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Tavor Operator Level 2 – After Action Report

After Action Tavor Operator Level 2

Imagine 11 guys huddled around their trucks in the early morning as fog is rising from the ground, loading up rifle and pistol mags as they get holsters on and magazine pouches ready, and checking the status of their optics and pistols, you immediately know that you are not only going to learn a great deal of information but you are also going to create some life long friendships. As you walk onto the range with 10 other guys, each of them with a Tavor rifle attached to a Savvy Sniper sling and slung over their shoulder and pistol holstered you can see each other’s breath as the temperature drops into the high 30’s and down range there are steel targets just asking to ring out as hot lead slammed against the cold steel. You begin to feel that excitement in everyone’s face as they get closer to the moment that they send projectiles downrange at over 3,000ft per second. 

With the fog still rolling off the ground, mourning coffee still being digested, and your mags freshly loaded you get down onto the ground and do a quick zero of your rifle under the expert instruction of an IWI US instructor. After the rifles are zeroed the class quickly transitions to a brief overview of the previous if you are in Tavor Operator level 2 or 3 class. The brief overview, in my opinion, is well warranted and much needed. The overview allows the student to shake off the rust and refreshes the mind of information that might not have been gone over in over 6 or more months. 

As your coffee is just about digested and the rust is shaking off the class dives into a multitude of shooting positions. Expect to be shooting from prone, kneeling, standing, and from a barricade in a multitude of positions. Something that the Tavor Operator course did differently from many other classes I have taken was that many drills require the use of one or more rifle magazines and potentially a pistol magazine as well. Whether you are fighting your way through transitions of prone to kneeling to standing or anything in between you are going to be firing a large number of rounds. It was not uncommon to find yourself running the gun dry and quickly transitioning to your pistol as the rifle falls to your side and the sling pulls taunt. For those, including myself, that run their rifle dry and quickly try to reload it instead of transitioning to pistol you quickly get a demonstration on the finer points of the most efficient way to keep yourself in the fight. As the instructor does a quick demonstration of loading the rifle, sending the bolt home, and getting back on target verse dropping the rifle to your side and transitioning to pistol you find that it is indeed far faster to transition to pistol than try and reload a rifle and get it back in the fight. As your stomach begins to tell you that it needs nourishment the students are refining their movement, transition, and shooting positions with their Tavor rifle before heading to lunch.

After lunch, which should actually be referred to as the point in the day that you catch your breath, you jump right back into the fundamentals of shooting positions. At this point everyone is focusing on the upcoming “competency test” at the end of the day. The test, as you might expect, is a compilation of everything that you learned throughout the course. The test ranges from prone and kneeling at over 100 yards to shooting then moving and then shooting from another position to shooting on the move and even the occasional well placed head shot. The test is graded in the aspect that everyone gets a score with a maximum possible score of 300. 

A few things that really bring the class to a whole new level and makes you want, no actually need, to take the next level course is what goes on in between the drills and instruction. Throughout the day you will find quick side competitions between students and even the instructor. It is as those moments you see everyone pushing themselves to the absolute limit to see where they stack up against others. The conversations and bets that go on at those moments are things you will remember forever and build friendships that will last a lifetime. The side conversations that go along with the competitions or side discussion are things that really build trust with the instructor and allow students to connect on a personal level. These are things you cannot buy or teach. Either you are able to do this or you can’t. IWI has an ability to snatch up instructors that have this unteachable attribute. 

In closing, if you have a Tavor rifle and want to learn how to really run the gun, test your own mettle, and gain knowledge about a rifle platform that simply cannot be taught via the internet then the Tavor Operator courses are something that you need to get signed up for.

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Elite Tactical Systems (ETS) Group C.A.M. Rifle Magazine Loader

Our first How To Video with the ETS C.A.M. Rifle Magazine loader.
Learn how to use this great device in less than 2 minutes!!

Ohio Concealed Carry Course

A one day, 8 hour course, that satisfies the requirements for an Ohio resident to apply for their Ohio Concealed Handgun License.

The class with cover areas such as, but not limited to;

– Firearms safety

– Safe storage of both handgun and ammunition

– Handgun and Ammunition Selection for Concealed Carry

– How to safely draw your firearm and engage a lethal threat

– How to engage multiple threats

– The bodies natural reactions to a lethal threat

– What to do after using a handgun for self defense

Students will need to bring,

Handgun (We will have handguns available for rental, upon request)

Ammunition (200 rounds or more)

Holster (we can provide, upon request)

Eye protection (we can provide, upon request)

Ear protection (we can provide, upon request)

Clothing for outdoor weather




Please bring firearm in a case or a bag unloaded with no ammunition in your magazines.

Please bring a lunch with you or purchase the ticket for a pizza lunch with your entry to the course.

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IWI Trigger Upgrades

Have you wondered what exactly the Giessele Super Sabra Trigger Pack and Lightning Bow Trigger will do to the pull weight of your your IWI Tavor or X95?

Well wonder no more!

A video will be posted tonight with the Geissele Lightning Bow Trigger install on the X95 as well as trigger pull weights.

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Tru-Spec Trek Sling Bag

Check out our latest review of the Tru-Spec Trek Sling Bag.

This is a great bag for anyone looking for a daily carry bag for home, work, or school.

Not only does it hold a lot of gear but it doesn’t scream “tactical”.

You can also find this bag on amazon here: 

Tru Spec Trek Sling Backpack

Tru-Spec is a well known company in the firearms community not only for its apparel line but also its gear. Today we take a look at the Tru-Spec Trek Sling Backpack. This is an over the shoulder back that is great for day trips as well as work.


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Red Blooded Americans and Alpha Males – A dying breed?

Where are my red blooded Americans?

“The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.”

Lastly, the shooting range mentioned is no friend of ours it seems.

See Full Article Here

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Two thieves steal handgun from open carrier

Owning and carrying a firearm comes with certain responsibilities.

Part of those responsibilities is having the gear and skills necessary to repel a threat trying to take your firearm.

Do you have those skills?
That is a question we need to ask ourselves.

We cannot be aware 100% of the time but we must do our very best to ensure we have the skills, attitude and gear necessary to secure our firearms and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Stay safe out there guys and gals.

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We don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan

If you are from Ohio you know it gets very cold, bitterly cold, around December of each year and lasts through February and many times into March. That is about a quarter of our year, sometimes more, here in Ohio.

If you spent 25%+ of your life in cold snowy weather with multiple layers on, a logical person would assume you also train and practice with your firearms in said weather.

Yet, all to often here in Ohio we see people hang up their gun belts, rifle slings and shotgun shell holders when it gets cold and they gather dust until warm weather comes back around.

Don’t be one of these people.

Get out and train in the environment that you are might have to defend yourself in one day.

Cold weather does funny things to the human body.

Heavy coats and extra layers make drawing from concealment a chore.

Don’t fail to plan.

Train and practice in the conditions you are likely to face when you have to defend your life or the life of your loved ones.

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PopsCabinetShop rifle magazine speed loaders Review

Pops Cabinet Sop Rifle Magazine Speed Loader

We are taking a look at the PopsCabinet Shop rifle magazine speed loader for the AR-15 and AK47 magazines. This device allows for quick and efficient loading of magazines. While not a necessity, no something you are likely going to take to the range with you, it is a great device when pre-loading magazines at home for a class or range trip.

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Forest City Tactical Alpha Ignite Review & A Giveaway

Forest City Tactical Alpha Ignite Review

Today we take a look at the Forest City Tactical Alpha Ignite appendix carry holster. This is the most recent addition to the Forest City Tactical lineup of holsters. Be sure to check out Forest City at Remember to share and comment on this video for a chance to win a Great Lakes Tactical Commander muzzle brake.