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June 10, 2019

(I have been in town all day, helping a member of the clan get some storm damage debris cleared from his house for the insurance fuckers to come assess the damage. I decided to go ahead and stay in town and get tomorrow’s posts out of the way. That way, all I have to do tomorrow is take care of book orders and emails. So, you get Mountain Guerrilla Monday a day early.

Read to the bottom for an update on the new rifle book which will soon be in your hands, if you’ve pre-ordered.)



So what is your preference in tourniquets: C-A-T Gen7s, SOTT-Ws, or the RMTs? Is there a need to diversify or is going all with one brand okay?

Other than the fact that I personally hate the SOFT-T, I don’t have a preference. I’ve got a pile of CAT-T and I’ve got a pile of the RMT/TX2. I don’t think it matters all that much. You could argue that the biomechanics of applying them are enough different that it might cause an issue under stress, but I think those arguments are generally bullshit, assuming you actually train and practice with them.


To cover food for my walking needs I carry a tub of those survival tabs ( my bag and I keep one stashed behind the seat in my truck. Something like 240 calories a tab and you eat 12 of them a day. They have a long shelf life and the 15 day ‘tub’ is about the size of a medium gatorade bottle and weighs a couple pounds. Is it fun to eat the same thing for 4 days? Nope. Will it replace every single calorie you need in a stress situation? Nope. Did it get my ass back to a ranger station when I broke an axle in the high sierras on my ole Willys wagon and had to walk? Yup. Eating the same thing ‘kinda’ sux, but eating nothing and dragging ass completely sux.

Shit! I’ve got a tub of those sitting around somewhere in storage! I tried a couple of them, just to check the taste. It was nasty, so I tossed them in a storage tub somewhere, probably five or six years ago, and haven’t seen them since, I don’t think. I should dig them out and re-assess.

I suspect, for a short duration emergency, like your hike to the Ranger Station, they’re probably adequate. Of course, depending on how long that walk took, you might have made it just as well without any emergency food… For a long-duration movement, over hundreds of miles, over weeks or months, I suspect those are not going to be anywhere near adequate, even as an “emergency” ration for when you cannot find real food.

Probably alright to shove in a “get home from work” bag. I don’t know that I’d bother with them on something like a cross-country road trip. I suspect the weight and space would be better used for something more functionally healthy.


I am reminded of some years back, of a unit which allowed .22 caliber pellets being loaded into a .223 Remington rifle case and fired using primer only. At the time, it was used for target practice but I wonder if this would serve as a .22 pellet rifle. It would be a single shot proposition of course with autoloaders.

I’ve heard of this, although I’ve never actually met anyone who has ever admitted to being in a unit that allowed this, let alone encouraged this. Rick Tserches (I think that was his last name) of the “Ranger Digest” booklets, that you used to find in the PX, had a section in one of those where he claimed doing this would allow you to forage rabbits and shit in the field, but again, I don’t know anyone who actually admits to having tried it, and it doesn’t seem like you’d get much range or accuracy out of it. I’d bet it wouldn’t even be comparable to a decent Daisy BB Gun. I don’t know. I suppose a guy could try. I’d rather just carry an extra .22 pistol and hundred rounds of .22LR. I KNOW what I can do with that.


The survival gun battery debate goes way back. At least folks now acknowledge the 5.56 is a viable choice. The issue of quality control. Practically every gun mfg has had issues, at one time or another, so I wouldn’t just mother-fuck Bushys by themselves. Practically any weapon you care to mention has had lemons come out of the factory; some more than others. The point being, a good gunsmith inspection should always be done as soon as possible, and get rid of any problem weapons. I’ve had good Bushys, I’ve had bad ones. I’ve had good FN/PSA, I’ve had bad ones. QC is often a moving target, when demand goes up.

