Friday, December 31, 2010

Pimp My Lower: 7 parts to improve your AR-15 receiver

This is the best ambi magazine catch I have ever used.  It is a simple yet rugged design that unlike others does not use the receiver as the pivot point.  The Norgon Ambi-Catch is a "drop-in" replacement for the magazine catch that sits on the left side of the receiver. NSN: 1005-01-537-6498
Price: $89.99

Magpul B.A.D. Lever
aka: Battery Assist Device. The B.A.D. Lever is a very intuitive add-on that allows a right-handed shooter the ability to lock/release the bolt with their trigger finger.  The lever was designed to make clearing malfunctions a quicker affair.  Magpul's B.A.D. is the original, but other versions do exist.
Price: $29.99

aka: Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector.  This is the most user friendly ambi-safety out there.  It gives you the option to place one of five different levers on either side of the lower receiver.  Being able to operate the safety of a weapon in any situation is paramount.  For a more in depth review check out Jerking the Trigger.
Price: $53.99
The Redi-Mag allows an extra mag to always be ready; right on the side of your weapon.  This gives you the capability for very quick reloads.  I have never put one on my carbine because I'm not a fan of the extra weight that the Redi-Mag plus another loaded magazine adds.  There are many officers that like to have an extra magazine on board their patrol carbine when they grab it; whereas if you have to carry the rifle all day you have to do the math: ounces = pounds and pounds = pain. 
Price: $79.99

Magpul MIAD
The Mission Adaptable grip from Magpul offers three different back plates and two different front straps to customize the fit and finish of the grip for the end user.  The MIAD also offers four different grip cores allowing for the storage of ammunition, AA/AAA or CR123 batteries, and a bolt and firing pin.  If you install the MIAD on your lower receiver I would highly recommend installing Magpul's MOE Trigger Guard which gives your finger more room within the trigger area for easier operation with gloved hands.
Price: $35.99

ACLM Ambidextrous Charging Handle
I know this is not part of the lower receiver, but since I was mentioning other ambidextrous parts I thought I would throw this one in there.  I've used this specific charging handle for about a year and I am very impressed.  Made from aluminum billet it is a very strong but light weight replacement.  I am currently testing out another brand that offers an ambi charging handle and hope to bring you a review of it and other charging handles during the first quarter of 2011.  Stay tuned....
Price: $84.99

There are many different stock options on the market today. Many include compartments for storage of extra batteries or parts. Here is a list of some of the more popular ones:
Lewis Machine and Tool SOPMOD: $199.99
Magpul UBR: $264.99
Magpul ACS: $134.99
Magpul CTR: $94.99
VLTOR EMOD: $125.99

Before you start bolting all sorts of fancy stuff to your carbine you need to think about what function your gun will serve.  Does your gun sit in a safe nine months out of the year?  Is your gun locked into a vehicle mount or in a trunk?  Do you have to carry your carbine with you; everywhere you go?  Not all accessories work for all people.  Take your time and do the research so you don't end up spending your hard earned money on something that will ultimately be worthless to you.

Are there any accessories you think should have been included?  Tell us what you think! Post your list below or on's Facebook page.

-Double Aught

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Ruger to offer Piston Driven SR-556 Uppers

Down Range TV says that Ruger will be offering their popular SR-556 rifle's upper for individual purchase.  I have not been able do find a definitive price, yet.

Three uppers will be available for purchase.  Down Range TV's article is HERE.
Standard SR-556 upper chambered in 5.56 mm NATO/.223 features a heavy contour, 16.1″ barrel with a 1:9 twist rate, and is capped with a Mini-14/SR-556 flash suppressor mounted on 1/2-28 threads. A one-piece, ten-inch quad rail handguard provides ample room for mounting sights, optics and accessories. Made exclusively for Ruger, this SR-556-specific handguard is pinned to the upper receiver, creating a near-monolithic upper receiver assembly and providing a rugged mounting system for the piston driven transfer rod.
A carbine-length version of the popular SR-556 two-stage, piston driven AR-style upper is also available. The carbine upper features a heavy contour, fluted barrel that is 1-3/4″ shorter and a half-pound lighter than the barrel on the standard SR-556. The 1:9 twist rate, 16.1″ barrel on the carbine features an integrally machined flash suppressor, which minimizes the overall length of the barrel while complying with ATF regulations for civilian and commercial sales. This carbine version maintains the mid-length gas system and heavy (.850″) barrel contour under the handguard, but the barrel is fluted for weight reduction and to promote barrel cooling.
Those seeking to equip their modern rifle with ample power for hunting medium-sized game or greater muzzle and downrange energy capability for defensive or tactical roles can select an upper chambered in the capable 6.8 SPC caliber. The SR-556/6.8 features upper features a heavy contour, 1:10 twist barrel with a standard SAAMI 6.8 SPC chambering. The chrome-lined, cold hammer-forged barrel is 16.12″ long, is threaded 5/8-24, and is capped with the effective and distinctive Mini-14/SR-556 flash suppressor.
All three should be available for purchase at soon.

