by Jeff Anderson
On Aug 24, 2018
Purchasing a good survival knife can be expensive, but when you consider the value of its purpose (survival), spending a few extra dollars is an easy call. Today, Jeff Anderson discusses three reasons why a cheap pocket knife just won’t cut it when the SHTF.
by Jeff Anderson
On Aug 22, 2018
Whether a burglar breaks into your home or someone picks a fight with you on the street, there is one step people are all too often unprepared for — what happens next. Today, Jeff Anderson will explain how to avoid a lifetime behind bars for simply defending yourself.
by Jason Hanson
On Aug 21, 2018
This week’s must-read articles touch on a variety of topics including Chicago’s deadly weekend, the possibility that flying cars will become a reality, everyday items you can use as weapons — and more.
On Aug 20, 2018
Assaults happen every day. Most often, assailants tend to choose victims who appear vulnerable. Today, Robert Boyd from 4Patriots shares some valuable tips you can use to keep yourself (and others) safe in a threatening situation.
by Jeff Anderson
On Aug 17, 2018
People who experience flooding typically lose most if not all of their personal belongings. If you’re a gun owner, your damaged possessions likely include several guns and ammunition — which aren’t things you want to just throw away. But can they be salvaged?
An article in Personal Protection
by Jason Hanson
On Aug 16, 2018
The debate rages on over the viability and legality of 3D printed guns. Here’s former CIA officer Jason Hanson’s hot take.
If you would like to know the three accessories that practically EVERY special ops soldier agrees you need on your fighting rifle, then this article will tell you.
The truth is the AR and AK platforms have been around so long there are practically hundreds (if not thousands) of accessories for them — and if you don’t know what you need, you will probably end up buying a lot of junk.
Don’t waste your money. Find out the essentials here in today’s article.
Why It’s So Important to Get the Right Gear
First, the modern fighting rifle is an intermediate cartridge platform such as the AR-15 or AK-47 (or even AK-74) — we can discuss what makes these “intermediate” later. But this is and has been the modern fighting rifle for some time now.
Second, because WEIGHT is such an important concept in battle — and it sucks to carry a heavy gun all over the battlefield — care should be taken to choose only the essential accessories for your fighting rifle.
Lastly, the popularity of AR-15 and AK pattern rifles in 3-Gun Nation and other shooting competitions over the last decade has bled over into the special operations community. It’s not uncommon for what works for fast and accurate hits in modern competitions to cross over (at least somewhat) onto the battlefield.
The Only Three Things Any Fighting Rifle Needs
Without further delay, they are…
1. Sling — Every fighting rifle needs a sling. Not only to make your rifle easier to carry, but also so you can transition to a sidearm while still retaining your primary weapon (the rifle) if it fails. While I’ve recommended three-point slings in the past, I’ve learned it’s better to stick with one- or two-points slings (depending on your preference).
2. Optics/Sights — If you don’t have backup iron sights on your rifle now, get them. I have the Magpul flip-up sights. If you are running an optic, you still need sights in case the optic fails. I ran iron sights at my instructor training with Jason, but I learned a lot about what type of optic will fit my needs in my part of the country.
3. Weapon-Mounted Light — A white light mounted to your rifle is a necessity nowadays. You need two hands to run your rifle well. That means you should mount a white light to your rifle, because you don’t have three hands.
Is That It?
Seriously. That’s it.
Most guys with experience want their rifles as light and close to “stock” as possible.
This limited choice of accessories also makes it easy to get more rifles (yay!) and outfit each one so it’s ready for a fight.
Now, of course you could set up your rifles different ways within those choices…
For example, a shorter-barrel AR-15 might have a one-point sling, EOTech red dot sights and a SureFire light for close-quarters room clearing… And someone in the open areas of Utah might have a 16-inch barrel (for long-distance ballistics), with a 1-6 adjustable scope (for reaching out and touching stuff) and a two-point sling (for long hikes in the mountains).
Using these three principal pieces of gear, you can set up your rifles so they fit your tactical and environmental needs.
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