Archives For March 2014

Inside My Lens – Roger Christian Jr.

Heading to NYC for a couple of days. Weight and versatility in mind, I have chosen to pack the following: Canon 5D Mark III Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L Lens Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG Lens Canon 580 EXII Flash Canon TC-80N3 Remote Control Manfrotto MTPIXI-B Tripod Extra BP-6 Batteries Canon Powershot N All packed in a Lowepro Sport 17L Red Bag TrekPak custom inserts to organize it all Bose SIE2i sport headphones (waterproof)

EDC 33114

Smith & Wesson Tactical Stylus Pen
Magpul Field Case iPhone 5
iPhone 5s
Smith & Wesson 7 rd magazine/Uncle Mikes single stack magazine holster
Gerber FAST folder
Slim Wallet
Citizens Skyhawk w/velcro band
Paracord bracelet
Chapstick
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield w/Desantis Cozy Partner IWB holster
Oakley Canteen Sunglasses

Condor Phantom_2

Yeah the Condor Phantom Soft Shell Tactical Jacket might scream too tactical but I really don’t care.  Its too damn functional to not be used as an every day jacket.  Currently it’s been 20 degrees on average here in Michigan and this jacket has performed admirably.

Quite frankly I’d rather spend $60 on this soft shell than dishing out $180 for a ‘Name Brand’ jacket.  Sure it doesn’t have the label bling but thats why I bought it.

Condor Phantom_5I wanted an affordable and functional jacket that I can use around town and to keep warm while on the range.

It keeps me dry and reasonably warm with its construction.  It has 3 layers of warmth – Polyester, Breathable film membrane mid layer and Super fine fleece inner layer.

Condor Phantom_3

Although its not windproof, I did find it’s water resistant.  Not quite waterproof as claimed.  I purchased a Coyote Brown XL.  Please note not all Coyote Brown is Coyote Brown. I usually wear a 42 suit jacket and the XL fits a tiny bit big.  I don’t mind the extra room because I normally layer a North Face Nimble Jacket underneath (review coming soon).

Condor Phantom_6

Two velcro patches and sleeve pockets are the major reason I purchased it.  I find that sleeve pockets are simply functional and convenient.  I love stowing chap stick, ear buds, keys or anything I don’t want mixed in my chest pocket. I’ve decided that every outer shell I buy from now has to have sleeve pockets.

Condor Phantom_5

The Condor Phantom is a do all jacket that has earned my every day carry nod.

You can find the Condor Phantom 606 Tactical Soft Shell Jacket here.

 

EDC 032914

Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm

Desantis Cozy Partner IWB Holster

Nebo #5872 CSI EDGE 90 LED Flashlight

Benchmade Mel Pardue Design Axis Lock 527

Oakley Canteen

Magpul iPhone 5 Field Case Black

iPhone 5S 64GB

Slim Wallet

Arc’teryx Baller Ass Cap

 

Arcteryx BAC ed_1

The Arc’teryx LEAF Baller Ass Cap from Tactical Distributors is by far the best hat I’ve owned.  Seriously its that uber cool.  Well, that’s just my opinion.

The Flex Fit conforms easily to my dome.  Not to mention the mesh on the second half of the hat keeps things cool.  I rock a small/medium size.

The Wolf color is a perfect combination for the Dead Bird Logo on the black velcro patch.  The top of the hat is Ear Pro friendly.  I can’t wear normal ball caps when shooting because they have that annoying button on top.

 Arcteryx BAC ed_2

Did I mention this is a TacticalDistributors.com exclusive?  I had no problem laying out $30 for this cover.  Buy it here.

My M&P Full Size 9mm and Shield 9mm with stippling

What is stippling?  My answer is custom texturing to an originally smooth surface.

Why add stippling? Because I can’t leave anything alone and keep it in its original configuration. Honestly I can’t stand anything that I can’t have positive grip on if handled in my hands.  That’s why I stipple. Seriously though, stippling adds that added texture for your skin or glove surface traction.  I hated when it was a hot summer range day and my M&P was a wee bit slippery in my hands due to my sweaty paws.  I can’t imagine to have bloody hands and to defend myself with my gun and not be able to have positive control.  In my opinion, leveraging a stippled grip is a great modification for your firearm.

M&P Shield 9mm with custom DIY stippling

2 things that I don’t like about stippling:

1. The name itself, STIPPLE.  I find it extremely awkward.

2. A bad stipple job. I’m no expert by any means but if you scour the inter webs you will find some bad jobs out there.  Quite frankly you might find my stippling job to be an absolute crap result.  But guess what, I did it myself and it gives me the touch and feel I need.

So are you ready to take the stippling plunge?  If you say yes, then take a good long hard look at your gear.  Burn that image in your brain, because that’s the last time you will see it without the stippling.  Still want to move forward?  Here’s some links you should look at for reference.  Before you take my advise, I suggest you have some other research in front of you.

TFB – How to Stipple a Pistol

Range Time Tactical Shooting Stippling a Glock

Few points to consider:

  • Get yourself a quality solder tool.  I prefer a pen style instead of the gun style. I’m looking for purposeful positive points.  So I feel the pen style gives me that control I am looking for. You can install different tips to give you the depth and width of the dimple.
  • Prep your area.  Definitely tape your area.  This gives you the clean lines and shapes the design as desired.
  • Practice makes perfect.  I practiced on a Magpul PMag. Confidence is everything when you feel you are ready to burn into your $500 firearm.
  • Give yourself time.  Take breaks if needed. Don’t rush perfection :)

DISCLAIMER: I am in no such instance responsible if you f#$% up your gear.  Follow at your own risk.

So in conclusion – I say stipple if you want a custom positive grip on your firearm.