fifteen published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has delivered numerous presentations at national scientific meetings. His “PI-in-a-Box” project won a NASA Presidential Commercial Space Act Award and he has received personal certificates of recognition from NASA and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He holds an Interdepartmental (dual) doctorate of philosophy in Aeronautics and Astronautics and in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more information visit:

Panteao Establishes Facility In South Carolina

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Columbia, SC, August 6, 2015 – Panteao Productions is happy to announce that moving forward, Panteao’s Make Ready Series of instructional videos will be filmed in South Carolina.

After five years of filming the majority of the Make Ready videos near the Seminole Reservation in Big Cypress, Florida, videos will now be filmed at the Sandlapper Gun Range in Swansea, South Carolina.

“While we loved the facility in Big Cypress it was a trek each day to get to and from the range. That made for early mornings and late nights every day because of getting to/from the facility”, said John Tormey, Director at Panteao. John continued, “While the instructors and crew held up fine through it all, we knew we needed to secure a facility with easier access. Equally important, we needed a facility closer to our base of operations.”

Fernando Coelho, president of Panteao Productions, added, “The nine hour drive from South Carolina to Florida did get a little played out after doing it for five years. Now we are able to do more right here in South Carolina. While we will still be filming some training videos and documentaries on location around the country, this will help make the bulk of our shoots much more efficient.”

In addition to filming instructional videos at the new facility, Panteao will be offering training classes taught by the Panteao instructors. “Since we are already bringing the instructors to our facility to film the Make Ready videos, it makes sense to have them stay a few extra days and teach a class. That also gives us the chance to film additional footage during the class,” said Fernando Coelho.

The new facility features a 600 yard rifle bay, a 25 yard rimfire bay, three 25 yard handgun bays, and a 360 degree tactical bay. In addition to the flat ranges, there are plans to construct a larger classroom, shoot house and Hogan’s Alley for both filming and training purposes.

The facility is a 15 minute drive from the Columbia Airport (CAE) and 90 minutes from either the Charlotte (CLT) or Charleston (CHS) airports. Access is easy from I-95, I-20, I-77, and I-26.

The facility will be made available to firearms industry manufacturers that wish to test their products in a controlled environment, away from public view, with the ability of having the testing filmed for in-house use. Manufacturers interested in utilizing the facility should contact Fernando Coelho at

Training Classes will be posted on the Panteao website and social media sites shortly.


New Mike Lamb Instructional Videos From Panteao

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Columbia, SC, August 5, 2015 – Panteao Productions is happy to announce two new instructional videos from Mike Lamb of Stoic Ventures: Make Ready with Mike Lamb: The Complete AR Carbine and Make Ready with Mike Lamb: Active Carbine.

The new video titles are currently in Post-Production and expected to be released in August and September both streaming and on DVD. Filmed in Ultra HD (4K) resolution, the videos will be available streaming in UltraHD and HD for Panteao subscribers from the Panteao website.

Complete AR Carbine

Product Page for Mike Lamb: The Complete AR Carbine:

Active Carbine

Product Page for Mike Lamb: Active Carbine:

S.P.E.A.R. Coaches Symposium & Scenario-Based Training Summit – ‘Two 2 Tango’ Special Offer

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Blauer Tactical is offering a ‘Two 2 Tango’ special for their upcoming S.P.E.A.R. Coaches Symposium & Scenario-Based Training Summit. This deal allows attendees the opportunity to work closely with a like-minded training partner, share and collaborate more easily upon return to work, and share on hotel expenses. If you’re planning on attending the S.P.E.A.R. Coaches Symposium and would like to take advantage of this promo, email with your agency info.

The details of the upcoming event:


Blauer Tactical is holding an upcoming Scenario Trainer’s Summit for their S.P.E.A.R. system in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 26th – 28th. Through this summit, participants will:

  • learn how to use natural movement to create space during a close quarter confrontation;
  • learn how to create safer and more realistic scenarios. Remember: Scenario-based training is the only way to stress-inoculate your personnel–this will improve their precise and confidence and to help them faster strategic judgments during confrontations;
  • learn a behaviorally based training model that will help them weather an ambush, create tactical space and making use of force choices;
  • learn a simple formula to reverse engineer scenarios so that they improve perception and reaction time;
  • Attendees will also receive a participation diploma, with hours listed so they can apply to their CEUs;
  • and SPEAR System coaches can use this training as re-certification.
  • For more information visit

    Woodland Remains the Camo Pattern of Choice in the Jungle

    Friday, July 31st, 2015

    This photo isn’t from the 90s. It was taken just this year at the 25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Academy’s Jungle Operations Training Center.

    Staff Sgt. Ascension Lopez, right, teaches a student how to tie a figure-eight knot.

