Reflex Mag Pouch

When I saw this video I thought about how I would have loved to have this product while I was in.  Reinserting mags and pulling a single mag  from the SDS double mag pouch was sometimes a pain.

As for how good this product, I don’t know, but it sure is a nifty idea.

They can be purchased and you can find more information here.

SHOT SHOW 2013: Blade-Tech Expands Product Line

In 1995, Tim Wegner began his experimentation in the kitchen to create a high quality knife sheath out of Kydex.  Although several toaster ovens were sacrificed during the testing phases, he reached his goal in forming a knife sheath he was proud of.  That is how Blade-Tech was born (hence the name).  Since then, they have been producing knife sheaths, holsters, magazine pouches, and more…

Ryan Preece of Blade-Tech took time to speak with me and explain in detail their products that were showcased at Shot Show.  They had a lot of great products displayed.

From their Revolution series of holsters for the budget minded consumer (under $30) to their HYBRID tuckable IWB with a combination of leather and Kydex (about $80).

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Revolution Holster

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Revolution Holster

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Hybrid IWB

Blade-Tech is also well-known for their competition series of products (which I own and I am very happy with).  This year they’ve introduced a rigid belt for competitive shooters called the Competition Speed Belt.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Competition Speed Belt

Blade-Tech also makes an everyday carry belt which is casual in appearance yet contains a ply of Kydex sandwiched between the leather running the length of the belt, providing extra rigidity and eliminating those stretched worn out belt holes after prolonged use.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Carry Belt

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Carry Belt

They also introduced a holster line in partnership with Packing in Pink (packinginpink.com) geared toward the ladies of the shooting world in a hot pink color.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Packing in Pink Ladies Pink Holster

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Packing in Pink Ladies Pink Holster

As far as mounting options they have the TMMS (Tactical Modular Mount System) which comes with one male and two female locking attachments that you can mount to various parts of your gear for easy transferring of your holsters or mag pouches. It can also be used with their Tek-Lok which makes mounting a breeze by “clipping” your TMMS on and off of your belt in seconds.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech TMMS Tactical Modular Mount System

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Tek-Lok

For MOLLE users, they have upgraded to their new MOLLE-LOK clips which is simple and easy to use.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech MOLLE-LOK

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech MOLLE-LOK

From what I’ve seen, whatever your need is whether it be duty carry, concealed carry, or competition, Blade-Tech has every avenue covered for you.

Looserounds will be testing some of their newest products soon and we will share with you our results.  We appreciate Blade-Tech for their time to speak with us.

www.blade-tech.com

At what point do people step beyond the protection of the “Unified Front” clause of the RKBA Movement?

Posted with Permission from Rob Pincus

 

At what point does the cry of “unification” really just become an excuse to keep things smooth with friends or associates?

At what point do you need to start cutting people out of the club?

Better Question:  At what point do people self-select out of the club?

Last month, when Cheaper Than Dirt! responded to the tragic killings in Newtown, CT by suspending all online firearms sales in the interest of re-examining their marketing approach (presumably to emphasize “sporting” firearms) and followed that miss-step up with ridiculous price gouging of ammo and magazines (400+% markups), they got what they deserved: Swift Backlash from the firearms community and a loss of many thousands of customers. Since that time, reports of them canceling back-orders and selling the same items for the new higher prices have been rampant. Yet, I was still told by some people at SHOT Show last week that we should not ostracize or boycott them, because we need to be “united”.

For a couple of years now, I have been prodded by people in the Open Carry Movement, and occasionally questioned by those who don’t care a lick about open carry, for my criticism of those who wear guns openly to get attention, to cause confrontation and to agitate law enforcement and non-gun owners. I have taken the position that those people have done the Right to Keep & Bare Arms movement more harm than good… as I believe was demonstrated clearly in the legal changes in CA in regard to open carry of unloaded firearms (the first major negative state level firearms legislative action in over a decade up until the recent New York Restrictions) and the ‘clarification’ of Mississippi laws that prohibit OC, which had up ’til then been a gray area. I have been accused of not supporting the Second Amendment because I was not willing to give this cantankerous crowd support on the basis of presenting a “unified” front as gun owners.

