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SCUBAPRO Sunday – Knowing Your Pace

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

You should always know your pace, you will want to know how far each kick takes you, or you will want to see if it is the same as it has always been. If you have not been in the water in a long time or you have new fins. Here is how you go about finding/ checking your pace. It is basically the same as you would for checking your pace on land.  

 You will need to have a place you can do this. Next to a pier is a great place, as it will help save some steps. You will need the following gear.

• One hundred yards of line or you can use a wall that is that long. You will still want to mark it. You will need.
• A compass/ Navigation Board
• A stopwatch
• A slate so you can write your times down.

It would is best if you put markers on the line to help mark your time and pace, generally at the quarter, the halfway, and three quarters. This way, it will give you an idea of how fast you are going and help you to adjust if needed. Put something that floats, so that way, you can see it if the bottom gets steered up. Cyamlights, in a Gatorade bottle, works well for this. Secure the line to the bottom. If you have access to something stationary like a pier or dock, it makes it more comfortable to follow along with it. Ensure both ends are as secure as possible because some people tend to pull on the rope while doing this. It may be easier if you can keep your line close to the bottom (not always possible) because it’s easier to identify if the rope is relatively horizontal to the bottom as compared to in free water. Try to set up your rope parallel to any current, although it is best to do this in an area where the currents are mild. 

Swim normally from one end to the other while counting your kicks. When you reach the end of the rope, write down the number of kicks you did on your slate. Naturally, repeat this several times. Some people do this exercise at double their average speed because they are task-focused, but this is not a realistic representation of how you would typically dive. Like doing your pace on land, you can count every time your left foot goes up or your right or both. If you are only counting one, then you might tend to push harder on the leg. So be aware of that. Use the stopwatch to adjust how long this takes you. You want to do the 100yards in 3 min.  

Do this at least twice so you can average between swimming into the current with swimming with the current. The more time you do this, the better and you are more likely to relax, the more you do it.  

Now, take the average of all of your samples and divide that number into the distance traveled. If you averaged 50 kicks to go 100 yards along the line, each fin kick you make averages just over seven and a half feet in distance traveled. This will help with any time you need to cover a certain distance. You will also want to do this if you are using things you have not used before. For example, if you are carrying heavier gear, a Ladder with a hook for breaching gear or a waterproof bag.

FragOut! Issue #30 Now Available

Sunday, August 30th, 2020


Rosomak: 17 years in service

ZSSW-30: Turret systems Part 2

F-35 for Poland

LPR: Polish Medical Air Rescue

Radmor 35010 Personal Radio

Works 11: Counter-diver systems

Pimp my GROT

Taser Pulse

Tactical Gucci: AKSU Handguard

Direct Action Spitfire Mk II

Helikon-Tex MCDU Combat Shirt

Carinthia gear: 9 months of use


Putting The Band Back Together?

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Anarchy Outdoors Introduces Performance Upgrades For The Thompson Center Compass and Venture Rifles

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

North Logan, UT- Anarchy Outdoors, a leading industry innovator and supplier of precision rifle components and other high-performance firearms accessories, has introduced two major upgrades for the Thompson Center Compass and Venture rifles, a Thread Bolt Handle and a Picatinny Scope Base with Bubble Level.   Both the Compass and Venture are great rifles, available at a reasonable price with solid features.  Like many factory rifles there is always an opportunity to make improvements in ergonomics and performance.  These two new products from Anarchy Outdoors will make these rifles easier to shoot and more accurate at long range.

Part of maximizing the accuracy and functionality of any rifle system is properly fitting it to the shooter.  The Threaded Bolt Handle is more ergonomic than the factory handle.  It is swept back further and places the bolt knob is a position that makes it easier and faster to work the action.  The end of the Threaded Bolt Handle also has 5/16”-24TPI threads.  This enables a significant degree of improvement with any of the Anarchy Outdoors aftermarket bolt knobs with the same threads.   Precision machined from 17-4 stainless steel and now available in a satin or black nitride finish, the Threaded Bolt Handle for the TC Compass and Venture has an MSRP of $59.99.  More Info:  Venture Bolt Handle   Compass Bolt Handle

The Anarchy Outdoors Picatinny scope base for the T/C Compass and Venture features an integral bubble level that is machined into the back of the rail.  This lets the shooter quickly and easily see if their rifle is level before taking a shot.  Preventing cant in the rifle is critical to precision shooting at long range.  The base also features a forward slope in either 20MOA or 30MOA.  This maximizes the amount of useable elevation adjustment in a riflescope.  These new scope bases are precision machined from 7075-T6 aluminum and hardcoat anodized matted black and include the mounting hardware.  Available in for both long and short actions, the new Picatinny Scope Base with Bubble Level has an MSRP of $89.99.   

More info:  Picatinny Scope Base with Bubble Level

Team SIG Captain Max Michel Takes Home a First Place Finish at the USPSA 2020 Alabama Sectionals

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

NEWINGTON, N.H., (August 25, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain and professional shooter Max Michel for his first-place finish in the Carry Optics Division at the USPSA 2020 Alabama Sectionals.

“After the unanticipated disruption of the competitive shooting schedule for 2020, it’s great to see that Max has dived back in, hasn’t missed a beat, and continues to dominate carry optics competition,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales.  “Max’s sustained success and winning record with the SIG SAUER P320 XFIVE LEGION and ROMEO3MAX red dot sight continues to provide validation that this setup is a winning combination.”

To take his Carry Optics titles at the USPSA 2020 Alabama Sectionals, Max competed against 79 competitors through eight stages.  For competition, Max used his P320 XFIVE LEGION with a ROMEO3MAX red dot sight and SIG 147 grain Match Elite 9mm Competition Ammunition. 

