Moving forward with part one of setting up your carbine, I’ll be going over accessories that will assist in your setup process. You can without a doubt utilize a carbine with the “bare bones,” but with the amount of affordable equipment to accessorize your rifle why would you skimp out? Without a doubt, putting thousands of dollars of “add on’s” onto your rifle is worthless without the proper training. Although, if you’re willing to spend the money on a rifle and the ammo along with it, you may want to save some additional funds to aid in efficiency of your long gun.
With today's technological advances, there are numerous options with how you can set up a defensive carbine. From the lower, the upper, barrel, pistol grip, buttstock, optic, muzzle devices and accessories where does one start? In this article we’ll be going over the basics on what to look for when purchasing and building a carbine style rifle. To keep things simple and linear, I’ll only be writing about carbines in the 5.56/.223 size cartridge. With that being said, I have nothing against other size cartridges, but my personal knowledge base relates more to the aforementioned cartridge. To start this off, we’ll first talk about the upper of the AR rifle first and work our way down.
Instructors, trainers, and educators all seem to be an exchangeable term within the firearms community. Unfortunately, if you’ve been within this industry long enough you will quickly see they are anything but the same. An educator or teacher has an invested interest in your abilities to grow as a student. If they’re only worried about their own name, company or glory they aren’t someone you should be wasting time with. In this second edition, we’ll conclude with the final characteristics that you should take into consideration when learning lifesaving skills.
With the current influx in the private sector of military and law enforcement, the question is who to train with and why? The average individual has limited funds, time and availability so choosing incorrectly could mean an overall waste in resources and have to possibly wait another year to get into another class. We should narrow down our choices by looking at a few key ingredients. Instead of basing our choices off of price, location, resume or aesthetics let’s instead attain a deeper understanding as to what we’re spending our time, effort and energy on.
Verbal agility is key in today’s day and age. In the previous two articles we have gone over the criminal archetype and how to use a non-diagnostic approach to defending yourself from incoming blows. In this final installment we’ll go over how movement plays a major role in your survival, how to verbalize with these unknown individuals on the street as well as what pre-assault cues you can look for to hopefully remove yourself from a possible attack. Movement is something many don’t take into consideration when approached by someone you don’t know.
In part one of this article we dealt primarily with how criminals worked so as to possibly understand their tactics. Once we understand them, the next step is to employ tactics to counter them. Statistics show otherwise that we’re able to full trust into these unknowns who approach us on the street. So first, what can we do with our hands while verbalizing and second how do we properly verbalize. So as to not instigate a situation further, we need to present our hands in a friendly and non-violent posture yet can still protect us if need be. Geoff Thompson is a well known author and former doorman in the UK who created the term called a “high fence.” This is a fairly comprehensible term as to what we should be doing with our hands while verbalizing with unknown people in our day to day life. Our hands should be palm out with our arms high and compressed to our body. This not only puts us at an advantage to seem non-threatening, but also allows us to have our hands in an inconspicuous position to strike if necessary. It also puts ours arms near our head so as to be able to protect it from blows.
The end goal of the multidisciplinary tactician is to be formidable on all fronts. Whether the answer is a gun, blade, grappling, or even simply how to talk to an unknown individual on the street. How often do we allow people within our “safety” bubble throughout our day to day travels? How often do we allow someone we have never met unintentionally get close enough to rub shoulders with? Many people have this falsehood programmed into their head as to how people are? “Oh they look like a good person, I doubt they’d do anything to me.” This is what, as William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting termed, exactly what the Violent Criminal Actor (VCA) wants.
A few articles ago I talked about the gear involved in concealed carrying a handgun. Whether it’s a belt, holster or other additional gear, it’s an all encompassing system that shouldn’t be scrimped on. Once you’ve settled on a brand of holster, you should look into where exactly you’ll be carrying it on the body or off the body. There’s pro’s and con’s to each, which is what we’ll be exploring in this article together. Every person’s body is built differently just as everyone's comfort level in carrying. A bit of caution should be used with experts who uses absolutes.
“When in public ask, ‘Who’s around me and what are they doing?’”- Tom Givens
I write this with a heavy heart, knowing the current chaos in Las Vegas, NV and the unfortunate rising toll. More information will obviously be released as officials learn more, in the meantime we need to stop asking, “Why?” The rhyme and reason behind such horrific incidences don’t need to answered, and that’s because evil doesn’t ever need to offer you one. Evil in in its most purest and unrefined form is what you are seeing in Las Vegas. It does not care about race, color, creed, age or gender. All it cares about is one thing, causing you and everything you hold dear harm.
Once you have figured out what type of defensive handgun is right for you as well as gone to classes with a reputable instructor, the next thing to look at is what goes into your carry system. I will be talking specifically about a concealed carry system, as it has the most misleading information pertaining to it. You should break down the system into three main categories, the handgun, the belt and the holster. All three must be top quality with a reputation behind them. If you decide to forgo the “cheap” route, there is a high probability that the entire system can fail. Seeing that we’re talking about a concealed carry system here, failure may mean injury to yourself and/or those that you care about.