ReadyMan: Everything You Need to Know about Bugging-Out

Everything You Need to Know about Bugging-Out

Picture yourself sitting in your home, relaxing on your couch, and an alert pops up on your phone calling for an immediate evacuation. Some natural disaster (wildfire, hurricane, tornado, etc.) is impending your location and a state of emergency has been declared. You have to leave now, time is of the essence. What will you do? Will you grab anything to take with you? What do you bring and how do you carry it? Or do you just get your keys and loved ones and go?  
This an increasingly common occurrence, that we all hope we are never faced with. However, just because it may never happen, doesn’t mean that it can’t ever happen. For this reason, the guys over at ReadyMan have made it their mission to help people prepare for just such a bug-out situation. Recently, they have released a free app that is designed to help someone prepare, plan, and curate their very own bug-out bag.
What is Bugging-Out?
Bugging out is the term used to describe the hasty departure from a location that is no longer safe. In the world of preparedness, this is very common topic of discussion. For most people, the thought of being in such a predicament is so far beyond the scope of their everyday norm, it borders full on paranoia *tin foil hat not included. But as recently as only a few months ago, wildfires in California forced the evacuation of thousands and not long before that, was the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
In both these scenarios, residents were forced to leave their homes and had to decide what to bring and what to leave. Inevitably, some essential items were forgotten and plenty of non-essential gear was brought along. In the most severe cases, these mistakes and miscalculations could prove to be fatal. (As an example, imagine forgetting your child’s insulin and embarking on an 8 hour drive to a safe location) So how can we ensure that we bring all the right things? Having a checklist is the obvious solution, but what if you aren’t sure what you need and don’t need? This is where the bug-out bag builder comes into play…
The Bug-Out Bag Builder
In an effort to take away all the guess work in putting a bug-out bag together, ReadyMan has created an comprehensive check list based off of your location, budget, and specific needs.
Are you going to be traveling by car, atv, bicycle, or on foot? These are all considerations that are taken into account with this app. No matter what your circumstances, the bug-out builder will help guide you in every aspect of planning and creating your own emergency go-to bag. And the best part? They are giving it away for FREE. All you have to go their sitehttp://www.rdymn.co/bugout and simply sign up and get started!

How to Properly Use a VS-17 Panel

What is a VS-17 Panel?

The VS-17 Panel is a high vis panel used by the US military to be properly identified by adjacent units and overhead flying aircraft.  VS-17 Panels come in a number of sizes and configurations, however, in general they come with two high vis colors and tie down points.

History of the VS-17 Panel

The VS-17 Panel was first used during the Gulf War to help reduce the amount of friendly fire incidents.  Since the Gulf war the VS-17 Panel has become a regular part of troop issue and is used heavily around the world as a unit level SOP for identifying troops.

VS-17 Colors

The VS-17 Panel typically comes in two colors.  These colors are easily seen from afar and are usually a combination of orange, yellow and purple.

VS-17 Panel Code

The VS-17 Panel is specifically designed to come in two different colors to allow for visual codes.  Essentially the user can fold the panel in a number of different configurations.  The different color on the front and back allow for the panel to make specific patterns that have different meanings.  Below is the code guide from the US Army’s Survival Field manual FM 21-76.  The dotted and solid lines show how to fold a VS-17 panel to create different patters that can be seen from afar.  These patterns are key in a survival situation.

What makes our VS-17 Panel Unique?

RE Factor Tactical set out to make the VS-17 panel more user friendly.  We started by printing a large US Flag on the panel that allows US personnel to be identified as friendlies in a hostile environment.

On the opposite side we attached a velcro panel that allows the user to adhere an IR strip for marking during night operations.  In each corner we included a rare earth magnet that allows the panel to be adhered to a car or metal surface that can sustain wind speeds up to 55mph.   We tested the flag in a number of environment and it managed to stay adhered to a vehicle as a CH-47 Chinook landed close by!

 

In addition to the magnets we include buckles with attached bungee that allows the flag to be adhered to a number of different surfaces and attachment points.  Finally we include a small stuff sack to help keep the panel nice and compact when not in use.

 

 

Everything you need to know about USPSA

IPSC vs. USPSA vs. IDPA

Basically IPSC, USPSA and IDPA are generally the same thing in that they are all dynamic competitive shooting sports.  However, each one tends to have it’s own unique quality.

USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association)

This is the largest pistol association within the United States and is the US version of the International Practical Shooting Confederation or IPSC.  USPSA and IPSC both include 3 gun and pistol shooting competitions.  USPSA/IPSC are designed to test a shooter’s shooting ability, however USPSA tends to focus more on the technical side of shooting.

IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation)

IPSC is the parent organization of USPSA and is on a global scale.  IPSC is broken down into various regions and incorporates a number of countries across the world.  IPSC is broken down into zones to include the African Zone, the European Zone, the South American Zone, the North American Zone, the Pan-American Zone and Australasian Zone.

IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Shooting Association)

Like IPSC/USPSA, IDPA tests shooting capabilities in a dynamic environment.  However, IDPA tends to differ from IPSC in the sense that it is geared more towards real life scenarios.  IDPA has differing rules that are designed to mimic what a shooter would encounter in a gun fight.  These include things like, shooting a specific target because it poses a bigger threat or taking cover behind a specific barricade.

USPSA Rules

The USPSA Rules can be found on the USPSA website, here.

USPSA/IPSC Target

The USPSA uses only organization approved targets for their matches.  Each target must be approved by the USPSA.

You can buy official cardboard targets here

IDPA Target

You can buy IDPA Practice Targets here

You can buy IDPA competition Targets here

 

 

Target Dimensions

Below are the target dimensions for USPSA/IPSC and IDPA competitions

USPSA/IPSC Target Dimensions (Old)

USPSA/IPSC Target Dimensions (New)

IPSC Classic Target Dimensions

You can buy IPSC Classic  targets here

 

IDPA Target Dimensions

USPSA Divisions

There are a number of divisions for USPSA to include: Production Division, Revolver Division, Single Stack 1911, Limited 10 Division, Limited Division and open Division.

Production Division

Production Division includes pistols that are double-action-only, double-action/single-action or striker-fired.  These are usually reserved for 9mm pistols and tend to be “duty guns.” In addition, stock revolvers may be used to include eight and seven shot variations.

Shooter may change the following:

  • Sights
  • Added grip such as skateboard tape
  • Tuning of internal parts

In the production division shooters may only have 10 round per magazine.  Holsters may not be “race” holsters and must be word behind the forward most point of the hip.

Revolver Division

The revolver division includes stock revolvers that are limited to six rounds.  Modifications to the revolvers are very limited.

Shooters may change the following:

  • Grips
  • Enhanced Cylinder Release
  • Sights (other than optical)
  • Action Tuning

Only rounds that are .355 or larger may be used.

Single Stack 1911

In 2006 USPSA introduced the 1911 Single Stack Division for 1911 shooters as a provisional division and changed it to a regular division in ’08.  Only single stack 1911 pistols are allowed.

Limited 10 Division

The limited 10 division allows 1911 pistols in both double or single stack and non-1911 pistols.  There is no capacity cap on the magazines used, however, the “10” refers to the number of rounds the competitor can hold in their magazines at any one time. Competitors can modify their pistols in minor ways.

Limited Division

This division is very similar to the Limited 10 Division, however, shooters may put as many rounds in their magazines as they like.  Shooters must use a .400 caliber or higher in order to score a major power factor.

Open Division

The open division is the most relaxed division when it comes to modifications and pistol restrictions.  The guns in this division are often heavily modified and this is where you will find the “race” guns.  The main restriction is on the 170mm magazine.  Only rounds that are .355 or larger may be used.

USPSA Membership

If you would like to become a member of the USPSA you can sign up here

USPSA Membership Cost

The cost to become a new member of the USPSA is $25.   In addition you will pay $15 per match plus any additional fees applied by the hosting range facility.

USPSA Classification scale

There are several levels that you can advance through within the USPSA to include U, D, C, B, A, M and GM.  In order to get a classification you must have scores from  four different classifiers.  If you shoot more than four classifiers, the best four scores of your six most recent classifiers will count.

U Class- Unclassified

D Class- 2-39.9%

C Class- 40-59.9%

B Class- 60-74.9%

A Class- 75-84.9%

M (Master) Class- 85-94.9%

GM (Grand Master) Class- 95-100%

USPSA Scoring

USPSA has both a major and minor caliber scoring incorporated into 5 of their 7 divisions.  Major Calibers make a minimum of a 165 Power Factor and minor make 125 Power Factor.  This scoring system affects how the points are scored. The common USPSA Metric Target has A, B, C and D zones.  An A zone hit with either a major or a minor PF counts for 5 points.  If the shooter uses a major caliber and hits the B or C zone they get four points, if they are using a minor caliber they get 3 points.  Majors get 2 points for a D zone and 1 point if they are using a minor caliber.

The score for a state consists of dividing the points scored by the time it took to fully complete the stage.  This determines a shooter’s Hit Factor.

USPSA Production List

The full production list of USPSA guns can be found here

USPSA Matches

USPSA has matches across the United States and most likely there is one hosted near you.  If you would like to find the closest match to you, visit the USPSA website match area here.

 

 

 

Trump Signs $700 Billion Spending Bill For The Military

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This morning President Trump signed a $1.3 Trillion dollar spending bill with $700 Billion dollars being allocated to the military and $591 Billion going to domestic agencies.

