Showing posts with label Lucky Gunner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lucky Gunner. Show all posts

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #16 by Meister

Today I am proud to bring Entry #16 of our Fighting Load Contest by Meister

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry.....

Ok, here's my entry. I've gotten some new gear and revised some old gear. I've swapped from the Glock 17 back to the HK USP45 Tactical that I've used for years now. It's a slight change for my first line gear. The other major change is I'm 100% switched over to 7.62x51 for my main rifle and DMR rifle. It was a change that took years of consideration to decide it was worth it. The advancement in the AR10 style platform has made it possible to get a more robust weapon that is as reliable as the heavier 7.62 platforms such as the M1A without the rock in magazines that slow reloading.
Gear List:
Blackhawk duty belt with condor molle drop leg platform and Blackhawk mag pouch. Blade tech kydex mag pouch that is removable if I use the belt with the vest. Safariland OD holster, HSGI IFAK pouch with kit and shears, tourniquet holder and CAT tourniquet attached. The Ifak pouch also has a Gemtech multicam can holder attached.
HK USP Tactical with SOS-45 Can.

LWRCI REPR 16" spiral fluted barrel, Houge grip, Gemtech muzzle brake, Trijicon Tri Power sight (for now- Elcan specter DR soon), Streamlight TLR1s, Urban ERT sling, LWRCI BUIS with Trijicon insert, and Magpul LR20 Pmag. Also has Gemtech TPR-s fast attach 30 cal can.

Blackhawk STRIKE plate carrier with Rhino level IIIA soft armor and Ceradyn ESAPI plates. HSGI double TACO mag pouches, TAG pistol mag pouch, Maxpedition Admin panel, Maxpedition dump pouch, Streamlight red/blue/white/IR strobe and flashlight. 6 Pmags, 3 pistol mags. Admin pouch has a beofang radio with in ear speaker and ptt/vox mic, compass, lighter, multitool, tweezers (anyone who's trained within a half mile of plywood knows why). Blackhawk Kalista II knife, III% patch and name patch.
My pack is surplus MARPAT 3 day assault pack that attaches to my MARPAT ruck. It holds 120 rounds of various 7.62 ammo, 50 rounds of HST +p ammo, 2 MRE's, 10 clif bars, 3L water bladder, aquamira, Dopp kit, TP, ouchie kit, cordage, stainless canister, Fire stuff, note pad and pencil, US night optics NVG's, Batteries,  Area map, flash drive, Zipties, money, spare keys, tarp, gloves and beanie, IR Perimeter alarm. I have topo maps loaded onto my Kindle Fire HDX, so it can be useful as well, as long as I bring along the solar panel charger.

The kit is scalable and works well for my needs. I can and do use the belt  hunting and it works great. Not as comfy as a padded belt but allows more freedom of movement. The biggest drawback to the kit is weight. Fully loaded the plate carrier is bordering 25 pounds, the assault pack is 14, add in the rifle and drop leg mags and I'm pushing 50 pounds of gear fully loaded, without a ruck. Protection comes at a price. If distance was in mind, I'd drop the plate carrier all together and dump the mags and such in the pack and go. Lots of options.

Thanks for another great contest, It's been just the motivation I needed to get my stuff squared away. I really like the new TACO pouches, but they were a pain to install. I'd have struggled had it not been for the video on the HSGI website. Much of my gear has been inspired by things I've learned from blogs, training sites, downright imitation and a lot of failures at the range and on the trail. MY future plans include a clip on FLIR sight, Elcan Specter DR, some new kydex for the belt, and a bunch of PT and classes this year. First class Starts 2/10, hopefully it's a little warmer.

Ryan here: Thanks to Meister for entering. Cool setup! I think a .308 semi auto rifle brings a lot of capability to the fight though it is more expensive and has less logistical support than the conventional 5.56 AR. The silencer for the handgun is an excellent idea, like that a lot. I also sort of appreciate the REPR and HK USP combo scratching that 7.62x51 and .45acp nitch [I was going to say 'old school' here but our military widely used the 7.62 rifle cartridge in the form of the M14 for like a week and a half and has been using the AR in 5.56 since the mid to late 60's roughly 50 years ago. Also we've been using the 9mm for a long time though that is still an ongoing conversation about effectiveness, especially with ball ammo. In any case there are still some folks who prefer these cartridges.] but in a more modern format utilizing a handgun with decent capacity via a double stack mag and a very nice rifle.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #15 by Greg

 Today I am proud to bring Entry #15 of our Fighting Load Contest by Greg

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry.....

Here is my Submission. I would be using this rig to leave a metro area to get to my home in beautiful rural America.
Here's whats in the bags. I tried to design my setup so I could lessen my load if needed.

