Back in the summer I got a new personal rifle for work.  I went no thrills m4 colt with an aimpoint pro and added one of the new surefire DFs.  I ran it at FOP3 and it was boringly accurate and reliable.  The short rail kept proving to be annoying, and I tried an assortment of trips to get more comfortable but I always felt like I was chasing the muzzle with my hand so far back on the gun.

Because of overtime, I was able to build up this week.  I got a new stock colt upper with a 16" barrel and took it to my local gun shop.  The guys there are squared away and rapidly got me set up with a 15" BCM Mlock rail and some DD fixed front and back.  I also tried out, but acquired elsewhere, an aimpoint comp m5 with the larue 660 mount to replace the Pro on my quest to be lighter.

At the end of the build they suggested I go  with a muzzle brake instead of the stock A2 flash hider and give a hand stop a try.  I went with a BCM Mod 0 comp and an Impact Weapons Components low profile hand stop.

I went to the range today to break it in before I qual with it and holy shit do those two items make a difference.  The length of the rail with the handstop really let me lock the carbine into my shoulder and the muzzle brake made rise almost nothing shooting 62gr ammo.  My double taps/follow up shots were (subjectively) faster and more accurate.  Being able to guide the rifle into the reload position when I ran dry with the handstop was also subjectively faster for some reason, maybe because I could break my grip sooner.

The comp m5 is also a little piece of work in it's own rite.  As small as it is and with the battery compartment high and right, I felt like my situational awareness and field of view was enhanced over the Pro or similar.  This was my first time running lower 1/3 cowitness vs my usual absolute cowitness and I noticed a huge improvement in my ability to pick up the dot and make shots from various positions.

So, in short, BCM and handstops are good.  Comp m5 is freaking amazing.


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As red dots go, I LOVE my comp m5 enough that the T2 I had been running went on my sister's carbine. I'm using LPVOs primarily these days. I just got around to putting a warcomp on one of my uppers over Thanksgiving and shot it side-by-side with my Geissele upper (with SF4P) that I had at FOP3. With the warcomp, I swear my muzzle didn't move. That said, the BCM comp is pretty awesome, too. I had that on one of my uppers, but it, too, is getting replaced by a Warcomp so I can suppress the rifle.

Joined: 30 May 2003                  Location: SE PA

Any consideration to running flip-sights?  If you think your view is unclouded with 1/3 co-witness, give a folded sight a try. My 6920 with 13” rail and flips was my first real time running a gun like that... it was eye opening (see what I did there?...).

How much do you want for the PRO?  Lol. 


What is left when honor is lost?

I have a flip rear sight currently and fixed front sight post on the M4.  I don't "dislike" flip sights, but going back to the one time I went loud I had to transition to irons (standard A2 front and rear) and being able to just adjust my sight picture, without having to manipulate anything, was and is really appealing to me.

I'm pretty happy with the setup and am just waiting for a date to go to the range and qual with it.  The next item I looked at was my support gear.  For many years, especially when in a parade pretty uniform, I just did the magazine in a back pocket.  Later, I switched to a plate carrier.  

Now that I wear a plate carrier everyday, I have a few more options.  I tried a fastmag on the vest itself but wasn't a fan of how I had to position my hand to draw it.  I had space on my belt since I moved my radio to the front of the carrier, so I opted to run a 20rnd mag in a kydex open top carrier.  After running a few drills at the range with this set up, I'm very fond of how smooth reloads can be from this. Also, no one bats an eye at the mag on the belt.  So, grabbing the rifle and running gives me 28 in the gun, 18 on my belt plus 45 rounds of pistol ammo without having to put on or take anything off.

I also took a trip way into the past (over 10 years actually) and put my old Eggroll TAB active shooter bag back into service.  I looked really hard at this after the Rite Aid Warehouse shooting as I wanted a way to carry more ammo and a smaller medical footprint while still having a decent amount of supplies.  First thing was to figure out how to wear it.  This sounds simple, but slinging a shoulder bag and expecting it to stay put isn't exactly fool proof.  I took a page from the playbook of the folks who make those radio straps for the hose beaters...errr...firefighter and rigged up a d ring and shock cord off the "rear" mole webbing.  This means when I sling the bag I just clip the d-ring onto the back of my pistol belt and presto, no more sway.

Next, the loadout.  I had two spare 30rnd magazines to put in it plus a 5 round 12ga placard (to plus up guys only rolling with shotguns, all 5 rounds are slug.)  I shock corded 3 tourniquets to the remained mole webbing, allowing me to grab them without moving the bag and either use them or hand them off.  

Inside the bag itself I set up two blowout kits (ziplock bag, H-bandage, chest seals, kerlix, tape, etc)  Lessons learned after the last incident was going back into the bag for individual supplies meant I got a fair amount of blood on and inside my aid bag.  I also added the usual active shooter type supplies, such as door chocks, tape/trashbags, 550 cord, small bottle of water, etc.  Shockingly, water became an issue and I ended up emptying my personal half case of water I was carrying in my trunk after the initial clear.  Dudes were thirsty.

Once everything was set up, I gave it a dry run clearing my house.  The dogs weren't impressed and the wife rolled her eyes.  Something I learned was the height of the bag.  I had way to much shoulder strap let out and after I clipped the bag to my belt it was basically hanging off and way to loose.  I cinched the strap up so there is just enough room to get it on and when clipped to my belt the top of the bag sits level with the middle of my belt, putting the magazines at hand level.  Again, sounds like common sense but not something I had really figured on until I actually tried it.

So, I got it all set up and ended up on a perimeter for about an hour.  Hardly a heavy test but enough that the weight/footprint of the bag was very comfortable, gave me the ammo and sustainment supplies I needed to feel warm and fuzzy and was very easy to grab along with my carbine.

Anywho, my zwei pfenings on life and other stuff.

That sounds like a well-thought out approach to a go-bag, Post Car.  I've played with a variety of approaches.  My usual carry was a BFG bandoleer with three thirty-round magazines in the six available pockets.  My other option was a Peacekeeper go-bag with four thirty-round magazines, two pistol magazines, and a variety of medical and other gear stowed in the interior.  The first option seems too light while the second too heavy.  Your approach seems the right one.

Does anyone have a go-bag for shotgunners?  I have an old Eagle Industries patrol  bandoleer (no longer in production) as well as a spendy SOEmicro chest rig.  Neither seems the true option today.

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