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The Gun Elitist Debate

There are some who will argue pure price point in both the excessively cheap and unnecessarily high extremes when it comes to guns and gear. Some are brand oriented and brand loyal - for whatever reason. My XXX Brand has never had a failure (because it gets a magazine shot through it once maybe twice a year). Some people get angry when the term "duty" comes up in regards to a level of quality. The term professional gets turned away as well due to people not having a frame of reference as to what it really means. Here is some insight to the duty quality, professional use, gun snob, elitist debate - life dependant is the qualifier. Home defense, personal defense, duty, and SHTF all have one similar concept - life dependant on the weapon to work as needed and as expected. Not only does the weapon need to function reliably, it needs to be able to achieve an acceptable (if not greater) level of accuracy. If you choose a subpar option for the above situations, be aware you are taking a risk. Many (yes, many - not all) of those who have carried a gun for a living understand

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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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What is quality?

  What is quality? According to the American Society of Quality, quality is - 1. the characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs; 2. a product or service free of deficiencies in“fitness for use;” or in a “conformance to requirements.” You see the problem lies in a consuming public not knowing what really constitutes well made gear. If you have condor gear in any color outside of multicam or ATACS AU and it was purchased between 2012-2013 then chances are it was made with us made MC and Atacs raw fabric out of Duro and Schott Performance. That said, the geometry and methods used to construct their products are substandard at best with frequent deviations from specifications (most noticeably in PALS channel formation) Sometimes the stitch length is as big as 4 stitches per inch on major surfaces up to 6 SPI, when your break strength is about 11lbs per stitch it does count when you start applying a warload. Take a ruler alongside your stitches and see for yourself. .. measure the pals Webbing too, 1.5" on center, 1" gap in between Rarely do you see any reinforcement to

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