Best Tool for Off-Road… High-Lift Jack | How to use | Tactical Rifleman

The Hi-Lift jack is one of the most valuable tools you can purchase to provide options should you ever get stuck or damage your vehicle to the point it's not driveable. It of course can be used to jack a vehicle up for the common purpose of changing a tire, but it has many other uses that can help your vehicle regain mobility in a pinch. It can be used as a hand winch, a clamp or vise for repair work, or a spreader to pull two pieces apart. We'll cover some of these uses more specifically in other videos. In this video, we simply explain the mechanics of it, a few safety points, and give you a visual of the various uses mentioned.
Comment with questions or stories about how you may have used it, or even seen it used improperly. It can be quite dangerous if not respected, and others might learn from mistakes you've witnessed or experienced. Thanks for watching- have fun out in the middle of nowhere but keep it safe!"
 
If you're going to put any info on me and/or ASSET in the caption, here's some text that might help.
 
Bill Haines is the Training Director for ASSET, Inc, a tactical training company near Nashville, TN providing custom-tailored high quality mobility training to various special operations teams, law enforcement and civilians. For more on ASSET's mobility training, check them out at:
 http://www.assetsecurityservices.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASSETNashville/?ref=bookmarks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asset_tactical_trng/
 
Thanks gents...looking forward to other videos in the future if you're up for it! Holler if you have any questions
 
Bill

 

Tactical Rifleman
Light/Laser for Glock-43 Review | Crimson Trace Laser Guard Pro | Tactical Rifleman

You guys all know that I preach mastering your Iron Sights. You also know that I always prefer to have a weapon mounted light, whether rifle or pistol.  So, when Glock asked me to try out their new Glock-43; I knew I needed to find a light for it. Hunting around, I heard that Crimson Trace had a “new” pistol light for the G-42/43. Thanks to “Joe the Knife Guy,” Crimson Trace sent me a Laser Guard Pro, with their green laser.  Now, I’m not a laser guy, but I knew it had the option to turn the laser off, while keeping the light functional.
    Well, this is a new video for you; but I’ve been rocking this Laser Guard on this G-43 for over a year now. I have beat it down. I’m on my 5th battery (new one yesterday bought local to save time), but Crimson Trace will send you batteries for life.
Here’s the link to what I’m rocking. I got the version that comes with the BladeTech Holster, but I’ve heard that others are offering holsters now.
https://amzn.to/2L8sHut

I’m still NOT a Laser guy, but there are definitely places where lasers come in handy and do bring benefit to the fight. So, why am I not a laser guy, you ask?  Well, because too many people start running lasers and then quit using their iron sights… then, their battery dies. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said I’m on my 5th CR2 Lithium battery.
Let’s clear this up… This is NOT a paid advertisement. Crimson Trace doesn’t even know that I did a video on this. Sorry, that also means for discount promo code. Anyways, I’m doing this video, because I REALLY like this setup. The G-43 is small enough to take anywhere. It shoots SOO much better than my old Ruger LCP “Church Pistol”; and this Laser Guard Pro is one really exceptional unit.
     So, if you are looking for a bright light for your concealed carry pistol, give the Crimson Trace Laser Guard Pro a look.   
Strength & Honor, TR

Tactical Rifleman
Shooting Around People | Tactical Rifleman

As we train on the flat range and conduct abstract drills to reinforce our fundamentals, we can’t forget the context of real situations. If we hope to be an asset in a real world situation involving an active killer or somehow find the like, we must understand that we won’t have the luxury of a “down range” area to collect all of our potential misses. We have to position ourselves in a way that affords us the ability to engage a threat but also takes into account that sporadic movement of people trying to survive! Taking shots from distance across a crowd of chaos and terror will no doubt put you at risk of hitting an innocent bystander. You will have to move closer and achieve angles that you know are acceptably safe for engaging. With that in mind, also take into account one of our known safety rules “know what is beyond your target” or threat in this case. Be safe out there and remember why we do this. All bullets go somewhere and for our purposes we will not always have a controlled environment like a flat range. 

