I have been carrying my Leatherman around since 1995. I bought it at a shop in Camp Casey, South Korea. I have put it through all sorts of stress and it keeps on working. I recently purchased a much newer model. The Leatherman Wave in black. Most of the product line is in silver but I like to be different so black was an ideal choice for me.
My old Leatherman was/is great but if you’ve ever used an old mutli tool with the hollow grips thne you know they bite into your hands when using the pliers. That was one of the reasons I purchased the new one, that and I like shiny new things. I replaced my current Leatherman with the Wave and demoted my old one to a Go (GOOD) Bag. This multitool and the Led Lenser v2 flashlight from a previous post are constantly on my person, backpack or brief case depending on the situation.
I came across the Accusharp: Knife and Tool Sharpener at a local store a couple of months ago. The cashier at the store said that it’s the best knife sharpener he has ever come across. I took his opinion with a grain of salt and paid for my purchase. I took the sharpener home at tested it on a kitchen knife. It worked very well and then I put it in my kitchen drawer and forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago.
Since I just rediscovered the sharpener I wanted to try it out on a few of my older knives. I bought a KA-BAR knife and a Cold Steel push dagger about 17 years ago. Both of these knives have been with me through the military and all the years since. The knife sharpener worked really well on both of the knives and I was really happy with the outcome. The knife sharpener is not perfect. It got my knives pretty sharp but they weren’t razor sharp. I would take the knives to a wet stone to make them extraordinarily sharp. Considering the sharpener was under $12 I think it’s a good purchase if your considering an easy to use knife sharpener for the house. Here are some pics below.
The title says it all. Here is an article on WikiHow.com that goes through clearing a building step by step. How to Clear a Building with a Firearm.
Woosh. That’s the sound of your rights being flushed down the toilet. I wonder how the Supreme Court justices would like their door kicked down by accident, scared half to death and then handcuffed and have all their shit gone through by the cops while the cops stand around making small talk. I bet you a million dollars that they would try to have the cops fired as soon as they got uncuffed
Since you and I are just regular folk without friends in high places we will have to see how this carries out. In the mean time read this article from the Seattle Times.
I picked up an Elzetta Tactical Flashlight Mount for my Mossberg 590 last week since I heard great things about the company. The mount is very solid and holds my flashlight in a death grip. There is no way that the flashlight is going to come off the gun short of taking a hammer to it. I also added a Mossberg Speed Feed stock and a Tac Star Side Saddle to the gun. I wanted to get everything ready for a tactical shotgun course I’m taking in three weeks. I’ll have more about the training and the gear that I brought to it after the course is completed. In the mean time here are a bunch of pics of the gun and the accessories. As a side note I greased all the internal parts with white lithium grease and the gun action is as smooth as silk.
An awesome buddy of mind came across the website of Stephen Ricciardelli. Stephen has gone to the trouble of putting up almost every manual that I could ever want for any of my guns, rifles, shotguns, etc… as PDF’s. Stephen makes it a point to mention that you shouldn’t download all of the manuals to conserve his bandwidth, which is expensive. I think this collection is an invaluable resource and should be used as needed. I downloaded a Heckler and Koch G3 Armorers Manual for my PTR-91. I uploaded the PDF to my site just in case anyone wants to grab a copy.
I just came back from a long weekend. I ran across the Brownells AR-15 Builder website a couple of days ago before I left. It’s pretty cool because you can put together an AR from different parts that they stock in their store. I put together a quick AR for fun. See the pic below.
Last night, thanks to my friends, I tried to shoot a S&W .357 Magnum 2 inch barrel, scandium frame 5 shot revolver… It is a great light gun, fun to shoot, and an excellent choice for a backup or a primary firearm while hiking/biking/camping.
Upsides: it’s small, light, and the organic shape makes it concealable. The double action trigger is heavy enough that you are very unlikely to ND it. As a revolver, you can shoot it from inside a coat and not get a FTF.
Downsides: Trying to shoot anything more than a few yards away with it sucks. The double action trigger is heavy enough that you are likely to break a wrist shooting it (kidding, but seriously… loooong heavy DA). Only has 5 rounds. Revolver, so when your five rounds are spent, it’s likely you’re done. During rapid fire, it’s pretty easy to short stroke and get a light primer strike.
As we were told later by an experienced sales guy a .357 Magnum round has a good stopping power even for a decent size black bear… something to think about! Here is a 5 shot group from a distance at about 10 feet:
A buddy of mine asked what kind of equipment I brought to the defensive rifle course that I took a month ago. Here is a list of the gear I brought.
The rifle was a Stag Arms Model 2 with an EOTech 556.65 sight, a Midwest Industries AR-15 MCTAR-30HD sling adapter, a Specter Gear Viper Sling II, a MagPul Angled Forend Grip, a LED Lenser V2 Flashlight, a Safariland Rapid Light System and a pair of UTG AR-15 Handguard Picatinny Rails to mount the grip and flashlight on.
My ammo carrier was a Specter Gear M-1 Mk-2 Chest Carrier with a Bianchi Double AR15 Pouch clipped on the left side.
Seven Pre-Ban magazines. I should have brought more so I could have saved some time on reloading.
A generic range bag with 500 rounds of 5.56, a can of oil (very important), extra AA batteries, rifle cleaning kit, pocket knife, a set of screw drivers, files, allen keys, small hand towel, Purel hand sanitizer, two sandwiches, snacks, three bottles of water and a red bull. I also brought a Individual First Aid Kit aka IFAK that was clipped to the outside of my bag and a set of Columbia Water Proof Pants and Columbia Water Proof Jacket. These two items are great because they go over your regular clothes. I bought the appropriate sized pants so they were not baggy and I could stay maneuverable. I made sure to buy a larger size jacket so I can put it over my winter jacket if necessary. Last but not least a pair of Blackhawk Waterproof Tactical Boots.
I made sure to have my rifles EOTech 556 sight and my backup iron sights sighted in at 25 meters before going to the class. I also put about 300 rounds through the rifle in the two weeks before the course to make sure it was performing properly. Here is a pic of the rifle and my target that I used to sight in the EOTech 556. I included links to the targets so you can download them and print them out for your own use.
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Tagged 25 meter zeroing target, Bianchi Double AR15 Pouch, Blackhawk Waterproof Tactical Boots, Carbine Training Course, Columbia Water Proof Jacket, Columbia Water Proof Pants, Defensive Rifle, EOTech 556, LED Lenser V2 Flashlight, MagPul Angled Forend Grip, MCTAR-30HD, Safariland Rapid Light System, Specter Gear Chest Carrier, Specter Gear Viper Sling II, Stag Arms Model 2, UTG AR-15 Handguard Picatinny Rails