Saturday, April 18, 2015

Barter Town: Spring Cleaning 2015 Updated 9 Apr

Updated 4/16: If you had an eye on something but the price wasn't quite right this is the time to strike before I list things elsewhere. Send me a note with what you are thinking and we'll talk. I'm not having a fire sale but I do want to unload this stuff and put that value elsewhere. If I earn another hundred bucks I can get a case of 5.56 which sounds pretty darn good to me.


 I teased it before. Folks seemed to think my idea not to include shipping in costs as it would drag up the price of items but instead have a surcharge for smaller purchases. After deliberation I set the amount (under which a $10 surcharge will be added) as $60. The reason for that instead of $50 is that price would let someone buy an item, toss in a $10 pouch and avoid paying the surcharge. In effect I would be giving away the smaller item.

 As to procedures either leave a comment or email me at theotherryan@yahoo.com and include Barter Town in the subject line (both is the best approach). Obviously the first person to make a full price offer gets the item. If they want to bargain (which is totally fine) I will do one of four things: A) accept right away B) counter offer, C) tell them I'll see how much interest the item gets and maybe get back to them or D) outright reject their offer.

EDITED TO INCLUDE: Payment can be done through paypal (theotherryan@yahoo.com) or USPS money order.

Anyway here we go.

Knives:
British Sheffiield made OEM Survival Knife. It cost me $85 plus shipping. I received this knife and immediately just didn't like the way it handled. Too heavy for it's length in my opinion. I never used it as I planned to return it. For reasons lost to time the return got messed up and in frusteration I put it on a shelf and a few months went by. 

Holsters:
Safariland 6285 1.5in drop holster for a Glock 17 with TLR-1 light. I know they also fit a G19 just fine. Also I believe they fit the G22/23 as holsters are generally compatible between the two.

Bianchi Model 7/7L pancake holster for a full sized 1911.Slightly used in excellent condition Asking $35.

Quality leather OWB holster for a Glock 26 though it will fit a G19 just fine. Got it in a complicated trade and don't need it. Manufacturer is unknown but it is a nice well made holster. Used in excellent condition. Asking $40.
Cross breed style holster (manufacturer unknown) for a Glock 9mm. Used in VG/G condition. Asking $30.
Sold

Bianchi (I'm pretty sure) leather IWB holster for a Walther PP/PPK. Would presumably fit similar sized guns like a Bersa .380 but again do your own research and take your own chances. It was barely used as I owned the PP for about a week but probably sat on the shelf at the gun shop for a minute so the leather is pretty stuff. A rub of saddle soap or leather conditioner should fix that minor problem. Asking $15.


Other Stuff:

Springfield leather (National Match?) sling. In very good condition. I purchased it because the Garand needed a sling. Took it off when I sold the rifle and do not have a use for it. Asking $25.
Side saddle for a Mossberg 500. Can't remember who made it and the bolts to mount it were lost who knows when. Asking $10.
 

Leather sling. Asking $20.


PUR hiker water filter. Asking $40. They don't make these anymore but they take Katadyn replacement filters.

PUR water filter. Asking $40. They don't make these anymore but they take Katadyn replacement filter.

My goal is to make enough cash to fund some projects. Honestly as such my primary goal is to turn this stuff into cash. Inevitably the topic of trades will come up. First of all valuing trades is hard, everyone wants to value their stuff close to new and the other guys at half the value. I tend to look at both sides stuff based on % of new price and factor in condition. If you have something else to trade I might be interested in I guess let me know. Worst case I will say no thanks.

Well that is what I have up for sale now. Please let me know if you have any questions. Barter Town is now officially open.

Edited to include: This post is going to be bumped to the top pretty consistently until the spring cleaning is over and Barter Town is closed.

Trades in Barter Town

I was asked about potential trades. This is a tough one as it is difficult to say everything I might be potentially willing to trade for without fully developing the situation. If you are interested in an item I think is going to be harder to sell or the trade is going to lean pretty hard in my favor; I am inclined to be more accepting of generally useful items I might not exactly be looking for.

As of right now I would be very interested in trading for a rail mounted AR-15 type folding sight made of metal from a decent manufacturer. Extra special bonus points if it is a MaTech Milspec BUIS but I'm pretty open to any decent option. Also if you have a used Aimpoint or Eotech I am interested.

