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9mm/5.56 Compact Truck Gun Options

B+Shooter ·
Not to rehash the previous thread, but it seemed to have run it's course, and in a different direction. So I've been planning on putting a dedicated "truck" gun in my POV so I can have something more significant than my pistol. I've been looking at many factors while looking at options. Many of the factors are at odds with each other, so I'm aware that whatever I end up with will be a compromise. Caliber- I would like to stay in 9mm or 5.56 because that's what I have on hand at any given...
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Need help choosing new backpack

Seatbelts ·
Ok guys, I'm sorry if this has been covered, I did look, I also tried to post in the new peoples thread but couldn't find it. I'm in the market for a new "tactical" backpack to carry my load at work. My choices are between a few, and I was hoping I could get some input from some owners or anyone with experience with these packs, and if you have a suggestion please feel free to share it. My needs/wants in a pack are this: Light, can carry heavy loads and is multi use and comfortable, as in I...
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RFI: Backpack Solar Panel

avn mech ·
Need someone smart about this to shed some light. So I'm interested in procuring a system to recharge my phone, tablets, and battery pack etc. I have looked at GoalZero's systems and also looked at Anker Panel (only). I would like it too be back packable and 20W's range (open to all idea's). What are you using and what are you doing ?
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Gear Testers Wanted: new backpack design

Alspak ·
I am looking for gear testers/product feedback in Colorado. I will consider other locations, on a case by case basis. This is unpaid, except the reward of improving gear, and use of the cool new kit. Over the last 2 years I have been developing a new modular load carriage system that is lighter than current equipment, without sacrificing strength. 2 of our users just finished the Thunder beast/ Competition Dynamics 24 hr sniper adventure challenge in NM; their reviews were all positive.
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19D2P ·
My solution depends on what I will be doing. If going for a 1-3 day backpack hunt I have found that small battery packs are lighter and give more versatility. Something like https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 but there are tons of options out there, just depends on budget and capacity needed. It takes about 7 days in the backcountry for me to justify carrying the weight of a Guide 10 charging kit.
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avn mech ·
Do you have the Anker that you link? I like it ans I feel it's a good start to a full system of Solar panel and battery combo. Do you use rechargeable AAA or AA Batteries?
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19D2P ·
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the shotty ·
Not sure what your intended use is but for camping in the back country our group uses biolite stoves. A bit heavy and doesn't boil as quick as a gas type burner but is very versatile. We usually pack in hot dogs and use the grate, also works awesome for back straps on a successful hunt. A little slow on the charge and you have to feed it quite a bit but charges the iPhone in an hour and a half. On our third season of using it now.
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avn mech ·
I should have laid out a better brief on my desired use plan. Day hikes and adventures in the city (power for multiple phones) Multiday hikes (AT and PCT) in the future. Airplane flights for 10 hours Using AA and AAA rechargeable for portable device to reduce cost of batteries for Garmin. So I think the battery pack with a high capacity and reachable AA and AAA batteries with charger that can charge via USB and wall outlet should be my first step and then adding a solar panel to harvest...
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jfirebalrog ·
My daughter keeps one of the anker 21 watt panels in her pack.No clue how much she has used it( kinda doubt much because of her schedule), but will try to get her take on it for you.
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jfirebalrog ·
She unfortunately hasn't had a chance to use it other than verifying that it worked. Sorry man.
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avn mech ·
No Stress. Thanks for asking.
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bradne ·
I have a goal zero Nomad 7 that I use for backpacking and general camping. I generally charge a little 6000 mah battery pack during the day, which I turn around and charge my phone with at night. I can usually get 2 full charges out of the battery pack and it takes pretty much all day to charge the battery pack from the solar panel. I got the Nomad 7 for a pretty decent price but if I did it again, I would get the Anker 15w or even the 20w from amazon. Both are about $50.00 right now on...
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avn mech ·
BRADNE Thank you for your input and honest assessment of the Goal Zero Nomad. I feel confident with my choice of the Anker 21W panel.
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cashonlycow ·
Just took delivery of the 15W Anker solar panel yesterday, but have not had a chance to use it yet. But upon visual inspection, the solar panel looks pretty sturdy and well made. It is pretty lightweight. The 550 cord loops also seem to be pretty stout. Only reservation is the "pouch" that holds the power hub only has small patch of hook-and-loop in the middle, so anything placed in the pouch can potentially have an unscheduled exit. This is a potential concern as I plan on attaching the...
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bradne ·
Just took delivery of the 15W Anker solar panel yesterday, but have not had a chance to use it yet. Let us know how that works out. I looked at one a while back that someone else had (I didn't know him), and it looked fairly nice. I would like to hear how well it charges.
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Linz ·
...and life expectancy.
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cashonlycow ·
Will do...will be taking it on a (not-work) trip I have coming up soon. AAR to follow.
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dont_tread_on_me ·
I'm late to the party on this one. Outdoor Gear Lab has a comprehensive review on these. I was worried about durability so I went with a power monkey option but haven't wrung it out yet.
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playmaker55 ·
I've used an anker 21W for multiple outings. It's a solid trickle charger which works well for charging cell phones. I would consider using it in conjunction with a portable battery pack. ankers battery packs are solid performers as well.
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XGEP ·
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flashpoint ·
I'm in the Springs. I hike at least 2x per week, so it'll get plenty of use. If it's tactical-ish colors and I can bust it out at the next FTX and have some guys put it through the ringer as an RTO pack for FO's
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Mike T ·
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Rob0811 ·
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Re: 9mm/5.56 Compact Truck Gun Options

