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Trust me…. I’m a Doctor

As an avid follower of many online groups and forums I often see inquiries on people who are looking for advice on firearms, gear and/or ammo. While looking for options is never a bad thing, taking advice from a complete stranger or even a trusted friend or family member is not always the best idea. We have four members who are taking turns writing this blog and I can guarantee that if you were to pose the question on what would be the perfect carry pistol, you would get 4 different answers!

I’m not attempting to say that any of the answers would be incorrect but if you were to go and sit at the gun counter at any local gun shop, it wouldn’t take long to see that some people will buy whatever someone is selling, hook, line and sinker. If you or someone you know is in the market the best thing to do is go to an indoor range and try out different pistols. Personal preference of the salesman or associate should not be the only deciding factor on a purchase. The right firearm to own is the firearm you can use! By saying “use” I mean a firearm that fits your hand and one you can put lead on target.

Contrary to popular belief, there are far more options than the desert eagle or glock that is glorified in most movies! Don’t be afraid to fire multiple different firearms at the range, after all that is what they are intended for! Once you are able to narrow down a weapon that works for you, there are a few different necessities that one will need. Now if this pistol is going to be something that you are going to everyday carry a decent belt is highly recommended. A good rigid belt works best for everyday carry. I personally have tried everything from your $12 dickies Walmart special to the $100 Boxer Tactical Apogee gun belt. From my experience I like either my HSG (high speed gear) or Boxer Tactical. Why spend that much on a belt? I used to always just buy the “Walmart special” but let me tell ya, it is ALWAYS a pain when they fail. It usually happens when least expected and you’re not at home or near somewhere with another belt readily available. My issues were always where the belt buckle itself ripped from the belt. Was it from the excess weight from the firearm or my ever expanding waist? Your guess is as good as mine. After burning through a few belts I decided to get all “tacticool” and purchase a legit gun belt. This was a decision that changed everyday carry for me. The belts are usually overbuilt… hell that high speed gear one you could probably use to tow a vehicle with! The rigidity of the belt also supports the firearm well and you will notice that your firearm seems lighter! With a cheaper belt I always had to cinch it tight in order to keep my pistol from drooping or tipping out which is what I believe caused the issues with the buckles. Once again it is all about preference and it is probably something you have to try and not take my word for. Just as pistol purchasing, you have to go with what works for you.

For anyone looking to check out different pistols and or gear, we are always more than willing to let you check out ours or even go to the range with you and let you run them for yourselves. Between the four of us, we have plenty of different makes, models and sizes to get that ball rolling.

 

Brad Michael – 2017

Budget Beard Bustin’…

The end is nigh… Spring is upon us. In my world there are two seasons: hunting season, and that garbage that most people call summer. But if I have to use your “standards” of the seasons, my list of favorites goes like this: Fall, Winter, Spring, and garbage (summer). Yes there is some summer fishing that can be done, but it is not enjoyable to me at all. I don’t like to be hot! I don’t mind sweating, (hell, I sweat all fall and winter, hiking into stands and hauling decoys all over in waist deep snow and muck) I just do not personally enjoy being super warm without refuge from it (probably not going to move to Arizona… ever!). With spring on its way, and the local reg’s matching the dates on our calendars, it is time to get back out to the woods and knock some of the dust off our boots. As of April 15, 2017 bear and turkey are officially open in Idaho, and depending on who you talk to, the pike bite is picking up pretty well also (maybe a blog for next week?) But for today I want to focus on turkey, the most expensive, least edible, and most frustrating game bird known to man…

