Friday, August 3, 2018

My Daughter the Potential Mass Shooter

My Daughter the Potential Mass Shooter

I have looked in the face of killer and it happens to be my daughter. The truth is far stranger than what people can imagine and unfortunately the profile of a killer is more common than they would expect in schools around the country. Four years ago, my wife and I felt a calling from God to take in a sibling set of four foster children to make a difference in the world. Over those years we have lost friends, battled the broken government system, government employees with “agendas”, insurance, and woefully under qualified therapist just to get our very high needs children the help needed. We have tried and failed at everything from aromatherapy, graduated tiers of specialized attachment and trauma therapy, psychiatric care, and a myriad of in-home treatments and even staffed in-home support. The problem is not parenting tools, hugs, therapists, or lack of a better drug, it is a combination of the insurance and support system and a complete ignorance of a extremely common disorder called Reactive Attachment Disorder. Of note most violent offenders are noted as having. Want to know why my pretty smiling pre-teen daughter would likely stab you if you disagreed with her, read on?

RAD or Reactive Attachment Disorder is often inaccurately noted as a rare mental disorder which it is not. According to the Scientific World Journal - Reactive Attachment Disorder in the General Population: A Hidden ESSENCE Disorder, just over 1.4% of the population has RAD. The interesting contrast to that number is that other studies have noted that over 35% of all Foster children have RAD. Those studies also note those recorded RAD cases are only the more severe cases and the less severe cases are usually misdiagnosed or ignored. Currently there are approximately 250,000 children in foster care, so there are almost 88,000 children with RAD just in foster care. When we look as the symptoms of RAD, those big numbers of children are terrifying when you consider the Florida school shooters psych profile would be considered tame compared to the reactions my daughter is exhibiting. Every mass killer has a severe RAD profile.

RAD is a disorder caused by a lack of attachment to any specific caregiver at an early age, and results in an inability for the child to form normal, loving relationships with others, in many cases they are never able to bond with anyone. Mild RAD makes it hard for kids to have relationships throughout their life. Severe RAD manifests itself as a total disconnect and lack of care for anyone at a psychotic level at any point in their life. A psychiatrist who had first hand experience with a child similar to our daughter noted that child had killed their foster mother in an attempt to “feel something” but they didn’ all in a cold remorseful-free way. Severe RAD is often noted as that emptiness in killers’ eyes.

Traumatic childhood events or poor quality parents which lead into foster care and the foster care process itself is believed to be the root cause of the significantly high rate of RAD in children. The more they are bounced around from home to home, the less the children can learn to trust and bond, and the more the severe RAD usually becomes. All four of our children bounced between an estimated twelve homes and were diagnosed with some level of RAD. According to experienced psychiatrist and therapist with foster and adopted child experience, it is rare that any foster or adopted child would not have RAD to some degree. Most children with RAD are socially regressed usually more than half their actual age and therefore generally are either the idiots getting in trouble or bullying or are the ones getting picked on - both behaviors further increase the severity of RAD. For example, though a smart kid academically, one of our other kids is so socially regressed that his nickname at school was SPED (Special Ed) which certainly does not help the kid catch up socially. His RAD manifests itself in severe Oppositional Defiance and that ability to control sleep to the point of not sleeping for over a week… no really we have had the observed sleep studies to prove it even one with a $1000 electronic movement recorder. He will finally collapse, however in the process a serious amount of havoc has been raught. The result is a child that truly requires 24x7 management which is relentlessly exhausting.

Due to our oldest daughter’s current placement we will omit her from the discussion, however she was noted clinically to have severe RAD. As a result of her extreme behavior, we had her removed her from the home very early in the placement.

Our older son’s RAD manifested in the form of oppositional defiance (defying anyone for any stupid reason), violence, and drug addiction and he ultimately left our family after we were unable to provide any level or control of his behavior. So that left two in our home.

As we rolled into the holidays, we uncovered a huge amount of mind breaking behavior which culminated in our daughter being institutionalized in psychiatric lockdown facility. Just a few weeks into treatment my institutionalized daughter noted to her therapist that she was going to kill one of the staff she hated, stand over them laughing and dance in the pool of their blood. As the pretty little grinning pre-teen cheerfully explained how she was going to kill a member of the psychiatric staff, she also noted that she really wanted to also kill or hurt a few kids at school, her brother and sometimes us her parents. She also noted the only reason she had not done it yet was that she did not have a knife or know how to use a gun. Thank the Lord we had enough skilled people to note that these are not normal children and we made the decision to never began weapon or martial arts training.

Over the last four years, our home has had installed a similar level of security as your average bank and she still found a way around cameras, knew when they were on or off, bypassed locked doors, and circumvented our oversight to do over $60,000 of damage to our home. She even stole two knives, several razor blades, and also fashioned a few shives. Wait… it gets worse.

The terrifying part is that we had no idea that she had been stealing knives, had homicidal ideations and had been having these thoughts her entire life… including over the last four years she had been living with us. This was not the first time we have heard about her wanting to hurt other kids, but as a parent you chalk it up to kids are being mean and your kid needs just coop with it. In the middle of 2017 we found a knife missing and and enemies list in her room complete with drawings of her stabbing other kids and the kids bleeding. Yes, the level of sickness does exist and the problem is no one cares and no amount of time in the corner, a good spanking, a loving hug, or a accomplishments sticker chart is going to overcome this. Pure and simple this level of deep mental illness requires facility level control which we seriously lack in the US. Additionally this level of severe mental health is the 1% of the 1% and no one ever expects to see it. These mental conditions are so severe that mentally even trained psychiatrists have a hard to judging the severity until things start actually happening as they did with our daughter. The picture forms terrifyingly quick as all the bits and pieces come together once an event or events occur.

Despite her own on-record statements and being a previous ward of the state requiring a higher level of care, the Medicare healthcare provider has decided numerous times to no longer cover her. Their notation is that she can be managed in a home environment. A homicidal little girl so dangerous that she requires three full time attendants, daily safety checks, physical restraint about once a month, and the care of a psychiatric lockdown facility… and the insurance says she can be released. The facility is so concerned with the general safety and welfare that they have noted that she will likely never be able to be introduced back into the general public. The care facility and us fight weekly with insurance to continue her care.

