Using TC 3-22.9 (Part 2)

The Shot Process   I introduced the Shot Process in my last post. There are some distinct advantages to applying it to your training and the way you shoot, regardless of what or how you are shooting. For this article I am going to focus on it and those advantages.

Using TC 3-22.9 (Part 1)

On 13 May the Army published the new TC 3-22.9. We made every attempt to get the word out far and wide with some blog posts, notes from industry celebrities and the help of places like RE Factor Tactical, Primary and Secondary, and Soldier Systems Daily. At last count our efforts have been successful well…

Fathers Day Special: Gerber MP1-AR Multi-tool

Unless you’re completely new to the shooting, knife and tool industry, you have undoubtedly heard of Gerber. Gerber has been in the game of making knives and tools since 1939 and their products, known for being good quality, are featured worldwide. However, one tool in particular has been carried extensively by hunters, soldiers, tradesmen and tinkering dads everywhere;…

Review: Boker G.E.K.

  If you’re a frequent reader here, you know we’ve done a fair amount of knife reviews in the past. I’ve always been a big fan of Boker knives as they seem to be well made and some of the designs they have are truly original. So I was a little excited to get the…

Changes

As we go thru life we change. It is the way of things. We adjust to what we see, smell, learn and do. Sometimes it’s slow sometimes it’s fast. I am writing today on changes caused by events in combat that I experienced.

Monday Rant: Thank You to all the Open Carry People

There’s been a lot of talk on the book of faces and social media lately about how dumb it is to open carry a firearm in places that allow you to conceal carry. I for one want to enthusiastically issue a BIG public “thank you” to all of those that open carry around me. But…

New Product Highlight: Chameleon 1 Holster by Sierra12

Have you ever carried your handgun appendix style only to have the grip stick out causing you to print, or have the barrel push into your inner hip? Well, Sierra12.com has a new solution to these conceal carry problems Meet their new Chamelon 1 Appendix Inside the Waistband (AIWB) and Inside the Waistband (IWB) holster….

The Mandalorian Ballistic Armor – From Heckler & Koch And AR500

Yes, it’s real. Yes, it’s made of real ballistic material. It’s officially called the Galtac Project. Starwars and Bobba Fett fanboys just got intergalactic wood. An Artist by the name of Ryan B. Flowers (Galac-Tac) has partnered withSurefire, HK, SOG Knives & Tools, AR500 Armor, Team Wendy , Armasight, Inc., Wilcox Industries Corp., and TEA…

You Big Bastard!

It’s not very often that a knife and tool company makes a blade that reminds me of my favorite character from an Austin Powers movie, but today I can honestly say it’s true. Although their blades aren’t in any way named after a movie character; http://www.borneinfire.com still makes some big ass beefy knives – the one pictured…

Looking Back…

Over a year ago I posted the following standard: -4 MOA at any distance with a 90% hit rate less than 50 yards in less than 1 second standing. – 1.5 seconds out to 200 with a 90% hit rate, standing and kneeling. – 300-500 with a 75% hit rate and a time standard from…

Threat Identification and Conflict Avoidance

Training to defend oneself against death or bodily harm from someone who would do such, is a responsibility that must not be taken lightly. It requires a sense of self-dedication that is often misunderstood by most, but nonetheless, is very important in our struggle for survival. As humans we are hardwired with the instinct to…

Review: Viking Armament “CRUCIBLE” AR-15

Most of you reading our blog articles are gun owners or active firearms enthusiasts, and you probably are already aware that there are a plethora of AR-15 rifle manufacturers to choose from. Some are excellent, some are med-level at best and some are not worth the money. If you’ve got the need and the money,…

Memorial Day thoughts from SFC Ash Hess

Every year the Memorial Day weekend gets 2 kinds of attention. It is the beginning of the Summer season (for most places except Fort Drum, NY because summer requires more than 45 degree temps) and a weekend as tribute to our Nation’s fallen. As a Veteran, it is a bittersweet weekend. Many Vets and families…

