Meh. Can’t be tactical. No rails, and it’s not Flat Dark Earth.

But I do agree with the idea. 

Behold, the Tactical Grille Apron

Constructed of 1000D Cordura in Universal Digital Camo, MultiCam, Coyote, Woodland Camo, Fire, and Law Enforcement versions, the Tactical Grilling Apron features three rows of modular attachment across the waist and two rows across the chest. These PALS/MOLLE compatible attachment points allow your Tactical Grilling Apron to accept any of your current kit, whether it be a holster, mag pouches, general purpose pouches, or a med kit, the Tactical Grilling Apron can fit your mission requirement: Steak or Stakeout.

It’s so silly, it’s almost cool.

Yellow means “Go very fast!”

Caleb and Robb and others are in the midst of a good discussion over here on the fine line between preparedness and paranoia. 

My two cents (well, 1.2 cents, now that ObamaCare has passed…): 

1. Yes, I admit, I called myself a “sheepdog” in the past. Since then, I’ve realized an important point: Sheepdogs are the paid employees of the shepherd.

However, what I do, I do for the flock. I am not outside of the family, I am part of the family. Therefore (to stretch the analogy to the breaking point) I am a ram who’s willing to use his horns, and not a sheepdog.

2: The two most powerful machines I own are my firearms and my cars. Both of these, when improperly used, are capable of doing horrific levels of violence on innocent people, and (as anyone who’s read Larry Niven knows) of the two, a car is the deadlier weapon. 

So how come I don’t say to myself “This might be the day I get hit by a garbage truck” when I get behind the wheel? 

Because I drive defensively behind the wheel, not at home.

I don’t “game out” scenarios at home late at night, wondering “what if a pickup truck goes through the red light at the off ramp of Rural Road and the 101?”. I don’t watch YouTube videos of traffic accidents trying to learn something from other people’s misfortune and I don’t sit in front of the computer trying to glean accident-avoidance tips from Bob Bondurant.  I need to get better at defensive driving (who doesn’t?), so yes, a trip to driving school is in my future. I hope. 

In the meantime, I drive defensively, and I try to practice those skills every single time I get behind the wheel.

I don’t drive angry. I de-escalate when someone acts like a jerk. I don’t drink and drive. I keep an eye out for the unexpected from when I back out of the driveway until I turn off the ignition. 

Sound familiar? 

We know how to do this stuff when we’re driving. If we do it when we’re carrying, we’ll all be just fine. 

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Remember: Google Hates Guns

Gonna be a LOT of marketing people at Cabela’s, Midway and just about every other online firearms store that’ll be PO’d over this

We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping. In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed and then re-submit your feed in the Merchant Center. 

And as much as I loathe Microsoft, the fact is, Bing! is VERY frearms-friendly: Here’s just a part of the search results for “5.56 ammo” in their shopping area. 

Bing likes guns.

I just switched to Bing! as the default search engine for my primary browser, and you should switch too.

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BOOM! (headshot)

Do video games make you a better marksman? 

Sorta

“…researchers recently explored two related questions. Do they improve people’s aim, when they later fire real guns (or, at least, non-lethal models used in police training)? And do they cause people to aim for the head more often?

The answers were yes and yes: ‘Participants who played a violent shooting game using a pistol-shaped controller [landed] 99% more headshots and 33% more other shots than did other participants. These results remained significant even after controlling for firearm experience, gun attitudes, habitual exposure to violent shooting games, and trait aggressiveness. Habitual exposure to violent shooting games also predicted shooting accuracy.’ “

Video games alone won’t make you a better shooter, but you have to figure that the hand-eye coordination and improved reflexes gained by playing endless hours of Call Of Honour have to translate into the real-world in SOME fashion. 

But video games are not and will not be a subsittute for actual trigger time. Even something as freakishly cool as this

El Matador de los coyotes

The ÜEBR (über evil black rifle) gets a new upper today, so I had to come up with something to do with the old 20″ barrelled upper. I’ve been wanting to get into coyote hunting for a while now, so after a quick trip to Amazon for a cheap scope and accessories, voilá! 

Coyote AR

That’s the ÜEBR with a cheap NC Star scope in a UTG mount with a UTG bipod up front. I’ll keep those on that upper, and switch out the lower between this and my new lightweight upper.

And yeah, I know, I should shell out more for a good scope and mount. 

The thing is, I don’t know how badly the coyote-hunting bug is going to bite me, and until I know, I’ll spend my (few) dollars on stuff that’ll work for now, and leave the upgrades for later. And no, I’m not painting the whole thing Flat Dark Earth. I’ll be shooting in the desert and high chapparal of the northeastern Arizona and there is NO WAY I’m setting up for a hunt in the open sun. We have a word here for people who spend 3+ hours stretched out in the barren sun: Corpses. I’ll be shooting from shade, so a dark gun in a dark shadow isn’t going to raise the suspicions of ol’ Wile. E.

Even with that cheap scope and on a blazingly hot and windy day, I was able bang the 300 yard 10″x10″ steel at my local range with boring regularity. 