If you are a government/military individual there is no better time than now to start prepping to spend these funds.  These funds must be spent before the end of the fiscal year in October.

We strongly suggest contacting Quantico Tactical or govsales@refactortactical.com to start preparing for the incoming funds.  Any funds that are not used by the end of the fiscal year will be lost.

Your best methods for using the funds are to use a Prime Vendor such as Quantico Tactical or utilizing TLS/GSA purchasing channels.

The Best Shooting Targets

What’s the Best Shooting Target?

The simple answer is one that makes you better.

The exploding tactical market nowadays is flooded with professional shooters with impressive resumes who serve as trainers. Many of us don’t have the time (or in some cases, the cash), so we must improvise based on our experiences and what resources we have on hand. The trick during any range trip is to maximize your limited time and limited ammo. The best way to do that is with a good target and a range plan.

Instant feedback, shot placement indications, ease of transport, and the ability to use it more than once are all traits we look for when setting up our targets. For the discerning gunfighter, targets that make you think can really up the ante… and your quick decision making abilities. Target discrimination is a key attribute for any shooter, whether it be LEO, MIL, or civilians. In his book “Delta Force,” Charlie Beckwith realized that he didn’t need to test his fledgling, and now famous, unit on if they would shoot. He needed to train them when not to shoot. Below are a list of targets that can help you with everything from bullseye accuracy, speed, and the ever important target discrimination.

The Top 5 Paper Targets

  1. Essentials Target: 

The Essentials Target is designed to give you an essential set of drills that will maintain your current proficiency level. The drill takes 150 rounds to complete and covers multiple aspects of pistol marksmanship to include slow aimed fire, weak and and off hand shooting, target transition, trigger speed changes, drawing, magazine reloads and controlled multiple shot groups.

  • Measures: 23″ x 35″
  • Unlimited amount of shooting combinations
  • Designed to maximize range time
  • Made in the USA

This product is designed to be used specifically with our Essentials Shooting Guide. 

2. IQ Target:

 

 

Rifle

The IQ Target is designed to create thinking among shooters. The infinite combination of shapes, colors, numbers and letters allows an instructor or student to create a wide variety of shooting problems. Students can be given simple commands such as “shoot all the triangles” or more complex scenarios such as “shoot at the squares and triangles that contain a number.”

The idea is it forces the shooter used to thinking and shooting rather than punching holes in paper. The 3 in. shapes make the target suitable for close in pistol work or long range shots. The larger 5 in. shapes are suitable for close quarters and short range rifle drills.

  • Measures: 23 x 35 in.
  • Unlimited amount of shooting combinations
  • Pistol targets: 3 in. shapes
  • Rifle targets: 5 in. shapes
  • Made in the USA

3. Kill Zone Target:


The Kill Zone Target comes with an overlay of the basic human anatomy. This collaborative target with Max Ordinate Academy is designed to give shooters the ability to see how their rounds would affect the human body.

  • Measures: 23″ x  35″
  • Standard human anatomy design
  • Made in the USA

4. Human Resources Target: 

The Human Resources Target was developed at the request of a Special Operations unit, in order to provide an endless supply of drills that include flat range work, as well as shoot-house/CQB training.  

Each of the five individual targets is designed with a different shape, color, letter, and number combination. All targets have a head, chest, and thoracic cavity zone, based on the average human height and width of each area.

By establishing a diverse set of targets that vary in combination, instructors and shooters can easily develop an infinite number of drills that are focused around their specific type of shooting. Advanced shooters can rehearse specific tactical scenarios, while beginners can work through basic fundamentals of shooting. 

  • Measures 23 x 35″
  • Infinite number of shooting combinations
  • Anatomically correct “Kill Zones”
  • Made in the USA

5. Hitman Target: 


The Hitman Target is designed to offer long range shooters a comprehensive zeroing and engagement system for precision marksmanship. Printed with a grid overlay system in both Metric and US/Imperial measurements, shooters can see their impact offset and be adjusted onto different zeroing squares. The squares have been sized 1-3″ for maintaining a 1 MOA zero at 100, 200, and 300 yards with precision aiming points at their centers. They have also been colored to contrast with red and black reticles for improved sight picture. Lastly, the target can be rotated 90º for MILDOT measurements for wind call adjustments.

  • Measures: 23″ x 35″
  • Metric and US/Imperial units of measure
  • Grid overlay system
  • Made in the USA

 

The Best Paper Targets for Shooting

While we have our recommended paper targets for shooting, at the end of the day you need to find a target that can fully optimize your range time.  If your target is a simple bullseye you will find it hard to conduct multiple drills.  Choose a target that’s going to give you plenty of different options for drills.  We recommend looking at your end goal such as getting faster, shooting more accurately or both and then selecting a target that best suits your needs.

