Carrying Essential Weapons Parts (and other items) For Your Firearm

FAL with gear

Having the appropriate support gear for your weapon is a priority for the Survivalist.

My good friend Bergmann and I were talkin’ about parts/survival gear storage locations on the weapons we both use, and I told him that because my Para FAL’s use the M-4 style stock and have no buffer spring, the whole tube was empty, and I use it to carry among other things, spare essential weapons parts. He immediately told me I needed to post something about it, considering how great it is to be able to carry essentials on your weapon, without it having a ton of pouches or extra parts hanging off of it.

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Both of these Para FAL rifles use the M-4 style, hollow tube stock. No buffer spring in it means lots of storage area.

Here it is short and sweet. and in pics.

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The space available in the M-4 style stock buffer tube on the Para FAL. Keep in mind, those of you with other rifles which use the M-4 style stock, but require no buffer spring (Example: AK’s) can do the same thing with your rifles.

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The original style FAL pistol grip also has some storage space that I put to good use.

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Remove the Phillips head screw with your multi tool, there is no tension ring like on a regular AR/M-4 style stock needing a special wrench.

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There is a hole (red arrow) drilled through the stock tube that the Phillips head screw hole (yellow arrow) lines up with when you’ve screwed the stock in as far as needed, and keeps the stock at the correct position/attitude.

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Various essential springs and parts (firing pin w/ spring and complete extractor) on the left side column go into the stock tube. The spare tritium front sight with allen key and a sight adjustment tool go into the pistol grip (bag on right side).

 

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The stock filled with parts and ready to be reattached to the folding mechanism.

Here’s the video my Buddy Bergmann did on how he outfitted his M-4 with survival gear. below is the first of the four part series he did on “Total Utilization” of your gear.

Hopefully this post will give you some ideas of how to better utilize the storage space you might have on your weapons to carry extra essential parts you might need. As I said, this one was short and sweet, have a great 4th of July.

JCD

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Independence Day, The Flag, And The National Anthem, What They Mean To Me

As a kid I was always told respect the flag of our Nation, and those that not only laid it all on the line for our freedom, but also for others around the world. I always followed that guidance, and when I was old enough I also decided to put my comfort, convenience, and life on the line, not only for the freedom of my fellow Americans, but for the freedoms we might be able to offer those around the world who were under the boot of the many tyrants and despots who inhabit this planet.

For me it was the need to give back a small amount of what I had been given in a life, that up till my point of enlistment, had been the American dream. I was nothing special as a Soldier, but I know many who I served with that are/were. Service in the name of your fellow countrymen is a privilege and an honor.

I ended my service in the Fall of 2008, and I fortunately have no regrets concerning that service, and the way in which it was carried out. I did my job to the best of my abilities, I served with others who took their commitment seriously as well, and I believe when it came time to “See the elephant”, we made a difference and saved lives.

I say all that to say this, We honor the Founding Fathers because they allowed themselves to be used by God to make this the best nation on the planet, and it still is even 242 years later. With all the faults we have as a nation, we are still the best place on earth to enjoy the freedoms others around the world only dream of. There is a reason they all want to come here, and it’s not the EBT card dreamers I’m talkin’ about.

Understand that when you see our nation’s flag or hear the National Anthem, you are seeing or hearing a representation of the good America has done, and the America we can still be if freedom is allowed to reign. That flag represents all of those who have died standing in harms way. That flag represents every American Citizen who desires to do it even better tomorrow. It does not represent the Communists who are trying to subvert our laws, and use our rules against the original intent, all so we can be subjugated by them. If you think it represents them, you are part of the problem.

There have been many missteps made by many poorly picked leaders of our Nation. With that being said, historically there have been enough triumphs to give us a reputation as the the best place in the world to go to live free. Whether you like President Trump or not, you cannot avoid the fact that he is gaining the U.S. more respect by the day with our allies, and our enemies. Obama tried to destroy our Nation’s reputation, its economy, and if you are a freedom advocate, your will. We weathered that storm, and President Trump has made great strides in undoing Obama’s many errors.

When you see the Flag or hear the National Anthem, what do you see or hear? If you see or hear all the wrongs that have been done, all the slights that have been given, all the injustices that have gone unaddressed up till now, maybe you are the problem. A glass that’s half empty will never be full of anything positive, simply because what’s filling it up is probably full of negative content.

If you see the glass as half full, and that it is filling up more every day, continue on that mindset, because a positive attitude will never fail you, even if the eventual result is failure. Remember, the flag and the anthem are representations of the idea of what good America has done, the good America can do, and the ideas which were espoused 242 years ago in the Declaration of Independence. They are also a tribute to those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice in that service.

The above listed reasons is why I will not tolerate someone burning or disrespecting an American Flag in my presence. I don’t care if it’s your right to freedom of expression. Your Rights have a Duty, and most don’t know that, let alone understand it. The rights you espouse when you burn or disrespect a flag were secured for you by the people whose memory you now disrespect. Trying to argue for your “Right” to burn or disrespect the flag is like saying you wish your Mother had committed abortion. It makes no sense.

When you have your 4th of July parties tomorrow, take a minute and remember what the idea of America was originally. Remember those who have died keeping our nation and others around the world safe from the evil that is rampant across the globe. Most importantly, think of a way you can make a positive impact (remember, “Half-Full”) as an American, even if it’s making yourself less of a burden on society by being as self reliant as possible.

Below are a few videos I found that express some of the sentiments I’ve written here.

