Preparing For The Resistance – February 2022

I am changing up the format of this series just a little bit. In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them. We’ll run that way for a few months and see how it goes.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

Still looking for ways to toughen up mentally.

Physically:

Total failure in this area. I am doing physical therapy for my shoulder and that’s about it due to work and travel schedules.

Be Smarter

Started checking out MMA/self-defense gyms and sat in on a class. I won’t make a decision or join until my travel schedule slows down.

Did some live fire and move to contact drills.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

We finally completed the reorganization of our emergency pantry to accommodate the increased storage capacity. Based on that we placed orders to begin filling the space. Stocking up on as much food as practical. As part of this we vacuum sealed a number of containers of pasta and put into bins for easier storage over a longer period of time.

We stocked up on some medical supplies including rolled gauze, generic Dramamine and two more CAT Gen 7 tourniquets.

Of course, we stocked up on ammo as well:
5.56/.223 (40 rounds)
9mm (200 rounds)
.22 Long Rifle (300 Rounds)

Gear:

I purchased a tough, low tech watch. I normally wear an Apple watch but there may be times, especially in a collapse, where I may not want to wear (trackable) smart technology on my person. In some cases when hiking or doing other things I would like a tougher watch on my wrist instead of the (far more) expensive and breakable apple offering. This little Timex is pretty tough and was pretty inexpensive.

We bought a hand operated pump (safe for fuel use) and a drill operated pump (not safe for fuel use). We also started topping up gear and supplies for our emergency kits (sill-cock keys, water filters, collapsible water containers, storm proof matches, etc).

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement and investment accounts. We have decided to stop purchasing Crypto at this time. Instead, we will put the money (plus a little more) into precious metals instead. Overall, this slightly reduces the amount we are putting into our investment accounts and increases the percentage in precious metals. A good return from the investments is critical if we want to retire and live in the manner we would like. Precious metals is for wealth preservation and does not provide that return however it should be the safer choice and will preserve wealth even if inflation continues to be a problem and it is a hedge against a market collapse.

I took the dividends from one of our stock accounts and invested that into precious metals as well.

Energy:

Nothing this month.

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

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Preparing For The Resistance – January 2022

Reminder: I have changed up the format of this series just a little bit. In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them. We’ll run that way for a few months and see how it goes.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

Still looking to you guys for some suggestions here.

Physically:

For a variety of reasons I have not been as attentive to this area of preparation as I should have been. I really need to get back in the swing of things.

Be Smarter

I received my GMRS license and have been working with the radio to learn more about communications.

I missed one tactical training class this month but I did attend a class on Searching and Clearing. I took this particular class previously but this type of training is rarely a “one and done” kind of thing. The more times you take the class and the more practice you get the better you get.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

We continued stocking up on food. We are planning to stack food “to the rafters” over the few months. In order to extend our canned food storage capacity I purchased another shelving unit and cleared a space for it and I am in the process of redistributing and organizing it all.

I purchased the components and put together another trauma kit. I realized that I didn’t have one for my range bag. Now I do.

We stocked up on additional batteries. Every January I replace the batteries in my smoke detectors as well as in the optics and lights mounted on self-defense firearms so we purchased those and swapped them. We also added another 100 count of AA and AAA batteries to our supply.

Other things we stocked up on this month include: water purification tabs (100), razor blades (100), OTC medicines (sinus, anti-diarrhea and heartburn), Duck Tape, Vacuum sealer bags, soap, yeast, can openers, lighters, clothes pins and sewing kits. Many of these items are based on the “First hundred things to disappear in a collapse” posts.

Of course, we stocked up on ammo as well:

9mm (200 rounds)

5.56 (1080 Rounds)

.22 Long Rifle (200 Rounds)

I also did an inventory of the ammo on hand to make sure we were at our targeted stock levels.

Gear:

We purchased another, larger Sawyer water filter setup. Wonderful Wife and I decided that multiple, smaller filtration solutions were preferable to a single, larger solution. It will be more work to filter larger quantities of water, if need be, but we won’t be reliant on a single system and point of failure.

