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Category Archives: 014 Equipment

Germans arming themselves with illegal guns and grenades

I weep for Germany and its unarmed citizens.

However, there is a bright side, the market (even if it’s black) is working just fine. It seems that some enterprising individuals were able to start an online business, find the demand, ship products, and shut down their operations quite successfully.

With the advent of the distributed internet (Maidsafe) cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Safecoin, etc.,) 3-D printing (plastics, metals, and ceramics), and online marketplaces such as OpenBazaar, I suspect you will see many more people opting for personal security.

Various packages were available to customers, ranging from €7.99 to €799, and includes guns, grenades and ammunition.Professionals, including doctors, were getting the deadly weapons delivered to their workplaces, according to Sued Deutsche.

Source: Daily Mail Online

Hybrid-80 polymer 80% AR-15 lower build and review – Will it hold up to heavy use?

Lets go ahead and list the pros and the cons and why I suggest this as your next AR build! Pros follow. Lightweight, it weighs on average about half what an aluminum standard lower will weigh. Remember, ounces are pounds and so on. I like having an AR that is capable of 200- 300 yard shooting that weighs 5-6lbs loaded. Its NICE! Strong, I was unable to break it with standard drop testing and even some minor use of it as a hammer with the butt stock as the handle.

Source: thesurvivalistblog.net

The Best Thing for Concealed Carry

While I understand why people make up lists for the “x” best “armaments or equipment,” it is important to always remember that the single best thing you can get is training.

“The best gun to win a gunfight with is the one in your hands” is what Evan Marshall says.

After a lifetime of shooting weapons, Evan understands that “any gun will do if you will do.”

The reality is that you can fight like a champ with what you have as long as you have the training required to use it well.

Give an operator a Hi-Point or the darling of this week’s gun magazine and the problem will be solved just as quickly.

They may curse you for the former and bless you for the latter, but make no mistake, it’s not the gun or equipment doing the work, it’s the training they received and the dedication they put into mastering any new tool or equipment they are issued.

Having said that, please, do go out and experiment with different firearms and equipment to your heart’s content.

Please do support the industry with your time and money, it will spur further innovations we all can all use.f you are lucky, you will find a tool or equipment that is worthy of joining or replacing something in your carry kit.

If you are lucky, you will find a tool or equipment that is worthy of joining or replacing something in your carry kit.

But while you do, just remember that it’s your training that will put you over the top and make you better, it’s not the tools and accessories themselves.

 

Coming After Your (replica) Guns?

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Of the 86 fatal shootings involving imitation firearms since 2015, the most common theme was mental illness: 38 of those killed had a history of it, according to their families and police reports. Fourteen of the calls were domestic disturbances. Ten others began as robberies. The remaining circumstances range from patrolling neighborhoods to serving arrest warrants to making traffic stops.

Are more laws needed to make a fake gun look fake to protect the person wielding it inappropriately?

Is the problem fake guns that look too real (whatever that means), or could other factors be at play?

Since people under a life or death situation (such as those described in the article) naturally achieve a sympathetic nervous system or (SNS) response which includes the loss of color vision; what modifications will be demanded when simply coloring guns differently doesn’t fix the problem?

It seems to me that the real problem is that some people choose to intimidate, coerce, or otherwise threaten other innocent people, and then other people react with appropriate levels of counterviolence when faced with someone acting in a manner that suggests that they or others are in immediate jeopardy of loss of life and limb.

As my friends in law enforcement say “You do stupid thing, you win stupid prizes.”

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Review – JDM Holsters

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JDM custom Kydex holster

JDM Holsters is a custom manufacturer based in the Quad Cities providing custom Kydex solutions for whatever your needs may be – whether a gun or a knife, Joe has you covered.

I was first introduced to Joe by my good friend Erik Mattley of Davenport Guns when we were looking for holsters designed to work with the Viridian XTL series tactical light for our Handgun Provisioning Package.

The package provides shooters with a Glock 19, spare magazines, Viridian XTL, holster, Blackhawk magazine pouch, 50 rounds of ammunition, a membership into the Defense Academy, and most importantly – the training to tie it all together via our Handgun Basics course – all for well under $1,000.00.

