Aftermarket Carriers For Survivalist Blades

sheath-post8Over the years I have gone through a number of carriers for different tools. Chief among them are my knives. Although the sheaths some knives come with are acceptable, I usually have a problem with them because I am a southpaw, and most knife sheaths are designed for right handers. The durability of some sheath material is a sad joke, but generally speaking, if it is a quality knife, it has a quality sheath.

One of the newer materials used for sheath material is kydex. The first Knife I had come with a kydex sheath was a Cold Steel Recon Tanto (it was actually the second one I had purchased, the first came with a right handed cordura sheath). A feature that I really appreciated about this sheath was that it was reversible, and it was nice having a product designer that thought about 10% of the end users as well as the majority.

There are some really good sheaths out there these day, and they’re not all made out of kydex. Two brands that I’ve use for decades are Eagle and Blackhawk, and both have given me good service. I have use the Eagle sheath made out of heavy duty webbing for 27 years, and it works as well today for the knives I carry in it as it did when I first bought it.

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Sheath made by Eagle out of webbing material. Knife is a Buck General

I have used cordura sheaths from both Eagle and Blackhawk that are very similar in design, and they too have done very well in use, and are still being used today. One of the things I really like about that particular sheath design is the pocket in the front that I use to carry a diamond sharpener and a German Army folding knife. Having the ability to carry extra tools or maintenance equipment with the tool is an added bonus in my eyes.

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Sheath made by Blackhawk that fits an Air Force issue survival knife I was issued in 1989.  I’ve used this design sheath for a number of other knives that I have.

 

Two recent purchases I’ve made in the “Aftermarket Carrier” category are for my Ontario Raider knife, and my Cold Steel Spetsnaz Shovel. The Ontario Raider came with a sheath that while probably durable, was not designed for getting the knife out quickly, and it was not ambidextrous. The Sheath Cold Steel designed for the Spetsnaz Shovel was well made, but very spartan, and I found a carrier that worked better for not only attaching it to a rucksack, but for carrying maintenance equipment as well.

 

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Cleveland Kydex Co. sheath on the left of the Ontario Raider, the original OEM sheath that came with the knife on the right.

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Elastic retention strap in the closed position

 

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Elastic retention strap in the open position

 

The sheath I purchased for the Raider knife was from the Cleveland Kydex Company and is what they term the “traditional” style with eyelet rivets on both side of the blade. I also purchased the Molle Lok attachments to replace the standard belt loops that come with the sheath. I purchased mine in OD green because I planned on painting it myself. All in all, it is a quality sheath and I like that it is ambidextrous and quicker to get out than the original factory sheath.

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Belt loops that come with the CKC sheath

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Large Molle Lok sheath attachment purchased as an extra. These attachment points give me more ways to mount the knife to gear.

It is retained by the fit of the kydex, but I have also put a piece of bungee on it, just to make sure. At $50 it might seem expensive for a $60 knife, but I can tell you that how you are able to carry your knife, your ability to deploy it rapidly if need be, the durability of the sheath, and the sheath’s ability to retain the knife under all kinds of activities makes it worth the cost.

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Spetsnaz Shovel with it’s new Marbles carrier on the left and the carrier available from Cold Steel on the right.

The second tool sheath I recently acquired was a carrier for my Spetsnaz Shovel made by Marbles. I didn’t have a problem with the sheath originally manufactured for the shovel, but when I found the Marbles model, I decided to buy it because it had a better retention system and had the ability to carry a sharpening stone (included) as well as other small tools if need be. At $14 it was a pretty good deal, in my estimation. So far both sheath and carrier have worked out fine, and I’m sure time will prove they were a good investment.

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Here’s a good pic of the sharpening stone that comes with the Marbles carrier.

I’m not saying you should go out and buy unnecessary gear, but if you have a need that something isn’t addressing, by all means address it. For instance, I have been carrying the CS Recon Tanto in the same position on my gear in the factory kydex sheath for at least 13 years. The pic at the top of the post was taken in 2005, and I still carry it that way today because the factory sheath gave me the options (the eyelet slots on the edge of the sheath) I needed to carry it effectively.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

GP’s “90 Days” Scenario-Food Storage

George Patton once again nails it! Follow the advice given, it is the voice of experience.

