War/Battle Belt Configuration

I have been doing some tactical training over the last few months (when I was stricken by COVID). In addition to the skills I have been picking up in these classes, they have given me the opportunity to wear/use my gear. It’s all well and good sitting in your man cave/bedroom/basement watching mall ninjas show you the way super secret operators set up their gear but until you get our and wear it all day while standing, sitting, walking, running and crawling around under the Texas sun you won’t really know how well it works or if you even have the right stuff.

I started out with a Condor Modular Chest rig loaded out with enough stuff I could probably survive in the piney woods for several days without resupply. That configuration was recommended by a YouTuber who seemed pretty squared away and if you are on a long patrol in enemy territory it might make a lot of sense. However, I am not planning any long range recons behind enemy lines. In the Texas summer this thing is HOT, and not in a good way and after a full day out and about wearing it it got pretty darn heavy.

Based on the “parties” I am most likely to attend something lighter and with less stuff stuffed in it would be a better choice. A number of the guys recommended either a minimal chest rig or a “battle/war” belt. After seeing the prices on those fancy dancy little chest rigs I dig out a Condor Slim Battle Belt that showed up at some point that I don’t recall and started playing around with the stuff and how it was organized. I think I finally have a set up I like (mostly).

There are many battle/war belts out there, this is mine.

I have reduced the gear/stuff to a Gerber Principle knife, a kangaroo style magazine pouch holding 2 AR and 2 pistol mags, a blowout/trauma kit, radio pouch (need a smaller one), a holster for G19 (a better one is in my future once we have a little more cash coming in and I find one I like), a sundry pouch/booboo kit, carabiner to my attach gloves and my gloves.

It is reasonably light, nothing gets in the way of my rifle and I can easily draw my pistol without interference. I could probably add a second tourniquet on my strong side without excess bulk or weight and I may just do that.

I should be able to make my next training class and test it out this weekend.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Texas Is Now A Constitutional Carry State

The Governor signed the bill into law today making Constitutional Carry the law of the land in the Lone Star state (about dang time). It will no go into effect until September. For the few folks who may not be familiar with Constitutional Carry, it means that if are legally able to own a firearm you are now legally able to carry that firearm without a approval and permit from the government.

As always, those opposed to restoring our Constitutional rights are predicting that blood will flow in the streets and police won’t be able to do their jobs. Then again this is coming from the same folks who want to disband and defund the police which seems a bit hypocritical to me but…

I still plan to maintain my Texas License to Carry. Few, if any states, offer reciprocity for Constitutional Carry (even other states that have passed it themselves) and I do travel across state boundaries often enough to want to be able to continue to do so.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Executive Orders On Disarming Americans On The Way

Several news sources have said that Creepy Uncle Joe and his AmSoc handlers will be signing executive orders on “gun control” Thursday (tomorrow). These could be fairly meaningless or fairly dramatic depending on how hard they feel they can push in disarming Americans.

I am praying they are symbolic in nature and accomplish little but who can tell with the New Regime. I mean, after all, they have already fortified Washington DC with the walls they claimed were so evil when they were proposed to protect our national borders. They also have thousands of politically vetted National Guard troops on hand so they may think they are safe to push the nation over the edge and into civil war.

In any case stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

A couple of weeks ago I posted about Prepping in the middle of the collapse (link). In the section on self-defense I warned that since the fall of the Republic the rule of law is over and laws are being selectively enforced based on race and politics:

A word of caution, we are rapidly sliding back into the times when different people groups in our society have different codes of justice. Race, political affiliation, gender, religion and other factors will determine how the laws of this nation are applied to you. So will the locale in which you live (refer back to Get to Safety).

Here is an example of just that.

A Back the Blue/Patriotic caravan was planned in Oregon’s capitol city of Salem. Antifa showed up in “counter protest” which included throwing objects at the vehicles in the caravan including rocks big enough to shatter windows.

