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May 20, 2019

This article series seems to be rapidly turning into “John’s Responses to Reader Comments and Queries.” I’m completely cool with that. If you have something you want me to address, either comment on the article(s) in question, or drop me an email, and I’ll try to hit it in these each week.

Just recognize…you might not like my response.

 

All right. This one is kinda long. Take a knee, drink water, etc….

1) Just curious, by 62 grain I assume you mean M855? Is that what you keep with your AR for ‘bump in the night’ situations, or is that what you grabbed specifically to shoot that deer? I keep a couple mags loaded with Hornady TAP with the ballistic tips with the idea being that they will be more likely to do soft tissue damage to an intruder. I keep a couple mags of both 55 and 62 grain loaded as well, with each type in a different type of magazine so I can tell what is what in the dark. To be clear, based on my present living situation an AR isn’t likely to be what I grab first for an intruder, just curious what you keep in the gun given all the options available these days. I’m sure you’ve got a good reason for what you keep in yours.

Yes, M855. It is what I keep in my AR-variants, for pretty much everything. It’s gotten a bad rap, and I recognize that, theoretically, it is far from the ideal projectile/cartridge for antipersonnel use. The M855A1 is, by the accounts of the guys I know who’ve used it on people, superior, and I KNOW MK262 works better.

So, why do I use M855? a) I’ve actually shot people with M855, and of all the people I shot, they all share one common characteristic. They all died, and quickly. b) I’d love to switch over to MK262 for my ‘bump in the night’ and ‘The Apocalypse Is Upon Us’ loads, but I’m not independently wealthy, and MK262 is about 3x as expensive. I try and keep between 5000 and 10000 rounds of 5.56 on hand, and any given time, and since I supply ammunition for myself, my wife, and one or two other guys on any given weekly training day, at roughly $1.00/round, that’s prohibitive with MK262. At $30/round for M855, it’s doable, for the time being.

I’ve got an 870 12 gauge in the safe. About once a year, for a month or so, I’ll switch to it as my “go to” long gun, just to maintain familiarity with it and it’s abilities (and, to be clear, I’ve very clearly discussed my antipathy for the shotgun in the past. At the suggestion of some friends in the training industry, I did a deep dive into the “Gospel of the Gauge” a few years ago. I still prefer my AR-variants, but I’ve become relatively adept with the scattergun).

Unlike most people who carry shotguns however, and load with some sort of shot load, and then practice a “slug changeover drill,” I run mine loaded with rifled slugs, and practice a “shot changeover drill.”

Again, that’s based on my situation and needs. I can make consistent upper chest cavity hits, at 100 yards, with the slugs, all day long, and I’m more likely to need to make hits at 50+ on the farm than I am to need to make arm’s reach shots, and even if I do need to make an arm’s reach shot, a slug does an awful lot of “Go fuck yourself” damage. On the other hand, if I’m going to dispatch a raccoon or possum, where a slug would be way overkill, I’ve generally got plenty of time to do the changeover.

2) Tell me about the “Justus” system where the normal people defending their lives and property soon find that only celebrities, politicians, judges, and lawyers are permitted to use lethal force against criminals. The rest of us serve as target practice for armed criminals.

I did. The book is called The Guerrilla Gunfighter, Volume One: Clandestine Carry Pistol. I included options for dealing with that reality.

3) ‘ I also encourage guys to run slick occasionally, to get used to it.’
Definition please. I googled it and only came up with DB references.

“Running slick,” in this context, refers to running your rifle without being festooned with a pile of load-bearing equipment, like a 19-year old infantry private. For me, it generally means, I’m carrying rifle and pistol, a spare magazine or two for my pistol, MAYBE a spare magazine in a pouch on my belt for the rifle, and my primary rifle spare magazine will simply be tucked into my back pocket.

