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Fun With Shockey At DARC Part 1

 DARC LECTC LEVEL 1 Why you should shut the fuck up and attend if you carry a gun for a living….  Prelude So if you’re looking for a tell all AAR on DARC LECTC so you can come prepared, you’re not gonna find it here. This AAR in some aspects is going to be vague, on purpose, because there are many aspects of this course that need to be left out and be a mystery to you. The reason for this is because there are many surprises in the course that serve as learning points and would lose its training value if you knew what was up ahead. I’m going to share my experience while at DARC and also try to explain why you shouldn’t want to go to this course, but rather NEED to go to this course if you do professional level shit for a living. I will say, this course is more geared to the LE SWAT Officer, but regular street level non-tactical knuckle draggers could benefit greatly from this course. Also, Im a spazmatic ADHD mofo, so if I stray off on to rabbit trails or rapidly change thoughts, blame it on that. Lastly, I only

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Professionalism In Posting Within Social Media

By Phil Combs Unless this is your first encounter with Primary & Secondary, you’ll have more than likely noticed mention of ‘dis-information’ in today’s world of social media. In similar fashion has been a ‘Lack of details’ in posts as well as responding comments. The end result, more often than not, is a very to the point and informative comment thread muddied with more questions. The goal of this article is to provide a ‘guideline’ to better posting. Being vague provides little direction and subsequently leave readers either speculating or asking unnecessary questions. This particular post got very little response due to the lack of direction the poster gave. These types of posts usually end up being a runaway train of overwhelming and widely varying opinions with little usable or quality advice.     Here is a comment response making recommendations based off of feelings rather than specifics such as degree of use, time frame of the round count, etc. This is not very helpful in gauging whether a brand is up to the task of serious possibly lifesaving use.     Being as specific as possible is not only easier to follow, but gives a clearly defined direction for

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US Army TC 3-22.9 Rifle and Carbine – Stability

Greetings all. Since this is my first blog for Primary & Secondary, let me take a second to let you know that if you are reading this you are in the right place. Primary & Secondary is one of those rare places that have real information in real time by real people. The Admins and rules keep it that way despite daily attempts to impart law of the jungle type misinformation, unvetted sources and well, shenanigans. My hat goes off to those who have to herd cats and keep it one track. That being said, let me get on with it. If you have been following my recent posts you may have read a couple of blogs on using the concerning US Army TC 3-22.9 Rifle and Carbine that was published in May of this year and superseded FM 3-22.9. I was lucky enough to be the senior writer for that effort which included people from most every Division, editors, graphics crews, and was read at some level by every major unit in the Army. I say this to reiterate the above about P&S and to give you all a hint at the scope of the work. By writing these blogs we

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The Varying Quality of the AR15 and Why. Part 1

By Will Larson, Owner: Semper Paratus Arms Over the course of the last few years and most recently in the last four years since I started teaching an AR-15 centric based armorer course, I usually get asked about what separates a “Hobby type AR” over one for professional use ( i.e.- anti-social gatherings). What we need to remember is that the AR-15 rifle born out of the AR-10 rifle as made by Arma-Lite was designed as a military weapon. Ultimately that means traveling to a foreign place and using it in combat. A weapons failure in combat is less forgiving than one on Saturday afternoon at the local shooting hole. Though it’s not a particularly easy question to answer, we can usually break it down into two distinct areas. The first one is the use of cheap, low cost components. Examples of this can include aluminum style Picatinny gas blocks, commercial type lower receiver extensions and bolts or barrels which have not undergone HP/MPI (High Pressure and Magnetic Particle Inspection) testing. This directly relates to the lack of any standards. Colt’s Manufacturing Company not only refined and re-designed the M16 after purchasing the patent’s and rights from Arma-lite, but they also

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Trends You Can Influence

The state of the gun industry rant: ON. Right now large gun industry entities are promoting and providing an outlet for non-rates (who probably should be classified as hobbyists) to shine and get undeserved attention. This provides a very negative effect on us as consumers. There are potential long term effects from the bad info these people share. Many of these Instagram/YouTube famous people are providing our community with wrong info and inaccurate insights. This is causing a snowball effect making impressionable people who have no business discussing insights with firearms think their voice too should be heard as a voice of authority. There is nothing wrong with entertainment, just don't confuse it with real sources of proven information. Remember how people compared all of the new training companies to McDojos years ago? Social media is the new place to gain clout and success through shares, hits, and views but not actual hard work and experience. Side affects include: -Special snowflakes that think their inexperienced opinion matters. -YouTube channels that are wastes of time. -Overabundance of Gun Bunnies. The worst part, the consumers of this drivel don't know any better and accept it all as fact. This is why we have

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“MIl-Spec” – The Minimum Standard For Quality

