We've been testing the Blackout Buddy H2O from ETON and the American Red Cross. Very cool little product, uses a magnesium oxide battery. One time use light, but shines bright enough to be useful and would be great for emergencies. Keep the battery wet and it will shine for 72 hours.
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We tested out some 9mm frangible rounds from Team Never Quit. How close can you get to steel targets with high quality frangible ammo? Pretty dang close. Glen dumped 68 rounds into this steel target at point blank distance with no frag or splash at all.
Emergency medical classes are the most important training that we do at Independence Training. You are not likely to need a firearm to defend yourself, though we really enjoy that kind of training and it's exciting. However you are pretty much guaranteed to see a medical emergency or be involved in one, or multiple events, in your life. Our next IFAK Life Saver class is Dec 5 in Yuma, AZ. Interested in enrolling or interested in a class closer to you? Email us: Info@TrainingAZ.com.
"Want to thank Glen Stilson (Independence Training). Took his IFAK course a couple years ago. Before that I carried half ass first aid kits and didn't really know how to use them. I don't train as much as I should but every time I go anywhere an IFAK is with me and I look through it occasionally and remind myself what's in it.
"Today while looking for a deer my grandpa shot up by the rim, my grandma decided to come out and help. My grandpa has Parkinson's and while still a good shot didn't quite nail this one. So we had been tracking blood for probably a quarter mile and lost the trail. My grandmother decided to walk back to the vehicle which was nearly a quarter mile away. After a while I hear screaming so I take off full sprint. Not a lot of air up there so I was gasping when I got to her but was very collected and everything came easy.
"She was holding her leg and her pants were soaked with blood. After she told me only her leg was injured I immediately went to work. Cut the pants leg off. Very large flesh wound about four inches long ripped down to the shin bone but not an artery. Fairly large amount of blood but I was quick on getting out the gauze and putting pressure while getting out a bandage to wrap it up. Bleeding stopped pretty quick and my grandfather finally got there and took off to take her to the ER.
"This was not life threatening but it could have been. Thanks to Glen's course there was no panic and no hesitation and I immediately knew what to do. I'm confident I'd be able to handle a much more serious situation if it was within my means and I am very thankful I was prepared with everything I needed in my kit. Always thought it was too big didn't need that much gauze, but I used all of it.
"I highly recommend taking one of Glen's classes and getting several good IFAKs because shit happens."
Well done, Victor! We have sent him replacement supplies and we're proud to have him as one of our students.
We can't always be serious during training - sometimes you just need to have fun! We put a pumpkin (plus a surprise) at 500 yards during our recent Precision Rifle class at CowTown Range Arizona. Our students were hitting it with their .308 rifles but then we realized they didn't have enough velocity to set off the surprise, so the .300 Win Mags came out. A student fired but missed, so our lead instructor, Josh, seized the day and nailed it cold bore with his LRK Mechanical rifle.
Every year we participate in the Independence Day Action Rifle Match - after all, we're Independence Training so it just kind of makes sense, doesn't it? This year we had several of our team members join in the fun, and here's our video compilation of the various stages shot from a couple of different angles. OUr head instructor, Glen, is the one wearing the POV camera (GoPro).
Thanks to everyone from the Fun Squad who helped make the event that much more fun, and for all of the volunteer RSOs and staff who make it all possible!
This match supports the AZCDL, and so do we, so be sure to head over to their website and become a member or make a donation to keep freedom strong in Arizona!
This is Part 1 of our Dirt Medicine Fundamentals where we discuss Catastrophic Hemorrhage and the use of Tourniquets. These are the simple basics, not advanced techniques or specifics based on full patient or wound assessment, and are shown in order to raise awareness of the use and function of a tourniquet to control arterial bleeding.
**This video is not meant to replace professional training - it is for product information only. We do not recommend applying any of these techniques or products without receiving training.**
Our third video with the CMMG Mutant shows the accuracy and group size of the 12 different types of ammunition that we've been using, but this time in darkness with only a weapon mounted light. We also show a bit of footage from the Veterans Action Shooting Match on June 8 at Cowtown Range in AZ. Our total count on the rifle right now is 1700 rounds.
Next video: Running the Mutant at the Independence Day Action Rifle Match in Mesa, AZ on July 4.
We set our Mutant up with a Trijicon TA31RCO-M4 ACOG with KRAM spacer, a Streamlight TLR-1s HL, and a Redwire Gear convertible sling and forend cover. For this test we used the Slumberjack Rifle Hauler Mat and the Redwire Gear Rifle Sacks.
We have been testing the new Gnat Warfare moving target systems and we couldn't be happier! These targets give us the capability to do things in training, competition and recreational shooting that we wouldn't be able to do otherwise.
We have new training programs that will be built around these systems and will be taught exclusively at Cowtown Range in Peoria, AZ - more info to follow soon!
Our second video with the CMMG Mutant shows the accuracy and group size of 12 different types of ammunition from 50m under two different shooting conditions. Our third and final accuracy video will be done after another 1000 rounds have been put through the Mutant, bringing our total on the rifle to 1500 rounds.
Next video: 1000 rounds with no maintenance at the Veterans Action Shooting Match in Peoria, AZ.
We set our Mutant up with a Trijicon TA31RCO-M4 ACOG with KRAM spacer, a Streamlight TLR-1s HL light and a Redwire Gear convertible sling. For this test we used the Slumberjack Rifle Hauler Mat and the Redwire Gear Rifle Sacks.
