Tuesday, September 19, 2017

7 Things I learned from Hurricane Erma

Dear Fernando,

I live in a condo on the Pinellas County peninsula, west from Tampa across the bay. I have endured three tropical storms and an earth quake since moving here 11 years ago. This was the first storm I had been preparing for since reading your blog. There is no replacement for actual storm conditions to test preparedness so here is what I learned.

1. Do NOT believe the Weather Channel

    They ALWAYS exaggerate their predictions to sow fear and terror. Knowing that once the hurricane hit dry land its force would diminish, so I rode the storm out at my condo unit with no fear and knowing I was prepared. So by the time it hit Tampa it was downgraded to a Tropical Storm. Still fierce and dangerous but no 100 mph winds and no storm surge to flood us. Note; I live 50 ft. above sea level and am not in a flood zone.

Which leads me to the following…

2. Do NOT buy the Crane CC Solar Observer for your emergency radio

    They must have a great copy writer because they sound like the be all end all of portable emergency weather radios. I bought this used for the NOAA Weather broadcasts and solar power and crank power extras and found it almost totally useless! 7 separate channels to find a local broadcast of current NOAA weather info and all I could get was an indiscernible murmur! The AM/FM radio was fair, the solar cells useless in cloud cover and I used the flash light mostly to conserve my iPhone battery as its light was far brighter. I need to do further research on what would be useful in this situation when I’m toally out of power.
    As a side note, I got ALL my storm and weather info from a web site; VentuSky.com. I saw this on a friends cell phone and dialed it in immediately before the storm. It gave me a visual and number read-out by location of wind speed, storm track, temp, waves and just about anything else climate wise. This site really refutes Weather Channel in up-to-the-minute weather data and I use it almost daily. I saw and confirmed my understanding that the storm would die down as it got onto land and decided to stay put and not evacuate.

3. ALWAYS leave some windows open, even a crack, during a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

    This I learned from being an Insurance Adjuster in the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii in 1992. Many homes had roofs totally blown off into the neighboring yards due to keeping all the doors and windows shut. The storm is a low pressure weather phenomena and locking up a building tight creates a high pressure in the dwelling. The roof can’t hold the pressure and it pops off. I am on the bottom floor so I told my upstairs neighbors to kept their kitchen door window open a bit and one of the back bedrooms open a bit. Our building had no problems, but one of the other buildings had the roof blown off and onto the cars parked in front.

4. Just because you had power during the worst of the storm, don’t expect it to be on after
    I had power all through the storm and up until late the next morning Monday the 11th. I am assuming the power company had all the power turned off then to check all the lines before resuming power. Then we got power back in 24 hours but all the other units and surrounding homes and business didn’t get power back until Friday the 15th. I was told that since our building was on a main road that power came on to all the street lights, homes and business first before other areas.
    And it follows that …

5. … with power down, don’t drive at night unless you have to.

    With power down there were no street lights nor traffic signals. In other countries that is standard every-day life but here in the US when you can’t see anything due to pitch black accidents can occur. I had to slow down at intersections as many people ‘assumed’ it was natural to just go through, like they had a green light. The next morning I saw broken glass and plastic at almost every intersection, by then the police had put up temporary stop signs and had traffic officers directing traffic at main intersections.

6. Be smart where you park your car

    Tropical Storms can have 40-50 mph winds with gusts up to 80 mph. That can blow down trees, fences, telephone poles, street lights and communication antenna. I had my car in the condo parking and I somehow lost a head lamp cover! The lamp works fine but is now exposed to the elements. Other condo dwellers are snow birds that come for the Fall-Winter-Spring and leave for summer. They usually have cars wrapped in some canvas and wheels on boards (the summer heat can melt the asphalt and melt the tires and ruin the wheel). Most had the covers were blown off and one under a tree had branches knocking dents in them. The city parking structures were open during the storm and next time that happens is where I’ll keep my vehicle.