 

Tactical Rifleman
How to Shoot Accurate When Speed Counts | The 2-A’s Pistol Drill | Tactical Rifleman

This weeks video is about how to use the sight picture you HAVE to get the hits you NEED. Shooters waste time searching for the perfect sight picture...you only need an “Acceptable” sight picture to get “Adequate” hits on target. The Two A’s.
 
We live in an imperfect world...and our handgun sights live in that world too! And, when you need them the most...they might just let you down! In the sort of situations where you need hits sooner rather than later, there are some simple solutions and some simple drills that you can use to put rounds on target with the sight picture you have. While you are doing that, you can work on getting a better picture sight and/or correcting the improper grip that caused it to start with. 

Tactical Rifleman
Best Night Vision Monocular | MNVD | Tactical Rifleman

We get asked all the time "what is the best night vision device?" Or "what is the best night vision monocular?"  Well, Karl is going to break it down for you.

Karl is an “Ambassador” for FLIR. So, any of you that are interested in getting a good deal on FLIR or Armasight by FLIR products; please reach out to us at  Tactical Rifleman.com
Here, at Tactical Rifleman, we are all about showing you how the military “Shoots, Moves, and Communicates.” A big part of shooting and moving in the dark is being able to see. As most of our combat ops are done at night, it only makes sense for us to practice at night, using the best NVDs that the taxpayers can buy.
That said, whether you are military, law enforcement, or civilian; there are certains guidelines that apply.
Match the optic to the mission
Thermals are NOT always better than standard IR
Always get the BEST tube you or your unit can afford
Batteries, batteries, batteries
On this flavor, we are going to continue our series of videos about different night vision gear, including GEN-III & Thermal, and both helmet & weapon mounted versions.
This second video is about the single-tube MNVD that I keep in my Go bag. It’s a sweet little monocular, like the old PVS-14s, but much better. Yes, Bino or Quad NVDs do allow wider field of views. However, I prefer to keep a little GEN-III monocular with me at all times.
It takes up very little space (same size as a flashlight)
I can use it handheld
I can mount it on a helmet or head harness
It eats less batteries than multi-tube NVDs
It can see through glass windows and windshields (thermals can’t)
It only covers one eye, allowing the other eye to respond naturally to surrounding light
It’s this last note that many people overlook.  Say you are running bino NVDs inside a house, and the bad guy flips on the lights… you now have to quickly flip up your NODs. Say you’re driving blacked out wearing bino NVDs and you turn a corner onto a street with a street light or neon sign. This causes your NVDs to bloom, and you can’t see shit till you get by the light source. Running a single-tube monocular allows you to use your “free” eye to still see during such occasions.  Now, I’m not saying this pro outweighs the con of limited field of view, but it should still be considered.

Before you ask… Let’s play “I Spy” and I’ll answer a few questions that I know my TR family is going to ask:
Yes, we filmed the “indoor” portion of this video in my “Man Room.”
Yes, we did go driving wearing these MNVDs. Blacking out a vehicle is easy but takes time.
Headlights: just turn them OFF, so, they are available if needed
The Dimmer switch for dash lights does dim enough
Black out the dash with custom-cut cardboard or tape
Pull fuses/bulbs or tape over tail & brake lights
If you are going to be doing this often; add a kill switch
Don’t forget the license plate light
We wear running around 30 MPH off-road, and got up to around 65 mph on-road. That completely scares the shit out of any passengers not wearing NVDs. Adding IR Spotlights allows you to drive around 10 MPH faster, but enemy with NVDs will pick you up miles out.
Some of you have asked about the military Challenge Coins that are on display on top of the chair rail. They go all the way around the room, and each of them has a story behind it. I’m gonna share a lot of these stories with some of our supporters, on Patreon, but I just don’t have the time here to do it.
The Livefire scenes; I’m shooting with a FLIR TMAIM (IR & Visible Lasers, and IR Floodlight) Sorry, but I believe  it is not currently available to the general public. However, there are similar IR products out there on the market. IR Illuminators are a good tool to have in your tactical tool box.
OK, now here’s a question for you… Back in the “Man Room”... What is the top left picture, hanging on the wall? Your left, and framed.    If you know what it is, for sure, let our other viewers know in detail, as they are hard to find but a great piece of our military history. Leave your guesses in the comment section below. You know I read all your comments.
If any of you are interested in taking a training course with any of the Tactical Rifleman team; please reach out to us at tacticalrifleman.com, where you can find course listings and other great content. 
Till next time; thanks for watching. Strength & Honor, TR.     