I can also definitely use some carbine length AR handguards (mil spec type or similar with metal heat shield) and would like one of those Tapco AK hand grips.

I can also use a couple of those MOLLE FLC mesh vest things to make ancillary rigs of spare pouches. Also a good holster for a 4"k frame with a heavy barrel would be nice as would a streamlight or surefire flashlight (1" tube type) to mount on a weapon.

Those are specific things I can really use. Beyond that all manner of mags (AK, AR, Ruger 10/22, HK G3, Browning Buckmark, Glock 9/.40), spare parts, commo equipment and of course precious metals.

I can also use a small full tang knife like an Isulla II.

I am not saying this list is by any means inclusive, it would take days to come up with every possible thing I might potentially trade for. You might have something I haven't thought to mention or maybe even a cool thing I haven't heard of. So If you have something that seems generally useful for preparedness and want to trade it for something I have just let me know. Worst case I will say no thanks.

I hope this explains where I am at with trades for barter town.

2016 Gun Buying Plans

I talked about getting ready for the upcoming (pretty well scheduled) 2016 Election Hysteria awhile back. Figured it is time for an update.

Since writing that post I did order a stripped lower.

Would like to get 2 more, maybe this weekend. I look at these as a stock option. For $40-60ish they give me the option of buying an AR down the road at a pretty normal price, despite whatever AWB type stuff could get passed. $200 in stripped lowers in the safe would let me buying that 20" M16 A4 style tack driver I kind of want, build a pink AR for Wifey and one for each kid.

I got a 3rd mag for the LCP. Probably good enough for now.

Also want to get some of those new Glock magpul mags to try out. A half dozen of them would go a long way to testing the (almost surely great) new product and getting ahead for when I eventually get another Glock.

Have not picked up any more .380 or .308. These are pretty low on the list as tiny pocket pistol ammo and deer hunting rounds aren't going anywhere any time soon. Still on general principle over the course of the year I want to get some of each, bare minimum 200 rounds each .380 ball and .308 150gr SP.

The proceeds from my spring cleaning sale are going to be turned into a case of 5.56. Honestly I fear some day we will be laughing about $350 a case the way folks are talking about SA 5.56 at $200 a case in the early 00's. I have habitually been short of my self identified goals for 5.56 so this year I want to get closer to, if not achieve, my desired goal of 3k (per fighting rifle).

Beyond that in no particular order I plan to pick up some HK G3 mags and if I get a windfall of some sort a full spare parts kit for a G3. Bet you can guess what my next years goal is?

I should note that hysteria aside I see the chances of anything meaningful happening at a national level to limit our 2A rights as a no go. I'm not saying to go out and charge everything you will ever want on the visa because this will be your last chance ever. What I am saying is that next years market might be wonky so it is prudent to front load some firearm and firearms related purchases and not plan on much happening next year. Honestly if I had the cash to buy all the stuff listed plus a PTR-91 today I would do it and just be done for 1.75 years  but well I don't so some stuff has to wait.

Thoughts?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Max Velocity and Alexander Wolfe Talk Gear


Max Velocity is ditching his beloved battle belt for a much more modern setup of a lightweight battle belt with a couple rifle mags and a pistol plus his sweet new MVT CUTT chest rig by AMH Tactical. I think this sort of system brings a lot to the table.


As you may well know I have a heavy battle belt/ modern LBE a lot like what MAX used to run. 

Both Max Velocity and Alexander Wolfe pretty much lay down the same thinking on the pro's and cons of the heavy battle belt.

Pro's-  Probably the most comfortable way to carry a fair bit of weight in a fighting load. It also lets you go prone comfortably and open the belt for even more comfort if you are say lying in an position for hours.

Cons- Not so great for vehicles as it's lots of extra stuff around the mid line on your sides and back. This isn't a huge deal for me as I can't see too many situations where I would be driving for any distance and having it sitting by me would not be sufficient.

Not scalable. These are all or nothing and they are fairly heavy. Mine is (IIRC) almost 20 pounds with ten or so loaded AR mags and 2 Glock mags. This brings a couple of issues. First for most realistic civilian situations I am not going to need to be carrying a dozen AR mags. The option to have a couple reloads for my long gun is a handy one that fits a whole lot of realistic scenarios. If I was say, going a block over to check on a neighbor, even during the nastiest situations to hit the US is recent memory, the LA Riots and Hurricane Katrina, I would feel quite comfortable with my AR and 2 reloads.