"Milspec" is a sales buzzword that provides a loose definition of the minimum standard of quality for a specific dependable combat weapon. There are several brands that say they are milspec and are not even close to that minimum level of acceptable quality. If you are buying a weapon for fun or for just plinking, anything will do. If your weapon is for work, home or self defense- you should look more closely at the options you are considering. If a brand is providing weapons that don't feature these examples they aren't meeting "milspec": -milspec receiver extensions versus commercial -1/7 twist -5.56 chambers -auto bolt carrier group -staked gas key and castle nut Those are just some simple examples that are easily checked. The combination of 1/7 twist and 5.56 chambers are set for specific types of military grade ammunition (m855 and m193 for example). If you plan on shooting light weight ammunition, 1/9 twist works fine. 1/8 provides a well rounded performance for various projectiles. Medium and longer/heavier projectiles work well with 1/7 twist. A "milspec" carbine would use a carbine length gas system. Most people that know better prefer a midlength gas system in a carbine. To make

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2nd Amendment, Facts, & Social Media

We complain about liberal inaccuracies with firearms. Anti-gun agendas are using made up statistics and facts to scare people who don't know better. Much of today's pro-gun community on social media is also having issues with the truth. Too much rumor and inaccurate info is being spread as fact. The inaccuracies self perpetuate among groups because not enough people stand up for the truth. When people do stand up for the truth they are harassed and ostracized for having different ideas from common beliefs which also happen to be straight up wrong. If we want to defend the 2nd amendment and stand up for our rights we need to be on the same page. Spreading wrong info as fact misleads and weakens our position. Social media is a means of providing unchecked opinions with most being fueled by emotional attachments, not rational thought. Through social media, the loudest and most obnoxious seem to control the direction of the information flow. A great majority of those loud obnoxious people are also clueless about firearms, tactics, mindset, and training. Your airsoft grade optics on a bargain bin rifle might run great when you bench rest shoot half of a magazine yearly, but

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LE use of NVG for Warrant Service – One Cop’s opinion.

I have been a SWAT dude for over 20 years, during that time I have seen huge advances in tactics, techniques and procedures as well as gear and supporting equipment. Indeed, I tell new guys that I wish I was starting my SWAT career today versus being at the end of it. We have come a long way since Balaclavas, Command Jac vests with K30 plates and MP5’s. A big reason for this growth and increase in skill is directly related to the GWOT. America’s heroes in foreign lands have discovered that technology, when used correctly, is a force safety multiplier unlike anything else. This is particularly true of night vision capabilities and supporting gear. It is far past the time that domestic LE catch up. As I said earlier, I’ve been kicking in doors since 1995. Since NVG technology was nowhere near where it is today, and the cost was also extremely prohibitive, SWAT teams in America were simply conducting warrant service with flashlights when conditions were such that you had to see in the dark. Many different white light techniques and team tactics with white light have been developed and used over the years. During all that time,

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Competition Will Get You Killed On The Streets?

Tore Haugli provided insight in the P&S Facebook group P&S - Firearms Competitions in regards to an article that was critical of competition shooting. Here are his thoughts:  I have recently seen a trend where instructors from the "tactical world" are being very critical of competition shooting. Reasons behind this criticism varies from no focus on tactics, such as use of cover or concealment, walk throughs don’t happen in a gunfight, to competition creating training scars that will "get you killed in the streets", as the saying goes. A couple of articles touching on this topic were posted online recently, in a Facebook group I belong to. The author uses a lot of references to warfighting, and goes to great lengths to describe the differences of combat and competition, and why competition does not prepare you for the harsh realities of a combat gunfight. I asked the following questions based on this single excerpt from the first article: "A gunfight is a completely different world. The only factors that you can control are that of ammo you currently have and yourself. Everything else in this environment is now as random as rolling a pair of dice in crap shoot." -Is mission planning not a thing anymore?

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Why Primary & Secondary

Before microwaves we used ovens. Before cell phones we use payphones. Before the internet we used libraries (and we actually had to talk to people). Nowadays we get what we want NOW! Unfortunately, if we blindly go to the internet intending to find truth, we will most likely not find it on our first search.  Finding information on the internet needs some scrutiny and frames of reference to find accurate information and, more importantly, accurate sources. Forums can be a great source of information on guns and gear. I was lucky to find Lightfighter.net before I made too many bad decisions with my money. Fast forward to today and social media (mainly Facebook) has a ton of gun groups. Which ones provide accurate info? Which ones have less bad information from inexperienced enthusiasts to sift through? Not all social media gun groups are made and operated the same. When looking over your options consider their mission. Most groups are without focus and are just enthusiasts – this provides a fun atmosphere for relaxed discussions about guns. Some groups are fan clubs for public figures and social media personalities and allow fans to interact with the celebrity and get further insight regarding his or

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