“This year’s Alabama Sectionals was a challenging match and the competition came prepared to compete at the highest level.  Each stage really tested my training with covered targets and targets placed at much farther distances than you normally see in competition,” said Michel.  “My SIG equipment, including my ROMEO3MAX and P320 XFIVE LEGION, gave me the edge I needed to navigate these complicated stages to take home the win for Team SIG.”

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO3MAX red dot sight developed and used by Team SIG Captain and Professional Shooter Max Michel and SIG 147 grain Match Elite 9mm competition ammunition can be purchased online at sigsauer.com/store or retailers everywhere.

The USPSA 2020 Alabama Sectionals was held at CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, August 15-16, 2020.

Fifteenth Air Force Activates, Consolidates Air Combat Comand’s Conventional Forces – Includes Significant Amount of AF Ground Forces

Saturday, August 29th, 2020


Fifteenth Air Force activated Aug. 20, integrating wings and direct reporting units from Twelfth Air Force and Ninth Air Force to form a new Numbered Air Force responsible for generating and presenting Air Combat Command’s conventional forces.

ACC’s conventional capabilities include fighter, remotely piloted aircraft, command and control, and rescue flying units plus Air-Ground Operations Airmen who integrate Air Force capabilities in combined arms operations, the Air Force’s dedicated base defense group, RED HORSE, or Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers, and the agile combat support units that open and operate our bases. In addition to organizing, training, and equipping ACC’s conventional forces, this new NAF will also present a deployable joint task force-capable headquarters that can provide command and control of integrated ACC forces.

“Consolidating these forces into the Fifteenth Air Force is another step toward implementing the Air Force’s new force generation construct and will enable the delivery of dynamic and agile combat airpower as directed by the National Defense Strategy,” said Gen. Mike Holmes, commander or ACC. “This reorganization will streamline and improve the way we present our conventional forces as part of the new USAF construct, while honoring our history and the dedication of our Airmen.”

Following this transition, Twelfth Air Force will focus on its component role for U.S. Southern Command as 12 AF/AFSOUTH. Meanwhile, the existing Ninth Air Force will be inactivated and U.S. Air Forces Central Command will be re-designated as 9 AF/AFCENT.

The creation of the new NAF is part of a larger force optimization effort within ACC, which began with the stand-up of Sixteenth Air Force, a dedicated information warfare NAF, last fall.

Maj. Gen. Chad Franks received the guidon from Holmes, assuming responsibility for leading the more than 45,000 Airmen assigned to the new NAF.

“When I took command of the Ninth Air Force in June 2019, I stated we would focus on getting even better, so we could continue to deliver unmatched lethal fires for our joint and coalition partners wherever it is required,” Franks said. “Through our joint task force-capable mission and the advocacy for our units, we have done that. As the Fifteenth Air Force, we will continue to progress further toward that vision and provide a lean and agile mission command and control of forces to enable us to protect, deter, and deploy against emerging threats. Thank you for allowing me the great honor to be the commander of the Fifteenth Air Force and I look forward to visiting all of the units in the near future.”

The Fifteenth Air Force was first established in 1943 as the Mediterranean theater’s air force. After World War II, it served as one of the primary NAFs in Strategic Air Command deterring Cold War Soviet aggression before transferring to Air Mobility Command in 1992 as an expeditionary task force.

No units will be physically moving and the majority of affected Airmen will not experience changes in their day-to-day operations.


By Staff Reports, Air Combat Command Public Affairs

Tracer Tactical – Covert Tongue Inserts

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Tracer Tactical’s Covert Tongue Inserts are designed to work with footwear, lacing into the tongue portion Coyote Tan pictured.

Perfect for SERE related items and other tools.

Comp-Tac Releases Holster Fits for the S&W M&P 9 Shield EZ

Friday, August 28th, 2020

HOUSTON, Aug. 21, 2020 – Comp-Tac® recently added new Smith & Wesson® M&P® 9 Shield™ EZ® fits for the MTAC™, Infidel Max™, Warrior™, eV2™ and International™ holsters.


These five holsters rank among Comp-Tac’s most popular items. The brand periodically releases new holster fits throughout the year to accommodate more and more gun owners, and to match the ever-growing firearms market.

“Firearm manufacturers continue to expand their product lines with handguns that have additional features and options to fit a wide variety of customers, lifestyles and uses,” said Gordon Carrell, Comp-Tac general manager. “We at Comp-Tac believe in those same ideals and strive to match the varied number of handguns with an equal variation of holsters. Our many holster fits help to meet the needs of customers regardless of carry position, clothing options, lifestyle needs and more.”

The MTAC is a hybrid, inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster that works perfectly for customers who need to tuck their shirt in. The two mounting clips on the MTAC are located on the sides of the holster, allowing a shirt to be tucked in over the gun and holster, leaving only the clips to show for deep concealment.

The Infidel Max Holster is an all-Kydex® IWB holster designed to be worn behind the hip at the 4 o’clock or 5 o’clock positions. With an easy-on, easy-off single clip, this holster is a favorite for users who want the ability to put on their gun or take it off as their environment changes.

The Warrior Holster is an outside-the-waistband holster that was recently tested and recommended by the National Training Officers Association (NTOA). The all-Kydex, pancake design is excellent for concealed carry or general range use.

The eV2 Holster is an appendix inside-the-waistband holster designed for concealed carry. The eV2 includes the Comp-Tac Kick, a piece designed to help press the grip of the gun into the body for better concealment.

The International Holster is an all-Kydex holster with a modular mounting system that includes a belt mount, paddle mount and drop offset piece. The International has been the top holster used at the IDPA nationals for eight years in a row and is an excellent choice for those who want to participate in competitive shooting events or head to the range for some training time.