.223 Rem. vs. 5.56 NATO: A true head-scratcher

Introduction:

It was Thanksgiving 2013, and I was just out of grad school. The local gun store was advertising an AR-15 for its Black Friday Sale, and I wanted one. Just to make sure it was a good deal I got Dad to a look at the gun for me. He informed me that this AR-15 was a .223, and not a 5.56 that the military uses. I looked at him very puzzled and asked him to explain. He sighed, then launched into telling me about the complex topic of .223 Rem. vs. 5.56 NATO. At first, I was very irritated at Dad for bringing up such a complex subject when all I wanted to do was buy the AR-15 at that moment. However, I am glad he did tell me. He saved me from making the same mistake so many people have in the past by not knowing the difference between the .223 Rem and 5.56 NATO.

For the history buffs out there, check out this snipercountry.com article for a detailed history on this topic.

Section 1: 223 Rem. 5.56 NATO ammo Looks the Same

If you put both rounds beside each other, they will look identical because both have almost the same exterior dimensions. Take note that I said nearly the same, and look at the image below. Do you notice any difference?

Image Source GunDigest
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Fashion Mall Shooting Incident in Murray, UT

A summery of my take on the Fashion Place Mall shooting incident and what should a trained concealed carrier do if one were near or around where a similar incident.
I prefer to wait 24 to 48 hours before saying anything and making any comments after a larger scale shooting incident. This morning, more information is out, which agrees with my theory based on the initial information I received from one of my local news outlet, KSL LIVE: Continuing coverage on the shooting at Fashion Place Mall in Murray on Sunday afternoon.

KSL news article on the afternoon of the shooting Police hunting for 3 suspects after shooting sparks ‘panic’ at Fashion Place mall in Utah

Sunday around 3:30 pm local time, I was having brunch at a restaurant in South Jordan which is about 15-20 minutes drive from where I was at to the mall. While eating, I saw my local news feeds live stream on FB that a “shooting” at the Fashion Place Mall in Murray. It resulted in two people being injured. Wow it’s a shooting, the media make it look big, like always. Then an hour later, I saw the video along with photos of people being escorted in a line with their hands up (typical escorted evacuate setup we seen in many school and other shootings that occurred indoors)  out of the mall. Local LEO and SWAT members were all around with their AR-15 carbines. Local media reported that there were three suspects (shooters?) that fled the area and are at “large.” Continue reading “Fashion Mall Shooting Incident in Murray, UT” »

The Gun Control Riddle

Gun control? Methinks not.

SOLUTION TO GUN CONTROL

In 1865, a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States .

In 1881, a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States – who later died from the wound.

In 1963, a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.

In 1975, a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.

In 1983, a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.

In 1984, James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.

In 1986, Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.

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FBI DATA – About twice more people are beaten to death than killed with a rifle

 

 

FBI numbers don’t lie. Nation wide report shows that law breakers using rifles to commit crime is significant less than knives or hands and fists.
When a man wants to kill, he will do whatever it takes. If there were laws that prevents a people from committing murder, we would have heard about it by now. This goes back to Cain and Able.

According to the FBI, the number of people killed with rifles and shotguns in 2016 totals approximately 636. Over 4 times that many, approximately 2732, were stabbed or hacked to death.
If these anti Second Amendment freedom hating Democrats were all about saving lives and trying to reduce crime, they wouldn’t push for “assault rifles” or the correct term, semi auto rifles ban. 
They never talked about how many lives are saved by the hands of private citizens with guns each year.

Murder victims by weapons, 2012-2016

Murder victims by state, types of weapons 2016

10mm is the all-around Outdoorsman’s Caliber of Choice

The 10mm is gaining popularity, especially for those who are avid outdoorsmen.

A brief history

Dating back to the 1986 FBI Miami shootout which resulted in the creation of this cartridge. The 10mm never gain popularity and accepted by law enforcement agencies around the country. This was due to the excessive recoil which many to-be, and in the field LEO who scored poorly. Thus the stripped down 10mm, anemic 10mm or weak 10mm also known as the 40 S&W was born. Full power 10mm sits between between the .357 magnum and .44 magnum.

Current era

Modern 9mm such as the Federal HST and Speer Gold Dot has taken the FBI and many law enforcement agencies across the country by storm. With wounding ballistics equating to the 40S&W. Subsequently, in the past couple of years the FBI decided to switch to the 9mm .

For your urban EDC concealed carry, the common chambered 9mm handguns are perfectly suitable and preferred for stopping the two legged beast. The 9mm is my EDC choice of caliber for urban carry.

