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Ballistic Helmets, Construction, Testing, and Ratings

So, after one of my gear reviews, I received so much feedback, I decided to clarify/expound. It seems most end users are merely consumers. They want to give you their want as they see it, and they expect you to point their nose at an easily affordable product without any real regard to their needs. This problem is compounded by the fact that unsavory companies will do just that…on the surface…while easily disconnecting said consumer from their money. The problem isn’t always on the behalf of the business. As with anything we purchase, we know that with quality comes monetary compensation, so where do we draw the line and how do we spot these companies? That is easy my friend, it is called education. For today’s entertainment, I will discuss ballistic helmets, how they are rated, and why some companies offer them at a different price break. We will also talk about the simple solution for finding a good helmet that won’t break the bank. First of all, I am no “expert.” I am mostly just experienced and educated. Having procured, tested, evaluated, and taken to combat many different systems, I have learned a lot through a few decades. While

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Battle of Takur Ghar

15 years ago today, my amazing husband was the platoon sergeant in charge of a 65 man Ranger strike force from 1st Ranger Battalion deployed to Afghanistan 🇦🇫 in 2001. Chuck's element due to circumstances beyond his control were split between the two largest bases in Afghanistan. Early on the morning of the 4th the half of Chuck's Platoon that were with the Platoon Leader at the other base were sent to a mountain top to rescue a Navy Seal unit pinned down in a fire fight. When Chuck's guys got to the mountain, the SEALS had retreated, and only the enemy remained. They shot down their helicopter and killed three of Chuck's guys. Marc Anderson, Brad Crose, and Matthew Commons were among the 7 Americans killed. Chuck's youngest Son, Jack Matthew is named after Matt Commons. Three books and a motion picture have been written about the event where chuck's Rangers received the most valor medals for a group it's size for a single action since the Vietnam war. Chuck was forever scarred by this terrible event, the loss of life of his men, and the fact that he was not able to be with them during the battle.

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A Reminder for Myself and Other Instructors

A lot of times, we take our own repetitions for granted.  As we're teaching, it's easy to become frustrated with students that "just aren't getting it."  And since I'm a nobody, instructor-wise, I get a lot of students that are prone to "just not getting it."  A lot of the top level national guys get students who've trained at a high level before.  And so it's easy to have a line full of switched-on guys that have already built tens of thousands of reps.  We come to those national guys, most of the time, with years if not decades of firearms experience. As a student on their lines, I love that.  We aren't held up by a number of students who are just really slow to pick up some basic concept that we started workin on 20 years ago.  And as a student, it's really easy to get frustrated with "that person" in the class.  You know the one.  The Private Pyles of the class.  We've all seen it.  We've all been frustrated by it. But today, I've had a stark lesson in why we should never let that frustration show, and really, should soften our thinking on it. I

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AAR: FOLLOW THROUGH CONSULTING – SCOPED CARBINE (Part Four: Day Three/Conclusion)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Continued from Part 3: Day Two. Training Day 3 - Sunday After a quick breakfast at the Lodge we met at the LaRue targets at 9:30am. Buck took us through more barricade drills focusing on the approach and setup. On my turn Buck had me knock down the four LaRue targets on the close cliff face, then we displace to another barricade to engage silhouette targets further out. Two of them were about 500 meters away. I had 4 MOA dialed onto my scope for the drill and held on the top of the LaRue target heads with good results. For the two at 500 meters I had to hold an additional 5 MOA over them to make the hits. After each of us went through the barricade drill we walked with Buck up the trail to the area we used for the low light scenario the night before. It was surprising to see how close the targets at the second camp fire looked compared to the way they looked the night before. Buck told us a story about one of his experiences getting

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AAR: FOLLOW THROUGH CONSULTING – SCOPED CARBINE (Part Three: Day Two)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Continued from Part 2: Day One. Training Day 2 - Saturday We met back at the lodge at noon and caravanned to Flat Range #1. I really wanted to get some experience with the Tremor2 reticle using it like it was designed to be used. Buck was kind enough to let me borrow his 16" AXTS carbine with Leupold 3-18x44 Tremor2 scope. Like the previous day we cycled through the 12" plates doing the milling drill. I noticed that the wind really pushed the 223 bullets around a lot more than the heavy 7.62 bullets I was using the day before. The wind wasn't as bad as TD1, but it was enough to need the wind dots on the Tremor 2 reticle. Like the previous day, we cycled through as a group with each shooter getting two shots to hit a plate, then moved on to the next plate as a group. Buck shows how to use the speed shooting formula on the Tremor2 reticle. AXTS carbine with Nightforce 4-16 scope with Tremon3 reticle. Magpul D60 drum fed over watch. After the 12" drill

