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I don’t pay as much attention to the presidential debates as I did in the past because, let’s face it, no matter who wins it’s just going to be more of the same.

It’s called the Welfare/Warfare state …

In fact, I’m going to stick my neck out and call it now, Bush vs Clinton 2016 (the sequel! Wait … the trilogy? how many are we on now?)


But I must admit that I simply can’t believe that a self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist” is running for president … and actually doing ok.

His name is Bernie Sanders if you haven’t heard, and yes, he’s definitely pushing socialist agendas.

Today, I’m going to let my friends at Laissez Faire weigh in on this monstrosity.

Take it away Chris …


If you use any form of social media, and have any friends or followers at all, you’ve undoubtedly come across the hashtag.

And you also undoubtedly feel the ‘bern’ of yet another fellow American falling… yet again… for the socialist trap.

And here are some scary numbers to chew on this fine Monday afternoon…

According to social media analytics firm RiteTag, #Feelthebern is tweeted 625 times per hour.

With that, it’s getting 2.11 million views and being shared 883 times…


Also according to RiteTag, some of the latest pictures shared are…




 Let’s face it. Bernie Sanders is ‘hot right now.’

And here’s the thing…

We don’t disagree with him on everything. In fact, here are just a few things we can say, from a 10,000 foot view, we agree with…

** Get big money out of politics.
** Create decent paying jobs.
** Care for our veterans.
** End the drug war.
** And on…

But how he plans to do most of these things, of course, is what we absolutely, unequivocally, without a single shred of doubt… completely… disagree with.

He’s a one-trick pony. His only solution is a bigger government to “better” redistribute wealth. Which, if history is any guide, doesn’t work.

Alas, some are doomed to repeat humanity’s mistakes. And they think that it makes perfect sense. Especially the majority of the millennials, who, caught in a trap of student debt, wish someone would wave a magic wand and make it all go away.

I know many of these people. And have heard many of them, on many different occasions, tell me that they don’t plan to ever pay off their debt. Their plan is to just let it fester until it’s absolved.


Apparently, enough millennials rubbed the lamp and… miraculously… out popped Uncle Bernie, here to soothe all their ills with free stuff.


Oh, wait. There he is now, on his white unicorn…


How will you do it, Bernie?

Raise the taxes.

But just on the rich, right?


Wait… what? 

What most bernwashed Americans don’t get is it’s not the super rich who are going to #feelthebern… it’s them.

Everyone… we repeat… everyone is going to get taxed to death so our government can waste more of our money on illegal things Big Governments love to do…

The end result, of course, is that this country falls to its knees and stays there.


In the meantime, all the services that Bern is offering for free might become free — but they will also continue to degrade. And they will quickly become completely irrelevant in our society. A big waste of resources and time.

We can already see it happening in regards to education.

Many think Sanders is somehow ‘new,’ and ‘edgy,’ and he’s on the fringe.

When, in reality, he’s just spouting the same old [expletive deleted] that governments have always promised when a charismatic leader steps up in a time of crisis.


Bigger government. Bigger government. Bigger government. 

If that mantra doesn’t keep you up at night, you need a little dose liberty in your life.

Or maybe a whole lot. But that’s up to you to figure out.

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John Murphy
John dropping knowledge bombs

Today, I’m going to tell you about a live training concealed carry course that I recently attended with my wife and father …

What makes this a good live training course to talk about is it fits the criteria that I laid out in my other article about training courses for the armed civilian.

1. It’s taught by someone who is more than qualified but also

2. The entire course is taught with the context in mind being that of a plain clothes civilian who is concealed carrying in their every day life.

That’s it.

There was no attempt to turn the class attendees into “Sheep dogs” or “Spec Ops Snake Eating Door Kickers” and there were no back flips out of flaming helicopters.

Just good info, good range work and practical exercises designed to help good people 1.) hopefully avoid bad people and if that doesn’t work then 2.) win fights against bad people if needed.

Why did I take ANOTHER basic pistol course?

In the last 10 months, I’ve taken around 157 hours of professional firearms training. To put that in perspective, the average bachelors degree takes about 120 hours and the average master’s degree is 30 hours — so I’ve earned the equivalent of a “Masters degree” in handgun fundamentals at this point.

Yet, I signed up for another basic pistol/concealed carry course and completed it this past weekend …

Why is that?

There are a few reasons:

1. With a background in martial arts, I understand that there is no such thing as “advanced techniques” — just the fundamentals applied with more skill.

2. I teach others through the various things I publish, so I’m also learning “how to teach” the fundamentals of pistol craft from every instructor I take a course from and finally …

3. This was a special occasion because I was taking the class with my wife and my father.

I wanted my father to get some good training and see the incredible advancements in combat training since the Vietnam era and my wife … well … let’s just say that it’s always better to “out source” professional training for your wife (no matter the field) to another expert.


Concealed Carry: Foundation Skills – day 1
Concealed Carry: Street Encounter Skills – day 2
Culpeper, VA

FPF Training in 90 Seconds Promo Trailer:

This was a weekend training experience that I attended with my father and my wife. My father retired from the ARMY in the Vietnam era and since then has had no formal firearms training. This was also my wife’s first formal firearms training.

Why I Trusted John Murphy at FPF Training To Train My Wife and Father

John Murphy
John dropping knowledge bombs

As you can imagine, having taken a lot of training in the last year from many different instructors, I wanted to make sure that my wife and my father’s first training experience was with the absolute best instructor possible.

Now, here’s the funny part — I had never trained with John Murphy before!

… But, I did train at his range. He hosted both the first Tom Givens pistol/shotgun course and the Greg Ellifritz Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting and Tactical Medicine Class I took at his range.

As such, I got to see him talk a little bit and get a feel for the guy. Plus, you can tell a lot about people by the way they act and the people they hang around with.

For instance, in introducing Tom Givens, Murphy explained (I’m paraphrasing from memory of course):  “The reason I host Tom at my range here is because Tom is the best at what we do. The context we all operate in, the concealed carry context, so that’s why he’s here”.

You notice that he didn’t say “I’m the best and Tom Givens is the second best” he went ahead and swallowed his EGO on his own range and gave praise where praise was due, to another trainer, and told us all to pay attention.

The ability to swallow one’s own ego and be a perpetual student usually makes for a good instructor (ask me how I know having spent my entire life involved in the martial arts).

Finally, through reading other AAR’s on the internet, I’ve heard good things about FPF Training and John Murphy.

Instructors, Range and Class Size:

John Murphy was the head instructor. As a quick background, John did a decade in the Marines and still works as a jackbooted government thug … err … in some capacity with the DOD as he reveals on his website. However, he points out “I’ve learned much more about shooting and self-defense outside the military than I ever did during my service.”

