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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115gr RN

147gr RN from DBW

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115gr RN from DBW

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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Dead Light on your Long Gun: Unity Tactical’s EXO Solution !!!

Dead Light on your Long Gun: Unity Tactical's EXO Solution !!!

Most people who have a rifle or carbine for defensive purposes, have a light on it for target identification in low light conditions. These lights run on batteries. An accidental switch activation without your knowledge can drain the batteries leaving you without a possible life saving piece of equipment.

Our friends over at Unity Tactical have a solution for you. The EXO is a replacement mount for your Surefire X 200-300 series weapon lights. It provides a shroud around the switch guarding against inadvertent activations during a critical event and also provides protection during weapon transport and storage ensuring that your light is ready when you are. Stay tuned for videos on the installation and use of this innovative product. The EXO unit replaces the standard rail attachment point on your Surefire X Series light. This means with the tools provided with your Surefire light packaging, you can install and mount the EXO to your existing light. Simply remove the six small allen screws retaining mounting mounting rails, remove them and replace with the EXO, tighten the screws and remount the light as it was before.

The shroud protects what may be the single weak point with the Surefire system, the switch. The EXO provides an impact resistant barrier to this fragile point. At the same time it forces the operator to make a definitive decision to activate the light. There is almost no chance of accidental light activation. This is known as an Accidental Discharge (of the light variety), done during a critical incident.It can lead to exposing your location, exposing your teammates position or causing you or your teammates temporarily to  lose night vision, be it natural or electronic assisted. All of these can lead to injury or even fatalities.

I use a C clamp type grip when shooting my rifle, so this puts the light at a natural position for activation. Having the added step of making sure my thumb moves around the shroud to the switch gives me piece of mind knowing I can’t just bump the switch. The EXO unit does not impede the operation of the light in any way. In fact, I think it gives you a more positive indexing point for activation, meaning you won’t find yourself searching for the switch. It almost funnels your thumb to it. The EXO also provides additional protection for the battery compartment latch as well as a strengthened interface with the host weapon.

For more information head over to their website at http://www.unitytactical.com/products/exo/

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Custom Vs. Production Why do we have custom collaborations of production knives ???

Custom Vs. Production Why do we have custom collaborations on production knives ??? I have a soft spot in my heart for highly engineered folding knives, but some of the custom makers I admire are out of my league. Sure we all want full on custom knife from our favorite maker or makers, more than a few things hinder this. Firstly the maker may not be taking order meaning his or her books are closed to new orders, this alone would make it nearly impossible to to obtain an example, barring going thru the custom knife purveyor at an inflated selling price or getting lucky in a lottery at a show. The other way is to except a used knife from the secondary market at an where it will even be a more inflated price. I have seen knives from certain custom makers be one in a lottery and then within 20 minutes be sold to dealers or secondary customers at 2 or even 3 times the table asking price.

I for one don’t have the financial means to drop $500.00 to $2500.00 on a single custom piece. We knife collectors still ravenous fans of our favorite custom craftsman. We like the designs of these artists, but may never be able to own one of their masterpieces. Here is where the production companies have come to the rescue, enter the “Custom Collabarations”. By marrying the design aspects of a custom knife into a mass produced piece under the watchful eye of the maker, allowing us to have something close, but yet different. There are several companies that produce such pieces, Zero Tolerance, Spyderco, Columbia Knife and Tool, Benchmade and Kershaw just to name a few. There are even whole companies started by custom makers to service the market created by their custom knives. These companies produce what are called mid-techs, not full custom but not really mass produced production pieces. They can produce a higher volume of semi custom pieces than they could making one knife at a time, but less than a full on production company.

As a writer I depend on these collaborations to bring reviews and opinions to certain design aspects, custom makers don’t usually supply test items for review as they can only make a limited number of custom knives during a given timeframe. So without the collaborations or mid-tech versions of these knives I would not be able to expose my readers to the work of these craftsmen. Without the cooperation of the makers and production some people would not be able to enjoy the engineering that goes into a fine custom knife. What most people don’t know is that the large advances in knife design have come from custom makers., an example of this is the liner lock designed my Michael Walker, the frame lock that was popularized my Chris Reeve, the Axis lock designed by makers Bill McHenry and Jason Williams some of these locks are the strongest in the history of knife making. These are only a few of the advancements we have enjoyed in the last 20 or so years, so as you can see we need to have custom makers who can put in the R&D time to design because without them knife design may become stagnant.

