The Reality of USPSA Competition - Tactiholics™

Check out our first go 'round in a USPSA match, held in Rockford, IL.

In defensive encounters you do not have time to plan and walk through your actions, you just act. Moving past this mindset, I find a lot of value in organized competitions, such as USPSA, as they push your limits as a shooter and provide great opportunity to improve skills that can be applied to any direction of the weapon.

**All of the stages shown were my first attempts; I did not walk through, plan reloads, or target ordering prior to shooting. This keeps the drills closer to reality as it's "processed on the fly".

Gun: Sig 226 TacOps 9mm
Class: Limited

The $20 Devastator: SOG Fasthawk - Tactiholics™

For right around $20 the SOG Fasthawk is one tough bugger! We managed to chop through a variety of objects including cinder blocks, tree limbs, and even bones!

I have carried and used the SOG Fasthawk for quite some time and it has held up incredibly well through an assortment of punishing jobs; see the entertaining ones here!

 

Get your SOG gear here!

DIY: Low-Cost Target Stands - Tactiholics™

The all-wooden stands shown in this video can be built for $15 or less per stand. The metal base from TacStrike will be a higher price up front but last much longer than wood.

This video is designed to demonstrate and explain the assembly of a basic target stand.

 

Get your Tacstrike targets here!

Remington R51: Hot Or Not? - Tactiholics™

Here it is...the good, the bad, and the ugly. We have had our hands on a number of Remington R51s and, although each shared some positive attributes, they all shared a variety of negative issues.

Watch the whole video for an unbiased opinion on the gun and whether or not it's worth the hype!

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the new Remington R51.

Tac-Con 3MR Trigger in a 5.56...Any Closer To Full Auto? - Tactiholics™

Check. This. Out...Not only did the Tac-Con 3MR shoot like mad in the 9mm Lone Wolf, today we strapped it in to the PWS Diablo 5.56 and held on tight!

 

This trigger operates off of gas pressure and bolt carrier speed, but we've found almost no difference in it's performance between calibers...regardless of the significant difference between the two rounds.

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review of the TacCon 3MR trigger.

 

Get your TacCon 3MR triggers here!

Tac-Con 3MR Trigger In 9mm Lone Wolf Pistol - Tactiholics™

The Tac-Con 3MR is great for competition shooters, operators, or anyone looking to produce and maintain a faster rate of fire than traditional semi auto allows! There is a learning curve to the trigger, but if given the time to learn it well it could be a significant advantage.

 

This is NOT a full auto trigger and there is no paperwork or tax stamp to fill out. Tac-Con sends a copy of the ATF letter stating this with the purchase of their 3MR trigger system.This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review of the TacCon 3MR trigger.

 

Get your TacCon 3MR triggers here!

Seal 1 Lube: A Hot Cleaner Ideal For Cold Weather - Tactiholics™

**The shooting in this video was done in one take showing difficulties of shooting in heavy show...yet the gun had none!**

 

There is a variety of high end, "single stage" cleaning products out there designed to clean and lubricate your gun in one process. Seal 1 is leading the way on our firearms with it's ability to not only clean incredibly well, but also endure a wide variety of harsh conditions. Where other products of this type gum up in cold weather, Seal 1 Liquid CLP maintains it's original viscosity and keeps your guns running smooth when needed most!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review Seal 1 Liquid CLP gun lube.

 

Find all your Seal 1 products here!

Roger's Custom Kydex IWB Holster: Deep Cover Rig - Tactiholics™

Get inside the waistband with us and check out our Deep Cover Rig IWB holster from Roger's Custom Kydex. The Deep Cover Rig carried the weight of a full size Sig P226 just fine, and more than handled the weight of smaller models used for testing, and is built with quality craftsmanship, comfortable contouring, and adjustable "depth" settings...it's a tough one to beat!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Deep Cover Rig from Roger's Custom Kydex.

 

Get your Roger's Custom Kydex holsters here!

 

Rob Pincus Shows Us The MAG Tactical AIR-15 - Tactiholics™

It was a pleasure to meet up with Rob Pincus, the founder of I.C.E. Training Company, and get an inside look at the brand new AIR-15 rifle from MAG Tactical Systems. MAG Tactical is building an "I.C.E. Training" package gun, identical to the one Rob will be running himself.This is THE lightest full length AR-15 I have ever held! Incredibly crisp, and reasonably-weighted, trigger, ultra lightweight carbon fiber trim, and topped off with an Aimpoint T1 for under $2,500...good luck finding a better deal on a fully assembled gun!Special thanks to Rob Pincus for working with us, we look forward to more!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the MAG Tactical AIR-15, brought to us by Rob Pincus and I.C.E. Training Company.

