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Why Are Glocks So Popular

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Something that caught my eye the other day on youtube, the topic was the new Sig 320 being adopted. Someone said the military needed to get rid of the outdated Beretta design and go with something more modern.

Then the person said something along the lines of “modern like a glock.” Or otherwise implied Glock is a modern design.

I started laughing and thought to myself the guy in the video knows nothing of handgun history.

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Thrunite TC12 Flashlight Review

Thrunite TC12 Flashlight Review
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The Thrunite TC12 is unique in that it has a built in battery charger.  Plug in a micro-USB cable to charge the flashlight.  While charging the brightness selector button flashes.

Being USB rechargeable makes this is an excellent truck, car or nightstand flashlight design.  Keep the Thrunite TC12 in the console or glove box of the truck.  To charge, simply plug it into a USB charger.   Most people have some kind of cell phone charger in their vehicle.  Use the included cable to charge the light.

To review the Thrunite TC12 I did my typical battery of test. starting with the freeze test.

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Atactical A1 My New Go To Flashlight

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Let’s just say that I am very impressed with the Atactical A1 flashlight.  I have had this flashlight for around a month.  During that time it has stayed in a table next to the front door.

As some of you know I live in a rural area.  It is not uncommon for the dogs to start barking at something.  When they do, I take the Atactical A1 flashlight and walk around hoping to see what they are barking at.

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The Rise And Decline Of Glock

The Rise And Decline Of Glock
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Glock 19In 1982 when Glock hit the streets it was thrown to the forefront of the gun control battle by having a polymer frame.  The anti-gun leftist claimed a Glock would slip past airport metal detectors.   The anti-gun media did one thing, they gave Glock all the free advertising the company could want.

From 1982 – 1986 I was in high school.  Something teenagers did back then is we watched the news.  Video games were far and few between.  There was no internet, smart phone or tablet.  there was no Netflix, Youtube, Hulu or amazon prime.  The vast majority of people had 3 or 4 TV channels we picked up with an antenna.  From 5:30 – 6:30 the only thing to do was watch the news.  So watch the news we did.

Even after I graduated high school in 1986 I remember the anti-gunners beating the gun control drum over the Glock.


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Why I Do Not Like Glocks

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Take a safety feature off a chainsaw and you are asking fro trouble.  Yet, Glock fanboys justify the Glock not having a safety?

Your finger is not a safety.  There is an old saying, “always assume the presence of a belly button.”  Which means we are all human and we all make mistakes.  Safeties are there to compensate for mistakes.  Except for Glocks, they do not have a safety and thus do not compensate for when people make mistakes.

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Looking At A Glock 19

Looking At A Glock 19
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Handguns for SHTFI never cared for the look of a Glock, or the fact that they are made out of a polymer instead of aluminum or steel.  While some of my buddies jumped on the glock bandwagon a decade ago, I stayed with the Beretta 92F and more recently the Remington 1911 R1.

To ensure that the group is constant in some of the firearms we own, I decided to buy a Glock.  The one I am looking at is the Glock 19.

Several months ago some of my buddies and I went to a shooting range in southeast Texas.  They arranged their Glocks on the table and let me test fire several of them.  The one I liked the best was the Glock 19.

The 19 fits the bill as a lightweight handgun that I can carry while working around the farm.  Something that I can carry while running a chainsaw, or brush hogging with the tractor.  A handgun that stays out of the way, lightweight and chambered in 9mm.

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ARES SCR Generation 2

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The ARES SCR Generation 2 lower looks very interesting.  It is a lower that uses a custom AR-15 bolt carrier group along with a standard AR-15 upper.

First thing I wondered was how does the ARES SCR work without a buffer?  It uses a buffer like an FN/FAL.

Another thing that came to mind was putting a 300 blackout or 6.5 upper on it for hunting.

Overall, I like the idea and the looks of the rifle.

What Was Your First Survival Knife

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Around 1984,I went to GI Surplus in Orange Texas and bought my first survival knife. The store is no longer in business, which is a shame.  They had a good selection of military surplus.

When I got the knife home I was so proud.  It was like a turning point in a young mans life, I had bought my first knife.

The knife I bought was a Valor brand name. At the base of the blade it is stamped “Valor Miami, USA” on one side. On the other side it is stamped “440 Stainless, 599 Japan, camo”.

Overall length: 12 1/4 inches.
Blade length: 7 1/8 inches

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Gun Jesus Apocrypha: The Gospel of Browning

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Forgotten Weapons has a wonderful youtube channel. Ian goes out to auction houses, and then does videos about the unique and forgotten weapons up for auction. He also does some tidbits of information, such as why the safety of the AR/M16 is the way it it. Which I thought was pretty cool.

The gospel of Browning talks about how people add all kinds of unneeded garbage to their handguns.  To what end does the extra “stuff” serve?  Only to add weight and more stuff to break?