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Surviving for 90 Days Part 2 – Food Storage

There are many different kinds of foods that you can stock up on.

There are five major categories of commercial food storage:

  • Freeze Dried
  • Dehydrated
  • Frozen (home freezer)
  • Canned Food  (commercial and home)
  • Plastic Retort Packages (AND Military Meals)

Deciding which is the best food for you to store depends on a lot of factors.  Cost is important of course, but so is shelf life, tastiness, ease of preparation and use, and ease of actually getting the stuff in your home.

Freeze Dried versus Dehydrated Food

How Do They Work And What Are The Differences

Moisture Content. The main objective with food preservation is to remove the moisture so that the food doesn’t decompose, grow mold, etc. Dehydration removes about 90-95 percent of the moisture content while freeze drying removes about 98-99 percent.  Foods that you dehydrate at your home will typically have a 10 percent moisture content level while foods that are dehydrated professionally will have a lower moisture content – which increases the shelf life.

Shelf Life. The moisture removal has a direct impact on the shelf life. Most dehydrated products like dried fruits, vegetables, powders and texturized vegetable protein (TVP), also known as textured soy protein (TSP), have a 15-20 year shelf life.  However, dehydrated items like honey, salt, sugar, hard wheat and oats have a 30-year shelf life – sometimes longer. Freeze-dried foods will have a longer average shelf life. Freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, just-add-water meals and real meats will have a 25-30-year shelf life.

Nutritional Content. According to research by the American Institute for Cancer Research freeze-dried foods retain the vast majority of the vitamins and minerals found in the original food. However, when compared to fresh fruits and vegetables, freeze-dried foods did lack in some vitamins – like Vitamin C – which break down very rapidly.  Dehydration doesn’t change the fiber or iron content of food. However, dehydration can break down vitamins and minerals during the preservation process and retain less of their nutritional value when compared to freeze-dried food. Dehydration tends to result in the loss of Vitamins A and C, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin

Cost.  Usually dehydrated foods are going to be cheaper than freeze-dried. If you’re on a tight budget, dehydrated foods are definitely the way to go.  We have a mix of both.

The Main Similarities

Storage Requirements. There isn’t a difference in storing food that’s freeze-dried or dehydrated. The cans or buckets are all the same size.

Pros and Cons of Using a Freezer for Food Storage

Pros of Freezing:

  • It’s fairly simple to do!  It’s very familiar to most of us.
  •  You get the most input into what you are storing.  It’s the best way to preserve the original freshness and taste.  You get to buy what you want to freeze and can even save your own fruits and vegetables from your garden.
  • You can freeze virtually any kind of food… solid or liquid!

Cons of Freezing:

  • You are limited to where you put your storage food to the size of your freezer.  It’s all in one place.
  • In almost every natural and unnatural disaster you are going to be without power.  Studies suggest that if you don’t open your freezer, food will stay frozen for up to two days.  A generator can solve this problem, but then you have to store fuel, and the noise of a generator can make you a target to those without food.
  • To achieve the maximum frozen food shelf life you will have to protect them from moisture loss and air exposure.

How Long Does Frozen Food Last:

Like with any storage method, how long you can store food for will depend on the specific type of food. Frozen foods can last only a few weeks in some cases, but more often then will be fine to eat after several months. After a year, most foods will start to taste “off”.

Storage Times Listed are for QUALITY ONLY;  Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely!

Here is a basic chart of storage times for keeping food in the freezer.

