February’s Zombies vs Archers will be on March 1, 2014!

wpid-wp-1391220273835.jpegWill you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Find out in February's Zombies vs Archers wargames! Technically, thus is a March date, but we will have another date at the end of March.

If you would like to prepay, contact me and I will send you a Paypal invoice! You can also pay with cash or credit card on site.

We will be hosting Zombies vs Archers at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA. See directions below. The event will cost $20 for anyone who would like to participate (Z-TAC recruits can participate at no cost) and will last approximately 2 hours. You will get to be both an archer and a zombie! Bring as many friends as you like; any minors MUST be accompanied by an adult.

We will provide bows, arrows, flags, blinds, and face masks. Arm guards and finger tabs or shooting gloves are optional; you will need to provide your own if you want them. Be sure to bring lots of water to drink! We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and pants; shorts and open-toed shoes tend to leave participants itchy from the grass and can cause scrapes and such from the occasional slip and fall.

COST: $20 per participant
WHEN: Saturday, 3/1/14 at 2:00pm
Where: Woodley Park - 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (Site 1 is at the end of the driveway in the last parking area. Site 2 is to the right of the turnabout around the oak tree.)

DIRECTIONS:

From the North
Take the 5 south to the 405 south. Take the 405 south and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and follow the road south to Victory. Turn right on Victory and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. If we are at Site 1, continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. Site 2 is right next to the traffic circle.

From the South
Take the 405 north and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. If we are at Site 1, continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. Site 2 is right next to the traffic circle.

Tactical Archery: Adding Light at Night

Light matters. Seriously; it REALLY matters.

When practicing night ops, we have a bit of a conundrum; light is both our friend and our enemy. It allows us to see, but it gives away our position. Obviously, the answer to not giving away our position is to not use light at all, but in near or complete darkness, shooting a bow and arrow accurately is pretty much impossible with any real degree of consistent accuracy. Given that, the ultimate answer is lightweight night-vision goggles, but that is a serious chink of change that many people do not have.

That said, adding a flashlight to a bow is a great solution to the problem. The hardest part is how to add it. Several options exist, from paracord to zip strips. anyone interested in tactical anything is familiar with paracord, and would feel lost without having at least a bit of paracord on their person at all times. As such, this is probably the best field option for last-minute retrofits. Zip Strips also work wonders here, but these are not often carried around and degrade in sunlight over time far faster than paracord. A better alternative to the two is to use Velcro cable-ties; these lightweight, thin, and durable ties can be kept on one's person or permanently wrapped around a bow for use as needed.

So, as I said, light matters...

I pulled out this cheep Nebo LED tactical flashlight I have that I received as a freebie a couple years ago to test out. The problem? It is about 50 Lumens which; I remembered after the first test shot that this is the reason I don't carry it and bought the Mini Maglite instead. I could see targets within 10 yards somewhat well enough to shoot with relative accuracy, but distant targets were barely illuminated and accuracy suffered horribly. I was better off closing my eyes for 5 minutes and then opening them to shoot in the ambient  night light.

I then pulled my Mini Maglite Pro 226 Lumens LED Flashlight off my belt and affixed that to the bow. WOW what a difference an extra 176 Lumens makes! I could see targets 40 yards out well enough to shoot with good accuracy, and I am a bare-bow shooter. Additionally, tactical flashlights for mounting on firearms are often used to blind opponents, and thus are usually a minimum of 150 Lumens, with most being 200 Lumens or more. these flashlights often add a strobe feature to further blind opponents.

My take away? If you want to add a flashlight to your bow for night ops, get one that is at least 200 Lumens. A Mini Maglight Pro will work wonders and provide all the basic functionality needed to shoot at night for short to medium distances. A tactical flashlight such as the Nebo 5630 Protec Redline 220 Lumens LED Flashlight would be a far better choice.