**UPDATE**  MSRP $1449
- Double Aught

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Shotguns aren't the problem - criminals are: A look across the pond

Philip Johnston of the U.K.'s Telegraph wrote a column emphasizing the historical 'knee-jerk' reaction of the English people in recent decades.  The reaction is to gun violence and often manifests itself in populist legislation.  Johnston tips his hat to newly installed Prime Minister David Cameron for taking a much needed rational approach to a tragic murders earlier this year.
Philip Johnston's column gave me a perspective that is often overlooked in America.  He is writing from a reality where the ownership of firearms is considered to be radical.  It shows that we must continue to fight against those who would like to see firearms banned and outlawed. 

We must continue to make certain that every person knows that self defense is an inalienable right cannot and should not be questioned. EVER.  Let's hope we don't find ourselves living in Mr. Johnston's reality anytime soon.

- Double Aught

Sunday, December 19, 2010

S&W M&P .22lr Pistol?

It appears that Smith & Wesson have decided to make its popular M&P series pistol in a .22lr flavor.  Well, at least by proxy through Walther America.  I could not find any more information at this time about the pistol other than the information on Bud's Gun Shop.  Bud's price shows it going for $364.

It appears that Walther has decided to outfit the .22lr version of the M&P with a manual safety and although it is hard to make out; it also appears that there are no interchangeable back straps. (but there might be) I first spotted this on Guns & Coffee blog.  They also comment that it may be made in a 10 and 12 shot configuration.  Hopefully we will see more about this critter at the Shot Show in January.

I just hope it comes with a threaded barrel option.

-Double Aught

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Apocalypse Plan B or Coffin?

Atelier Van Lieshout designed designed this... thing.  Don't worry I have no idea how to pronounce that name either. 
It is being touted as a Apocalypse proof, survival hooch.  It will be on display at the Cite de la Science in Paris until the 13th.  I'm telling you this so that you can rush over there and see how not to build a survival bunker.
Here's a link to an article about it.

Where does all the poop go? Oh, I see it goes in the stove!

- Double Aught

U.S. and U.K. add Semi-Auto 7.62 Rifles to their Inventories

The United States and the United Kingdom have both recently announced their decisions to add a semi-auto 7.62x51 (308 Winchester) to their inventories. 

The U.K. has chosen the Lewis Machine and Tool's .308 Modular Weapon System, dubbing it the 'Sharpshooter'.  It utilizes a monolithic rail platform (MRP) and the Stoner gas impingement design with a 16" barrel.

The U.S. (US SOCOM) has recently announced that they will start fielding FNH USA's MK 20 SSR.  This is a variant of the SCAR MK 17.  It has a gas operated short-stroke piston design behind a 20" barrel.

Both of these rifles are being introduced to fill a niche that has been dominated by either bolt guns or semi-auto rifles that shoot a smaller cartridge.  Now you know and knowing is half the battle...
Which one would you prefer?

- Double Aught

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Truth never changes...

The Truth about "Assault Weapons"

Thanks Officer Pyle!

- Double Aught

Gun Control Debate - NOW with COMMON SENSE! *common sense is ignored*

Often times when you watch a round table discussion on any one of the news channels you will hear the same thing.  Rhetoric, "bumper sticker" slogans, and well thought out quips that sound good in a 10 second audio bite.  The most recent discussion I saw on gun control was on CNN's Parker/Spitzer and starred
Kevin Williamson, Deputy Managing Editor National Review and Mayor Jeffery Jones of Paterson, New Jersey along with the show's two hosts.  For the most part the show was full of rhetoric, "bumper sticker" slogans, and well thought out quips that sound good in a 10 second audio bite; especially the ones that Mayor Jones was dishing out.  What I think was really over looked and pretty much written off was what  Kevin Williamson said right away in the beginning.  "Hunting rifles are more dangerous guns"..."assault weapons just look scary."  He spoke nothing but truth, and was written off by the others because they were too busy trying to spit out their sound bites.