Soldiers and Marines need a lot of LBE and rucks and pouches, not so much for their individual fighting load equipment, but for all the support equipment, ranging from radios and grenades, to extra ammunition for unit crew-served weapons and extra medical gear for the medics, and batteries for the commo guy’s radios, etc… As individuals, or parts of small, community-centric protection/security groups, we don’t have the organic support weapons and equipment that the regular military has, so we don’t need to carry as much. We also aren’t going to prosecute a fight in the same way (we certainly hope, at any rate), because we lack the reserve forces, and support in the form of CAS and indirect fires. So, we don’t need our equipment set up in the same way, and we probably don’t need nearly as much gear. Although, in some cases, we need way MORE than a conventional infantryman would need.

4) My question is what is your comm plan if any? I.E. – are you just using FRS / MURS frequencies or do you have a licensed HAM operator? Do you recommend getting this? If the SHTF is FCC licensing really going to matter? Our family comm knowledge/plan is minimal so this is an area we need improvement in, especially in a grid-down/disaster scenario where mobile phones will be titts-up most likely.

And just to be clear we get OpSec issues, so obviously don’t share your comm plan details, but if you do have a comm plan – an overview, bullet points and related would be helpful.

We have a licensed HAM, and no, it’s not me. We have the “theoretical” ability to transmit on the FRS/GMRS/MURS frequencies, if we go in and modify the FT60Rs (and by all accounts it is a quick and easy modification….).

I should get my HAM license, and I keep considering it, but I always end up with several dozen other tasks on my plate that are more critical than studying for the tests.

So, to answer the rest of your specific questions:

a) I do recommend getting the HAM license. At a minimum, at least a couple of people should, in any given group.

b) No, in a grid-down scenario, locally or widespread, having your license isn’t going to make a shit’s bit of a difference, from an enforcement perspective. What it will do, as someone else pointed out, is give you the ability to PRACTICE now, when having a license DOES matter. I’m a knuckle dragger, and math makes my head hurt. I know I need a LOT of practice if I’m going to master the intricacies of radio geekdom (which is the other reason I haven’t bothered getting my license. I don’t have time for the requisite practice).

c) For me, the big advantage of the HAM freqs and commo ability is long-range communication. Sure, I can get on my receiver, and listen to others discuss what is happening in their areas, but I cannot drive the conversation into directions that I need it to go, in order to gather potential intelligence information from them that might have an impact on my people. I’m at the other end of the radio’s mercy. Having the ability to communicate back and ask specific questions could be useful. For more immediate needs, the short-range commo of FRS/GMRS/MURS is strictly a tactical commo concern. I need to be able to talk to other elements and neighbors, within a reasonable distance. The FT60Rs have enough TESTED range that I can communicate, with them with anyone I would want to (we got over a mile, in broken, thickly forested terrain on FRS and MURS), in a tactical scenario. And, by using FRS/GMRS/MURS freqs, even if one of my neighbors or someone in the clan doesn’t have a Yaesu, we can toss them a Cobra or something from Wal-Mart’s Sporting Good section, and still communicate with them on those frequencies. I don’t know of a neighbor, within five miles of me, that doesn’t have one of those bubble pack sets of radios. They use them when four-wheeling, when working on the tractors around the farm, and when deer hunting in the fall.

5) I’ve been a user of the mostly-leather M3 tanker’s shoulder holster since my Summertime graduation from 11-Echo tank crewman’s AIT around August 1966s as a new E2 Private. Most examples of the M3 [and similar M7] are made of leather, but If there’s a synthetic substitute that’s as useful,practical, comfortable and inexpensive I’m not aware of it. I’m retired from the tanker biz, for a few years and two generations of tanks now. I have not retired from daily carry of a M1911A1. After fifty years experience with the things, I see no reason to change.

And that’s just fine. You should stick with your leather tanker’s holster, your rotary dial-up phone, your tube television with the manual dials, and your pickup truck with manual roll-up windows, AM radio, and 8-track player, with no A/C. In fact, you should get a contractor’s gig at Ft Knox, teaching those young pups how to drive their Sherman’s better!

