Condor Hydration Carrier

I bought one of these a couple months back and have used it exclusively now on my ruck marches. The molle works very well with my issue Army ruck sack as I can attach it to the back of the pack without interfering with the main flap in the event that I need to access the contents of the pack. I have included a link to a review (not be me), datguy781 does a much better job on explaining the product better than I ever could.

Take a look here: Condor Hydration Carrier Video datguy781 also has quite a few other very informative videos, so take a look at his YouTube channel.

I don’t really like the bladder system that comes with the Condor, the tube itself is a little short to reach around from the ruck sack to my mouth. I’m sure that if I used it as a stand alone system and not attached to my ruck it would work just fine. The Condor carrier includes a 2.5 liter bladder,that I eventually replaced with a 3 liter Camelback I already had on hand, and the Camelback bladder still fits nicely and has a longer tube. As far as the Condor carrier it is pretty sturdy and well put together.

For the price? you just cannot beat $28, A comparable off brand will run $10 more (Walmart) to over $100 more for a Camelback brand.

I bought my Condor Water Hydration Carrier from LAPoliceGear.com and in the video the author purchased his from CheaperThanDirt.com

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Things that go bang

A couple of updates on my bang sticks and this post is in conjunction with the Condor plate carrier review from the other day.

I have run about 800 rounds through my Daniel AR-15 in the last few weeks since my return, it is rock solid with no issues. I wish my M-16 at my unit was as nice.

My M&P now has about 1500 rounds through it and still functioning very well.

1. shows the wear marks on the front of the frame

2. shows the wear on the back of the frame.

No major worries as these are normal wear and tear. I do Hoppes oil on the 7 standard lube points when I clean.

Here is a video on how to clean a M&P via YouTube.

Now this is another touchy subject that everyone and his brother has an opinion on and I am not even going to take the time to argue any point for or against.

AMMO

In the same vein as caliber and make/model of firearms if you find something that works for you fine. I am glad open to hear your thoughts as to why, but dammit I could give a fuck as to hear you carry on about how much better your “fill in the blank” is better than what I have.

Having vented that, I have been running Tula ammo through my Daniel Defense AR-15 with only 3 primers that failed to fire out of almost a 1000 rounds. Anyone want to figure the percentage on that? .003% if my math is correct. One out of every 333 rounds failed to fire. For $240 or so shipped to my door I am not gonna bitch. The first batch is from BulkAmmo.com. Came fast and no hassles. The second batch I purchased from Cheaperthandirt.com, even faster shipping for the same amount of cartridges and price. BulkAmmo comes out of St. Louis and has a pretty slick website, CheaperThanDirt is out of Texas and the website is a bit more cludgy to navigate. Both good companies and I recommend them. For what that is worth.

This is what they call a spam can, with the outside box for a visual.

The second pic is the tool you need to open the can.

The third pic is what the interior looks like after opening the can. 20 rounds per box staked and sealed in each can. Hermetically sealed if you wish. I would hate to be on the line trying to open one of these bad boys in a desperate situation and the zombies moving quick on your position. I took all the boxes out, then removed all the ammunition from each individual cardboard box and dumped it all into a standard GI 50 cal ammo can for easier access. Just reach in and grab, reload your magazines.

I have found the actual cartridges do not shoot any more “dirty” powder wise than the Army issue equivalent that is manufactured by Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. Now there are differences between each, being the Tula is a steel case and the Lake City is brass as the first noticeable or visual difference. So for all those it is better arguments, save it.

In combat give me the Lake City, killing zombies or on the range? Tula. I know a lot of people in the forums have had issues with their particular AR  not shooting the Tula ammo well. Jams etc. It all depends on your equipment and again I will say find what works for you. Go to WalMart and buy a couple of boxes and shoot it through your weapon and see what works. If I can put lead down range fast and efficiently without jams or failures, who cares if the velocity is X and the powder is X instead of Y. A Tula kills just the same as a Federal right?

I can tell you my M&P does not like reloads at all. For whatever reason. And I stick with name brand for it. PMC, Federal etc.

Empty cup scenario, remember?

Facial Recognintion exercise

Had to go to the city yesterday (which I hate!) for an appointment at the VA hospital (which I hate as much as going to the city) but thought I would make the best of it by taking along the girlfriend and making a day out of it with some lunch and light shopping. Hey I’m not above shopping with the girl for two reasons. Firstly it gets me out  on a nice day with someone I enjoy being with, and secondly I can “play” with the loss prevention personnel in a store.

