Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Army Camouflage


The UCP is a poor choice for most environments
 
The Army has dumped the horrible and useless Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP). I was issued this uniform in Iraq.  I can tell you it was, and is worthless.

UCP in Iraq, we still had woodland body armor, another poor choice for the desert
So after 9 years of insanity, the Army is adopting the Scorpion pattern, which is very similar to the Multicam used in Afghanistan.  Why not use Multicam pattern? Well its copyright belongs to a private company, which requires compensation. Rather than pay millions in royalties, the Army adopted the scorpion which it owns the copyright to.  
Superior Army Scorpion camouflage pattern
Some more good news, if you operate in a snow or urban environment, in which UCP excels, plenty of inexpensive surplus will hit the market soon.

 Contrast between the the UCP and Multicam in the field 

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Longest Day

We know what day it was. It had nothing to do with mother nature. it was the courage of men.  Here is a picture of my uncle who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, 70 years ago.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Another shot during filming

Sorry about the quality of the picture, here is the Enforcer filming for the TV documentary.  More to follow.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Enforcer on TV!!!!

Enforcer (right) during filming

Your humble blogger was contacted by Nutopia Productions for an interview on several firearms subjects. Colt revolvers used by the Frank and Jesse James during their partisan guerrilla days and early robberies. Another subject was the Thompson SMG. The best part of the day was firing weapons, from the 1847 Walker Colt to the Thompson model 1927A1. Stay tuned for further details!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

TM1 Thompson Carbine


 
One of the most enjoyable firearms are the Thompsons.  The TM1 is the semi automatic copy of the famed M1 Thompson of World War II. At this range session, a fellow shooter came up and stated “ I saw that gun in Saving Private Ryan!  The semi-automatic Thompson carbines are great nostalgia pieces and really fun to shoot. One point often missed, is the potential of the Thompson as a self-defense piece.  
TM1 with two 30 round magazines
The original fully automatic Thompsons were marketed to a variety of businesses and ranchers as defensive weapons. The semi auto versions can still do this task admirably.  A magazine of 20 or 30 rounds of 45 ACP is formidable close range firepower.
15 yard rapid fire group
The target pictured was engaged rapid fire at 15 yards. The shot group is quite small and speaks to the accuracy and controllability of the carbine.  
Optional extended cocking handle for the TM1

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tactical Long Range Shooting Kit.

Here is a quick range picture of my tactical long range shooting kit. By long range I really mean 500 meters.  That's about the limit of my equipment and my eyesight. The rifle is an Imbel FAL made in Brazil topped with an ELCAN Specter OS 3.4 (Canadian Army C-79) sight, and M249 style pistol grip, STG-58 stock furniture with a folding bipod and black m1907 sling.

   

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dodge Nitro


 
One of the best SUVs ever made. The Nitro combines style with function. The V6 engine provides good performance and excellent power.  I like the Nitro’s styling, it looks like its owner may be carrying a gun. This is important as it may dissuade a potential “car jacker” .  The Nitro is a gun owners type of automobile. Sadly it was discontinued by Dodge in 2012.