Basic Armorer & Operation, Accessorizing & Maintain the AR-15 course

AR15-7-1Ok …You purchased an AR-15; Learn from a veteran Special Forces Weapons Sergeant how it operates, learn to identify of all the parts, and how to properly clean and keep you AR-15 for optimal functioning shape. In this class you will also learn accessories and setting up your AR for optimal capability for your requirement. Including, stocks, slings, sights, optics, magazines, cleaning kits and much more. This is not a shooting course; this is classroom presentation only with hands on application.

Topics covered:
• Names of all the parts of the rifle
• How the rifle mechanically operates
• AR dis-assembly
• Most common points of wear/failure
• Parts replacement
• Cleaning the rifle
• AR assembly
• Cleaning tools and products
• Proper lubrication

Methods of instruction: Classroom Instruction/Hands on with your AR rifle

Time of course: 4 Hrs

Prerequisite: None

Minimum number of students needed to run class: 8-15

Course Cost: $100.00 deposit upon enrollment. This includes a certificate of completion. Instructor is a Certified Colt Armorer.

Need a minimum of 8 people to run this course….go to the link and secure your spot. I will confirm course will run on the 25th March. I will need deposit asap to confirm class and payment in full before class starts. if you have any problem let us know; to work it out. So tell your friends. BSTA

Black Skull Tactical first published article on McGlock Triggers


McGlock9 By: Clint Hoover         

Photography Provided By: Nathan Luduc and McGlock Precision Components LLC

          Glock has improved its dynamic firearm into a Twenty-first Century masterpiece. The firearm has many things going for it, to include: slimmer grip, double spring system, interchangeable back straps, aggressive texturing. I recall my first exposure to the Glock sidearm in the Special Forces Weapons Sgt. course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During our weapons training we studied hundreds of weapons and few of those really set the standard for simplicity, durability, and consistency. Glock was one of the upper tier weapons and the pistol has been one of my weapons of choice ever since. While I typically try to keep to my weapons training programs as close to ‘out of the box’ as possible, I have constantly sought to raise the bar, while shooting my personally owned Glocks (I own a quit a few), and two Glock 17s, one being a Gen 3 as a backup and a Gen 4 for a primary Training sidearm.  

          Let’s talk fundamentals. As a tactical firearms instructor, I tell students three of the seven fundamentals are non-negotiable: Sight alignment, sight picture, and above all – trigger control. The problem with the standard Glock trigger pull is that the trigger collapses when the firing pin is released causing a ‘jerk’ at the most critical point in the trigger stop. To mitigate the problem of that chunky trigger, Jim, John & Ken McNally have perfected the McNally drop in trigger assembly.

          Jim McNally and the McNally family are experts in competitive shooting. Jim McNally was a Combat Sniper in Vietnam, a two-time Olympian shooter, and a former Law Enforcement Sales Manager at Glock. John McNally, Jim’s son, is a former Army Ranger and five-time Olympian shooter, a District Manager for Glock, Inc. for eleven years. Ken McNally, also Jim Son, was a World Champion and Pan Am Games Gold medalist. The entire family was Glock converts, but agreed that they wanted a better trigger pull for the Glock. Their vision is now a reality.

           Here’s how the McNally assembly works. McNally triggers incorporate a forward travel and a trigger stop within the shoe that can be adjusted. In order to make specific adjustments to the slide, you need to gain access to the adjustment screws. One of the benefits from this is that the Glock does not have to be completely dissembled to make these adjustments. The trigger does not stop at the trigger mechanism housing like most after market kits. The trigger group has duel adjustment points for forward and rear travel which allow a set trigger for optimal release and reset during the firing cycle.

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McGlock8            I’m also a certified Glock armorer and like the fact that the McNally trigger comes preset for ease of installation and true ‘Drop in’ convenience. The trigger group comes with installation instructions that are easy to follow and understand. I had no problems at all. As we know, Glocks are accurate right out of the box, but this trigger assembly enhances accuracy on follow up shots, yet still keeps safeties intact, as well.

