Free Ride For Criminals In Dallas

The District Attorney for Dallas, Texas has announced that his department will NO LONGER prosecute misdemeanor theft, trespassing and drug offenses and ask for no bail release of criminals arrested on minor charges…

https://defensemaven.io/bluelivesmatter/news/dallas-da-ends-prosecution-of-misdemeanor-theft-trespass-drug-offenses-UqrFIo3_nE-eCKskS7Z30g/

What do you think the outcome of this new policy will be?

God bless and take care.

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Digital Night Vision vs. Thermal

We finally got opportunity to go hog hunting a few days ago and test out the Photon RT Digital Night Vision (DNV) scope I bought myself for my birthday (along with an AR-10). I also had the opportunity to try out a Thermal scope from ATN that belonged to a buddy of my son in law. I learned a lot and thought I would share my observations.

The first part of the evening I was sitting in a blind about 30 yards from a feeder. I didn’t see any hogs but I had a chance to play with the DNV scope “in the wild” so to speak. DNV works on the same principle as a digital camera but using a wavelength of light that is invisible to most animals including hogs and humans. You are not looking through a glass optic. Instead you are looking at a small screen built into the scope. To ensure that there is enough light, in the right wavelength these scopes use an infrared illuminator (think of it an a flashlight that emits light we can’t see). This is basically like hunting with a light except that the pigs can’t see it and it has many of the same drawbacks as a flashlight in the dark. The light reflects back off of things like brush or even grass. If there is something like that between you and the hogs you won’t see them. For example, I could see the fence and the brush growing along the fence line clearly but I was just as blind past that as I would have been without the DNV scope. So, even though the feeder was only 30 yards away I couldn’t see it. I was aware that this was a potential issue but I discounted it when making the purchase.

Later in the evening we moved out into some open fields looking for hogs (none showed up at my blind) and that is where the other challenge with DNV comes into play. I was constantly having to adjust the beam intensity and focus the optic depending on how far away the hogs were. Scanning the field for them was tough. If I knew where they were I could, eventually get everything worked out but it took a little bit. If I was just hunting over a feeder and in a clear field it would be a non-issue but in the brush or open fields where they might be anywhere is was a tough.

What finally convinced me that this was not the equipment I wanted to use long term happened in one of the first fields we hunted. I was able to scope the pig and see him very clearly. More clearly than with the thermal scope. I was just about to take a shot when Moose’s buddy stopped me. What I didn’t see was a whole herd of cows about 50-75 yards behind the pig…that could have been an expensive mistake. Landowners are OK with people getting rid of pigs that tear up their property and kill calves but to drop a cow because you didn’t see it would NOT make them happy. Worse yet, what if that was another hunter or someone else on the other end of the field?

Don’t take this the wrong way. DNV is significantly less expensive than thermal and a viable option within its limitations. It would be great on our annual hunt in North Texas for example because we can shoot from known distances over feeders from elevated blinds that provide a clear field of view. Perfect scenario for DNV.

With the thermal scope we were using we could see everything from rabbits on up to cows scattered throughout the fields. We couldn’t see them as clearly as with the DNV but we could see them well enough to distinguish between them easily and clearly enough to take accurate shots.

The other advantage of the thermal was after the shot. With the DNV a dropped pig could disappear into the grass or brush making it a chore to find. With the thermal we were still able to spot them for quite a time until they cooled to ambient temperature.

Based on my experience that night, I returned by DNV scope to the store where I bought it and got my money back. I will wait and save until I can afford a thermal…maybe.

We really don’t hunt enough to justify the $1500-2000 price tag of a good thermal scope. The ability to hunt small game like rabbits would be nice but still not enough to justify the cost. There is one other intriguing use, some folks use thermal scopes during the day as well. Game may be well camouflaged to the naked eye but not much hides their heat signature which can really help for an old hunter whose eyes are starting to go south on him.

Will I buy a thermal scope? Maybe.

For now it is back to green lights and my new buddy’s thermal.

Take care and God bless.

This Could Get Interesting – Russian Military In Venezuela

Lost in the flurry of political posturing and fallout from the release of the findings on the investigation of possible collusion between Trump and the Russians there is a new little development in Venezuela. Aircraft carrying Russian troops and equipment have started arriving in Caracas.

So far, it only appears to be a small number of troops possibly advisors and/spec ops teams but what this means for the people of Venezuela remains to be seen. Supporting a nation on the edge of collapse, a nation that destroys food aid for their own people who are starving is an interesting play be the Russians and one has to wonder who is paying for it all since neither nation is exactly flush with cash.

It also escalates the potential for US/Russian entanglement.

Pray for the people of Venezuela and for this situation.

