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Good, Bizarre, and Bad Tactical Reloads in Movies

May 20th, 2022

Hollywood gets a lot wrong in regards to guns. So much so that we give them a ton of credit when they get it right. Today we are looking at tactical reloads in movies and TV shows. I started looking for good examples of reloads, but then I got deep into the subject and found some very bizarre examples of reloads and some examples of the lack of reloading that are hilarious.

I’m betting most people expect to see John Wick on this list regarding reloads. Yep, lots of great reloads, but I’m making an exception and leaving John Wick off because I could complete the entire best reloads portions with the three John Wick films. So let’s take a peek at the Hollywood Reload and the good, the bad, and the bizarre.

The Best Hollywood Reloads

Tactical Reload from Heat

The bank robbery escape firefight in Heat is legendary. It’s huge, with loud and brutal gunfire, and full of good tactics that might be dated today. However, Michael Mann always does firearms and tactics well, including accurate magazine sizes and appropriate reloads. In Heat, we see one of the best reloads come from Val Kilmer.

Tactical reload from Heat

Amid a gunfight with the police, ole Val runs dry with his Colt 733. Not only does he reload quickly and efficiently, but he does so smartly. First, he takes cover behind a vehicle, and on the way to his knee, he manually strips the magazine from the gun. Then, he grabs a spare, jams it in, hits the bolt release, and keeps on rocking and rolling.

According to internet rumors, this tactical reload was shown at Army/Marine Corps boot camp, but I never saw it at boot camp. Even so, it’s an impressive reload, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s used as an example of a speed reload.

Tactical Reload from Wind River

I took way too long to watch Wind River. But, holy crap, is it a great movie and a solid modern western. The film stars Elizabeth Olsen as a rookie FBI Agent paired with a professional tracker investigating the death of a Native American woman. It’s not an action flick, but the action scenes are well done. The movie is very not Hollywood. It’s not all dolled up and clean, and that reflects in several scenes. One of these scenes is a tactical reload committed by Olsen.

Wind River fight

Hot damn, being maced and in a gunfight would suck

She’s just been maced, and she charges headfirst, by herself, into a run-down trailer with multiple potential threats. Her vision is crap, and the film shows it, yet she charges forward, Glock at the ready. She uses cover, moves carefully, and even keeps her distance from cover. When someone takes a shot at her, she empties her magazine into the guy.

Tactical reload by Elizabeth Olsen

Olsen does a great job with her tactical reload

On the move, she reloads. It’s not super fast or sexy like a Wick film, but it’s pretty realistic. She’s a rookie agent, and most FBI agents aren’t gunfighters. She just got maced and shot at, and adrenaline is jacked. Her reload isn’t a time setting best, but it’s competent and realistic for the scene.

Tactical Reload from Wonder Woman

Yep Wonder Woman, the 2017 film, has a little gunplay. Our titular character doesn’t sling guns and prefers a sword and shield. However, her compatriots are soldiers, and her love interest, pilot, commando guy Steve Trevor carries the legendary Winchester 1897 Trench Gun. A weapon made famous and downright legendary by its use in the trenches of World War 1.

Tactical reload in Wonder Woman

Running a shotgun dry would suck, but knowing how to reload makes things easier

Shotguns require constant reloading, and admittedly the movie doesn’t show much reloading, but it also doesn’t show the trench gun dropping two dozen rounds without reloading. In a scene, Trevor runs his gun dry, and the enemy is fast approaching. With an empty shotgun in hand, what does he do?

Winchester 1897 Tactical Reload

Trench guns are too cool

He slams a 12 gauge round into the port, runs the action forward, and deals with the situation. This is maybe the second port reload I’ve ever seen in a film, with John Wick 2 having a notable port reload.

The Bizarre

Terminator 2 – The T-1000 Multitasks

I don’t know anything about piloting a helicopter, but I know a thing or two about reloading a gun. The T-1000 knows how to fly a chopper and reload and do so simultaneously. In the scene, he chases Sarah Connor and company in the helicopter, and he fires an MP5K through the windshield.

Terminator T 1000 Tactical reload

Multitasking is a lot easier when you can grow extra arms

When the gun runs dry, he reloads. It takes two hands to fly a chopper and two hands to reload. So what does he do? He grows extra arms to both fly the chopper and handles the gun. The T-1000 has hands down the coolest of the movie reloads.

Tomb Raider – Akimbo Done Right

Wielding two guns simultaneously is a prevalent movie trope and part of the Tomb Raider Legacy. Laura Croft has always been a two-gun gal, and the films reflect that with the HK USP Match pistols. However, the film also solves a problem long plagued by dual wielders…how do you reload?

Tactical reload Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider figured out how to reload akimbo guns

You need to drop one gun, reload the other, then rinse and repeat. Laura has two magazines installed on each side of the belt, facing forward, allowing her to slam the guns downward onto the belt to reload. It’s an efficient solution to a real problem.

Mad Max Needs a Friend

Mad Max Fury Road is one of my all-time favorite action flicks. In an early part of the film, Mad Max tangles with Furiousa. They get into a nasty, all-out brawl, and it’s one of the best. It involves Max chained to a War Boy as he brawls it out. Then, Furiousa frees a Glock 17, and they tangle over it.

Mad Max Glock

Everyone needs a friend sometimes

The magazine gets ejected, and the round in the chamber gets fired into the air. They fight, the War boy recovers the mag, and Max gets the gun. They dive together, and the War Boy holds the magazine as Max slams the weapon on it. Finally, he racks the weapon by slamming the sights against his belt or boot and fires a warning shot. This ends the fight, and they all become friends.

The Bad (The Lack of Reloads)

The Walking Dead Infinite Ammo Hack

In season 2 of the Walking Dead, Hershel carries a magical pump shotgun. As the zombies approach, he calmly stands his ground and fires what feels like 50 rounds of 12 gauge. Even when he’s not on the screen, we can hear the gun firing. He doesn’t even look stressed, and recoil isn’t an issue as he gently pumps the action and pulls the trigger. Reloads? Herschel needs no reloads.

Hershel shotgun

Hershel’s magical shotgun doesn’t need to reload

Commando

Is Commando the ultimate 80’s action flick? It sure feels that way. Like all great 80’s action flicks, our hero is shirtless, muscle-bound, and firing an M60 from the hip. He doesn’t need to reload in this scene because his ammo belt continually grows between shots. It’s an impressive feature, and Arnold makes it work.

Rambo Machine Gun

Arnold’s belt of ammo is like his biceps… constantly growing

21 Bridges

21 Bridges is the other Russo Brothers movie with Chadwick Boseman where no one is a superhero. In the film, two thugs rob a cocaine stash, shoot some cops, and everything goes to hell. Those two bad guys with SMGs seemingly firing hundreds of rounds without reloading. It’ gets absurd for a movie that takes itself so seriously. The Scorpion and Micro Uzi Pro are cool.

21 Bridges no tactical reload

No reloads, but hundreds of rounds fired in full auto

Tactical Reload It

Hollywood might not get it right often, but it’s worth mentioning when they do. When they don’t get it right, I can at least appreciate the creativity they use. When they get it wrong, it’s a great way to get dragged out of the movie. These are just a few of my favorites. What are yours? Share below.

About The Author:

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner, a lifelong firearms enthusiast, and now a regular guy who likes to shoot, write, and find ways to combine the two. He holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor. is the world’s Okayest firearm instructor, and a simplicisist when it comes to talking about himself in the 3rd person. Hit him up on Instagram, @travis.l.pike, with story ideas.

Travis Pike

STRANDHOGG: Limited Edition Summer Vibes Shirt from First Spear

April 29th, 2022

Cue the music and the Reagan-era vibes. It’s time to celebrate the Strandhogg, First Spear summertime shirt style.

This new limited edition tee is a tactical (~ish) tip of the hat to Andy Warhol in pop art design and the iconic First Spear Strandhogg plate carrier.

The design is printed on a soft side seamed shirt which means better quality, more comfort, and a buff ‘Built for the X‘ appearance when heading out for some summer fun.

After all, looking cool matters.