Tactical Rifleman
Best Drills for Conceal Carry | Special Forces Techniques | Tactical Rifleman

Many people are super competitive when it comes to duplicating drills etc (me as well). I want to be the best I can be but not at the cost of “stacking the deck” so to speak. By that, I’m talking about the process of getting your race gun, your OWB holster, and warming up a ton prior to testing your abilities on a drill. That’s fine! I do the same thing sometimes. Let us not forget to prepare for the self defense situation though. 
Always give yourself a few dry runs with your set up for the day, and always run some plain clothes and concealed carry set up drills on the range when you can. 
The cornerstone of being a Green Beret or any other Special Operations Soldier is training and knowing the basics! As you can see, there is not much flare or pizazz to these few drills shown. Don’t be fooled though, there are many important components that are being worked that apply to many more complex drills. I suggest doing these basic drills until you have acceptable accuracy and speed (safety always first). Once you are easily executing these drills, instead of graduating to other drills, add some stressors to the mix. A few things you can add that will give you some stress and better simulate a real life threatening scenario are: time standards (shot timer), physical activity, target variations (smaller, target ID, hostage etc), or even an audience of peers watching you. 
After that, get some force on force training with training munitions that really puts your skills to the test in a 2 way gun fight. Remember, the flat range with no bad guys is the easiest place to execute shooting drills, you can only go so far there. 
 

Tactical Rifleman
Fixed Blade Knives | Special Forces Review | Tactical Rifleman

Sergeant First Class (Retired) Donnie Bowen has about 22 years military experience; 13 years of experience within Army Special Forces as a Green Beret, conducting all aspects of Special Operations, to include training, execution, and technical oversight at the detachment and company level, and as well as the training and execution at the combined joint task force level.  SFC Bowen has earned numerous awards, to include a Army Commendation Medal for Valor. His military schooling includes the Special Forces Weapon Sergeant Course, Military Free Fall Course, SFARTAETC, Mountain Warfare Course (Summer and Winter), USSOCOM Joint Armorer's Course, S.E.R.E. -C (High Risk), Modern Army Combatives Program (MA.C.P.) Master Trainer Course, Special Operations Combatives Program (S.O.C.P.) Instructor Course, to name but a few.  SFC Bowen is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, a Judo Black Belt, and a Black Belt in two Karate disciplines, as well as has a couple years of experience in the Filipino and in the Indonesian martial arts training in the art of the blade and the use of blunt objects for offense and defense.  SFC Bowen is also a graduate of the Operational Security Strategies "Lone Operator" Unconventional Warfare Strategies Course. After retiring, SFC Bowen is the founder, owner, and head instructor of BOWEN Combative Arts Academy in Clarksville, TN, where he teaches and coaches children to adults in the arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Wrestling, Self-Defense/Bully Proof Techniques, etc..  He even work with local law enforcement, SWAT, and first responders on basic combatives techniques. 

Tactical Rifleman
Special Forces Check Drill | Transition Drill | Tactical Rifleman

The “check” drill is one of my favorite drills to do on the range but it is only for those that have become safe and proficient in all of the sub-tasks involved with the drill. If you are not to that point yet, I suggest that you break down each task and deliberately train these things until you are comfortable with it (up drills, reloads, draw from holster, transition, re-holster, etc.).
If you try and tackle the more complex task all at once you could develop some bad habits inadvertently. So, go at a speed that allows you to consciously acknowledge the small movements and do them right (eg. trigger finger indexed, safely holster, placement of hand on rifle when going back to rifle, efficient movement based off of your sling/equipment set up etc.). Remember that Green Berets May have advanced training but the basis of everything we do is being solid on the fundamentals! That’s it from Instructor Zee and Tactical Rifleman. Thanks for tuning in!
 