“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

That is what Benjamin Franklin said about the wild turkey, in respects to the imagery that was picked for the seal of the United States in regards to the bald eagle. Given, I think people back in those days had a fair amount more dry humor then we give them credit for. The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is a hell of a bird, the males (tom’s) weigh around 17 pounds when mature (but can grow to a size of 24 pounds in some places), and the females (hen’s) tip the scale at somewhere between 5.5  and 11 pounds. They grow everywhere, according to Wikipedia the distribution is exclusive to the eastern part of the US and the far western coast. But we all know that’s wrong. When I have Fridays off, I pick my son up from school and he insists that we take a special loop on the way home. It isn’t far from town at all, but it loops up onto one of the most populated mountain terrains in Coeur d’Alene (Nettleton gulch) and it is not out of the ordinary to see in upwards of 30 turkeys on a trip. Turkey are everywhere, and ripe for the taking ( tags are only $19.75) I personally have shot quite a few turkeys, and as wild turkeys go, I much prefer the one in the bottle over the one in the woods, but a lot of that had to do with my misinformation of the breed. Wild turkey come in 6 varieties: Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande, Merriam’s, Gould’s, and the South Mexican Wild turkey. Each having a different range, and a slightly different appearance according to the terrain in which they range. Notice nowhere in there did I mention a subspecies know as “butter ball”, The turkey that you get for free for buying $100 worth of groceries in November, has very little resemblance with the feathered velociraptor that stalks our back woods daily. Natural wild turkey is LEAN, unless you get the opportunity to harvest a bird that has been grazing on grain fields, chances are your bird will look about like a child-sized basketball made of liver once you get it plucked. This is where I made my first mistakes cooking wild turkey. I used a marinade injector, then brined the turkey. After 24 hours, I deep-fried it. It tasted like shoe leather. The fact is that the meat often times have little fat content in that, your chances of a moist bird are very limited. Unless you play to the favor of the meat. Let me introduce you to two of my friends: Barding, and Larding. Barding is a cooking process in which you cover a cut of meat with fat before it is roasted. (think “Epic meal time’s” bacon weave) The idea is simple, by adding fat to the outside of the meat you are lowering the chances of scorching the meat, while at the same time constantly basting the cut with rendered fat. Why? Because its delicious (and as a side note, as meat cooks it will expel juice, but adding fat back to lean cuts of meat, it will actually replace those lost fluids with the fat and salt, thus creating a more juicy and flavorful meal) larding, on the other hand is a little more involved. Larding is a process in which fat is actually injected into the meat as opposed to just being wrapped around it. Typically pork fat-back was chilled and cut into long shoelace shaped pieces. Once your meat is trimmed to size, the cook uses a long hallow needle with a wooden handle (or as I like to refer to it, “a pork sword”) to force the fat inside tough or lean cuts of meat, thus creating marbling. Both of these processes lend themselves well to wild turkey, as does a marinade of your bird in italian salad dressing. Cook Wild turkey as you please (most cooking methods work well) just remember that tougher meat fibers tend to break down better with a low and slow cooking process. I prefer to smoke wild turkeys, and finish them off with a glaze (olive oil, minced garlic, salt, pepper, green onion and apricot or orange marmalade).

Now you know how to cook one, all you have to do is kill one right? Turkey hunting can be frustrating and expensive if you are not careful. The flip side to that coin is that it can actually be a relatively inexpensive pursuit if you know what you are looking for, and what you trying to get out of it.

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Most turkey hunters will rant and rave about their vest, and rightfully so. A well planned out turkey vest puts all of the hunters most needed items at their finger tips. The problem is, to a new hunter, you don’t know exactly what you will need. A quick glance at Cabela’s website will give you quite an idea of what you are looking at in different price ranges. $29.99 wll get you into a H.S. Strut Men’s strut turkey vest, all the way up to $149.99 for the Cabelas mens tactical tat’r II. What you gain with the much more expensive vest is way more pockets, and a much more comfortable seat (yes the seat is actually an integrated part of the vest) The problem with a bulkier vest  (besides the size alone) is the fact that if you have more pockets, you will want to carry more stuff. More stuff equates to more money spent just filling those pockets up, and more weight. I personally don’t hunt with a vest (I am not against them, I just don’t have one, and I don’t really want to spend the money for one) I prefer to use a backpack. Any old camo backpack will do. It can hold all of your regular gear, as well as your lunch and water bottle. As for calls, I prefer box and pot style calls.

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Box calls are pretty much exactly what they sound like. It is a box with a conditioned paddle that when slid across the top of the box with mimic turkey sounds (cuts, click, clucks, yelps, and purrs) all while amplifying the sound with the tuned sound board. Box calls tend to be pretty user-friendly, and are reasonably affordable ($15 on the low side and in upwards of $150 on the high side) with a little practice at your home, you can be sounding like a turkey in no time.

