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Cool New Product From Slip 2000

The “secret” to keeping your AR-15 up and running is lubricant and plenty of it. You absolutely should have lubricant on hand whenever you are at the range with your AR. My favorite lubricant is Slip 2000 EWL and the good folks that make it have made it easier than ever to keep their lubricant with you at all times.

Many AR stocks and grips have space to store CR123 batteries so the folks at Slip 2000 designed a bottle that is the same diameter as a CR123 battery. Now you can store your lube right on your rifle. Simple ideas are often the best. This one is so simple that it is genius.

Myth Busted – The DI Gas System of the M4 Makes it Unreliable?

Mike Pannone wrote an excellent article on Defense Review entitled The Big M4 Myth: “Fouling caused by the direct impingement gas system makes the M4 Carbine unreliable.” There is no shortage of misinformation out there surrounding the M4/M16 family of weapons and this article does a good job of dispelling one of the biggest myths. The AR-15, when built with quality components, is one of the most reliable weapon systems on the planet. With proper maintenance, it will not let you down. After you read this article you will appreciate the DI system and its accuracy promoting simplicity instead of fearing its apocryphal reputation as a design flaw. It will also make you consider dropping some coin on a BCM upper.

Go to Tactical Preschool at The Things Worth Believing In

I have been reading The Things Worth Believing In for some time now. Tom, the author, has a great series that he calls Tactical Preschool. It is an extremely informative series with easy to understand descriptions of tactical concepts and very useful images that really drive home the point.

Tactical Preschool 49 was just posted recently. You can view all of the Tactical Preschool posts HERE.

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Simple fact is most custom makers that forge knives have a
steel they favor and if there forging most likely it is a high
carbon steel of some type…

Survival Blog – Stealth Edible Landscaping with Unusual Berries

Want to eat a wolfberry? How about some vaccinium jam? Some chokeberry wine? They don’t sound too appetizing, do they? Few people know it, but the fruits of these plants are not only edible, but delicious. They have unappealing names and don’t look familiar to most Americans, so if you incorporate them into your landscaping you will have a supply of fresh, nutritious fruit that your neighbors won’t recognize as food…

The Firearm Blog – Colt M1911 Machine Pistols

Back in the 1930s Colt developed a few experimental fully automatic M1911 pistols. It is hard to believe that anyone thought that a .45 ACP machine pistol was a practical idea!

New Tactical Tailor Shemagh

These new Tactical Tailor Shemaghs look pretty nice. Rather than the typical check pattern, these have the Tactical Tailor logo woven into the fabric. Shemaghs can be pretty versatile gear but they aren’t exactly low profile. I have seen them used to keep cool, keep warm, keep brass off the neck on the range, as a towel, etc.

Down Range Gear PALS Belt Platform

The Down Range Gear PALS Belt Platform looks like a great way to adapt PALS/MOLLE pouches to a regular belt. This has some really nice features. I especially like the non-slip material on the backing.

Check it out at the Down Range Gear Blog.

Handy Resource: Pouch Central

Pouch Central is an good resource when you are shopping for nylon gear. There are some great reviews with top notch pictures. Also be sure to check out the invaluable Pouch Comparison Spreadsheet.

Tactical Handyman – Flashlight Maintenance

You already know why you should carry a quality flashlight and you have already dropped some serious coin on the best light that you could afford. So, now what? A lot of guys know how to maintain their firearms. They may even know how to maintain the knife that they carry clipped in their pocket. But how many Regular Guys know how to maintain their flashlights? That’s right, that piece of absolutely essential life saving gear that you carry so you can see in the dark needs some occasional maintenance.

The o-rings, threads, contacts, and mechanical parts all need some attention once in a while. Parts need to be cleaned and lubed to promote the best function of the light. You may want to consider doing the following procedure at least once or twice a year if you are carrying the same light everyday. If you do this maintenance regularly, you will increase the likelihood that your light will be ready when you need it.

Materials:

  • A flashlight
  • Light oil (NO WD-40!!! CLP works pretty well and you probably already have some)
  • Lithium grease (I like the dielectric bulb grease that many auto parts stores sell.)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rag
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Replacement o-rings (as necessary)

Procedure:

  1. Disassemble your flashlight down to its major components. In most cases this will be tail cap, bezel (or head), and body.

    Click on any image to enlarge.

  2. Inspect the o-rings. There will likely be an at least 1 o-ring at each sections of male threads. Replace them if they are cut, torn, or broken. This will keep the light water resistant and pocket lint resistant.
  3. Wipe the threads and o-rings with a rag to remove most of the old lubrication. Then use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to thoroughly clean the threads and o-ring. Remember, with some lights, the threads are an electrical contact. They should be kept clean for best performance.

    Clean and lube all threads, including the female threads.

  4. Apply a light coating of grease to the threads and the o-ring. O-rings should always be greased. This will make the light more water resistant and protect the o-rings from wear and tear.
  5. Clean any electrical contacts with rubbing alcohol soaked cotton swab. This will help clean any oxidization from the contact that may hinder performance. You may also want to look into a product like Deoxit if you have a lot of oxidization on the contacts.

    Electrical contacts should be shiny.

  6. Place a drop or two of oil down into the mechanism of your tail cap and work the switch a few times. This is especially important on “clicky” style tail caps since they have more moving parts. The mechanism can often benefit from some lubrication and cleaning just like any other mechanical object. I usually just use CLP because I have plenty of it and it contains cleaners as well as lubricants. The switch (tail cap) is just about the only moving part in a flashlight. If your light is going to fail, it will happen at the switch. Do not neglect this.

    Try to get a drop of oil down into the mechanism.

Don’t forget the more obvious maintenance tasks. Replace your batteries at least once every six months, even if you don’t think you need it. This is akin to doing a tactical reload on your handgun after use and before you holster it. You want you light in the best condition possible because you don’t know what will happen next. If your still using a flashlight with an incandescent bulb, you may want to consider swapping it out once a year for the same reasons. Switching to a newer LED based light is an even better idea.

Taking care of your flashlight really isn’t rocket science. The whole procedure will probably less than 10 minutes. That is time well spent.

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