The Best Range Targets

 

When going to the range, try to find targets that will keep you from wasting ammo and will maximize your time.  Using the RE Factor Tactical Essentials and IQ Targets allow you to go to the range without having to spend a bunch of time planning out your training. We like to use “The Essential Shooting Guide” to give our range trips a little structure. It also allows us to tailor our limited training time to what we need to work on for the day, such as precision pistol at 25m or quick rifle transitions with a modified El Presidente drill. Both of these targets also allow us to set up and take down fairly quickly, which leaves us more time to focus on shooting. The Essentials Target, when used in conjunction with The Essential Shooting Guide, allows you to track my progress through gated assessments as well. This is perfect for anyone looking to really work on specific parts of their shooting.  

How to Build a Target Stand

Several different methods for building target stands exist, but this plan is inexpensive, mobile, and easily constructed. After quick trip to your local hardware store, head back to your garage, crack a cold one, crank up the Iron Maiden (Texas country is also acceptable), and assemble your target stand in a matter of minutes.

Equipment required:

Item

Amount

2”x4”x24”

4

1”x4”x48” furring strips

3

3” deck screws

10

Staple gun & staples

1 & 8

24”x36” cardboard backing

1

Directions:

  1. Begin by assembling your supplies
  2. Place 2×4 “A” on the ground, with the 4” side upright
  3. Using a pencil, measure 11 ½” from each end. Ensure to mark on the top and side of the 2×4.
  4. Drill two pilot holes at the 11 ½” mark on the 4” side of the 2×4.
  5. Place 2×4 “B” perpendicular to “A” and line it up with one set of 11 ½” pilot holes.
  6. Use two of the 3” deck screws and attach “A” and “B” using the pilot holes.
  7. Repeat this step and attach “C” to “A”.
  8. You should now have one 2×4 attached to two 2x4s with a 1” gap in the middle of “B” and “C.”
  9. Cut one of your 1”x4” furring stips down to 16”.
  10. Slide the 16” furring strip between “B” and “C” so that there are 4” of clearance between your furring strip and “A.”
  11. Repeat steps 3-6 with 2×4 “D.”
  12. Take the two remaining deck screws and affix “C”, “D”, and the furring strip together 3” from the end of each side of the furring strip.
  13. Staple the 24”x36” piece of cardboard to the remaining 4” face of the two remaining furring strips.
  14. Place the cardboard and furring strips into the stand made from pieces “A-D”.
  15. Place sandbags or weights on the target stand in high winds.

Best Shooting Target Games

Competition breeds success in everything, not just sports. In the eternal words of Saint George S. Patton Jr. “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.” The classic end of the week beer shoot off in team rooms everywhere are sacred for a couple of reasons: it’s an easy and effective way to test your skill man to man, it adds a little simulated pressure to jack up your heart rate and force you to focus, and (my personal favorite) bragging rights over your teammates or buddies in the form of the loser buys the libations. I highly encourage everyone to end their day with a quick bout of “mano y mano” with your buddy in some good natured fun. Try these games to have some fun and measure your skill against someone else and not just the clock:

Human Resources Target: The Hammer Drill

The shooter stands at the 7m line.  At the buzzer the shooter fires 1 round to the T box, 2 rounds to the chest and 3 rounds to the pelvic triangle.  These are performed using our Human Resources Target. 

IQ Target: Numbers Game

Engage all COLORED shapes with a number inside of it. The number in the middle determines the amount of rounds that object receives. The shooter with the best time wins. A 1 second penalty is added for each miss or improper round count.  These are performed using our IQ Targets. 

Kill Zone Target: 5 x 5 Drill

The shooter stands at the 5m line.  At the sound of go the shooter fires 5 rounds to the A Zone, reloads and then fires 5 rounds to the B Zone.  These are performed using our Kill Zone Target.

Hitman Target: 1-2-3 Drill

Fire 1 round into the 1” target, 2 rounds into the 2” target, and 3 rounds into the 3” target. Fastest time wins.

Dartboard Target: 

Exactly like cricket in darts, but with bullets. We recommend using one target per team to help keep score. If you need a quick refresher on how to play, here’s a link to an easy to understand cricket breakdown, though the instructions are also on the bottom of the target: https://www.darting.com/Darts-Rules/Cricket/

Once you feel comfortable with your skills, we encourage you to try out some local competition with your friends. Go with the mindset of having fun and improving. Don’t get intimidated by the rules or fancy guns you see there, you’ll likely impress yourself with how you’ve progressed.

International Defensive Pistol Association: http://www.idpa.com/

United States Practical Pistol Association: https://uspsa.org/

3 Gun Nation: https://www.3gunnation.com/

Best Long Range Target

Zeroing your rifle without a spotter is fairly tough, especially at longer distances. For that purpose, we prefer the Hitman Target. Just grab a spotting scope and use the handy measuring feature running the length or height of the target to measure from the bench. My favorite feature is that it’s hashed for MOA and MILs, which allows for every shooter to use this regardless of their preference for MOA or MIL. It’s also nice to get your Data On Previous Engagement (DOPE) by confirming your zero out to 300m using the 1”, 2”, and 3” targets. This worked particularly well when re-zeroing my Mk12 build. The color contrast actually did help, especially with an illuminated TMR reticle.