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Pot calls, (often refered to as slate or glass calls) work a little different, you actually use the striker to drag across the surface of the call to emulate the sounds of turkeys. The surface of the call must be maintained (glass and crystal faces are “prepped” or sanded with 60 grit sandpaper, aluminum or slate faces with no heavier the 220 grit (I actually prefer scotch bright pads)) and every attempt must be made to keep finger oils of the surface of the call. A pot style call, and a little practice can go along way towards putting a tom in your freezer, it does take a little more practice, but its more versatile. prices are about the same as box calls, ranging from $15 to well over $150.

Turkey gun’s and ammo are where a lot of hunter start piling up the bills. While you can spend several thousand dollars on a short-barreled shotgun for shooting turkeys, you can also just use whatever shotgun you already own and call it a day (that’s what I do). Yes I own a 3 1/2″ magnum 12 gauge shotgun, but I didn’t buy it for turkey hunting, I bought it for hunting ducks and geese, and it will kill turkey like nobodies business. Do you need a 3 1/2″ to kill turkeys? I killed all of my turkeys with 3″ and they never knew the difference. The biggest thing is to buy decent ammo, and sight in your shotgun. Some hunters prefer reflex sights like the Burris Fastfire but I tend to be a little more of a traditionalist, and just run beads. As for ammo, normal turkey loads come in box’s of 10 rounds and range in cost from $10-$29.99 a box. I recommend buying a couple of boxes and patterning your gun to see what shoots best. My personal favorite is Winchester Double X 3 1/2″ 12 gauge shells, shooting 2 1/4 ounce of #5 shot at about 1150 fps. Be warned though, turkey loads have a lot more recoil then your run of the mill trap loads, and you might have a little armpit hickey to prove to your friends what a turkey hunting fool you are.

In spite of making it sound a lot harder than it actually is, turkey hunting is pretty affordable. a $20 tag (good for 1 tom in spring, or if you don’t end up punching your tag in the spring, you can use it in the fall for either a tom or a hen) a $15 box call, a $10 box of shells, your old shotgun, your deer hunting camo, and a free saturday you have as good of chance as anyone of bringing home a gobbler. In spring look for turkeys in areas where the snow is receding. Turkeys will follow the snow line looking for bugs that have recently been let loose of their snowed in dens. If all else fails, drive to an area that looks like it may hold turkeys, and let a few calls rip… You might be surprised what answers!

-Grant Willoughby 4/16/2017-

Gear in Review…Vol. 1

We at Post World Patriot are constantly trying out new stuff, not only for our own convenience, but also for the benefit of you, the people. (It makes it way easier to gut my want list if I say it that way) I accept the word of someone who I trust WAY more than someone who posts fake review’s online. Nothing pisses me off more than a review online that says “Good product, fast shipping, would buy this again” then as you read through the 1,391 other reviews you realize that 85% of the reviews say the exact same thing. Why leave a review if you can’t be honest? So I am going to give you my personal review of products that I have purchased with my own money, that relate to our lifestyle, and The Post World Patriot way. Without further adieu…

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1: Blackhawk Serpa holsters: I, as a child (yes I was allowed to carry a pistol when I was under the age of 21) I always carried in an Uncle Mike’s because that’s what my Dad used,  you remember them, nylon construction with a big old snap on the outside, nothing ever fit your pistol perfectly, but they did work, and they would hold your pistol on your belt. It was a long time coming before I purchased a Blackhawk Serpa holster. Working in a firearms store, I had literally sold hundred of these holsters before I purchased one myself (talk about being hypocritical) But Now after having one for a few years, I am never going back. When I am in the woods, there is no telling what is going to happen, it may be a 20 miles hike up and down steep mountain trails, or a 45 Mph ATV ride through the rain back to camp. I know without a doubt that my serpa won’t let me down. With the patented Serpa Auto-loc technology you can rest safe knowing that your pistol cannot be cleared of the holster until you press the release (that, as a side note, also forces you to index your finger outside the trigger guard… Where your finger should be ANYWAYS) For the money, the Serpa holster is hard to beat, plus it is available with a belt and a paddle holster option.