Second people who haven't done much field time fail to realize this stuff gets heavy. When people get back into camp after a long hard day of patrolling the first thing they want to do is take off all their heavy stuff! If people are going to be doing work around camp the first thing they want to do is take off all their heavy stuff! A big ole battle belt might get left behind under a bunk or in a shelter.

Personally despite the fact that I am selling stuff right now you note my battle belt is not for sale. I believe that system has a valid niche and plan to keep it. That being said...

I do have another 'prime time' (not to be confused with various ancillary backup stuff) system. That system is a 2 part tiered system. The first part is a Costa Leg Rig (reviewed at T Blog) with a good heavy duty belt and a holster. I currently have this set up for home defense so instead of rifle mags it is holding shotgun shell cards for my trusty 870P. A benefit of this system is I could swap it to use with my AR tomorrow, a PTR-91 the next day, whatever.

I could attach a fixed blade knife and a TQ to this system and it would be plenty for most scenarios. Certainly even in a nasty situation it would be enough to wear while doing chores around the house/ camp or relaxing after a tough day of fighting off Chinese hordes/ Zombies/ whatever. 

The second part is a chest rig, probably my MOLLE II TAP panel because it can easily be used with body armor or solo. That gets the mag count of this system to a respectable level and gives places to put necessary stuff.

Which system do I prefer? It is definitely situationaly dependent. The tiered system is a lot more versatile. Honestly I can see my battle belt ending up in a cache at some point. It would be great for going all Red Dawn but I can't see wearing it in a hurricane or riot where I can definitely see the pistol belt from the other system being a constant companion.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ruger LCP Custom First Range Trip Report

I finally got the Ruger LCP Custom out to the range. Took a box of .380 PMC FMJ's and some .380 Hornady 90 gr JHP American Handgunner ammo.

Accuracy: I was pleasantly surprised. This little pistol was pretty shootable. Getting head sized shots at 10 yards and chest at 15-25 was not at all difficult. I was able to shoot it to that level of accuracy with decent follow up time so that was nice. I shoot it way better than a J frame.

Recoil: Negligible. It isn't a gun you would want to fire 500 rounds through but I shot 65ish and could have shot another box without any unpleasantness.

Reliability: Kind of a sad face here. Out of 65 rounds there were 2 failures to feed. The first one was an FMJ that just didn't chamber. I racked the slide and it loaded just fine. The second was a JHP when I went to load the pistol. The first round in the mag jammed up on the feed ramp and got dented up pretty bad. Maybe when I went to load the mag I didn't fully seat it or failed to pull the slide back all the way, I don't know.

I am taking this with an open (albeit annoyed) mind as I somehow failed to lubricate the gun at all. I shot it right out of the box totally dry. After a shot of lube there were not any more issues. I'm hoping further testing shows those FTF's were an anomoly.

Presuming the stats on reliability gets to 99% for subsequent practice I think this is going to make a nice little carry pistol.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Fitness Push




I am on day 2. Not quite as low carb as Pastor Joe recommends but we haven't really done a dedicated shopping trip with this new found health push in mind so it's been catch as catch can. Anyway I am working to get fit and establish healthy long term habits. Are you physically where you want to be? If not, what are you doing about it?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My Level 2.5 Get Home Bag Update 4/11/2015

I talked about my level 2.5 system awhile back and did a full breakdown. Since then I acquired a new bag and have trimmed the system down to a more manageable size/ weight. Anyway somebody asked for a full breakdown so here it is.
 From top to bottom:
-Burner phone with charger. I keep this as a back up to my normal phone. I'm not worried about the Gubmint listening in on me but like the layer of anonymity when buying/ selling things. 
-Little tan bag with some cash in it. Enough to buy a tank of gas and a few meals as well as to have cash to flash to buy a ride if I need to. "I will pay you a hundred bucks to take me in the general direction you are already going" type thing.
-Glock 19 with 2 spare mags loaded with Federal 115gr JHP ammo. It is in my trusty Bianchi 100 professional but there is a little Raven Vanguard 2 just in case some time I put it in the bag and forget the holster.
-IFAK. TQ, Israeli bandage, compressed gauze, nasal breathing tube and needle.
-Boo boo kit. Band aids, mole skin, athletic tape, liquid bandage, etc. Recently added some caffine pills and peptol bismol.
-Benchmade Bushcrafter knife. 
I ended up putting this knife back in. I think a full tang knife that can be pushed pretty hard has value that makes it's additional weight worthwhile.
-Piece of VS 17 panel and a whistle for signalling.
-Headlamp and extra batteries.
-Nalgene bottle and stainless nesting cup.
-Compass, map, protractor, notecards and pencils
-Sawyer water filter.
 -TP and spare socks. Not real sure why they share a bag.
-Nomex flight gloves.
-Fire kit. Lighter, matches and a couple little candles.
-Food. A couple things of tuna, some peanut butter, a bag of M&M's, some instant coffee and 5 cliff bars.
-My Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack.
-ECWCS wind jacket
-Poncho with stakes and 550 cord.
-The woobie this photo is taken on is also part of the system.
Not shows
-A small bag of 550 cord I overlooked in the bottom of the bag.