Shooting is like grilling meat…

We have all been there. The group decides to do a cook out. Everyone is excited until it is decided that Burn ‘em Bob will be grill master. Bob is notorious for poor quality over cooked meat with no flavor. Motivation quickly goes away because Bob ruins any meat he touches. If you ask anyone…

Hike to Survive- An interview with Justin Vititoe by Ash Hess

Twenty two. 22 is the statistical number of Veterans that are taking their own lives every day. Every single day. There is also 1 Active Duty member who does the same. Try as we might, no one has formulated a plan to prevent these 22 Brothers and Sisters from suicide. I recently made link up…

The “Safe-Gun” Oxymoron…

As a gun enthusiast I tend to pay close attention to the news when it comes to new products or gun laws, And like me, you’ve probably seen this feel-good story pop up on social media feeds a lot lately. I figure it’s time to speak out against this bad idea. Allow me to explain…. The idea of…

BPAUX-SAR: Making a Difference

Many times in our lives, we dream of being a real hero.  Anyone can be a hero really, all it takes is a single solitary person stepping up and doing one thing that goes above and beyond their normal routine of life. A real hero can’t be characterized by one thing. There are some heroes…

Warrior Mindset: Mental Focus

In the first installment of The Warrior Mindset: Train the Brain, I attempted to define what a “warrior mindset” was as it seems there are several definitions used depending on how the term is being applied. In this write-up, I’ll discuss the topic of mental focus and how it pertains to a warrior mindset, along with…

Why… by Ash Hess

Why do I train so much? Why do I spend so much money? Why do I practice so much? Why do I want others to do the same? Here is the answer. I have a total of 52 months deployed to the best combat zones in recent history. That’s 52 months of being in the…

Situational and Spatial Awareness

  Have you ever had a conversation with someone, only to have them look at someone or something directly behind you or off in the background of your environment, but they still appear to be maintaining their focus point and listening to what you are saying? Most people would probably say that this is an example of Attention…

Warrior Mindset: Train the Brain

We’ve all probably heard the term ‘Warrior Mindset‘ being used quite a bit in recent years, with very little explanation as to what it really is. Well, a true ‘Warrior Mindset‘ is the original way of creative problem solving and “thinking outside the box”. A brief look into human history will provide you with countless examples of this. Successful…

Defoor Tactical Sights review by Ash Hess

Overview I picked up my first Glock 19 last week. I had known I was picking it up right after some temporary duty for the Army so I spent that time looking at upgrades. I decided that sights would be the first thing I wanted to change based on what my intent was for the…

Product Review: Macedon Defense KRAM

Over the years I have used the Trijicon TA31 on various rifles in various configurations. While being a magnificent combat optic but the eye relief is horrible at 1.5 inches and it sits low. These issues come into play as so as you being using positions other than prone and moving. The simple answer was…

Fundamentals, Accuracy, and Why.

At times, it seems as if my life is consumed by shooting. Getting fast accurate hits on target is an art backed by science, mathematics, and psychology. There are theories, opinions, folklore and myths about every type of shooting and weapons. This article will become one of millions posted with the hope of enlightenment on…

Red Lion Precision Kel-Tec SU16 Long Forend

I purchased the Kel-Tec SU16C a while back…I got a sweet deal on it.  Shortly after purchasing the rifle, I installed an upgraded Kel-Tec pistol grip and forend sold on their website.  I wasn’t a fan of the folding stock either so that was replaced with a Magpul design.  Installing these three  items completely changed…

Nigerian Gear Review!

So Mr. Cameron Royer of Tap Rack Holsters and Custom Kydex, Fresno, CA, was kind enough to contact me, hand manufacture, then ship out a custom holster for my dumb ass to use here in Iraqi Kurdistan. After using it for a minute I wanted to write a short review.

