On Ft. Hood

It is past time for us to keep deluding ourselves that we are safe from those who wish to do us harm. Whether it is from a terrorist or just a deluded madman with a gun, we are in a global war. Our warfighters need to be armed at home and abroad, and our citizens need to be trained and equipped to deal with attacks on the home front. While this especially applies to our former and retired military and first responders citizens should also seek out training and the tools necessary to defend themselves.

Our elected leaders tell us there is no need for alarm, that we are safe and that we don’t need to be able to protect ourselves. It is time that we wake up and recognize the lie, fire those who have lied to us and steel ourselves with a resolve to see this through. They are correct that there is no need for alarm as long as we are willing to stand up against those who mean to do us harm.

Why I voted #Pincus4NRA (and you should too)

A few weeks ago Rob Pincus announced his candidacy for a seat on the NRA Board of Directors. For me it wasn’t even a question as to whether or not I would vote for him. Rob makes his case for why he should be on the board here and addresses some of the controversial statements he has made that people misinterpreted here. Monderno also addresses these issues here. Rob’s candidacy has even earned the endorsement of Massad Ayoob.

Now these are all good reasons why you should vote for him if you can, but I would like to add another reason based on my own limited interactions with Rob Pincus.

1. He is not afraid to slaughter sacred cows if he has sound reasons for doing so. When Rob excoriated the mini-1911 platform specifically and the 1911 in general for daily carry, people (including your truly) were righteously indignant. However, his points were valid and the disagreements were emotional rather than factual.

2. He is quick to forgive and move forward. I am a small minnow in a big ocean of gun bloggers, yet when I admitted my fault Rob was very gracious when he really didn’t have to pay any attention to what goes on here.

3. He has an open mind when it comes to legitimate differences of opinion. Just because you may not agree on something doesn’t mean he won’t listen to what you have to say. Rob is very analytical and constantly searching for ways to do things better, he doesn’t let his ego invest in what he does or how he does it.

These three things I have seen from Rob Pincus tell me one thing and that is based on my limited experience he is a man of integrity. He won’t shy from controversy if he feels he is right (and uncomfortable as it may be to you he probably is). He won’t hold grudges or try to advance a hidden personal agenda and he doesn’t do things solely to gratify his own ego. That’s not to say he doesn’t have a lot to be proud of, just that everything he has done and continues to do is for the shooting community first. This is why I think he deserves a seat on the NRA Board of Directors, if not this year then next year for sure assuming he still wants it. That is why I will do what I can to see that Rob wins a seat.

Seven Ps

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

Two little tidbits from Facebook this week to ponder. The first is from Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch:

“Parts and Smarts”

If you head to the range this weekend for practice and your extractor breaks in your pistol…FIRST….do

you have an extra extractor and TWO….do you have the “smarts” to put it in correctly?’

Something I want you all to really work on this year….get spare parts and LEARN how your gun runs and HOW do change out parts…please.

We are headed to the range to learn from Jason Burton how to to this with our 1911s…more soon from the classroom.

Whether you carry a 1911 or other pistol having spare parts and the knowledge to replace them is important. Assembling a spare parts kit and some tools should be a priority if you haven’t already.

Up next we have something from Rob Pincus of the Personal Defense Network:

Day 4 CFS… Learning to work with less optimal gun designs. Most guys who get to CFSID School are using Modern Striker Fired guns, so I pull some things out of the safe do they can learn to deal with single and double/single action guns on the range.

Knowing your gun well is important, but if you’re going to instruct others you should take the time to learn how other systems work. An instructor must be competent if their students are to have faith in their training.


Gun Digest Book of the Revolver, by Grant Cunningham

Gun Digest Book of the Revolver, by Grant CunninghamWhile most of you know I chose a Glock for my daily carry gun and am a long-time devotee to the first handgun I ever shot, the 1911 pistol, the first handgun I owned was a revolver. For several years that big S&W 686 was my only handgun and it saw use as a daily carry piece, a competition piece and pretty much everything else you would want a handgun for. Most of the rounds it has sent down range have been in competition some even against a national award winning, accordion playing competitor. I got beat soundly by him, but I learned a lot from him so it was a fair trade.

After 29 years of owning, modifying and shooting revolvers one would think they would know all there is to know about revolvers. They would also be woefully wrong. I picked up Mr. Cunningham’s book after The_Missus  decided a revolver was right for her, so long as it wasn’t an airweight J Frame (more on that later). I knew from reading Mr. Cunningham’s blog he was very knowledgeable on revolvers so I figured if there was anything new for me to learn it was likely in his books (I’ll cover the second one after I finish it I promise).