First stop and I’ll only talk about this particular incident because the rest of the day was uneventfull : went to a DSW shoe store. I actually sat in the car for the first part of this (honestly I was tired and thought of taking a little nap). I scored a cool parking spot right in front of the store and facing the entrance. The girlfriend went inside the store. I could see every person that went in and out of that building through the great big windshield of my vehicle. As we pull in, there us a younger guy (early 20’s) standing in front of the store off to the left of the main door, talking on a cell phone (sorry didn’t think of taking a pic until later) polo type shirt, shorts, wearing NEW (let me underline NEW) tennis shoes, mirrored sunglasses, blue tinted lenses, and probably a couple other things I should have noticed. Oh and it looked like some kind of Android phone he was using, definitely not an iPhone, and black if you really want to know. When you talk on a phone you demonstrate facial signs with your? face! as you converse. Not this guy. Just a plain look on his mug, no smiling, frowning, gritting his teeth, no hand gestures. I also want to add and we tried this at EP school, try having a fake phone conversation with yourself and act “normal” you can’t do it for more than 10 seconds with out falling into the ya’s ,un huh’s, ya, un huh. It just don’t work. I resorted to calling someone I knew and let them know what I was doing and may need to hang up quickly. It works a lot better and looks natural.

Let me stop and do a side bar. In Gavin De Becker’s book The Gift Of Fear he talks about intuition and how as super smart bipedal humans we routinely take that primal instinct that is burned into our DNA and  push it aside and let the brain take over and say: that’s not logical, that cannot be right, never mind that feeling, keep doing what your doing it will be fine trust me!

So what keyed me to this guy? A guy, standing in front of a shoe store with lots of foot traffic going in and out, on a phone, and wearing Fucking new shoes! that just popped a circuit breaker in my head. the shoes. I dunno, just the shoes kept rolling over in my head, this casual observation is all in about 20 seconds. Another thing that bugged me was there were nothing but women going in and out of the store, no dudes. We can logically (the brain thing kicks in and talks you out of it) say that he was waiting for his girlfriend/wife. Sure I can go along with that but why not wait in the car or walk behind her in the store making long sigh noises like he is bored and rather be at Home Depot looking at drills for an hour instead of shoes?

Then the guy walks across towards my vehicle and stands about 30 ft away next to a light pole looking at me (with mirrored sunglasses on) and with phone in hand. Next step I observe is the I’ll fake dial a number put the phone to my ear and not move my lips. Ok…. so maybe he was checking his voice mail. There is that rationalization creeping in again. I guess he didn’t take me as a threat put his phone in his pocket and walked away back into the main entrance of the store. Did I miss a step or do you normally hit a button to stop the call and then place it in your pocket? Now I’m curious, I’ll play your game. I get out of the car, walk into the store and spy him about midway through the building, he walks straight back and into the stores supply room. Burned dude! I caught ya.

Look I’m not any counter surveillance guru by any stretch and I am not even trying to portray that I am, all I am trying to infer is that paying attention to your gut (and your surroundings) then follow through. Don’t listen to your brain and then react. There was something amiss with this dude and it peaked my curiosity, I watched, paid attention and was surprised as to what I discovered. I worked my gut feeling and it paned out. The whole exercise from start to finish and just to prove to myself that there was something “weird” about a guy standing in front of a shoe store on a cell phone took less than 10 minutes from start to finish to figure out what he was really doing. He was just a store loss prevention guy doing his job in the end. But he made a fatal mistake. He didn’t blend into his environment and he had a bozo sitting in his car dosing off that had a gut feeling and was killing time anyway waiting for his girlfriend.

Here is an exercise that we did in EP school:

5 teams, one team goes outside and waits.

We have a room with 4 large round tables and 5 to 7 guys sitting at each. They are all just bull shitting, playing with their phones, scratching themselves like all guys do etc.

An instructor gives 1 or 2 people still in the room a fake sidearm and or a rubber knife. Only the instructor and the 1 or 2 people with the fake items know who has them and they keep them concealed, sit down at any random table and join in a conversation or scratch themselves but generally just try to blend into the landscape or crowd.

The outside team is allowed back into the ballroom and they are told to find the 1 or 2 people that have the sidearm/knife in less than 5 minutes . Each team member that was outside has to walk around the room observing the crowd and pick out the individuals with the concealed weapons stand behind their best guess and wait until the clock stops. Don’t say anything until the instructor asks why you choose your individual and explain. 99% of the time we were able to pick the guy(s) with the concealed weapons. Why? the face and the gut feeling. Every time the same thing was said. I had a feeling as I walked behind this persons chair, or he didn’t look right, or I felt he was hiding something. Every time!  not a couple of times, EVERY TIME. Uncanny huh?

The whole purpose was to get used to looking at the face or a individual, or body language in a crowd and listen to your gut feeling. Not rock science really we all have it and only choose to listen to out intuition.

For a prepper how can I use this? A single woman? Think about it for bit before answering.

I can think of a lot of ways can you?

How close is your home to a Nuclear Power Plant??

I ran across this site early this morning while surfing. How close is your home to a Nuclear Power Plant? I ran my zip code and was pretty shocked as to how many there are within a 70 mile radius of my house. A total of 5! So if there was some sort of disaster either terrorism or otherwise I am kind of hosed.  And if there was a coordinated attack on all or just a couple facilities this area would be Chernobyl times 10.

I haven’t really thought to much about this particular kind of “threat” and honestly I am not really going to spend to much time thinking about it. I have a plan to bug out anyway, everything else is just replaceable material items, and some of it no matter how hard you try to decontaminate shouldn’t be replaced.

Just my thought about it all.