alpinist ·
With the release of IWI’s X95 Tavor, I’m sure there will be lots of older Tavors coming up for sale in the secondary market. I’d keep my eyes peeled for one of them.
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MWL ·
10.3"/10.5"/11.5" barrelled AR15 pistol with Law Tactical folder and SB Tactical buffer tube with your choice of the SB Tactical braces (my choice is the SOB). Don't bother messing around with barrels shorter that 10.x", or funky buffer tubes, it usually ends in tears. The package folded is fairly compact and very quick to deploy, but quite frankly, if the occasion warrants pulling it out, it doesn't matter that it's a bit longer than a 9mm carbine. Having a pistol AR15 also allows you to...
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Cytez ·
I'll throw something out there. I saw that you prefer 5.56 and/or 9mm, and an 5.56 AR pistol is good choice for what you are looking to do. However, the .300 Blackout, with a 9"+/- barrel, MAY be a better choice. The .300 BO is better performing out of the shorter barrels. BCM makes a beautiful .300 upper just for this, which I own. I also built out a 9mm AR pistol (stay away from Lone Wolf if at all possible. Quarter circle 10 is my current preferred for 9mm AR stuff). The wife has a G17...
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ggammell ·
Primary Arms and Buds each have the BCM 11.5 Pistol in stock for $1300. Not sure where that hits your wallet but you know it’s going to be a solid setup
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TNYankee ·
While I have a ton of ARs, I solved this problem by putting a KelTec Sub2000 Gen 2 G17 in the truck. It folds, so little space taken up, and I have a flashlight mounted. Stuck several OEM Glock 33 round mags in the truck, too. Running a simple single point sling. Why? Pros: Cheap gun, basically disposable to me. Rugged, and super simple. Runs well with minimal lube, has been stupidly reliable. Super compact and lightweight, so easy to carry places while out, simply slide in a laptop...
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Cytez ·
and that's a good alternative. Except for one thing. In a lot of states, you can NOT transport a Rifle (just because it SHOOTS a pistol round, doesn't mean it's not a rifle), that is loaded and/or easily accessible by the driver (stops the driving poaching kind of thing). The idea of the AR pistol is, well it's a PISTOL and covered by most states Concealed Carry permits. CCWs generally allow the pistol to either be ON you or in your immediate vicinity, with a loaded magazine. Now, if you...
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Dorsai ·
You mirrored my thoughts and my choice. I picked up a Sub 2000 2nd Gen, in green, Glock 17, for $405. I got a used G17 3rd Gen for $250 or $275. It was well used. I ground off the finger grooves and stippled it myself. The folded Sub 2000, G17, and a warbelt with holster and mag pouches fit in the storage space behind my back seat (Tacoma). I need to come up with some more mag pouches for the Magpul 21rd mags. My purpose is something with better accuracy than the pistol that can get me home...
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TNYankee ·
Good idea on a cheap used full-sized Glock...I have plenty of access to those locally. RE: AR pistols, I understand the advantages as pertaining to transporting. I did not worry about that much in deciding. There are obvious reasons to choose an AR pistol, and other reasons to consider the Sub2k, as I listed. In my post above, I wasn't clear enough...I meant that for impromptu, compact, pack-n-go scenarios, I think the KelTec is less heavy, less bulky, thinner, and smaller overall versus an...
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MOJONIXON ·
I’ve looked at the Sub 2000 but that was back before the Gen 2 was out. I heard that Magnum Research has bought Kel-Tec. Is that true and can we expect better quality in Kel-Tec products because of that?
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TNYankee ·
No idea on Magnum Research buying KelTec, but if they did, I would NOT expect to see quality improve. It could even stand to worsen if they try to bump up availability. I do feel the Gen2 is magnitudes better than the Gen1. I recommend it without hesitation. Hell, it's a $450-ish folding rifle that takes Glock mags. Why not buy one? It's cheaper than a new Glock for most buyers. I got mine for $425, IIRC, locally.
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tankersteve ·
The Gen 1 Sub2K needs a lot to make it more functional. I bought mine well before the Gen 2, and primarily as a range toy until I become confident/comfortable about its basic reliability. I ended up replacing the trigger, incorporating picatinny rails for a decent (but not Aimpoint) red dot, folding sights, sling attachment, weapon light, buttstock cover, etc. It now has much better ergonomics and 'shootability'. The one thing I never had to work on was basic reliability. This is hit or miss...
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dan187 ·
7.62x39mm looses very little performance out of a short barrel vs the standard 16". I know you said you prefer 5.56 or 9mm, but AK pistols are fairly cheap (not Galil ACE) and with an arm brace pretty handy. Mags are cheap still, and so is ammo. The con is learning a new system and sights.