I don't know what Mr. Williamson's political leanings are, but he sure does have common sense which everyone else in the room seemed to lack.  "We don't need stricter gun control laws. We need stricter felon control laws."
Come on Kevin, "What's your point? Alright, let's take that off the table..." so we can get some more "bumper sticker" slogans in here.

The CNN Parker/Spitzer video ---> WATCH

What did you think?

- Double Aught

Kel-Tec RMR-30 to debut at Shot Show 2011

Kel-Tec RMR-30 .22MAG
I follow the Shot Show every year like some people follow the Super Bowl.  It is always fun to see what companies keep under wraps all year just to surprise us with at the show.  Recently, The Firearm Blog had a great interview with Tobias Obermeit, the Chief Design Engineer of the PMR-30 pistol from Kel-Tec

Interview HERE.

The Firearm Blog also snagged pics of a prototype of the RMR-30.  Click Here for PICS and their article.  After seeing these photos I am now even more excited to see one of these in action.  The most recent information says that price and availability will be announced at the Shot Show in January.

- Double Aught

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War in Rio - A look into a War close to home

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Route Clearance in Iraq: Operation New Dawn - How to pass the time...

Anyone who has been on a long road trip with a friend knows that you end up filling a lot of that time with all sorts of activities.  One of my personal favorites is reading billboards out load, as loud as I can. "FREE COLD WATER! AUTHENTIC INDIAN TOMAHAWKS! 237 MILES!" I sure do love Wall Drug and their billboards that start half a state away. Route Clearance in Iraq 2010-2011 is kinda similar.  Iraq may have less billboards, but they sure do have more bombs along the road.

In case you are not familiar with Route Clearance; the sole purpose is to make sure that routes that convoys and other friendly forces use are safe from bombs.  You see, the enemy likes to place explosives next to the roads to disrupt the delivery of our precious Xbox 360 games. (My only explanation for this is that they've never played COD and/or they hate our freedom.) In an effort to find these bombs before they do any damage; Combat Engineers drive up and down these roads in search of them.  Unfortunately, more often than not we find them when they blow up on us.  This is a calculated risk we take and it is not because of a lack of trying to locate them. Combat Engineers are trained to take the blast.  It's not a fun fact, but a bomb found and cleared is just as successful as a bomb that detonates on us.  It's not the preferred method but the end result is the same: the route is clear. <--cold hard truth. 

I don't want it to sound like we are driving around plugging our ears with our fingers the whole time.  The truth is that 99% of the time we spend driving up and down roads looking for bombs is boring.  In order to stay alert and aware of anything "suspicious" we inevitably began to play little games that help pass the time and miles; just like on a road trip in the States.  (Except you're also looking for bombs.)

Pirate Hunting:
One of my personal favorites. There are at least four people in my platoon that are "thinking" about starting a pirate hunting business.  They have it all planned out.  Their business plan is simple: Find pirates, Kill pirates.  I think it should be their slogan.

What color Monster is better?:
Blue or green? I'm throwing my vote with green.  I like the taste better but the blue is lower carbs, so I guess if I was worried about carbs more than bombs I would drink blue.

Who would you kill, who would you fuck?:
This game has its origins with our Lieutenant.  The rules are you can name one person you want to kill, (except anyone in the platoon) and one person you'd like to fuck. When a name is mentioned you either get a lot of agreement or someone asking, "What the hell is the matter with you?"

Starting a business:
I have toyed with this one myself.  One of our medics owns a couple businesses and is our resident expert.  The hardest part is convincing my wife that I can write off all the guns I buy because they are business expenses.

When politics are brought up it's either going to be a long fruitful discussion or a short one that leaves a bad taste in your mouth,and a prompt reminder that you need to be looking for bombs.