There’s a lot of “virtue signaling” that goes on in the gun culture, whether it’s the training industry, the preparedness community, or the Fudd Hunting Club. One of the things I noted about this, in the new book (see below for an update), is that everybody wants to badmouth anything that’s not as expensive or “cool” as what they have, but as soon as someone else, who spent more on their gear, starts doing that, the first guy gets just as pissed and defensive.

No, I wouldn’t buy another Bushmaster. If somebody showed up on my range with one that worked though? I wouldn’t tell them it was a piece of shit, and they were going to die, because they didn’t have a Colt or DD or Noveske, a Knight’s or Hodge gun though. Is there a better chance of getting a lemon if you buy a Bushmaster than if you buy one of the above? Sure. Of course. That doesn’t mean every one is going to be a piece of shit. Are you playing the odds if you buy a Bushmaster? Sure, probably. I’m not a gambler, so I’d wait and spend a little more money, in order to stack the odds in my favor, but if someone wants an AR15, and they decide they want it “right fucking now,” and that’s all they can afford right fucking now, by all means, go with it. Worst case scenario, you can sell it, or start dropping money to upgrade and fix the shortcomings.


Much has been written about survival food gathering. Most of it is bullshit. Mosby is one of very few that actually goes back to what pioneers and explorers did, which leads me to believe it actually works. Or if you want to go back further, research what the local Indian tribes did, as Ragnar suggested. Carrying a corn or oatmeal mix, and jerky, is a much more sustainable plan, than all your freeze-dried stuff.

Fuck yes it is! Hell, corn isn’t particularly difficult to grow, in most of the US, and you can jerk dog and cat meat, if it comes down to it. Oats are—supposedly—more difficult to grow than corn, but are easier to grow than wheat, and hell, my ancestors managed to grow that shit in the Highlands of Scotland, so….. I can’t grow a freeze-dried ice cream sandwich, and while you can purchase a home-scale freeze-drier, they’re stupid expensive…especially compared to a simple dehydrator—that you could build from scraps for free—and don’t run without a power source.


As for E&Eing with a family group; that’s a tough one. But again, looking at our ancestors, you can see what families did, as they moved across country, looking for work during the Depression. Vehicles became homes and the journey was an extended camping trip. Stops were made long enough to earn food and supplies. Taking regular vacations like this would prepare you for hard times. It’s just what everyone did when I was a kid.

That methodology goes back further than the Depression. Hell, that’s fundamentally what the westward expansion pioneers did. It’s fundamentally “migratory living 101.” There’s a lot of new evidence coming to light, thanks to anthro studies, archeology, and even Permaculture, that most “hunter-gatherers” were not randomly gathering shit they found in the woods or jungle, but were cultivating sources that were already there, to encourage them to grow. That way, next time they cycled back through the area, there’d be more of it to eat.

I suspect, if folks would spend more time tent camping in established campgrounds, on their vacations, instead of hanging out isolated in hotel rooms, so they got to meet other folks from various places, it would make it a lot easier, if you got in a pinch, to recall someone in the local area, that might be able to provide some food in exchange for some labor. Done often enough, you’ll start seeing the same families over and over, and building relationships with them so even more trust can be built.


Wow, this went really into left field. BACK to the question: M1A (2 of them) and if your domicile indicates social work at <300 yds. M4orgery. (2 of them). a 12 ga. shotgun )) buck and/or 1 Buck. And a side arm of course… . large capacity 9mm though me preference is .45 ACP… just fine with 230 gr. fatboys. I’ve heard its done quite well. WW1, WW2, Korea, Viet Nam. Still does.

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Okay.


Mr. Mosby, I am most thankful for your review of my book. You have given me a boost as I hit the finish line on the third in the series and am bogged down by details and delays. Contact me personally and it would be my honor to send you an autographed copy of the second in the series.
Much appreciation, Shelby Gallagher

Boom! I will email, but I went ahead and read the second book too, so no need for the free copy. Equally as good as the first, and I loved the way you ended the second book. Good to see that you recognize even shitheads can sometimes redeem themselves, when the situation gets desperate enough. I look forward to reading the third one!


