TCM TAC Ultra FS Rock Island Review

Rock Island’s TCM TAC Ultra Full Size (FS) with 10+1 9mm (or 22TCM) rounds.  Photo by Will Rodriguez

Rock Island’s TCM TAC Ultra Full Size (FS) is the third pistol in my series of reviews on the company’s innovative new 1911’s chambered in 9mm AND 22TCM.  When I opened the box the movie Robocop came to mind.  I learned the passing similarity to the Desert Eagle wasn’t the only thing the guns have …

November 10th 2016 Marine Corps Birthday by Yankee Papa

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Every November 10th, Majrod has me address some Birthday comments to the Marines that prowl around this site from time to time.  Every year I remind them that the Marine Corps is so besotted with glory that it is as well to remember that other services… especially the Army… have played their own part in …

Aerial Target Interdiction Course by BAT Defense

Jeff Cotto coaching a student at BAT Defense’s Aerial Target Interdiction Course.  Photo by Will Rodriguez

I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to sit through BAT Defense’s Aerial Target Interdiction Course last Saturday given at Altair in the Florida everglades.  I probably won’t be able to do justice to the event.  From top to bottom it was awesome.  If you’ve “done everything” when it comes to shooting, put this …

Hacksaw Ridge, a Story of Commitment, Principle & Courage

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I watched Hacksaw Ridge tonight and left the theatre spent.  It’s an inspiring story that celebrates being true to one’s self in the cauldron of combat.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested in movies with a strong moral theme.  It’s also a very well done action movie and has much to offer those that …

UNIFORMS: Towards The Practical Part One 1775-1915 by Yankee Papa

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…Brisk April morning.  Roughly zero dark thirty.  Troops had been waiting forever, but the brass had insured “hurry up and wait” by trying to micro-manage an evolution that they had never seen fit to practice before.  They were late getting all the men into the boats and underway.  It would be long after dawn before …

TCM ROCK Standard FS HC Combo – 22TCM/9mm Review

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When it comes to guns it’s hard to be innovative with the myriad of choices out there.  The task becomes near insurmountable when you tackle the venerable 1911 chassis and simultaneously create a brand new round.  You have to hand it to Rock Island and I applaud their daring.  I was given the opportunity to …

Maneuver Conf 2016 Most Impressive Display, Marathon Targets

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Marathon Targets likely impressed me the most of all the displays at Ft. Benning’s 2016 Maneuver Conference.  It can potentially revolutionize our small arms ranges and small unit training up to company level while tremendously increasing our Soldiers and Marines marksmanship capabilities.  Today, unless our troops are given access to very limited and expensive range …

The Dawn of the Armored Fighting Vehicle

A British Mark I "male" tank pictured in September 1916, likely in reserve for the Battle of Thiepval Ridge. (Wikimedia Commons)

One hundred years ago combustion powered armored war machines first took to the battlefield. Startfor did an excellent article in commemorating this historic development. Besides describing that event the article discussed the evolution of armored platforms back to the Roman Army and hit on some dynamics that still are with us today e.g. speed, weight …

Army “Green Round”; the “Rest of the Story”

M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round and its “green” bullet. US Army Photo

Get ready.  I’m about to overturn what a lot of knowledgeable “gun people” think they know about the Army’s M855A1 “Green Round”.  There will be gnashing of teeth as angry keyboarding hammers out responses that will most likely ignore the facts I’m about to share. What’s prompted me to cause this upheaval in “common knowledge” …