Gary looking good
Gary looking good

Gary Jakl was the assistant instructor. His experience is also deep and wide.

The FPF Training range is a really nice facility. It’s private and located rather remotely, on private land, even though it’s in Culpeper, VA. It’s not huge but there’s just enough space and equipment to get everything done. Not pictured are the porta potties because the range is rather remote.

FPF Training
The FPF Range facilities

Class size was about 6-8 people on both days. Just one assistant instructor was plenty and John controlled the lines well and could have probably run the entire class himself, but it was nice having the assistant instructor there because he had time/ability to give extra help when needed. The range could fit double this size no problem (and triple this size using the A/B line format).

As a note before we start. John offers the foundational skills class as a one day class and also the street encounter skills as a one day class. They could both stand on their own (and we had some people that came for either/or because of scheduling conflicts) but they are best taken together in my opinion because the information builds on each other and it’s good to do the day 2 while the day 1 info is fresh.

Concealed Carry: Foundational Skills (Day 1)

John giving love like only a retired Marine can ...
John giving love like only a retired Marine can …

Let me first read you the description for this class from the FPF Website:

“This ten hour class is intended for near novice and experienced shooters alike seeking to acquire the basic skills required for carrying and employing a concealed handgun in self-defense.

“The class consists of an extensive read ahead email, multi-media classroom presentation and subsequent defensive marksmanship training drills. These defensive marksmanship training drills emphasize safety, pistol manipulation (load, unload, reload, reduce malfunctions, perform a concealed draw stroke), practical marksmanship and the legal considerations of employing deadly force. Students must have completed a basic handgun course, military service or some other form of pistol training. Please email with any questions.

“This class exceeds the training requirement for a Virginia Concealed Pistol Permit.”

And that is a pretty good description of what this class was about.

In short, this is clearly your foundational skills course. John covered all the safety rules, went into a good class lecture on concealed carry in general and then talked about the goals of the course.

He made the point that getting in the proper mindset is crucial. The reason that concealed carriers are often successful in defending themselves and their loved ones is simple–they refuse to be victims. Other parts of mindset were discussed and explained …

Essentially, in a one day class (or even 2 day) the point was made that there is not enough time to train/prepare/practice any and every situation you could encounter …

Rather the goal of a foundational class like this is to give you the principles of how to be effective with your concealed carry handgun and then you can always apply those principles no matter the situation you find yourself in. John emphasized this point that the fundamentals worked in various real life scenarios by showing surveillance video footage in his powerpoint.

I believe at this point John also explained all the “practical” points about concealed carry that aren’t covered enough in my opinion in other courses aimed at the concealed carrier (again, context).

He went over how to choose a good holster, even showing a box of examples of holster types and the guns they fit, the draw backs they presented, etc.

Then John showed his EDC (Every Day Carry) which, if I’m remembering correctly at this time consisted of an appendix carried Glock 19, with one reload on the weak side, a stabbing fixed blade knife (forget the name) carried weak side appendix, pepper spray in his left front pocket, and a flashlight somewhere in his pockets I forget where. John explained the usefulness of each piece of equipment and why he carried it and the type of situation that it might be best for.

John also made a point to teach everyone that handguns are wimpy. This is great and knowledge you just don’t see in most courses but that all cutting edge trainers know and teach today. In short, all handgun service calibers (9mm, .40 and, yes, even the .45 ACP) are all wimpy and you need to shoot more than once to get the job done most times.

Then after a few hours (it may not have even been that long as we had a small class and not many questions) — John handed out “snap caps” and we hit the range.

I like that this class started with dry fire manipulations of the handgun so that everyone was on the same page. This is where John explained all the fundamentals of marksmanship and how the applied to the concealed carrier (hint: it’s not bullseye shooting).

Then live fire started. We first started with shooting singles, doubles and other accuracy bullseye type drills to try to get down the marksmanship fundamentals.

After this, the concealed draw stroke was demonstrated and practiced to one shot. John actually teaches the concealed draw stroke from 4 different “starting positions” … I have thoughts on that, that I’ll share later, but it was definitely different and gave everyone practice at starting the draw stroke from hand positions that they might not have thought about before. The video below shows John demonstrating the 4 positions:

Then draw to two aimed shots (aimed pairs). And then later on “strings of 3-5 shots” with John emphasizing again that handguns are wimpy so you’ll need to shoot more than once in a real life encounter.

Around this time was lunch on the range. If you attend a course at John’s range he’ll tell you to bring your lunch because there’s not enough time to leave the range (he’s right).

After lunch, I believe John showed reloading techniques and malfunction clearances. Then there was more shooting.

Verbalizing, a Key Skill …

One thing that was great about this class was John had everyone verbalize, something I’m still not good at training enough. For instance, after shooting the bad guy everyone had to come to ready, scan for additional threats and then verbalize some version of “Somebody call the police! This guy just tryed to kill me!” while scanning for more threats.

This is really, really great work that should be done by anyone who is practicing for Concealed Carry.

We ended the day with a qualification course of fire on the FPFTraining Targets — everyone passed as far as I know — and there was REAL improvement in the targets of my father and wife by the end of the day.

All in all, the FPF Training Concealed Carry: Foundational Skills course is exactly what it sounds like a “foundational skills” course much like most other “Handgun 1” classes that I’ve taken.

What did set it apart though was that John teaches the entire thing in the context of the civilian concealed carrier, which I think is lacking in most “defensive pistol” or “Handgun 1” or “Combat Pistol 1” courses. Round count for day 1 was approximately 200 rounds.

Concealed Carry: Street Encounter Skills (Day 2)

John demonstrating his own version of a "street encounter"
John demonstrating his own version of a “street encounter”

I believe this is John’s “flagship” class and for good reason. This was an EXCELLENT class for a basic concealed carry class. Here’s the description from John’s website:

“During this ten hour course, students will concentrate on practical application exercises transitioning their foundation skills into a realistic context and live fire environment. The principles of de-escalation, verbalization and decisive movement will be exercised along with practice in the judicious use of lethal force.

“This course also includes a 4 hour interactive, multi-media lecture illustrating the indicators of criminal pre-assault behavior, the physiological impact of stress in self-defense situations and ballistic performance. The course culminates with highly supervised “force on force” scenarios to reinforce and exercise the defensive principles of awareness, avoidance, deterrence, de-escalation and transition to decisive action.

“This class exceeds the training requirement for a Virginia Concealed Pistol Permit.”

My wife, my father and I were 3 of the people from day one that stayed for day 2. Then either 3 or 4 people joined us for the day 2 and I THINK that almost all of them had prior experience training with John. That meant that everyone was on the same page because they had the basics from day one down.

