Ergo’s Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Ergo is stepping up their game in the shotgun department. They produce their famed adapters for AR stocks and pistol grips sure, but their pump game is on point. I recently picked up the Ergo Shockwave M-LOK Forend. This all aluminum design is thin, lightweight, and sports M-LOK rail spots at the three, six, and nine o’clock positions. At first glance, it is perfect for the Mossberg Shockwave.

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Why is this Shockwave M-LOK Forend Perfect?

When you accessorize a gun, you need to stop and think about what the gun is and what it does. The Shockwave is a relatively small weapon, that’s agile and lightweight. The Shockwave M-LOK forend is small, lightweight, and agile. It adds almost zero bulk to the weapon.

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

It’s much thinner than the Magpul SGA pump, which I had previously attached to my Shockwave. The Ergo M-LOK forend is almost just as modular as the Magpul SGA version as well. It should be noted that the Magpul SGA forend has to be modified by Dremel to make it function. This specific pump is sized for the short 14-inch barrel and magazine tube. It fits the design of the Shockwave perfectly.

The Downside

You see the one downside is how slick and smooth the design is if you aren’t accessorizing. Let’s say you are running the gun hard and fast and your grip slips. It’s not that far for your hand to travel to makes its way in front of the barrel. Then you pull the trigger. You might get a nasty case of buckshot hand.

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Luckily Ergo is smart enough to include a set of Wedgelock Rail covers that add texture and grip to the gun. These are easy to install and will help add some texture to the weapon and make it safer to use. I still advise a hand stop of some kind.

On the Range

Installation is quick and simple and takes a minute or two. Once it’s locked down the gun is ready to rock and roll. I hit the range right away… after installing a Magpul XTM Handstop kit.

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

The Ergo Shockwave M-LOK forend fits on the gun very well and when you grip and rip the pump glides rearwards. It’s thin but does offer an exceptional level of grip on the gun. You need a lot of grip to control the Shockwave with buckshot.

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Round after round the Shockwave M-LOK forend ran like a champ. Even blasting the pump rearward as hard and as fast as I could and my hand never slipped. With the hand stop in place, my hand never went forward either.

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

The addition of the Wedgelock rail covers are great and allow you to comfortably squeeze the pump to ensure you have a solid grip on it. There is plenty of rail slots to add all the accessories you’ll ever need on a shotgun. Toss on a cantilever light mount and a hand stop, and I’m covered concerning shotgun accessorizing.

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Ergo's Shockwave M-LOK Forend

Ultimately the Ergo Shockwave M-LOK Forend is an excellent and well-made shotgun pump. It’s easy to install, works like it’s promised, and best all looks sexy as hell.

Loadout Room photo of the day: Riflemen prepare for Scout Sniper Basic Course


Lance Cpl. Seth M. Richardson, a Carbondale, Illinois, native, prepares to fire an M40A5 sniper rifle Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. The M40A5 rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle with a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second and an effective firing range of up to 900 meters. Richardson is a reconnaissance man with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Cedric R. Haller II/Released)

Courtesy of DVIDS

Slowing it down with cannon shock waves, for science (VIDEO)

The Gallant John Pelham Artillery Competition in Tennessee has a little bit of something for everyone when it comes to big guns, including the chance to get some great slo-mo video.

Destin with Smarter Every Day drops in on the event and checks out the guys with the Burroughs Battery of the 1st Tennessee before they roll out the thunder with some Civil War-era field pieces. Be sure to check out the pressure wave he catches on film and how it affects the grass in front of the cannon.


Why Body Armor Should Be Worn During Training

Guest Contributor, Scott Burton,

The only way police officers can learn how body armor will affect their performance is by wearing it during training. Hard and soft body armor will each have a different impact. So, wearing both types of during firearms and defensive tactics (DT) training will allow officers to be much better prepared. They need to experience first-hand the changes in shooting stance, breathing and overall physical performance.

You wouldn’t enter a tennis tournament on grass courts if you’d only ever played on hard or clay courts would you? In the same vein, it makes no sense to provide officers with body armor unless they’ve worn it during training. They must be fully prepared to chase after suspects, wrangle with domestic abusers and exchange gunshots while wearing protective gear.

