Don’t Be a Tacti-Cool Fool – Train With Your Gear

Vickers Tactical

Fayetteville, NC –-( Every class I teach I see and hear students talking about the realization that some things about their gear and shooting in general just doesn’t add up on the range.

Everything looks good in a Brownells Catalogue but a significant amount of the parts and accessories offered on the market today are a) useless b) poorly designed c) of questionable value or d) downright dangerous.

No one is better at taking fully functional factory made firearms and turning them into junk than a certain segment of the American gun buying public.

Some people really don’t apply the common sense approach of not messing with what is potentially a life saving tool. Sadly some of those same people will get on the Internet and talk bad about how the firearm they modified no longer functions and therefore is junk. Or they will recommend to fellow shooters the same parts and modifications they have used to turn their gun into, at best, a range toy.

Some of this shows up in my classes and usually by lunch on the first day the obvious flaws of the equipment at hand become apparent for everyone in the class, most of all to the owner of said equipment.

It may have cost the shooter some money but in turn he learned a serious life lesson – be careful what you read on the Internet about firearms modifications and there is no substitute for shaking out your equipment at the range in a structured class.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you’ll learn more about guns and shooting in one class than you could in a month on the Internet.

READ about guns, gear, and shooting on the Internet. LEARN about guns, gear, and shooting on the range during well thought out and useful training. This approach is proven and consistently produces results and shooter confidence.

As always, be safe and have a good one.


Larry Vickers
Master Sergeant ( Retired )
US Army SOF Combat Veteran
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Larry Vickers is a retired career special operations soldier with 20-plus years of service to our country. A longtime 1st SFOD- Delta operational member, he was a key player in the small arms marksmanship expertise and weapons selection of that Unit. He brings a very unique set of skills to the market, and has a wide and varied background in the firearms industry.


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Mark Devine

What?!?! Where’s the suppressor?