 The bag fully loaded.


Of course no system is ever completely finished.
Things I need to add:
-A larger (smaller scale so bigger coverage) map
-A couple freeze dried meals to beef up the calorie count a bit.

 Things I am considering doing:
-Swapping out the woobie for a thermal/ casualty blanket at least for the summer. This would save some weight and considerable bulk.

Things I would like to do but have not yet funded.
-Titanium cup
-Snugpack jungle blanket. Smaller and a bit lighter than the woobie and I suspect warmer.
-Potentially a lighter knife that is still full tang.

On an unrelated note out advertiser Lucky Gunner has Glock 23 magazines on sale for $22.95 instead of the usual 28-30. Glock mags practically never go on sale so if you have a G23 jump on this deal.

So anyway that is my bag. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Winston Churchill Biography on Kindle for Free till 4/11

Winston Churchill was an amazing man and you can read about him for free. Hat tip to Bayou Renaissance Man for the find. Note there are aps to read kindle books on most electronic devices.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Barter Town: Packages in the Mail

Today I went to the Post Office. If you purchased an item in my Barter Town: Spring Cleaning 2015 sale it is headed your way. Depending on how far you are away from Louisiana the items should hit your mailing addresses early to middle of next week.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ammo Counts, Expending Ammo and Resupply plus 2k Down a Glock 19 with 1 Misfire

Max Velocity had a pretty interesting post on ammo and rates of fire.

According to the omnipotent US Army the M4 rate(s) of fire are:
  • Semiautomatic - 45 rounds per minute
  • Burst - 90 rounds per minute
  • Sustained - 12-15 rounds per minute
The first two are what you would use during an ambush or break contact drill. Yes that is 1.5-3 mags a minute. Since most of us do not have burst let's round up to 2 mags a minute. The significant thing to note is that people typically do not keep these rates of fire up for very long. Either the situation is resolved successfully (kill BG's or break contact), it is resolved unsuccessfully (death/ capture) or it stalls out into a slower scenario where people are firing a round every few seconds while trying to maneuver their elements or waiting for back up.

 Units in combat can quickly run very short on ammo even if they act reasonably. People can only reasonably carry so much of the stuff. The saving graces of this are 1) people within a unit will use ammo very unevenly. The guys on perimiter security will probably not shoot at all. If the left side of the patrol base takes contact the guys on the right are just waiting for the flank, etc. Guy with 8 mags gives 3 to the guy with 2 mags.

This is also why caliber and magazine interchangeability matters.  The AR-15 in 5.56/ .223 is the hands down obvious choice these days followed shortly by the AK-47 in 7.62x39. There are lots of valid options but pick one and stick with it. Hard to toss a PTR-91 mag to your buddy who is rocking an AK-47 or borrow from the guy with the AR in 6.8. Pistols matter a lot less because you won't honestly use them much. If things are that bad that you are widely cross leveling pistol mags in contact you are probably about to die anyway.

This is also why active combatants need a solid resupply plan for ammo. Maybe you keep a few spare mags in an assault pack, a couple bandoleers in a ruck and a bunch more in the truck. Maybe you go assault pack, pre positioned speed balls and a resupply cache. I do not know what the answer is for your scenario but if needed you better have a way to get ammo.

Lastly the issue of shooting your ammunition vs saving it is paradoxical. You are not (though different for a survivalist than a soldier) incentivized to bring ammo back from a fight but woe be the person who runs out before the fight is over. However people, especially survivalists, can worry too much about some 'one shot one kill' fantasy that does not accurately reflect the fundamental nature of modern small unit and insurgent combat. If it takes a mag of ammo to kill I guy I will call that a win. You lived and that guy died, now you have X amount of ammo remaining for your other problems.

