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  1. So many variations nowdays to keep up with, but during my term of service I saw a few different variants on the M4, including an Air Force model with no forward assist and the stock was a lot slimmer, with some looking like they were aluminum with plasti-dip. The Army was using some marked "M5 Carbine", which had the M4 SOPMOD type lower and then the upper was rifle length 20", typically with an Aimpoint. It was similar to the Canadian infantry rifle that is set up that way.
  2. The premise is pretty bad and the subplots even worse. The comic books are part of that twisted drug culture thing of evil genius. The idea in the totality of the story is to "prove" what scum people are by showing that hardship and challenge create all that backstabbing evil stuff, and the long game is that they are already all dead, but in a version of purgatory which was created to challenge their morality. The more realistic premise in another genre is that of "The Last Ship" and to a lesser degree, the one from the original Charlton Heston Omega Man. Mad Max is a lot of fun, but not a realistic premise. For that matter, Defiance is pretty interesting, but in the end, it's SciFi.
  3. Oh, my "preference" is 10mm, it's just not what I am likely to end up with in a SHTF situation...
  4. Probably want to start thinking about coming up with a standard. Some platform that is flexible enough for all that kind of customization that people like on the ARs. Oh wait, that was the topic of discussion right? Not predicting gun shop popularity, or what's the perfect thing, but what a standard will be because standards are a good idea.
  5. Real world, for building shit in a hurry and having materials you can salvage from shelters and such, you want lots and lots of the galvanized indoor/outdoor deck screws. The powder coated color screws are great except that if you drop them they can be lost. They work a little better in wet environments. It's not backpack stuff, but for your vehicles, impact drivers and some boxes of screws can be used to turn lumber into stuff real quick, or close up a building in a hurry and make stuff surprisingly difficult for mobs to get into. Out in the woods, old school was to have a bunch of paracord around, but these days, you have a stock of wood screws and timber bolts along with several packs of the big zip ties, you would be surprised what someone with a little construction skill can come up with.
  6. How about making that another topic, but in all reality, it is settled right now as the .223/5.56 will be the standard for the foreseeable future. It is a question of ammo production and distribution. 7.62X39 is not produced domestically in the volume that 5.56 is. Is it the best? Nope, but it is a safe bet to guess that your supply people will scrounge ways of getting a hold of it and all the reloader guys can gear up to make it if they have to. So the standard pistol ammo right now is 9mm, Carbine at 5.56, big rifle at .308/7.62 Nato, and then your secondary carbine stuff is going to be the 7.62X39. The sniper guys, yeah I know they like certain stuff, but that's on a case by case basis, like your favorite EDC handgun or whatever. Staying on topic, we are talking about what caliber ammo someone needs to gear up production and long term supplies for those events where militia guys might be focusing effort on some hotspot that is drawing people to travel long distances. Sometimes without weapons, or with airline ammo restrictions. Say two boxes of ammo max to get on a plane, limitations on purchase amounts in some places, smuggling compartment size and weight limits in vehicles. A lot of old timers and more hard core local crews in different places are not giving up their 1911s any time soon, and that's fine by them, but I guarantee you every single one of those guys also owns a 9mm. What's most important is that your guys on an op can work interchangeably on mags and ammo. Your local team standardization is probably going to be the most important thing, and if as a group you decide to go with .45, that overrides the national standard unless you are going to be combining with other groups that are sticking to the national standard. What you can't have is everybody deciding to be an individual about it. I mean for that matter, if your crew has a line on someone who owns a gun factory and you decide that your standard is 10mm, so much the better, but it's like having some bubble gum in that third grade catholic school class, you better have enough for everybody...
  7. It is also just fine if your militia pistol is NOT your daily carry piece. Perhaps even better that way.
  8. Militia standard for the foreseeable future is probably going to have to be 9mm. Personal preferences for daily concealed carry or small teams, could be anything. You need standardization for militia activities. Otherwise ammo and magazine caches will mismatch, care packages won't work. How the hell can we predict what cases of ammo to drop off if some group had to go hide out in the mountains and can only get messages out by coded radio text? You will be lucky to be able to get a message out to drop resupply to location B at time C and contents :ammo, water, mags. That doesn't mean we get your favorite brand of .45 acp or 10mm hollowpoint for custom shop hicap widebody 1911 mags. We can't have that shit where your stuff for militia deployment is not standardized. Right now, if it's not going to accept a Glock 9mm Magpul mag, forget it. If you got personal preferences for personal carry stuff or your own little team, then great, have at it. Nobody is telling you your concealed carry piece of showpiece cowboy stuff is "wrong", but don't expect that to work on caches and supply drops.