Ultimately this is the problem across the US that leads to mass shootings, not the guns, not the knives, but the very broken brain behind it all. Statistically there are hundreds of children and adults around the country which fit into this extreme situation of severe RAD where insurance has kicked them out of a care facility because of financial rational. Then we all sit around and wonder why these heinous violent acts occur. Do you think my daughter would care if you outlawed an AR15, a shotgun, knives, or even pressure cookers? Nope, in fact they found a belt buckle which my young daughter appeared to be in the process of sharpening the buckle prong to fashion a shiv. After the realization late last year, we now know why she always wanted to know which household chemicals would kill someone - the girl is a planner. Our daughter is so sophisticated that she know when all the building shift changes are and knows when she can do things to herself and others while there is no observation.

Though we are legally fighting the insurance decision weekly to keep her in the facility for her safety and the safety of others, the recent shootings are a perfect example of what can happen when deep psychiatric needs are ignored in favor of saving a buck. When my wife and I have compared the publicized psychiatric profile of the Florida murderer we see an even more severe patterns in our daughter. In fact our daughter is much more severe in all categories not just according to us, but according to teams of psychiatrist and therapist.

Homicidal ideation, check, animal cruelty, check, threats of harm, check, and self harm, check. Unfortunately my daughter also pees and defecates on everything including in dishwashers, furniture, flooring, beds, food, … and even things unbeknownst to use like our toothbrushes. It has been a trying four years. Ready for this? Our daughter also eats poop, hers, that of others found in toilets, and also pet poop, dead animals, kills and eats wounded birds, and even eats the blood off public feminine hygiene products in public bathrooms because “she wants to know what people taste like on the inside”. Just breath… I know it is a lot to take in.

The most terrifying part is she hid it all and masked it under a pretty little highly charming charismatic athletic little girl that most people knew and liked. She was not a hidious little child, but super cute with a giant smile and… well just terrifyingly disarming. If fact she is an amazingly skilled charmer at a very high level, so much so that we have had to have un-skilled aid workers and therapist removed because they get sucked into her little charm and where actually being influenced by her to do things. If we look at the raging comic book psychopath Harley Quinn and our daughter was her sister, Harley would be the good sister by a longshot.

We have also spiritually struggled heavily over the last four years to understand why we were tasked with such a insurmountable hardship, handed children who are truly broken, and have no emotional attachment to anyone including us. At least for the moment thought we have saved lives by keeping our daughter institutionalized. If the insurance had their way, she would be back in the classroom with everyday children … “ya know, as long as there is a camera”. As the therapy team attempts to strip back the layers, unfortunately it gets way worse before it gets better and we are nowhere near the depths of her darkness. It seems hopeless as we attempt to find her a higher level of care as there just are none.

It has been a brutal time in our lives wrought with a level of heartache that cannot be imagined and we see the pattern again and again with each mass shooting. People say it is the weapon’s fault, parents fault, bad parenting, that the kids needed discipline, a warm hug, a achievement sticker chart, or even a good hard spanking… I wish it was that simple. All I know is that statistically the RAD problem it is not getting better.

This article was supplied anonymously to protect the identities and confidentiality of the parties involved.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Extrema Ratio Nightmare Karambit Folder Review

Extrema Ratio Nightmare Karambit Folder Review

What is not to love about the Uber tech Extrema Ratio knives. The designs are both impressively simple and elegant complete with the top tier of cobalt steel that delivers an aggressive extremely long lasting edge. The designs are somewhat out of the ordinary, however once you put one in your hand, the odd design makes sense. The new Extrema Ratio Scout carries through an Italian design legacy which combines style and function in well executed simple elegance. The Extrema Ratio Nightmare Karambit folder is a perfect example of how Extrema can take an idea to a different level.

A traditional karambit folder from most manufacturers is a basic folder with a finger hole in the handle. Extrema Ratio incorporated all the latest bleeding edge karambit features such as blade auto-deployment and then pushed the design further by adding in a glass break/striking pommel, seat belt cutter and Extrema’s patented liner locking mechanism.  Add in the wicked sharpened front top tip and you have a nasty little Nightmare with a 2.89” blade that is still legal to carry in pretty much any city in the US. 

The concept of an auto-deploying knife is not specifically new, but it has been applied a bit differently for the karambit folders on the market.  Much of the karambit folder technique is around a hidden weapon which leans most use in a blade down edge-out reverse knife grip usually with the index finger in the hole in the handle. A guard/tab on the blade catches on the pocket as the knife is pulled from the pocket and the blade is pulled/snapped open. Most people carry a karambit to open as the hand move forward into action, but some owners with also rip the knife open to the rear with the pinky in the handle hole which delivers a standard forward knife grip. I personally like the rearward deployment the best as the opening is more reliable. 

As with any auto-deploying knife there is a little learning curve to figure out how to get the knife to reliably deploy each and every time which usually involves some type of twist and yank movement. Apparently I have an un-apparent habit of dragging my fourth finger on the blade which with a partial double edge knife creates a trail of blood quickly - indeed this Extrema Ratio knife will cut and is a Nightmare if not treated with respect.  Once you get into a rhythm, the blade snaps open at every yank from the pocket and is ready to play.  The pocket clip is reversible so users can decide how you want to position and deploy your own Nightmare. I did find that deployment from my Duluth Trading quick dry shorts was a bit slippery, but hey every knife is a little slick from these amazingly comfortable leisure/work shorts.

I do like the glass break feature and believe it is a top tier addition for those folks who like to break windows for fun or scratch car finishes and steering wheels every time they hop in the car, but I personally wish Extrema had left out this skull caving feature. For me, I just poke myself constantly and scratch everything just like I do with my Gen 1 Microtech Ultratech pointy glass breakers.  The seatbelt/safety cutter is actually pretty useful. Imagine a situation where you need to actually cut away some clothing to apply a bandage or tourniquet and all you had was that wicked cuts both ways Nightmare karambit blade. Your patient would not be happy with you, but with the safety cutter can safely zip through clothing, seatbelts, and zip ties without too much issue. I use the cutter for trimming zip ties. I still have not figured out how to replace the “replaceable” razor blade or determine where I can get replacements.