The Extensive Classroom Time …

Even so, the day started with 3-4 hours of classroom time with an extensive powerpoint presentation that really knocked everyone’s socks off. I’m not joking. It was really good.

Let’s face it, the idea of sitting on your butt for more than an hour is not appealing, but John’s presentation was really good. John said it covered “illustrating the indicators of criminal pre-assault behavior, the physiological impact of stress in self-defense situations and ballistic performance” which it did and much much more.

Discussions of “social” vs “asocial” violence were discussed which I thought was really great because it was one of the main takeaways I had from the Target Focus Training (TFT) I had done with Tim Larkin and what I like about what they teach.

There were many, many, MANY “caught on camera” video surveillance clips played for the class to show what actual incidents actually look like and the lessons that could be learned from each.

In fact, there were two incidents (at least) over the two days that were so ambiguous that they presented the best case ever of why I would ever carry pepper spray. I won’t go into the incidents, but the point is I never saw a need that I personally would need pepper spray but after seeing and discussing two “what would you do” incidents — I see now where pepper spray could be VERY valuable in some ambiguous situatoins that are on the fring of social/asocial but my hands, a knife, or a gun aren’t the “best” answers. Very good stuff.

Come to think of it, almost everything in John’s presentation — if used as the starting point for your own reading/research — would set you up really well to become very skilled in all this. John basically draws from a vast library of knowledge — from Colonel Coopers “Principles of Self Defense” to modern day sources.

One take away, that I think my wife finally understands now, is how quickly the “monkey dance” of social interactions where egos are involved can turn into social violence, and then asocial violence … and you never know who or when in the real world.

Managing Unknown Contacts and More “Transitional Moment” Work …

Then we went to the range and there we did some work on MUC – Managing Unknown Conctacts – that John explained he picked up from Craig Douglas (aka SouthNarc).

This is where you get into the “principles of de-escalation, verbalization and decisive movement” that John promises you. In short, how to do you recognize, then avoid or stay out of a bad situation.

How can you tell if the guy walking up to you on the street is just an out of work guy who needs a couple bucks or a guy that’s using that ruse to get close enough to jam a knife between your ribs?

Do you know? Have you put as much time into thinking about pre-assualt indicators as you have into what gun is the coolest?

After practice of a lot of this, and giving I believe it was three basic solutions to managing unknown contacts and people that start to present themselves as possible problems (with practice) we had lunch.

After lunch I believe is when the live firing began. Safety was quickly covered again, and because everyone was on the same page the shooting started.

The FPF Target …

Various drills were done, almost all shooting on the FPF Training Target which you can see below:

The FPF Training Target
The FPF Training Target

As you can see, this is a good target that (I assume) John designed since it bears his company name. For the head shots, you’re looking to get hits in the ocular cavity (which is actually shorter in height than a 3×5 card, this looks to be 2×4-5 inches). And instead of aiming “center mass” you’re aiming for the inner most triangle which starts at the sternal notch and the two nipples — this is where the heart and other large vessels that are anatomically valuable to destroy with your wimpy pistol bullets.

In addition, the “lines” for these target areas are light grey on a black hoodie that the bad guy is wearing so they’re not easy to see … sort of like in real life the bad guy doesn’t have any target zones drawn on him right?

Plus, you’re looking into the face of a “real person” and shooting them, so that’s also good for realistic training (an entire discussion that deserves its own article). And finally, the numbered shapes in different colors can be used (and were) used for different marksmanship drills. It’s almost like John put a lot of thought into this target 🙂

Gas Stations and other “Watering Holes” …

In the classroom portion, it was shown how a lot of incidents happen at Gas Stations and they present a special problem for you because 2 legged predators — much like the predators of the Sahara — see gas stations as “watering holes” where they know that you have to go and you’re often distracted enough to attack. The video below shows John explaining some gas station concerns:

In addition to practicing drawing from concealment with single, double and multiple hits to the target at 3 yards, 5 yards and 7 yards, eventually movement was introduced.

Movement plus shooting — all in a beginner’s course!

Much like Tom Givens, John recommends that you sidestep on the draw anytime you’re drawing on a threat inside of about 5 yards. Also like Tom Givens, this is included in a beginner’s curriculum, which I totally agree with.

This is great training and I was amazed that my wife with no formal training was progressing so fast that half way through day 2 in her first training class she was sidestepping (or hopping …) and drawing a gun and putting multiple hits center mass on a bad guy like a pro. It was great to watch. John demonstrates the defensive draw in the video below:

Then there was one handed shooting and practiced. I can’t for the life of me remember if we did “other killing hand” shooting (weak hand/support hand shooting). I think we did.

Verbal and Physical Interactions Before The Guns Come Out …

Building on the verbalization skills from day one, and the Managing unknown contacts from day 2, John acted as the bad guy’s “voice” for many of the drills.

So you’re standing there and John is yelling “hey man, let me get some change man, let me get some change …” and you verbalize back, “sorry, I don’t have any, no thanks …” and then John says “HE DON’T LOOK RIGHT” which is your queue to put your hands up in position 4 (hands up in the “give me space I don’t want trouble” position where you can also defend your head against blows) then either the situation de-escalates (“OK, he walks away, God Bless you man ...”) or you enter what John calls “the transitional moment” when John starts shouting “He has a gun, GUN, GUUUUNN!!!” then you sidestep, draw and shoot.

This is really, really, REALLY good training for anyone that carries a gun.

All contacts with weird, creepy people will NOT end up in you having to shoot them (in fact probably 99% of the time they won’t if your head is not up your butt) — so practicing these transitional moments — with verbalization is sorely lacking in most defensive handgun training I’ve taken.

Shot Timers and Steel (something most people don’t get to experience) …

More range work was done, on the shot timer and we all got to see our times. Right now, I’m sitting at around 1.40’ish seconds (consistently) on the sidestep with draw from concealment to first aimed shot (guaranteeing my hits in the anatomical valuable zone), with .20-.30 splits on the followup shots. It was neat to see that measured in a class (I can’t remember the last class that the instructor got a shot timer out).

My wife and father, by the way–even with this being their first formal training–were consistently in the 2.3 to 2.5 range of side step draw from concealment and getting an anatomically valuable first hit. With only 2 days of training! Obviously, if most gun fights happen in less than 3 seconds–John did a great job getting them prepared!

We got to shoot some steel too. At some point, we did a walk back drill on C-Zone steel targets. Three targets, and you had to get 2 out of 3 hits to continue moving away from the targets. We started at 10 yards, most the class was done by 15-25yds. I think I made it (if I had to guess because there was no markings past 10 yards) to about 40-50yds before I missed two of the targets. A few others made it farther than me.