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AAR: Follow Through Consulting – Scoped Carbine (Part Two: Day One)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Continued from Part One: Part One. Training Day 1 - Friday In the morning we met at the cozy Red River Ranch lodge. After a delicious breakfast we met downstairs in the classroom for initial instruction. Buck gave us a bit on his background and experience as a certified marine MCLMM. He laid out the intent of the class: marksmanship fundamentals (i.e. 'gunfighting') in a practical/operational environment. To do that Buck focuses on three areas:  Move, Shoot, and Communicate. I would really encourage everyone to take a class from Buck to get the in-depth explanation on those topics. Buck does a great job of conveying through his experience the "what, how, and why" of each of the points listed under the tree topics. Move, Shoot, and Communicate Next we talked about Buck's preferred way to quickly engage targets outside of CQB (further than 300m): Todd Hodnett's speed shooting formula. This is a method for quickly measuring a target using the reticle then going directly to a hold-over without calculating distance to target as an intermediate step. The H59, Tremor2, and Tremor3 reticles are set

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AAR: Follow Through Consulting – Scoped Carbine (Part One: Introduction)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Introduction One of my favorite weekend activities is hiking up into the mountains and target shooting. In order to continue developing this hobby I've taken several DMR/SPR style classes by now. A few have been small local get-togethers down at the fabulous high-desert North Spring range in Price, UT. Another was the Magpul Dynamics DMR/SPR class at Sniper Country in Tremonton, UT. Off the top of my head I can think of several individuals I know that do much more hiking, shooting, and hunting in mountain / high-desert regions than I do, but here are my observations and experiences as an outdoors enthusiast at the Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine class in Teasdale, Utah. Instructor Buck Doyle is the owner and instructor of Follow Through Consulting. From his website: "Buck Doyle served over 21 years in the US Marine Corps, including 17 years and multiple combat tours with Special Operations units. As a Reconnaissance Marine attached to 1st Force Recon, 1st Recon BN, and MARSOC units, Doyle served as Team Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Chief Instructor at Special Missions Training Branch. He has current,

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Teddy Ballard and THOR3

Good Evening, My name is Teddy Ballard and I am a Physical Therapist with the 3rd Group THOR3 (Tactical Human Optimization Rapid Rehab and Re Conditiong) program. I was recently selected out of over 3,000 applicants as a top 20 finalist for a sport sponsorship through the supplement company MuscleGen Research. 1st place prize is $50,000, and a pretty stellar discount off their product line for friends and family. The requirements for voting are to simply click the link below and vote for me. Hit submit, and repeat daily! It requires no personal info and takes 8 seconds. It has been a privilege working with the SF community the past 2 years. For that reason, my plan is to contribute a portion of the winnings to several of the foundations that continually support our brothers and sisters in this community. Additionally, the owner of the company promised to match any donations from the winner. Details along with the link can be found below. Only 3 days left! Thank you for your support! A few reminders: -Vote every calendar day between now and Feb. 14 -You can vote from multiple devices as long as they are not on the same wifi

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Rumors Involving S3F

I was asked to write a post here by the Admins to address an issue or better yet a photo that has been floating around. More so because we support this group and many of you have our products in your Glocks. Let me be straight to the point. S3fsolutions has never and will never use another company's aftermarket barrel to relabel and put our name on. Period. We produce 100% of our barrels in house in our own machine shop. We have our own 5 axis machines, we broach in house and we hone in house. Our barrels are held to the highest of quality with QC being very important thing to us. If coating is wrong we fix it, if laser is wrong we fix it. if POI / POA shift is off, we replace the barrel. We are shooters building products for shooters. You should never see a "double laser" image on a barrel, and everyone of our products has the caliber marking on the top area of the hood, and we edge break every our barrels as well. How we produce our product is held extremely close to chest, so much so that we drop none

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Perspective in training

Photo Courtesy of Norwegian Army By: Tore Haugli They say that the devil is in the details - that is true. However, I sometimes think that there is a lot of useless detail being propogated, as well as focus on problems that really aren't worth the time spent on them. When I was in the military, I was a doer. Still am. I hated meetings and senseless discussions - action is what solves problems, not talk. Decide on a course of action, and follow through. Stop fighting the conditions you are in, and work through it. Better the situation, if you can. As many might have noticed, I am not a big fan of focusing on what we supposedly cannot do "under stress". I instead focus on training hard, or training my guys hard, and using proven techniques. As a soldier in Norway, an arctic climate is one condition that had to be accepted - we cannot change the weather. As such, proper hand wear is not only necessary, but vital for being able to conduct operations. For a few years, recruits would report to basic training in January - I was stationed in the North, with -30*C being the

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