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Slide Milling Service - Maple Leaf LLC

I sent this Glock 34 slide to Maple Leaf LLC for some pretty serious work.  I requested a front scoop and bob cut, which you see above, I got their Carry Essentials Package with optic cut for RMR/SRO with front serrations and Nitride Refinishing.  I also asked for a custom Betsy Ross emblem on the right side, this is not something they normally do so this added time to the overall turn around, I was OK with this.

As you can see the custom Betsy Ross flag is really nice, even though it's a macro photo, the stars are crisp.  I don't know if they'll do custom work for everyone, or how much extra it'll cost, but it quality work.

I chose to keep the front OEM Glock markings and add serrations to the front around them.

As you can see the serrations and coating is really crisp and clearly quality.

Other side. 

Bob cut and nitride.

I was always going to put an SRO with a jagerworks BROS mount on this 34 upper, I made the mistake of not asking for the rear sights to be cut in the back of the optic, so they cut them in the front.  That's my mistake but the front XS big dot will likely work as a standalone at the center of dot for 5y and in.

The BROS is pretty hefty and covers the SRO well.

You can see the XS Big dot and how "big" it is.

BROS on the other side.

Also used jagerworks screws for the SRO, these are enlarged for easier tightening.

As you can see the BROS sticks out over the sides of the upper, that's a non-issue.  I decided on this build, primarily because I knew Maple Leaf LLC could do it well.  Right now this upper is over at Battle Cock Tactical where the lower is getting some really awesome work done.  This is not meant as a "race" gun in any way, but a cool project gun with a lot of potentials.

The overall process of ordering and fulfillment from Maple Leaf LLC is really easy.  They offer random coupons and discounts, so keep an eye out for them.  This project took a little bit longer than normal because of the coating and the custom engraving, but my previous work of the ACRO cut was a very, very, quick turn around.  If you are in the market for slide milling, optic cutting, or any of that type of stuff, I would highly recommend you check Maple Leaf LLC out, they do really good and quick work for almost half the price of the top marketed companies.  Personally, I wouldn't even waste my time with any other company, this one is good to go.

Lumtec M87

The Lumtec M87 is a really cool daily watch you should definitely check out.  

Initial Impressions: Outdoor Research Face Mask

Everyone is required to have a face mask in some capacity, even if many don't wear them at all, or only when they are around others just to appease certain business requirements of entry.  I will refer to any face mask as a "compliance device" from this point forward, that's what it is at the end of the day.  So having the coolest, most high speed, most comfortable compliance device is probably something everyone is looking into.  There is a lot of different options out there for compliance devices.  Every possible variation you can think of, cheapest of the cheap to expensive top-end real-world PAPR respiratory systems.  The goal shouldn't be for you to out fear-signal the next guy, but to get a good solid, well thought out compliance device, which is comfortable to wear, use, and stow.  This OR compliance device is definitely it.

The OR compliance device comes in several colors such as black (pictured above), Gray (think dead bird gray), and Fatigue (which is a dark FDE type).  I opted for the black because it goes with everything, I may still buy a gray version later on as well.  This OR compliance device does come in at around $20 depending on where you get it.  Yes, that does come off as steep for a simple compliance device.  It comes in a nice plastic daka style pouch with three fabric filters which I threw in the trash immediately, I only assume everyone did as well.

It's not made in the US, shouldn't be shocked about that, the material is "durable polyester fabric" which isn't cotton, but does dry quickly and your glasses do not get fogged up while you're wearing them.  As you can see the label is pretty large, I ripped it off as soon as I finished taking the above photo.

There are two features that make this compliance device really good to go, the first being the metal wire at the top of the bird beak-shaped front.  That makes the mask stand out pretty far away from your nose and mouth while you speak.  The metal wire is bendable and the jury is still out on how long it'll last, especially if you plan on washing the mask constantly.  I'd recommend not washing it all the time, maybe using a clorox wipe or something of that nature instead.  If you do wash it, don't put it in the dryer as this will likely extend the life.  The beak-shape of the mask allows you to talk and not have the mask move around on you, which is good.

