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A drill I came up with recently, which I promptly named: the John Wick drill. Three to the body. One to each head on the low percentage targets, slide lock reload, then one shot to the head. This drill tests a lot of fundamentals.
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The Left Arm Of The Free World: The AR-15 - 5.56x45 NATO

The icon of the United States, the AR-15 series of rifles has become a common sight across the world. SWAT teams, NATO forces, American backed rebels, the AR-15 is one of the most common rifles in the world, and despite what politicians may say, the AR-15′s origins lie in the late 1950′s.

The AR-15′s background is with ArmaLite. At first a division of Fairchild Aircraft, they were tasked with making a number of guns out of aluminum. With the first designs like the AR-1, AR-5 and AR-7, the 1957 US Army Rifle Trials saw ArmaLite submit a new gun, designed by Eugene Stoner. 

The AR-10. The ArmaLite Rifle Model-10 was tested alongside the M14 and FN FAL. It was significantly lighter than the other two rifles, at 7 pounds. The rifle did very well until a catastrophic failure with the barrel got it kicked out. And while the US Army dropped the rifle, many other countries bought some, most famously Portugal and Sudan, but other countries like Batista-era Cuba, Brazil, West Germany and Guatemala bought AR-10′s.

ArmaLite and Stoner went back to the drawing board and began thinking of how to improve the AR-10. A request by General Willard G. Wyman in the late 50′s called for a lightweight .223 caliber rifle capable of penetrating a steel helmet at 500 yards while keeping a high speed and matching the same penetration power of .30 Carbine.

Armalite responded back with the Armalite Rifle Model 15. Yes that’s what AR-15 actually stands for. And ArmaLite managed to strike a chord with one man. General Curtis LeMay.

LeMay was very impressed by the AR-15 at first, ordering about 80,000 AR-15′s for the US Air Force. However, Robert McNamara was against having two different calibers and LeMay’s orders were denied. William Godel, a senior official at DARPA decided to send 10 AR-15′s for testing in Vietnam. The results were very good, and more were sent.

These testings forced McNamara to allow around 85,000 AR-15′s to enter US Army testing as well as 19,000 to US Air Force testing to appease LeMay. The original XM16 series had problems. The powder load for the original 5.56 batch was made by DuPont and found to be inferior and quickly swapped for Olin’s WC 544 powder. That and a lingering idea that the XM16′s were self-cleaning meant that around 80% were reported to have had malfunctions with their rifle.

The response was the XM16E1. This included a number of improvements including chrome plated chamber, forward assist and cleaning kits. This helped rectify the M16′s horrible reputation in Vietnam and from there led to the whole AR-15 lineage.

The XM16E1 and M16A1′s served in Vietnam and were well liked by soldiers. From there, the M16 series became the US Army standard and soon a NATO standard. The US made NATO adopt some 5.56 caliber rifle and soon most had their own model of 5.56 rifle or an AR-15 rifle.

The AR-15 series has become the most common 5.56 caliber rifle in the world, arming 15 NATO countries as well as 80 others. Israel, the US, South Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Mexico and so on use US models.

The Canadians arm themselves with the homegrown C7 and C8 series, made by Diemaco/Colt Canada and are sold to countries like the Netherland, the UK, Denmark, and so on.

And besides the main M16A1/A2/A3/A4 series, the AR-15 has a number of military versions. The first was the XM177 series of carbines that began production in Vietnam and evolved into a large variety of carbines, including the Model 727, 733, and most famously, the M4A1.

Besides military models, a large amount of civilian AR-15′s exist on the market. DPMS, Colt, Bushmaster, ArmaLite, Olympic Arms, Norinco, FN, Knight’s Armament, Daniel Defense and so many others have made semi-auto versions for the civilian market. 

The AR-15 is a very famous rifle, with roughly 8 million made, it’s usage by SWAT teams, world militaries and a number of civilian shooters makes it a common sight, whether demonized by the media or in the hands of heroes and bad guys in cinema.

Ever since 1964′s Seven Days In May, the silver screen has been jammed pack with AR-15′s. Vietnam movies feature the original M16 and M16A1, modern war movies feature the M4A1 and M16A4, sci-fi features them, documentaries feature them, comedy movies feature them, it’s a favorite of all.

