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Saw this video and found it to be interesting. As a general rule I like 1 magnification red dot type optics for CQB type stuff. They are the fastest thing out there. The downside is they are not great at long range. In fairness you can HIT at fairly long ranges with them (say 300-400m) but the issue is target identification. As Peter noted in Thoughts on Combat Weapon Sights for Civilians this is significant. I'd really like to be sure what I am shooting at since as a Civilian I do not have the type of functional immunity that cops and soldiers who act semi reasonably (or not) tend to get.

Also while folks can often engage targets, albeit with limited identification, at distances beyond 200m almost everybody shoots better with magnification. Without a doubt I shoot project AR with a magnified optic a whole lot more precision than a red dot.

I used to have an ACOG but as affordable rugged optics like the MTAC (John tried like hell to break one and all it did was damage one of the adjustments) have come onto the market I think there are better options. My personal choice for an all around fighting rifle is a low to moderate variable magnification optic with an illuminated reticle. My MTAC is a 1-4x which acts a lot like a red dot up close. I keep it set at 1x but can crank it up to 4 if needed. They also make a 1.5-6x version that John Mosby has. If/ when I end up building another AR I'll likely go this route.

For a more designated marksmen type setup I would either get a scope that starts at a slightly higher power like a 3x9 or 4-12 or pay big money for a scope with a larger magnification range like a 2-8 or something.

Thoughts? What kind of optic is on your fighting rifle?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 16, 2014, 1:00 pm
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I let you know Barry of IraqVet888 has passed. Eric has some more information.


Unfortunately after doing some google 'research' it seems Barry had some legal and medical issues during the months before his passing. Out of respect I will not get into his business but will say that we are all human and have shortcomings. I will not detract from the 2A supporter, trainer, firearms educator, character and arguably the best tactical beard owner ever Barry was by degrading his name in any way. Nor will I tolerate that talk here.

There is a fund to help the family with his final costs online if you want to donate. I think if you've every enjoyed his piece of the Iraqvet888 page a Jackson ($20) is a fair contribution for the entertainment he gave you. I will be donating to the cause myself. Making sure Barry can rest in peace is worth a small contribution. Whatever shortcomings he may have had Barry is a good man who deserves respectful and appropriate final arraignments.

 Honestly this whole thing depresses the shit out of me.

In closing I will leave you with what is probably my favorite Barry video and certainly the best multi big name youtube collaboration, the Hoss USMC Pony and Barry Backpack.



 RIP Barry, we miss you. Youtube will never be the same without you.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 16, 2014, 1:48 am
I was pretty late with this last week so not much this week. Also we had guests which was big fun but didn't lend itself to getting preparedness oriented things done. Anyway since I want to get back onto the more regular schedule you get this post again today.

Filled up some gas cans in the ever continuous struggle to ensure all our stored fuel is reasonably fresh.

Restocked some disposables.

When getting some admin stuff done I realized there was some unexpected cash in my Paypal account. Probably going to get a poncho and a Mountain Serappe like Alexander Wolfe's. Also looking at making a substantial food storage purchase. So not much happening this week but lots coming down the pipe. Also we'll have the last few posts from the Fighting Load contest to wrap it up.

What did you do to prepare this week?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 15, 2014, 1:42 am
 Today I am proud to bring Entry #15 of our Fighting Load Contest by Greg

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated byLPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
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).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry.....

Here is my Submission. I would be using this rig to leave a metro area to get to my home in beautiful rural America.
Here's whats in the bags. I tried to design my setup so I could lessen my load if needed.

Mossberg 590 with Kicklite Stock and Streamlight TRL-1
Shell Bag with 50 Rounds 12 gauge and CRKT Corkham FirstStrike; Worn on riggers belt right side

Custom AR Pistol with Bushnell TRS-25 and Streamlight TRL-1
Condor MC3 Chest Rig
Voodoo Tactical IFAK
Double Mag Pouch w/ 2 Mags
Radio
Gerber Multi Tool

Hazard 4 Kato worn cross body on the left side.
FN FNX-9 w/ 2 Mags
4 AR Mags
Water Filter Straw
Collapsible Cup
iPad
iPhone
Small First Aid Kit (Boo-Boo Bag)
4 Protein Bars
Gloves/Beanie
CRKT M16-14SFG
Streamlight PT2AA
N95 Filter Mask
Leatherman Wave

