5.11 MISSION READY™ 3.0 90L BAG Review
Modern Samurai Project Red Dot Pistol Review
I travel about once a month and about half of that time it is usually overseas in austere conditions. I’ve destroyed my share of bags through wear and tear, and I’ve come to know a good bag from a cheap bag.
Once I received the Mission Ready™ 3.0 90L bag I was off and out the door on a few trips. I’ve traveled three times since receiving the bag and already have more trips scheduled. The bag is a near perfect size for everything I need for a 5-7 day trip overseas or for teaching an out of town, 2-day firearms class.
Review: SIG Sauer M400 Tread
This was the first course that I shot exclusively carrying AIWB because I knew Appendix carry would be covered. I have carried AIWB before, but the majority of my students still carry strong side so I don’t get a lot of practice from AIWB and was looking forward to the opportunity. For me, one of the biggest things I picked up was the method for drawing from surrender and positioning of the firearm.
Defying Labels: Sig Sauer MCX RATTLER PSB
Function testing was done with an additional 350 rounds of Federal XM193 during a fast-paced AR-15 class given by Green Ops firearms training in Northern Virginia. Reliability throughout the course was perfect with no stoppages except for a few caused by aftermarket mags. Remember what I wrote earlier about parts being 100-percent compatible? Well, these words rang true because the SIG-supplied Magpul magazine worked every time while the substitutes worked part of the time.
Glock Airsoft Review
Even after nearly two decades of attending firearms courses, the Green Ops experience rejuvenated my commitment to seek out training. Mike Green is the force behind the training received. His credentials—the ones he can report publicly—lend legitimacy to his methods. Green served in the Army, for which he was Special Forces and Ranger qualified (15 years). Mike taught thousands of students to shoot and trained hundreds of foreign Tier 1 units.
Do You Want to Be Safe Around Guns?
When most people think of Airsoft, they think of replica toy guns, games or MilSim entertainment. In the tactical community, calling someone an “airsofter” is generally considered an insult. The fact is that Airsoft is growing in popularity not just for entertainment but also within the tactical community. Several years ago I went to a Firearms Instructor course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and during the two-week course they gave a block of instruction that covered Non-Lethal Training Ammunition (NLTA). I was surprised to hear that they were using airsoft and that they had done quiet a bit research and testing. At the time, they were also reaching out to Airsoft manufacturers and requesting their products be more ruggedized for training.
What Kind of Shooter Are You?
Most Certainly You Do, So Read this Article (The Cardinal Rules of Firearm Safety)
By some accounts there are supposedly over 300 million firearms privately owned in the United States. In the year 2016, consumers purchased approximately 25 million new firearms. What does this mean to you? There are guns, lots, and lots of guns, in America. It is a fact, whether you like it or not. By the end of 2014, there were approximately 319 million Americans. What these statistics most likely mean is there is a good chance there are almost as many guns or more in American than people.
Unique training day: 1,600 rounds in 6 hours
What kind of shooter are you? Or, what do you shoot? Many people identify as a pistol shooter, or a rifle shooter or a shot gunner. Hopefully, you identify as a serious student seeking to be a highly competent shooter. Other than that, I would like to caution you to try to avoid labels when describing what kind of shooter that you are.
Recoil Mechanics: How To Manage Recoil and Be Accurate
They call him "The Grand Master Whisperer." He's trained hundreds of people — from Special Forces to IPSC Champions — and the stories about his way of training are endless.
But never did I really envision going through 1,600 rounds of 9mm in about six hours, until I had the unique opportunity to train one-on-one with Frank Garcia at his facility, Universal Shooting Academy in Florida.
Equal Height, Equal Light: Getting Your Pistol Sights On Target The Right Way
Many action pistol shooters have the desire to press the trigger as fast as possible while keeping all shots on a target the size of a pie plate when competing. As Ricky Bobby put it in Talladega Nights, “I wanna go fast!” This concept is known as “flash sight picture,” or defensive accuracy. A lot of competitive shooters think if they mash the trigger hard and fast, they’ll be better shooters. Well, that’s not really how it works.
Pistol Shooting Positions: Weaver Vs. Isosceles
My goal here is to teach beginners how to properly aim a pistol (and correct some errors committed by the more experienced.) Before we get into the tactics, I’d like to reference a quote from the late Pat Rogers, a former NYPD sergeant, Marine Corps warrant officer and firearms training legend: “Folks, it’s not rocket surgery or brain science.” (Needless to say, I share Pat’s sense of humor.)
Are You Ready? A Path to Capability
Andy Lander is an NRA Training Counselor Program Coordinator in NRA’s Education and Training Division. A graduate of Virginia Military Institute, Andy has been a competitive shooter since 1996, competing in NCAA smallbore rifle.
Drawing A Pistol From Concealment, Part 2: Re-holstering And Apparel Choices
Green Ops Staff has had the fortunate opportunity to teach thousands of students throughout our collective military, law enforcement, and civilian instructor careers. In the short two years that we have been offering our experience and knowledge to open civilian classes, we have reached at least 500 additional students. To our clients, we say “thank you!”
Hitting Every Target: What Does It Take?
Nothing is more important than firearm safety, and for that reason we’ll first revisit the NRA Gun Safety Rules. While training, especially for novices, I recommend using an unloaded firearm on the range or other prescribed shooting area. Never practice drawing from concealment in a public space, even with an unloaded firearm.
Drawing A Pistol From Concealment, Part 1: The Draw
It’s one thing to hit a single, easily detected, close-range target in daylight with a single, moderately accurate shot, from a stable firing position, when not in a hurry. But change those conditions, presenting challenges common in defensive situations, and it’s a different proposition altogether.
Get A Grip: Proper Grip Essential For Shooting Precision
After you have mastered the fundamentals of shooting a pistol at a target on a range, you may start to wonder, “How do I use this leather or Kydex thingamajig?” Ultimately, you’ll need to know how to draw the gun from a concealed position, particularly for those who want to become effective concealed carriers.
Budget Low Power Variable Optics
Gripping a semi-automatic pistol correctly is essential to be able to shoot precisely and quickly. A proper grip will determine whether you will have proper finger placement on the trigger and if you will be able to shoot and control the gun through recoil, known as recoil management.
Presenting the Pistol/The Combat Draw Stroke
I recently had the opportunity to try out both the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8 and the Primary Arms 1-8 optics. Historically speaking my experience with optics had come in two flavors. The high end expensive items, and very cheap optics that weren’t trustworthy in terms of clarity, zero, or durability. Well there seems to be a new option available for those of you who don’t wish to spend up to the likes of a Leupold, S&B, or similar.
This is both a loose set of instructions and/or considerations on a safe and efficient methodology on how to consistently and quickly bring a pistol or a concealed pistol into immediate defensive readiness. As with all firearms training, safety is paramount. Ensure your gun handling is safe. Always practice muzzle management and trigger finger discipline.