Recently, I took some time to go back to Washington state and visit friends and family for the first time since I moved to Alaska 3 years ago. Alot has changed in myself and in the place I left, to say nothing of the changes to the lives of those I left. While I was on vacation, I was taken out shooting a couple times and I found myself highly drawn to the M9A3 that my friend had. Every time I had several guns to choose from, I always chose the M9A3.
For whatever reason, it is very popular for people to only recommend ammunition that is going to cost in the neighborhood of $1/round. I have done several tests with these premium ammunitions and with generic ammunition. I have found a few things that might be a little eye-opening when trying to choose whether to carry the Winchester JHP or the Remington JHP.
The Honor Guard has endured a pretty long line of scrutiny from people who were outraged by testing that was conducted under questionable circumstances. I conducted similar testing of my own that was a bit more based on a realistic scenario that I feel I could face when using a firearm as a civilian. Anyways, the testing I conducted ended up with me finding out that my pistol was not really drop-safe. But, recently it would seem that this has changed.
As the title states, it is common for people to try and break even in a caliber or pistol debate by using the common and boring say of "all pistols are under-powered anyways." I rarely let people get away with that claim. I usually have to insert logic and reality into the equation, which often brings people to get upset that they couldn't just parrot a saying and bring the debate to a draw. There are just too many facts out there, and I feel that it is important that people wake up and accept that they need to respect their pistols and take care to get good with it.
When it comes to a good fighting knife, I typically look to Ka-Bar for a good standard. The decades of experience in war as a fighting/utility knife has given this knife a good amount of seniority, as well as a legendary status. Heck, this knife is basically like the 1911 of the knife world; most experienced fighting knife that is still a standard for combat fighting/utility knives.
Cold Steel is a knife company that is generally known for their entertaining videos and demonstrations on how tough and durable their knives are. They often video themselves torture testing these knives and using them to do somewhat outlandish tasks with them. I personally feel like Cold Steel has a very vast selection of knives that span from the highest of quality to the lowest and worst quality. The company is one of my favorites when it comes to tanto blade designs, though. The GI Tanto is a no frills tactical knife that is designed to be capable of doing everything a soldier might need a knife to do.
I can't really speak for anyone else, but I am really into Ka-Bar knives for their versatility and legendary combat record. When I think of a fighting knife, or a combat knife, I imagine the leather handle Ka-Bar knives that Marines had strapped to their web belts in WW2. Ka-Bar has a pretty extensive line of knives that take after the original design, but with some minor improvements or compromises. The Ka-Bar Fighter knife is a knife that caught my eye right away when I saw it in a knife cabinet, and I had to have it. Now the question is whether the knife actually has any practical uses behind it.
I am a fan of Turkish pistols, as many of you may have figured out long ago. But there are certain pistols that they make that are not exactly in line with what we American shooters would like to see. The SAR CM9 Gen2 is supposed to be a very refined pistol that can serve reliably as a combat pistol in a duty holster or as a [personal defense pistol. The pistol is supposedly made to pass NATO testing, but does this pistol really live up to it's name of Combat Master?
The Lionheart LH9 I have has been put through hell in my hands. It has endured more than 15,000 rounds in a period of under 2 months. It was not cleaned for 8,000 rounds and saw no spring changes except the one spring that failed right around the 15,000 round mark. That is not too bad. It lasted longer and was pushed harder than any other gun in my collection. I have alot of respect for this pistol. But it was time to get the springs replaced finally and get it checked out.
When a prepper is selecting a food for long term storage and preparation, they typically look to the military for inspiration. They see the military storing MRE's and other shelf stable food items in warehouses for years at a time. The problem is that copying the military in this manner and thinking the MRE's are good for long term sustenance is a dangerous mindset.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, gun enthusiast, and his wife