Seriously though….That’s fine. There are a number of companies out there making both synthetic nylon tanker’s holsters, and kydex variants. If you wanna run leather, it’s okay. I don’t generally judge people for their sexual preferences.

(Also, this is the last time I’m commenting on the leather fetish. I’m just done. People don’t get that I’m not bashing their choice. I’m simply stating my experiential observations.)

6) As a certified boomer and former action guy, I find it interesting to see you are using a battle belt with suspenders to hold it all up. What’s old is new, or maybe it was never old, just out of style. It’s simple, and it works. And you can throw plates over the top. Nice idea about the NOD in the dump bag, that makes sense. I just grabbed this random photo after a search for H-harness. The old stuff wasn’t so bad. The issue pouches could hold 3X30 skinny metal mags, or other gear as required. My point with this picture isn’t that I agree with everything on this belt setup, but just that belts and suspenders works, it’s flexible, it’s easy to throw on, and you can still throw plates over it if you choose.
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I don’t even know that it’s a matter of “coming back” to it, as much as it’s a matter of “some things work better in some circumstances.” A lot of our experiences in the 1980s and 1990s, were—obviously—drive by a) the experiences of our mentors in Vietnam, and b) the fact that, for the most part, we expected to be conducting foot-mobile operations in forested terrain.

There’s an entire couple of generations now who have been influenced completely by operations in the desert, with vehicles, and that’s going to play a part in their paradigm. That’s not ‘wrong,’ but it’s something that we all need to consider when we’re talking about “how am I going to set up my equipment?”

What worked in Fallujah, when some dude was part of the 1st MarDiv, isn’t going to work for that same dude, in Grove, Oklahoma, when he’s part of the “Me and Three Buddies Scavenging the Grocery Store for Food for our Families Militia.”

What worked for me in Afghanistan, with air support on tap, and a team of 11 other meat eaters, isn’t going to work for me—or anybody else, really—in Pikeville, Kentucky come August, even if I do have a team of 11 other meat-eaters. We don’t have air support on tap, and we don’t have a battalion of Rangers or Marines for QRF if we get in over our heads.

Hell, what works for an SF ODA in Syria isn’t going to work for that same ODA in Venezuela.

My “truck kit” that I’ll be discussing next week, isn’t belt and suspenders. It’s a plate carrier, with everything attached. It also keeps everything off my back, except the plates, because I need to be able to sit in the seat of a truck, and the plates are integral, because vehicles—especially soft-skinned vehicles—tend to be giant, magic bullet magnets, in my experience.

On the same hand though, my “patrol kit” is ALSO a belt set-up. In Idaho and Montana, like Afghanistan, I used a chest rig, but it’s a lot hotter and more humid, here in the southern highlands, than it was there, and overheating is a more serious consideration here, with concerns about general safety, as well as physical efficiency.

The NODs in the dump pouch thing just came to me one night, as I was coming back into the house from checking on something. I wouldn’t TRANSPORT them, say on a patrol or in my vehicle, in the dump pouch, but since that outfit hangs from a peg in the wall, out of reach of the dogs, cats, and kids, it’s awfully handy to just keep them in there, instead of having to dig in the safe or my ruck, and then get them out of the padded case. The whole idea of the bump in the night kit, after all, is being able to get out the door in a couple of seconds.

I don’t use the old LC-2 mag pouches. As we’ll see in a couple of weeks, even my “patrol kit” is set up with doubled taco pouches. Being able to get the mags out in a hurry is important to me. I may have time to do a leisurely administrative reload, circa 1992, but I may not also….

7) In this article you mentioned the Warlord A-IWB holster from ISS Design you use for CC.

I have been searching online for that company or the holster. It was interesting to find a number of companies with warlord in the naming for holster but none that had that holster in particular.