The final student remaining (along with John Murphy of course) were battling it out at around 70yds if I remember what John said correctly. Needless to say at the 40-50yd distance I got my two misses at — my trijicon HD front sights were obscuring the entire target. I want to do more work at these extended ranges because it gives you an advantage for sure!

John explained that while the “typical” gunfight happens at 3-5 yards in 3 seconds or so — you should know how far and whether you can make hits like this at distance. Great points and I agree, especially with the idea that we are seeing more domestic terrorism and killers with rifles that you may have to engage at distance.

We did some “competitions” against each other on the steel dueling trees as well at 10 yards. That was a lot of fun as well.

At the end of both days, we got to end with six shots of “Whatever makes you happy” on the targets. Basically, you got to shoot six shots into the target however you wanted. And then the class was basically over. Round count for day 2 was approximately 200 rounds as well.

In truth, I didn’t keep copious notes because I was participating in the class and concerned about managing and trying to make sure my wife and father had a good first class experience too — so I might have missed a LOT of what was covered — but that should tell you that it was an excellent class because it covered A LOT.

In the video below, you’ll get a lot more footage (8 minutes) of the type of training that was in this class:

In Conclusion …

John Murphy at is a class act. He represents exactly what I am talking about when I emphasize what is important in a concealed carry course — there are so many things you can learn that could waste your time — and there are so many things that you should learn — John’s training represents a great example of a “foundation” that will probably be enough for the average citizen.

And at the very least, it’s a GREAT foundation to start building on your skills. But I would recommend the course highly to anyone and everyone who asks, no matter your skill level.

Further, I’m glad that I put my faith in John and trusted him enough to train my family … and that he didn’t disappoint. He doesn’t know it, but he had very lofty goals that I had set for him and he exceeded them all. If you’re looking for a good foundation course, go to Culpeper, VA, and take a class from John you won’t regret it.

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First off, Magpul Mbus Gen 2 Sights are affordable.

If you are just starting out in the AR-15 world, then you might not have much money. Or you don’t want to spend a lot because you don’t know what you will like yet. Or perhaps you want to do a budget build. Or maybe you just don’t like spend more money than you have to (who does right?)

If you have more than one AR-15 rifle, then you will need to put backup iron sights on all of them … and that can start to add up real fast.

And the Magpul Mbus Gen 2 sights are a pretty good price. You’re basically looking at getting both the front and rear sights for under $100. Compare that to the $200+ you might pay for some other brands (which we’ll talk about in a moment) and you’ll see they’re a good deal.

They’re slim profiled, lightweight, polymer, and look good

Ok, so the big pink elephant in the room with the Magpul sights is that they’re made of polymer.

Now, at first that might turn you off because your first thought is “that’s not going to be as strong as steel” but we’ll get to durability in a moment …

Let’s talk about the benefits of the polymer, spring-loaded design of these things:

They’re lightweight – from what I can gather, they weigh 1.3 oz each (front and rear). That’s practically nothing. They’re featherweight. Very important because ounces = pounds real fast on a rifle.

They’re slim profile – They take up less than 1″ of MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny receiver rail space. There is less to snag on brush or slings or anything else.

They’re Secure – they lock in tight with the included steel crossbolt to your rail

Standard – Rear sight has standard AR-15 style aperature sighting system. Both front and rear have same height over bore as standard A2 iron sights.

Look Good – I think they’re a nice design and look slim and low profile when folded down and out of the way. And if I have them flipped up, then I’m shooting with them so I don’t even look at them 🙂

Accurate as Backup Iron Sights can be

These sights work the same way as most iron sights or backup iron sights. The rear adjusts for windage and the front adjusts for elevation.

When I recently got certified as a Concealed Carry Academy firearms instructor, during the rifle portion of the bootcamp, I ran my AR-15 with these Magpul sights only because I didn’t have an optic yet.

We ended the rifle day of training with a 300 point qualification rifle course from various distances from 25 yards all the way up close to CQB drills at 5 yards with the AR-15, from multiple fighting positions like prone, kneeling, standing, and shoot & move — all with time limits.

Long story short, as you can see in the picture I scored a 269 out of 300 possible total score — enough to win the high score for the day — even though most of the other guys had red dots or other optics on their AR-15’s.


In other words, if you do your job behind the rifle, these sights — once you get them zero’ed — are plenty accurate.

They’re durable and tough. Maybe even better than more expensive options 

As I mentioned these made it fine through the previously mentioned instructor level rifle training class, but that’s the total extent to which I’ve gotten to “beat” on these BUIS, so I couldn’t speak to their long-term durability  …

However, I recently came across a “drop test” performed by a guy named Andrew Tuohy from “Kitup” on Here’s what he found (in a nutshell):

    "In order to test whether certain popular BUIS would still be serviceable after taking a hard hit, I attached three different types of BUIS – Troy Industries, Magpul Industries and Diamondhead USA – to an AR-15 rifle chambered in .300 AAC Blackout weighing 7 pounds and dropped the rifle upside down from a height of 5 feet onto a concrete surface.    Other portions of the rifle were protected from damage, and each set of BUIS took a solid hit from the drop. The ammunition used was Remington Premier Match .300 AAC Blackout 125 gr OTM. Each sighting device was installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then points of impact was established from a stable shooting position at 25 and 200 yards. After the drop, the rifle was fired again, and any change in point of impact noted.    The first BUIS dropped was the Diamondhead ... Point of impact shifted approximately 16 MOA.     Next came the Troy sight. Cosmetic damage was apparent, but the sight could still be operated normally. Point of impact shift was approximately 3 MOA.    The last set of BUIS was the Magpul MBUS. Damage was purely cosmetic and the sight remained fully functional. Point of impact shift was less than 1 MOA. Unlike the other sighting devices, a second drop was performed. Results did not change, and the sight remained functional."

What’s even more impressive, is that both the Troy and Diamonhead sights typically cost in that $200+ range that I was talking about earlier.

That’s double the price of the Magpul sights …

And to make it even MORE impressive, I found this on the author of that article’s private blog:

    "One thing I did not mention in the post which was sent to KitUp (due to word count limitations) was that after dropping the MBUS twice, I picked the rifle up, held it over my head like the maul I used to split seasons’ worth of firewood while growing up in Alaska, and swung it down on a concrete shooting table, with the MBUS taking all of the impact. It did not break or shift POI by anything more than 1MOA.
My opinion of the MBUS went from “cool airsoft gear bro” to “wow.”"

I don’t know about you, but that’s way more abuse than I plan to put my own BUIS through, but I’m definitely glad to know that they can take it!

The Bottom Line On The Magpul Mbus Gen 2 BUIS is this …

I like them because they do the exact job that they are meant to do:

They appear to be reliable, well thought out Backup Iron Sights (BUIS) that fold down nice and slim when not in use, are aesthetically pleasing, and they can take enough abuse that even if some catastrophic event caused your primary optic to go down — they would most likely survive and be ready for you to aim with.