If we have something that works, why beat the drum for something else?  The 1911 has proved its value through two world wars and numerous conflicts all over the world.  Yet the 1911 is losing respect because it is old?  If something works, it works.  Age is of little relevance.

This is a wonderful video that talks about past and present handguns.

ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 Charger Review

ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 Charger Review
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If there is one thing Thrunite does, they manufacturer a quality product.  So far I have reviewed four Thrunite flashlights and all of them are top notch.  Thrunite continues their reputation for quality with the ThruNite C2 mini-charger.

Full Disclosure:  I received the charger at no cost to myself.  This will not influence my opinion and hopefully will not influence your opinion either.

Specs from Amazon:

  • Weight 5 ounces
  • Dimensions 3.6 x 0.9 x 1 inches
  • Item model number C2
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item Package Quantity 1
  • Batteries Included? Yes
  • Battery Cell Type Lithium Ion

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Sootch00 Rifle Review Henry 44 Magnum Carbine

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Sootch00 has released yet another great video, this one is of the Henry 44 Magnum Carbine.

Truth be known, I love lever action rifles. There is just something about them that draws attention. Maybe because the lever action is known as the rifle that won the west?  On top of that, have a handy short rifle chambered in 44 magnum?  Talk about a perfect combination.

For the 2017 deer season I am thinking about buying a lever action rifle.  Here is southeast Texas shots are rarely over say 125 yards or so.  Why not go with a 44 magnum?

My sons have a Marlin 336 in 30-30 Winchester.  It is a great rifle and the 30-30 Winchester is perfect for up close shots here in Southeast Texas.  But then again, I would like to have a rifle chambered in a handgun cartridge.

 

Sootch00 Rifle Review FN FAL

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Sootch00 has posted a rifle review, this time of the DS Arms SA-58 FN/FAL. From my personal experience of the DS Arms FN/FAL, they are great rifles. Sootch00 goes into some of the history of the FN/FAL.

One thing that sets the DS Arms FM/FAL apart from other FNs on the market, the DS Arms model is made in the USA. This is a rifle that carries the made in USA pride and quality.

I like the fact that DS Arms offers the SA-58 in a number of options. Such as a paratrooper model, various barrel lengths, short barreled rifle (SBR), folding stock… etc.

This is a 21st century rifle chambered in the 308 Winchester. While not as powerful as the 30-06, recoil of the 308 is easier managed than the ’06.

Gear Sling Pack For Get Home Bag

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Are gear sling packs suited for a get home bag? After a hiking trip in July of 2016, my opinion is that it you use a gear sling for a get home bag there are some things you need to look for in the pack design.

The July hiking trip was a little short at around 6 – 8 miles. Up until then I had never taken a gear sling pack on more than just a couple of miles. At round maybe the 5 – 6 mile mark, the strap started digging into my shoulder. My arm felt like it was going numb from the pain.

I took a bandanna, folded it up and put it between the strap and my shoulder for extra padding. That helped for a little bit.

The pack I was using is a Red Rock Rambler. The strap is on the left side and can not be switched to the right. I ended up taking the pack off and carrying it by hand for the last couple of miles. The pain was so intense my shoulder was sore for a couple of days.

Get Home Bag


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How to Pick a Good Skinning Knife

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Armchair commandos may believe anything sharp will make a good skinning knife, this is simply not true.  Certain types of knives are much better at skinning wild game than others.  Let’s take a few minutes and talk about types of knives to stay away from and types to consider.

For most applications the smaller and thinner the blade the better.

The easier the knife is to clean, the better.  This should exclude multi-tools and knives with accessories, such as the Swiss Army knife.

High carbon steel blade that holds an edge and is easy to sharpen.

Examples that come to mind so far are the Gerber Big Rock, Gerber Profile, and Case pocket knives.  I have seen more deer skinned with a Case pocket knife than any other brand of knife.  Old guys do not mess around with fancy or expensive knives.  Experience says go with what works.  For most applications, a Case pocket knife will do just fine.

No Skinning Pictures or Videos


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Mountain house extends life of pouches

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Mountain House recently extended the life of their pouches to 30 years, instead of 7 years.   This is supposed to be retroactive to existing pouches produced before the date change.

How I found about about the date change, I posted a video on youtube called Stockpiling mountain house #10 cans and pouches. Someone posted a comment saying “Your way out of date regarding the life of the pouches.” So I started a thread on the forum – When did mountain house pouches go to 30 years.

Someone from Mountain House replied with the following quote.

Hi Kev,

We’ve been using O2 absorbers in all of our non-novelty products for over a decade, including our Pro-Paks. It was before the early naughties that the pouches were just vacuum packed.

The new 30 Year Taste Guarantee applies to all MH products with intact packaging, whether O2 absorber, vacuum packed, or both (with the exception of novelties: ice cream sandwich, neapolitan ice cream, and cheesecake bites, all of which have a 2 year Taste Guarantee…)

Hope that helps!

–MH

Mountain House then went on to clarify some questions about nutrients.


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