The data book you see in the picture above is the Combat Operations Data Book (CODB) from 1MOA Solutions in use in Afghanistan. The CODB was developed by former Army sniper Adam Wilson with help from other long gun specialists and is built by Combat Swag.
Adam is the head of 1MOA Solutions. When not crossing Eriador with Balin, Dwalin, Oin, Gloin and Pocket Doc, he now teaches precision rifle, carbine and other classes via 1MOA Solutions, Warrior Summit and other venues. The CODB is modular and was designed to withstand the abuse of mud, sand, dirt, etc. frequently encountered by snipers on the job. It’s built of rip resistant, waterproof materials that has been described by some of its end users as “even tougher than Rite in the Rain paper.” [click to continue…]
Brad Walker recently attended the inaugural 2 Vets Arms Home Defense Course. Though 2 Vets Arms is primarily (and justly) well-known for their side-charging rifles, they provide instruction as well. (Note – that’s a shot of their rifles in the back seat of the truck driving down to teach the class). Now, Brad is a training whore much like the rest of us, but in this particular case he had an added reason for wanting to attend the class (though no reason whatsoever for acting giddy as a schoolgirl when Dean Brandly invited him to do so). Here’s an excerpt from an e-mail he sent us:
Last fall, my family and I had returned home one Saturday afternoon from a movie. I was the first to the front door, unlocked both locks and walked inside. From my front door, I have a clear view to my back door…which was wide open. I immediately walked back outside, explained to my wife what was going on and told her to keep the kids in the van. Without hesitation, I walked back to the front door, drew my pistol from concealment and began clearing my house. It was nerve-racking to say the least. I had thought about how I would do this, but never actually went through the motions in case I had to do it for real. Well, now I was in right in the middle of it. I cleared each room and closet and called the “all clear” to my family. My verdict was that one of us didn’t shut the back door all the way and the wind may’ve blown it open. Nothing was touched or taken or disturbed, but needless to say, my heart was racing. From that day forward, I developed a plan. Brad Walker
Proper care of magazines shouldbe common knowledge. Doing so as needed should be second nature. Unfortunately, not only have many shooters not been taught the hows/whys and whens of magazine care, there are many who do not even know how to disassemble one. This is particularly true of the old, ubiquitous (grunts: ubiquitous) 30-round USGI magazine. Regardless of the mag, you need to take care of it. This is a great primer on that, written by my friend Jared, one of the primary instructors at Rockwell Tactical. It first appeared over on Black Sheep Warrior. I thought it warranted ALCON distro. If you have anything to add, let’s hear it. Mad Duo Nate [click to continue…]
A couple months back one of our devoted acolytes acquaintances over at TacticalGear.com sent us a Blackhawk! Go Bag Mag Bag. She was sure we’d like it, despite knowing that neither of us are big Blackhawk! fans. First, they have an exclamation point in their name. Second, we’ve some bad experiences with a couple pieces of individual kit in the past (which we admit shouldn’t be taken as a wide spectrum criticism). We debated about doing the review and decided we’d send it off to Mad Duo Brad. He’s a proficient shooter who manages to be fair and open minded while remaining ruthlessly pragmatic, which is a good combination. Plus, he’s a Warrant Officer, which provides entertainment all of its own sort. Here’s his review – she was right. He liked it. Regards, The Duo
Blackhawk! Go Box Mag Bag
by: Brad Walker
I’ve had a chance to review Blackhawk! Go Bag Mag Bag for the last month or so, and here are some things I found out about it.
Friday afternoon one of the insufferably Texan minions of the Mad Duo posted an article about Confederate Forge, an old school one-man operation making extraordinary blades there in the Lone Star State. I took a look and was impressed with what I saw (in fact, I gave the craftsman’s contact info to the Residential Sergeant Major for a Father’s Day gift idea, which means hopefully I’ll get two – one from Eric and one from Bill Coye). I did some reading and then called him. Turns out that not only does he make the blades himself, he sews the sheaths and does the leatherwork too. There’s an old sewing machine near the forge and that’s what he works on. He also hand decorates what he makes, from knife scabbards to quivers (he’s an avid bowhunter). Interestingly, if you do some digging through social media you’ll find that Confederate Forge has done a number of specials for many of the ‘tactical celebrities’ in our world.
Here’s a look at some more of his work( that’s him out to the right on the range, by the way, not one of the Vikings).
Most smartassery aside, consider the implications of this in a deployed location, in MOOTW operations and anywhere there is a need to rapidly to establish some force protection measures (we hate that term, by the way). Certainly water won’t always be available (though it doesn’t have to be potable for these to work), but then presumably we won’t always be wearing PT belts and fighting battles in arid, landlocked countries. Structures and the reinforcement of sandbags are obvious, but what if something like Hescos were made out of this? Could we have a more easily transportable T Wall option using something like this? It’s the increased speed of putting infrastructure in place that seems most obvious to us – you air assault in, inflate one of these and in less than 24 hours some brigade commander’s flunky could be giving direction to a platoon in the field from a position of relative safety.
Would this technology make it faster to establish a COP, or help recover from a natural disaster? FEMA trailers are nice and never wasted, but might this be a more durable option in places suffering recurring damage from weather? Perhaps skeletonized canvas walls could be erected in anticipation of a flood, or in places where people insist it’s a fantastic idea to live in a bog below sea level.
This time all smartassery aside, any ideas?
We located a couple of places that seem to be carrying this stuff: