Graham Combat ” Tactics constantly change, while Principles never do “

I have been following Matthew Graham for a few years. From what I can see to that he believes in what he does and has the right idea when it comes from training. He believes that you should take all you can, be greedy when it comes to training. Instructors are there to give so it is ok to be greedy and take it all.

His latest YouTube video is something you should take a look at, especially if you are one of the civilian sheepdogs.

Lines, Lights and Lanes makes you think about how we are precondition to think inside a box that society builds for us.

Here is a link to his YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/grahamcustomsolution/videos

Battle Horse Knives – Custom Blades for Common Folk

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As of the NRA Show 2015 All Things Tactical became a dealer for Battle Horse Knives known in the knife circles as BHK. These knives feature unique blade and handle designs along with being 100% made in the USA.  You can view their full line of handmade products at www.battlehorseknives.com

1st up is the Brumby

This knife features a Sabre grind D2 blade with enhanced edge retention capabilities.

Overall Length of 8 3/8 in.

Cutting edge of  3 5/8 in.

Blade thickness 1/8 in.

Blade Material: D2

Handle material: Green polished Micarta with yellow liners

Sheath: Standard Hip

Price: $180.00 shipped

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Next is a little custom Mini Kukri

This Custom miniature version of a timeless classic features Blue and black G10 scales and Dan Coppins makers mark.

Overall Length 4 3/4 in

Cutting Edge 2 1/4

Blade Material: O1  5/32 Full Flat grind

Price : $70.00 Shipped

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Up last Frontier First

These classic designs feature a full flat grind O1 blade Gun Blued blade with Dan Coppins makers mark.

Overall Length 5 5/8 in

Cutting Edge 2 3/8 in

Blade Thickness 1/8 in full flat grind

1st one features polished Zombie Green G10 Scales

Price: $80.00 shipped

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2nd is a Tactical version with bead blasted Black Micarta scales and a Gun blued blade featuring Dan Coppins mark.

Overall Length 5 5/8 in

Cutting Edge 2 3/8 in

Blade Thickness 1/8 in full flat grind

Price $65.00 shipped

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All payments made via PayPal with shipping done with USPS Priority Mail

Contact me at all_things_tactical@d-pcomm.net

Detroit Bullet Works Your Source For Affordable High Quality Ammunition.

 

IMG_0165I’m sure we all remember going to Walmart or whatever your choice of big box stores and hoping that you would see the ammunition you need on the shelf, just to be disappointed to see the customer at the counter with last few boxes of what you needed. This scenario played out all across the country during the last ammo shortage, it didn’t matter where you were or what store you used, ammo just wasn’t there. What this caused was that when ammo became available it was hoarded for no good reason except people were afraid that they wouldn’t be able to buy it when they needed it. This only prolonged the shortage as the available supplies weren’t evenly distributed to the general buying populace.

Enter Detroit Bullet Works, a local company to my home state of Michigan, with a novel idea of an Ammo Club, not unlike the book and tape clubs of yesteryear. One thing different is that you are in charge of what you recieve just what you order, not something you might like. They support all of the most popular pistol calibers. Here is how it works. You choose what caliber and or bullet weight you desire and the frequency of delivery, provide a payment source and it shows up at your door on the schedule that you choose. As of right now (May 27th, 2015) they have openings for 380, 9mm, 40S&W, and 45 ACP. All of the caliber options except 45ACP are available in lots of 300 rounds, shipped either monthly or quarterly. The 45 ACP option is shipped in 275 round lots. The 9mm option is offered in two weights at the time of the writing 115gr and 147gr Round Nose. you can view the offerings for the Ammo Club using this link http://www.detroitbulletworks.com/ammo-club/

This means that when you choose to subscribe to any of these option you are guaranteed to receive your ammo at the same price and on schedule for the duration of your subscription. No running to the store  just to be disappointed to find the shelf empty, void of the precious ammo you seek.

Detroit Bullet Works also has a full line of other calibers and products. I have had a chance to use a few different offerings in various calibers, we will visit that is a little bit. Everything I have tried has been both cosmetically perfect and exhibits reliability unparaelled with ammo in its price range. The offerings I have had the opportunity to use are: 9mm, 45ACP, 223 Subsonic and 300 Blackout. For the purpose of this article we will concentrate on the 9mm offerings as I have the most experience with them.

Currently I use the 115gr RN 9mm loading for a majority of my range work. This load is super reliable in my choice of platforms, which happen to be Glocks ranging for the diminutive Glock 43 up to the timezone spanning Glock 17L the longest offering currently offered by Glock. I have also used it is in a few Sig Arms offerings along with various S&W M&P’s. The 115gr load hasn’t had a single ammo related malfunction in the 1500 rounds I have fired. Accuracy has been what you would expect with range ammo running anywhere form 1.5 to 3in. All groups for accuracy are fired at 15 yards over a range bag rest, I know not the most professional option but it is what I have to use. Currently the 115gr load is running velocity wise anywhere from 1050 to 1250FPS this is due to the range in barrel lengths and barrel types. This, in my opinion is a perfect choice to use and to stockpile for your range and practice needs as of this writing. The cost for a case of 115gr. RN is 199.00 plus taxes and shipping per 1000 round case.

For a while I was a 147gr. 9mm fan as I wanted the heaviest bullet I could get for the caliber. I used 147gr. Federal Hydrashoks for social purposes and wanted a practice load of the same weight. I ordered some 147gr. RN for this purpose and they have run flawlessly thru all of my pistols with velocities running from 900 to 1050FPS depending on barre; length used, groups run from 1.25 to 3.5in. as the Glock 43 doesn’t seem to favor them. Could this just be my particular example? Most definitely that could be the case.  I haven’t had the opportunity to use them in another model 43 yet. The Glock 17L seems to love them and the high end of the velocity scale is with this particular firearm. It also shoots them into smallest groups. This will be my load of choice when I decode to enter the realm of suppressors for my 9mm pistols.

I have had discussions with Chris, the owner of Detroit Bullet Works, about switching from 147gr. to 124gr. for defensive purposes. It took a bit of thinking on my part but I have decided to make the switch, and was pleased to see that a 124 gr. JHP round was going to be offered in a bulk format that would almost allow me to practice with carry ammo 100% of the time. This is a huge advantage to the shooter because now you don’t have to compromise in finding a training ammo that would close to your carry ammo. You can just train with your carry ammo and not have to take out a second mortgage on your house to do so. This is by far the cleanest shooting ammo I have used. This includes offerings for the big dogs. For example the 124r Hydrashoks, Sig Arms new Elite and Remington Golden Sabers offerings all of which I assume use a blend of powders and flash suppressants. I haven’t had a chance to test The Detroit Bullet Works offering in the dark yet so I can’t comment on the amount of muzzle flash present, but with how clean this ammo shoots I couldn’t imagine that flash would be an issue.

Range performance is outstanding in the accuracy and consistency departments, in my chosen platform.  I’m getting groups as small as 1in. up to the largest being 3in. this being my fault as I was in a hurry that particular outing. I didn’t take the time necessary to produce the best results. I was pleased to find that my Glock 19 likes this load more than anything I have tried in it to date. As a bonus, my Glock 43 has shot some of the smallest groups yet with this ammo. I can attribute this partly to the consistency of the ammo with over the course of 200 rounds has produced an unheard of average velocity deviation of just over 35FPS across multiple barrel lengths. Velocities run anywhere form 1050 to 1175 FPS depending on barrel length. Bear in mind I have only tested this thru the polygonal rifled barrels of  my Glocks. Your result may vary with other manufactures.

The other offerings I have used, in various calibers, have exhibited the same signs of consistency as I have witnessed in DBW’s 9mm offerings. I will do my best to gather more specific data on some other offerings as time and resources allow. I, without reservation, can suggest any product that Detroit Bullet Works offers to be manufactured with care and professionalism that will rival, if not exceed, the big name ammo manufacturers. As long as Chris offers product I will be a customer.

You can order any of the products discussed here by visiting their website at http://www.detroitbulletworks.com  Make sure to take advantage of the ammo club. It is by far the easiest way to get ammo on a consistent basis with the least amount of hassle. If you are local to the Novi MI area they have a store front where you pick up your order or even browse what is in stock.

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147gr RN from DBW

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115gr RN from DBW

Weapons Lights are the a Necessity or a Gimmick ??

Weapons Lights are the a Necessity or a Gimmick ??

