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Posted Aug 21, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Posted Aug 16, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
Mobile users see video.tsdcombatsystems.com TSD Combat Systems is now installing DOCTERIII optics on Glock pistols. This is a high quality optic in a very slick little package. Get one on your Glock! Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Recently, had a bit of debate on our WarriorTalk forum about the usefulness of mildot scopes. Mildot scopes are important enough I thought they deserved a full article, rather than just a forum post. The ‘mil’ in mildot is short for ‘milliradian’. It’s an angular measurement, like a degree but much smaller. A milldot scope has a reticle that’s graduated in mils, using dots along the crosshairs as markers (hence mil-dot). While mildot scopes are the most common type of scope with this sort of graduated reticle, the advantages we’re talking about can be applied to any graduated reticle scope.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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As soon as the first TSD MAG-15s came in we shipped them out to our friends in the US Military community for testing. Here is a write up that was sent to us, and posted at warriortalk.com, on their torture testing of the best magazine for the M4 system. Here is his commentary. By the way…notice the TSD Combat Systems RMR Glock 19 in the pics? Ok guys I want to share some of the torture testing of the TSD-MAG15 magazines that we conducted yesterday. Basically what we did was treat one of the new mags very vary badly and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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by Suarez International Ambassador Jon Payne My name is Jon Payne, I'm an Ambassador of the Suarez Group. I have 25 years of experience as an armed professional that spans across the Globe. I've protected Generals in the Middle East and priority assets in what we referred to as the Northern Tier. I've patrolled small towns and large counties as well as searched for fugitives in the swamps and bayous of SE TX. I've made much of my living while using the AR platform. In the past, many drum magazines were not only over priced, but they were excessively heavy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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by Chris Upchurch, Director of Marketing The HK G3 has a long history of being adapted to the sniper role. HK has produced many sniper versions, ranging from stock battle rifles with a special trigger group (the G3SG/1) to purpose built sniper rifles bearing only a passing resemblance to the G3 (the PSG1). At the most basic level, the Bundeswehr simply equipped issue G3 rifles with a 4 power Hensoldt scope and deployed them as designated marksmen rifles (the G3A3ZF). This legacy as a precision platform was part of why I picked up a PTR91GI in the first place. When... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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by Suarez International Ambassador John Chambers In the course of my military career, I was “blessed” with the opportunity to train with, and serve with, many of our international allies. Since I was part of a Long Range Surveillance Detachment, the units we trained and worked with tended to be very interesting, and very well equipped with a variety of weapons. Whether they were German Paras, British Ghurkas, or Japanese Intelligence troops, these soldiers were highly trained and I took every opportunity to become familiar with their weapons, and to learn from their experiences with those weapons. Because of this,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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by Chris Upchurch, Director of Marketing If you want one do-everything cartridge, the 7.62x51mm and its civilian sister, the .308 Winchester, are the best candidates. They provide sufficient power to reach out to 800–1000 yards, to penetrate many types of barrier or armor, and to bring down most game animals reliably. This combination of exterior and terminal ballistics comes in a package small enough to be easily adaptable to semi-automatic weapons. These cartridges the had their genesis in the days after World War II. The United Staes had seen great success with its semi-automatic Garand rifle (Patton pronounced it, “the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
Mobile users see video.suarezinternational.com Gabe Suarez runs the Lancer L15 rifle. Get the Lancer at One Source Tactical Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Posted Jun 10, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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I recently attended the Guerrilla Sniper class that Gabe Suarez taught in Kingman, Arizona. This is not a new class for me, I’ve attended the with Eric Pfleger in Ohio, and with Scott Vandiver in Georgia, along with Gabe’s Guerrilla Sniper II class last fall here in Kingman. However, it's always one of may favorites. Gear My main rifle for this class was my PTR–91GI. Last fall I sent this rifle over to Investment Grade Firearms to have them install a picatinny rail on top of the receiver for mounting optics (they also added a paddle mag release). Gabe was... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Recently I attended the Trauma Care for the CCW Operator in Las Vegas, Nevada, taught by Dr. Keith Seto and Roger Phillips. This is the fourth time I’ve attended the TMCO class, but it's the first with any instructor other than Dr. John Meade, our Director of Tactical Medicine. For the force on force portion of the class, I brought a pair of airsoft G17s. However, the only use I got out of them was loaning them out to various students when their airsoft guns went down. Most students brought Umarex airsoft pistols, with a few green gas powered airsoft... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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One Source Tactical is proud to announce the availability of the MAG Tactical Systems Gen 4 lower receiver, the lightest AR–15 lower available today. The entire stripped lower weighs just 6 ounces. The GEN 4 is approximately 35% lighter than an aluminum receiver and is still a metallic component. No plastic, carbon fiber or polymers. The GEN 4 receiver is made of a proprietary magnesium alloy. These lowers are shockingly light. We got one of them in for evaluation and when I picked it up there was a moment of cognitive dissonance. My brain was saying ‘an AR lower should... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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When Eugene Stoner was designing the original AR–15 rifle, one of the main design objectives was for the rifle to be very lightweight. Indeed, as adopted the M16A1 tipped the scales at just 6.5 pounds. In the years since, heavy barrels, picatinny rail attachments and other additions have pushed up the weight of the average infantryman’s rifle considerably. Despite this trend, advances in carbon fiber and polymers have made it possible to move in the opposite direction, towards an even lighter rifle. For instance the CAV–15 MKII lower is a full pound lighter than a conventional AR lower. While a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend John Chambers’ M4 Sniper Week - Designated Marksman School in Coleman, Texas. This is a five day class combining his DMR and Advanced DMR classes. John is a graduate of the Army's squad designated marksman training program and served as a designated marksman. Most of his service was in a Long Range Surveillance Unit, which has a lot of applicability for the sort of guerrilla small unit tactics that Suarez International teaches. He is exceedingly well qualified to teach a course like this. Gear This was not an easy class to fly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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by Chris Upchurch, Suarez International Director of Marketing The Electromagnetic Spectrum Radio waves, microwaves, light, x-rays, and gamma rays are all basically the same thing: electromagnetic radiation. The difference between the electromagnetic radiation we use for transmitting music through the air, cooking food, lighting up a room, or looking at a broken bone is the frequency of the radiation. Our eyes pick up only a very small slice of this spectrum, what we call visible light. Within this small slice, we perceive different frequencies as different colors. The portion of the spectrum we can see makes up the colors of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at TAIPAN Magazine
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By Chris Upchurch, Director of Marketing Back in September I wrote about my PTR91 GI in its stock configuration. Since then, I’ve made a few modifications. I sent the rifle out to Investment Grade Firearms to have them weld a rail to the top of the receiver for mounting optics and install a paddle magazine release to bring it into line with the G3 design. They really did an excellent job with this. It truly looks like the rifle came from the factory this way. The paddle mag release makes magazine changes a lot easier, particularly for those of us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2012 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Posted Dec 18, 2012 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Posted Dec 13, 2012 at TAIPAN Magazine
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One of the most common questions we get at OST is "Which RMR should I get for my TSD pistol, the RM02 or the RM07?" This is not an easy question to answer, because they're both very good optics. The RM02 and RM07 both have 6.5 MOA dots (older RM02s have 8 MOA dots but Trijicon recently standardized on 6.5 MOA). This means that the dot will appear to be about 6.5 inches across at 100 yards (or 0.65 inches at 10 yards). This is more than enough accuracy for pistol shooting at any distance. The main difference between the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at TAIPAN Magazine
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When you talk about modularity in a rifle, most people think of the AR platform, or perhaps one of the newer rifles like a SCAR or XCR. The HK G3 was modular before it was cool. In some ways it still outpaces any of its more recent rivals. For instance, you can go from this: To this: In under a minute, without any tools. Changing the furniture on the PTR and other HK-style rifles is easy. To remove the stock, all you have to do is pop out the two pins at the back of the receiver and slide the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at TAIPAN Magazine