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Why I REALLY Like the ACSS Reticle from Primary Arms…

There are quite a few reasons I like the Primary Arms offerings:  Quality, affordability, durability, eye relief, clarity, and so on.

BUT…..the foundational reason I really like these scopes (I have one on my ‘go to’ AR and one on my semi-precision .308 Savage) is the ACSS reticle.

These scopes are meant to be zero’d at 100 yards, and from there, the Bullet Drop Compensator (BDC) for your caliber let’s you shoot your target without making another scope adjustment.  Saves time, which is really important.

The first pic is on my 1X6 ACSS mounted on my, ‘Go To’ AR.

Now, do I believe I’ll make 800 yard shots with a 62gr m855?  No, but I may make 500 yard shots more times than not with this phenomenal scope from a prone and clear line of sight.  I also am very comfortable with the ‘CQB’ donut.  I also appreciate the 5 mph wind holds for both lateral directions.  And the measuring tool on the right is a great range finder presuming your human target is about 5′ 10″ tall.  Below is a great example of how you can range with it, even though the reticle is a ‘dot’ version, vice the chevron, which I prefer.

Then there’s the 4X14 FFP Illuminated on my humble semi-precision Savage Model 10.

I have no illusions about my .308, even with Berger rounds, being accurate enough OR having enough ‘oomph’ to stop someone/thing at 1000 yards.  If this scope was on a 300 Win?  You bet!

You can also determine range with this fine optic, but you’ll have to do the math, which isn’t so difficult, and if you’re a few hundred yards away and camouflaged, unless the target is sprinting, you’ll more than likely have time to do your calculation.

And that, in a nutshell, is why I’m really taken with these scopes.  I’ve been using them for about 3 years now, and I’m not dissatisfied in the least!

Do I still teach the 25 meter zero?  You bet.  It’s great for straight iron sight shooters, or for zeroing your BUIS.  Even a red dot, depending on the application.  But for optics at the price paid and the clear value, I can’t see not using these fine scopes.

*Disclaimer – I am simply a happy Primary Arms customer – I get nothing from this, or any other write I have done on their products.

Outstanding Post at American Partisan; Read and Heed!!!


Original, here.

“Very basic background. My friend is a prior service 1st LAR 0311, 0351. (from Wiki: 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is a fast and mobilized armored terrestrial reconnaissance battalion of the United States Marine Corps.) Multiple tours in the early to late 2000s, then DoE, then was put through selection and went to work for Colonel G____ as a team member. Since leaving, he has been doing contract work.

He is an experienced and capable meat eater and the furthest thing from a pussy or coward. Try to learn from his experiences.

“Me and three of my buddies were in Portland this weekend, got attacked by Antifa. There’s a Twitter video with millions of views on it. They ended up on Hannity and Tucker Carlson, Ben Shapiro etc., of us getting beaten with bats and rocks the size of cantaloupes thrown at us, getting spit on etc. We were all carrying pistols as well. Opportunity, ability and jeopardy, we were in a deadly force situation and we could easily articulate the use of deadly force, but they had pepper sprayed us. They were using industrial strobe lights on us, etc. We couldn’t PID our target and what lied beyond it, They did a great job of taking our situational awareness away, it was fucking incredible.
Bro my perspective on this changed so much.

The reason we were there wasn’t to counter protest or some shit, **** and *****, two of the guys with me, one of which is a bronze star and Purple Heart recipient. They’re both in the hiring process for the Portland Police Department. One is from Ohio and one is from Virginia. They both flew in that day just so they could come check out the city before they move their families across the nation.

Something else that I should make perfectly clear. We went to the Federal Courthouse first. There wasn’t a whole lot going on down there. We walked around and took some pictures. Bumped into a Sheriff at one point. Talked to him for a while. We asked him if the riots were over? He said fuck no, they’re trying to fuck a police station up right now on 47th and Burnside, We asked him if we could go, and he said yeah, it’s still a peaceful assembly, it hasn’t been declared a riot yet…. So, legit, we walked into this thing blind, in hindsight it was stupid on our part, I had no idea that they were like that. If it had been a full-blown riot we would not have gone. Bottom line, man, if you had ever given me a scenario like this and said hey, you’re sober, and you have a gun, and somebody is hitting you with a bat and throwing rocks at you that could kill you or put you in a coma, you try to get away but they cut you off with a convoy of vehicles and the assault starts again. They impede your movement and beat you with bats…
Would you shoot?