While we are fans of the Viridian XTL because of its technology that allows the shooter to select either a constant on or strobe function and can activate itself on the draw if the shooter chooses to do so, we were not pleased with the narrow selection of holsters available for this developing technology.

While there can be no doubt that other light manufacturers will need to adapt this instant on technology (Viridian calls it ECR: Enhanced Combat Readiness/Instant On) or lose market share, right now there just aren’t that many manufacturers who are building holsters for this nascent technology.

I had called several manufacturers who simply couldn’t accommodate our needs, and had just about given up hope.

Enter Joe.

Joe was kind enough to come into the shop and discuss our needs, show us samples of his work, and focus his considerable talents on coming up with a solution for us.

Long story short – I was so impressed with Joe, his holsters, and his dedication to his product that I asked him to build one for me (photo at the top), and I have been wearing it now for almost 6-months.

What do I think of Joe’s work now that I own one of his creations?

I love my JDM holster. It’s rock solid, works they way it should, is a good looking holster, and it’s finished with obvious attention to details. Joe’s craftsmanship is evident in his product, and his commitment to his customers is as commendable as it is rare.

If you’re reading this Joe – you have my respect brother, you build a quality holster and I am glad that I know you.

With more colors, designs, and variations than you can shake a stick at, Joe’s holsters are worth every penny (and then some), the QCA is lucky to have him, and I wish him the best of success in his business.

If you are looking for a custom solution for your needs, reach out to Joe on his Facebook page, or give him a call at 563.370.1274. You won’t regret it.

Stop Worrying About Whether Your Gun Is “Viable” – Accepting Obsolescence in Your Arsenal – The Firearm Blog

To help clarify: Any gun will do if you will do, regardless of it’s age.

The key here is training. Jerry Miculek is great with the 6-shooter (and everything else he shoots) not because of the gun, but because of his training with his guns.

The answer to the question “is [insert gun here] viable?” is of course “yes”; these seasoned designs are the most time tested and proven weapons that exist today! Just because a newer weapon is – naturally – improved, doesn’t make the older weapon any less deadly than it was on the day it was invented. These questions and the thumping answers that follow them don’t seem like real statements about the weapons they concern, but rather shields against the inevitable torrent of molle-wearing, WSM-shooting besters whom many fear will show up to purge the heretics and burn anything with a wood stock in a pyre to the gods of polymer and black. But, this whole war of words is false; neither is the latest and greatest rifle “too much” for decent men, nor are the weapons of our grandfathers any less capable than they were in their day. In the march forward, we’ve made such awesome progress, but in some ways we’ve also left behind what our fathers knew: That “good enough” is more than enough. Let’s hear, just a little bit, the words of the snaplock-armed Mongolian hunter:

Source: Stop Worrying About Whether Your Gun Is “Viable” – Accepting Obsolescence in Your Arsenal – The Firearm Blog

Gun carrying women create concealed carry fashion market

Great news for women, the firearms accessory industry, and the economy. I am glad people are moving away from the “pink it and shrink it” mentality and starting to focus on more practical solutions.

Smolenski started her company right around the time when Chicago city laws changed and she could again legally carry a firearm. When that happened, she struggled to find something that didn’t make her look frumpy and didn’t broadcast that she was packing heat. Most of the clothing was geared to men — coats with hidden pockets, or holsters that tuck neatly inside a waistband. But until the last few years, those weren’t always great options for women who don’t wear belts as frequently and are more likely than men to wear form-fitting clothing, making it difficult to hide the fact they’re carrying a firearm.

Source: Fox News

Miniature portable device produces biopharmaceuticals on demand at point-of-care

We love technology and where it can take us.

MIT researchers with DARPA funding have developed a portable device for manufacturing a range of biopharmaceuticals on demand, virtually anywhere… For medics on the battlefield and doctors in remote or developing parts of the world, getting rapid access to the drugs needed to treat patients can be challenging. That’s because biopharmaceutical drugs, which are used in a wide range of therapies including vaccines and treatments for diabetes and cancer, are currently produced in large, centralized fermentation plants. Then they must be transported to the treatment site, which can be expensive, time-consuming, and difficult to execute in areas with poor supply chains.