 

We as humans have been blessed with many unique abilities. Unfortunately one that we could use is the ability to see in the dark, not so that we are completely blind in the dark, but we do fall short in this category. To make up for this Thomas Edison invented the light bulb the year was 1879. We have been improving the way and ability to see in low light conditions ever since. Now that we have agreed we need help to see in diminished light conditions, we can discuss the ways that we enhance this ability.

Most people who want to see in the dark grab a flashlight, in the beginning these light were large and cumbersome sometimes requiring two hands to operate. This caused a problem when using the light in conjunction with a weapon, because even a handgun requires at least one hand to manipulate. So here was the deliminna put down the big light and to use the firearm and shoot blind, or try to juggle the light and the weapon at the same time. While this is possible most people will suffer a break down in grip structure, therefore their ability to employe direct effective fire will also diminished. If you have any concerns about other people in the house this is an unacceptable compromise.

Over the last 15 years or so lights have started a slow shrinking process to the point that we have small lights that will far out shine their larger, older ancestors. The use of LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology we have dramatically increased the brightness and the runtimes of these small lights. In fact they are now small enough to be able to be attached to a handgun.

I feel that if you follow some simple guidelines for weapon light use it can be a safe and effective tool for self-defense use.

1. Always use a hand-held light in conjunction with a weapon-mounted light to avoid pointing your weapon at something you don’t intend to destroy.

2. Don’t use your weapon light for a normal flashlight.

3. If you choose to use a weapon-mounted light, make the commitment to train and have it attached to your weapon.

So to answer the question of wether or not the weapon-mounted light is a Necessity or a Gimmick, most certainly is isn’t a gimmick, but I wouldn’t call it a necessity. I would say it is a tool that takes commitment on the part of the user to be used effectively and safely. I personally choose to have to as a tool on about 95% of my firearms and I carry them that way and train with them that way. We will continue to address this subject in the future.

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Glock 42 the Reliable Deep Carry Option

Glock 42 the Reliable Deep Carry Option

Hello my name is Mike and I’m a Glock fanboy. I don’t believe that I have had a pistol made by Glock that wasn’t reliable and accurate. I was in search for a deep carry option, you know the gun when you can carry a gun. Something small enough that you almost forget you have it on. So when the rumblings of a small single stack Glock hit the internet I was excited to say the least, I thought finally a small single stack 9mm that will work. Well the Glock 42 didn’t turn out to be what I thought it would be.

Upon receiving the G42 and opening the black clamshell case I thought that maybe somebody had left a G17 out in the sun or put it in the dryer on high. That being said the gun fits the hand well and will conceal like a dream. The gun is insanely thin which will lend itself to being with you at all times, Having a gun at home when you need it with you serves no purpose. So on to the range session, I think where it went of track with me is that I wanted it to shoot just like my Glock 19’s. Well let me say this wasn’t fair to the G42 as it isn’t supposed to do so, it wasn’t designed to do so and no matter how I want it do, it just won’t be able to. This is a deep concealment pistol meant to be hidden until needed, not a full size fighting pistol. So I may have jaded my opinion from the get go.

Form Factor:

It is a Glock so it just looks and acts like a Glock. On a scale from 1 to 10 I give it a 10

Concealment:

This pistol as said before will hide like a ghost in a dark corner, practically disappearing under any garment including a t-shirt. This would be a gun I would take with me when I couldn’t have a gun it hides that well. The various holster makers have jumped onboard with getting quality carry options available. So on a 1 to 10 scale it gets a 10.

Reliability:

I hade one malfunctioning the first magazine, it was 100% good to go from there. Ran it 250 rounds from there without a bobble. So we will give it a 9.5

Shootability:

I was able to achieve a necessary level of comfort in engaging targets from concealment out to 15 yds. It was easy enough to engage multiple targets with reasonable speed. So it gets a 9 out of 10.

Accuracy:

Here is where I may have failed the Glock 42, I tried to run it thru the drills meant for a full-size fighting pistol. Shooting at extended ranges was difficult for me, we are talking 50-100yds. I found that I was pushing the gun to the left trying to squeeze out the accuracy I wanted. This platform and cartridge combination was never meant to perform at these ranges. The energy level at these ranges would almost leave it ineffective so this may be a mute point. so given that I was demanding more than I could have expected I will give it a 8.5 out of 10

Conclusion:

So let us add up the points. the Glock 42 will get a 96\100 which is impressive for a weapon that I was initially disappointed with, so did I keep to or trade it. Well I couldn’t see me over the long run wanting to keep it and having to amass yet another caliber of ammo, that is really the only reason. At the time of the review 380 ACP ammo wasn’t the easiest to find, now that I have been able to locate a less expensive source of ammo thru Detroit Bullet Works http://www.detroitbulletworks.com/380-acp-100-grain-rn/ and they also offer a ammo club subscription for auto shipment of quants of ammo to your door here is a link http://www.detroitbulletworks.com/380-acp-100-grain-rn/ with is option you have the choice of having 300 rounds a month or a quarter shipped this would allow me to train and increase my skill with the small gun.