I’d be like, yeah what fucking planet are you from?

But in all the training that I’ve been through my life, I’ve never been in one where in the first five seconds of the scenario you’re blinded with a strobe light and sprayed with pepper spray…. That changes everything. They were throwing these rocks from 15 feet back in the crowd, you couldn’t see who the fuck through it, etc. things like that…. It’s just a good talking point for guys that carry concealed, but you need to think through all these different scenarios.

It got way worse after that video ended, they chased us for 11 city blocks. They had a convoy of about 25 vehicles that cut us off at the next intersection, They had scouts on the corner with radios, they had a drone following us, they had a bull horn calling us Nazis, and the crowd was following a red strobe light that was up in the air on a stick, so they would announce Nazis and then people would follow the red strobe light, That video is just the beginning, I’ve got a fucking fractured hand from a baton, everyone of us has black and blue bruises up and down their legs and back, I had a guy spit in my face from 6 inches away, call me a pussy and a coward for not doing anything about it, and then tell me that he was going to find where I live, rape my mother, rape my children in front of me and then kill me.

I’ve never been more angry about something in my fucking life, the level of restraint that it took for us to not fight back in any capacity whether that was with a gun or fists is incredible. All of us have kids at home. The only thing going through all of our minds was we have to be able to justify deadly force if we’re going to go that route, there’s also hundreds of these people, we can’t see straight because of all the pepper spray, and it’s hard to PID exactly who is throwing these rocks and hitting us with batons, because they would hit you and fucking run and their buddy would run up and hit you. It was an incredibly stressful situation, they did a very good job tactically of taking away your situational awareness, and in my opinion complicating your legal defense when you split one of their faces open with a hollow point.

As we were running from the crowd after about the third block or so, we’re sprinting because the mob head caught back up to us and vehicles were trying to cut us off, I put my hand on the back strap on my appendix, And I heard somebody yell “Hey bro, whatever you’re reaching for, don’t reach, just keep running, they’re still 30 feet behind you. Keep running straight.”

We get 11 blocks down the road and this black Chevy Impala is ghosting us down the street, he’s kind of been in our shadow since block two or three He rolls his window down and starts asking us a bunch of questions. Why are we here, what are we doing, telling us we need to get the fuck out of here, asking us where our car is etc., we pretty much told him to get the fuck away from us because we didn’t know who he was. I finally asked him at one point, Who the fuck are you, man, you need to leave us alone, and he was like I’m the fucking police, bro, who are you? So he pulled his car over and he and his partner talked to us. He was one of the special programs guys, either with SWAT or SRT or whatever. He was the one that yelled at me not to reach, and tried to help us out. He said he knew that we’ve been pepper sprayed and we’re having trouble seeing, I kind of snapped at him, Like hey motherfucker, You’ve been watching this whole thing fucking unfold and you didn’t intervene at all or light the crowd up or something? He started laughing and he was like, Man, if I got out and tried to help you guys, my fucking car would be on fire right now, and I’d be running next to you.

Bottom line: don’t go to an Antifa protest where you can put yourself in that situation. And if you find yourself in that situation, expect them to employ tactics that take away your situational awareness, and complicate the use of force continuum.”


Available for Order Now! Jack Lawson’s “Civil Defense Manual, Volumes 1 & 2

This is your ‘go to’ manual for protecting your community and training your neighbors! I think these are going to go like hot cakes – he’s only got 1038 in stock, so order yours today!!

Order here.

The definitive guide to preparedness and civil defense for homes and neighborhoods.  Two volumes comprising 950 pages of detailed information from authoritative sources.

