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TriggrCon 2017 – A Walk Around the Range and the Show

If you were unable to make it to the 2017 TriggrCon that occurred in Tacoma, WA between July 27-30, here is a quick walk around the range and the show.

TriggrCon resembles a mini-version of SHOT Show with a much more intimate setting.  The public is welcome and the crowds were manageable.

(NOTE:  The photos shown do not cover the entirety of either the range or the show, but should give you a sense of what both were about.  Additionally, some of the shots from the show were taken before the doors opened and do not reflect the size of the crowd that attended.)

For more information, visit the TriggrCon Webpage.

TRIGGRCON RANGE

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TRIGGRCON SHOW

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Indiegogo Campaign: ProSounds H2P Hearing Amplifier and Protection

ProSounds just launched an Indiegogo campaign for their new H2P Hearing Amplifier and Protection.  These look like they are going to be lightweight and with them being such a small package, will be easy to carry wherever you go.  I like the Electronic EarPro that I have now, however, I dislike using them when shooting a long gun as the stock and the EarPro don’t always get along together.  I usually opt for “foamies” when shooting a long gun or another form of passive low profile “in-ear” EarPro for long gun sessions.  This product should give me the best of both worlds.

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From the Indiegogo Campaign:

The H2P gives you the best of both worlds, providing high-quality hearing enhancement with simultaneous hearing protection. 

Made from the ground up with the latest and greatest hearing technology, the H2P protects your hearing while enhancing the sounds of the world around you. Never again will you have to miss out on the sounds you want to hear in order to preserve your hearing. 

Have conversations at loud concerts, understand instructions clearly on the construction site, and hear wildlife better when hunting – all while protecting your hearing and having the peace of mind that you won’t suffer from any kind of hearing loss. 

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FEATURES

  • Hear up to 6x the normal hearing level.
  • Digital Compression suppresses any noise over 85 dB.
  • 30 dB Noise Reduction Rating (with foam tips).
  • Easy-to-use volume control wheel.
  • External battery compartments.
  • Three different styled tips for a customized hearing experience.
  • Simple and sleek design for little to no visibility when worn properly.
  • Available in black, red, tan, and pink colors (you can choose your color in the backer survey we’ll send you at the end of the campaign).

For more information and to support their Indiegogo Campaign, please visit:

ProSounds H2P Indiegogo Campaign

Free Downloadable Targets

Have you ever needed a training drill target but did not want to go out and buy one?  Do you have a printer?  Here are 5 FREE downloadable targets in .pdf format that you can print on standard letter-sized paper and take out to the range.

To download, click on the image below to be taken to the .pdf file for download.

Have an idea for a new one you would like to see added?  Comment with any suggestions.

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Reducing Circles

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The Four Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules – Revisited

Four Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules
Four Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules

Everyone who has picked up any type of firearm, will pick one up in the future, or who is currently carrying one on their person while reading this should know the four fundamental firearms safety rules.  Those rules are set in place for a reason and they should be followed at all times.  For those who have forgotten or have never heard of them before, I’ll list one of many slight variations:

  1.  Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
  2. Never point your gun at anything you are not willing to shoot.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you are ready to shoot.
  4. Be sure of your target and the backstop beyond.

As one of my Department’s Firearms Instructors, these words are recited at the beginning of EVERY single firearms training session.  EVERY single session.  Is it because cops are forgetful or because we are babying them?  Absolutely not.  It is having that information ingrained in their minds every chance we get.  I am a strong believer that during a real-world, serious life threatening incident, we fall back on our training.  If you have not been trained to do something, you will most likely not, under the stress of the incident, be able to create a new way of doing things.  This is why training is so important.  This is why stressful training is so important.  And this is why training doing things more than just standing on a line firing at a piece of paper is so important.

So how does training the four fundamental firearms safety rules apply to a real-world incident.  Back in 2009 I was face to face with a drive-by-shooting suspect who I had located in the trunk of a vehicle.  Unfortunately I had located him through the interior of the car when the seat was pulled down.  The suspect had come out with his hands up and empty, then in a desperate attempt to flee, the suspect lunged between the driver and passenger seats, placed his hand on the brake, started the ignition, and placed the vehicle in drive.  It is amazing how quickly someone can complete this task when they are motivated.  Knowing that my life was in danger if he were able to drive away with me in the vehicle, that he was a drive-by-shooting suspect, and he was trying to flee, I was fully in my legal rights to end the situation with a few well-placed shots.

