Security on military bases.

In one place I was stationed there was a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) for the event of problems.  Most of the QRF lived off base, some over a half hour drive away.  If the QRF were called up, once they were assembled, they could go to the Armory and draw weapons.  Should then the situation require it, they could walk to the motor pool, check out a vehicle, and drive the 20 or so minutes to the ammo supply point.  I hope you are starting to get the idea about the response time and capability.

After a change of command, someone asked the new commanding officer why we had such a silly setup.  After he inspected the situation, the QRF was dissolved.  Nothing better replaced it.(But it did free up Marines from a bullshit job, overall an improvement.  Don’t send troops who are not authorized to use force.)

More than once when entering a secure location where everyone was suppose to present photo ID to enter, I got in by waving my credit card.

Going back to the first location mentioned, it was common for drunk Marines to park in front of the back gate, and walk through the woods to get onto base.  While we had gate guards, we had no perimeter security.


Our government can not and will not effectively protect us or our servicemen and women.  Your protection lays in your own hands.

All of as at offer our condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and wounded from the Naval Yard shooting.

Midwest Industries FSB Light Mount

There are three accessories I consider non negotiable on a fighting AR. They are a useable tactical sling, a quality optic and a bright light.


When it comes to mounting a light and a side sling on an AR the most obvious answer is to use a railed handguard, however it is not necessary the right answer for everyone. For those that don’t want to use a rail, can’t afford a rail or are prohibited from modifying their AR to that degree by policy, there exists the Midwest Industries Tactical Light Mount.



The Midwest Industries Tactical Light Mount consists of two sections of picatinney rail that bolt to the sides of a standard AR FSB. It has recently been revised to allow the use of a quick detach sling mount via the two mounting holes drilled into the sides of the mount.


I purchased my MI mount from Rainier Arms and in the MI packaging I found the two sides of the mount, the single mounting screw, and an allen wrench with which to tighten the screw.

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Mounting is as straight forward as anything you’ll ever put on your AR. Place the appropriate section on each side of the FSB, insert the screw, tighten and attach the accessory of your choice.


In addition to its cost effectiveness, simplicity and ease of installation one of the features I like best about the MI mount is that it places the weapon light in a perfect place to be activated by the weak hand thumb.


(Excuse the awkward angle, I was juggling the rifle and camera at the same time)

Criticisms of the MI mount are limited to two things. It looks like the mount could be made slimmer so as to not stick the light quite as far out from the FSB. The other is its weight. At the end of the day it is just two large chunks of metal, however I feel it could be made lighter by drilling two weight reduction holes similar to the quick detach sling mount holes in the area in front of the mounting screw. This obviously would not compromise the integrity of the mount and would make for noticeable weight savings.


In summary, if you need to mount a light and/or sling and a railed handguard is out of the question the Midwest Industries Tactical Light Mount is a viable, simple, and lost cost solution.


Two is one, one is none.

Ruger Security Six

Anything can break or fail.  For example this Ruger Security Six:

Ruger Security Six

Failures like this are rare, however it can happen.  Story goes that Ruger used a corrosive lubricant on their barrels for a while which compromised the crush fit that they used.

So the point of the matter is that all the items you may depend on can fail you.  Thus it is good to have spares.  The common saying is “Two is one, one is none.”  Some people take this to mean that you should have two copies of everything.  For a short while, you even saw some trainers mount two flashlights on their rifle in case one stopped working.

Personally I think the better goal is to maintain effectiveness, not to have an exactly backup of everything.  So for example, if the light on your long arm fails, a hand held light can get the job done.  While it may not be practical for us to carry two longarms into battle, having a pistol greatly aids in the ability to keep fighting should the longarm fail..  On the CCW side of things, if you do not carry two pistols, a knife, pepper spray, kubotan or other force multiplier is far better then one gun should that gun fail.

Think like a spare donut tire in your car.  The donut tire isn’t great, but is far better than having no spare.  Having duplicates is a nicety, but redundancy is required.

LaRue 7.62 PredatOBRs are shipping


According to the LaRue newsletter, the long awaited PredatOBR are starting to ship.  It is cool to see the LaRue take down rifle ship, however I know some people who pre-ordered the PredatOBR wanting the PredaTAR handguard and the OBR barrel and have expressed that they don’t want the take down rifle.  Hopefully LaRue will offer both options.