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2: Blackhawk CQB/Rigger’s Belt: No, I’m not some kind of Blackhawk fanboy, but I do have a lot of respect for Blackhawk products. These belt are rated to 7,000 pounds of tensile strength. (if you look around online you can actually find videos where they are using these belts as a choker on some huge trees, and where they have pulled vehicles out with them) It even has an emergency belay clip that can be called into action with just a tug of the velcro. The belts show up pretty stiff, and you probably have a weeks worth of break in to where they are truly comfortable. After that point they are great, and work fantastically as an everyday work belt, as well as a pistol belt. They don’t have belt holes, so they work great for people who are in between belt sizes also. In most reviews online people ask if this belt works with pants? Mine has worked awesome with pants, and its so tacti-cool I even wear it without pants (the velcro does wonders for holding up your underoos 😉 ) But in all seriousness, this is really a quality belt, they come in 4 colors, and retail for somewhere around $40 (I found mine on amazon for $17 and shipping, because it wasn’t the most popular color) The buckle system take’s a little getting use to,  (if your lactose intolerant and going to cold stone to see how well your new meds work, you may be in for a word of hurt with this belt, it takes some time to learn to get it undone quickly!) but nothing that cant be figured out in a days time of playing with it. I wear this belt daily and I would highly recommend the Blackhawk CQB/Rigger’s belt.

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3: Stormy Kromer Caps: I bought my first Story Kromer cap 2 years ago, they are not super cheap (most run about $45) But they are awesome. I’ll paraphrase as best I can the story of Stormy Kromer. George “Stormy” Kromer was a semi-pro baseball player who fell in love with a women by the name of Ida. George wanted to marry Ida, but her father said he would not allow it unless George got a “real” job. George applied for a position on the railroad. He and Ida were married. After spending a considerable time on a locomotive, George had lost quite a few hats. In those days (1903) men usually wore fedoras (even in 1903, someone had the sense to realize that fedoras were douchey to say the least) and he asked his wife to modify a baseball cap that would work better for his job on the trains. He asked for a high-crowned, six panel hat, that was made out of a warmer material with a drop down panel that could cover the ears and also make the hat fit more snugly in windy conditions. The Stormy Kromer was born. By 1909 George and his wife Ida had already sold 1,200 caps to local railway workers.  Stormy Kromer hats are still made in the USA, and each one is individually serialized. Upon registering your hats serial number, the company will warranty you hat against everything (including loss or theft) for 3 years. After that, the Stormy Kromer company has a lifetime warranty on all of their hats. It it gets wet and rots out, the company will replace it for free. How many companies stand behind their products like that? For me, the product is well worth the $45 for such a finely made product, with such a great story.  Plus it’s made out of wool for God sake! Mine has lived through 2 years of elk hunt heat, and 2 years of frigid cold and snow in a layout blind. It still looks brand new, no matter how many times I try to destroy it.

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4: Havalon Piranta-Edge:  I’ve bragged on this knife before, and I still love the hell out of it. They retail for around $45, and that includes a sheath, and 12 additional blades. These things are truly the light saber of the skinning world, and extreme care must be taken with them, there are no “little mistakes” with these scalpel blades (remember that movie “127 hours” where the hiker had the rock fall and pin his arm? The one where he had to cut his arm off? if he would have had one of these bad boys that movie would have been called “35 minutes”. 10 minutes to get up his courage, 30 seconds to cut off his arm, and 24 minutes and thirty seconds of admiring how clean the cut was). 100% I recommend this knife to anyone who heads into the woods in pursuit of game.

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5: Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Tires: I have never been in a position where I was able to put a really nice set of tires on one of my vehicles. Don’t get me wrong, I have bought new tires before, but they have always been a very budget friendly model that was usually built off of a highway/all season tread. After purchasing my F-350 I needed to get a set of tires that were better equipped for the activities that I like to participate in. The Duratrac’s are a great multi use tire for people who go outdoors in the northwest, They are an off-road tire that can perform in highway conditions, they are Canadian snow rated (For a Canadian commercial vehicle, they must use a tire that is indorsed with the small snowflake and mountain logo, declaring that they are “up to the standards of the Canadian government”) These tires have been absolutely great in all-weather conditions, and it is great to know that when you are driving through bumper deep snow headed to your favorite goose spot, that your tire won’t fail you. I purchased mine at Discount tire in Hayden Idaho, they treated me great and got me the best price, even beating the online tire dealers. I would definitely recommend these tires for your truck or suv.