Mossberg 590 with Kicklite Stock and Streamlight TRL-1
Shell Bag with 50 Rounds 12 gauge and CRKT Corkham FirstStrike; Worn on riggers belt right side

Custom AR Pistol with Bushnell TRS-25 and Streamlight TRL-1
Condor MC3 Chest Rig
Voodoo Tactical IFAK
Double Mag Pouch w/ 2 Mags
Radio
Gerber Multi Tool

Hazard 4 Kato worn cross body on the left side.
FN FNX-9 w/ 2 Mags
4 AR Mags
Water Filter Straw
Collapsible Cup
iPad
iPhone
Small First Aid Kit (Boo-Boo Bag)
4 Protein Bars
Gloves/Beanie
CRKT M16-14SFG
Streamlight PT2AA
N95 Filter Mask
Leatherman Wave

Kelty Redwing 50
100 Rounds 9mm
200 Rounds 5.56
10 New Millennium Energy Bars
Compass
CRKT Eating Tool
Magnesium Fire Starter
Hygiene Kit
Medicine Bag (Motrin, Tylenol, Sunscreen, Eye Drops, ETC)
Ndur Water Filter Straw
Steripen with Filter
Headlamp
Extra Batteries
3L Camelbak Bladder
Mountain Hardware Rain Coat and Boonie Hat
Otis 5.56/9MM Cleaning Kit
2 Mountain House Meals
Soda Can Alcohol Stove
2 Aluminum Water Bottles
1 Bottle Rubbing Alcohol
Streamlight PT2AA Flashlight
Duct Tape, 550 Cord, Crazy Glue, Electrical tape, and other small tools
2 Pairs extra socks and drawers
Thanks for letting me play along to.
Greg
 End Post

Ryan here: First thanks a lot to Greg for entering.  I like the guns a lot and the Kelty bag is nice too. I do have some concerns about how the satchel type bag and backpack will work together. Seems like stuff might be flopping all over the place. However if you've done some walking with it and tactical movement type stuff and it's good for you then roll with it.

Thoughts?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week

Spent a lot of time organizing the garage. Finally got it almost where I want it. We can park a car, or barely 2 cars in there which is a nice option to have. Still need to organize and inventory some stuff but at least it is all readily visible on shelves (vs piles on the floor) so that is good. Also it's a lot easier to find stuff now.

Ordered some wool socks.

Ordered a case of 5.56 ammo.

Got a bunch of disposable plates, cups, bowls and silverware. Put it all into a plastic box with a roll of trash bags. Figure enough for at least a couple weeks. Also added a case of TP to the stash.

That's what I've been up to. What did you do to prepare this week?

Friday, April 11, 2014

RE: 5.56 Duty Ammo

Prairie Patriot asked
"Do you consider green tip to be your stash for a SHTF scenario or do you look at it as quality training ammo?

I've been stashing away green tip for a while, but I also keep an eye out for Hornady TAP (usually the barrier blind variety) when there's a good deal on sale. I've heard Black Hills 50 grain TSX is a good round as well for barrier penetration.

I guess I've never been quite clear on how TAP/Black Hills barrier blind type loads would perform on something like Level III body armor. I'm pretty sure non-barrier blind like TAP FPD would not perform as well since it's designed to expand and fragment.

Or do you think it's not a huge enough difference to worry about between green tip vs. barrier blind commercial ammo when it comes down to slinging lead in a SHTF scenario firefight?"


Ryan here: I sort of touched on this awhile back with Reader Question: JHP Ammo for the Emergency Stash. Personally when it comes to centerfire rifles by and large ammo is ammo. Sure there are reliability and accuracy concerns but rifle rounds are so fast they are pretty effective with any reasonable load.

Specifically this ammo is for the ammo stash though if I wanted training ammo I'd have ordered the same stuff. Over time I'll probably train with other ammo purchased long ago till the stash is M855 or comparable ammo. Given the modest cost difference between it and cheaper XM193 or generic 55gr FMJ I don't see a reason not to train with what I'd fight with.

As to 'barrier blind' ammo I personally would have to see some pretty compelling evidence to justify the additional expense as well as potential POI/ Zero issues. 5.56 just isn't a great penetration of barriers any way you cut it. The answer is either to shoot more to punch a hole, get a better angle or pack a different gun, something .30 cal be it an AK or some sort of .308.

As to general ballistic effectiveness if yous hoot somebody with 5.56 in a spot that will kill them and they'll probably die. I say probably because no small arm is a true 100% sure thing. Folks have gotten shot (COL Charles Beckwith and somebody else specifically) with 14.5mm, AKA the red .50, in the chest and returned to active service.

To answer the armor question. Any centerfire rifle is going to penetrate soft body armor be it an AR, AK or Aunt May's .243 deer rifle. As to hard (Class III/ IV) body armor none of the stuff we've discussed is going to penetrate as it is rated to stop .308 and 30'06 M2AP ammo respectively.

I'm not passionately against TAP or any other type of comparable ammo but simply do not see the need. A more compelling argument can be made with 7.62x39 sheerly due to QA/ QC issues. I love me some Wolf but if I had to shoot the guy holding a knife to someones neck I'd rather be slinging TAP than risk Vladdy had a bit more Vodka than usual when he made that particular bullet.

I'm perfectly comfortable with M855 as my go to. Honestly if I was going to branch out from there it would be to something more like the Black Hills MK 262 Mod 0 but for my current situation I'm happy with what I have. 

Thoughts?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

RE: Ammo Now, Savage Hog Hunter in a bit or Visa Versa

I asked about this and you all chimed in. After digesting it all I decided to go with the ammo. After some consideration I decided to go with the excellent deal on M855 62 grain 5.56 ammo. The rifle isn't going anywhere and I can use the spare time to figure out how to set it up right, research my 7.62x51 options and make sure it's what I want to do. I think a Savage Hog Hunter set up with QD rings on a rail base set up to shoot a 150 grain soft point well and 147 grain surplus type FMJ acceptably would be a really versatile setup. Down the road when I have more cash I'll upgrade the scope to something like this SWFA SS 3x15 and keep the current one (a plane Jane 3x9 Leupold) as a backup. That's half the reason for the QD setup. That I could zero the current scope then at my affordability/ leisure upgrade and have an already zeroed back up appeals to me.