  • Bacon and Sausage 1 to 2 months
  • Casseroles 2 to 3 months
  • Egg whites or egg substitutes 12 months
  • Frozen Dinners and Entrees 3 to 4 months
  • Gravy, meat or poultry 2 to 3 months
  • Ham, Hot Dogs and Lunch Meats 1 to 2 months
  • Meat, uncooked roasts 4 to 12 months
  • Meat, uncooked steaks or chops 4 to 12 months
  • Meat, uncooked ground 3 to 4 months
  • Meat, cooked 2 to 3 months
  • Poultry, uncooked whole 12 months
  • Poultry, uncooked parts 9 months
  • Poultry, uncooked giblets 3 to 4 months
  • Poultry, cooked 4 months
  • Soups and Stews 2 to 3 months
  • Wild game, uncooked 8 to 12 months

Pros and Cons of using commercial canned goods for food storage

 Note:  This report isn’t long enough to discuss home canning in depth.  Watch for a future report which will discuss home canning in depth!

Pros of Commercial Canned Goods:

  •  It’s very easy to do.  You buy the cans at the grocery store and put them away for later use!
  • You are buying exactly what you like to eat!  Taste is a huge factor in nutrition!
  •  The food is already prepared, so your prep time is greatly reduced.
  •  Cans are usually smaller allowing for more variety in what you are eating.  You don’t have to consume an entire #10 can of something before you move on to something else.
  •  Commercially canned food is usually done at the peak of freshness, so the quality is usually very good.

Cons Commercial Canned Goods:

  •  The smaller the serving size, the more it usually costs.  Basing an entire families food storage requirements on commercial canned food will cost more than dehydrated or freeze dried food.
  •  The shelf life of canned food is much shorter than dehydrated or freeze dried foods.
  •  We recommend this web site for the best information on shelf lives, use-by dates, etc.  It’s an awesome site!  http://www.stilltasty.com/
  •  Storage Times are usually for QUALITY ONLY;  Although canned food loses its nutritional value over time, it doesn’t necessarily go “bad” merely because it’s old.

The bottom line:  Don’t be so quick to toss out or donate those canned food items sitting on your basement shelves just because they hit their printed expiration date.  When all else fails, open them and use your senses to determine if they are still edible (they probably will be).  (Swollen cans are the best indicator that something is wrong—bad food also smells bad)

When in doubt some high heat from your stove and an iron skillet can serve as another method by which to “cleanse” the food prior to eating it.

Plastic Retort Packages (AND Military Meals)

Note:  This report will be an overview of the various military meals (MREs and such). Watch for a future report which will discuss military meals in depth!

What Are They?

We’ve seen them all over the place!  Those who are veterans remember them as the pouch that holds the entrée in the MRE.  Most of us have seen them in the grocery stores as the “flexible can” in quick, ready to eat pouches.

In science terms, it is a heat resistant bag made of laminated plastic films.  It is then heat sealed and sterilized by pressure cooking in a retort (autoclave).  As a result, the retort pouch contains heat treated food that is safe from micro-organisms.

Pros of Plastic Retort Packages:

  •  Lighter than canned food.
  •  Because it’s flexible, it can take more “abuse”.
  •  Because it’s flat, it’s easier to store.
  •  It’s easier for individuals to eat as most of them are in single serving packages.

 

Cons of Plastic Retort Packages:

 

  • Convenience usually comes with a cost!  Individual serving sized food costs more.
  • Shelf life is very dependent on the temperature at which they are stored.  Not a good food to store in the trunk of your car in the summer.

 

So, What is the Best Food to Buy?

 

We don’t think any ONE type of food is the best.

 

We do think that a combination of all of them can be useful.

 

Storage of Fruits and Vegetables

 

Freeze Dried or Dehydrated are clearly the choices.  Price is the huge factor here, with dehydrated fruits and vegetables being very reasonable.

 

Storage of Meats

 

Canned meats are the tastiest, and we recommend home canning for meats (WATCH FOR A REPORT ON HOME CANNING OF MEATS SOON!)

 

Storage of Single Serving Foods

 

Retort packaging is the most convenient to store, carry and eat.

 

In part 2-A, we’re going to talk about how to achieve the cost savings of buying in bulk and still allowing you to achieve family happiness by having a variety of foods that they love to eat!

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Vox On Proper Planning And Making Good Choices When Caught In A Riot

This re-post of a recent Vox post goes along with the theme from my post of yesterday. Trying to get yourself involved in a riot when you don’t have to is nuts. Making good decisions on situation avoidance is the “preventative maintenance” version of “fixing something that is broken”, and should be exercised when possible.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Surviving the mob

Peter Grant, formerly a soldier in South Africa, knows whereof he speaks. I suggest it would behoove most Americans to heed his advice these days.

