Archive for January, 2014

I Survived the Plague of 2014

Posted: January 31, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I never get sick. Ever. I caught something that took me down for Wed and part of Thurs which is the reason for the silence. If you get it I feel for ya and I hope you get over it as quickly as I did. One visit to the chiropractor and sleeping for 16+ hours is what it took for me.

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If you have been anywhere near social media in the last few days you have seen this new ammo popping up all over. The round we are talking about is called the R.I.P or Radically Invasive Projectile and it is made by G2 Research. Here are the specs off their website.

G2 Research R.I.P. 9mm
* 16″ Penetration
* Up to 6″ diameter spread
* 96 gr projectile
* 2″ grouping at 25 yrds
* 1265 FPS / 490 Muzzle Energy
* 9 Separate Wound Channels
* Precision Machined
* Solid Copper / Lead Free
* Defeats all known barriers such as sheet metal, sheet rock, windshields, plywood, heavy winter clothing

As most of you know I have been a huge proponent of Liberty Ammunition since they have hit the civilian market. There are still a lot of skeptics out there and surprisingly some of those that are skeptical of the Liberty Civil Defense rounds seem to be all excited over the R.I.P. round. I will come out now and say that I am not a fan of G2’s super ammo for a few different reasons.

First and foremost penetration depth is something I look at closely when choosing a round that I will carry on the street. I am looking for something that will go deep enough to get to the important stuff but at the same time not have to worry about over penetration. Liberty 9mm Ammo will penetrate roughly 2-4 inches dump nearly 600 pounds of energy (right in the range of standard 45 Auto hollow points) and fragment. Now if you check out the video on the G2 Research site you can see the R.I.P. round is penetrating entirely too much for me to be comfortable with.

As you can see the round does do a great job of dumping a lot of energy but fails to stay in the gel an passes through on into the target behind. Knowing I am responsible for every round that leaves my gun and where it ends makes me very leery to want to carry a round like this one the street.

Another reason and probably the biggest is defending my ammo choice in court if god forbid I would have to use it. Lets face it, winning the gun fight is only the first battle you will have to endure to save you life. Justifying your use of force in the court of law is just as threatening to your life and your lively hood as an armed carjacker. In Ohio you are considered the defendant and the bad guy you defended your life against is considered the victim until your actions are proven justified. (Read the AG Handbook if you are confused) Every aspect of your life will be picked apart from your training background to gun and ammo choice and I can’t see an ammo called R.I.P. is going to help my cause any. Just think if George Zimmerman would have been using this ammo the night he defended his life against Trayvon Martin. The prosecution tried to demonize Mr. Zimmerman for carrying a gun with a round in the chamber, how do you think the prosecutors would have used this against him?

This is a new round that seems to not answer any problems. To me it only seems to look like it will create more problems down the road if you have to use it. What do you think? Am I looking past some big plus this round brings to the market? For now I will stick with the Liberty and I look forward to some independent studies on the R.I.P. rounds.

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Shooters Legion Problems

Posted: January 22, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Lately many people have hit the blog from search engines with search terms like “shooters legion down?” or “shooters Legion account.” As many of you already know I am (or was a moderator) on Shooters Legion and I am here to tell you that…. I have no idea what is going on. I have tried emailing the admins and the last thing I heard was the server crashed and it was being rebuilt, that was December 2nd. I know a few of the other moderators read the blog maybe they can chime in with anymore info they might have. As soon as I hear something I will be certain to pass it along.

In the mean time since you can’t surf SL you can go back through nearly 350 posts and articles in the archives or how about heading over to the Absolute BS Facebook page and hit me up with a like. While you are at it swing by Valkyrie Defense Group and give us a like over there too. I’d really appreciate it. If you would like to get into contact with me feel free to pm me on Facebook or use the contact tab above I would love to hear from you.

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As I have always said I love to get reader mail. I especially love it when I get a question for a future post. Last week I got a message From Scott. Scott asked:

First, thanks for a solid year of interesting posts. I’m not sure if you shoot much distance, but I think it would be interesting to compare .22lr at a moderate distance to larger center fire cartridges at long distances as a training tool. Does .22 at 200-300M have value as a training tool to shoot .308 at 1,000M?