Jack Lawson, pseudonym of the writer, served in the United States Air Force as a missile guidance and SAFO nuclear arming controls electronics technician and was later a member of a Foreign Legion rapid response anti-terrorist unit during an anti-Communist guerilla war in Africa.

He was trained by British Commonwealth SAS and Israeli commando instructors and took part in counter insurgency operations and commando raids on Communist training camps in a number of African countries. While there he became a bodyguard for a farmer’s cooperative association in his off-duty time.

Jack is an Honorary Member of a U.S. Army Special Forces Association Chapter and for seven years served on one of the largest metropolitan police department Review Boards in the country. As a member of that Review Board, he judged the justification of Officer Involved Shootings and use of deadly force incidents.

He was also a consultant to the Officer in charge of the United States Marine Corps evaluation of Fire Force procedures for heliborne vertical envelopment anti-terrorist tactics.

Rittenhouse Damn Near was Killed by ‘Little Arm’…

From, ‘The Captain’s Journal.’  Check it out.

Kyle Rittenhouse Was Inches Away From Dying

12 hours, 27 minutes ago

The moment his arm exploded, the pistol was being pointed at Kyle’s head.  While I’ll still cover this event, and pray for Kyle, I’ve seen everything I need to see.

An Old Technique Who’s Time Has Come Again…

From American Partisan, via WRSA.

Do read the whole thing; very good way to have another full mag RFN!  Now, there is the Surefire 60 round mag and the Magpul 60 round drum mag, but they are spendy and getting spendier.  So, as Matt says below, this doesn’t cost you anything if you’ve got the tape you need….

So here is my old essay, which first appeared on the old Western Rifle Shooters Association website, and is now featured in “The Bracken Collection.”

“Who wouldn’t want a sixty-round magazine for their trusty AR, one that fits in roughly the same space as a standard thirty-round mag?

Nobody I know.

Problem is, such a magazine doesn’t exist. But there is a way to link two thirty-round mags so that the switch from the thirtieth to the thirty-first cartridge is extremely fast. Much faster than any switch to a second magazine kept in a pouch on your body.

Twice as fast.

Some of us were doing this in the SEAL Teams decades ago. Today, companies make magazine duplexing gadgets that you can buy, but don’t bother with them. The old way is better, because the bottom of the homemade double mag is narrower and easier to grab and manipulate. This is because the two mags are in a narrow “V” shape. They are not parallel, as with the store-bought duplexing gadgets. You will understand why this matters when you do these speed changes in practice. The bottom of your duplexed mag is your handle during the switch.

So here’s how you make it.

Take two good thirty-round AR mags that you know work well. Then take an ordinary wood pencil, and cut off a two-inch piece, square at both ends. Place it cross-wise three inches up from the bottom of one magazine. Take green military “hundred-mile-an-hour” tape, duct tape, camo tape or green electricians’ tape, and bind the two mags tightly together, starting at their bottoms so they are touching.

Tape them all the way up to the pencil location. To make an even more solid mount, fill the gap below the pencil with silicone rubber before you tape them up. The pencil placement three inches up from the bottom is important. The slot between the two mags will just clear the magazine well of your rifle, and it will allow enough space for the open dust cover.

What about taping two mags end-to-end, with cartridges at top and bottom? Only in grade-Z action movies. When you hit the ground, you will be pounding dirt into the open magazine at the bottom, and maybe even denting or deforming the critical feed lips. And besides, doing it the end-to-end way makes a double magazine much longer than it needs to be. This end-to-end method makes a little more sense with very curvy Kalashnikov magazines. Not every rifle’s construction permits the use of side-by-side duplexed mags. They are perfectly suited to ARs, however.

Now you are at the range, and you have your duplexed AR mags ready to try. Load one so that the right-side mag is in the well, and the spare mag is fitting just along the left side of your rifle. This twice-as-heavy double mag will not fall out accidentally, or wear out the mag catch. It will drop free completely normally with the usual push of the mag release button. If you are doing a tactical reload before running dry, or if you do actually run out of cartridges, you will do everything the same as you did before, but faster.

Quite a lot faster.

