Archive for November, 2009

Zel Custom Adds .338 Lapua to Upper Lineup

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Zel Custom Manufacturing just released their third-generation Tactilite big-bore, bolt-action uppers for AR-style rifles. The new Tactilite “Gen-3” features an upper receiver machined from a solid billet of steel. Zel Custom Manufacturing also announced that the Tactilite is now available for the popular .338 Lapua cartridge, in addition its the existing lines of .50 BMG and .416 Barrett conversion kits.

Zel Custom Tactilite Upper

“Machining the upper receiver from a solid piece of steel offers several important advantages,” said Michael Brendzel, president of Zel Custom Manufacturing. “First, it allows us to create an integrated scope rail that will not lose zero. Second, we are able to precisely align the integrated scope rail with an integrated barrel extension to assure the greatest accuracy. Third, the solid receiver is stronger and more durable than the cast and/or welded uppers offered by competitors. While our approach is more costly in time and materials, we have taken the opportunity to reengineer our processes and have been able to maintain our well-known value pricing.”

Additionally, Brendzel had this to say about the introduction of a new caliber, “The .338 Lapua fills a critical void and we believe that Zel Custom provides an excellent value option in this space.”

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Improved Modular Panel Insert from Down Range Gear

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The more I see from Down Range Gear, the more I like. Their latest product is the Improved Modular Panel Insert. Capitalizing on their successful Modular Panel Insert, Down Range Gear decided to provide additional capabilities; a Velcro faced PALS grid with integral 6″ deep, heavy duty elastic pockets and custom built for the user’s specific application.

Down Range Gear Improved Modular Panel Insert

Four removable 1” triglide loops can be added to the package in order to allow the panel to be secured to internal pack webbing harnesses. Additionally, the Velcro loops can be backed with 5038 binding tape to provide reinforcement for heavy duty use. Lastly, versatility can be increased with an optional harness allowing the panel to double as a vehicle seat organizer. Ultimately, the exact configuration of the panel is up to the user. Down Range Gear will work with you to produce exactly what you want.

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EOTAC Concealed Carry DVD Giveaway

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

This is a reminder that you only have a few days left to enter the EOTAC DVD giveaway.

EOTAC partnered with Thunder Ranch Director Clint Smith to produce a short DVD introducing viewers to basic concealed carry techniques. The vignettes are extracted from a full length DVD Clint produced with American Handgunner and each segment shows how to accomplish a different presentation technique with various EOTAC clothing options. At only 12 minutes in length it has only been available exclusively to EOTAC dealers until now.

Concealed Carry DVD

Soldier Systems convinced EOTAC to provide us with five copies to give away to lucky readers. To enter, all you need to do is send an email with “EOTAC Giveaway” in the subject line. Entries must be submitted by 12:00 PM EST 1 December, 2009 and winners will be selected and announced that same day.

The full-length DVD is available from American Handgunner.

Kyle Defoor Joins TigerSwan

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Kyle Defoor has joined the ranks of TigerSwan’s instructor cadre. Kyle brings with him the experience of training more than 5000 students in firearms and tactics, and is the co-host of the popular Sportsman Channel programs “Tactical Arms” and “Tactical Impact”.

Prior to becoming an instructor, Kyle served with Naval Special Warfare Development Group and SEAL Team 8 as a sniper and assaulter, with decorated combat experience in Afghanistan and Bosnia.

“Kyle fits the TigerSwan instructor profile – Special Operations warrior, extensive combat experience, extensive instructor experience, outstanding weapons handling skills, the ability to teach, coach and mentor warfighters, and a passion for the safety and success of our service members”, said TSI COO Brian Searcy.

With Kyle Defoor now on board, TigerSwan becomes one of the few premiere tactical training companies in the world to have instructors with a passion for training from all arenas of Special Operations.

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The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

Brought to you by authors Wallace and Melton, the same team who brought you “Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda “, “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception” delves into an interesting era in American espionage history. It was 1953, and the flames were just beginning to rise on the Cold War. Looking for any edge, the CIA turned to magician John Mulholland to adapt his techniques of stealth and misdirection to the craft of espionage. He produced two illustrated manuals featuring a range of tricks from placing pills into drinks to stealing documents and avoiding detection. The classified manuals were believed to have been destroyed in 1973, but the authors discovered a copy in 2007 among recently declassified CIA archives. For fans of espionage this is a major coup as basic tradecraft skills go out fashion long before they go out of date.

“The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception” is available from Amazon or your local book seller.

Academie Duello

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

On a recent visit to Vancouver I passed an interesting looking storefront. My interest piqued I went inside and was amazed at what I saw. A large wooden floor was framed on either side by a brace of medieval weaponry. It turns out that this simple storefront was actually Academie Duello. Specializing in the western martial arts, they are the largest swordplay training center in North America. This isn’t something you would run across everyday so I had to learn more.

Academie Duello Quarterstaff Training

According to their website, “Academie Duello is a school of European Swordplay and Western Martial Arts devoted to teaching the weapons of the historical gentleman and warrior. Our Martial Arts training includes sword arts such as the rapier, sidesword, sword and shield, and long sword, as well as the quarterstaff, spear, knife and unarmed combat.”

Founded in 2004 the school continues to expand. On top of the weaponry they also offer falconry training. As I walked around the gym, I stumbled upon not one, but two birds of prey. Additionally, they plan to establish a museum of swords, armou and heraldry in time for the Olympics and offer visitors the chance to attend a drop-in lesson for $10.

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CP Gear Christmas Bonus

Friday, November 27th, 2009

In addition to CPGear’s 20% off sale on all Coyote Brown and CADPAT AR pouches and rigs, they’re also offering free shipping on US orders over $50 until December 15th.

High Gear Applications Coach Certification

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Blauer Tactical has some great news for those interested in advanced scenario training, force-on-force drills and role-player programs. They’re launching a brand-new, 2-day WEEKEND instructor certification course. HIGH GEAR Applications Coach is a certification course based on their Ballistic Micro-Fightsâ„¢ & HIGH GEARâ„¢ programs and will be dove-tailed with their popular Instructor Certification. Make sure you check with Blauer for special rates for those attending both courses.

High Gear in Action

The new course combines all elements of multi-discipline fight training and combines them with the training goals and objectives of Blauer’s 3 C’s Methodology: Clear, Control & Counter. This course is about enhancing training methods, improving safety, and taking your experience to the next level.

This course is open for all combatives, defensive tactics self-defense, and martial art enthusiasts and covers carefully-selected drills from Blauer’s force-on-force courses gleaned over the last 30 years of contact scenarios with martial artists, MMA superstars, police, and warfighters.

The course includes specific blocks of instruction covering:
• Personal defense confrontations
• Situational confrontations (using the BTS Fight House)
• MMA isolation drills (Cage)
• Basic contact striking & grappling skills
• Check out HIGH GEAR in action

Inspired by CrossFit’s huge success holding certs on the weekend, Blauer decided to follow suit with this course as well. Such weekend courses don’t conflict with most work schedules and travel is generally less expensive. Additionally, they’ve also dove-tailed it with their most popular course, the S.P.E.A.R. System: Instructor Certification. This way trainers can combine their S.P.E.A.R. course to include an advanced scenario instructor cert. However, it is important to remember that any serious trainer from any systems, styles, or programs can take the course.

HIGH GEAR will be available at a special price for those attending the certification (it’ll be part of a package deal). For those of you who already own HIGH GEAR but want/need the certification for your agency, unit, self-defense or martial arts school, there will also be a special price of just ‘tuition only’.

*HIGH GEAR will be on hand for rental & T&E for those that do not already own the gear.