I completed the AR pistol build and added needed accessories (light and backup iron sights. I reused an optic and a single point sling I purchased previously. I also purchased an M&P 15-22 for a lower cost training option.

Added three 35 round Magpul magazines for the CZ Scorpion and five more training magazines for the AR.

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement and investment accounts including stocks and cryptocurrency. We also added a few more ounces of silver to our reserves. Reinvested a dividend from out investment account back into the same fund.

Energy:

Nothing to add here.

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

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Preparing For The Resistance – December 2021

I am changing up the format of this series just a little bit. In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them. We’ll run that way for a few months and see how it goes.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

I am really at a loss on how to toughen up mentally. I try and keep aware of the threats around us so I am not taken off guard. I am doing my small unit tactical training which does definitely toughen me up mentally as well as building skills. Outside of that I am not sure what else I can do. Please leave comments in the suggestions area below if you have ideas.

Physically:

I went back to the doctor for my shoulder. Surgery will not be required at this pointy. He gave me a cortisone shot, a course of anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxers and I will be starting physical therapy in January (soonest available appointment). In the meantime he also wants me to take it easy until I start with the physical therapist.

I (mostly) continued hitting the gym in my effort to get into better shape. With the medical appointments, work, the holidays and some personal matters I have missed more days that I normally would. Now, if I could just get wonderful Wife to join me…

Be Smarter

I learned how to use Chirp to program my radios.

Attended another tactical training class on small unit tactics.

Be More Resilient

We took advantage of various holiday sales to stock up or purchase a lot of stuff that we felt we would need in the coming dark times. Hope you did too.

Supplies:

I keep Rite in the Rain notepads in all my packs and bags. We picked up a few spares for extra bags as well as for replacements.

Ammo:

9mm (300 rounds)

5.56 (120 rounds)

Restocked the primary pantry from our emergency pantry. We have started to increase the amount of food we are storing in the emergency pantry. I am working hard to find places to store is and rotate it properly. I have cleaned out a space that should work for another shelving unit and ordered it but it will be a bit before it comes in.

We purchased an additional eight mantles for our propane lanterns. If we are in need of using these lanterns we probably won’t be in a position to get extra mantles.

Gear:

I purchased a pair of red dot optics. The original plans was that one would be for training/backup rifle and one for my “fighting” rifle. They are very similar optics from the same manufacturer but the one I planned to mount on the fighting rifle is built a little tougher and includes an anti-reflection device (kill flash) the other will be for my training/backup rifle where durability is not quite as important.

When I saw a really good deal from Palmetto State Armory on complete 5.56 upper receiver. I picked one up and mounted the second red dot sight and backup iron sights to it. That gives me one upper set up for longer range and one for shorter range and I can switch between them without having to go to the range and zero in the rifle.

I was able to get out to the range and zero the optic on the training/backup rifle but haven’t been able to get back out and do the same on the new upper. While I was at it I spent a few rounds just practicing with both rifles and my primary carry handgun.

I picked up another AR lower, trigger, and lower parts kits. I am thinking about filing a Form 1 and building a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR). I got rid of all my AR pistols when the Biden ATF started talking about coming after them and I miss having a nice compact self-defense weapon like that. I also hear the wait times on electronic Form 1’s is not too ridiculous.

I decided to upgrade my war belt and purchased the Blue Alpha Double Belt Rig from Warrior Poet Society. To take advantage of the new rig I also purchased a new holster to provide better retention and less bulk.

flashlight score

O-Light (yes, I know, made in China) ran a number o specials over the holidays and I made the most of it. I purchased a new weapon mounted light that is more powerful than the one I had on the rifle previously but with less weight. A periscope style light that can clip to my gear or be worn as a headlamp and (yet more) key chain/pen lights. All in all I was able to add a lot of lighting for relatively little cash.

I added a bolt carrier group (BCG) last month and added two more this month. They were on sale at a really good price. For the time being they will be spares for our defensive rifles. When the time comes for each of the grand kids to get their ARs I will already have BCGs for them.