Whether you are initiating an ambush or if you are on the receiving end, the first reload will very likely be the most critical of any engagement. If you can sustain rapid fire when the other guy’s weapon runs dry, your odds of seeing tomorrow will go up and his will go down. If you can cut your first reload time in half, it might make all of the difference.

Even having the ability to bluff greater firepower on your side than you actually possess is a good thing. You can do this simply by touching off up to sixty incredibly fast shots when breaking contact—a one-man Australian peel. Based on your rate of fire the opposition may mistake you for three or four shooters, and pause to think things over from behind cover over while you slip away.

This brings to my mind the old SEAL Team adage about the critical importance of dominating all sides of the following triangle, namely: “surprise, firepower, and violence of action.” (Law enforcement has tamed this down to the more PC “speed of action.”) A duplexed mag in your rifle gives you more effective firepower, which is always a good thing — especially at the critical beginning of a firefight or ambush. If you’re too slow on that first mag change, you might not need a second magazine.


Here’s a hypothetical example; your mileage may vary, but the principle will hold.

How many rounds can you fire in three seconds? Really light up that trigger.

That is how many rounds might be fired at you by just one bad guy during the three seconds it may take you to fumble a mag out of its pouch and shove it up into the well. Why not cut that delay in half on your first reload? (2020 addition: You also reduce the odds of the dreaded “fumble-rooski” with that fresh mag you are trying to extract from its pouch unseen while your eyes remain on target. You are just grabbing the fat base of the double mag that’s already in the well, lowering it a few inches, and shoving it back up two inches over.)

You won’t always have your battle rattle handy, much less already on your body, when trouble comes along. Goblins do not call ahead. Will you holler “time out” under incoming fire or when your front door is kicked in, while you suit up like Robocop? You might not live long enough to be ready to fight, depending on the immediacy of the danger. No, when jumped, you will grab what is most handy and get in the fight, now! Maybe just the rifle itself. So keep sixty rounds really handy, in your rifle.

Another cool advantage to the V-shaped double magazine is that it will fit snugly over your belt, (or upside down in a sturdy pants pocket). No time to throw on your high-speed tactical harness, web gear, plate carriers and all the rest? Shove an extra double mag over your street-clothes belt, rounds down. You already have a double mag in your rifle, right? Now head out of your door with 120 rounds ready to go on a moment’s notice. Be ready to dominate. Always!

Should you duplex all of your AR mags?

No way. Duplexed mags don’t fit easily in many standard pouches. Only two duplexed mags will fit into a standard military three-mag pouch, a clear disadvantage. But your first sixty rounds can and should be hanging from your rifle, ready to go. (IMHO.) The big double magazine lives in your rifle waiting to go in harm’s way. It’s not a pouch queen. It doesn’t give one damn about pouches. (Dump bags it loves, if you have the time.)

One final point — there is the inevitable complaint that the open mag will become jammed with debris. It won’t. It’s up next to the receiver, and under your clear vision. You can see that the loaded mag is clean and ready.

“Old Sarge” will say not to do this. “Old Sarge” also said that optical sights would never cut it in real combat on a soldier’s rifle or carbine.

So why doesn’t everybody do this?

This is just my hunch (since I’ve been out of the tactical ops arena for so long), but I think that the “Big Army” and other large military formations find “one size fits all” SOPs to be easier for everyone to follow up and down the chain of command. Same in police departments, and these restrictive SOPs permeate the shooting world.

In the SEAL Teams, we didn’t suffer from this malady. We did whatever worked. And not even all SEALs liked this duplexed magazine trick. But you might. So give it a try — it costs virtually nothing.

And on your next range outing with your AR, do some speed trials. Compare changing between duplexed mags to changing to a spare mag kept on your body in a pouch. If you find it useful, use this trick, and pass it along to your shooting buddies. Otherwise, forget you read this piece, untape your duplexed magazines, and no harm done.

But for me — make mine sixty, attached to my carbine and ready to go.”