Do you have the contact information for them? I’m looking for something similar and one of my clansman really liked that design as well.

Someone shared it in the comments section, but Matt can be contacted via his company FB page, through either Integrated Survival Systems, or American Survival Company.

8) The combination rifle-shotgun break open is a good canidate for keeping close to the kitchen door for night farmstead tool. An instant choice of rimfire for the small and a shotgun for larger predators. The .410 for less damage to valuable farm equipment / buildings is worth thinking about – the targets are often stationary and the smaller amount of shot will do less damage to the surroundings.

It is a good all-around choice for traditional farm threats. On the other hand, I’d sure feel like a fucking idiot, if I rolled out to deal with a raccoon, and found four tweakers in my shed, stealing the 20 year old four wheeler that is our only mechanized equipment, other than trucks.

9) I was the #1 man doing an entry and after the door opened, I headed door-side to clear my corner. As I moved past the door, the bungees on my Tacos somehow managed to grab the door handle and stopped me dead in my tracks. Took me a good 5 seconds to unfuck myself. It only ever happened once, but after that, I switched all my pouches to Esstac KYWIs. FWIW…

I’ve been thinking about this since you posted the comment the other day. I can see why you would switch, in a hurry, but I still can’t figure out how it happened. My elastic is all too snug to catch on anything (Hell, sometimes, it takes pliers to get a grip on it to pull it loose, when I want to…), and my loops below the adjustable buckles are all cut so they are free hanging, instead of loops. Can you explain WHAT caught on the door, and how?

Additionally, since I don’t have a Ranger Platoon or an ODA+ behind me, I’m not even entering the room until I’ve cleared most of it from outside, like I discussed in Volume Two of The Reluctant Partisan.

10) I was wondering about your thoughts on IR cameras both hardwired and blue tooth?

I don’t have an issue with them, generally speaking. Bluetooth would worry me, because it wouldn’t be that difficult for even some local kid to come up with a way to jam the signal, and even a decent thunderstorm around here will fuck with it pretty bad.

I’ve got an IR game camera my wife got me a couple of years ago. I don’t know where it is though, because I tend to just rely on the dog instead, and I don’t have to monitor the screen with the dog. If he barks, I can usually tell the difference between his “Oh wow! This is really interesting!” bark, and his, “Dad, if you don’t come smoke this fucker, I’m gonna eat him!” bark. So, I get a reasonably accurate early-warning system, and a bribe-proof PSD for my kids (Oh, I know…”but someone could slip him some drugged meat!”) They could….if they could get close enough before he started barking.

For me, the dog(s), like IR cameras, etc….are “speed bumps.” Their mission is to slow someone down long enough for me to gun up and go hunting. I think the dogs are superior to IR cameras for that.

On the other hand, I HAVE been seriously contemplating the purchase of a quality drone with camera capabilities. That way, at 0300, when the dog wakes me up with his barking, before I bother getting out of bed, I could roll over, launch the drone out the bedroom window, and fly it over to see what he’s barking at, before I bother getting out of bed.

A local kid I know in passing recently started working for a local drone company, and I saw them testing a small model one day, so I stopped to visit. It was roughly the size of a shoe box, had a 1500 ft elevation ceiling, and 3 mile range….for $500!

Looking at the screen, they had the drone at 1000’ AGL, and I could see individual people walking around in parking lots, and I could see something like 3 city blocks, with excruciating detail. It was pretty tempting, if I’d had $500 at the time (so…if any readers want to sponsor a drones for doomstead surveillance article…..)

11) Have you had any trouble with DEET on the elastic on the taco pouches? I have not had good luck there.

I’ve seen DEET melt the buttons on BDUs, and the lenses on USGI/Cammenga lensatic compasses, so yeah, it would probably be rough on the elastic on the taco pouches.

We have ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, and a host of other creepy crawlies around here, from about a month and a half ago, through probably the middle of November. So, bug dope is pretty critical.