Merry Christmas, and thank you Wonderful Wife!

Wonderful Wife surprised me with an early Christmas present. A CZ Scorpion Evo pistol equipped with all the cool add-ons; Magpul grip, pistol brace, Magpul magazine release, and extended bolt handle. Once tested and sighted in it will become my primary home defense firearm.

We added a couple of 15-round P365 magazines to the inventory. I like to have 9 mags per self-defense firearm and this puts us at that level for the P365s. We also took advantage of sales to add some AR-15 magazines to the inventory. We are now at our minimum inventory levels on magazines for all defensive firearms.

Last month we purchased a propane heater for use if we lose power in winter. This month I purchased the hose that allows the use of larger grill type propane bottles. Thanks to Prepper365 on the suggestion on which one to go with.

Added two more tourniquets. One for my chest rig and one for my plate carrier. I primarily use CAT tourniquets from North American Rescue.

Purchased two additional Baofeng radios and two extended batteries them. I programmed them with a number of channels and frequencies that would be useful in a disaster scenario.

Finances:

We added money to our investment account from Wonderful Wife’s paycheck and also invested a smaller amount in crypto and precious metals (silver).

We have split the precious metals we own between a few different locations for quite some time. I was doing a little “load balancing” between the sites and as part of the inventory I found that we had an extra tenth of an ounce of gold that was not on my inventory sheet. Wonderful Wife also found a silver dime while out and about. God is good.

Continued moving money from savings to an investment account in order to try and minimize the loss of value through inflation. I can only move $150/per month without incurring penalties.

Energy:

I ran the generator for 15-20 minutes to help prevent carburetor issues and make sure it will be good to go if it is ever needed. This is a recurring monthly task.

I found the small, camping style propane tanks in stock at a sporting goods store and purchased two more.

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

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

An Early Christmas Gift From Wonderful Wife

I am truly a very lucky and very blessed man.

Wonderful Wife surprised me with an early Christmas present. She bought me something I have wanted for years, a CZ Scorpion Evo pistol.

Merry Christmas and thanks you Wonderful Wife!

It has all the cool bits on it including the Magpul pistol grip, folding pistol brace, Magpul magazine release, and an extended bolt handle.It came with two 20 rounds factory mags and a 35 round Magpul magazine.

Once tested and sighted in it will become my primary home defense firearm loaded with 147 grain subsonic hollow-points.

Thank you honey!

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

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.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I completed another two rounds of praying for my 100 closest neighbors. Believe it or not I even continued to teach Sunday School. We are meeting online instead of in person but we are still meeting and studying God’s word. Church is virtual as well. It is streamed directly into the living room and that’s where we worship. The church is us, not a building or place…

To be honest, it is not quite the same as being in the sanctuary with the rest of the congregation but we are still worshiping God.

One area I have been falling down on is my daily Bible study. I have let it slide this month with my focus on the virus and preparing for it. I will do better moving forward and hope to finish my study of Malachi soon.

Self Defense/Hunting

As soon as I saw this thing was really rolling in I began stocking up on ammunition again. We purchased 250 rounds of 9mm self-defense ammo, 840 rounds of defensive 5.56/.223, and 500 rounds of .22 LR before the ammo rush started and supplies dried up. We put them aside for a rainy day. Good thing too since ammo is now pretty hard to find and prices have gone way up.

With the increased threat of civil disturbance and violent crime I revisited my “Go Bag.” It is a small bag I keep handy that is stocked with an emergency medical kit, heavy duty zip ties (for fixing things), gloves and extra (loaded) magazines. I thought a ‘chest rig” might be a little better solution but after getting it set up and working with both I decided to stick with my original solution. The chest rig might have some advantages if I had the armor inserts but without them the bag is just fine, a little smaller and,  most importantly, quicker and easier to grab and go. I did go ahead and buy a new bag of the same type. The old one was is several years old and a little frayed in some places. I also went with a less tactical blue instead of the coyote I had previously.