Tactical Rifleman
How a Navy SEAL Sets up his AR | Tactical Rifleman

Hey Tactical Rifleman nation!  This week on TR, I give you guys a quick tour around one of my AR setups.  Now, spoiler alert... nothing on my setup is going to really blow any skirts up.  I have the usual SOP setup (optic, back-up irons, flashlight, etc.) But what I have found is some great products on the market these days that can really boost your AR performance.  Things such as trigger upgrades, grips, flashlights, etc. can really step up your rifle game.  For my active duty heroes, I know there is only so much you can do with your service rifle but maybe this video will help you pick out a sport rifle to train with and evolve your skills to the next level.  

 

One thing I would like to point out on my setup is my new Ryker Grip.  I was a little skeptical about this piece of kit but once I put some rounds downrange using this new grip, my mind was changed.  The Ryker grip is one of the easiest and best upgrades I have made.  I suggest you check out their product line and see for yourself.  I found the target acquisition to be just a step quicker and easier on the shoulder for long days training on the range.  As always, I hope this video helps you out and look forward to the comments and critique.  Stay violent, my friends!!

Tactical Rifleman
Sniper Accuracy vs Precision | How to read shot groups and know your range | Tactical Rifleman

This week, on Tactical Rifleman, we are going to do another Precision Rifle or “Sniper” video. Now, I know that these videos don’t get a lot of views, like our sexy & exciting videos do. I know sniper rifles are boring. Tough Shit, because our goal is to make all of us better shooters; and to do that, we need to know (and master) the basics.
    So, this week’s video will be about the difference between having a Precision Weapon and being Accurate. There is a difference.  
    Are you an Accurate shooter? Just having a Precision Rifle with Precision Ammo does not make you Accurate. It helps, but it does not ensure it.
    So, how do we find out? Again, I know everyone wants videos about sexy new shooting drills that will make them Special Ops Ninjas. Well, not this week. This week, we are going to just do a simple test of you and your gear, using Grouping Drills.
   Go out to the 100 or 200 meter line, and shoot a five round group. Take a break, then get down and do it again… and again… and again. Then, go down and check your target. The Standard is to shoot 1 Minute of Angle (MOA). So, at 100 yards, your shot group should be no larger than 1 inch. A good gun should be able to shoot .5 MOA and I have seen many rifles capable of tighter groups than that. 
     Once you are done measuring and analysing your shot groups; take a hard look at yourself in the mirror and spit it out… Are you are a “Sub-MOA” shooter, or are you a “2 MOA” Shooter? It doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that you learn the limits of you and your equipment. Then, you can go out and strive to improve. 
     I like to do these drills with ALL my rifles; from shorty AR all the way up to my .338 LapMag AXMC. Especially, right before a long 3-Gun match; I like to double check how well a particular rifle and particular ammo are getting along together. Why waste your time shooting at a 6 inch plate at 500 meters, when you know your setup only shoots 2 MOA? 
     In this video we also talk about how to read your shot groups, to possibly help diagnose issues that you might be having with your gun or ammo. So, I hope you all get a little something out of it. 
     I want to give a special “Thanks” to all our Patreon supporters. With their help we are going to be able to step up our video content. So, if you want to help out, please check us out on Patreon.
     Besides better videos… How about REAL Training? The Tactical Rifleman crew will soon begin offering open enrolment courses, on a variety of subjects. These courses can be held here, OR we can travel to your location, if you have enough clients and a range/classroom to support the training.  So, for those of you that have been hinting about attending a class; start finding like-minded friends, and we’ll be putting classes together soon. 
Hope you enjoy. Strength & Honor, TR.

