If you have a concealed handgun permit, or you just like to shoot, then you probably already know that selecting the right firearm is a very personal decision. Determining which pistol would work for best in my situation was no different.
I’ll admit right up front that most of my shooting experience has come from working with Sig Sauer pistols because that’s what Bryan carries and he’s the one who taught me to shoot. I’ve found Sigs to be very reliable and enjoyable to shoot. I’ve shot a few different 9mm options, but chose a Sig P232 a couple of years ago for my first handgun while at a local gun show. It’s a .380 caliber pistol that I thought at the time would work well for me, but once I got it home and started using it, I realized that it wasn’t a good match for me. [Read More…]
You may remember a few months back when Kelly and I went out to Las Vegas to visit Jim Fuller, Billy Cho and the crew from Rifle Dynamics. While we were there, they were able to give us an outstanding tour, interviews and a day filled with shooting fully-auto AKs.
I’d brought my 2002 Romanian SAR-1 AK (7.62 x 39) out with me to Vegas and Jim convinced me to leave it with them for a little work (he didn’t have to convince me that much.) I’ve really loved my SAR-1 since I bought it brand new back in ’02 and have felt it’s been a good shooter.
It was great to hear that Jim had a lot of positive things to say about the SAR-1 and was able to quickly check that it did indeed have correct headspace, a common issue with other off the shelf models like the WASRs. Another thing he mentioned was that they’re fairly straight, meaning that in some cheaper AKs, the trunions are riveted into the back of the receiver crooked, creating a crooked barrel or stock.
Crooked gas blocks and sights can be fixed, but straightness in the barrel and stock aren’t always easy to fix. For more things to look for when purchasing an off-the-shelf AK, check out Jim’s tips in the video here.
What you’ll see below is before and after photos of the transformation that Rifle Dynamics was able to do to my SAR-1. I’ve also listed the modifications that were done, as well as some notes on my thoughts of my AK in its present form. [Read More…]
We’re stoked to have sat down with Triple Aught Design’s Global Sales Director, Raquel Rusing, last weekend while we were at the TAD + ITS Event in San Francisco, CA to talk about the new production Dauntless Knife.
Raquel gave us an exclusive walkthrough of the production Dauntless, which we have embedded here in full HD for your viewing pleasure.
The Dauntless Knife has existed in may iterations for the past eight years, when TAD first started reaching out to well known custom knife makers and commissioning them to craft their vision of the Dauntless. There have been some stunning collaborations, many of which can be seen beautifully on the Dauntless Archive, a Website devoted to cataloging each one.
With many signature aesthetics, the Dauntless customs have typically featured a double choil, 3 fullers on the handle, as well as a fuller and upper swedge on the blade. All these distinct characteristics can be found on the production Dauntless, which will be available in black or ranger green G10 and full titanium versions. It will also feature a 3.6″ S30V blade, brining the overall length to 8.2″ and is priced at $300 in G10 or $400 in titanium.
The production Dauntless felt amazing to hold and extremely lightweight. I took out my Emerson Commander, compared the heft, and definitely felt a noticeable weight difference. While I’ve never spent more on a knife than I did on my Emerson, I’m very tempted to pick up a Dauntless and put it through its paces. It certainly looks and feels like a fantastic knife with an elegant design… that I can’t wait to get dirty.
I’m very excited for TAD on this release, I know it’s been a long time coming and I could see the excitement and anticipation from everyone at TAD when they talked about the Dauntless. While no date has been set for the production Dauntless release, the photos shown here are from knives that were pulled from the production line with their blades ground, logos etched and certain serial numbers any TAD fan is sure to recognize.
Stay tuned to Triple Aught Design for more information on when the Dauntless will start shipping.
To revolutionize the multitool industry by combining unique, innovative designs with top-shelf component selection + uncompromising build quality.
…and it looks like they are living up to that statement with the quality they put into the Series2X.
While the Multitasker website is under construction, you can check them out on Facebook. If you are looking to order a Series2X, Brownells has them in stock for $119.95 while other dealers are behind by 4-5 weeks.
Kelly and I recently had the unique opportunity to visit the talented crew of Rifle Dynamics in Las Vegas, NV for a behind the scenes look at what they’re all about. It was great to meet such an awesome group of people running the show at a solid American company.
This article is packed full of awesome information on the AK platform, including an interview with owner Jim Fuller and his no-nonsense explanation of 922R Compliance, what to look for when purchasing an off-the-shelf AK, DIY tips on how to keep your AK in top shape and an exclusive first look at the first Rifle Dynamics Production AKs. [Read More…]
We had a blast meeting everyone at the 1st Annual Silencers Are Legal Shoot that took place at Elm Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas. The video that Silencerco put together below, is a great compilation of the event and everyone that was involved. We were proud to sponsor the event and can’t wait to do it again next year!
If there’s only one thing you take away from this AAR (after action report), it should be that Haley Strategic truly lives up to their mission statement of creating thinkers before shooters. The number one weapon is the mind over all others and it’s this reason why CEO Travis Haley and lead instructor Brannon LeBouef use examples from their life experiences to help reinforce mindset and allow students to learn through these socially shared experiences.
Rather than simply say “here’s what happened and what should have been done,” it’s up to the individual listening to draw their own conclusions and take on board what they personally get out of the knowledge lectures.
Not only is mindset near and dear to us here on ITS Tactical, but it’s one of the reasons I started this website back in 2009. To provide information that could one day mean the difference of someone seeing tomorrow or not. I feel like our values are very aligned with what HSP is providing to their students and why ITS has not only become industry partners with them, but why I’m grateful to call Travis and Brannon friends. [Read More…]
If you’re not familiar with stippling, or as our friends from Method Burn say, “burning tiny dots into things you love.”
Burning these dots into polymer handgun frames, grips, fore ends, rail panels and even magazines like PMAGs, is typically done using a soldering iron and a lot of patience. Why do this? As the soldering iron burns a dot or other pattern into the polymer, it leaves behind a raised surface that enhances the texture and aids in your ability to “grip” the stippled product.
I’d never been entirely convinced of the effectiveness of stippling, that is until I gave it a shot myself. Here’s my thoughts on what I found when I attempted my first DIY stippling on a set of Sig grips for my P225/P6 and why next time I’ll probably call our friends at Method Burn to use their services! [Read More…]
The Spyderco Dyad Jr. was a small two-bladed folding knife that was introduced for a short period in 1999. Spyderco occasionally produces what they call Sprint Runs; limited productions of previously discontinued knives. When I learned that Spyderco planned to do a Sprint Run of the Dyad Jr. in 2011, it quickly became one of the knives I was most excited for.
I had never handled a Dyad Jr. before, but it looked like it would be a really handy, practical knife, and since there would only be 1,200 made I figured I could always sell it if I didn’t like it. Well, I’ve been using mine every day for the last month, and I can already tell this little gem will be one of my favorites.
What makes this such a great knife is the efficiency of it. In terms of cutting edge per inch of handle, or cutting edge per ounce of knife, the Dyad Jr. cannot be beat. It’s a 1. ounce knife with 4.25” of cutting edge (not just blade length), all in a handle barely over 3”. That’s a hell of lot of cutting power in a very compact, lightweight package. [Read More…]