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Skills & Tips

We all acrue a wealth of knowledge over the years.  Join me here so that I may pass some on.

Next Level Equipment

So…   I finally pulled the trigger on some new equipment.  I am really excited to take the quality of my videos to the next level with this gear.  I have been using a GoPro Hero 4 Black and …
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Rifle Press Check

I will say, I am not a fan of doing a press check on my rifle.  But there is perhaps a time and place for them.  Here is how to preform a press check on your AR-15 / M-4 type rifle…
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Deliberately Loading Your Rifle

While loading your rifle seems kind of mundane, it is important all the same.  When we load our rifle deliberately, with purpose, we can accomplish a couple of things.  1. We map good movements for …
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Why We Train

People have a lot of reasons for why they train.  Why they seek out knowledge and continue down the path of learning martial skills.  (Be they martial arts, proficiency with firearms or throwing kni…
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Pack Tips from TacBike

Recently I was fortunate enough to have Simon from TacBike (on Instagram) pay me a visit.  He is awesome, visiting form Australia, over here on a North American motorcycle tour.  During our visit, w…
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Achieving Goals

Goals…   Sometimes we set them, some times they fade away and sometimes we achieve them.  A long while back I jotted down some goals in a little green memorandum book.  Flipping back through…
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Zeroing a Pistol Mounted Optic

In this video I go over the process for zeroing your pistol mounted red-dot optic.  In my case, a Trijicon RMR 06 mounted on my Glock 17.  It is pretty straight forward, but there are few tips to ma…
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Friends, Not Friends Drill

Some techniques and shooting positions that we work on at the range, are nebulous.  There can be a disconnect on where they potentially come into play.  Through the use of scenarios in our firearms …
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Lanyards on Knives

I was never a fan of lanyards on pocket knives…  Then, low and behold I tried it!  They, for me, serve a number of purposes.  My favorite material to make lanyards out of is tarred bank line …
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Cutting Solutions

While out in the backcountry, or on the range, or anywhere outside of your kitchen for that matter, we rarely find a good cutting surface.  So we make due. (This usually involves cutting on rocks for…
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Lessons from Weather

Shooting in the rain usually ends up in cold hands and wet feet…  But that discomfort comes with some lessons.  When shooting in inclement weather we have the opportunity to see deficiencies i…
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Poor Man Drill

Sometimes we have more time than we do ammunition to train with.  (I feel like it is always this way)  So occasionally I find myself revisiting this drill.  It offers the ability to work on a numbe…
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SKDTactical & F.A.S.T.

In the tactical gear world there are a few standouts as go-to sources for gear.  One of them is SKD Tactical.  I have always been pleased with my dealings from their good selection, fair prices, fas…
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Marking Magazines

Marking your magazines, rifle as well as pistol, serves two purposes.  On the one hand, having them marked makes for easy identification and keeps them from getting mixed up with other shooters magaz…
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Tac-Light Maintenance

Shooting in low-light or no-light can be fun and challenging.  Removing all of the carbon from your flashlight lens can also be challenging, but not really fun…  Weapon mounted tactical lights…
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Inserting an IV Catheter

You know what is cool?  Having people come save you when you need it.  But systems of support aren’t always there.  So do you know what is even cooler?  Being in a position to save yourself …
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DG Hack

I’m a fan of the SureFire X-Series weapon lights.  I run a SureFire X-300 on my Glock 17.  The natural progression from this of course, is the SureFire DG Switch, which allows one handed opera…
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Painting Your Pistol

In a previous video I covered How To Paint Your Rifle (M-4 / AR-15) as well as magazines.  In this we jump into painting a pistol, my newly machined Glock 17.  Think of it as a condensed Cliff’…
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Loading Your Blowout Kit

Don’t exasperate a medical emergency by having your Med-kit looking like a yard sale…  Earlier I reviewed the SOE Gear Compact Tear Off Med Pouch.  And now we are talking about two impor…
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Insulated From Failure

Struggle, pain, adversity…  All are wonderful teachers.  When we train people, as much as we want them to succeed, we need to allow failure.  Whether we are teaching room clearing with M-4s i…
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Slide Modification!