In the pictures below you will see a few examples of Production/Custom Collaborations. Included are designs from Zero Tolerance/ Rick Hinderer , Spyderco/Ed Scheemp these are but a few in existence.

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Glock 41 “The Practical Tactical side of the 45 Auto”

The year is 1904 and from the inner workings of John Moses Browning’s, mind a cartridge emerged. It was the great 45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol), 45 Auto or an even more modern nickname “The Flying Dump Truck”. The US military had been buying and using various calibers while searching for the perfect combination of size and power. Having moved from a 250 grain 45 Long Colt to a smaller 150 grain 38 Long Colt during this transitional period many unfortunate and very deadly failures to stop occurred. While the light cartridge was easier to control, it didn’t yield the necessary effects on the target. This lighter bullet combined with a smaller diameter left our fighting men with something that they couldn’t depend on when the chips were down as handgun bullets during this period were not designed to expand.

So Thompson-LaGarde commissioned to study the effectiveness of various calibers and bullets. This led the US Calvary to request that a new handgun be developed for their use and it had to be .45caliber Interesting enough, the first loading of the 45ACP was a 200gr bullet, but after a few revisions a 230gr, bullet moving at 850 ft/per sec was chosen. This loading is only slightly less powerful than the 45 Long Colt that was deemed to be outdated. Since it’s inception the 45 ACP has been known for its knockdown power. Some of the claims were exgarrated but it has been proven to be a fight stopper if the shooter does their part.

Fast forward to 1991, a span of 87 years, we find the the 45ACP being introduced in a state of the art fighting pistol. Fixing what some believed to be the downfall of existing 45cal. pistols, the magazine capacity was increased to 13 rounds providing enough firepower to sustain a fight. I think that the 1911 has enough capacity to do this,but the more bullets the better. This pistol is the Glock Model 21, a full size polymer fighting pistol that provides a modern corrosion resistant platform launching the big powerful bullets. Some people found the thickness of the G21 to be too wide for all hand sizes. To alleviate this somewhat, in 2007 Glock introduced the SF or Short framed versions of their large frame pistols. These SF versions didn’t change the width but decreased the distance from the back of the grip to the trigger by .098in. They also shortened the heel of the pistol by .16 inch. This allows the pistol to be operated by people with smaller hands.

In 2010 Glock took another step forward to modernize an already hi-tech design by releasing the Generation 4 Glocks (Gen4) across their whole product line. This allowed the the use of user installed backstraps to customize grip size to the shooter. These even include 2 with pronounced beavertails. The shooter can also forego the use of any backstrap, this will give the smallest overall grip size. The Gen4 also uses a reversible magazine catch to make the weapons more user friendly for left handed shooters along with a recoil taming dual spring setup.

Glock has never been slow to produce products geared to law enforcement. The Practical / Tactical models were a result of that offered in 9mm and 40cal. these were the G34/35. They feature a slide and barrel which is .8in longer than the service models. This allows faster follow up shots and a longer sight radius. These 2 features also lend themselves to the competitive world. For years the 45 shooters wanted the advantage of the longer platform in both the tactical and competition world. The longer barrel would allow the already good performance numbers to get better by providing higher velocity and enhanced accuracy do to the longer sight radius. Well Glock listened,and in 2014 they introduced the Glock 41, basically a G34/35 length gun in 45 ACP with a 5.3in barrel.

The slide of the G21 has always been fairly wide and really blocky. The G41 uses a slide almost the same width as the 9/40/357 guns, providing a slimmer profile. While providing a slimmer profile, it also lets the longer weapon weigh in at only .7 of an ounce heavier than the standard G21. I will admit I have been a 9mm Glock user with no use for other calibers, but the G41 fits me very well. In fact I hope that they introduce a 10mm version of it making it a perfect woods gun for anything  in North America for anything on 2 or 4 legs.