I’ve been considering the problem of moving with kids and supplies for a while as the daughters have midgets of their own. Plus I’m not as young and spry as I’d like to think that I am.

I came upon a possible solution on Indiegogo where a company is doing a startup on a thing called a PolyMule. Basically it’s a two wheel cart that looks like a smaller version of the old Mormon carts. The nice thing is that it breaks down and packs up small so that it could be carried on a trip and then setup to haul the load if things go south. It’s other nice feature is that it has what they call “Uphill Assist”, which basically allows you to set the wheels so they only turn one way so that it doesn’t roll back down the hill you’ve just lugged it up.

I would think that looking it over a person that was somewhat handy with tools could probably create something fairly close to fit their needs. It’s designed for off-road use, but would still probably require a trail or semi-open country.

Seems like it could be a good thing to throw extra gear, food, and kids on to travel a little farther faster. It’s not so important that you couldn’t ditch it if need be.

We’ve got a two-wheeled garden cart along the same lines. Ours isn’t collapsible, but I think you’re certainly right, that something like that, especially if you could collapse it enough to stow it out of the way, would be pretty handy. Obviously, it worked for the Mormons. I know that, using ours, I can carry about three times the payload I can get into a wheelbarrow, and it’s considerably easier to handle. Ours isn’t even a particularly robust version. One of these days I’m going to put my recently developed woodworking skills to use and build a really nice one.


I’m starting to notice certain people of certain character that take this shit seriously have similar libraries. . . . A former SOF captain turned pastor is another who comes to mind.

He retired as a major, not a captain. And yeah, funny how that works, isn’t it?


Regarding the tourniquets, even though I usually don’t carry them on my person, I bought a set after the gym teacher at my school told me about the time a student put his hand through some plate glass and nearly bled to death. There was also a friend of mine that stabbed herself with a branch while through-hiking… long story short, I don’t plan for combat situations like you all do, but emergency medical supplies are still handy things to keep around.

Actually, now that my parents are older I have considered getting a surplus AED, especially for when my dad and I are out in the boonies. For those that don’t know, you generally have an hour to get someone to advanced medical care, and with our lot that’s not always a possibility.

Yeah, it’s amazing to some people how frequently we end up actually using our EDC medical stuff. Especially if you’ve carried a gun for any length of time, and got to the point where you’ve started wondering why you even bother….start carrying medical gear as well, and you’ll find yourself using that shit all the time. For awhile, I was deploying my truck medical bag at least twice a month. I’ve used my EDC med kit a number of times, and the one time I needed it and didn’t have it, I ended up getting a $1800 hospital bill for a blood test series, after assisting a seizure victim that left me coated, up to my elbows, in his blood (he bounced his head off a shelf when he went down. I was working on stabilizing him when an off-duty RN showed up. I asked her for further guidance, and she said, “You’re doing great. Just don’t let him get up.” I proceeded to get a twenty minute jiujitsu session in, against a dude who had 50# on me—and it wasn’t all fat—with an altered mental status. In case you don’t know, even minor head wounds bleed like a stuck pig…)

And, while I don’t carry an AED in my truck bag, I’ve also considered getting one for the house, just for when guests are visiting who don’t live as healthy as we do. Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how that will work with the PV system.


The way any suggestion of first aid stuff triggers people will never cease to kick over my giggle box. It’s a very similar reaction to any talk about fitness.

As the saying from back home goes, “The hit dog yelps.”



Potentially stupid question – do riots have any place in a Maoist style insurrection? I personally think they might – provided that the underground/guerrillas are inciting them and not necessarily taking part in them.

Yes. Hell, most Communist uprisings have been initiated by pissed off college students. They’re not running off to the jungle to start living in the bush until they’ve fucked up their abilities to live in the urban areas. That’s what drives me batshit crazy when I hear people dismissing the current drive towards Socialist insurrection amongst millenials, as “Meh, they’re just a bunch of spoiled rich college kids!” Motherfucker, so were the college kids that started the Bolshevik revolution!


