I’ve been having a great time in London and have felt pretty safe. I started wondering how the crime rate is compared to the US. I ran across a few articles that stated the UK has more violent crime than the US and I was pretty shocked. Here are some stats from the article.
The article is posted here. I will get back to more relative posts when I get back.
I’ve been in London for four days now and all is well. I had my heart in the right place and intended to write survival / gear review posts while I’m here but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I hope everyone is doing well. I’ll get back into the swing of things when I get back.
I hate traveling. As I get older I come to realize how precious life is and that putting myself on an airplane that is filled with fuel and weighs tons is not a safe way to get around. I think the biggest issue I have is trusting other people to do a good job and get me and everyone else to and fro in one piece.
One positive thing about packing for a trip is it’s good practice for bugging out. You have to bring everything that you will need for a week or more and cover all of your bases. One thing that pops into my mind is that I never know if I’m going to come back. What if there is a disaster and I’m stuck overseas for months or the rest of my life. Should I pack more things that I would need to rebuild my life? I start getting into a tizzy and start to over think the trip and the packing takes on a life of it’s own. I make sure to bring a small first aid kit that will cover all of the basics including a field dental kit in case I get a toothache. I had an issue with my teeth while in Japan one time and I almost cried myself to sleep every night for a week. It was awful but I learned my lesson. I also bring a sewing kit, a utility knife and a flashlight plus the most important tool that anyone can have, a laptop.
My laptop is my connection to the world and will allow me to access my money, contact family, get information and entertain myself. It’s one of the most versatile tools one can have. My taxi is coming for me in an hour and a half and I still need to eat dinner so I’m going to cut this one short. I’ll be putting up posts during my vacation and I hope to be back in one piece soon. Enjoy your weekend everyone.
I went to the range today with several friends and we had a great time. The weather was beautiful and everything was perfect. We started off at the pistol section of the range and spent way too much time there while neglecting our rifles. I meant to do a proper report on all the guns we brought to the range but I believe I over reached this time around. In the near future I will give you reports on several pistols and shotguns but a detailed report on the rifles will have to wait until we go another day.
Kel Tec SU-16CA
In the mean time I managed to quickly site in my EO Tech 555.A65 holographic site on a Kel Tec SU-16CA rifle. We started shooting the rifles one hour before the range closed so we were in a bit of a rush. I sighted in the EO Tech 555 in a few minutes using 20 rounds. I normally would have spent about a half hour using a proper rest and a lot more rounds. Keep this in mind when you see the pictures of the targets below.
Bench 50 Yards
Standing 50 Yards
Bench 100 Yards
Standing 100 Yards
I was firing PMC X-TAC 5.56 M855 62 Grain Full Metal Jacket with Steel Core ammunition in rapid fire with a second or less in between trigger pulls. The Kel Tec SU-16CA rifle had a short crisp trigger pull and only experienced two malfunctions in 200 + rounds. I was very surprised with the EO Tech sight while standing at 100 yards. It’s quite the distance and I was expecting to miss the target entirely. I had a great time shooting the rifle and would like to do a more detailed review in the future. One complaint by two of my freinds at the range was that the EO Tech site was pixelated. It is true that the site is pixelated but it didn’t bother me at all. I found that if you concentrated what you were firing at and stayed aware of your surroundings that it just all melted together. I personally love the site and would recommend it highly.
I just purchased an EO Tech 555.A65 holographic site. I’ve wanted a high quality reflex site for a while now. I’ve owned cheap knock off’s of red dots before and even had friends with name brand red dots let me use them to compare. I was never really that impressed. The red dots had all the limitations of a scope but without the benefits of magnification. I also hate not being aware of my surroundings. I get all flustered and uncomfortable if there is a chance being caught unawares. After doing a lot of research I came to the conclusion that the EO Tech 555.A65 holographic site is the one for me. The 555 model has A.R.M.S. quick release levers that make the site extraordinarily easy to take on and off and also uses standard AA batteries. Here are some pictures of the device below.
I purchased the EO Tech from Optics Planet Inc. They had a special running which gave me 10% percent off the top plus a $50 mail in rebate from EO Tech. The EO Tech 555 came in a mini lockable case with custom cut out foam insert and room for two sets of batteries. The unit came with two sets of lithium AA’s and a protective foam cover. The first thing I did was make sure the site worked. I had a hard time finding information regarding the orientation of the batteries which I attribute to excitement and impatience. The orientation is etched on the bottom of the battery case. It was pretty obvious once I found it.
Turning on the site is very easy and the default brightness is perfect for outdoors. The default brightness was too high for indoor use and had a bloom around the reticle. Once I turned down the brightness the site was perfect. I did not mount the site on any firearm as I wanted to document the whole process on Wednesday. The quality of the site is apparent once you open the box. The finish on the site was meticulous and the EO Tech 555 did not have one scratch or blemish on it. I wouldn’t expect anything less by a manufacturer that supplies sites to the US Military and Police Forces around the United States.
So far the only negative is the price. It’s pretty damned expensive. Even with the rebate which I just sent in plus the 10% off from Optics Planet Inc. the device is about a week’s pay.
I’m going to test out the site on Wednesday and give you a full report on sighting it in, using the site while standing and shooting at 100 yards and random opinions of friends that will also be at the range.