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Apologies

Let me start off by saying I’m sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been dealing with some serious family issues (which are much better now) and nursing an injury which had dampened my spirits some. Luckily I’ve got plenty of stuff to write about and my free time is starting to appear a little more often. I’m actually about to work up a new article for y’all right now so stay tuned in.

Mall Ninja sighting 6-18-2010

Found this commando at the local grocery store. Full decked out in MARPAT with a Woodland pattern fighting load carrier with some type of hunting vest over that. To top it all off a MARPAT boonie hat with a big skull bandana as a hat band.

My Range Bag

Everyone has sometime of range bag.  Some people have dedicated purpose made range bags and on the other end of the spectrum some people carry their stuff to the range in a plastic grocery bag.

What I use to carry my range supplies is a dirty little secret that I need to confess.  I use a cheap Chinese knock off of the SOTech Go Bag.  Occasionally I will buy a knock off of a product to see how I like the design before I drop the coin on the real thing just find out it doesn’t work for me.  Let me just say I love this bag and will be ordering the real thing shortly.

The bag is slightly unusual, it is really just a tall cylinder with three pockets on the front and a single wide strap.  It also has a grab handle on both the top and bottom.  The back panel, the part the goes against your body when you have it slung, has two tethered zippers that allows the panel to fully open and give you full access to the interior of the bag.

On the outside of the bag I added a panel of sage green Velcro on each side so I could add some patches just for fun.  Right now it is wearing an ITS Tactical patch on one side and a Mil-Spec Monkey “Immediate Action” patch on the other side.  I also wrapped some sage green 550 cord around the top handle to give it a more comfortable handle and make it look “cooler” (can’t forget the CDI factor).  I also have a pair of Camelback Vent-back gloves attached to one side of the bag with a grimloc through the PALS webbing, these are my shooting gloves and I love them.

Also on the outside I have attached a 5.11/VTAC water bottle holder to some of the PALS webbing.  I keep an ATS low profile medical insert stocked with gunshot wound supplies in the water bottle holder (look for a review of the medical insert soon) with the red handle hanging out to help identify it as a medical pouch.  I like have the medical pouch on the outside of the bag so that I never forget to bring it and it is easy to find.  I’d hate to be sitting there digging through my bag looking for medical supplies after an accident at the range.

The main pouch is where I stuff my magazines and my ammunition.  If the bag is not full it will collapse on itself and not hold its shape, knowing this I start by stacking boxes of ammunition on the bottom to make a stable base.  I usually have several boxes of 12 gauge shot shells on the bottom followed by boxes of 9mm and .45 ACP with some smaller boxes of .22LR filling in the spaces and then my magazines stacked on top.

On to the three smaller pouches on the outside.  Starting with the top pocket, it carries a Surefire G2 with an aftermarket LED lamp upgrade (I still can’t see in the dark) and a multi-tool of some type (I rotate them out sometime).  In the middle pocket I have a cotton bandana (it’s amazing how often this comes in handy) and I also stick my camera in a small Pelican case in that pocket, when I remember to grab it.  If you ever see a post with a crappy picture that probably means I forgot my camera and I’m relying on my iphone to take pictures with.  Finally in the bottom pocket I carry a small bottle of lubricant and a medium sized mesh bag to put my spent brass in.  I don’t reload yet but I have started saving my brass because I intend to start sometime in the future.

One of my other favorite things about this bag is that it is great for shooting off of.  I’m really working on improving my marksmanship with my 10/22 so I can make sure my fundamentals rock before I start looking for a full size bolt gun for some longer range precision shooting

So what do y’all use to carry all of your supplies to the range?  Do you have something special you take to the range with you?  Got any questions about why I carry something or don’t carry something else?  Post a reply letting me know and if you want shoot me an email at tacticaltexan@gmail.com and I’ll add it to this post, let’s see those range bags!

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

Painting magazines

You might have noticed from the picture in the review of my AR that
my magazines are painted and numbered for easy identification.  Most people
understand the benefits of marking your magazines such as easier
identification at the range, identifying which magazines seems to be giving
you issues such as double feeds, and most importantly the CDI factor.

I’ll quickly run you through how I went about painting mine to give them a
different look but still keep them easily identifiable.  I didn’t come up
with this idea I originally saw it in a thread on M4Carbine of ARFcom
and thought it was an interesting idea that I should give a try.

First I gathered up some of my Magpul Pmags and disassembled them.
If you have never handled a Pmag before one of the advantages is that they
are extremely easy to take apart.  All you have to do is push a button on
the bottom of the base plate and slide the base plate off of the body of the
magazine and then remove the spring.  I then used some warm soapy water to
clean the magazines and then set them outside to dry.

After this I laid out a large piece of cardboard paper to do the painting on so I didn’t end up with grey grass.  I arrange the magazines on the cardboard and ensured they had enough room between them so I wouldn’t be worried about any overspray from the other magazines.  I laid the stencils on top of the magazine bodies at a slight angle for aesthetic reasons and held the stencil in place with a stick so it wouldn’t move around while I was spraying them.  I could have taped them down but the stick was just quicker and easier and ended up working just as well.

While the first side dried I went inside and got a drink, checked my email and ate a sandwich.  Once the sandwich was done it was time to see if the paint was dry enough to do the other side.  They were dry to the touch so I went ahead and flipped them over and repeated the process making sure to match the numbers up correctly.  I didn’t want a magazine saying 3 on one side and 5 on the other.

Another trip inside to let them dry in the sun and then all that was left was to reassemble them.  They look pretty good and the numbering is functional so I can track the magazines and not mix them up with other peoples.  If I had it to do over again I would use a darker grey but the shade I found was all they had at the store and I wanted to go ahead and give this a try.  I might end up redoing them in the future but who knows.