On to the G41 experience, I find it balances well while allowing me to shoot a wide variety of bullet weights from 165gr to 230gr. I don’t really find any recoil difference shooting range ammo (FMJ) or self defense (JHP). The gun just gobbles them up ! My particular gun likes the heavier bullets, which is fine with me. This gun will never be a hot weather concealed carry gun for me, but I would carry it in 3 seasons without reservations. I will be providing you an updated review once I run the round count up. I currently have 200 rounds thru it and have a plan for a 500 round afternoon in the near future. I will also be reviewing some gear that I have for the G41, holsters etc. I will also try to shoot a wide range of ammo thru it also.

As of right now I can’t find much to complain about, it’s a Glock you just load it and shoot it.

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Multi Holsters kydex that is American Proud !!!

Multi Holsters kydex that is American Proud !!!

This week All Things Tactical had the great pleasure of visiting the manufacturing facilities of Multi Holsters ( http://www.multiholsters.com ) located in Plymouth, Michigan. This makes them a hometown holster maker to those of us in lower MI. Tony the owner of Multi Holsters and I were introduced via a mutual friend Shaun of Sentry Gunleather, and within a few short Facebook messages we hammered out a time for me to visit. I want to take this opportunity to say that I was blown away by the generosity and professionalism of everybody on staff at Multi Holsters, each and everyone of them made it feel like we were visiting with old friends.

Tony and I had a chance to sit down and talk for a bit about most things kydex. Multi Holsters not only produces some of the finest kydex gear, but they are a provider of many interesting items aimed at making the production of quality holsters and gear more efficient and cost effective for the kydex producing industry. I have video of the short interview with Tony where we discuss some of these items. That video will post in the next few days, so be sure to stay tuned for it. Multi Holsters are by far considered the light and laser holster go to company. The sheer number of lights and lasers that they can accommodate is huge. Viridian Laser (http://www.viridiangreenlaser.com ) works extremely close with them, in fact Multi Holster can produce you a custom kydex holster that will have the same technology to turn on and  turn off your Viridian Laser/Light unit just like the the factory OEM holsters.

While I was at the shop Tony allowed me to document the constructing some holsters for my S&W Shield. In fact he let me choose the models and material for each. Since my Shield will be my warm weather gun I decided on a Hybrid style IWB holster (http://www.multiholsters.com/hybrid.htm ) and one of his very popular Multi holsters (http://www.multiholsters.com/multi.htm ) which by the way can also be converted to IWB by just chafing the hardware.

Hybrid Holster:

Since this holster won’t get seen by many I choose to use the standard .080 black kydex. I also opted to use the standard style leather backer with more of a square shape as opposed to the new moon style cut. This was just a personal preference thing, I guess I am just an old school type of guy. Even though this holster won’t be seen by many, the attention to detail is very evident in it’s construction. The molding process used was a vacuum style. This allows the kydex to be formed in greatly reduced time frame while still retaining superb mold definition. On a side note it also is much easier on the equipment being molded. A lot of makers starting out use the actual firearm to do the molding this will subject the weapon and any gear attached to it to great amounts of heat and pressure sometimes multi tons of pressure and the foam used acts as an insulator for the hot kydex. Vacuum molding takes the high pressure exposure out of the equation. Vacuum also allows the kydex to set and cool a little faster easing the heat exposure to the item. I will include pics of the Hybrid holster down at the bottom of this post.

The Multi Holster:

While the Multi holster ( http://www.multiholsters.com/multi.htm ) has some of the same features found on most standard OWB holsters, it can also be converted allowing it to the user to wear it in an IWB fashion just with a simple hardware change. My particular holster is made with Holstex material with a carbon fiber print on it. This color in particular Blood Red has just been released by Index Fasteners Kydex Division ( http://www.ifithermoplastics.com/products/Kydex ). The red color has a certain pop to it. The .080 thick Holstex has great strength, but still allows great definition. The holster attaches via some winged belt loops, this is the first time I have had a chance to use them. The do hold the holster much closer to the body allowing the concealment aspect to be enhanced. The use of the wings also allows the weapon to ride with or with out a cant.

As you can see these 2 holsters are made with attention to detail and a genuine desire to produce the finest gear possible. Tony can be reached by using either his personal email tony@multiholsters.com or giving the shop a call at 734-392-7630. The also have a Facebook page that will have the very latest information on new products ( https://www.facebook.com/MultiHolsters ) . You also can see new product videos on their YouTube channel ( multi holsters )

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