I have another one for you.  I recently returned from South Africa where I learned how dangerous it has become for whites.  My buddy and I were told not to walk the streets during the daytime let alone at night (Johannesburg).  You don’t hear much about it from our news but white farmers and their families are being slaughtered at astonishing rates.  Even politicians openly  talk about killing whites.

It appears the criminal element are using the tactics of overwhelming their victims by sheer numbers.  Recently a large group of  immigrants in Ireland used this tactic to harass the inhabitants of a small town .  The police would not do anything for fear of being called racist. 

Based upon your training and experience,  what is the best way to prepare for something like this?  What should we be thinking about and preparing for?

Short, semi-humorous intent answer? Lots of sprints incorporated into your PT.

Somewhat longerresponse? Don’t go the places where you’re warned not to go. If it’s local, and there are no warnings, don’t go places you don’t fit in, or can’t make yourself fit in. In the case of a small town being overrun? Start fertilizing the community garden, assuming you can get away with it…


I live among the Tarahumara Indians.  The staple of their diet is pinole. They usually drink it with water rather than trying to swallow dry powder.  In fact they even have special verb (loka) for the act of drinking Pinole.

Once many years ago preparing for a trip I mixed up a batch of Pinole with sugar and cinnamon. That was ok for the first day, but by the second and third days I could hardly stand the thought of drinking any more.  If you are in a situation where you will be eating Pinole alone for multiple meals it is better to leave it plain.

Well prepared Pinole should not cause stomach cramps. The best way to toast the corn is in a pot of hot sand. It also really helps if you use a flint corn bred for making Pinole, rather than a dent corn. The Tara have a special pot with the opening on the side that is used for parching corn.  We routinely put several tablespoons or more into a glass of water or milk.  Our Tarahumara neighbors also often drink it in coffee.

When traveling the back country I use the Sawyer Squeeze filter.  In my saddle bag I keep a bag of Pinole. At meal times I filter into a stainless steel cup and then add 1/4 to 1/3 cup Pinole.  It is an easy nearly indestructible meal that is light weight, easy to pack and cheap.

Thanks for writing your blog.  I really appreciate it.  I recently ordered your pistol book, but haven’t gotten it yet.  Our mail often takes months to arrive because somebody has to go get it in the city. There is no mail service here.

Fucking awesome email. Sometimes it amazes me how far the Internet allows us to reach. I’ve only done the rockahominy thing for a couple days at a time. I can see how the sugar and cinnamon mix would get old in a hurry, for sure. If I remember my reading correctly, the more common way in the SE Highlands was to use a bit of salt mixed in, if anything.

An alternative, I’ve been considering is Scots-ground oats. It was the staple equivalent for travel in the Highlands of Scotland, and other places in Europe, and it’s easier to grow most places, than wheat. At worst, it offers a little variety to the rockahominy, for roughly the same weight (and if you do manage to forage some wild berries and such, berries mixed in oatmeal is far, far better than plain oatmeal.

To be clear, the rockahominy didn’t cause stomach cramps. Eating too much of it dry, then trying to soak it, in my stomach, did. I’ve heard of cooking it as a porridge first, and it is more palatable, and digestible. The eating it dry thing was something I recalled reading, as a way to consume it on the run—say being chased by a band of Shawnee, and not having time to stop. Dude tosses a handful in his mouth, mid-stride, as he’s approaching a creek. Stops, drinks his fill from the creek, and keeps going, with his Pioneer Energy Drink providing a boost of energy.


Thank you so much for your insights based upon your vast training and experience.  I have all of your books.  They are well worth the investment. 

I was wondering what your thoughts are on “Rules Of Engagement” in SHTF/WROL?  Also, what types of “trade craft” must we learn to deal with situations in the future?

