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Tuesday; R&R

Back from the weekend spent backpacking in the Superstitions. It was a good trip, and over too soon (as usual). I can’t wait to get back out there.

Dropped the wife off at the airport this morning for a convention in DC so I have the run of the house for the next few days (I’ve already ordered pizza and hopelessly lost the remote). Right now I’m catching up on Netflix, playing around with the AR setup, and getting gear cleaned and organized for next time. Still no new extractor for the 19, hopefully it shows up tomorrow.


Picture of the Day: EDC Pocket Dump

Contents listed below in no particular order.

Folder: Zero Tolerance 0350TS serrated. I picked this up about a year ago as a replacement for the Emerson, but it wasn’t quite what I wanted. A little too heavy, not as easy to open (although it has slicked up with use), sticks out a little too much from the pocket. I chose it over the ZT 0300 series because the blade on all of those I handled opened far too slowly for my taste, and I prefer G10 scales all around. I also favor Benchmade’s Axis lock, but I’m not worried about the liner lock on this one failing as it is built like the proverbial tank (a very, very small tank).

Wallet: Saddleback Leather Co. Christmas gift from the wife a couple years back. Highly recommended.

Bandana: Always have one, even if you don’t use it as a snot rag.

Keys: I try to keep this to a minimum. Truck, house, gym scan card thing, Princeton Tec Pulsar II LED keychain light. That’s pretty much it.

Watch: Seiko dive watch with NATO band. I wore a spendy Casio Pathfinder in Afghanistan that I picked up for about 90% off at a REI garage sale. Per the tag, the original owner returned it when they couldn’t figure out how to set the date and time zone. It worked great for about a year, until it turned out not to be water resistant to the depth of a friend’s swimming pool. While the extra features of an ABC watch are certainly useful, this meets my current needs quite nicely. Plus, IMO the Pepsi bevel just looks cool.

Phone: iPhone 5 in Lifeproof case. Not pictured, obviously.

Lighter: Full size Bic in high vis yellow.

Belt: Wilderness Original Instructor belt with CSM polymer inserts that make it rigid as hell. Purchased on pre-deployment leave at the same time as the Emerson, direct from the Wilderness store. I’ve never clipped in with mine, or done any OAF shenanigans other than carrying a gat for CCW and replacing my issued rigger’s belt. A friend of mine with the 5-stitch model did have to use his as a makeshift tourniquet for a through-and-through GSW to the leg (entry and exits to the thigh and calf respectively, 4 new holes in total). Obviously not as good as having a CAT handy, but he’s still walking around, so now you have a testimonial that it works for that, too.

Sunglasses: Generic mirrored aviators. Picked these up for $10 at a surplus store to replace my 3yo ESS 5Bs that got too scratched up. I’ll eventually put in an order with Oakley SI, but these will work until then.

Picture of the Day

Crappy DIY stippling on my G19

IIRC this was done in about 30 minutes with a $20 soldering iron from Walmart, including the time it took to practice my technique (if you want to call it that) on an old Magpul VFG. Ugly, but it works.

Also a good angle to show the improved size and shape of the Vickers slide stop and mag release compared to the original parts.

Picture of the Day

Knife, Folding, Best Ever – 1 ea.

I purchased the above secondhand from a local SWAT cop while I was home on leave after losing a Benchmade Griptilian. Sadly, I broke about 1/8″ off the tip on the tail end of deployment by using it to unscrew an overly tight ACOG mount. My fault, use the right tool for the job, et cetera, ad nauseam.

It was promptly retired, but nothing I have used since has had the same combination of features (field-repairable Phillips screws, smooth and reliable operation with a solid lockup, relatively lightweight and overall slimness) that made it so appealing. It is the foremost example in my mind of a simple tool done completely right, and it deserves better than to rust away in a drawer.

More to follow.