REVIEW: Range testing of Grizzly Targets Modular Dueling Plate

REVIEW: Range testing of Grizzly Targets Modular Dueling Plate

So I had the pleasure of heading out with a couple of friends to the range to test out the target from my last article. In the video I left the spring setting alone between shooting different calibers so you can see the effect of each round on the target. I wish I had lubricated the back of the target to make the action smoother and more predictable.   These lead flats were found near the targets in between shooting the dueling plate and the IPSC target. Aint it purty?   I really like the size of this target and have ideas on how I could integrate these into training scenarios with multiple units. At their cost and size  it is affordable and easy to transport. I would recommend a container to store them in to avoid lead contamination.   You can give Grizzly Targets a ‘Like’ on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyTargets And check out their lineup...

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Grizzly Targets New Single Dueling Plate

Grizzly Targets New Single Dueling Plate

It’s single, and ready to mingle. Standard dueling trees have an array of plates for you to plink on and challenge friends to competitions. With Grizzly targets new dueling plate design, they break away from having a conformed design you are stuck with. You can place the dueling plates in any sort of range layout for different engagements to challenge, and hone your skills. The biggest advantage I feel to this design is WEIGHT! By having individual plates you don’t have a dueling tree that easily weighs over 100 pounds to lug around. As with all their products the dueling plate is galvanized to protect against rust. The target weighs 7.2lbs is composed of 3/8″ AR500 and the plate is 5″ across. On the back of the unit is a winged screw so you can secure the dueling plate to a 2×4. You can adjust the tension of the dueling plate via the lock nut on the bottom of the threaded bolt. Ensure that the spring assembly aims down and gets tucked behind the safety of your 2×4. I love reactive target shooting because the shooters focus is on hearing that “Ping” and then working their hands and sight alignment to get that next “ping” to sound off. Yes, punching groups into a single hole on the paper is awesome for precision practice, no doubt. But I prefer a “combat accurate” target to develop your speed and fundamentals for defensive shooting and I feel this target will be an asset to a shooter’s training. They have a variety of target stands you can purchase for ease of setup and takedown. Click Here to see their stand lineup. I will be writing a follow up review and tension adjustment article once I get her to the range!    ...

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Elzetta AVS is Polar Vortex Proof

Elzetta AVS is Polar Vortex Proof

So I love the durability of my Elzetta and carried it with me daily, but I carried it with great fear of losing it. It is a pricey EDC (every day carry) but I wanted something I could rely on without question. I reached out to Elzetta after hearing about their latest compliment to their lineup (a removable belt clip) to offer my feedback as well as eliminating my fear of loss. I sent him an email to show how I was currently carrying and what was causing me to be concerned after having it disappear on me into the realm of, under-car-seat. Of course, I jinxed myself. While checking out a field near a church I had the light slip out without me realizing it. At that point I think there was around 8-9″ of snow and a temp close to zero which encouraged me to haul ass back to the car. The next day while I was getting ready in the morning I realized that my light was missing. I checked all over the house with no success. I headed to my previous day’s stops hoping that she was in the parking lot from slipping out of my pocket. No luck of course. Then the fear of some kid finding his lucky prize of a near $200 flashlight started creeping in. I waited for a warmer day but of course Illinois only delivered more snow and colder weather bottoming out at -15. We received another polar vortex which did not contribute to my confidence in the possibility of finding my flashlight. I went as far as having my phone GPS my coordinates while tracing over my initial tracks in hopes of figuring out where it possibly fell when the snow melted. Chicago, being what it is. Warmed up to 50 degrees during the day while reports of another 5″+ on it’s way to us that night. My wife suggested that I head out and take a look while I could. I followed my prints till I saw something that did not fit in with the grass. I ran over, grabbed it and clicked it on. Good to go! Some dirt did get...