First Spear keeps the description simple:

Across the front of this LIMITED EDITION white t-shirt, the popular FirstSpear Strandhögg Plate Carrier is featured in vibrant colors.

On the back is the classic FirstSpear logo. This shirt is a perfect addition to your summer t-shirt collection.

The POP ART STRANDHOGG t-shirt is a limited edition run, designed and printed in the United States, and retails for $29.99 on the FirstSpear website.

Don’t wait these are available in limited sizes and quantities and when they are gone they are gone, no backorders will be filled.

Like everything made by FirstSpear, these T-shirts are high-quality and Built for the X.

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State of Decay 2 – A Gun Guy Goes Gaming

April 29th, 2022

If it weren’t for Xbox Gamepass, I’d never have heard of a little game called State of Decay 2. I never heard of the first, and the second looked to be an enjoyable open-world game. Plus, it’s free on Gamepass, so I hopped on it. Never did I expect a game to offer such a unique experience. Not just the game itself, but the guns. As a gun nerd, I geeked out on State of Decay 2. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

The game features tons of guns and some very interesting gunplay. State of Decay 2 takes the player and tasks them with building a community of survivors. Throughout the game, the player has to kill zombies, make allies, and find and scavenge supplies, vehicles, and guns. It’s deep, can be extremely difficult, and is the Walking Dead game we’ve always wanted. It’s a free-roaming game with a vast open-world and several selectable maps. 

Pick a map, roll the nice to get characters, and jump on into a very addictive game. 

State of Decay 2 – The Gameplay 

State of Decay 2 is an open world, community building, third-person game. You can swap between a multitude of characters as you play. Each character comes with a variety of skills that affect combat, navigation, crafting, and more. It’s a very deep game with a lot of minutiae and a cult of players who are far more educated than I about the game. I’ve spent tens of hours playing it, and I still can’t explain the whole thing. 

You start with a small community and steadily build it. You move from sanctuary to sanctuary and build your community with a variety of different upgrades. We can have infirmaries, mechanic shops, armories, and more. Each member of your community is a playable character, and each member can bring different skills to your community. You’ll need to constantly scavenge supplies like fuel, food, ammo, and more. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

All of your survivors are playable characters with different skills

You’ll have to balance the strengths of your characters as well as their fatigue and health. When a character is wounded, tired, or bit, you’ll need to take them back to the community to rest and switch out. You can move between different paths through the game that offers you different missions, challenges, and outcomes. 

Throughout the entire game, you’ll need to balance your scavenging with combat. Combat involves either guns or melee weapons. You have broad availability of both. Today we are going to talk all about the guns of State of Decay 2. 

The Gunplay 

How many guns are there? I don’t know…all of them might be the best answer. There are dozens of guns, and I mean dozens of them. You can use the ultra-modern Maxim 9mm integrally suppressed handgun to the old-school cool Remington 1875. Maybe you are a scattergun guy like me, and you want an AA-12 or a Winchester 1897 Trench gun. Well, you can use either. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

Mare’s Leg? Sure, we got em!

Guns have been added throughout the lifespan of the game. We even get guns that aren’t ‘mainstream’ outside of the world of guns, like the CMMG Banshee, the KelTec Sub 2000, and the Colt Monitor. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

Weapon drops bring us everything, including WW2 guns.

There are tons of guns that fall into various classes. You seemingly get everything outside of crew-served guns. I can’t help but think someone at the State of Decay 2 studio is a gun nerd. Not just because of the gun selection but due to the depth. 

Select fire weapons can swap between full auto, burst, or semi, depending on the gun. Guns will eventually wear out, and when they wear out, they begin malfunctioning and eventually just break completely. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

Don’t forget the shotguns (Courtesy of IMFDB)

Characters build skills with their firearms by using them. The more shoot, the better you’ll be at it. Some characters have unique traits that they come packaged with to make them better shots, and as your skill grows with guns, you can pick between different advantages. Some skills paths and advantages affect reloading, recoil control, and accuracy. 

Noise and Size Matter

Throughout the game, noise is always a concern. If you’re loud, you’ll attract the attention of zombies, which will converge on your location. Breaking windows, kicking open doors, vehicles, and obviously, guns will affect your noise level. Different guns have different levels of quietness. 

They get this mostly on point. A .22LR rifle is a fair bit quieter than a full-powered anti-material rifle. When noise becomes a big issue, you can toss on a suppressor. Suppressors come in different tiers, with the lowest being a fuel filter and the best being an Osprey 9. Suppressors can be attached and removed, but not all guns can use suppressors. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

The Honey Badger Helps keep things quiet (Courtesy IMFDB)

Realistically most revolvers can’t be suppressed, but realistically you can get a silenced Nagant revolver. Little touches like that make a difference that makes State of Decay 2 stand out. 

Throughout the game, you’ll need to manage your inventory. You only have so much room and weight to balance. In some situations taking a suppressed 22LR rifle makes more sense than taking a AR 15. The 22LR rifle is lighter and quieter, and so is the ammo you have to carry for it. Rifle ammo weighs more, so keep that in mind. 

The Little Details 

A few of the little things worth noting is that when you reload a partially empty magazine, the gun keeps a +1 in the tube. That’s a neat little feature I didn’t notice for the longest time. Also, most of the time, full auto is useless. Headshots matter and zombies can’t be suppressed. Firing full auto can be tough to control and inaccurate. 

The only time full auto is handy in State of Decay 2 is when facing off against human threats and juggernauts. Juggernauts don’t go down with a single headshot, so spraying them can be a viable strategy. Guns can be upgraded with mods. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

Full auto is for Juggernauts only

Mods, of course, are suppressors, as well as chokes for shotguns, flash suppressors, and compensators. They alter how the gun handles, and other guns can be found with upgrades, like optics that can’t be removed but increase your zoom range. 

A weapon can be fixed at workshops via spare parts, and ammo can be reloaded and crafted as well. Speaking of ammo, the ammo comes in different calibers and types. However, it’s not super accurate. Some ammo types are grouped together, like different types of rifle ammo are all grouped together. 5.45 guns just shoot 5.56, and the M1918 BAR uses the same 7.62 ammo the AK uses. 

Goofs 

Like any video game, you can expect to see plenty of goofs in State of Decay 2 or just silly things regarding guns in the game. Like damage differences between identical 12 gauge shotguns. The two that stand out most in my mind deal with reload animations and suppressors. 

First, the reload animations for all of the rifles and SMGs are the same regardless of their design. They all insert the mag the same way, and all use a right-side charging handle. M4sMP5s, SCARs, and G36s are reloaded the same way. 

Second, whenever video games have suppressors, they gotta do some weird stuff with them. In State of Decay 2, the suppressor wears the gun down a little faster. The lowest tier suppressors reduce wear the fastest, and the highest tear reduces wear the least.

 

Brains…..Brains….

State of Decay 2 is an awesome romp. It can effectively be played forever, and it only ends when you really want it to. State of Decay 2 does guns fairly well, and the massive variety makes it fun to hunt the guns down as you play. Sure, it’s not perfectly realistic, but guns are a considerable part of the experience and more than just an ornament in the game. 

Compete Defend Protect

April 15th, 2022

Most people buy a gun for a reason. Aside from hunting, where it is used to put food on the table, a firearm can be used in shooting sports and as a lifesaving tool for self-defense and protecting others. Such uses can be further partitioned into three categories; to compete, defend or protect.

by Steve Tarani

Although sharing common ground, for example, hitting what you’re aiming at, what are the specifics that delineate each of these uses?

Competition Shooting

Compete

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) states that 19 million-plus Americans safely invest their time in shooting practice. According to NSSF, some of this is for fun, and much of it is for competitive shooting. Some common and familiar examples of competitive shooting are:

Cowboy Action Shooting: The primary requirement for these types of shooting events is that the guns used are from the era of the American cowboy. That typically means from the 1800s. These are perfect events to get a look at antique guns and their usage.

Bullseye Shooting: While this can occur with the use of rifles, it is mostly a long-distance event for pistol shooters. By long-distance, NSSF defines this as upwards of 50 yards. Competitions are usually a mix of slow-firing and rapid-firing contests. A timer might be used to increase the difficulty level, and participants might also be required to fire using a single-hand rather than a double-hand grip.