Short answer, it depends on the scenario, and what you can get away with, both legally and morally. Long answer probably demands an article all its own.


I’ve noticed a lot of discussion in different venues, both online and off, recently about suppressors, in light of POTUS making a comment that could be construed as indicating a desire to ban them.

I’m well aware of the legislative status of suppressors, and the supposed difficulties that would present to POTUS banning them by decree. I’m also well aware of the fact that neither this President, nor the several preceding him, have evidenced much interest in being concerned with whether what they were doing was strictly legal or constitutional.

I will say, so much for POTUS championing the Hearing Protection Act as a campaign promise, huh?

The real reason I’m commenting on it is because there’s a whole lot of “virtue signaling” in the gun community, and the topic of suppressors is one area where it comes to light. Anytime anyone—pro or anti-gun—mentions the word “silencer,” self-proclaimed firearms experts like to dogpile them, because, “They’re suppressors, not silencers. They don’t silence the gunshot!”

You know how you can tell somebody isn’t as educated about a topic as they want to think they are?

When they try to correct someone, and they’re the ones who are factually wrong.

Point the first: legally, the devices are referred to as “silencers” in statute and code. Now, that could be chalked up to the ignorance of politicians and bureaucrats, and I wouldn’t even argue with you. But….

Point the second: The dude who invented and patented the very first “suppressor” was a fellow named Hiram Maxim (If you’re a gun “expert,” you might be aware of him because of his invention of the Maxim machinegun). Well, in the patent application for his “suppressor,” you know what he called it? I’ll give you a hint: It fucking wasn’t “suppressor.” In fact, it was a “silencer.”

Now, I’ve shot a lot of different weapons with a lot of different “suppressors”/silencers on them. I will acknowledge that they do not, in fact, “silence” the weapon. They certainly don’t “silence” the weapon if you are standing next to the shooter, on the range.

But….and this is an important point, that a significant portion of the current generation of “suppressor” owners and “experts” don’t get….instead of standing on the range next to your buddy firing his .300BLK, with a SilencerCo can and subsonic ammunition….I want you to stand in the next door neighbor’s living kitchen, and have your buddy fire a couple rounds, while he’s standing in your bedroom. You know what you’re going to hear? Fuck all. At best, you MIGHT think you heard him drop a book on the floor.

Now, let’s change it again. Let’s take it back outside. I want you to stand downrange, at the 100 yard line. You can stand 20 or 30 yards to the side, for the sake of safety. Now, have your buddy shoot a target that is at the 100 yard line. This works particularly well if you have something fleshlike for a target. Maybe use something like a big fat pork roast or something. Have your buddy use night-vision, and an IR laser, so you don’t know when he’s going to fire. You’ll hear more than you did in the bedroom, but not much. Now, carry on a conversation with three other people, also standing on the same line, and see how much you hear of his shot.

You should also try both of these with a suppressed .45ACP, using 230 grain rounds as well…and, for that matter, a .22LR with subsonic rounds.

Do they actually “silence” the gunshot? No, not really. Are they as quiet as Hollywood makes them out to be? No, of course not. Hell, if Hollywood got everything right, as an SF guy, I’d have a 12 inch dick, and bench press 500 pounds. A good one though will go an awfully long way towards achieving that, and if you use them in some applications, from a functional perspective, yes, they do silence the report from potential witnesses (and okay, I do have a 12 inch dick…..well, no, not really. Shit). More importantly, from both a legislative perspective, and a technical patent perspective, yes, in fact, they ARE “silencers.” Arguing otherwise does nothing but make you look like a fucking ignorant asshole.


My buddy John Myers mentioned me in an excellent article over at ZeroGov the other day. In it he mentioned an article I sent him, from Defense Review, by retired SF soldier Jeff Gurwitch. While Jeff has certainly written some stuff I disagreed with, most of his stuff is what I would expect. Solid, legitimate information, focusing on fundamental skills of killing bad guys with guns.

