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Canipe Correspondence – Behind the Scenes at Tac TV

Most shooters are familiar with Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical. In addition to being a retired Army Special Forces soldier and member of our Nation’s most elite Special Operations unit for over 15 years, Larry is an extremely successful tactical trainer, industry consultant, product designer, firearms expert, and gunsmith.

Some readers may not be familiar with Larry’s latest project, Tac TV. Following the success of his previous show Tactical Arms, Tac TV is a 30-minute weekly show on The Sportsman Channel highlighting various weapons, tactics, and products relevant to the tactical professional or enthusiast. Recently, SSD was lucky enough to attend filming of a new episode of Tac TV in Apex, NC. LAV and guest host Clint Lynch were doing a special on the .300 AAC Blackout cartridge. With this round’s explosion in popularity (for good reason), Tac TV puts the .300BLK through it’s paces along side the venerable M4 and AK47. Look for this episode in October or November, just in time to decide on that new .300BLK rifle for Christmas.

Obviously LAV is the host and star of the show, but he is supported by a full production staff and special guest SMEs who come from varied backgrounds within the Special Operations community and tactical industry. On this season you can see decorated Navy SEAL and Centurion Arms founder Monty LeClaire, LAV’s fellow IDPA founders Ken Hackathorn and Bill Wilson, “Super” Dave Harrington, and numerous other experts passing their experience and expertise with viewers around the country.

Tac TV isn’t your usual YouTube firearms show in front of a webcam, it’s a fully staffed and supported television production for network TV. Filmed in HD on the same state-of-the-art equipment as major Hollywood titles, Silent R Productions its tremendous effort and skill into every scene, and it shows on screen. Tac TV makes full use of high-speed cameras, hi-tech audio capturing equipment, and Silent R’s tremendous production expertise to bring the best firearms show on TV.

If you have DISH network check out The Sportsman Channel, but if not, don’t fear. Tac TV recently went live with a fully featured web site allowing you to view all of Tac TV’s televised content as well. In addition to the televised episodes steaming on-demand, the web site offer additional content that is exclusive to the web site and opportunities to win thousands of dollars in prizes to include a custom Larry Vickers-built 1911 pistol. While you’re there, check out the Tac TV web store and Larry’s shooting challenge.

If you’re tired of watching shows about hacks building spray-painted AKs or shows about catty menopausal rich girls with your wife, check out Tac TV. You’ll be getting the best info out there from one of the most qualified experts in the industry. Special thanks to LAV, Eric, Cameron, Matt, and Jordan for having us out to check out the filming, and to Daniel Defense for providing all the ammo and rifles I burned up on the set.

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.

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7 Responses to “Canipe Correspondence – Behind the Scenes at Tac TV”

  1. Chappy says:

    Great show, mostly because I can trust LAV knows what he’s talking about and isn’t a bullshitter.

  2. C. Reed says:

    Looks good Jon, I saw these pics on FB a couple of days ago, I thought for sure that was Clint Lynch(By the way, you spelled his last name wrong). Where in apex did you guys film this, Tigerswan?

  3. Jon C. says:

    Just a big plot of land they use between Apex and Sanford…good spot, you can do whatever out there. It’s a great place.

    I see my iPad autocorrected Clint’s name to his Internet name, lol.

    • C. Reed says:

      I was just thinking “it looks like Canipe’s internet device has been spending too much time on LF” lol.

      Well shit if I knew about this place I wouldn’t have spent $150 to go shoot at Jim’s and gun’s plus with my friends, while I was back at Bragg the last time I was there. Was there any good backstops there?

      • Jon C. says:

        Don’t sweat ranges when you’re here, I have that covered.

        The layout there makes it pretty safe to shoot whatever, you shoot down into a huge hill so there’s no way anything short of a JDAM would be an issue.

  4. Bill says:

    A big plot of land where? Along US1 between Apex and Sanford?

    I’ve been in Apex 20+ years and this “plot of land” for public shooting is new to me. It would be nice to have a place to shoot >200y.

    Is it open for public shooting?