Reality Check for the “Only Cops Need Guns” Crowd
Why You ShouldCount on the Cops to Save You - The Ugly Truth About Law Enforcement Officer to Citizen Ratios
Law Enforcement Patrol Vest & Duty Belt (Pics & Video)
My day at the range with the M&P15
Homeland Security ICE SRT
MAGPUL MBUS PRO BACK-UP SIGHTS
Smith & Wesson M&P15 Optics Ready Review (Text & Video)
I Chose the M&P15 Optics Ready simply for price point and quality, I purchased the weapon on 05/23/2013, post election price was $860, with the Nations Finest Rebate I’ll end up being into it for $760. I should add the purpose of this rifle is patrol/defense use, not a shelf filler what-so-ever.
Total Budget for this Build on a Budget: $1100
Total Spent on this Build: $1020
Anyway onto the build,
1) Replaced that disgusting factory grip with a Magpul MOE grip, night and day difference, for approximately $20 I have to recommend this upgrade.
2) The “Optics Ready” gave me quite a bit of trouble initially, deciding what the best back up iron sights were going to be without spending $200 on a set of Troy Defense sights that will be zeroed and then never used again (remember I’m on a public servants salary) Now, before I get flamed for the age old ”is your life worth a cheap set of sights?” let me remind you that good equipment does not make a good shooter. I chose the UTG flip up iron sights, they run about $40 for the pair, they are a great solid set of back up sights. They do not feature spring assisted opening, which contributes largely to the affordable price.
3) The next dilemma was the reflex scope. Once again, my budget for the entire build was approximately $1100 (Total came to about $1020) I debated investing a ton of money into an EO-Tech, or going a cheaper route, after many hours of research and reading reviews, I found the Sightmark Ultra Shot QD Sight for $90. The sight features a quick release clamp, 4 different reticles, 5 brightness settings, and cheap batteries ( must) My thought process behind this was finding an affordable red dot scope that was both effective and durable. Also, Sightmark features a 2 year warranty should anything happen to the sight making it a one of the best functioning looking and working sights at the price point.
4) the final thing that had to go is the ugly and out dated A2 style hand guard. These hand guards are useful for literally nothing, as well as failing to properly allow the barrel to cool. I replaced this with a picatinny rail which was complimented by a set of Magpul XTM Enhanced Rail Panels, forward grip to come in the future. I chose this over a Magpul hand guard as it allows 100% customization on the fly.
That’s all for now, more pics to follow.
Cardsharp 2 - Gear Review
This will be another Tactical Gear Review by Citizen Gunner of the Lain Sinclair Cardsharp 2 concealable knife.
First and foremost I must stress this is not a duty knife, this is not a rescue knife, this is not a rapid deployment knife.
I believe the purpose of this knife is more a “last ditch effort" to escape restraint or attack. For instance, I carry my cardsharp in my wallet (obviously) and timing myself in a perfectly calm situation to remove my wallet and deploy the knife takes approximately 11 seconds. Now, as I said, while this remains totally impractical for every day use, I believe for the price point of $11-$13 should it save myself or someone else just one time then it was worth it.
- Manufacturers Details:
- - ULTRA THIN - 2.2 mm thick (traditional Stanley utility knife body thickness is 25 mm)
- - LIGHTWEIGHT - 13 grams
- - SAFETY - Blade edge is protected when stored in wallet or kit bag. Protective hilt appears when open
- - RAZOR SHARP - Surgical blade technology with long 65mm cutting edge ensures longer lasting sharpness
ASP Triad LED Flashlight - Gear Review
Technical Specs: Right out of the box, the flashlight is lightweight and durable, it is made from aerospace aluminum with a foamed vinyl grip. One of my favorite features of this flashlight is the end cap pressure switch. It also features a 3-position rotating bezel which allows [Constant On] [Pressure On] [Locked Off] Per the manufacturers specifications, this flashlight features 265 lumen bulb and comes in either [rechargeable] or [AAA Batteries] version.
ASP Triad Flashlight doesn’t work reliably, does not recharge, or dies. Personally, I have never had ANY of these issues, it is obviously a potential that the first release models had issues (after all, what doesn’t) but it would appear that ASP has fixed the issue now. Regardless, ASP also features a lifetime warranty on the majority of its products. I purchased the rechargeable model which features a USB Micro recharging port underneath the flashlight bezel (see pics) which can be charged via computer, outlet, or car attachment (both provided in the box).
The Holster: The ASP Triad is compatible with the designated rotating flashlight scabbard (almost identical to the ASP Baton Scabbard) However, this scabbard only rotates to 3 positions, rather then a full 360 degrees. This holder is awesome in retention and protection, pretty much does just what it is supposed to do.
The Conclusion: I would probably give this flashlight setup a 7.5/10 - Purely because of the battery life. If you are working overnights and require a flashlight for the majority of your shift. You may have to carry a backup or recharge this in your vehicle over your lunch break. Although I have not personally tested this flashlights constant on run time, ASP website states 1.5-2 Hours per charge. Other then that I have highly enjoyed this light system on my duty belt and will continue to use it.