I still need Practice…

15 meters, M9 – 124gr FMJ.  50  rounds consecutive – 5, 10 & 15 round magazines.  Target size approximates full human size dimensions.  The small paster is from spawl…

Glock 19, 124gr FMJ, 15 meters.  One 10 round mag, rapid fire.  Overall target size 8.5X11.  Ocular Cavity practice.

So, lots more dry fire until I get to the range for my next rationed FMJ practice session….

How are you doing with your range time?

Lesson: Never EVER go Anywhere Without your, “Battle Buddy”…

This lesson herein is presented without any disrespect toward young Mr. Rittenhouse in the slightest; he did what he thought he needed to at the time.  Unfortunately, his decision to act alone without a partner put him in extreme danger.

Simply put, this is an object lesson for those yet unaware of the dangers of going solo in a kinetic environment.  Always, always, ALWAYS have a partner.  Always.

From Gateway Pundit.   Do read the whole thing.

Key Points:

  • Great intent; miscalculated execution, if the quote is true and he did, indeed, (which is apparent based on follow up actions) go alone:  “After the situation seemed to be diffused, Rittenhouse became increasingly concerned about people who were injured at the gas station, so he went in that direction with his first aid kit. He helped those he could find who were injured, either by administering aid or directing them which way to go for help beyond what he could offer.”
  • Having a battle buddy makes ALL the difference!  “As Kyle proceeded towards the second mechanic’s shop, he was accosted by multiple rioters who recognized that he had been attempting to protect a business the mob wanted to destroy. This outraged the rioters and created a mob now determined to hurt Kyle. They began chasing him down. Kyle attempted to get away, but he could not do so quickly enough. Upon the sound of a gunshot behind him, Kyle turned and was immediately faced with an attacker lunging towards him and reaching for his rifle. He reacted instantaneously and justifiably with his weapon to protect himself, firing and striking the attacker,” Pierce explains.

UPDATE: So the Kenosha Shooter….

Refreshing in that a video shows the minor acting in self-defense.  That does NOT, however, answer the questions regarding his legal status of being an Illinois resident and a minor, in possession of a long gun during a very, very dangerous situation.


VIDEO: New Footage Shows Kyle Rittenhouse Acting in Self Defense in Kenosha Parking Lot Shooting

Red shirted man who was shot in the parking lot chased down Rittenhouse and threw an object at his head


Video footage with multiple angles shows 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse acting in self defense during the first alleged shooting that occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin last night amidst widespread Black Lives Matter riots and looting.

In the footage, the red shirted rioter who was seen earlier screaming “shoot me ni**ga” can be seen chasing Rittenhouse after tying the red shirt around his own head.

The rioter can be seen throwing a heavy object at Rittenhouse, before chasing him around the side of a car.

One shot, seemingly not from Rittenhouse’s weapon, can be heard as well as the chant “f**k you” in the background as the looter closes in on Rittenhouse, who turns and appears to fire several shots, dropping the assailant to the ground.


Rittenhouse then leaves the scene while being chased by members of the mob.

National File also reported on video that appears to show the first man shot by the alleged shooter urging violence moments before the incident, repeatedly shouting “shoot me n**ga” at an armed man who appears to be Rittenhouse.

National File reported:

Towards the end of the video below, a short bald man in a red shirt and blue shorts with red facial hair and green ear piercings can be seen shouting, “Don’t point no motherf**king gun at me homie… f**k you and everything you got. Shoot me n**ga! Shoot me n**ga!”

Moments later, the bald man in the red shirt was shot in the parking lot, as multiple rounds were fired off. The location of the injury appeared to be the man’s head.

Looters screamed “call the police” and attempted to use the man’s shirt as a tourniquet around the head wound.

A man holding a rifle who appeared to be the shooter fled the scene as members of the crowd screamed “Get outta here” and “get that motherf**ker.”

The shooter was then chased down the street, where another altercation ensued as reported on earlier by National File.

Despite the exculpatory evidence in videos of both shooting, authorities have charged Rittenhouse with first-degree murder.