The Extrema Ratio Nightmare karambit also features Extrema’s Ratio’s manual locking mechanism. Like several of the small and mid-sized Extrema folders, the Nightmare features a liner lock. If more security is needed, the manual locking mechanism can be slipped over and effectively locks the liner lock similar to CRKT and a a few other manufacturers.

From a defensive perspective the Extrema Ratio Nightmare is everything the name implies. The knife delivers very aggressive defensive capabilities, great ergonomics, fast deployment and extremely durable rugged design.  What I love about this knife is how much capability it packs  into a very small size that legally can fit into almost any jurisdictional restrictions. 

Where most karambits features a traditional hook bill blade, the Extrema Ratio Nightmare features a curved tanto blade with a double edged tip. This design delivers something unique while also offering a lot of cutting edges. Part of that power and insane cutting ability it the Austrian N690 cobalt based stainless steel. The steel is similar in performance to the expensive VG-10 but is actually more expensive and is notably  wicked crazy sharp and it stays that way thanks to that N690 steel. 

The karambit has been “the” defensive knife for a while due to a lot of martial arts trainers over the years backing up the design concept. The karambit is a knife design that is here to stay, but Extrema Ratio has just perfected the design more than I have seen executed in other knife designs. With the exception of the personal preference on the pokey glass breaker, the Nightmare is a highly refined tactical knife that can deliver a lot in a defensive knife.

The Nightmare Karambit has a liner lock. It also has an additional manual lock that should be used for an extra layer of safety.
Total Length of Knife: mm 196 (7.72 inches)
Length of Closed Knife: mm 139.70 (5.50 inches)
Blade Length Total: mm 73.50 (2.89 inches)
Weight of Knife: g 166 (5.85 ounces)
Blade Thickness (Widest Part): mm 3.00 (.12 inches)
Blade Width (Widest Section): mm 29.72 (1.17 inches)
Closed Knife Thickness (Excluding Clip): mm 13.72 (.54 inches)
Blade Steel: Bohler N690 cobalt stainless steel*
Blade Hardness: Rockwell 58 HRC
Grinding: Flat grind
Serrations on Blade: Yes
Lock: Liner lock with additional manual lock
Handle Material: Anodized anticorodal aluminum alloy **
Belt Clip: Yes – reversible side to side
Window Breaker: Yes – on finger ring
MSRP - $270

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Monday, April 16, 2018

New for 2018 Mission First Tactical

New for 2018 Mission First Tactical

This year Mission First Tactical - MFT launched a lot of new products. Historically MFT has been consistent about releases of a small number of products. 2018 is apparently their year to leap forward with new magazine options, holsters, muzzle brakes and more. Let’s take a look at what MFT has brought to the market this year.

MFT Muzzle Devices - This year MFT introduced five different muzzle devices. After testing, my perspective is that they all are awesome. What I loved were all the models were very light, slim and compact. In a time when a lot of muzzle brakes are huge, heavy and load, MFT has taken a different route. According to MFT, these brakes all have a unique purpose based on the needs of the shooter. Some are designed to maximize braking and prevent muzzle rise but are louder for the shooter. Other models are designed to deliver the shooter a good braking muzzle device without the typical loud concussion. The E2ARMD3 Four Port Muzzle was my favorite and delivered a soft shooting controllable AR with a report similar to an A2 birdcage flash hider. All models are made from 416 stainless steel and black nitride coated with prices ranging from $34.99 - $99.99 depending on model.

MFT Poly Drop-In Rail for AR15s and AK47s - With so many manufacturers still selling stripped down AR15s and AKs, MFT though it appropriate to offer a simple Drop-In Rail that any shooter could install themselves. The TEKKO Polymer AK47 and TEKKO MLOK AR15 rails install in minutes without tools and deliver the shooter a configurable platform they can easily attach accessories to. The TEKKO Rails are available in a variety of colors and are priced under $45.

MFT EPG27 ENGAGE AR15 Grip - Almost every year MFT introduces another new grip. The new EPG27 offers some grip angle changes, and updated design, and a simple single finger ergonomic profile which MFT says improves shooter comfort and control during one-handed operations. The new grips are available in a variety of colors for around $20.

MFT Magazines - MFT has made a number of tweaks and updates to their original magazine design over the years to assure total reliability. For 2018 MFT is offering 5 and 10-round short length magazines for hunters and capacity restricted states.

MFT also is offering full length sized 10 and 15-round limited capacity mags as well that still fit in standard mag pouches. A unique idea is that MFT now offers 10 round magazine packs and 50-round magazine crates to make it easy for customers to bulk buy magazines. Clever and they also offer a bit of a discount in the process. See you local store for availability.

MFT Boltaron Holsters - Mission First Tactical’s new holster line is not just another me-too holster line. MFT’s OWB and IWB holsters were designed with high-tier adviser input, and precision molded from Boltaron; the tougher, more expensive and harder cousin of Kydex. MFT makes the gun molds from billet aluminum which have been CNC machined based on 3D scans of actual weapons.

The result is a holster without distortion which is just as good as the one produced hundreds before it. Molding is completed via a specialized 24-zone heat and pressure vacuum thermoforming machine which controls every aspect of the molding process. The rivets are even precision machine controlled. The net of all this production attention manifests itself into a very premium holster for only $69. MFT’s OWB holsters are already on the market for most popular firearms, however the quite excellent MFT IWB I have been testing is coming soon. If you want a holster you can beat the hell out of this is one I would highly recommend.

More from MFT - If you have not taken a good hard look at MFT, you should. They are one company which is making giant steps as an industry leader in tactical accessories.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ruger PC Carbine Rifle with Glock Magazine Magwell

Ruger PC Carbine Rifle with Glock Magazine Magwell

Freaking brilliant! I would like to congratulate Ruger on making the Glock magazine feed carbine we have all been waiting for Glock to make. Sure, a Glock design may have looked different, however the Ruger PC Carbine is everything we want in a basic Glock magazine fed carbine… and with a swapable magwell adapter design, it can also currently accept all Ruger and potentially other brand mags as well in the future.