The book did not disappoint one bit. While there were no earth shattering revelations for me, there was still much to learn. From proper fit to reloading and malfunction clearing there was a lot of information I hadn’t seen before. One of the malfunctions Mr. Cunningham mentions is debris under the extractor star. Which is one I learned really early and wish I have known about his technique for clearing it. Yes revolvers are boringly reliable, but pay attention to the malfunction drills. When your revolver has a problem, you are in a heap of trouble if you can’t fix it quickly.

Whether you are new to the world of revolvers or an old hand, the Gun Digest Book of the Revolver will be a valuable resource to your library. There are many today who will say the Revolver is obsolete, yet just this year at the SHOT show we saw the introduction of several new revolvers from Smith and Wesson and Ruger. The revolver is a part of American history and while semi-automatic pistols are all the rage today there are still tasks that only a revolver can do.

SupAR Bowl (re)Build

Rob Pincus from I.C.E. Training and Personal Defense Network hosted the first annual SupAR Bowl Build Party this weekend and while I didn’t attend the official party I did take this past Sunday to do some upgrades to my own AR.  part of it was to reduce the weight of my custom Recon Upper the other was to set my primary AR up as something more like the Contractor kits I have seen where you have one receiver and two (or more) uppers to handle any job you may take it out on.

The component I planned to replace is an older Yankee Hill Free Float Handguard. This was an older model that had the weakness of sometimes rotating during use. Yankee Hill has since fixed this problem, but I also really didn’t need all that rail space.


The part I would replace it with is a Midwest Industries Gen 2 SS-Series free-float rail. This rail is of the newer slim-line type with only a single top rail and a few add-on sections. Not having four full-length sections is guaranteed to reduce weight and make the rifle easier to handle.


The process was actually quite simple. I removed the scope and mount and clamped the receiver into the bench block. Then I removed the front sight/gas block (after marking its position on the barrel) then the hand guard followed by the proprietary barrel nut. After cleaning the receiver threads and applying a small dab of moly grease I installed the new barrel nut, torqued it to spec, applied some locking compound (looks like blue loc-tite), slid the handguard into place and torqued the two locking bolts into place. Then I just re-installed the front sight/gas block and torqued it down along with the scope and mount and I was all done.

Just a word about how I go about assembling AR uppers. While some say it’s not necessary I pay attention to specifications when it comes to torqueing the various parts. Manufacturers have taken some time figuring out the proper amount of tension for mounting their parts. So my opinion is that by paying attention to these values one will have a higher quality build when they are done. To this end I keep a 1/2″ torque wrench that measures in foot pounds, a second 3/8″ torque wrench that measures in inch pounds and a Wheeler Firearm Accurizing  Torque (FAT) wrench that is actually more like a torque driver in my tool kit. As a famous but fictitious engineer once said “always use the proper tool for the job.”

Another year, gone!

2013 was a rough year for me personally, but I have close friends who did and are going through worse so I won’t dwell on my personal misfortunes. With struggle comes change and there have been changes. One that will affect the time I can spend here is that my pursuit of a Master’s Degree has transformed into a pursuit of two Masters Degrees. I figured since it only added 12 weeks and two courses to my graduation date why not?

The good news though is I have a lot of content that you will be seeing in spite of my even busier schedule. Most of it will involve gear for my EDC kit, but there will be other content as well. Don’t expect to see new products not yet available on shelves. This blog is nowhere near popular enough to rate that privilege and I’m OK with that. I’m more interested right now with providing reviews of gear that you can get right now and most importantly gear I’m willing to bet my life on. My hope is these reviews will provide at least some insight as to how I choose gear that may help you in choosing your own.

So while there will be challenges this year, please stop in from time to time and see if anything new has popped up. Hopefully you’ll find it at least interesting.


Violent Anti-Gunners

As a violence prevention activist I frequently come across those who would seek to do harm to others for their personal beliefs among other things here are three recent examples.

From the site trayvonsamendment.com  a site purportedly upset about guns being used to kill children. You will find that if you wish to send them an e-mail their address is stabagunnut@ gmail. Yep, if you believe in the Constitution they advocate stabbing you. There are also some nice examples of Markley’s law on that site as well.

Our next contestant in how violent can anti-rights cultists be is realeyezlife who would love to see drones turned on law abiding citizens. You got it, they want to see high explosive missiles rain down on your heads. To hell with due process and anyone else who might be with you. They want you vaporized.

Finally we have a random citizen threatening those who are trying to recall Colorado anti-rights Senator Evie Hudak. Ironically he threatens to go home, get a gun and come back and kill civil rights activists. You can read more about the twit over at Guns Save Lives.

So there you have it. If you want to use the most effective means of preserving innocent life they want you shot, stabbed and blown up. Yet the people with training in conflict avoidance, resolution and de-escelation are the problem?