My whole week was spent running around all over the place at warp speed trying to not be late to anything. Naturally, I managed to be a late to a few things, but overall it was a productive week both personally and professionally, I did manage to squeeze in a livecast yesterday which I am pretty happy about. They have become an integral part of my life and I when I fail to do one for too long, I notice something is off. They make my mind turn to things that day to day life does not address. It is both tiring and relaxing in an odd way.
My week started with a short flight from Albuquerque to Dallas on Sunday night. Less than 24 hours later I was on the plane again heading to New England. Tomorrow, I have to be on the plane again at 5AM heading home. I am beginning to forget what a full night of sleep looks like.
All that aside, the week has been interesting. Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted as he should have been, but I am still surprised that the left wing mob did not manage to intimidate the jury. Let's see if he now sues the mainstream media and a variety of politicians including our retard of a president into oblivion for defamation. I hope he does. What they did to that kid is unconscionable, and he has a minimal chance of anything resembling a normal life going forward. Thanks to their efforts he will probably have to spend the rest of his life in hiding with significant security, unless he changes his name and gets some plastic surgery to change his appearance kinda lie they show in the movies. One thing you have to give the Left credit for is that they are relentless and consistent in their malevolence.
In between all the work-related activity I did manage to swing by Q and build myself a Fix handgun chambered for 8.6Blackout. That is arguably the coolest gun I own (about to own since they have to first send it to my FFL) and I own some interesting guns. Another cool thing is that I am pretty sure this is the very first 8.6Blackout Fix that they are releasing into the wild, so to speak. I am pretty stoked about that. While I wait for the gun to get here, I have some reloading to do.
I'll show you some pictures and do a livecast here on Locals about the 8.6 Blackout when it gets to my FFL. If you are not familiar with this upcoming cartridge, I can talk about it earlier, but I won't have the gun in hand.
Switching topics again and wrapping up: today is the anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg address and George Friedman has a really poetic piece about Lincoln that I though I should share.
I got home yesterday and fished Steiner MPS from the mail. I am going to go live in an hour, right here, with some early impressions of it.
I originally planned to do a live show on the Rittenhouse verdict take-aways, but figured you'd want to get the scoop on the MPS first. It is an interesting new option for compact red dot sights and the last thing I needed for the red dot comparison I have been working on.
Let's talk about optics today and touch on the political stuff tomorrow.
Here is a review of the 15x56 "Big Eyes" binocular from Tract.
I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected given the price.
Here is the third installment of this series, recorded after a rather long break.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Here is the rough parts list:
VC Defense billet lower
BCM upper https://bit.ly/3wcHIQX
Proof Research 16" CF barrel https://bit.ly/3whEg7I
Odin tunable gas block https://bit.ly/3EJk8hO
Bootleg adjustable BCG https://bit.ly/3BLeQAl
Q HoneyBadger 12" handguard https://bit.ly/2ZRt7hr
ACE UL Stock https://bit.ly/3mIWpbc
Vortex Razor Gen3 1-10x24 https://bit.ly/3BJkR0j
Hiperfire 24 4Gun trigger https://bit.ly/3bCaykj
Zero Bravo offset sights
Crimson Trace CMR-301 light/laser https://bit.ly/2ZPQrfy
ACE UL stock
Riflecraft RS-3 sling
Here is how I chose to build a general purpose AR-15. That does not necessarily mean it is ideal for everyone. If you are thinking of doing such a build, this is a good starting point. Take a close look at my reasoning and see what you need to change to make it fit you.
During the last couple of livecasts, multiple people brought up a recent article in the Recoil magazine that discusses the MPVO concept. MPVO stands for Medium Power Variable optic, similarly to how LPVO stands for Low Power Variable Optic.
The article in question is this one: https://www.recoilweb.com/medium-powered-variable-optics-mpvo-the-optic-you-dont-know-you-need-170236.html
It is generally a well written piece that makes a reasonable argument. I agree with some parts of it and disagree with other parts, so there is some nuance there.
Before I get into the specifics, there are a couple of things to point out:
1) It will occasionally sound like I am attacking the author of that article. I am not. However, I also have to call a spade a spade sometimes and if I think he has no clue about something specific, I will say exactly that. I have never heard of the guy until today. I did look up a few of his other articles and he seems like a good writer and a competent gun guy. I did not, however, find anything resembling an understanding ...
There is a very fair chance that your e-mail is filled with hundreds of "once-in-a-lifetime" or "today only" deals. If you are not careful, you can end up with a once in a lifetime credit card bill next month.
I am generally not hugely pre-occupied with deals and I do not wait for a particular season to buy something. If I am looking for something specific, I usually need it and I am unlikely to spend months analyzing what deals are out there.
There are some exceptions to that, most notably with backup optics (see my earlier post on Primary Arms) and tools.
I have a good assortment of tools to use, but I have been keeping an eye out for deals on Fix-It-Stick kits since I like to have a few spread around different bags/backpacks/etc. It turns out that I am pathologically incapable of remembering to move one from bag to bag, so I ended up accumulating a few here and there I am picking another one up this time since they have a healthy Black Friday discount going on: https://bit.ly/3nTqzsL
They seem to have a...
Rather than inundate you with a long list of things we are thankful for this year, I'll just leave you with a couple of points
We should all be grateful for our families. I certainly am. I really am blessed and I wish you all to be as fortunate.
All of us who live in the US, should definitely be grateful for that. It is the greatest country in the world (I know people from other countries may disagree, but everyone has the right to be wrong) and I am truly fortunate to be here.
I made a long drive to California yesterday with my kids, so I had some time to think. As irritated as I am with Big Tech at the moment, I have to say that I truly am grateful for the modern marvels of technology. They did not give me a voice, but they sure extended its reach.
Happy tryptophan day, ya'll!