As far as I am concerned projectiles thrown with enough force to shatter car windows (especially while the vehicle is in motion) represent a reasonable threat of death or serious bodily injury. It is a deadly assault on those folks driving through town and their passengers.

Oregon police did nothing to stop it.

When one of the motorists stepped out of his vehicle, the Leftist insurgents not only continued their attempt to stone the man to death the armed crowd began to close on the man. I don’t think they were planning to give him a hug.

However the man pulled a firearm, racked a round into the chamber and was promptly arrested by Oregon police.

Yep, those with approved ideologies can commit assault at will but when a person with the wrong ideology goes to defend themselves they are promptly arrested…

Now, two things about this man’s actions:

    1. As everyone should have learned from Reginald Denney’s fate during the Rodney King riots, when a mob or riot situation, do not stop and DO NOT leave the vehicle. If you are encased in a couple of tons of steel and glass stay inside. A dent in your truck is relatively easily repaired and not life threatening. Dents to the brain bucket are not easily repaired and can be fatal.
    2. Why are you carrying on an empty chamber? Why is the chamber empty in the middle of an assault?
    3. Do not pull and brandish the firearm like it is a magic talisman warding off evil. If someone else in the crowd has a firearm, you are potentially giving them justification to pop you first. If it is time to shoot, shoot. If it is not time to shoot keep that smoke wagon un-skinned.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Colorado Shooting: How About Some Actual Facts…

How about some ACTUAL facts about the Boulder shooting?

Despite what has been claimed, the shooter was NOT a white man and was NOT a Trump supporter. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, was born in Syria. Was a devout Muslim and posted support for ISIS on social media. He frequently posted anti-Trump messages on social media.

Biden comes on the air this morning and says that we need to ban “High Capacity” magazines and “Assault Weapons” in response and in order to prevent more such incidents.

Colorado banned magazines holding more than ten rounds back when Obama was still in office (2013 I believe).

Biden says that his previous assault weapons ban reduced mass shootings. The Department of Justice under Obama could not show ANY impact of the assault weapons ban on crime or mass shootings.

The Demonrats are in a full court press to pass any and all the gun control they can. Do not be deceived. This is not about saving lives (it won’t). This is not about preventing mass shootings (it won’t). This is about removing our right to protect ourselves from evil men who shoot up grocery stores, Leftist insurgents bent on burning this nation to the ground and wannabe dictators who believe this country exists to benefit the political class.

Stand up! Contact your senators and tell them how YOU expect them to represent YOU.

Prepare! The time when we can change the course of the nation through the traditional means guaranteed by the Constitution is rapidly coming to an end (if it hasn’t already). When the government is no longer governing with the consent of the people…bad things happen. Time and again we have seen tyrannical governments using force to silence the voices they don’t care to hear. We, as a nation, for the first time in my memory need to be prepared to face this situation. As violence increases it begins to affect all of us, whether we are a part of the violence or not. You need to be able to defend yourself and your loved ones. You need to be able to provide necessities in the midst of chaos and shortage. You need to be prepared for the financial chaos that will accompany such times.

Pray! The darkness cannot stand against the light. Those who are driving our nation to the brink of chaos are in turn driven by dark and evil forces. Pray that we will turn away from this crisis. That we will see a revival in this nation. Only God can save us at this point.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Defensive Firearm Change

For the last month or so there have been rumors that the ATF would be targeting AR-style pistols. It looks like those rumors were correct.

To get ahead of the curve, the AR pistol that was previously assigned to home defense duty is gone. It has been moved out of the AC arsenal and on to other pastures. I’ve repurposed the CZ Scorpion for this role.

It is a little longer and heavier than the AR pistol it replaces but with 34 rounds of 147 grain hollow point ammo on tap (not to mention another 34 in the spare magazine) it is a good bit quieter and still plenty deadly. I am using the same Streamlight white light and Holosun optic that was on the AR pistol previously.

Take care and god bless.

Note: As of this morning the ATF announced they were dropping their efforts to enact changes on pistol braces and AR pistols. I fully expect they this is likely to be temporary.