Custom Shooting Target

 

RE Factor Tactical can customize any target needed.  We have designed several targets for various law enforcement agencies as well as Special Operations units.  We can either take your existing design and print it or customize a design based off the needs of your individual unit or agency.  If you would like us to customize a target for you, please contact govsales@refactortactical.com

Best Hostage Target

We have literally been shooting at the “hostage target” since our dads first started taking us to the range. The type was the standard, “shady looking bad guy holding a gun to a hostage’s head” which meant that only a small portion of the target itself was usable. Those were great for the John McClane reenactments we all love, but not so great for usability after that. The Human Resources Target though offers much, much more. The “T” box, or the area that has a high probability of immediately incapacitating a threat, is prominently displayed along with corresponding chest and thoracic cavity zones. These targets were actually specifically requested by a Special Operations Force (SOF) unit to provide any number of scenarios to test operators’ ability to get good hits quickly. If you’re lucky and you have access to a range with a shoot-house, you can set these up throughout the house with specific rules of engagement to stress the importance of target discrimination. “Only shoot green shapes” or “Numbers are non-threats” are simple scenarios designed to test your thought process and in the end make you think before you shoot.

Best Targets for the Tactical Shooter

For the tactical style shooters, particularly the MIL and LEOs out there, take a hard look at the Kill Zone target. It’s great because it gives you a real look at exactly what your rounds are affecting within the human body. On this target, the human body is overlaid against a standard-sized IDPA target for the competitors out there too. The Essentials Shooting Guide, used in conjunction with the Essentials Target, is a fantastic resource for everyone from beginners to master-level competitors to tactical shooters. A timer is required for several of the drills, but as previously stated, you can download a free shot timer from your smart phone.

Targets that make you a become a more accurate shooter

We started this rodeo with a simple question: what makes a great target? This is the answer: a great target enables you to get accurate hits in a shorter amount of time. Any range trip where you don’t improve one modicum of your skill set is wasted potential. Luckily, a few assets can help ensure we reach out potential after each range visit. The Essential Shooting Guide, from start to finish, is a fantastic resource to hone your skill set. Consisting of 11 chapters, the guide will improve your shooting with incremental assessments. Each chapter details another aspect of your pistol and/ or rifle shooting, laying out drills to improve general marksmanship, bullseye, draws, transitions (rifle to pistol and between targets), trigger manipulation, and facing movements. Our favorite part of each drill is that the guide tells you exactly what you’re trying to achieve. The “End Game” in the rifle to pistol transition states:

“Here you are practicing your transition from rifle to pistol. You are also building the muscle memory to plus up your weapon systems after both have gone dry in a manner that helps keep you partially in the fight. You should avoid holstering your pistol dry and then conducting a magazine reload. The reason for this is because your rifle may have gone dry from a malfunction or from running out of ammunition. You should always have at least 1 weapon system back up and ready for the fight before fixing the next.”

Anyone who’s been in the military can tell you that the “so what” of the training, the real reason for doing it, is pivotal to buy in from everyone from the lowest ranking Joe to the NCO actually tasked with conducting the training to whichever officer will rave about it in the summary to the commander.

You can accomplish every drill in the book as long as you can pace out 25m, but to really maximize the lessons you need the Essentials and Kill Zone Targets.

The IQ Target makes you search for the right target, focus on the fundamentals to maintain accuracy, and remember your engagement criteria. Along with the IQ Target as a useful range tool, is the Dead Man’s Hand deck. You can pick them up in either rifle or pistol variants. Each deck has 52 drills that are used in conjunction with the IQ Targets. The drills vary by difficulty, distance, and starting position. All of the drills are fun and include different aspects of your shooting skills.

For example, the 7 of Clubs for the rifle deck has the shooter starting from the 3 yard line in the high ready. At “GO,” the shooter engages 1 round to green circle B, 2 rounds to blue square 1, 3 rounds to red square 2, 2 rounds to blue square 1, and 1 round to green circle B. These drills are a lot of fun to end the range trip on, especially with a friend. My range buddies and I like to perform 10 pushups or 15 air squats before each round to get the heart rate up and really focus on the basics (breathing, gradual trigger squeeze, feeling the reset, etc).

Range Safety

  1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
  3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
  4. Always know your target and what is beyond.
  5. Know how to operate a gun safely.