Ruger has done something few companies have ever done outside of the AR15 market; they designed and offered the Ruger PC Carbine with out-of-the box functionality with another competing manufacturers magazines along with Ruger’s own SR-series magazines. The brilliant 10/22 influenced design is everything we could hope for in a inexpensive, reliable, and easily serviceable $650 MSRP rifle.

The Ruger PC Carbine rifle will likely retail on the street for just under $600 and can imagine it easily being one of Rugers biggest sellers in 2018. The Ruger PC Carbine offers full ambidextrous controls, shares the 10/22 based trigger design, features a take-down barrel design similar to Ruger’s 10/22-TD rimfire, has a trigger which feels better than any 10/22 factory Ruger trigger I have tried, a warp-free synthetic stock with front picatinny rail and user configurable spacers similar to the Ruger Scout rifles, integrated top picatinny rail, ambi-configurable controls, fluted barrel with 1/2x28 threaded muzzle, fully adjustable rear peep/ghost sight, protected scout style front scout sight, and SR-series & Glock 9mm magazine well adapters all included. That is a mouthful of features for a gun with a street price under $600.

The gun features that apocalyptic surviving rugged Ruger feel at 6.8lbs with the upgraded machining design appearances of being made with the “new Ruger machining capabilities.” There the more refined fit and feel precision and machining finish like that seen on the Ruger Precision Rifles that just was not possible on the old Ruger equipment. The Ruger PC Carbine take-down action is rock solid and looks like a Ruger 10/22-TakeDown and an H&K tri-lugs setup had a baby. It is VERY solid and super fast to disassemble and assemble.

From a feature perspective, most people would say it is very well appointed. The front and rear sights are excellent, fast, and rugged all without getting in the way of the typical types of red dots and 1-4 power optics people would attach. Ruger did not mess around with the Ruger PC Carbine design and just milled the entire receiver and integrated a full 1913-spec picatinny rail out of billet aluminum. The rear sight is precision adjustable with marked increments of windage and elevation.

Though I have not attempted to swap out an aftermarket 10/22 trigger, the trigger unit appears to be compatible with 10/22 triggers. Based on the feel of the very good trigger, I probably would not waste the money on an upgrade. It seems logical that if the 10/22 design trigger is reliably igniting hard to detonate .22LR rounds, then it should be more than sufficient for centerfire rounds. 

The trigger and trigger safety should feel familiar to all the Ruger 10/22 rimfire owners as should the charging handle placement and operation. The Ruger PC Carbine also features the same bolt lockback and automatic bolt release feature of the newer Ruger 10/22 rifles. Operation of the Ruger PC Carbine is also similar to the Ruger 10/22 with a simple dead-blow back design. Ruger has shorted cycle time and reduced recoil with a tungsten weight inside the bolt.

The Ruger PC Carbine departs from a 10/22 based design with easily ambi-configurable magazine release and bolt charging handle via a simple 10/22 style disassembly with only two screws. Some serious design work was done to deliver the elegant simplicity of the magazine and bolt handle design. 

My preference on the configuration was an AK/10/22 bolt charging location with the magazine release button on the right hand side. I found this to be the fastest reload. Of note, if you swap to a right handed magazine release, old Gen 2 non-ambi Glock magazines will not work unless you do some Dremel work. 

The reach the magazine release is not trigger finger accessible without releasing the grip, but I found it easy to either slide the support hand back and around the magwell to release the mag or slide the firing hand up while shouldered. Not a high speed AR-15 reload process, but it works just fine.

Ohh that gloriously brilliant magazine adapter setup. I can hear it now, half the folks in the design meeting at Ruger are carrying Glocks and just bitching because the gun only accepted Ruger mags. Finally the lead designer says “OK if it will shut you up, we will make the magazine adapter swappable for Glocks.” 

At least that is how I imagine it. It could have also been the finance guy noting that the most popular pistols on earth are a Glock 9mm and noted that Ruger would sell about 20x as many if it also accepted Glock mags. Whatever the reason, Ruger is sure to hit a home run since the only other widely produced non-AR15 Glock mag compatible rifle is the Keltec Sub2000 which is always backordered. 

The beauty of the mag swap design is that with just a quick disassembly, hit the mag release button, the owner can slide out one magazine adapter and slide in another adapter. Currently Ruger includes both Glock and Ruger SR-Series magazine adapters in the box with one SR-series 10 or 15 round magazine included depending on PC Carbine model chosen. 

Ruger offers optional Ruger American magazine adapters as well. I can certainly imagine that if Ruger does not offer magazine adapter for various other brands of magazine, that the aftermarket accessory manufacturers will have them available very soon. Due to the design flexibility, the Ruger PC Carbine has the opportunity to grab market share with an inexpensive rifle from Sig, H&K, S&W, Glock and many other brand loyalist. After all who would not want an accurate little rugged carbine that can be disassembled to fit into a backpack that can shoot from the same mags as a sidearm. This seems like an automatic win for the LEO, survival, and home defense markets.

Summing up the Ruger PC Carbine, it is a 10/22 that fires 9mm rounds. My FFL dealer and I were dying to shoot this. We walked to his back field and unloaded a magazine full of rounds. My second group at about 15-yards was essentially all in the same ragged hole. Yes the Ruger PC Carbine is accurate, not SUB-MOA 100-yard accuracy, but certainly hit the can at 100-yard accuracy. My initial comment which held true through testing was that it blows the Keltec Sub2000 out of the water from an accuracy perspective. Add in a very nicely fluted barrel with factory support for muzzle devices and suppressors, the Ruger PC Carbine features some nice upgrades that many people would not expect in a $600 rifle.

After an initial break-in period the Ruger PC Carbine was perfectly reliable with a wide variety of ammo. Initially we did have some issues with trigger reset when the trigger was pulled and held back solidly. It was an odd malfunction, however after 100 or so rounds of breakin that issue has not re-appeared.

The take-down feature is elegantly simple. Lock the bolt back, push the locking lever forward and turn the barrel about ⅓ turn to remove the barrel. Install is the same three-second process in reverse. Yes, you can leave a magazine in the disassembled state for fast deployment. With the 16” barrel, with the barrel off the entire rifle can very easily stow into any typical Eddie Bauer backpack which seems like a handy feature for backpackers and those suspicious about world collapse.

