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The M68 Close Combat Optic

For Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Thursday, we are continuing our discussion on optics. Specifically, we will be discussing the M68 Close Combat Optic, or CCO. The reference for this is TM 9-1240-413-13P dated may 2013, and TC 3-22.9, Change 1 dated January 2017 The close combat optic (CCO), M68 is

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Grouping: the Baseline

Judge me by your group size do you? Grouping TC 3-22.9 states “The goal of the grouping exercise is for the shooter to fire tight shot groups and consistently place those groups in the same location.” Many talk of shooting good groups and even more, sadly, talk about their weapons

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Eating Our Own

As I sit to write this the greater gun community is again up in arms over statements made in a video on a so-called news program. A 22 year Special Operations veteran and was recently portrayed as favoring  universal background checks and waiting periods for firearms purchases. There is also

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Yes, Experience Matters.

Yes, experience matters. When I started in the armory at DSS in March of 2008, the FTU was burning through guns at a ridiculous rate.  I wasn't an experienced armorer.  I was a reformed Marine 0311 who was a recent graduate of gunsmithing school. I showed up with a degree

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The Army Doesn’t Need a Battle Rifle

The Army recently published an RFI ("request for information," basically a non-binding request for companies in the industry to send them spec sheets and estimated pricing for an item) for a "interim combat service rifle" with a 16-20" barrel, chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO, presumably to replace or supplement the M4

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Semper Paratus Arms AR-15 Armorer Course AAR

Semper Paratus Arms 2 Day Armorer Course www.semperparatusarms.com May 16/17, 2017 Greater Seattle, WA area Instructor: William Larson   I had seen the announcement for this course by watching Will Larson’s company’s posts on Facebook.   https://www.facebook.com/SemperParatusArms/   I was paying attention to this and was in the process of

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Movement as a part of the shot process, part 1

  “Though he was in a similarly desperate situation on the south side of the roof, the idea of leaping off a four-story building never occurred to Corriveau. Instead, as he bounded back and forth across the building’s edge, alternately firing into the northern stairwell door and taking cover from whatever return

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Transitions from Primary to Secondary Weapon

  For Manual Monday, we are continuing our discussion on Control. Specifically, we will continue our discussion on malfunctions by discussing when to transition from a Primary weapon to secondary. Our reference for this discussion is TC 3-22.9 Change 1, dated January 2017, FM 3-23.35 dated June 2003, and FM

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The Engagement Skills Trainer

For Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Thursday, we are going to be discussing a system that has a reputation for being more trouble than it’s worth: The Engagement Skills Trainer. The legacy EST system was a tethered system that allowed NCO’s the capability to identify issues with their paratroopers prior to

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Implementation of Dry-fire into the Training Calendar

“As there is no ammunition, every day when they come here for training, the shooters just aims the gun, pull the trigger to hear the ‘tick’ sound, and that’s all,” -Hoang Xuan Vihn   For Walkthrough Wednesday, we are re-addressing a topic that has been brought up before at the

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