These are fairly standard range rules. If you stick to these, you will be safe and keep other safe as well. Our advice is to never take your gun or your skills for granted. Overconfidence causes a lot of accidents, so don’t be the guy who has an accidental discharge with your .44 magnum while trying to show off. Some ranges allow you to maneuver around so long as you maintain good muzzle awareness. Some ranges won’t even allow you to shoot faster than a 1 round per 1 second cadence. If your home range is more restrictive, be respectful and follow the rules. Modify your drills if you have to or ask permission. If you’re new, follow the rules and go with someone you trust to show you the ropes. If you happen to be one of the folks who someone else is relying on, be extra careful and harp on the details of range safety. We’ve grown up around firearms our entire lives and now we work with them on a daily basis, but we are still as unbending as an iron rod for safety. Another rule that we grew up with to really etch the gravity of firearm safety is this: never point a gun, unloaded or not, at anything you’re not willing to destroy.

Despite what the “let’s eat Tide Pods” generation says, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is actually a great resource for gun safety. Follow this link to learn more about firearms safety: https://gunsafetyrules.nra.org/

Become a Better Shot With a Pistol

By Brandon Wright

Dead Man’s Hand shooting deck of cards, not just for live fire…..

I’ve been using the Dead Man’s hand shooting deck of cards at the range for the past year. It gives me 52 different drills that are easy to setup and takes no brain power on my end. I just hang the target, lay out the cards, and start picking out cards (drills) to shoot. Occasionally, I will record my times and see if the next time I shoot it, I can go faster. With my limited time on the range I quickly realized that live fire was not going to be enough. Here is how I use the DMH shooting deck at home and still make gains.

My dryfire routine was getting stale and I needed some new challenges. I started using a SIRT pistol from Next Level Training. That gave me a laser hit but I needed a way to stay honest with the hits on the target. After all, I’m focusing on the shot I’m taking at the time, not the shot that I just took. I can call the shot but that’s about it. But then I found it, the app that was going to address my dryfire needs, iDryfire.

This app allows you to record the laser hits on a given target with your phone. Shut the front door and take my money now!!!! I can now use the DMH shooting deck with the IQ target and maximize my time during dry fire. All 52 drills can be done in my house where it’s always 72 degrees and sunny.

It is important to note that using a laser pistol does not give a 100% accurate look into your shooting. Obviously, recoil is not an issue with a gun that doesn’t recoil. So your split times and follow up shots will not give you a true look at your ability. However, it will help with first shots, timed reloads, and transitions. First shots could mean any of the following: First shot out of the holster, first shot after a reload, first shot to setup behind cover, or first shot after a position change.

Once you’ve begun to get the hang of the DMH cards at home or on the range, the opportunities to up the challenge are virtually limitless. All the drills that are shot stationary can also be shot on the move. Try shooting the drills while advancing toward your target, moving laterally, or retreating. You can also move the targets further away if you’re up for a real challenge.

Check out the video below and see what is getting me so excited about dry fire again!!

About the author: Brandon Wright is a former State Trooper and DOD instructor.  He is currently a sponsored professional shooter, holding multiple national titles and 30+ state, regional and local wins.  Brandon is also an employee of Smith and Wesson and runs wrightshooting.com.

Fast Pistol Shooting Techniques | By Guest Brandon Wright

Log that Sh*t……

By: Brandon Wright

Want to know how to get the next level in shooting?? Wondering how the pro’s get to the top?? Here is the answer: they shoot thousands of rounds a month and sometimes a week. Oh, you can’t afford that? Life gets in the way?? Well unless shooting is your job, it’s too hard to fit into everyday life. I get it, but there is hope. Here is how to fast track your success and maximize your time at the range.

The key to my success has been a logbook. To establish realistic goals for improvement you must first know where you’re at. Tracking your times and understanding what you can and can’t do is the key to finding your limitations.

It was watching videos of the big names in shooting, Rob Leathem, Jerry Miculek, JJ Racaza, & Max Michel that showed me what “fast” really is. Only then did I really understand what I wanted to achieve. But there was a problem, I knew these guys were the epitome of fast, but where was I? Before I could try to equal the greats, I had to know where I was. I learned this by recording my times on an assortment of drills.  These records exposed my weaknesses, but they also allowed me to focus my training sessions on the specific areas that would make a difference. What I mean is this: I asked myself if a 1.00 sec draw with an A zone hit at 10 yards was realistic? How can I do it? What equipment do I need? Do I have the right holster, the right sights?  How much time is lost with a level 3 holster vs no retention? How much of the sights can I see in that amount of time? Then watching Rob Leatham do it in .70’s and he said something very important to me, “Well I can see it but I can’t correct it!” This statement helped me see that he wasn’t getting a solid sight picture, even though it looked that way to me. He was really only seeing a flash, but he was aware enough of the sights to call a hit or a miss at that speed. It also helped me understand that adding 1 to 2 tenths of a second more can give the sight picture needed to make a hit. This helped me to understand that draw times are relative to the degree of accuracy required.

