I am going to lead off with a rather controversial statement, but I think it’s one I can justify: when choosing and configuring a long gun for any specific role that involves dynamic movement, there are four top considerations: reliability, functionality, weight, and cost. I frequently see people ignoring weight, and it drives me crazy.
I was reading the Civilian Gunfighter blog recently – it’s fantastic – and they had a really great series of posts up on there looking back at 2018 and discussing their plans for 2019. Unlike them, I don’t have a lot of really cool stuff to talk about or have much wisdom to share, but I think it might be informative – and hopefully inspirational – for people to understand what happened with me starting in April.
Continuing my tradition of running my guns hard and Israeli-style, I was very happy to kick off the new year with the Green Ops Defensive Carbine I Clinic this past Sunday. This was the third time I’ve taken this particular class, and I can say that each and every time, I’ve learned something new.
This time around, I decided to go with my IDF Colt Commando carbine clone. Yes, that’s right… I went with a plain-old AR-15 for once. Read on for my impressions of the class!
Just got an email in my inbox that DSA has released the “DSA SA58 FAL 21″ Israeli Light Barrel Rifle – Officer Grade Hebrew War Hammer” for $1500. Looks like they got a shipment of IDF “light/regular” FN FAL kits, and these are the builds on the nicest of those kits. Presumably, they will have some cheaper guns on the less nice kits, or we’ll see those pop up at Apex or Sarco. They’ve got IDF markings on the receiver, which is a nice touch.
I’ve previously reviewed the heavy barrel IDF FN FALO. Nice rifle for its time, but overly heavy. This model shouldn’t be quite as bad due to the barrel profile and the lack of bipod, but it’ll still be a heavy beast compared to an AR-308 or HK91.
When I was listening to the Primary and Secondary podcast, there was a really good discussion of “how to be a good student” from the perspective of the trainers, along with an accompanying discussion on the forum. I’ve done a lot of training lately, and I thought I’d do my own take on it. To me, there’s two big categories here: prep before class, and what you do at class.
Prep before class has a few subcategories:
- Supplies for physical needs
- Gun-related stuff
But what you do at class, and even after class, is important, too… and instructors, that’s you, too.
As you’ve seen lately, the blog has kinda taken a different direction, and has had less of the Israeli guns and gear focus over the past year. I don’t think it’s a better or worse direction for the blog; it’s just different. I’d also argue strongly it’s a better direction for me. As a shooter, I’ve grown a lot more functionally-focused, which has meant somewhat fewer toys (alas!) and a lot more training and gear. It reminds me quite a lot of the transition that Short-Barrel Shepherd made, which I think was really quite admirable. At the risk of sounding corny, the discovery I’ve made is that the gun isn’t what can be the eponymous “Hebrew Hammer”, it’s the man or woman behind it.
So, here are the new ground rules from now on: I’ll post on whatever I think is worth posting on in my day-to-day. I’ll still try to get some Israeli guns and gear in as it makes sense, but I’m not going to shy away from reviewing other stuff anymore. When I was upgrading my kit, I found it tremendously frustrating that there were not a lot of formal reviews on a lot of the stuff I was looking at, and I’d like to be part of the solution to that.
I’ve already started getting my training schedule together for 2019, and I think it’s going to be a great year. I hope you stick around and enjoy reading about it!
This is an after-action review of the Green Ops Defensive Pistol I Clinic that was held on December 9 (6:00 PM – 10:30 PM) at the NRA HQ range. I think some people are going to find that odd. “But, Jew-with-a-Gun, you just took that back in October! What’s the point?”
The point is, remarkably, quite simple: if advanced shooting is just advanced application of the fundamentals, then pretty much anything you do to further master those fundamentals is going to have positive downstream effects when you’re shooting at a higher-level. The trick is having instructors who can keep pushing you on those fundamentals beyond a basic level, and the Green Ops guys are top-notch for that.