Site Maintenance PART 2

We are in the process of uploading and reorganizing all of our old posts from the past two years (the dates are all wrong) so sit tight and stay tuned for more posts on the latest gear!

These new posts will be showcased on our NEW and improved setup, complete with new security enhancements designed to keep the site more secure.  We have made these improvements in order to offer our readers a more streamlined user interface and “smoother” reading experience.

We apologize for the delay in new posts and would like to remind all of you to stay well hydrated as you CONTINUE to train this summer season!

Stay Safe and Train Hard, 

Gúru Chia

Site Maintenance!

As a few of you have already noticed, our website is currently being repaired as we address security concerns I had about the safety of our info on the server running this website.

We apologize for the delay in new posts.

Stay Safe and Train Hard, 

Gúru Chia

Wear Test: Mechanix Wear “Original 0.5mm Covert” glove review

 

Mechanix Wear's Covert .5 mm Glove

Mechanix Wear’s Original 0.5 mm “Covert” tactical glove was worn while using everything we could think of…

We received a package in the mail from Mechanix Wear a few months ago and ualuid an extensive wear test and evaluation on the brand’s “Original 0.5mm Covert” glove.  Like eye pro, quality boots and good kneepads, gloves are an important piece of safety gear.   Besides having debris in your eyes, nothing is more distracting to the mission then filleting your hand open on some piece of rusty metal or other hazard and having to… Continue reading

Why we need Iron Sights

An old pair of TROY BUIS...

An old pair of TROY BUIS…

In the past, I have had wandering zeros and other optic problems, but have been lucky enough to never have experienced a total optic failure due to build quality, workmanship, or damage (I have experienced dead batteries.)

Either way, this is some scary stuff.  I am writing this today because I have, time and again, online and on the range, seen weapon systems being run without backup irons.  That’s right; I have seen primary weapons without iron sights.  Although our Aimpoints and Eotechs, or whatever we are running, are probably tougher than we think, they are not as tough as the thing that is going to break them a week or two from now, leaving us stranded with no choice but to resort to our secondarys for that 100 yard shot we need to make in an emergency.  A primary weapon system should never be without a seondary sighting system.

Now there are a few exceptions to this rule.  First a handgun may be your primary weapon system.  Cops don’t have two sets of sights on their sidearms, and rely solely on the handgun’s irons and maybe a backup sidearm.  Also, your primary role may be so specialized that you may feel comfortable running, say only a scope on your bolt gun because of the role you are filling.  The point is that when you are using fragile optics that rely on their thin housings or their batteries to stay operational, it is usually helpful to run a secondary sighting system, especially when we are alone, may make contact in a CQB situation, or are simply so darn far away from the smith that we can’t risk having a useless firearm.  Irons add little weight to a carbine and are worth 100X their weight in gold when you need them.

I would like to note that there are several physiological problems that come up during an optic failure.  Do we flip up our BUIS (Back up Iron Sights)?  Do we make the transition to our secondary?  Which is faster?  How much time do you have?  Is the target close or far?  I will not go into any fast or hard rules in this article, but these are some questions we should be asking ourself during our training and muscle memory building sessions at the range and at home.  I like to see what people do when the red dots are off.  Do they transition or use their irons?  While I feel that fixed backup irons make for a claustrophobic sight picture when viewed through an RDS, one great perk is that they are “always up”; ready for action should the red dot sight fail.  Besides this advantage they have over smaller, foldable iron sights, they also tend to be a little more robust and hold more reliable zeros as they are not being folded.

Just some quick thoughts before I left for some training.

Stay Safe, and for Pete’s Sake use some BUIS on your carbines!  They are not just a fashion statement; they are there for a reason.

:)

Stay Safe,

-Chia