John and I have gone back-and-forth, via email, text message, and face-to-face, on the wisdom of purchasing “mid-grade” optics, such as the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8x that I currently use, and the Burris MTAC that I used for a long time, and still have on several rifles. Myers took the common approach in the training community that, they’re not worth it, because they’re pieces of shit, and just won’t hold up. I took the approach that, they were what I could afford, and I found enough good reviews that I was willing to chance it to test them, and they’ve both been excellent optics for me.

Interestingly, in the article I texted to John, Gurwitch discussed the trend he noticed, while deployed, for more and more SF guys to use LPVO (low-power variable optics) on their work guns. While most guys would like to have a $1000+ optic on their work rifle, if the .gov isn’t paying for them, and the unit isn’t paying for them, they’re coming out of pocket. A SF NCO, with a wife, an ex-wife, and three or four kids to support, isn’t making a whole lot of money. Granted, if dude is broke, it’s because he’s not being intelligent in his spending, but he ain’t rich, by anyone’s standards. So, dropping $1000 on an optic—even if it’s a game-changer and might save your life or the life of a teammate—may not be a very realistic option, when that $1000 could be used to pay for Suzie’s new braces, or groceries.

Jeff goes on to point out that, “Well, despite what many might think of “budget optics”, the bottom line is that if they work well and prove to be reliable, then why not. After using these optics in matches and training, these guys obviously have confidence in them. During my last tour, we had one guy run a Strike Eagle 1-6x. I’ve also seen mid-ranged priced Primary Arms and Burris scopes in the field. If they had the option between a Strike Eagle and Razors being given out, I’m sure they’d all opt for Razors.

But alas, like many civilian shooters, many of these guys are family men, or they have other financial commitments, leaving them only so much money from their paychecks left to spend on gear. While seeing Vortex Strike Eagles being used in combat might make some “tactical experts” gasp in disbelief, the fact is, they’re working well, and have earned the trust of the guys using them down range.”

In the section on optics in the new rifle book, I included a discussion of this subject, and why I feel comfortable suggesting these optics, despite the naysaying of “tactical experts” with their “Internet Commando Tab.” I pointed out that, a lot a people seem to want to use the cost of their weapon or accessories, as a form of virtue signaling. “If you didn’t spend $XXX on your LPVO, you’re obviously not serious about gunfighting, and I know so, because I spent twice that on my LPVO!

I don’t frequent forums much online anymore. Some of that is because I have limited internet access, once or twice a week, and I have better things to do with that time, but a big part of it was shit like that. There’s few things as infuriating as trying to answer a question for someone seeking valid guidance, and having some fuckwad pipe in and tell him your advice is obviously wrong, because you didn’t spend enough money on your optic. Especially, when said “Commando” then goes on to post a photograph of his rifle, with the described optic mounted, and there is nary a scratch to be found anywhere on it.

Motherfucker, please. Granted, dude doesn’t know me or my background and experience. I get that. But….anyone who’s ever been in a class with me will tell you, my rifle is beat to fuck and back. Seriously. Remember that really ugly chick in high school? The one everybody said must’ve fell out of the ugly tree, and faceplanted on every single branch on the way to the ground? That bitch is a supermodel next to my gun. Not just the Krylon is worn off over large portions of the gun, but the anodizing on the aluminum is worn off. Yes, there are shiny, silver worn spots on my rifle…lots of them. The paint overspray on my barrel, under the handguards? Long gone, and replaced by a healthy coat of rust where the heat has cooked off the metal’s protection.

If you’re going to claim that your optic is demonstrably better than mine—more robust—don’t back it up with a picture that looks like the gun just walked out the door of the gun shop. Show me a rifle that’s been used, in serious, difficult training, under all kinds of weather conditions. Why? Because my “piece of shit” “budget” model, made in China optics? They have survived that shit, and are still functioning extremely well.

