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Did a little experiment here on food and water consumption. For 3 days I consumed very little of either. Measurements get complicated but roughly a quarter of my normal intake. I continued normal activities.

Day 1 was just fine.

Day 2 was a bit rough. I was pretty thirsty. Otherwise no measurable affect on performance.

Day 3 was rough. I was quite thirsty. Found myself thinking of water constantly. Small sips here and there to wet my mouth (which worked fine on day 2) only helped for a minute then I was right back to being thirsty. Also the need to go to the bathroom pretty much went away.

On day 3 performance dropped significantly. I was lifting weights with some folks and almost passed out doing a heavy dead lift. Physically capabilities were starting to drop for sure. Mentally I had difficulty focusing or doing complex tasks. Motivation dropped to zero. I was quite tired and just wanted to sleep.

I know that physiologically water is a lot more important than food. The interesting part is that lack of water seems to have made it so I was not hungry. On day 2 I had little desire for food and on day 3 (where I didn't eat anything) that desire was entirely gone. However I did really want to have a date with 2 bottles of Gatorade and an icy cold gallon of water.

As of the end of day 3 I am down 7 pounds over the approximately 72 hour period. To make a guesstimate 5 of that is water. On the plus side it is helping to jump start my slow weight loss (Since roughly March I was down 6 pounds prior to this. Want to lose another 10 from that point.)

What good came out of this? First and foremost a better understanding about how I physically deal with these events in case they happen. Secondly I think there is some value in making your body do what you want instead of doing what it (and your lazy fat ass brain) want to do. This might put denying myself a plate of greasy BBQ, some crap snack or beers 5-7 into perspective.

Also it has drastically reduced (to almost none) my coffee/ caffeine intake.  Not that I necessarily plan to quit drinking coffee but I would like to reduce the amount that I consume daily. Getting down to a cup or two a day (from a pot) would be kind of nice. Honestly drinking coffee in hot weather kinda sucks anyway. Who wants hot coffee when it is 75 degrees at 7am in the morning? In the past when I have quit  (or drastically reduced quantities) drinking coffee I have gotten headaches; guess everything is so messed up right now my body doesn't even notice.


Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 24, 2014, 5:00 pm
It was a really productive week here. I packed away all the 7.62x39, 5.56, 9mm and 12 gauge ammo that has been accumulated over the last few months into ammo cans and updated the inventories. Over the years I have learned to do it all at once. I put the ammo into cans, write the contents on a piece of tape on the side with a market, update my inventories, throw in some silica gel and am it's all done. Not doing it this way seems to mean some part of the process gets messed up.

This time I had a few silica gel packs from something that got shipped to us. Recharged them in the oven and they were good to go. You can buy the silica gel packs for a very reasonable price if a free source does not appear. I have also used silica gel cat litter before (though I would absolutely not do so for food or food related products). This step is arguably not necessary but it makes me more comfortable so I do it on everything that is not sealed from the factory or in a spam can.

Also reorganized my level 2.5 gear (assault pack/ get home bag) and bug out bag AKA level 3 sustainment load. Some was an adjustment to a more summer load with fewer warm clothes as it is unlikely I will wear wool gloves or a heavy sweater here in Louisianian for awhile. Another component was balancing the two setups which are in theory complimentary to each other. Big fun was had.

Relooked my vehicle setup too. Tossed out some less useful things for our current situation and added some more that fill holes. Also a way to bring preparedness into cleaning out a vehicle.

Also started the garden. It is later than is ideal but is due to circumstances beyond our control. Still good to get it moving. We are looking at getting a coop and chickens with part of our tax refund.

So what did you do to prepare this week?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 22, 2014, 11:11 pm
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 21, 2014, 10:01 pm

Holsters- A Subjective Analysis of the Waist Mounted Handgun Conveyance

 I found this to be an interesting article by an intelligent sounding guy who has used many of the commonly available holsters in different environments. You may or may not agree about the validity of all observations made but it is certainly worth the read. A key take away is that what is best for one setting might not be best for another. It is very common for a person to end up with multiple holsters for different purposes. This is a benefit of having multiple pistols in the same platform. It would get spendy to have a drop holster, waist type duty holster and a kit mounted holster each for your High Power, 1911, CZ 75, Sig P226, Beretta 92 and Glock 9mm. On the other hand if you pick a handgun *Cough Glock 9mm or .40/45 if you must Cough* type and get a couple of them it is a lot more realistic to have a variety of holster options available.

Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 20, 2014, 7:06 pm
Captains Journal brought this to my attention. A radio personality named Bob Lonsberry who is a syndicated to be honest I've never heard of ultimately decided to register his AR-15 in the closing days of the NY "SAFE Act" registration period. He wrote a blog post about it. The main themes were upholding the constitution which he believes this law clearly violates and his belief that a citizen should obey all laws and work to change or remove the bad ones. He also mentioned a fear that since he is a fairly public person who has mentioned owning an AR-15 on multiple occasions over the years and is not well liked by some in local politics/ law enforcement the odds he would get SWAT'd a day after the registration period closes then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law are high (my words not his) . Mr Lonsberry he did go over some of the obvious available options to sell, move or alter his rifle. None of them were particularly appealing so he ended up just registering said rifle.

Now to my thoughts:

I feel for gun owners in these situations and am hesitant to criticize the personal decisions they make in regards to complying with various blatantly unconstitutional laws including the 'SAFE Act'.

The two options that were not covered are moving and hiding your newly banned guns, in the attic or a cache or whatever. Moving is a pretty hard sell for this one. Honestly the writing has been on the wall about New York for a long time. I'm not saying there aren't pro freedom folks there; just that legal adults willing to move to achieve more freedom probably did so awhile back.

As to just hiding the gun(s). That option has validity in some situations. If a guy bought an AK/ AR decades ago that he has little desire to shoot regularly and few people, none of whom are problematic, know he owns it's simple. Take the gun out of a safe, grease it up and put it into a cache along with some mags and ammo. You can't get at it daily or take it to the public range but you would have the rifle in case of some sort of SHTF type need. On the other hand for a person who is known to own said gun(s), especially if he is not in favor with local law enforcement that is probably not the best plan. These laws are ignored for well known liberals, vigorously enforced on well known conservatives and more or less universally if lethargically enforced on the common man. Also if you rely on a gun as part of your current (vs magical SHTF time) defensive setup having it greased up in a PVC pipe 3 feet under the ground in the woods 400m from your house is not a good plan.

An option for an individual who might have multiples of the same type of gun (specific such as 2x AK/AR or general such as an AR and a Mini 14) might be to register one and stash another. If some of the purchases were discrete private party transactions that would make this option a lot easier. This way there is a legal weapon in your home that can be used to train, enjoy and defend yourself and another stashed in case your state gets grabby. Something to think about anyway.

As to one thing Mr Lonsbury said I have to disagree.
"The fear is that registration leads to confiscation. We shouldn’t fear the consequences of that, Andy, you should. Because when you come for the guns it won’t be the Capitol in the dark of the night, it will be Lexington green in the full light of day. We won’t think of Abraham Lincoln, we’ll think of Charlton Heston.



So we’re clear, Andy, the next step is cold, dead hands."

That sounds really nice. Also I genuinely hope this terrible law is repealed in it's entirety. Hoping for New York to swing back to the conservative side is probably unrealistic, akin to hoping for Kentucky or Texas to go blue. 

It is not an absolute that registration always leads to confiscation. Then again I am not aware of any exceptions. It would probably be reasonable to say that most widespread registration schemes have led to at least some firearms being sold/ transferred/ confiscated/ destroyed.

In New York the question of what could happen is pretty clear. We can look at what happened to our friend Commander Zero, a New York native, way back in the 90's. They sent him a piece of paper and since he'd moved to Montana he scrawled Molon Labe on it then sent it back. Ya know what they did, sent cops to his old address in NY. The bottom line is that it's not going to be a field full of militiamen (unless you know a bunch of them willing to violently resist confiscation, unlikely in NY) awaiting the British; it is going to be a couple of cops showing up at your door. Instead of people you probably don't know and have never trained with at your side it will be the while the Mrs and your kids are sitting in the living room in the line of fire.

