Breaking News. President Obama formally proposed the most expansive gun-control policies yet, and initiated 23 separate executive actions.
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During my career in the military I was fortunate enough to use a wide variety of optics on the M-4 weapon system. While all of these generally performed well, each was built with a specific purpose and I routinely saw optics being mounted and employed incorrectly, and improper optic use quickly became a personal pet-peeve. Consequently, I’ve put together a list of considerations, tips, and TTPs (tactics, techniques, and procedures) to help you decide what kind of optic to place on your AR, and some things to keep in mind while you are training.
Purpose is paramount when deciding what type of optic to use, and most AR15 optics can be grouped into these two categories:
For the purposes of this article I will give a quick rundown of the background, purpose, and correct employment of each optic, followed by a few tips, training TTPs (tactics, techniques, and procedures), and lessons learned from my experiences with these optics.
PUYALLUP, WA: Blade-Tech Industries, a leading manufacturer of tactical and thermoplastic products announces the retirement of its founder, Tim Wegner.
Tim Wegner started Blade-Tech Industries with the idea that there was a need in the market for high quality thermoplastic knife sheathes and holsters. His dream started in his garage hand making each piece. As demand grew, Blade-Tech Industries grew. Today Tim’s vision has developed into one of the best known high quality holster manufacturers in the United States.
In 2005 Tim hired Steve Avila, formally of Boeing, as CEO to take the company and vision to the next level. Tim watched as his son, Bryce Wegner, took over as President of the company and his longtime friend and co-innovator from the first days in Tim’s garage, Tom Crawford, became COO.
With this new administration in place, a foundation was set that allowed Tim to start curtailing some of his executive responsibilities and work with the new team to focus on developing the right product for Blade-Tech’s ever growing customer base.
Tim is one of the pioneers of utilizing thermoplastic to make practical products that can be worn by law enforcement officers, military personnel and civilians alike. His hard work helped forge techniques that are now widely used across the whole holster industry.
Over the years, Tim has designed many of Blade-Tech’s best selling knives. In the early years of the company he oversaw the introduction of some of Blade-Tech’s most popular products and helped to chart a course that aided in leading Blade-Tech into many venues including the world of competitive shooting. Blade-Tech is still one of the most used brands of gear across all of the shooting sports.
With the plethora of holster companies on the market today, Tim helped Blade-Tech secure its reputation of being a consistent provider of durable holsters that have an unsurpassed fit. Reliability is the foundation of Blade-Tech Industries’ success; a success that continues to grow even in the backdrop of a recession.
Though Tim will no longer be working on a day-to-day basis at the Blade-Tech facility, his legacy will continue on through the leadership of his son and the hard work of the whole Blade-Tech team. Blade-Tech’s future will continue on the path of innovation and quality, always honoring Tim’s contribution as its founder.
I’ve had the opportunity to attend Combative Carbine Skills 1&2 twice now, so I feel I can accurately review this class. First off, Modern Defensive Training Systems (MDTS) is run by Chris Fry, a well-versed training instructor as well as a great contributor to our forums, here at NY Firearms.Chris does not claim to be some crazy military, special forces, and he is especially not a ninja. With this said, he has had many years and several thousands of hours training, which can easily be seen in the way he carries himself and speaks to the class. He is always more than willing to help students throughout the class and is very knowledgeable in what he teaches.
To quote the course description from MDTS, Combative Carbine Skills series “emphasizes three critical elements of defensive shooting: Mindset, Skill-At-Arms, and Tactics.” CCS 1&2 begins the series with the fundamentals needed to operate the carbine in a combative and defensive manner. What I love, personally, is the focus on the class from a citizen perspective, which 90% of us who take these classes will be using the training for.
The first hour of the day was classroom-based training, which went over firearms safety, range safety, some carbine history and zeroing, accessories and rifle modifications, as well as some initial administrative firearms handling and platforms. Once the initial classroom training was complete, we moved out to the range and jumped right into zeroing our rifles.
Once all of the rifles were zeroed, training began. Without divulging too much of the course, there was a great deal of information thrown at the attendees. Personally, I enjoy “drinking from the firehose” as they say, but I can see how some people may not like that approach. However, most everyone rose to the occasion and stepped up their game to learn.
I also noticed that there were several people attending the class who had just bought their AR-15 or similar carbine, and by the end of the class they were engaging targets out to 75 yards, and clearing complicated “triple feed” malfunctions. Considering how some of the newer shooters were picking up the information, I have to say that speaks louder than I can about Chris’ proficiency as a trainer.
As I said above, this is the second time I have had the chance to take this class from MDTS, which has joined my resume of several other carbine training classes, and I have to say that I would highly recommend anyone with carbine rifles to give this class a shot (no pun intended). From the basic fundamentals to some advanced weapon malfunction clearing, the class provides a great deal of valuable information to the average shooter.
Combative Carbine Skills 1&2 Course Details
The MDTS Combative Carbine Skills curriculm is designed for the new rifle owner, individuals who have owned a rifle but never attended formal training as well as the seasoned operator. A solid grounding in safety and fundamentals of gun handling is presented with a heavy emphasis on the students ability to manipulate the carbine platform while mult-tasking or under stress. This is a fast paced, challenging course. Course content will include but is not limited to:
CCS1 Firearm Safety/Range Safety
History & Zero
Modifications & Sling Options
Personal Equipment Selection & Placement
Carry & Carbine Ready Positions
Shooting Response Theory
After Action Assessment Concept
Bilateral Weapon Operation
Transition to Handgun
Combative Shooting Positions
Vertical and Lateral Displacement
Multiple Target Engagement
Fundamental Use of Cover & Concealment and more…
A serviceable carbine to include M4, AR15, AK47 or pistol caliber rifle, a minimum of 3 magazines, 500+ rounds rifle – NO GREEN TIP OR AP AMMUNITION, 50 rounds pistol, eye and ear protection, pistol and minimum of 2 magazines (if you own a pistol), appropriate clothing for weather, water, hat with brim, optional equipment- sling, gloves & knee pads.
*A pistol is not required to attend this course
Additional Equipment Considerations:
Weapon mounted illumination tool, knee & elbow protection, note taking materials, lunch for full day class