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Alexander Arms ‘Alexa’ AR-15 At The Range

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Alexander Arms is a company that is best known for the .50 Beowulf cartridge developed by the company’s founder, Bill Alexander. They also manufacture parts, components, AR-15-style uppers, and full rifles for their proprietary cartridge in addition to the 6.5 Grendel (also co-developed by Alexander) and .17 HMR cartridges. Only relatively recently have they expanded their product line to include the NATO standard 5.56 cartridge.

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We were recently invited out to C2 Shooting Center to try out the new Alexander Arms 5.56 ‘Alexa’ AR-15. The ‘Alexa’ features a fluted, chrome lined, mil-s-11595 steel cold hammer forged barrel, 16″, 1:7 twist. The upper is a flat top with extended feed ramps, and an M-16 style carrier group, chrome lined bores with fully staked gas key. The model at the range had the MK10 vented hand guard, made of G10 composite with corrosion resistant threaded inserts spaced to attach 3-inch Picatinny rail sections. Additional components included military specification stock extension tubes, an M4-style stock, and a military style trigger. The rifle was also outfitted with Manta rail covers and grip sleeves as well as an ACOG.

The Editor of SSD first fired the weapon at 50 yards in the prone position.

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The left target resulted from using an unsupported rifle. The right target resulted from the rifle supported with a GPS.LE Grip Pod. As you can see, the Grip Pod was very successful in assisting with stabilizing what is an already accurate weapon.

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The Editor also practiced a couple of standing-to-prone transition drills, deploying a separate GPS.LE with light rail to stabilize the rifle while prone.

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While our time with the ‘Alexa’ was brief, Alexander Arms seems to have a winner on their hands. It’s a solid, accurate rifle with a crisp trigger pull that makes a fine addition to Alexander Arms’ product list.

www.alexanderarms.com

Tactical Fanboy

A Day At The Range With The Hodge Defense AU-MOD 1

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Last month Soldier Systems Daily, in conjunction with Targeted Integration Group took a few Hodge Defense Systems pre-production and production AU-Mod1 carbines out to C2 Shooting Center to put them through their paces. As you can tell, we had a great day. Ron Bellan from from Reaper Outdoors also showed up to join in. Big thanks to our videographer M Keller. Look for a full report soon on SSD and in Recoil Magazine.

High Threat Concealment Low Profile System

Friday, April 27th, 2012

I was recently invited out to C2 Shooting Center in nearby Virginia Beach to check out High Threat Concealment and in particular, their Low Profile System. Right out of the box, I have to say that everything they do is well executed. I’d venture to say that with molded holsters and accessories, it’s either great or it sucks. HTC is definitely on the great side of the scale. It’s not just the quality of their products. They’ve done some things that no on else has.

HTC was founded by James Overton and Adam Garrison who bring a combined background of military, law enforcement and diplomatic protection to develop a line of holsters and accessories. One thing that makes their line different is that the entire kit and caboodle was developed for duty use, but in environments where the gunfighter has to maintain a low profile. This isn’t modified 3-gun gear. For instance, you’ll notice that the pouch grips higher on a magazine or other piece of kit. After all, you don’t want it falling out. On a range it can be embarrassing, in a gunfight; deadly.

The Low Profile System is a modular design consisting of a series of interconnected components that can be tailored to the user’s preference. Once configured, you can thread your belt through the system. HTC has a couple of really cool surprises coming soon that will make it even easier to integrate with a variety of profiles, from full on combat equipment to the lowest of profile close personal protection detail.

The LCS comes standard with 1 HTC Dual Pistol Mag Holder, 2 HTC M4 Mag Holders, 1 HTC Blowout Kit, 1 HTC Gen 2 Radio Holder, and 1 HTC Gen 2 Pistol Holster. However, it can be modified with addition or removal of components. When ordered in its full configuration it is offered at a discount.