7. ALWAYS check your supplies and equipment well before the storm hits

    This goes to most of the above but here is what I did wrong and right.
    As my cell phone battery ran down I tried to charge it with a cigarette lighter charger. IT DIDN’T WORK! It had worked in other cars but Apple can be finicky when it comes to non-standard adaptors.
    My food and water were adequate for a storm like this but I will check if there is anything past its expiration date. I had quart containers of frozen distilled water in my fridge freezer and that kept my perishables quite fresh when the power went off. I would like the 3 months standard you have but with the small space I have getting 90 gallons of water stored will be a challenge.
    I found that the stores and gas stations closed up within 3-6 hours once the state authorities said to evacuate. So once the storm is headed your way you should have already stocked up if you are going to. And we had plenty of warning but I noticed the shelves of water and canned goods went fast a day before the store closed. I shrugged and got what dry food others missed as far as that goes.
    I found I also needed more flash lights. I used to have two small Cree flashes and because they were so small I tended to loose them unless I kept them in my EDC. My near useless radio had at least had some utility.
    Medical supplies, I had enough to get me through but I have a prescription to self catheter 3-4 times a day and if I don’t I can’t control my bladder. I have been slowly increasing my supply every month so that I have 4 weeks in back stock but my target now is   now 3 months. As for anti-bacterial I have one gallon of distilled vinegar and one quart of raw apple cider vinegar. That will kill most pathogens and for the rest I have lots of soap and that with hard scrubbing will handle anything else. I also found small tubes of antibiotic ointment that I carry around in my EDC that has been quite useful.
    The Tampa Bay area is in the sub-topics and one must be aware of that at all times. On top of my regular supplements and cell salts for heat exhaustion I always have some sort of Vitamin C with me for urinary infections . What with cathetering I find that no matter how careful I am cleaning myself before hand, I can sometimes get those urinary infection symptoms and I have found ANY vitamin C taken will clear up symptoms within 30 minutes.

I’m sure some other things will pop up as I get on with my life but I made out Ok and will be better prepared for whatever comes next.
 
Best,
Mark

Thursday, September 14, 2017

EDC: Shoelace caught in an escalator this morning



This morning, right in front of my wife and I, a teen had his loose shoelace caught by the escalator we were on. His mother was next to him and reacted like a champ. Instead of panicking and pulling on the shoe she went immediately for the red button to stop the escalator.
She then pulled on her son’s leg trying to break it free. I gave it a quick pull myself but wasted no more time and just pulled out my Leatherman Charge and cut it. Mom was grateful as if I had saved the kid’s life. She was the one that did the most important part which was stopping the escalator.
But still folks, yet again an example of how important it is to have a cutting tool with you at all times. I’ll never forget a friend of mine from school who got the skin of his leg caught by some heavy machinery… he was lucky to not lose the leg, but the skin was peeled like a banana. The scar was terrible.
This is just a big reminder: carry a knife, better yet, carry this multitool, the Leatherman Charge Tti. I shamelessly promote it because I’ve carried mine for years (nearly two decades now!) and it’s the last tool I’d part with. Almost as good for much less, consider the Leatherman Wave as well.
FerFAL
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”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

$100,000 in "preps"… and having to evacuate and leave it all behind.



I was reading about this in a forum. The guy lives in South Carolina, spent a lot of his money over the years prepping his home yet when evacuating because of Irma all he actually ended up putting to use was the gas (and vehicle). He mentioned that he felt he failed at prepping because he didn’t build his house of reinforced concrete.

I don’t know all the details of this particular case, or even if it’s true at all, but I do understand what it means to put all your eggs in one basket and see it disappear right in front of you. I’ve never suffering such a thing myself, but I get emails often enough, mostly from people that lost everything due to fire or floods. Sometimes it personal financial or family disasters (divorce).
My point is, yes, your home is important. It’s your shelter, it’s your castle. It may even be what puts food on the table, at times literally speaking. And this is indeed a great asset. To produce at least some of your food, to have a workshop for projects, to run a business. I get it.
I also get it that SHTF and worst case scenarios are precisely about what isn’t convenient and what’s uncomfortable to even think of. Loosing it all to a flood, yup, that’s not the kind of thing anyone looks forward too. Yet thousands have gone through just that these last few days. For others it was fires. For someone else, in some other parts of the world, it was war or social unrest.

You need to plan for what’s likely, but you also need to think about those worst case scenarios. A worst case scenario isn’t bugging in in your retreat just in time, full of supplies, in some idyllic location along with your best buds (who also happen to be Navy SEALS, all of them) and all of them married to hot models that are also brain surgeons and homesteaders (wait, isn’t the divorce rate among military kinda high?) and everyone happens to get along just perfect without personal interests getting in the way of the finely tuned harmony of the survival retreat. Oh, you also beat the UN which happened to invade your county for some reason.
Seriously. SHTF is about when things DON’T go as planned. When that you’d rather not even think of ends up happening. Losing your farm sucks? Many have gone through just that these last few days alone.

This needs to be planned for. As I say in the cover of my second book “Bugging Out and Relocating”. You need to know “what to do when staying is not an option”.
FerFAL

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”

Friday, September 8, 2017

Handgun/Carbine Combo: 6 pistol caliber combo advantages


Handgun rifle combos in the same caliber aren’t anything new. They’ve been around for many years. Back in the wild west cowboys and frontiersmen saw the logistic advantage of having both their guns in the same caliber. Lets go through some of the advantages of this set up.

The advantages are valid for the Winchester 94 and Manurhin MR73 pictured above, but are also valid for other combos such as Glock 9mm and Keltec sub2000, Beretta Storm carbine and handgun, or other pistol caliber subguns such as H&KMP5. Keltec Sub2000 can use the same magazines as your Glock pistol, making it particularly handy.


