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I posted about Scalarworks’ upcoming LEAP Scope Mount yesterday. In that post, I mentioned that LDM mounts were being rebranded as LEAP mounts which prompted a few curious emails about the fate of LDMs to land in my inbox. Here’s the scoop…
Scalarworks has stated that the move from LDM to LEAP is “mostly a re-branding” which would make it seem like nothing changed except the name. However, if you know Scalarworks and how they are constantly improving their products you should be rightly skeptical. This is more than just a name change and that’s good news for you.
The LEAP mounts are a new evolution of the LDM mounts with noteworthy changes including a new stopper on the clamping mechanism and updated styling. Perhaps most interestingly, the new LEAP mounts feature some structural changes that has been lab tested to produce a higher strength to weight ratio.
Sadly, there is another mass shooting in the news. I’ve been thinking about these tragedies more intently since my oldest daughters are at an age when they are becoming more aware and thoughtful about such things.
I’ve been attempting to piece together some coherent thoughts about this kind of overwhelming violence so that I can talk to my girls in an honest way. I don’t know that I’ve reached any great epiphanies or that I have any of the answers, but I do know that most of the rhetoric out there is self-serving and aimed at symptoms instead of root causes.
Why don’t people ask themselves what has changed to cause the increase in these types of attacks? We hear on the news that these mass shootings are on the rise (I understand there is some valid debate about whether this is true or not) but no one seems to be asking why this is so beyond the immediate knee jerk reaction to blame guns.
It isn’t guns in general. Guns have been part of the fabric of our nation as long (or longer) than there have been organized schools. It isn’t any specific type of gun. Semi-auto firearms (and even full autos if you go back a few decades) have been around and accessible for decades. It isn’t kids. Every kid starts out life just as flawed but with as much potential as any other. So, what changed?
Our culture changed and we changed with it.
Guns are incapable of doing anything on their own and kids are a reflection of their parents so neither can truly be at the root of problem with violence. The mass violence we are seeing is the result of the godless, self-centered, largely absent form of child rearing that our culture peddles. It is a result of a cultural devaluation of human life and relative morality. These are the deep seeded issues. These are hard to face issues that you can’t assuage with legislation. But, these are also deeply offensive issues in today’s politically correct environment.
The answers won’t come from politicians. Politicians seem to be happy to sell the lie as it is a useful means to their political ends. It would not be politically correct address the root cause of the problems we face as a culture. It could hurt someone’s feelings, after all, to hear that they are personally responsible for their actions and that their choices have consequences – even in the lives of subsequent generations. Beyond that, it is too scary to think that, even when a culture is on the straight and narrow, evil still exists and there is no accounting for what it will do.
Maybe I am overreaching by even attempting to discuss root causes. We can’t even get a politician to address the symptoms effectively (allowing or providing some form of armed recourse)! They are only interested in a quick and easy “solution” that lets them tell their constituents that they’ve done something.
The Change Will Start in Your Own Home
Our culture did not become what it is overnight. Changing it will not happen over night. It won’t be as easy as writing a letter or throwing money at it.
Yes, you should absolutely invest money in your favorite Second Amendment advocacy groups but also invest your time in your kids. Yes, you should write a letter to your representatives to let them know you are still here, demanding representation. But, you should also let your kids know that you are still here and always will be here for them. Yes, you should demand common sense, honesty, and strong morals from your politicians but you should demonstrate the same qualities to your children in your own home.
The future of your liberty might depend on the actions that you take to counteract the culture in your own family today.
Since the introduction of the Scalarworks LDM for the Aimpoint Micro series, we’ve all been wondering when the LDM (now rebranded LEAP) mount technologies and radically skeletonized design would be applied to magnified optics. Well, the answer is about 6-8 week from the time of this posting.
Scalarworks has given us a sneak peek at their upcoming LEAP Scope Mount. The mount is machined from 7075-T6 aluminum, features a cantilevered design with dual scope rings for proper eye relief on AR type rifles, weighs in at under 5.5 ounces, and has 2 Quantum QD Screws for joining the mount to the rail.
The extent of Scalarworks’ efforts to take weight out of this mount in a way that keeps it rigid and durable aren’t really evident until you see the under side of the mount (see image below). While the mount has a solid appearance, the view from the bottom reveals the large pockets of material that has been removed. Weight has also been removed with flutes on the scope rings rather than skeletonization. This approach reduces weight but retains surface area for gripping the optic.