You might see another one in the fold in the future.

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Big Bore Action from Sig Sauer

The AR15/M16 family has been through many changes since its adoption by the United States Air Force in 1962 as the AR15, the US Army began testing the weapon system  as the XM16E1. In 1967 the US Army adopted a product upgrade known as the M16A1. This was later improved to the M16A2 in the early 1980’s, this eventually morphed into what we see today as the M4 family. Early on during the switch to the 5.56mm weapon system some people questioned moving away from a full-bore battle rifle which at that time was the 7.62×51 NATO. The smaller and lighter projectile was seen as a negative to this new hi-tech weapons system. What most people don’t know is that a 7.62×51 NATO(308 Winchester) battle rifle was developed by Eugene Stoner in the 1950’s a full decade before the adoption of the AR15 by the Air Force known as the AR10. While these were not adopted by the US military, they were widely accepted by various countries Africa. The design of the AR10 was scaled down and improved to become the iconic family of weapons we see today known as the AR15/M16/M4.

When I was in the search for a AR pattern rifle that would provide increased ballistic performance I had a choice to make stay with the AR15 family and use the 6.8SPC or the 300 Blackout (supersonic loads) or move up to a AR10 size weapon (308 or 7.62×51). There are more than a few calibers to choose from I choose to use a standard cartridge the 7.62×51. I also knew I wanted a piston driven gun as to keep all of the fouling and junk out of the receiver group. AT the SHOT show in 2013 SIG introduced the Model 716 a (308 Winchester/7.62×51) chambered version of their Model 516 (223/5.56×45) rifle. The SIG 716 is the weapon I chose to provide this increase in ballistic performance, what I wanted was a round that would turn most normal things that provided cover against the 5.56 round into just concealment.

As one would expect the 7.62 platform weighs a bit more than the 5.56 weapon systems. The sig 716 weighs in at 9.3lbs without optics or empty mag where as my Noveske Rouge Hunter weighs in just a tad over 6.5 lbs. Both weapons have 16in barrels and backup sights and 2 point slings. The extra weight does help soak up the additional recoil generated by the 7.62×51 round. During my testing of the Sig 716 I found it accurate out to the limit of my 100yd range with groups in the 3.5 in range with iron sights, this due the slightly heavy trigger pull, the trigger also exhibited some gritty creep. This wouldn’t be a deal breaker as you could drop in a Geissele Automatic trigger even their G2S 2 stage trigger I have this in another AR15 and even as an entry-level trigger it has a very nice pull with a smooth 1st stage pull and a crisp 2nd stage break.

The biggest difference between the 5.56 and the 7.62 platform is the ability to run it fast, while you can do it with the 7.62 platform it is vastly easier to do with lighter easier to maneuver 5.56 platform. With appropriate ammo you can achieve the same level penetration I was looking for M855 ball will easily defeat any of the barrier I will face in a self-defense situation. Would I say there is no place for the 7.62 platform, by no means do I think that on the contrary if I was out where the ranges could be stretched this 7.62 will have longer legs and the ability to engage a threat at vastly longer distances with more retained energy.

So if you are looking for a platform with great penetration and extended ballistic capabilities look no further that the Sig 716, gives you the big bore package without the great cost associated with other comparable models from other various manufactures.

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Glock Perfection 2.0 by Innovative Gunfighter Solutions

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Glock pistols whether you like them or not are here to stay. Many would argue that they are the quintessential fighting pistols. They follow the function over form philosophy, that if it works all the time, how it looks is not really important. I feel that they are truly one of the most ascetically unpleasing pistol designs in the history of firearms, but not many people will not argue against the fact that if left unmodified they are some of the most reliable handguns on the planet. If the ammunition is of the right caliber most likely the gun will run with it.