Would I like to have a Nightforce, a USOptics, or a Schmidt & Bender on my go-to rifle? Fuck yes. Of course I would. You know what my wife would do, if I showed up with the mail, and there was a NF optic in there? Me either, but I can assure you it wouldn’t be good, and would probably involve me waking up missing body parts.

Is my wife less serious about those guys about preparedness? Please. The woman hauls cooking, drinking, and cleaning water in five gallon buckets. She shits in a five-gallon bucket. She spends hours of her day, in all kinds of weather, kneeling in the garden, digging in the dirt. She gets out there every week and shoots with the rest of the crew. She hits Crossfit regularly. She’s about as serious as you can get. She’s damned sure more serious than some schmuck, sitting on his computer, living in suburbia, with his 72 hours of freeze-dried meals, in the air conditioning, in with no plan for what to do when the freeze-dried Mountain House runs out, and hasn’t ever shot more than ten rounds at a time through his gun, off a bench, under the shade of the range pavilion.

Quit virtue signaling with how much your stuff cost, and start virtue signaling with how much you’re training. Showing off your jewelry is just….very feminine (to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with being feminine. I like feminine. My wife is feminine. My daughters are feminine. I love them. I just don’t dig dudes who are acting feminine.).

Does that mean I’m going to go out and replace my optics with TruGlo optics from the Sporting Goods Section at WalMart? Fuck no. See the above statement about Bushmasters and gambling.

Are you taking a gamble by purchasing a less expensive MTAC or Strike Eagle? Sure. But, the odds are actually in your favor that it will turn out to be a decent optic, contrary to the ranting of Internet Commandos who use their rifles solely for masturbatory purposes. Fuck those guys.


Finally, an update on the Rifle Book. It is off to the printers on Wednesday. If you still want to pre-order, I suggest doing so now. I will be pulling it off the store sale page, so I don’t get further bogged down with back orders, and it won’t be available from Lulu, until I’ve fulfilled the pre-orders. Guys, this is almost 500 pages long. There’s a lot of information in there. I’m pretty happy with it. I think—I hope—I’m getting better at this with each book, and each book is providing more and more information. This one is the best so far of the technical manuals.

I expect it back from the printer by the first of next week, and will start shipping as soon as it arrives. I know that’s a day or two later than promised, and I apologize. It is probably going to take me a couple days to get them all packaged and shipped out as well.

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  1. Brought my $1000 Leupold VX6 1-6x to your carbine class, and the electronics took a dump. Took my $250 Burris Tac30 1-4x to FAS carbine class, with a substantially higher ran count and it’s still running. Strange things happen.

  2. I thought I was edgy until I read one of Mosby’s books…

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    Lotsa good stuff here. AR-15’s and QC. Much like optics, a good mid-line AR will shine, if you build and maintain them right. Top of the line AR’s and optics may not be required. Probably better off with good field grade weapons, and more ammo, for, you know, actual training n shit.

    And optics. Have to agree here. Been using some Holosun RDS’s for awhile and they haven’t blown up or melted yet. You get a micro RDS with an EOTech style reticle, and at price you can afford to put on several guns. They hold zero, don’t blink out, or fog up.

    I think Mosby is a good example of what actually works, concerning wpns and equip. versus all the155 nuclear bullshit rounds we are being bombarded with. Don’t let all the slick marketing make you think you have to have the whole DevGru load out. They don’t pay for that shit, and it all may not be absolutely necessary.

    On med, yeah that’s the red-headed step-child of tactical training.

    On foodstuffs, even more neglected. Seeing a pattern here. What should be included on your METL, rather than just shooting, or better yet, posting pics on line of your new gadget.

    Anxiously awaiting new book.

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      Interesting you mentioned that. I was at a class this past weekend. Holosun RDS on carbine went down, flickering on and off for 2 days of the class. I was originally EXCITED (I’m weird, I know) because I thought it was an Aimpoint T2, but was corrected yesterday. The guy running the Holosun had to end up pulling out his other carbine with a Vortex PST 1-6 to save the day because he needed precise hits and shooting the tube wasnt doing it.

