Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Three things to buy before they Get Banned

For some, the recent Bump Stock Ban was a big wake up call. Like a cold shower, it made folks realize that gun rights are always at risk and the minute you blink you lose yet another bit. The argument was made by some apologists that it’s not a ban on guns, but a ban on a certain gun “part”. Think of it like not banning cars, but banning car tyres instead… Oh! You can still own cars, you just have to keep them on four cinder blocks.

What many don’t realize is that there are a few critical items that are not protected by the second Amendment at all and they can easily be banned any minute. Yes, I will include Amazon links to some and I do appreciate when you guys use them. But that’s not the point. Either get them here, ask Santa for them or just keep an eye out for them on your next garage sale (yes, body armor does pop up on them on occasions). The point is, these are not protected by the Bill of Rights. Read on and if you believe they are important for your preparedness find a way to procure them before its too late.

Body Armor

Body armor is one of those items people in the firearms community don’t appreciate as much as they should yet they save lives every day. A gunfight is not a one way range and getting hit is a very real possibility. Whenever possible, putting on body armor before potentially facing danger is highly advisable. Of the three items listed here, bang per buck in terms of true life insurance, it the one I feel strongly everyone should have.

Notice that Amazon is no longer selling "body armor". It used to do so some time ago but not anymore. What they do sell is body armor kevlar panels, similar to the ones used in vests but intended for backpacks, mostly marketed for active shooter emergencies. You can still buy the kevlar soft panels  (about 100 bucks each, front and back) and fit them to a plate carrier vest. These are real NIJ Rated IIIA Kevlar panels, will stop 9mm FMJ, 357 magnum and so on up to 44 magnum. Having one for a backpack isnt a bad idea either if you frequent one of those "gun free zones".

Safety Shield Insert level NIJ IIIA

Sounds Suppressors

Just like bump stocks, these can be banned any minute. While I don’t put them on the same category of importance as body armor, they do have their use, from silent (or at least, less noisy) hunting to self-defense, sound suppressors are indeed a valuable addition. They are very much appreciated by those that got to use them in their line of work, well worth the extra money and waiting period.

Night Vision Goggles

Someone once told me that using NVG in combat against those that didn’t have it almost felt like cheating. Almost... .Combined with PEQ IR laser and light on your rifle makes shooting targets at night like fishing in barrel.

Night vision is expensive (over two grand for NVG-16 Gen 2+ to nearly four for PVS-14 Generation 3) but for combat it is a force multiplier like few others. It is also one of the most controlled warfare tech items and its amazing that you can still get them online.

When it comes to NVG, you pay for what you get and many people spend some time saving up to eventually invest in it. , It’s safe to say that most of them feel it’s well worth the investment once they get to try it out.


Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”


Anonymous said...

A few comments on NV...

USA made, Gen 3 very hard to get & extremely expensive. Doesn't need an intensifier, though. A big plus.

Most NV being sold is from former soviet bloc countries & is Gen 1 or 2
The Gen 2 soviet stuff is not too bad. Really needs the IR intensifier, though, to see much past 50 yards.
Problem: if you are using Gen 1 or 2 with the intensifier (IR flashlight, essentially), I can see you using it from far away. Might as well have a searchlight running in the woods.

A terrific option - and as expensive as the best Gne 2 or 3 NV - is to go with thermal.
Nobody can see you using it, and it is amazing in what it reveals. Car hood, people hiding, animals, footprints through boots, and on and on. I recommend checking that out as well.

Mr Traumaboyy said...

Have been playing around with my NV lately. I do not have the funds to buy the serious stuff so dealing with Gen 1 equipment. Now that I have purchased some NV lights things have changed. First of all, using the included IR lights will NOT work mainly because you can see them. Having a red light on the top of my head might not be a good idea in a firefight. I have purchased lights and lasers in the 940 wavelength and they are practically invisible. Between the lights on my guns and on my helmet, this is a significant improvement. Appreciate your videos and everything you do for us armchair warriors!!