Vickers Tactical has provided specialized consulting services for various companies in the firearms industry, including Blue Force Gear, Heckler & Koch, Crimson Trace Lasergrips, Daniel Defense, Surefire, Schmidt & Bender, and Aimpoint. You can see some of these products below.
Vickers Tactical offers one-on-one consulting and the ability to help bring a product to market successfully. Vendors who are interested in my services as a design consultant please contact me via my website.
Product Design Accomplishments
I have been very active in the firearms industry for a number of years. Not only as a pistolsmith and as a founding member of IDPA, but as a leading consultant to vendors who specialize in making weapons and equipment for Special Operations Forces. I have given input to countless vendors on numerous products, but the following items are the ones I feel are most noteworthy. They are all products that I had a key role in developing. Several have gone on to be benchmark equipment in the Spec Ops arena.
Additional products that I’m involved in are always in development and when they come to market, I will announce them on my email newsletter.
Again, vendors who are interested in my services as a design consultant please contact me via my website.
Daniel Defense: I helped in a small way to bring the Daniel Defense M4 Carbine to the market.
Blue Force Gear: I currently work with Blue Force Gear in designing some of the best two point tactical slings on the market.
TangoDown: I worked with them to develop the Vickers Tactical line of Glock parts.
Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM): Ongoing input and testing of rifles and accessories. They are a long time sponsor of my TV and video efforts.
Heckler & Koch: HK416 carbine – The preferred 5.56mm carbine for the most elite special operations soldiers in the world. I have been called the father of the HK416, however my partner from the start was Ernst Mauch, the former managing director of HK. Ernst and I definitely played key roles in the development of the HK416, HK 417 (7.62mm Battle Rifle), HK45 service pistol, and HK45 Compact.
Schmidt & Bender: 1.1 – 4 x 20 CQB Short Dot scope - A scope developed at my request and with my direct input by World Class scope maker Schmidt & Bender. Considered by many to be the best in its class, it set a new standard in the tactical scope market, and started a series of events that eventually led to the US Marine Corps adopting a S&B tactical scope to replace the famed Unertl 10X USMC sniper scope. The CQB Short Dot is used by various US Spec Ops Forces, as are other S&B sniper scopes.
Surefire: X200 series tactical light – I provided the input and ‘impetus’ (to be politically correct) for Surefire to change directions from a big ‘crew served’ weaponslight to a smaller & lighter weaponslight approach. It took a long time, but Surefire finally introduced the X200 and it has been a runaway success ever since. The X200 is the predecessor to the current X300. Scoutlight tactical light – Another spinoff of my smaller lighter weaponslight input to Surefire. A good piece of kit that has been very well received on the market.
Insight Technology Inc.: M3X weaponslight – I provided initial input to ITI to make the M3 a more rugged weaponslight. M6X laser/weaponslight – I provided the same guidance to ITI for the M6 series of laser/weaponslight as I did for the M3X. The end result is the M6X. ATPIAL infrared laser & illuminator – I provided input early in the development of the ATPIAL to make a next generation PEQ2 infrared laser & illuminator.