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Is it just me or do more of you read the constitution and bill of rights and wonder where our country went wrong? There is so much to go through I just don’t think I can cover all of it.
One thing I would like to cover (and no it’s not because I got a ticket today and I’m bitter about getting caught breaking the law) is police writing tickets. This is something that has been on my mind for months now. I know we’re decades into legal precedence here but I still have to ask the question, when did we allow street cops to act as street judges? They catch you speeding, or changing lanes improperly, or any other minor traffic infraction and they have the legal right to convict you on the spot and issue you a monetary judgement.
Look I know we have more issues than our forefathers. Bigger population equals more crime. We need more police and they need to have the power to deal with somethings on their own. We simply couldn’t hire enough judges to handle all the petty crime that our street hero’s deal with on a daily basis. I get it. It just seems to me that we have given up some of our liberty in order to have this happen. I know I have readers that are lawyers and I welcome any response you may have. This is something I would like to better understand myself.
Look, I know most of our police are 100% hero’s and I have no desire to disrespect them. I have, however, ran into a few that basically hid behind their badges. I can think of one instance where my wife pulled up to a confusing intersection. It had signs all over and each said something different. She’s yelling at me in the car beside her trying to figure out where to go. She stops a little late, but she stops. The cop on the corner (obviously this is a common occurrence on this corner since they had two cops just standing there waiting to tell you to pull over) flags her over and proceeds to badger her, call her a lier, and basically treating her in a manner that any red blooded American husband would beat the shit out of someone for. What was the difference? He knew I couldn’t do much without being arrested for pissing off and officer. The guy needed his head shoved up his ass so far he looked normal but that badge makes it an immensely illegal thing to do. He was an asshole but we give him a badge and tell him to go fourth and be a dick. Maybe he was just having a bad day. We all have them. Maybe he didn’t like being ordered to a corner that was poorly marked and took two cops sitting there pulling over one vehicle after the other because they don’t know where to go. He still had the power to pull over people all day, act as judge and issue a fine determined on his opinion alone, and treat people like crap in the process. No one could say anything to him about it or they would have to face his further judgement.
What the hell is the matter with us? Why are we completely happy to have a few elites pass laws governing our every move, how we react to each other, what we can and can’t say to one another. This is America. I, for one, think it’s time we stop giving up small amount of freedom at a time for the illusion of an ounce of security. It’s a lie. It’s just more intrusion into our lives. Sure, not driving drunk is a good thing. Let’s do something about that. But every little thing I do while driving, walking on the sidewalk, or whatever? No. Stay out of my business. One of the local cities here put this “distracted driving” bill out there. They can literally pull you over for eating a french fry if they think you are driving while distracted. How about you go screw yourself? That’s the thing about being personally responsible for what we do. If my actions eating that fry when I should be paying closer attention to merging onto the freeway then I am responsible for the outcome. The last thing our government needs to do is find ways to add more fines onto a fender bender.
Ok, rant over. You may now return to your regularly scheduled lives.
There are big changes coming to Crusader. I’m turning the entire company upside down and getting rid of the fluff.
Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. There just needs to be some changes so we can hold on to Crusader during the remainder of the Obama Economy.
After a lot of thought I realized that the business model I’ve been trying to keep alive just isn’t stable as a “one man show”. I actually tried to start the business with a couple of other guys. One, the Ogre, stuck around a while and helped get Crusader off the deck but as for day to day operations it’s been that “one man show” since 2009. Running things like I have, and under the Obama administration’s economic policies, it is no longer sustainable under the current business plan. So what do we do? ADAPT AND OVERCOME!
Until further notice Crusader is getting scaled back to the part time (hobby) model. What that’s going to mean is that I will build a rifle and I will do it my way. It will be perfect and I will have no one trying to rush me on it. For those that know me well that means that this rifle will be an one of a kind rifle that everyone will be envious of, including it’s new owner’s friends. I will make it a rifle that makes me shed a tear to get rid of, and then let someone take it home. They will soon see, like everyone else, that they have the finest sporting rifle ever made. The sale of that rifle will fuel the next rifle which will come to be the next two rifles, three rifles, and so on. I may be persuaded to do specific custom builds but as a general rule it’s no longer my bread and butter. I believe this will actually get my customers even better rifles than have come out of my shop so far.
Just picture this, Gundoc is now unleashed. All the fitting and polishing is no longer rushed because parts have been scarce this year. I can take my time to get everything perfect. I can take a week on a single camo to make sure that I love each and every one. (believe it or not many customers have loved camo jobs that I didn’t care for. I’m just too much of a perfectionist for my own good sometimes. There are just times that I don’t care for a great camo job because it isn’t a perfect camo job…yet.) Ask yourself this, do you want just any rifle or do you want one of real gems to come out of Gundoc’s shop? I think the answer is obvious.