  9. The video above was the "bluff" video which Mark Koernke used to initially bring attention to some of what was going on. Later editions show an audience, and those were some of the early people who went to see his presentations, although a lesser known video had also circulated of one of the actual militia meetings. He had maybe 20 people but as the group grew, they became more security conscious too. That in turn, grew into the 1990s movement which eventually attracted some elements of then active duty Special Forces and intelligence community people who published a newsletter called "The Resister" which was distributed by the "Special Forces Underground", and gave rise to the early online groups which were centered around a series of dial-up bulletin boards out of Colorado. Basically what you would do is dial into the phone bank modem setup they had, synchronize your document with theirs and download compressed text documents of the periodical release. Later on, several members of the "Special Forces Underground" were identified and driven out of the Army while others "turned" and began acting as informants against some of the rising militia groups and leaders. I might have the timing wrong, but I think a bunch of this also was after the LA Riots and the Branch Davidian thing in Waco, but before the the situation with Randy Weaver and his family at Ruby Ridge. Most of the groups were up and running before the OKC bombing in 1995.
  10. This was the beginning of what you know now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVrecoDzgZY
  11. Just to understand the history, the groups which became militias were an outgrowth of some pre-existing stuff. Usually informal groups, others were led by organizations which sometimes did not fully reveal themselves to the bulk of the members, organizations like the John Birch Society and the Freemasons which were waning at the time. SPLC was actually not the first "organization" against the militia. It was an Ohio State graduate student by the name of Mark Pitcavage who had studied the old militias as part of his masters thesis, and then went on to study the modern movement as part of his doctoral studies. If I am not mistaken, he was getting his degrees in military science, but had been ineligible for military service due to being absurdly obese. His main tactical exercises came from involvement with elaborate table games. Pitcavage trolled the first Internet forums at alt.militia and some of the debates can still be found on google. He had not trolled the earlier BBS dialup based bulletin boards out of Colorado, where the "online" militia movement really started. At some point just prior to getting his PHD, Pitcavage was sought out by several government organizations and the ADL as a shotcaller in an organization known as SLATT, which was funded by the DOJ and FBI. Pitcavage was officially an employee of an NGO because again his background and position would have prevented him from being eligible for hire by the FBI. Pitcavage was in no way someone who would be eligible for direct FBI recruitment, but was skipped over numerous better qualified people because the ADL and SPLC admired his tenacity in attempting to control the narrative in his arguments with typically uneducated militia sympathizers in the early forums. During that time period, the federal government, early in the first Clinton administration was putting together the predecessor organization to what was eventually going to be renamed and given new powers as the "Department of Homeland Security" which would be first formed in 1995, and then fully in control as a comprehensive single monolithic controlling organization by 2000. As we now know the history, it was all shelved until after 9/11/2001 and then dusted off and renamed so as to sound original when George W Bush ramrodded through the approvals for the organization in the wake of the terrorist attacks. An original name used in early documents was MJTF, although numerous organizations were called "JTF" and sometimes called "MJTF", which is part of why the organizational model was made but later renamed. The other important aspects of the renaming was to conceal the fact that it was the same basic proposal that Republicans had gutted from the 1995 Omnibus Crime Bill that Clinton had been known for. In the early 1990s, that organization was being discreetly built up in parallel to the FBI/DOJ SLATT, primarily made up of intelligence agency and military personnel. They had approached a former military intelligence officer candidate with a proposal for involvement in a leadership role with the organization which was to become "official" as part of the 1995 omnibus crime and terrorism bill, which had at the time been written with numerous privacy ending measures and draconian gun control measures. That high level recruit was none other than Mark Koernke, who was at the time several academic steps below Pitcavage and had suspended his university studies in order to support his family, but he had stayed in the academic environment and worked at a Michigan state university as a facilities maintenance supervisor. Koernke, however, had the military background that Pitcavage did not, and thus Koernke was about to be recruited directly into the secretive government organization while Pitcavage was simply paid and given more resources to do what he was already doing. SLATT was primarily an intelligence gathering and investigative organization, while the MJTF that Koernke was being recruited into was the enforcement arm. SLATT, to the best of our knowledge never had an enforcement arm, but did refer several cases to the FBI for further development and then