This is not to say you should waste ammo but, especially in an environment where civilians are not a big concern, if you get a shot take it. I'll shoot a guy in his exposed foot because it will greatly hinder his movement. Even though it is an ifffy shot on a non vital part of the guy hitting him there makes my situation better. If I do not have time for perfect fundamentals I will still take the shot. Worst case I waste a 35 cent bullet, best case I hurt the enemy.


I hope this helps share this valuable discussion and bring my thoughts into the picture.

Also Tam shot 2k rounds through a Glock 19 without cleaning or lubing it and had 1 misfire.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Barter Town: Spring Cleaning 2015


 I teased it before. Folks seemed to think my idea not to include shipping in costs as it would drag up the price of items but instead have a surcharge for smaller purchases. After deliberation I set the amount (under which a $10 surcharge will be added) as $60. The reason for that instead of $50 is that price would let someone buy an item, toss in a $10 pouch and avoid paying the surcharge. In effect I would be giving away the smaller item.

 As to procedures either leave a comment or email me at theotherryan@yahoo.com and include Barter Town in the subject line (both is the best approach). Obviously the first person to make a full price offer gets the item. If they want to bargain (which is totally fine) I will do one of four things: A) accept right away B) counter offer, C) tell them I'll see how much interest the item gets and maybe get back to them or D) outright reject their offer. Honestly I think most of this stuff is priced reasonably and am not what you would call a motivated seller (trying to pay the overdue rent, etc).  I would rather move the lot over a month or two and get 10-20% more than do it right away for less. Most likely I will tell folks who want to pay less than asking I'll get back to them and see if a better offer comes in.

EDITED TO INCLUDE: Payment can be done through paypal (theotherryan@yahoo.com) or USPS money order.

Anyway here we go.

Knives:
British Sheffiield made OEM Survival Knife. It cost me $85 plus shipping. I received this knife and immediately just didn't like the way it handled. Too heavy for it's length in my opinion. I never used it as I planned to return it. For reasons lost to time the return got messed up and in frusteration I put it on a shelf and a few months went by. 
Cold Steel Safe Maker II push knife. Carried a couple times and maybe used to cut a box here or there. After realizing I wasn't going to carry the thing it went into my box of knives.

Sold

Holsters:
Safariland 6285 1.5in drop holster for a Glock 17 with TLR-1 light. I know they also fit a G19 just fine. Also I believe they fit the G22/23 as holsters are generally compatible between the two.

Bianchi Model 7/7L pancake holster for a full sized 1911.Slightly used in excellent condition Asking $35.
Tactical Tailor drop holster for a Beretta M9/92FS. This holster has been used (I carried it in Iraq) so it will have a frayed thread here and a scrape there, hence the price, but it is totally servicable. It may (do your own research and take your own chances) fit other comparably sized pistols like a Browning High Power or CZ-75.
Sold
Quality leather OWB holster for a Glock 26 though it will fit a G19 just fine. Got it in a complicated trade and don't need it. Manufacturer is unknown but it is a nice well made holster. Used in excellent condition. Asking $40.
Cross breed style holster (manufacturer unknown) for a Glock 9mm. Used in VG/G condition. Asking $30.
Tactical Tailor MOLLE holster for a Beretta M92. Used in very good condition. Asking $25.
Sold to Commander Zero

Bianchi (I'm pretty sure) leather IWB holster for a Walther PP/PPK. Would presumably fit similar sized guns like a Bersa .380 but again do your own research and take your own chances. It was barely used as I owned the PP for about a week but probably sat on the shelf at the gun shop for a minute so the leather is pretty stuff. A rub of saddle soap or leather conditioner should fix that minor problem. Asking $15.


Other Stuff:
HSGI double taco's, multicam in very excellent condition. I did replace the MALICE type clip on one (as it got scavenged for something else when in my gear bin) from something else but I doubt you would notice and the other clip is just fine. I have two of these for sale and am asking $35 a piece.
Sold
Tactical Tailor PRC-152 pouch in like new condition. I never even put it on a kit, let alone used it. Asking $25 since it cost me $40 something and is unused.
sold


Springfield leather (National Match?) sling. In very good condition. I purchased it because the Garand needed a sling. Took it off when I sold the rifle and do not have a use for it. Asking $25.
Side saddle for a Mossberg 500. Can't remember who made it and the bolts to mount it were lost who knows when. Asking $10.
 