One additional bit of advice; mount the flashlight roughly where the sight would be mounted. Mounting the flashlight to the stabilizer bushing provided a pretty poor angle of illumination for distance shots.

50 Lumens photo vs 226 Lumens

The photos below show the results of shooting with each flashlight. To illustrate the illuminating properties, they were shot illuminated by the respective flashlight as well.

50 Lumens Shot from 20 feet

50 Lumens
Shot from 20 feet

226 Lumens Shot from 20 feet

226 Lumens
Shot from 20 feet

Mini Maglite Pro 226 Lumens LED Flashlight

Nebo 5630 Protec Redline 220 Lumens LED Flashlight

Zombies vs Archers in November!

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Prevent this from happening to you! Enlist in the Zombie Tactical Archery Corps today!

Will you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Find out in November's Zombies vs Archers wargames!

Participants who prepay will receive a waterproof Z-TAC sticker! To prepay, contact me and provide me with your email address and I will send you a Paypal invoice. You can also prepay by meeting me in person!

Saturday, November 23rd at 3:00pm, we will be hosting Zombies vs Archers at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA. See directions below. The event will cost $20 for anyone who would like to participate (Z-TAC recruits can participate at no cost) and will last approximately 2 hours. You will get to be both an archer and a zombie! Bring as many friends as you like; any minors MUST be accompanied by an adult.

We will provide bows, arrows, flags, blinds, and face masks. Arm guards and finger tabs or shooting gloves are optional; you will need to provide your own if you want them. Be sure to bring lots of water to drink! We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and pants; shorts and open-toed shoes tend to leave participants itchy from the grass and can cause scrapes and such from the occasional slip and fall.

COST: $20 per participant
WHEN: Saturday, 11/23/13 at 3:00pm
Where: Woodley Park - 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (at the end of the driveway in the last parking area)

DIRECTIONS:

From the North
Take the 5 south to the 405 south. Take the 405 south and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and follow the road south to Victory. Turn right on Victory and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. Continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. See the red star on the image below.

From the South
Take the 405 north and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. Continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway.

September Zombies vs Archers open wargames!

Z-TAC - Zombies vs Archers
Get your space reserved now! Players who reserve online get to play first!





It's happening! The Zombie Apocalypse! OK, not really. But you can come find out if you are ready at our stand-alone "Zombies vs Archers" wargames!

Saturday, September 21st at 5:00pm, we will be hosting Zombies vs Archers at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA. See directions below. The event will cost $20 for anyone who would like to participate (Z-TAC recruits can participate at no cost) and will last approximately 2 hours. You will get to be both an archer and a zombie! Bring as many friends as you like; any minors MUST be accompanied by an adult.

We will provide bows, arrows, flags, blinds, and face masks. Arm guards and finger tabs or shooting gloves are optional; you will need to provide your own if you want them. Be sure to bring lots of water to drink! We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and pants; shorts and open-toed shoes tend to leave participants itchy from the grass and can cause scrapes and such from the occasional slip and fall.

COST: $20 per participant
WHEN: Saturday, 9/21/13 at 5:00pm
Where: Woodley Park - 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (at the end of the driveway in the last parking area)

Get your space reserved now! Players who reserve online get to play first!





DIRECTIONS:

From the North
Take the 5 south to the 405 south. Take the 405 south and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and follow the road south to Victory. Turn right on Victory and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. Continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. See the red star on the image below.

From the South
Take the 405 north and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. Continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. See the red star on the image below.

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Z-TAC – Basic Training was a hit, especially Zombies vs Archers!

Z-TAC - Zombies vs ArchersThe first Z-TAC - Basic Training was a hit, especially Zombies vs Archers! The recruits loved the exciting, fact-paced head-to-head combat that Zombies vs Archers brought to the field Check out this video preview to see a first-person POV from my helmet cam.

Zombies vs Archers game-play is open to the public for a small fee; stay tuned for announcements for the next Zombies vs Archers coming mid September, and to the dates for registration for the next Z-TAC - Basic training coming in October!!!