God Bless and keep you and our great Nation.

JCD

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Preparedness And The Free Training Available For The Truly Motivated

A young aspiring Paratrooper getting ready for another jump during Airborne School

I have taken a lot of training over the years, and I have never regretted any of it. That training has consisted of “Hands On”, physical training (whether as a formal school, or an “In-house” unit class), “Death by Power Point” instruction in formal classes, “Old School” correspondence courses in the Mil, or the more recent version of that, which is doing it on line for the Mil or LE.

Whether it was the training I received as an Enlisted Soldier, as a Non Commissioned Officer in a leadership role in the Infantry, my LE career, or info gleaned from courses I actively searched out and took on my own. The training was always what I considered a “Tool” in the “Preparedness Tool Box” and could come in handy one day.

Students learning to fire and maneuver in an MDT “Bushbastard” class.

There are many out there today who try to convince others that they are serious, when it comes to their “motivation” in the area they say is their niche/calling. For instance, the “Militia” crowd has done their very best to try and make many of us believe they will be there when needed, whether it’s a natural disaster, an invasion, or a protest.

Practicing some wilderness survival skills.

The facts we actually see are that many of them are a “Soup sandwich without the bread”, and not only do they not have any true organization, but they don’t even understand their authority (or in this case, the lack thereof), and what the original guidelines were concerning the militia.

MILITIA RANT ON:

Regardless of whether their intent is to just look like the “Navy Seal they always wanted to be”, but couldn’t cuz….SEAL!, or if they are truly serious about being there to help in their neighborhood’s time of need, it really doesn’t matter. Perception is reality, and the perception is that most of these guys (who put themselves in the public eye) are a joke, and define the term “Wannabe” to the fullest extent possible.

Do you guys want to change that perception just a bit? OK, here’s a tip, stop trying to dress like you’re a commando when you are in public. As an example: Although a tomahawk is an effective survival and fighting tool for a Soldier or a Woodsman, going to a protest while carrying it on your gear right behind your “Modular Food Storage Unit” IS DUMBER THAN AN IN-BRED, METHHEAD SNORTIN’ DRAINO LACED, COMET!

Want another tip? Do everything you can do to come across professionally (Not as “A Professional”. In this context, you are not “A Professional”. If you were, you’d be in the Military or Law Enforcement). This post is about learning one facet of what you can do to gain some knowledgeable in the right direction. Why? So you can be on the same “sheet of music” as those you might be helping out, and you can then all speak the same “language”. You can’t do squat if you can’t communicate.

MILITIA RANT OFF:

The area with the free courses falls under the “Independent Study section shown in the yellow box.

This leads me to the point of this post. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a website called The Emergency Management Institute. On it, there are a number of courses you can take for free that will help you not only understand how the organizational structure works, but if you may be involved with LE or Fed, (no, I don’t believe you when you tell me you worked with LE or Feds at the Presidential Rally or a Civil War Parade, they didn’t need or want you “helpin’ out” because you’re an unknown, untrained liability) at least, you will have an understanding of how they are organized and function in an organized function or an emergency.

I found out about the free courses years ago, and although I have been required over the years to take a number of them for my employers, the majority I’ve done were on my own because “Free Knowledge”….., and why wouldn’t you take advantage of it?

Whether you are a member of a Neighborhood Protection Team tasked with the security of your group in your locality, or you’re just a Survivalist who likes to know all he can about how the Local, State, and Federal authorities will respond to different types of emergencies in your area. It would behoove you to take at least some of these courses to be aware of what is going on around you.

The red block shows a short list of what is available for free and shows up when you scroll across the “Independent Study” icon.

 

IS-100bIntroduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100

IS-700bAn Introduction to the National Incident Management System

These first two are the ones I recommend you take first to give you a base line for the rest of the courses you take. There are presently 194 courses available. A few require credentials from the Feds to take, but most do not. You will have to register with FEMA to take the on line tests if you want a certificate of completion, but you do not have to register to take the class.

In the last few days, the ability to take the tests for the classes has been down and this advisory has been on the site concerning the tests.

IS-101cPreparing for Federal Disaster Operations: FEMA

IS-200b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

IS-230dFundamentals of Emergency Management

IS-251Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for Alerting Authorities

IS-288aThe Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management

IS-293Mission Assignment Overview

IS-303Radiological Accident Assessment Concepts

IS-315CERT Supplemental Training: The Incident Command System

IS-405Overview of Mass Care/Emergency Assistance

IS-660Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships

IS-662Improving Preparedness and Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships

IS-775EOC Management and Operations

IS-907Active Shooter: What You Can Do

IS-909, Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone

These are just a few I’d recommend you take to have a solid grasp of the “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” of Federal emergency operations. For you guys who say you are “militia” and are willing to put in the effort, prove it. Show us that you’re not just playin’ soldier, and tryin’ to look like an extra in an interpretive dance of Modern Warfare 3, and for God’s sake, stay off of social media.

Just like the other forms and types of training depicted in this post, the computer is an awesome tool that, for now, can be utilized to learn many things you wouldn’t have easy access to other wise. USE IT!

Put in the time. Learn what is going on, and become organized and professional (for you militia guys, that usually means a polo shirt and cargo pants with a concealed pistol, not a plate carrier, your AR “pistol”, and a “Operator Cut” helmet). Stay in your “lane” (that means YOUR State if you’re “Militia”), and do the HARD THING (in this case it means study, not expending rounds). Knowledge is power, and survival requires many forms of “power”.

JCD

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