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I Survived IL’s First day with Concealed Carry Licensees

I Survived IL’s First day with Concealed Carry Licensees

I don’t know how I survived the first day. I have had the Illinois Anti-Gun Regime telling me that if concealed carry was to pass in IL, there would be blood in the streets. No one would be safe and we would revert to some form of a “wild wild west”. I am a husband to my wife and a father to my child. So I take my survival and capabilities to defend them quite seriously. Thankfully, growing up taking cues from Star Trek’s Vulcan society, I believed that logic should prevail over emotion. And thanks to those smarter than me who compiled the statistics; it continues to be conclusive that crime is significantly decreased in areas where there are more legal firearm owners. I learn from anything, anyone and everything I can. Good examples and bad examples alike. Whether it’s the story of the guy who failed to keep his spare tire in case of a flat, or a friend who always keeps 20 dollars stashed in her car for gas in case her purse was left behind. Both situations can easily occur in our daily lives but how we prepare for them determines their possible outcomes. I live in the western ‘burbs, which is not known to be as dangerous of an area as what is commonly referred to as, “Chi-Raq”.  Now that statement for some folks is where complacency and arrogance can take hold. The belief that criminals will not travel, or that violent offenders do not live in the same town is a dangerous fallacy which usually sets the tone for every news story to shock a ‘nice’ town’s populace into fear. Because I made the decision that I do not want to be the person in that story that everyone pities and wishes that some magical thing had been done to prevent it, I applied for my IL Concealed Carry License (CCL). After a couple of months of waiting I was in the first batch of Illinois’ans to receive their ID. The following photos represent my first day carrying. Drove my car, just like normal. Went to USPS, And respected the rules. Then I went and got some cabbage,...

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A Pearce’ing Review. Pearce Shield Magazine Extension Floorplates

A Pearce’ing Review. Pearce Shield Magazine Extension Floorplates

So, I loved my grip of the shield with the 8 round magazine but when I tried the seven round flush mag I hated how my pinky would hangover the bottom. My draw always felt imbalanced and my hand’s compression wasn’t optimal. Now of course, a bigger grip has the downside of printing more when carrying concealed. I was hoping to get the best of both worlds by picking up Pearce’s Mag extensions to allow me to use the 7 round magazine but get my pinky to grab my shield properly. The 7 round magazine was designed to be flush with the bottom of the Shield and the Pearce keeps it close to that base of the handgun when inserted it does not add any addition “height” to where the back of the grip would protrude out of a shirt and print. Pearce’s extensions are made from polymer so they blend into the firearm and look like they shipped with the Shield. Here’s the pearce extension in retail packaging In the next picture you can see the 7 round magazine with the Pearce extension in the Shield. So from the top of the slide to the bottom of the backstrap I got a measurement of 4.18″ I measured 4.97″ from the top of the slide to the front of the Pearce extension And in case you have larger hands you can interchange the Pearce Extension onto the 8 round magazines. When I insert the 8 round magazine I get a total of 4.64″ from the top of the slide to the bottom of the back of the magazine and 5.40″ at the front of the Pearce Extension. Gripping the Shield with the 8 round magazine Gripping the shield with the 7 round magazine Bottom view angle of the extension on the 7 round magazine   They can be ordered from Pearce directly or thru one of their dealers.  The MSRP is $9.95 Products pictured: Elzetta AVS on Bravo body, M&P9 Shield 9mm, Off The Grid Mki Mid Sweat guard...

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OVERVIEW: Fortis Shift AFG vs Magpul AFG2 vs Stark SE-5 Express Grip Comparison

OVERVIEW: Fortis Shift AFG vs Magpul AFG2 vs Stark SE-5 Express Grip Comparison

Each grip has enough different attributes to require us to look at each individually and take each ones merits into play. The Stark is a rubberized forward grip that is the largest out of the three we have on display. The Magpul AFG-2 is made from Magpul’s propietary polymer recipe with durability they are known for. The Fortis Shift is manufactured from Billet aluminum and anodized in hard coat III. Each is unique in material and design. The Magpul AFG-2 allows you to remove the middle finger groove if you prefer a flat surface to grab. Magpul also makes an AFG1 which is the larger of Magpul’s two angled grips (not pictured). The AFG-2 is smaller to prevent interference with other rail mounted devices. Stark SE-5 Express Grip    Magpul AFG-2 Fortis Shift AFG I couldn’t help myself and had to order one of their new PVC patches, love the detail of the red thread in the patch. Since grip, hands and placement are unique to each shooter this article is just information for your benefit and conclusions.    Stark SE-5 Express Grip Weight: 3.2oz (unpublished, we weighed it) Magpul AFG2 Weight: 2.53 oz. Fortis Shift AFG Weight: 2.1 oz An HDR Photo to see all the details of the different Grips Fortis Shift Length: 3.52″ Magpul AFG-2 Length: 4.70″ Stark AE-5 Length: 3.89″ (unpublished, we measured)   Since the Shift is the newest AFG on the market I figured we should post some more photos of it for you folks 🙂   You can purchase the Fortis Shift AFG from Rainier Arms and from Fortis MFG’s Website Here is a link to purchase the Magpul AFG2 Stark SE-5 Express Grip is also available from Rainier...