However, this is where my training and lack of training came in.  In the few split seconds when this occurred the one lingering thought in my head was; “I’m not clear to shoot.”  The sole reason that I did not shoot was because there were three fellow officers standing directly on the other side of the suspect and even with a brace contact, the rounds would have had the opportunity to travel through the suspect and into one of my partners.  That was not a risk that I was willing to take.  The suspect did end up starting to drive away as I was still in the vehicle.  I was able to get out safely and one of my backstop officers was able to put some rounds on target and the suspect was taken into custody a short time later.

The Brace Contact
The Brace Contact

Back to the brace contact.  Remember when I said; “If you have not been trained to do something, you will most likely not, under the stress of the incident, be able to create a new way of doing things.”?  I have been trained in several different methods of brace contact shooting to include holding the slide with my off-hand, bracing the rear of the slide with the palm of my off-hand, and using the thumb of my shooting-hand to brace the rear of the slide.  All are very effective and have varying degrees of discomfort.  However, during these training sessions we were only taught the brace contact while shooting straight ahead, while standing.  We were never trained to conduct brace contact shooting while shooting downward, which would have been the prescribed method of the day if it had been in my mental firearms “toolbox”.

On to the actual fundamentals:

Treat all guns as if they are loaded.

This should go without saying, though we still hear about accidental shootings on an all too regular basis.  If you are unsure if it is loaded, check.  If you don’t know how to check, ask.  One of the most common places to have a negligent discharge is when breaking a gun down for cleaning.  Especially with guns like a Glock where you have to press the trigger in order to break down the firearm, ensure it is clear first.  We have many clearing stands throughout our range and regularly enforce the use of them.

What about toy guns?  Toy guns are not “real” so I don’t have to treat them as if they are loaded, right?  Wrong.  Developing poor habits with “toy” guns translates over to poor habits with “real” guns.  There are only a few exceptions to this rule and tight controls must be in place in order to prevent an accident from occurring.

One of those exceptions is with paint-marking rounds during Reality Based Training Scenarios.  There are many different safety checks that must be done before conducting this type of training and those safety standards not deviated from.  Another exception is when using a “red” or “blue” gun.  These “guns” are not actually guns, but chunks of plastic formed to resemble a gun.  Not to say that you should start twirling the gun on your finger or acting immature and reckless with it, but it also has its place in a training environment where you should be able to act out scenarios safely without the worry of firing off a negligently fired round.  Along with the “red” and “blue” guns go brightly colored training bolts, such as the ones offered from Blade-Tech, that deem a firearm incapable of firing as well as training guns incapable of firing, such as the Glock 17R.  Even if you are using these types of guns for training, you should always have a “Two Person Integrity” (TPI) check in place to ensure that a live round or the capability of firing does enter the training environment.

Never point your gun at anything you are not willing to shoot.

This rule is one that I think needs to be reworded a little.  The fact that a person is “willing” to shoot something or someone does not mean that they are legally able act upon their willingness.  At least for the Law Enforcement world, I feel that this rule should read something like; “Never point your gun at anything you are not legally justified to shoot.”  I am not a wordsmith and I am sure that someone else can come up with something a little catchier, but I hope you get the point.

Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you are ready to shoot.

This should be a no-brainer, but time and time again we see negligent discharges caused by involuntary actions.  I could come up with some gee-wiz methods and not-so-scientific research to prove this point, but I don’t have to.  Read the thorough research by Roger Enoka and Christopher Heim and you will get the point.  Trigger Finger Indexing is taught for a reason.  The only time your finger should be on the trigger is when you are actively pressing it to the rear while consciously making the decision to shoot.

Be sure of your target and the backstop beyond.

Again, this is another rule that I would like to slightly modify.  I would like it to read something like; “Be sure of your target, the backstop beyond, and what is in front of your target, for the type of ammunition you are currently using.”

The first two are obvious, know what you are shooting at and what may be behind it.  The third comes into play when you are in populated areas, i.e. a shopping mall.  There may be some distance between you and your target and the “sheeple” walking around don’t realize that you have a threat in your sights, though they will walk directly in the line of fire between you and your threat.  Keep these people in mind.

As for what type of ammunition you are using vs. what your backstop is, it is all situation dependent.  If your backstop is a dirt hill, the concern may not be there, but if your backstop is the exterior wall of a residence, you may want to take that into consideration.  The same is true for cover.  If your threat shooting at you has a handgun, your piece of cover may not need to be as robust as if your threat is shooting at you with a high-power rifle.