Range Report: New Rifle Choices

Back in July, I started rethinking my optics choices for a self-defense rifle (Rethinking My (Rifle) Optic Choices). The concern, was that a Low Powered Variable Optic (LPVO) while an exceptionally good choice for a combat weapon may not be the best choice for a home defense rifle. By nature a rifle used for home defense would be, almost without exception, used for close quarters encounters. and the optic should be optimized for that role.

By September I made the decision to not only change the optic but to change the rifle underneath it as well (Rifle Optic Choices – Rethought). For home defense, a short barreled rifle (actually a pistol by US law) would be better than a full length carbine (10.5″ barrel vs. 16″). I decided to stay with 5.56/.233 as the primary caliber. Reduced penetration through barriers and effectiveness at the ranges involved contributed to that decision. The optic is an open reflex sight with a large “dot in donut” reticle.

This thinking was all well and good but pretty worthless until tested out. So, off to the range I went.

The first step was to zero the new optic. I zeroed the optic at 25 yards which would be the longest shot possible on my suburban property. The zeroing process was smooth and trouble free (other than the tiny little holes this caliber makes. I needed a spotting scope even at that distance to get the job done. The range I went to was not equipped to allow me to test the zero at shorter distances than 25 yards but I was able to push it out to 50 and 100 yards. In both cases (and surprisingly) it hit a little high at both distances. Not enough to require me to compensate on center mass shots but for head shots I would have to adjust point of aim a bit.

The next step was function testing the new upper receiver (actually these happened simultaneously). I was initially surprised because although it was functional the bolt didn’t seem to be moving as it should. I pulled it apart and took a look and realized it was user error. The upper was not lubricated at the factory and I had not oiled it either. A few drops of oil from out of the range bag and everything was working perfectly. Several hundred rounds later, there were still no issues. I would always like to send more rounds downrange but I think we can call this one good to go.

In terms of performance for its intended purpose, yes, it is much faster for target acquisition at close quarters. Yes, it is easier to run the gun at those distances with both eyes open. So, for this specific use case, home defense, this is definitely a superior solution.

I did bring my 16″ carbine topped with a LPVO out to the range with me as well so I could run them side by side.

Guess what?

At longer distances the LPVO was definitely the superior choice. If I were in need of a “battle rifle” for use in “the field” I believe this would be my preferred configuration. The longer barrel of the carbine gives better performance. The LPVO would allow me to make reliable hits on chest sized targets out to 200 yards and minute of man hits out to 300 yards.

Fortunately, (current) US gun laws are such that I can keep both and grab the one that would be most useful depending on the situation.

Take care and God bless.

 

Rifle Optic Choices – Rethought

As I mentioned in my post about a month ago, Rethinking My (Rifle) Optic Choices, I have been a proponent of Low Power Variable Optic (LPVO) on rifles for quite a while. In fact I was a fan before it was “the latest thing.” But, after a training session last month I began to rethink my choice and after a month of thinking it over I have decided on my direction moving forward.

Note, this post is strictly related to rifles and carbines used for defensive purposes. It has no bearing on what I use when hunting or target shooting. My mission is to defend my home and loved ones from those who would do us serious harm or bodily injury. I am not a war-fighter tasked with seeking out and engaging the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. I live in a suburban neighborhood of single family homes. The terrain is flat but heavily wooded. The absolute longest shot possible (from the treeline at one end of the street to the houses at the opposite end) is about 300-325 yards. From the street in front of my house the longest shot possible in either direction is around 250 yards. The longest shot possible from my front porch is under 60 yards. In reality most engagements I can foresee would be well under 45 yards with a maximum of maybe 65. Basically, this is close quarters combat, or CQB.

In this environment, I think the speed and CQB advantages of the red dot or reflex sight is more important than the flexibility offered by the LPVO. Based on this I am changing up my home defense setup a bit (as soon as I can get to the range to sight everything in and test it out).

