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TYR Tactical – Cyber Monday Sale

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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TYR Tactical is holding a Cyber Monday sale. Take advantage of discounts on popular TYR products, inclduing the PICO Assaulters Plate Carrier. Sale ends on Monday, December 1st, 1700 MST.


Dale Comstock’s “Everyman” Spartan AR15 Carbine

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Dale Comstock Retired SF NCO, former Delta member, contractor and author has teamed with Tactical Black Firearms to introduce a line of AR15-style rifles. For this article we’ll concentrate on the Everyman model.


-Fully adjustable Magpul collapsible stock
-Magpul forend
-Vertical foregrip
-Flip-up rear sight
-A2 Front sight, F-Marked Front sight post
-Custom Dale Comstock engraved 7075-T6 Premium lower receiver by Tactical Black Firearms (TBF)
-TBF Premium upper receiver
-Premium 16″ Barrel
-.750″ diameter F-marked front sight base with sling swivel. High pressure tested and magnetic particle inspected and then phosphate coated. -Carbine-length gas system
-1 in 7″ twist rate
-Chrome-lined bore
-HPT/MPI Barrel
-M4 Feed ramps
-M16 Bolt Carrier Group
-Carpenter 158 Bolt, and a full profile chrome lined carrier. Bolt is made of shot-peened, Mil-spec Carpenter 158 steel. Gas key is secured with grade 8 fasteners and staked. Bolt carrier is parkerized outside and chrome lined inside.
-Iron Viper Products ambi selector
-Modern Survival Straps Comstock Carbine sling
-HEXMAG 30 round standard magazine (where legal)
Note: 15 round available to Colorado residents – NOV 2014

Available in Black, Original Tigerstripe and Comstock Desert Tigerstripe.


NVC: Night Vision Camera, Battery Case For iPhone 6 / 6 Plus On Kickstarter

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MSM Labs, based in Germantown, MD, has developed a case for iPhone models 6 and 6 Plus which incorporates a Night Vision Camera, MicroSD Slot, and battery pack into a single unit.


The NVC is capable of capturing 5MP pictures and HD video in total darkness up to 30 feet thanks to the eight 940nm LEDs built into the case. The camera can also be remotely monitored and can record video anywhere within WiFi reach of your iPhone or iPad through use of a free NVC app available on the iOS store.

The MicroSD slot is the default save location for any video or pictures taken with the NVC. Using the free app, camera roll pictures and videos on the iPhone can also be stored to the MicroSD, offering increased storage capacity.

Additionally, a Lithium Polymer battery incorporated into the NVC case can provide up to an additional 100% charge to the iPhone.


Win a 2015 Hot Shots Calendar

Sunday, November 30th, 2014


We’ve got five 2015 Hot Shots Calendars to give away.

To enter:

1. In the comments section of THIS article on SSD tell us where you’ll display your calendar. Only entries here are eligible to win.

2. This is a short one. Comments are only open from now until 1859 EST November 30th.

3. Use any alias you want to post, but be sure to use a valid email address since that’s how we’ll contact the winner.

4. 5 winners will be selected at random.

5. One entry per email address. We will delete entries that violate this policy.

6. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited.

7. Good luck!

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Sunday, November 30th, 2014


Reader Bill C spent Black Friday hiking Great Falls MD.

Questions Asked on the USAF Security Forces LEOSA Facebook Page

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

uestions we receive on a weekly basis…
1. I’m Army MP XX number of years can I apply to the AF. -NO.
2. What is LEOSA? -Really?
3. How does this benefit me? -See previous response.
4. I’m Guard/Reserve/IMA/Retired can I apply. -If AF, yes if qual’d.
5. Why do we have to pay? -No public tax dollars.
6. My CHL/CCW is better and this is a scam. -FALSE
7. This violates Posse Comitatus. -FALSE
8. Can I arrest people 24/7 as a cop. -Absolutely NOT
9. If I can’t carry on base what’s the point? -Really?
10. I already have a state issued LEOSA card based on my AF status. -You are in violation of the law because you must have an ID card issued BY YOUR EMPLOYER, ie. the USAF
11. Can I carry a weapon onto a plane. -NO, read the law!
12. I’m a SNCO and don’t have training records, am I eligible. -Seriously?
13. LEOSA/CCW insurance is a scam. -FALSE, its been around for years.
14. Can I carry my USAF issued M9? -NO
15. Can I carry an Uzi? Technically possible, sigh.
16. I’m an officer, but not SF or an MP, and I can apprehend based on my rank and the UCMJ; how can I apply? -NOT ELIGIBLE
17. I’m a First Sergeant but was never SF am I eligible? -NO
18. I was Air Police, do I qualify? -Yes
19. I was Security Police do I qualify? -Yes
20. I was a Security Police Security troop before the careerfield merged, do I qualify? -Yes
21. Does this apply in Puerto Rico? -Yes

By the way, the Air Force appears to be way out in front of the other services in issuing credentials to their LE personnel in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act.

Gunfighter Moment – Larry Vickers

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Consider the source; be careful what you believe on the Internet in regards to firearms, their history and implementation. Although plenty of solid information exists on the web, a lot of wrong, misleading and potentially dangerous information and advice is spread around as if it were facts carved in stone. I literally see multiple examples of this every single day on the web.

My advice is consider the source and cross check. In addition your own verification, thru experience if possible, usually points you in the right direction.

‘The problem with the Internet is it is full of people with nothing to say that say it anyway’ – Jeff Cooper

-Larry Vickers
Vickers Tactical Inc.
Host of TacTV


Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical is a retired US Army 1st SFOD-Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. In recent years he has hosted tactical firearms related TV shows on the Sportsman Channel with the latest being TacTV of which Bravo Company is a presenting sponsor. Larry Vickers special operations background is one of the most unique in the industry today; he has been directly or indirectly involved in the some of the most significant special operations missions of the last quarter century. During Operation Just Cause he participated in Operation Acid Gambit – the rescue of Kurt Muse from Modelo Prison in Panama City, Panama. As a tactics and marksmanship instructor on active duty he helped train special operations personnel that later captured Saddam Hussein and eliminated his sons Uday and Qusay Hussein. In addition he was directly involved in the design and development of the HK416 for Tier One SOF use which was used by Naval Special Warfare personnel to kill Osama Bin Laden. Larry Vickers has developed various small arms accessories with the most notable being his signature sling manufactured by Blue Force Gear and Glock accessories made by Tangodown. In addition he has maintained strong relationships with premium companies within the tactical firearms industry such as BCM, Aimpoint, Black Hills Ammunition, Wilson Combat and Schmidt & Bender.

Larry Vickers travels the country conducting combat marksmanship classes for law abiding civilians, law enforcement and military and has partnered with Alias Training to coordinate classes to best meet the needs of the students attending the class.

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 us some words of wisdom.

This Is How You Test – Hat Tip to Small Arms Defense Journal’s Look at Barrel Lengths for 5.56 Weapons

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Next time you want to run out back with a gun and “test” it, take a gander at this.

Even though Doc Dater isn’t wearing a lab coat he is do instructing the heart of testing, which is painstaking data collection. Photo from Small Arms Journal.

Small Arms Journal has published a great story entitled “Barrel Length Studies in 5.56 Weapons” where they investigate the effects of bore pressure upon projectile barrel exit of varying barrel lengths. They go into detail on how they prepared the test and how they collected the data as well as the results. A fine piece of work.