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DI-Why? Reloading Press LED Light Strip

I’m always on the lookout for cool things relating to shooting that I can DIY and save a chunk of money. Sometimes it works out, but sometimes it doesn’t really. One thing that I’ve always found troublesome was getting adequate lighting under the turret of my reloading press. I’ve tried all sorts of things and finally came up with the brilliant idea of making an LED light strip. I headed over to Amazon and ordered …

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$6 To More Interesting Dryfire

Getting started with dryfire is super easy. Tape some scaled dryfire targets to the wall, clear your pistol, maybe put a par timer app on your phone, and go to town. I’ve been practicing with a handful of dryfire targets taped to my garage door for a few years now, but as I’ve gotten to the point of wanting to work on more specific things (like keeping the gun up while moving into a position …

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DIY: PVC Drain Pipe Holster

On episode 118 of the podcast we played a voicemail from podcast listener Robert about his first match and he talked about making his gear for USPSA out of PVC he purchased at the hardware store. After confirming with Robert about what he used, I had to share it here on the blog. He purchased some 4″ PVC drain pipe from the hardware store and heated it up and molded it just like it was …

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DIY: Visually Distinct Dummy Rounds

As I’ve ramped up my dry fire over the past six months, one of the things I’ve really come to appreciate are weighted dummy rounds. Even loading mags to 10 rounds for IDPA SSP or USPSA Production, good weighted dummy rounds triple the weight of a magazine. In a division like CDP/Single Stack or Limited where you’re reloading will full magazines, practicing inserting the mag with enough force to depress the fully-loaded magazine spring becomes …

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[Gear Mod] Adding a Pocket Clip to a Flashlight

I’ve been wanting an inexpensive flashlight to use at work. Something about using my Streamlight ProTac HL that cost $100, and takes $10 worth of batteries in an environment where it could get lost or stolen doesn’t sit right with me. I knew that I had this old 2AA Coleman LED flashlight kicking around the house,  and it’s always been a great light, especially for the $20 I paid for it a few years back. …

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Streamlight ProTac HL Tailcap/Switch Mod

Last fall I picked up a Streamlight ProTac HL flashlight to use for the Day-Night-Day match, since at the time I didn’t have a suitable flashlight. I had more than a little trouble with the light during the match, and afterwards I considered making some modifications to it, but just couldn’t bring myself to start hacking on (what at the time was) a $100 flashlight. Fast forward a year or so, and I’ve actually been …

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DIY – Tumbling Media Separator

After getting my reloading press all put together and ready to rock, I found myself with a bunch of clean brass in the tumbler with no way to separate it from the crushed walnut media. I looked around the garage, and found a stack of 3 little trash cans that appeared in my garage about the time of our wedding a few months back. I figured since they nest together so nice it would be …

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Extended S&W Shield Safety Prototyping #2

Earlier this week I mentioned that I’ve been considering making an extended safety for my S&W Shield 9mm because the standard safety is miserable. The JB Weld that I used to add material to the extra safety lever has mostly cured (I didn’t have a lot of hardener, so it took a bit longer than I expected), and I had time to install it. It’s not big, just a hair bigger than the standard safety: …

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Extended S&W Shield Safety Prototyping

If you’ve been reading Triangle Tactical for any length of time, you’ll know that I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my S&W Shield 9mm for some time now. It’s a good pistol, but I absolutely hate the safety. If I had it my way, the pistol wouldn’t even have it, but since it has a safety, I feel the need to use it just in case it were to get bumped into the on position …

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AR Hammer Beer Opener

Do you have an old AR hammer sitting around? After a little discussion over on the Triangle Tactical Facebook Page on whether or not an AR hammer would work as a cool beer opener, my friend Max posted up this picture of an old AR hammer he had sitting around. He said it took a little grinding to make it work, but now he has a cool beer opener for the man cave. I think …

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