In my opinion, Original Vietnam Tiger Stripe from Tiger Stripe Products is one of the sexiest and most badass patterns of camouflage you can get. However, I recognize this as being an emotional attraction. This attraction does not necessarily make it a practical camouflage for every environment I find myself in. Being a camouflage pattern that has interested me for a long time, I thought I would look into it in greater detail.
An Observation Post (OP) is set up for a number of reasons. It is important for anyone in the military to understand what will be expected of them when setting up an OP. This requires alot of discipline, good attention to detail, and dedication. The teams will most likely be really small in order to keep a low profile. However, if compromised, you will have to be skilled in defending yourselves and evading capture. With all that said, let's get into it.
When you are tasked with a long range operation that will require you to be out for a long period of time, it will be important to select your gear wisely. This is to save space and weight. I feel that alot of people in militias have a bit of a misunderstanding of what is required or helpful in order to be successful in these types of operations, whether it be because of a lack of experience or poor leadership and guidance.
Typically, when you say to someone that you still use the IIFS or LBV88 Enhanced instead of the newer modular MOLLE gear, you will get a look like you are out of your mind. Apparently using this older load bearing gear never did anyone any good in history. Everyone can have their opinions of course, and in this article, I intend to clarify mine. My opinion is going to be based on my experiences, training, needs, etc. Just keep that in mind before passing harsh judgement and drawing conclusions about why I do or don't care for certain things. My comparison will be against the MOLLE version of the IIFS, which is the current military issue MOLLE LBV like the one I was issued.
The flashlight business is continuing to grow as people are understanding the importance of having good visibility at night when working, camping, or defending themselves. Streamlight has a good variety of lights on the market with a good history of quality and customer service behind them. The light I am taking a look at today was a light I just picked up because it was on clearance for $15. I didn't look at the brand, but merely checked to see if the high output setting was sufficient to serve as a small backup light. Through the years, I have come to like this light more and more. I learned a great many things about this light and came to respect it. In this article, i want to share a few of the things I have learned.
When it comes to making a selection for what kind of target you are going to use, there are alot of questions you need to ask yourself. What am I using the target for? Am I using it for diagnosing a weak fundamental? Am I just taking my family out plinking? am I testing my abilities? The purpose of your range time should be considered in order to decide what target is right for that day at the range.
Fenix has recently come up as having some of the best value flashlights on the market. I first started using Fenix years ago and always was impressed with their quality. I was never much of a flashlight guy, and I am still learning. However, I have used the TK09 for a while and I have applied it as a tactical light, as well as a general purpose carry light. I want to talk about using this light, but without throwing numbers and specifications at you. Let us cover the different modes, using the light in these different modes, and how the body and design works for or against you.
Fighting in a low light setting is one of the most demanding things you can do, let alone with a firearm. It requires alot of things to be done right and for you to be very proficient. This means that you must practice and constantly challenge yourself. If there is anything I have learned in my time of fighting in low light and training in low light, it is that there is no one thing that is universally applicable. Darkness will complicate everything and adding in having to use and be mindful of other gear, in addition to your gun, adds to the complexity. There are a few basic things that are necessary and vital to effectively fighting at night, and I want to go over them briefly.
Recently I purchased the standard AUG stock and 7 magazines for it. One magazine is the 42 round magazine which is always the starting magazine, on purpose. When I ordered the stock and the magazines, I was wondering if the magazines would actually fit any of my magazine pouches as well as my AR magazines.
I'm sure that many of you reading this article have seen and used this piece of equipment while serving in the military at some point or another. This is the system I learned Combat Marksmanship with in boot camp. I learned how to crank out speed reloads and I wore this along with the old school flak jackets. This is a new and unused M88 Enhanced Load Bearing Vest. I got this piece out of nostalgia and then came to realize that it was worth analyzing its use and effectiveness compared to the current standard molle systems.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, gun enthusiast, and passionate firearm and gear evaluator.