I purchased replacement sights for the Glock 19 MOS. The new sights are suppressor height so they co-witness through the red dot. Since I was replacing them anyway I also upgraded to night sights. They did not cost me anything since I paid for them with a gift card I received from work.

While working with both the chest rig and the Go Bag I noticed the Glock 19 magazines seemed to sit a little deeply in the mag pouches while Glock 17 mags fit much better. Since they also carry an extra couple of rounds I found a few in stock at a decent price and now all my spare mags are G17s.

Being in “lock down” I won’t be able to visit the range for the foreseeable future. I have been trying to make up the difference with dry fire practice but sometimes you just want to punch some holes in paper. So, I bought a BB gun. It seems Sig Sauer sells a BB gun version of the P365 and now I have one. It runs off CO2 and shoots 4.5 mm BBs so I can train in the garage or the backyard. I used Amazon points so it only cost me about $25 complete with CO2 cartridges and BBs.

SIG P365 BB Gun

Supplies/Gear

We are restocking the pantry as best we can without going into the grocery stores. We are making heavy use of curbside pickup options. It has been a challenge but we seem to be doing pretty well. We have also decided to go ahead and stock up and raise our inventory levels. We want to get ahead of the price increases and possible shortages. We have doubled the amount of space set aside for our emergency pantry and have been able to (almost) fill up the extra space.

I added another 5 gallon bucket of white rice to our long term food storage inventory. I am also working to add another 5 gallon bucket of pinto beans to that inventory as well. To do that I bought five food grade buckets and “gamma” lids. One is being used for shorter term storage of tortilla flour but that still leaves me two more to use as needed. With the local stores being closed or off limits these were a little tough to come by. They are way more expensive on Amazon but I was finally able to find them for a decent price at a local retailers that offers “curbside” pickup. I plan to lay in a small supply of extra buckets and lids and keep them around for future need.

Both to maintain our immune systems and just in case supplies get a little lean we like to take vitamin supplements. I inventoried our supplies and ordered enough to ensure an adequate supply. I have nearly a year’s supply on hand right now.

I planted the second half of the garden. We stayed focused on a few herbs and plenty of peas. I may plant some watermelons too. If I can get some potting soil I may expand the garden area as well.

Security

Not much has changed here. I am considering some extra external lighting and security cameras but haven’t made a decision yet.

Finances

We are putting as much money as possible out of each paycheck into savings. We have some other money set aside as well and we are trying to decide whether to gamble and put that into the market to pick up some good deals or get the cash and hang onto it. We are leaning towards the cash but I am open to any guidance or suggestions you might have.

Fitness/Health

I started the year attending to some long outstanding health maintenance tasks. I spent a lot of money at the dentist during the first part of the year and I also went in for a physical. The doctor noticed some irregularities in my blood work. Those same markers were present in two previous tests but those doctors were not very concerned at the time. Long story short, I ended up at MD Anderson for some additional tests this time around. One thing the previous doctors neglected to mention or notice is that these markers can indicate two forms of cancer that I am at very high risk for. After a day of examinations, several rounds of blood tests and some imaging the doctor’s were able to eliminate cancer as the cause. They gave me a clean bill of health (other than being old, overweight, and out of shape).

Between eating more home cooked meals and some stress eating and I am gaining even more weight. I am also back to drinking way too many sodas and not enough water. So…I guess I need to buckle down and fix some things, especially the overweight and out of shape bits. I started back to a more frequent exercise schedule and started my stretching again. I pray for the strength and determination to keep those up this time.

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

Take care and God Bless

Training With .22 Long Rifle

Back before the “Great Ammo Shortage” I toyed with the idea of using .22 Long Rifle versions of my primary firearms for training purposes. Once .22 LR disappeared from the shelves this idea fell by the wayside. Well, the venerable .22 Long Rifle is back on store shelves and while it is not as cheap as it once was it is pretty reasonably priced once again.

So, why train with .22 LR?

