The Evolution of Survival

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I came to the conclusion a few years back that prepping is an evolution of the mind. For some of us, it’s just how we were raised, or maybe you were a boy scout and you try to live by the motto of “Be prepared” but for others, one day you just woke up. Once you see that our society is built on a series of systems. You then start to see that a lot of those systems are fragile. Then, very quickly, you come to the conclusion that if there is a disruption in one or more of those systems it could dramatically change how you are forced to live.

After you have woken up per say, you then kind of freak out as there is so much to do, learn, and purchase to try to replicate your current comforts of society. Seems like the first step for most, is to get a bunch of food and guns for mad max scenario end of the world. After a while you start to examine what could be the different triggers for these type of black swan events. At this point you may have amassed enough food and ammo to get you through the easy stuff and you start to look at other places where you are vulnerable.

Seems like the next evolution is; preppers asking how can I become better at being self-sufficient? This may be looking at things like starting your own company so you’re not dependent on others for your income. Purchasing land so you can become the master of your own domain. All the way to learning how to garden and permaculture for land management and make your land work for you.

There is a next evolution that not very many have gotten too, and that is; how do I become totally self-sufficient like the Indians of old or the Amish of today. The reason not very many make it to the next evolution is because it’s hard. You need to learn a lot. It has far more to do with the skills you know vs the stuff you have and at some point you are able to shed all the stuff because it no longer matters. It take a lot of time to master all those skills and most of us don’t have the time. Kids, work, school, they can all get in the way of that next evolution and that’s OK. Sometimes it’s helpful to see where you want to go even if you can’t get there right now.

Dave Canterbury is one of those guys, and one of the reasons you find his videos throughout this site.  It took me a long time to decipher his philosophy from his YouTube videos. There was a lot of thinking; how does what he is teaching, impact me and what I am trying to achieve.  I think in the video below, Dave outlines his basic preparedness mind set and as I mentioned above, you may not be there yet but I think the video is well worth your time and in some cases may help you leapfrog some of the steps in your evolution. Enjoy!

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Adding a light to a MOE SL handguard

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Have you tried the new Magpul MOE SL handguards? They are pretty nice for $35. Not a lot of bells and whistles but just what you need for a cheap build. They are not as massively thick as the earlier MOE and they are a little bit longer which is a huge perk. They do this by extending under and to the sides of the front sight block giving you an extra two inches.

The MOE SL handguards have M-LOK and I was hoping that that would solve some of the issues with the original MOE and open up a new world of accessories. One of the accessories that Magpul got right with the original MOE is the cantilever light mount. If you want to add an Inforce WML to a MOE it kicks the light out a bit in a more ergonomic way than just adding a picatinny rail piece to that slot. I was hoping the same part would work as well on the SL handguard.

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Unfortunately, this is not the case. It’s not really the cantilever light mounts fault, it has more to do with the handguard. Magpul didn’t do anything with the slot design to make it better than the original MOE other than making it M-LOK. You get all this extra real estate but the mount is so far back if you want to mount a light. So you adjust your grip for the longer handguard but when you add a mount to the last M-LOK slot your hand sits right on it. It sucks! I understand why Magpul had to do it that way but I think they phoned it in on this one. They could have come up with a better solution.

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I had a buddy that needed cash fast (love when this happens) and dumped a PSA 10.5 upper on me for $100. It shoots great and he only put maybe 200 rounds through it. The upper came with the crappy M4 Handguards and I immediately replaced them for the MOE SL. The upper grew a lower as most do and now it sits as a pistol but it needed a light. Hence why I have been trying to figure out the best option for mounting a light to the MOE SL. 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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Glock 43 – Getting a Better Grip (Stippling)

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The GLOCK 43 surprisingly has a very light texture. Much less than then a gen 4 gun. I think GLOCK was thinking low drag or less texture to run up against you when using the pistol for concealed carrying.

G43_45The pistol is not hard to shoot but you can tell right off the bat that it would benefit from a better texture. As I knew I would have 43 soon I went ahead and ordered a set of Talon Grips that I have used before and worked well on my Nano.

Talon grips, if you are not familiar with them, are an affordable, easy to put on grip tape that is customized for your pistol. You can get them in a sandpaper (like skateboard tape) or in a rubber grip tape. I generally go with the rubber because the sandpaper seems to bug me while I am carrying concealed. If you are not wearing an undergarment it can rub you the wrong way.

So when I got the 43, I put about 300 round downrange before deciding to throw on the talon grips. They work and are much better than stock but I have grown spoiled with the stippling on my 19s and 26L. So I decided that a stippling job was in order. I just needed to find the time to do the work.

About 6 months ago I picked up an Umbrella Corp AR lower and decided to build out a 556 SBR. I purchased a colt lower parts kit from G&R Tactical and other than the grip which was an Umbrella Corp the rest of the gun was BCM parts including the 11.5 BCM upper. I will do a full write up at some point.

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Anyways, I have a great gunsmith locally and he offered to cerakote it and then he would built out the rifle. We spent a while trying to find a good color and we ended up doing a custom color of 25% Burnt Bronze and 75% FDE. The mix turned out really nice. He mixed up extra paint and set it off to the side as he liked the color. When he saw I got the 43 he said we should cerakoted it. I thought that might be interesting and since he already had the paint mixed up it would be easy to do. I have been wondering how well cerakoted does on pistols with holster wear so I said what the hell.

All this of course was pretexted on the fact that I would have to get the stippling done too my liking before he cerakoted it. So the purpose of this post is just to walk you through how I did the stippling and to answer any questions people have. This would be the same process for any polymer pistol. I touched on it a little in the 26L write up but this will be more detailed around stippling in general.

Things you will need:

Here is the basic process: Continue reading

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