Honestly, I love the Ruger PC Carbine. The rifle is just brutal simplicity paired with elegantly rugged functionality - it just plain works. I have often wished upon a star that Ruger would make a 10/22 that fired 9mm rounds from a Glock magazine… no really I actually have. They did and it is a freaky awesome fun and accurate rifle that is just at home in the hands of LEO or homeowner for defense or banging away on cans and steel for smiles. It is not beautiful but the utilitarian functionality and features will make this one of the most attractive rifles in the Ruger line for 2018.

Stock Black Synthetic
Capacity 17
Barrel Length 16.12"
Overall Length 34.37"
Barrel Feature Threaded, Fluted
Front Sight Protected Blade
Rear Sight Adjustable Ghost Ring
Thread Pattern 1/2"-28
Weight 6.8 lb.
Length of Pull 12.62" - 14.12"
Material Aluminum Alloy
Finish Type III Hardcoat Anodized
Twist1:10" RH
Grooves 6
Suggested Retail$649.00

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Black Hole Weaponry Barrels from ARs to Bolt Guns... Still Amazing

Black Hole Weaponry Barrels from ARs to Bolt Guns... Still Amazing

Over the last decade of writing, Black Hole Weaponry barrels have been one of my go-to barrel brands for a dozen AR15s, AR10s, and even a custom bolt gun. In every rifle build BHW barrels have consistently delivered ½-MOA (.5-inch) or better groups at 100 yards from bull barrels down to pencil profiles. 

In total, I have over a dozen BHW barreled AR15s, AR10s and bolt guns. Even my lightweight pencil AR15 7-in barreled build printed right at 1.25-inch 100-yard groups with a proper optic mounted. With the polygonal rifling, the barrels have been easy to clean and are extremely clean shooting.

BHW barrels are insanely accurate considering the price. I was reminded again how accurate BHW barrels could be during test of my 6.5 Creedmore Bolt Gun build. That build featured a Black Hole Weaponry Custom Shop hex fluted barrel which delivered more than a few .25-inch 100-yard groups - in fact I have yet to see any group larger than .5-inch with match loads unless I was doing something wrong with that gun. Recently I shot a heavy BHW custom .223 Wylde AR build against three factory precision chassis-ed .223 bolt guns and the BHW AR build outshot them all easily. The AR build was also not nearly as picky across the variety of ammo as the factory bolt guns. 

What I have liked most about the Black Hole Weaponry barrels is that they are boringly consistent with accuracy and I never have any significant fit or tuning issues with a build. The feature is that I can literally order any tricked out barrel configuration desired from their custom shop with a price tag far less than most any other custom barrel manufacturers.

For those that are looking for sub-MOA accuracy, Black Hole Weaponry has an affordable match grade polygonal rifled 308 barrel that starts around $320. Not heard of Black Hole Weaponry? They sell barrels direct to customers, however they are primarily an OEM barrel supplier for many AR brands you know that punch tiny little groups.

The Black Hole Weaponry barrels deliver simple barrel swaps for AR format barrels and are available in all the standard contours and gas system lengths. If you want a certain weight, feel, barrel profile, fluting, or barrel finish on the stainless barrels in a carbine, mid, or rifle-length gas system, Black Hole Weaponry can accommodate almost any request within their regular list of options including a huge array of calibers. You can even specify a threaded or a standard target crown. The result of all these options provides the AR15 or AR10 buyer with a huge amount of options to customize the fit, feel, and finish desired.

A few years ago the company rebranded to Columbia River Arms and now offers a stock production AR15 barrel line and the Black Hole Weaponry brand was carried forward for fully customized barrels.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Extrema Ratio Scout Review

Extrema Ratio Scout Review

Without question, Extrema Ratio knives are my favorite “high-tech” premium tier knives. The designs are both simple and elegant with a premium tier cobalt steel that delivers an aggressive extremely long lasting edge. 

Extrema is to knives as Ducati is to motorcycles - a premium brand. The new Extrema Ratio Scout carries through that Italian design legacy combining style and function in well executed simplicity and elegance.

Extrema Ratio are not “just” a tactical knife company and offer a huge array of knives from large tactical kurkas, to folders, to chef’s knives and even euro-legal straight razors. They seem to have a fun attitude to design while still delivering on their hard-use focus. 

Extrema Ratio has offered a number of shorter bladed EDC/CCW knives including the Shrapnel and T4000C reviewed previously, however they now are offering a number of knives with slimmer handle profiles to improve concealment. One of those new knives is this Extrema Ratio Scout - a simple 4-inch bladed spear point blade that is perfect for utility, defense and survival.

Though Extrema knife owners love the hand filling defensive knives, there were a lot of requests for a slimmer knife handle to improve concealment and this new Scout and its Scout 2, Defender and Defender 2 brethren all feature skinny handles as requested. The same stout thick cobalt blades remain, just the handles were trimmed down to about half the original width.

I choose the shorter 4” bladed Extrema Ratio Scout for a number of reasons. The spear point blade is a utility based design that can tackle pretty much any task without being too specific to a tactical focus. The wide blade is just as home dressing a deer as it is spreading peanut butter and jelly on bread and of course the spear point blade is a proven defense profile as well. The other reason I opt’ed for the Scout vs larger Scout is that in most states a 4-inch maximum blade length for fixed blade knife which is still legal to carry concealed (check you local knife laws).

For non-Extrema Ratio fans the design seems a bit futuristic, however once these unique handles and knives are in hand and working on a task, you really appreciate the out of the box thinking ergonomics of the Extrema Ratio design team. The knife feels right and most importantly feels secure.

What I am not a fan of on this knife is the cordura sheath. This is clearly a slim and trim inside-the-waistband knife design, so I was confused why it included a bulky belt sheath. The cordura sheath is really nice quality and MOLLE compatible, but is bulky and feel clunky compared to today’s fast access thin and trim Kydex sheaths. Maybe its an Italian thing. The sheath seemed to be a recycled sheath from one of Extrema’s other knives with too loose of a fit, but the dual snaps are tight enough to keep the knife in place. What the Scout needs is a slim kydex or leather sheath designed for your concealed carry style and placement. My plan is to work up a Kydex or leather sheaths to use with Extrema Ratio Scout as an appendix carry.