Kelty Redwing 50
100 Rounds 9mm
200 Rounds 5.56
10 New Millennium Energy Bars
Compass
CRKT Eating Tool
Magnesium Fire Starter
Hygiene Kit
Medicine Bag (Motrin, Tylenol, Sunscreen, Eye Drops, ETC)
Ndur Water Filter Straw
Steripen with Filter
Headlamp
Extra Batteries
3L Camelbak Bladder
Mountain Hardware Rain Coat and Boonie Hat
Otis 5.56/9MM Cleaning Kit
2 Mountain House Meals
Soda Can Alcohol Stove
2 Aluminum Water Bottles
1 Bottle Rubbing Alcohol
Streamlight PT2AA Flashlight
Duct Tape, 550 Cord, Crazy Glue, Electrical tape, and other small tools
2 Pairs extra socks and drawers
Thanks for letting me play along to.
Greg
 End Post

Ryan here: First thanks a lot to Greg for entering.  I like the guns a lot and the Kelty bag is nice too. I do have some concerns about how the satchel type bag and backpack will work together. Seems like stuff might be flopping all over the place. However if you've done some walking with it and tactical movement type stuff and it's good for you then roll with it.

Thoughts?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 14, 2014, 12:00 pm



Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 13, 2014, 3:58 am
Speech by a friend of Cliven Bundy:


I haven't been following this whole thing in Nevada too close. That being said I hope it does not get stupid.

Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 12, 2014, 6:24 pm
Spent a lot of time organizing the garage. Finally got it almost where I want it. We can park a car, or barely 2 cars in there which is a nice option to have. Still need to organize and inventory some stuff but at least it is all readily visible on shelves (vs piles on the floor) so that is good. Also it's a lot easier to find stuff now.

Ordered some wool socks.

Ordered a case of 5.56 ammo.

Got a bunch of disposable plates, cups, bowls and silverware. Put it all into a plastic box with a roll of trash bags. Figure enough for at least a couple weeks. Also added a case of TP to the stash.

That's what I've been up to. What did you do to prepare this week?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 12, 2014, 11:00 am
Prairie Patriot asked
"Do you consider green tip to be your stash for a SHTF scenario or do you look at it as quality training ammo?

I've been stashing away green tip for a while, but I also keep an eye out for Hornady TAP (usually the barrier blind variety) when there's a good deal on sale. I've heard Black Hills 50 grain TSX is a good round as well for barrier penetration.

I guess I've never been quite clear on how TAP/Black Hills barrier blind type loads would perform on something like Level III body armor. I'm pretty sure non-barrier blind like TAP FPD would not perform as well since it's designed to expand and fragment.

Or do you think it's not a huge enough difference to worry about between green tip vs. barrier blind commercial ammo when it comes down to slinging lead in a SHTF scenario firefight?"


Ryan here: I sort of touched on this awhile back with Reader Question: JHP Ammo for the Emergency Stash. Personally when it comes to centerfire rifles by and large ammo is ammo. Sure there are reliability and accuracy concerns but rifle rounds are so fast they are pretty effective with any reasonable load.

Specifically this ammo is for the ammo stash though if I wanted training ammo I'd have ordered the same stuff. Over time I'll probably train with other ammo purchased long ago till the stash is M855 or comparable ammo. Given the modest cost difference between it and cheaper XM193 or generic 55gr FMJ I don't see a reason not to train with what I'd fight with.

As to 'barrier blind' ammo I personally would have to see some pretty compelling evidence to justify the additional expense as well as potential POI/ Zero issues. 5.56 just isn't a great penetration of barriers any way you cut it. The answer is either to shoot more to punch a hole, get a better angle or pack a different gun, something .30 cal be it an AK or some sort of .308.

As to general ballistic effectiveness if yous hoot somebody with 5.56 in a spot that will kill them and they'll probably die. I say probably because no small arm is a true 100% sure thing. Folks have gotten shot (COL Charles Beckwith and somebody else specifically) with 14.5mm, AKA the red .50, in the chest and returned to active service.

To answer the armor question. Any centerfire rifle is going to penetrate soft body armor be it an AR, AK or Aunt May's .243 deer rifle. As to hard (Class III/ IV) body armor none of the stuff we've discussed is going to penetrate as it is rated to stop .308 and 30'06 M2AP ammo respectively.

I'm not passionately against TAP or any other type of comparable ammo but simply do not see the need. A more compelling argument can be made with 7.62x39 sheerly due to QA/ QC issues. I love me some Wolf but if I had to shoot the guy holding a knife to someones neck I'd rather be slinging TAP than risk Vladdy had a bit more Vodka than usual when he made that particular bullet.

I'm perfectly comfortable with M855 as my go to. Honestly if I was going to branch out from there it would be to something more like the Black Hills MK 262 Mod 0 but for my current situation I'm happy with what I have. 