Source: KurzweilAI

Manned Jetpack

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Whether you’re an adventurer, a futurist or a visionary, the Personal Jetpack gives you the freedom to explore and venture to places that others can only imagine. Its small dimensions allow it to operate in confined as well as open spaces, making it the ideal vehicle to cross the harbour for lunch on a superyacht or carry out that daring midtown rescue before cocktails at the club.

Before flying the Jetpack, proper training and certifications are required. Pricing starts at $200,000, with availability to purchase in a variety of colors beginning December 2017. For details on flight training and certification, as well as specs and pricing and how to pre-orders, please visit www.martinjetpack.com.

Source: martinjetpack.com

The More You Know: Living With Astigmatism When Using Red Dot, Holographic and Prismatic Optics – The Firearm Blog

 

Pete at The Firearms Blog has posted a short and well written piece called Living With Astigmatism When Using Red Dot, Holographic and Prismatic Optics.

It’s informative, easy to follow, and provides quality diagrams and photos to help the reader understand the topic at a deeper level.

If you are considering purchasing an optic for your firearm you will want this information before buying so you can understand what you may end up seeing and what you can likely do to fix it if you suffer from astigmatism.

It’s a topic all shooters need to know about whether they suffer from astigmatism or not. Do yourself and your friends a favor, read it and pass it on.

About 15 years ago I sadly boxed up a brand new Red Dot Optic for it’s return to the manufacturer without ever having used it to fire a shot – the reticle was a blurry burst rather than a crisp clear dot. But before I called and asked for a return authorization, I decided to search the Internet looking for answers on the durability of my new glass. And that’s when I found it: my new optic wasn’t the problem, I was.

Source: The Firearm Blog

Steiner’s new 6X40 Intelligent Combat Sight or “ICS”

We love technology, and it’s only getting better.

At the push of a button, an eye-safe laser instantly provides distance to the target, and calculates an illuminated, trajectory-compensated aiming point based on ammunition ballistics, measured distance, and angle to your target out to 800 meters. As a true electro-optical aiming device, it combines combat-optimized technology, operating simplicity in the field, and the targeting effectiveness to give small-caliber weapons oversized clout.

Source: Intelligent Combat Sight (ICS) 6×40 | Steiner Optics

SIG OPTICS Echo1

I am a huge fan of technology, Sig Sauer has made progress in thermal sights, check out their new ECHO1…

“The ECHO1™ Digital Thermal Imaging Reflex Sight from SIG SAUER® is the most innovative direct view thermal sight in the world. Based on the newest generation of thermal imaging sensors, the digital sight provides for day or night time predator and hog hunting, while functioning similar to a conventional reflex sight using both eyes open for fast and intuitive target acquisition with greatly improved situational awareness. The sight is also perfect for home defense, law enforcement, military, and search and rescue situations.”

Injectable sponges used for first time to stop soldier’s bleeding | Fox News

Brilliant, another useful tool for your blowout kit.

A U.S. military surgical team used an innovative device to staunch the bleeding on a gunshot victim, RevMedx, the company that makes it, recently announced. That marks the first documented occasion that the device has been used in a patient clinically, the company said.

Source: Injectable sponges used for first time to stop soldier’s bleeding | Fox News

Government moves on Apple, orders Apple to violate your rights – Apple respectfully says No.

Tim Cook looks to be taking a stand against government overreach. In a statement on Apples website, he claims that, “Rather than asking for legislative action through Congress, the FBI is proposing an unprecedented use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority.

The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically. This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by ‘brute force,’ trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer.”

This is an obvious no-go for anyone who has even a elementary understanding of individual rights, the right to ones own private thoughts, communications with others, and let’s not forget the protections the Fourth Amendment is supposed to serve.

Cook continues, “The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.

Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.

We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.