That having been said, seeing what it does to plastic made me give up on DEET a long time ago (even before I had kids). What we do now is go to the farm store and buy concentrated permethrin, and I give all of our outdoors/work clothes a serious dosing with a 40% concentration of it. I then repeat that once a month throughout the summer and autumn. This means I don’t have to worry about DEET’s effects on plastics, and, as long as nobody puts the treated clothes on until all of the petroleum distillate solvents have dried, we don’t have to worry about bad effects from the permethrin either (although, to be honest, I don’t let anyone wear the treated clothes until they’ve dried, and then been through a wash cycle once, just for extra precaution).

12) If you wear a pistol, and it ever gets below freezing, or you want a holster to last more than a few years, leather is the only way to go. At 10 below, all plastics, and kydex break real easy, and fast.
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Hold on, let me catch my breath…

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….

Wait…you were serious, weren’t you?

That’s news to me….and cops I know in Alaska and Montana and Idaho and Wyoming and Michigan…and all the Arctic Warriors up there at Fort Richardson, Alaska…and the Norwegians using plastic holsters….and the Russians….and, well, pretty much everyone else who actually gets out and uses their equipment in extreme cold weather conditions.

I suppose, if you buy a $10 kydex holster, off a gun show table, extreme cold weather could cause it to fracture and break prematurely. I’ve literally NEVER seen a quality kydex holster, or any QUALITY holster made of synthetics, break because of the cold….and I’ve carried, and you know, actually used, them in Afghanistan, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Norway, and Canada (and probably a few other extreme cold-weather environments that I’m forgetting.)

You know what I HAVE seen? A lot….leather goods (not just holsters), that were well-maintained with saddle soap and oil, used in extreme cold weather conditions, fall the fuck apart. Why? Because when it gets cold enough, the oil in the leather, and the sweat it has accumulated, and the water that tends to get on gear that’s actually in use, freezes inside the leather, and fractures the internal fiber structures of the leather.

Nice try. It’s still just a sexual preference.

 

(Okay, I lied above. THIS is the last time I’m commenting on it.)

13) I like. So this is your current training rig as well? I think you had mentioned it on another blog but cant find it at the moment – aside from the bemefits of a belt over a chest rig/pc in hot climes, do you find reloads from the belt to be reliably faster?

Also, since you are running a NOD, what are your thoughts on some sort of laser (IR or visible – they both light up great in a pvs) on tje rifle?

a) Yes, this is my primary training set up as well. I’ll switch out occasionally, and use my truck rig or my patrolling rig, but this is my go-to, because it’s really the one I’m most likely to have when things get kinetic, other than my EDC load, if I’m away from home.

I do find a reload off the belt is measurably faster than a reload off the chest. I’m not sure if that’s a biomechanics thing (which wouldn’t make sense, considering locations of hands during the process, and location of magazines in pouches, etc), or a practice thing, since I started out, almost 30 years ago, loading off a belt, and my pistol mag pouches tend to be off my belt for EDC, so I have a LOT of repetitions reaching for my belt during reloads.

Even if I’m wearing my plate carrier/truck rig, I tend to keep at least one mag on my trouser belt, just for “Oh shit!” emergency speed reloads. Then, my chest mounted mags act almost as an administrative reload center, for tactical reloads, and to feed the belt pouch, when I can.

b) Yes. I use an IR laser anytime I’m using night vision, except with my pistol. I’ve used a red dot on my pistol for NODs, which is sort of the cat’s meow, and I’ve just switched to white visible light and my right eye, when using the pistol. Really just depends on threats/hazards/mission. For a rifle, using NODs and NOT having an IR laser on the rifle is ridiculous, in my opinion. Sure, you CAN mount the NOD on the gun, behind or in front of the optic, and if you’re in a static, overwatch position, that still has some validity, but if you’re moving at all, or possibly have no-shoots to your front, it’s incredibly irresponsible, and is begging for a blue-on-blue event.