 

Get your MAG Tactical Systems gear here!

.45 ACP: More Girly Than You Think - Tactiholics™

Hitting the range with a viewer to see how well women can handle the .45ACP. There are a fair amount on gun salesmen, boyfriends, husbands, etc. who claim "the .45 has too much 'kick'"...tell that to the steel plates in this video!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration of a small female effectively shooting and controlling a .45ACP handgun.

How To Install Your SIRT AR-15 Bolt - Tactiholics™

Have a SIRT AR-15 bolt waiting to be installed? Here's how it's done!

 

This video is designed to provide step by step instruction for installing your SIRT AR-15 bolt from Next Level Training into your own rifle. Let's open it up!

SIRT Pistol: Take Your Training To The Next Level - Tactiholics™

Next Level Training has developed an incredible way to enhance skills of any degree with pistol and rifle systems, they call it SIRT.

SIRT (Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) allows users to maintain grip, sight picture and sight alignment while experiencing a true self-resetting trigger. This unlocks doors for fundamental training all the way up through force on force scenarios!

 

Incredible amounts of repition become more convenient and less costly with the SIRT gear...it's worth its weight in gold!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the SIRT pistol & AR-15 bolt from Next Level Training.

 

Get your Next Level Training gear here!

A New Level of Extreme: Burris XTR w/Fast Fire III - Tactiholics™

The Burris XTR truly is an "extreme tactical rifle" optic; 1-4 magnification, crisp, bright reticle, and glass clear enough to make you forget you're looking through a scope! Pair this with the Fast Fire III and you've made yourself a mean setup with extreme versatility! The Fast Fire III is Burris' RMR red dot and provides incredible clarity and maintains a small MOA dot so your eyes stay on target easier!

 

The Burris XTR/Fast Fire III is a serious contender with other high end optics, and you have the ability to remove the Fast Fire III should you need to setup two weapons - rifle, pistol, or shotgun...get some of this!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Burris XTR/Fast Fire III optic.

 

Get your Burris optics here!

Get Yourself Covered with Tacprogear! - Tactiholics™

Tacprogear's slogan is "Performance Above All Else" and after putting some hard miles on both their Rapid Assault Plate Carrier and non-ballistic Bump Helmet it has done nothing but live up to the standard!

The plate carrier is incredibly durable, adjustable, and customizable...all without sacrificing user comfort. The helmet stays in place through even the most abusive encounters with tree branches, rocks, and walls as well as offers large amounts of adjustment and padding...well worth the money!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Tacprogear Rapid Assault Plate Carrier and Bump Helmet.

 

Get your Tacprogear here!

Living Up To The Name: The Kershaw Knockout - Tactiholics™

Wearing a razor sharp factory edge, loads of features, and a spring assisted opening mechanism that's smooth enough to put Elvis to shame...comes the Knockout from Kershaw! With every draw from the pocket the Knockout lands comfortably in your hand ready to cut nearly anything!

 

Although more of a "gentleman's folder" than a rugged field knife, the Knockout will deliver much more than expected and comes at a reasonable price of roughly $100 from Kershaw!


This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Knockout knife from Kershaw.

 

Get your Kershaw Knockout here!

Add Speed to Your Reload: Gear4Grunts R.A.M.P. - Tactiholics™

Have a look at a new style of mag pouches for your AR platform...the Rapid Access Magazine Pod, or R.A.M.P. for short. Made from lightweight, highly durable plastic, the RAMPs allow operators to draw magazines in a more comfortable fashion and call for less required movement to be inserted into the weapon.

 

The RAMP can be attached to any MOLLE system, and functions with both polymer and Mil-Spec mags for either 5.56 or 7.62.

 

All in all, it's cutting edge design, versatility, and truly rapid access abilities make the Gear4Grunts R.A.M.P. an excellent addition to your kit!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Rapid Access Magazine Pod (R.A.M.P.) from Gear4Grunts.

 

Get your Rapid Access Magazine Pods here!

Mission Critical Tools 10 Second Test - Tactiholics™

The LDC, or Last Ditch Cutting, tag is designed to be lightweight, low profile, strong, and versatile. The LDC tag held up extremely well in our test, and proved itself to having more than just a cutting application...give it a look!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the LDC Tag by Mission Critical Tools.

 

Get your Last Ditch Cutting tag here!

Critical Incident Reloads: Get Back In The Fight! - Tactiholics™

This video is designed to provide step by step instruction of critical incident reloads with a handgun. Let's take a look!

Technique #1: you can see how the hands move independently to remove the old magazine while simultaneously indexing the new mag.

Technique #2: the hands work together to remove the empty mag, positively ensuring the empty mag is clear, before indexing the new mag.