Three Ways to Test Out Your New Body Armor

There are many different brands and models of body armor, and when worn they all feel differently. The identical piece of body armor can fit and restrict someone differently depending how they’ve adjusted the straps.

Here are a few ways to try out your body armor ahead of time:

1. Wear your new piece of body armor while being trained in subject control techniques. It’s better to find out ahead of time how your armor reacts to being struck. You also need to know how it affects you while wrestling a suspect to the ground.

This will help you determine whether your body armor is inclined to ride up and possibly cut off your breathing. You will also find out whether you need to adjust the shoulder and/or side straps to improve the fit.

2. You should also wear your body armor at the shooting range as you go through your qualification course. It’s vital that you learn how wearing it affects how you draw your weapon. Evaluate your shooting stance and if it improves the odds of a round striking your trauma plate instead of you.

It is far better to try things out when your life is not on the line.  You need to uncover any shortcomings in training and any flaws in your equipment before you’re in any real danger.

3. While you’re at it do some calisthenics while wearing your body armor. You want to be aware of any discomfort, physical limitations, respiration restrictions and/or choke points due to the fit.

After all this you’ll probably be fairly sweaty. No worries, your body armor came with a replacement liner, which is most likely still in the box. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer on how to replace the liner. Once you’ve done that you’ll look and smell good again.

It is Vital That You Also Train Wearing Hard Body Armor

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in active shooter incidents clear across America in recent years. This has caused more police departments to issue heavy body armor and carriers. If budgets won’t allow, officers are starting to buy their own. The added protective armor is absolutely necessary when facing rounds coming from a rifle.

Officers are packing their own customized kits equipped with additional rifle magazines, restraints and handcuffs. They’re also including first aid kits with enough supplies to treat themselves and others. One kit can cost hundreds of dollars, but it’s essential to ensure the officer’s safety in these types of incidents. However, very few officers are actually being trained while wearing heavy body armor.

Don’t forget that you will be under a great deal of stress when the time comes to use your kit. To be fully prepared ask yourself these questions before that time comes:

  1. Do you have any idea what impact carrying all that extra weight will have on the gear you already carry and use?
  2. Does the body armor change the position of or block your body camera?
  3. Can you quickly and easily grab your radio, duty weapon and magazines?
  4. How will the added weight of the body armor affect you physically?
  5. And what impact, if any, will it have on your breathing?

Have someone time you to find how long it actually takes you to put your hard body armor on. Timing should start from the time you open the door to get out of your cruiser, get all the gear out of your trunk and put it on. Don’t forget to include the time it takes you to rearrange all the other gear you carry to accommodate the body armor. This is how long it will actually take you to get yourself ready to enter an active shooter scene.

Practice this exercise over and over again so you will be prepared in advance. Practice and train as much as you can with all your equipment on to increase your comfort level under stress. The more practice and training you have wearing all your equipment, the better prepared and safer you’ll be.

*Originally published on ShotStop

South Africa is Contemplating Removing Self Defense as a Valid Reason for Gun Ownership

Self-defence, the protection of another person or the protection of property will no longer be valid reasons for owning a firearm, and guns will have to be handed in. -The Citizen, South Africa.

The United States Constitution has proven to be solid, in not immutable, protection for our right to keep and bear arms. For the protection of ourselves and our communities we can and many of us are armed.

In South Africa, contemplation over the Firearm Control Act is reaching a more fevered pitch as rumors are starting to form. While nothing formal is in writing the speculation is that South Africa wants to remove protection from the list of valid reasons for ownership.

With the stroke of a pen the human right of self defense may become much more difficult in the currently tense African nation.

The draft bill, released by Gun Owners South Africa (Gosa), follows a June Constitutional Court finding, which stated gun ownership was not a fundamental right under the Bill of Rights.

“It is a privilege regulated by law, under the Firearms Control Act,” Justice Johan Froneman wrote at the time. -From The Citizen, South Africa story.

FBI: It’s Official, Crime Rates Decreased Last Year

Some good news came out of the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week: crime decreased in 2017.

Violent crimes nationwide dropped .2 percent while property crimes fell 3 percent, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States. Some 90 percent of the nearly 19,000 local agencies participating in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program submitted data for the agency’s statistical review.

According to the data, law enforcement documented 1.2 million violent crimes in 2017 — a 10 percent decline from a decade ago. The figure spiked nearly 7 percent higher in 2013, according to the FBI, increasing marginally until last year.