I have my own personal beliefs about gun confiscation in America. This is one of those places where states are seeing and I believe will continue to see increasingly divergent out comes. As a matter of fact New York has actually sent armed men to normal peoples homes to forcibly take their private property (in the form of newly verboten weapons). I think California has done the same thing. This is something I cannot see happening in Oregon, Idaho, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, etc all. In many of these places I am unsure how much government and law enforcement would participate. I suspect such confiscation would be widely ignored in these sorts of places and in some cases maybe actively opposed.

Unlike some who talk a big game on the internet then do whatever the cops say if something actually happens I have never really been in this situation so I'm not a hundred percent on what I would do. Also if I did know and had plans to potentially violate a law it would be foolish to say so. One could look at my posts on private party firearms though the form 4473 isn't that huge of an issue really and caches, such as an operational cache and draw their own conclusions. The choice on what to do in a situation like this certainly has a lot of factors. At the end of the day it comes down to a choice everyone has to make for themselves.

Thoughts?

Edited to include: On the topic of gun confiscation in the Peoples Republik of Kalifornia. I am not entirely sure of the status as to whether that has really happened. Sort of hinted at that with the 'I think' in the first post but as Aesop noted for the sake of intellectual honesty that is sort of a question mark. As to a full on ' you are on the list' a la NYC thing baring compelling evidence from a legitimate source I've got to say I cannot confirm that sort of thing happened. That being said I have heard enough whisperings here or there to say there could be some truth to the matter. The shades of grey as to how much confiscation has been clouded in 'mental instability' or 'anonymous tips' or whatever I cannot say; there could be enough wiggle room there to pick the answer that fits your mood and purpose. 
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 19, 2014, 2:50 pm
A note from Max Velocity

The new ‘Square Range’ at the MVT site is under construction. I’m going to make sure it is not quite square, maybe rectangular. Photos to follow next week ;-)
The Rifle Manipulation Primer (RMP) class is already scheduled to run prior to CRCD classes, as part of a TC3/RMP day.
The following classes:
Combat Rifle Manipulation (CRM)
Combat Handgun Manipulation (CHM)
Have been developed and will be scheduled shortly.

I have taken on a new AI, Aaron, who is an excellent instructor with a depth of knowledge, three combat tours, and a great teaching manner. He will be primarily responsible for these new manipulation classes, which will be mostly held on the new ‘rectangular range.’
The intent of the weapons manipulation classes is to provide a more in-depth training service, while remaining focused on the MVT philosophy of progressing students towards realistic combat tactical training. ‘Square range’ weapons manipulation classes are part of the transition from basic marksmanship to field firing tactical training. The MVT manipulation classes are focused on transitioning the student towards  tactical training, such as found on the CRCD classes. The danger of ‘square range’ training is that it becomes an end in itself, a diversion from the real purpose of the transition, which will give students a false sense of their training level, and in many cases teaches habits that are harmful to your health in a combat environment.
MVT ‘square range’ weapons manipulation training remains focused on the progression to tactical training. These classes can be taken as precursors to the tactical classes, as additional skill builders, or as stand alone classes in their own right.
The new classes will often run concurrently to the tactical classes. Schedule coming soon. Questions about a new combined CHM/CRM/TC3/RMP/CRCD/Combat Patrol 10 day class will be politely ignored ;-)

Ryan here: I should also note Max's new 5 day Combat Rifle/ Contact Drill and Patrolling class seems to have been a big hit ( AAR 1, AAR 2, AAR 3) on it's first go around

Got Training?
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 18, 2014, 8:56 pm
Today I am proud to bring Entry #16 of our Fighting Load Contest by Meister

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.....