So now that I understand what I need to get the job done, and with understanding the max limits of how fast I can move, I can determine that yes, a 1.00 sec draw is achievable. Now, using a logbook I can track how I’m progressing. {Starting at 1.75 seconds in January and being at a solid 1.25 in March shows me that what I’m doing is working. So now, I’m .80’s at 7 yards and 1.00 at 10 yards.}

But log books are not just about draws and reloads. You can use them for target transitions, getting in and out of position, weapon transitions, and really any aspect of a shooting discipline that involves performing a task at speed. {I know it seems like a lot of work for 2 tenths of a second, but honestly once you teach someone how to draw a gun from a holster, is there anything different between a basic shooter to an advanced shooter?} It’s the speed out of the holster that starts a stage in competition but for MIL/LE, that same speed can be the difference between life & death.

The Essential Shooting Guide is a great start for a log book system. It provides multiple shooting drills, space for recording results and 91 pages of content. Of course, this is only a start. To maximize your results you really need to log all your practice when you are cold. I’d say after 75-100 rounds you are warmed up. At this point anything else you log doesn’t really give you an accurate representation of your ability to perform on demand. After so much repetition of course your times are going to be smoking fast. What we are really interested in is what can you do cold right out of the box. What are your times then? You will find, over time, you can track not only your cold times, but compare them to stage runs. For example, you look back at a stage and say, “Why was I so slow on this stage?”, “What were my transitions like here?” Well looking back in your logbook, you can see that, in practice your hitting between .25-.75 transitions based on the distances. However, in the match your .50-1.10?  You ask yourself, where am I losing time? Why is it different in a match? Am I focusing too much on aiming too hard? Now it’s time to work out the answers to these questions in practice so you can perform when it really matters.

 

About the author: Brandon Wright is a former State Trooper and DOD instructor.  He is currently a sponsored professional shooter, holding multiple national titles and 30+ state, regional and local wins.  Brandon is also an employee of Smith and Wesson and runs wrightshooting.com.

Jedburgh Cover Shirt V2.0 | The Best Concealed Carry Shirt

RE Factor Tactical and Tactical Distributors are proud to announce the release of the Jedburgh Cover Shirt 2.0 We released a Beta-version of this shirt in mid-2017 and were looking to make the perfect concealed carry specific shirt. We released the beta version for a fraction of the cost and asked to get as much feedback as possible from the users in order to make the best version of the shirt possible the second time around. The beta version of the shirt saw extensive use both at home and abroad by Special Forces personnel so that we could ensure it will stand up to the rigors of combat and daily life alike.

 

You spoke, and we listened! We have put together the newest version of the Jedburgh Cover Shirt with several changes and upgrades from the previous shirt based on your feedback! Updates to the V2.0  include a more athletic overall fit, stretch fabric for enhanced maneuverability, quick-release pearl button snaps, Passport sized breast pocket w/ button, three hidden interior pockets, and a reinforced lining for easier draws and reduced weapon printing.

The stretch fabric allows for rapid weapon-draws and unrestricted maneuverability whether you’re slick,  wearing concealed body armor, or a traditional plate carrier over the shirt. The Jedburgh Cover Shirt V2.0 is designed to have a non-tactical look while still providing an athletic fit and all the features needed for concealed carry in combat environments.

Built with a lightweight air-wicking material, it will keep you cool and dry no matter where the mission takes you. The quick-snap pearl buttons allow them to be quickly disengaged and moved out of the way for a rapid draw. The reinforced lining ads a little more weight and thickness to the lower portion of the shirt to drastically reduce weapon printing while staying in place when moved out of the way during the draw.  

We believe that the Jedburgh Cover Shirt V2.0 will be your go-to concealed carry shirt for years to come because it was designed based on the feedback we received from you.

Available at tacticalequipment.com and tacticaldistributers.com

 

What makes a good concealed carry shirt?

When designing the Jedburgh Cover Shirt V2.0 we considered what makes a good concealed carry shirt. What separates the average shirt from an excellent concealed carry shirt.  Well the first thing is obviously concealing your firearm well (kind of a no-brainer). This is why we used a whisker material for the bottom pockets to create a thicker outline and reduce printing ( printing is the visibility of the outline of your firearm under your t-shirt. If the material is too thin it makes it extremely obvious that you are carrying a pistol under your shirt. By thickening the material in the areas that contact the pistol, it eliminates the outline of the pistol, therefore making weapon printing a non-issue.

The next issue we addressed was combining a non-tactical look with all the capabilities one might need in a shooter or combat situation. The shirt needs to be able to stand up to the riggers of combat while still looking unassuming and able to wear in multiple environments. This is why we designed the Jedburgh Cover Shirt V2.0 with a classy yet durable appeal. By using better materials and thickening the shirt where necessary, we were able to make an athletic fitting shirt that is still able to conceal well without printing.

