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Tactical Video | Top 5 Combat Drills for New Shooters

There are lots of great shooting drills out there. Some are great for slow-fire marksmanship. Some are great for competitive sports, such as IDPA or IPSIC. If you browse across the internet, you’ll find literally thousands of different shooting drills. Many are good, while a few are really great. Others, not so much. I prefer teaching and practicing combat shooting. While some of these skills do cross pollinate, as “the basics” remain the same; there are others that have no place in combat shooting. Again, I practice for combat shooting, and I practice mastery of “the Basics.”

So, when I get asked “Karl, can you show us your favorite Combat Shooting Drills?”, it often surprises them that my favorite drills are literally the same basic drills that are taught at most CQB schools. 

First, the basic “Up Drill.” It is the core movement on getting the rifle onto the target quickly and getting off an accurate shot before the bad guy gets one off on you. At 5 meters, he is not going to miss you. You have got to be the first one to the trigger. Speed is everything. This drill can be varied from the “Low Ready” or “High Ready.” 

Second, is the “Double Tap” or “Hammered Pair;” depending on which name you prefer. Building off of the “Up Drill;” anyone worth shooting once is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap; share the love.  

Third, is the “Failure Drill.” This drill builds off of the “Double Tap by adding a follow-up shot to the brain stem. While originally taught to deal with people wearing concealed body armor; I teach it to quickly incapacity a threat, so I can deal with other threats or non-combantants in the room. Take out the brain stem and he is not going to shoot you in the back.

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Fourth drill is the “Zipper Drill.” We have gotten away from only shooting a bad guy twice. Reality is that the 5.56mm round does not always incapacitate a bad guy as quickly as we would like. Again, ammo is cheap, so share the love. Start center mass and hammer your way up to the melon. Some instructors teach to work “chest to head, then head to torso.” I understand the thought process; however, I just stick with zipping them “Up” to the head.  

The fifth drill is called a “Box Drill” and deals with multiple targets in width. We again build off of the “Double Tap” and “Failure Drill,” but have added an additional buddy. Remember, you must get that round on the bag guy, before he gets a round on you. Except now you have two bad guys to deal with; so you have to get a round on BOTH of them BEFORE they get even one round on you. So, the drill is ran with double-taps on each target quickly; followed up with a single well placed shot to the brain box of each target.  

You’ll notice that these drills are really nothing more than mastering the basics. For new shooters and seasoned assaulters, first and foremost, they need to develop and maintain “muscle memory.” That takes thousands (7-9k) of repetitions of the same CORRECT movements and actions. 

You’ll see that each of these drills builds on the drill(s) before it; so that you are continuing to push those said movements and actions into your subconscious mind. It’s like driving… the first few months, you had to think about brakes and turn signals. Now, you just drive subconsciously. That frees up the conscious mind to focus on signs, signals, and other drivers. Likewise, you need to push all these basic shooting skills into your subconscious mind. That frees up the conscious mind to focus on “Is it a Threat” and “Is it a Threat that warrants Deadly Force?” 

Once, you have mastered these basic drills, then you can add all your critical skills to add spice: 

  • Add Transition to Pistol Drills, every time your rifle runs dry or malfunctions 
  • Add Tactical & Speed Reloads 
  • Add Turning & Moving Drills, to these drills 
  • Use Dummy Rounds, to induce Malfunctions during these drills. 

Once you have mastered these five drills, it is time to put you against the Protimer. Use the timed Critical Task Evaluations (CTEs) to see if you make the standard. If you don’t know them, you can check them out in our Video Archive at our Tactical Rifleman YouTube Channel.  

Again, I know there are thousands of other great rifle drills out there. I know all the Internet Ninjas are gonna start screaming how “Their Drill is Better” or how we “Obviously don’t know how to Shoot.” Yep, you guys are awesome. However, these are still my Top 5 Combat Drills for New Shooters.

I hope you enjoyed the video. We put out a new Tactical Rifleman video every Friday. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time.

Strength & Honor, TR.

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How to Shoot a Pistol | Basics of Shooting a Pistol

This week I get to have a little fun, playing with this video.  It is a really quick video about how to shoot a pistol, covering just the basic fundamentals.  It took us around 3 minutes to film the whole thing. It was fun, basic, and to the point. 

Fact is, the “Special” in “Special Ops” is not about how much cool gear you have, or how many cool schools you get to go to. It is about mastering the basics. That includes the basic fundamentals of pistol marksmanship.

  • Combat Stance:   

Like you’re getting ready to fist-fight. Aren’t you fighting for your life? Think of it as shoulders over knees, and knees over the balls of your feet. You are leaning slightly forward, as the “threat” is to your front. If someone was to turn the corner and jump at you grabbing at your gun, you are prepared to withstand that rush, rather than just falling on your back. We keep our feet slightly wider than shoulder-width, along with the feet being slightly staggered front to back. This allows us to spring frontwards/backwards/left/right, all with one stance. If you have ever seen SOF guys in a bar, look at how they stand; they own “real estate.” That is their space, and don’t enter it unless you are hot with big tits. As for which foot to have forward, many schools teach to always have the support-side foot forward; so, a right-handed shooter would have his left foot forward. I disagree with this, as our end goal is to be able to “shoot while moving” across the modern battlefield. I’m not going to “Skip” forward in combat. Rather, I’m going to “walk” forward. So, I need to be able to shoot with either foot forward. From the waist up, you are the turret of a tank. From the waist down, that is the body of your tank. Accuracy up top; mobility from the waist down. 