The estimated number of murders and “non-negligent manslaughter” offenses declined .7 percent while robbery dropped 4 percent. Aggravated assault and rape incidents, however, rose 1 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

In 2017, the agency discontinued the reporting of rape data using a “legacy definition,” six years after then-FBI Director Robert Mueller first approved a revamped version of the UCR’s 80-year-old classification of rape. The new definition — implemented into the FBI’s crime reporting systems in 2013 — reads: “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

Notably, the new definition removes the term “forcible” and broadens the scope of the crime “by capturing gender neutrality” to include victims sodomized by a perpetrator of the same sex, according to a 2012 memo from the FBI.

Property crimes totaled just under 7.7 million last year, according to the UCR data, costing Americans $15.3 billion in losses. Burglaries dropped nearly 8 percent and larceny-thefts declined 2.2 percent. Car thefts rose .8 percent, according to the data, while damage from crimes like arson was not assessed.

Amy Blasher, chief of the FBI’s Crime Statistics Management Unit, warned against comparing the data at a city-to-city level. “There are so many factors that go into those numbers, and this could create misleading perceptions, which then could then adversely affect communities and their residents,” she said.

Accordingly, the FBI released data showing criminals used firearms in nearly three quarters of the nation’s reported murders, 40 percent of robberies and 26 percent of aggravated assaults. Perpetrators more commonly used guns in the South and Midwest, with rates 9 percent and 11 percent lower in the Northeast and West, according to the UCR.

Speer Bullets Introduces Personal Protection Rifle Bullets

LEWISTON, Idaho – September 26, 2018 – Law enforcement professionals trust the Gold Dot bullet design with their lives every day. Speer Bullets now offers consumers the same great performance in a new line of personal protection rifle bullets. Speer bullets exclusive manufacturing process bonds a uniform jacket to the core one atom at a time, ensuring proper expansion and nearly 100 percent weight retention. The result is superb accuracy and immediate, threat-stopping performance. Shipments of these new reloading components are being delivered to dealers now.

Features & Benefits

  • Personal protection rifle bullets in a variety of popular calibers
  • Gold Dot technology virtually eliminates core/jacket separations and produces a very uniform jacket
  • Extreme accuracy
  • Reliable performance to eliminate any threat
  • Consistent penetration and expansion through common barriers
  • 100-count packs

Speer is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Speer Ammunition, go to

Fight Like You Train.

Train like you fight. When I was younger I never put much though into that phrase.  I was an avid hunter so taking a life did not seem like it would be an issue.  I was a good shot with a firearm.  I never had issues qualifying.  Shooting came pretty easy to me, so I did not feel I needed to do anything more.  This November marks 17 years since my training outlook changed.


It was a cold dark November night, dispatch received a 9-1-1 call ” A man broke into the house and is killing everyone inside.  They are all dying”.  Several officers responded and I was closer than most. My foot pushed the accelerator to the floor.  I remember seeing the speedometer pass 100.  It seemed like it took forever to get there.  When I arrived I saw a single wide mobile home surrounded by lots of trees, a grey car parked in the driveway with two occupants, and another Sheriff’s Deputy.  There were no lights on in the trailer.


We had an analog radio system back then and depending on where you were in the County you had really bad reception.  This was one of those places.  Our back-up communication was Nextel, which had worse reception than our radios.  I made my way over to the other Deputy who had taken cover behind a large tree.  When asked for a sit rep they responded ” I went to the door, a guy opened up the door and raised a shotgun, I bailed off the porch and took cover here.”


Other officers started arriving, the Deputy I was with went to the cruiser to call the guy out with the P.A system.  It did not work.  The PA was too quiet, I barely heard it and I was only 30 feet away.


The deputy grabbed the AR-15 and returned to the cover of the tree.  While attempting to load the rifle the rounds kept ejecting or getting jammed up against side of the chamber.  Our attention was on the malfunctioning rifle when a State Trooper pulled into the driveway and ordered the guy out of the house.