Take care and God bless.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I completed another two rounds of praying for my 100 closest neighbors and continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

As I previously mentioned I bought and AR-10 pattern rifle and Digital Night Vision (DNV) scope. I since returned the DNV scope and purchased a thermal scope. not testing on the thermal has been completed at this point.

For the CZ Scorpion I purchased a new red dot optic. This one is a little more sturdy and offers 50,000 hours of battery life. Now, I just need to some time tand mobility to go to the range and test it out.

We purchased a fair amount of ammunition:

-100 rounds of 9mm SD ammo for CZ Scorpion

-60 rounds of .308 for hunting

-50 rounds of .357 magnum for woods carry

-75 rounds of 300 Blackout hunting ammo

Supplies/Gear

We finally got around to replacing the freezer we lost in the flood. This gives us a good bit more freezer space for storing food.

Security

I purchased a new video doorbell since mine stopped functioning but haven’t had a chance to install it yet.

Finances

We put more money in savings this month. In fact we have reached our savings goal for the year. We also used a bonus Wonderful Wife earned to make an extra payment on the house.

Fitness/Health

While I have lost weight not being able to exercise (or even walk) has slowed my progress. Besides that, when all you can do is sit on the couch it is even harder to not overeat than it usually is…

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

2019 Preparedness Assessment (Part 8: Goals For The Year)

After spending the last few weeks thinking about what we need to prepare for, what we should be prepared for and looking for the gaps we have come up with a couple of lists. A list of what we feel we can (and should) do and a list of things that we will try and do; reach goals if you will.

Must Do:

Bug Out/Get Home Bags – Having had to “bug out” of our home in the last couple of years we have a much better understanding of what should and should not be included. It is time to pull them out, inventory them and configure them based on what we learned during Harvey.

Grow Our Savings By $6,000/Pay Down Bills – Recovering from Harvey hit our finances in two ways. We partially depleted our savings and we incurred some debt for what we didn’t pay for out of pocket. Now that we are past that effort it is time to buckle down and get our finances back in order. That means adding money to savings and we plan to add at least $250 out of each of Wonderful Wife’s paychecks to our savings and have set our goal based on that. Honestly, we think we can save a good bit more than that and use that to help pay down or off the remaining (unsecured debt). This will supplement the over-payments we have already been making out of my paycheck.

Buy $300 in Precious Metals – We want to minimize risk of financial loss by making sure we are diversified so in addition to money in the bank we want some extra precious metals as well and hope to add $300 worth this year. (Note: This has already been completed/exceeded)

Security Service – The flood waters destroyed the home security system installed by the builder and upgraded over time. We will be starting fresh and installing state of the art equipment and choosing a new security service.

Improve Outdoor Lighting – Install motion sensor lights around the areas of the house where someone can gain entrance. (Note: this has already been completed)

Ham License – Study for and pass the basic HAM certification exam.

Test Room A/C and Generator – Pull everything out and fire it up. Make sure it is working. We have a deadline on this one to be completed before hurricane season starts (June).

Exercise/Lose Weight – Probably the most important thing we can do to be better prepared is to get in better shape and lose some weight. With that in mind (based on the Army PT requirements for a man my age I need to be able to perform the following within a 2 minute period:

-56 Pushups

-66 Situps

I have also set a personal goal to lose 20 lbs and be under 200 pounds for the first time in a long time. I don’t have a set goal in mind (yet) but we plan on doing a lot of walking and even hiking to help us achieve that goal.

 

Should Do:

Buy A Funeral Plan – When one or both of us dies we don’t want that to pass along any added burden to those left behind. Our plans should be taken care of so they can focus on grieving or rejoicing depending on who we are talking about.

Make A Will – I don’t want grief to turn into family fights over who gets what. We will spell out our wishes and assign an executor to carry them out.

Med Training – A class on trauma care is something I have been putting off for far too long but I am not committing to it just yet. But we will try.

Shop For A Retirement Property – Buying some land away from the major metropolitan area we live in will help peace of mind, give us a place to de-stress and unwind, and give us a place to escape to should things go terribly wrong in any number of ways.

So, those are our goals for 2019 and our reach goals. What do you think? Share any thoughts or feedback you have.

Take care and God bless.

2019 Preparedness Assessment (Part 7: Social Disruption)

For several years I have been talking about the potential of civil unrest or even another civil war. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that we are still headed down that path. Being aware of the probability of such occurrences and being ready for them remains a top goal for us.

The problem is how do you prepare for something like that?

Oh sure, I have ammunition, guns and practice with them regularly. In fact my wife is “properly equipped” as well but how far will that go against a mob? How far will that go against a coordinated campaign by a group like Antifa against those of us who hold conservative values?