Does this mean I’m expecting to not be doing this by the end of the coming year? No. Crusader will always be here. Rifles, shotguns, pistols, and Slipstream will be here for you. Full time Crusader will make a comeback. We will probably have to get the current occupant of the Oval Office into a different job but Crusader will be stronger for this temporary change. Now I will have time to finish my book, write more posts here in Gundoc’s Doctrine, and maybe even get in some range time that isn’t test firing and running back to the shop. I say temporary…and I mean it.
Ok so I know I’ve sang the praises of Multicam before and I really don’t want to get into that right now. They have an announcement on their website right now that is pretty exciting. They have some new patterns coming out that I can’t wait to see.
I’m in an arid area. The original works in a variety of areas including mine but I really want to see what they came up with. My main interest is, for a while now I’ve been adapting desert colors to the Multicam pattern (blended background, hard close shapes, some hard shapes fade at an opposite edge) and would like to see if they essentially did what I did.
Tropic…that might just be cool. Can’t wait to see if they changed their shapes or not.
Alpine…depending on the colors it may work well in certain areas I like to go in Colorado. Looking forward to the coloring of this one.
Last….but certainly not least is Multicam Black……
If the picture from their announcement is any sign of the final pattern….I NEED SOME. Just say’n.
Anyway, when all is said and done I am really glad to see some initiative in the industry. Just when we think we’ve probably seen it all except for something out of Scifi…an innovator steps up and gives us something to look forward to. Kudos.
So I’ve been trying out a new piece of carry equipment. I’ve been introduced to Magholder products before but haven’t given them a second thought. I’m even friends with a couple of their few dealers here in Utah but quietly scoffed at the very idea of carrying only a single extra mag or buying multiple, possibly uncomfortable, devises. I guess I’m just the type that being prepared isn’t quite good enough. I like having that second magazine as a means of overkill because you just never know what you’ll run into. So, to that end I turned my nose up at Magholder even after listening to Massad Ayoob tell a class that he only carries a single extra mag. It wasn’t until a friend of mine gave one to me (and even then I thought it was ridiculous) that I decided to give it a try. One day that I didn’t have my family with me I made the jump of carrying a single magazine. After all, I don’t have to worry about keeping my wife and kids out of harms way if anything hits the proverbial fan. What I found was nothing short of amazing.
The Magholder is extremely comfortable. Even for those of us with a little extra around the middle. The magazine stays secure with built in retention. The molded construction is sturdy and will last unless you decide to stomp on it or run it over with a truck. I actually began to regret my earlier feelings toward this piece of equipment. I do have one thing I would fix on this piece of equipment. It is set up to have the rounds face downward. Having a good bit of training I would orientate the rounds upward to make loading the mag in the pistol more like the way we train to do with vertical magazine pouches. That being my one and only complaint…you need a Magholder. If this isn’t part of your daily carry options you need to buy one. This one is Gundoc approved. It’s that simple.
I have in front of me the latest issue of Tactical Weapons magazine. Almost every “operator” in the articles is wearing Multicam. Elite ICE agents to military, the majority are in “mall ninja” camo. Maybe, just maybe, there’s something more to it.
You know…it’s really too bad that the Mall Ninja’s picked up on MultiCam so quickly. As far as Camouflage goes it’s actually a great pattern. I’m going to lay on the photo’s pretty hard in this post but I want to illustrate the fact that it works.
Why talk about MultiCam? Here’s why. To get this pattern you have to combine shapes that fade into nothing with multiple background colors and hard shapes that look closer than the fading colors. It’s a good concept. Not a perfect one, but a pattern that works in multiple environments (hence Multi_ Cam).
First off let’s take a look at different patterns side by side. Here is Army ACU (right) next to MultiCam in the middle. ACU that was supposed to be the end all camo looks like a neon sign in the desert. On the other hand the MultiCam has similar colors to the desert environment so it blends with the vegetation and ground much better. Isn’t that the whole point of camouflage? It was last time I checked. ACU just doesn’t make the cut. Definitely not Gundoc Approved.
Just for giggles I’m adding this old picture from a previous employer for whom I ran the gunsmith shop. For the fans out there…yes you see Larry Corriea with a Barret on the left side. This was the “official uniform” of the shop’s annual machine gun shoot. I add it because it is a little difficult to make out the uniform from the background. It’s just a tan camo net in evening light but you can see how similar the colors become when next to each other.
I really like this next photo because it’s taken from relatively close. Even from the close quarters of the shot you can see how well he is blending with the other colors around him. That’s the entire reason to wear a camouflaged uniform. To make it difficult to distinguish between you and your surroundings. This shot is a great example of just how well MultiCam does in a close up desert environment.
I’m really glad to see MultiCam in use with our troops. These guys are just out on patrol but you can see the pattern working for them. I like that it isn’t just another desert shot too. There’s rocks, damp trees, and muddy water. Through it all the pattern keeps up with what needs to be done.
