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Militec and Chloride

Article Submitted by Josh Berry

One thing I often see on gun websites is the debate on lubrication for your firearms. Generally this is a fairly subjective topic with lots of opinions on just what is the best. A common brand I see get mentioned more than I wish is Militec-1.

If you know anything about them the company makes some pretty big claims to their products performance and how the Army has cheated them out of contracts based on pure bias. I am writing this to kind of dispel those claims and shed some light on just what exactly Militec-1 is and could do to your rifles.

I am sure that by now everyone here has been to the Militec website to look up some of their claims, but if you have not here is what they have to say about their product.

  • MILITEC-1 treated weapons have been tested and proven to be more accurate, deliver higher muzzle velocity with the same load, and show decreased wear at all critical wear points. Also, the weapons subjectively “feel” better in blind tests.

  • MILITEC-1 has a very low evaporation rate and will not dry out and “disappear” like MilSpec CLP. Firearms remain properly lubricated for a much longer period of time. In fact, MILITEC-1-treated firearms can even be taken out of extended storage and fired immediately with no additional care. It seems to be an unfortunate but unavoidable fact of life that the proper care of weapons is sometimes ignored. MILITEC-1’s long-term lubricating potential helps guard against this eventuality and will allow even badly neglected weapons to fire without jamming. After proper application with MILITEC-1 insures that a weapon will fire properly first time, every time.

  • MILITEC-1 makes firearms much easier to clean. Since MILITEC-1 seals metal surfaces, fouling and other residue do not build up as quickly. In most cases, a weapon can simply be wiped clean with little effort. This saves a lot of time and frustration and makes cleaning almost fun.

  • MILITEC-1 is ideal for firearms that are exposed to harsh weather conditions. After proper application, a light coat of MILITEC-1 is highly corrosion resistant – approximately three times more effective in preventing rust than MilSpec CLP. This will cut down on damage caused by damp weather, and makes MILITEC-1 especially useful for firearms carried on motorcycles, bicycles or boats.

  • A MILITEC-1-treated firearm can be wiped completely clean and dry and will still retain adequate lubrication. That’s right – no liquid lubricant, but still completely lubricated. This is because MILITEC-1 is in the metal, not just on the surface, so the liquid component is unnecessary. This unique self-lubricating effect was used to great advantage in Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. Clean, dry MILITEC-1-treated weapons continued to fire even in blowing dust and sand, since there was no liquid for the dust particles to adhere to and gum up the works. This same effect is useful in extremely cold conditions where there is no liquid to congeal and slow down or freeze the action.

Now those things are great and grand……if they were true, sadly they are not. Here is something you probably have not read but should- http://books.google.com/books?output=html_text&id=sDZonEVMgb4C&dq=militec+banned&jtp=1.  This goes over pretty well how Militec-1 truly performed over time as it was tested numerous times, its a good read and well worth your time. If you want the short version…Militec-1 has never passed military trials and when it was awarded a NSN the company that awarded it admitted to basically cheating to let them get the pass.

Another thing you probably have not read or heard about is that Militec-1 has Chlorinated esters in it. Now if you don’t know Chlorinated esters when combined with metals that are placed under high tensile pressure(ala firearms being fired) will and does lead to stress cracks, this is a phenomena called CSCC(Chloride Stress Corrosion Cracking).

Here is a great article on it and what happens. http://www.corrosionist.com/what_is_chloride_stress_corrosion_cracking.htm

This is a big reason Militec-1 should never be recommended for firearms, the area of the bolt will be subjected to heat, pressure, and stress all of this combined with the chlorinated esters in Militec-1 can and have caused premature wear on bolts.

When you begin to look at lubricants you should make sure to really dig into it online and make sure that it does not contain any chlorinated esters in them.

Short Term Bug Out Bag for “Just in Case” Emergencies

I find it so funny that when my friends watch Doomsday Preppers they think of me.  I suppose I can take that as a partial compliment.  Trust me, I enjoy the show, but sometimes I feel people go a little over board.  However, if the shtf, these people are going to be the ones cozy and secure.  My idea of preparation is not letting it consume my life, but doing enough where I feel comfortable… little by little.  I’d rather spend $50-$200 on supplies and ammo per month versus buying other things.  These items never go to waste.  When the expiration date approaches for my canned goods or dehydrated food, I simply take it with me backpacking or camping.  As far as ammo… you can never get enough of that!  I just want to make sure that in case of an emergency, my family and friends will have supplies.  I won’t lie… I have searched for the costs on an underground shelter/container, but that’s purely curiosity (I think).

I strongly encourage everyone (especially ladies) to make an emergency bag.  The costs are minimal and it’s a lot of fun.  I keep this bag in my car.  I figure that 80-90% of the time I am not home, I’m usually outside somewhere with my car nearby.  I can almost guarantee that 100% of the time unless I’m backpacking or hunting, I won’t have adequate shoes on.  I have an 8-5 office job and my typical fashion are high heels, converse, or flip flops.  All not “emergency” wear.  So I decided to share what I have prepared with you in hopes you build your own.

CAT’S SHORT TERM B.O.B. CONTENTS

  • Sturdy backpack
  • Old comfortable tennis shoes
  • Para-cord bracelet
  • Mechanic gloves
  • Hand and toe warmers
  • Storm proof matches
  • Magnesium fire starter
  • Spoon
  • GPS
  • Batteries
  • Bug spray
  • Headlamp
  • Knife
  • Steri-pen (UV water purifier)
  • Wet naps
  • Justin’s Hazelnut Chocolate Packets (YUM!)
  • Mini fire tinder
  • Plastic gloves
  • Disposable face masks
  • First aide kit with Advil
  • Mylar sleeping bags
  • Small pair of binoculars
  • Pair of pants
  • Shirt
  • Smart wool socks
  • Long sleeve thermal shirt
  • Mountain House food – a mixture of pouches that require hot water and the other cold water in case I can’t use fire.  4-6 pouches in total.
  • Bottles of H20/Bladder
  • Solar power and hand crank radio and USB charger
  • Jet Boil
  • Multi-tool
  • Poncho

Anyways, you get the point.  It’s pretty fun when you make your own.  Will I ever need all this stuff?  I hope not, but if I have to find out at least I’m prepared.