          After removing your standard 5.5 lb Glock trigger group and installing the McNally trigger, shooting has a very different feel. With the standard Glock trigger, the ‘Snap’ is visible in the trigger as it travels rearward. This will have a significant impact on an unseasoned shooter, who will lose proper sight alignment and sight picture, causing a very sporadic grouping and unintended terminal effect. The McNally trigger is approximately a 4.0 lb trigger; the break of the trigger movement rearward is much smoother. It also has less rearward travel, noticeable in the trigger reset. The drop in trigger group allows the Glock owner to have adjustment capabilities for over-travel and return-travel. Overall, it’s a very comfortable, smooth, flat and wide trigger shoe.


So let’s recap: Less trigger travel, lighter trigger, shorter reset, comfortable trigger shoe and uncompromising safety.

    If you are looking to improve your accuracy, a serious shooter should look into a drop in trigger group long before spending the money on a pair of sites. This is where you are going to make your money. As a former US Army Special Forces Weapons instructor (Green Beret) and instructional firearms business owner, I have personally fired hundreds of thousands of rounds through hundreds of weapons and I recommend this product. I have stood in front of thousands of students and examined the fundamentals of shooting. An improved trigger will equal better shooting for 95% of serious firearms enthusiasts.


     Seek self-improvement, be a protector of your 2nd Amendment rights, and enjoy your time on the range.

For info about McNally (McGlock) Triggers go to: and be sure to tell them Tactical Milsim Magazine sent you.

Black Skull Tactical using First Spear Gear

First Spear

If you are happy with the status quo and buy your equipment from corner-cutting discounters or big box retailers, FirstSpear™ is not for you. If you demand the best and refuse to compromise, WELCOME TO FirstSpear™. We are built for you, the Professional User that works a little harder, runs a little bit faster, shoots a little straighter and continuously raises the bar.

FirstSpear was founded in 2010 by a team of experienced industry professionals and former U.S. servicemen, with the mission of rapidly designing and delivering innovative personal protective equipment and enhanced light-weight load carriage solutions to US and allied warfighters and professional users. Members of FirstSpear’s team have successfully designed, developed, and fielded some of the world’s most significant load-carriage systems currently in use by the US Department of Defense.

FirstSpear™ items built to government specific requirements and contracts are guaranteed based on the terms outlined by those programs, built to achieve the best combination of weight and durability for a defined continuous use period.
PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA!              bsta_83    bsta_78

“Hosting” a Tactical Training course your Area of Operation. (AO)

Hosting” a Tactical Training course your Area of Operation. (AO)

If you don’t feel you can come to one of my classes or feel you can’t make the trip to one of the Locations I have already planned, you may choose to “Host” a class. The way it works is like this:

1. The “Host” is a local shooter or range that would like to bring me into their area. This person or organization supplies the range or rents one. Fills the class with Students, and collects the tuition money for the class. The “Host” coordinates training time/schedule and works with me to provide the best training event possible, dependant on instructor & host efforts and local interest.

2012-08-07_15-09-32_325Instructor, will bring tactical training period of instruction (POI) supply host with coordinating instruction for training equipment requirements and anything else class related I need that is class specific. I show up, teach the class, and receive payment from the “Host”. If the host does his math well, he will make a little for his efforts and coordination. Instructor and host work jointly on a “Memorandum of Agreement” for training event.


A typical scenario looks like this, you decide to be a “Host”, and you call up a local shooters and advertise the class.2012-05-26_14-35-00_659 You sell 20 slots (Maximum) depending on the area as few as 10 slots at $200 per student for a BSTA course. We agree on a weekend to schedule and host schedules an appropriate non public training area or range and rent or secure the time slot. You receive $4000 and with that money you pay for the range, my travel, my room and my fee. You keep the remaining whatever it may be. You as the host will come off with about $500 if you find a good range for a good price. This may work for you because you get to have the class in your location and not only do it for free, but get some money for your efforts. If you would like to host a class please head over to the contact page and send us a message.

