Saturday, September 19, 2015

Got spare parts?

(Via Say Uncle)

So, the balloon has went up.  It makes no difference what balloon it is, it's up.  You, the prepared prepping survivalist, have your food, your water, your medical gear and your guns.  You have everything you need to make a stand of it against the Mutant Cannibal Zombie Unwashed Bikers.

And then your AR/AK/HK/Main Battle Rifle clone of choice breaks something, like a spring.  Or we are a long way down the rebuilding road, and something just wears out.  You aren't going to hope in the truck and go to Bubba's Gun Shop and get spares, and nobody has seen the Big Brown Truck of Happiness with a box from Midway in months or years.

If you didn't stock some spare parts for the things that are most likely to break or wear out, you may find yourself up that infamous creek sans paddle, and it will suck to be you.  Even having a spare gun, you still want spare parts.

Shooting Illustrated has a list of the spares you need for an AR.

Interestingly enough, I looked to see if there were similar articles for other rifles, and outside of asked/answered questions on various firearms fora (with their inherent questionability), I found a grand total of zip.  If any of you know of a good, reliable list, stick it in the comments, please.  I'll make sure it gets pulled up here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Have you ever heard of "The Interview"?

No, not the bad Hollywood movie.  The interview I'm talking about it the interview that a criminal may give you shortly before attacking.  The Interview isn't always verbal, in fact I suspect it usually isn't.  My suspicion is that the verbal interview is practiced by a particular and particularly dangerous subset of the criminal element--the ones who get an extra charge from the interaction with their prey.

Tiger McKee calls it a different name, the "Gradual Threat".  A rose by any other name has just as many sharp thorns.  This is one I would read and commit to memory.

Well, if it's true, I got took

Because a while back I bought some FireClean to try.  Still sitting on the bench, waiting for a suitably cruddy gun.  Maybe I should try some french fries instead?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hoist on their own petard

(Via the Drudge Report)

There's a lot that can be said for this Wall Street Journal op-ed.  I'm going to go with just a couple.

First, watch your 6--and your 3, 9 and 12.  It's getting very dangerous out there, especially in the metro areas.  As those of us who have been paying attention have noticed, the bad guys aren't so afraid of the police these days.  If you don't have your concealed weapons permit, why?  Get it, get a gun and carry everywhere you legally can.  Now more than ever you are your own first responder.

Second, a funny thing happened on the way to the "Black Lives Matter" rally--they hurt the very people they claimed to want to protect.  You have to wonder if that was by accident or design.

I think we had best hope for an early, cold winter.