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6: Rocky Silent Hunter Boots:  I bought these boots 15 months ago, and right out of the box they were probably the most comfortable boots that I had ever worn, each boot weighs just shy of 1.5 pounds, they have Vibram soles, are made out of rip stop material and leather, and they fit like a running shoe (say’s the fat guy) Right out of the gate I took them out on an early season horn hunt/bear bait adventure and totally fell in love with them. Being my first pair of Rocky’s I really didn’t know what to expect from them, but in all conditions they kicked ass. From hard rock faces to calf deep snow they worked perfectly. They are insulated with 400 grams of thinsulate, so warmth was just enough for a fairly active hunter. Flash forward to November of last year…

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After around 150 miles of hiking and less than a years use, this is what the boots look like. Notice that the rip stop material RIPPED, not once but in 4 different places. Which means that these boots are now no longer waterproof either. To add insult to injury, the “protective toe cap” has become totally unconnected, and the sole is starting to de-laminate as you can see in the picture. Do I still wear these boots? Sure, I paid good money for them, now im just limited to wearing them when it’s not going to be wet… like during hunting season. They are still comfortable. But as for hunting boots I have learned my lesson, and I will be back to wearing leather boots again. I mean I have two pairs of Georgia’s with the younger pair being 15 years old and the older pair being just a shade over 20. (Yes I wore a size 13 shoes as a 13-year-old, you know what they say about guys with big feet… They have to wear big boots.) I guess there really is no such thing as a free lunch, and the weight of leather is sure worth the durability gained.

These are just a few of the products that we at PWP have been testing. If you guys like the product review stuff, drop us a comment and we will see what we can do about rounding up some more of them. Maybe we will even do a “shoot out” of sorts and try to compare some of our gear. If you guys have recommendations about great products, LEAVE A COMMENT! We want to know about all the great stuff you guys have, and why we absolutely need it. Until next week, take care and shoot straight!

A Fistful of Dollars…

There I stood, waiting at the archery counter of the second shop this week. The first attempt had not gone well, and had left a bad taste in my mouth. On the previous Sunday I had gone to a local everything-outdoor retailer (they also sell farm tack and supplies, I won’t directly mention their name. but I think you can figure it out.) with the intentions of getting a little expert advise (or something close) and maybe laying my hands on a couple new compound bows. I am by no means a novice, I have just been out of the game for a bit. I had my release in one pocket and my wallet in the other, they should have been able to see me coming. I know from personal experience selling firearms, that you can tell from a distance who is a driver and who is a tire kicker. But the clerk (notice how I didn’t call him a salesmen, he wasn’t selling anything) was too busy chatting with a couple of his friends, who were actually blocking the whole entry into the archery area. After 10 minute waiting just to pass through the door, I gave up. Just so happens that I know a guy who is currently working in the firearms section. He came up to me with a smile and a handshake, and asked how it was going? All I had to do was point over to the archery department, and he knew exactly what I was talking about. His smile faded away and he apologized. “It’s not your fault”, I replied, “Maybe I just don’t want to buy a bow from here that bad”. I turned around and walked out of the store. Flash forward 7 days, once again I’m standing at the archery counter (different outdoor store, once again I won’t mention any names, but it rhymes with “crack weep”) just hoping that I will get someone knowledgable that will attempt to give me a hand. This time my Son decided to go with me and I changed my tactic a little bit. I walked in holding my wallet in one hand, and my release in the other. The fella behind the counter kept diving back and forth, looking at his phone and ignoring the fact that I was even there. He then took up a in-depth conversation with one of the other sales associates about the cool new tires he got on his pick up truck, then about his ice fishing set-up, then about the walking dead… All the while I’m standing there slapping my wallet into my other palm and staring right at them. I looked down at my Son, and with a voice volume about 10 settings too high said “Well bud, I guess these guys are just far to busy to sell me a bow!” That got their attention, but still not enough to have them speak to the fact that I had pointed out their lack-luster sales skills. For the second time in a week I was walking out of archery shop pissed off about the lack of service…