  • Strong-Hand Grip 

Hold the pistol high on the back strap. A firm grip, strength wise, but not squeezing the guts out of the pistol. Now, that is different from what some instructors teach… then, why? Make a tight fist, as tight as you can. Now, try to wiggle your trigger finger smoothly. Hard, isn’t it? Now, relax the hand a bit, and try wiggling that trigger finger. Much faster and smoother. Isn’t that cool? So, a firm Strong-hand grip.

  • Support-Hand Grip:   

Lock your wrists, raise your strong-hand thumb and try to cover as much of the pistol grip with your support-hand as possible. This is where all the grip strength is. I squeeze as hard as I can with this hand. This is the hand that is driving the gun left or right, up or down.

  • Thumbs:   

Ensure you stack them properly (strong-hand thumb on top). We are not shooting a revolver.

  • Trigger Finger: 

Put just enough pad of that trigger finger on the trigger to pull the trigger straight back. Sounds easy, but can you do it?. Here’s a test. With your weapon unloaded (seriously double-check), grip the pistol and dry-fire the trigger while aiming at a small dot on the wall. When the sear broke & trigger clicked, did the front sight move at all? If it moved Left, then a right-handed shooter probably had too little finger on the trigger, and needs to slide more finger onto the trigger. If it moved right; then the shooter probably had too much of his trigger finger on the trigger, and he pulled it to the right. So, he needs to adjust to having less finger on the trigger. Makes sense? Keep adjusting your grip until that front sight does not more at all when the trigger clicks. Now, you would not have been able to see this if you were shooting live ammo. You can only see this dry firing.

  • Both Eyes Open 

This is combat shooting. So, practice what your body is going to do instinctively. When your body goes into “Fight or Flight” mode, your heart rate goes way up; everyone knows that. However, dozens of other things are also going on inside your body. Certain vessels are dilating, others are constricting, and all kinds are weird other things are happening, like your pupils dilating. Did it get darker outside? Nope. So, why are your pupils dilating? Well, because your body is scared and your brain is screaming for as much information as possible. Likewise, your brain is going to keep both eyes open because, again, it is scared and wants as much information as possible. So, for you to say that you are going to close your non-dominant eye in combat is the same as you saying that you are going to keep your heart rate at 60 beats per minute. It’s not up to you, you have no control over it. So, why practice with one eye closed in training? Train as you fight; train with both eyes open. 

  • Proper Sight Alignment 

Both front and rear sight blade must be aligned; equal light & equal height. Again, sounds easy. Most pistol instructors have students focus just on the front sight. I agree to an extent. However, the key to long-range accuracy, pistol or rifle, is perfect sight alignment. In the video, I hit a 50 meter plate with my pistol. It’s not magic; it’s perfect sight alignment. I usually get about 50% hits on the same plates from 100 meters. Now, let that sink in. Is it better ammo or a magic pistol? Nope, I just focus on perfect sight alignment. The sights are roughly 6 inches apart. Any sight misalignment doubles every 6 inches. So, if you are a 16th of an inch misaligned, that’s an 8th of an inch off at a foot, a quarter of an inch off at 18 inches, and so forth. There are a lot of “6 inches” between you and a 50 meter target. Again, Both front and rear sight blade must be aligned; equal light & equal height.

  • Breath: 

This is combat shooting; not the Olympics. Breathe! I like to yell.

  • Trigger Squeeze: 

Smoothly roll through that trigger. Don’t slap it. Some people say “don’t Jerk it.” Well, once you start shooting much faster, it quickly turns into a “Controlled Jerk.” Start slow and smooth. Speed will come.

  • Follow Through 

This is where people are assessing the target, in case they missed and they have to shoot again. I like to think of Follow Through a little deeper, again, because this is combat shooting.  Ask yourself: “Did I hit? Did I get Desired Effect? Are there more threats?” Ask that after every shot, and you will have mastered Follow Through.

Conclusion: 

That’s a lot for a 3 minute video. You can’t get everything off the internet. Sometimes, to reach the next skill level, you need to go and get with a real instructor, take a class, and have him access your shooting form. I can’t do that from here. If you want more help, please sign up for a class, at tacticalrifleman.com or at any other professional shooting site near you. 

Master these basic fundamentals of marksmanship and you’ll make yourself a better shooter. They apply to all weapon systems.

I hope you enjoyed the video. We put out a new Tactical Rifleman video every Friday. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time.

Strength & Honor, TR.

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Gunfight in a Car | Shooting Around a Vehicle

Contrary to what you see in the movies, you don’t want to shoot while your vehicle is moving; you’re just wasting ammo. Think about it; you are only carrying a few magazines; why waste them shooting from a high-speed vehicle at another high-speed vehicle? Fight with your vehicle. The best weapon you have is your vehicle and your driving skills. Don’t have “Combat Driving” skills? Well, sign up for a High-Threat Driving Course with us. We’ll teach you defensive driving and, brother, in combat the best defense is a strong offense! We’ll teach you high-speed vehicle dynamics, threshold braking, off-road recovery, Ramming & Pitting, and all the other great tactical skills so you can make the most out of fighting with someone else’s car or truck. Again, first fight with your vehicle; save that ammo for when your vehicle dies. However, once the vehicle has stopped, there are still things to consider when shooting around a vehicle. Armor, egress, angles, wounded, and so forth all come to mind right off the bat.

VIDEO – This week’s video is by Rob French, showing how to shoot around a vehicle. Rob French is a Weapons & Tactics Instructor at Tier-1 Group LLC, down in Memphis. Besides being a world class training facility, T1G has some of the greatest instructors that I have ever worked with. All are combat vets, and all are subject matter experts in their area of expertise.

In this video, Rob goes into some of the techniques that T1G teaches its students; focusing on initial presentation forward towards the threat. He then covers using that vehicle for cover towards enemy to your flank. There are certain things that will catch your eye, such as shooting through the windshield and where he says “bullets will change angles,” that have been covered in other videos on our video archive. You can search for them in our YouTube Tactical Rifleman Video List. 