Last, but not least, I wanted a picture that points out just how far we’ve come in camouflage technology. You have a woodland uniform on the right and it’s pretty easy to say that it isn’t working for him. He’s and easy silhouette to pick up on making him a very easy target. On the other hand you have the guy MultiCam. Still easily visible but his uniform is helping him to not be so obvious. He blends with the grass and trees around him.
Once again…it’s really too bad that the “Mall Ninjas” picked up on MultiCam so fast and almost ruined it for the rest of us. MultiCam is a great pattern and easy to find. If Amazon has it…it’s plentiful where you’re at. So, even though the “Mall Ninja’s” have given this pattern a stigma already let’s not discount it entirely. Let’s take it back for the regular guys.
The thought came to me that we do a lot of talk about being prepared as a whole. We go over water storage, food storage, defence, and so on but we never break it down into stages.
We have to start somewhere, right? I believe emergency preparedness starts with situational awareness. Yes I know it’s starting from the ridiculous end of the beginning but it’s necessary. If we don’t see something coming from right in front of you then you aren’t going to know when it’s time to bug out or in because you’ll be blindsided by the situation.
So to get started toward every day prearedness you need to start with your daily routine. Be aware of your surroundings and for the love of everything holy make sure you have your CCW and that you carry. Being preared for the small things on a daily basis is your starting place.
You may choose to carry in a holster, purse, or “tactical man bag” but…CCW up, cowboy.
Heightened Daily Awareness
I see this level as a “know what’s going on” stage. Close to Crusader HQ is a creek. Around sping the snow melt can get pretty nuts. It takes till about dinner time for the melted snow to reach the valley. When it does the water level can raise 6 to 8 feet in a short matter of time. The apartments at it’s banks are usually a loss. The point of this is to illustrate that you can go to work one morning and not be able to get to your driveway that night. If you know it’s that time of year you may want to be better prepared when leaving for work every morning.
You may want to keep a bag in your vehicle that would allow you to have a change of clothing, basic med kit, CCW (naturally) and anything else you may need if something happens and you can’t get home that night.
Possible Threat Awareness
This is the stage where your 3 day pack is in your vehicle. You may only have your concealed weapon at this point, that’s your choice. This is a stage that common men will never see. This is where you know that there is something out there that can go terribly wrong and you have to be ready for it. This could be something like protests shutting down parts of the city. Your part of the city. Take the riots after the Zimmerman trial. That is a time to be prepared to not just defend your family but perhaps having troubles just getting to them.
Rally the Troops
This is the day you got the word that Hurricane Katrina was coming. You have a day or so to get the hell out. Be ready for anything but the important part is that you do in fact, get the hell out.
The Shat Has Officially Hit the Fan
Ok, it’s too late to bug out. For whatever reason you stayed. Maybe that was you plan. A “bug in” type of thing. It’s past time to care about the reason. If you have fellow minded friends/family it’s time to stick together, keep eachother safe, and if possible to help law enforcement make sure the community comes back into order. A fight should be expected at this point. Looters, robbers, and general douchebags should be considered the norm. You know this part. This is the part that is talked about the most. The one everyone prepares for.
As usual, another food for thought post. Stay safe, brothers and sisters.
I’m tossing around the idea of creating a new podcast network. There’s one personal reason that I won’t go into. What I will tell you is that I have a few friends in the podcast universe, a good network to work with is hard to find, and I want to build a network for them.
My philosophy with this is to let the hosts take care of their listeners. They know what their listeners expect from them. I would just be interfering if I have them a bunch of parameters. All I would ask is that it stay family friendly because I know a lot of people out there, like myself, that have their kids around while listening. I see my job as providing an environment that allows them to be creative without someone breathing down their throat.
Like I said, still tossing it around but if I did Gundoc show would come with it.
Like anything else, different gunsmiths prefer different things when it comes to finishing stocks. It came up on WeTheArmed.com today. Another smith brought up the fact that he doesn’t like TruOil because it dries too fast. That’s essentially true. I know guys that really like it though. Once you get the nack it’s a great finish. Getting use to it is the hard part and you will end up taking your fingers off the stock and leave fingerprints until you learn the right method.
The other smith also mentioned he used boiled Linseed oil. It does dry better than regular Linseed oil but let’s face it, it never completely dries.
For that reason I prefer Tung oil. Not the quick drying stuff. It’s worse than TruOil for fingerprints. It’s usually marked fairly small too, so read the label carefully. I’ve bought the wrong one myself.
Tung oil dries completely and it dries hard. A properly finished wood stock is fairly weather resistant. Once the pores are filled and the finish has cured humidity is no longer a big concern. Naturally you don’t want to soak the stock but it will repel a hunting days weather.
Fact of the matter is…there are a lot of products out there that will do a great job. Gunsmiths use many different finishes with great success. For the amateur wanting to a dd a personal touch…I’d keep it simple and go with Tung oil.