RDS Water / Fog Concerns

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This is a good video stressing that the internet is often wrong and people who have no idea what their talking about often put out information that is false and unhelpful. As us usual Aaron Cowan at Sage Dynamics (awesome source of data by the way) is on a jihad of misinformation. In this video he dispels the myth of moisture on your RDS during rain or extreme temperature changes.

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Arc’teryx LEAF Combat Pants Hack

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Long ago I purchased a used pair of Arc’teryx LEAF Combat Pants from a gentleman off AR15.com. One of these days I need to do a review of the LEAF Combat Pants but for the sake of this post, if you like somewhat loose-fitting cargo pants, they are best I have ever seen. ITS Tactical did a great review years ago that’s worth your time that you can check out HERE.

Anyways, the pair I picked up, the previous owner (orpheus762x51) had replaced the YKK zipper pulls with a cordage/heat shrink lanyard that I thought was a bit odd but figured I would try them out. They have proven to beyond useful and durable through hundreds of washings, while thoroughly beating the crap out of the pants. This pair just went back to the mothership as the stitching was starting to fail. In true Arc’teryx fashion, they were back to me in a month or two with brand new stitching.

For a while afterward, I had done the same hack on some of my other pairs of pants I own. The only problem is a I could never get the right cordage. I purchased at least 10 different types of small cordage to no avail. I loved the hack so much I went back to the original owner to ask what kind of cordage he used. It had been 4 years since he passed those pants on, but I figured I give it a shot. Orpheus got back to me quickly and said he used Salomon’s Quicklace Kit and some heat shrink tubing from Napa Auto Parts. Never in a million years would have thought of the Salomon’s Quicklace. Continue reading

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Never forget

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We must never forget

I remember

I remember that Chicago filled all the trains and sent them away from the city.
I remember thinking Chicago was next.
I remember trying all day to get in touch with my brother in DC and the phones were down there.
I remember calling my other brother to wish him a happy birthday, and thinking they took that away from him. His birthday will never be the same.
I remember talking to my sister in law in VA and her saying she felt the plane hit the Pentagon.
I remember I couldn’t sleep and I stayed up all night watching Jennings’s trying to get the next bit of information.
I remember thinking that Peter Jennings who had seen and reported every significant story for the last 40 years was suddenly at a loss for words.
I remember thinking this was the start of bad things.

We must never forget


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Weighing Sources

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This video from Primary & Secondary is spot on! You need to gather your data from different sources – different data points as I like to say and then make a conclusion. Even when you do that perfectly, you still might not like the outcome.

There is so much bad information now. I am in a few groups in facebook and the info there is so bad. At least on a forum you build up a reputation and watch people that have a reputation. Most of the time you know when people are full of shit. Seems like lately you have to start your research thinking this author / video creator is full of shit.

Its on you to find good sources of info if you care. If you dont care I doubt you are reading this. We care that are info is good and that we test it to the best of our ability. We care if people are full of shit and are misleading others but I will no longer fight for them. Its on them to figure it out. To ask questions and be a critical thinker.  If not, I am not going to take the time and fight for the correction. Its not worth the BS.

I would add that fleeting survival doesn’t give a shit about clicks. We have killed off all advertising other than easy amazon ads that they manage. We are well off enough that we can pay for hosting and software fees to run the site without other masters.  If you don’t like it, we could care less. We have a number of readers that find value so we keep the site up. When we get time we try to post as much as possible. Lately we have been spending a lot more time at charitable organizations and in all honesty that sucks time from other things. FS gets hit first.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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300 Blackout – What are you good for?

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The 300 AAC Blackout. The new tactical flavor of the month the old timers would say and for the most part they may be right. But these are also the guys that said red dots on rifles were a waste of time and now say that about red dots on handguns.

300 Blackout is an interesting animal. For what it was designed to do it excels. For those trying to make it the new do all cartridge, they generally don’t know anything about ballistics or barrel lengths.

Let’s start with what it was designed to do. The cartridge was developed by Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC) for use in the M4 carbine. The purpose was to achieve ballistics similar to the 7.62×39mm AK cartridge in an AR-15 while using standard AR-15 magazines at their normal capacity. Specifically:

  • Create a reliable compact 30-cal solution’s for AR platform
  • Utilize existent inventory magazines while retaining their full capacity
  • Create the optimal platform for sound and flash suppressed fire
  • Create compatible full power ammunition that matches 7.62×39 ballistics
  • Work with subsonic and full power ammunition without requiring adjustable gas.
  • Provide the ability to penetrate barriers with high-mass projectiles
  • Provide all capabilities in a lightweight, durable, low recoiling package

If interested I highly recommend taking a look at the original AAC PowerPoint that AAC did –http://www.300blackoutarrifle.com/uploads/1/2/7/1/12718820/300-blk.pdf

Under 16 inches the platform uses a pistol length gas system. That, along with its lower pressures, make it an ideal platform for short barrel rifles.

What AAC ended up with was a very quiet round (as quiet as a HK MP5-SD) when using subsonic ammo and a suppressor that could also switch to a very powerful 30 caliber supersonic round with only the change of a magazine. As mentioned above, the round excels in short barreled applications. The platform uses all the existing pieces of the M4 weapons system (Bolt, BCG, Magazines, lower, upper, handguards) with the only change being the barrel. Continue reading

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