And the best part is that, surprisingly, they either hold their own with other more expensive sights or simply out perform them in the ruggedness & durability department!

I can’t think of anything more you might want out of BUIS.

You can go and pick these up, for less than $100 total from right now.

Magpul Gen 2 Rear Sight


Click here for the Magpul Mbus Gen 2 Rear Sights from Brownells. 

Magpub Gen 2 Front Sight
Magpub Gen 2 Front Sight

Click here for the Magpul Mbus Gen 2 Front Sights from Brownells.

I’ll close with one final thought …

At the same instructor bootcamp one of the guys next to me said, “so you’re a big Mapul fan huh?” because I had the Magpul sights, and PMAG magazines, and a Magpul CTR stock and Magpul pistol grip on my AR-15 …

Until he said it, I didn’t realize how much Magpul gear I had on my rifle … but … I guess my answer best summed up why.

“I’m not a big fan boy or whatever, but it’s priced right and it just works man.”

And, when it comes to gear you can trust your life with, that’s what you need.

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More Guns, Less Crime
More Guns, Less Crime Book by John Lott
We should celebrate our current heroes — the unrecognized heroes that are still fighting for freedom today.

Enter John Lott.

“Who the hell is John Lott?!?!” you’re probably wondering. I’ll show you…

As every gun owner in America owes John Lott a debt of gratitude. Lott is an economist and political commentator whose book, More Guns, Less Crime, makes the definitive case AGAINST “gun control” and for the private ownership of firearms.

Lott’s work gets cited alongside that of criminologist Gary Kleck because both men have worked very hard to provide actual statistical proof of the validity of firearms ownership.

Photo from Wikipedia, used under creative commons license
Photo from Wikipedia, used under creative commons license

Lott is the founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, which Raquel Okyay called “a research and education organization that studies the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety.”

The gun control group calling itself the “Violence Policy Center” (which I think used to call itself “Handgun Control, Inc.,” a name that was deemed too honest) recently released another faulty “study” purporting to show statistical support for gun control.

Lott has worked hard, and continues to work hard, to get the word out that these “studies” (like all gun control statistics vomited forth by these anti-civil-rights groups) rely on grossly distorted figures and ridiculous leaps of logic in reaching the conclusions that that get repeated ad nauseam in the news.

Lott recently gave an interview in which he found errors like “triple counting” in the gun control data.

Lott has been endlessly vilified by liberals and “progressives,” just like Kleck has, because these men provide the ammunition we, as free citizens, need to combat left-wing lies.

I want to underscore that point: There ARE no studies to support the validity of “gun control.” When these are examined, they are all found to be lies. This is because it simply isn’t the case, in a rational world, that a person is more safe when he is disarmed and helpless.

To put it another way, the facts of reality support the idea that an armed citizen is a safer citizen because he has the means to protect himself. Liberals and progressives hate gun ownership because they hate anything that empowers the citizens to resist their attempts at creating an all-powerful cradle-to-grave state that tells citizens what to do, think, eat, and believe from the time they are born until the time they are die.

Progressives are statists who will not rest until every living creature lives under their boots and thumbs. They are allergic to facts and always prefer convenient lies.

John Lott fights to repel these lies with actual truth. It can’t be easy, and he is often giving interviews to hostile parties who make fun of him and disrespect him. He continues with his work because he believes in it and because he wants you and me to be able to protect ourselves with legal firearms.

Dedication to individual rights of this type deserves to be recognized. I applaud John Lott and I hope he continues to do his work. I hope he continues to give the liberals heartburn and I hope his statistics will fuel the defeat of progressives in many a debate for the next several years.

Thank you, John Lott, for standing with us.

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Growing up I loved the RAMBO movies …

The RAMBO movies were based off a book written by David Morrell called “First Blood”(hence the name of the first movie). After I read First Blood, David Morrell has since become one of my favorite authors after I found him in my pre-teen years (I’ve always been a voracious reader of topics that interest me).

Thank God my parents didn’t shelter me too much during those years.

It’s also the same years I made it my life’s mission to become a Navy SEAL when I got older. Around 3rd grade I remember my mom refusing to let me jump into my neighbor’s pool with handcuffs on so I could do the “drown proofing” drills I had seen in Navy SEAL training on TV (Bummer!)

Anyways, for various reasons I chose not to become a SEAL when I turned 18, but obviously I still read like crazy and these things still interest me …

Being well read and somewhat knowledgeable about firearms and whatnot, it always drives me CRAZY when I watch a movie or read a book and the obviously do no research on the weapons or guns used.

David Morrell NEVER makes that mistake …

His books are always thoroughly researched, and many times he actually goes through intense training while doing research for his characters.

So what does David Morrell have to do with my new favorite pocket knife?

One day, I read the newest David Morrell book “The Protector”The Protector not only has the main character, a former Delta Force operator named Cavanaugh, using an Emerson CQC-7 knife, but the cover art itself is a blood-stained Emerson CQC-7.

Now, of course, I figure I can’t ever afford an Emerson knife, and after a little research the CQC-7 looked like it was out of reach too …

Who Is Emerson?

Emerson, to make a long story short is a “famous” knife maker.

Specifically, he was one of the first guys to custom make — as in hand make — folding knives for the US Navy SEALs. This custom version was named the CQC-6 — either after SEAL Team 6 or because it was the 6th model of design. CQC stands for “Close Quarters Combat”.

Ownership of a CQC6 soon became something of a status symbol among members of various elite military units, including Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, German GSG 9, and British SAS …

When a bigger commercial manufacturer came to Emerson and wanted to produce them large scale, Emerson licensed them a similar design called the CQC-7.

Even though it obviously wasn’t handmade, everyone loved getting Emerson’s work, at an affordable price and without the five-year wait.

They’re still popular with elite special forces groups, in fact, in May 2013, a non-custom factory-made Emerson CQC-7 knife carried by the Navy SEAL who served as point man on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden was auctioned off for charity, netting over $35,400!

The problem with Emerson knives?

The price. I wouldn’t really consider myself a “hardcore” knife collector or aficionado. I might be getting there though …

Anyways, for a knife that starts around $150 and only goes up in price — it was a little steep for me to ever use as an EDC knife (that I’m going to use 90% of the time to cut boxes and other mundane chores–not take out terrorists).

Enter Kershaw …

Kershaw is a knife manufacturer that’s rather popular. In fact, for the past year or so I’ve been carrying almost every day a “cheap” kershaw pocket knife. I say “cheap” because it was low in price not quality.

I love it actually. It fits my hand good, has a nice tanto blade, is tough, and does every job I’ve thrown at it …

I actually respect Kershaw as a maker of pocket knives that you can count on for LESS than $50 all in.