The first technique may save you a very small amount of time, but what's important is finding an efficient way to perform critical incident reloads that is comfortable and smooth for you.

Stress Test: What Can You Handle? - Tactiholics™

Today we are looking at how your ability to function and shoot a handgun can be effected by stress. Shown in this video are two drills which accurately represent the physical side effects of an adrenaline dump - loss of fine motor skills and elevated heart rate.


The ice water test will cause the blood flow to leave your fingers, thereby limiting your ability to feel potentially vital pieces of the firearm such as the mag release and trigger. Also your hands will be slippery, just as sweat would leave them, making fine motor skills even more difficult.


Running and doing pushups will elevate your heart rate, breathing, and create fatigue making presentation of the firearm and maintaining necessary sight picture difficult.

 

If you're not pushing yourself, you're not improving yourself!

M&P Shield 9mm: Low Profile Protection - Tactiholics™

New from Smith & Wesson is a small (near pocket-sized) self defense oriented gun dubbed...the Shield. After running it through the paces our Shield 9mm has lived up to all expectations and beyond! Available in 9mm as well as .40, the Shield offers competitive magazine capacity, shooter-friendly sights, a smoother, crisper trigger than the full size M&P line, and more!

$450 and a lifetime warranty makes this a hard one to pass up!  

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield.

 

Get your M&P Shield here!

Remington 887 Tactical Nitro Mag: Iron-Clad Warrior - Tactiholics™

Get an inside look at the new Nitro Mag Tactical from Remington! This lightweight, pump action shotgun is protected by Remington's ArmorLokt coating to withstand harsh elements, SuperCell recoil pad for significantly less felt recoil, and will run 12 gauge 2 3/4", 3", and 3 1/2" rounds!
Combine all of these features and a great price point of roughly $400 and this weapon truly is the "gold standard in black armor"!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Remington 887 Tactical Nitro Mag shotgun.

 

Get your Tactial Nitro Mag here!

Phone Skope: You'll Never Miss A Shot - Tactiholics™

A cutting edge way of capturing still frames and HD video through a spotting scope or rifle optic utilizing your smartphone. At an average price of only $70, the Phone Skope makes a great addition to long distance shooters, surveillance teams, and everyone in between!
Download the Phone Skope app to maximize recording performance!

 

*Parts of this video were recorded using a smartphone via Phone Skope attachment

 

Get your Phone Skope here!

Powder River Trigger Review - Tactiholics™

Check out this before and after comparison of the stock XDm trigger vs PRP's Ultimate Easy Fit trigger. See the difference in trigger behavior - take up, over travel, reset improvement - as well has shot placement.
PRP offers all of this high quality performance for only $110..you can't go wrong!

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Powder River Precision Easy Fit trigger available for Springfield XD/XDm pistols.

 

Get your Powder River Precision triggers here!

Full & Semi Auto Sub Gun Run! - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and overview of M11-9 (full auto), short barrel rifle Uzi (semi auto), and an AK-74 (semi auto) rifles.

All full auto and short barrel rifles were obtained and used under appropriate documentation.

Tough As Nails: OtterBox Armor Case - Tactiholics™

An all out test to find the limits of the new Armor case by OtterBox. See how it stands up to some Tactiholics™ style punishment!

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the OtterBox Armor Series Case.

 

Get your Otterbox Armor case here!

Escape & Evade with the DPx Danger Tag - Tactiholics™

Whether it's cutting paracord for survival or being applied defensively, the DPx Danger tag is a small yet formidable tool. For $5 this is one dangerous business card!
Watch Tactiholics™ rely on the Danger Tag above!

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the DPx Danger Tag.

 

Get your Danger Tag here!

Vortex Strikefire: Affordable Supremacy - Tactiholics™

In need of a light weight, durable, versatile red dot optic system? For under $200 you can pick up the Vortex Strikefire and still run head to head with an Aimpoint!
Available in red dot only or red/green, NV compatible, included 2x magnifier, and availabe quick detach mounts and kill-flashes...you can't pass this up!
See just how well it withstands our torture test in this video!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Strikefire optic by Vortex.

 

Get your Vortex optics here!

Sneak Peak - Tactiholics™

An inside look at some top notch gear reviews to come this summer from Tactiholics™

ModGear Plate Carrier: Cash-Friendly Coverage - Tactiholics™

If you're in need of a customizable plate carrier that's easy on the wallet then ModGear is a great way to go! Available in black, tan, OD green, ACU, and multicam, this carrier is priced right - $100 - and built to last!
Fully adjustable shoulder and cummerbund straps, a quick release tab, and plenty of MOLLE real estate further enhance the value.

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the ModGear Plate Carrier.