Tactical Rifleman
M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) | How to Load, Unload and Shoot | Tactical Rifleman

This week, on Tactical Rifleman, we are going to do a brief introduction into the M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). Pretty well everyone in the modern US military is familiar with this weapon. It’s used in base defense, mounted on light vehicles, and is the “Suppressing Fire” weapon of all our infantry squads. We aren’t going to bore you with all the statistics. If you want to know the text book maximum effective range, then go to an E-5 Promotion Board. Rather, we are just going to cover Load/Unload/Malfunctions, and then wrap it up with dumping 400rds into a couple illegally parked cars.

    I want to give a special “Thanks” to all our Patreon supporters. With their help we are going to be able to step up our video content. So, if you want to help out, please check us out on Patreon.

    Besides better videos… How about REAL Training? The Tactical Rifleman crew will soon begin offering open enrolment courses, on a variety of subjects. These courses can be held here, OR we can travel to your location, if you have enough clients and a range/classroom to support the training.  So, for those of you that have been hinting about attending a class; start finding like-minded friends, and we’ll be putting classes together soon.

Hope you enjoy. Strength & Honor, TR.

Tactical Rifleman
Best Night Vision Binoculars | Armasight by FLIR BNVD | Tactical Rifleman

What is the best night vision? what are the best night vision goggles to buy?  We will break it all down for you in this video.

Karl is an “Ambassador” for FLIR. So, any of you that are interested in getting a good deal on FLIR or Armasight by FLIR products; please reach out to Tactical Rifleman in the private message section.

Here, at Tactical Rifleman, we are all about showing you how the military “Shoots, Moves, and Communicates.” A big part of shooting and moving in the dark is being able to see. As most of our combat ops are done at night, it only makes sense for us to practice at night, using the best NVDs that the taxpayers can buy.

That said, whether you are military, law enforcement, or civilian; there are certains guidelines that apply.

Match the optic to the mission
Thermals are NOT always better than standard IR
Always get the BEST tube you or your unit can afford
Batteries, batteries, batteries
On this flavor, we are going to do a series of videos about different night vision gear, including GEN-III & Thermal, and both helmet & weapon mounted versions.

This first video is about the dual-tube BNVD that I run on my helmet. It’s a sweet piece of kit, that is actually pretty affordable.  The exact model is the Armasight by FLIR BNVD 51 3AG

http://www.armasight.com/night-vision/night-vision-binoculars/armasight-bnvd-51-3ag

Before you ask… Let’s play “I Spy” and I’ll answer a few questions that I know my TR family is going to ask:

Yes, we filmed the “indoor” portion of this video in my “Man Room.”
Yes, that is indeed a picture of Saddam Insane hanging up on the wall over my shoulder. I got it from one of his palaces during the initial invasion of Iraq. He didn’t need it anymore.
See the calendar hanging up next to it? That is a “cameo appearance” by a friend’s calendar company, call “We Love our Guns.” It shows modern firearms being held by models wearing WWII era bathing suits in conservative poses. The cool part is that the outfits are just body painted on to the nude models. Please check out his website, to see more pics and posters available of each model.
Some of you have asked about the military Challenge Coins that are on display on top of the chair rail. They go all the way around the room, and each of them has a story behind it. I’m gonna share a lot of these stories with some of our supporters, on Patreon, but I just don’t have the time here to do it.
There are a lot of pictures and souvenirs, hanging up in this room. I never hung up a single “military” picture in my house the whole time I was active duty. So, maybe a went a little overboard now.
OK, now here’s a question for you… What is the “copper colored circle” on my shelf to the left? Leave your guesses in the comment section below. You know I read all your comments.
Till next time; thanks for watching. Strength & Honor, TR.
 

Tactical Rifleman
Armored Backpack And Body Armor | School Shooting Protection | Tactical Rifleman

Thanks to Leatherback Gear for offering Tactical Rifleman viewers 10% off; just use Promo Code: TACR10. Check them out at http://leatherbackgear.com

Unfortunately, “Active Shooter” scenarios are still very much in the public eye. All schools across our great country are going over their drills, as are public & private businesses and places of worship.

Run, Hide, Bunker, and Prepare to Fight.