1)Obvious enough, logistics. You buy and stock up on just one caliber. Whatever ammo you have with you can be used on either gun, something you wouldn’t be able to do if you had different ammo for each one. If you end up using either gun more than the other, either way your grand total supply of ammo can be run through both indistinctively.

2) Weight. Pistol caliber ammo is usually smaller and more compact than rifle ammo.
Pistol caliber firearms themselves are usually more lightweight and compact than their rifle caliber counterparts.

3)Cost of ammo. Pistol ammo is usually affordable and easy to come by. Granted some surplus rifle ammo can be dirt cheap, but in general handgun ammo is more affordable, especially 9mm.

4)Low recoil. Pistol caliber carbines and sub guns have little recoil. They are easier to handle for small framed people, women or people particularly sensitive to recoil.

5)Accuracy and Power. Some shooters believe that a pistol caliber long arm is just a heavy, bulky handgun. Not so. A long arm with a stock has a third point of contact with the body in the stock (4th is counting cheek weld) this makes accurate long range shots easier and faster.
Some people don’t realize the power advantage in having more barrel to burn the ammunition’s powder. In 9mm the advantage can be an extra 150 to 200 fps. This is considerable more speed and power. In bigger, more powerful calibers the advantage ca be even greater.

6)Supressing. Pistol caliber carbines and sub guns are easily suppressed. They usually have shorter barrels that lend themselves nicely to sound suppressors. A subsonic variation can often be found for most pistol calibers.
FerFAL
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”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Got gas? Shortages in Florida

With Hurricane Irma just around the corner( to hit Florida as early as Sunday morning), Gas is becoming harder to come by as prices go up. Meanwhile Florida’s Governor is warning. “We can’t save you”.


Plywood and bottled water are also in short supply and highly sought after.

FerFAL
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”

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma: Now a Category 5 and headed for Florida


While Texas is still dealing with the consequences of Hurricane Harvey, Irma is already on its way.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: 12 Lessons from the Disaster in Texas




1) This is why we prepare. We prepare because it allows us to better overcome these challenges in life, some more unexpected than others. Sometimes being prepared means we deal better with less serious inconveniences and we end up looking like the “handy” guy in the group. Sometimes it’s a serious as it could possibly be. The difference between life and death.

2)Location, Location, Location. These last few days I kept hearing terrible stories of loss, of people that had lost everything, people that have lost their lives even. Some of them said this was the second time in 10 years that they had to start over. That right there is maybe the most valuable lesson. Areas that have flooded in the last 10 years, 50 years or 100 years are likely to flood again. Areas that have never flooded before but are in proximity of such areas are likely to get flooded next for the first time, simply because the growing urban footprint doesn’t leave enough absorbing surface to avoid flooding. True, these CAN indeed be prevented with responsible development and proper
infrastructure as the urban setting expands, instead of just thinking of building and flipping houses without caring what happens to them a couple years later. But that’s a topic for another discussion.


Know where you live. Know where you’re moving next. When I moved to Ireland, floods were one of the first things I looked into. It took some digging but I ended up finding maps of past floods going back over a hundred years. Guess who didn’t get flooded when it eventually happened a couple years later?

3) It’s not just the city and urban areas. The countryside gets flooded too. It gets flooded a LOT. You build your house in the middle of nowhere thinking it’s an ideal location an later on if you didn’t do your homework you realize your house is at the bottom of a lake. Be careful yet again with developers. A nice new subdivision can be built in an area that is likely to flood. Maybe that’s why it was cheap in the first place.

4) What killed people during Harvey? In 3rd world countries the main causes of death would be the spread of diseases after the disaster itself, but in a developed country it’s often people making bad decisions. Getting caught inside the houses when the water raises. Above all, its people “bugging out” and getting their car carried by the current, rather than staying put and waiting to be rescued. This isn’t anything new. That’s why before Harvey hit I advised readers precisely about this.

5) People are good. We often focus on the worst mankind has to offer. I do that more than most, and I’ve seen this myself more than enough. But at the end of the day for every scumbag looter there’s two folks willing to give their neighbour a helping hand. There’s random strangers forming a human chain to pull someone out of the water, even risking their own well-being for that stranger.
Be smart about it and remember the saying about loose lips sinking ships, but be kind to your neighbours and the people around you. They will be the first responders when you need help the most, even if you’re not the kind of guy that likes being helped.

6) How many of these people never thought of leaving “because we already live in our bug out location”. How many people focused on “stuff” and “gear” rather than skills, flexibility and mobility? Putting all your eggs in one basked is just a bad idea. A flood, a fire, even a home invasion can leave your with nothing. Ask yourself this: What would I do, where would I go and how would I get back on my feet if my house burned down with everything in it? What would I do if a flood destroyed all my property, destroyed my homestead and my crops along with my gear? 80% of the people in the flooded areas in Texas did not have flood insurance. ( and before you say it, if a company isn’t even willing to insure you that should be the huge red flag that tells you to get the hell out of there!)