Hopefully in a month or so I'll be a proud owner of a new .308 rifle. In any case I'll have some more 5.56 ammo.That is a comforting feeling. Given that I'm paying a bit under 40 cents a round for quality 5.56 I think it is a heck of a deal. Something I really wanted during firearmagedon and now am purchasing.

To the fellow who asked about the amount of 5.56 currently on inventory. My semi coy answer is 'more than I probably need but less than I want'. Personally I'd like to have 3,000 rounds of ammo (a gun so 2 guns would be 6k, etc) per fighting rifle. Am not quite there. We could debate that number but it's what gives me a warm and fuzzy. This puts me significantly closer to that goal.

Anyway I'm going to be doing a bit better on 5.56 ammo which is good.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #14 by CarryAlert

Today I am proud to bring Entry #14 of our Fighting Load Contest by CarryAlert

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry.....

This setup has evolved from my BOB into a BOB/Fighting Hybrid.  My intended scenario is bugging out about 50 miles if the SHTF which might require reacting to contact either in my vehicle or on foot.  There are a few things I would change for a light infantry setup but I think they are all possible with what I have and would only take a few minutes of reconfiguration.  Finally, this is setup for my AR10 and only provides 7 mags but it's also compatible with an AR15 and that adds 3 mags on the chest for a total of 10 mags if that fits the situation better.

I wrestled with the "how do you wear a pack with a war belt" problem for quite a while until I saw the ALSPak system and decided to try to make something like it.  The concept is that your frame sheet or for my pack (CFP90) the aluminum stays connect to your war belt by resting in a pistol pouch.  This allows your pack to rest on your hips as it would with the waist belt but when you shrug out of the shoulder straps the pack just falls behind you.  Putting the pack on is easy, you just lean forward while reaching your hands back to guide the stays into the pouches.  So far I've had no issues but I keep the original waist belt in the pack just in case :)

Here is a detailed pic of how the aluminum stays fit onto the belt:



And Here's my fighting load:


First Line
Like most I'm trying to get it right cheap first and then upgrade as needed.
-Condor War Belt
-Leapers belt inside
-double pistol mag pouch
-2x2 308 mag pouch 
-2 x homemade pack connectors (kydex inserts in pistol pouches) 
-Roly Poly dump pouch in-between 
-Glock field knife (will likely change this as I don't like how low it hangs for vehicle use)
-Blade-Tech Light Bearing holster inside a blackhawk double mag pouch 
(ghetto but it works to keep pistol secure and makes it molle compatible)
-Glock 23 with TLR3 using Glock 22 mag with XGrip spacer
-E&E kit
-TQ 
-double pistol mag pouch with monocular and multitool

Second Line
This is my bullets and bandaids tier, I like the integrated pouches and the flexibility to use 2 types of mags.  I added the straps across the top of the mag pouches using the 5.11 rush tier straps because I don't like bungee straps.  I would prefer a full cover across the top but buckles seem like a decent compromise of speed, stealth and security.
-HSGI Weesatch 
-Level 4 Multi Hit Plates 
-Camelbak in rear plate pocket
-Admin Pocket with frog lube, compass, pur tabs, notepad, pen, clif bar, spare parts, small cleaning kit, etc
-L to R pouches - sidewinder light, mag, mag, mag, ATS med pouch Kenwood TH-F6A
-ATS med pouch - gloves, TQ, IBD, most of a TRG Ventilated Operator Kit (npa, cath, etc) 

Primary Weapon
I recently made the move to AR10 so this isn't even close to a finished state but I had to get it workable until I can afford a Vortex 2.5-10 and a Troy rail for it.  It's a very light gun (about 9lbs with the scope) but the ammo and mags keep me honest on my PT schedule. 
-Smith and Wesson M&P 10 
-Troy BUIS
-Burris XTR 1-4

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Ryan here: The ALICE/ pistol mag pouch thing is interesting. I just dropped my BB low enough so the ALICE rests on top. I'm curious about the contents of the E&E pouch. Otherwise no big comments, I like the setup.

Thoughts?





Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ammo Now, Savage Hog Hunter in a Bit or Visa Versa

So here is my debate. I was basically set on getting a case of PMC 62 grain M855 5.56 ammo. It's a good deal at $380 and is on sale for $370. Then I went to the gun store where I saw a Savage 111 Hog Hunter. Really like that gun. On a slightly unrelated note I really need to buy some ammo cans though that might come out of a different pot of cash. I could buy either the case of ammo or the gun (just the gun) right away with some cash left over.

1) Could probably buy the gun and equip it, since I have a scope already, but not really have anything for ammo. At this point I would need to choose to get ammo for the .308 or the case of 5.56 I've been wanting.

OR

2) I could get the case of 5.56 ammo, that I can really use, NOW and in a little bit get the .308. Shortly thereafter I'd snag some more ammo for it and go from there. 

