Showing posts with label Blackhawk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blackhawk. Show all posts

Friday, February 15, 2013

Dry Fire Practice- Little Things

This evening after putting Walker to bed I conducted some dry fire training. It was pretty good. Definitely getting used to handing the smaller J frame and it's trigger. One nice thing about a DAO revolver is that you cannot cheat and thumb cock it so you just have to get comfortable with the trigger. I am eager to get it out to the range and put some more ammo through it. This trip will coincide with zeroing the new scope for the AR after it arrives.

Did notice one interesting thing when shooting the wheel gun. My Blackhawk IWB holster came out with the gun a couple times. Admittedly it was probably just because I was repeatedly drawing without taking the time to really reset the holster. That consideration aside it is still no bueno. An easy fix is to undo the velcro on my rigger belt, slip the holster in and then re velcro the belt. The bottom of the plastic clip sort of looks like an upside down T that hooks on both sides of the belt keeping it solidly in place. I will probably talk more about this holster at some point. It's not perfect but for $10 picking one up when you get a gun then figuring out another option down the road when your budget allows (if you even feel the need to) is a solid option. Elitists will hate it but a $10 holster that is good enough for casual use or to get you started on a busget has some real value in the market place.

Next I shifted to rifle work. I haven't rocked iron's as primary sights for awhile and wanted to get used to using them in a CQB type setting. Also I needed to knock some dust off the old muscle memory. Rifle work was good. Weapon manipulation and target acquisition were solid. Also spent some time training with the tac light. With it located at about 1:30 the setup is pretty natural. The only minor issue is if I get lazy about grip my thumb can obscure the sights. Optics sit slightly higher so this should be less of an issue. If a bit more training will not fix this I will look at other mounting options or a pressure switch.

The point I am trying to get to is that we find flaws and weak points in our gear, systems and capabilities when we use them. Little things come up and we figure them out by setting stuff up differently or training appropriately. Occasionally something big pops up that must be dealt with. If you just buy a gun, a holster and a bunch of hollow points  then load up the gun and stick it in the holster to occasionally travel with you these flaws never appear. It is true that you may live a charmed life and never have these unknown flaws become huge problems but not everyone is so lucky.

Get out and use your stuff. Getting out and shooting is great but with the limited availability and high price of ammo these days it may be hard to do often. Dry fire is free and you can do it at home so there are no excuses.

Just Do It!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

EDC Contest Entry #20 Meister

Hey Folks, I am pleased to bring another entry for our EDC Contest. First we will quickly recap what is going on. The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it is my goal.

The prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)

Check out the details and my example post here. 

 Onto Entry #20

Hi I am Meister. I'm from Indiana. I've got a blog as well. http://buggedoutblog.blogspot.com/ Feel free to peruse mine and link whatever you wish.
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My EDC kit. 

Primary Firearm- Glock 29 10mm with ClipDraw and Saf-T-Block installed. Having no holster at all really frees up options for having this firearm. I can carry it with basketball shorts in the summer without worry of printing. Most holsters add at least 1/4 inch to the thickness of the firearm so it's nice to not have that added bulk. The Saf-T-Block rests behind the trigger and keeps the weapon safer when in the ready condition. It is pushed out as soon as you put your trigger finger in the guard. No added time to the draw. I keep Silvertips or Powrball in the mags. I keep it in the 2 o'clock or 4 o'clock position depending on what I'm wearing. Spare mag goes in the left mag pocket on the Blackhawk pants I'm wearing. I chose the 10mm because of it's stopping power. Anyone hit well with a 10 won't stand up and walk away. They will be assuming room temperature and stop whatever it was that was endangering me.

Secondary Firearm- Ruger LCP 380acp. Nice and easy to conceal. I keep it in my right front pocket. It has ball ammo in it. The 380 round isn't the strongest so I want as much penetration or a full through shot to make the assailant bleed out asap. It's in a blackhawk pocket holster.

Flashlight- Cheapo LED in case I drop it of leave it somewhere. Tired of buying Surefire lights.

Keys- Gotta have em!

Knife- Cold Steel Spartan. I'm doing a long term test on it. I've had it for a few months now, not the best, not the worst. It's a biggun!

Wallet- keep receipts and CC's in it along with licenses. It's a Ghurka that my wife bought me for Christmas in 2006. Been a great one! It's got a couple booboo strips in it as well.

Dental Floss- for getting lunch out of my teeth!

Watch- Tag Heuer Link Chrono. Another gift from the wife. Had it since 2003? Great watch, well made and keeps great time.

Cash Money- Even though it's not worth the paper it's printed on, people prefer it. I keep this in a zip pocket.