Al Pacino uses one in Scarface, the robbery crew of Heat use them, the protagonists and the US Marines in The Rock use them, the US Army Rangers and Delta Force of Black Hawk Down use several different models. From the sands of Iraq to the mega prison of Manhattan, the AR-15 series is a common sight.

And as always, video games take cues from the real world and cinema, and one that is a very common sight is the AR-15 series. Modern combat games such as the Call of Duty and Battlefield field the M16/M4 series as it’s standard rifle, as do the more realistic ones like Squad and Insurgency. Zombie games like Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead and No More Room In Hell boast it as a remnant of US Armed Forces and SWAT teams attempts to contain the infections.

Many games have AR-15′s in more dubious roles, such as the GTA series and PAYDAY 2 having many arm the hands of criminals and bank robbers. Private Military Companies in games tend to arm themselves with European arms, though AR-15′s are sometimes seen. From the bank robber to the Army Private, an AR-15 will always be rendered and firing strong.

And that is the tale of the AR-15, from a failed military trial to one of the most common rifles across the world. It’s a 50 year old design and shows no sign of sloping in popularity. It’s seen through wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Drug Wars the world over, the Troubles, many shootings and more. From the sands of Iraq and the mud of Vietnam to the streets of Belfast and Mexico, there will always be an ArmaLite Rifle.

I’m just down along the Falls road it’s where I’m to be, lying in the dark with the Provo Company, a comrade on me left and another on me right, and a clip of ammunition for me little Armalite”


The TOZ-194 is a 12 Gauge, pump-action shotgun manufactured by the Tula Arms Plant. Designed during the later years of the Soviet Union, the production of this firearm has started after the Soviet era in Russia, and since then it has gained a certain popularity within civilian shooters in Russia itself and in Europe, and is reported to be in use with some Russian Security forces.

One more preview shot from the Long Range Operator’s Challenge.  Just did a write up and editted like, a million photos for an article on Soldier Systems Daily.

Main thing I took away from this?  People will do more for love than they will for duty.  The civilian long range shooters who REALLY like long range shooting kicked ass.  Superior rifles and ammunition/calibers than the military teams in most cases.  Superior marksmanship half the time too.

A lot of people go through the X week course that is sniper school… but true long range dudes are lifers, and don’t just spend a few weeks learning the craft.

The best combo is when you have someone who is in the military and also, truly in love with the art of long range shooting.  Someone like John “Shrek” McPhee or Todd Hodnett.

I love competitions, because it doesn’t matter who cool you look, how expensive a gun you’ve got, or what your resume says… if you can shoot, it’ll show.  This simple fact is why some low grade, cheesy ass “tactical instructors” refuse to shoot competitions.  

PS:  How in the blue fuck, can someone be a “tactical” firearms instructor or trainer, but have no real world experience in LE/Military… or even be a talented civilian competition shooter?  One has to be truly gifted in the art of bullshit to pull that off, *golf clap*


The civilian model of the P90, the PS90 has a 16" long barrel to avoid SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) status. Although the P90 is a successful PDW platform, the PS90 has never really been a break through success among civilian shooters since ammo is often hard to find and expensive, and the lack of aftermarket parts limits modifications. (GRH)

AMT Backup

A small, compact and cheap pistol that was conceived as a back up pistol for law enforcement and civilian shooters. There are several variations of the Backup in different calibers. Most owners however find them annoying to disassemble and clean and considered rather unreliable, not something you want to hear about a backup gun. (GRH)

Make no mistake. Claims of a white shooter’s mental illness protect white male privilege, but it does so at the expense of mental illness. Mental illness is not the protective factor, white male privilege is. You can see this when the same people who use it to protect their whiteness with use It to excuse the killing of unarmed black civilians.

Say a shooter is mentally ill a way of saying “he is born one of us, but he is not one of us,”

Yes, it will garner him more sympathy, but that sympathy does NOTHING to protect those considered “mentally ill.” This smoke screen to protect whiteness will result in more excuses to label people as mentally ill, isolate them, lock them up without cause, and kill them without justification.

—  Seen on social media where the individual said that quoting them wasn’t necessary (e.g. sourcing them)