Thoughts?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 11, 2014, 7:09 pm
I asked about this and you all chimed in. After digesting it all I decided to go with the ammo. After some consideration I decided to go with the excellent deal on M855 62 grain 5.56 ammo. The rifle isn't going anywhere and I can use the spare time to figure out how to set it up right, research my 7.62x51 options and make sure it's what I want to do. I think a Savage Hog Hunter set up with QD rings on a rail base set up to shoot a 150 grain soft point well and 147 grain surplus type FMJ acceptably would be a really versatile setup. Down the road when I have more cash I'll upgrade the scope to something like this SWFA SS 3x15 and keep the current one (a plane Jane 3x9 Leupold) as a backup. That's half the reason for the QD setup. That I could zero the current scope then at my affordability/ leisure upgrade and have an already zeroed back up appeals to me.

Hopefully in a month or so I'll be a proud owner of a new .308 rifle. In any case I'll have some more 5.56 ammo.That is a comforting feeling. Given that I'm paying a bit under 40 cents a round for quality 5.56 I think it is a heck of a deal. Something I really wanted during firearmagedon and now am purchasing.

To the fellow who asked about the amount of 5.56 currently on inventory. My semi coy answer is 'more than I probably need but less than I want'. Personally I'd like to have 3,000 rounds of ammo (a gun so 2 guns would be 6k, etc) per fighting rifle. Am not quite there. We could debate that number but it's what gives me a warm and fuzzy. This puts me significantly closer to that goal.

Anyway I'm going to be doing a bit better on 5.56 ammo which is good.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 11, 2014, 2:35 am
Read the story here. I say this is long overdue. Those race baiting agenda driven hate mongers have been considered a valid source for far too long. Thank goodness official government folks have finally started to catch on to what many people have known for years.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 10, 2014, 1:13 am
Today I am proud to bring Entry #14 of our Fighting Load Contest by CarryAlert

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated byLPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
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).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry.....

This setup has evolved from my BOB into a BOB/Fighting Hybrid.  My intended scenario is bugging out about 50 miles if the SHTF which might require reacting to contact either in my vehicle or on foot.  There are a few things I would change for a light infantry setup but I think they are all possible with what I have and would only take a few minutes of reconfiguration.  Finally, this is setup for my AR10 and only provides 7 mags but it's also compatible with an AR15 and that adds 3 mags on the chest for a total of 10 mags if that fits the situation better.

I wrestled with the "how do you wear a pack with a war belt" problem for quite a while until I saw the ALSPak system and decided to try to make something like it.  The concept is that your frame sheet or for my pack (CFP90) the aluminum stays connect to your war belt by resting in a pistol pouch.  This allows your pack to rest on your hips as it would with the waist belt but when you shrug out of the shoulder straps the pack just falls behind you.  Putting the pack on is easy, you just lean forward while reaching your hands back to guide the stays into the pouches.  So far I've had no issues but I keep the original waist belt in the pack just in case :)

Here is a detailed pic of how the aluminum stays fit onto the belt:



And Here's my fighting load:


First Line
Like most I'm trying to get it right cheap first and then upgrade as needed.
-Condor War Belt
-Leapers belt inside
-double pistol mag pouch
-2x2 308 mag pouch 
-2 x homemade pack connectors (kydex inserts in pistol pouches) 
-Roly Poly dump pouch in-between 
-Glock field knife (will likely change this as I don't like how low it hangs for vehicle use)
-Blade-Tech Light Bearing holster inside a blackhawk double mag pouch 
(ghetto but it works to keep pistol secure and makes it molle compatible)
-Glock 23 with TLR3 using Glock 22 mag with XGrip spacer
-E&E kit
-TQ 
-double pistol mag pouch with monocular and multitool

Second Line
This is my bullets and bandaids tier, I like the integrated pouches and the flexibility to use 2 types of mags.  I added the straps across the top of the mag pouches using the 5.11 rush tier straps because I don't like bungee straps.  I would prefer a full cover across the top but buckles seem like a decent compromise of speed, stealth and security.
-HSGI Weesatch 
-Level 4 Multi Hit Plates 
-Camelbak in rear plate pocket
-Admin Pocket with frog lube, compass, pur tabs, notepad, pen, clif bar, spare parts, small cleaning kit, etc
-L to R pouches - sidewinder light, mag, mag, mag, ATS med pouch Kenwood TH-F6A
-ATS med pouch - gloves, TQ, IBD, most of a TRG Ventilated Operator Kit (npa, cath, etc) 