Recently, we all lucked out because Kershaw teamed up with Emerson to make the Emerson designed knives available to everyone without deep pockets!

Introducing The Kershaw-Emerson CQC-7

As soon as I heard my favorite CHEAP knife maker — Kershaw — was teaming up with the maker of the most respected knives I knew — Emerson — I got super excited and ordered it the day I found it on Amazon.

For just $32.95 (shipping was free because I have PRIME) — I got this bad boy delivered to my door …

To make a long story short, I love it.

The cool thing about the Emerson design is the unique “Wave” feature. In short, it allows the knife to open as soon as you draw it from your pocket because a “hook” part of the dull side of the blade catches on your pocket as you draw it out.

Very useful if you ever need your knife out and deployed with just one hand.

Anyways, I’ve got this thing sitting here on my desk right now, it looks gorgeous.

The only complaint I might have is the size, it’s a lot bigger than my little EDC Kershaw folding knife — so I might try one of the Emerson CQC smaller knives — specifically the CQC-3k — as it will probably just a little bit smaller than the Kershaw I carry right now (see below):

Anyways, I feel any of the Kershaw Emerson CQC knives are the best you can get for under $50 (under $40 in most cases!) and I can’t wait to add a few more to my collection.

Pick one up if you’re looking for a new, proven, EDC knife.

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I wanted to real quick give you a quick rundown & review of my “night stand” setup …

This is actually something that I just setup recently and I forgot to tell you about it.

You see, before I had my guns closeby, but hidden away. AKA they weren’t that close to my bed … and they weren’t locked up.

And that worked well before the kids — heck when I was single I kept a handgun between my mattresses (it was never once a safety problem, but insert comments here about being young & dumb).

Anyways, I’ve always debated the practicality of locking up the guns you NEED in a life-or-death defense situation — slowing down your ability to get to them to defend yourself and your family.

However, I’m happy to report that thanks to the innovations of the free market and corresponding technology I can now trust some of the new gun security products.

So let’s get to it …

What I Have On My Nightstand …

Right now, sitting on my nightstand is a Gunvault MV500-STD Microvault Gun Safe from Amazon:

I was worried because this thing either has 5 star reviews or 1 star reviews. Some people must have got a lemon I guess, but out of 509 reviews … my thoughts are the factory probably just made a few lemons (it happens I guess, right?)

However, I took the plunge and got one because my good friend Jason Hanson trusts this same brand and make and model.

When I got it, I had to get the battery for it, then it’s a simple process to setup your own finger pad code.

gun vault

NOTE: I recommend this model over the newer “finger print scanning” models or whatever (that are more expensive anyways) because I just don’t trust that the technology is there yet to accurately read your finger print if you’re sweaty, adrenaline pumping (so you’re moving your finger around because you’re shaking), and need your gun fast.

With this, you set a 4-touch code and in less than a second your safe is open and the gun is in your hands.

Now, inside this are my Sig P225 carry gun and my new (to me, lol) Ruger LCP carry gun. These aren’t even really setup for home defense, they’re my Concealed Carry guns.


Well, basically because I go to the safe, open it to get one of the guns when I leave the house. Then when I get home, I open it and stick that gun back in there when I’m taking stuff out of my pockets after I get home.

So convenient.

The great thing is this gunvault is, literally, an arms length away on my bedstand. So all I have to do is roll over and hit the code and grab the gun.

It’s ALMOST as fast as having the gun sitting right there on the nightstand.

But, if the kids ever sneak into my room when I’m not around, the guns are locked up. Which is the whole point right?

I highly recommend one of these and the next purchase I believe will be one of their bigger models so that I can fit more “stuff” in there.

I need to get a light in there and I’d like an extra mag (kind of crowded already with the two guns in there because this is the small model).

Also on the night stand are a couple of daily carry pocket knives, again for the same reason they come out of my pockets when I get home, etc

And the cell phone is typically there charging.

So the home defense plan starts with turning over grabbing the phone and getting the first gun (hand gun). Calling 911, and making my way to the home defense shotgun with the light on it (my home defense shotgun is a completely different topic and I’ll share that with you soon).

For now, if you’ve been nervous (like me) about trusting these new gunvault type gun safes — give the Gunvault Microvault a try — Amazon has a great price and you can read all the reviews there so you can see what to expect.

Ideally, I’d like to get a number of these, and place them all throughout the house — so I have access to a gun anywhere in the home — I’ll keep you updated if (and when) I do this.

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Recently, I decided I wanted to get a good pair of “general purpose” boots.

Now, here’s the thing …

I’ve been a “flip flops” kind of guy for most of my life. I mean practically my entire adult life. Because I spent so many years going in and out of dojangs (martial arts schools) — I have worn flip flops 80% of my walking career.

The good news is: wearing as little as possible on your feet is great for your foot, ankle, and toe health (I don’t have time to get into it here, but you may have noticed that “barefoot running” has become all the rage the last few years. That’s why).

The bad news is: I knew almost nothing about what makes good boots, what is out there and how to wear them for things like hiking/rucking. Now I know a little less than nothing.

So I started doing research …

Take a look at this Spec Ops group from the Sandbox:

All the sources I’ve read label these guys as Navy SEALs, but the point is almost all the spec ops guys overseas ditch the standard issue desert boots for high(er) end commercial/civilian hiking boots (case in point, 3 out of the 4 guys in this pic are wearing Merrel).

After doing some research and looking for a pair of “light duty” hiking boots/shoes, I decided to get my feet wet (hopefully not literally, it hasn’t happened yet) on the Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe pictured below:

Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe
Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe

I knew I’d be doing some light hiking/rucking with a “light” pack (less than 50lbs), plus general walking around/outdoors stuff, so this was my first foray into the hiking shoe/boot world.

The first thing to notice when you click here to check these puppies out on Amazon, is the 4.4 out of 5 star reviews. Obviously, this is a popular entry level hiking shoe.

So what do I think so far?

Well, as I said, I’m far from an expert, but here are my impressions.

*** Standing all day: at the one-day Dynamic Shooting Class I took, my heels and lower back were KILLING me from standing up all day in the concrete floored inside shooting range when I was wearing New Balance minimalist street shoes. I’m conditioned to short runs/sprints in barefoot running wear. I’m NOT conditioned to standing up all day at all, so the minimalist footwear didn’t help at all. And that was just 8 hours.

After getting the Merrels before my last class at Academi, I got to see how that was. The Academi class was outdoors (little more forgiving rockbed shooting range) but it was 2-days. My feet felt great afterwards. Not a perfect test for sure, but meaningful to me since it seemed to help. Also, I wore these during the 3-day instructor bootcamp out in Utah, and through all the traveling (airports, more indoor walking/standing, and they were great).