International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) shooting events: This action shooting event focuses on international rules and guns. This shooting competition focuses on self-defense-type shooting situations, and the events mimic real life as much as possible. Its sister competition is the United States Practical Shooting Organization (USPSA), which is the U.S. version. 

Competition Shooting

The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) is one of the world’s largest shooting sports associations and the oldest within practical shooting. Founded in 1976, the IPSC nowadays affiliates over 100 regions from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 

Regardless of governing body, the firearm, as applied to competition shooting, is used in organized shooting events where competitors shoot in a controlled target shooting environment called ‘stages’ based on rules and regulations of the hosting organization. A stage consists of a designated array of targets set up in such a manner as to challenge the shooters’ skills and understanding of the sport.

As with all shooting sports, safety is the highest priority, and as such, competitors are confined to a180 degree range of fire resulting in disqualification if you break that 180-degree shooting plane. Additionally, competitions run a ‘cold range’ which means you must unload your handgun prior to leaving the firing line.

Competition shooting is a ‘one-way range’ (bullets only go one way – down range) where the shooters square off against targets, control the gun and their movement while being aware of their environment, which is predetermined by target placement. As it is a gaming environment with specific rules, targets, and shooting standards, strategy can be developed ahead of time, such as ‘walking the stage(s),’ knowing the round count, and other gaming considerations. Round placement on targets is scored according to regulations set by a governing entity and results in points either earned or deducted based on the shooter’s performance. 

Top-level professional shooters are sponsored by various firearms and/ or ammunition manufacturers and are often referred to as ‘brand ambassadors’ by their sponsors. Competitions are scheduled at the local shooting club level, regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

Defend

People who purchase firearms for self-defense are commonly referred to as ‘defensive’ or ‘tactical’ shooters. Military, police, and responsible citizens of a free republic are trained to utilize a handgun in defense against other human beings who may also be armed with a firearm, other ballistic or non-ballistic weapons intent on inflicting great bodily harm or death to the shooter.

Unlike competition shooting, defensive shooting is applied to a 360-degree range of fire referred to as a ‘two-way range’ (bullets flying in both directions – up range and downrange). Defensive shooters are trained to win a gunfight where an active threat is trying to hurt or kill them in a life-or-death situation. Governed by federal and state laws, as opposed to gaming commission rules, it is incumbent upon the defensive shooter to train in the appropriate use of deadly force.

Training levels vary in the defensive shooting world from a novice shooter attending a reputable shooting school on one end of the skills-development spectrum to highly trained tier-1 government (T1G) assets such as military combat specialty unit operations personnel at the opposite end.

Defensive shooters are trained to stop an active threat if they find themselves in a situation where there may be no alternative other than the use of deadly force to solve the tactical problem. 

Defensive shooting drills prepare you for a fight for your life. You are trained to control your movement with such tactics as the use of cover, tactical movement, and other defensive options as determined by your environment. There are no stages and no preplanned movement. Defensive shooters often carry concealed and run a ‘hot range’ where their firearm is always loaded.

The highest priority in defensive shooting is to remove yourself from harm’s way and with the least amount of injury possible. There are no rules save appropriate use of force and tactics. The cost of missing your target is not a deduction of points but the very real potential for loss of life. 

In defensive shooting, you are legally responsible for every round that departs your muzzle. Because of this, you must be acutely aware of your gun safety, gun handling, and marksmanship in a 360-degree two-way range which may end up being your home, in or around a vehicle, or at an open public venue. Moreover, in any violent physical engagement involving other humans, you are hard-pressed to make combat-effective decisions and round placement on single or multiple active threats while under duress. 

Citizen Defense

Protect

In the world of professional protective services, shooters are often members of an assigned Protective Services Detail (PSD). However, it should be noted that there’s a distinct difference between ‘bodyguard’ and PSD personnel and that difference is the level of training. 

Much like the difference in defensive shooters, where special operations personnel are significantly better trained, PSD shooters are required to go through months of arduous skills development and physical training, whereas a ‘bodyguard’ is not. For example, PSD physical training requirements could include an ability to perform a fireman’s carry, running a timed mile, proficiency in tactical medicine, defensive driving, encrypted communications, multiple weapons systems, and a myriad of other PSD skills requirement.

Examples of the T1G tip of the spear PSD would include the United States Secret Service and the US Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), which is the federal law enforcement and PSD security bureau of the U.S. Department of State. 

Much like defensive shooting, PSD shooters are trained to engage in a two-way 360-degree range fighting from a position of dominance (POD). PSD personnel are additionally trained in building and vehicle operations (such as approaches and departures) and to use their environment as a tool to prevail in a violent physical engagement. 

Unlike defensive shooting, which emphasizes control of the handgun, PSD demands responsibility and control of three things: your firearm, your protectee, and your environment. Tasked with either stopping or mitigating the threat, a PSD shooter’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of their protectee(s) – even at the expense of taking a bullet for them. 

In PSD, the objective is to move off the ‘X’ with the lowest scale of injury to yourself and those you are protecting. PSD personnel are trained to deliver combat-effective round placement in a timely manner to control a life-threatening altercation involving third parties immediately. The price tag for failure is exceptionally high as it could impact multiple persons.

The firearm is considered a lifesaving tool to defensive and PSD shooters. They are trained in gun safety, gun handling, and marksmanship like a competitor. However, unlike a competitor, they are additionally trained in vetted gunfighting tactics and in the specifics of managing a hot range. Defensive and PSD shooters expect to operate under duress on a two-way range and in a 360-degree dynamic high-threat environment while saving lives.

Tarani

About the Author: 

Steve Tarani is a former full-time CIA protective programs employee, small arms and defensive tactics subject matter expert who served on POTUS 45 pre-election executive protection detail. He is the lead instructor for NRA’s non-ballistic weapons training program offered nationally and a widely recognized SME on matters of personal protection and urban survival. Tarani is also a DoD and FLETC-certified federal firearms instructor who has been on staff at Gunsite Academy (AZ) as a Rangemaster for over twenty years. Formerly sworn, he is also a former federal contractor and service provider for the US Defense Intelligence Community, US Naval Special Operations Command, and other government agencies. Additionally, Tarani serves on the National Sheriffs’ Association Committee for School Safety and Security.

MantisX Blackbeard

March 31st, 2022

The Mantis Blackbeard is a .223/5.56mm laser cartridge from MantisX systems for dry fire training with an AR. It’s a little more advanced than just a simple laser cartridge inserted in the chamber and later removed with a cleaning rod. Instead, the Blackbeard is a complete bolt replacement, powered by a battery pack that replaces the magazine.

Mantis Blackbeard Dry Fire System

by Pete Nealen

There are a couple of advantages to the  Mantis Blackbeard bolt replacement arrangement. For one thing, the system itself is bright red, and it is impossible to close the ejection port cover over it. There is no way to mistake a rifle set up with the Blackbeard system for one that is loaded, making dry fire that much safer.

Mantis Blackbeard

Mantis Blackbeard installed in an American Praetorians-themed rifle. (American Praetorians is a dystopian military fiction series by the author of this review, Pete Nealen.)

The Blackbeard also is more than just the laser. Built into the bolt replacer is a trigger reset mechanism. Powered by the battery pack in the “magazine,” it resets the trigger just like the bolt cycling if you’d taken a real shot. This cuts down on the extra movement and time required to work the bolt, allowing you to run the gun more realistically, provided the battery is charged. (If the battery runs down past a certain point, the trigger will “fire” but won’t reset, and then you have to charge the battery before you can use it at all.)

Mantis Blackbeard

To start with, the system comes with a padded case, battery pack, bolt replacement, Allen key, and USB cable to charge the battery. Unfortunately, it does not come with a wall charger; you have to supply that yourself. It’s a standard USB cable, though, so that shouldn’t be difficult.