He came out of the house and proceeded down the stairs,  I was still distracted by the failing rifle and neglected to see him raise a knife.  I heard an officer yell ” Drop the knife, Police”.  As I looked up I saw him with knife in hand make a dead run towards the other deputy and myself.  Only 20 feet away panic set in as I unholstered my Glock 22, put that front sight square in the center of his chest.  I immediately went into deer hunter mode.  Telling myself I had to get one good clean shot.  Slowly pulling the trigger back just like I would if I were taking a deer on opening day.

It seemed like time stood still.  I had all the time in the world to line up the shot and squeeze the trigger.  Other officers were yelling ” shoot, shoot, shoot” I never heard a one of them.


Just as the trigger reached the breaking point the suspect dropped to the ground.  I rushed up to him, told him to drop the knife. he replied ” I can’t, I am dead”. In the immediate time frame after the shooting it was unclear who pulled the trigger.  I was not sure if it was me or the other deputy.


Seventeen years later looking back at that night I can say I was completely unprepared mentally.

I am a highly competitive person.  I never took my training seriously.  Qualifying was just a game to me.  Paper targets were just a way to show how good I was with tight shot groups. It was all about me scoring higher than the officer next to me or my squad out performing the other squads. My mindset back then was completely wrong.

I should have visualized the targets as threats.  I should have been mentally engaged in stopping a threat instead of getting a high score.  My shots should have been fast, deliberate and accurate. I got lucky that night.  I got to walk away and take a second chance at life.


The biggest mistake I made that night was getting complacent and distracted.  When something does not go right I diagnose and fix the problem.  I am a fixer.  In this case there was not time for that.  Once the rifle failed I immediately should have abandoned that idea and worked on the next. We should have just dropped the rifle and went to our handguns.   If I would have done that my gun would have been unholstered, I would have been intently paying attention and engaged in the scene unfolding in front of me.  I would have seen him go for the knife, not have been caught by surprise. I would have realized much faster that I was his target.

Instead I was out in left field. I was no where near the correct part of Coopers Color Code to effectively handle this situation.


I prefer the phrase “Fight like you train” It reminds me that I am training for a fight and my head needs to be in it.  I am not training for a game. I am training to save lives, not just my life but my family’s lives.

It is a big responsibility that deserves my full attention. They say there are no second chances, but seventeen years ago I got one.  If I can instill one thing to those I talk to it is that under stress you will fight how you trained.  Knowing that is your training up to your standards?

The AK Goes Binary: Franklin Armory adds AK BFS III Trigger

Raytheon Enters the Reflex Sight Game: The ELCAN Spectre 1XL CQS

Raytheon is unveiling a new addition to their line of ELCAN Spectre optics. The ELCAN line is most noted for their high durability SpecterDR Dual power optics. Their 1-4x and 1.5-6x models have seen fielding during the Global War on Terror. Line and special operations units of several nations fielded the optics with excellent reports.

With the CQS coming to the line Raytheon is expanding their optical offerings to keep in juncture with current battlefield needs.

From Defense and Technology

Raytheon has unveiled the ELCAN Specter close quarters sight that allows ground troops to more quickly identify targets and make better decisions.

Designed specifically for use in close quarters, the new sight uses large high transmission windows, allowing users to keep both eyes open for increased situational awareness.

I’m excited to see these hit the open market and curious to see the price point. The ELCAN Spectre series have a reputation for ruggedness that paces both the ACOG and Aimpoint sights.

Garand Thumb meets the HK Slap, The Zenith Z5

We’ve reviewed the Zenith Z5 here at GAT.

Z5 Running at Sentinel Concepts Carbine Course

It’s an awesome MP5 clone.

Mike down the Z5, 9mm carbines, MKE, and this roller delayed classic in his newest video

New to Pistol Optics? The SIRT Pistol Optical Trainer Builds Repetitions

The SIRT Pistol Optical Trainer (SPOT) is a very simple and cost-effective way to train for the reflexive optic you may have on your live fire pistol. The SPOT fits on your SIRT slide (110 glockish models) and uses the red trigger take up laser to mimic the dot in a pistol mounted red dot optic. This new feature will hit the Next Level Training website in August.

Dry fire is an important element to firearms training off the range. But, while it helps train skills such as, drawing from a holster, changing magazines, and trigger control, it can be monotonous and uninteresting. Fortunately, there are some ways to make dry fire training more interesting, like using the SIRT Dry Fire Training Pistol.