7) What if you can’t move at the moment and you know you’re in an area that is likely to be affected? Well, plan for that as well. How high is water likely to get? What if it’s double that next time? What kind of house are we talking about? Do you have a plan, a route, a place to go to when you have to evacuate? Do you have a camping trailer you can use? Do you have the gear you want to salvage ready to go? Do you have a boat in case you don’t make it out on time? Do you have personal flotation devices and helmets for the family? Is your EDC cellophane waterproof? It’s little details like these that make the difference between life and death when you’re hanging for dear life from a tree and all you have to call for help is your dead non-waterproof phone (yes, sometimes you do have a signal, or you can at least send text messages).


8) Got pets? Prepare for them as well. I heard over the news that people were abandoning them. Rescue teams specifically looking for pets were breaking into houses to rescue them. They were being left at shelters. Plan for your animal friends too. Recently we had our own little storm warning around here. It barely rained at all eventually but I did notice I was running low on dog food and would have had to improvise something in the middle of the storm if it had hit. A large extra bag “for emergencies only” is cheap insurance and handy for when caught without at inconvenient moments too.

9) You can’t drink flood water folks. Can’t use your well, your tap water or even your lake. Get a quality filter, but also get enough bottled water to make it through. I keep two weeks of bottled water. Not just a few gallons, but two weeks’ worth of what my family honestly consumes. Talk about cheap insurance, bottled water is maybe your cheapest, yet most vital prep when forced to do without.


10) Like in boxing, protect yourself at all times. We saw scenes of looting. Looters went around looking for places to pick. People defended their property. We saw that looters don’t like getting shot at (an universal fact of live, for all countries it seems) If you stand guard armed chances are they will go looking for easier targets, but expect them to be armed and ready to shoot as well. In this case a long arm provides extra firepower. This would be also the time to done your body armour and night vision. We saw people in boats helping the victims. Many of them would jump from the boat to the houses or vehicles dragged by the current rescuing folks. In that case you can’t go around with your rifle across your back bumping into everything so once again your handgun becomes your main gun. You rifle stays in the vehicle or boat, maybe the person driving the vehicle keeps an eye out with the long arm ready in case there’s trouble.

11) Remember the part about cash being king? After the storm many stores had “cash only” signs. As stores start opening again, you don’t want to be that guy without cash.

12) Besides having a plan and even if you’re not evacuating, supplies are essential in times like these. Again, the stuff we talk about here all the time. As mentioned before, water is a key supply people amazingly still overlook. But there’s also food supplies, means of cooking such food, disposable plates, cups and cutlery. Properly stored gas for your vehicles and generator. Batteries, lots of batteries and flashlights. Medical supplies, both prescription and first aid. All sorts of supplies disappeared in a matter of hours after the storm was announcement. Bleach, soap and cleaning supplies in general. This is important to avoid diseases after the water goes down.

FerFAL
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”

Friday, September 1, 2017

My new favourite Survival Food!


Get this: Lentil pasta!

Yes, maybe it’s been around for some time but I just learned about it.
Lentil pasta. 100% lentil, nothing else (at least according to the packaging)
Looks like pasta, cooks fast like pasta, heck, almost tastes like pasta with a tad of lentil aftertaste.
I’ll buy some more and probably stock up on this stuff. Can’t think of a better cheap, long term food to stock up on in bulk.
 Give it a try if you find it around your area.
I’m also finishing a Hurricane Harvey AAR write up but I’ll post it tomorrow.
Have a great Friday folks.

FerFAL

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”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Accidental or Negligent Discharges: Revolvers vs Autos


Left to Right: Heckler &Koch P7M8, Glock 17 Gen4, Manurhin MR73
Fernando—
I suspect that if you had an accidental discharge with a revolver, you had cocked the gun so that it took little pressure on the trigger to release the hammer and fire it.  Otherwise, the length of the trigger pull and the normal amount of trigger pressure required to fire an un-cocked revolver mitigates against accidentally firing it.
I know you think semiautomatic pistols don’t require manual safeties, and various arguments continue to be made by those who like the “ready to fire” semiautomatics.
However, I could send you links to many stories about these guns firing when they might not have if only there had been a manual safety engaged on them.  Some of these incidents involve highly trained law enforcement officers who shot a colleague!  Other incidents, many of them, involve somebody picking up a pistol that was in plain sight or because they knew where they were stored, and which was loaded and ready to fire.  Tragically, many of these incidents involve very small children as well as others who don’t know how guns function but have it discharge because they put some amount of pressure on the trigger.
When someone gets shot in these incidents, it often makes the news.  When no one gets shot it doesn’t appear to merit mention in the news, and I suspect that law enforcement often does not get notified.  This suggests that perhaps more such accidental discharges occur than get documented.
Any “highly trained” person who is proficient with a handgun should have no problem disengaging a manual safety when they deliberately want to fire the weapon.  And having such a safety engaged would be additional insurance against a child (especially) or an untrained person firing the gun if they happen to get their hands on it.
Best wishes,
Larry

