Friday, August 26, 2011

1st Commander's Challenge

handsome devil
 1st event in the books and a huge success, my Soldiers were a bit hesitant leading up to the event (thinking I was going to try and kill them) but soon learned today was all about hard work, having fun and everyone competing to help each other reach the next level of physical fitness.  If I were a young soldier and my commander challenged me; I would gear the entire month between challenges to beat them and earn a 4 day pass and legend status. 
Link for full story here

Once a month the Commanders Challenge is held, any soldier that beats me gets a 4 day pass.  There are 4 challenges and every 4 months we repeat the challenge so we can measure improvement
Challenge #1 was held today and consisted of

5 pull ups or 2 muscle ups
5 dips (if you did muscle ups then you could skip the dips)
15m high crawl
#40/#80 duffel bag lift x4 (#40 rx'd for female and #80 for male)
50m run with duffel bag
5 pushups
30m buddy drag
50m run with duffel bag

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Living Large

Photos from the Mina Sauk Falls, the pictures of the falls without water are super.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More Serpa Victims

Skip ahead to 1:36 to see the serpa fail.  Don't look to much into who made this video, I eat plenty of animals, the dude who pulls the gun forgets the most important piece to drawing your pistol, you must separate the pistol from the holster at 1:36 of the video.

Paddle holsters are for little kids, if you are serious about shooting and if you carry a gun you should be, attach the holster to your belt.

Who needs the Brady Campaign when you have gun owners like this, dude is the poster child for every gun grabber in the world.

Oh and I love when he draws he places his hand on the slide to cock the pistol because he knows it is not loaded...

Piece of Garbage Serpa holster that I never practice with...Check
Unloaded pistol...Check
Needlessly draw a handgun that will someday be taken away and used on myself because I'm an stupid old man that somehow has made it through life because of people like me that do all the hard and nasty work that people like him would have died long ago attempting....check
Make a fool of yourself on youtube...check

Hey stupid next time some crazy activist is taking your picture trying to get a rise out of you just keep driving...or give them exactly what they yard 101

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Another Serpa Victim

First this is hilarious
Second how does this stuff make it to youtube..dude post that video of you so millions of people can laugh at you, you'll be the man...wrong
Third don't use a blackhawk serpa..GARBAGE

The law of diminishing returns does not apply to this video

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hindered by Space???

A sweet custom job, perfect for those times when you run out of space on your belt
Regular Magazine Carrier 2.35oz
Regular Magazine Carrier w/ Piggyback 3.35
everything else is identical

Not bad considering a pistol magazine carrier will weigh in at around 1.85oz and is about 4inches long

Haven't included them on the site yet, need a better name (maybe)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Deuter Kid Comfort II

After 50 or so miles walked wearing the Deuter Kid Comfort II (DKCII), rain or shine, safe to say I have an opinion or two.  I used this pack for 2-6 mile hikes, which for me is the right amount of distance for the kid.  For the specifics on the pack and company, click here, I own three Deuter packs and they are all awesome, I like the company, they have a good vibe and the packs look cool.  After borrowing a DKCII for a while I finally gave it back and bought one for myself.   I get most of my gear from Back Country Edge, they are located in PA have awesome customer service, great deals and will match prices.  They also have a sweet program called Inside Edge Points.  (disclaimer, I buy all my gear no one has given me anything free, once I figure out how to get a job as a pack tester...jackpot)

If you buy a DKCII, ensure you buy the Sun/Rain cover, I also bought the full rain cover which is really handy when you encounter rain.  I bought the DKCII because I liked the size and look over the DKCIII.  The III is too tall, I thought the height of the kid seat was unnecessary, and will increase the heat and cut down on air flow to the kid.

Hydration Sleeve - The biggest complaint is the H2O sleeve is rather small, it takes a lot of effort to get a full 100oz Camelbak bladder into the sleeve.  Once it is in, there is no loss in comfort, just getting it in is a huge pain. 

Easy Adjustment - Deuter calls it Veri Quick.  This allows you to adjust the height of the shoulder straps depending on the users torso size.  It is a great feature, it is quick and uses velcro.

Air Flow - Prickly Heat Sucks, anyone who has been to Ranger School knows, it is terrible.  The backing is made of breathable foam and allows a good amount of circulation.   I wish they would have added their Air Contact System, but then again his isn't really designed for 10-15 mile multiple night hikes.

Comfort - I am used to carrying heavy loads for long distances with crappy equipment, see molle rucksack.  This pack was extremely comfortable, lots of adjustments which made for enjoyable hikes for me and kid.

Security - The kid says secure which is important.  The shoulder and waist strap gives the kid stability, and getting in and out is a breeze.

The pack is awesome, best I have tried, the kid loves getting into it and instead of wasting time on the couch watching balls being thrown aroundwe are outside enjoying life.  If the world ends in 2012 wouldn't you rather be enjoying yourself instead of worrying about Al Gore and MAN BEAR PIG

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