    Learn more about the Army’s Jungle School at

    Ronin Tactics

    Friday, July 31st, 2015

    The way is through training…

    “You will only fight the way you practice.”
    -Miyamoto Musashi
    Ronin, 1584-1645

    Tactical Maturity And Growth

    Sunday, July 26th, 2015

    Tactical Maturity And Growth
    Aaron Barruga
    July 22, 2015


    As a young recruit going through the Special Forces Qualification Course, I was naively upset with how uncool I thought training was. I wanted to learn how to fast-rope out of helicopters and hotwire cars; instead I endured months of boring training that emphasized small unit tactics that the Army learned from Vietnam. There was nothing special about this training because it focused on basic infantry patrolling techniques.

    During a class about movement formations, an instructor caught me falling asleep. I was appropriately punished with a healthy amount of calisthenics, and afterwards he pulled me aside and said:

    “I get it, with you young guys you expect to do something cool, and that’s alright. But first, I need you to show me that you can handle the basic stuff before we teach you anything else.”

    Although studying Vietnam-era tactics lacked sex appeal, it formed the invaluable foundation from which I would build combat judgment and tactical maturity.

    Tactical Adolescence

    Two years later I was a junior Operator in Special Forces. At range events my primary focus was often on how cool I felt wearing body armor instead of the day’s learning objectives. Tied to ego, wearing kit satisfied the most dominant territories of my vanity, but completely obstructed my mastery of fundamental tactical skills.

    I spent an obnoxious amount of money on gear during the first year I was on an ODA. Despite being issued shopping carts full of equipment from my Unit, I would still seek out commercial gadgets purported as newer and better. This behavior attracted a healthy amount of criticism and I was often the subject of jokes in the Team Room.

    However, my teammates understood the underlying cause of my behavior. Because they too had been “the new guy,” my teammates understood that my behavior was both infatuation and anxiety. In my mind, maximizing the layout (or uniqueness) of my kit correlated with improved combat performance.

    Although gear is a prerequisite for battle, it is not be the determinant that influences our judgment. Gear does not lead a chalk of Rangers onto a beachhead in France, or a platoon of Afghan militia in the Hindu Kush. Gear certainly does not help you make hard decisions, in which there are no respectable outcomes.

    What Others Think

    In Iraq, my ODA was located on a small FOB that was relatively secure. Our team house was the target of sporadic rocket and small arms fire, however, we were able to walk around in normal clothes with just a pistol on our hip. A few compounds from my team house lived a contractor named “Carl” (real name redacted) that would perform logistical tasks for my team. Despite force protection protocol only requiring a pistol for personal safety, Carl wore body armor at all times.

    Driving on the camp, body armor. Liaising with other units, body armor. Eating in the chow hall, body armor.

    This individual was so enchanted with the idea of combat (something he would not participate in) that he didn’t realize he was portraying himself as a liability. Because he behaved outside of the social norms of our FOB, and lacked professional credibility (in regards to realistic combat expectations), individuals that understood his situation did not take him seriously.

    However, Carl was real popular with the lowest ranking soldiers on the FOB. Because these soldiers lacked judgment and were still developing their tactical maturity, Carl looked like the real deal.

    My recollection of Carl makes him an easy character to dislike. However, I’m sure that at certain points in my career I was disliked for exhibiting similar qualities. Fortunately I had mentors that would recalibrate my errant focus and misperceived abilities.

    In order to mature tactically, we need to reevaluate both the physical aspects of our shooting abilities, and the mental constructions we have about ourselves. If a shooter is incapable of identifying areas for improvement in both of the aforementioned, he is being dishonest with himself.

    So… when have you been a Carl?


    Aaron is a Special Forces veteran and competitive shooter. He teaches classes in Southern California for law enforcement and civilians. Check out his company’s website and Instagram for more information. (,

    This article was first posted at the RE Factor blog and is reposted here at the request of the author and full cognizance of RE Factor in the interest of increased dissemination. I want to thank Aaron and the team at RE Factor for thinking of us.

    VSS – Small Unit Leader’s Operational Planning Guide

    Monday, July 20th, 2015


    This handy pocket guide by Special Forces Veterans Jeff Kirkham and Erik Lawrence includes the most common operations planning and execution templates. Naturally, it features Troop Leading Procedures and various mission orders formats including annexes. There are also Medevac and Call for Fire formats.

    KRYTAC – Trident LMG Enhanced AEG

    Saturday, July 18th, 2015


    KRYTAC, KRISS Group’s training and simulation brand, will be releasing the new Trident LMG Enhanced airsoft rifle this coming August. Designed to combine the look and function of the AR platform with a full-sized machine gun, the Trident comes with a KeyMod handguard and shortened barrel for customization and maneuverability. It features a reinforced 8mm ball bearing gearbox with integrated MOSFET and an easy access spring guide system. The Trident is capable of firing 6mm BBs at velocities exceeding 380 fps, at a rate of 20+ rounds per second.

    Additional features include:

  • 6-position battery stock
  • Aluminum alloy receiver
  • Lightweight polymer piston
  • Also coming soon from KRYTAC is the licensed Warsport LVOA .22LR rimfire rifles and AEGs. We’ll have more info on those as it becomes available.