Hi Larry,
No, in fact it was double action on the revolver. There it is again that typical mistake, assuming AD (or ND) occur because a trigger is too light or a gun too easy to shoot or it doesn’t have a safety or it doesn’t have enough of them. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that hair trigger isnt the best idea for a combat handgun. But even in single action, with modern, quality guns they still shouldn’t go off unless the trigger is actually pulled.
What happened to me with the revolver was pretty typical. I was practicing dry fire with the revolver. Got distracted for a second, I think it was a phone call that I got, reloaded the gun and went back to dry firing…

These accidental or negligent discharges, they rarely are a mechanical flaw. 99% its someone dropping the hammer without realizing there’s a live round there. Even in the cases where too much pressure is put on a trigger without realizing it during a stressful situation, at the end of the day it’s still a trigger being pulled and the gun doing what it’s supposed to do. That finger had no business inside that trigger guard in the first place.

As I mentioned in the previous post, there’s a reason why you see so many of these incidents involving Glocks… its because Glocks are everywhere! If Glocks make for over 60% of the guns issued to law enforcement, police and government agencies, then obviously they will be the ones used when AD or ND occur. Now what would be really interesting would be to get our hands on some data comparing current accidents and accidental discharges with those of a few years ago when Glocks weren’t in the scene.

On the same line, a handgun that ends up in the hands of a child unsupervised means there’s terrible negligence by the owner of such weapon. Can the safety save the life of a kid? Maybe, but kids these days will figure out in seconds how to disengage the safety. Guns with safeties have been involved in their fair share of tragedies.

The only upside I can see in them is in the case of a struggle where the gun ends up in hands of the attacker, who may not have time to figure out the safety. This is along the same lines of mag release safeties, where a cop manages to drop the mag in the struggle before losing the weapon and the gun simply wont fire without the magazine (FN Hi Power).  Then again, a safety may end up being forgotten during the fight and get the good guy killed, or the inability to shoot without the magazine inserted may prove as well fatal. At the end of the day law enforcement voted with their issued weapons and it clearly points towards Glocks or similar handguns.
FerFAL
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”

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Problem with Glock Pistols

I have enjoyed your site for many years. I started reading it when you were still in Argentina.  We here in the U.S. are still headed down that same self destructive path but maybe a little slower that one would expect.
Even though I am a Sig fan ,(P226, P228, P290), I must agree with your article on the Sig P320.  I strongly disagree with your assessment of Glocks.  Many professionals and truly experienced gunners here in the U.S. are dropping the Glocks in favor of a safer designed pistols.   The Glock is 90% cocked with NO safety.  Anything coming in contact with the very light trigger will fire the weapon as has been demonstrated by and ever increasing number of accidental discharges.  These are referred to as "Being Glocked".   The Springfield XD series pistols and Heckler & Koch both are much better weapons.  The XD has the grip safety, (similar to 1911), and a drop safety.  It is in my opinion, and many experts agree, that it is also of higher build quality than Glock.  The Military did make a mistake by going with the P320 but the Glock would not have been the right choice. In fact they should stick with a proven gun such as the Sig p226, FN, or HK.  But then opinions are like A-holes, we all have one.
-Jack
Hello Jack,
Thanks for your message.
If you read my bookThe Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse, you know that I’ve had accidental discharges before. If you shoot thousands and thousands of rounds, it’s not a matter of it but when. When it eventually happens, you better hope the other safety rules aren’t broken as well (be sure of your backstop, always point your gun in a safe direction)
Some people prefer to use ND, negligent discharge, but I don’t think they are the same thing. Negligence involves a certain incompetence and purposeful misuse of the firearm (playing with it, knowingly leaving it loaded, in dangerous positions or pointing it in unsafe directions). Accidental discharges are just that, accidents which can and will eventually happen to all of us, simply because we are imperfect humans. The only difference is that those that remember the safety rules will have a hole in a dresser, floor or wall. Those that don’t will get someone killed. I’ve have an AD with a Glock and with a revolver, which perfectly illustrates what I have to say about this topic: If a gun fires when you pull the trigger that’s not the guns fault, that’s on you. A gun is supposed to fire when you pull the trigger. A gun with safety makes no difference if you disengage the safety and pull the trigger. A manual safety lever isn’t some magical insurance, it won’t avoid the tragedy if you fire a round you don’t intend to.