SIRT is an acronym for Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger. As the name suggests, the trigger of the SIRT emulates the trigger pull of the Glock 17/22 after which it is modeled, but after the the pull has been completed, the trigger “resets” as though a round was cycled. The metal slide (which helps to give the SIRT comparable weight and balance to the Glock 17/22 models), however, does not action. Although, the dry fire pistol does have a functioning magazine release, and its “magazine” is molded and weighted to resemble an actual Glock magazine.

A feature of the SIRT that makes it more interesting for dry fire training is its shot indicating laser. During the trigger pull, a red laser will light up to indicate that the trigger is “prepped.” A second green laser emits when the trigger pull is completed. This secondary beam indicates where the shot would have been placed, were it a live fire drill. The laser positioning is adjustable, and the SIRT also features a switch to engage or disengage the red trigger prep indicating laser.

As the SIRT features a rail for mounting light or laser accessories. This allows the user to train with a tool that more closely emulates their own pistol while performing exercises like speed reloads, mock IDPA courses, or even force-on-force training.

There are a variety of models. The 110 models emulate the key functional features of a Glock 17/22. The 107 Models emulate the functional features of the Smith&Wesson M&P and there is a pocket pistol sized SIRT.

The Next Level Training Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger Training Pistol is an essential training and teaching tool. You cannot understand the full impact of this device on your life until you get one. Don’t wait. The basic model is $239. It doesn’t take much ammo savings to pay for one. There are a number of models for different needs.

There are also some great training videos at Next Level Training:

The SIRT is a useful training tool to augment live fire training exercises. The resetting trigger allows the user to “fire” the gun without having to action the slide and the shot indicating lasers provide immediate feedback for shot accuracy.

“I Went Thru the Last Hard Class” and The Ever Changing Standards

For anyone who is a member of the Special Operations Forces, regardless of what service or unit, there will always be the debate over the standards, whether they changed or have been lowered, and how they “need to get tougher.” And invariably, one grizzled veteran will proudly proclaim, “I went thru the last hard class.” And some of them actually believe it. This is a fact of life, and the older we get, the more we hear it.

However, if you aspire to be a member of one of the SOF units, then this debate shouldn’t matter to you whatsoever. Your focus should be on excelling at everything you do and then you don’t have to worry about whether you’ll meet the standards or not.

I guess some recent Selection candidates must’ve have gotten in a discussion about the possible changing standards and have reached out to us here. My best advice is to ignore it. I was asked, “how hard was YOUR class?” My answer is always, “I went thru the last EASY class.”

And one area that always is used when discussing Special Operations troops is the attrition rate in the courses. If the attrition rate is high, then the veterans are happy and the standards are just right. If the attrition rates drop, the vets scream that standards are being lowered and then the worst of all worlds happen. The senior officers of the various headquarters get involved and even worse when some members of Congress get involved.

I always cringe when I watch hearings from Congress and some Washington pencil pusher says, “We need (insert number here) more Special Operations troops.” Really? Do you just put in a requisition form and say, “We need 500 Green Berets, 500 SEALs and while you’re at it, we could use another 500 Rangers, if it isn’t too much trouble, have them ready to go by the next fiscal quarter.”

Things don’t work that way. That, however, is exactly how standards can be lowered. Despite how bureaucrats think, the drop rate from Special Operations Forces will never be an area that can be manipulated by those in the levels far above the schools’ level no matter how hard they try without adversely affecting the finished product.

We saw glimpses of this last year when several Special Forces NCOs from the SFQC wrote an email that was published on SOFREP/NewsRep. Many SF instructors feel that in the never-ending wars that our country is involved in, the demand for Special Forces troops has dried up the well of qualified candidates and senior officers have lowered the standards and allowing sub-standard SFers to graduate.

The Army felt it was a serious enough issue to have the Commanding General address many of the issues which was a first for this kind of situation. One CSM that answered the charges admitted in an astounding statement, that the school fostered substandard Green Berets onto the Regiment and it was up to them to fix it.

“‘We push some of these issues forward [to the Regiment] because we believe that the Groups can succeed in fixing those problem graduates when they arrive. That is an amount of risk we willingly accept, because after all it’s much easier to get a tab removed at Group if he doesn’t pan out, than to risk relieving what’s basically a fully qualified student who might have been able to fix himself and become a solid Green Beret.’”

