7.62 NATO, Turning cover into concealment since…. well, not as often as you may think.

Almost anywhere you go on the internet and read about guns used for combat or defense you will find the guys who will tell you that to kill anything bigger then a cat, you need the .308 . Often this is followed up with the smarmy little quip, “308 turning cover into concealment since 1953.”    The problem with this is that it is not exactly true and the 308 is hardly the tank killer its more rabid fans make it out to be.    The war on terror is often used as proof of the 30 cal rifles being better then 556.   What they do not mention or maybe don’t know, is if a 556 wont penetrate a brick wall, a 308 probably won’t either.

I took my 308  out to do some testing after hearing that old chestnut about cover etc. one too many times.  I have shot at a lot of stuff, with a lot of stuff and seldom have seen the performance claimed that a 308 will give.   I set up a little wall of cinder blocks and put a cardboard target behind it and backed off about 75 yards.  Then fired a few 7.62 ball rounds at it to see what got through.

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The blocks did not even have all the other things associated with a normal house mixed in.  No pipes, or wiring or paneling or drywall. this would be an advantage for trying to penetrate the wall since it would have nothing else to get in the way. So, according to the 308 boys club, the round should have zipped through and exploded the target like an A-bomb.

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The block cracked.  But the round did not go through and destroy the target. It took three rounds to do this.  Nothing that hit the target was even close to lethal. Just a few pieces of block. Keep in mind, this is from not very far away and was block only. None of the other things that make up a wall in a dwelling or some other facility that would have insulation, Wiring and pipes adn who knows what else.    Increase that yardage to 200-300 yards and beyond and the performance would drop even more.  You could turn the cover into some thing less then cover, but it would almost take up your entire mag.

The 308 is an effective round. But, it weighs more. costs more, recoils more. is harder to shoot then 556. Needs longer follow up, the guns are heavier , slower and louder then a 556.  Think long and hard about these things along with what you really need your rifle to do before you buy a 7.62 rifle based on what some will tell you about its magical unicorn stopping power. It is a potent round, but it is not what some make it out to be.

To add to above, I was reminded by Mark Hatfield that the effectiveness of the 308 or any round for that matter on blocks, is lessened even more when the block are set by real masonry.  Blocks standing free will break apart and give the round a more impressive look that does not reflect reality when trying to shoot through a real wall.

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The picture above is a small structure  that housed a pump for a well. It was made after the main house was built and was constructed in the exact same manner as the house walls. The holes in the picture are form a 308 shooting M80 ball from less then 30 yards.  Not one of the shots penetrated the blocks.  Hardly the godzilla destroying power internet experts will tell you the 7.62 NATO  has.

Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC Review

Article submitted by M

Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC Inside the Waistband Holster Review

            Since receiving my concealed carry license almost ten years ago I have carried a firearm almost daily.  For most of that time I’ve used a Galco FX226 outside the waistband pancake holster.  It has served me well and I continue to use it when circumstances allow, however there are times when the type of dress I am forced to wear or type of event I will be attending make it impractical.  That being the case I found myself in the market for a good concealable inside the waistband holster.

 

After looking around online a bit I opted to go with the Minotaur MTAC IWB holster by Comp-Tac.  The MTAC features a leather backing piece with interchangeable kydex holster bodies attached via four hex screws, with the two screws closest to the weapon’s trigger guard doubling as the weapon retention adjustment, and two belt clips that are adjustable for ride height and holster cant.

 

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As a Glock user this holster appealed to me because by purchasing the 9/40/357 slide model of the MTAC I was able to have one holster that fit my G17, G19, and G26 with no modification.  Comp-Tac did this by leaving the muzzle end of the holster open thereby allowing the excess slide/frame of the G17 and G19 to extend just past the end of the kydex on the holster.  The muzzle of the G26 sits basically flush with the end of the kydex holster body.

 

Comp-Tac MTAC

Comp-Tac MTAC

Comp-Tac MTAC

 

I also liked that the holster allowed for a fairly wide range of adjustment when it came to ride height and cant due to the multi slot belt clips.  Another plus to the holster is that the kydex bodies are easily interchangeable.  By purchasing a 1911 kydex body I was basically able to have a second holster for a fraction of the cost.

 

Comp-Tac MTAC

Comp-Tac MTAC

 

When I received my MTAC it came with the holster, an instruction sheet, a hex key, a an NRA membership flyer, and a package of Smarties candy.  I’m not going to lie, getting the Smarties made me smile.

 

Comp-Tac MTAC

 

I have been wearing my MTAC on and off as circumstances dictate for almost a year now and have no real complaints.  It conceals well in both t-shirts and button up shirts, especially so if a situation dictates that I have to tuck my shirt in, and I’ve not had anyone realize I was carrying while using the MTAC.  While you’ll never forget it’s there the holster is comfortable to wear, and after a quick break in the leather backing conforms to the your body nicely.  As with most IWB holsters I’d recommend wearing pants with a bit of room in the waist to accommodate the holster comfortably.  The minimalist in me wishes the holster’s footprint was a bit smaller however it does not cause any issues and isn’t really a complaint on my part.

 

Comp-Tac MTAC

Comp-Tac MTAC

Comp-Tac MTAC

 

The only real issue I had was with the standard belt clips that come with the holster.  Because there is no type of hook feature on the bottom of the standard belt clip it did not securely grip against the bottom edge of my belt when drawing the gun from the holster.  This led to the holster coming out with the gun on a few practice draws.  Comp-Tac warns about this in the holster instruction sheet and advises that keeping your belt tight is necessary to ensure proper holster retention.  It’s a personal preference issue, and while I’m not sagging my pants like a gangsta rapper, I don’t like being forced to keep my belt snugged down that tight.

 

Comp-Tac MTAC

 

I envisioned that the standard belt clips could present this problem when looking at their shape online so I ordered the optional C-clip belt clips with the holster as well.  The C-clip features a hook shape on both ends of the belt clip which not only aides in securing the holster to your belt but in concealment as well since there aren’t two plastic strips covering the outside of your belt several inches apart.   With the C-clips installed keeping the holster in my waistband while drawing the weapon was never again an issue, and I am completely satisfied they resolved the problem.

 

Comp-Tac MTAC

 

In summary I’ve found the MTAC to be a well made holster that does well in its intended role of providing weapon concealment and comfortable wear.  I do strongly recommend purchasing the optional C-clip belt clips.  The MTAC will continue to be my go to holster when I need the concealment only an IWB holster can provide.

 

 

 

Bubba’s Bargain Bin Basement Reloads

Low Quality Ammo from GS Custom

 

With ammo prices up, I see more people using reloaded ammunition.  Reloads can be high quality, or loaded cheaply for bulk.  But sadly many companies making reloads and other bargain ammunition are doing a lousy job.

The GS Custom reloaded ammo pictured here would not chamber in a firearm.  The round shown has a split case, that brass should not have been reloaded.

Various other issues I have seen in these poor quality reloads include but are not limited to:  Poorly sized ammunition that will not chamber.  High primers that can cause out of battery detonations.  Hot loads blowing out primers.  Rounds with no powder, and rounds where the bullets are not seated correctly or crimped leaving the bullet loose in the case.

Some less then honorable retailers are taking old surplus and repackaging it as new production ammunition.  The date on the headstamps show this to be untrue.  Often this ammo with perform well as surplus ammunition is generally reliable.  However some old surplus has been stored poorly over the years and will not fire reliably.

Bad ammunition can be unsafe, be sure that what you are buying is actually quality ammunition.