There are two rubber keepers that allow you to adjust the total size of the length of the ear pieces.  They can come off and if you plan on washing the masks make sure you take them off and retain them as they will fall off and be lost.  They will probably melt in the heat of the sun, a hot water wash, or a hot clothing dryer so definitely take care of where you put the mask and probably avoid keeping it in the sun (like around your rearview mirror).  It's a pretty good idea overall though, way better than non-adjusting ear loops which usually hurt to wear for a long period of time.

The description of the mask online says "two layers" which really means one layer and two pockets that make two layers to hold the filters it comes with.  The overall pocket design probably works well for the filters if you are inclined to use them.  If you don't want to use the filter, the pockets are good for about a handful of the larger peanut M&M's, in case you get hungry and want a snack.

Of course, if you're running an ACRO you could probably keep a spare battery.  In case you missed my article on the issues of the ACRO, this could be a good utilization of this pocket.

Overall, I would say that this compliance device is good to go.  Having been issued masks at work, having bought masks, having been given custom home-made masks, and everything in between including thin gaitors of various designs, this compliance device seems decent for EDC.  Easily folded and kept in your pockets.  If you're in the market for a decent option this is probably one of the better ones out there.

*note* - On the online descriptions, it says "three-pack" or something of that nature, it's just one mask and three filters in the pouch.  So don' expect their masks, since you'll be as disappointed as a democrat in Florida. 

Post Prime Day Roundup


In case you missed Prime Day, and unfortunately, it is still not because of the death of Optimus Prime, you can still get some decent deals.  Every prime day and Black Friday sales events, I look for one or two specific items that I always need more of every year, that's digital memory.  These are some I found post-prime day, which are still pretty decent.

WD 4TB "My Book" External HDD $98.99 - which is a steal per TB and what it does overall.
WD 2TB Elements Portable HDD $57.99 - I have two of these I use for general purpose backups and they work really well.
Sandisk Ultra 64GB USB thumb drive $11.99 - This is the new generation, I have several I use at work, on key rings, they are really good to go and can be secured using passwording and encryption.
Samsung 64GB USB key ring thumb drive $11.99 - I have two of these on my keyrings, one at work.  They work really well for having a thumb drive you can beat up on your keys, can encrypt, and can use as a general-purpose tool for data management.

Any way you slice it, you should always have double and triple-redundant backups of all of your valuable digital files.  The current industry standard is to have at least two physical backups, one off-site, of every valuable digital file, backed up every 3 months.  If you take photos on your phone, if you literally do anything online and save files, if you produce content, anything at all, do yourself a favor and backup everything on your local drive, then on two different external drives, one being stored (and secured) elsewhere, swap them out every 3 months.  I know that's difficult, but memory is not as expensive as it used to be and it's very much accessible now.  Do yourself a favor and do it now before you start to hate life because you didn't back anything up and lost valuable data you can never regain.  Do not trust the cloud for your valuable data, especially if you will suffer serious issues if you lose it.  

All black Megingjord and Multicam Black Megingjord in MEDIUM restocked over at vdevgru.com

Know the status of your firearm

There are a few videos that I have seen lately that have shown officers not knowing the status of their firearms, pistols specifically.  Bill Rapier, of amtacshooting.com, always goes over the proper procedure of checking if your firearm.  If you have not trained with Bill, you should definitely seek out a class of his and learn the mindset behind firearm manipulations.  

First video comes out of Chicago PD.  Officers are attacked by a man who overcame tasers and had a knife.  The officer in the video attempts to shoot the male but his pistol doesn't sound like it was loaded.

Next video is out of Roy City PD, starts at around the 6:45 mark, the officer sends a K9 out to grab a guy who fled from the officer during a pursuit.  The officer goes to shoot the male but the gun either malfunctions or isn't loaded.  He tap/racks and gets a click.  Then rips the magazine out, racks again and puts rounds on target effectively.  The officer's K9 does and survives.


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