Paper pushing – Big Day!

The top of the cover sheet is checked **APPROVED**… Just ONE month after the initial application. My second interview with the Detective went well. I guess I am really a pretty boring person with no “exciting” criminal history and nothing much to hide. Truth is my a Permanent Record is pretty “thin,” he said. I mentioned the speeding ticket and that I wasn’t sure how long ago it occurred – but apparently it was over five years so the overworked DMV dropped me off the hot-sheet.
Other stuff: Being born overseas I always wonder what the question about birthplace triggers – or if it even shows-up on the list (it must), because it always seems to raise a local eyebrow, but The Professional foreheads remain untroubled, with eyes clear as glass – like riding on a sea of botox. So anyhow I had with me my Naturalization and Immigration papers, including some 56-year old Consulate documentation and foreign Hospital pulp-paper — stuff the current President doesn’t even have available in faked-up pseudo .PDF file – and didn’t hear “Boo” about that either. As an International Child of Mystery, I’m disappointed and wonder who’s gate-keeping, but welcome being on the Good-Guys side finally. I think.
My new BFF the Deputy Sheriff checked the gun’ SN#’s listed on the application. I removed the Hogue monogrip on the Model-10 .38spl and put the stock stocks back on, because it hides the SN# that’s stamped onto the bottom of the frame with a stirrup-latch screw-pin holder thing. He was checking the spurious numbers stamped on the crane, and I had to direct his attention to the actual serial-number location.
I thanked him for his work and told him how much we liked living here compared to life among the Foggy BayAryans, and he smiled and said, “We pretty much believe in the Constitution up here…” – or words to that effect. Now for an appointment to pick-up and get the Permit! Woot!!
(Updated to reflect unexpectedness and various commentary)

Easy-Off Optics

I got an American Defense 1″ Scout-mount from SWFA Outdoors, that operates with the quick-detach flipper just like my shorty Tango Down forward-grip.
Apart from the classic British, Triumph-style vertical arrangement of clamping screws aligned top and bottom (some mechanics prefer the non oil-leaking Honda-type horizontal case-halve arrangement), it’s not a heavy desert lead-sled and does exhibit some style and (apparent) strength, with a single Picatinny cross-bolt bearing against long rail surfaces for pointy-end alignment.
And with the spring-loaded locking-lever adjustable from too-tight to outright flaccid, it’s easy-on and somewhat easy-off. IMGP2729x1000DSC03349x1000IMGP2732x1000IMGP2730x1000IMGP2733x1000

SHTF Content: RoE Civil Unrest

Reposted from comments: Civil Unrest by Violent Extremists.

What exactly are the Rules of Engagement for civilians during a breakdown in Civil Order when Teh Police are incapacitated or otherwise unable/unwilling to respond – especially when those who have actively precipitated and participated in causing that breakdown are threatening you on your doorstep?

Recent #OWSFail activity in Socialist-mismanaged municipalities (Oakland, CA) show a strong tendency for the Socialist-imprimatur Judicial-Class (in that jurisdiction) to be lenient on pampered, brainwashed, full-grown, mentally-stunted affluent “Activists” who wantonly and feloniously destroy hard-earned private property (for the fleeting, briefly-stimulated pleasure of an ideology), but have never had to earn any of it themselves and indeed are quite incompetent to do so.

1.) Are there really any “innocent” active-participants in rioting and thuggery?
2.) Is a simple camera or camera-phone really a sufficient *excuse* to participate in mass-activism and still sustain plausible deniability and avoiding a Second-Degree warrant?
3.) When such *participation* results in destruction, injury, or death is that not still a Felony, Assault in the Second Degree? Can that be plea-bargained down to Reckless endangerment in the second degree? Can I bend them over a waterboard and give them the THIRD degree?
4.) Do you submit to being deprived of your immediate and future life by stupid ass-clown thugs with metal teeth, or deprived of the rest of your life by incarceration, under a heartless .Gov?
5.) Does the guy asshole hiding his identity under the black hoodie get the first one? (Guess!)
6.) After you finish with them, do you submit the cleanup bill to their dumb-ass parents who failed them so miserably in Life?

Bug-Out Zombie New Year

We made an executive decision to upgrade the Zombie bug-out bags.

I think you can probably see why…modernity rears its ugly head.

Shoulder and back suspension mean a EVERYTHING as far as carrying-comfort goes, and the old bags were literally little more than unstructured bags with shoulder straps, and lumpy places where gear could dig into you.

I have always really liked having a separate compartment for sleeping gear, it just makes sense and keeps things clean.

I miss having a couple (or more!) side-pockets because they provide quick and easy access to things, but there’s (1.) a grab-handle for quick Zombie-getaways,(2.) a couple semi-hidden zipper side pockets good for single-stack magazines and maybe a small .38,(3.) a fairly useful internal/external double top-pocket,(4.) an internal flap for a 2-litre hydration system, and (5.) a rain-fly to keep it dry.
I’ll get these packed-up and take some more shots when I’m done.

Bug-Out Radio

I got this one, it’s quite small but an effective and useful solar-powered emergency radio that ALSO hand-cranks for power, can be used as a flashlight, and is cell-phone re-charger (if your cell-phone re-charges from a USB port). 
I thought I posted this already but I can’t even find it in my own damn blog-search.

Bent Corners

We got the curve without breaking it by layering it. The first attempt with half-inch MDF snapped in many places. Sawn-down to two 1/4-inch slivers, the pieces snuggled up against each other on the 45-degree corner bevel.

In other news, my tiny little bug-out-bag crank-it-up (& solar) emergency radio is about the size of a Sig P220. The coins are for size-comparison.

Duct-tape, QuickClot, and PolarPure

Got some of the remaining ingredients.
The Passport is out of date but has name-verification value.  The little radio is really pretty small, but cranks up to sufficient sound and has a LED flashlight so I don’t have to use my Surefire light (and batteries) for tasks. Our cell phones don’t charge from the USB but it’s not like I’m gonna be calling anyone – that’s not my first reaction really. Just not a phone-guy/conversationalist.
Got the 1st-aid kit from Midway.  Just basically wanted the red-pouch to build-out the contents – it makes it easy to find in the old backpack.  Need to add ACE bandages for compression…