Red Dot Use at Close Distances

I just took another weekend AK training class. Always good to get back to the AK. Ever since I have gotten into NFA stuff I have moved more to the AR world and there is something so nice about running an AK at full speed. I am a sucker for the simplicity.

Anyways, while I was there I was ruining my 19 with the RMR on it for transitions. Three people came up to me and discussed how they had guns with RMRs on them and they were OK for longer shots but they didn’t really feel comfortable with them at close range use or for EDC.

I actually hear this all the time from people who have RMRs on their guns and those that have just shot them. I think it boils down to two cases; 1) you have been shooting pistols for 10+ years and thousand and thousands of reps with iron sites and it burned into your brain how to react on the draw of your pistol. 2) People just don’t get how to use a red dot either on a rifle or a handgun – look at bad guy, put dot over bad guy and squeeze the trigger. I think a lot of people focus on the dot and not the target.

Anyways Sage Dynamics just did an excellent video on how to use an RDS handgun at close range and it made me wish he had done it before the class so I could point those guys to this video. It’s a little long but if you have an RDS pistol or looking to get one it’s a must watch.

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The Election is coming

There is an election coming and it’s going to be a shit show no matter what. The boys over at Iraqveteran8888 just did a good video on what to pick up in prep for said election. I would add to the below video’s list (lessons learned from the Sandy Hook debacle):

  • Lower parts kits – took a few weeks after Sandy Hook but when they went, they all disappeared quickly and none were seen for at least 6 months to a year after.
  • Mags – pistol and AR/AK. Buy them and leave them in the wrapper, you can sell them when the panic comes. If there is some stupid ban your will be grandfathered in.
  • AR receivers – they are super cheap now (Andreson’s you can find for $39)and you can throw one or two in the safe for later
  • Ammo 556 – Wolf Gold is awesome ammo for the price. You can pick a case or two for right around $300 per right now. That will not be the case in the coming months.
  • Ammo 22lr – if you own a 22lr you know how much of a pain it has been to find ammo. It’s starting to come back around with most quantity restrictions lifted. I would highly recommend picking up as much 22lr as you can find. It’s going to disappear again and you’re not going to see it for at least a year.
  • Pistol ammo – buy a case or two now while it’s cheap.
  • AR15 – If you have been putting of buying an AR now is the time. You can get a great AR for $700 and really great AR for $1200-$1600. These have the ability to dry up in a week or two and they won’t be $700 when they come back.

If you are in the market for a new reddot, bolt gun, other accessories, or scope I would recommend diverting those funds to the above list. You will be able to find those after the panic you will not be able to find the above.

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This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day remember if not for those that have laid down their lives for this country we wouldn’t even have this weekend to look forward to.

“The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather, it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died in service to the United States.”

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Food Storage for Apartments

If you live in an apartment or small house and don’t have a lot a of storage space for 5 gallon buckets full of beans and rice, I may have a solution for you.

One of the biggest pains in the butt of prepping if you live in the city or suburbs is where to put any extra gear or food you may think you need. At a basic level if you have 90 days of food you will be able to get through a lot of manmade or natural disasters. From a probability standpoint you are far more likely to encounter those types of issue vs the End of Days.

You can do 30 – 60 days worth of food pretty easily with copy canning. Here is great article about copy canning over at HoodsWoods if you dont know what I am talking about.

Next most people will tell you to go to Costco and pick up 50lb bags of food and build out 5 gallon buckets with Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. That’s awesome but where are you going to put all these buckets. Most people I know that live in an apartment don’t have a closet they can designate jut to preps.

What you really need is the basics like dry goods in cans that will help you to weather a longer storm. That’s where LDS comes in. LDS or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints (I am not a member) is big into preparedness and self-reliance. It’s one of their main tenants of belief. Because of this, if you live out west, they have canneries that you can go to and help can food and they give you a nice discount on their can goods.

If you don’t live out west or don’t want to go to a cannery, they also have a web store of items that have been pre-canned and are sold in boxes. The boxes hold six #10 cans (which are large cans). The cans are 7” by 6” and the boxes are about 18 x 12 x 7 which is a nice size to throw in a closet or slide under a bed.

They have greatly expanded since we first heard about them as they used to offer just rice, oats, and beans. They now have a ton of items like potato flakes and canned sugar.

Is it the cheapest stuff around? It pretty cheap but you could do it cheaper. But that’s not really the point. Since they are canned for you and a good size, you can store them in places where a 5 gal bucket won’t work.

Just giving you options. If you want to check out what they are offering and what they have in stock the website is HERE. If that link ever changes you can always go to their online store – http://store.lds.org/ and its under “Home and Family” and then under “Self-Reliance”. If they don’t have something you want in stock you can backorder it if using a credit card and they will ship it out when they get more in stock.

As always, just a data point.

 

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A word on training

I was sitting around with a few gun guys and gun trainers recently and the conversation turned to the top names in training. Names that gun guys that don’t do any training would know; names like Costa, Haley, Vickers, Rogers, Ayoob, Yeager, & Pincus. I was slightly amazed that these so called trainers had never heard of some of them, and the ones they had, were cutting them down.

There are all kinds of requirements that folks put in gun forums that you should adhere to when trying to find a trainer to spend your training dollars on. After training with a few of the good ones and after this little round table conversation, my best advice is ask those you are thinking of training with (especially if they are local trainers) what was the last training course they had taken. Because all the names above would have no issue recommending one another and have probably taken each other classes at some point.

It’s called continuing education and we require our doctors and scientist to do it. Hell, anyone worth their salt in any profession generally does it. There are other ways to do things and as a trainer, you should be able to talk about the pros and the cons of why you choose the tactics you teach. So if you spend all your time ripping on your competition and you don’t have any other classes from other instructors and schools on your resume, be damn sure I’m taking my training dollars elsewhere. It’s too much money in class fees, ammo and most of all time to play around with nonprofessionals who don’t get how overall training evolutions work.

If the instructor you are thinking about training with are asking you to shell out $300-$900 they should know what the landscape looks like and sure as hell done it themselves. I don’t have the time for people who think they are all that but don’t have an AAR to prove it. If you go ask any of the names above, they will give you a list of great local trainers. I have a feeling the ones that were around the table with me would never make the cut.

End of Rant

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Grid down management of human waste

Management of human waste in a grid down scenario; you’re going to have to deal with the subject at some point.  You can get a Luggable Loo on Amazon – http://amzn.to/219ijS6 and its prime. If you don’t have prime yet I would highly recommend you get it. You can get next day delivery for $3.99 or free two day shipping. If a hurricane or major snow storm is being predicted and your in its path you can get supplies ASAP, as in tomorrow, for $3.99. You can sign up for prime along with all its included goodies here – http://amzn.to/219ixZm.

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