Throughout my 26.5 years in the military, I conducted dozens of deployments, in and out of combat zones, in and out of secure areas, and often in “civilian” clothing. Yes, sometimes I ran “fully kitted out” with Level-IV plates (including sides) and a helmet. However, often we had to move around in a “low-vis” uniform, wearing low-profile gear. I would take “non-military” looking bags, and stuff in ballistic plates. It worked well, and didn’t draw attention like a lot of MOLLE Assault Bags will. Anyways, we always wished that someone would make a decent “low-vis” bag that offered ballistic protection.

Fast forward, and enter a new company called Leatherback Gear.

Their bag not only has Level-IIIA Plates, but also zips apart to be worn as a vest, protecting both front and back.

Level-IIIA plate provide protection against most pistol & shotgun calibers. I have to say “most” because there are always exceptions; such as Armor-Piercing rounds and so forth. So, legally, just pistols, not Rifles.

That still covers the fat that 70% of active shooter engagements, in the US are conducted with Pistols.

Well, just like how the “Lawyers” make them error on the conservative side; I wanted to see just how far that liberal application of force could be applied before these Leatherback Gear Bags failed.  So, I then shot it with a 5.56mm AR and a 7.62mm AK.

Now, before you all bitch; no I did NOT use Steel-Core AK or Green-Tip AR ammo. Why not? Well, because most active shootings are done by wack jobs, using the crap ammo that they buy on sale. So, I used the most commonly bought plinking ammo I could find. As an example, I used 55gr ball for the 5.56mm.

Honestly, I thought that the doubled-up plates would fail. So, I also added a couple school books and a laptop. Why? Well, because I watch my daughter carry her heavy book bag out the door to school everyday, and I know she is carrying a ton of crap.

Watch the video and I think you’ll agree that I was pleasantly surprised. The doubled up IIIA plates stopped both rifle rounds. Wow!!!  

So, I’m pushing a great bag, and am asking you to help me spread the word. If you have loved ones traveling into harm’s way; then, set them up for success.

The team at Leatherback Gear loved the test that we did. So, you guessed it, I hit them up for a “discount code.” Just enter TACR10 on their website and you’ll save 10%.

As always, thanks to MGM Targets for sponsoring the Steel Targets for this video. MGM Targets is offering Tactical Rifleman viewers 10% off; just use Promo Code: TACR10.  

Thanks for watching. Strength & Honor, TR.

Tactical Rifleman
NAVY SEAL's Tips for Surviving BUD/S | Tactical Rifleman

This week on Tactical Rifleman I want to give you guys a short and sweet brief on what I think potential Navy SEAL candidates can do to get in the correct headspace to successfully survive Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, notoriously known as BUD/S. Make no mistake about it, I didn't realize this stuff when I went. It wasn't until after, when asked how I think I made it through, I realized a few mental principles that helped me through the tough spots. Believe me, that training had plenty of them. Some of these lessons were learned the hard way as my career was far from perfect. 

The Navy SEALs have some of the finest individuals I have ever had the honor to fight with, serve with, and learn from. With the proper mindset and maturity, maybe some of you will earn the honor of that service as well. Hoo-ya and good luck!

Tactical Rifleman
Best Gun for Home Defense | Tactical Rifleman

Thanks to MGM Targets for sponsoring the Steel Targets for this video. MGM Targets is offering Tactical Rifleman viewers 10% off; just use Promo Code: TACR10.  

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.”

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 shit 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
Shotguns are for breaching doors and shooting birds.

I don’t want to argue here… just watch the video.  You’ll see I prefer a Rifle for Home Defense.

You'll notice I mention, for those that suck with a pistol, to also have a spray can of Mace... I got that little trick from a old SF Guy (Thanks Fortin). I can't take credit for that one.

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.

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 wont be stupid… but if they come to hurt my family, rest assured I will exercise my right to spend then next two weeks cleaning up bio-hazard from all over my walls.

A good AR, 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. Let the comments and bashing begin.

Thanks for watching. Strength & Honor, TR.