The Glock is basically as safe as a revolver, and no one ever complained about revolvers not having enough manual safeties nor did It ever occur to anyone to put one in them(although there is such model). Like the revolver, part of the safety of the Glock is its sheath, which should be rigid, made of hard polymer and completely cover the trigger guard.
Never use leather holsters. Leather softens when wet (rain, sweat) and can deform enough to get caught inside the trigger guard when reholstering. Use polymer. I’ve used and strongly recommend this IWB holster, the Blatech Phanton. It’s affordable and extremely safe and reliable.

 
The Glock with a round in the chamber is on a half cocked position so to speak. The striker isnt fully pulled back which is done when pulling the trigger, therefore the loaded Glock is perfectly safe and even if dropped it will not fire. What will cause it to fire is something actually pulling the trigger, which is why you should never try to “catch” any gun when dropped.

Most serious professionals that I know of carry Glock. I’m sure that if Glocks were that bad, over 60% of the PD in USA wouldn’t be issuing them. The famous “Glock leg” or as you say “being Glocked”, is simply a consequence of two things. First, AD simply being a fact of life. They do happen and sometimes people end up shooting themselves. Second, the prevalence of Glock, especially among law enforcement. Put these two together and you see why so many AD include Glocks.

I don’t think the Glock trigger is that light. There’s far lighter triggers and again, something actually has to pull it for it to fire. If Glocks were that dangerous, they wouldn’t be in the holsters of most pros, used by more LE than any other gun.
As you say, everyone has an opinion and I sure respect yours and appreciate your email.
FerFAL
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”

Friday, August 25, 2017

Getting ready for Hurricane Harvey



Hope everyone is sheltered-in-place already and prepared for Hurricane Harvey. You should already have plenty of stored water, food and other essential supplies.
Try to stay put, stay off the roads, make sure everything it locked and tied down to reduce the amount of flying debris out there.
Any updates you want to share with the rest of us leave your comments below.
Good luck everyone and stay safe!
FerFAL

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”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

SIG P320 Drop Test: What’s wrong with the US Army’s new sidearm?


On January 19, 2017, it was announced that the SIG Sauer P320 had won the United States Military XM17 Modular Handgun System competition. Becoming the new US armed forces sidearm was a huge deal, even more so because it beat their hated rival in the process, the Glock pistol.
Fans quickly flocked to buy the newly crowned champion. Fanboys made a huge deal over it, blowing the P320 out of proportion and crowning it the best invention ever in mankind’s history. If that sounds exaggerated you should have seen some of the threads discussing the contract win back then…
Anyway, the difference between fanboys and actual firearms experts is that anyone that knows the first thing about weapons design knows that the P320, in spite of its design pro and cons, simply hadn’t past the ultimate test: Time.
You see, when certain people (me included) recommend Glock and mention it as without a doubt the best combat handgun in the world, we don’t do so out of blind fan adoration, we do it out of clinical observation. Simplicity, weight, accuracy, durability, reliability, commonality, ease of use, these are all important and they are the reason why the Glock is the most copied combat handgun design, but none of this would matter if it hadn’t passed the test of time.
You see, the Glock 17 was adopted by the Austrian military and police forces in 1982. Shortly after by the Norwegian and Swedish armed forces and more recently in 2013 the British Army adopted the Glock 17 Gen 4 to replace their Browning Hi-Power pistols. Why didn’t the US Military adopt it as well? All excuses aside, it came down to a matter of politics. The American military doesn’t want to carry around all day long a very non-American, rather very European firearm. Silly? Maybe, but it’s the same reason why they didn’t go for the FAL and chose the M14 instead while the rest of the world saw the potential of “the right arm of the free world”.
But all this brings us to the fact that way too many people spend their hard earned money on a gun that wasn’t nearly as proven as they thought it was. They believed that the army adopting it instantly gave it all the credentials they needed. Guns & Ammo ran with this now infamous cover.

And then someone dropped his P320.


You see, the trigger in the P320 is too heavy, and inertia is enough to dischage the weapon when dropped. Glock covers this potential issue with its trigger safety, which the P320 lacks.
Now Sig fanboys are on meltdown mode. Quite honestly a modern firearm with such a massive design flow should not be carried. That Sig chose to play dump and not do an official recall and instead offer an upgrade in their “voluntarily recall” added offense to insult. The upgraded trigger isnt looking very good either.
Is the P320 a viable carry option? Of course its not, at least not with such a design flaw it isn’t, and the upgraded trigger is having problems of its own.
Good guns are like good software or good cars, they need to be tested and get the bugs sorted out. In the case of guns we’re talking about decades of recorded use in the field, both battlefield and street.
For your concealed carry gun, its particularly important to stick to reliable, well proven models which you know you can count on. The P320 simply isn’t that gun, at least not today.
FerFAL
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”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