In conclusion, be safe, ensure others are safe, don’t hesitate to correct others that are not being safe, and set an example that others will want to model after.  If you are a Firearms Instructor, your students will watch your every move and will mimic your actions.  If you are acting unsafe, your students will as well.  There is a Zero Tolerance Policy with Firearms Safety.

 

Blade-Tech Handgun Training Barrel Review

Blade-Tech, a company who is well known for their handgun, Taser, and accessory holsters, also produce many other great products for the gunfighter, trainer, or weekend shooter.  One of those products is their training barrel, which were developed exclusively for the professional LE/MIL and Civilian Firearms Training Industry.

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When I was searching for a training option for building clearing, non-firing movement drills, and introducing new shooters to a firearm, I had considered purchasing a blue/red gun.  Though the blue/red guns have their place in training, they do not offer the realistic feel and function of a real firearm.  In reality a blue/red gun is a chunk of plastic that is molded to simulate what a specific handgun looks like.  Blue/Red guns do not have the functionality of a true firearm and obviously do not have the same feel with weight and texture.  If you are going to train, train realistically.  If your handgun has a safety, shouldn’t you practice disengaging and reengaging the safety throughout your training sessions?

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Aside from wanting a training option for what has previously been mentioned, one of my training rituals is “dry-fire” practice.  It should be in every shooters ritual.  Prior to “dry-fire” drills, the individual performing the drill shall ensure that a magazine is not inserted into the handgun and both visually and physically check that their handgun’s chamber is clear of any ammunition.  Once the handgun is determined to be clear, the individual should ensure that they do not have any sources of ammunition on their person, or around their training area.  Once all of these tasks have been completed, the individual conducting the “dry-fire” practice should ensure that they point their weapon in a safe direction and not to point their handgun at anything that they are not willing to destroy.  I could go on and on about how many checks and balances are needed when ensuring your handgun is clear, having it pointed in a safe direction, etc.  However, time after time I hear about someone performing “dry-fire” practice and even after they think that they have mitigated any possibilities that their weapon will not fire, they still end up shooting something (TV, cat, wall, loved one, etc.) either during or directly after the training session.

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Enter the solution.  As long as you are capable of field stripping your handgun to the point of being able to remove the barrel and correctly putting it back together, you have the capability of switching out your “functional” barrel for a “training” barrel.  The Blade-Tech Training Barrel is made out of a strong yellow impact-resistant material that will resist harsh chemicals and withstand intense training scenarios.  The Training Barrel has a solid core which will not allow ammunition to inadvertently be chambered.  And with its bright yellow appearance, there is no mistaking to you and to others around you that the weapon is completely safe and incapable of firing.  However, while handling your handgun with the Training Barrel in place, you should still treat your handgun as if it were loaded and continue to only point it in a safe direction.  Also, aside from the inability to actually fire ammunition out of the barrel, or performing full malfunction clearance drills (with ammunition), the Training Barrels allow you to have full functionality of your handgun to include racking the slide and performing Primary Malfunction Clearance drills (Tap, Rack and Roll, Assess).

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The benefits of the Training Barrel far outweigh the drawbacks when using this barrel.  Honestly, the only drawback to using the Training Barrel is having to field strip your handgun to replace the barrel.  Depending on what type of handgun you are using, this could be negligible.  Breaking my 1911 down takes me a little bit more time than my Glock, which I can have broken down and reassembled in just under 30 seconds.

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In all I own three Training Barrels, one for my Glock 21, one for my Glock 19, and one for my Colt 1911 platform.  At a cost of around $13.99 each, it is very reasonable to have one for each handgun owned.  If I were to purchase a blue gun for each of the three handguns I have Training Barrels for, it would have cost me around $144.00 instead of around $42.

Available for the following handguns:  1911 (Commander/Full Size/Officer), FN (P9/P40/P45), Glock (17/19/20/21/22/23/31/32),  Kimber Custom TLE, Para Ord (12/13/14/16) , S&W M&P (9/40), Sig (220/220R/226/228/229), and the Springfield (XD40/XDM40).

Click HERE for more information on the Blade-Tech webpage.

SHOT Show 2014 – The Bullet Bunker

The Bullet Bunker - The System-1000

The Bullet Bunker introduced “The System” for 2014 which features their Freedom Model bullet trap and adds a SACON (Shock Absorbing Concrete) façade to prevent ricochet and errant rounds from straying away from the target area.  “The System” is rifle round capable and has been tested up to .458 Win Mag and .470 Nitro Express.  The 4’x6’ model retails for $2499.99 and the 4’x8’ model for $2699.99.

For more information visit, http://thebulletbunker.com/, or call 1-419-341-1416.