Is apparently a 17 year old with an AR…

  • Thought the law said 18 was the magic number for long gun ownership or possession under the supervision of an adult…
  • Reports say that 2 of the 3 shot are dead.
  • They’re charging him with ‘1st degree intentional homicide’….this is after the waters, so to speak, were muddied by police allegedly telling the on-scene militia (whoever THEY were) that they appreciated them being out there helping…
  • What, if any, group did this child belong to?  Who was his ‘team leader’?  What was the game plan?  What were the Rules of Engagement?  What idiot allowed a MINOR to be armed with an AR to assist any ADULT group in securing an area/location by himself with no team leader or other experienced adult in charge?

‘Teachable Moment’:   He got off at least 4 shots from an unbalanced seated position –  hitting at least two of his attackers, wounding 1 in the arm and hit another in the chest, and 1 more with unspecified wounds.  Think about that if you get into CQB scenarios.  Even from the ground, so long as you’re armed, you can keep attackers at bay.

Make sure you check out the emphasized text, which is mine.

Here’s the piece:

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 17-year-old boy is in police custody in north suburban Lake County, charged as a fugitive in connection with a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that left two people dead and another wounded.

The boy was arrested Thursday in Antioch on a warrant from Kenosha, charged with being a fugitive from justice, and is being held in the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center near Vernon Hills.

According to the Associated Press, Antioch Police Cmdr. Norman Johnson said the suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. Police have not named the suspect, but according to Lake County court records, the suspect is 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

An extradition hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

The shooting took place around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday near 63rd Street and Sheridan Road in Kenosha, amid a third night of unrest following the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake.


Social media videos captured a young man armed with a rifle shot and killed at least two people overnight in Kenosha, and wounded a third.

The incident was captured on a series of videos on social media, which show the gunman opening fire on a crowded street, and then walking past police responding to the scene without being taken into custody.

Some people living in Kenosha are leaving the city after escalating violence, riots, and looting; and police are still searching for the killer who opened fire Tuesday night on the streets of Kenosha.

In the wake of the shooting, there is growing concern about what could happen again later today.  [Oh yeah, I think this is going to be even worse tonight….]

There are several videos of the incident on social media, some of them very graphic. The shooting happened on 63rd and Sheridan in Kenosha. One video shows a man carrying a rifle running through the lot of a car dealership just before several shots ring out.

The man with the rifle then can be hard saying “I just killed somebody” as he runs away from the scene, while others in the video tend to a person on the ground who appears to have been shot in the head.

Another widely shared video on social media appears to show the same man running through a crowd on the street as someone asks “what he do?” Another person says “he just shot someone” just before the man with the rifle falls to the ground and someone shouts “get his a**.”

From a seated position, the man appears to fire as many as four shots, shooting one person in the torso and another in the arm.

As the crowd around him scatters, the gunman stood up and continued walking down the street, repeatedly putting his hands up as police vehicles arrived on the scene. Someone in the crowd shouted to police that the gunman had just shot someone, but several police cars drove past him toward the people who had been shot. In the video, it does not appear any officers try to stop the man with the rifle.  [This would indicate the police did, in fact, view the ‘militia’ as working with them….we’ll see how it pans out.]

A separate video appears to show the gunman interacting with Kenosha County Sheriff’s officers earlier in the night outside a gas station. In the video, officers can be heard telling an armed group outside the gas station “we appreciate you guys,” and passing out water

Officers also can be heard telling others outside the gas station, “You are a civilian. This area is closed to them. You are trespassing. Leave. Leave now.”

Several groups were out on the streets of Kenosha after curfew Tuesday night, including protesters as well as an armed group calling themselves “armed citizens to protect our lives and property.” The armed group said they were protecting the city from looting and burning.

Meantime, people in Kenosha came out Wednesday morning to help clean up after another night of unrest. They said they’ll do anything to help out their town, but fear the chaos isn’t over just yet.

“I have no doubt that it’s going to happen tonight. I just hope it’s not as bad as last night, with everything that did happen, with like shootings with civilians on civilians. It kind of sucks, and I hope that will end soon,” Jacob Schubert said.

In anticipation of additional protests, the Kenosha County Board sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers, requesting additional National Guard members with police powers to be brought in.