Nemo Arms of Montana stopped by the shop to show us the newest OMEN .300 Win Mag that they are producing. We are very excited to be offering this rifle and look forward to spending some more time on the range with it. Backstory on NEMO is as follows:
The roots of NEMO date back to the 1980s when MG Paul Vallely became one of the first two candidates for the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) provided for under new legislation, which lead to the creation of Joint Special Operations Command in 1988. MG Vallely was also involved with the staff study for Army Special Operations examining structure, training, budget and development of new weapons systems for strategic and tactical special operation missions. He has remained committed to developing modern war fighting strategies and has published many articles on the subject of current military and special operation requirements. NEMO is based on his experience and background and the concept of designing and manufacturing of evolving weapon systems. MG Vallely partnered with Kirk Leopold and Clint Walker on individual projects before the group realized its collective resources in military, law enforcement and private sectors – NEMO was born.the shop
How important is it to have backups of your primary weapons?
According to Wikipedia: “In engineering, redundancy is the duplication of critical components or functions of a system with the intention of increasing reliability of the system, usually in the case of a backup or fail-safe.”
There is nothing more deserving of a backup than a system that protects our lives.
As such, the question then becomes what exactly should we incorporate into our day-to-day carry routine that adds this important layer of backup? Should we carry one gun that is perfectly suited to our needs along with several extra clips of ammo? Or should we carry two guns and a knife?
What about systems to call for help, such as whistles or cell phones? It might seem like a strange question, but should we consider carrying two cell phones?
These are all questions without concrete yes or no answers. They are dependent on situations and personal preferences.
Author Duane A. Daiker asks the difficult questions and gets us thinking in his article “Carrying a BackUp Gun: Do You or Don’t You?” on USConcealedcarry.com. Here is a thought provoking excerpt:
“When it comes to lifesaving equipment, there is a commonly heard phrase: “Two is one, and one is none.” Mechanical devices tend to fail at the worst possible times. If your life is important enough to carry one gun, why not carry two? A backup gun is a cheap form of life insurance. (Read more about carrying a backup pistol here)”
A second firearm isn’t the only piece of extra gear to be taken into consideration. There are also items like flashlights and knives, in addition to chemical deterrents like pepper spray.
While these articles certainly don’t take the place of a second gun in terms of lethal power, they do jobs that a gun cannot. They give you a broader base of options to choose from depending on the level and type of threat you may find yourself facing.
As is often the case, it can be useful and informative to study what professionals are already doing and apply their logic to our own carry decisions. Police officers are a good example because they usually exhibit a well balanced array of redundant systems.
Their belt will usually have one or two guns, extra ammo, a radio, a taser, pepper spray, a billy club, and handcuffs, among other things.
When it comes down to the final decision, take a close look at your own needs, habits, and where you go on a daily basis. Use this information to craft a system that is a perfect fit for your life.
Which do you prefer and why? The IWI Tavor or the Steyr AUG A3 NATO
- Overall Length: 28.25″
- Weight: 8.15 lbs. with one empty magazine
- Flattop with full picatinny top rail
- 16.5″ Barrel
- 26 1/8 Overall Length
- flattop with full picatinny top rail
There’s a whole host of things that can go wrong with guns. It’s up to us to become experts on these malfunctions, especially as they relate to our own concealed carry weapons.
Sooner or later we’ll all experience some type of gun malfunction. When this happens while practicing it’s an opportunity to closely examine what went wrong, and how to correct it. In a best case scenario, we’d be able to replicate the problem intentionally, or at least understand the theory of what went wrong.
It’s not enough to simply know that our gun will jam from time to time. We must understand why it happens, how to remedy the situation, and how to reduce the likelihood of it happening again.
Firearm malfunctions are an odds game. Looking at it from this perspective, are you willing to risk a 1 in 100 chance that your pistol will fail to fire in the face of danger and not be prepared for it? We don’t leave our guns on the table at home 1 day out of 100, so why would we be comfortable with those odds?