to the US DOJ for prosecution. MJTF, according to Koernke's sources, was going to have its own armed service equivalent and carry out it's own tactical missions in house using leftover cold war stockpiles which were no longer necessary for use against the Soviet military. What MJTF lacked was qualified personnel, a problem which even later plagued the Department of Homeland Security, known for recruiting bottom of the barrel personnel who had already been passed over by other government agencies. Koernke however, blew the whistle on everything, and by the time the government people had cut off his information sources and briefings, he was ready to go into an empty auditorium at night and make a video series called "America In Peril". It was a bluff. Koernke's "militia" at the time was less than a dozen people but he figured correctly that if he recruited people faster than MJTF could, then anybody showing pro-militia leanings would be ineligible for hire anyway and that would reduce the potential size and threat of the MJTF. We do know that MJTF did exist and operate for several years in the 1990s, but was never that large. Using camera angle tricks, Koernke produced the video in such a way as to lead the viewers to think he was addressing a large crowd of followers in the university auditorium where other important people of the day gave speeches to their followers. Nobody had Youtube back then, it was all just a few people with VCRs cabled together, and Mark probably using the university video tape copiers at night. The thing to understand about this is that Koernke was the maintenance technician at the major university where some very high powered movers and shakers were giving their speeches in that auditorium, and as a technician with the security clearance to be in all of the restricted access presentations. Koernke and some of his trusted associates reached out to everyone who would listen. They sold and distributed their video tapes in tandem with another video produced by a woman who had been doing an exposure documentary about Waco. That woman was an attorney by the name of Linda Thompson. At that point, several other current and former military people were coming forward after having been approached or been made aware of the same agency and it's plans. Many did their own investigations and made their own speeches and videos. This included Bo Gritz, Mike Mclamb and others. For various reasons, a lot of the groups concentrated in Michigan and northern Ohio. Norm Olsen was a major Michigan leader, and a black guy by the name of JJ Johnson was a leader out of Cleveland. I think Miclamb was out of Arizona at the time, and Trochtman had a militia in name only but maintained contact with several Idaho and Montana based groups. Anyway, it's getting late, I can post more on the history later.
  12. They have really gutted their content in the last several months. What is going on, not particularly connected to Black Friday, are some fairly decent deals on two way radios. Baofengs down to $25 each if you buy a few, the vehicle mount radios 10-25w models in the $55-$110 range. Expect to see overstock and sale prices on gun parts and accessories from other retailers in the coming months. I am guessing they had ramped up production in preparation for a lot of panic purchases which are just not happening. We are already seeing $7 Pmags and $499 ARs on black friday specials, and $399 ARs with $5 Pmags on bulk wholesale purchase is not exactly out of the realm of possibility if Trump smoothly takes office in January. If someone tries to take him out though, then figure everything might just lock down in a hurry...
  13. Just to clarify those little tags: USMC Active duty 4 years US Army NG, around 12 years as a combat engineer. I was basically an Engineer grunt the entire time, since I made my money at a civilian job, promoting to a desk job in the Army was not really one of my goals. I had done Red Cross related disaster relief work before joining the Marines, and had been in the Civil Air Patrol 3%er, I believe in the basic tenets of the 3%er movement but am not currently associated with any particular group and feel that much of the leadership of the existing groups is in fact, compromised. Oathkeepers (as above). It's a long story, but I was around back when 1anonymouspatriot and July4Patriot were just starting out. I maintain discreet connections only with official Oathkeeper groups and will NOT currently endorse ANY until issues surrounding several recent events settle out. NRA Endowment member NRA certified firearms instructor (expired, but I did it for nearly a decade) for rifle and pistol Former IDPA and 3 gun shooter. Former FFL holder Also past associations with GOA, JPFO, GGNRA, OFF and some lesser known stuff. I have degree in both Sociology and Criminal Justice I did have (expired) federal and state certifications in high security VIP protection, escape driving, weapons and tactics related to executive security in the corporate and public service environment.
  14. I am one of the folks migrating from AWRM, like it or not... I will not likely be very active in this forum unless AWRM goes offline, but I will check in every day or two. I usually have a lot to say about current events and happenings in the movement, but check in at AWRM for the main commentary. My general focus right now is on west coast issues as I split my time different places in the western states, although my home base is in Portland. I am not sure what it shows on the members map here though. My "stomping ground" is basically the I5 corridor and highway 101 between SF and Portland.
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