The Savage is a cool gun and I want it a lot. However my head says the smart move is 2) the way to go. Finish off something I've been wanting then save a little bit of coin to get the new rifle. Better to have more ammo I can use and jump into the next gun ready to pursue that then have a gun with no ammo and a competing need elsewhere.

Thoughts?


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Precision Rifle Fondling and Questions

Went to a local shop for the first time today. It is hard to get there as they are open 8-5 M-F and 8-12 on Saturday, despite their sole customers being people who are probably busy then. This is in typical Louisiana fashion so I shouldn't be that suprised.

Got my hands on a Savage 111 Hog Hunter today. Daddy like, daddy like a lot. Great bolt, nice backup sights, a whole lot to like there, especially with a street price under $500. Got to run some numbers but I should be able to get one next week. Honestly I have the cash today, though not enough for rings and mounts, a sling or 500 rounds of surplus .308 ammo to go with it. Most of the reason I paused is that while it's on my list I'd like to sleep on the purchase. Have regretted not taking a nights sleep far more often than the opposite.

My plan is to slap on a basic Leupold 3x9 scope I already have with QD rings on pic/ weaver bases. That way down the road I can upgrade the scope and have a zeroed one for backup. Has anybody tried this approach with a rifle?

Also I'd love to find a precision load that shoots fairly similar to the standard 147gr surplus FMJ. Not opposed to loading my own at some point but am not there yet. Any ideas?

Also anybody own or have meaningful personal experiences with a Savage 111 Hog Hunter? If so I'd love to hear your thoughts?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Range Report 4 April

A rare and well deserved long weekend was upon us. I headed to the range about mid day. The day was wonderful for shooting. About 70 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze, enough to keep you a bit cooler but not so much as to mess with combat type shooting. With me went the trusty Glock 19 and a couple boxes of 115 grain Wolf 9mm ammo.

I was very pleased to see the range had a nice variety of steel targets. I love shooting steel. The immediate feedback is excellent. There was a row of the small knock down ones and a stand up about the size of a person's vitals at about 15 meters as well as a fat man sized one at 75m. Big fun was had.

I'll admit it has been too long since I went pistol shooting but the day went really well. Must have been in the zone I guess. After a quick warm up I practiced shooting single handed both strong and weak side. Then worked on knocking down the steel pop up's as fast as possible. Good for finding that sweet spot between acceptable accuracy and speed, plus it was just fun.

The way that pistol is set up (Ameriglow I dot sights,  3 pound trigger connector, steel guide rod) is just excellent. I am firmly convinced it is going to become a standard set for every Glock I end up with.

The sights took awhile for me to get used to. Initially I didn't like them being used to the more conventional 3 dot sites. That being said once I got used to these they are an excellent compromise between being fast to identify and precise enough for distance work. Went 8/10 on steel at 75 meters with em which for an admittedly average pistolero is nothing to sneer at. [For the sake of truth I will admit that was one run today not an all day average at that range.] The trigger connector swap out really takes out the initial slack in the Glock trigger making for a consistent and crisp trigger pull. The guide rod while not absolutely necessary on a 9mm cuts down on perceived recoil and muzzle flip.

As is often the case shooting these days the ammo was out far before the fun was over. In any case some skills dusted off and practiced. Also recoil therapy is just fun.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #13 by KJ

 Today I am proud to bring Entry #13 of our Fighting Load Contest by KJ 

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry

My entry for TSLR's contest.
I've taken a page out of Mosby's book in that my gear is a tiered setup centered on my EDC. Rarely can you predict the fight, otherwise I'd stay home. But since that's not possible atleast this way I'm always left with something.
  With me everyday is my M&P9c w/ a 17rnd reload carried in a kydex appendix rig, Kershaw skyline,quark 123 , purrifacation tabs ,swat T and combat gauze and a lighter. 

Permitting I'm lucky enough to get my truck my mule sits fill with a 1ltr bladder, another reload, full blow out kit, boo boo kit ,some food ,filter straw,headlamp,chem lights,multi tool ,socks,hat and some cord.

 Plan is to get where I'm going as fast as I can.
I guess it's more of a GHB that's minimalist,light and will sustain me long enough to get home to the Fam and the rest of the gear.

 The bag is a camelbak BFM loaded with the usual suspects , Food,ammo ,shelter, more water a handy talk ham radio (more for eavesdropping than anything else, I'm going for my technician license.

    Spike Tactical AR w/ eotech 512 , another cat-T ,inforce WML.
Banshee PC w/ lvl3 , tactical tailor mini mav , HSGI bleeder,surefire G2, 1 pistol mag.
Emdom belt  the holster works with my 9c or the full size.
Let me know if you need any more info and feel free to change whatever you need to.
Thanks, KJ

Ryan here: As always thanks for playing. I like this setup a lot. Honestly it's quite close to what I have, particularly the bags. Thoughts?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What Have You Done Lately To Prepare?

In recent weeks this has fallen off so I want to play catch up. Lost some weight which was good. My fitness level has dropped due to field time but it'll come back. Goes to show as a reminder that you lose weight at the table and get fit on the track/ at the gym. I'm trying to focus on a good consistent diet to lose another 10 pounds.

Going to try to implement record keeping for running from here forward. Did 3 miles this morning. A half mile out, a 1m(ile), .75m, .5m, .25m 'sprint' workout then a half mile back.