The primary reason for training with .22 LR is cost. With lower priced ammunition the cost of training goes down which means more training for the same money. Bulk .22 LR costs about 2.8 cents per round and even premium rounds like the CCI MiniMags come in around 5.9 cents/round. Even premium rounds cost less than bulk 9mm (11.7 cents per round). For rifle cartridges the difference is even greater. Super cheap 7.62×39 comes in at 16.2 cents per round and 5.56 tops that at 26.7 cents per round.

Until recently, I carried a revolver for my every day carry (EDC). Specifically, I carried a Ruger LCR in .38 Special. Back before the Great Ammo Shortage I also purchased a version chambered in .22 LR. It is identical in almost every way to the .38 Special except the caliber, 8 vs. 5 shots and the trigger pull. Like most rimfire revolvers the trigger pull is significantly heavier than the centerfire counterpart. I am OK with that. Even though I now carry a semi-auto I still train much of the

Ruger LCR in .22 LR

time with small, lightweight revolvers. Why? For the same reason that batters take a few practice swings with a weight on their bat. Swinging the heavier bat makes it easier to swing the lighter. Maintaining a proper sight picture (especially with simple gutter sights) while managing a 6-8 pound trigger pull on an ultralight snubby is darned tough. It is even tougher with the heavier trigger pull on the rimfire version. A couple dozen rounds with a snubby and my speed an accuracy with the semi-auto are both noticeably improved.

The bottom line if that the key components of gun handling trigger control, sight alignment and sight picture can all be practiced as effectively with a rimfire as with centerfire…more cost effectively.

This doesn’t mean you should never train with centerfire rounds. No since.22 LR will give you any practice with recoil management.

Glock G44

One more caveat, it is important to train with rimfire weapons that are as similar as practical to the centerfire firearms you use for defense or hunting. As I mentioned I have a .22 LR version of the LCR I used to carry as my EDC. I also have a .22 LR version of my primary hunting rifle (Ruger American Predator). I just picked up a Glock 44 which is the .22 LR version of my bedside gun, the Glock 19 (range review to come). I may even pick up the new .22 LR version of the LCP II that I occasionally carry.

That’s where the analysis of your own budget needs to come into play. Do you shoot/train often enough for the ammo cost savings to make up for the purchase of the .22 LR version? If you invested in the rimfire version would you be able to train more. As a gun guy, I like guns and shooting so the cost/benefit works out. You need to do your own math.

Hope this gives some food for thought.

Take care and God bless.

Incredible SIG P365 Magazines

The other day I heard a “noted gun celebrity” pontificating on the incredible engineering of the P365 magazines. Apparently, the design of these magazines is so extraordinary that other manufacturers are starting to design firearms around them. He seemed to indicate that they were on the way to becoming an industry standard based on that excellence.

Really?

Don’t get me wrong. I like the SIG P365. I own one and carry it on occasion. The sights are very good. The trigger is also pretty darn good and (at the time of purchase) it held significantly more rounds than the competition. To be honest though I see nothing particularly amazing about the magazine other than the marketing effort SIG has spent on it. In fact it is the magazine (the follower specifically, I believe) that is one of two contributing factors in one of the consistent complaints about the P365, the failure to lock back on an empty magazine.

Now, as far as the incredible ability to pack rounds into such as small package goes…pure marketing.

I recently purchased a 15 round magazine for the P365 (yes, they are available!) and after hearing about the amazing feat of engineering decided to measure it against a 15 round Glock 19 magazine.

Guess what?

The G19 magazine is smaller (OK, actually, it is shorter).

I was was so surprised, based on the marketing, that I pulled out the old calipers:

Glock 19 Magazine Length: 4.385 Inches
SIG P365 Magazine Length: 4.737 Inches

The Glock 19 magazine is actually 0.352 inches shorter.

Ahhh! But what about width?

Glock 19 Magazine Width: 0.9 Inches
SIG P365 Magazine Width: 0.812 Inches

So, the P365 has a 0.088 edge in width over the Glock magazine. That’s the big engineering feat right? Maybe.

