Village Praxis Series: Transition to an AR Family for .223 and .308 by Bill Buppert

Never initiate force against another. That should be the underlying principle of your life. But should someone do violence to you, retaliate without hesitation, without reservation, without quarter, until you are sure that he will never wish to harm – or never be capable of harming – you or yours again.

– from THE SECOND BOOK OF KYFHO  (Revised Eastern Sect Edition)

It is official;  the local village is moving to the AR series for both carbine and battle rifle calibers.  We have been a FAL family for the longest time but as technology and evolving family needs change over time, we discover different requirements.  Two of my children and my wife will NEVER field a .308 rifle; therefore, a change in armory composition is in order.

An aside: I have a philosophy of single gun usage for various purposes, we are Glock-only for all the family and the village does the same.  As we all know, in the event of unpleasant circumstances or the need to conduct social work, one will never be able to think through a fight.  One relies on battle drills and muscle memory.  You will never exceed your highest level of training.  The adoption of a single standard sidearm speaks to this need.  In other words, one will not hesitate to draw and think:  what are you wearing today.  With four mods (plug, stainless steel guide rod, tritium sights and extended slide release), every pistol in the house is identically kitted and housed in the same kind of holster.

The AR will serve the same need.  There will be both .308 and .223 ARs but they will be slung the same and modded the same.  The internals and controls are very similar on both platforms.

The village armorer, Skip L,  offers the following advice:

Ten Second Rigs:

I can load up 5.56, 7.62, and .40 S&W, depending on the mission… my standard is not to travel beyond 30 minutes from my MBR without a 30 second rig for whatever gun I am carrying so that I can fight my way back to my rifle (thank you, Jeff Cooper). The 10 second rig suits this purpose like a weekend camping trip and one sits next to my bed-stand with three spare .40 magazines and an extra Sure Fire.

I can wear two Mini-Mavs bandoleer-style for minimal low-profile CCW operations (I have worn it loaded with empty magazines at work to test this), or I can throw on the minimav directly over the MAV, increasing my normal ammunition load without having to adjust my kit, whatsoever.

Combat Rigs: and

I can adjust the MAV forward for chest carry (urban ops); underneath the arms for heavy full-combat loads, or for low profile extended CCW operations as well.

7.62 Versus 5.56 Carrying Protocols:

Also, while reviewing various potentials for family kit, the age-old 5.56 vs. 7.62 magazine pouches kept rearing its ugly head.

I want kit that is simple and readily adjustable… when I began exploring magazine pouches, I fell into two basic approaches:

1. Standard 5.56 shingles (single mag pouch) for everyone, including me, and a separate 7.62 shingle setup for what I am calling my SPR, or “one gun”.

2. Multi-caliber shingles called the “taco” by HSGI:

There are a few things I do not like about bungee-cord retaining configurations… Hot dry climates do not like them… But I did find the technique intriguing.

[BB adds:  We are also building what we call “Michael Collins Rigs” for wear under street clothing for both rifle and pistol.  If you look at the conflicts during the Easter Rebellion in Ireland in 1916 and the guerrilla activities in occupied Europe during the War to Save Josef Stalin, certain operations will demand the use of  civilian clothes instead of mall ninja accoutrement.}

See the following build templates for an AR transition:

Family Kit

The Essential AR-Platform Cleaning Kit

How Can You Fight Evil by Being Evil?

John Kozy wrote a fascinating essay and my editor at large in my former home in north Idaho, Mike O, called my attention to it.  There is a consistent motif I run into from folks who insist that the routine brutalization of citizens and the adherence to laws which in the end fine, jail, maim and kill the resistant is virtuous.  This idolatry of the state (and its associated supporting documents) is at the heart of what I can only call a “death cult” which the statists both left and right subscribe to.

