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  DIY pocket mag pouch challenge
Posted by: David - 04-13-2018, 09:54 PM - Forum: DIY - Replies (6)

Reading the USCCA magazine today and saw an ad for this product:

Ammo Armor

That led me to a DIY video:

So this got me thinking of what I might have handy at the house, or easily obtained inexpensively that would make a good pocket mag holder/pouch.  Someone (don't remember who) suggested something like an eye glass pouch cut down to fit whatever magazine is being used.  So I'm on a quest to find something handy that would work well for my LCP magazine for pocket carry.  And maybe a LC9 and G43 magazine.  

Thoughts and ideas welcome.

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  Instructor pricing
Posted by: mac66 - 04-11-2018, 08:45 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (5)

I don't know if any of you are firearms instructors but many gun manufacturers have instructor discounts for NRA, Appleseed, 4 H, Boy Scout,  and state certified instructors including Hunter Safety.   

Frankly,  most of the discounts are minimal and often times you can find the firearms they discount on sale cheaper at PSA or Buds etc,. Occasionally you can buy their guns cheaper through the Instructor program. 

 A case in point is the Ruger EC9s. The EC9s is the budget version of the LC9s. It is striker fired, has a different finish and has sights machined into the slide. I've been looking at replacing my LC9 with the striker fired version and have been looking at the prices since the EC9s has come out.  So far the Instructor price on that gun is significantly cheaper than I can find anywhere online.  

If you qualify you might want to take a look at instructor pricing.  I can send you PDF for Ruger and a few others though like I said, most discounts aren't worth the trouble and of course you still have to have the firearm sent to an FFL and pay the transfer fees.

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  Local storage facilities
Posted by: bmyers - 04-09-2018, 07:31 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

Do you know where the local storage facilities are? We have three here in our town that could have supplies in them in a SHTF type scenario. My guess is that most stores will be looted fairly quickly, but I'm not sure how many people think about checking these locations out? Realizing that these would be more for supplies such as tools and maybe the occasional dirt bike type items. I don't see these as places to find food, but I would say you that stand a decent chance of finding tools and usable clothing (understand the GAP is no longer open so you may have to wear grandpa's 1950's suit).

Anyway, just trying to think of places to look for supplies if the worst would happen and it is one that I hadn't really thought about.

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  Hiking/Back Packing Stuff
Posted by: mac66 - 04-08-2018, 01:43 PM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (8)

First let me qualify my remarks to say that I am no expert.  

I did quite a bit of hiking and backpacking in the 1970s, 80s and 90s and then again when I went to Alaska in 2015.  Technology has changed a lot since the old days particularly in the weight of equipment.

My wife and I are doing some hiking in a few weeks at all the national parks in Hawaii. Will also be going down to Smokey Mountain NP to get some trail time in on the Appalachian Trail this summer before our Andes Mountain/Inca Trail BP trip in Sept.  May or may not also run out to Colorado to try and get some higher altitude hiking/BP in as well. Let me also qualify my remarks to say the we are in our early/mid 60s so what works for us may or may not work for you.

With most of our gear being decades old we have started to look, shop and buy new stuff.  I thought I would document what we are doing in case anyone else is interested.  I will likely break it down between old stuff and new stuff.

First up...

Hiking Shoes/boots...

Old-Back in the day people wore hiking boots which were usually above the ankle with sturdy leather uppers and thick, pretty rigid soles.  The pair I wore to Alaska were about 15 years old at the time and fit that description.  They were well worn and by the time I got back from Alaska were worn out and thrown away. I don't even remember what brand they were.   

New: Running shoe technology has taken over and light weight "trail runners" have replaced boots.  I was somewhat surprised that hikers and even backpackers wear mostly low top shoes these days and those are like running shoes.  Those in the know say every pound on your feet is like 6-8 pounds on your back when you are BPing so lighter is better.  

Like everything else you can go cheap or go expensive. I try to find the best bang for the buck i.e, something that works but won't break the bank.  My research indicates that Merrell Moab 2s get consistently good reviews and don't cost an arm and a leg.   I have a pair of Moab 2 tactical boots I bought last fall for hunting. They are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn and were that way right out of the box so that's where I started looking.

 Merrell also makes the Moab 2 in both low top hiking shoes and mid height "boots" as well.  My high boots do tend to be warm in warmer weather and so I started looking at the mids and low tops as alternative for warmer weather hiking. They also all come in either waterproof or ventilated. Prices range from $90-120 depending on whether high or low, waterproof or not.  

High or low?

I have some ankle issues, had my right foot and ankle rebuilt 7 years ago so I tend toward higher boots. That was one of the reason I bought the 8" Moabs. Bushwhacking through the woods I need ankle support but I could also use them for hiking. On the other hand, most hiking/BPing is done on trails.   On the other, other hand, having lost a significant amount of weight 40+ lbs has lessened the strain on my ankles and I am most likely to do most of my hiking/BPing in warmer weather on trails.  I am covered for cooler, strenuous terrain with my boots so I decided to go with the low top Moabs for hiking.

Waterproof or Not? 

The next question is waterproof or not?  The advantage of waterproof boots is that if you hike in wet, cool weather your feet stay warm longer. But what's considered wet and cool?   Grass is usually wet in the morning even in the summer and your feet can get soaked walking through it. On the other hand, waterproofing tends to hold moisture and your feet get hot and sweaty anyway. They will get wet from the inside out. Waterproofed boots, even Gore-Tex ones tends to take longer to dry out.  When I was in Alaska there was often frost or snow on the ground in the mornings which would melt by mid morning. 