The Glock magazine is polymer which tends to need to me a bit thicker to make up for a difference in the relative strength of the two different materials. So, let’s find out how the P365 magazine compares to a steel magazine. In this case the 15 round P250/P320 magazine from SIG.

SIG P250/P320 vs. P365 Magazine height

The two magazines are essentially identical in height meaning that both are longer than the G19 magazine. So, how about width?

SIG P250/P320 vs. P365 Magazine width

Especially with my poor photography skills its tough to tell which one is wider so I measured (but didn’t get photos). The P365 Magazine measures in at 0.80 inches and the p250/P320 magazine measures in at 0.86 inches. Is that the amazing feat? Shaving 0.06 (six one hundredths) of an inch off the width of the magazine?  I would be willing to bet dollars to donuts they could have used the already existing (and plentiful) P250/P320 magazines and still made the P365 a success (except maybe for the magazine release location).

I hardly think that this qualifies as an incredible feat of engineering. With that said, I still like the P365and think its an excellent choice in this market category.

Take care and God bless.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I completed another two rounds of prayers for my 100 closest neighbors. Continued teaching Sunday School and attending church. I am not attending a Wednesday Bible study this term. There is so much work and personal stuff gong on I wouldn’t be able to commit the time to it. I will start an individual study instead.

Self Defense/Hunting

Guess what?

I bought a lot of ammunition.

I want to make sure I have plenty of self-defense, practice and hunting rounds on hand I have been shooting a lot so I’m restocking those calibers and rounds as I use them. I am not looking to increase what I have on hand at this point.

Back when I first started carrying a firearm I started off with the smallest and lightest firearm I could find, the Ruger LCP. While this was not a fun gun to shoot I actually wore that little sucker out.

There have been times recently when (for various reasons) I have had a need for “deep concealment” firearm. Since my old LCP is no longer reliable I picked up an LCP II to serve in this role. I tested it out with a couple hundred rounds of various ammunition including self-defense ammunition. I didn’t encounter any issues at all so it is now in the carry rotation along with the LCR and P365.

I was also able to get Wonderful Wife out to the range for a (much needed) practice session.

Supplies/Gear

I replaced the pocket knife I broke with a new Kershaw RJ Tactical 3.0 and so far I am loving it.

For the first time since the flood we have our garden going again. So far we have peppers, onions, tomatoes and some herbs growing in the raised boxes but we plan to add some peas shortly.

Security

I really, really need to get a new security company lined up.

Finances

This is the area we have been most focused on. We are working hard to save as much money as we can and have building our savings pretty quickly. Wonderful Wife is going to need a new car soon and I want to be in a position to pay cash when that time comes. I also want to buy some property to get away from the craziness that seems to be taking over in big cities.

Fitness/Health

Withe recent medical issues and procedures I have taken (quite a few steps backwards in this area. I have gained some weight back and haven’t been able to exercise much at all. Fortunately, I am well on the way to recovery and I am starting to get back on track.

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

Ruger PC Carbine: Update

While doing a little research on the old InterWebz I ran across a number of posts and video explaining that the Ruger PC Carbine would exhibit the same extraction issues I have been encountering under two conditions:

1. They like to be run somewhat dry. Clean them, oil them and then wipe off all excess. Given the heat, humidity and (depending on wind direction) salt in the air around here I tend to run my guns, including the PC Carbine pretty wet.

2. The manual say the barrel adjustment knob should be adjusted when the barrel is mounted. many suggested tightening the adjustment knob while the barrel is off because you can get a bit tighter fit. The tighter fit means better pressure on the blow back mechanism and more accurate cycling. So, I did this as well.

The good news is that the gun does run better now. Previously, the gun would malfunction at least once on just about every magazine, sometimes more. Now it only does so once every two or three magazine loads. Much better but still nowhere near reliable enough for anything but plinking (it is a wonderful plinker).

PC Carbine Extraction Issue

I guess I will have to break down and ship it back to Ruger and see if they can make it work. Otherwise it may just go into the “sell it at the next gun show” list…

Take care and God bless.