Primary Weapon
I recently made the move to AR10 so this isn't even close to a finished state but I had to get it workable until I can afford a Vortex 2.5-10 and a Troy rail for it.  It's a very light gun (about 9lbs with the scope) but the ammo and mags keep me honest on my PT schedule. 
-Smith and Wesson M&P 10 
-Troy BUIS
-Burris XTR 1-4

Shameless Plug:  If you have an iPhone or iPad check out my CCW iPhone app Carry Alerts at:  www.CarryAlerts.com

Ryan here: The ALICE/ pistol mag pouch thing is interesting. I just dropped my BB low enough so the ALICE rests on top. I'm curious about the contents of the E&E pouch. Otherwise no big comments, I like the setup.

Thoughts?





Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 8, 2014, 12:35 am
So here is my debate. I was basically set on getting a case of PMC 62 grain M855 5.56 ammo. It's a good deal at $380 and is on sale for $370. Then I went to the gun store where I saw a Savage 111 Hog Hunter. Really like that gun. On a slightly unrelated note I really need to buy some ammo cans though that might come out of a different pot of cash. I could buy either the case of ammo or the gun (just the gun) right away with some cash left over.

1) Could probably buy the gun and equip it, since I have a scope already, but not really have anything for ammo. At this point I would need to choose to get ammo for the .308 or the case of 5.56 I've been wanting.

OR

2) I could get the case of 5.56 ammo, that I can really use, NOW and in a little bit get the .308. Shortly thereafter I'd snag some more ammo for it and go from there. 

The Savage is a cool gun and I want it a lot. However my head says the smart move is 2) the way to go. Finish off something I've been wanting then save a little bit of coin to get the new rifle. Better to have more ammo I can use and jump into the next gun ready to pursue that then have a gun with no ammo and a competing need elsewhere.

Thoughts?


Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 7, 2014, 2:19 am
It's been a long day on the end of a very productive but long weekend so more coherent thoughts are not really forming. I want to share a few fun parenting moments of late.

-We started tiny child t ball for my son. At the first practice he tried to pee in 'the big back yard'. Wifey had to explain to him that it is not acceptable to drop your pants and pee on the baseball field.

-Walker also started this new game called 'attack'. As in he says/ yells 'ATTACK' then attacks his little sister. He is firmly convinced if you yell attack it is then a game and thus acceptable. Everyone else is far less than convinced.

-Princess is a riot. She really likes to climb the brick outcropping in front of the fireplace. She then used to move up onto an end table to stand and bounce around laughing. It's great except she falls down all the darn time. We ended up moving the table. She now pursues her favorite hobby of standing precariously as high as possible elsewhere.

-She has one of those booster chair that clips onto the regular chair things. Little munchkin managed to push off of the table and knock the whole chair over last week. Darn near gave Wifey a heart attack. Thankfully she was fine. Now we make sure it's close enough to the table that she cannot get her legs up to push.

-Princess feeds the dog at the table. Like just hands him food. Dog obviously likes this. He is old and gentle so there isn't a concern there. It is rather funny to me though it sort of bothers Wifey.

-Walker has proclaimed the place on post I work is 'where the army is'. Our entire force is working out of that particular place. The other day he saw me making lunch and was quite concerned/ unimpressed that the Army doesn't have food.

-We took our first fishing trip of the season. Walker finally caught on that there wasn't any line or a bobber coming out of his pole. I fixed the line (he tangled/ twisted it all up), slapped on a bobber and a lead weight. He can't keep the thing in the water, let alone still, so he isn't catching anything. I'm more concerned about the kid hooking himself.

-We went for a family jog this morning which was fun.

-Princess, who is pleasantly plump has a little velour track suit thing. It is ridiculously cute.

That is all.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 7, 2014, 1:49 am
John Mosby makes a pretty good case for why the newest generation of teens and 20 somethings isn't really worse than every other generation. Folks often recall in hindsight their generation were all fit, active, hard working, smart and virtuous. However there were surely some older people who thought, probably with good reason, you kids were a bunch of lazy dope smoking deviants who listened to stupid music and wore stupider clothes.

Also to the 45-60ish crowd whining about today's youth I have to say congratulations, you raised them.

Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 6, 2014, 4:52 pm
Went to a local shop for the first time today. It is hard to get there as they are open 8-5 M-F and 8-12 on Saturday, despite their sole customers being people who are probably busy then. This is in typical Louisiana fashion so I shouldn't be that suprised.