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OVERVIEW: Parallax Tactical’s New Titanium Nitride Hard Coated Nickel Boron BCG

OVERVIEW: Parallax Tactical’s New Titanium Nitride Hard Coated Nickel Boron BCG

I have been looking forward to Parallax’s TiN (Titanium Nitride) Coated BCG (Bolt Carrier Group) for a while now, and we all know good things come to those who wait. The BCG is first coated with Nickel Boron that is known for its natural lubricity but then gets treated to additional hardness from the Titanium Nitride. Nickel Boron on it’s own has a hardness of 68-72 Rc and a low coefficient of friction (.04). The carrier is the only component that gets coated in TiN over the NiB. Parallax first has the Nickel Boron carrier polished before getting it sent out to get coated with TiN. In addition to its beautiful gold color, TiN gives the Bolt Carrier Group one of the hardest surfaces possible. Titanium Nitride pushes the hardness level above Rockwell C hardness of 88. The Rockwell C rating system tops out at 80 so the Vicker’s hardness system was also used to evaluate the TiN coating. The TiN coating received a rating of 2400 even tho the Vicker’s test only goes up to 1800.  Thanks to this additional strength gained from TiN, manufacturers have used it on saw blades and drill bits to get the most life and sharpness out of them. Drill bits coated with TiN will last 3x longer than those that were un coated. Nickel Boron coating resists corrosion out of the box and adding Titanium Nitride only contributes additional protection to the BCG. Gas Key Staking Gas Key Staking up close     Some photos of the BCG installed   So now that we have our overview, next comes the fun part… Shooting the crap out of it and see what the results look like.  ...

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OVERVIEW: Fortis ‘Hammer’ Charging Handle Vs Rainier Arm’s Raptor

OVERVIEW: Fortis ‘Hammer’ Charging Handle Vs Rainier Arm’s Raptor

“Drop the hammer” sounds quite a bit cooler than, “pull back on the op rod” (Walking Dead), so how could I resist taking a look at Fortis’s new charging handle. Fortis uses their Nickelene finish on the charging handle to increase lubricity during use. They engineered the design to transfer energy thru the release lever into the handle compared to traditional design. Mil Spec handles have a failure point if you put strain on the the release lever while Pinch-charging. There is a potential of breaking the roll pin while using the pinch-charge method. The Claw method of charging is inefficient use of your muscles and is an un-natural form. By allowing the transfer of energy thru the release lever into the handle allows you to make the most of pinch-charging without the fear of damaging your handle. Fortis Hammer next to the Rainier Raptor Back end view   Manufacturer’s information: The new Fortis Hammer™ charging handle stays true to our brand.  We engineer, design, & develop military grade accessories that look good and functions great.  Tested and evaluated by the 3 Gun community, then put to the test by people in the military and law enforcement community.  We continuously refined our design and came up with the Hammer™.  So charge your rifle by dropping the Hammer™ and go! Introducing our unique finish called Nickelene™.  The slick finish is smooth and gives the already durable charging handle, a lubricity not found on another other charging handles in the market today. Machined from 7075 T6 Billet aluminum The robust design as well as aggressive serrations on the latch and body support use with either shooting gloves or without Redesigned the back stop for the latch, so stress is taken off the roll pin Finished in Nickelene™: Rockwell hardness – 45C, low co-efficient of friction, excellent lubricity characteristics   You can purchase the hammer from Fortis MFG’s...

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