MAKE A PLAN

It doesn’t hurt to have a plan in place.  What if you are at work?  What if your kids are at school?  How will you reconnect with your family?  What if your home is destroyed, where will you meet?  Assuming there is a great possibility I will be at the office, I created a map/route for me.  If for some reason my home was not safe, I have a designated meeting location.

SUPPLIES AT HOME

People have asked me which canned foods have the longest shelf life…

  • Spam (about 3 years, I think my newest cans say 2015)
  • Canned chicken/tuna

There are a lot of other foods, just check the labels.  Of course I don’t put these in my pack because of the weight, but I do store at home.

Additionally, I have medical supplies, 100 hour candles, water containers, glow sticks, etc…  I’ve also talked to my neighbors about prepping because let’s say there was a big earthquake in California, our community would have to help one another.  Making your neighbors aware is a very important step in helping your survival.

If you have any questions on any of the items, please feel free to write me.  🙂

SO WHAT’S MISSING???

I’d like to have a Bug Out Revolver for my pack.  I’d like to ask you for any suggestions.  Ideally, I’d like the cost to be less than $600, since there is a possibility it may get stolen.  What revolvers do you suggest and why? 

REVIEW: Packing in Pink

 

REVIEW: Packing in Pink

The firearm industry has been evolving as more females are becoming gun owners and enthusiasts.  In a Gallup poll published on October 26, 2011, it stated 23% of gun owners are female.  That is a 13% increase from 2005.  I remember going to the gun range and being the only female.  Nowadays, it seems like a consistent 80/20- 80% male, and 20% female (at least in California).  It brings a smile to my face when I see a couple of girls renting out a lane without any males (sorry, no offense to the guys).

*To read the entire poll, go to http://www.gallup.com/poll/150353/Self-Reported-Gun-Ownership-Highest-1993.aspx

Packing in Pink was founded in 2007 by Kim, a female gun enthusiast in Canada.  As the name implies, Packing in Pink is a company geared for the female shooter.   Their merchandise is subtle in feminine aesthetics and definitely says, “I’m a woman shooter.”  Their FaceBook headline reads, “Just because you shoot like a man, doesn’t mean you have to look like one!”

During my phone conversations with Kim, I learned about her background and passion for firearms.  I think we all can agree, starting a business is not an easy task, but with determination and perseverance, one can succeed.  Her excitement and pride for her products gleamed in her voice over the phone.  In my opinion, there are not enough “good” female targeted gun merchandise products that exist in the market.  I’ve found typically (except for hunting gear designed for women) the products are cheesy and low quality.  Nothing irritates me more than when a company manufactures cheap products and splashes girly colors, stars, and hearts to try to appease my taste.

CLOTHING – I like the clothing.  First, it has an American Apparel brand, so it’s manufactured in the U.S.A. and soft (90% combined cotton and 10% poly).  It is not thick, but it does not feel like it will rip.  It’s your standard t-shirt.  Second, the design is not over the top.  The logo and font is pretty and simple.  I’m not a walking billboard, so I’d rather not look like one.  The t-shirt is light and fitted for a female’s body.  The jacket is 100% combed cotton, lightweight, on the thinner side, and good for layering.  As far as fitment goes, I typically like my clothes forming fitting and a little loose.  I usually purchase medium, but from Packing in Pink small seemed to fit me.

HATS – The hats are durable, adjustable, and my favorite one is the trucker design.  The logos are thickly embroidered and the hot pink color pops out.  Once again, I like the subtleness in design.  It’s not screaming for attention, but it definitely says, “I’m a woman shooter.”

LATEX GLOVE POUCH – I personally don’t carry latex gloves on me unless I am going hunting.  Even then it’s usually in my dressing kit.  Once you click open the pouch it has a soft cute pink leopard design.  I assume this product is used to hold latex gloves on your belt for gun cleaning or for someone in the medical field.

TRIGGER LOCK – The trigger lock is light pink and you can program a 3 digit manual combination.  It fit my rifles and handguns well.  Once I locked it, I attempted to try and pry off the lock without success.  This is a great feature to add for additional safety.

SHOOTING GLASSES – I received many compliments on the pink glasses at the range.  Yes, the lens is pink, so everything will have a pink tint.  However, I was surprised.  Looking at the glasses I thought it would be much darker than it actually was.

EAR MUFFS – For ear muffs, these are great.  The color is light pink and it is generously padded for comfort.  It was a little tight, but I assume with time it will adjust.  I wore it on the range and it protected my hearing very well.  I only wish the muff was a little smaller because it did get in the way when I pressed my cheek to the stock of my AR-15 rifle.  To resolve that, I simply pulled back the ear muffs.

All the items are reasonably priced and good quality.  I recently read that they will be carrying pink Blade-tech Kydex holsters.  I personally would like to see ribbed tank tops, shooting vests, and pants.  I think coyote brown, OD green, and khaki colors would also look good with the Packing in Pink logo.  Lastly, electronic ear protection would be great.  Overall, I am impressed with Packing in Pink and excited to see what other products Kim brings aboard.

http://www.packinginpink.com/