Got my hands on a Savage 111 Hog Hunter today. Daddy like, daddy like a lot. Great bolt, nice backup sights, a whole lot to like there, especially with a street price under $500. Got to run some numbers but I should be able to get one next week. Honestly I have the cash today, though not enough for rings and mounts, a sling or 500 rounds of surplus .308 ammo to go with it. Most of the reason I paused is that while it's on my list I'd like to sleep on the purchase. Have regretted not taking a nights sleep far more often than the opposite.

My plan is to slap on a basic Leupold 3x9 scope I already have with QD rings on pic/ weaver bases. That way down the road I can upgrade the scope and have a zeroed one for backup. Has anybody tried this approach with a rifle?

Also I'd love to find a precision load that shoots fairly similar to the standard 147gr surplus FMJ. Not opposed to loading my own at some point but am not there yet. Any ideas?

Also anybody own or have meaningful personal experiences with a Savage 111 Hog Hunter? If so I'd love to hear your thoughts?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 5, 2014, 8:34 pm
A rare and well deserved long weekend was upon us. I headed to the range about mid day. The day was wonderful for shooting. About 70 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze, enough to keep you a bit cooler but not so much as to mess with combat type shooting. With me went the trusty Glock 19 and a couple boxes of 115 grain Wolf 9mm ammo.

I was very pleased to see the range had a nice variety of steel targets. I love shooting steel. The immediate feedback is excellent. There was a row of the small knock down ones and a stand up about the size of a person's vitals at about 15 meters as well as a fat man sized one at 75m. Big fun was had.

I'll admit it has been too long since I went pistol shooting but the day went really well. Must have been in the zone I guess. After a quick warm up I practiced shooting single handed both strong and weak side. Then worked on knocking down the steel pop up's as fast as possible. Good for finding that sweet spot between acceptable accuracy and speed, plus it was just fun.

The way that pistol is set up (Ameriglow I dot sights,  3 pound trigger connector, steel guide rod) is just excellent. I am firmly convinced it is going to become a standard set for every Glock I end up with.

The sights took awhile for me to get used to. Initially I didn't like them being used to the more conventional 3 dot sites. That being said once I got used to these they are an excellent compromise between being fast to identify and precise enough for distance work. Went 8/10 on steel at 75 meters with em which for an admittedly average pistolero is nothing to sneer at. [For the sake of truth I will admit that was one run today not an all day average at that range.] The trigger connector swap out really takes out the initial slack in the Glock trigger making for a consistent and crisp trigger pull. The guide rod while not absolutely necessary on a 9mm cuts down on perceived recoil and muzzle flip.

As is often the case shooting these days the ammo was out far before the fun was over. In any case some skills dusted off and practiced. Also recoil therapy is just fun.



Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 5, 2014, 1:42 am
 Today I am proud to bring Entry #13 of our Fighting Load Contest by KJ 

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated byLPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
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).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry

My entry for TSLR's contest.
I've taken a page out of Mosby's book in that my gear is a tiered setup centered on my EDC. Rarely can you predict the fight, otherwise I'd stay home. But since that's not possible atleast this way I'm always left with something.
  With me everyday is my M&P9c w/ a 17rnd reload carried in a kydex appendix rig, Kershaw skyline,quark 123 , purrifacation tabs ,swat T and combat gauze and a lighter. 

Permitting I'm lucky enough to get my truck my mule sits fill with a 1ltr bladder, another reload, full blow out kit, boo boo kit ,some food ,filter straw,headlamp,chem lights,multi tool ,socks,hat and some cord.

 Plan is to get where I'm going as fast as I can.
I guess it's more of a GHB that's minimalist,light and will sustain me long enough to get home to the Fam and the rest of the gear.

 The bag is a camelbak BFM loaded with the usual suspects , Food,ammo ,shelter, more water a handy talk ham radio (more for eavesdropping than anything else, I'm going for my technician license.

    Spike Tactical AR w/ eotech 512 , another cat-T ,inforce WML.
Banshee PC w/ lvl3 , tactical tailor mini mav , HSGI bleeder,surefire G2, 1 pistol mag.
Emdom belt  the holster works with my 9c or the full size.
Let me know if you need any more info and feel free to change whatever you need to.
Thanks, KJ

Ryan here: As always thanks for playing. I like this setup a lot. Honestly it's quite close to what I have, particularly the bags. Thoughts?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 2, 2014, 11:21 pm
In recent weeks this has fallen off so I want to play catch up. Lost some weight which was good. My fitness level has dropped due to field time but it'll come back. Goes to show as a reminder that you lose weight at the table and get fit on the track/ at the gym. I'm trying to focus on a good consistent diet to lose another 10 pounds.

