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  1. FMF_Doc

    Anderson Lowers $39.99

    I've used a couple of the Anderson lowers, everything dropped in like it was supposed to, the fit and finish of them was really good. I wouldn't have a problem using them for more builds.
  2. most of us use the 16 there are a few running SBR at 12.5-14.5 so we will have several to work with.
  3. FMF_Doc

    I don't conceal

    I have carried in Chicago before, never had any issues with CPD, but I did conceal because that is the requirement of LEOSA, no way was I going to Chicago unarmed, I used to live up there and hated every minute of the 2 years in hell.
  4. FMF_Doc

    What year did you get your first CCP

    1996 I got my CHL and have kept it current ever since, now it is called LTC and open/concealed is legal.
  5. The next section of the course will deal with the carbine in the same environment, inside a vehicle. It should be very interesting.
  6. Thoughts I had while in an Intermediate Patrol Tactics class for work, we were going over vehicle combatives (draw, presentation, etc.) while seated in the patrol units, and it was scary how many don't even practice these skills, given the murders of several officers nationally in their cars this is a skill that could save your life. In addition to vehicle tactics, arrest/control, and patrol functions we really hit on the new realities that have become a way of life, not just for officers but most of the material would be totally applicable to everyone that carries a gun as far as the mindset development. The instructor brought out a few good points that really stuck with me.
  7. Also remember that square range shooting at paper isn't training for fighting, but it allows you to work basic gun handling skills. When I am teaching I am not impressed at all with how fast you can clear leather and shoot, what I want to see is that you can identify your targets, move intelligently, select proper cover, and deliver effective fire. Any monkey can be taught to punch tight holes in a sheet of paper. Someone mentioned Airsoft, an invaluable tool if you don't fall into the "gamer" mentality. Nothing serves to create a very real stress than a target that moves and shoots back. You find out really quick if your tactics suck when you feel the sting of plastic bb's at 350-500 fps hitting you.
  8. FMF_Doc

    I don't conceal

    Yeah I avoid Chicago, New York, etc. like the plague I have CC'd in both those cities, but the best defense there is not being there to start with.
  9. A recent training class put some things into more perspective, in the CONUS there are some realities to gunfighting that are not present in a combat environment. But the threat of death/injury are absolutely the same, probably more so because most people are not wearing any type of armor in their daily lives. Reality 1- this is for real, someone is going to get hurt, hopefully not you. Reality 2- people never rise to the occasion, you will default to your level of competency. Reality 3- you don't train for real life chaos, and square range does nothing for combative skills. These are the 5 rules for gunfighting that we have adopted- 1. Own it/Everything you send out is your responsibility no matter what. 2. Save those that need saved. 3. Kill those who need killed. 4. Always be working (gaining better position, seize the advantage) 5. Fight like no one is coming to save you. If you carry a gun for defense you must train religiously, combatives are perishable skills. If you carry a gun professionally, train the way you will fight, no holds barred do what it takes to win every time. Your life and everyone around you demands that you have the skills necessary to do your job. The only way to build skills is through repetition, casual carriers practice until they get it right, professionals practice until they can't get it wrong. There is a difference. Mindset is critical- if you are unable or unwilling to take another life then you need to leave guns alone and find another method of defense. The biggest obstacle is ego- admitting you actually know very little of the subject matter at hand and then training to improve your understanding and skill levels. Women have a much better time learning new skills, because they tend to just learn without any preconceived inflated sense of self that men tend to exhibit "I'm a man, I know how to shoot". Guns, empty hands, less lethal are all tools- you are the weapon.
  10. FMF_Doc

    I don't conceal

    No thigh rig I do have it in a mid ride position slightly lower than the belt line, we aren't authorized drop rigs even as k9 handlers.
  11. FMF_Doc

    I don't conceal

    It was a tactical decision for me, I open carried for years with a badge visible. The reason I continue to do so besides the environment is simple- I carry on duty gear all day 6 days a week, there is a certain muscle memory you develop accessing your gear under stress that even changing one thing will delay that and cause confusion costing time, so I carry in either a paddle or belt slide version of my duty holster, same location, same operation. All I have to do is think gun and it is in my hand, I've drawn from this holster 1000's of time in practicing over the years. The places I go and the people I see are used to seeing me in uniform, so it's no secret to them who I am even in regular clothes that includes the gangbangers and other miscreants. So I just continue to open carry on my time, I also carry 2 spare mags off side in a kydex carrier they are in essentially the same place as on my gear, I also carry 2 different knives- folder clipped in my left back pocket and a push knife behind my magazines. I understand that some like the "element of surprise" aspect of concealed carry, a valid point if you practice drawing from concealment, those fractions of seconds I waste on moving a cover garment and then drawing is the difference in getting my first shot off. I've done it over a shot clock and retraining for concealed carry isn't worth compromising the skillset developed for work.
  12. FMF_Doc

    Today.....what about you?

    Got mine in 1996, the laws have slowly improved and it's more than time anyone who can carry should. And not just occasionally, but everyday everywhere allowed by law. My LTC is good anywhere I wish to go, for those few places it isn't I can under LEOSA. I try to follow same rules that ccw civilians have to.
  13. FMF_Doc

    Today.....what about you?

    Got mine in 1996, the laws have slowly improved and it's more than time anyone who can carry should. And not just occasionally, but everyday everywhere allowed by law. My LTC is good anywhere I wish to go, for those few places it isn't I can under LEOSA. I try to follow same rules that ccw civilians have to.
  14. FMF_Doc

    I don't conceal

    I've seen those guys, makes you cringe keep waiting for the gun to fall out or pants to fall down. There is definitely a way to do it safely even for regular joe. Part of it is holster choice, other part is how you dress and observe your surroundings. And yes I have carried downtown Houston, in San Antonio, Dallas and Austin. They really don't notice.