The Extrema Ratio Scout features the same Fornprene handle, hardened glass break tang with lanyard hole as the rest of the Extrema fixed blade line. The edge holds extremely well thanks to the N690 cobalt steel. Where some of the Extrema Ratio fixed blade lines are purpose build defense knives, the Scout is a generalist blade shape perfect for utility tasks and bushcraft.

The blade contours are consistent and edge grind is perfect with very minor casting seams on the Forprene handle. The Austrian N690 steel is a cobalt based stainless steel similar in performance to the expensive VG-10 but is actually more expensive. Notably the blade is wicked crazy sharp and it stays that way thanks to that N690 steel. 

In the knife industry, a term “high-tech” is used for the type of knife Extrema Ratio delivers. What makes a knife “high-tech” is subjective, however usually is comes down to combining very expensive premium tier crucible steel such as Austrian N690 cobalt based stainless with a premium finish/milling with design unlike any other knife. Extrema Ratio knives definitely fit into that tier of high-tech knives. There is also the price range of this Italian made knife. Where you could grab a workable $40 knife, this $200+ Scout may seen expensive, but that would be like comparing a Chris Reeve Sebenza to a Buck knife. The Extrema Ratio knives are amazing performing knives.

When reviewing the the tanto blade Extrema Ratio T4000 C I wished it had a slimmer overall handle profile for to allow for more discreet concealed carry. With the Scout I get that wish and would love to see this handle with a 3.5” bladed versions of the Scout and T4000C tanto blades to make it under even more restrictive locals. 

Sure Extrema Ratio knives are expensive, however the knife is the most essential and basic of survival gear and I believe you should always buy the best knife available when your life may depend on it. If you want the best of the best in the production high-tech tactical fixed blade market, Extrema is constantly thought of as the best. I am a very picky guy when it comes to blades, they have continued to impress and refine their designs with every knife.

Total Length of Knife: mm 215.90 (8.50 inches)
Blade Length: mm 101.60 (4.00 inches)
Handle Length: mm 114.30 (4.50 inches)
Total Length of Knife and Sheath: mm 234.70 (9.25 inches)
Weight of Knife: g 136.08 (4.80 ounces)
Weight of Knife and Sheath: g 201.28 (7.10 ounces)
Blade Thickness (Excludes Jimping Section): mm 4.57 (.18 inches)
Blade Width (Widest Section): mm 28.45 (1.12 inches)
Blade Steel: Bohler N690 cobalt stainless steel*
Blade Hardness: Rockwell 58 HRC
Grinding: Flat grind
Serrations on Blade: No
Handle: Forprene “thin” profile
Sheath: MOLLE compatible Cordura w/dual snaps. Can also carry on your belt
MSRP - $197

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Why I bought A S&W Governor and Review

Why I bought A SW Governor and Review

The S&W Governor was a gun a publically said I would never buy. I thought it was a pointless gun that can shoot a mixed six round cylinder of 2-¾” .410, 45 ACP, and .45 Colt rounds with dubious utility. In essence a Swiss Army knife, not particularly good at anything but marginally handy at everything when otherwise empty handed. 

I thought why would anyone want a gun that shoots .410, 45 ACP, and 45 Colt and none of them extremely well as a dedicated gun? Owners report typical 3” ten-yard groups - not particularly great at all. My accuracy results were about the same, but notably the Governor does deliver acceptable combat accuracy with .45 Colt rounds and some slug shells. With shotshells of shot, buckshot a pattern or hole of some sort is delivered downrange with the accuracy limits of a 5” sawed off shotgun. Of course the droves of Governor owners did not agree with my initial assessment.

Indeed the Governor is not a 25-yard gun and instead a highly effective seven yard gun. You would not want to be downrange when it goes off, but do not be fooled that you are going to drill 25-yard A-Zone groups like with a Glock or shoot clays with any regularity beyond fifteen yards like with any typical shotgun. 

Maybe I needed something to shoot down misguided drones, use up the surplus ammo from a retired cowboy, or prove to my 1911 friends that the .45 ACP cartridge is not an inherently accurate round. 

Maybe I just wanted the thumb breaking and nail ripping experience of removing spent .45 ACP rounds from full moon clips when I forgot the moon clip loader.

Maybe I wanted to wreak destruction. If you are on the wrong end of the S&WGovernor, the gun can be a nightmare. All of the rounds existing the less than precision Governor are devastating. The gun may not be accurate, but it makes a big hole in anything in front of it.

Actually it was the character Daryl Dixon in the stupid AMC Walking Dead television show that made my buy it… that and my dealer had a screaming deal on this used night-sight’ed S&W Governor. On the AMC Walking Dead show, Daryl pulls the gun off a dead bad guy and realizes it is apparently loaded with explosive incendiary rounds and blows stuff up with it. 

The .45 ACP can be shot with full 6-round
or partial 2-round moon clips
Though my FFL did not have any of the explosive rounds used on the show, we did pop off a few buckshot rounds on his range and the raw insanity of the gun sold me. Like many people, I saw a potential survival appeal of having a gun that can shoot three different rounds including shotshells and with caliber conversion inserts can even shoot everything from .22LR to .38 Special. Anyway I have named this ridiculous gun “Daryl” as a celebration of everything that appeals to the redneck in me.

The Governor is not a “master of all” as many would hope. Despite all that lack of perfection, shooting the Governor is a freaking blast. It is a gun which seems to find its way to every less than serious range day. If the 50 AE Desert Eagle had an alcoholic redneck brother it would be the Governor - both are a lot of fun for a few grin filled rounds of jovial shooting but not particularly practical.

Shotshells are the best to have fun with if you can figure out how to manage the sharp recoil of this lightweight 29-oz revolver. To me the .410 shotshell recoil seems similar to a 44 Mag round. Watching fruit, coke cans, water bottles and clay pigeons explode with the shotshell rounds is a laughter producer. The Governor can realistically teach how to point shoot when loaded with some bird shot. Place a few clays on a backstop and hammer through point shooting them and you will become a better point shooter with a pistol.
A mixed cylinder of .45 Colt,
.45 ACP, Buckshot, #4, and slugs

By contrast I own a Thompson Center Contender with a 14-inch .410 barrel and a Bond Arms .410 pistol. The Thompson Center Contender is arguably as serviceable as an actual full sized .410 shotgun. With that long pistol barrel, I can hit most thrown clays, can connect and drop junk birds in flight out to about 20-yards. The TC Contender is useful in real life as a fairly practical hunting shotgun pistol that still fits inside a backpack. 