I’ve been using an OTAL for the better part of a decade now, because it’s what I could afford at the time. I’ve considered switching over to a DBAL with either an IR/visible laser slaved, or an IR/illuminator combination, for a long time, but I haven’t been able to justify the expense. If I went with the IR/Visible laser, it would just be for the convenience of being able to zero during daylight hours with the visible laser, instead of having to wait until after dark.

I’d probably go with an illuminator/IR laser combo. If money wasn’t an object, I’d go with the BE Meyers M-AWL that is all the hotness now, but, well, money IS an object, and if I dropped that kind of money on a laser, even as much as I use it, my wife would probably murder me in my sleep.

14) I wasn‘t impressed with 531. Using 90% of my max as the new max to calculate lift weights from had me lifting lower weight and fewer reps than before. For example, using 90% of my one-Time bench max as my new max put it at 315 (350 x .9 = 315, and then 90% of 315 = 285-a significant difference on the upper Limits of weight to use.) The program had me lifting lighter than before and I wasn’t getting stronger on the DL, squat, or bench press. I did make gains on military press, and really liked the upper back work that he recommends. I went and re-read it a couple weeks later to see if I was dicking something up and couldn‘t find where I messed up.

A lot of folks really like it and see gains from it; and I‘ve never understood why it didn‘t work for me. I‘m still thinking I screwed something up, just not sure what it was.

So, I THINK, from what you wrote, you are doing it wrong, but that’s the least of the issues.

If your bench max is 350# for a 1RM, then your training max (TM) IS 315, 90% of that. NOT 285. So, your percentages would be based off the 315, not off the 285.

That’s still going to have you pushing less weight initially. The bigger issue is, while you’re going to be pushing lighter weights initially, and while, with a 5# increase in TM each cycle, with 3 week cycles, it’s going to take you 9 cycles, or the better part of a year, to push past your old 1RM for your TM, it actually won’t, because you’ll make pure strength gains, from the volume as well.

The first time I ran 531, my deadlift jumped 100# in six months (I was grossly out-of-shape on deadlift. It went from 350 to 450 for reps.) My bench went from a paltry 235, since I hadn’t done bench press in over two decades, to 315 in the same time frame.

It works, it just takes time. And, if your bench is legitimately 350#, I’d be a lot less worried about strength level improvements, and focus on conditioning work anyway.

15) anyway, point being and its how i have amassed my wealth of gear. those in less than optimum financial resources should mimic as best they can those that know what they are talking about. Replace with better as you can.
You JM may run a super cool Eagle Tactical cigar holder but i may only be able to afford a cheap Condor knock off. For the immediate, we could both quickly access our cigars, in the long run your quality and maybe feature set will surpass my own. Certain things are not negotiable however and that is the not so fun task of funding on a budget. Those particular items are why people will come to people like you and read and learn. “Yeah” says JM, “get you a cheap Condor tactical cigar holder for the short term” “But don’t you skimp, ever, on your boomstick” Therein is the high value of your experience and those you associate with that you in turn learn from, to share here. Thanks, sincerely, thanks.

The problem with this is, the gear we’re talking about is what keeps the “boomstick” operating. It doesn’t do you a bit of good to have a $3500 custom M4, if you dropped all of your magazines, three kilometers back, because your shit fell apart.

A guy would be far better off running around with spare magazines tucked in his back pockets, than running around with shitty LBE that he has to keep stopping and grabbing shit that falls out of it. And, you can buy quality, used equipment, from reputable manufacturers, on Ebay and different forums, for the same price you can buy the Condor shit.

It’s the same as spending $15 for a decent rifle magazine, versus taking the used GI aluminum ones your buddy salvaged out of the trash barrel at the local National Guard range. Sure, you’ve got 50 magazines for free, but the dude that bought three Pmags has three that actually work. You’ve got a pile of scrap you can sell at the recycling center.