Best pie:
For my money it's pumpkin.  I know apple is suppose to be synonymous with America, but I tend to find that people will choose blueberry or rhubarb over apple pie.  Without exception someone will always make a crude comment about cream pies which brings us to our next topic...

Oh yes, every guy has stories about girls.  You'd think most would be worthy of Penthouse and most are, but late in a deployment many of them turn into serious accounts that make everyone homesick... but mostly horny.

"Don't listen to Ipod's on mission because you won't be able to hear what's going on!" You'll hear the explosion if you don't feel it first. Music is the quintessential time killer on a road trip.  I've traveled many miles in Iraq just listening to music and looking out my window.  Some Soldiers won't play certain songs because a bomb went off while it was playing once.  I was playing Metallica's The Unforgiven when a bomb went off.  I promptly removed all of the Metallica off of my Ipod.  (I really didn't like Metallica anyways)

There are so many more, but I have to go...
Stay safe! With any luck I'm gonna go find myself a bomb!

- Double Aught

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Yes, Silencers are Legal* - AAC CANU Silencer University

I recently was approved by BATFE  to build a short barreled rifle. I will be doing this with great joy once I return from my current deployment in Iraq. At first, attempting to wade through the bureaucracy to be able to own a NFA (National Firearms Act) gun seemed to be very difficult. It proved to be quite simple. Next on my list is a silencer!

Advanced Armament Corp. is a quality silencer maker and has benefited greatly from being brought into the fold of Remington's Military arm along with AR makers Bushmaster and DPMS.  With an increase in funding AAC's research and development can continue to be on the leading edge of silencer technology.  They also want to remind you that silencers are legal* and available!
AAC has produced their CANU Silencer University.  It has been founded to educate the public on the technology, legality, and options available to them. They offer an undergraduate program for the public and a graduate program for dealers.  I've completed the undergraduate and was surprised by how much I learned. Once you complete your final exam you'll receive special deals and discounts.  The only problem I ran into was that once I completed the course I had made up my mind... I need a silencer!

Silencers are legal to U.S. residents, 21 years of age and older, a non-felon and lives in one of the 37 States that allow private ownership of silencers.
Legal in: AL, AR, AK, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MS, MD, MT, ND, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, and WY

- Double Aught

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rail Guns on decks of Navy ships by 2025? **UPDATE** Video of test fire

With a little more research and fine tuning it appears this may be a reality.  This means a huge step forward in not only Naval combat, but combat in general.  What makes the rail gun most appealing is the fact that it creates so much power; that the projectile doesn't need to be explosive.  

U.S. Navy's Rail Gun test on Dec. 9 produced 33 Mega Joules of energy!
 "A single mega joule is roughly equivalent to a 1-ton car traveling at 100 mph. Multiple that by 33 and you get a picture of what would happen when such a weapon hits a target."
Once you eliminate the need for explosives, especially on a ship, you make it safer for the war fighter and cheaper for the Government to procure the weapon.  The projectile from a rail gun moves at 2-3 times the velocity of conventional "big guns" and is capable of hitting targets 100 miles away within one minute.  This is really exciting to say the least.

Read the full article from Fox News ----> HERE.

FOX News Video of the test fire. 

- Double Aught

Friday, December 10, 2010

A View of the Mexico/U.S. Border

There has been a lot of news lately about all the problems that Mexico has been having with their northern (our southern) border.  We are now seeing large deployments of Mexican troops and police into border towns to quell the increasing tension it is receiving from the cartels.  I am not, nor claim to be an expert on the situation in Mexico, but I feel I should share with you a view not many people see of our southern border.  Here is Border Run: 50 Miles in 6 Minutes

- Double Aught

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fun, Practical, and Cheap! Reactive Targets from Do-All Outdoors, LLC.

