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Good luck with the Bronco! I like the idea of the strong box.

I’m in small town TN also. I know what you mean about “quiet, but every now and then.” My neighbor just lost a pistol from an unlocked work truck in Gatlinburg.


I see a lot of this now. Thanks for the quote.


Good question and something that I have thought a lot about. My personal vehicle is a truck and I am currently thinking about installing one of those metal boxes in the back for the rifle carry bag, however, I have no experience with them outside of the military and they are are not the most waterproof of containers in inclement weather. Now, this just may be a cheap military contract, so, if someone has a civilian version, let me know.

2JS method is solid. I wish I had some way to secure a short carbine that way.

If I was driving a car, I would lock the rifle in the trunk and feel fairly secure, but, just in the back seat of a truck, I would not feel comfortable in leaving it unsecured. I keep mine in a backpack, secured to the passenger floor by wrapping a bungee cord around the passenger side seat, the metal frame used for seat adjustment. This keeps the bag from rolling around if I have to slam on the breaks. I have found doing PSD work, that if you are driving, accessing a rifle is a time consuming matter and you are better off having a handgun. My main reason for carrying a rifle is having another option in the worst case situations.

I don’t like to advertise anything in my truck, so, when carrying a rifle, I use a case, that I modified that was originally intended for a custom tennis racket. Still, makes me nervous as hell , and, I think long and hard about locking it up in the vehicle if at large event, like a hockey game.

If you decide to carry a rifle in your vehicle and by some fate of the Gods you have to pull it out, make sure you have a safety vest of some kind, screaming “security or responder”, anything to separate you from the actual bad guys. The police responding to the scene will not know you and if you have any type of long weapon, it will mark you as an active shooter.

I have collected some articles on this topic . Some other thoughts:






My state’s Fish and Game trucks use McWelco boxes in the back to secure important stuff. Limited offerings but strong. Weather Guard has nice product too. More options including across the bed, over the wheel well and floor slide-outs.


Thank you, I will check them out.


Motivational Monday : Commitment. A word that is easily said and hard to do. Whether its your family, profession, training, or whatever, nothing gets accomplished without committing to the goal.

I believe this SRO summed it up perfectly:

Your expectation of me, community member, parent or school staff member can be this: when what will inevitably be the worse day of your life unfolds, I will come running. I am bringing all of the tools, tactics and motivation that I have with me. I won’t sit outside of my school when your kids, my kids, are being hurt waiting for a bad guy to change his mind. When that day comes, if they want your kids, they will encounter the fight of a lifetime. I have been trained well and won’t go easily. I love my life. I love my wife, I love Grace, and I don’t want to die. But, if that day comes that I have to give it to send my kids, my school staff home to the people who love them, then that’s what I’ll give. I made you that promise the day that I took my oath and my mother pinned my badge on my chest. It might be a really bad day for my family, but they know that it’s my honor to do my duty and love my kids well. That’s what your expectation should be.




Thank you, I will check them out.


Thought for the day:

“As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.”

– Thomas Jefferson 1785 August 19.


@idaho I’ve been giving some thought to this recently. A while back I bought a S&W M&P9 Pro and got started in IPSC shooting (which I thoroughly enjoy). Feeling the itch for new gun.

I’ve been rucking a fair bit recently. It’s my new favorite exercise actually. I’m in a rural area with ready access to fairly extensive bushland with an ample supply of small game. Was thinking a Ruger 10/22 might make a good ‘companion of my walks’.

I’m also interested in making a foray into precision shooting, but for pure, simple, immediate enjoyment I think I may get more miles out of a squirrel gun with some halfway decent glass mounted.


I agree. When in the states, I do as muck rucking as possible, since I consider it to be an important part of conditioning. When out of the states, I will circle a compound or embassy grounds as much as possible with a heavier pack than I use in the states. A lot of people scoff at rucking, but, you cannot ruck 10 miles or more without actually doing a ruck. Yeah, you can run on a treadmill, row or bike, but, it is not the same conditioning.

I have owned a 10/22 for years, one of the best rifles made. I am thinking about retiring mine and getting one with a synthetic stock. Cannot go wrong with them and the ammo is still fairly cheap.

IPSC is one of my passions and I try to make the local shoots each year. I don’t own any "race guns, deciding to complete with my carry guns. I have two 1911’s with match barrels and trigger jobs, two Glock 34’s and I occasionally use a CZ-75. Great sport.

I also am itching to get into PRS. I have a Remington 700 in .270 that I would like to get some experience with before thinking about buying a 6.5 Creedmore or .224 Valkyrie. But, damn, the cost of those riles and especially the optics. Middle of the road Votex scopes with set you back a grand and the average cost of PRS optics are way outside my budget. Jeez.


Thought for the day: Know your weapon.

I believe, if I was a member of the security forces, I would know how my issue weapons operate. This guy was responding to a terrorist attack on an hotel. Notice how his left hand is wrapped around the slide of what appears to be a Beretta type action. Semi-auto slides don’t work well if being held in place. If you do, cut or manged fingers are on the menu for the day.



Thought for the day:

“Through discipline comes freedom.”~Aristotle


Isn’t that Jocko’s mantra - Discipline Equals Freedom


That Aristotle guy should know better than to steal Jockos motto.


Thought for the day:

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them: Bruce Lee


I bet this is the same thing that dead guy in the Instagram clip a few posts back was thinking!



Hey there, I’ve been following your training log for a while but I’ve never commented. What are your experiences with ALICE packs and how do you think they compare with MOLLE or other load carrying systems?


I hated the ALICE packs when I had to use them. The MOLLE system is better when modified for your needs and physical build. Fortunately, I have been able to use my own gear, instead of the equipment the government issues to my agency. It is outrageously expensive, but, if you can, check out Tactical Tailor, Blue Force gear, 4Tactical, or numerous other companies on Soldier Systems Daily. SSD is currently in Vegas covering the SHOT show. Many military/LE equipment, especially carriers are being analysed.

BTW, don’t be a stranger, your comments are always welcome.


Saturday morning: 0618. Black Rifle coffee and fresh deer tenderloin.