I've tried several combinations of this kit and this is the one I always go to. I still prefer my old Beretta Airlite knife, but I must make sacrifices for testing. If I'm wearing a formal shirt that is tucked in I'll lose the Glock and keep the LCP in my front pocket. Whatever it takes to stay concealed. 

I'm usually near my truck which has a complete get home bag in it as well as a long arm. I keep the stuff in my pockets simple. Less is more when you've got to pack it around. That kitchen sink won't help you run any faster, nor will it do anything but slow you down when you have to fight. Thanks for the great blog!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

EDC Contest Reminder: Just Do It

Now that you are all coming out of the Turkey and Eggnog induced coma it is time to get your entries together.

The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss the stuff we carry around every day AKA EDC. Taking pictures of our stuff and talking about it is my goal. Looking both at broad tools (pistol, folding knife, light, multi tool, etc all) and specifically digging into the this vs that of a Wambanger 29 vs a Doohickey A3.

The prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)

Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value)


Check out the details and my example post here. 

Just Do It!

Note: Some good stuff happened today for my real life preparations so this is the post for today. May have something good for tomorrow though.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Chest Rigs

Our buddy Rourke from Modern Survival Online asked about my preference in chest rigs some time ago. Not entirely sure why but it took me some time to getting around to writing this. I wear this sort of stuff a lot and spend most of my working hours around other people who wear it also. So in addition to my own preferences I can talk about what other people seem to like.

First I want to talk about a couple companies that make great stuff. I bear no interest in them other than being a satisfied customer. I love Tactical Tailor gear. They just make great stuff. Lots of folks use Blackhawk stuff. I certainly do not mean to imply that nobody else makes nice stuff as I am sure they do. It is just that I see a lot of these two brands.

There are a few features I like in a chest rig:
1. Minimalist. Particularly having a low profile on the back and shoulders so not to interfere with a backpack.
2. Modular. MOLLE webbing gives you oodles of options to customize exactly what you want. For instance a young man whose position changes from Automatic Rifleman to Rifleman or Grenadier can change a couple pouches and be ready to go with a modular system. If he had a system that was not modular at all (like those "tactical vests" where the pouches are attached) or was less modular like the old LBE system it would be more of a pain. Even if you know the exact setup you want and don't plan to change anything sometimes after putting it all together you find that the mag pouches need to go an inch to the left or right.
3. Rugged. Even if your life is nothing like mine and this chest rig will just sit in the closet and go to the range bi monthly quality matters. The stuff has to be able to take a beating as its intended use is rather rough. My advice is to suck it up and buy quality once. Obviously having your mags and other essential stuff in a crap made Chinese vest that falls apart during a mission would be a real problem.The only reason you will need to replace a Tactical Tailor or Blackhawk setup is if you lose it.
4. Comfortable. You might scoff at this but we wear our gear for days on end. A friction point that bothers a normal guy at the range a little bit can turn into a bleeding sore on a long road march or mission.
5. Secure. Stuff you put in the pouches needs to stay in the pouches until you take it out. It needs to stay in place if you are crawling or running through thick brush. If you can't take a loaded chest rig and shake it upside down then toss it off the back of a truck and drag it around by one strap and keep everything then it is best to move on.
6. Compact. It needs to securely hold all the stuff you need and not be bulky or too thick. You don't want to be walking around like a commando Micheline Man getting stuck in vehicles, doorways and windows.
7. Allow maximum freedom of movement. You need to be able to run, crawl, climb and generally do stuff while wearing gear. Also you need to be able to shoulder a weapon on both shoulders.

Where and how to store mags in an interesting question. There are numerous types of mag pouches but they can be basically broken down into single or multiple mag and open top or flap. The ones with a flap generally hold 2-3 magazines. This is personal preference thing without a "right answer". I would however say that for open flap you need some kind of retention cord or snap. The TT and Blackhawk ones use a cord with a little thing to grab onto. The issue ones have a snap. Some companies have make mags that have open tops and some sort of friction device for retention like these pouches from Blue Force Gear. I have some real concerns with this kind of pouches. Maybe this type (not to pick on Blue Force Gear or this pouch. They seem like nice people who make good stuff. I just have no experience with this pouch of their products in general.) works great but I am not willing to take the risk of them failing. YMMV.

Personally I like to keep all my mags in one spot slightly off center towards my non dominant side. Roughly between my belly button and kidney. Some folks keep them right in the center. Others have them all the way around and attach their other pouches (medical, miscellaneous, compass, etc) to the outside webbing. Blackhawk makes an interesting chest rig with integral open top mag pouches that some folks seem to really like.

If possible I suggest trying on and fiddling with all kinds of stuff in order to figure out what YOU LIKE before going out and spending the money.
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