“Tricking your stick with Nate and Trav” – six videos helping set up your AR-15

Haley Strategic Partners has released a series of short videos, where Travis Haley and Nathan LeCompte talk about setting up your AR-15 style rifle. Each of six videos is dedicated to a certain subject: buttstocks, pistol grips, foregrips, triggers, lights and optics.

You can find the videos below with short descriptions of their contents:

Buttstocks (1 of 6)

In the first video Nate tells how to find the perfect buttstock length for your body, which will also balance the rifle and make your manipulations as efficient as possible.

Pistol Grips (2 of 6)

Travis Haley talks here about AR-15 pistol grips: What grip angle is ideal for you? How does pistol grip work with your biomechanics and affect your speed and trigger control?

foregrips (3 of 6)

In this episode Nate discusses the history and evolution of foregrips. He shows the way of finding the perfect spot on your rifle’s forearm to mount the foregrip on.

Triggers (4 of 6)

In the fourth video Travis talks about different categories and shapes of triggers, as well as single and two stage ones. He also shares his “trigger control formula”, which allows you to better understand how to shoot fast and efficiently.

Weapon Lights (5 of 6)

In this video Nate tells quick tips about how and where to mount a light on your carbine.

Optics (6 of 6)

In the last episode Travis discusses the sighting devices and techniques. Starting with iron sights and from the basic question of if you even need them, all the way to red dot sights and variable power scopes. He also tells a good thinking method of judging different situations and making the best decision in terms of setting up and deploying your weapon sights.


I think these series of videos contain a set of very useful tips from professionals like Travis and Nathan. I hope you enjoy the videos as much as I did !

Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    That was a good series. I learned a few things there. I figured it would just be a summary of the various products available, not how to tune them.

  • Bill

    Why do one video when you can sell 6? Why actually “train” and try stuff out when you can buy a video?

    I like Haley’s stuff generally, but this is nuts.

    • BillC

      What in the hell are you talking about?

  • stephen

    Good info for newbies or those old grunts who forget after so many years. I always like Travis’ material.

    • Uniform223

      Ditto. That man speaks with a level head and from the heart.

  • iksnilol

    Travis should help people get their skin as amazing as his… not help them set up ARs, that’s been done to undeath already.

  • Mark

    It’s unbelievable the ignorant comments people have a tendency to make on these vids/tutorials. INSTEAD OF actually ADDING to the discussion they run off on these tangents of totally ridiculous garble. If you get something from it GREAT, if not stfu and don’t waste our time!

    • Bill

      99% of shooters need to worry more about the fundamentals and less about “tricking their stick.” But hey, if it’s your schtick, go nuts.

    • Uniform223

      But tier 1 NAVSOG Delta Detachment Raiders branch of mall cops and tacticoolers have so much experience with their numerous campaign medals in CoD and Battlefield as well as all their expertise imparted on them by Instructor ZERO and some Coastie…

  • .45

    As I own and operate an AK, I wasn’t sure if these videos would be worth watching, but was pleasantly surprised. Most everything is applicable across multiple platforms. Very nice.

    One point of interest: The idea of not blading your body is primarily to easily engage targets both right and left, as well as ensure your body armor is oriented toward possible threats, yes? I always kind of shrug when people talk about not blading the body, because if those are the reasons why, then my civie life sans body armor and facing four legged game/paper does not require such care. Military or competition folks might find this far more important, but I’m not losing any points or getting killed because I bladed myself at the range. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    • pun&gun

      I’ve wondered if, for civilians, we wouldn’t be better off bladed. If we can’t have the body armor, we might as well have a smaller silhouette, right?

      • .45

        That has been my belief. I’m just curious if anyone here has an argument against that doesn’t hinge on fast side to side target engagement and armor protective qualities.

        • iksnilol

          Well, there’s the argument that a hit when bladed is more dangerius due to bullet travelling through more stuff.

          • .45

            I thought about that, but I dunno.

          • iksnilol

            Like, two lungs getting hit instead of one is kinda bad.

            Bad waves man.

          • Ron

            It is harder to move and track targets from a bladed stance.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    This series was great. I learned a ton about what to do.

    He is great at relaying information and so is his protege. You’d think that guy was his younger brother or cousin.