Tex Creek Knife Review

The Tex Creek blade, by TOPSKNIVES is a tribute knife to the men and women who hunt and fish in the Tex Creek area in Southeast, Idaho. This wildlife management area, which includes 2 national forests, is home to an abundance of diverse wildlife and is accessible starting about 10 miles from the TOPSKNIVES facility. Open…

Avoiding the Trap

Avoiding the Traps I was recently introduced to an essay titled “Deadly Mind Traps” by Jeff Wise. The author brings to light some areas that are very familiar to those of us who spend time on the edge chasing life. The most elite trainers of all types understand that a proper mindset is the most…

“Software Drives Hardware”: Part 1

My name is Ash Hess. I am a Senior NCO in the US Army currently serving as the NCOIC for the Marksmanship and Tactics courses at a Division level school.  Army Schools I’ve attended include Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course, Urban Combat Leaders Course, Air Assault, Senior Leaders Course, Army Basic Instructor course, High Angle Marksmanship…

Monday Rant: A world without guns?

I was engaged in a discussion this morning with a woman, when the topic of guns came up. The woman stated “…I’m totally against guns…”. I appreciated her blunt honesty, but these words immediately shut me down, much like a robot with his batteries being taken out. My mental shutdown was not activated so much because…

Aerosolization Vs. Airborne

What is the difference between Airborne and Aerosolization when talking about Ebola? Yes we know Ebola isn’t a firearms related topic…but it does fall within the survival category. With the recent Ebola events, new talk of the virus being airborne is all over the news.  Lets to take a moment and talk about airborne or aerosolized pathogens.  Aerosolization…

CRKT Kangee T-Hawk – Tactical Tomahawk

Have you ever been in a survival or intense situation where you felt a knife wasn’t going to be enough to get the job done? Well when things get crazy enough that you need something bigger like a tactical tomahawk, you can’t afford to buy a cheaply made tool online only to use it and…

Monday Rant: Airsoft/MilSim, Justified Judgment or Misunderstanding?

Recently a discussion came up among staff members during a SOCON conference call on the topic of the Airsoft/’MilSim’ (Military Simulation) crowd and how they get judged almost immediately (and almost always in a negative manner) by others on the various social media hubs – most notably by members of the military (active duty and veterans). For the record, I’m…

CRKT S.P.E.W

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the defense would like to present you with the facts of this case. The defendant is known as: Small Pocket Everyday Wharncliffe, otherwise known as S.P.E.W. is brought to you by up and coming renowned custom bladesmith Alan Folts and is manufactured for production and distribution by the folks…

POWER OF HABIT: LOADING

Travis talks about the power of habit and starting the training session off right. Out on the range we see a lot of shooters load quickly and forget or not even notice that critical point where they could have gotten so much more out of a simple process. Take advantage of that time to help…

Double Tap Defense .45 ACP review

Okay, like many of you, we are always on the lookout for the next best thing out there for self defense.  For a few years now we have seen a steady stream of Derringer style firearms flowing into the showcases of retail stores.  I truly never thought I’d own one.  I never thought caring around…

Benchmade SOCP Dagger Review

If you carry a knife everyday for defensive purposes, you’ll probably understand that there are some serious issues with folders…mainly, some are just flat out to slow to deploy when compared to fixed blades. Ever wonder why soldiers aren’t issued folders? That’s because fixed blades generally rule in terms of reliability, effectiveness and speed of…

100 Round Drill…

Travis Haley shares his 100 round drill…check it. Travis walks through in detail his warm up routine when hitting the range. Whether you are out for the day or only have 2 boxes of ammo to work with this drill will help improve your performance by focusing on the fundamental processes to achieve your goal…

Meet the TROIKA…

Are you a knife lover? Maybe you’re a blade collector? If you are, then you undoubtedly know that there are a lot of knives on the market claiming to be the very best design for self-defense, military use, etc. However, very few have been used and tested by individuals with the actual experience needed to…

22422 Handgun Speed Drill

Travis Haley of HSP breaks down the 22422 drill and reiterates the importance of not just focusing on the technical, tactical and the physical aspects of shooting but the science and the “why” behind what you choose to do. “At HSP there are no systems, recipes, or styles, our job is to serve the shooting…

Monday Rant: “Tactical Instructors”