Cool.

I’ve never named my guns, (even the ones with EXTREME sentimental value), but this one’s going to be called “Tiger’s Revenge”. 

Mrs. ExKev grew up around Payson, Arizona, right around where I’ll be hunting, and she had more than few pet kittys meet their untimely demise at the hands (paws?) of the local varmints. 

It’s payback time. 

What I did on my summer vacation

I really like my ÜEBR AR-15, but even with fluting, at 20″ and a four-rail handguard, the durn thing gets a little heavy on at times, especially on a stage like this. 

Rifle headshot stage

28 headshots from 5 to 25 yards means that 20″ barrel gets HEAVY at the end of the stage. Plus I wasn’t a big fan of the four-rail handguard and the Magpul grip just wasn’t that useful for me (your milage may vary).

So something had to be done. I shoot Production in USPSA because I’m not a fan of race guns: I don’t shoot USPSA to become Todd Jarrett in my middle age, I do it to practice with equipment that mimics my everyday carry gear. 

In that light, I started to look at building a “Production” upper for my AR with simple, no-frills accessories that were in reach of the average shooter, which meant no super-slick carbon-fibre handguards, no lightweight bolt carrier groups that cost the same as a Glock, just simple parts for a simple AR. 

Here’s the starting point. 

AR Upper

The parts involved in this build will be: 

Upper: Hi-Standard Flat Top (Brownells 080-000-592WB)
Barrel:  Daniel Defense 16″ Lightweight Carbine (Brownells 100-009-472WB)
Gas Block: JP Enterprises Adjustable (Brownells 452-015-110WB)
Bolt/Carrier: DPMS Bolt/Carrier Assembly (Brownells 231-000-176WB)
Sights: Magpul BIUS Gen 2 (Brownells 100-006-941WB)
Handguard: Midwest Industries Carbine Free-Float (Brownells 100-005-332WB)
Charging Handle: M&A Ambi Charging Handle (Brownells 080-000-619WB)
Flash Hider: Yankee Hill Phantom 5C2 (Brownells 100-002-071WB)
Pieces Parts: Free Float Carbine Parts Kit (Brownells 430-000-503WB)

And tomorrow afternoon I’m going over to Dane Armory to see if I can put all this together with a minimum of adult supervision. Look for pics and a build report later this week.

I hope.

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Daily where

When I was at Front Sight earlier this year, I was the only one in my class practicing and shooting with an untucked shirt as my cover garment. Everyone was using an unbuttoned shirt or a jacket to cover up their gun. At IDPA, I’m usually the only one without a “Shoot Me First” vest. 

I can understand people not wanting to show off their underwear as they yank their shirt out of the way (Calvin Klein boxer briefs, if you MUST know), and many of the students at Front Sight were from colder climes (ie not Arizona) so a shirt or jacket in summer makes sense, and yeah, if you want to win at IDPA, you need a shoot me first vest… 

But. 

Watching the people of Arizona these past few days, we just don’t wear jackets or unbuttoned shirts in the summer. We just don’t. Heck, I’ve seen more people open-carrying than I have with open shirts. 

Which confirms my decision to train and compete with an untucked shirt. Sure, I may show a little skin during the draw and yes, it’s a tiny bit slower than a vest, but it also fits the definition of “concealed carry” in Arizona, which is why I do it in the first place.

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First Impression – Crossbreed Microclip

Ever since I put a Crimson Trace laser on my P3AT, I’ve had to carry it my pocket and nowhere else, which is not a bad thing as the gun is unique suited to pocket carry. 

But. 

I like to carry the little sucker when I’m wearing blue jeans and i don’t want to carry a bigger gun and I’ve yet to have a smooth draw from the front pocket with jeans. And no, I don’t wear emo pants. 

There just aren’t a lot of tuckable IWB options out there for a P3AT with laser. P3AT, yes, with laser, no.

Fortunately, Crossbreed offers their holsters with a option for the P3AT and a laser. 

Minituck and P3AT

RIght off the bat, I remembered why I like carrying the KelTec on my waist. After the first 30 seconds with the Microclip on my belt, I forgot I had a gun with me.

It’s that light. 

The Microclip is smaller than it’s Supertuck big brother. Here’s the two side by side. 

And here it is with the Galco Ultimate Second Amendment that I used with the P3AT before I got the laser.

The holster is as well-made as the larger Supertuck and is very comfortable to carry, but that comfort comes with a tradeoff: The leather backing seems to interfere with my draw more than the old Galco holster did, but I won’t know until I take it to the range and test it out. 

Also, my first attempt at carrying it tucked in resulted in the holster pivoting around that one J-hook and the gun in the holster slid under my beltline and out of easy reach. A quick trip to the restroom solved that problem and it hasn’t happened since, but it was a little disconcerting at the time. 

All in all, I like the Microclip. I may need to do some razor-blade surgery on it to improve my speed, but I’ll leave that question for another day once I run it thru a Mozambique or two. But if you’ve got a P3AT with a laser on it, the Microclip is definitely a viable option for belt-carry. 

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