ACU pattern radio pouches. Very good condition. Asking $10 each. Soold

Leather sling. Asking $20.

HSGI suspenders. Asking $20.

Sold

PUR hiker water filter. Asking $40. They don't make these anymore but they take Katadyn replacement filters.

PUR water filter. Asking $40. They don't make these anymore but they take Katadyn replacement filter.

My goal is to make enough cash to fund some projects. Honestly as such my primary goal is to turn this stuff into cash. Inevitably the topic of trades will come up. First of all valuing trades is hard, everyone wants to value their stuff close to new and the other guys at half the value. I tend to look at both sides stuff based on % of new price and factor in condition. Being honest I'm not looking to trade so am interested in good deals on very specific items or smoking deals on fairly specific items.

Things that definitely interest me are:
-An optic either Aimpoint Micro or Eotech. I could potentially add cash to the deal.
-An AR-15 BUIS rear sight. Not especially picky but want a metal one from a decent manufacturer.
-A Safariland 6004 drop holster for a Glock 17/TLR 1
-An Esse Izulla II

Things that might interest me depending on the deal AKA for a darn good deal:
-A good OWB holster for a 4" K frame .357 revolver
-A nice pair of aesthetically pleasing grips for a K frame revolver
-A pair of radios either Cobra/ Motorolla type family radios or hand held CB's.
-A slaved vis/ IR laser like a crimson trace
-MILSURP HK G3 mags
-An Eberlestock backpack that can hold a rifle
-Precious metals
-AR/ Glock/ AK mags
-AR/ Glock/ AK/G3 parts

If you have something else to trade I might be interested in I guess let me know. Worst case I will say no thanks.

Well that is what I have up for sale now. Please let me know if you have any questions. Barter Town is now officially open.

Edited to include: This post is going to be bumped to the top pretty consistently until the spring cleaning is over and Barter Town is closed.

Movie Review: Last Stand

I am writing this on Easter evening. Since it was Sunday dinner was on me and it was good. Anyway now the kids are in bed and I'm relaxing with a drink. Amazon had this movie and it seemed like an easy to watch feel good kind of think. So I'm watching it.

First of all this is pretty obviously a knock off of the classic Gary Cooper western 'High Noon'. A Sheriff in a sleepy town faces a violent criminal element he is, at least theoretically, not at all prepared to handle and still faces all odds to do the right thing. This one is a bit more comedic in nature since 1) Arnold is aging and his place as an action hero is leaning closer to self parody and irony than an authentic situation. Also 2) The third biggest name (after Arnold and Forest Whittaker) is Johnny Knoxville.

Of course despite being the Sheriff in a sleepy town on the Cali/ AZ border Arnold has a vague past as some sort of bad ass. He was trying to live a quiet life and this mess came to him. Almost boringly predictable.

The smoldering ex BF (in jail cell for drunken disorderly) of the token cute female deputy who also happens to be an OIF/ OEF vet is almost sure to play a role in the rest of the show.

Motivational speach about how they have to protect their town.

Sure as can be smoldering bad boy volunteers to help and is released from the cell. This is my surprised face.

Turns out Arnold's past as a bad ass or at least a guy who has been in some violent situations is confirmed. Again my surprised face.

Johnny Knoxville turns out to have a metric shit ton of guns. Good times. He also has Vickers Machine Gun. Sweet. Net is a gun fun scene where many weapons are loaded.

Johnny also has a military 5 ton. Lucky dude.

The scene where Arnold is trying to convince elderly fishermen who don't give a rip about anything to leave the restaurant and they genuinely don't care about dying is pretty funny.

Why is the opposition, supposedly contractor bad asses all lined up right by each other in the middle of the open street?

Why does the leader of these supposed contractor yahoos have a knock off of a 1858 colt as his pistolla?

Where did the cop get a Tommy Gun?

When did the cute token Deputy Gal become a damn sniper?

"We don't got no damn radios, we got nun chucks."

I do not think anyone grows corn on a large scale commercial basis along the CA/ AZ Mexican border as it is a water intensive crop and that is strait up desert but the bumper cars in the corn scene is pretty funny anyway.