Cover V.S. Concealment

This is not magic. It is just using the vehicle for Cover & Concealment, and knowing techniques to make best use of the vehicle while delivering effective fire back on the threat. It is better to have tried and learned ahead of time in a training environment, then to try making it up as you go in the middle of a gunfight. What is Cover vs Concealment? Concealment basically equates to anything that keeps the enemy from seeing you but wont stop bullets (example: a bush). Cover is anything that will stop bullets (example: a brick wall). In reference to Cover & Concealment, all vehicles are not created equal. Without even considering armored vehicles, a heavier vehicle will provide better ballistic protection than lighter vehicles. Rob mentioned the engine block over the trunk, which is obvious. However, he also mentioned the wheel hubs, which many people overlook. Bottom line, all vehicles are different. Judge it case by case. Yes, the trunk normally does not provide much cover, but if you know the trunk is filled with sandbags or other heavy material, it will offer better protection than normal. Remember, the engine isn’t magic either. It is very easy to skip bullets under a vehicle, raping people hiding behind the engine block. So, stay behind the wheel hubs, front or back.

Staying Off the Vehicle

Rob also mentions “staying off the vehicle.” He is referring to how bullets change angles when they skip off of the hood or trunk. Again, we cover this in another video, but it boils down to: Bullets do not skip off the hood like pool balls on a pool table, matching angles. Rather, as they initially touch, bullets push a wave of metal in front of them, like the bow of a boat. Then, once the wave builds up, they either penetrate and enter down into the vehicle, or they angle upward at a steeper angle. Because of this steeper departure angle, it is actually safer to stay several meters off of the vehicle in a two dimensional gunfight. By two dimensional, I mean that all the enemy threats are down at eye-level with you. If there is a threat of enemy being located above, like in second or third story windows, then staying closer up on the vehicle will provide more protection from direct fire. Again, it’s not magic; it is just about being able to read the situation and having the knowledge to assist in rapid informed decisions on the battlefield.

 How to Survive a Gunfight in a Car Part 2

 Video: In Part 2 of How to Survive a Gunfight in a Car, Rob is going to take you through what to do when you have to shoot from within your vehicle. He covers shooting through the windshield, shooting while exiting the door, and shooting while bounding back from the vehicle.

I hope you enjoyed the video. We put out a new Tactical Rifleman video every Friday. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time.

Strength & Honor, TR

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Best Home Defense Guns

OK, I know everyone has their own opinion on “Home Defense” weapons. Well, that includes me. My opinion is “Go with what you know.” My background is 26+ years of military service, with much of that in Special Ops, including Direct Action units. I carried a rifle & pistol during hostage rescues or provided overwatch with a semi-auto sniper rifle while the other assaulters conducted the raid. Since retiring, I went from “shooting & blowing stuff up” to teaching people how to “shoot & blow stuff up.” I also host a YouTube channel called “Tactical RIFLEman.” So, can you guess which weapon I would pick for Home Defense? Again,  “Go with what you know.”

VIDEO: OK, I know everyone has their own opinion on “Home Defense” weapons. Well, that includes me. Now, you know I don’t mind voicing my opinion and I’m a little “long-winded”, but I ask that you bare with me.  My opinion is “Go with what you know.” 

Best Gun for Home Defense?

If you only practice with a pistol; use that pistol for home defense. If you carry a rifle for a living, then it only makes sense for you to use the same type weapon for home defense.  Now, you notice that I’ve mentioned a pistol and a rifle. I haven’t said anything about a shotgun. That surprises many of you, because “everyone” on the internet/TV/movies push using a shotgun for home defense. 

  • It doesn’t go through walls like a pistol 
  • The “Racking Sound” will scare the intruder away. 
  • You don’t have to aim 
  • Better in low light 
  • The Pump Shotgun will never jam 
  • Weapon of choice for Zombies 

Well, call me crazy, but to me, for Home Defense, I want: 

  • Accuracy, so I don’t hit friendlies 
  • Stopping power 
  • Something that I have “Muscle-memory” with, for ease of use in hasty situations 

In my world, Shotguns are for breaching doors and shooting birds. 

Shotgun for Home Defense

For the Shotgun Lovers out there… Yes, I know a shotgun has great stopping power, close up. I live on 63 acres.  Yes, I used “bird shot” for the “long range” hallway demonstration, and your “Buckshot” would have grouped tighter.  Oh course it would have. I was demonstrating the fallacy of what many viewers believe, which is that bird shot is “better” because it won’t go through walls. I could have shot Buckshot at that target, and it would have succeeded, but it wasn’t needed. Yes, I shot “birdshot” at the hostage demonstration, and your “Buckshot” would have grouped better; but only slightly. I have actually demonstrated this very drill with Buckshot many times (remember, I teach this stuff for a living) and the Buckshot always fails the hostage demonstration. Yes, your shotgun has a tighter choke and you are using special “Flight Control” shotgun shells that group tighter. Yep, that’s great. However, this video was for the rest of the planet that is using standard shotguns with standard ammo. 

I like Shotguns. Those are my shotguns on the table. I own close to as many shotguns as I do rifles. I know their strengths and their versatility. That said, there is a reason every hostage rescue and direct-action unit on the planet uses a carbine for a primary weapon system. 

Rifles for Home Defense 

One thing I would like to point out, is that I misspoke when I said “AR.” I meant to say “Rifle.” I was holding one of my ARs in my hands and, as you might have judged by my tone, I was a little amped up during this video. I wasn’t even going to film it, but another “Gun Guy” and myself had just had a heated “friendly discussion” about this subject, and the film crew was like “Can you say that again on film?” If I had to film it again, I would have said “Rifle,” as most any semi-auto rifle is better than a shotgun or pistol for home defense. Whether it is an KelTec, AK, Travor, AR, or a new SIG MPX; a good short carbine will never let you down. 