Was supposed to take a sweet pistol class awhile back but unfortunately work crapped all over that dream. It's not like I talked to my boss 4 months out before booking or anything, oh wait a second I did. Was really depressed about it for a few days but what can ya do. On the plus side I've still got the case of 9mm ammo set aside for whenever I do make it to one. The guy was cool about the whole thing and even though it was just a week out he gave me a full refund. Since it won't work to try anything again for awhile I'll probably put the refund into a case of 62 grain M855 5.56 ammo.

Also on the plus side I ordered a new pocket knife, an Al Mar Eagle HD. My concept of use is for a light EDC blade to do basic tasks and I suppose if needed go all Singer Sewing Machine on somebody. A light, thin knife with a full 4" blade seems like it'll fit the niche well.

Picked up a couple extra stainless steel water bottles recently. Got tired of moving em around. Now I have one to carry, one in my assault pack/ bail out bag/ get home bag, and one in each of our BOB's. Kind of along these lines I have finally unified my military and personal survival level 2.5 systems into one. The full on level 3 entertainment system is a bit more complicated due to different needs and work mandated color schemes. Anyway it's a good exercise to work through.

So that is what I have been up to in terms of preparedness lately. What have you been up to?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #12 by High Desert Livin

 Today I am proud to bring Entry #11 of our Fighting Load Contest by High Desert Livin

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry

Wolverines!!........Attack! Ok so what I'm posting is my joe sixpack, low budget partisan loadout. You know, the one the Japanese imperial feared behind every blade of grass. I'll start out w/ the long gun. Submitted for your approval a sears & roebuck (Husqvuarna) bolt action. Chambered in the readily available, kill anything 30 06. Acquired for 200.00. This models sports a 4x optic, holds 4 in the magazine, 1 in the pipe. Backup irons are in full effect.

    Ammo for the husky is carried in old Australian canvas 7.62 battle packs. Each compartment will hold ten rds, however I keep 5. Reload, don't worry about snapping  closed. That's 50 rds in bandoleers, and 40 in the alice.

    Next the super reliable (and super heavy) , Ruger P85 w/ three 15 rd. mags . This was picked up w/a 250.00 value trade. It rides in a surplus (Bianchi?) flap holster. Riding opposite, is the pre K-bar WWII RH PAL 36, in a homemade sheath my wife made. A sweet garage sale score, at 20.00.

Edited to include- There is also a first aid kit in here somewhere.

   Riding in my Vietnam era alice (10 bucks) is the usual survival/bugout gear. Including: spare socks/undies, wool watch cap, boonie cap, Omnivore (runs on AA, AAA,&cr123) flashlight, pelican headlamp, 2 bics,ferocerium rod/vasellballs, spare specs,  gorilla tape 1", container Vaseline, water purification pills x2, LG bandana, P-cord, AA batteries, compact puffy jacket/stuff sack, surplus wool pants, tack gloves, survival bivy, diamond sharpener, super leatherman gen 1, spyderco native, 2 contractor bags/ranger bands, altoid can mini survival,  1 Qt stainless nested in stainless pot, a pair leupold 10X compact (50.00 0n sale) Binos, camelback bladder in alice, and various freeze dried meals & bars. Of course realtree cammo will be in full effect. As always, thanks for the read ryan.  -HDL
 Ryan here: First of all a big thanks to High Desert Livin for posting. I may or may not have halfway twisted his arm to participate but I digress. Anyway there is a lot to like here. First this is definitely a Joe Sixpack type budget setup yet perfectly functional. HDL got the guns for $450 but he bought deals. $500-550 is probably more realistic unless you can be pretty patient. Still that price for both a rifle and pistol is very doable for all but the poorest folks. The other stuff could quickly be pieced together  an item or two per payday without breaking the bank. Heck most fairly well prepared people could slap together a setup like this out of spare stuff lying around. That brings us to our next point. If there are guns you have, even emergency/ tertiary type back ups that you reasonably might fight with you really should have the gear to carry the necessary stuff. Worst case Cousin Joe or the guy you swap it to will be thankful and the cost is pretty low.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Explanation

So here is how things went. The latter part of last month I was traveling for work. Not a huge deal, I scheduled some posts. It's a fairly regular thing. There was a fairly short turn around time before I went off to the woods for awhile. Not a huge deal still. It happens and worst case I keep some posts stashed for emergencies.


Then my computer died during the first trip. To further compound matters believe it or not computer repair in central Louisiana isn't a speedy business. So I had to crank out about a month's worth of posts in a few days on my kindle, which as you can tell I'm not much of a typist on. That's why you ended up with almost month of sub par posts. Sorry.


The point of having a second more handy blogging machine is not lost on me. A backup PC would be handy. Then again a basic laptop is going to run me almost as much as a case of that new brass Wolf .223 ammo and this is the first time events have come together in a way that just one computer has been an issue. I'll put aside some money and eventually get a backup but it's not an urgent thing.


Sorry about the Baby Glocks and Revolvers post not working. It's fixed now.


Anyway that is what's been going on.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Project 870 is Complete!!!

Initially I planned to just do the gloss clear coat over the newly cut wood. So I covered up the rest and of course the metal parts that would inevitably get some over spray.

Then I decided what the heck, might as well do the whole thing. Maybe bring some new shine to that tired old wood.