There are some important lessons to be learned.  Firstly, a vehicle isn’t going to help when the streets are clogged.  You can’t drive over dozens of protestors.  If nothing else, their bodies will immobilize your vehicle, just as surely as if it became high-centered over a bump.  What’s more, as soon as you’re forced to slow down or stop, you’re going to get dragged from your vehicle by angry rioters.  That may not be survivable.  Much rather use your vehicle to avoid getting into that mess in the first place . . . but you may not have a choice.  You may turn a corner in a city center to find the mob coming to meet you, with no time or space to avoid them.  If you’re on an interstate highway, the on- and off-ramps may be blocked by rioters and/or vehicles with nowhere to go, leaving you stranded with a mob coming towards you, looting every vehicle they pass.  This is what I-85 looked like in Charlotte on Tuesday evening.

Rioters looted stalled trucks of their cargoes, taking what they wanted and torching the rest.  Hundreds of vehicles backed up behind the scene of the crime.  If yours was among them, what would you do?  Many of those present abandoned their vehicles and fled on foot.  That’s all well and good, if they had the space and time to do so . . . but what if they didn’t?  What if the rioters swarmed their vehicle before they could get out?  What if they, or a member of their party, had limited mobility and couldn’t escape and evade fast enough?

In such a situation, resistance may be your only option.  Make sure you have a firearm handy, plus enough ammunition to defend yourself and your loved ones.  That may be difficult.  It’s an unpalatable, raw, brutal fact that you may not be able to offer enough resistance to save yourself in such a situation.  If there are a couple of dozen rioters within feet of you, you probably can’t shoot fast enough to get them all.  Distance is your friend.  Even if you use a firearm successfully to defend yourself, whilst that may solve Problem One (immediate survival), it’s likely to land you neck-deep in Problem Two.  The aftermath of such a riot is likely to see political and social leaders screaming for a scapegoat.  If you shoot a few rioters, guess what?  You’re probably it.

You’re just about certain to be arrested and charged with all sorts of crimes, even if all you were doing is trying to save your life and the lives of your loved ones.  You may find it very difficult to defeat the charges in court, particularly if witnesses are scarce (or intimidated), and video footage of your activities (from nearby security cameras, hovering helicopters, etc.) is deliberately edited to portray your actions in the worst possible light.  Think that won’t happen?  You’re naive.

You need to have a plan, at the first sign of such troubles, to get away from the riots before they get out of control.  Make arrangements with family and friends, have bug-out bags and vehicles and plans in place (including sufficient fuel to get out of trouble without having to stop at a gas station, because they’ll be magnets for looters).  Don’t wait until it’s too late.  Far better to get clear of potential trouble, then return if the trouble doesn’t materialize, rather than wait until you’re sure there’s trouble, but not leave yourself enough space and time to get away from it.

That’s likely to be difficult once riots become established.  A standard police tactic is to isolate the violence, establishing a perimeter to prevent it spreading.  Police will wait at that perimeter until they can see the unrest ebbing, then move inward once again to re-establish control.  That works for them, and helps to minimize casualties caused by them (and the political fallout from such casualties) . . . but it won’t help you if you’re trapped inside that perimeter.  The rioters will be all around you, and you won’t be able to avoid them.  That’s not a good place to be.  Get to the perimeter if at all possible, and seek police protection.  If you can’t, you’ll have no alternative but to hunker down in place and ride out the storm.

If you suspect you may find yourself in that situation, your location should be prepared in advance to resist that sort of problem.  Make sure rioters can’t easily break in and get at you.  Use obstructions (plants, flower boxes, whatever) to make it difficult to approach windows;  put stout burglar bars on windows and security gates on doors, and fortify them if possible with whatever’s available;  have weapons handy, and make sure that all adults and older children know how to use them.  Keep rioters outside, if possible at a distance, so they can’t get their hands on you or your weapons.  If they do, your resistance is over, right there – and I don’t have to tell you what your loved ones are likely to go through under such circumstances.