So for summer/warm weather hiking I think non-waterproof i.e, vented shoes/boots are best as even if they get wet in the morning they will dry out as you go and/or dry out faster so that's what I bought.

I looked around at prices for about a month and found that the low top Merrell Moab 2 vented hikers were around $100 in most places including Cabelas.  I ended up buying a $100 gift card for $80 online and bought them at Cabelas.  They are not super light weight (listed at 1 lb 15 ozs)  like trail runners but certainly better than the 3lbs+ boots I was wearing before.  I felt I needed the stability and extra durability of hiking shoes over runners.

Been wearing them for about a week and they, like the Moab boots I bought last fall are very comfortable. It is still cold here and we even had a couple inches of snow the other day so being non waterproof and vented they are not ideal now. They should be fine in Hawaii and this summer.

I am already thinking of buying the mid height waterproof Moabs for my Peru trip in Sept. We will be in the Andes mountains at 9-14,000 feet for 5 days. It is quite cold and misty there and the trail is steep at times so the added support would be helpful. And they could be worn in the winter around here as well. 

Other thoughts....

One thing that people don't think about when hiking/backpacking is that when going down hill (what goes up, must come down) your feet slide forward and jam your toes. When you do that for miles it is very painful particularly when carrying a pack. The one thing I like about the Moabs is that they have a very stable heal box which locks your heal in place. My hunting property has some very steep hills and I have found my feet do not slide forward in my Moab boots. That to me is a proven design and one reason why I bought the Moab shoes. I'm sure other hiking shoes do that as well but I know the Moabs do.

In regards to my wife. she used some light weight Under Armor mid height hikers in Alaska and complained of them rubbing her ankles sore after a couple days. She walks a lot and wears running shoes so will likely use those in Hawaii. For Peru she looked at and likes the Moab 2. She is leaning toward the water proof low ones.

Overall I think the Moabs are a good bang for the buck. We shall see in a couple weeks.

Stay Tuned....

Next up, sleeping pads.

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  This needs to go viral, share with everyone
Posted by: Dr. Dickie - 04-07-2018, 10:46 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

Skip to the 4:30 mark, as I can't seem to get the video to start where I want it to.
This guy has my vote, and my thanks

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  Simulator training
Posted by: bmyers - 04-06-2018, 11:28 AM - Forum: Defense - Replies (1)

I took my work safety team down to the local gun range that has a simulator in it. I was the only one that had shot simulators before.

It was interesting to listen to them over the hour long training and going through drills.

Couple of take away items from the training:

  • One of the guys realized that his LC9 was not going to be effective gun for him to use over any distance greater than 7 yards based on his skill set; he has since switched to a different gun that he shots better
  • Another gentleman realized that the bellyband holster was very comfortable, but he would not be able to access his firearm quickly; he has switched to a strong side holster IWB
  • All of them was surprised by how fast everything occurred; one common theme was you didn't have time to think, you just reacted
It was WELL worth the money we spent for the training and actually plan on doing it on quarterly bases. We have had the guys to the range and they all shot well on a static range, but had never experienced anything like that. 

I shot one scenario and killed the bad guy, then another team member came up and they were playing the same scenario, but this time when the alleged bad guy turned around, he had a cell phone in his hand. The cell phone guy got gunned down by my team member. It was a great learning opportunity and they all walked away with a whole new appreciation for law enforcement and how quickly things unfold and the difficulty of making split second decisions.

I think if these activist had to go through an hour long training on the simulators and could only protest if they made the right decision every time, we would see a lot less activist. In the heat of the moment, fearing that person is going to kill you or someone else, it is very difficult to make out the little details. Sitting on your sofa and replaying the video 30 times, it is easy to pick apart the decision made.

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Thumbs Up Students hold Second Amendment rally to counter walkout pushing for stricter gun laws
Posted by: David - 04-05-2018, 04:11 PM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (4)

Students hold Second Amendment rally to counter walkout pushing for stricter gun laws

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  3M Steri-strips
Posted by: Tom Mac - 04-03-2018, 02:22 PM - Forum: First Aid - No Replies

Anyone ever tried these yet?

3M Steri-Strip S Surgical Skin Closure ... they seel on Amazon for $7 for ten ( 2 sizes )


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Posted by: BACKWOODS - 04-03-2018, 04:41 AM - Forum: Packs and Gear - Replies (4)

I love Maxpedition packs. But has anyone noticed how the new lines are getting away from the tactical, rugged offerings of the past? Not sure I’m digging the new line (ENTITY)  all seemingly based on the gray man. Don’t really care for the AGR line either. Some of the pieces are okay I guess but I hope they continue to make what made them famous, now called the legacy line. 

Their still making the fat boys, versipacks and gear slingers but just in black and maybe kaki. They seem to have dropped the OD Green, foliage green, camos and other colors.  Sad...

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  IDPA Match
Posted by: bmyers - 04-02-2018, 11:10 AM - Forum: Defense - Replies (3)

Well, I am keeping up with my goal of at least one match a month.

Last Thursday Rhonda and I went and shot a match. There was twenty-one people that shot (indoor match). Rhonda came in 14th, which I was very proud of her. She has been practicing and in less than a year, she has went from coming in last place to now ending up in the middle of the pack. I came in 7th, but Rhonda and I was also the only two shooting the CCP division. So we had extra reloads and using smaller guns than everyone else. I dropped two head shots and she dropped three head shots which it knocked me down two places from 5th to 7th and her dropping three head shots dropped her from 11th to 14th. 

Yet, we had fun and it was good trigger time.

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