I’m not going to bring just a pistol to a gunfight; I’m going to bring a rifle. Now, before you comment why I carry a pistol EDC; I carry a pistol every day because I am NOT planning on getting into a gunfight. I carry the pistol just in case. 

Again, go with what you know.  If you don’t train with your firearm, you shouldn’t have it. However, whether you pick a rifle, pistol, or shotgun; if you are proficient with it, you will win the day. That said, there is always room to improve the odds. 

  • Know the angles: You know where the family members are in your house. Avoid shooting those angles. If you can’t; yell for the family members to lay on the ground, then crouch and fire upward at your opponent, taking the loved ones out of the backstop. 
  • Ammo: For home defense, I recommend good tactical frangible ammunition, like that made by Inceptor. Their 5.56mm, AK-47, and 300BLK are all awesome. They deliver all the kinetic energy of jacketed lead ammo, but fragment immediately, preventing the pass-through of multiple objects (think neighbors). What I really like are their tactical 9mm, which has a kind of reversed “rifling’ on the slugs. Think of it as paddle boards on a boat. As soon as it hits anything, this spinning projectile tears itself apart, with these fins helping to increase the effect. The secondary cavitation is incredible. Yes, Frang is more expensive. Isn’t your family worth it? Mine is. 
  • Now, when that home alarm goes off; you can bet I’m coming prepared. I’ll be praying it was nothing. I’ll be praying they won’t be stupid… but if they come to hurt my family, rest assured I will exercise my right to spend the next two weeks cleaning  bio-hazard from all over my walls. 

A good rifle, with a white light and good optic… along with a quality way to secure it safely; that’s all you need. Enough said. Again, just my opinion. Go with what you know. I know I’m choosing a rifle. 

I hope you enjoyed the video. We put out a new Tactical Rifleman video every Friday. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time.

Strength & Honor, TR.

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How to Set Up Your AR | AR Setup and AR Accessories

If you have ever gone to a major gun show, NRA show, or to the huge SHOT Show; then you have seen literally hundreds of booths by companies all claiming to have the “Latest and Greatest” weapons and accessories for you to spend your hard-earned money on. Every one of those booths has something “New” and “Better” than the same thing that they were selling last year. Don’t get me wrong; every company out there has to come up with some “new” product every show. So, basically, we have hundreds of “new” items there that looked just like last year’s “new” items. 

My point: New doesn’t mean better. Stick to gear that has a proven track record. Keep it simple. Keep it light. Keep it the best quality that you can afford.

VIDEO: Want to know the best way to set up your AR? You don’t have to upgrade to this year’s “latest and greatest.” I had it taught to me, year’s back, that “you don’t need a new gun until you can out-shoot the one in your hands.” Do you really need a gun that’s capable of .25 MOA groups when you (as a shooter) are only capable of shooting 2 MOA groups? Do you really need this year’s “fastest Shotgun” when you drop half the shotgun shells while loading on the move in a 3-gun competition? Master what you have. When you can outperform your gear; then you upgrade. 

The hot weapon out right now is the “AR” family of rifles. Again, there are hundreds of choices. So, which should I pick? I appreciate you asking. I spent over 26 years in the military, most of that in SOF units, behind a “AR style” M-16 or M-4 Carbine. I had the honor of serving in units that had the latitude to pick and choose accessories (so long as they were MilSpec) and got to try most optics and accessories under the sun. Some are good and some are great; others, not so much.

Which AR to Buy

Let’s start with what rifle to buy.  You don’t have to own one of everything. I would rather own one type of weapon system and shoot thousands of rounds through it, than own twenty different types of weapons and only shoot a few hundred rounds through each type. Where’s the muscle memory or good shooting habits? Which one would be more proficient with the gun in their hand? So, for me; let’s get an AR. 

Quality of the AR

Now, all ARs are not created Equal. That said, you don’t have to buy the most expensive rifle either. The most important factor for me is that the rifle has got to be reliable. It has to go “Bang” everytime I pull the trigger. In the middle of a shooting competition, if your rifle jams, that could be the difference with 10th and 50th place; not that big a deal. However, in combat, you have got to win that fight. If your rifle screws up in the middle of a room, the other guy is not going to just stand there while you try to fix it, and he is not going to miss from only 10 feet away. You came in second place, because you skimped on reliability; good job. Your family members will be proud of you for saving them that hundred dollars, but would rather have you around than a less than ideal rifle.

AR Accuracy 

Second, I want a rifle capable of delivering accurate shots. This is important to me because I have a military sniper’s background, and I teach Precision Rifle courses to LE/Military and civilians alike. I also live on 63 acres of rolling hills. Just ask the deer eating apples in my orchard how accurate my weapons are. We can discuss it while we eat venison burgers. If you live in a small apartment, then long-range accuracy isn’t that important. 

AR Optics 

Third, is you have to be able to hit where you are aiming. That means you need Iron Sights and/or an optic like a reddot scope. You might notice I said “Iron Sights” before I mentioned optics. That is because I believe all new shooters should first master Iron Sights and also that Iron Sights won’t run out of batteries, like some optics will. That said, there is a reason all SOF units run optics on their rifles. They are a great force multiplier; helping to deliver faster, more accurate shots, under stress when it really matters. So, master the Irons; but then invest in a good MilSpec Optic. I’m often asked which brand I recommend… again, get MilSpec and buy the best optic you can afford.

