Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security admitted that over the past nine months, the number of terror plots in this country have surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period.
For those of you who have gone through the SurviveInPlace.com course, this is no surprise. There are over 100 semi-independent terrorist cells currently operating in the US. MANY of them are openly operating, training, recruiting, and radicalizing members. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist for a lone attacker to cripple a city’s electrical, banking, or water system. We’re simply fortunate (and blessed) that it hasn’t happened yet.
A friend of mine just emailed me about 3 vendors that he has had great experiences with recently:
I had 3 GREAT experiences with vendors in the last couple of weeks that I wanted to tell you about.
1. Blackhawk. I have several Blackhawk Serpa holsters and I made the mistake of putting my Kimber TLE-RL2 into a Glock 17 holster. Long story short, the front sight goes out the end of the holster and locks in like a ratchet. The accessory rail prevented me from rocking the barrel and it WAS STUCK. I ended up having to fillet the holster with a dremel tool to get my gun out.
I emailed Blackhawk and told them what an idiot I was and asked them if they had a discount program for replacing holsters damaged by stupidity. They laughed, said that nobody had ever admitted to making the mistake, but they were sure that it had happend before. I won’t say exactly how they helped me, but they were very generous and I’m very happy to recommend them.
2. XS sights. These are the guys who make the awesome BIG tritium sights for ARs, handguns, and other rifles. Well, I bought a SOCOM 16 from a guy who had lost the front sight out in the field somehow. Don’t ask me how. Anyhow, I called XS sights, told them that I didn’t have a good story, but wondered how much it would cost to buy a replacement front sight. The guy on the phone just asked for my address and said he’d send a complementary replacement out. I couldn’t believe it, but I was very thankful. http://xssights.com/
3. Kahr Arms. I have a Kahr PM-40 that I bought a few years ago for concealed carry. It had all sorts of problems that I tried to fix with the advice of Kahr and by taking it to local gun smiths. It still didn’t work and I finally sent it back to Kahr. They fixed it at no charge, sent it back, and I’m VERY happy with the reliability and operation now. I was not a fan of Kahr because of the original problems that I had, but now that they made the handgun reliable, I’ve completely changed my mind. http://kahr.com/
I hope this helps your readers.
Thanks Matt. Two vendors that I’ve personally had great experiences with recently are Harbor Freight and LA Police Gear.
With Harbor Freight, I specifically want to point out their alarm/intrusion detection tools.
There are a couple BIG schools of thought on alarms…one is to use them to scare people off and the other is to use them to give you a few extra seconds to react.
I look at these alarms simply as a tool to give me advance warning and I don’t expect them to scare off anyone.
I use them when traveling, and they can EASILY be rigged across trails when camping or just when having fun doing paintball/airsoft or playing GI Joe with kids/grandkids.
Here’s the link: http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result/?category=&q=alarm
GI Jeff mentioned LA Police Gear a few weeks ago and I wanted to share a deal that I found there. They’ve got 5.11 Tac-Lite pants and shorts at great prices. The pants also come with a free 5.11 webbed belt, making them an even better deal.
The reason I mention these is that the 5.11 Tac-Lite pants are the best fitting pants that I’ve found for in-waistband carry. I’m pretty trim and when I size up normal pants so that I can fit my sidearm and a spare mag, the crotch ends up being half way down my thigh. The 5.11 Tac-Lite pants/shorts have a small section of elastic on both hips that seem to be tailor made for concealed carry…and they work perfectly for my body type.
If you’re interested, here’s what I’d suggest that you do. Try them on locally and buy a pair locally. Your local store is providing a service by letting you try on the pants…I believe it’s worth compensating them for that service by paying a few dollars more. If you find that you like them A LOT, like I do, then buy your 2nd and 3rd pairs online at a store like LAPoliceGear.com.
As a note, some online clothing companies have adopted the Zappos.com model of encouraging people to order multiple sizes of shoes/pants/shirts and return all the ones that don’t fit. I haven’t asked LAPoliceGear.com if they do this, but they might, and it’s worth asking.
Also, I want you to check out a recording that a friend of mine, Jeff Anderson, did this week on home invasions. It’s really good stuff and it’s worth your time to download it and listen. Here’s the link: http://surviveinplace.com/homeinvasion.php Jeff interviewed several people on home invasions and has put together a great recording.
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