When the senior leadership starts looking at the failure rate from class to class if a spike occurs it normally involves outside factors that have nothing to do with the cadre. Despite the failure rates for all of the Special Operations courses remaining remarkably consistent across the board for most of the courses for several years, there are far too many variables that go into each class to be able to point a finger and identify why the rates fluctuate.

From a piece I wrote last year, I recalled a similar issue when Selection and Assessment (SFAS) was still in its infancy. The first couple of training cycles were called SFOT back then. When Selection was started, being new, there was absolutely no G-2 going on in the course. The resultant mind-games (politically correct word used) were much more effective as the candidates were truly in the dark as to what to expect.

But the first couple of classes were heavily staffed with motivated hard-chargers from the Ranger battalions, the 82nd Airborne, and other light infantry background units. After that well dried up a bit, the courses were filled with more different backgrounds and many of those soldiers weren’t physically or mentally prepared for what would follow. The drop rate rose pretty dramatically.

The Special Warfare School was feeling the heat from higher authority and word came down to our officers that they were being asked, “what are the guys at Mackall doing differently now?” The short and correct answer was nothing.

There is no way to micromanage the drop rate in Special Operations training and our officers knew this right away. But it never stops the bean counters from trying. A few months later we had a class in February where it rained and rained hard for nearly every day of the course. The difficulty in every aspect of the course was magnified for the candidates. What it took a toll more than anything was their feet.

The drop rate for medical issues and VW (voluntary withdrawal) again peaked. And once again our cadre leaders were again being asked silly questions about the attrition. Want to know why so many dropped? Come out and walk in the rain for a week and see for yourself. The cadre wasn’t failing people by anything they were doing. The course and the conditions were doing what the course was designed to do. Weeding out those who can from those who cannot.

We were lucky, after nosing around a bit, the desk jockeys from SWC retreated back to the comfort of those warm, dry offices in the Puzzle Palace and left the training to the NCOs assigned there. By the sound of things, the guys last year didn’t have that luxury. I don’t know whether what the charges that the NCOs wrote last year were true or not. I don’t work there anymore and haven’t been there for some time. But if so many of them feel that way, then I trust their judgment as fellow SF brothers that there was an issue that needed fixing.

So, what does this have to do with the aspiring SOF candidates and the standards? Nothing. The best thing a candidate can do is to do what we always preach here. “Ignore the Noise” and don’t listen to anything that you can’t control. Don’t strive to meet the standards, look to crush them. Be the guy that every instructor wants to have on his team.

Don’t fall into the bad habit of doing math in your head, trying to game plan the odds of them making it when you hear that the failure rate is XX%. You have no control over the pass/failure rate other than to meet to standards as they are or to fail.  Be in that top 5 percent. Several years ago one SFQC instructor was inundated with questions as to what the standards are, and what he told his candidates should be framed and added to every classroom in SOF.

Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimal food or water, in austere conditions, training day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon and he made his web gear. He doesn’t worry about what workout to do – his ruck weighs what it weighs, his runs end when the enemy stops chasing him. This True Believer is not concerned about ‘how hard it is;’ he knows either he wins or dies. He doesn’t go home at 17:00, he is home. He knows only The Cause.

So when you prepare for the courses, prepare with this mindset in the back of your mind. Don’t worry about the politics of the school and what the standards are…or aren’t. The standards are what they are, they’ll be spelled out for you in advance. Your instructors don’t want you to fail. They just want the best and brightest to stand beside them when all is said and done.

They have their job to do, and yours isn’t to worry about the cadre doing theirs. Your job is to prepare to pass the courses. Don’t concern yourself with items you don’t control. So, let’s go rucking… DOL

Photo: US Army

Originally published on Special

ICYMI: Remington Introduces V3 Compact Semi-Auto Shotgun


Available with a black oxide finish, the Compact V3 is priced at $915 MSRP (Photo: Remington)

Featuring a 22-inch barrel and a shorter length of pull, the newest addition to Big Green’s V3 line of autoloading shotguns is pitched to smaller statured users.

The new 12 gauge shotgun, announced Friday, uses the same V3 VersaPort gas system as on their standard semi-auto scattergun series. Located in front of the receiver, the system is billed by the iconic shotgun maker as delivering superior balance and swing performance. Unlike the current Field series V3s, which are offered in walnut, Oak Blades camo, and synthetic varieties and all sport a 28-inch barrel, the new Compact comes standard with a 22-inch light contour barrel.