I recently read a comment on a popular tactical instructors YouTube video that was referring to that particular instructors style of teaching – based on what the person commenting saw in this instructors video clips. The “commentor” was basically stating that the instructor took too long in his explanations (regarding a firearm shooting drill) and that…

Training Announcement: TORIS Workshop

Are you free JUNE 21-22? Why not take a trip to Los Angeles and enroll in this course provided by TORIS? This is a introduction to the Threat Oriented Rapid Incapacitation System. This 20-hour workshop covers the TORIS methodology (including the basics of our proprietary Simulator) for usable options, capacity, and control in scenarios where incapacitating…

Automatic Knives, for EDC?

Every once and awhile I get asked by friends of mine whether or not automatic knives are good for EDC use. Honestly, at first I wasn’t sure as I had never owned one. I was never a big fan of the designs and heard way to many stories about the blades deploying in someones pockets,…

Monday Rant: Mc’Tacti-Schools

Have you noticed the number of “tactical training schools” that have popped up out of no-where recently? This all reminds me of the mid-nineties when the mixed martial arts craze started to happen. Dojo’s started popping up on every corner, and anyone and everyone was enrolling in class to learn the arts. I like to…

Why does Haley Strategic exist?

In an interview, Travis is asked why Haley Strategic Partners Exists. His answer may surprise you… but hopefully not. Visit his company’s website at: http://haleystrategic.com/index.php See their Blog channel here on Youtube and on out website:http://haleystrategic.com/blog.php © 2014 The Ballistic Blog Like this article? Like us on Facebook!

Cheap vs. Expensive Gear

I see so often people commenting on posts regarding higher prices for tactical gear, etc…usually its “make it cheaper and I’ll buy one”. I understand the money aspect, and I get that people don’t want to spend more if they don’t have to; BUT…If you want cheap tactical gear, meaning cheaper in price, just remember….you’re…

Technaclip Review

I must admit when it comes to firearms, especially those of the daily carry variety, I am a bit of a traditionalist. I have nothing against Kydex, but I like leather and I like steel. Although I can shoot both, I often times shoot Isosceles rather than Weaver but I know that both have their…

Schrade Tactical Tantos

Schrade is stepping it up… If you’re a fan of knives, you’ve undoubtedly heard of, or owned, a Schrade knife at one point or another. Schrade, which is now a Taylor Brand owned company, has been manufacturing and distributing knives since the early 1900’s. Schrade recently released a new line of interesting black-stonewashed blades for…

Shell’n

Shopping for ammo isn’t like anything else, as in you don’t get to try it on or try it out to see if you like it. So testing and evaluation is critical before committing to spending lots of coin on your shell-stash. So to help address some unanswered questions that we had regarding the .410…

Vortex Strikefire Optics

(Product Homepage: http://www.vortexoptics.com) Having recently completed a budget 5.56 AR build, I found myself in the market for budget optics to place on the newly completed rifle. My demands were simple. I wanted a 1x magnification in either a holographic or red dot optic that was well constructed and held zero with reasonable reliability. I…

TOPS Knives HOG 4.5

Like many of you, I am always on the lookout for the next best thing in terms of gear. When it comes to blades, the market is just stocked full of all sorts of new designs and ideas. Few though, hit the nail on the head in terms of usefulness, design, quality materials and price….

Malfunction Junction

I know this is fairly basic for most of you out there in the firearm community, but there are some shooters that don’t know all the tacti-cool-kid verbiage out there.  Keep in mind there are a lot of new shooters coming into the firearm community everyday, and not all of them have instructors to educate…

Cooper Expedition Gear Steadfast E.D.C. Pack

The Cooper Expedition Gear Steadfast E.D.C. Pack is quite a unique piece of nylon gear that allows the user to configure tools and other survival items in one package. The Steadfast E.D.C is also very useful for many who will have the need to transition survival items often from Vehicle to Pack, LBE or to their person….