While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”

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Support Peacekeeper 2.0 – Your Decentralized Security app of Tomorrow, Today, and Why You Should Support Their Indiegogo Campaign

The Peacekeeper app is one of my top picks for a decentralized security network – it’s on the “short list” of selected apps and technologies every rugged individualist should’t be without.

Those of you who don’t know what Peacekeeper is, you owe it to your selves to learn about it.

“Emergency protection is a vital service that we all need. But let’s face it,’’ say the developers of the Peacekeeper app “most of us know that the government is not able to protect us.”

In other words, “When seconds count, police are just minutes away” the developers continue.

Their skepticism is well founded. The courts have consistently held that not only are police not responsible for your safety, neither are they required to intervene in your behalf. In other words, when push comes to shove, you are on your own and you better be able to protect whats yours – or be prepared to lose it.

Does this sound familiar in light of recent events? Of course it does, and the developers of Peacekeepers aim to fix the problem – not just complain about it. They have actually designed a decentralized security app (1.0) and they are now refining it with all new features, beefed up software, and even more resources to back up their claim that “…(they) are determined to create a system that actually puts the odds in your favor.” 

Look into them and support them, and put the odds in your favor – you need this app.

 

(Via.) Indiegogo <—Read more here

Gear Review: 5.11 Women’s CCW Line

Jacki Billings writes a fine article with plenty of photos, be sure to let her know what you think.

“Women’s concealed carry gear usually falls into one of two categories—cute with no functionality or functional and hideous. In an attempt to dig women’s concealed carry out of the dark ages, 5.11 has added two bags and a jacket to their women’s line-up that are definitely worth a female’s attention: 5.11 bags

The Sarah Satchel and Lucy Tote are 5.11’s run at the concealed carry purse market. Both bags feature a hidden concealed carry compartment to stow a pistol. The main area of both bags feature organization pockets to stow phones, keys, extra mags, and multi-tools. For quick or tactical reloads, an extra mag can be stored in the front pouch of both bags.”

(Via.) Guns.com – Gear Review <— Read more here

High-tech military goggles combine night vision, thermal imaging

“BAE Systems is developing state-of-the-art goggles for the U.S. Army that combine night vision and thermal imaging technology.

The Army has awarded the defense technology specialist a five-year contract worth up to $434 million for the system, which will give soldiers faster and more accurate targeting. The tech will work in all weather and lighting conditions, according to BAE.

A BAE spokesman told FoxNews.com that the high-tech goggles are expected to be in the hands of servicemembers in late 2016 or early 2017.”

(Via.) Fox News 

Stories – Aimpoint T-1 vs. T-2 Comparison and Review with Video

Accompanied with beautiful photos, and a first class video, Jonathan Owen of SWHAT (Special Hog Weapons and Tactics) clearly delineates the differences between Aimpoint’s outstanding  T1 and T2 sights.

“For years the Aimpoint T1 has been the gold standard of red dot sights, so when I first got wind of a T2 in the works, I was pretty curious. They sure look a lot alike. Both have 2 MOA dots. The T2 costs a little more, so what’s the big deal I wondered. I read some reviews online that were fairly vanilla leaving my thirst for knowledge unsatisfied.

In a unique opportunity, I visited with Lennart Ljungfelt, President, Aimpoint AB, Sweden, and inspected the very first pre serial number 0 prototype. The place was Dallas Safari Club, and Ljungfelt was enjoying throwing his sight across the room. But since there’s only so much you can tell without having one in your hand, I decided to do the best Aimpoint T-1 vs. T-2 review on the web. It’s almost like having one in your own hands.”

(Via.) SHWAT Storie <—Read more here

Beartooth: Stay Connected (Even Without Cell Service) With: Secure Voice, Text, and Even Offline Maps

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“Beartooth’s patent pending technology allows iOS and Android devices to communicate even if the cellular network is unavailable, failed, or congested. Whether you are skiing fresh powder in the backcountry or dancing at Coachella, you can now reliably stay in contact with your group in ways that were previously unavailable. Beartooth allows for true peer-to-peer communication between the devices, completely bypassing the Wi-Fi and cellular network.”

(Via.) Beartooth

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