EDC Saves the day! 3 lessons Learned



A couple days ago something happened to me that in my opinion perfectly illustrates what EDC is all about.
My wife needed something from the grocery store down the street, just a couple blocks away. Its pretty close but I like going with her so that she doesn’t have to carry heave stuff.  I was wearing just underwear and a tshirt. It’s pretty hot around here in Costa del Sol this time of the year. So I quickly put on my 5.11 taclite shorts and head out with her. Since it was just a couple blocks I didn’t bother checking my EDC much, it was just what I had in my pant’s pockets.
As we approached the store,  we saw these two cars parked, several people were screaming and a baby crying.
Some bystanders were staring but didn't want to get involved in what seemed to be a family dispute, but there was a lot of shouting and crying, mostly around the baby which the woman kept pressed against her chest.
My wife told me not to get involved, and usually I wouldn't but the baby crying was a bit too much. It crossed my mind that if that was my wife and that was one of my kids, I would want people to help and not just stand there.
I approached them and asked what’s going on but I already saw that the baby's ear was somehow stuck to its mother chest.
"Scissors! Scissors!" they all started shouting when they notice me. I had my Leatherman Charge with me so I brought it out.
Somehow the baby got its earring stuck awfully bad in its mother's bunched up top, pulling at the ear almost to the point of tearing the baby's ear off, which looked like an elastic band about to snap.
The Leatherman Charge has a hook for cutting belts but push cutting was not an option. The baby's ear was pulling extremely tight and I saw no chance of using the hook without ripping the baby’s ear. Even the serrated emergency blade seemed like a poor option, so I used the main blade which out of pure coincidence I had sharpened razor sharp a few days ago. All this went through my mind in a fraction of a second.
So the baby was desperately crying, the mother was crying, what I assume was the grandma was pulling and holding the clothes for me to cut and the idiot husband and some other guy were shouting and pushing at the mother for her to stay still and none of them would stop moving. And I had like 1/4 of an inch of room to put the tip of the knife through and cut, which I did. As soon as I touched the fabric it cut through it like a hot knife through butter. The baby was free with a piece of cloth still attached to her earing and the mom had a big hole on her top.
Anyway, never thought I'd end up using my Leatherman for that in a million years. It was as these things usually are, completely unexpected.
After a decade of continuous use, I can say my Leatherman Charge has been the tool that I have used the most, the one that has been more critical when needed and the last one I would want to part with. I just cant recommend it enough. If its too pricy, the Leatherman Wave is every bit as functional, just make sure you get the pocket clip for it and carry the thing every day.


A few lessons learned:
1)Carry your edc. You never know when it may come in handy. Even more critical, you never know when it can prevent serious injury or even death. This time it was a baby’s ear. Sometimes it’s a rope or cord, or wire around someone’s neck. Or clothes or hair caught in machinery. A couple years ago I remember a kid dying when accidentally tangling cord around his neck and slipping in a slide in a playground. You just never know, but having a cutting tool, wire cutters and saw to break someone free may be critical when seconds count.



2) Layers work. That day I left home without my wallet, which I take with me 99% of the time when I walk out the door. I could have easily left behind the tools I ended up needed. My point is that you need to plan on screwing up, and here is where layers of tools make a big different. My keys are that core layer. There I have my trusty Minichamp and a spare AAA flashlight. If nothing else, I have those. Since I need the keys to open the door and get back into my house, chances are very slim that I’ll leave home without them.

3)Keep your EDC in top notch condition. Your tools need to be checked and serviced. Your CCW needs to be fired often, your ammo replaced, magazines checked. Your flashlight needs to have working batteries, and your knife should be as sharp as realistically possible. Some people that carry knives carry DULL blades. This simply isn’t acceptable. I’ve used the blade in my Leatherman Charge more than any other knife in recent years. It’s visibly worn but it is razor sharp and I touch it up when I notice it isn’t biting as much. In this case, like when a baby’s ear is stuck and you need to cut with as little effort as possible, then it’s crucial for that blade to be like a scalpel.
Take care people, and don’t leave your EDC behind!

FerFAL
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”

Thursday, August 17, 2017

New terror attack in Barcelona: 5 easy tips to Remember



You probably know by now that a van plowed into the crowd on Las Ramblas avenue in Barcelona, killing 13 and injuring 100 people.

As soon as I heard about the attack I called my brother who was visiting family in Barcelona. Fortunately he left yesterday, a day earlier than expected. He had been thinking of staying another day. He easily could have been caught walking La Rambla if they had stayed another day.
Another terrorist attack, another lunatic picking a big vehicle and just mowing people.