That’s why the best possible solution is to get clear of the trouble and stay away from it until it’s died down.

Or to put it more briefly, John Derbyshire was right.

Peter is right about how easy it is to be taken by surprise, though. We were in Rome walking through the streets in a nearly empty quarter one day when we heard a dull roar. It was hard to tell what it was, or exactly from what direction it was coming. I was curious, since it could have been anything from immigrants to ultras, so my friend and I had the women and children stay back while we went to see what was going on. It kept getting louder, but there was nothing to see until we turned a corner to encounter a large mass of several hundred dark-skinned people who looked like Bangladeshis or Sri Lankans. They were loudly demonstrating against deportations or the lack of work permits or something,, and while it wasn’t even remotely dangerous, I won’t forget the shock of suddenly encountering such a loud and overpowering mass of humanity without much in the way of warning besides that dull roar.

And I can attest that having a handgun wouldn’t have accomplished a damn thing. Frankly, a belt-fed .50 caliber might not have been enough without a minefield. If I heard that sound these days, I’d do my best to figure out where it was coming from, then move quickly the opposite way. And if I couldn’t tell, I’d start backtracking. Fast.

Regardless, the key to successfully surviving everything from a one-on-one fight to a mob scene is lateral movement. You not only don’t want to be where they are, you don’t want to be where they are going.

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Realistic planning is prerequisite to a positive and predictable outcome.
JCD
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

The Riotgun And The Bayonet

 

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I was asked the other day if I thought a semi auto rifle like the AR or AK was a good “Anti riot” gun. My response was that although either of those rifles would do fine, I was a bigger fan of the 12 gauge shotgun, specifically one designed with an extended magazine, rifle sights, and is designed to mount a bayonet.

The individual started laughing and said “I don’t see myself doing a bayonet charge, Sarge.” To which I replied, “Do you know of any other firearm that is designed for close in defense, can fire non lethal ammo like rubber balls, pepper dust, or pepper balls in the same repeatable way you can with lethal ammo, can accurately hit and drop a man sized target at 100 meters, and can immediately and effectively disable a vehicle engine with accurate hits.?” His answer was “No.”.

Is the shotgun the “be all end all” of fight stoppers? No. Is the shotgun the most versatile weapon available to the average consumer that might get caught in a riot situation? Yes. I have an old friend that had a guy come at him with a knife, and from about 20 feet away, his partner shot the guy in the center of the chest with a full power, 9 pellet, buckshot load. The guy survived the hit.

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The Mossberg M590A1 with Speedfeed stock and ghost ring sights

The shotgun isn’t necessarily a “Death Dealer”, but it generally is a “Fight Stopper”. Do you think that shooting a rioter from 50 meters would be justified in a court of law? Probably not. Do you think you would be justified firing a “Pepper round” in that direction to redirect those individuals from coming in your direction? Maybe, maybe not, but you can show your intent to not shoot to kill someone unless absolutely necessary was there.

The pump shotgun can cycle all the less lethal ammo I know of at the same speed as a full power buckshot load, and that’s something that a semi auto shotgun cannot do. Are semi auto shotguns a bad choice? No, but the caveat is that you will have to hand cycle those less lethal rounds through your gun until it’s time to use the lethal option. There is also something funny about a bad guy hearing that distinct click-clack of a pump shotgun’s action being cycled and it involuntarily causing their rear orifice to slam shut upon realizing what it is. I’ve seen grown men stop in there tracks, then turn and run away when hearing that sound. Let me tell you something, when you’re the guy it is covering, it is an awesome sound of relief.

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There are a number of good anti personnel buckshot loads out there. Everything from #4Buckshot (.24 caliber) to OOBuckshot (.33 caliber) and OOOBuckshot (.36 caliber) in either 2 3/4 inch standard or low recoil (usually has 8 or 9 OOBuck pellets instead of 9-12 OOBuck pellets in the standard load) or 3 inch magnum (up to 15 OOBuck  or 10 OOOBuck pellets). The #4 Buck has between 34 and 41 pellets in the load depending on if it’s a 2 3/4 or 3″ Magnum shell. OOBuck, OOOBuck and #4 Buck tend to be the most popular sizes of buckshot used, and most law enforcement and military ammo is OOBuck or slugs.