Top view. Shot through watermelon and a wet newspaper pack. By no means this test was to simulate bullets through any human or animal tissue/bone.

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Why Your Hybrid Holster is Dangerous

What could possible go wrong with my hybrid holster? More hybrid holster hate and why…

Wearing such holster al day is comfortable on the waist. Until a mishap 😳 occurs due to;

1) The sweat shield starts to snag after wear.

2) Upon resholster, the trigger guard collapses. Most people will have to use their second hand to assist in reholster. Some folks even to point the muzzle towards their waste to snake it in. Seen this in one of the classes I attended. All of this struggle and you’re playing with your safety! 😥

3) Makes it cumbersome to reholster countless times during an 8 hour defensive concealed carry class, at the same time it increases the risk by tenfold. Many known instructors will strongly advise against such holster in their classes beside the infamous Black Hawk Serpa.

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Video – What can we learn from would-to-be carjacker or robber?

Omg!

Posted by Samahan ng mga Pinoy Bloggers on Monday, December 4, 2017

Is your head tuck in your ass on that phone, and your situation awareness is non existent?

Are your vehicle windows all the way up?

How do you carry your gun?
Vehicle mounted?  SMH 😥
Hip carry? 😕
AIWB (appendix) carry 🙂

Can you effectively and quickly draw your gun while sitting in the car?

Did you take any vehicle carry courses and practice from time to time?

Maybe it wasn’t a safe neighborhood so you should not be hanging out in your car. It’s usually not a good idea to draw your gun on a drawn gun. While sitting in your car, your car door helps conceal your draw from the bad guy outside, and some tint can assist in obscuring you as a whole. Find that opportunity and moment when the bad guy is distracted and his eyes are not on your hands where you will draw, be quick! Constant practice will help during stressful situation, allowing your defensive motor skills to be second nature.
Good news is one less bad buy on the street and another gun save lives incident. The driver did well and lived. Lessons can be learned from this defensive shooting incident.

Being Firm and Short

Bum: Hey man, ya got some change?
Me: NO! “Keep on walking”
Bum: walks away.

Bum: You got a dolla to spare bro?
Me: NO! “Keep walking”
Bum: Mumbles and looks the other way.

The method of being firm and speaking from your stomach is what’s recommended by known experience defensive instructors and those who have put such action to the test. Based on the response of the panhandlers, not just ignoring but stating the No! is effective for most cases.  This is a good way to work out your peripheral vision.

  1. It firmly shows them where you stand
  2. This will make aware of other folks within your proximity and naturally forces them to look and see what’s sup
  3. If this was a disguised would be attacker or robber, hey or they might think twice since now you both just created attention

You don’t need to say much, or get nasty, be short and firm. The power of a firmness tone goes a long way. I always have a pepper spray in my hand or pocket ready to deploy if the color condition intensifies. Keep in mind that the  force you use should be proportional and your gun might not always be the solution to the problem.

Tourniquets Save Lives

Some content in this article might not be for the faint for heart, but required to understand if you want to save your life or lives of others.
It’s time that I write about one very important life saving device known as a tourniquet.
A tourniquet in your center console of your car,  or better, on your persons can increase your chance of survival in a vehicle crash that caused major arteries in one of your limbs to rapture. Consider this life saving advice. I can’t emphasize enough on this particular essential hardware. You should learn how to use one and practice how to deploy one from time to time.

I prefer the CAT (Combat Application Tourniquet) above all others mainly due to it’s reliability, ease of use and proven track record.

Let’s explore the history of the CAT Tourniquet from North America Rescue Products (NARP) website:

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Net Neutrality – What It Is And What They Are Not Telling You

Many folks got fooled in to believing that the current net neutrality is a good concept. You are wrong because you don’t know the ins and out.
Being working and involve in the Network IT related field does help shine the light on this topic.

Big companies want government to regulate internet content and bandwidth in their favor. Eventually there will be rules put in place by the government where you are free utilized “all” content except A, B, and D. This defeats the purpose of freedom and neutrality right?
Big communication and content providers lobbied and feed money into the hands of bureaucrats and politicians who were behind net neutrality during the Obama era in 2015. That’s why they push for net neutrality propaganda (with the help of the lying and bias infamous mainstream media) and convinced a lot of millennials to support this communist-style digital information control. Now they are all flipping and calling it dooms day lol. Continue reading “Net Neutrality – What It Is And What They Are Not Telling You” »