Natchez Shooters Supplies is offering the Burris XTR II 1-5×25 Ballistic 5.56 with G3 Reticle and Low Mil Knobs for under $460 and their are active discount codes that will save you even more (“DO180235” reduces the price by another $35). The normal retails price on this optic is just under $800!
February 14, 2018 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the M2A1F Flash Hider, developed in response to requests for a more durable flash suppression solution for the M2A1. Leveraging patented flash suppression design, the M2A1F preserves the superior performance and durability that the warfighter has come to expect from B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. products.
COMPACT, RUGGED AND RELIABLE
The M2A1F is made from a specifically selected alloy that has been heat treated to provide increased durability, and reliability over current competitive devices. Its left-hand thread pitch allows for quick and easy installation, and eliminates risk of separation from the barrel by self-tightening as shots are fired.
The M2A1F is a truly compact M2A1 flash hider. Measuring in at only 4.625” long, the M2A1F represents only a small increase in overall length of the weapon platform when compared to other legacy M2 variants, and does not negatively affect the cyclic rate of the short recoil M2 system.
ENGINEERED FOR DAY AND NIGHT OPERATIONS
The M2A1F’s patented open-tine design is internally serrated to diminish visible signature in both day and night engagements. The effectiveness of the M2A1F’s flash suppression supports uninterrupted use with night vision devices, eliminating momentary blindness and flash distortion.
B.E. Meyers & Co. is ready to equip users currently fielding the M2A1 HMG. The M2A1F is a superior solution for those looking for rugged, compact, and effective flash suppression, and can be easily fitted without any additional modifications to the weapon. With the B.E. Meyers M2A1F, the durable materials and design reduces risk of failure, improving confidence of reliability in all adverse conditions.
ABOUT B.E. MEYERS & CO., INC.
B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is a family owned business that prides itself on serving the needs of the warfighter with passion, ingenuity, and innovation. They design, engineer, and manufacture optoelectronic and defense solutions for the U.S. and her allies, specifically for those who are forward in the fight, both today and into the future.
The company’s core capabilities include visible, IR, and SWIR laser systems for pointing, illuminating, and Hail and Warning. These technologies are integrated onto various platforms including: crew served weapons, individual weapons, and fixed/rotary wing aircraft. Customers include all branches of the U.S. Military; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign defense and security organizations; and defense contractors worldwide.
Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer of optoelectronic devices. Its business offices, engineering, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington.
For more information about B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. and their products visit www.bemeyers.com.
It is pretty much standard for modern hiking packs to have water bottle pockets on one or both sides of the pack. However, many of these water bottle pockets are difficult to reach without stopping and taking your pack off which is why I either lash a bottle to my shoulder strap or carry one on the waist belt of my pack with an Outdoor Research Water Bottle Tote.
The Water Bottle Tote attaches to your pack via a hook and loop flap that is semi-rigid. This attachment system is versatile and fits a wide range of pack belts and webbing sizes or even your pants belt. I have been able to figure out an accessible and functional way to attach this pouch to every pack I have tried it with. The semi-rigid flap also seems to help the pouch bear weight without sagging.
It has proven to be very durable. I have used mine for years and, apart from some trail dust, you wouldn’t know it. It is also relatively light at 1.6 ounces. That isn’t exactly ultra light territory but it doesn’t cost like an ultralight pouch either.
It is sized well for most 1L bottles. I have even carried very tall, narrow bottles like the Smart Water bottles that I like to re-use for the trail. The cinch top allows the user to secure just about any bottle that will fit in the opening of the pouch.
Water bottle pouches are probably the least exciting thing you will read about all day but… This one is simple, versatile, durable, readily available, affordable, and it works. Believe it or not, that isn’t necessarily an easy-to-find combination of attributes for a water bottle pouch. This isn’t sexy gear but it is good, functional, and necessary gear (for me at least).
If you are lucky, you might be able to find these at a local outdoor retailer. If not, I bought mine from Amazon: OR Water Bottle Tote on Amazon. This is an affiliate link.
If you are looking to use your new Ruger PC Carbine in a PCC match our you just want to customize it, Taccom has a new Magazine Funnel for you. They offer an entire line of 3D printed Magazine Funnels for carbines and the Ruger PC Carbine is their newest addition to that line. Taccom LLC prints the Magazine Funnels from 80 durometer TPU filament which is durable and slightly flexible. They state that it will not break and the layers will not separate.