My Bag of Tricks

It is great to sit down and FINALLY write this article that has been over a year in the making.  Having said that, this article will serve as a bit of a monument to my thinking at this time, and no doubt the items described as well as the possible uses for this bag will […]

Visiting the 2020 NRA Great American Outdoor Show

As in years past, this past weekend I was able to attend the opening day of the NRA Great American Outdoor Show held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. We made it an overnight trip this year, a much easier proposition than leaving at 0300 and getting back near midnight. I know […]

Carbine Setup for Civilians – 2019 Edition…

Although not one of the most popular, one of the most consistently viewed posts on this blog is the carbine setup article that I wrote back in 2015. To my mind, this speaks to the undeniable popularity of the AR-15. Given the continued assault on our rights and renewed efforts to legislate a ban on […]

Equipment Review: Thyrm Switchback 2.0 Large (on Fenix PD-35)

I cannot recall where I first saw the Thyrm Switchback.  It may have been on a light utilized by Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics in a video, or perhaps adorning one of the lights used by the guys at Practically Tactical, who always seem to get all the “cool-guy” gear first.  I do recall that […]

Skinning the Cat

As a teacher, I often have to sit through various in-service trainings during which I get to hear fellow educators with less experience than me discuss “research-based best practices.”  It has gotten to be such an eye-roll moment for me that whenever I use the instructional techniques they advocate in my classroom, I preface them […]

Random Day at the Range

Every now and then I like to post about a range day, although admittedly it has been a while.  I typically post quick results of things like “Dot Torture” on our Facebook page, but thought I would do a longer post this time.  My reasoning for doing so is three-fold.  First, I like to mention […]

Equipment Review: CSAT Rear Sight

In this post, I’m going to discuss the Combat Shooting and Tactics Rear Aperture Sight, designed by Paul Howe and available from XS Sight Systems. The CSAT rear sight can be installed in many typical AR rear sight bases, and a Troy BUIS specific version is also available. The Troy version is available either as […]

Equipment Review: Hunter Rifleworks AR-15 HBAR Upper

Backstory Those who have read John’s article, The Case for Duplicate Guns, can well understand the advantages of having “doubles” of certain firearms available. One day earlier this year I found myself looking into my safe and realizing that I had only one “true” AR-15 carbine (gasp!). How was this possible? I thought these things […]