Lights for an AR

Fourth, you need a visible light on your rifle. Why? Well, for my old unit, 90% of our raids and combat ops were during hours of limited visibility. One op that was during the day, was on the second floor of a 400-room apartment building which had the power cut off a month earlier. Even during the day, it was dark as spades in there. You have to be able to identify is it a “Threat, not a Threat, or a Threat that warrants Deadly Force.” So, a good visible weapon light is high on my list. It has to be something that can handle the blast from the muzzle. Again, there are lots of great brands out there, like Surefire and Streamlight. I recommend you get one that has an “instant on” feature; don’t leave it turned on, as it gives away your position. 

Other AR Accessories 

That’s it. I add a sling, as I have trained to transition to my pistol, if my rifle goes down. However, you’ll notice that I haven’t listed all the other dozens of items that we often see people adding to their guns, just because they look “Cool” on TV. If your mission requires it, like IR illuminators or Suppressors, then add it; but understand that every ounce you add is one more ounce that is going to slow down your presentation during a gunfight. Ounces add up to pounds; and pounds add up to slower response times. 

What about the next gun show?  You don’t have to upgrade to this year’s “latest and greatest.” I had it taught to me, year’s back, that “you don’t need a new gun until you can out-shoot the one in your hands.” Do you really need a gun that’s capable of .25 MOA groups when you (as a shooter) are only capable of shooting 2 MOA groups? Do you really need this year’s “fastest Shotgun” when you drop half the shotgun shells while loading on the move in a 3-gun competition? Master what you have. When you can outperform your gear; then you upgrade. 

So, again, keep it simple. Look at your mission; what do you actually want to use your AR rifle for? Then, spend your hard-earned cash on the best quality gear you can afford, that supports what you are actually going to use it for. You can buy all the bells and whistles and make yourself a ten pound rifle that looks great sitting on the shelf. Or, you can be that guy with the slick lightweight blaster, fast as hell, outshooting everyone else on the range.  Your choice. 

I hope you enjoyed the video. We put out a new Tactical Rifleman video every Friday. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time.

Strength & Honor, TR.

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Responsible Armed Citizens | Concealed Carry Drills

Everyday concealed carry has gained more and more popularity in recent years, both in practice and in politics. It’s estimated there are over 16 million concealed carry permit holders in the United States, that’s a 256% increase in permits since 2007. Keep in mind that number does not include folks who carry in the 15 states that allow permitless or constitutional carry, not to mention folks who choose to carry without a permit. There are a variety of reasons folks choose to carry a concealed weapon including personal protection, crime prevention, and sheepdog mentality. Concealed Carry Weapon or (CCW) is a part of everyday life for millions of Americans, for those who carry there are a multitude of considerations that factor into everyday carry. The magnitude of obligation that is assigned with the decision to carry is not limited to choosing a firearm and deciding on a carry method. Personal protection does not end with holstering a loaded pistol on your way out the door in the morning.

Carrying a concealed weapon comes with great responsibility. There is a lot more to arming yourself with a deadly weapon than simply buying a small pistol and a concealed holster. As responsible gun owners and CCW citizens it’s important that we do our part when it comes to concealed carry. It’s critical to familiarize yourself with your chosen firearm, your carry method, and to practice real world scenarios when it comes to CCW. Whether it’s dry fire drills, live ammunition practice, or simply better familiarizing yourself with your pistol, mags, and holster; drills and intentional practice are critical to concealed carry, firearm safety, and an obligation in arming yourself in society.

A quick online search for Concealed Carry Drills will produce over 1 million results at the click of a mouse. It’s obvious that the topic of concealed carry and real world preparedness for those who choose to carry is a critical topic in society today. YouTube channels like USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association), Iraqveteran8888NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation), and On Target all have multiple video series centered around the topic of concealed carry practice and concealed carry drills.

This video details dry fire drill options, by USCCA, it focuses on the use of snap caps for practice and drills for concealed carry.

Iraqveteran8888 has a great multipart series that covers many aspects of concealed carry. Check out this video, number three in the series, detailing drills.

The folks over at NSSF produce quality videos covering a host of topics around shooting sports, personal carry, and firearms in general. Here they discuss drawing a pistol in a car, the options for situational carry, and practice.

Over at the On Target channel, the guys cover everything firearm related, including this terrific video over basic drills for concealed carry.

Choosing to carry a concealed weapon is a personal choice and must be taken seriously. If you choose to add a firearm to your everyday carry, keep in mind the implications and obligations that accompany that choice. Take advantage of the wealth of resources available for training, proof of concept, and practical implementation to keep you and your family safe.

 

Bump Fire Stocks and Pull/Release Triggers

Full auto machine guns are a dream for many firearm owners, however, there are not that many available for legal private ownership. Due to the small number, 182,000 according to The Truth About Guns, transferable machine guns are expensive. It is a matter of supply and demand. Only 182k guns for the millions of people living in the US means demand increases and the supply is fixed or slowly dwindling as some could be destroyed or worn down from use. So the next best thing is a bump fire stock or pull/release triggers that simulate full auto.

Bump Firing Fun Under Fire

Due to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas and subsequent mass shootings, bump fire stocks have become the symbol for anti-gun supporters to rally against. The shooter allegedly used a bump fire stock to rapidly fire onto the victims at the Las Vegas shooting. While the Vegas shooting was tragic the numbers do not justify the banning of anything. 58 people died from gun shot wounds and while that is terrible, a terrorist in Nice, France used a 19-tonne cargo truck to kill 86 people. While number of injured are similar. 422 by gun wounds in Vegas and 458 by vehicle in France. There was actually an additional 429 wounded in Vegas, however, there is no direct link to the shooting. These could have been people who were injured when they tried to flee but they were not wounded by gun shots so it is not directly related to rapid firing.