Thanks for writing in Scott and I will start by saying thanks for sticking around for the first year. I am only hoping it is going to get better. I used to be pretty heavy into long range shooting and it was there where I really found my love for honing skills.

Onto your question, (when you can find it) 22lr makes a great trainer for both rifle and pistol. Since Scott asked about rifle we will stick to that subject. The more you practice the fundamentals the better in my opinion. When I was focusing more on rifles I trained a ton with 22lr and did a lot of dry fire practice. Hold Control, Breath Control, Trigger Control, and my Follow Through is what I would focus on because it is all the same whether you are dry firing, using rim fire, or center fire.

Now does the 22 have a training value for the 308…. I say yes. The 22lr and the 308 do have quite a bit in common when it comes to wind drift.

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When researching I couldn’t find much on the relation to each other when it comes to drop except for this on the Long Range Hunting forum.

based on my experience and #’s through my set ups both 22 and 308 and running through a ballistics calculator that matches my range results, i came up with a drop comparison(22lr zeroed at 50 yards, .308 at 100yards,drop in inches). once again, this best matches my data, your numbers will probably differ:

22lr 40gr. .075bc 1040fps / .308win 165grSST .447bc 2600fps

22lr drop .308
50yds 0 = 100yds
75yds 2.8 = 175yds
100yds 8.3 = 240yds
125yds 17.6 = 315yds
150yds 30.8 = 380yds
175yds 47.3 = 450yds
200yds 68.7 = 510yds
225yds 92.5 = 560yds
250yds 123.9 = 630yds
275yds 158.2 = 690yds
300yds 199.9 = 770yds
325yds 248.8 = 820yds
350yds 304.8 = 880yds
375yds 367.9 = 940yds
400yds 437.6 = 987yds

I will say the downfall to training with the 22 for shooting 308 is obviously going to be lack of recoil but as I said before the solid foundation of fundamentals are still what are building on and the question was is it a good training tool and I still am sticking with it being a great tool.

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I put up a review not too long ago on Liberty Civil Defense 50gr. personal protection rounds I had tested and started carrying. There is still a bit of push back from people thinking these rounds are nothing but hype. But even with all the naysayers Liberty seems to be picking up followers. Recently The National Tactical Officers Association gave Liberty 9mm the highest score they offer.With this rating Liberty now has the ….um…. liberty to use the gold NTOA logo in their marketing.

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I searched the internet high and low for the actual test but I couldn’t find it anywhere. The best I could come up with was the Ammoland Blog. Ammoland goes onto say how the testing officer was impressed with the low felt recoil and accuracy. My favorite quote from the test sounded remarkably like something I might have said before….

“….. I believe that lead free bullets and ammunition are the future and as bullet  technology advances; it’s only going to get better. Liberty Ammunition is  certainly in the forefront of that movement.”

I still am carrying Liberty everyday and don’t think twice about it. I ran a mag through the new Vtac and you can find that over on Valkyrie Defense Group’s Facebook as the profile picture. All I can say is holy muzzle flash!!

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So I jumped shipped a little bit. I was already in the process of looking for a new full-size pistol to play with and after my disappointment of Glock’s new 42 being a .380 instead of a 9mm I decided to move away from Glock for awhile. Don’t get me wrong, I love my 19. It has never let me down once and has had THOUSANDS of rounds of proven performance put through it. But alas, I have made the jump.

The new gun I have chosen to carry is a Smith & Wesson M&P Vtac 9mm. If you remember about this time last year I ran across this gun at SHOT Show and made the comment after I saw it that if I would ever own a Smith it would probably be the Vtac. The Vtac is a full-sized M&P finished in Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and topped with Vtac Warrior sights on the front and rear.  As of writing this I have put over 500 rounds through the gun of both fmj’s and a magazine of my carry ammo, the gun ran without a hitch and gave me the confidence to make it the new everyday gun. I did want to run down some pros and cons that I have come across in the first 500 rounds that I wanted to share in this first impression post.