Tactical Rifleman
New Assaulter Bipod and Barricade Stop | Tactical Rifleman

Here at Tactical Rifleman, we are all about showing you new equipment without taking sides over which brand is better than another. Sometimes we do, but rarely. Now, that said, this new Heathen Assaulter Bipod kinda stands out as “the best” because it is the “only” bipod of it’s type that we could find.

    So, it is two parts. First is the head, that doubles as a “Barricade Stop.” Second, are the two removable legs. These can store tucked up against the forearm rail, or they can be just tossed in your pack or range bag.

   Why would an assaulter need a bipod? First and foremost, to confirm zero on your weapon. Sometimes you show up at the zero range and there are no sand bags or rests; been there a hundred times… got the t-shirt.  Additionally, I have often seen SOF guys and Marines trying to get more stable for long-range shots, in the middle of running gun battles in An Najaf and Al Fallujah. Off-hand 175 meters is possible, but get a Marine stable… hell, he can shoot that M16A4 500 meters, easy.

   So, if you are a Geardo just looking to be “first” with a new piece of kit, or an Operator just looking to get an “edge” over the enemy; you might want to check out the new Heathen Assaulter Bipod.  Again, don’t forget to use the Promo Code TR20 to get 20% off for being a fan of Tactical Rifleman.

Thanks for watching. Strength & Honor, TR.

Tactical Rifleman
Best Affordable Mobile Steel Targets | Plate Rack in a Bucket | Tactical Rifleman

MGM Targets is offering Tactical Rifleman viewers 10% off; just use Promo Code: TACR10.  Check out the Plate Rack in a bucket here: https://mgmtargets.com/plate-racks-dueling-trees/steel-challenge-plate-rack

Here at Tactical Rifleman, we are all about showing you tips, techniques, and new equipment to help you “Shoot, Move, and Communicate.” That includes training gear, like targets. Anyone can print decent paper targets on a standard printer. However, everyone loves to shoot steel. That includes me.

    Now, if you rewind a couple of decades, my A-team would often deploy overseas, to shit holes, to teach other countries to fight for themselves, so we wouldn’t have to. These countries didn’t fancy shooting ranges with steel targets. So, we would end up spending your tax payers’ money (thanks by the way) to buy piles of steel knock-down plates to deploy with. These were heavy and didn’t stack well. We always wished we had a couple plate racks, for doing “Man versus Man” competitions (good stressor), but there was no way you could fit a could large plate racks on a Air Force Pallet.

   At the NRA Show last year, I stopped by the MGM Booth to say “Hi” to Mike Gibson and his great family. You will not find a better group of Americans anywhere. Anyways, Mike showed me his “Plate Rack in a Bucket.” While it was designed so that any gun enthusiast could now afford a plate rack and could easily transport it; it immediately popped in my head that “these would have been great to deploy with!!!” Operators could  literally toss 6 of these cans on your Deployment Pallet, and it would take up no room at all. Then, all you need is three 2 by 4s, and you can find them anywhere on the planet.

    So, I asked Mike if I could do a video, to help get the word out to all our war fighters out there, still going down range. Mike even offered all our Tactical Rifleman viewers (that’s you) a 10% discount; just use the promo-code: TACR10 when you go to check out.  That’s good for everything on the website. 

   What’s that?... You’re not a SOF Operator getting ready to deploy? Well, if you like to shoot, but don’t have a good local shooting range that has plate racks; then this Plate Rack in a Bucket is perfect for you too. Drive out into the woods or desert, set it up, and start shooting; much better than shooting beer bottles. These plates are Rifle-Rated Steel too. So, you can get out past 100 meters and bang away on it with your long guns too.  Don’t forget to your the Promo Code TACR10, to get your 10% off.

Thanks for watching. Strength & Honor, TR.

Tactical Rifleman
Sniper Grouping Drills | Tactical Rifleman

So, you have an accurate rifle? Try this drill to see just how accurate YOU are.

    I can teach a monkey to shoot targets at 500 meters. As a matter of fact, I HAVE taught monkeys how to shoot accurately. That said, anyone can shoot stationary targets from a prone stable firing position.