I am a member of an organization which recently started provided free admission to “Law Enforcement Officers” for attendance at the event.  I and a handful objected rather strenuously to this but to no avail.  Accusations of cop hater flew about but I don’t hate them, I simply don’t need them and consider their presence on balance a clear and present danger to peaceable citizens.  A cursory search of the video sites online will reveal a mountain of heinous and vicious footage of cops at work on both the guilty and innocents alike.  Most of the former, of course, are brutalized and restrained for violating state prescribed malum prohibitum laws.  Cops are simply the pointy end of the avalanche of laws that has consumed the country at light speed.  Think about it: absent tax collectors and cops, how could the state exist in its present leviathan state.  Like the Constitution, we have been subjected to a clever and masterful propaganda campaign to not only obey a cop’s every whim but to worship them for the privilege. We are told they are in a dangerous occupation yet fisherman, loggers and steel workers among others are far more likely to be injured or killed per capita.  Most cops are killed in “transportation incidents” most likely when they are engaged in a hot pursuit which more than likely was precipitated by a revenue violation for speeding.  The largest danger is not for cops but from them. Those who defend police chases, and insist police are not liable in any way during such chases, do so at the risk of their own lives and property. There is no defense to driving tons of metal at high speeds. Police chases do not stop crimes; they do not deter criminals; and they often inflict terror and harm on citizens.  Most of these manufactured crimes have linkage to the New Prohibition.

I often wonder when I see the police savagery against women whether it is beating, tasing or shooting, especially simply for compliance or a reaction to “resistance”, where are the husbands, fathers, brothers and sons?  Where are their memories?  Have they become so estrogen-laden that they will not seek satisfaction with the violators over time?  Have we truly become a nation of Vichy-style collaborationists who turn the other cheek at this organized and systemic attack on everyday citizens?

I wrote an essay on this several years ago:

Today, voting is simply a preference for evil if I take people’s conversations about their ballot adventures at their word.  Until we recover from our addiction to evil practices, we will continue to devolve into the savage and statist state of nature called Homo Sovieticus.

Please enjoy this excerpt from Dr. Kozy’s insightful essay on what may be done. -BB

But modern technological advances have made even other practices available. Imaginative uses of these tried and proven methods can be very effective.

For instance, most computer literate people are familiar with denial of service attacks used by hackers. A denial of service attack is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. These attacks are a great nuisance, but often cause no real damage. No good person would recommend using such attacks, but consider the following situation:

People are routinely asked to write their congressmen to influence their voting on specific issues. These letters are usually delivered to Capitol Hill, perhaps causing congressmen some annoyance, but rarely enough to induce much real change. But what if the letters, written in civil language without threats, were sent to the residences of a congressman’s parents, siblings, spouse, and children? What if the letters merely asked the recipient’s to urge their relatives to consider changing his/her mind? What if thousands of letters were sent to these people? The annoyance would be enormous. If this were done to enough congressmen often enough, perhaps they would consider acting in more responsible ways or perhaps leaving office altogether. Denying miscreants of the convenient use of the proceeds of their actions could be a powerful tool.

This technique can be used against corporate officers and their governing boards, judges who routinely reduce the amounts jurors award plaintiffs, the police who are shown to have acted brutally, Justices of the Supreme Court who issue rulings that cannot be justified by normal readings of the Constitution, in short, anyone acting in an official capacity who has done a great wrong. Furthermore, the U.S. Postal Service needs the money. The establishment does not expect people to act in such ways; it expects them to use the normal established channels to express their disapproval. But those established channels have long ago been shown to be ineffective.

All that is required to win the battle against evil is to find ways to make the lives of the miscreants miserable. No laws, not violence, not even punishment is needed. Annoy them, shame them, shun them, ostracize them, turn them into social outcasts, personae non gratae. Even if the good in society constitute only a minority, if the minority is large enough, it can succeed using such benign but annoying techniques.

The situation described above is only one of many possibilities. Imaginative people can conceive of others which can be equally effective. Think of ways of using the telephone, twitter, posters, and anything else in similar ways. The governing maxim needed is just make the miscreant’s life miserable.

Unless such techniques are put to use, evil will prevail. Then, paraphrasing J. Robert Oppenheimer’s comment after the first atomic bomb was successfully tested, We will have become evil, the destroyer of goodness.

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