Going to try to implement record keeping for running from here forward. Did 3 miles this morning. A half mile out, a 1m(ile), .75m, .5m, .25m 'sprint' workout then a half mile back.

Was supposed to take a sweet pistol class awhile back but unfortunately work crapped all over that dream. It's not like I talked to my boss 4 months out before booking or anything, oh wait a second I did. Was really depressed about it for a few days but what can ya do. On the plus side I've still got the case of 9mm ammo set aside for whenever I do make it to one. The guy was cool about the whole thing and even though it was just a week out he gave me a full refund. Since it won't work to try anything again for awhile I'll probably put the refund into a case of 62 grain M855 5.56 ammo.

Also on the plus side I ordered a new pocket knife, an Al Mar Eagle HD. My concept of use is for a light EDC blade to do basic tasks and I suppose if needed go all Singer Sewing Machine on somebody. A light, thin knife with a full 4" blade seems like it'll fit the niche well.

Picked up a couple extra stainless steel water bottles recently. Got tired of moving em around. Now I have one to carry, one in my assault pack/ bail out bag/ get home bag, and one in each of our BOB's. Kind of along these lines I have finally unified my military and personal survival level 2.5 systems into one. The full on level 3 entertainment system is a bit more complicated due to different needs and work mandated color schemes. Anyway it's a good exercise to work through.

So that is what I have been up to in terms of preparedness lately. What have you been up to?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 2, 2014, 1:57 am
If you know anyone that needs a trunk gun...

PSA is selling their bargain basement PTAC (read:  el-cheapo kind of junky) uppers for $189.  

They are selling a PTAC kit with optic, everything sans lower, for $449.

I would prefer a higher quality AR but for a trunk gun or someone on a serious budget I'd prefer a PTAC AR-15 to an SKS.

Chris
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 2, 2014, 1:36 am
 Today I am proud to bring Entry #11 of our Fighting Load Contest by High Desert Livin

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated byLPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
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).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry

Wolverines!!........Attack! Ok so what I'm posting is my joe sixpack, low budget partisan loadout. You know, the one the Japanese imperial feared behind every blade of grass. I'll start out w/ the long gun. Submitted for your approval a sears & roebuck (Husqvuarna) bolt action. Chambered in the readily available, kill anything 30 06. Acquired for 200.00. This models sports a 4x optic, holds 4 in the magazine, 1 in the pipe. Backup irons are in full effect.

    Ammo for the husky is carried in old Australian canvas 7.62 battle packs. Each compartment will hold ten rds, however I keep 5. Reload, don't worry about snapping  closed. That's 50 rds in bandoleers, and 40 in the alice.

    Next the super reliable (and super heavy) , Ruger P85 w/ three 15 rd. mags . This was picked up w/a 250.00 value trade. It rides in a surplus (Bianchi?) flap holster. Riding opposite, is the pre K-bar WWII RH PAL 36, in a homemade sheath my wife made. A sweet garage sale score, at 20.00.

Edited to include- There is also a first aid kit in here somewhere.

   Riding in my Vietnam era alice (10 bucks) is the usual survival/bugout gear. Including: spare socks/undies, wool watch cap, boonie cap, Omnivore (runs on AA, AAA,&cr123) flashlight, pelican headlamp, 2 bics,ferocerium rod/vasellballs, spare specs,  gorilla tape 1", container Vaseline, water purification pills x2, LG bandana, P-cord, AA batteries, compact puffy jacket/stuff sack, surplus wool pants, tack gloves, survival bivy, diamond sharpener, super leatherman gen 1, spyderco native, 2 contractor bags/ranger bands, altoid can mini survival,  1 Qt stainless nested in stainless pot, a pair leupold 10X compact (50.00 0n sale) Binos, camelback bladder in alice, and various freeze dried meals & bars. Of course realtree cammo will be in full effect. As always, thanks for the read ryan.  -HDL
 Ryan here: First of all a big thanks to High Desert Livin for posting. I may or may not have halfway twisted his arm to participate but I digress. Anyway there is a lot to like here. First this is definitely a Joe Sixpack type budget setup yet perfectly functional. HDL got the guns for $450 but he bought deals. $500-550 is probably more realistic unless you can be pretty patient. Still that price for both a rifle and pistol is very doable for all but the poorest folks. The other stuff could quickly be pieced together  an item or two per payday without breaking the bank. Heck most fairly well prepared people could slap together a setup like this out of spare stuff lying around. That brings us to our next point. If there are guns you have, even emergency/ tertiary type back ups that you reasonably might fight with you really should have the gear to carry the necessary stuff. Worst case Cousin Joe or the guy you swap it to will be thankful and the cost is pretty low.