I try to go shooting at a range at least once a week, but what I prefer more than the range is going out onto some land to shoot where there's no one to bother.  Whenever I am afforded this chance it is often with a friend.  We often use these times to try some more dynamic drills not usually accepted at the static ranges. Other times we will just walk the fields and woods looking for rabbits, squirrels, or whatever may move quickly to give a chance to try some quick target acquisition.
Do-All Outdoors, LLC. has developed a product to make these endeavors more fun and productive; because we all know that when you have a gun in hand you don't see as many rabbits or squirrels.  These are durable reactive targets.  You can find them for under $20 at Cheaper Than Dirt.
"Impact Seal Ground Bouncing Reactive Targets were originally designed for military, law enforcement and fast action pistol training. These are action targets that are unpredictable and they challenge the shooter to locate and readjust for every shot. The technologically advanced material will handle thousands of rounds from .22-.50 caliber. These durable targets are built for long life and countless hours of fun."
  • Target Self Heals Upon Impact
  • They Fly, Bounce, Roll, & Run every time they are shot - Never the same Shot twice
  • Handles 1,000+ rounds ( Gun Ball handles 10,000+ rounds)

- Double Aught

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Basic Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit - ITS Tactical

Our vehicles give us a sense of safety.  That's because vehicle design is geared toward safety. When you buy a vehicle, either new or used, one of the first things you should do is put some sort of emergency kit in the back. No matter how basic the kit may seem; it could mean having peace of mind when something goes wrong or losing your mind.  This is even more important to people who drive long distances during the winter months.  ITS Tactical has a fantastic article on the 12 things every vehicle should have in their winter emergency kit.

What else do you think would be a good addition?

-Double Aught

Monday, December 6, 2010

Glock Factory Disposable Suppressor!?!

Damn NFA rules...

-Double Aught

Giving a Firearm as a Gift? Some Reminders from NSSF.

"The holidays are just around the corner.  As hunters, shooters, collectors or just plain plinkers, it’s a natural instinct to want to share our enjoyment of firearms with others.  What better way to do that than to make a gift of a firearm to a family member, close friend or relative?

The first thing to remember if you’re thinking about giving someone a gun is that . . . it’s a gun!  You already know that ownership of a firearm brings with it some serious legal and ethical obligations that other consumer products don’t.  So let’s look at some questions you may have about giving a firearm as a gift."

Read the full article from NSSF CLICK HERE!

-Double Aught

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

6.8 SPC Uppers: Few and Far Between

6.8 SPC (left) 5.56mm (right)
Back in 2002 Remington and U.S. SOCOM developed the 6.8 SPC cartridge for the M4 platform in order to give it some more 'power'.  When this round hit the civilian market many manufactures started producing 6.8 SPC rifles. Barrett, Bushmaster, LWRC, DPMS, Rock River, StagNoveske, POF, Ruger, and Wilson produce fantastic 6.8 SPC chambered rifles, but only a few offer a stand alone upper available for purchase.

Why would you want to buy just an 'upper'?

Noveske 7.5 Diplomat 6.8 SPC

What is very appealing for many current owners of an AR-15 rifle is that you only need to replace the upper and magazine in order to fire a more powerful cartridge.  The 6.8 SPC has a 44% increase in energy over the 5.56mm.  I personally want to get one for coyote hunting.

The following are a few 6.8 SPC uppers that I would consider to be an entry level purchase.

Rock River Arms
Their uppers start at $510-$675

Stag Arms
Their uppers start at $525-$625 and also come in left-handed models.

Stag 5H

Stag 7HL

PRI 25 Round 6.8 SPC

Now that you have an upper you will just need to change your magazine.  Percision Reflex, Inc. seems to be one of the most forward thinking groups out there.  They offer 6.8 SPC magazines in 5, 10, 15, and 25 round options.  All of their magazines are of welded steel construction and are priced at $33 to $48 a peice.  Barrett and C Products also manufacture magazines, but PRI seems to have the most variety.

Anyone out there with any experince with a 6.8 SPC upper feel free to comment and anyone with questions please ask! Comment below...

- Double Aught

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Friday, December 3, 2010

LaRue Tactical 10/22 ARROW CONVERSION

LaRue Tactical is known for their industry leading mounting solutions and firearm accessories.  Normally I would be just notify followers of of new LaRue products via Twitter @RomeoTangoBravo or on RTB Facebook Fan Page, but their new offering deserves a little more attention.
LaRue Tactical Deluxe Arrow Conversion Kit $749
LaRue turns your Ruger 10/22 rifle into an arrow firing platform by utilizing .22lr blanks.  This is still considered a firearm! This product is offered in two configurations:

Arrow Set includes everything to turn your current 10/22 into an arrow firing fun gun for $442
Deluxe Conversion Kit includes everything that comes with the Arrow Set plus stock, mounts, cheek pad, and more for $749

LaRue Tactical Arrow Set $442
I would love to get my hands on one of these, but alas I'm stuck in Iraq and they don't let us shoot much...