Installation is easy. Simply break the weapon down, remove the bolt and charging handle, and insert the bolt replacement (the bolt and charging handle are all one piece with the Blackbeard). Next, reassemble the rifle, then insert the battery in the mag well. It clicks in using the magazine release. You’ll know that it’s seated properly when the trigger reset mechanism cycles a couple of times.

Unlike the Mantis X Laser Academy System, the Blackbeard requires a bit of zeroing. This is the purpose of the included Allen key. There are elevation and windage adjustments on the Blackbeard itself, accessible through the ejection port. The system comes with instructions to make the necessary adjustments, and it’s relatively simple. You can (and should) turn the laser to “Always On” via a switch just behind the elevation and windage screws to see what you’re doing.

The easiest way to tell the Blackbeard is off is that the laser dot will be a smear, as the beam reflects off the inside of your barrel. Therefore, adjustments should be made until the dot is an actual dot. That’s when the laser is traveling straight down the bore.

It should be noted that this will not co-witness with your sights at near distances, whether iron sights or a red dot. It will be some distance below. This should be familiar to those who have spent a good deal of time with a carbine. It is necessary to find your offset at around five yards and in since the height over bore of your sights versus your barrel becomes a non-trivial factor when aiming. Generally speaking, this offset will be close to three inches from about five yards in with a red dot sight. You will see that same offset rather graphically with the Blackbeard. There’s no way around it without sighting your sights to your laser (which I do not recommend).

Mantis Blackbeard

Because a laser beam doesn’t follow the same path as a bullet, there will only be a very specific range where the dot will co-witness with the sights, and that depends on the length of your barrel and what range you are zeroed. But, in general, this isn’t a huge issue. As you can see, the impact it’s still within BZO tolerances. However, it is still dry fire, with its limitations and advantages.

While the Blackbeard is compatible with the Laser Academy system, that sight offset starts to cause some issues if you’re trying to use them together.

The Laser Academy is primarily designed for pistol training at either 2 yards for the 5×7 targets or 4 yards for the 8×10 targets. At either distance, you will have to adjust for that offset. It’s not a deal-breaker, depending on your skill level. Still, against targets at that perceived distance, you’re either looking at the laser impact or looking at your sights. If you’re training with irons, it will be next to impossible to spot your hits at those ranges.

Mantis Laser Academy

It is, of course, possible to set the targets farther out. You’d want to either have a partner to start the app, or hit start, then run to your firing point. Even then, at about ten yards, your sight offset is still significant enough that you’ll have to adjust.

Again, this isn’t a deal-breaker. Even if it’s low, the trigger reset and the impact provides better training value than just sighting in, pulling the trigger, and working the bolt. It’s just something of which you should be aware. Along with the fact that, while the systems are compatible, the Laser Academy is still programmed with pistol training in mind, not carbine. In time, it can be hoped that MantisX will develop drills, courses, and targets for carbine training, specifically geared toward the Blackbeard.

Keep this firmly in mind; this system is not a complete alternative for range time. There is no recoil management, no reloads, nothing but fundamentals. The limitations of the laser also make marksmanship training slightly more difficult and can potentially create range scars if this is all you’re using for training. It’s a valuable tool, but it is no substitute for the real thing. 

I’d recommend getting one to practice those fundamentals, but make sure you’re getting to the range and doing real live fire when you can.

About the author: Pete Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine, a veteran of Iraq* and Afghanistan**, and more than a bit of a Renaissance Man. In addition to a number of online articles for various publications, Nealen has written more than two dozen novels and a pair of non-fiction works. When he’s not penning action books or musing about the Triarii, he can be found… actually, that’s really all he does. Plus the occasional freelance article, of course. *1st Platoon, Bravo Co., 1 Recon Bn. **4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF.

Guns of the MCU: Marvel Universe Movie Blasters

March 30th, 2022

Marvel movies, comics, and television shows might mostly be about super-powered people, but there is a healthy amount of firearms in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some are handled realistically. Some, well…not so much.

“You can tell it’s a fantasy because Bucky’s SAW runs rifle mags without issue.”

Guns of the MCU

by Travis Pike

The guns of Marvel include a little bit of everything. I mean everything, from Intratec’s Derringers to handheld M134 miniguns. Today, let’s take a little peek at the guns used by major characters throughout Marvel films and television shows.

Groot and Rocket Raccoon

Rocket Raccoon uses some interesting weaponry but not much you’d see at your local range. We’ll look at some of those below.

Captain America — M1911A1

Captain America wields a period-appropriate M1911A1 during Captain America — The First Avenger. It’s a perfect companion for his shield and offers him some long-range firepower. Well, maybe not long-range, but further than he can throw a punch anyway.

Capt. America and his M1911A1

Of course, Cap uses an M1911.

The Colt M1911A1 served the United States for over 70 years as the sidearm of choice for American soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen. It’s a simple gun with a single stack magazine full of big fat 45 ACP slugs. For a WW2 movie, it fits perfectly beside Cap’s shield.

Ultimately Cap leads the charge over and over with the M1911, fighting the technologically infused Hydra soldiers. The Colt M1911A1 fits the movie to a T and is not just one of the guns of Marvel but an American classic. In this time period, it’s one of the more robust guns that’s second only to the younger, sexier Hi-Power.

Nick Fury — Smith and Wesson M&P

It’s tough being in the Marvel world without any superpowers or super suits. You’re gonna need a gun, and Nick Fury certainly has his favorite. Throughout the Marvel cinematic universe, Fury has wielded the S&W M&P series of polymer-frame, striker-fired pistols. This full-sized sidearm makes sense as a military man’s pistol.

Nick Fury using an S&W M&P

Nick uses a pragmatic and effective firearm.

This modern handgun offers you a very reliable pistol with a 17 round (or more) capacity magazine, a rail, polymer frame and allows you to swap backstraps for various hand sizes. It’s a simple, practical pistol.

The M&P is rather boring for the guns of Marvel, but it makes total sense as it is a practical pistol that’s extremely functional and reliable. Fury isn’t the type to get emotional about choosing his gun. He wants a gun that works the M&P works.

The Winter Soldier — M249 SAW

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes wields tons of guns throughout the series. Including the M1941 Johnson rifle, a Skorpion, a COP Derringer, and more. Yet, he consistently wields the M249 SAW. At least in three movies, he chooses the SAW.

Bucky Barnes with the M249 SAW

You can tell it’s a work of fantasy because mags work in the SAW without issue.

The M249 SAW came from the FN Minimi, and America issued it as a squad support weapon. It’s a belt-fed, air-cooled, light machine gun. Oddly enough, the M249 SAW he utilizes never sees a belt of ammunition. Instead, it uses the awkward and rather silly magazine port with a Surefire 100-round casket magazine. I’ve used mags in a saw…they tend to be rather unreliable.

Bucky’s a beast and wields the so-called light machine gun with relative ease. I guess a metal arm helps. He uses a Leupold HAMR 4X sight with a red dot mounted atop of it, as well as the para barrel and stock. Combined with the casket mag, it does look more like one of the guns of Marvel than it does your regular SAW.

 

Falcon — Steyr SPP

Falcon goes akimbo pretty much all the time. Fast-firing machine pistols make sense for a high-flying commando. They’re light, won’t burn up fuel due to weight, and allow you to dispense lead rapidly on a fly-by. That’s seemingly how Falcon wields the Steyr SPPs.

Falcon dual-wielding the Steyr SPP

The Steyr SPP Allows Falcon to dump rounds during a fly-by. (Courtesy IMFDB)

In real life, the Steyr SPPs are semi-auto variants of the TMP, an actual machine pistol. In the films, the guns operate at full auto and provide some compact firepower to the mechanically improved Falcon. SPP stands for special purpose pistol and was produced to complement the TMP on the civilian market.

SPP pistols use polymer frames, 30 round magazines, and a rather large layout for a handgun. However, they look cool and fit in well with the other guns of Marvel. Machine pistols actually make sense. When you are doing a fly-by you have limited time to dispense lead. The high rate of fire and dual nature makes it easy to hit your target via accuracy by volume.

Black Widow — Glock 26

Like Falcon and Fury, Black Widow exists as a normal person in a super-powered world. She most certainly needs guns, and for a long time, she turned to the Glock 26 pistols. She carried two of these 9mm handguns on what appear to be Blackhawk Serpa leg rigs that ride way too low (as with most leg rigs – in the movies, and in real life).

