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VanQuest Javelin V-Slinger 2.0

Firearm Ownership: 3 Things You Need To Know

Triple Aught Design: Fast Pack EDC

Law Enforcement Today

So today I wanted to tell you about the Javelin backpack. I have had it for a while now and I can say that it isn’t a bad backpack. It’s perfect for an EDC (Every Day Carry). It’s a good minimalist day pack used mainly as a commuter or a tactical office bag. So today I wanted to tell you about the Javelin backpack. I have had it for a while now and I can say that it isn’t a bad backpack. It’s perfect for an EDC (Every Day Carry). It’s a good minimalist day pack used mainly as a commuter or a tactical office bag. 

The Javelin is a sling style pack that goes over a shoulder and has a cross body strap that helps secure the pack in place. 

The front panel has MOLLE webbing on it and some of the MOLLE webbing has velcro to attach a name patch or a morale patch to it. Behind those is a pocket with a vertical zipper. It’s not that bad of a pocket and will fit small items like pens, note pads, index cards, etc.

The whole front panel is also a pocket that has some small organizational pockets and can carry a few more items than the front vertical pocket. Above that pouch is a smaller one great for storing sunglasses or maybe a gerber with a lighter and a couple of other smaller items. 

The Main Compartment

Alright, so here is the main compartment. You can store larger items in here but not too big. It will hold a 12-13 inch laptop and maybe some other flat items like a notebook or a light jacket. It does come with a divider.

On the flap part there are 3 pockets, 2 larger pockets and a smaller pocket. On the panel that is on the back side also has a flap to store a laptop or tablet and keep it secure. 

Hydration

There is a small hydration pocket on the part that is on your back. It is large enough to store a 3 liter bladder.

Side Pocket

On the side, there is another pocket that has more organizationally optimized storage. Pen sleeves, and other small ladder style pockets will help you organize your administrative gear. 

Overall

Overall I would give this bag a 7 out of 10. The bag is made of some high quality material and has some pretty cool features. The stand alone hydration pocket is great for keeping your other gear dry and allowing your bladder to not be punctured by your gear. The downside is the bag is pretty small. Yet with the nature of the bag, you can easily swing this bag infant of you to get to your gear without taking the bag off. 

Check out my review video below!

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.- 2nd Ammendment, U.S. Constitution

Whether you live in Arizona or not, some of the things I will go over today should help you as a gun owner. I just happen to live in Arizona where the topics below specifically apply. Some of the laws are the same if not similar in nature to other states; unless you live in California, New York, or Chicago.

First and foremost, the most important thing that EVERY gun owner should know is weapon safety. Whether you own a rifle, a handgun, or a rocket launcher; these weapon safety rules will apply. A good ditty or way to remember them by is Treat, Never, Keep, Keep.

  1. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.
  2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
  4. Keep you weapon on safe until you intend to fire.
  5. Know your target and what lies behind it.

Those are the safety rules the Marine Corps specifically uses, although the 5th one is spoken and not written down. Every branch either uses those or has a similar version when teaching a firearms course. It is imperative to know and implement those rules as a gun owner.

It is important when owning a gun to be proficient at shooting. What would be the point in owning a gun if you couldn’t even hit the broad side of a barn when shooting it? Being a proficient shooter does take some athleticism. Not the same kind as for other sports like football or wrestling, but athleticism nonetheless. The ability to draw your weapon, align the sights, smooth but quick pull of the trigger, and accuracy are all things that a good shooter is proficient in. The only way to get better in those skills to practice, practice, practice. Even professionals in sports practice before games.

Keanu Reeves - Training for John Wick

There are many ways to practice getting better; you can go and pay for a class, research techniques and try them out, or go with friends that know the fundamentals and can teach you. You can also do just target practice, moving drills, speed reloading drills, scenario drills, etc.

This section is super important, however, not as important as the first two! The reason I say that is because weapon safety for gun owners is hands down the most important. If you own a gun in your house and you happen to live alone, the rules apply for your own safety. If there are others in the house, they should know the rules as well as they will be around the dangerous tool. If you have children, they also need to know the safety rules; however, it would also be a safe practice to keep your guns in a gun safe. The reason proficiency is more important than knowing gun laws is because you can have safe gun practices down and know the laws, but if you have an intruder in your home, that doesn’t matter if you miss when you do shoot. That goes back to the know your target and what lies behind it. If you miss, and you happen to live in an apartment, the bullet can go through the wall and into someone else.

