What time is it? The day flew by. In fact, it's now tomorrow. Me 'n Sapper did a lot of errands today. Had to go and get my FFL dealer to start the paperwork on a pickup for the rifle, drop off mail (which went sideways a bit), get chlorine for the pool, and we managed to hit the surplus store so's I could look for a mag pouch for the M1A mags.
Found one too:
Like on the "must have" List. Now the CTT manual or "Green Book" for E-1 to E-4 is also required reading. That one covers literally the basics of United States soldiering. The one -I- had 'back n the day' was at the time, freshly re-done and published. This was the exact brick I toted around:
It's size is designed to have you carry it in your cargo pocket of your BDUs. Canteen in the left cargo, , Green Book in the right. It has -ALL- the standard taskers in it that every soldier should know for Basic Training. In the case of the one above, it had the M-60 as one of the taskers, whereas the newest version has the M-240 in it.
The new one looks like this:
They can be (and I highly recommend) bought on Amazon here:
Soldier's Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level 1: https://amzn.to/3tTvjzh LINK
Soldier's Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level 2,3,4: https://amzn.to/3aCKNA7 LINK
And yeah, I get a 'taste if you buy with my links'. Which I can't argue with. Last month, the link to the OC Grenade? I made $80 in commissions on that... which is insane because I only get like a quarter +/- for each one y'all buy/bought. #1, EM version, is dated 2017, and #2, the NCO one, is updated up to January of 2020. They just updated it. So I do highly recommend having them on hand.
Now, the particular copy is from August of 2003, but, with the exception of any Iraq-inspired changes, this one is relatively up to date. I'll take it though as a used copy on the Zon is like $15 and up... for $3 bones, I can't argue with the price. That and the NCO one, leastways according to a lot of the comparatives I've checked, as in what the differences are, the info in the old one is still valid enough for MY purposes.
So, other 'stuff'... the credit card got a workout today, the whole 'buy now/pay later' this is a plus as I found a new design for an ammo pouch I hadn't seen before... I mean I may have seen it, but don't remember maybe? Either way, it was worth the $18. A handy 12 Gauge Ammo pouch:
Too much IMO. After this pic I took the lower part that unfolds and removed the 12 rounds from there. Considering the fact that my Black Aces has a 6 round sidesaddle at the ready, plus 7 in the tube, which brings me to a total (if used w/out the lower flap being stuffed) of 25 rounds... if I repack the other 12, that makes it a total of 37 rounds. Plus, it's heavy fully packed and long unfolded... too much of a chance in 'the heat of the moment' that the lower flap will have rounds falling out willy-nilly... in a firefight, this is a thing of badness.
Either way however, that's a LOT of ammo for a 12 Gauge in one pouch. Especially since I don't consider it to be a full-on primary weapons system. Don't get me wrong, shotties have their purpose... in Home Defense, the "shock and awe" phase, there ain't nuthin' like a twelve getting 'racked and ready to stack' and the Earth Shattering >Ka-BOOMs< that they produce are awesome, it's just that in a prolonged, or even slightly longer distanced firefight, a gauge isn't necessarily what you want...Initial Home Defense and Response? Ab-so-fuckin'-lootly. "Keep the skeer on 'em" as the Rebs used to say back in the days of the Northern Aggression.
So, the Surplus store is actually, besides surplus, is a prime Paintball/Airsoft supply location. They carry all sorts of stuff, but they specialize in Condor Gear. Now, Condor "airsoft/paintball" equipment? For all the folks who knock it, all I can say is I've had, and still use Condor as my go-to for Tactical pouches and 'stuff'. In fact I've had Condor gear that's outlived some Blackhawk gear, and a LOT of DotMil issued gear. My only complaint is that their tactical vests, while awesome, are made for you stinking puny humans... No gorilla sizes unfortunately, because some of the designs are great, but wouldn't fit me even if I was at my skinny size.
Now, observations: Last time Me n Sapper went over there, it was to fill the C02 tankls for the Flammenwerfer... guy only charges $5 a refill. There's a big wall in the Paintball/Airsoft side of the store (it's cut in half, one side all DotMil and 'stuff', the other area all Paintball AND Airsoft stuff) and the wall -usually- is covered in Airsoft 'guns'. Like tons of them... looks like some of those pictures of those insanely wealthy gun-guys... Kriss sub guns, FN P-90s... AKs, ARs, all the really cool looking firepower, even though they only shoot lil pew-pew 6mm fake bee-bees.
Nary a one. My analysis is thus: Some people, maybe because of economic issues, or past legal issues, or hell, even age issues, may not be able to purchase a real Boomstick. So they get what they can afford to get, either financially or legally. I mean how many of those BLM assholes marching around had obvious Airsoft weapons? I mean considering the very nature of BLM, and the 'types' it tends to attract, i.e. criminal grifters and dirtbags, the odds of a LOT of those guys being able to legally possess some of that firepower IRL? Pretty fucking slim methinks Aye?
Hence, they cleaned out the Airsoft guns and (illegally) paint over the orange tip, thereby giving them the appearance of being geared up with shit that even I can't afford. Now, it's illegal to paint over the orange tip. Not that people inclined to do shit like that really follow the laws anyhow, but it's also part and parcel why a lot of younger Ghetto Hood-Rats get graduated from "Dindu Nuffin" to "Good Hood Rat" because they're carrying, aiming or flashing Airsoft at the Five Oh. "A "Good Hood Rat" means a dead Hood Rat. "Lay Down, be dead, Gooooood Hood Rat."
Which brings me to this: Part of why I can't sleep. Seems MomUnit got a totally random Phone call last week. A blocked number, she picked up and said the person on the other end was obviously a black, soft-spoke female, who asked to confirm MY name and MY street address!!!!! MomUnit, not knowing what was up, went on the "Who? No idea who you're talking about!?! Who are you?" mode (the right thing IMO) and on that, they immediately hung up.
Slightly nervous making. I've had a few death threats in the comments here and in the emails, but nothing I take too seriously. That being said, I'm not worried about MomUnit... where she lives is, well, lets just say the particular place she chose for retirement? LOTS of celebutards, monies and security out the ass... what does concern me is the randomness of it... I mean like outside of family, I don't think anyone would ever be able to connect MomUnit and I outside like that... The last time I had any sort of connection that might be traceable was when I was in Iraq...
So I'm getting soft-probed.
Me No Likey.
Head is now on FULL swivel.
Dammit... After I told Wifey, she shit. She's not used to such antics. So, because the DotGov cheese is gone, as soon as I got home, I put the Titanium Skull Bucket up on Ebay. $800 opener, $1500 Buy It Now so's I can go to CostCo and get a full security Camera suite. I'm not too concerned, but Wifey is, and what upsets her, makes me livid.
And, to whomever is playing fuck-fuck games, If y'all are reading this, let's get together.
I'm always up for a discussion of the current political/socio-economic and racial issues of the day. If I can rectify all of your action issues with transformational deconfliction through a effective application synergistic minute-of-angle, I'll be MORE than happy to meet up. I can then, hopefully, expand your thought process kinetically with an optimal application of approximately 3600 joules of energy.
Hopefully to Sleep
More Later I Remain The Intrepid Reporter