What is bump firing then? It is a form of rapidly pressing the trigger by taking advantage of physics. By holding a rifle somewhat loosely and pulling the trigger, the gun will shift rearward due to recoil. Then using your support hand you gently push the firearm forward again thereby pushing the trigger again into your trigger finger. The process repeats itself and you can fire very quickly. Most shooters tend to fix their finger in place by hooking it onto a belt loop. The problem with bump firing is that it is difficult to actually hit your intended target. The gun is not as controllable compared to a slower firing cadence.

Within the last few years Slide Fire systems came up with a bump fire stock. It replaces the stock and grip of an AR-15 making bump fire easier to perform from the shoulder. The grip is attached to the stock and the AR-15 slides inside the stock. The pistol grip has a protrusion to rest your trigger finger against. That is crucial to bump firing as you saw in the belt loop example above. Then the manipulation is the same. Your support hand pushes the gun forward bringing the trigger into your finger and the gun fires.

Pull/Release Triggers | A Better Way To Fire Fast

A couple years ago two companies figured out an exploit in the definition of a semi auto trigger. The ATF defines a rifle by “fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger.” However, in the world of competitive shotgun shooting like Trap and Skeet, release triggers

have been adopted. Shotgun shooters manipulate every nuance out of the shotgun for any benefit to their shooting. They found that pulling the trigger can cause issues like pulling your shot when you jerk the trigger thus resulting in a miss. Release triggers use fewer muscles and do not have many negative effects on your shooting. A release trigger works similar to a normal trigger. When you are ready to shoot, you pull back on the trigger but then nothing happens. It is only when you let go of the trigger does the sear become tripped and the hammer is released.

The ATF approved this trigger for semi-auto use even though their definition uses the words “single pull of the trigger”. So Fostech and Franklin Armory got approval from the ATF that pull and release are two separate manipulations of the trigger. Single pull and single release. Yep, that is semi auto. Full auto is defined by multiple shots fired with a single pull of the trigger. Since only one shot is fired on the pull or release it passes the test.

Fostech made their Echo trigger which originally required a proprietary bolt carrier group. One benefit to their design is that you could not have hammer follow. Hammer follow is a negative by product when pulling the trigger too fast. You can actually release the trigger too soon and the hammer does not hit the firing pin resulting in a malfunction. The Fostech Echo was designed so it cannot do that. The hammer cannot be released unless the bolt carrier group is all the way forward.

One limitation to the Fosteh Echo is that you are limited to what gun you can use it in. It only works in AR-15s and while their newer generations now work with full auto carriers, it is still limiting. That is where the Franklin Armory Binary Trigger shines. While in most cases hammer follow is possible, they offer a wider range of triggers for many different weapon platforms. Their BFSIII trigger is for the AR platform but it works in other guns that can use an AR-style trigger. I installed mine into my Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 then swapped it into my Sig Sauer MPX.

According to Naegele Sun of Franklin Armory, their Binary Trigger for H&K roller locks cannot have hammer follow.

The benefit of the pull/release triggers over the bump fire stocks is that it does not require finesse to get the gun to shoot reliably. Sure, the Franklin Armory Binary Trigger can run too fast and induce a malfunction but as long as you slow down a little it will run just fine.

Legality Of Rapid Fire?

Recently anti-gunners have been trying to ban bump fire stocks and anything else that allows a shooter to shoot fast. The problem with this possible ban is that it is open ended and vague. Other than calling out bump fire stocks, it doesn’t really call out specifics. This is dangerous. Vagueness allows more accessories to be banned if it passes the smell test and right now everything smells bad to anti-gunners.

Here is the notice proposed by the Department of Justice…

Department of Justice Submits Notice of Proposed Regulation Banning Bump Stocks

Today the Department of Justice submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act includes bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.

“President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “To that end, the Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices.”

This submission is a formal requirement of the regulatory review process. Once approved by the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Justice will seek to publish this notice as expeditiously as possible.

Recently Adam Kraut, an avid second amendment lawyer, and Jonathan Patton of The Gun Collective used a slow motion camera to prove that bump fire stocks do not make a firearm into a machine gun. The historic difference between a machine gun and a regular firearm is how many projectiles are fired with a single pull of the trigger. No matter how fast a gun shoots, if only one bullet is fired with a single trigger pull, it is still a semi-auto firearm and not a machine gun.

Eric of Iraqveteran8888 went up against world’s fastest shooter Jerry Miculek. Eric needed a handicap by using a bump stock while Jerry used his competition semi-auto race gun. They both shot 10 rounds each in about the same time.

So would the Department of Justice proposal not include Jerry Miculek’s finger? Of course not. And as I showed earlier, it is possible to bump fire without a special stock. Organizations like the Firearms Policy Coalition are actively fighting against the DOJ’s bump stock ban proposal. You can check out their work here.

The video by Adam Kraut and Jonathan Patton is one example they are using as evidence to fight the DOJ. The NRA rolled over on the bump stocks as well as many traditional firearm owners. The problem is the second amendment community is divided. Too often some groups do not think such legislation applies to them. Sure the bump stock is a novelty and does it matter if the DOJ bans it? Not for those who don’t use one and never will. However, the slippery slope issue arises. Why Let the government take away any more of our rights?

CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol and Carbine Reviews

Recently, shooters have taken interest in Short Barreled Rifles (SBR), pistol caliber carbines, and pistols like the CZ Scorpion EVO with arm braces. Gun enthusiasts, collectors, and operators alike have quickly found that these pistols and carbines chambered in popular pistol calibers are versatile, effective at many uses, and enjoyable to shoot. The recent resurgence of pistol calibers in short action rifles fits a niche in tactical, combat, and home defense arms. These small and versatile weapons offer the versatility of an AR or AK with the adaptability of rail systems, and the compactness allowing it to fit in spaces AR or AK’s could not.

The CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine and the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol chambered in 9mm luger offer low recoil, cost effective, and accurate shooting with plenty of firepower. Capable in the hands of tactical shooters, law enforcement agents, and range shooters; the CZ Scorpion offer versatile rifles that are highly customizable, ergonomic, and a pleasure to run and shoot.

With a variety of aftermarket features and accessories on the market designed around rail systems, customizing the CZ Scorpion EVO is straightforward and uncomplicated. Adding on night vision or thermal systems, flashlights, laser sights, red dot optics, and even sound suppressors is easily done with these highly customizable pistols and carbines. The Scorpion EVO by CZ is offered with several different customizations.

CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine

The CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine has a 16.2” barrel fitted with the option of a muzzle brake or a suppressor specifically built for the model by SilencerCo. The 9mm Carbine has M-LOK attachment points to keep the carbine slim and lightweight.

CZ Scorpion Evo 3 S1 Pistol

The CZ Scorpion sub-gun is a semi-auto pistol chambered in 9mm with a short 7 ¾” barrel. An 11’ Picatinny rail sits on top of the pistol as well as a new arm brace adapter which allows the addition of an AR style buffer tube for added stability.

CZ Scorpion 3 S2 Pistol Micro with Brace

The CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S2 Micro is a 9mm pistol featuring a 4” barrel and a telescoping SB Tactical arm brace allowing it to collapse to just over 16 inches. The Micro also has a NoOsprey faux suppressor from SilencerCo.

CZ Scorpion EVO Reviews

Tune into Youtube personality Iraq8888’s channel for a review of the CZ Scoprion EVO 3. He lays out multiple scenarios and use cases running the Scorpion through its paces!

CZ ScorpioEvo 3 Pistol | Budget Friendly Pistol review is done by DevildogGamer. He reviews why he chose this sub-gun over other competitors like the MP5. He explains how light the gun is yet still keeps up with the quality expectations you would expect for the price point.

In CZ Scorpion EVO “Essential Upgrades” Vol 1 Mayor Fuglycool goes over the upgrades he recommends for the CZ Scorpion EVO. He discusses the trigger, charging handle, safety selector, mag release lever, and silencer upgrades of the CZ Scorpion he feels are best for this particular firearm. They’re many different styles and colors of add-ons to choose from various manufactures as well as CZ.

The Ideal Backpack Gun: CZ Scorpion by Tactiholics discusses the versatility of the CZ Scorpion as a concealed carry piece, personal defense gun, or truck gun. They test the Scorpion from close range out to 50 yards with it finding its mark at all of those distances. Overall they leave you feeling that its performance is worth the price tag.

CZ Scorpion EVO 3 Carbine by sootch00 explains the history of this firearm and its advantages and disadvantages on the range. The Scorpion’s handling qualities create for a fun experience on the range with only a mild recoil being felt. He feels they’re plenty of applications for this firearm because of its versatility. 

This video by FirearmFreedom discusses the CZ Scorpion Upgrades that are available for the Scorpion.

Is a 22 Long Rifle Pistol Ideal for EDC?

Concealed carry is a hot topic in today’s gun-culture atmosphere. There has been a 256% increase in concealed carry licenses since 2007, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing. According to estimates there are over 16 million active concealed carry permits in the United States, and don’t forget there are at least 13 states that allow Constitutional Carry for residents without a permitWith all the attention and popularity surrounding the concealed carry topic, and adding a firearm to your Every Day Carry (EDC), arms manufacturers are taking notice. In recent years the market and selection in compact, lightweight concealed carry pistols has boomed, pun intended! Cartridges like the .380, 9mm, and .38 have gained in popularity and increased their market share. With concealed carry in mind, folks are paying close attention to size and weight when choosing an EDC pistol. What could be lighter, smaller, and easier to carry than a .22 Long Rifle (LR) pistol?

Check out 22plinkster, a popular YouTube shooting personality, with his review and thoughts on the LifeCard 22 LR Pistol by Trailblazerfirearms. This pistol is just one of many on the market designed for concealed carry and chambered in .22 LR.

The .22 LR has a long history with shooters, but for concealed carry and personal protection? There are at least two sides to every argument, and the .22 LR for personal carry is no exception. The 22 LR cartridge is way underpowered when compared to any ACP cartridge, it is a low velocity round, and its minimal kinetic energy leaves many who carry wanting more. However, the saying goes, the best concealed weapon is the one you will carry. Can the virtues of comfort, small size, and ease of carry offered by the .22 LR convince you to always carry? The constant development for smaller, lighter and more comfortable pistols by manufacturers is a tell tale sign that consumers are looking for something that fits that bill. If the weight, size, lack of concealability, and lack of comfort causes you to think twice about holstering your pistol on the way out the door, maybe the .22 LR is a viable option? Either as your primary carry, or a backup for your EDC, is the .22 LR a contender for concealed carry and personal defense?

Are Integral Suppressors Worth the Hype?

Recently, suppressors have found their share of the spotlight in the shooting community. Firearm enthusiasts are outfitting more and more rifles with sound suppressors, or silencers as the government terms them. According to the ATF there are nearly 1 million legal suppressors in circulation in America today. The market for rifle customization has skyrocketed in recent years, and the number of accessory manufacturers has grown right alongside the trend for custom rifles and parts. Adding a suppressor to your rifle takes a little more than just a threaded barrel, there are details to consider in regards to the type of suppressor, the law, and the rifle itself. In fact, a threaded barrel might not even be required as you’ll learn in this discussion of integral suppressors.

Types of Rifle Suppressors

There are three types of suppressors on the market today. Most shooters and people familiar with the firearm industry will quickly identify the most common, the screw on suppressor.