*** Hiking/Rucking: I’ve only worn these hiking/rucking with 25lbs in a pack once since I got them. They held up great, my feet definitely did not hurt at all and I obviously had plenty of grip, etc in the mild woods near my house.

*** Support: I look at this two ways: I’ve never felt like I have weak ankles (knock on wood), so “high top” shoes never felt more supportive to me. But, I can definitely feel — even with these low tops — more support in the heel region and with more weight over my feet (with a pack on, etc).

*** Looks: I think these are pretty popular from what I can tell (1,278 reviews on Amazon as I type this). And they don’t look too “military” or anything. I feel like you could wear these almost every day and most people would not bat an eye (which is good because I don’t think anyone wants to look like a “crazy survivalist”). I got the regular walnut color but Amazon shows like 11 colors so you can match them to your purse (if you’re into that sort of thing) …

*** Price: I gotta say, jumping into the “good shoes/boots” market had me a little scared. These are under $90 shipped from Amazon. You can’t beat that.

*** Final Verdict? For what I bought them for — light duty hiking/rucking and general wear during the winter or outdoors — they are great. I know they’re not water proof, but I hope they’re a little water resistant, I’ll probably get to test that this winter.

Now, when I get into doing some serious miles and rucking with a bigger pack, I might move up to a more serious hiking boot such as the Merrel Sawtooth (very popular with SOF too) pictured below.


Merrell Men's Sawtooth Hiking Boot
Merrell Men’s Sawtooth Hiking Boot

Merrell Men’s Sawtooth Hiking Boot

But until that time I’ll be putting these Merrel Moabs through their paces.

One more thing:

I bought a couple pairs of “hiking” socks to try out because … well I’ve never had “hiking” socks.

I tried both these Wigwams:

Wigwam Men’s Cool-Lite Mid Hiker Pro Quarter Length Sock

Wigwam Men's Cool-Lite Mid Hiker Pro Quarter Length Sock
Wigwam Men’s Cool-Lite Mid Hiker Pro Quarter Length Sock

And I also tried these “Darn Tough” Merino Wool Socks:

Darn Tough Vermont Men's Merino Wool Boot Full Cushion Socks
Darn Tough Vermont Men’s Merino Wool Boot Full Cushion Socks

Darn Tough Vermont Men’s 1/4 Merino Wool Cushion Hiking Socks

Darn Tough Vermont Men's 1/4 Merino Wool Cushion Hiking Socks
Darn Tough Vermont Men’s 1/4 Merino Wool Cushion Hiking Socks

I really don’t know what I am doing when it comes to good hiking socks, but I heard the Wigwams were good and I wanted to try some type of Merino Wool.

My verdict?

Both worked great! That’s about all I can tell you now as I haven’t worn them multiple times each but the Wigwams seemed very “breathable” and your feet dont sweat while the Darn Tough Merino Wool’s kept my feet warm in Utah mornings in the desert and … not too sweaty when it warmed up to like 60F and sunny.

Anyways, if you’re in the market for some hiking shoes check out the ones I recommend.

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Speed Loader
Mag Lula Universal Pistol Magazine Loader

Recently I found myself in the middle of some intense multi-day firearms training.

While there we were doing handgun training all day and the instructor had us shooting hundreds of rounds over the all-day class …

That meant LOTS of running back and forth to your gear to “load up” your magazines.

The lady next to me was having the same problems I’ve seen practically every female I’ve ever taken shooting have. No, she was not a bad shot — she was shooting great (like almost every female I’ve ever seen at the shooting range) — she was having trouble loading her mags.

What’s more: while I can load mags with pure muscle memory at this point … after 8 hours on the range … firing hundreds of rounds … my thumbs and fingers were getting rubbed raw.

Simply put, loading 1000’s of rounds in your shooting career can be a PAIN (literally!)

That’s why if you shoot, you absolutely MUST get this “weird” little plastic device that will make all your range trips more enjoyable (and once the lady in your life learns how to use this — she will love you for it!)

The Mag Lula Universal Pistol Magazine Loader

Speed Loader
Mag Lula Universal Pistol Magazine Loader

The downsides of loading mags have been known for some time. That’s why modern handguns like Glock usually throw a simple plastic “loading” device in the new gun box to at least take some of the wear and tear off your thumbs.

The Mag Lula is the absolute pinnacle of magazine loading devices though!


*** Universal (works with all pistol magazines)
*** Speeds up and saves your skin/hands/thumbs/fingers
*** Makes filling magazines easier because you just squeeze
*** Compatible with 9mm, 10mm, .357, .40-, and .45-caliber mags
*** Works with single and double stack pistols-Again-universal
*** Only about $30 bucks!


*** Only ONE: learning how to use it and the rhythm takes a couple tries. After that you’ll LOVE it!

The Bottom Line?

You have to get one of these!

Look, here’s how awesome this thing is:

Click here to see the 4,980 reviews on Amazon (at time of this writing, by the time you read this, there will probably be more) — it has a 4.9 out of 5 star rating!That’s so close to perfect as to not even matter …

And these things are flying off the shelves because everyone loves them.

Look at these reviews ALL published within just 24 hours:

“A Must Buy”
“First thing I bought after my handgun purchase. Best money I’ve spent. Most magazines are notoriously difficult to load. This makes the range more fun.”
— Posted just 8 hours ago by lj

“The only loader to own!”
“Fast loader and easy to use. There is a very short learning curve to this loader and then it will become indispensable. I bought one for my wife and daughter.”
— Posted 11 hours ago by cpwutah

“Save Time and Avoid Pain”
“This tool actually works exactly as advertised. I guess I am getting old. I could barely load a six round clip without wrecking my thumb”
— posted 16 hours ago by william wetherell, II

Seriously, ALL those reviews were FIVE STARS and came in during the last 24 hours — if you don’t have one of these magazine loaders you are MISSING OUT!

Click here to see for yourself on Amazon and get you one. There’s really not much else to say. (best price I’ve found, as almost always is right there on Amazon).


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Glock 19 Gen 4
The Glock 19 Gen 4

If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, you know I’ve always preferred metal guns. And my daily carry has always been my trusty Sig Sauer P225 (P6 if you want to get technical, it’s an old German Police gun).

Anyways, the reason I always preferred metal guns was because I HATE Glocks.

Or … uh … well … I used to hate them.

When the Glock 17 first came out decades ago … If you remember, it was on the cover of EVERY gun magazine. All the stories talked about how it NEVER jammed! Torture tests of 1,000’s of rounds and mud baths, and all kinds of abuse and they never jammed.

My dad figured “hey, if I want a gun to protect the family, I should get the most reliable one possible” — so he saved up and bought a Glock 17 when he found a good price at a gun show.