 After spraying down the forend I went ahead and did the stock as well.
Project 870 reassembled and complete. It's loaded with 6 rounds of buckshot. Additionally there are 7 more rounds of buckshot on the sidesaddle and 7 slugs on the butt. There is a lot of hearty debate about types of buckshot. Honestly any load of 2 3/4in BUCKSHOT is just fine. Some folks will argue for bird shot as a self defense load but they are either using overly narrow almost canned scenarios or are fools. Sure birdshot will work at 2 feet but so will a machete. The point of firearms is to be able to send projectiles at people some distance from us in order to harm them before they could go all stabby with a knife or whatever.

00 buck is the gold standard of penetration but it doesn't have as many pellets as some might like. #4 buck has plenty of pellets but might not consistently penetrate enough. #1 buck is probably the best overall option. Honestly in my mind any of those options are perfectly valid. In particular I think Federal's new Flight Control Buckshot shows a lot of promise really pushing the scatter gun's realistic range out another 10 yards or so into the 40 meter range. When funds are available I will get some of that stuff, ideally the #1 if I can find it. 

Got fighting shotgun?




Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #11 by Ragamuffin

Today I am proud to bring Entry #11 of our Fighting Load Contest by Ragamuffin

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is going to run from today 16 December to  around 1 March. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. 

Pen name,
"Ragamuffin for Liberty"
-START-
Here is what I have set up thus far, as I do more tests and PE with it I will adjust as needed.
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Battle Belt
0. HSGI Battle Belt, inner Condor duty belt.
1. Pouch with Ontario XM-1 folding knife.
2. HSGI Double Taco (x2 mags)
3. Condor double mag stacker (x4 mags)
4. GGG (Grey Ghost Gear) Dump pouch.
5. Fox tactical GI 1qt Canteen pouch
6. GGG Slim medical pouch (attached are CAT and EMT shears)
7. GGG 5x8 Utility Pouch.
8. Pouch w/Surefire E2DL
9. Pouch with pistol mag (16rd)
10. Gerber pouch with Effect AR Muli-tool
11. Cheap Drop leg holster w/mag pouch (.40cal XDM not shown)

PC
12. GGG Minimalist plate carrier with GGG 2L hydration pack. Level III AR500 Plates with spall coating.
13. Condor double stacker used as a radio pouch (HAM Yaesu FT60)
14. Gerber LMF2 fixed blade.
15. Pro-tec "Bravo" bump helmet

Ruck pictured is a surplus medium ALICE pack (with a couple of mag pouches that I threw on). Gloves are a cheap $4 fingerless pair from Wal-mart, they work!

Battle Belt Discussion
There is definitely a Max Velocity influence here. Large pouches are situated back to enable prone position; including room to tuck my right leg up, slightly rolling my diaphragm up to the left. Currently overall weight is just over 17lbs (with x6 mags, 1 quart of H2O, rations, etc..) I haven't decided if I want/need a harness; further hiking/running will dictate. On my left hip I wanted quick mag access but also but also secure retention of mags. Thus the combo of 1 HSGI pouch with condor's kangaroo pouch for the rest.  I put the dump pouch where it's at on the mag pouch because for me it would be too far back otherwise, and it saves belt real-estate. It's still decently low profile for my purposes.
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On my right hip it's a bit more crowded, but it balances the weight. The utility pouch is more like a mini survival kit including cliff bars, trail mix, blastmatch, froglube/solvent, bore snake, lifestraw etc. I love the GGG IFAK pouch, it only takes up 2 rows of molle; mine is packed with the usual IFAK items (Israeli battle dressing, tourniquet, etc). I took MV's advice in having at least 1 canteen on your BB, the extra pockets holds my compass, purification tablets and anything that didn't fit in my IFAK. After several 2 mile hikes/runs I kept my handgun in a dropleg holster, out of the way, but there if I need it. Total of two 16rd handgun mags.
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I have the GGG minimalist PC since I chose to only have front/back protection (if worn at all) and still maintain mobility (I like to run). And since I"m on a civilian budget for a worse case scenario, I have the heavy 7.5lb AR500Armor plates (Black Friday deals are irresistible).   Radio is optional at this point, can be switched out for mags in a crisis (pouch was on sale, cheaper than buying dedicated HHR pouch). I also have a stand alone Camelback that I can wear instead of the PC to reduce weight and still maintain water capacity. With 2L of water the PC weighs about 24.4lbs.
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The Protec helmet is lightweight, offers some non-ballistic protection.
The ALICE pack is currently around 22-23lbs. I won't list all the items or go into details. But it includes Mountainhouse, Emberlit stove, GI bivy cover/light sleeping bag, extra ammo, batteries, spare clothing items, and a few sandbags tossed in. Soon it will also have a homemade thermal image shield tarp.
Not pictured is a AR platform with a Aimpoint PRO red dot and a Springfield .40 cal XDM.
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Ryan here. I really like this setup which could be because it is very similar to my own. He's also got a few nice accessories I'd like to get to complete my setup.  There are two things I would change. The first is moving the fixed blade knife to the battle belt. I see the knife as part of your survival type load out so even if you aren't wearing the PC it should be present. Really if everything goes to hell you want some ammo and gear to live awhile for which the knife is of vital importance. That would also let you eliminate the folding knife on the belt dropping weight a tiny bit. The second thing would be to upgrade the holster. Otherwise it is an excellent setup.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fighting Load Contest #9 Archer Garrett

Today I am proud to bring Entry #9 of our Fighting Load Contest by Archer Garrett

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is going to run from today 16 December to  around 1 March. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes.