But JC, why would I need to have slugs available for a shotgun in a riot situation? Well, although I have practiced privately and professionally shooting a hostage drill scenario with buckshot, I would much rather take it with an accurate slug. I also would want to be able to fire slugs instead of buckshot at a car that was getting ready to ram a makeshift barricade in my neighborhood or my dwelling. In my riotguns (bead or ghostring sights), I use Brenneke slugs of both the 2 3/4 and 3 inch variety. Below is some ballistic info for both.

The black slug on the left is the Black Magic Magnum and weighs 1 3/8 oz. The lead slug/yellow wad on the right is the Brenneke K.O. and weighs 1 oz.

As said earlier, I suggested having the ability to mount a bayonet on your riotgun. But JC, that seems kinda ridiculous. Maybe, or maybe not. If multiple bad guys are coming through your front door, wouldn’t it be nice to not only have a blunt trauma capability (buttstroke), but a lethal force ability beyond just the shotgun shells in the magazine of the riotgun? So now we’ll talk about the Mossberg M590 nine-shot shotgun.

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The bayonet attaches to the sheath via a hole in the blade that lines up with a pivot point that protrudes at the bottom of the sheath.  

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The wire cutter in the fully closed cutting position.

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The saw on the blade is actually more practical than the average survival knife saw.

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The sheath the Stoner bayonet has, incorporates a quick release belt attachment

 

I bought my first M590 back in ’88, and other than having to square up the angle on the action bars from doing a lot of shooting, I have never had any issues with any of the M590’s I own, even after many thousands of rounds fired through them. I also carried a M590 (18.5″ barrel, 6-shot) along with my M4 in Iraq, and never had a malfunction or concern about trusting my life to it.

Why am I a big fan of the M590? First, it has been the military issue shotgun for almost 30 years, and has seen a lot of use without much in the way of complaints. Second, I’m a lefty, and the safety is completely ambidextrous. This type of feature is a big deal, and not just to lefty’s. You should train to fire your long guns off of each shoulder, and having a safety that is able to be manipulated with either hand can be very helpful.

Accessories for my riotguns are generally pretty spartan. I won’t have a defense shotgun without a sidesaddle if it’s available for it. There are a number of different types of sidesaddles available now, but I can tell you that I have had one on mine for over 20 years, and it still works well. Next up is a light. I use the same light I use on all my long guns, and that is the Surefire G2 light with this pressure switch. I use a clamp designed to hold the light to the magazine tube.

One of my M590’s (pictured) has a “Speedfeed” stock. It holds 4 rounds (I carry slugs there). I carry 6 rounds of OOBuck in the Sidesaddle, but would recommend that if you carry less lethal ammo for your riotgun, that you carry them (and only them) in that location. When you think about it, if you are carrying lethal ammo in the Sidesaddle, you have 15 rounds of buckshot, and 4 rounds of slugs, and that’s just on the gun.

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Finally, the bayonet. A Mossberg M590 will take any standard M16 bayonet. The bayonet I use is one I’ve had for decades. Some will recognize it as a bayonet designed by Gene Stoner for his rifles. It has the wire cutter device and a small tooth saw that is actually much better for that type of cutting than some of the other knife blade spine saws out there.

Do you need a Mossberg M590 with a bayonet? No. There are plenty of well made shotguns out there that will do well in that roll, but very few have the ability to attach a bayonet in it’s stock configuration. The Mossberg M590 is a good value for the money, and is one of the best deals on the market.

What about a rifle with a bayonet? Well, they are available, but unless you get something like an M1A with a standard stock configuration, performing the battery of arms for a bayonet drill with something like an AR15 requires you to relocate your firing hand from the pistol grip to the wrist of the buttstock. A standard M1A is a great rifle, and would perform as well or better than most other rifles in this role. The primary disadvantage of a rifle like a standard M1A is it’s size. In this case however, the M1A’s size might be a huge asset.