What can you do?
You can’t do much to stop these events because cars are readily available and it takes very little research to figure out the most packed locations.
You can do something about letting known terrorist out and about. You can deport know radicals rather than give them some slack and just hope they don’t murder innocent people.
Above all, you can remove every single mosque that doesn’t publicly condemn these attacks and cooperates with authorities 100%. The number of imams that refuse to do so is astonishing and getting rid of those would be a big step forward in getting rid of their most visible and obvious indoctrination centres. It seems though that not enough blood has been spilled to overcome political correctness.
What can you do on a more personal level?

1)Know where they attack. They usually go for high profile targets. Large, emblematic cities, attacking in their centres.

2)Avoid these potential targets, especially at time of peak activity with target rich locations. Concerts, festivals, peak holyday season. Wherever you have a lot of people packed together, that’s an ideal target for a terrorist. I’m not saying not to live your life, just understand the risks when it comes to terrorists.

3)Awareness. Mind your surroundings. Look ahead of you and behind you. What’s going on 100 yards ahead and 100 yards behind. LISTEN. This is usually a great indicator of trouble. Shots fired, screams. In my experience you usually hear trouble before you see it.

4)Take action. Avoid being the deer caught in the headlights. When you see, listen or feel something is wrong, do something. In most cases that “something” should be start moving towards a safer direction, either getting behind cover, avoiding a speeding vehicle or attacker heading towards you.

5) Carry your EDC kit, especially a first aid kit in your EDC bag when at high risk locations as the ones mentioned above. Celox gauze, a tourniquet. Add a blow out kit if you got trainning on how to use it. Don’t forget your EDC, a knife can be used to cut open clothes, remove cords or clothes or seatbelts wrapped around people’s neck. Heck, I used my knife today to help out a baby girl in the street (more on this tomorrow) Where and when legal, you should carry your CCW too.

FerFAL
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”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Get yourself a Busse INFI Dog Soldier knife



If you’re looking for some INFI steel knife from Busse they have a pretty neat knife available at the moment for $259.95 called the INFI Dog Soldier.

INFI knives are usually around the 350ish to 500 buck range so the $259 price, while high, isnt that bad. Especially given that these days any 1095 "survival"  knife costs around or above 100 bucks. Good stainless steel knives often twice as much.
Busse knives are often sold out in a matter of days and resold at higher prices.In particular INFI steel blades tend to be pretty expensive as you probably know, so while the price isnt cheap, you do get something neat in the knife world, but also a steel that is actually excellent. and you get to pick the blade color finish.

No, I don’t make a single buck out of this, no commission of any kind, but I do write about these knives at times and they aren’t always easy to acquire so this is your chance if you want a high end blade. Here's the link.
http://www.bussecombat.com/infi-dog-soldier/
The current offer is the Dog Soldier, 6.25 inch blade, .210" thick. A solid blade geometry, great Respirine C grip. The only thing I’d like to have is a matte or satin polished finish but I can live with the black finish too, especially at that price.
Get one while you can if interested, supply tends to be limited. In fact I’m posting this because I already ordered mine, which I will review once I receive it.
Take care!
FerFAL
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”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Concealed Carry: When 47 rounds is not Enough



This is a great story, explaining why this cop went from carrying 47 rounds of 45ACP to 145 rounds of 9mm. It just goes to show with a real-world incident why you probably need to carry more ammo and why that 5-shot sunbnose, while sure better than nothing, may still not be enough.

Why one cop carries 145 rounds of ammo on the job

Sergeant Timothy Gramins went from 45 ACP to 9mm (sacriledge! Right? Well, no) after 14 hits on a lone attacker with his .45 Glock 21, of which six should have been show stoppers (heart, right lung, left lung, liver, diaphragm, and right kidney) failed to stop his assailant. And attacker that was not under the influence of narcotics but just very determined to kill him.
He went from a Glock 21 to Glock 17 (Glock 26 as backup). Three spare 17-round  mags and a couple 33-round mags on his vest.
I would have gone with a tad less ammo and more power per round with a Glock 31 in 357SIG, but that’s just me. ;-)
FerFAL
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”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Seal Team Six E&E kit: cash, Copenhagen and cigarettes





Sure they have some great gear, and small survival tin kits with a lot of useful tools (and of course the training to go along with it) but I think it’s interesting that Robert O'Neill mentions CASH as the first thing that comes to mind if he ever has to make his way home on his own after a mission. What does he do when he gets a call right before getting in a plane to go God knows where? Hit the ATM for as much cash as he can and buys some tobacco.


“I know I’m going to jump somewhere but I don’t know where I’m going to end up. And I can buy my way home with money, or somewhere else I can barter with tobacco…plus I love tobacco”.


Folks that have never been to 3rd world countries just don’t understand the power of a 20, 50, let alone 100 USD bill. With absurd conversion rates in most of the third world, a 50 dollar bill is in parts of the world more money than the average person there will see in the same place in his entire life. You can buy shelter, food, you can buy transportation or even loyalty. 

Cash is king indeed.

FerFAL