Goal:
Build a setup for home/property defense.  Able to be supplemented by a ruck for longer excursions, but capable of minimal sustainment in the event of an emergency E&E. 
Design Parameters:
Value
Minimal Movement Restriction
Simple & Lightweight
Able to be Worn Over Armor
Able to be Concealed Under a Loose Jacket (Large Carhartt)
Compatible With a Vehicle/Sitting
Compatible With a Pack

Value:
A FLC II vest was chosen because it is ridiculously cheap (~$10).  Since the carrier is usually the most expensive component, value is achieved.

Minimal Movement Restriction:
Though it rides higher than a belt-based system, I'm still able to get low if need be.  It also rides high enough to wear a pistol on my belt if so desired. 

Simple & Lightweight:
Note - there are no pistol mags on this setup.  This was a conscious decision to reduce weight and bulk.  It's not necessarily a given that I'll even have a service pistol on me.  Perhaps I will, but I won't have spare mags.  At the least, I'll probably have a .380 in my pocket.  If my main weapon goes down, I don't plan on continuing a rifle fight with a handgun, though.  I realize this might be controversial to some.

Able to be Worn Over Armor:
On the back of the FLC I threaded a strap through the belt portion and added a side-release buckle.  You can see it in the pic behind the First-Aid Kit.  Without armor, the vest fits snug and doesn't have any play.  If I wear armor underneath, however, I can't zip the vest without adjusting the straps (a pain).  In that case, I fasten the front chest and waist buckles and connect the rear buckle to my belt.  This keeps the vest firmly in position.

Able to be Concealed Under a Loose Jacket (Large Carhartt):
What the heck are you talking about, Archer??  Well, let me explain:
In a post-disaster, semi-WROL scenario, looking like a threat to the authorities is going to attract attention - so don't.  Also, I may prefer not look all G'd up while walking my property lines. 

None of my pouches are placed so high or protrude so far out that I can't throw on my Carhartt and just look like a dude that needs to lose 30 pounds.  Seriously, I could wear this system under a coat a walk down a busy street with my hands in my pocket and no one would even notice me.  Replace the rifle mags with pistol mags and you would have a pretty robust system that could be discreetly worn while executing an urban E&E from your top-floor office to the parking garage 6 blocks away. 

Compatible With a Vehicle/Sitting:
First-Aid Kit looks low, but it does not impede sitting.  Again, the FLC rides high, so their is no discomfort with it in a vehicle or in any other position.
Miscellaneous:
Zip ties (for use as restraints) are something I'm surprised I haven't seen in more kits.  These are the fat boys - you're not getting out of 'em.  One is already started, ready to be tightened down.

Like Max, I like the canteen pouch for miscellaneous/admin duties.  Plenty of room in it for add'l items. 

Not Shown:  prep pads for the first aid kit. 




Shameless plug:  Pick up my book, The Western Front, it's FREE here and on Amazon.  

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Ryan here. I like a lot about this setup. That it is something most folks can afford to own and own duplicates of is pretty nice. Archer and I talked about it a bit. This type rig could be a pretty multi purpose setup. This is significant as you can reasonably have a couple spares lying around which is harder to do with a $80 belt covered in $50 pouches. Example: You are going out into the woods. Have your gear, a few BXP 25's for your Ruger 10/22, a good knife, etc. Use this instead of a daypack. These are pretty comfortable and you are more likely to have it ON YOUR BODY than a pack that inevitable gets taken off whenever you stop. As to improves I would move the first aid kit up onto the vest proper. Archer and I talked about this some and he is going to give it a shot.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Reader Questions- Pulse on the Army