There are some laws regarding guns that are pretty much universal. For example, it is illegal to walk into a bar with a gun. The reason for that law is that a loaded gun in the hands of an impaired individual is a bad mix. It is very similar to drinking and driving. You could end up in a bar fight and if you are impaired, your judgement might be to pull your gun and start shooting. Another scenario, for those who might be a designated driver, is that you may not pull the weapon but in the middle of the fight the gun is taken from you and is now in the hands of an impaired individual. That more than likely wouldn’t happen if they were stumbling around drunk, but it can happen, more so if the individual only had 2 or 3 shots, beers, whatever.

Arizona, specifically, no longer requires a Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit. In Arizona, you are not able to register your firearm; “The State of Arizona does not require citizens to register their firearms with the State. It also prohibits local jurisdictions (i.e. Counties, Cities or Towns) from requiring licensing or registration of firearms or ammunition. See ARS 13-3108.”

There are many laws regarding gun ownership and use. I highly recommend anyone who wants to get a gun, take a CCW course. A good course should be 16 hours. I have seen some on Groupon ™ that say $29 for a four-hour CCW course. That should only be for a renewal or re-familiarization or for anyone moving to Arizona and want to get an Arizona CCW that had one from another state. The CCW course should go over some laws, maybe a few scenarios, and a firearms qualification. Hint: If you go through an Armed Security Training course in Arizona, download the CCW packet and fill it out. Your instructor should be able to sign off on the 16 hour Armed Security course for the CCW application and mail it to DPS with the appropriate documentation i.e. fingerprints and money order. Kill two birds with one stone.

Lastly, if you want to familiarize yourself with the laws of your state, google (your state) revised statutes. For my fellow Arizonians, check out our ARS Title 13, Chapter 4. You can also check out this PDF from the Phoenix website that has a brief FAQ.

Credits and References

So today I want to talk about a pack that I found a while ago. It’s called the Fast Pack EDC by Triple Aught Design. This pack is awesome! I actually really want it, I just don’t have the dough to fork over for it right now.

So the pack looks like this

This is the Coyote Brown model. The Coyote model is currently out of stock, however in an email today, TAD did email me saying that they expect to have more in that color in December of 2017. They have multiple color variations as well as a smaller version called the Fast Pack Litespeed. Now, one of the things that draws me to this pack is how modular it is. There are so many ways to customize it to suit your need or the mission. There are two parts to the pack. There is the main pack itself, and the tail flap. The pack itself has a velcro panel on the front and underneath that panel is a MOLLE webbing system used to attach accessories. When the tail flap is attached, there is also MOLLE webbing on the outside of that flap.

The main pack has two side compartments, an admin pouch, a dry bag compartment, and paracord lacing system on top with strap attachment system on the bottom. To show you how modular this pack really is, here is a picture.

Triple Aught Design (TAD) really has some innovative features on this pack which makes it stand out from it’s competition. The paracord lacing system on the top can be used to attach a sleeping system as shown in the picture above.  The bottom straps can be used to attach a sleeping mat.

The removable tail flap can be removed or used to store a kevlar helmet; or if you unbuckle the top two buckles, you can let it hang, insert a rifle, and use compression straps to attach the top part of the rifle.

The side compartments on the bottom both have what TAD calls flashlight caves. They are almost as deep as the side compartments and allows you to hide flashlights or whatever else you want with easy access to it while being carried. Inside the flashlight caves are D rings to attach a lanyard to a flashlight for retention purposes.

As I don't have this pack yet, I haven't done a review on it. However I will attach a link towards the bottom of this post. I highly recommend you check out Triple Aught Design and see what else you might like.

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If you want to check out a review on the pack check out the video from Ian "Primal" Talbert over at masktactical.com.

If you want to buy the pack, check out Triple Aught Design! 

There are so many changes that are taking place within the United States today. Part of which, that I want to talk about is the view on Law Enforcement. This really is not just cops as there are many different branches of Law Enforcement. You have Security Officers, Peace Officers (or cops), Correctional Officers, and more at the Federal level.
I work as an armed Security Officer. My duty belt has all of the tools that Police Officers carry. Due to my contract being tied into a Police Department, I also get to carry a Police Radio. I have many duties and some of the shared responsibilities as Police have, just without the authority. I know that with all of that, the shift of the views toward Law Enforcement is negative. I would hope that it is due to the lack of education in the United States as the main reason. That would be changeable. The video below is to show you what it is like to be a Police Officer.