Well, arms are a part of it but here is our strategy for a major social disruption:

Vigilance

I don’t think most folks take this seriously. Most people are so wrapped up in their own little worlds that when the bottom drops out they will be taken completely by surprise. One of the biggest keys to personal protection is being aware of your surroundings. Vigilance is that same sort of awareness on a macro level. Instead of keeping your head up and your eyes on a swivel this means scanning the headlines and being aware of what’s going on in the community at large and the country. It also means accepting the possibility (probability) that something like this could happen.

Food

During the last major American Civil War (what I grew up hearing referred to as the War of Northern Aggression) my family survived because they had a secret stash of food. Each time the northern troops came by to take supplies from the farm the commanding officer stood there by the fire while his troops took anything and everything edible that was in the barn, cellars and smokehouse. What he didn’t know was that under the very stone he was standing on was a second, hidden cellar. Originally built as a hideout in case of attack by “Native Americans” it held enough food that, along with some foraging, to keep the family alive during those years. We don’t have a secret hidden cellar but we do have food set aside to help keep us going through tough times.

Money

Money may not make the world go round but as we have seen time and time again it can help get people and their family out of harms way when the smoke turns to flames. How many families were able to escape Hitler’s Europe or the Russian revolution because they had cash and valuables on hand to enable them to flee? Not enough. Most either didn’t see it coming (see the previous section) or didn’t have the means to drop everything and run. I don’t want my family to be in this position.

Arms

While a couple of ARs and a handgun or two won’t hold off a mob they might be useful against smaller, more targeted attacks. Making sure that other adult members of the family are similarly equipped may help even against larger groups. At least once a year most of the men in the family get together and “go on patrol” stalking pigs and deer through the forest. While such “training” is nothing to compare with the training our military receives it is probably leaps and bounds ahead of what groups like Antifa are doing (hopefully).

Distance

One of the best ways to survive when the cities burn is to be far removed from the flames. We don’t have a place of our own yet but we are working on getting one. Initially it will be for hunting and getaways but eventually we plan to move out there to retire.

Well that’s our plan. What do you think? What are we missing? Where are we going wrong.

Take care and God bless.

CZ Scorpion And Self-Defense Ammo

The little CZ passed my 500 round test with flying colors. It never hiccuped through 500 rounds of mixed range ammo. I didn’t even clean this thing in any during the test. The next step, for me, before I am willing to bet my life on a gun (and more importantly bet the lives of those I love) is to test it with self-defense ammo. Sure, this thing eats full metal jacket ball ammo like candy but how well will it do with the (sometimes) off shaped hollow point ammunition used for personal defense?

I brought five different brands of ammunition with me:

– Hornady Critical Duty (grain weight unknown)

– Federal 147 Grain Hydrashok

– Remington 147 Grain HTP (Subsonic)

– Speer 124 Grain Gold-Dot (My standard carry ammunition)

– Another hollow point ammo that, to be honest, I don’t know what manufacturer or grain weight. It was loose in my cabinet.

The bullets in the Hornady ammunition have an odd shape to them, very angular and with a very thin wall between the hollow point and the outside of the bullet. I was expecting a malfunction with these as I have see multiple handguns have trouble feeding them. The Hydra Shocks are also very thin at the tips and I have heard that they are problematic in some pistol caliber carbines. The Speer Gold-Dots are my primary carry rounds. I was interesting the Remington subsonics to see if they were a bit quieter even without a suppressor.

Not a stuck casing…

To be honest, I was a bit paranoid about how well the CZ would do in this test. So much so that when when the bolt locked back at the end of the first mag I was sure it was a misfeed. Even though I have seen the guide rod in the open action dozens of time but I mentally saw it as a stuck casing like the Ruger would do.

It wasn’t.

Long story short, the little CZ cycled everything I fed it without a hiccup. Accuracy testing was a little tough as the battery on the Vortex red dot sight died within a few rounds of the start of the session but even with irons all the rounds were within the torso of the silhouette target I was using and most were grouped around the x-ring.

I would feel perfectly comfortable at this point in betting my life (and the lives of those I love) on this little carbine. My Speer Gold-Dots would be more than adequate for the job but I am thinking about going with the Remington 147 Grain HTP (Subsonic) rounds. There were indeed a good bit quieter but should still be plenty potent enough out of a carbine length barrel. Might save my life and some hearing damage that way.

The next step is a new red dot. The little Vortex was fine but I want one of the new red dots with 50,000+ hours of battery life. That way I can leave it on all the time and won’t have to worry about switching it on if and when the need arises. I’ll just swap the battery once a year.

Take care and God bless.