What is the best concealed carry shirt?

The best concealed carry shirts are all-in-one style shirts that are designed specifically for carrying a concealed pistol. Sure there are other good options out there that will do the job, but having a shirt specifically designed for the job is a game-changer . Eliminating weapon print, being able to stretch and move with the body, and allowing a rapid draw are all features that are an absolute must for concealed carry shirts. Break away buttons can speed up the drawing process dramatically with some practice. Regular cotton button-up shirts typically are not designed for shooting or combat style movements, so choosing one can hinder and limit your range of motion. Wicking moisture is also important, if you are running and gunning, chances are you will be working up a sweat. Cotton shirts will simply not do the job, especially if you are wearing body armor.

Best T-shirt for Concealed Carry

Some people prefer to wear an undershirt when concealed carrying. Since you will be layering up when wearing an undershirt, ensure that the shirt wicks moisture and keeps you cool. It is also ideal if the shirt fits snug so that it will not bunch-up and get in the way of your draw, or get caught up in the holster when re-holstering your pistol after use. Some good examples of ideal undershirts are the Under Armour or Nike Dry-Fit style t-shirts.

Concealed Carry  Clothing Tips

When deciding what to wear when carrying a concealed pistol, choose items that will conceal the weapon efficiently during movement and position changes such as sitting, standing, getting out of your car etc… A simple mirror-check is not sufficient . Try running in place, raising your arms, removing your backpack, and kneeling down/ standing up to see if your clothing rises and reveals your pistol. You want to feel confident that your weapon will be concealed during all activities so that you don’t have to worry about it later, or have to change your movement because it will expose your weapon.  You can never go wrong with a nice athletic fitting shirt that conceals well and allows maximal range of motion.

Picking a solid belt that is rigid enough to facilitate a solid draw is a must, but there is more to consider when choosing a belt. A belt with a streamlined belt buckle is something to consider. A good example of a solid concealed carry belt that we have used is the “El Burro” Gun Belt from Magpul. Even if your weapon is not printing, if your belt buckle is large and not streamline it will print against your shirt if you appendix carry and look very unnatural. This can give away the fact that your are carrying a pistol even if your pistol is technically not printing. If you do not appendix carry or if you conceal a sub-compact pistol this isn’t as much of an issue, but if you appendix carry a Glock 19 for example, a large belt buckle or belt with a lot of slack can print and become a problem.

How Does this differ from the 5.11 Concealed Carry Shirt?

The Jedburgh Cover Shirt V2.0 differs from 5.11 shirts because 5.11 does not put an emphasis on eliminating weapon printing when carrying a concealed pistol. There is no special material added to eliminate weapon printing, instead they rely on the bagginess of the shirt for hiding your weapon. This sacrifices an athletic fit and increases the chances of the shirt getting in the way during the draw.

What makes a good shooting shirt?

A good shooting shirt needs to be durable, breathable, stretch well, have an athletic fit, and be versatile. We focused on all of these key-points in the design process. Baggy shirts are a no-go because they can get in the way of your draw and don’t fit well under a kit or plate carrier. An athletic fit is ideal, right between tight and loose to ensure that there is unchallenged free range of motion. The stretch ,material allows for an extremely ideal athletic fit and doesn’t hinder range of motion when presenting the pistol, taking cover behind a low-wall, or chasing a suspect through an alley-way.

When shooting, chances are you will be running, jumping, kneeling, and moving in ways that you would not in other situations. This is important to focus on before choosing a shooting shirt. Ensure your shirt has excellent durability and stretches to allow you to maneuver unhindered. If you wear a plate carrier or chest rig, ensure that it is comfortable and works well with your kit.

Best CCW Shirt

The shirt needs to have an unassuming look. If your shirt screams ” I have a concealed pistol”, then what’s the point? I nice classy looking shirt that can be worn in multiple situations is always a good option. Versatility is key  because you never know what environment you might be in, so choosing a neutral classy, yet casual shirt is always the best option.

How do I get my CCW Permit? 

Thinking about getting your CCW permit? In most states, you will have to complete a CCW course and be certified to carry. There are tons of companies that offer these classes and they are relatively inexpensive. If you are in our neck of the woods, Bristlecone: Shooting Training and Retail Center offers an excellent variety of firearm classes and can certify you in CCW. Once you have completed the prescribed course you have to apply for a CCW permit with your local Sheriff’s office which usually takes a month or longer depending on location. Once you have received your permit you are good-to-go.

Please note that rules and regulations can change from county to county, so you should contact your county’s Sheriff’s department with any questions or reference their website if you have any uncertainties about requirements or regulations.

 

Available at tacticalequipment.com and tacticaldistributers.com