Weapons and Tactics

Adam Sibley demonstrates a High-Speed, Low-Drag, Super Strong-Handed reloading technique.  While perhaps not the most practical technique, it was amusing to see!

 Just in case you do not possess the strength or prowess to perform this,  I have provided some other videos on basic combat reloads.

Train well, train often.



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Haley Speed Reloads

Developed in the USSR in the 1970’s by Vladimir Simonov, the APS was created in response to the ever increasing threat from enemy Frogmen or Combat Divers.  It is a fully-automatic, gas operated rifle that was designed to be effective underwater, and to a lesser degree, above water as well.

Up until that time, a knife was the only source of defence against enemy divers.  The SPP-1 Underwater Pistol was adopted in 1971, but proved only useful in close combat and was poor at engaging targets at a distance.

The APS was adopted in 1975 and was the primary weapon of Soviet Combat Divers.  It fired 5 inch steel darts through a smooth bore and delivered these darts in full-auto with very effective ballistics.  The APS magazine held 26 darts fitted into a casing similar  to the 55.6x45mm, though the caliber of the rifle is officially listed as 55.6×39 MPS.

Issues arose because of the very limited above-water life span that the APS had.  In the water the APS could fire roughly 2000 rounds before major malfunction. Above water that figure dropped to as low as 180.  While this bore little issue with Soviet Combat Divers, it was a major complaint of  the Spetznaz soldiers who fought in both environments.  This drove research to develop a rifle that carried with it the same reliability and functionality either in or out of the water.

The APS remained in service up until 2000 when it was replaced by the ASM-DT which solved many of the problems with its ability to fire and carry two different calibers simultaneously; one for the water, and one for land.  The ASM-DT provided the modularity and effectiveness that the special forces needed while at the same time providing the same characteristics with the Combat Divers.


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Watch what happens when these to guys start to “spar” out on the street.

Ignoring the damage that a fall like that can cause, these guys don’t seem to have any technique or formal training. What this video really shows is the dangers of not training properly. If you don’t know what you are doing you can really hurt yourself or others.


TOPS Knives is a proudly American knife manufacturer based out in the Rocky Mountains.  They produce some of the world’s most rugged knives used by survivalists and operators alike.  In this video we are taken behind closed doors into their factory by Andy Tran from the InnerBark Outdoors channel and Funker Tactical contributor.

Andy is well known for his soft spoken and richly detailed approach to survival tutorial videos.  In a survival situation calmer heads prevail and Andy certainly brings that very same mentality to the beautiful videos he produces.  As a Funker Tactical contributor, Andy will continue to present life saving tutorials to enrich our already diverse programming lineup.

Please take a moment to tell Andy in the comments below what kind of other videos you’d like him to produce.


Guns that recognize a person’s grip, pistols that communicate in live-time their exact condition and location, and guns that have a strong affinity for watches.

It was only a matter of time before firearms and recent advances in RFID technology, Web Mobilization, and ID Recognition Software clashed and produced some sorts of cybernetic organisms that fall under the headings of ‘Smart Guns’.

A company called Yardarm Technologies has created a sensor that fits into the grip cavity of Glock Pistols and are under trials with various Police Departments.  The sensor communicates the location of the firearm, its condition whether holstered or not, and if it is discharged.  The sensor does this in real time directly to the main communications section of the precinct and Yardarm Tech. hopes that it will aid in increasing not only officer safety, but civilian safety as well.


Yardam Technologies has developed a sensor that fits into the grip cavity of Glocks that provides real-time information to a central communications office.


If this will aid in offering increased safety to all those involved I completely support this technology.  With technology weighing so heavily in our society though, the generalization of this technology is something that should not be ignored.  This means the possible inclusion of this technology in all civilian firearms by mandate.

The next evolution in firearms  involves user recognition technology.  A firearm that may only be fired by a specific person, or persons. This is being accomplished in a few different ways, but perhaps most easily with the use of RFID technology.  Another company called Armatix has developed a ‘Smart System’ that requires the owner to wear a watch which is connected by radio-control to the firearm.  Without the watch in close proximity, the firearm will not discharge and the watch must be armed by the user.


These are interesting times when firearms may prove to be more intelligent than some of their owners.  The added safety of knowing that your firearm is essentially deactivated to anyone but yourself could be an alluring feature and I am sure if in place in previous generations could have saved plenty of people who were killed by their own guns or accidentally by others.

As always though, I will continue to rely upon personal responsibility. Know how to safely handle your firearms, and give them the proper respect they deserve.

– Adam


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