The Bond Arms .410/.45 barrels delivers the same realm of accuracy as the Governor with about the same level of utility, but the Bond has the advantage that it can also shoot shoot full power hand bruising 3-inch .410 shotshell versus being limited to just 2.5-inch .410 shells like the Governor. This means that the your are limited to the smaller lead shot payload of the 2.5-inch shells on the Governor.

The advantages the Governor has over the Bond Arms derringers are that it has a longer barrel comparatively to the Bond, has less felt recoil (all be not much less), six round capacity, and offer improved control with a full sized grip. #8 birdshot out of either the Governor or Bond spreads out super fast; the Bond maybe has about a 5-yard max effective range and the Governor stretches the effective range to 10-yards with birdshot. Pellets are still going downrange for both those guns, but the pattern opens up so much it becomes more statically luck than skill on actual critters. At 15-yards with either of these guns there are fist and arm sized holes in the pattern with birdshot, so a miss is likely, but it is still fun to practice at longer distances.

The original marketing from S&W noted “highly accurate with .45 Colt and .45 ACP”, but I would never describe the gun that way. The marketing would have read “Shoots most ammo pretty well.”

The .45 ACPs were some of the least accurate, good plinking rounds, offer really fast reloads with full moon clips, and deliver minimal recoil - if you want to shoot the Governor a lot, you will likely be shooting .45 ACP. Through all my testing, the seemingly giant .45 Colt rounds were by far the most accurate round through the S&W Governor with 3-4-inch seven-yard groups, reliable center of mass hits at 15-yards, and accurate enough to hit a full sized silhouette out to 50-yards. The .45 ACP groups were roughly double the size. Surprisingly some .410 slugs were also pretty accurate, however but the accuracy was still better with the .45 Colt rounds at distance. Though I would not swap my 9mm for the Governor for defense, if I did, my choice would be the devastating Hornady Critical Defense Triple Threat slug/buckshot or a mixed cylinder of .45 Colt and .410 Hornady shells.

For an outdoor trail and snake gun there really is not a better gun for quickly handling everything from snakes to wolves to general personal defense. There is also a lot of utility to being able to easily swap ammo based on the need out on the trail or load a mixes cyclinder of shotshell, buckshot and .45 Colt round. This is where the Governor is like the proverbial Swiss Army knife and handy when you do not want to carry four different guns. Where I really see the lightweight 29oz Scandium alloy S&W Governor as a relevant firearm is in the hiking, trail, packing, or trunk gun category that can be slipped into the pack and deliver a wide array of needs.

Despite being considered “old fashioned” the new breed of defensive .45 Colt rounds are similar is power to the .40 S&W. Notably the Governor is not suitable for the insane 1200 ft/lb Buffalo Bore .45 Colt +P rounds or any other .45 Colt +P rounds, but there are plenty of standard .45 Colt defensive, bonded hunting, and hollow point rounds with energy in the 550 ft/lb+ range.

The Governor can be a small game getter with #4 shot if you are decent at close range stalking. The flexibility of shooting .410 shotshells opens up the Governor to a enormous range of ammo types including birdshot, BBs, slugs, combo defense rounds, survival flares, rubber/plastic less-lethal ball shot, mace/pepper rounds, rock salt, and yes even Dragon’s Breath incendiary rounds. 

The ability to shoot signaling flares and pepper mace, plus deliver a super painful less-lethal rubber or rock salt payload to keep small crowds under control has some appeal in a theoretical sense. In reality, I am betting the actual use of all of the above would be pretty sub-optimal compared to the same rounds in a 12-gauge and risky to try it out. The less-lethal deterrent has some merit in a SHTF survival situation where everyone is going nuts and you are faced with a set of awkward decisions that do not necessitate killing someone. Perhaps a blast in the chest with three or four small rubber balls or rock salt would be enough to ward off an unarmed attacker. Though not the ideal tool, the Governor can be extremely useful tool for a lot of potential situations when you have nothing else.

To carry a variety of ammo simply, a set of Allen 14-round Ammo Much for Rifles makes for a convenience belt or MOLLE compatible ammo carrier in a backpack. I found that each pouch could carry a variety of 14-shotshells, two full speedy loading 6-round .45ACP moon clips, and 2-two round partial moon clips straddling the bottom flap to hold in the .45 moon clips. This overstuffed pouch setup did not add any more bulk and provides a mixed variety of 30 extra rounds that can be easy carried. A fully loaded 30-round pouch of mixed Slug, #4 , #9, buckshot shells and 16-.45ACP rounds plus the Governor loaded with Hornady Critical Defense "buckshot" weights in at only 3.55-lbs - Not bad for a gun shooting some heavy bullets and 36-rounds of ammo. I liked the setup so much I bought a second Allen pouch. 

This is a blast to shoot and I can see it can deliver good enough utility that it is a worthwhile gun. Would this be my “one and only gun”? Emphatically no! I would rather have a high capacity striker fired pistol, AR15, or shotgun first if I could, but the S&W Governor fits into the category of a Swiss Army Tinker knife. A real set of screw drivers, a full sized knife, an actual working can opener, and hole punch would be superior in every way to the Swiss Army Tinker except one. The Tinker allows you to carry the base utility of all those tools in your pocket without a tool belt - the Governor is a lot like that. Toss the Governor into a pack as a survival option with a variety of shotshell, and .45 ammo backing up a hunting firearm or bow or as a camp or trunk defense tool and it is good enough when you have nothing else.

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Cabelas Herters -
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Monday, December 25, 2017

Mirror Polished Barrett REC7 AR15

Mirror Polished AR15 Faxon Superlative DI Build

My FFL dealer acquired some very old naked un-anodized Barrett Firearms AR15 receivers with their original REC7 Barrett logo. The receivers were actually made a decade or so ago by Saber Defense for Barrett under an OEM relationship. This are fun receivers and with Barrett REC7 AR15s starting around $1900 these receivers have some cache’ since you cannot buy stripped Barrett AR15 receivers. 