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MOJONIXON ·
My source was confused. He meant to say that Kahr bought Magnum Research some years ago.
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B+Shooter ·
I appreciate all the good input! I JUST sold a Gen 1 Sub 2000 last weekend. I agree with Tankersteve that the Gen 1 needs a lot to make it viable compared to other things available, and I got a good offer on it. I also agree that 300AAC and 7.62AK are great options for short barrel/shorter distance. For rifle calibers, I wanted to stick with 5.56 AR compatible, since I have a 5.56 in my car, my active shooter PC and sustainment bag are loaded with AR mags and G17 mags. Having the AR mags on...
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Truckie ·
If you'er a LEO/Mil/EMS/FD contact CZ customer service. Their discount makes the Scorpion even more attractive.
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B+Shooter ·
That's the route I'm going. They're pretty helpful in that regard.
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Brock01 ·
Is scout rifle completely out of the question? You could find a savage scout/ hog hunter for at or less than $500. I get that ARs are more popular, but there is not much I can imagine that a 10 rd bolt fed with a RDS mounted wouldn't take care of. Would love to hear others' opinions.
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A 2 Da Z ·
Not trying to hijack this thread, but I'm also looking for a little help regarding a home defense AR15 or AR15 pistol. Ive heard ar15 pistols suck, but never known the reasons behind it. So, I would like to know those reasons. The reason for an ar15 pistol was simply for the compact size. I don't want to run around with a musket after I add a can to a 14.5 or 16 inch barrel. So my questions are: Are ar15 pistols reliable? Are they worth it? Should I reconsider and simply put a can on a 14.5...
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MWL ·
There is no real difference between a quality AR15 SBR, and an AR15 Pistol made from the same components, with the exception of the lower receiver extension (buffer tube) and stock/brace. We use SB Tactical tubes and their SOB brace, and it is very tight and rigid. 10.3"/10.5" will work, but 11.5" or even 12.5" will probably be better in terms or reliability with different ammunition and conditions. If you can get a can for it, and run it suppressed full time, 10.3"/10.5" will be fine. BCM...
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Dorsai ·
AR pistols don't suck...if you add a brace. 11.5" barrels are probably the most reliable.
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A 2 Da Z ·
Thanks for the info. I was thinking of a BCM 11.5 with a Surefire SOCOM on a BCM pistol lower with the SB tactical PDW. I've heard the smaller Surefire can on a 14.5 inch makes little to no difference as far as sound reduction. I've been told to just go with the large one. I would like a SBR, but I am not down with the $200 stamp and paperwork, trust, etc. What type of ammo does a 11.5 suppressed ar15 tend to like?
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jto ·
When shooting my AR pistol with the SB PDW brace extended and comparing it to my SBR with a stock, there is no difference in control for me. My $0.02 jto
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XTCBX ·
I have the full size SOCOM can and have run it on both my 11.5” & 14.5” BCM rifles. The 11.5” is basically the same size as the 14.5” without the can, loosing the extra 1” by doing a 10.5” doesn’t seem like it would do much for handelability and the potential reduction of reliability makes it seem like a dumb choice. The 14.5” “feels” longish with the silencer on but the extra barrel length helps with the sound reduction a bit. As said above, with quality components an AR pistol is the...
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MWL ·
I prefer a standard length tube with Law Tactical folder to the PDW style tubes. Uses standard buffers and springs, and the little Law connector adds a bit of weight to the BCG/Buffer. Just as fast to deploy as the PDW style. Regards. Mark
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SoTex ·
The PDW stocks I have handled all appear to be a cosmetic accessory more than a user. Everyone I know using them in a professional capacity went to the LAW or the LWRC Ultra compact. Our issued work guns are BCM 11.5's with cans and we've had zero issues. Before that they were colt commandos in 11.5, also zero issues. OP I picked up a CZ Scorpion pistol for the exact same purpose, I put a folding SB brace, an MRO, an old school singlepoint, and an MRO on it and called it good. I run it maybe...
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DocGKR ·
If you wish to improve your capability, go with an AR in 5.56 mm w/barrier blind ammo or an AR in .300 BLK with the Barnes 110 gr black tip TTSX style bullet. I personally would skip the 9 mm carbine, as I already am carrying a 9 mm pistol w/an RDS and there is just not that much difference...
 
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