Excess or Essential?

One of the greatest strengths of the AR-15 platform is its near endless modular adaptability thanks to a plethora of aftermarket parts. However there is always a balance to be struck between putting on extras that serve a practical purpose. Where do you draw your line on how much stuff you put on your guns?


U.S Army Soldiers with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment provide security outside an Afghan village March 3, 2013, during Operation Southern Fist III in the district of Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. 


A Marine Special Operations (MARSOC) Team member provides overwatch for Afghan National Army Special Forces helping Afghan Local Police build a checkpoint in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 3, 2013. 



CANSOFCOM (Canadian Special Operations Forces Command) in a roof-top assault exercise. 

The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) is a high readiness organization, ready to deploy Special Operations Forces on very short notice to protect Canada and Canadians from threats to the national interest at home and abroad.

CANSOFCOM is organized into a headquarters element and four units: Joint Task Force 2 (JTF 2); the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR); 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (SOAS); and, the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit — Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CJIRU-CBRN).

I think it’s fucking sick that they are fast roping down the line while the bird is still moving


This is a start to the minimal kit build for practice and competitions. The Chest rig was copied from a press photo (photo #2) of LWRCI's training program with M3 Strategies. I think the kit set up that the dude had was really nice and wanted to try it out myself. So far I’ve liked it but have not put much time behind it. Just wanted to post an update pic of some kit seeing that other guys on here were doing so. So here it is. Stay safe (◠‿◠)

1 Ares Armor Micro Belt

2 SIG P229 Elite W/ Houge G10 Grips, Surefire X300 Ultra, and P226  Extended Magazine

3 Blus Force Gear Ultralight Dump Pouch

4 ITW FastMag Gen 3, Blue Force Gear Double Pistol Mag

5 TOPS Knives Scorpion’s Tail #01

6 Blue Force Gear RACKminus Chest Rig

7 Blue Force Gear Double Rifle Mag Pouch, ITW FastMag Gen 3

8 Emerson CQC 8 

9 ITT VIP IR Beacon

10 PIG Drop- Slider Sling MK-2

11 KAC SR15 MOD1 up/ Spikes low W/ MFT Battlelink Min Stock, Aimpoint Comp M4, SureFire M300 mini Scout, Noveske KX3 (Piggy) Break, and Noveske STS Selector


Location: Oswald West State Park - Oregon Coast

Date: June 8th, 2014


The cockpit of a upgraded C-130 Hercules. 


Three officers, three branches.