    We call the “Tactical Rifleman,” because we don’t just focus on target shooting . Rather, we focus on all the skills that today’s operators need to be successful on the modern battlefield. For precision rifle shooting, that means getting out of your comfort zone and shooting from expedient firing positions, under various conditions, and a variety of targets and distances.

    So, this video I want to talk about & demonstrate (video, duh) a great drill I’ve put together for making snipers perfect their shooting skills from various heights. Why?

   Hunting in the “Global War On Terror” I often found myself and my fellow sniper team shooting from urban hide sites, with shooting loopholes at various heights.  We would have to use whatever materials were available, furniture and tables, to build shooting platforms and positions. Well, we hadn’t really practiced this that much back in the states.

    The drill is to:

Confirm Zero (Prone)
Confirm Suppressor Zero-Shift (if you run a suppressor)
Shoot Grouping drills from 12 to 72 inches above the ground, in 6” increments.
Record & compare data, to see where and at what heights you need to focus future training.
Now, I’m not saying to do this every time you go out to the range. Hell, I like banging steel plates at 1200 meters as much as the next guy. However, if you get bumped off that UKD Range by another unit and all you have is a 200 or 300 meter range; this is the perfect time to work on grouping drills.

If you are one of those SWAT Snipers that only shoots out to 120 meters (legal issues); then, this would be my NUMBER ONE training drill.  You can do this at 100 meters all day long.

I want to give a shout out to Kevin “Coach” Jimmerson, for being my demonstrator. That 6.5mm was a real tack driver. He was shooting .3 MOA groups all day long. I’m a big believer in always trying to learn as much as you can constantly, and I have learned a lot about shooting from Coach over the last few years.

Thanks for watching. Strength & Honor, TR.

Tactical Rifleman
How a Navy SEAL sets up his War Belt | Duty Belt | Tactical Rifleman

This week on Tactical Rifleman, I review the basic setup and components of one configuration of my war belt I utilized in the SEAL Teams.  Much like the body armor setup video, the war belt is also not a one-size fits all setup.  Team guys set up their kit in a manner that both fits their load bearing requirements and comfort as well as achieving the minimum loadout for their position in the platoon.  Now, there is nothing sexy about this setup.  Due to the maritime component of SEAL operations, salt water wreaks havoc upon gear.  Therefore, the kit I carry is designed for function and is predominately a maritime setup (Visit Board Search Seizure (VBSS)/Zodiac work/Diving, etc.).  I use a more high-speed setup when operating in a direct action or land warfare capacity.  That means that the kit is a bit nicer and more expensive in order to stand up to a harsh, dryer environment as well as to carry additional ordnance items and communications equipment. 

 

The components on the belt are a bit of a “hodge podge” of different brands of gear; some of it issues and some of it scrounged from the DRMO (recycle) bin (yes, SEALs sometimes have to dive into the “land of abandoned gear” for stuff).  The point is, you don’t need all the hyped-up Gucci gear to do work.  You just need something durable yet easily replaceable.  We put our kit through hell during training evolutions and this rig is a basically the stuff that survived that crucible over the years.  The belt itself and pad are Blackhawk.  The mag pouches are from my basic loadout package and are of no name brand.  They simply Velcro shut when not in use and have a plastic internal piece to keep the mags from sliding around.  The large drop (olive drab) pouch is from London Bridge trading and is basically a SAW ammo pouch I use as a large utility bag.  The drop-leg holster is from 5-11 and is modular detachable meaning I can swap my Glock 34 holster for my Beretta holster (when training Air Force dudes) pretty easily. The SSE roll-up drop pouch is from Tactical Assault Gear (https://www.tacticalassaultgearstore.com/) which is a veteran-owned founded company all made in the USA.  Great stuff! Canteen pouch is Blackhawk.  The knife is a SOG SEAL pup.  I realize that gear has advanced over the years and the team at Tactical Rifleman have most likely used a variety of these items across the spectrum.  Please feel free to leave constructive comments and questions below.  Stay violent, my friends! 

Tactical Rifleman