Test #2 results: 100 rounds with zero malfunctions, hasn't been lubricated since before Test #1, 12 different ammunition types tested at 50m for function and accuracy, total round count on rifle is 500 rounds to date.
We are very proud to be a part of the Veterans Action Shooting Match, put on by Concerned Veterans for America (http://cv4a.org/), at Cowtown Range in Peoria, AZ.
This is a totally free event for all Veterans - firearms, ammunition, food, prizes, and range time is all provided at no cost to participants. Our April 11 and May 11 events were maxed out (and then some), and we still have June 8 and July 13 coming up before we transition to a fall schedule, which will probably be on the weekends. Interested in attending? Contact us for more info: Info@TrainingAZ.com.
We would like to thank our sponsors who make this event possible - please support them as they truly put their money where their mouths are when it comes to supporting our Veterans!
We recently got our hands on a CMMG Mutant MK47 AKM for testing. This is video #1, with several more to come, and in this test we focus on different types of ammunition, magazines, close quarters rapid shooting and long range shooting out to 500m.
We set our Mutant up with a Trijicon TA31RCO-M4 ACOG with KRAM spacer, a Streamlight TLR-1s HL light and a Redwire Gear convertible sling.
Test results: 400 rounds with zero malfunctions, receiver too tight for Master Molder magazines, 13 different ammunition types tested at 50m for function and accuracy, keymod forend gets very hot after only a few magazines, engaged targets 200m-500m with effective accuracy.
We've had a Patrol Rifle Zero from SIONICS Weapon Systems for over a year now, and we have over 8k rounds through it without cleaning it, only lubricating with Slip2000. We decided to see how the accuracy was holding up, so we fired a 5 round group from 50m, cold bore. Glen pulled one shot high left, but still a good group with such a dirty barrel.
Glen's newest article for Western Whitetail is up, and it's titled 'Shot Variance: What Went Wrong?'. It's important to understand the effect that the environment and your rifle's cold bore can have on your point of impact. You can read the article in full by clicking HERE or on the image below.
Matt over at The Art of Living Dangerously recorded another episode with Glen, this time it's all about guns! Could there be a better topic? Listen to the episode here: http://www.cro59.com/018-guns-guns-guns/
There's more to a target than just a bullseye, and we use certain targets in our training for very specific reasons. In this video we cover the various targets we use and why we use them, and we also shoot a few demos.
Tombstone Tactical recently wrote an article about our medical kits and why you should buy one before you buy another gun or more ammo. Did you know that they carry our med kits for sale in their store?
Glen's newest article for G.I. Jobs has been posted: Spring Cleaning Means Time to Clean Up Your Resume.
"Like nearly everything else in life, your resume needs regular maintenance. Those in the market for a new career or job need to keep their resume current. But even if you aren’t looking for something new you should still make sure that all of your information is up to date and well-written."
Picked up a Mil-X training smoke grenade from our friends over at AR500 Armor - not as good as a real smoke grenade, but perfect for training or simulations. Get more info by checking out 3rd Light: http://www.3rdlight.net/
Check out our good friend's new podcast: The Art of Living Dangerously. Matt Shozda has not only been a friend of ours for a long time, but was also one of our adjunct instructors for a couple of years.
In his first episode, you'll hear a familiar voice since our head instructor Glen Stilson is Matt's first guest. And where did they record this show? Inside of a tent while the rain poured down, of course!
If you think that eye pro is only for looking cool, think again - it's a vital piece of safety equipment for shooting and other risky activities. Eye protection from Revision will actually stop projectiles from entering your eyes - and what's more is that they're comfortable and functional!
Glen's newest article for G.I. Jobs has been posted: Give Your Community College a Chance for Your Higher Education
"The adventure of going to college can present you with a
couple of challenges, not the least of which is financial, even if you use the
GI Bill to help pay for it.
face the decision of what classes to take, which career to pursue and how to
fit it all into your busy life. Don’t look past your local community college,
though, because it may be able to help you accomplish your mission!"
Frangible ammo from ICC Ammo lets you get much closer to steel targets, as well as use shoot houses and other close-quarters training environments much more safely than when using normal jacketed lead ammo. Plus it's lead free, so it's 'green ammo' and safe for indoor ranges and the environment.
Glen's newest article for G.I. Jobs has been posted: Your Resume - What a Potential Employer Sees.
"Over the years, I’ve looked at plenty of resumes while in management or supervisory positions. Some of them were humorous, filled with misspelled words, obnoxious fonts, unorganized information, even ridiculous accomplishments (high score in a video game – really?)."
Glen's newest article for Western Whitetail is up, and it's titled 'Shot Positioning for a Clean Kill'. Field shooting positions are important to practice, and this articles describes a few of the more popular ones and how to get in some trigger time with them. You can read the article in full by clicking HERE or on the image below.
Glen's newest article for G.I. Jobs has been posted: 10 Exciting Homeland Security Jobs.
"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has many challenging and unique job opportunities, especially for veterans. Best part? Most Homeland Security jobs have extensive benefits beyond just a paycheck."
Glen's newest article for G.I. Jobs has been posted: 5 Military Values That Translate to Civilian Jobs.
"There are a lot of jobs in the military that can be difficult to transfer into the civilian world.
While some of us may wish there were an opening for a tank crew member or an infantryman in corporate America, those specific skills are likely to be left in your past. However, those who have served developed the following military values, usually under stress, and they are very useful and highly sought after in the job market today."