SOF Day/Night Carbine Course Nov 16th in Columbus, GA

legion_183Black Skull Tactical Applications in conjunction with INFORCE tactical lights will be conducting SOF level Carbine Training courses. This evening event will be held at the Russell County Sheriff training site; located a crossed from the Uchee creek recreation center on Ft Benning. Attendees will have a variety of skill builders; including advanced shooting in preparation for the low-light training. Come receive some of the most important Defensive training available; improve your self-reliance skills in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Do not miss out on this great event at a great value…..see you on the range!
Be Prepared, Be Vigilant and Stay Progressive!

Course Description
This is not an entry-level course; students will be familiarized with their rifles and have attended a Basic skills carbine course prior to attending. Students will learn proper foundations, maintenance, employment, ammunition selection, mechanics and manipulation. This course is designed to hone basic fundamentals while teaching individual tactics and techniques. Mobility shooting will be added and stressed. Students will deal with a multitude of different targets at varying distances, and learn to shoot from cover and concealment from different shooting positions. Multiple targets will challenge even the experienced operator. Proficiency will be stressed, as well as reloads, and malfunctions clearing.

The class will thoroughly cover:
• Safety
• Malfunction Definition and Clearance
• Equipment rigging
• Advanced shooting Position
• Speed shooting drill
• Slow Fire & Multiple Target Acquisition
• Rapid Fire
• Barricade and covered firing positions
• Choosing a Tactical flashlight
• 5 primary flashlight applications
• Light Discipline
• 10 principles of low light tactics
• Tactical Light Techniques
• Reloading in low light
• Malfunction Clearances while Operating the Tactical Light
• Transfers and Support Hand Shooting with the Tactical Light

The course starts in the classroom and will include extensive dry fire exercises.

Equipment Required.
A functional carbine. If available, a spare weapon system is also an excellent idea. A cleaning kit and tools that are compatible with the weapon system(s) in question is also a must. Each student should have a minimum of 5 working magazines. Sometimes magazines will make it in your dump bag and sometimes they won’t. If they hit the ground they can become fouled, causing weapon malfunctions and time off the line.
• Clothing being seasonally appropriate
• Appropriate foot wear
• Rain gear / cold weather gear (seasonal)
• Ear pro (electronic preferred)
• Eye pro, which wraps around
• Clear lenses for night shoots
• Baseball style hat recommended
• Primary weapon sling
• A rig for a minimum of four (4) magazines on your person
• Primary weapon mounted light
• Secondary weapon mounted or handheld light
• Spare bulbs and batteries for all lights
• Tools that work on your weapon
• Weapons lube
• Optics will require adjustment tools and spare batteries
• Water hydrating device
• Knee and Elbow pads (optional)
• Gloves (optional)
• An open mind.

Skill Prerequisites: Basic Carbine course (Military, LE experience or proof of a beginner’s level class)

Number of attendees: up to 15

Duration: 8 hrs. This portion will be run from 5:00pm till 1:30am

Course Cost: $200.00 deposit upon enrollment. (No Exceptions- PayPal, Check, or money order) This includes a Range fee; Range supplies (targets, Ect.) a Black Skull Tactical Shirt, Certificate of Training.

You can pay via the BSTA website or contact me at for payment info.


New Website Launch

Black Skull Tactical Applications is pleased to announce the release of our new website, designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation, updated with the latest information about our Courses, Training and Consulting. Immediately you will notice streamlined menus, simple navigation and access to the information you need. You can now find elaborated info about events and courses coming up. You will be able to review specific Information on dates for training and content for the event, watch the related videos and read the most updated news. One of our main goals was to build a user-friendly and simple to navigate site; to allow you to attend one of our course or requisition our assistance for industry consulting. We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site, finding more options and information each time, and that it will be yet another tool for strengthening our business relations.