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First I will start with the pros. The color is the first thing that everyone notices with the gun. Without a doubt it is a real head turner. The second thing people notice are the sights.  They are super bright, way brighter than the Truglo TFOs that are on my 19. Another part of the Vtac that I never considered being a big deal as a left-handed person is the ambidextrous slide release. The last pro I wanted to touch on was the trigger. I always said that the trigger of the earlier M&P’s was their biggest down fall. Smith listened to their critics and have since released a newer version of the trigger.  The reason I wanted to mention this in the pros section is it is a big upgrade over all the other Smiths I have shot with the older version of the trigger.

Moving onto the cons that I have found it might sound a little like pros above. Again we will start with the color. As nice as the color is it is a bitch to keep clean. The first day I took the gun out and put 200 rounds through it, by the end of the day the slide around the muzzle was showing plenty of signs of carbon. After some dry fire practice one night, I also noticed that the holster is leaving a little wear on the slide that I would never had noticed on the Glock with its black slide. The next down fall I noticed is the grip definitely isn’t as textured as the 19’s. I can now see why so many people are stippling the M&P. I guess this might be an upgrade I will have to do in the near future. Another down fall was only having two magazines included with the gun. And finally I did find one little blemish from the factory that you can see behind he trigger. It looks like it was an injection molding issue but I am not too worried about it. If that is the only mark this gun ever gets on it, it would be a big surprise to me seeing as I am really hard on stuff.

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One thing that I found that is completely unassociated with this gun alone is the cost of switching platforms. New holsters, mag carriers, extra magazines are all something that need to be considered when switching to a new gun for carry and I kinda dropped the ball. I bought the gun rather quickly when I surprisingly found it on sale at a gun store and didn’t think through my entire Concealed Carry system that was going to go along with this new gun. It didn’t take me long to get it sorted back out

Overall I am pleased with it. If you have any questions regarding the gun feel free to send me a message or ask away on Facebook. I know I didn’t go too far in-depth with this but keep in mind it is just a first impressions post and I will keep updating everyone as I get more familiar with it. In order to keep up with me, head over and like the Facebook page. I usually do a pretty good job of keeping the ball rolling with discussion so come over and enjoy the company.

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I don’t normally give reviews of products unless I have used them for a minimum of three months. There are a few products I have been testing and taking notes on for over a year now just to make sure I can give an honest and complete review but this product I bought just before Christmas for myself and a few friends and couldn’t wait to write a review for you guys and gals.

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The T.A.S.K or Tactical Ass Scrubbing Kit is the only personal hygiene product on the market I have found. Constructed of anti-microbial mesh and available in two colors, Black or Tan, the T.A.S.K can be used with solid bars like Dove Men (because I am a Man.) or liquid soap. Ladies don’t feel left out, according to Fight or Flight Tactical website

Gals:  It exfoliates to reveal a newer, softer you, and works with your favorite beauty bar.  The mesh’s antimicrobial fibers also prevents bacterial growth, so there’s no lingering ikkiness.

That is cute. Wonder what they say about guys?

Guys: It scrubs off the grime and stank, and even uses your leftover soap slivers. Wash away the blood of your enemies, making you smell and look better as you hear the lamentation of their women.

The T.A.S.K. does have a short break in period which is one of the downfalls I could find. By break in period I mean it takes a few uses to soften it up a little. Just claiming that they come a little stiff is a little understatement. Don’t be surprised if while washing off the blood of your enemies you also wash away a layer or two of your skin. The other down fall I found was the 6″ piece of webbing could be just a tad bit longer so I could get it around the hot or cold water knobs in the shower. Other than those two changes I think this is a well thought out product.

If you have any of your tactical loving brethren with a birthday or gift giving holiday coming up, or if you have one that nobody wants to stack up with on a door breach because the only abusive thing about them isn’t their language,  these make a great inexpensive little gift.  If you are interested in finding one you can pick them up from Fight and Flight Tactical here. If you are interested in more reviews that I have done you can find them under the “Reviews” tab above.

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