Thoughts?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 1, 2014, 12:29 am
Check out Camping Survival's overstock items page for deals. Some stuff like orange or bright blue 550 cord are definitely a personal preference type niche item but there is also canned butter, green coffee beans and a variety of other food products.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: March 30, 2014, 5:55 pm
"These are the things one must consider if buying a gun strictly for the purpose of CCW - weight, bulkiness, recoil, grip, hand fit and always the caliber. Small and light you WILL have less stopping power, but it is easier to conceal."
-Brigid

As we talked about awhile back I think carrying a gun is more important than carrying a specific size/ type/ caliber of gun.
 Better small and light than a choice of ""alNO concealed protection because of what you are wearing or the temperature. A .380 in the pocket is better than a .45 in your nightstand when you are facing someone with a knife as you get into your car in an isolated parking lot.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: March 30, 2014, 4:08 pm
The relationship between operations and targeting is an interesting one. In theory the commander would come up with an over arching vision. Within a conventional context it might be 'Attack the enemy via their western flank' and in a COIN context it might be 'Target the enemies IED production and undermine their support with the local populace.' The operations guys would go into a room to start making plans. The intel guys should be in the room to paint the picture of the enemy situation. It might go something like this. Within a conventional context "Intel guy we want to destroy their anti aircraft capabilities, then their heavy artillery, C2 and armor." The intel guy would say "I template the enemy AA assets as being located here based on their doctrine and the terrain. We are working with XXXINT assets to confirm this."The operations guys would then target said assets in support of the plan.

There is really so much interaction between ops and intel that it's pretty much a fusion type thing.

The old methodology for targeting was D3A for decide, detect, deliver, assess. The new one adds in F3EAD. Honestly the difference is at least half superficial. Folks have to reinvent things to get good evals and justify budgets so acronyms rotate at an almost predictable interval.


I think it is worth noting that targeting is a continual process. This is admittedly mushier in a COIN context than a conventional one. In a conventional one things tend to be fairly linear. You would have stuff in the pipeline but it would be for the next phase. EX While I am attacking the enemy air assets we would be trying to locate their BDE/ BN level arty assets and working on the next phase after that. You get the idea. On the other hand in COIN we might be juggling several entities all at various stages of development that are an issue NOW.

Here are some thoughts on each step of F3EAD:
Decide- This is where CARVER is handy in my mind. You've got a bunch of potential targets and need to figure out which make the most sense. Do some CARVER stuff to help give clarity on what could make the most sense. Also as noted before this could be a handy tool for looking at your own situation through the enemies eyes.

The interesting part of targeting is that if you really break it down the most important targets might not be the most flashy ones. An organization or group of organizations might have a single point of failure with some mundane middle manager type. A benefit here is those folks tend to not be as well protected.

Within this step it is important to take the time to actually figure out what the desired effect you want on the target.  On this one we can get way too kinetically focused. The saying that 'when the only tool you have is a hammer every problem starts to look like a nail' comes to mind. Look at multiple options both lethal and nonlethal. Maybe there is an influential person who is a problem for my organization. We want him to stop being a problem but killing him has problems attached. Could be we support another local power broker who will undercut said influential person's influence. Maybe we can get some dirt that will let us publicly discredit him or even better lean on the guy which gets him doing shady stuff for us then expand on that in time. Maybe we facilitate him meeting a new lady friend so he is too busy to complicate our lives (also more dirt). To bring the tangent full circle the point is there are a lot of ways to reach the ultimate desired affect. Sometimes non lethal means are the only viable option and other times there are specific advantages to leaving somebody alive. Moving on.

Find- Saying you want to destroy the enemies anti air assets/ C2 nodes/ Armor or shoot Tom Smith in the face is fine and dandy. Focusing your assets to intentionally locate the desired target is the way forward.

Fix- Knowing where something WAS or even IS has value but finding the stuff in a timely enough manner with an accurate prediction it will stay there so you can action it is the real problem here. Establishing patterns is what matters here.

Deliver/ Finish-  From a conventional perspective this is the easy part. We are really, really good at killing people and breaking stuff. From an insurgent type perspective this is a bit more problematic. The best I can say is to be ruthlessly honest about your organizations capabilities in terms of training, numbers and equipment. If there is a doubt that you might not be able to pull off an operation you should probably not execute it. Remember that most insurgencies do not end with the G's killing all the regime guys; the ultimate goal of insurgents is to stay relevant while outlasting their regime enemies.