One of the coolest things they have developed is the Modular Accessory Panel. It is a platform that is PALS compatible and will also accept HTC’s line of pouches including an innovative cutaway IFAK. Other available pouches include a universal handcuff pouch; a cell phone / camera pouch; a flashlight / admin pouch with flip down ID & badge holder; and a shotgun shell pouch that will hold 8 shells.

Additionally, the Gen 3 Radio Holder is pretty innovative. It holds the radio backward so you don’t inadvertently change the radio’s settings.

It’s important to note that while everything is designed to be used as a system, any component can be used alone or with other pieces in virtually any combination. In fact, a couple of agencies have already adopted individual components. I picked up one of their G21 OWB holsters for my new FDE Gen 4 and it’s a great fit, bot for me and the pistol.

There’s no way to cover this entire system in a single article. But if there’s one take away, it’s this; modularity is key. We insist upon it in a warfighting load, but not in a concealable system, until now. Also, as of right now, wait times are only 3-5 days. But, as their name becomes more well known, I don’t think that will last.

Black is standard but other colors available on request.

www.highthreatconcealment.com

FDE Gen 4 GLOCK 21

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Here are some photos of one of the Flat Dark Earth Gen 4 G21s from Lipsey’s. As you can see, the removable backstrap panels are Black. However, the Gen 4 G17 I also picked up has color matching FDE backstraps. The holster is from High Threat Concealment developed in conjunction with our friends at C2 Shooting Center. More on them soon but we will say one thing; 3-5 day wait times for holsters. The background is an issue Gen III ECWCS Level 4 windshirt.

TF Checks Out the SureFire MAG5-100 HCM

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Our very own Tactical Fanboy gave the SureFire 100 round MAG 5-100 high-capacity magazine a go during a training course conducted by 914 Consulting at C2 Shooting Center on his birthday. While not a comprehensive test, he shared it with several other students who used it in a variety of rifles by various manufactured with no problems noted.

The SureFire 100-round High-Capacity Magazine is constructed from Mil-Spec hard-anodized aluminum. It weights 3.3 lbs. (!) fully loaded, and has a length of 12.2 inches, so have fun trying to go prone. It features reliable functioning thanks to mechanical simplicity and high-quality, non-binding springs coated with cadmium for low friction and corrosion resistance. Any weapon that can accept STANAG 4179 compliant magazines can accept one of these. Specifications aside, can a magazine with this high a capacity actually work reliably?


The rifle is a Blackheart International BHI-15 with a Lucid LLC HD7 Red Dot Sight.

My initial analysis: yeah, it can. See, I was at a training class yesterday (more on that later) and I happened to bring a hi-cap mag along. Not for the class, mind you, but because I was at the range and I finally had a chance to test it out. It took a long time to load, and it was heavy [said Captain Obvious], but it seated just fine and I had no feeding failures. I had a few of the other students try it out as well, so it went through multiple AR-15s from many different manufacturers, and still had no issues. I’d have to use it a few more times, and in different weapons, to be completely sure, but as it stands it’s my full belief that SureFire made a great product in this magazine.

http://www.surefire.com/MAG5-100

Daniel Defense and Vickers Tactical Team Up to Produce Instructional Videos

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Larry Vickers recently invited SSD to C2 Shooting Center for a behind the scenes glimpse of production of his instructional training videos. Produced by Daniel Defense, filming was conducted by his very accomplished crew from Tactical Impact. Fourteen very lucky students were invited in for two days of free training from Larry Vickers. In exchange for the free training, they will be immortalized along with Larry on his multi-disc Blue Ray tactical carbine and handgun videos.

In fact, these should be available for order next week on Black Friday. Keep your eyes peeled for word on www.DanielDefense.com as well as www.VickersTactical.com. They are great for those students who can’t make it to a Vickers course, as a refresher for previous students, or as sheer entertainment for the enthusiast. Larry Vickers is a wealth of knowledge and spends ample time providing insight on why he uses the TTPs he does as well as a constant running history lesson.