So you want a Trijicon RMR (Ruggedized Miniture Reflex) sight on your pistol?  Or some forward cocking serrations?  Check your local Machine Shop… Not wanting to pay the high price to have my …
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Milling Your 80% Lower Part 2

In this video I finish up milling out my 80% Polymer Lower Receiver from Tennessee Arms Company.  I mill out the hole for the trigger as well as drill the holes for the trigger pins and safety select…
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Milling Your 80% Lower Part 1

So, I am not a engineer, machinist, nor someone who slept in a Holiday Inn Express last night…  But this is my journey of milling out a 80% Polymer Lower Receiver for a AR-15 / M-4 rifle (or pi…
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BUIS Zero Change!

I stumbled upon something a few years ago when zeroing a rifle.  And then, a recent article from Jerking the Trigger reminded me of that observation…  Magic happens when you look through lense…
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Reactive Targets

So the instructor said, “2 Rounds,” so I shot 2 rounds…  How do we get away from this mentality when we move away from the range?  Truth be told, we have no idea how many rounds it…
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The Gong Hack

Shooting steel targets if fun.  And, steel gong targets are pretty inexpensive.  The issue I have found though, (especially with the smaller gongs) is they move…  A Lot.  This is a simple ha…
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The Long Haul

When have you had a zipper last over 20 years?  How about a zipper on something you have regularly mistreated (for better or worse)?  When we make purchases for outdoor equipment or tactical gear, h…
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Epic Backcountry Coffee

A good cup of Coffee in the morning is great.  But an amazing cup of Coffee in the backcountry is Epic!  Appreciating great coffee and all the health benefits that come with bulletproof coffee (as a…
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Painting Your Rifle

In this video we will walk you through, step by step, how to paint pretty much any piece of gear, to include that Black Rifle of yours.  Painting your AR-15, or anything else, will break up its outli…
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Patches for Kids

How do we get and keep the next generation interested in the Outdoors and Backpacking? One way I have found is to create ownership in the adventure for them by personalizing their gear.  In this case…
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Reactive Targets Primer

Every time you are out training, be it with pistol or rifle, each pull of the trigger is about $0.25 going down range.  Get the most out of your money and time by using reactive targets. This is just…
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The Mk 243

Doing my duty in putting forth a quick PSA:  Enjoy the time with the ones that matter…  And don’t take yourself too seriously.
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Marking Your Rifle

No matter how high quality a mechanical device is, eventually the stress of operation effects it.  An AR-15 or any other firearm is no different.  Modern, as well as past, firearms are arguably one …
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Building a Upper Receiver: Part 2

Today we are finishing up building our AR-15 Upper Receiver. We will walk through the installation of our hand guard, muzzle device, back up sights, charging handle and bolt carrier group.   Those c…
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Building a Upper Receiver: Part 1

Time to begin building the top half of your rifle!  Today we are starting with a stripped AR-15 Upper Receiver.  We will walk you through, strep by step, installing your barrel, barrel nut, gas tube…
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Building a Lower Receiver: Part 2

Following up on Part 1 of building a AR-15 Lower Receiver; we now will finish our project.  I this video we will install our safety selector, grip, rear take-down pin, buffer tube and stock.  And…
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Building a Lower Receiver: Part 1

This is the 1st installment of building a AR-15 Lower Receiver from the ground up.  Starting with our stripped lower receiver; we will go step by step installing the bolt catch, magazine release, for…
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Trigger Finger Placement

Here we have a small tweak on one of the 4 safety rules that pays dividends in certain situations.  Allowing for increased reaction time in a gun grab situation.  Like everything in this world it is…
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