      Now, to be clear, it was raining both days, all day long. It was a low light vehicle class so there was lots of work on the ground, guns getting banged around, etc.


  4. Great stuff, always informative, understandable…and colorful! Thanks.
    Placed order for new book.

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    I wás glad (and a little surprised) to hear JM was running a Vortex anything and even more so a Strike Eagle. I have been using one of their 1×6’s for a couple years and can’t find fault with it. No it’s not an ACOG, but at less than half the cost and a little more magnification (needed for old eyes) I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that uses one.
    I’ve tried and used a variety of “sights” over the years, starting with the open sight that came on my first AR about 30 years ago. I NEED magnification.
    FYI- Vortex has a true, no BS warranty, so yea, there’s that too.
    My favorite, I guess because I seem to make faster, better hits is Vortex Huey w/3x magnifier.

  6. Henry Dissen III permalink

    In regards to the pellet in the case mouth of a .22 center fire rifle: I did it with a .22-250 Sako on a lark. It worked great. Very accurate with good speed (chrono’d but I have long since forgotten the actual number). The trick was to crimp the case neck down to tension fit a .22 pcal pellet the bore out the primer pocket to tension fit a 209 shotgun primer. Single shot and use a cut off clewning rod to push out the spent prime. Not an efficient pellet rifle by any means but it was all kinds of accurate.

  7. Night driver permalink

    Ref the PV and AED compatibility. If you have at least a reasonable inverter (not even a BIG one) that you can dedicate to powering the charge on the AED yer good to go. Plug – n – forget, pretty much.

    yes it’s a pain and you need to rejigger whatever you were doing on calcs for power needs but THAT isn’t complex.

    (also y’all referring to Pastor Joe fox?? we know him as Mongo on my board–

  8. anonymous permalink

    Turns out I’m getting an edjumacation in corn courtesy of Ms. Deppe. Flint/Flour/Dent &tc. She seems to be under the impression that there are only a few that parch well. What corn variant you likin’ for that rockahominy thing?

  9. SemperFido permalink

    A quick mention on a good storage option for dry goods. We can from our garden so I have a variety of mason jars. You can buy on amazon a cap that fits over the top for like six bucks that allows you to attach a vacuum device to it and seal dry goods in the jars. They then last for years unchanged. Electric vacuum machines are pricey, so buy a hand brake line pump for less than thirty bucks and it takes less than five minutes of pumping to seal the jars. I buy stuff on sale like cereal or oatmeal and vacuum pack it for later when the grandkids are visiting. I also vacuum pack the wife’s seasonings so they stay fresh and don’t clump up. We live in Florida so we know heat and humidity and dry goods stored this way last for years. I store seeds also and they last longer. Without refrigeration. Just don’t ever use your food sealer to suck the air out of a brakeline.

  10. anonymous permalink

    That Polymule appears to be a nice unit (telescoping handles is an awesome feature)/ I’m wondering if a good game cart would get the same work done for less money, especially with several individuals to take turns or have one or more in front ‘in harness’ (game dragging units) to help haul uphill.

    Thank you much for the trail food rockahominy discussion, trail foods that are inexpensive and easy to prepare while hiking will be needed.

  11. anonymous permalink

    Not sure where my first attempt went, so I’ll try again – w/r/t rockahominy – I gather there is a very broad range of parched corn, and only a few are actually good. Which corn do you use for your rockahominy?

  12. Garry F. Owen, Trooper permalink

    Thanks for your blog, and all that you do. I just received vol. 1 and the clandestine pistol book. As a peace-time combat arms E-5 from the age of dinosaurs , I’m loving the training plan and progressions. I’m looking forward to putting them into action for myself and my tribe. I’ll get the other books over time

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