 

While Glock produces great firearms, there are a few areas that they have dropped the ball slightly. Does this mean that you would not be served well with a stock Glock, quite the contrary you would be hard pressed buy a better pistol. The few things you would want to change are really not internal modifications.

 

  1. Sights: While the plastic stock sights work well they fall short when it comes to using them to run the pistol one handed. They are also very fragile in their design.
  2. Finish: The guns tend to be very slick if nothing is done to increase friction on the outside of the gun, both the slide and the frame. Glock did improve the frame with each new generation with the Gen. 4 being a fairly well thought out design.

Ok while there are many models in the Glock family, I along with more than a few other people who have depended on a gun for defensive purposes think that the Glock 19 is a perfect blend of size and firepower. Meaning small enough to conceal well, big enough to fight with, while carrying enough rounds of a full power cartridges.

 

Just like the vernerable 1911 pistol there is a whole industry dedicated to the modification and improvement of Gaston Glock’s creation. For the next few minutes I would like to introduce you to a company that spawned out of need to improve the slight deficiencies mentioned above.

 

Innovative Gunfighter Solutions (IGFS) http://www.igfs.co is based in Milford Michigan. John and Jeff provide just that solutions for today’s modern gunfighter, this could be anybody who depends on a firearm to protect themselves or others from harm. Not only do they work on Glocks but many other quality makes of defensive firearms such as Smith & Wesson M&P family, Sig Sauer pistols along with even stippling AR-15 grips.

 

As you know nothing in this world is free, when you make modifications good work does cast money. IGFS does high quality work that the working man can afford. For this project I worked for their a la carte menu of modifications as I wanted build a fighting pistol with the bear minimum of features and cost. I wanted to be able have a package that I could suggest to my readers that would enhance all the positive features built into the Glock design and not add anything you don’t need.

 

  1. Full Top Serrations: This is a series of machine work on the top of the slide designed to allow the gun to be manipulated with a single had off of any surface (belts, pants, door frames, car bodies I even think you run the slide on a bar of soap.

 

  1. Enhanced Rear Cocking Serrations: These continue where the factory serrations stop, by make them wider and deeper and adding a few more of them, the two handed manipulation is improved. These are really a great improvement giving you more to grasp during a high stress situation.

One feature I didn’t add are the patent pending Radius Serrations these are a great addition to any serious fighting pistol, I omitted them as a cost saving item. With the full top serration and enhanced rears already on the gun my goal was to create a package that address the above concerns at the lowest possible investment. To bring you the readers a package that was in reach for most and still provided a complete platform.

 

Both of these are covered with a “Nitromettm also known as salt bath nitrocarburizing (QPQ) is a thermochemical diffusion process that introduces a compound layer of carbon and nitrogen into the surface of the part. SBN treatment is the ultimate in corrosion prevention, superior to chrome and electroless nickel plating.”

 

I find this more pleasing to the eye than the newer finish Glock is using on current production. It has a somewhat matte finish and so far it fairly resistant to scratches.

 

Those of us that use Glocks know that sometimes the frame can become quite slick when wet with sweat, water or even blood. The easiest way to solve this is to some fiction enhancing surface to the frame. With polymer framed guns this is accomplished by stippling. IGFS offers a complete 360 degree stipple job that completely changes the feel of the gun. Along with this they can undercut the trigger guard to eliminate the dreaded Glock knuckle, also offered is a cut for the index finger of the support hand allowing you to get the gun as far as possible down in the hands. For those of you that don’t like the finger groves on the Glock they can also remove them, I for one hate the finger grooves and elected to have them removed along with having the magwell opened up for faster magazine insertions. I will post pics of the work I had done at the bottom of this article.

 

In this industry good customer service and experience are few and for between. I’m happy to express that if you have any work done at IGFS you will be most pleasantly surprised at the level of professionalism displayed. All of my questions and concerns where answered without hesitation. In fact I have already decided to have all of my handguns worked on by IFGS as funds allow.

 

Here is a list of the work I had done at IGFS:

 

Full Top Serrations

Enhanced Rear Cocking Serrations

Ameriglo I-Dot Pro sights

Full 360 Frame Stipple job

Finger Groves removed

Trigger Guard undercut

Index pads on both sides

Magwell opened up

Slide refinished in Nitromet

 

As far as work this is the minimum I would consider on a serious fighting pistol. It addresses the flaws pointed out above Grip, Sights and increasing one handed manipulation.

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