Author Caleb Giddings focuses on the often repeated myth that certain gun designs are immune to malfunction in his article “Revolvers Don’t Jam…And Other Firearms Myths” on usconcealedcarry.com:
“Revolvers do jam. It’s important to remember that our guns, be it a .357 Magnum revolver, a .45 ACP 1911, or a 9mm Beretta, are all machines. There are no magic swords out there! But believing in magic swords isn’t the only gun related myth we’re dealing with. Some of them can be even more unusual than others, such as our next example.” (Read more concealed carry weapons myths and resolutions here.)
It’s up to us, as responsible gun owners, to ensure that we’ve done everything possible to ensure the reliable operation of our firearms.
This begins with practice. Get out and shoot. Put some rounds through that gun! Shoot in the rain. Shoot in the snow and cold. Try to get your weapon to malfunction, and when it does, determine why, and fix it.
Buy high quality ammunition. Incorporate redundancy into your carrying system anywhere possible.
And for the instance when all else fails, have a couple backup defense mechanisms, like a knife and pepper spray. Guns are subject to their own irregularities. They are human designed, fallible objects with weak points. It’s worth the time and effort to get eye to eye with your concealed carry system and to understand its every detail.
As citizens with a concealed weapons permit, we spend many hours and dollars preparing for the unknown. Time and money are expended, planning and readying ourselves for those few crucial seconds when our lives are threatened.
These expenses should go beyond our handguns and holsters. Seeing as how our lives might someday be at stake, it makes sense to spend some of that money on acquiring specialized training gear.
Examples of training gear include rubber knives, plastic training pistols, and airsoft guns that shoot plastic pellets.
Owning such training gear is invaluable. Sure, you can often try it out at classes, but there is nothing like having these items in your own arsenal.
That way, you feel like going down to the basement on a weeknight to try a few drawing or dry fire drills, you can.
You can also lend some of this training gear to friends and practice with them too. With rubber knives and plastic guns, you can take turns being the attacker and the victim. Learn what it takes to avoid being stabbed and shot.
One important note, never, ever practice with real “live” knives or guns. The risks are just too great to justify their use.
In addition to plastic guns, investing in airsoft pistols and face/eye guards is also invaluable. A mugger or rapist might also have a gun and it’s important to learn how to stay out of the line of fire as well as how to calmly and accurately deploy our own weapons. With these we can practice shooting, and being shot at, and avoiding being hit.
Author Steve Collins talks about yet more reasons to own an airsoft pistol in his article, “Get Your Own Gear”, on usconcealedcarry.com:
“Many ranges don’t allow any kind of shooting and moving. Airsoft guns allow you to practice your moving and shooting skills in your backyard, the garage, the basement or wherever you can set up a couple of targets and have some room to move. It may not be exactly the same as live fire training, but it’s better than just sitting at home thinking about it.” (Read Steve’s full article about concealed carry training tips here.)
With your newly acquired training props you can even do night drills inside your home. For example, you can place your rubber knife and airsoft pistol on your nightstand, and then have someone (with a protective mask on) enter the room in the dark. You can see what it would really be like to illuminate the person and squeeze a shot off before they reach you.
If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, having practiced repeatedly with the right training gear could be what saves your life.
We really like the new HK 30rd Polymer magazines, they look great and run better. The follower is high quality and anti-tilt and the plastics are thick enough to hold up to abuse with the appropriate level of waffling to add rigidity to the housing.
People who are into parachuting and skydiving have a meticulous set of rules and methods they all abide by when it comes to safety and how they handle, fold, and store their parachutes. They have created and use a set of predetermined habits that help ensure their safety.
Their lives are literally hanging by their equipment and any malfunction can lead to devastating consequences.
For concealed weapons permit holders, the same holds true for their firearm and related equipment such as the holster and ammunition.