Streamlight MicroStream Flashlight

Streamlight: MicroStream Want a good Christmas stocking stuffer? Then you’ll want to check out this pocket sized flashlight. The Microstream utilizes the latest in C4® LED technology. This ultra compact and lightweight flashlight is optimized for output and run time and it fits easily in your pocket. Is it the brightest on the market, no,…

Views on Guns in the United States of America

For years, it was more acceptable to see a male holding a gun, shooting a gun or writing about guns – times are changing and changing FAST. Girls with guns photos are spreading like wild-fire -unfortunately, many poses are not for all eyes, as some are like porno photos, in my conservative, Christian opinion.

Golok: King of the Choppers

If you have ever been hiking, exploring, or camping in the northern-western United States or have spent time in a tropical jungle, you probably have either needed or used some form of machete to chop away overgrown brush. Not all large heavy blades are made equal however; I’d like to introduce you to the King…

Raven Concealment Modular Holster

Ever since I bought my Beretta Nano I have had a very difficult time trying to find a non-leather universal holster for it. I waited and waited for a manufacturer to come out with some sort of “high-speed” kydex inside the waste band (IWB) holster that would be perfect for concealed carry. Raven Concealment Systems…

SOG Bladelight Review

Okay, I know what you’re probably thinking here…”a knife with a flashlight on it, big whoop”. That was my impression at first as well to be honest. There are a bunch of hooky flash-light / knife designs out there, but none seemed to have really nailed a good functional design. Until now that is. I’m…

Beretta Nano BU-9

Love is not a strong enough word to explain how I feel about the Beretta Nano. This is by far my favorite every day carry pistol. It’s a very sleek firearm, and I cannot understand why it hasn’t received more praise from the gun community than it has – especially when compared to the other…

SOG Aegis Mini

Per SOGs website: “Aegis (ee-jis), which in Greek means shield or protection, is also the code name for the world’s premier integrated air defense system and the sea-based element of the United States Ballistic Missile Defense System.” I’m not sure what all of that has to do with a small pocket knife, but it sounds…

Knife Fighting: 101

 Have you ever noticed that everyone seems to be an expert on something these days? Whether it be geopolitics, food, parenting, guns, knives, survival techniques, self-defense, basket weaving…you name it and someone can tell you all about it online in a 2 minute YouTube video. Well, knife-fighting is not immune to this. There are many…

Taurus Judge Review

If you want a very close range handgun that is big and looks menacing like a gun from the movie Blade-runner or something…then the Judge is for you. I personally think the Judge is one of those handguns that appeals to people that just like to be different. The gun hit the market around 2007…

Handguns: Polymer vs. Metal

Ever since high tech polymers, fiber-glass composites and carbon based plastics have been used in firearms manufacturing, the debate between gun owners has been “What is better, plastic or metal?” Anytime I think of a metal handgun I ultimately first think of a 1911, and probably most gun enthusiast do the same. It’s an iconic…

The Truth About Carrying a Handgun

Carrying a gun for self-protection or for the protection of others is a very serious decision. There are many psychological, physical and legal factors that should be considered before anyone carries and handgun. Assuming you’re truly ready to carry and are looking for information, you’ve probably spent a few minutes searching the gun forums and…

ESEE-5 & ESEE-LS Review

As a magazine geared more towards guns, hunting and shooting, we don’t conduct a lot of knife reviews. But, guns don’t always “cut it” so to speak (cheesy knife pun intended), therefore a good back-up blade should always be on hand by any hunter, Law Enforcement/military professional and outdoorsman. The question I see the most…

Bang goes the Boomstick!

 In February, during a Facebook Town Hall hosted by Parents magazine, Vice President Joe Biden took questions from readers about gun violence. One question came from a reader named Kate who was concerned how gun owners would be able to sufficiently protect themselves if Congress passed a bill banning certain weapons and high-capacity gun magazines….

The “Black-Rifle”

Some of you have probably heard the term “black rifle” being used by the main-stream media to describe the civilian carbine known as the AR-15. The AR15 normally has a matte black metal finish, which is how the nick-name “the black rifle” came to be. The media and anti-gun crowd would say that these guns have…