Chambered to accept both 2.75- and 3-inch shells, the VersaPort system is advertised by Remington as “reducing recoil to a level previously unheard of in autoloaders” across the range of shells from light target loads to heavy magnums. Weight is listed as 7.25-pounds with a 44-inch overall length.

Available with a black oxide finish, the Compact V3 is priced at $915 MSRP, or about $20 more than the full-sized synthetic V3 Field model.

Sentinel Concepts Essential Carbine Employment AAR: Shoot Your Gun, Part 2

Day 2


Fighting Zero

Safety brief. Grabbed magazines and PPE. Started shooting.

Day 2 opened with a reconfirmation fighting zero. An all too common mistake students make is screwing around with their equipment mid course. Trying a new optic or moving it around kills the rifles confirmed zero and it must be reestablished.

At lunch that day a few of us worked with optics, I threw a zero into the MP5. But if there isn’t going to be a zero opportunity don’t rework your critical equipment until after the course. Take notes on what changes you want made for later.

Iron Cross

Building on the suboptimal position drills of day one, the Iron Cross is a brutal familiarization drill.

It’s an exaggerated expression of “get what you can” and then shoot.

It starts with the normal presentation. Easy.

Followed by firing one handed off the strong side shoulder.

Transition and shoot off the support side with one hand.

Finally you start with the rifle hanging on it’s sling and then fire it off hand from the shoulder. Picking it up and leveraging into position is a vastly different muscle engagement. It’s a possible one though, and gaining the familiarity through some repetitions adds it as option.

Hits need to be effective and accurate, but the point of the drill isn’t to make this something to practice religiously. Instead, it’s to remind you and illustrate to you that if you need to take a shot like this DO IT! You can make it work.

By the way… that was only a quarter of the Iron Cross. Repeat those presentations while facing range right, range left, and up range.

Luckily we did all the facing maneuvers the day prior. It’s like Steve planned it or something… The prior day’s work made understanding and working the Iron Cross both easier and safer.

Shooting and Moving

This is a topic that gets way to much overhype. Shooting on the move is always a challenge and it always will be a challenge since you are becoming a moving platform. Because you are a moving platform your brain, eyes, arms, hands, and feet all have a ton more to do.

Don’t over stress it. When the dot/sight looks right, shoot. Don’t worry about rolling heel to toe or any other variation of overstressed detail. Walk, lock on the rifle as best you can, shoot.

Walking and Shooting Laterally

The secret to moving laterally and shooting sideways is…

Walk laterally, left or right, turn your torso and shoot the target. When the sight looks right take the shot.


Posting is used after rapid movement. You are not going to shoot and sprint simultaneously. Posting is going through the work of stopping your body and rebuilding a shot.

Working quickly is important, however not as important as actually stopping your movement to take the shot accurately. Shooters running this lateral drill who didn’t stop didn’t hit.

Add to the confusion by making different targets at different spacing the requirement at each stop in the drill and each shooter had a royal time doing it properly. Again, these are illustrative capability drills. Shooting it in perfect sequence was never the goal. Starting and stopping smoothly and transitioning targets smoothly was.

Mad Minute of Barricades

60 Seconds on the clock. One shot on each side of the barricade. Most rounds on target wins. I managed to fire 20 shots a tie for the most rounds fired. But only 14 hits, 7 in the score box making my accuracy middle of the pack.

It’s a rough drill if you need to work on cardio.

Rough but illuminating. It can show you easily where you are over and under emphasizing. Are you sacrificing accuracy for speed for no benefit? Or are you taking to much time and not trusting your sight and rifle mount?

Diagnostic Training

Wrapping up this Sentinel Concepts course with a single thought. Diagnostic training is using ammunition and time efficiently to assess skill deficiencies and correct them. Fire the drills, find the weaknesses, work to correct them, and reassess.

Good training is always worth your time. Steve is running a preseason sale right now too. Save 10% on any course you preregister for any course with code YETI2019 off the Sentinel Concepts Course List.

It’s money well invested folks. Put the next rifle/carbine on hold for a bit and shoot the one you have in hand.