"12,000 Mexicans come across this border every day, you shouldn't mind if one goes back."

The  climactic fight scene between some 170 pound dude and (even an aging) Arnold is at best implausible. Skill absolutely matters and comes first (after violence of action anyway) but fights where one guy is a (lean or at least fairly healthy) 70 pounds bigger than the other don't usually last long. Short of the big guy being absolutely hammered drunk or the smaller guy being a pro fighter those almost invariably end one way.

When Arnold pulls the knife out of himself and stabs the guy with it was pretty awesome.

The burn out bad boy ends up getting a job working for the county. His reheated romance with cute deputy is solidified.

Overall impression: I enjoyed this movie. Aside from the benefits of having friends, knowing your terrain and a shit ton of guns there were few meaningful lessons but it wasn't a thinking movie anyway. It is a movie that is ok for an afternoon or evening with no plans. Good to zone out and relax to.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Fear Porn, Emotional Reactions and Meaningful Action

It is good to keep up on national and world events but looking through the admittedly paranoid survivalist lens this can get pretty tiring. The term 'Fear Porn' has been around for a bit. I think Maineprepper came up with it but am honestly not quite sure. Basically you have people reading the news looking at everything bad and freaking out all the time. It gets even worse when people only go to aggregators who focus solely on bad news based on whatever their niche is. On even the best day one can find some terrible news or bad trends just by digging deep enough. Invariably there is a war in Africa (not to mention the entire middle east and the Ukraine) and some weird bad economic news will come out and there is a cannibal Murderer in California. Pastor Joe fox brings an excellent point in this video.

If your personal panic meter is pegged every day you need to recalibrate it to the modern 24 hour news cycle and in particular the new (last few years anyway) trend of searchable local news that can be aggregated. Nothing big going on nationally, something terrible probably happened in the regional news, nothing terrible there, go to local new. You get the idea. We need to establish a baseline for what is normal, bad and really bad. Fundamentally if a situation is not driving you to some sort of action then stop worrying about it. If an event or trend is not going to affect my life and or make me do something to mitigate that event/ trend it really is not going an issue for me then. I follow the news but don't really care about Syria because it is not going to affect me. Now on the other hand the entire middle east going to war with Iran and Russia re forming the USSR are concerns but more in a world events way, not so much in that they are going to affect me. One might get worried about something and run out to do this or that. A meaningful reaction would be to do something that will somehow prevent, mitigate or let you avoid the effects of what you think might happen makes sense. Something like topping off your gas tanks if you think something in the Middle East is about to kick off makes sense. On the other hand for a guy living in Alabama buying a gun because of strife in the middle east would not really make much sense.

Once can argue these events are a general reminder to continue your preparedness efforts so whatever was next on the list might make sense. The problem is when you use said events to justify doing what you wanted to do anyway that does not necessarily make rational sense.

Thoughts?



Saturday, April 4, 2015

From Around The Web

Bayou Rennaissance Man talks about the train wreck that is the world economy.

Next he compares the federal governments budget to that of a normal household. Put in terms any normal person can understand we have a big problem.

John Mosby talks knives and knife fighting. I probably do not have enough to justify a whole post on the topic but in brief. 1) A knife is a tool that can be used as a weapon. Sort of like how it would be foolish to jump me while I'm holding a framing hammer. As such a knife needs to be looked at in the light of a tool first and a potential weapon as a distant second. 2) Knives are infinitely more lethal than hands but in realistic engagements perfect placement is iffy with everyday carry type blades (vs a sword, kukuri, etc). 3) Due to their unique characteristics knives can serve an excellent 'get off me' role. Lots of folks can box, wrestle or just plain brawl so a bit of that is nothing new but if you do the best singer sewing machine impression possible with a blade in the soft lower half of their torso most folks will either become incapacitated or leave rather quickly. 4) Like John I find the odds of a knife fight a la West Side Story or a bad 80's rated R action flick quite low. Odds are someone will be trying to stab/ slash me and I'll be trying to fight them off or visa versa.

Max Velocity is working with UW gear to put out a cool new chest rig. Very cool.

Friday, April 3, 2015

S&W 642 Sold

I haven't carried it for awhile and some bills have came up lately. A buddy was interested and I sold it. A decent gun but I did not really find a niche for it. Will stick with my Glock 19 and Ruger LCP Custom for the foreseeable future.
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