Exploit- This is probably the biggest real adaptation to D3A. Exploitation of targets breeds intel that provides a better picture of existing targets as well as new targets. The real jump is when an organization has the capacity to rapidly analyze and act on intel gathered from a target. Hit one guy, grab everything useful, use it to find 2 more targets, hit them, gather, hit, repeat. This has to be done rapidly because people will realize their buddy got hit and adjust accordingly. I hate to use the cliche phrase but if you can act fast enough to get inside their organizational OODA loop a whole lot of ass kicking can be handed out. This is how we got guys like Uday and Kusay or their dad.

Additionally beyond the immediate potential for follow on targeting you can get stuff that is useful to answer important questions (PIR) or give background that could be generally useful.

Assess- Did your action achieve the desired effect? Maybe a 155 round landed a few feet from the enemy C2 node but it was a dud. Maybe the HVI wasn't home and you rolled up a house full of people who do not matter. Maybe your attempt to marginalize the annoying power broker failed? The point is that if you did not achieve the desired effect it is time to reengage. Maybe a new method is needed or maybe you can just fire for effect again.

Analyze- This is where we look at the bags of stuff, electronics and pictures gathered from the hit (or whatever applies). Figure out what it all means so to speak.

Disseminate- The end results of the analysis should be pushed out to like minded folks. Also an environment of sharing breeds well more sharing. Tell them the stuff you find and they'll probably share the intel when they hit the motherload. You might have the proverbial puzzle piece they are looking for and they might have the one you need too. There is some risk to giving everyone access to everything (Cough Snowden Cough) but in my mind if it doesn't compromise sources and methods then widely disseminate it.

Anyway I sort of wrapped up where I plan to go today. May write more on this later.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: March 29, 2014, 5:30 am
1) The do-er does what the checker checks. The checker checks what the inspector inspects.

2) The more capable a group is (or appears to be but pro's can tell the difference) the less they actually have to fight. To put it into a nonmilitary context let us look at Tiny. Tiny is a 6'1" 330 pound mason (stone and cement not the group) with a 23" neck and arms like medium sized trees. After work he likes to have a couple beers at the bar near his home in a working class area. Tiny could faint at the sight of blood and have a glass jaw but WHO would never know? After all what person in their right mind picks a fight with a 300+ pound man named Tiny?

3) For the entirety of this recent experience the only knife I used was a Mora. I think it was the companion model. It worked out great, till it rained. Unlike hobby outdoorsmen I didn't have the choice to stay home or hide in a tent reading a book. While mora's are priced to be functionally disposable in a long term (even a deployment) scenario you might not be able to get a new knife when needed so that is problematic. I'm half convinced military knives need to be coated, stainless steel or otherwise somewhat rust resistant. More on the mora later.

4) I am firmly convinced that baring new superior technology I will never go into the field without a Petzl headlamp. Those things are so rugged and useful.

5) I need to buy another metal spork.

6. Food is a crutch.

7. Coffee and I are past the point of fun. It is a need more than anything. Sure if I had to I could quit, though it would suck for about 2 weeks, but it is easier to add more of it to the stash.

8.When facing IDF target the spotter, that is generally the easiest way to do it. Computer programs that give line of sight analysis can help a lot in terms of where to look.

9. Stand to, which is 100% (or very close) of personnel pulling security from roughly a half hour before dawn to a half hour after, and the same for sunset, still has some applicability in today's world.

10. Always bring baby wipes. Chapstick and foot powder are probably good ideas too.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: March 28, 2014, 1:30 am
So here is how things went. The latter part of last month I was traveling for work. Not a huge deal, I scheduled some posts. It's a fairly regular thing. There was a fairly short turn around time before I went off to the woods for awhile. Not a huge deal still. It happens and worst case I keep some posts stashed for emergencies.


Then my computer died during the first trip. To further compound matters believe it or not computer repair in central Louisiana isn't a speedy business. So I had to crank out about a month's worth of posts in a few days on my kindle, which as you can tell I'm not much of a typist on. That's why you ended up with almost month of sub par posts. Sorry.


The point of having a second more handy blogging machine is not lost on me. A backup PC would be handy. Then again a basic laptop is going to run me almost as much as a case of that new brass Wolf .223 ammo and this is the first time events have come together in a way that just one computer has been an issue. I'll put aside some money and eventually get a backup but it's not an urgent thing.


Sorry about the Baby Glocks and Revolvers post not working. It's fixed now.


Anyway that is what's been going on.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: March 27, 2014, 12:34 am




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