• Screw On Suppressor-
Screw on suppressors are easy to add onto a threaded barrel, and are commonly available in most mainstream centerfire and rimfire calibers. Adding a screw on suppressor onto the popular AR-15 rifle, a bolt action rifle, or even a semi automatic pistol requires a threaded barrel, a compatible bore size, and an ATF stamp.

• Quick Attach Suppressor-
Another type of suppressor available for shooters today is the quick attach suppressor. Quick attach suppressors use a type of either locking or non-locking adaptor or muzzle break that threads onto the rifle barrel. The greatest advantage to using quick attach suppressors is the ability to swap a shooting suppressor between rifles that are not threaded the same. You will often find shooters who are running a 7.62mm suppressor on their 5.56mm rifle are using a quick attach system. Quick attach suppressors still require a threaded barrel for the adaptor to screw to, and the suppressor attaches to the adaptor. Another advantage to the locking quick attach suppressor setup is its ability to prevent the suppressor from coming unscrewed when doing high volume shooting, an issue that occurs with screw on type suppressors.

• Integral Suppressor-
One type of suppressor that is a totally new look and idea compared to the screw on and quick attach suppressor is the integral suppressor. Integral suppressors utilize sound suppression technology built directly into the rifle barrel. Choosing to shoot an integral suppressor requires you to either purchase an integrally suppressed rifle to start with, or to buy an integrally suppressed barrel for a rifle you already own. The idea of an integrally suppressed rifle barrel is gaining some traction in the shooting world, and for good reason. Technically, dropping an integrally suppressed upper into an AR-15 or a factory suppressed barrel from Ruger into your 10-22 is easy to accomplish. So here is a look at what the hype is all about.

Integral Suppressor Considerations

Advantages

Accuracy –
Integral suppressors offer improved accuracy over their screw on and quick attach cousins. Integral suppressors typically keep the weight of the suppressor technology balanced across the barrel and not hanging out over the end of the barrel on the muzzle, making for a balanced rifle that is easier to get on and keep on target. Because the suppressor is built into the rifle barrel, there is no impact shift to contend with. Impact shift is a concern when removing or adding a screw on or quick attach suppressor. Taking a suppressor on or off a rifle or pistol commonly changes the point of impact requiring zeroing a scope, tuning a red dot, or adjusting iron sights everytime you go from suppressed to not and back again.

Optics-
Because integral suppressors incorporate the sound suppression technology into the barrel without adding bulk and mass to the end of the muzzle, there are no issues with optics and sights being blocked. When mounting a scope or optical rail system onto a rifle with integral suppression, scope rings can be kept low to aid in optimal eye relief and accuracy.

Ergonomics-
Since the suppressor is actually built into the barrel on integrally suppressed firearms, manufacturers are able to make rifles shorter, lighter, and better handling than removable suppressors with the same DB reduction. Ergonomics are improved when the suppressor is built into the rifle on purpose. Handling, feel, and ease of use are improved with integrally suppressed firearms compared to detachable type suppressed weapons.

Heat Protection-
Heat buildup in a rifle suppressor is an issue that is common especially when running semi auto rifles with larger capacity magazines. In either .22 rimfire, 5.56 AR-15, or in higher powered AR-10, high volume shooting and rapid fire will overheat a detachable suppressor. Integral suppressors are not immune for heat buildup, but they can take considerably more rapid fire. Integral suppressors are able to dissipate heat more efficiently than detachable suppressors, many even have built in heat protection in their design.

Disadvantages

It’s apparent that integral suppressors have many advantages over removable firearm suppressors. With so many reasons to choose an integral suppressor, why are they not as common among shooters? There are some disadvantages to consider when investigating integrally suppressed rifles.

Legal Issues-
Each suppressor a shooter owns requires a $200 federal tax stamp issued through the ATF. The biggest advantage to removable suppressors is the ability to use a single suppressor on multiple weapons. Generally, integral suppressors do not lend themselves to sharing between guns, and each integrally suppressed firearm requires its own $200 stamp. The legal requirement of a $200 stamp for each suppressor owned essentially increases the cost of any integrally suppressed firearm by $200.

Replacement-
Suppressed barrels on integrally suppressed firearms have a unique serial number identifying the issued tax stamp for that suppressor. If a barrel becomes damaged or worn out, shooters can’t just drop in a new suppressed barrel. If you must replace the serialized portion of your integrally suppressed weapon, the barrel, the replacement requires its own $200 stamp in addition to the cost of the new barrel and returning the firearm back to the manufacturer for repair or replacement.

Loaning Your Rifle-
Most states allow shooters to loan their personal firearms to other residents of the same state. It’s not uncommon for an uncle or grandpa to loan a deer rifle for the season, or brothers or friends to borrow a rifle for a test drive before buying one of their own. Loaning of suppressors, or silencers is prohibited by federal law. Loaning, or borrowing a suppressor, either integrated or detachable is a federal offense.

Putting it All Together

Sound suppressed firearms offer shooters an alternative to risking tinnitus and hearing loss due to loud recoil. The use of a suppressor not only makes shooting more enjoyable, but safer for the shooters and others at the range as well. The largest disadvantage to running a sound suppressor of any type is the legal cost and wait period. Integral suppressors seem to compound the legal issue by tying the firearm itself to the suppressor serial number, tax, and form.

There is a movement in the shooting community to ease the burden of owning a suppressor through legislation and the Federal Hearing Protection Act. The hope is suppressors will be deregulated from the 1934 National Firearms Act and treated as simply an accessory to a firearm. Getting traction in congress and momentum to get a bill passed is not easy or fast. If shooters are successful in helping to pass common sense firearm suppressor legislation, the issues surrounding an integral suppressor for your rifle may be a thing of the past.