-Double Aught

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GAME CHANGER from Surefire! ** EXCLUSIVE**

Look out Magpul, you have some competition from SureFire! A few months ago we heard about Magpul's plans on producing a 60 round polymer magazine for AR rifles.  Well, SureFire is going to be showing off their aluminium 60 round and 100 round magazine at SHOT SHOW 2011! 

SureFire 60 Round Magazine
Will these magazines be a practical addition to everybody's load out? Probably not, but it will be an interesting accessory for some new combat rifles like FNH HAMR and H&K IAR (416)
SureFire 100 Round Magazine
Check out DefenseReview's EXCLUSIVE article! They also have an abundance of technical specs and a little Q&A with Surefire!

60 Round Mag = $129
100 Round Mag = $179

-Double Aught

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What's the best way to break-in a new barrel? -=SURVEY=-

 If you ask ten people, "What's the best way to break-in a rifle barrel?" You'll probably get ten different answers.  Here are three different schools of thought when it comes to this procedure.  Which way do you think is best?

First we have Midway USA's example:

*FUN FACT* I once sold a gun to Larry Potterfield

Next, comes an informational video from LoneWolfUSMC from 8541tactical.

*FUN FACT* I really, really, really want an Noveske rifle!!! (6.8SPC please)

Finally, we have the how-to tutorial from busheler:

*FUN FACT* I wouldn't do this to a Kimber rifle, but I do to my fighting guns...

What do you think is the best way to break-in a new rifle barrel?

Please VOTE for your prefered method just above the 'Gun Spotlight'!

- Double Aught

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Just in time for X-MAS! "Ties that don't suck!"

Straight out of the Cyberoptix Tie Lab come what they call "ties that don't suck".  There are just a few firearms inspired examples.  These ties are top quality and come in many different designs and colors.  Check 'em out!

- Double Aught

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

An anonymous letter home from Iraq during the holiday season... OPERATION NEW DAWN

November 2010 update from the Iraq
November is almost over and Third platoon is still rolling strong. I have had a few interesting missions during the past month and even negotiated my platoon into a hotel on a base in Baghdad for the night. You know the war is going well when a Colonel has the time to call and bitch about how a LT tricked the housing office and snuck a platoon of combat soldiers into some decent housing instead of some nasty tents. Other than that the flamethrowers of third platoon have been burning around the clock with great success. I can state with great confidence that I am Smokey the Bear’s antithesis and have even burned a bear during a route sanitation mission.
I had a platoon football game on Thanksgiving morning and the NCOs were crushed by the younger enlisted men. I unfortunately had cast my lot with the NCOs and suffered a defeat worthy of the Vikings. My Army fantasy league suffered the same fate as I had 2nd highest points scored in the league, but highest points against. My gyrocam and robot operator took me out of playoff contention. I outscored him every week except the two weeks he played against me, but such is Army life.
Speaking of Army life, I decided it is for the birds so I quit last Sunday when my commander refused to change my mission start time. I wanted to watch the Packers game and told him those roadside bombs weren’t going anywhere and they could wait an extra three hours to blow me up. He didn’t agree, and I think the Admin guys lost my walking papers because I had to go on mission during the Packer game again this week!

