Sunday, December 23, 2012

AR500 Omega Armor Plate Carrier from Beez Combat Systems

 Having the ability to don body armor can be advantageous for a professional, training or home defense scenario. Have a set of body armor is typically a luxury for many people due to the cost associated with ceramic plates. Well there is a cost effective alternative out there.

The Target Man has developed the AR500 Omega Armor Trauma Plates to fill a low cost but effective niche. The plates are made of steel and have a Rhino Liner coating which weigh in at about 7lbs. a piece. With dimensions of 10"x12" at 1/2" thick they meet NIJ 06 Level III standards but have not yet been certified. At only $150 a set this makes armor attainable for even the most cash strapped amongst us. But having the armor is just one half of the equation; you need to be able to wear them.

Beez Combat Systems has developed a special plate carrier to accommodate the Steel AR500 Omega Armor Trauma Plates. Using a bottom load design with padded shoulder straps and 2" webbing and hardware on the waist straps; their new PC will offer a low profile and molle variant. Knowing how the guys at BCS roll I'm sure several other variations on color/setup are in the works. The new plate carrier will be available soon.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Engraved Mosin Nagant

An interesting rifle walked in today. Actually the rifle was a common Mosin Nagant; it was the fact the rifle had been engraved that made it interesting. The owner didn't know much more than it was their Grandfather's who brought it back from Africa. He claimed the diamond inlay was Ivory, but I had no way to verify that. The rifle had an additional two position safety installed which appeared to be functional. Sorry in advance for the cell phone pics.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bob Costas and a View of Rights

I don't intend to be long winded because this horse is beginning to smell pretty bad, but I thought I'd share my concerns with you nice folks.

Bob Costas offered his opinion on a topic that many have said he has no reason to comment on and offered it at a bad time. Because of his actions legions have risen up against Mr. Costas demanding he lose his job. These actions give me a bit of concern and should give you pause as well.

Our Bill of Rights is an amazing document that men toiled over for years. Each Amendment is there for a reason. Far too often people will put all their passion behind one amendment and disregard the others. This is just short of picking and choosing which are important or not. Mr. Costas chose to exercise his First Amendment Right during a poorly chosen time and place but can say whatever he pleases. You have a right not to like his words but the calling for his 'elimination' is treading near a slippery slope. Just because he has a right to say what he pleases; that doesn't mean you have to listen or give him any regard. He will have to answer for what he said to his bosses. If they choose to fire him that is their choice but why must everyone loose their livelihood just because they disagree with what you believe? I know many of you will find counter points to my words and I encourage it. Another point we must remember is that all of these are rights we reserve from Government Infringement; which is something that many either don't know or choose to forget.

The Second Amendment has many passionate people behind it; myself included. I whole heartily disagree with anyone who attempts to disregard or downplay the validity of the 2nd.  At the same time we must also bring to light the other Amendments within the Bill of Rights and ask if they disagree with any others as vehemently has they do the 2nd. I would venture most could not paraphrase more than four of the Amendments, but proceeding down the Bill of Rights is illuminating.

Have you ever wondered why so many are quick to dispose of the 2nd Amendment don't also encourage the erasing of the 3rd? By not standing against the 3rd they must believe that Soldiers would confiscate their homes at will if it were ever abolished. Incidentally the 2nd is exactly what would impede that action if quarter were forced.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Putting your best Photo forward

Petersen's Rifle Shooter; a member of the Guns & Ammo Network, recently ran a review of the Colt LE901-16s. I was eager to read the author's take on the 5.56/7.62 rifle but was instantly disheartened by the reviews lead photograph.

Lead photo on 'Switcheroo: Colt LE901-16S Review' :(
It shows the Colt LE901-16s (in its 7.62 configuration) with a Leupold optic mounted backwards.

This is not the first or the last goof but something that is easily avoidable by the keen eye. One of the most famous instances was the cover of the HK Catalog which had rounds loaded backwards in a magazine.

This is an important example of first impressions. The written part of the review is quite good :)

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