(You should know that I do NOT come from money. My Dad is the quintessential hard American worker — always had at least 2 jobs when I was growing up).

A Glock That Jams?

I was so small, and the Glock 17 1st generation grips were SO big and blocky, that almost every time I fired it — it jammed! That’s because the polymer frame makes the gun light, plus a loose “limp wristed grip” will make any gun jam.

At a local gun club though, I could shoot the Beretta 92F with no problems (no jams) and even did some pepper popper (steel plates) and bowling pin “competitions” somewhat well for a pre-teen at that time. 

(The same thing happened when my mother would shoot the Glock by the way, for the same reasons).

So, that combined with the fact my dad couldn’t get the sights he bought adjusted right — he eventually sold it. I got a Beretta 92F when I was older. And my dad got the Taurus that looks just like the Beretta.

Beretta was a great gun, and even though the grip was STILL too big for my hands–I could shoot it reliably and accurately. 

Then, I once got the chance to shoot a Sig Sauer P225 as a young man, and that gun fit my hand the BEST at that age, so I promised myself when I got older I would buy one. So I did. And that’s my “metal gun” love story …

The Glock enters my life again …

So I’m shooting with my buddy AC at the range a couple months ago and he has his new Glock 19 Generation 4. I shoot it. The grip feels REALLY different.

WTF is going on?

So it turns out — after what two decades lol — that Glock finally offered their Gen 4 guns in a Short Frame (SF) configuration out of the box — reducing the grip by a small amount, and you can ADD included backstraps to the gun to make it a bigger grip if you want.

As it sits in the box, the Gen 4 G19’s handle is more slender than the Gen3, decreasing the distance-to trigger by .08” (it actually feels WAY smaller now).

Should the grip feel too small, you can add either a medium or a large back strap that’s included in the box. The medium attachment adds .08” to the handle, bringing it back to Gen3 dimensions. The large back strap adds an additional .08” to the handle, making it suitable for you giant pawed people out there.

Anyways, this was the first time a Glock felt GOOD in my hand. Dare I say it … as good as my Sig P225.

And the Glock is actually slightly SMALLER than the P225 (the Sig was state of the art “sub compact” in the 80’s or 90’s when first designed … nowadays not so much) making it easier to conceal.

Plus it weighs less (important for a carry gun)… and this is the big thing … it comes out of the box with standard 15-round magazines.

So it’s smaller, weighs less, has almost exactly DOUBLE the capacity of 9mm (Sig has 8 rounds, G19 has 15) … I had to face the facts … it is the logical choice.

And lastly, the new Glock 19 Gen 4 actually LOOKS good.

I have always HATED the way the blocky Glocks looked … but … this new Gen 4 look is growing on me.

So after shooting it … researching it … and having the Glock 19 Gen 4 on my radar for a couple months I saw a great private sale package that I couldn’t pass up. (I got a GREAT deal on the gun (with trijicon HD night sights), plus two sets of holsters, a magazine pouch, a surefire weapon light, 6 magazines, and some more stuff I can’t remember via a private sale.)

Anyways, that’s my Glock story, and I’ll be talking more about them (and the accessories) in the future.

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You’re out late at night, maybe two in the morning…

You stop at an all-night convenience store and gas station. While you’re inside in line to pay for your gas, a couple of guys come in and start raising a ruckus, maybe yelling at the clerk, tossing things in the aisles, making asses of themselves.

You watch and wonder if you’re about to see a robbery, or just a couple of belligerent drunks beating up a convenience store clerk. Knowing that there are two of them and only one of you – minimum wage isn’t worth fighting over, so the clerk won’t be of much help, and who could blame him?

So what do you do? Read on…

You reach into your pocket, palm your ComTech Stinger, and wait for trouble.

The moment passes and the drunk guys leave. You ease your grip on the stinger, letting the pointy knob slip out from between your fingers.

You didn’t have to mix it up with anyone, so you’re better off than if you had. Just the same, you’re glad you had an equalizer.

The ComTech Stinger has been on the market for quite some time and can be had in multiple opaque and translucent colors. It is basically a keychain pressure point tool that can augment a punch.

Of course, this is nothing new.

It’s been around for a while now and James Keating of ComTech probably sells a boatload of them in any given month. They’re on the keychains of countless self-defense-minded citizens and preppers.

They’re plastic, so they won’t give metal detectors any trouble – though of course you would never try to take this into a high security area or onto an airplane.

Still, it’s good to know that on your keychain is something you can carry into many guarded but lower-security venues where metal detectors screen the visitors (such as certain amusement parks, etc.).

The ComTech Stinger is cheap enough that you have no excuse not to carry one. It’s light enough that it disappears in your every day carry gear.

Why Carry Something Like This?

By magnifying the power of your strike – it’s simple physics that when you concentrate the power of a blow in a smaller, more rigid (stronger) area, you’re going to do more damage to the target – the stinger makes it possible for you to deal out more force than you could with your bare fists (and feet, and knees, and elbows) alone.

There are a lot of people out there who seem to think that hand held items like these are “toys” – distractions that are the last resort of those not confident in their abilities to dish out pain and suffering with their bare fists and attitudes.

This is foolish.

You’re not an animal, but a human being.

You should use a tool.

Why on Earth would you risk breaking your knuckles or exchanging blood with an adversary when you could instead use a rigid tool?

Plastic keychain tools are perfect for this type of application. And they’re cheap enough that if you do have to leave one behind at a security checkpoint, you won’t be out much money.

Alongside the ComTech stinger, another great tool is the Cold Steel Koga. The model has changed over the year, but it’s basically just a big plastic dowel that is contoured for traction and ease of grip, as well as to make the points a little smaller to intensify the power of a blow with the tool.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t ram my fist into a picnic table or a brick wall without hurting myself. I can’t make much of a dent in either, because my hand is less rigid and more fragile than either of those striking surfaces.

With my Koga or my Stinger, however, I can do real damage to either hard, unyielding surface. Imagine if that brick wall or that picnic table were somebody’s skull!

I can also do that damage without feeling any pain, which is a bonus. The less pain you feel, the harder you can hit, and the more you can concentrate on dealing with your opponent.

The Koga, when held in the fist, leaves serious dents in wood surfaces and will also chip brick. The wood doesn’t harm the Koga, but the brick scuffs it somewhat.

The Stinger, at least in my hands, leaves even deeper dents, I think because I am able to use the full structure of my punches as I was taught to do them when holding the stinger as an extension of the fist. It’s harder to do that with the Koga, though hammer fist blows are indeed powerful.
Either way, the Koga and Stinger can do far more hurt to somebody than just your knuckles.

You ought to carry one or the other, or something similar, because why WOULDN’T you?


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