Z-TAC SURPRIZE!!! A special offer from Z-TAC to the public!

2013-08-24 12.42.13-V1Ok everyone, I have a SURPRISE! We have decided to open part of Day 4 of the Z-TAC training to the PUBLIC!!!

Here is the deal: $10 gets you into the Zombies vs Archers part! That is 60-90 minutes of combat archery! You will have the opportunity to be both a zombie and an archer. Zombies try to turn archers into zombies, and archers run and shoot for their lives! Will you survive Zombies vs Archers?

Zombies vs Archers starts at 1:30pm. We provide the bows, the face masks, and safe foam padded combat arrows. Optional body armor is not provided. Without body-armor, Z-TAC impacts hurt WAY LESS than paintball. 🙂 Of course, if you have your own body-armor, feel free to bring it, or you can purchase some at Critical Paintball in Northridge; be sure to mention Z-TAC!!!

The cost is $10 for Zombies vs Archers, arrive a little before 1:20pm. If you would like to volunteer to be a zombie target for the LIVE drills (be shot at with foam arrowheads) you will get a 50% discount for Zombies vs Archers!!! You have to arrive at 11:50am for this discount.

Please, if you are on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/zombietacticalarcherycorps and LIKE the page, then post to the page you are coming! The exact location will be somewhere in Woodley Park, Van Nuys, CA, but we will not know the exact spot until 11:45am So if you want to come, please contact me privately and say "I want to go to ZvsA!" and give me your cell phone number. I will send out a text with the exact location as soon as we have it.

Day: Saturday 8/31/13
Time: 11:50am (to be a target) or 1:20pm (just for ZvsA)
WHERE: Woodley Park, Van Nuys, CA
TO DO: contact me privately and say "I want to go to ZvsA!" and give me your cell phone number.

Want to pay with Paypal? Here you go! Print your receipt and bring it with you!


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See you all this SUNDAY!!!

Z-TAC Preview: Blinds and Corners

Screenshot-Z-TAC Day 2 Blinds and Corners RAW 1.mp4-4Thanks to Z-TAC recruit Janina Overly, we have our first preview video of the Zombie Tactical Archery Corps! The Blinds and Corners drill is one of the many drills and skills practiced during Z-TAC - Basic Training. Z-TAC (Zombie Tactical Archery Corps) combines archery with exercise, tactical drills and skills, trick shooting, and head-to-head Zombies vs Archers combat!

Without further ado, here is the Z-TAC Preview: Blinds and Corners!

Day two of Z-TAC was AWESOME! Day three coming up!

Screenshot-Z-TAC Day 2 Blinds and Corners RAW 1.mp4-4This last weekend we hosted Day Two of the Z-TAC - Basic Training program. Skills from the previous day were reviewed and new skills and drills were introduced. The recruits has some serious fun!

Combining exercise, tactical drills, archery, and zombie targets, Zombie Tactical Archery Corps (Z-TAC) adds more fun and excitement to archery. Keep an eye out for our next Z-TAC - Basic Training session in October! Enlistment opportunities will open up soon. In the meantime, be sure to "Like" us on Facebook, keep conversations alive, and stay tuned for more information!

So just what is Z-TAC, anyway???

What is Z-TAC? Zombie Tactical Archery Corps (Z-TAC) combines archery with exercise, tactical drills, and exciting head-to-head combat with Zombies vs Archers!

I love archery. Unfortunately, it is a relatively stationary sport unless you do ground stalking-based hunting. To add back some physical fitness into archery, I have combined trick shooting, tactical drills, physical exercise, and heart-pumping head-to-head "Zombies vs Archers" combat rounds! For a more detailed description of what Z-TAC - Basic Training offers, visit http://robertsonarchery.com/z-tac/ today!

We are already in our first session, but fear not! You can register to become a Z-TAC recruit for our October session! Registration will open soon, so stay tuned!