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Top is an M590. Bottom is a Match M1A. Both work very well with a bayonet attached, and make great blunt force weapons (buttstock) using the manual of arms for use of the bayonet. The scope on the M1A has a QD/ZH SEI mount, so taking it off and returning it to zero is not a problem. 

Considering the situations that have presented themselves over the last few years, if you have not thought about how to handle things like a riot in your neighborhood, you are lacking in a realistic perspective for preparedness. When they want what you have, all they have to do is wait for something to happen to give them the “excuse” (it doesn’t have to be right or make sense to us, they just need the media and the administration to forward them as “righteous”, correct?).

A lot of guys will try to make out that “Old School” doesn’t work simply because it’s “Old School”. Riots ARE “Old School”, and discounting techniques or equipment because they are not “High Speed” is ridiculous, and the sign someone fixated on what’s popular, not what’s useful. Right or wrong, Robert Roger’s Standing Orders are just as valid in context today as they were when he wrote them in the 1750’s. Keep that in mind when you are evaluating equipment and techniques for defending yourself and your loved ones.

JCD,

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

 

Juvenile Delinquents

An incident on Sunday that was somewhat close to my home, pointed out a glaring problem that we have allowed to fester and grow to gargantuan proportions in our society. The girl in the story was not only the cause of an accident (bike on car), tried to flee the scene (how would that work for you adults if you did that? Hit and Run maybe?), but then refused to cooperate with the police during the investigation. When dealing with a juvenile in LE, you have no choices to make regarding how you deal with getting a juvenile medical care, or how you deal with releasing the juvenile after that juvenile has broken a law, violated a statute, or needs to make compensation for damages (vehicle accidents without a license, shoplifting, etc).

The juvenile has to be released to the parent or guardian, and you have to get permission from the parent or guardian before releasing a juvenile who doesn’t want medical treatment. She tried to ride away from the scene. The police stopped her from leaving. While trying to get the minimum info required to conclude the investigation, the girl was uncooperative, then belligerent, then assaultive. Of course she didn’t want to be detained, she had an illegal substance in her backpack.

This was more than a “I don’t want to deal with the police because they are going to kill me.” situation. If you think that’s why she was scared, you are an imbecile, and are probably part of the problem. If you think those Officers “roughed her up” you obviously don’t understand what level of force they could have used (and didn’t) when she became assaultive. The Officers barely raised their voices when talking to her (Maybe they should have, it might have showed her the gravity of the situation).

A high school Buddy and I briefly discussed what would have happened to us “back in the day” when we were 15, if we had acted out like that. We both agreed that we would have wanted to stay at the Police Station rather than to go home and face that apocalypse. Was pepper spraying her the right move on the part of the police? I think so and here’s why. She had already proven she had no compunction concerning kicking a Police Officer (She kicked the one Officer in the chest, and that’s what broke the first body cam). Contrary to what you might think, using pepper spray on her to gain compliance was a less physically painful and damaging way than the alternatives available and warranted.

The Officers involved had a requirement to do certain things during that incident. Get all info needed to complete reports, determine fault if any to know what charges need to be filed, and last and most importantly, check on the physical welfare of those involved to determine if EMS was needed. Adults can say “No, I don’t need treated.” they sign the EMS waiver, and they are done (because they are ADULTS and they can make decisions that affect their well being) . Juveniles do not have those choices, and it has to be determined by the parent or guardian as to the desire to sign off on medical treatment. If she had been severely injured, the girl would have been transported without consent, and the parent would meet them at the hospital.

The day we allow juveniles to make legal determinations about their well being or taking responsibility for their actions (how does a juvenile take responsibility for that when they have no means or maybe even understanding of the ramifications or compensation that might be required?) in a situation like that, is the day we lose our children to the State completely. It has already happened in many areas of society, and usually it is bitched about by parents. The States have generally made 18 years of age the legal threshold for being considered an adult, being responsible for ones actions, and not requiring parental consent, correct. Should the Police Officers have let her go? Hell No!

