Larry Vickers, Tactical Genius

When al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed with an HK416 in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, it was a U.S. Navy SEAL who pulled the trigger. A half a world away, retired U.S. Army 1st SFOD-Delta veteran Larry Vickers felt a swell of pride and a personal connection to the deed, and for good reason: The most notorious terrorist in history was taken out with a weapon Vickers had helped to develop.


“My proudest accomplishment, without a doubt, is that I helped to bring into reality the gun that killed bin Laden. In the tactical firearms business, that’s about as big as it gets,” says Vickers of the assault rifle/carbine he developed in the 1990s with German arms maker Heckler & Koch. “That’s like winning the Super Bowl.”


Bin Laden’s death might have been his championship win, but Vickers is no one-hit wonder. He’s had a long and storied career revolving around the design, function, training and use of firearms, both in the military and out of it.


The 20-year Army veteran is the owner of Vickers Tactical, a Fayetteville, North Carolina-based company that offers a range of gun-related services. He’s one of the nation’s leading civilian weapon trainers for military, law enforcement, and private individuals. He produces and stars in a video series of insider info and training tidbits on his Vickers Tactical YouTube channel, which has nearly 270,000 subscribers. To watch some of his awesome video click here. Finally, Vickers is a highly respected consultant to gun and accessory manufacturers, and offers a variety of gun accessories and upgrades of his own design. To learn more about this amazing veteran or to get in on one of his classes, visit and pick up the April/May issue of South magazine.