16) What type of tourniquet do you use and recommend John?

So, as a general, “better safe than sorry” rule, I tell people, if it’s on the official approved list, published by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, it’s good to go. There are two personal caveats to that.

a) I’ve been using the TX2 and TX3 from RevMedX, for a number of years now, and they were just finally approved this year. I used them, and recommended them, because I know the guys involved with RevMedX and The Activity Group, and I knew the back story on why they used the ratcheting system, and why they developed a replacement for the CAT-T. That having been said, I also made it a point to tell people that it was NOT approved by the CoTCCC, even though it was already in used by various SOF elements.

b) Even though it was one of the only two on the list for years and years, I HATE the SOF-T. I’ve hated it since the very first time I tried to use one in training. In my experience, they’re a giant pain-in-the-ass, especially one-handed. I love the metal furniture, but the design itself fucking blows.

So, I tell people, I use/carry CAT-T 6s and 7s, and TX2s and TX3s (We also have a number of TX1s for the kids). Those are also what I recommend.

Added caveat emptors (What IS the proper pluralization of that?):

a) Even though he trademarked the term CoTCCC, so he could advertise “Approved by CoTCCC,” the RAT tourniquet is a piece of shit that was never actually approved by the real committee. If you show up to my class with one, I will chop it into little pieces for you. It’s not even adequate for a “better than nothing” pocket EDC. You can fit a fucking CAT-T or a TX2 into the cellphone pocket on a pair of Carhartts, and PHLster makes a flat pack for belt carry. I’ve also carried one in my back pocket, next to my wallet, when I was wearing straight leg jeans.

b) If you’re buying tourniquets on Amazon, and you’re not checking to make sure the vendor is North American Rescue or Chinook Med, or a similarly suitable manufacturer/distributor, you’re probably getting a Made in China knockoff that will get someone killed. It used to be you could basically tell by the price difference, but I suspect the tariff-induced price increases are going to change that.

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11 Comments
  1. John, I don’t remember exactly how it got tangled, but I do remember this:
    All my mags were singles. Two pistol pouches followed by two rifle pouches on the left side of the belt buckle. The door knob got caught on the vertical surface of a pouch – I think it was a rifle mag pouch. I kept the cords pretty tight too, and like you, I kept the bottom keeper snug under each pouch, with the extra cordage just dangling. It was pretty jarring to get hung up so bad.
    To some folks, 5 seconds might not sound like much time to be hung up, but in 5 seconds, it’s pretty much all over. I actually grew to hate the Tacos anyway: I always seemed to jam a finger into the pointy plastic sides when drawing a mag and I was too lazy to sand them down.

  2. BTW, great articles. I’m glad you didn’t change your writing style.

  3. Berglander permalink

    Thanks John. I was legit benching 350 two Februaries ago-then I started Jiu Jitsu and now I amdown to 335. You know, constant little elbow and shoulder injuries.
    I‘ll re-read 5-3-1. One cannot argue that Wendler himself is a beast. I‘d like to hit 405 on my squat (currently at 395) and 200kg for the deadlift (biggest was 195; last time I DL‘d my grip was giving out at 180.)

  4. Ken permalink

    What is the make and model of that drone?

  5. Mike Bishop permalink

    If anyone’s interested in a non-toxic chigger repellent, powdered sulfur in a sock, beaten around their favorite spots: ankles, behind the knees, waistline, crotch, will keep them at bay and not give you cancer or melt your G-Shock.

  6. Garry F. Owen, Trooper permalink

    FWIW, the Army’s Armor school moved to Ft. Benning several years ago. Ft. Knox only has the empty vault, as far as I know.

    • Berglander permalink

      Naw man there’s some rats n stuff in it. Of course, the treasury still guards it akshully. Cuz jobz n stuff.

  7. Mike J. permalink

    Caveatis emptoris is plural for buyers beware in Latin. Good info. Thanks

    Mike J.

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