Man Turns up at Oregon Standoff Armed with AR15, Pistol, Kit

A man stands guard after members of the "3% of Idaho" group along with several other organizations arrived at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. A small, armed group has been occupying the remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon for a week to protest federal land use policies. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)A man stands guard after members of the "3% of Idaho" group along with several other organizations arrived at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. A small, armed group has been occupying the remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon for a week to protest federal land use policies. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

If you thought MultiCam man was over the top for the standoff in Oregon, check out this guy who turned up over the weekend armed with an AR15-style rifle, pistol, knife and other tactical kit.

It wasn’t clear who the man was. He didn’t give his name to Rick Bowmer, the Associated Press photographer who took the picture as part of his ongoing coverage of the standoff at an Oregon refuge between ranchers and the federal government over grazing rights.

Several groups descended at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns over the weekend, including the so-called “3% of Idaho” and the “Pacific Patriot Network,” according to published reports.

The armed attendees reportedly left after a spokesman for the ranchers, LaVoy Finicum, said the network’s help was appreciated, but “we want the put away.”

Note: This post was updated to correct the reference to the rifle in the headline and text. It’s an AR15-style rifle, not an M4. I apologize the mistake. The point of the post was to show how well-equipped he was and with a rifle that was ready for war.

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  • 10thMountainMan

    Burpees, begin.

  • Geronimo!

    How’s this over the line? I see a man with good practical kit and a very decent rifle. This dude looks no different than tons of guys going through drills on the range or in training classes. Ya, hes got a bit of a gut, but for whatever his age I’m betting hes in pretty good shape. Oh, but look at that trigger discipline (and he’s taking me back with the flight gloves..). The only thing I’d fault him for is having his dust cover open..but I mean come on.. but wait for it.. oh ya I can hear the forum warriors about to scream how stolen valor he is.. I mean look at that MC kit…..

  • sponteoppresso

    What precisely causes your illustrious publication to use “M4” in the headline and text of this article? Cannot see an auto-sear in the picture, since the lower is mostly blocked by the strong hand. This American citizen is almost certainly carrying a civilian AR-15 variant. Like it or not, this is semi-auto, and legal, along with his secondary in a drop holster, and belt knife.

    Slim to zero chance this is a military-grade carbine, and shame on you and your so-called journalists for allowing it to be posted. This type of misinformed, agenda-driven “journalism” is representative of the decline and death of the Fourth Estate in our nation.

    • textanker

      Really? So your concern of the technical identification of a rifle is your problem and not the fact that some wanna-be shows up with a “sporting rifle”? I am suitably impressed with your technical knowledge.

      Shame on you for not getting the point. The lack of critical thinking and inability to understand the a more important issue is representative of the decline of our society.

  • Gonz9731

    Note: …. The point of the post was to show how well-equipped he was and with a rifle that was ready for war.

    A rifle that was ready for war? Really? The more you write the less I think you’re qualified to write. Firstbyounlabelled it something it’s not. Then you described it in long hand as exactly the thing you mislabeled it as.
    Please; just stop. You’d make a great gun control advocate. You have al the misqualifications to speak on the issue.

  • josh

    At least I don’t see any ridiculous morale patches…

  • John

    The point that is being missed, whether he is a “Mall Ninja” or ex- something and what gear has, is who is he getting ready to shoot? American Law Enforcement Officers? Guys with families who are doing their job? Folks none of these guys are the “Evil Government” those are the politicians who are sitting in an office far away. And resist the U.S. Government? Are you kidding? They have a rather impressive, extremely experienced, enormous military.
    I don’t like how the Government is conducting themselves, but arming yourself with a rifle and confronting it is absurd. Fighting this in court is what normal,mature people do, yes you can’t win, but in the end you can not shoot other Americans to make a point!

    • Ham

      So since we can’t win we just let the government walk all over us? That is not how America was created.

      • John

        Yea, basically. I don’t like it anymore than anyone else. But with no real nation-wide support and relentless media disinformation, the folks that do stand up wind up are vilified and eventually, in custody or ruined financially. This isn’t the country I swore to defend, but it’s still better than anywhere else I’ve been.

  • MATN

    I’m done with KitUp. It used to be a decent resource, however the content has become very shallow, the editorial commenting is just sad, and the political slant is showing. The standoff in Oregon is criminal, and I disagree with it, but guess what? The Ar15 is here to stay and as common as the shotgun. A rifle ready for war? Really? And this article is in the vein of the site’s focus how? Oh…because you need content to offset the obvious lack of interest that manufacturers and writers have in supporting your site. It lacks info, yo. Check out SSD, ENDO, TFB, JTT, or any of several other better sources of info for help.

  • cbaconrun2017wordpee

    Ya I truly don’t see how he or any of these gents are “stolen valor”. Rocking AOR approiate camo does not equate to stolen valor. This site is almost looking for a fight, grow up.

    • Freddy

      Falsely representing your military credentials is Stolen Valor. Several of the individuals currently present at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge have publicly done just that; so yes, they have stolen valor.

      I agree that rocking AOR appropriate camo does not necessarily equate to stolen valor. However, it is the act of a tool.

      Clearly, these guys have run up huge credit card bills buying the latest color-coordinated kit. What’s the point of buying all that stuff if you can’t show it off in a safe and secure environment? It’s basically LARPing for grown males pretending to be men.

  • JNZ

    Nothing says “I’ve never actually used a gun” like a drop leg holster says it.

    • HardMacK

      /rolls_eyes… Nothing says “look at me, Im a troll” then derpin’ on someone actually utilizing a drop leg, PROPERLY.

    • Geronimo!

      Dude, are you for real, do you have any experience in the field with this kind of kit? Drop leg holsters have a well deserved place if used properly, which he is doing. The single leg strap and high and tight style of his g-code rig is perfectly setup for his kit. This setup drops your secondary down a couple inches, just enough to clear your PC/chest rig kit, but still keep it strapped to your leg securely. Its also a quicker draw and more comfortable way of carrying a secondary while on patrols or static guard duties (no wooded and/or vehicular movement).

  • HardMacK

    boohoo Brendan McGarry, boohoo

  • Freddy

    Looks like things aren’t ending so well for the Y’all Qaeda welfare queens who took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. I guess the culture of entitlement to government handouts eventually lands everybody in prison. However, looks like there is now a market for Multicam prison jumpsuits.

  • Neo

    This guy is a tool, and anyone who owns and dresses up like this is a tool unless they’re currently serving in the military or LEO assignment where it’s job related.

    Too much Call of Duty for this mall ninja.