Black Widow uses the outdated Glock 26

The Glock 26 is small, but effective, albeit outdated in 2021.

The ole Glock 26 isn’t a fancy pistol. It’s a double-stack, subcompact, 9mm handgun with ten-round OEM magazines. However, it can take any Glock 9mm double-stack magazine, so the capacity can go to 50 rounds via a drum magazine

Black Widow deals with threats to the universe with the same gun a ton of people use to deal with criminals when concealed carrying. It’s not imaginative, but after several films, they’ve earned their places as guns in the Marvel universe. If I had to fight an intergalactic threat led by a Nordic god I’d likely bring a rifle but to each their own!

Blade — MAC 11

Blade made the MCU or at least helped it pop off with one of the first good comic book movies and gives us one of my favorite guns of Marvel. Blade grabbed that R rating and enjoyed it. Part of that R rating comes from the violence caused by Blade’s custom machine pistol. This futuristic-looking hand cannon is actually a MAC-11.

Blade the Vampire Hunter using a MAC 11

Blade paved the way for the MCU…With a MAC 11. (Courtesy IMFDB)

The MAC 11 in real life is a 380 ACP variant of the MAC-10. MAC-11s are much smaller than the big, blocky MAC-10. You have to be superhuman to effectively wield a machine pistol without a stock, and luckily Blade fits the bill. It makes a better-looking handgun and would be much easier to control than the MAC-10.

A MAC-11 fitted into a futuristic-looking shell. Blade wields it mostly one-handed and seems to control the blank dispensing hellfire producing pistol. He kills tons of vamps with the gun and even occasionally reloads, which is rare for a late 90s action flick.

Emil Blonsky — DefTech 40mm Multi-Launcher

Emil Blonsky decided he’d take on the Hulk with nothing more than a little super-soldier serum and a 40mm grenade launcher. Specifically the DefTech 40mm Multi-Launcher. These revolver-type grenade launchers seem to be pump-action designs.

DefTech 40mm: Emil Blonsky

A 40mm only makes sense if you wanna gunfight a super-powered bruiser…well if you’re fighting most bricks anyway. Maybe not The Hulk.

Emil dumps 40mm HE into the Hulk and even seemingly makes him take cover. However, Emil then reverts to his handgun, which totally seems to work. I mean, if a 40mm won’t work, why not try a 9mm Sig P226R? They should have brought more grenade launchers and fewer assault rifles to this fight.

Multiple grenade launchers bring a lot of fire to the fight…at least for the first six rounds. After that, they reload slowly. What’s impressive is that Emil’s so effective without any kind of sights. Also, to hell with arming range!

The Punisher — Kimber Warrior

The Punisher uses a ton of different firearms in the two seasons of his television show and his guest-starring part in Daredevil Season 2. I chose the Kimber Warrior not because it’s my favorite gun but because Frank wields it in Daredevil and both seasons of his television show.

The Punisher, carrying a Kimber Warrior

Better make those eight rounds count. (Courtesy IMFDB)

The Kimber Warrior is a modern 1911 complete with Novak sights, aggressively textured grips, and a rail. Plus, they damn sure look cool, and looking cool is half the battle. It’s still just an M1911 with its rather outdated design. It packs eight rounds at most with the flush-fitting mags.

I guess it’s a good thing he knows how to reload.

At least as far as Frank goes. Frank plays a special ops commando with a history as a Marine. The Marine Corps clung to the M1911 for much longer than most forces, specifically their Force Recon Commandos. As far as the guns of Marvel go, the Kimber Warrior does a great job of matching the character.

The Guns of Marvel

In a universe where aliens, interdimensional demons, monsters, supernatural creatures, and literal superheroes exist, guns don’t seem to be all that handy. Yet, we’ve seen a wide variety of bad guys put into the ground via a few well-placed rounds. Seriously, guns have always been the great equalizer, so guns are likely more necessary in the Marvel world than anywhere else. And sometimes they even change their respective gun’s magazines.

So, what’s your favorite?

Which ones did I miss? Does Deadpool’s Desert Eagle deserve a spot?

Let us know below.

 

About the Author: Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner and lifelong firearms enthusiast turned regular guy. Now that he no longer works the 240B like Charlie Parker did his sax across the “Graveyard of Empires,” he likes to write, shoot, and find ways to combine both activities. A self-proclaimed tactical hipster with an unhealthy flannel shirt addiction, Travis holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor and is the world’s okayest firearms teacher. You can connect with him on Insta if you’re so inclined: @travis.l.pike.

Travis Pike, former Marine machine gunner and writer for hire

NERD LMTD – Halo Needler Blaster

November 14th, 2021

NERF LMTD (pronounced “limited”) is Hasbro’s limited release NERF premium license line, which consists of higher end blasters based on famous film and game properties that can only be obtained via pre-order. Their first release was based on the M41 Pulse Rifle from Aliens, and now they’re releasing a blaster based on the Needler from the Halo series. While this isn’t the first time Hasbro is releasing a dart blaster based on the Needler, this version is much more detailed and feature-rich, with a pricetag to match. Aside from light-up features, this blaster will also have a 10-round motorized dart drum, with automatic fire. The blaster will also come with 10 unique pink elite darts, however it should be presumed that regular elite darts will also work with the blaster.

Pre-orders are available now through the end of the year, with an expected ship date of November 2022.

Nerf LMTD Halo Needler

Call of Duty: Vanguard Is Out

November 8th, 2021

Another year, another CoD. This time, however, it’s nominally World War 2, but with a distinct inclusion of modern-style optics and other crazy weapon attachments.

And zombies.

Judge Dredd in Call of Duty

September 14th, 2021

I haven’t been keeping up with the latest Call of Duty titles, however if anything would get me back into playing them it’s the Judge Dredd skin recently added to the latest title’s multiplayer. I’ve been a huge fan of Dredd since first reading the comic in the pages of 2000 AD, and while I’m not the biggest fan of gimmicky media crossovers, seeing Dredd in the thick of battle in a decent game for once does garner my interest.

The Dredd skin — available in full color and a comic-inspired black-and-white variant – is a limited offer available now through October 14th.

https://www.callofduty.com/blog/2021/09/black-ops-cold-war-warzone-judge-dredd-tracer-pack-bundle

ONTARIO KNIFE COMPANY® INTRODUCES INNOVATIVE NEW RETRACTABLE BAYONET

July 6th, 2021

Patent-Pending Bayonet Design Attaches to Picatinny Rail System with Ability to Retract Back When Not in Use

Ontario Knife Company® (OKC®) is an award-winning knife, cutlery and tool manufacturer with more than 130 years of experience creating quality knives for every need. The company is also the long-time primary bayonet provider to the U.S. military and is proud to announce its newest, patent-pending innovation that brings its bayonet design expertise to the civilian market. Introducing the new OKC Retractable Bayonet.

“OKC has been making high-quality bayonets for the U.S. military for decades, and this new retractable bayonet design is unlike anything we’ve ever created before,” said Kenneth Trbovich, President and CEO of Ontario Knife Company. “With its unique retractable feature, premium materials used and ability to easily mount to your AR or any Picatinny Rail System, it truly is a multifunctional blade and we’re excited to launch it to the civilian market”.

Designed for increased means of self-defense to work with or as a backup to your firearm for when hand-to-hand combat becomes necessary, the OKC Retractable Bayonet could be just the weapon you need when in a life-threatening situation. The new OKC Retractable Bayonet easily attaches to your AR, or any firearm outfitted with a Picatinny Rail System. Featuring a 6-inch retractable blade crafted with high quality .1875”-thick S35VN steel (with blade hardened to 59 Rockwell C), the bayonet measures 13-inches in open position, and 7-inches when closed. With simple one-handed operation, the bayonet deploys with a quick pull of its spring-loaded, stainless steel knob. This same knob can be used to easily retract the blade back into its carriage when not in use. With multiple mounting options, the blade can be positioned forward or further back on the firearm to custom fit the barrel, and the user’s preference to how much blade is exposed beyond the barrel. The multi-functional blade can also be taken off the firearm and used as a regular knife.