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

Going under the knife (err.. Make that dremel)

Well it’s time. Time for me to attack my dear Saiga with drill and dremel to convert it back to the way it was designed. Goodbye goofy hunting stock, hello KVAR NATO length AK stock. Goodbye trigger in the wrong location with weird linkage, hello normal AK trigger. Goodbye imaginary pistol grip, and hello SAW grip.

I think I have all the tools and parts I need. I have reads copious amounts of information and watched numerous YouTube videos on this process. I know how to do this but yet I still feel like my Saiga is about to get brain surgery from a palsy victim with a pipewrench.

I’ll be doing the procedure tonight if time allows. I’ll be sure to snap some pics and take some notes to let y’all know how it goes. If I get it done tonight I’ll take it to the range Saturday and have a report up layer that night

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

Mika Pocket Holster

Here we are with a Tactical Texan first, a guest review from Biker.

I recently acquired a Glock 26 to replace my J-Frame Revolver as a BUG, and needed a way to carry it.

Knowing that I would carry the gun in my off-side front pocket, I knew I wouldn’t have to look far for a proper holster, as I’ve been using a Mika Round Bottom for a few years. I have tried other holsters in my pocket, but nothing seems to work as well.

The leather ones look nice, but the ones I’ve used required catching the edge of the holster on the pocket to release the gun. To say that I have had the gun present with the holster when practicing would be a fair and accurate assessment of the situation. Knowing that I required a fast presentation that that didn’t leave me with, “A holster with a gun hanging off of it;” led me straight to Robert Mika again.

I’ve also tried various non-leather holsters like the Uncle Mike’s and even a Safariland, but they either presented the gun with the holster or lost their shape to soon. I’ve been using the same Mika Holster for my J-Frame for the past three years, and it looks as good as the day I bought it, and I‘ve used it almost daily. I managed to learn about Mika Holsters from a friend with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and his roommate, who was a Los Angeles City Officer, years ago.

Granted, neither the Glock or the J-Frame do well in the front pocket of a pair of jeans. Given that I’m partial to Cargo Shorts and Carhartt Work Pants I don’t have to worry much about that as they both have voluminous front pockets. The J-Frame snuggles in nicely, and while it creates a “bulge” it is not identifiable as a gun. It looks like a fat wallet carried in the front pocket. I once tried a Kahr PM9 with a competitor’s non-leather pocket holster, and while it never withdrew with the gun, it did “print” just like a gun in my front pocket. In fact I was made by a Secretary that way one day. Last year, with the J-Frame in it’s respective Mika Holster I had a friend over for a BBQ. This friend is a fellow LEO that I work with, and he “knew” I was armed. He told me, “I know you have something in your pocket, but I don’t know what it is.”

I then gave him the holster and an unloaded gun to carry around the backyard, as I continued to BBQ. When I got my holster back he made me promise to give him Mr. Mika’s phone number, as he was very satisfied with how the holster concealed the gun and allowed for a rapid presentation. His wife even commented that, “It looks like you have your fat wallet in your front pocket after working all that overtime.”

The Mika is sturdy enough that your gun doesn’t look like a gun in your pocket. The rubber “sticky” band around the holster does a lot to not only keep the holster in the pocket but also provides the holster with enough rigidity to allow you to reholster the gun after drawing it, as the mouth band stays open.

In comparing the two holsters, J-Frame and Glock 26/27, I immediately noticed that the cut of the holster is very different between the two at the top. The J-Frame holster is even at the top. The Glock Holster is cut to coincide with the slide, and thus protrudes higher. This adds a sort of, for lack of a better description, “wing” to the holster. This cut also keeps the Rear Sight from snagging on your pocket. Both guns present very quickly, as Mr. Mika designed them to. They both allow you to get a good grip on your handgun while appearing that you just have your hand in your pocket.

Lots of times we may get that certain feeling that, “something isn’t right” and want a gun in our hand, but political or legal implications preclude us from walking around with a gun in our hand. This is where the Mika Pocket Holster shines, in my opinion. You can have your hand in your pocket, which is generally perceived as a “non-threatening” gesture, while still being ready to deal with danger. In talking with Mr. Mika I learned that his intention was to design a holster that “Gives up the gun quickly” while minimizing the tell-tale printing that is usually associated with pocket holsters. I have found that his holsters succeed in that respect.

The Mika Pocket Holster is not without it’s drawbacks. It was not designed to anchor the gun in place in the pocket when one is sitting on the couch. Like loose pocket change, if you are sitting on the couch prepare for your gun to work it’s way out of the holster just like the $0.53 you left there the last time you sat on the couch. The Mika Pocket Holster does however anchor the gun in place when you are up and about walking or sitting in a normal chair or café bench. With both guns I have found that the grip is in the same place all the time when my hand knifes into my pocket to either draw or make ready to draw if I need to.

The Glock 26/27 is on the verge of being what I consider to be too big to pocket carry. Being that the clothes I wear have such large pockets, it’s a doable proposition for me. Also, I don’t wear skin tight anything if I can help it. The revolver, given it’s curves and natural lines tends to draw easier and conceal better in the pocket, but the Glock, in it’s respective holster, doesn’t look like a gun in my pocket either. It just looks like I worked more overtime.

When someone ask me to recommend a holster I have a short list of makers that I have personally used that I don’t hesitate to recommend. Robert Mika is the only pocket holster I recommend, and for what I consider a very good reason. They can be had in a variety of colors, but black goes with everything.

Take care and stay safe,

Biker

Updated Tourniquet NOW! with Pics

Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m finally back home and got a chance to add a picture to my review of the Tourniquet NOW!

Here’s a link strait to the review.