As the year comes to an end I find myself, as I do every year, looking back on the occurrences and comings and goings of the past 365-day rotation around the sun. This year hurt. It hurt really fucking bad. A year ago I was celebrating the coming new year with people I had grown … Continue reading Another year gone
You've done your research. You found exactly the gun to suit your needs. You went to Fudd's Gun Locker or wherever you decided to buy your new defensive tool from and did your background check, picked out some ammo, and now there is a cold lump of metal and probably plastic (since most guns nowadays … Continue reading Let’s Talk Guns Part 2: K.I.S.S.
I got my motorcycle endorsement on my license in 2008. I was between deployments and I really wanted to get a bike, but I didn't end up getting a bike until 2011. My first bike was a used 2007 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Custom. It was fun to ride and I had it for 6 … Continue reading Another New Experience
Ok, before I get into this too far, I feel I should give some credentials. Plenty who actually read my blog know a bit about me, but for those who haven't gotten to know me, this is for you. I joined the Army at 20 years old in 2005. Graduated Basic Training/AIT on December 1st … Continue reading Let’s Talk Guns Part 1: So you wanna buy a boom stick
The plate carrier is the core of any kit. It's your armor and can also serve as your load bearing platform. Even if you choose to run a chest rig or placard as a load bearing system, many modern plate carriers either come with the capability to mount the placard to it, or there is … Continue reading Kitting Up Part 2: Plate Carrier
While I'm working up my write up on my personal gear I figured I would start off with a basic criteria for gear selection. Uniformity is important in the military and law enforcement communities. Having a standard across the board makes a more professional-looking force and also helps identify members of said force at a … Continue reading Kitting Up Part 1: Selecting a Color or Pattern
I have been working with tactical equipment for more than 15 years now on a fairly regular basis. My first exposure to military gear came from my dad. He had a small stock of equipment that he would sell from privately. I honestly never saw him sell much of it. When I joined the Army … Continue reading Kitting Up: Introduction
A month ago I found myself in New England and while I was there I decided to take the opportunity to visit my hometown of Easthampton, Massachusetts. I have not been to the area since I was 16-years-old. I had a number of tasks I wanted to accomplish while I was there. I managed to … Continue reading I Feel Out of Place
When I was growing up, I loved Star Wars. I loved anything science fiction, really, but Star Wars was the movie that made the genre my favorite. I never did particularly well academically, so I wasn't technically a nerd. I wasn't allowed to do any sort of sports growing up, so I never really cared … Continue reading Do not self destruct. We’re shooting our way out.