Quiet Man

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About Quiet Man

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    Family man, public servant,
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    southeastern United States
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    Fitness, reading, travel
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  1. Quiet Man

    Body Armor?

    Just my opinion, but it's based on 23 years of wearing a vest each and every working day. Being prepared can drive a person crazy when it comes to what gear to have. There are so many variables to consider. Do what you think is best for you and yours. Does body armor stop everything? Hell no! I've been to over 77 line of duty funerals in my years, and many of those heros were wearing body armor at the time of their death. Does body armor increase your chances of survival? Hell yes! I've had some personal experience with that. A vest, like any tool or system, is something that you have to get use to. There are plenty of rounds that will penetrate any vest, but in over two decades the majority of weapons that I've come across on the streets probably would not defeat a properly worn and fitted vest. Shot at with a high velocity rifle round? O.K. then the naysayers win. In that case you might as well have gone to the gunfight naked, but in Most real life scenarios, body armor has proven itself under the most horrifying of circumstances. What's worse .... some heat and minor discomfort.... or a sucking chest wound? Be Prepared! Quiet Man
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    Calibers for Survival - Your Input Please

    New to the site, but not new to being prepared. Just a few comments based on my own opinions and practices. As a current L.E.O. I've gone the route of going with: What I know. What I've trained with. What I feel comfortable with. There is a tremendous amount of great and well intentioned information on this site, but when the time comes it will all come down to what works for you, the individual, and those loved ones that you are responsible for. Here's my take on the Calibers for Survival. Firepower is how many times you hit the target, and not how many rounds you have. You can have all the bells and whistles available on the most exotic and expensive weapons platforms, but it will be nothing but noise if you can't hit your target. Firing a weapon is a mindset, and an extremely perishable skill. Are you prepared to shoot, and can you shoot are the two biggest questions that need to be answered. If the answer is yes, then any individual is ready to take that important step towards self sufficiency. Here is the personal route I went for my family and I. Pistol Calibers - 40 cal. It's what I know and what I train with. It's readily available as it is one of the most common L.E.O. rounds in use. It has knockdown power when placed appropriately, and can be obtained at a decent price. My weapon is the S&W M&P 40 in full size and compact. Good solid weapon. Shotgun - Mossberg 590 12 ga. Things shot with a shotgun tend to stay shot. Nothing more to say really. "OO" and slugs for me. AR15 - S&W M&P15. Lots of people argue when it comes to what they'll take into battle. I prefer this as it's user friendly, accurate, and reliable. No gimmicks, bells, or whistles. Iron sights rule when Murphy's Law pays you a visit. The bad thing is that ARs cost money, so that could be restrictive for many. Marlin .22 - Everyone should have a .22, and you can buy thousands of rounds for what it costs to takes your family to the movies these days. Mosin Nagant M44 - Best kept secret when it comes to a reliable weapon that makes a huge BOOM when it goes off. These are readily available at a good price. You can stock up on them, and outfit an entire family. The M44 fires the 7.62x54R round. Ammo is easy to get a hold of, and the weapon will serve you well. Bottom line .... I'd rather get missed 30 times with 7.62 than hit once in the face with .22. Do what works for you, your situation, your budget, and your abilities. Most of all....be prepared. Quiet Man