First, I will use my short barreled, 10.5 inch, AR for self-defense purposes in place of the 16 inch carbine. Yup, I will be giving up some velocity but will be gaining a shorter, lighter, and more maneuverable weapon more suited to close quarters. No it won’t have the range of the carbine but within the confines of a suburban home/neighborhood I see that as an acceptable trade off. As with my current carbine setup, it will be loaded with .223 hollow points from Hornady which should be pretty effective rounds against anything short of Level III plate armor.

Second, I will be topping it with a reflex sight from Holosun. Nope, it is not as solid as a Trijicon or Aimpoint but this isn’t a rifle that will be taking a beating. It will sit in the safe except for training sessions and should the need arise to defend those I love. For that I like the green reticle, long battery life and instant on technology.

Third, given the nature of the optic, the backup iron sights will be usable without removing the optic and a decent set has already been installed and will be zeroed in along with the reflex sight next trip to the range.

Since this is (for now) still the USA and I have the right to own as many firearms as I want the carbine is not going anywhere. It will remain as it is configured with the LPVO and ready should my needs change or as a backup for someone else’s use. It will actually remain my primary self defense long gun until I can get to the range to function check and zero the new setup.

(Note: Wonderful Wife has her own carbine. It is set up for her thee way she likes it and I won’t change anything on it unless she wants me to.)

So, that’s my rethought. As always I am open to suggestions and thoughts.

 

My Remodeled AK

I bought a cheap AK style rifle (WASR) way back when. I bought so long ago that AK-pattern rifles were cheaper than ARs. For years it has been relegated to the status of safe-queen/occasional range toy since I built my first AR. I have nothing against the AK, in fact I really enjoy shooting it but wanted the ability to mount an optic and a light on it and the cost and options for doing so were less than stellar at the time. So the old girl was pushed aside in favor of the much more modular AR.

With ammo costs going through the roof and the availability of some calibers as rare as bigfoot sightings I decided to take another look at the AK platform. Wow, have things changed. It is still not as easy to customize the AK as the AR but there is a whole lot more available than there was back in the day.

The two pieces of equipment I want on all defensive rifles is a white light and an optic. My eyes are getting too old for irons to be my primary option. I also want the ability to clearly identify a target at night and I am nowhere near coordinated enough to run a handheld flashlight and a long gun. After a bit of looking I decided that the Midwest Industries Universal AK-47 Handguard (Gen 2) looked like a pretty good option. A bit of picatinny rail on top would provide a perfect place to mound an optic and the KeyMod slots would allow for the flashlight mount. The fact that they were on sale for 40% off at Primary Arms and free shipping also helped me decide on this particular option.

With that I was set and would have everything I needed…

Yah, right.

The pistol grip on the AK has always annoyed me. Even for someone with short little fingers like mine this thing is tiny and doesn’t offer much purchase when things get hot and muggy (like coastal Texas almost all year). Since I was saving money on the handguard/optic mount, and being the Magpul fanboy that I am, I tossed an FDE pistol grip into the online shopping cart too.

All set, right?

Nah…

I mean I might as well change out the stock as well. I mean that way they will match and all. So in the basket goes the MOE stock in FDE as well.

So here is my newly remodeled AK:

Newly Remodeled AK

Purists while whine and complain but this is no collector’s item. It’s a WASR for goodness sake.

The bottom line though is that this is a much nicer and more effective rifle (for me) now than it was before. Much nicer feel, lower recoil due to the rubber buttpad (not that recoil is all that bad), quicker on target and quicker back on target, the ability to illuminate the night should I need to, and a pretty decent optic. All for under $200 (non including the optic since I already had it). And now I can take better advantage of all that 7.62×39 ammo I have.

I have a few items to finish up; apply some thread locker where needed and check the torque on some of the screws. Then I will need to find a time to go to the range where I can sight it in and reacquaint myself with the platform but I am pretty excited with the changes I made.

Take care and God bless.