The holidays are coming and I have been singing Christmas carols to Iraqis from my truck’s loudspeaker. Maybe they don’t understand English too well because they all start yelling at me and a few started shooting at us once. I get tired of “Silent Night” every once awhile, but I haven’t shot anyone over it yet. This just furthers my belief that Iraqis are violent people. Speaking of the holidays I offered to kill the wild pigs running around Iraq and generally murdering the civilians in their sleep, but the Army says that’s an “Iraqi problem” and Iraqis should deal with it. I told them having bombs on the side of Iraqi roads is their problem too, but they didn’t agree. I was pretty disappointed because I planned on sending all of you boar tusk necklaces for Christmas. So instead I bought you all tactical shooter gloves. They were on sale at the PX and you can never have enough shooter gloves, I have seven pairs. One for each day of the week and fun colors too: black, green, tan, off tan, and off green (that’s a hot one right now!).
If you haven’t heard I was promoted on the 16th. My platoon had to show an Air Force two star general our vehicles. I’m pretty sure they were impressed by our steel behemoths boy the look on their faces when we told them the trucks didn’t fly were priceless! The general told my platoon that one of us was out of uniform and he was not happy about it. So we all were looking around trying to see who was jacked up and he walked over to me, ripped off my old rank and threw on my 1st Lieutenant rank. I was really surprised and pretty impressed that my commander had set this up for me, even though he won’t let me watch the Packers.
Other than that I’m not sure I have much more to report. I have started campaigning for Company Commander for Korea II, the War to Remember. I have a decent number of votes so I think I am good standing to be right in the thick of that mess. I’ll probably stop taking pictures in Iraq because the light is bad and I think I can get some better ones when I’m in Korea clearing tunnels and minefields. I’ve been practicing and 50% of the time I can find a mine all of the time. Those mines are tricky, hard to find like car keys or wallets. Imagine losing your keys and you have to find them under dirt of all places, not easy trust me. Anyway feel free to shoot me any questions about my month of November or whatever. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and remember to be good or your getting a lump of coal from me instead of a shiny boar tusk necklace for Christmas, and I have imagery satellites so I know you’ve been speeding Mike, now cut it out.
Much love,

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Future U.S. Army Weapons : XM806 & XM25

Many of the current ground weapons used by US Soldiers have been in use for decades.  The M2 .50 caliber machine gun has been in service since 1933 and the M16 family of weapons have been in service since 1963.  Weapons that have a long service life do so because of successful design and function.  Over the years many weapons aimed at the military have come and gone.  Often times these new weapons don't offer much of an improvement over currently used weapons to warrant a complete change over or they fill a niche that is not really necessary. 

First is the XM806:

XM806 .50 Caliber Machine Gun

This .50 caliber machine gun is looking to dethrone the current king, Moses Browning's M2.  The XM806 is suppose to be more accurate and half the weight of the M2 and some rumors say that it will not need to be head spaced and timed before operation.  Read more at Kit UP! Blog.

Then there is the XM25:

The XM25 has just entered limited use in Afghanistan.  This is a revolutionary weapon due to the fact that it is designed to target enemy targets behind cover.  Not in the traditional way of shooting through the cover, but instead detonating a round behind the cover.  They are calling it a 'Counter Defilade' weapon.  "The bullet has a small magnet inside that lets it generate AC current as it spins and a microprocessor that measures those current oscillations to derive how far it’s traveled.”  To read more check out The Truth About Guns blog.  I fear this weapon in its current configuration is doomed to fail, because of its size.  A Soldier will have to carry this weapon in addition to their primary weapon.  I feel that once scaled down this may be a viable weapon to replace the barrel mounted M203 grenade launcher.  

XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System

- Double Aught

Friday, November 19, 2010

Is there no more common sense in the World?

For those who don't know, I am a combat Soldier currently deployed in Iraq.  Which gives me a front row seat to the 'lack of common sense' show.  I would love to share some stories with you, but this is the wrong venue for that.  I will, however, share with you two stories I read today which showcase the complete failure of common sense.

First story comes from  The nitty gritty of this story is that Mr. Aitken is a law abiding citizen and was following the letter of the law completely when he was arrested for being in the possession of three handguns.  Please read the article for yourself and beware your brain may hurt after reading it, mine did: Gun Owner Jailed For Following The Law

The first story may make your head hurt, but the second story will piss you off.  This story is being covered by There is a guard member/security contractor that has been jailed in the U.A.E. for having in his possession 'firearm parts'.  These parts they speak of have nothing to do with the operation of any firearm known to man.  They include a cleaning kit and a forward vertical grip! These items are considered unauthorized contraband and therefor lead to his arrest and imprisonment.  I encourage you to read the full story:

Will it ever end? Probably not. 

- Double Aught

Thursday, November 18, 2010

National AMMO Day NOVEMBER 19


Don't forget that November 19 is National Ammo Day! Go out and buy a box or two, and remember to go shooting!

- Double Aught

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"You Shoot the Wrong Way." - James G

James G. from Death Valley Magazine has written a very entertaining article.  In his usual blunt style, James G. takes on the know-it-all at the range.

Check it out HERE.