Concealed carry weapons are survival tools you keep around to assist in your longevity and general well being. Every day that you are out and about is an opportunity for trouble to find you, even coming home from the firing range.
Just as the parachutist develops safety habits, gun safety habits are also imperative for those who carry concealed. One such habit should be keeping your gun in tip top operating shape at all times. For example, if you’ve spent an afternoon at the range in the rain and mud practicing rolling maneuvers, your gun will be a mess. If this is your primary gun make sure it’s in working order before you drive home.
Take a few minutes to wipe off most of the mud and apply a light coat of oil to the action. This will help retard rust until you get home and can perform a thorough cleaning in a controlled environment.
It also ensures that should any problems arise on the drive home your gun will be ready for action, not dropped in a plastic bag and set on the floorboard.
Listen to what author Joeseph Chetwood has to say about cleaning firearms in his article “It’s Your Weapon—Maintain it!” on usconcealedcarry.com:
“Some of us had to pass weapon inspections and know what it takes to get a gun clean enough to eat off. It did not take a Drill Instructor long to pound it through our heads that it was a sin to have a dirty rifle. As frightening as it may be, there is an opposite end of the spectrum. There are some among us that let firearms go until they are ready to jam from the grit alone.
“Which method is correct? I can point you in the right direction, but you have to find something that works for you and your time constraints. However, there are a few variables to consider that can help you keep your carry pistol properly maintained.” Read the complete article for additional weapon maintenance and gun safety tips.
It can become easy to get complacent about your gun and its condition. The repetition of day after day and month after month of no trouble will get most of us into a groove where we grab the gun off the counter but don’t ever stop to check the action for lint, look down the sights or cycle a few rounds through.
Just remember that your firearm is a real life saving tool, and should be treated as such. It’s just as important as a parachute is to a skydiver.
People who possess the ability to be in control of a self defense situation are easy to spot. They don’t have a fake “puffed up” sense of confidence, but rather exude an air of competence and surety that is readily apparent.
True in all areas of expertise ranging from professional athletes to experienced military personnel, the body language is unmistakable once you learn to recognize it.
Often called “command presence,” this display of competence is critically important when it comes to self defense scenarios and skills. For example, a veteran police officer pitted against a run of the mill street thug is going to look much more confident and relaxed.
They know what to do and how to handle themselves.
For average concealed carrying enthusiasts, this is a highly useful skill to practice. The first order of business is just that — practice, practice, practice. Doing so will give you the experience you need. It’s also possible to learn how to display that air of confidence even if you don’t possess all the skills you’ll need yet.
A tremendous amount of information is transmitted between combatants in the critical seconds before things escalate. This information is both verbal and physical. Much of it is sent and interpreted unconsciously.
Criminals usually aren’t willing to risk too much in order to complete their crimes. They are mostly interested in the easier victims; the kind who won’t or don’t know how to fight back.
The USConcealedcarry.com editor talks about a co-worker in his department who was the picture of competence in his article “The El Presidente Kata” here is an excerpt:
“His mastery allowed him to use the least level of force necessary to quickly resolve the conflict and not look excessive. After it was over he had a smile on his face, wasn’t breathing heavy, and showed no anger to his opponent. He had such a confident look many bad guys wouldn’t try him. That is something you don’t hear much about these days, Command Presence. (Read more about command presence in a concealed carry situation here)”
This “command presence” he talks about is a mix of conscious and unconscious signals we send one another as humans. Much of it has to do with body language, stance, eye movements and voice modulation.
One effective way to learn these command presence skills is to watch videos of police/citizen encounters. Observe how the police often immediately take command of the situation even if they aren’t quite in control yet. They assume they will be in control and project that intention to whoever they are dealing with.
Watch how they move. Keep an eye on the way they stand and the specific words and the tone of voice they use with criminals. As a concealed carrying citizen, developing command presence is one of the essential skills you’ll want to develop.