A couple of weeks ago, I was even challenged for wanting to distance myself, and all responsible gun owners, from the conspiracy theory babbling of Alex Jones on a national television program. During his interview Mr. Jones was making some good points about gun violence and allowed himself to be distracted by the opportunity to insinuate the the US Gov’t was complicit in the attacks of 9/11. Again, the call was for me to embrace Mr. Jones as just another gun owner, because it somehow weakened our cause to not be “unified”. Personally, I think it weakens out cause to mix the RKBA Discussion in with our own, unrelated, niche passions in regard to lifestyle, politics or religion and only serves to cut our movement off from the vast majority of moderately minded responsible gun owners.

Most recently, I have read a statement from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization of the firearms industry, calling for “unification” in regard to the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show. The organizers of that show, Reed Exhibition Company, have decided to ban all AR style rifles and accessories. ESOS is one of the largest hunting shows in the world open to consumers and it is now dealing with many industry leading companies, including Cabela’s and Trijicon, pulling out of the even entirely in response to their decision to ostracize the fastest growing & most popular section of our community. So, why would the NSSF put out a call for people to stay in the show?  Reed Exhibitions also runs the SHOT Show… the largest trade event in the firearms industry. How is it possible that we can stay in a show to present  a “united” front, when the part of the industry that needs our support the most has been kicked out ? I am a member of the NSSF and it makes no sense to me. I do applaud the NSSF’s official statement as a step in the right direction, but I hope that there is follow up that results in a change in Reed’s position on AR’s or a change in SHOT Show Management.

So, I ask the question, “At what point do one’s actions put them outside the group?”   When your actions make you a detriment to the bigger picture and/or to the greater good and the fundamental principles of our cause, I think you step out of the umbrella of “unification”.  When you cut off customers, entire classes of firearms, provide the other side with ammunition to paint us as extremists or to give the impression that we have something to hide, be ashamed of, or apologize for, I think you are beyond the scope of claiming protection under the “Unified Front” clause.

Over a decade ago, I wrote a statement for a project called the “Firearms Owners Unification Project“.  The fight at that time was to unify those hunters, sport shooters and even some industry leaders who would accept capacity limits and firearms bans because their interested weren’t being threatened with the rest of us who saw the bigger picture and were being directly affected by the bans and restrictions of that era. We’ve largely won that fight and we’ve seen incremental encroachment for what it is. A temporary ban becomes permanent. A 10 round limit becomes a 7. This process continues until we don’t have any firearms left. As individual gun owners, most of us get that now.

I’m all for the unification of our movement and our community… but, not if those I am being asked to join with are making our job harder or trying to play the old game of “hide the black guns”. We know that doesn’t work. The primary reason for the Second Amendment is defense of one’s self, one’s family and, ultimately… if need be… this country.  It is not hunting and it is not competition shooting. Those who have benefitted from the amazing growth in the defensive, tactical, “military style” sector of our industry, including Cheaper Than Dirt! and Reed Exhibitions, should think about what “Unification” really means.  And, it might be time for NSSF to shop around for a better ally to organize SHOT Show (OR to put some public pressure on Reed to rescind their decision) so that we can know that we are all truly unified.

-Rob Pincus

-I.C.E. Training Company

SHOT SHOW 2013: New Glock 30S for Redefined Conceal Carry

Adding onto Duncan’s article (http://looserounds.com/2013/01/15/glocks-at-shot-show-2013/) regarding the Glock 30S, here are further specifications and a short video clip from Media Day at the Range.

Dimensions

Length (overall): 177 mm / 6.97 inch

Length (slide cpl.): 172 mm / 6.77 inch

Width: 32.5 mm / 1.28 inch

Height with magazine: 122 mm / 4.80 inch

Barrel length: 96 mm / 3.78 inch

Length of twist: 400 mm / 15.75 inch

Trigger distance: 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch

Trigger travel to discharge: 12.5 mm / 0.49 inch

Length between sights (polymer): 150 mm / 5.91 inch

Weight

Pistol w/o magazine: 575 g / 20.28 oz

Magazine std. empty: 70 g / 2.47 oz

Magazine std. full (depending on ammo used): 280 g / 9.88 oz

Magazine capacity (rounds): 10

Barrel profile: right hand twist; octagonal

Standard Trigger pull: ~5.5lbs

Muzzle velocity V0**: 787 fps

Muzzle energy E0**: 317 ft lb

**depending on ammunition used

SHOT SHOW 2013: Daniel Defense ISR Marks their Entry into the Suppressor Market

The Daniel Defense ISR (Integrated Suppressor Rifle) is essentially a 10.3” SBR with a pinned/welded suppressor that they developed specifically for this rifle, bringing the total barrel length to over 16”.  This means you only need to purchase one NFA stamp to own this gun.  It does not require being registered as an SBR.  The forend is Daniel Defense’s new MFR which I found to be extremely comfortable.

As of right now, this model is only offered in AAC 300 blackout, with no word on future plans for other calibers.  They will begin accepting orders for this platform beginning of April and should start shipping around mid-May.  The MSRP is projected around $3199.

*As a side note, this year Daniel Defense will also be offering their new premium line of ammunition in 5.56 and .300BLK calibers.

Daniel Defense ISR

Rumors on the USMC M16A5

Quote from Gear Scout:

Sources inside the Marine Corps indicate that the Corps has bucked the other branches of the service and plans to continue and further the use of rifle length M16 family firearms. The M16A5 ACMR (Armorer Conversion Marksman Rifle) will be manufactured using components provided primarily by VLTOR Weapons System of Tuscon, Arizona, and this will be the largest contract ever taken on by the firm. VLTOR has previously been contracted to provide adjustable stock kits for the exist M16A4, and these kits have been well liked and highly sought after. The ACMR will feature a monolithic rifle length VIS upper receiver and a VLTOR M16A5 adjustable stock kit, which provides a buffer tube with seven, as opposed to the usual six, choices of length of pull and uses the existing rifle length buffer and springs. All VLTOR parts will be provided in a Flat Dark Earth finish, per USMC request. The M16A5 eschews the carry handle rear sight but retains a fixed sight in the form of a Lewis Machine and Tool sight that replicates the sight common the M16 family of firearms and has been used previously by forces within the Navy Department on the Mk 18 CQBR. As the name suggests, upgrading an M16A4 to M16A5 spec will be a task simple enough for an armorer in country, as the M16A5 retains the barrel, front sight, lower receiver, fire control group, bolt, bolt carrier group, gas tube, buffer and springs of the M16A4. As it lacks a heavy barrel, the ACMR cannot be considered a true precision rifle, but the newly free floated barrel coupled with either a Trijicon TA31 4×32 optic (first employed by the Marines on the new M27 IAR) or Schmidt and Bender 3-12×50 rifle scope increases accuracy by up to 35% on average in the hands of trained sharpshooter. Additionally, the monolithic upper substantially increases the accuracy and return-to-zero capability of night vision and laser aiming devices. The M16A5 kit, sans optics, costs the taxpayer $1200 per rifle. The Marine Corps goal is to upgrade 100% of the M16A4s assigned to special operations capable units by 2014 and 50% of all M16A4s in their inventory by late 2015.

Military Times/Gear Scout has pulled the article, so we don’t know if it was incorrect or a leak.

A couple notes and thoughts on the above statement:

  1. The VLTOR A5 stock uses a new buffer and a rifle spring, the opposite of what is said above.
  2. I am disappointed that the Corps chose to use the LMT rear sight.  Just like the carry handle that preceded it, it will have to be completely removed from the rifle when a magnified optic is used.  So the individual has to make sure not to lose it, and would have to remount it in the field should their optic break.
  3. It is nice to see the USMC adopt a free floating barrel.  I do hope that we will stop mounting slings to the sling loop on the front sight when this upgrade is adopted.
  4. The above incorrect statement says the TA31 ACOG was first used on the IAR.  The USMC fielded the TA31F and the TA31RCO models on the M4 and M16, and fielded TA11MGO models on the M249 and M27 IAR.
  5. I think the VLTOR A5 stock system will be a great choice for the rifle length AR, however with the total cost of $1200 per rifle, I think there are plenty of other rail systems that could have been used that would be cheaper and just as good.  Hell, for $1200 the USMC could have bought new M4 carbines.

We will post an update when more information is available.

SHOT SHOW 2013 Daniel Defense, Night Vision Devices

Loose Rounds is till crawling all over SHOT SHOW like a buzzard on a gut wagon to get the most info on all the new toys.   More High Resolution pictures are added to the Facebook page every day. Stop buy and look at the large gallery and enjoy. Once we get done, we will get some video up and comment more in dept on the new stuff out this year.

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Some very interesting new stuff from Daniel Defense this year.  The news of the 300 Black out of course and their new hand guard has been generating a lot of talk.

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A lot of exciting stuff in the NV gear area this year too.  Movies and book about DEVGRU and the killing of UBL has brought a lot of attention to some of the  state of the art in night fighting.

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The tech to let modern fighter operate in the night with impunity boogles the mind.

All these pictures and much, much more can be found on the facebook page for now. You can scroll through over 400 high quality pictures of SHOT.  We will be commenting on whats out after this week.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loose-Rounds/108959942566051?ref=tn_tnmn

 

Thermal Optics

PAS13
It is not often that we see thermal imagers in use.  This is due to the limited availability, high prices, and the low necessity for them.  Thermal is normally employed in one of four forms.  Head mounted, hand held, clip on, and as a dedicated sight.  All of these have their own pros and cons.  Hand held and dedicated sight are what are seen most often, but now clip on thermal optics are being produced and becoming more prevalent .  In most cases, thermal optics that are worn on the head like night vision are too bulky and heavy to be practical, but that is changing.

Other then vehicle mounted thermal optics, thermal meant to be used by an individual is mostly seen in the military and in hunting.  In the military, a thermal optic mounted on a machine gun will allow that position to quickly spot anyone in their fields of fire.  Some hunters use handheld thermal optics to quickly spot game that they would not have seen otherwise.  The rule of thumb for night vision that that if you can not see it in the day, your not going to see it at night.  However since thermal works differently then night vision, you can see many things with thermal that you would not have seen otherwise.  The caveat is that thermal takes more effort to use and is less intuitive then standard night vision.

I’ve found that hunter that work during the night usually prefer to have a hand held thermal device for scanning and finding the game.  Once they have spotted something, they use a night vision scope to identify it, and shoot it.  Often the reasonably price thermal devices are rather lousy in resolution.  A wide field of view combined with a low resolution lets the hunter quickly spot warm blobs, but they can not always tell what what blob is.  That is why the standard night vision scope lets them identify their target and get a good clean shot.

The military can afford dedicated thermal optics with higher resolution.  While I was in, the primary use of these was to mount on a machine gun in the defense and use the thermal for scanning for enemies attempting to breach the perimeter.  These dedicated optics, like the PAS13 shown in the picture above, have some awesome capabilities.  I’ve been able to see peoples facial expressions up close, their load bearing equipment and weapons at distance, and in very cold weather, footprints on the ground.  However these optics are large, bulky, and eat batteries like a fat kid eats candy.  The PAS-13 pictured above gives a great picture, but is still large, mounted very high over the bore, and is slow to use.  While a dedicated thermal optic is a great force multiplier in a military squad, for the individual combatant it is slow and awkward.

Now there are two options that are growing in popularity, clip on thermal optics and blended thermal/night vision optics.  Clip on thermal lets you mount a thermal optic in front of your already zeroed day optic.  If everything works right, you gain thermal capability with out a change in zero.  Trijicon offers a clip on thermal sight that is available to the public that is getting rave reviews.  The blended (hybrid) optics give you the best of both worlds with thermal and night vision.  However these are still huge, and mostly unavailable to the public.

Most thermal sights are just in black and while.  These have the option to switch between white representing hot or black.  I recommend often switching between white hot and black hot settings as you scan, as sometimes objects will be very recognizable in one, and not the other.  Some thermal designed for hunting will have a feature that will tag hot object for tracking and identification.  Most will auto-adjust the picture but I have found that if you are in a stationary place, manually adjusting the contract and brightness will give you a better clearer picture.  I would not recommend a thermal sight on a precision weapons system as thermal can not see thru glass, often has coarse crosshairs and adjustments, and can be slower to use then most other optics.  Also for the warfighter thermal is a force multipler but  it can be awkward and slow and thus should not be the lone individual’s primary optics system.

So to sum it up:  Thermal is awesome, but bulky and slow.  Handheld devices are great for locating heat sources, dedicated thermal optics best for the stationary defender or hunter.  The Holy Grail of thermal are the hybrid night vision/thermal optics and the small thermal optics that can be use hand held, clip on in front of day optics, and as a stand alone optic.  Expect to pay a good deal should you decide you want a thermal optic.

That “Z” setting

Had another person ask me about the Z setting on the AR15 carry handle.  This setting, along with the great deal of misinformation about it, tends to be confusing.

If you are using a reduced range 25 meter zero on a M16A2/M16A4 or other 20 inch barreled rifle, you use the Z setting when you zero your rifle.

If you are zeroing a M4/M4A1 or other 14.5/16 inch barreled carbine you DO NOT use the Z setting.

What about Matech sights?  It is exactly the same, check out this link 670-20 if you don’t believe me.