Just with the name Barrett on the side, any build is cool enough, but I wanted to really make this build shine… literally.

Getting a mirror polish on aluminum is not hard, but it is time consuming. As long as you start with an unanodized receiver set and have a bench grinder with a set of polishing wheels, the polishing time is under about five hours including the hand final polishing with Flitz polish. In a previous article, I hand mirror polished a completed Matthews 80% billet lower with just a Dremel, Flitz and a rag and that process sucked. This time around I sprung for a $45 Ryobi Bench grinder and a $20 kit of buffing wheels and compound - well worth the investment to polish any metal.

The Ryobi polishing wheel kit includes recommendations for matching wheels and compounds, however after some experimentation, I discovered the hard sewn wheel with stainless polishing compound applied did the best job biting into the oxidized forged aluminum and aggressively smoothing out imperfections. 

Technically hand sanding with increasingly finer grit sandpaper and then polishing would net the best results and a flawlessly smooth finish, but I actually wanted to see some of the imperfections in the receivers to add a bit of character. The second polishing step was to wipe down the entire piece with Flitz, let it dry a bit, buff off with the sewn denim wheel, repeat until the shine started popping uniformly on the receiver and then follow up with a few hours of hand polishing and a coat of oil. The result is a receiver set which has the mirrored appearance of being hard chromed.


For this build I wanted a really unique super lightweight AR15 with virtually no recoil. To reduce both recoil and weight, a super-lightweight Faxon 16” Gunner barrel was paired with a Faxon ultra-light BCG and a Superlative Arms adjustable gas block. This allowed the gas pressure to be metered down further to take advantage of the ultra-light Faxon BCG that requires even less pressure to operate. 

An ultra-light Aero Precision ATLAS free-float handguard was added along with an ALG mirror polished stainless brake, James Madison Tactical trigger kit, Brownells buffer tube and AR lower parts kit, Phase 5 And-Plate Swivel, Strike Industries Poly ejection port cover, Magpul trigger guard, Rogers HABU Advanced Charging Handle, and Rogers Adjustable Cam-Lock Stock.

The Faxon barrels have seriously impressed me with their accuracy, quality, and price. These guys are doing a phenomenal job at making impressively accurate light barrels for AR15s, AR10, and even now Glock barrels. If you do opt for a Faxon barrel add on a matched headspaced bolt; my experience is this add-on greatly increases accuracy. Faxon has two lines of AR15 barrels, a 5.56 Nato production barrel models (usually well under $200) and their match grade .223 Wylde models ($200-$300) - both lines are available in a variety of similar profiles from heavy to light weight. 

The Match grade .223 Wylde models are more accurate, but their 5.56 Barrels are phenomenal barrels on almost any build and about half the cost. Faxon created their own unique “Faxon Gunner” profile which is a modified super light pencil profile with a light taper for improved accuracy under extended fire. I have a couple barrels in this profile and love them. No since adding extra weight where it is not needed. Consider Faxon’s BCGs as well. The BCGs are extremely well made and a much higher grade than the $99-$129 BCGs on sale everywhere.

Superlative Arms arguably makes the finest adjustable gas block on the market. The SA gas blocks feature melonited construction, are offered in a wide variety of .623”, .750”, .875”, and .936” sizes with SA’s patented bleed off system which dumps the excess gases. The quality is outstanding and the 30-position detent system allows a lot of fine tuning and prevents the common self-adjusting problem of most gas blocks.

Though I write for Aero Precision, I picked up this ATLAS handguard on sale at my dealer to get this build done. This is my first experience with the ATLAS handguard and I am impressed. Of note, I originally was going to use a Superlative Arms piston system, however of note it would not fit under the ATLAS handguard. 

Look for that system on another upcoming build. The ATLAS has been minimalistically designed to provide the smallest overall diameter while reducing weight. The very unique mounting system on the ATLAS includes a proprietary barrel wrench and a dual detent-ed wedge screw system. Though it took a few moments to figure out how it went together, it is a pretty unique system and is insanely rock solid.

Bill Rogers is a world class tinkerer, inventor and firearms instructor. Personally I think he has made some of the most unique real-world usable products on the market. This Rogers Stock is what I consider the best multi-position stock on the market because it is the only stock which comes with two shims for commercial or mil-spec sized buffers and also can be tightened into position with an intuitive and very fast cam-lock lever. 

When locked down, the stock feels like a rattle-free fixed stock, but hit the adjustment lever and the cam lock automatically disengages.

Yet another build where Brownells came to the rescue, as they are only a two day shipping route to me for most orders. It never fails that I “only need” a few things to finish a build and this case it was the James Madison trigger kit, lower parts kit, and buffer tube assembly. Brownells helped me get this dones before the end of the year instead of sometime in January.

Eotech are always a favorite optic for fast fun shooting and I had an EXPS3 which is perfect for a build like this. The Eotech EXPS3 also has a QD mount which allows me to swap between other optics quickly and still maintain MOA accuracy when reattached. With a mirror finish, this probably is not going to be a hunting gun and just something fun and the Eotech is the perfect choice for taking advantage of the very fast shooting capabilities of this lightweight near recoil-less build.

The grip featured is my own style modification that I have been doing for years. I start with a standard $4 A2 grip, a paracord slot is milled into each side of the grip, and all the existing texture and finger grooves are ground off. I hand texture the grip with a wood burning iron and then very tightly wrap the back of the grip with paracord. These are insanely comfortable grips and always look awesome for about $6 in materials.

Without the Eotech attached, the final build weight is only 5.65 pounds and the recoil was drastically reduced to almost nothing thanks to the adjustable gas block and lightweight BCG. This build is certainly capable of excellent accuracy, however that was never really the intent of this rifle. For me, this is a fun training gun, plinker, and competition gun to beat on steel and Rubber Dummy targets with that looks different than everyone else’s black rifle… and of course since no one can buy one of these Barrett receiver sets, it makes it all that much more unique. As you can see, a little polish work goes a long way to make something really special and unique.

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Barrett -
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Aero Precision -
Rogers -
Eotech -
Ryobi -