The OKC Retractable Bayonet has a 6-inch long by 1.5-inch-wide housing constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum with a black anodized finish. This means the bayonet is not only durable and sleek looking, but also incredibly lightweight, weighing in at less than a pound.

The new OKC Retractable Bayonet is proudly made in the USA and backed by OKC’s lifetime warranty.

ontarioknife.com

Noveske x URT Colab SqURT Rifle // Water Hog 5000

July 1st, 2021

Edit: Due to popular demand, pre-orders were opened back up through July 5th, with an estimated ship date of August 10th. Get yours while you can!

Ocean lifestyle brand URT URT and premium firearm manufacturer Noveske Rifleworks have teamed up to produce the Water Hog 5000, a
pump action watergun inspired by vintage designs, and styled after an AR-pattern rifle.

Unfortunately, like all things Noveske, the pre-order sold out quick, but at least we can enjoy the pictures at the link below.

urturt.com/products/waterhog5000

John Wick: Chapter 4 is now in production

June 28th, 2021

I just got this alert. I’m hoping the tone down the scale a bit, because the series has been getting pretty silly.

CampCo – Remington Building Block Shotgun

June 21st, 2021

This is kinda interesting: CampCo, a company that is not expressly a toy manufacturer (from a cursory glance, they seem to sell all manner of licensed products such as pens, wallets, watches, for various outdoor, firearms, and automobile companies, among others) has released a “building block” — essentially a LEGO clone, if more in line with the Technic series — shotgun set. Seemingly inspired somewhat by the 870 Witness Protection model, or the more recent 870 Tac-14, this kit allows you to build your own model Pistol Grip Shotgun with Remington branding. Aside from being visually impressive, the pump-action is fully-functional, capable of loading and ejecting the included six model shells, and it also comes with an attachable red dot sight.

If you have a Scheels near you, you might find this in their toy department; that’s where I found it out in the wild, along with the Model 700-inspired sniper rifle. Otherwise, you can order directly from the CampCo website via the link below.

www.campco.com/productdetail.aspx?prod_cd=RM-1002

SIG AIR Introduces MCX Rattler Canebrake Airgun Rifle

June 1st, 2021

NEWINGTON, N.H., (May 27, 2021) – From the SIG AIR division, SIG SAUER is pleased to introduce the MCX Rattler Canebrake Airgun Rifle mirroring the same design cues as the original rifle.

“The SIG AIR line of products combines the unmatched reliability, performance, and exacting standards that the consumer expects of SIG SAUER firearms, and the MCX Rattler Canebrake Airgun Rifle is true to these standards,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The SIG AIR Canebrake has the same look, weight, and balance of its traditional firearm counterpart, given the immense popularity of the MCX platform, and the Canebrake specifically, combined with the current realities of the consumer market, this SIG AIR release is the perfect training tool. The Rattler Canebrake is the first of many exciting new products soon to come from SIG AIR.”

The SIG AIR MCX Rattler Canebrake Airgun Rifle is a .177 Cal. CO2-powered pellet, semi-automatic action airgun that utilizes the SIG proprietary 30-round rapid pellet magazine (RPM). The MCX Canebrake .177 airgun features a metal receiver, paired to a synthetic handguard with integrated M-LOK™ modular locking accessory mounting system, flip-up sights on top of a full-length Picatinny rail, a shrouded barrel, and flat blade trigger.

SIG AIR MCX Rattler Canebrake Airgun Rifle:

Caliber: .177CAL/4.5mm Pellet
Operating System: CO2
Muzzle Velocity: 600FPS
Muzzle Energy: 8 Joules / 6 FPE
Overall length: 30.13 inches
Overall height: 6.9 inches
Overall width: 4.73 inches
Barrel length: 4 inches
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Weight (w/magazine): 7.6lbs

The SIG AIR MCX Rattler Canebrake Airgun Rifle is now shipping and available at retailers and sigsauer.com. A full line of SIG SAUER Airgun accessories is also available on the SIG SAUER webstore at sigsauer.com.

To learn more about the SIG AIR MCX Rattler Canebrake Rifle or watch the product video visit sigsauer.com.

The Beazit Show – ATF Agent teaches legal differences between weapons

April 21st, 2021

So as you can see, there’s absolutely no issues with how firearms are classified under ATF regulations. Pretty cut and dry.

Give the creator’s site a visit, while you’re at it: https://www.firearmsunknown.com/

SnowCinda MP7A1 Dart Blaster

April 7th, 2021

Straight from the Far East where intellectual property is merely a suggestion comes this tacticool Frankenstein’s Monster of a dart blaster, SnowCinda’s MP7A1. Looking virtually nothing like its
namesake, the “MP7A1” most blatantly features both a front sight and a magazine that were ripped straight from the lastest Magpul catalog. However, what this blaster is lacking in originality it makes up for in its feature set. Powered by a single rechargeable battery which provides up to 7 hours of use, the SnowCinda MP7A1 features three firing modes: single, 3 round burst, and “multiple bursts”, and can fire darts out to 35 feet. The not-PMAG features a 12 dart capacity, and the entire set comes with 50 standard darts and 50 suction cup darts, and is compatable with standard NERF darts, per the product page.

You also gotta love the “MP5K” variant, which looks vaguely more like a Specter M4 than its namesake.

You can get both of the blasters straight off Amazon: www.amazon.com/SnowCinda-Electric-Darts-Blasters-Refill/dp/B08TBW2XJ6

NATO STANDARDIZES FN’S 5.7X28MM CALIBER

March 3rd, 2021

(McLean, VA – March 1, 2021) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce that the FN-designed 5.7x28mm caliber has been standardized by NATO. The caliber was designed in the late 1980s for use with the FN P90® and FN Five-seveN® pistol. With almost three decades of trusted use, the FN 5.7x28mm continues to leverage the groundbreaking design to improve range, accuracy and terminal performance from small arms. As NATO adds the FN 5.7x28mm to their standard small caliber ammunition portfolio, FN proudly continues its long legacy of small arm innovation as it enhances service to civilians, law enforcement, and militaries across the globe.

In a continuous effort to promote interchangeability of all small caliber ammunition used by allied armed forces, NATO has recently finalized the standardization process of the FN®-designed 5.7x28mm caliber by approving the standardization agreement (STANAG) 4509.

The 5.7x28mm caliber is now integrated into the Multi-Caliber Manual Of Proof and Inspection (AEP-97) and joins the standardized NATO small caliber ammunition portfolio, along with the 9x19mm NATO, the 5.56x45mm NATO, the 7.62x51mm NATO and the 12.7x99mm NATO (also widely known as the .50 caliber).

As a NATO standardized caliber, the 5.7x28mm provides armies with the guarantee of interchangeability between ammunition from different manufacturers and operational efficiency in weapons of this caliber.

Coming after the FN®-designed 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm calibers which were standardized by NATO in 1957 and 1981 respectively, this new NATO standardization confirms FN Herstal’s leading position as a designer and manufacturer of small caliber weapon-ammunition systems. It also reinforces the company’s strategy and dedication to provide modern-day armed forces and security forces all across the world with the best performing and efficient small caliber ammunition concepts and designs.

To learn more about FN’s 5.7-chambered firearms or other FN products, please visit www.fnamerica.com.

NERF Rival Curve Shot Blasters

February 9th, 2021

As far as comic book movie adaptions go, 2008’s ‘Wanted’ is about as in-name-only and middling as you can get, but at least it had one memorable aspect to it: the bullet curving practiced by the film’s assassins sect. NERF’s upcoming Rival Curve Shot blaster line looks to replicate this bit of Hollywood ridiculousness, with a series of blasters that are able to impart spin on the Rival line spherical projectiles. Consisting of three blasters: the Flex XXI-100, Sideswipe XXI-1200, and Helix XXI-2000 (seen above), the magic of the Curve Shot line lies in the muzzle device, which features a small internal tab that can be rotated to various angles. Once the projectile passes through the muzzle the tab imparts spin on it, allowing it to curve left, right, or down depending on how its set; a neutral position is also available to allow the rounds to shoot straight. The projectiles are able to achieve speeds of up to 90 feet per second, so goggles are recommended.

