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
I have been on a quest for the perfect pocket light for a while. I will start this off by saying I have a full time job and my dress requirements do not allow for a full size light. If yours does – rock and roll, more power to you. For those of us that don’t wear cargos all day long or have the ability to wear utility belts, the answer to this conundrum is a pocket light.
My general EDC, be it with a suit or khakis and a polo, is – a pistol (size dependent on dress), a pocket knife (size dependent on dress), wallet, phone, and a pocket light. The pocket light is one of those things like a pocket knife that once you have it in your pocket, it turns into an invaluable tool that you have a tendency to use three or four times a day.
If you ever take a GLOCK armors class, GLOCK has a number of accessories you can purchase when you’re at the class. One of those is a Streamlight Microstream Flashlight (I think they are like $10). At the time, I would just put a full size flashlights in my bag and pull it out if I needed a flashlight. I picked up a couple these lights at the armors course as gifts and decided to keep one for myself. It went into my pocket on day one and has lived there happily for several years.
The Microstream is a nifty little light that has a pocket clip that can also be used to clip on the front of your hat to be used as an improvised headlamp. The light is about 3 ½ inches long and weighs almost nothing of 1 ounce. It’s an LED light that has 43 lumens and has a runtime of about two hours. This was my goto light for years and I think I’m on my seventh or eighth one being they are so small they like to get lost. Every time I go back to renew my GLOCK armors cert I always taken the opportunity to pick up 4 or 5.
While perusing Modern Service Weapons blog, I came along a post by Tim Lau about how he was looking for another alternative to the Microstream. One of the lights he found was Pelican Flashlights 1910B which is about a quarter inch longer than the Microstream and weighs in a 1.5 ounces. But the main selling point is its 70 lumens vs the 43 of the Microstream.
His post got me thinking and I decided to pick one up as they are crazy cheap and while I was on Amazon I looked at what the other options were. The only one I could find at the time that in my mind was reputable was from Surefire. In true Surefire fashion the Surefire Titan is double the cost of the Pelican; that being said it is smaller and has a 115 lumens. Lumens are good especially in such a small light.
After living with these lights for about a year here are my thoughts: Continue reading