Yep. It was Tom Spooner in the first installment of American Gunfighter with J.D. Potinsky. Spooner headlines the second installment of Bravo Company Manufacturing’s series introducing you to their associated instructors.
Spooner’s gunfighting career began when he joined the army back in 1990. His 21 year career saw him rise from the ranks of the 82nd Airborne Division to become an US Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta team leader. The man can shoot.Read More
KeyMod! Daniel Defense just entered the KeyMod camp with their new SLiM rail. Presumably the first of several lengths, the 15″ version is found on the new DDM4 V11, V11 LW and the 18-inch, 1:7, rifle length gas system V11 S2W.
The new SLiM (Slim Lightweight Modular) handguards are indeed pretty darn light. DD doesn’t call out any specs on the new handguard, but comparing the new 6.28 pound DDM4 V11 rifle to the the 6.54 pound V7 we can see the 15″ SLiM handguard is a four ounces lighter than the shorter, 12″ MFR (Modular Float Rail) handguard. This is for the government profile barrel, the V11 LW is 6.15 pounds, which is two ounces lighter than the 6.29 pound V7 LW.
Wizardry? Perhaps. More likely, the SLiM doesn’t use the same steel inserts around the barrel nut that the MFR has.Read More
As a third-grader in the suburbs of New York City, I remember getting kidnapped by my family and taken to an undisclosed, off-grid location for days on end. At first, it was horrible. There was nothing to do. There were bugs everywhere and my remote control Batmobile wouldn’t work on the dirt campsite. After a few trips, though, the trails surrounding the campground became my world of adventure; I met new kids camping in the adjoining sites and made new friends; my father taught me how to make a fire and to enjoy blackened, unrecognizable food.
Perhaps more so now than back then, camping provides family and friends time away from the lights, luxuries and distractions of the connected world. It offers a chance for a deeper connection, one that can’t be had with a status update or shared selfies.
Federal, state, local and privately owned campsites exist all over, many are closer than you think. Most campsites can be had for $10-$30 a night and provide basic water and sanitation. Start at recreation.gov and reserveamerica.com for some ideas.
Don’t confuse camping with ultra-endurance trekking and the ultralight, minimalist and uber-costly gear it’s associated with. We’re talking pack-the-cooler and load-up-the-station-wagon car camping. There’s no need to be uncomfortable when you can bring along anything you can fit in the car. Big-ass tent? Bring it. Multi-burner stove? Bring it. Bring what you need keep the clan protected from the elements and well-fed –the rest will fall into place.
Here’s the readout on some of the latest camping equipment to hit the market, along with some of our stalwart favorites thrown in to give you some ideas on outfitting or augmenting your camping gear locker. We love late summer and fall camping. Cool nights and mostly dry days are a great time to make some great memories before the kids head back to school. Not to mention, the end of season is a great time to score deals on camping gear!Read More
Law Tactical’s Gen 2 AR Folding Stock Adapter was already a peerless solution for anyone looking to reduce the visual signature of an AR15 or AR10 rifle during transport. The single largest contributor to its success is the fact that it doesn’t change the operation of the AR or affect compatibility with existing AR parts.
Sure, the FSA adds a little weight and extends the length of pull by 1.375″, but when used normally, the part is nearly transparent to the rifle’s operation. We’re glad to see the new Gen3 update brings with it enhanced ergonomics, easier maintenance and greater durability without sacrificing any aspect of the FSA’s core capability.
Biggest Change: Law Tactical addresses nearly all the criticisms of the Gen2 FSA with this Gen3 update. The big news; it can fire when folded. This doesn’t mean the gun can be operated normally with a folded stock. The manufacturer stills considers this abuse of the part, and perhaps of the rifle, but it means the Gen3 will allow the AR to continue to function if the rifle is fired with the stock folded.
Black might seem like a bad color for workout garb because dark fabric soaks up the sun’s rays, making the wearer hotter. But don’t sweat it, the Army ran some tests and it’s okay. As Joe reports:
The Army studied whether a black uniform would make soldiers hotter but tests using a “sweating mannequin” showed the moisture-wicking material compensated for the color difference, Mortlock said.
Translation: You’ll be hotter, so we’ll get rid of the sweat so you won’t notice how hot you are.
Also, they got rid of reflective material on the fabric, calling it a security issue for deployed soldiers. All things considered, a black uniform with bright yellow flashes stands out pretty well in the daytime and likely presents as much of a visual signature as any reflective coating would. And, really, doesn’t any grown person running with a t-shirt tucked in to their shorts already stand out?
You can use the $3 the Army saved you in dumping the reflective material and spend it on the reflective belt you’re going to need.Read More
Here’s another great video from SilencerCo. If I were to dream up a top-ten-worthy range day, it might include fishing, grilling some grub and plinking steel from boats, trucks and tracks with Mike Aland, Tim Dillon and Lorina Noveske up in Noveskeland, Oregon.
It’d be a tough call, deciding between an epic playdate like this or an intense, drone-tastic roadtrip with Johnny.Read More
I’ve been very pleased with a new piece of kit I’ve been testing for about a month — the Recon Kit Bag by Hill People Gear.
The chest pouch, which sells for $95, has allowed me to comfortably keep my most essential gear — including a pistol, topos, compass, etc… — front and center where I can get to it quickly on the trail without having to stop and drop my pack.
These Kit Bags have been on the market for a few years now, but the Colorado-based company which also produces a series of packs and outdoor gear, has continued to add models and now has and full line of varying sizes, colors and configurations.Read More
The new Grey Ghost Gear JED Bail Out Bag was designed with the help of JSOC veteran Jim Erwin, (JED = Jim Erwin Developed) and looks like it’ll server well as a vehicle bail out bag. It’s set up with interior mesh pockets, and elastic loops. A zipper that runs the full length of the bag allows access to everything inside. The outside of the bag has sections of loop material for attaching hook backed pouches
Grey Ghost designed the bag ” to be fought from, without getting hung up on unnecessary ‘cool’ features that aren’t so cool when they are getting in your way in a firefight.”
The bags are available in Kryptek Typhoon and Highlander for and introductory price of $129.Read More
It’s not gear, but it’s something worth reading– Breach-Bang-Clear is running an excellent series by veteran Chris Hernndez about the hard choices faced by American soldiers after their platoon mates committed a horrible war crime during their 2006 Iraq deployment. The piece centers on the 2006 Mahmudiyah murders, also known as the Yusufiyah murders, in which five soldiers from the 502nd Infantry Regiment raped and killed a 14-year-old Iraqi girl. Rather than focus on the crimes and the criminals, the piece examines the reaction and actions of those on the periphery and those that hope to prevent something like this from happening again.Read More