I have nothing against collecting firearms for their beauty, historical significance, or just personal preferences, but mine are nothing more than lifesaving and liberty-preserving tools. They're to be used—and maintained—until they break. No safe queens allowed.
My EDC Holster
The most comfortable, concealable, durable holster I've ever found is the Incog Eclipse holster from G-Code. I wouldn't use any other holster for AIWB.
Because I carry AIWB, I chose the small & light Surefire XC1 light. I've had an up/down relationship with this light, but the new battery cap upgrade fixed its little problems. I love it.
As mentioned before, I select my tools according to practicality. There is no pistol on planet Earth that is as reliable, as tough, and as easy for anyone to maintain as the Glock pistol (and every pistol must be maintained regularly with parts replacements). The Model 19 is the pistol that fits my carry and use requirements. I contour the grip to fit my hand comfortably and then stipple for a sure grip despite rain or sweat or blood. Glock isn't "Perfection," but it is the perfect pistol hobby kit.
Like every carbine should have, my SBR has iron backup sights: Magpul MBUS Pro steel sights. The red dot is a cheap Truglo that works perfectly. Light is a Streamlight ProTac 1000 lum with a tape switch. The irons stay up 100% of the time.
Every carbine needs a sing. I use a Blue Force Gear padded Vickers sling (on this and every other rifle I own). Charging handle is Daniel Defense Grip-n-Rip ambi. The stock is Battlelink minimalist. Love these.
This is a personal build; one of my first ever AR builds. It started as a pistol, but then I filed for and got my tax stamp to make an SBR. I'm a .30-cal guy. Despite its ubiquity, I am not a fan of the 5.56 round. I like the .30-cal round and .30-cal holes. I know that the 5.56 moves faster, but for up-close, CQB action I'll prefer the bigger slug. So an SBR in .300BLK just made sense. I love this gun and train with it often. It is my first choice for at-home or from-the-truck defense.
Main Battle Rifle
This rifle sports the Primary Arms 1-8 ACSS Illuminated Reticle low power variable optic. I'm a huge fan of the ACSS reticle and much prefer it for a fighting gun that is meant for 800 and in. The reticle allows you to never have to touch your turrets. Perfect.
The REC 10 comes standard with a 3-prong flash hider that sounded like perpetual tinitus when firing...and for seconds after I stopped firing. Had to replace that with a VG6 Precision Gamma brake. Calmed the muzzle down. The CMC 3.5lb trigger was another boon to running this gun.
I've had a couple of M5 rifles and never fell in love with them, owing to battlefield deficiencies. I decided I wanted a "last purchase" fighting rifle that would serve for both CQB and for more distant engagements, and that was really bombproof. Barrett's approach to this rifle was perfect; with the ridiculously solid gas block and the matched receivers, coupled with a solid reciever-to-rail snug that just oozed solidity. I'm a .30-cal guy and this is a fantastic .30-cal gun made to hold up to any abuse.
Long Range Rifle
This is a mule-kicker so it needs a tough scope and mount. I went with a Burris XTR II 5-25x50 scope and Burris XTR Signature 1.5" rings with 20MOA inserts. It has the SCR Mil reticle and superb clarity. Big, fat, and tough; the knobs have fantastic knurling.
I removed the black Police model stock and dropped the rifle into a Magpul Hunter Stock. I really dig the comfort and the adjustable comb and length of pull. In order to use the Accu-Shot monopod on the rear, I added a Convex Machine LOP spacer with picatinny.
The Remington 700 is a proven platform and the big, heavy bull-barrel of the Police model is a boon to accuracy. Despite reports of some modern Rem700 lemons, I got a peach of an accurate tack driver that holds zero perfectly. It's a bit heavy, but it's glorious. I'm a .30-cal guy and the .300 Win Mag round is another proven long-range heavy hitter. All in all, I have my dream rifle for anything out to and past 1500 yards and a package that allows it to work perfectly.
I invite you to be my guest (the first time) at the range and throw in with my weekly training any Saturday morning at 8am at Proactive Defense in Northlake, Texas. Whether you're a gun pro, an intermediate-level shooter, or a total newb, we'll work defensive drills at a level you can handle. We're not gonna just "shoot," we're going to train on drills that develop skills we can use to preserve our lives.
Just let me know you're coming ahead of time.
Bring your own ammo.
Bring your own gun(s): pistol, rifle...all good.
Bring all the guns you want, but we're only going to train with one. Training requires focus.
We train whether it's 15°F or 110°F, rain, or shine. If you're daunted by something as insignificant as weather, don't bother touching base. Training is about skills, not feels.
Anyway, Thanks so much for visiting. I hope y'all enjoyed the content! I also hope you train with your rifle and pistol on a regular basis like a responsible citizen, for these are uncertain times.