- Double Aught

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

When a shotgun is no longer a shotgun...


Oh boy! I sure do love when a bureaucracy makes simple things difficult! David Codrea from the Gun Rights Examiner has an eye opening article on the interpretation about what mysterious things happen to a shotgun once a pistol grip is installed.

Read the full article HERE.

-Double Aught

Monday, November 15, 2010

How to buy a used gun - The Truth About

I am in the business of buying and selling guns.  So naturally when one of my Friends or family want to buy a gun they ask me for some advice. If you do not know me personally once I start talking about firearms or anything firearm related, I become very long winded.  That's why I was pretty excited when a found Don Curton's post at  Mr. Curton says most of everything that needs to be said about the subject in a very coherent and short post.

Read the full post HERE.

- Double Aught

Sunday, November 14, 2010

ArmorWorks camo dubbed 'TactiCam' -

A new camo pattern for vehicles, works with depth and texture.  Tactical Life has more details on this new concept that seems to be gaining steam.  Read the article HERE.

- Double Aught

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Flash Drive... Why you should have one in your BOB -

When we think about preparing for the worst we immediately try to satisfy the necessities. Food, water, clothing, shelter, but in today's modern world there are so many things that legitimize you in the material world.  Such as: birth certificates, social security numbers, passports, licences, bank account numbers, etc.  What if it is not practical to collect up all of this paper work in a short time or even worse all of this paper work has been destroyed?  The guys over at have thought about this and offer a great article on the subject.

Please Read : Why you should pack a Survival Flash Drive.

- Double Aught

New AR? Which Optic? : Scopes

Compiled by: Double Aught
Leupold Mark 4 MR/T

Magnified optics enhance whatever weapon system they are placed on top of. With today's manufacturing methods and technologies it is hard to find a scope that isn't waterproof, shock proof, and fog proof. There are still some scopes out there that I would steer clear of for certain applications, but most modern offerings are above sufficient to be placed on an AR style rifle. The level of magnification is always up for debate and is what I consider to be dependent on what your intended purpose of the rifle is. If I have an AR chambered in a medium game cartridge (6.8 Rem or something similar) I might lean towards something with a little more magnification than 4x. Whereas, if you are buying a scope to place on top of a defensive/offensive carbine I would prefer to keep the magnification between 1-5x range. If you are planning on doing a lot of varmint hunting it might be more practical to use an optic with a much higher magnification and larger objective lens. The most important part of choosing an optic for your AR is figuring out the intended purpose of your rifle. All of the links will take you to, where you find more detailed specifications and reviews.

Leupold and Stevens Inc. was started in 1907 and is currently based in Oregon. Rifle scopes are their business and business is good. Many of Leupold's rifle scope offerings would work great on an AR style rifle, but I'll spotlight some of their lower magnification tactical offerings.
  • MARK AR  
    Leupold Mark 4 CQ/T
    Magnification: 1.5-4x20
    Weight: 9.5 oz.
    Price: $270
  • Magnification: 1-3x14
    Weight: 17.5 oz.
    Price: $860
  • Magnification: 1.5-5x20
    Weight: 15 oz.
    Price: $900
Nikon has been making high quality glass for many lens applications for many years. It only made sense that they entered the rifle scope market. They have built a very solid line of rifle optics that run the gambit from entry level to the highest quality optic you could want. Nikon has recently released their M223 line of optics designed for the AR platform.

Burris has been in the rifle optic game for many years and has a fantastic tactical optic line. Their XTR line has scopes from 1-4x all the way through 6-24x.
Trijicon is a true force to be reckoned with in the tactical rifle optic market. Their Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) is considered by many to be the standard by which all others to be measured against. Trijicon makes their ACOGs in several different magnifications, recital patterns, and recital colors. I will touch on their basic version of the ACOG and one of their more “typical” scopes.
    Trijicon ACOG
    Magnification: 4x32
    Weight: 10 oz.
    Price: $1170
  • Magnification: 1-4x24
    Weight: 14.4 oz.
    Price: $730

There are many other quality manufactures that have great scope offerings. I hope this is a good starting place for anyone looking for an AR optic. This just scratches the surface of the rifle optic world. I have not touched on turrets, recitals, or mounts. If you have any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments below, on twitter @RomeoTangoBravo, or e-mail

- Double Aught

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