If you are looking for a drill to improve your reload times with a minimum of fuss, here it is:
- Load your magazine to capacity.
- Load your magazine into the handgun and chamber a cartridge.
- Remove the loaded magazine and insert an empty magazine.
- Place the loaded magazine in your primary magazine pouch.
To execute the drill, you draw and fire one shot. The slide will lock to the rear on an empty magazine. Using the magazine release, dump the empty magazine. Draw the fresh mag from your primary magazine pouch and load it into the handgun. Release the slide with either the slide stop lever or with the “slingshot” method. Regain your two handed grip and fire one shot, center mass to end the drill.
This drill is great to objectively evaluate your reload speed. If you are using a shot timer the “split time” between the two shots is your reload time.
One of the key responsibilities of a firearms owner is to restrict access to their firearm by unauthorized persons. This may be children in your household or burglars when you are away. In my professional life I have lost count of the number of burglaries or car break-ins that have resulted in placing more firearms in the hands of criminals. The problem is that we have to balance security with ease of access. A locked and unloaded firearm does you no good when evil comes to call. For this reason I take note whenever I come across a solution that allows you to maintain security but instantly access your firearm. Continue reading
We just took delivery of a brand new Nightforce B.E.A.S.T. 5-25x56mm F 1 rifle scope. We asked for Mil turrets and H-59 reticle since the “Mil-R” reticle is still a few weeks out. This scope truly is a “beast”. Ours came with the standard Nightforce bikini style scope cover and a set of Nightforce flip up caps. Nightforce was also kind enough to send out a Unimount. Once we get it mounted up and twist the turrets we will get a review out to you!
I love Soft Shell Jackets. I have been using the Condor Outdoor Summit Zero Soft Shell for almost a year now. It has worked well in a range of climates all over the US.
The Summit Zero is the latest in Condor’s jacket lineup. It is constructed of a four way elastic stretch material with a polyurethane membrane. This material gives you great wind blocking and water resistant properties while still allowing a wide range of motion. This is very beneficial for weapons manipulation or dynamic movement. Continue reading
I love steel targets. If you have read our blog or reviews for any amount of time, this should be apparent. When shooting steel close up with a handgun or carbine you get instant, gratifying feedback of the shot. There is no need to paste any shot holes between shooters and you don’t even have to paint them if you don’t want to. Long range rifle shooters benefit in a visual cue when the bullet splashes on the target face. This can be seen a much greater distances than a small shot hole in cardboard. If the shooter is unable to spot the impact of the bullet, they can generally hear the ring of the plate roll back from downrange.
This week we look at the Stake-N-Shoot 8″ Popper target from Challenge Targets. I came across the Stake-N-Shoot targets while browsing the MidwayUSA website. I contacted Challenge Targets and they were happy to send over one of their 8″ Stake-N-Shoot Poppers for us to review. The Stake-N-Shoot Popper is similar to other poppers on the market in that they are 3/8″ AR500 steel. The Challenge Targets are laser cut and have very clean edges. The 8″ Stake-N-Shoot popper is 20″ tall and 8″ wide. This size makes it a very versatile precision rifle target for 100-800 yard use. Continue reading
Bright and early Friday morning I found myself loading gear into a rented minivan with two other shooters, heading east for North Carolina and Woody’s Precision Rifle Series Match at Woody’s Rifle and Hunting Club in New Hill, NC.
Woody’s is well known for their Designated Marksman team matches. 2014 was the first year for the Precision Rifle format. This match was an individual effort match and qualified for points in the Precision Rifle Series. Continue reading