Children do not dictate to the adults! The moment we allow them to make the decisions, is the moment they are lost to us, and society fails. What if they had let her go because they didn’t want the hassle of dealing with a “Po’ little misunderstood black child” (considering recent racial situations, I bet it was privately considered by more than one of the Officers), and she ended up having a seizure (she said she was knocked out when she hit the car, correct?) from a head injury, and died? Those that are criticizing the police would have said “Why didn’t you protect that po’ little black child? Was it because she was black?” Then they would have said the police have to get parental consent of medical sign off before releasing the child, and they would have actually had a case of the Officers not following the rules, wouldn’t they? You people who are supporting this kind of activity by a segment of the population that feels “entitled”, had better wake up to the feces you are shoveling. Pretty soon it will be over your head, and even breathing will be a struggle.

Here’s a good post that describes a sentiment I am seeing more and more frequently.

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Protests Erupt In Maryland After Cops ‘Abuse’ Teen Girl, There’s Just 1 Problem

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The image of the teen being put out to the public by her attorney (left), protesters in Hagerstown, Maryland (right)


The unnamed minor had struck a car with her bicycle, then refused to give police her name or the phone number of her parents. Because she is a minor who was involved in an accident, police could not release her, except to an adult guardian per protocol. However, the child would not cooperate. Instead, she attempted to flee before becoming combative, resistive, and disorderly. While some watch the video and are rightfully disturbed by the child’s behavior, others are quickly coming to her defense and, of course, are blaming the police.

In response to the backlash, the HPD released body camera footage of the incident which paints a much different picture than the bystander’s one-minute clip. While many are now siding with police, there are still those who unbelievably defend the child’s actions, pointing their finger of blame at the officers and continuing to protest, which is mind-boggling.

The video released by the HPD clearly shows the girl on her bike trying to leave the scene of the accident, which was determined to be her fault and is a crime. She’s uncooperative from the moment police ask for her name. Her defiance of authority at just 15 years old is astounding as she clearly displays that she’s been taught that she is beyond reproach. The video is nearly 15 minutes long, showing that police didn’t just slam the girl in the car and spray her in the face, but attempted repeatedly to not only calm her down but have her comply with their requests. See for yourself:

Most of those who still take the side of the teen say that she was a “frightened child” because of the “climate” in America, and that’s where the huge problem that they seem to be missing lies. The Black Lives Matter types created that climate and that fear with their lies, false narratives, and divisive rhetoric. The entire movement was founded on “Hands up, don’t shoot,” which was completely disproven. Now, this is the result. This is what the next generation has learned — they can defy police, then blame them for the consequences of their own actions.

Since the girl is actually biracial, with a white mother, I have trouble believing that she reacted the way she did because she fears the racist “white devil.” That’s quite frankly a bullshit excuse to manipulate, and sadly, it’s working. I think her real fear was that she was about to get caught with the pot she had in her possession.

This poor little frightened “angel” was not only charged with disorderly conduct, two counts of second-degree assault, and failure to obey a traffic device but also possession of marijuana. The matter has since been referred to the Department of Juvenile Services, which is obviously what the delinquent needs. So, what are the 100 or more protesters that have blocked streets in Hagerstown really protesting? The answer is simple, personal accountability.

Protesters descend on the HPD and innocent drivers.

Our law enforcement officers are in a no-win situation, and it’s a damn shame. Had they lifted the bawling brat into the car, someone would complain that they put their hands on her. So, they effectively used pepper spray to get her legs in the vehicle, but they are slammed for that too. What exactly were they to do? Let her go? She claimed she lost consciousness when she struck the man’s car. So, they let her go, then she dies later. Once again, the police would be in trouble.

There is no solution that would appease this thug culture except to let the girl act a fool all she wants, which brings me right back to what I say every time the BLM mentality comes into play. We don’t have a police problem. We have a thug culture problem. The goal isn’t to end this alleged “police brutality” but to dissolve personal responsibility for their criminal actions and turn us into one big ghetto from sea to shining sea, and quite frankly, many of us have had enough.

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Here’s two more pics of the “Precious Child” without the trophy, while resisting arrest.

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JCD,

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE