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KAC AR15 Ambi-Safety

KAC Ambi Safety


Shawn and I both like and use the Knights Armament Corp. ambidextrous safety for the AR15.  While not the cheapest, it gives you multiple options for your right side safety lever.  As shown in the picture, you can use it as a single sided safety, or as a normal ambi-safety.  I really like the scalloped right side safety lever as it doesn’t rub against my trigger finger like the non-scalloped right side safety.  If your looking for an ambi safety, take a look at the KAC ambi-safety.  A Full-Auto selector kit is also available.

Review: Geissele reaction rod

Reaction RodUpper not pictured, normally the Reaction Rod would be inside an upper receiver, locking into the locking lugs as shown.


Geissele offers a new alternative to the barrel clamp or action block for the AR15.  This “Reaction Rod” slides into the upper in place of a Bolt Carrier Group, and locks into the barrels locking lugs.  The other end has flats that fit right in your vice.

I bought one of these have have used it on a few uppers.  I found it easy to use and much prefer it over the action block I was using.  Only downside I found is that it doesn’t fit well or deeply in my White Oak barrels locking lugs.  Both Colt barrels I tried it with worked much better.  Despite not sitting as deep in the WOA barrel, it works very well.  I recommend it.

Panteao Productions

Shawn and I both have memberships with Panteao Production.  We love the ability to watch a training video online.  Watching the Pat Rogers carbine and shoot house videos has been very fun and a nice reinforcement of the material I helped teach in the USMC.  Shawn and I both really like seeing Travis Haley’s comparison of M4 zeros at various distances.  We both often talk about ballistics and zeros, so it was very nice to see Haley’s graphic demonstration.

I took the opportunity to buy a 1 year subscription during this 25% off sale running until December 26.  I am really looking forward to watching more of the videos from Mas Ayoob and Paul Howe.  Panteao has been increasing the content available online, and I would highly recommend getting a subscription and watching whats available.


The Violinist.

Article submitted by Mark Hatfield.

The Violinist.


Imagine you are a professional violinist or even a skilled amateur with professional training.  One day a friend or acquaintance approaches you.  They ask to borrow a violin.  You know that this person does not know how to play a violin, they’ve never even held one. They explain to you that there is an important concert tonight and they may be expected to perform.  If they don’t do well, their whole life will change for the worst.  Perhaps very badly so.  Obviously it would be no problem to borrow one of yours, perhaps one of the better ones of course.  Certainly you would be willing to help someone in their time of need.


It should be pretty obvious that lending them a violin would not help them and likely be bad for you.  If they attempt to use the instrument they will only look more foolish then they already are and there is a pretty good chance that your violin may be damaged, possibly even lost or never returned.  Who in their right mind would lend an instrument for such a situation.  I would not, would you?  Yet people ask to borrow guns.


Yup, ‘I don’t like the looks of the new guy next door’, ‘I was threatened by my ex-whatever’, ‘Rioting is getting closer’, ‘ If things get bad I’ll just use one of yours’ and on and on.  A gun is an instrument of deadly force, even if some specific gun was intended only for recreation.  Using guns requires knowledge and skill.  Not just technical knowledge of the ‘How to do it’ but the knowledge of how to avoid unnecessary harm or damage from accidents. The use of a gun for defense requires a different addition set of knowledge.


When’s the last time someone asked to borrow your car?  I’ll bet that each of us knows a good number of people to whom we would lend our car if there was some emergency but that we also know people to whom we would never lend it.  What if the person asking to borrow your car might know how to drive, that is, how to operate it, but had no idea what the road signs meant, which side of the road to drive on, speed limits, or even what stop lights and stop signs meant?  Yet people who have never even touched a gun assume that in an emergency they could use one just fine, and they have no clue whatsoever about the legalities involved. Regrettably, this also applies to those people who bought a gun for ‘Just in case’ and it’s been in the closet for the last 10 years.


Don’t be one of these people.  If, no, not if, when you encounter them, gently attempt to educate, though often their resistance to education, truth, and facts is extreme.  And, please, examine your own level of preparedness.

Why I Will NOT Study With TRAVIS HALEY.

Article submitted by Mark Hatfield

Why I Will NOT Study With TRAVIS HALEY.


I learned that he will be teaching in my area, I have the time and the opportunity to attend.  I want to attend but I’m not.  I asked for and received the application.  The problem is, I read it.


Haley seems like a great guy.  I have read about him. I have read interviews of him.  I have seen portions of some of his videos.  He seems to know what he is doing and more important, why he does as he does.  Seems like someone I would really like to study under, however, there’s a catch, the waiver.


Now days everybody wants waivers in case something bad happens, shooting classes, martial arts seminars, parachuting, rafting, hot air ballooning, everybody wants waivers and that’s ok, I sign them, but not this one.


I’ve signed many waivers.  I understand this in our ‘sue anyone for anything’ society.  But this one has two words which makes this waiver different, ‘including negligence’.


Every reasonable person knows that ‘stuff happens’.  Equipment can break, the unexpected can occur, malfunctions happen, even something as a persons feet slipping and their hand reflexively grips tighter on the gun in their hand leading to a shot being fired while they fall and the gun points any which way.  Things can happen.


There’s also the ‘DUH’ moments, the mental slip, the ‘Oh, That’s what you meant’, and sometimes just what some people refer to as ‘brain farts’.


Perhaps an injury or accident is caused because a person did the wrong thing, could be due to lack of needed skill or knowledge, or it was the first response they could think of while under stress in a bad situation.  Could even be due to a reflex movement without any conscious thought.




The ‘Reasonable Man’.


There is a concept in law known as the ‘Reasonable Man’, sometimes as the ‘Reasonable and Prudent Man’.  This is a standard by which ones actions can be judged.  The example is: Suppose you were in some situation and ‘really screwed it up’.  The court would consider: What would a ‘reasonable’ person have done if they were in the same situation.  If a person is injured because someone else did something which a reasonable person would not have done, that can be grounds for negligence.  The waiver for class specifically includes that if you are injured due to negligence, you will take no legal action and hold Mister Haley and his agents harmless.


Think about it!  This includes if some instructor or assistant willfully, knowingly, or even deliberately does or fails to do something which leads to a student being injured, you agree to do nothing and just accept it.


I have seen people get hurt in classes.  I have been hurt in classes.  I have hurt other people in classes.  Luckily never anything serious.  Accidents happen, especially in the various fighting skills.  It is a risk which we understand and accept.  However, the waiver for the Haley Strategic classes changes things so that even if an injury was not an accident, you will just accept it.  Is this also a statement about their own level of care?  Their forms do state that they will use their ‘…best efforts to provide a reasonably safe…’ and we students know and accept that there can be serious risks in classes of this type.  But to demand that students must agree that if an instructor or staff screws up and you are hurt because of it, and it’s NOT an accident, you just accept it, that is not acceptable.


Is it possible this says something about what they consider to be an acceptable level of risk or quality of the instructors?  Or did Haley just let his lawyers get carried away with the paperwork?