 

Get your ModGear plate carrier here!

Fruit Ninja With The Combative Edge Salus - Tactiholics™

If you're looking for a comfortable, durable, and downright impressive fixed blade look no further than the Salus, from Combative Edge. Weighing in at 10.5oz and  a blade length of 5-7/8", the Salus has proven itself a heavy-hitting contender for other fixed blades in it's price range and beyond!


This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Combative Edge Salus.

 

Get your Combative Edge knives here!

MOLLE Spray Paint Demo - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration of camouflaging a MOLLE plate carrier using Brownell's Aluma-Hyde II paint.

 

Get your Aluma-Hyde II paint here!

TOPS Knives HKT - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the TOPS Knives/C. Despins HKT.

 

Get your HKT here!

The Karambite In Action - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Karambite by Colin Despins.

 

Get your Karambite here!

 

The Karambite - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is an overview and review the Karambite by Colin Despins.

 

Get your Karambite here!

Maximize Traction: Grip Stippling - Tactiholics™

Any easy, do-it-yourself modification to almost any set of pistol grips! The technique used was pressing a hot soldering iron into the grip material. For less added traction, press lightly, and for a more aggressive result press firmly.
Stippling can be applied to pistol and rifle grips, trigger guards and even magazine base plates.
A little bit goes a long way...take a look!

 

Get your Sig P226 TacOps here!

Combative Edge SR-11 - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review the Combative Edge SR-11.

 

Get your Combative Edge knives here!

Eotech 552 Optic - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration of the Eotech 552 optic.

 

Get your Eotech 552 here!

ScotteVest Expedition: The Ultimate Adventure Jacket - Tactiholics™

SeV calls it their ultimate adventure jacket and it's hard to argue that. The Expedition is a water resistant traveler's jacket offering 37 pockets ideal for phones, iPads, water bottles, maps, cameras, and more. SeV tops it off by utilizing their Weight Management System and NoBulge™ design for a comfortable, low profile way to move your gear!
Check it out!

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration of the Scottevest Expedition jacket.

 

Get your ScotteVest EDC jacket here!

FOX Knives Karambit - Tactiholics™

Tipping the scale at 4.6oz and showing it's teeth at 3.2", the FOX 479 makes for a nice size EDC karambit style blade. Other features inlude tip up/down left/right carry, an Emerson Wave to assist with opening, and rough G10 handle make this knife a keeper!
See how it works through a stack of ribs here!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review of the FOX Knives 479 Karambit.

 

Get your FOX Karambite here!

Sig 226 TacOps: An All-Out Hotrod! - Tactiholics™

Today we're looking at the Sig Sauer P226 TacOps. TFO/SigLite night sites, 4.5" barrel, beaver tail, short reset trigger with lowered weight, and mag well grips off the shelf?
This gun is an out-of-the-box hotrod!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review of the Sig Sauer 226 TacOps.

 

Get your Sig P226 TacOps here!

TOPS Knives Wolfhawk - Tactiholics™

Check out our run down of the Battle Blades Wolfhawk, an innovative design for mounting a blade to the rail system of your weapon.
Available in drop point (hunter) and tanto blades, with either a Micarta or 550 wrapped handle, and fully ambidextrous sheath.
All of this plus Tops Knives production quality for just $135!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration and review of the TOPS Knives/Battle Blades Wolfhawk.

 

Get your Battle Blades Wolfhawk here!

The Best of Tactiholics™

Behind the scenes fun with Tactiholics.

...we never quit!

Brownell Paint Demo (Camo AR-15) - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration of camouflaging an AR-15 using Brownell's Aluma-Hyde II paint.

 

Get your Aluma-Hyde II paint here!

Tactical Diaper Bag - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration of the Maxpedition Mongo Versipack.

 

Get your Mongo Versipack here!

Phantom Skinz - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical test of the Phantom Skinz phone case.

 

Get your Phantom Skinz case here!

TOPS Knives Back Bite - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration of the TOPS Knives/C. Despins Back Bite.

 

Get your Back Bite here!

Exotac Nanostriker review - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration of the Exotac Nanostriker.

 

Get your Nanostriker here!

Tactical Pen Review - Tactiholics™

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is a physical demonstration of a few Tactical and common pens' applicability as impact striking tools.

 

Get your TOPS, Uzi, CRKT, and Benchmade pens here!

 

 

 

EDC Gear: Get In The Pockets of Tactiholics™

There are some pieces of gear that should never be left at home. Take a look at some of the items we carry (which is subject to change based on environment and duration away from home) such as flashlights, knives, and much more!

 

This video is not designed to be an instructional video. It is an overview of EDC options. EDC loadouts may be subject to change.

 

 

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