Ok, here's my entry. I've gotten some new gear and revised some old gear. I've swapped from the Glock 17 back to the HK USP45 Tactical that I've used for years now. It's a slight change for my first line gear. The other major change is I'm 100% switched over to 7.62x51 for my main rifle and DMR rifle. It was a change that took years of consideration to decide it was worth it. The advancement in the AR10 style platform has made it possible to get a more robust weapon that is as reliable as the heavier 7.62 platforms such as the M1A without the rock in magazines that slow reloading.
Gear List:
Blackhawk duty belt with condor molle drop leg platform and Blackhawk mag pouch. Blade tech kydex mag pouch that is removable if I use the belt with the vest. Safariland OD holster, HSGI IFAK pouch with kit and shears, tourniquet holder and CAT tourniquet attached. The Ifak pouch also has a Gemtech multicam can holder attached.
HK USP Tactical with SOS-45 Can.

LWRCI REPR 16" spiral fluted barrel, Houge grip, Gemtech muzzle brake, Trijicon Tri Power sight (for now- Elcan specter DR soon), Streamlight TLR1s, Urban ERT sling, LWRCI BUIS with Trijicon insert, and Magpul LR20 Pmag. Also has Gemtech TPR-s fast attach 30 cal can.

Blackhawk STRIKE plate carrier with Rhino level IIIA soft armor and Ceradyn ESAPI plates. HSGI double TACO mag pouches, TAG pistol mag pouch, Maxpedition Admin panel, Maxpedition dump pouch, Streamlight red/blue/white/IR strobe and flashlight. 6 Pmags, 3 pistol mags. Admin pouch has a beofang radio with in ear speaker and ptt/vox mic, compass, lighter, multitool, tweezers (anyone who's trained within a half mile of plywood knows why). Blackhawk Kalista II knife, III% patch and name patch.
My pack is surplus MARPAT 3 day assault pack that attaches to my MARPAT ruck. It holds 120 rounds of various 7.62 ammo, 50 rounds of HST +p ammo, 2 MRE's, 10 clif bars, 3L water bladder, aquamira, Dopp kit, TP, ouchie kit, cordage, stainless canister, Fire stuff, note pad and pencil, US night optics NVG's, Batteries,  Area map, flash drive, Zipties, money, spare keys, tarp, gloves and beanie, IR Perimeter alarm. I have topo maps loaded onto my Kindle Fire HDX, so it can be useful as well, as long as I bring along the solar panel charger.

The kit is scalable and works well for my needs. I can and do use the belt  hunting and it works great. Not as comfy as a padded belt but allows more freedom of movement. The biggest drawback to the kit is weight. Fully loaded the plate carrier is bordering 25 pounds, the assault pack is 14, add in the rifle and drop leg mags and I'm pushing 50 pounds of gear fully loaded, without a ruck. Protection comes at a price. If distance was in mind, I'd drop the plate carrier all together and dump the mags and such in the pack and go. Lots of options.

Thanks for another great contest, It's been just the motivation I needed to get my stuff squared away. I really like the new TACO pouches, but they were a pain to install. I'd have struggled had it not been for the video on the HSGI website. Much of my gear has been inspired by things I've learned from blogs, training sites, downright imitation and a lot of failures at the range and on the trail. MY future plans include a clip on FLIR sight, Elcan Specter DR, some new kydex for the belt, and a bunch of PT and classes this year. First class Starts 2/10, hopefully it's a little warmer.

Ryan here: Thanks to Meister for entering. Cool setup! I think a .308 semi auto rifle brings a lot of capability to the fight though it is more expensive and has less logistical support than the conventional 5.56 AR. The silencer for the handgun is an excellent idea, like that a lot. I also sort of appreciate the REPR and HK USP combo scratching that 7.62x51 and .45acp nitch [I was going to say 'old school' here but our military widely used the 7.62 rifle cartridge in the form of the M14 for like a week and a half and has been using the AR in 5.56 since the mid to late 60's roughly 50 years ago. Also we've been using the 9mm for a long time though that is still an ongoing conversation about effectiveness, especially with ball ammo. In any case there are still some folks who prefer these cartridges.] but in a more modern format utilizing a handgun with decent capacity via a double stack mag and a very nice rifle.
Author: Theother Ryan
Posted: April 18, 2014, 5:37 pm

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




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