 

When you’re in the line of work where you carry a gun for a living, you really need to have a specific mindset. Almost all of us have someone that loves us and wants to see us again. In order to stay alive, you need to act and think a certain way. It’s called a Tactical Mindset. Military members, Law Enforcement, even Fire Fighters have to have this mindset to live another day. People may not want to see Law Enforcement continue to carry firearms. I have had debates where the argument has been “If you feel afraid for your life when dealing with a person who is unarmed, you shouldn’t be carrying a gun.”

A Story…

One night, I was working when I had a young man sleeping. I went to wake him up and was received pretty well. I went to resume my normal duties of securing an area for cleaning when the same individual tried to enter to get a drink of water. I told him he was not allowed to and that he could get a drink from the fountains outside. The individual proceeded to become more belligerent. He even said, “What are you going to do about it?” I followed him to ensure he left the property when I asked him to. Then after 3 attempts to keep him off the property, he starts charging at me with closed fists from across the street. My first thought was “does he have a knife?” My second thought was “I’m about to get stabbed”.
See it’s the fear of the unknown that causes Officers to shoot unarmed citizens. I ended up not shooting him, however I would have been justified in court. Does that really matter? Not really when you’re talking about taking a life. The situation never should have gotten that far. The disrespect and conduct that the individual had, whether towards an armed Security Officer or actual Police Officer, is what would have caused that potential deadly force situation to occur. That is how we have the videos on the news that further magnifies the Law Enforcement community as a whole. Just like this video below…

See videos like the one above get circulated and the media goes crazy over it, further perpetuating the hate towards Law Enforcement. The video above shows an Officer who ended up fighting for his life after confronting Mark Adair while he was becoming confrontational with some women in a parking garage. Mr. Adair decided to draw a large caliber hand gun that was later found to be an air pistol, fight the Officer to try and take the Officer’s weapon, and caused the Officer to believe his life was on the line. That resulted in the Officer shooting Mr. Adair.

Take Away Their Guns!

I have been told before that If you feel afraid for your life when dealing with a person who is unarmed, you shouldn’t be carrying a gun. I have also been told that in today’s society, we are moving closer to taking away everyone’s firearms. Is that really the solution? Should we take away the firearms of the general public? Take away firearms from Police Officers? Let me counter those questions with, what would that really solve? Let’s go down a scenario. If we took away firearms from Law Enforcement Officers, then the next time they get into a situation where they pull a vehicle over for speeding, they don’t have anything to defend themselves with if the driver points a gun out the window and starts shooting. What about in hostage situations? The Officers would have no means to take the situation by force if necessary as a last resort. SO MANY PEOPLE hate cops. There are websites, Facebook pages, and other media outlets dedicated to perpetuating the hate towards Law Enforcement and they like to sound educated and argue with cops, etc. They forget that the same cops they perpetuate hate towards are the first to be there when one of their children gets kidnapped, or when shots are being fired at the protesters the Police at the Police Protest rally were the first to shield the protesters with their own bodies.
On another note, just because the firearms are taken away from the “good guys” does not mean that the “bad guys” will follow the rules. That is what criminals do, break the law. Now you just disarmed the group of people who are trying to protect you and everyone else. There is a reason the armed crime rate is so high in all the cities with the strictest gun control laws. In Arizona and Texas, the armed crime rate, especially on person vs. person is relatively low. Out of 933 deaths relating to anything with a firearm, including suicide, homicide, and accidental shootings; only 271 were homicides committed with a firearm. That is from a statistic from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010 in Arizona.

How Can We Fix Things?

I personally believe that the first step to fixing things is education. I don’t mean education only from school, although that has a part to play in it. The sad part is, most children nowadays grow up without having to really respect authority. That includes parents, teachers, and anyone else in a position of authority. I see kids all the time throwing tantrums in stores, restaurants, and other public places. That has a part to do with the respect part. If we could teach children how to think for themselves instead of memorize and regurgitate, that would help immensely as well. As far as the gun part goes, instead of taking away firearms (especially from trained professionals), require anyone wanting to own a firearm take a class on firearm safety. I recommend anyone who wants to own a gun, take a Concealed Carry Weapon course as that not only covers gun safety, but also covers a few of the legalities associated wit firearm usage. If we were to do those things, it would not only have a greater impact on society as a whole, but also in regards to Law Enforcement as a whole.

Below is a funny video showing how the duties of being a Police Officer can affect a person in the long term. Due to the nature of what they see in the course of their careers, they become jaded or desensitized and end up doing things in what seems to be a harsh manor.