The Flex and Sideswipe will be available in stores starting March 1, while the Helix is reportedly a Target exclusive and will be made available starting in August.
nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/rival

STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES LASER VERSIONS OF RAIL MOUNT LIGHTS

January 21st, 2021

Rail-Mount Tactical Laser Lighting Systems Fit Long Guns, Deliver up to 1,000 Lumens

EAGLEVILLE, PA, January 21, 2021 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the TLR® RM 1 Laser and TLR® RM 2 Laser tactical lighting systems for long guns. Packaged as a system, each rail mounted light features independently operating push-button and remote pressure switches; the kit provides everything users need to mount to long guns. Also available in light-only models, the TLR RM 1 Laser and the TLR RM 2 Laser deliver 500 and 1,000 lumens, respectively.

“The TLR RM 1 and 2 Laser versions offer a precise red aiming laser for tactical and military users, along with a convenient mode select toggle switch,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “They also deliver a powerful beam with extensive range and solid, good peripheral coverage.”

The rail mount systems include an ergonomically friendly, multi-function tail switch, along with a remote switch input option. The remote switch is designed to exit the weapon at a 90º angle, improving wire routing to preserve rail space. The lights feature three modes: Laser only, LED illumination only or both, operated by the new side toggle switch. The facecap offers a ‘Safe off’ feature to prevent unintentional activation.

The new models are designed to quickly and securely attach to any long gun with a MIL Standard 1913 or NATO Rail, without the need for hands in front of the muzzle. The lights offer highly accurate sight repeatability when remounting. Each light includes a key kit to securely fit the light onto a broad array of weapons.

The lights each feature the latest in power LED technology, and include a custom TIR optic that produces a concentrated beam with optimum peripheral illumination. The TLR RM 1 Laser offers 500 lumens, 5,000 candela and a beam distance of 140 meters; the TLR RM 2 Laser provides 1,000 lumens and 10,000 candela with a 200-meter beam distance. The lights also include a selectable strobe feature.

The TLR RM 1 Laser includes one (1) 3 volt CR123A lithium battery, measures 3.2 inches in length and weighs 2.97 ounces. The TLR RM 2 Laser includes two (2) 3-volt CR123A lithium batteries, is 4.6 inches long and weighs 4.95 ounces. Both feature 1.5 hours of continuous run time and three hours on strobe.

IPX4-rated for water-resistant operation, the TLR RM 1 and TLR RM 2 Lasers are constructed with durable anodized machined aircraft aluminum with an impact-resistant Borofloat® glass lens.

Available in black, the TLR RM 1 and TLR RM 2 Laser Lighting Systems have MSRPs of $398.00 and $415.00, respectively. The TLR RM 1 and TLR RM 2 Laser Light-Only models have MSRPs of $360.00 and $378.00 respectively. Each comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

www.streamlight.com

The Edge of Performance is Here | Introducing the FN 509 LS Edge

January 11th, 2021

(McLean, VA – January 11, 2021) Introducing the FN 509 LS Edge™, the ultimate tactical pistol designed by FN to give users every advantage in the most demanding environments. From the front lines to the range, this factory-tuned 9mm Long Slide delivers cutting edge performance. When split seconds make the difference, the FN 509 LS Edge provides the advantage of a fully customized firearm, right out of the box.

“FN’s commitment to developing performance-driven products has reached a new level with the FN 509 LS Edge,” said Mark Cherpes, CEO for FN America, LLC. “The foundation of unmatched FN craftsmanship and battle-proven reliability combined with expert counsel from professional users, allowed us to develop the most advanced FN 509 pistol to date.”

Building on the proven FN 509 platform, FN teamed with tier one operators and world champion pistol shooters, to strategically enhance and purposely combine critical components of the new FN 509 LS Edge. The end result is a handgun that delivers superior versatility, accuracy, control and speed.

Versatility

The FN Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System™, combined with the green fiber optic front sight, allows users to run iron sights and a co-witnessed miniature red dot optic. Quickly mounting a favorite MRD is enabled with four included optic mounting plates. The midsized frame gives users the feel of a full-sized pistol that can still be comfortably concealed. An ambidextrous slide stop and two interchangeable backstraps allow users to further customize the FN 509 LS Edge, matching any hand size.

Accuracy

The five-inch hammer-forged target-crowned barrel delivers unmatched accuracy. With the 6.7-inch Long Slide bearing a 0.040” fiber optic front sight, the extended sight picture improves target acquisition and tracking. Additionally, the green fiber optic front sight co-witnesses with a micro red dot, users instinctively acquire a sight picture after their draw. The duty-rated, flat-faced trigger breaks cleanly at 90 degrees and features a reduced pull weight of around four to five pounds.

Control

Achieving the ideal balance, the 509 LS Edge’s lightening-cut Long Slide compliments the graphite anodized base plates and flared aluminum magazine well, resulting in a flat shooting pistol that racks faster, recovers instantly and tracks perfectly. Maximum control is gained with the frame’s full-height stippling, ensuring a full-contact 360-degree grip, locking into the hands under fire to reduce muzzle flip and control recoil.

Speed

The short take up and positive reset of the flat-faced trigger allows for speedy follow-up shots, while the green fiber optic front sight enables faster target acquisitions and transitions between shots. The flared, graphite anodized aluminum magazine well and weighted base plates of the 17-round magazines make for lightning-fast reloads, getting you back on target faster than ever.

The FN 509 LS Edge, part of a performance-driven series of firearms bearing the FN name, is shipping to an FN dealer near you. Gain an edge and learn more about the FN 509 LS Edge by visiting www.fnamerica.com/edgeseries.

PRIMARY ARMS® OPTICS ANNOUNCES NEW SLX MD-20 MICRO RED DOT SIGHT

January 1st, 2021

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Primary Arms Optics has announced the release of a new budget-friendly micro red dot: the SLx MD-20 (MPN: 810023). The SLx MD-20 improves on previous micro dots with an enhanced emitter, which provides an ultra-bright reticle with a 50,000-hour runtime on medium settings. Priced at $149.99, the SLx MD-20 Microdot is now available and shipping to customers.

Primary Arms Optics was founded on building better budget-friendly red dots, and the SLx MD-20 represents the latest technologies and innovations. The MD-20 is part of Primary Arms’ SLx product line, which built their reputation for innovation, reliability, and value. All SLx optics undergo rigorous field-testing during development to best serve customers in any environment, and the MD-20 goes one step further by integrating all new technologies like AutoLive™, Primary Arms’ motion-controlled illumination system. Combined with a durable aluminum body, 50,000-hour battery life, a zero-parallax lens, and an ultra-bright emitter with night vision (NV) compatibility, the SLx MD-20 brings premium performance to a budget-friendly price point.
“Early in 2020, we retired one of our best-selling red dots, MD-ADS. The time has come to replace it with the all new MD-20,” says Terry Mears, Primary Arms’ Director of Product Marketing. “This time, we’ve included a super bright high efficiency LED that provides daylight bright illumination among the 11 push button settings. Users will be impressed to find that even at the brightest setting, the sight picture is clean with no reflection or glare.”
www.pawholesale.com/primary-arms-slx-md-20-advanced-push-button-20mm-micro-red-dot-sight

Star Wars The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber

December 21st, 2020

In these trying times of ours, the last thing many people are thinking of is spending money on a high-priced replica lightsaber, however if you’re going to, it might as well be a replica of the Darksaber. Hasbro has adapted this iconic Star Wars weapon into a collectable under their Black Series line, and it’s seriously cool. The Black Series Darksaber consists of a full-metal grip and black blade with white LED blade edge. Like other lightsabers in the Black series, the Darksaber features authentic sound effects, including power up and down, battle clash effects, and motion-sensor-controlled idle hum. Plus, it’s the first ever Black series lightsaber to feature a rechargeable battery.

This particular collectable is proving to be quite the hot commodity. It’s already sold out on the official Hasbro product page, and other retailers are showing no available stock, but if you manage to get a hold of one, good on you.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that this product is up for pre-order, and will ship sometime in August 2021.

hasbropulse.com/collections/new/products/star-wars-the-black-series-mandalorian-darksaber-force-fx-elite-lightsaber

SB Tactical: Proposed ATF Regulations Nothing More Than Registration Scheme

December 17th, 2020

Bradenton, Fla. (December 17, 2020) – SB Tactical® learned on December 16 of the ATF’s plan to publish their proposed ‘Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces’ guidance on www.federalregister.gov/d/2020-27857, which will be open for comment on Friday, December 18, 2020 until January 1, 2021.

Our hope was that ATF would finally take transparent action to provide clear criteria for brace equipped pistols, that would give manufacturers and consumers a way to see if products met ATF’s shifting expectations. Instead, the document is a thinly veiled blueprint for the largest firearm registration–and ultimately potentially confiscation– scheme in U.S. history.

The factors identified by the ATF for its possible use in classification include type, caliber, weight and length, how the gun is marketed, length of pull, sights and scopes, peripheral accessories mounted, and rear surface area of the brace, among others. While the factors listed are arbitrary and open-ended, the truly onerous part of the proposal is that no definitions of the factors are provided.

The grotesque inadequacies of this document render this “guidance” worse than meaningless. By stating that “no single factor or combination of factors is necessarily dispositive,” the regulated public is left guessing. Which calibers are ok? What is the weight or length of pull limit? What accessories can be mounted on a pistol? By failing to define the criteria, the ATF is codifying its holistic “we’ll know it when we see it” approach to determinations that create confusion and serve as little more than a power grab. It does nothing other than create uncertainty and confirm that ATF does not want to be held accountable. It claims limitless power to assess products under a “holistic” approach that gives the agency maximum discretion and Americans minimum protection.

This proposed guidance says that it does not have the effect and force of law . . . yet. SB Tactical®, in conjunction with the Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition, Inc., (FRAC), and the National Rifle Association, will continue to work tirelessly with congressional leadership, the White House, and the Department of Justice to ensure that legal gun owners’ rights and the rights of manufacturers are not in jeopardy. We believe that the White House is considering weighing in on this issue, but they will not do so unless we make our voices heard. The time is now to come together as a community of gun owners, retailers, and manufacturers to demand that President Trump preserve our Second Amendment rights.

This is our last chance to get this administration to intervene. We strongly urge you to contact the White House to demand they take swift action to stop and reverse ATF’s efforts to issue arbitrary and capricious decisions affecting millions of legal gun owners.

One-Click Link to Contact the White House, DOJ, and your Congressional representatives:

o www.fracaction.org/contact-officials

White House Comment Line:

o (202) 456-1111 / Email

Donate to FRAC, the organization that is standing up against the ATF’s arbitrary and capricious determinations:

o secure.fracaction.org/donate

Additionally, once the guidance formally posts to the Federal Register on Friday, December 18, we encourage you to submit commentary to the ATF and express your frustration and confusion. This is important to ensure a full record before the agency and any later court that reviews this issue. But, because the ATF seems to want to limit participation in this proceeding, it has created complicated rules and deadlines. To submit comments in the DOJ proceeding you will need to follow the instructions below. Comments that do not follow the below instructions, will not be considered.

DUE DATE: Written comments must be postmarked by, and electronic comments must be submitted on or before January 1, 2021 by midnight Eastern time.

INSTRUCTIONS: All submissions received must include the agency name (ATF) and docket number (ATP 2020R-10). All properly completed comments received will be posted without change to the Federal eRulemaking portal, www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Comments must have a full name, mailing address, and signature.

Commenters who do not want their name or other personal identifying information posted on the Internet should submit comments by mail or facsimile, along with a separate cover sheet containing their personal identifying information. Both the cover sheet and comment must reference this docket number (ATP 2020R-10).

Comments that contain excessive profanity will not be considered or responded to.

SUBMISSIONS: Starting December 18, you may submit comments in one of three ways:

1. Online-Federal eRulemaking Portal: ATF recommends that you submit your comments to ATF via the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.federalregister.gov/d/2020-27857 and follow the instructions. Please keep the comment tracking number that is provided after you have successfully uploaded your comment.

2. Mail:

Written comments must:

a. Appear in minimum 12-point font size (.17inches)

b. Include the commenter’s first and last name and full mailing address

c. Be signed

Send written comments to the following address:

Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

ATTN: ATF 2020R-J0

Mail Stop 6N- 518

99 New York Ave. NE

Washington, DC 20226

3. Facsimile:

Faxed comments must:

a. Be legible and appear in minimum 12-point font size (.17 inches) b. Be on 81?2″x11″paper

c. Include the commenter’s first and last name and full mailing address

d. Be signed

e. Be no more than five pages long

Flex Tac – Flex Micro Chest Rig

December 8th, 2020

Finally, the Gucci chest rig you’ve been clamoring for! Ok, truthfully it’s not Gucci; it’s Louis Vuitton, but same pedigree, right?

Anyway, the Flex Micro Chest Rig from Flex Tac is designed for when you just have to flex on ’em. Made of fabric with the premium fashion brand marking your girlfriend tries to browbeat you into buying for her, it’s still a fightin’ rig at heart: made with Duraflex and ITW compatible buckles, nylon webbing and threads, it’s designed to interface with most industry standard plate carriers. Basically, this baby’s just as at home in a conflict zone as any Parisian runway, but that’s just being redundant.

This particular package includes:

  • 1x Micro Chest Rig Chassis W/ “H” Harness and 1′ waist strap
  • 2x Left & Right Wingman Pouch
  • 1x Lower Abdomen Utility Pouch
  • 1x 3 Cell 556 Elastic Insert
  • 1x 2 Cell 9mm Insert
  • Also, we feel it’s important to address this: calling this rig Gucci was half-right, because you’re not just stuck with LV fabric… you can also pick either Gucci or Burberry if Louis Vuitton just ain’t your thing.

    Made to order with a 3-week lead time.

    You can pre-order your own Flex Micro Chest Rig at flextac.myshopify.com/collections/chest-rigs/products/flex-micro-chest-rig-pre-order.

    Mission First Tactical (MFT) Introduces the MFT Battlelink™ Aluminum Minimalist Stock

    December 2nd, 2020

    The MFT Battlelink™ Aluminum Minimalist Stock is the lightest collapsible aluminum stock of its kind available today, while still maintaining the strength and dependability you rely on.

    Horsham, Pa. (December 2020) – Mission First Tactical, LLC (MFT™), a leader in USA-made rifle/carbine accessories, is proud to introduce the MFT Battlelink™ Aluminum Minimalist Stock. It is the lightest collapsible aluminum stock of its kind on the market, while still maintaining the strength and dependability you rely on. Manufactured from 6061-T6 Aluminum, billet and extruded hard coat anodized to MILSPEC, the stock is completely adaptable to the needs of the environment and operation by utilizing custom accessory mounts, interchangeable butt plates, and accommodating a new custom sling configuration. All done without sacrificing any of the functional requirements.

    The Battlelink Aluminum Minimalist Stock is a slide-on replacement for a collapsible buttstock. The angled, non-slip, checkered buttpad allows for faster presentation, even when donning body armor. It has rear-mounted sling slots with single point mount points, with the Quick Detach Sling mounting point positioned for optimum usage, including ambidextrous shooters. It comes equipped with a MILSPEC Buffer Tube Spec size 1.148” diameter receiver extensions, a removable butt plate for interchangeable configurations, and the upper section provides an enhanced cheek weld. Available in Black with an MSRP of $179.99.

    Battlelink Aluminum Minimalist Stock Specifications:

    Model Number: BMSMIL-MTL
    Weight: 8.8 oz.
    Height: 5.13”
    Width: 1.465”
    Length: 6.8”
    Aluminum Type: 6061-T6
    MSRP: $179.99

    Mission First Tactical Battlelink Aluminum Minimalist Stocks come with a Lifetime Warranty. For more information on Mission First Tactical, visit www.missionfirsttactical.com.