Riverrider asks "What was that silly survey we had to fill out....command environment or something? was wondering what changes you are seeing in your .mil environment/attitude. when i left morale was falling fast and good troops were bugging out to the civ market. what's the attitude toward the regime in your unit? that kind of thing, if you feel okay talking about it. otherwise, charlie mike."
This is a tough one as it invariably requires sweeping generalizations. 
Morale
-Many, if not most soldiers tend to be conservative. They feel the same frustrations with our current administration that other conservatives feel but it is amplified since their lives and livelihoods are far more directly affected by said administration.
-Aside from the R vs D vs everyone discussion many soldiers are very worried about the national debt. Hearing a 20 year old kid passionately say we have to stop borrowing money isn't something that happened a couple years back.
-The polar swing from 'can't get enough people' to significant reductions in force have a lot of folks really worried. The concern that any mistake or failure will mean the end of a career is permiating through our force. This trickles down from the E6 who is worried about not making the next rocker in a highly competitive enviornment to the E4 who has to make E5 to be able to reenlist. A competitive but collaborative enviornment is quickly becoming 'hang everybody out to dry so they can't potentially do something that could make you look bad'.
-Some older guys who lived through the Clinton are getting out before they otherwise might. One guy said he wasn't going to be the one who kicked all those folks out.
-We are transitioning from a wartime force to a garrison force which entails a lot of silliness. Some deployment dodging air thief types like that as it means their crisply folded hat matters more than their actual abilities. Other folks can't stand the stupidity of it.
-If the pension system is changed radically expect a lot of mid career officers and NCO's to get out. To make matters worse that flight will include many of the best and brightest.
-Gays being allowed to openly serve has been a seemless non event. Other than seeing a young lesbian couple at the PX once if I hadn't read about it I would not have noticed the change at all. 
[Note that I'm an Officer on active duty in the Army and have deployed multiple times, during which I have served with gay's. It is coming from this perspective that I don't really care about the opinions of your cousins brothers uncles friend who is a Marine's opinion, opinions of folks who have never served or those of any political commentator types. For those who've been out of service for 30 years I respect your input on that experience but am skeptical on how much it carries over to today.
Afghanistan
-Anybody who has read a little bit of history knows our goals, which honestly I cannot clearly define, are probably optomistic.
-Some new folks who've never deployed really want to go before Afghanistan winds down. This is understandable, I'm sure guys who joined the Army in 1945 felt the same way.
-Veterans (of war's not dudes who hung out on a boat or in Germany/ CONUS for a tour) are universally ambivalent about the prospect of deploying there at all or again. The fundamental issues with Afghanistan are abundantly clear to all who've been there.
-Nobody wants to be Afghanistan's equivalent of a getting killed in Nam in 1972.
Retention
-I think this reduction in force and decrease in funding (with readiness corresponding) will go a lot like the last one. The measures put in place will work at projected numbers while the economy sucks. However when the economy gets better the lack of training/ readiness/ cutthroat mentality/ low morale will lead to a flood of folks out of the force. 
As to a question Riverrider didn't ask that is inevitable here. No I do not see US military forces being used against civilians. Honestly for a variety of reasons I do not see that happening. Folks would be well advised to stop worrying about soldiers and pay a lot more attention to their local PD/ sheriff's who just got an MRAP and a bunch of M4's.

Hope that answers the questions.
Well that's about all I can think of.

Figured I'd mention that PMC 5.56 of the 62 grain M855 variety is running $410 at Lucky Gunner. I'd say that is a solid buy. Honestly I don't see it getting much cheaper and anyway the mid cycle elections might stir up anti gun junk. Going to look at the budget and see if I can get it done myself.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fighting Load Entry #8 by Mike P

 Today I am proud to bring Entry #8 of our Fighting Load Contest by Mike P

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is going to run from today 16 December to  around 1 March. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes.

So, here is my current fighting load, minus my OSOE AK chest rig which is out on loan to a friend who is attending a few classes over the winter. Wont be back until well after this contest closes.

Kit is as follow's:

Rifle Dynamics AK-47 AMD-65 with Fuller Rear Sight Mod, Primary Arms Micro Dot, Surefire G2X Light (other side of rifle, sorry),  AMD-65-Tech cheek riser, OSOE 2 point bungee sling w/ quick release.

13 Yugo BHO AK-47 magazines. Usually carried as 1 in rifle, 8 mags in chest rig & 4 mags in Voodoo mag carrier on assault pack belt.

GLOCK 19C, Crossbreed Supertuck deluxe, four 15 round GLOCK mags (one in gun, one in a kydex pocket carry edc sheath, two in Blackhawk double mag carrier on assault pack belt).

Streamlight Stylus Pro, pocket carry.

Smith & Wesson folder, pocket carry.

Mora Knife.

Maxpedition Vulture 2 assault pack, Maxpedition tool case w/ weapons cleaning kit/spare parts, Maxpedition admin pouch (center belt), Maxpedition radio holder with Baofeng UV5R (1 of 8 in our group), Blackhawk double mag carrier, Voodoo 4x AK mag carrier, el-cheapo IFAK with Blow Out Kit & boo-kit (usually carried in chest rig). Strei-Pen/Water bladder. 

Contents of bag can be added need be...

Hope this makes the cut!

Yours in Liberty,
Mike P

"For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it."
-Patrick Henry

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Ryan here and as always a big thanks to Mike for the entry. I've got to say I really like this setup! A very well set up fighting rifle in the form of an excellent AK is a great start. This rifle dynamics AK probably cost some coin but a common man prices WASR or PAP could be set up basically the same way. 
While I lean slightly towards the AR platform due to thousands of hours of use and it's large logistical trail (not sure if that's the right way to say it but so many people and groups use AR's thus parts, mags, ammo are out there in huge numbers.) but the AK has some real advantages. First of all 7.62x39 ammo is currently running $219 for1,000 rounds. That means it is more cost effective to stock it and TRAIN with your rifle. Also while it is admittedly a race to the bottom I would lean towards an AK over an AR in terms of sheer ruggedness. Say what you want about them but the darn things rarely break.

Can't every argue with a Glock 19 except that it's boring, as in boringly accurate,  boringly reliable and used by so many different types of serious hard use folks that reading that list would be boring too.

The only thing I could really add would be some chow. Honestly that might well be in the assault pack and just not listed. In any case a $3 box of granola bars and an MRE or a 2nd box of bars would fix that.

Edited to include: After an email conversation with Mike he has 3 days worth of chow in the assault pack. Most excellent. End edit. 

Note I have a few more entries stacked up ready to go. Due to some complications in the last contest I leave them marked as unread in my in box until I'm ready to post them. You won't hear from me until I get around to putting your entry up on the blog.
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