I started shooting archery when I was around 13, and quickly went through bow hunters education for a chance to extend my hunting seasons. I originally had a Bear whitetail hunter that I purchased from a pawn shop that a family friend owned. (I had to borrow the $60 from my parents and pay them back with sweat-equity) I then had to take up whatever random job I could find so that I could afford arrows, but being young and focused on being a deer slayer I didn’t mind a bit. I shot the hell out of that bow, I purchased a bale of hay and wrapped it in poly (for years I never even knew that they sold archery targets), but living in downtown Coeur d’Alene, I would have to talk my Dad into taking me into the woods so that I could continue to hone my arrow flingin skills…  Several years later my ex-brother in law Dave presented me with a new (to me at least) Hoyt eclipse. He had upgraded to a Mathews Switchback, in so he wanted me to have his old bow. Boy that Hoyt was a rocket ship in comparison to that old Bear! It had a multi-pin sight, it was served for a release, and it was around 50 fps faster to boot. (Remember those old Bear bows were only rated at about 160 fps, so 50 fps was like going from a Volkswagen bug to a Porsche 911). A couple of days a week I would drive up to Dave’s House and we would shoot his impromptu 3D course. Dave could always out-shoot me but it didn’t matter, I was getting pretty good, especially on off camber stuff, and I was pretty much a walking rangefinder. September came around, and field points got swapped out for broadheads. No I didn’t shoot an elk, but we got into them. The excitement of belly crawling into position, constantly checking the wind, the smell of the elk as you made your way into the herd, it was almost too much for a young man to bear. I was hooked! But my tag went un-punched that year. By the time the next archery elk season rolled around, I was nowhere to be found. That summer I had gotten into a motorcycle accident, that had left me in an isolater sling, with no feeling or movement in my left shoulder. The feeling would later come back and my motion now is probably 90% of what it was. What didn’t come back was that lust for shooting my bow, It had been so long that I had forgotten the joy that it had brought me. It’s taken me 13 years to remember it. Now I can’t even find somebody that wants to sell me a bow. I’m seriously thinking about taking a white shirt, and writing “SELL ME A BOW” in sharpie on the front the next time I enter a sporting goods store.

So I just wasted your time, and typed 1,001 words just to gripe about bad service right? Not exactly… This is something that is bigger then that. You, like myself, have to work for your money, and in that sometimes it is VERY hard to part with it. I have been researching new bows for almost a year now, and have funneled it down into probably 6-10 that I am actually interested in purchasing. Out of the thousands that are out their I’m down to two handfuls. I know I can order them online for a fraction of what I would spend for them locally, but I am a touchy-feely kind of guy, I don’t care what the stats say, if the bow (or gun, knife, hatchet, fly rod etc.) doesn’t fit me correctly and give me a feeling that it is “the one”, I don’t want to buy it. Even if an archery department doesn’t have “the one”, but I get awesome service, and the sales person get’s me headed in the right direction, I am more likely to spend my hard-earned money there on other things. Speaking from personal experience, you may not be able to sell someone something today, but if you treat them right, you may be able to sell them something tomorrow, then 2 month’s from now, then in a year. It is always better to have more allies then enemies. I can remember having families come in looking for firearms, treating them right, getting them the best prices I could, mounting their optics, the having them ask me my opinion on cases, or hunting boots, or tents… I never said “I sell guns, go find someone else in that department to help you”, I would walk out from behind the counter and take them through the store, answer any questions that I felt comfortable answering, and if I didn’t have the answer I would find the department manager and have them help field the question. What started off as a two rifle sale worth $1,500, turned into $6,000 hunting camp set up. Even more important than that, those customers now respected me, we were now friends. When they shot that buck of a lifetime with the rifle that I set up for them, they would come back in with pictures and thank me. I still run into some of those people out and about through town, they remember me and always say hi. You create relationships. In this day and age, where people are fearing the complete and utter collapse of society, is it better to be the person that everyone trusts and respects, or (for the lack of a better word) the asshole behind the counter? If we actually do experience this implosion of life as we know it, who do you want to be, and who do you want on your side? Remember that the bridge that you burn today, may be your only escape route tomorrow. Spend your money at places that treat you fairly, and remember that you never know who you’re talking to, what may be as small of a gesture as opening the door for someone, or pleasantly carrying on a conversation with a cashier, could have longer lasting effects. Winston Churchill once said “There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them” and there is a lot of truth behind that statement… As for getting decent service at an archery shop… I’m pretty sure you can’t buy that with a fistful of dollars.

-Grant Willoughby 04/01/2017-

Talk about being caught with your pants down…

“How early is it?” You think to yourself as you sit in the dark. Your nights slumber having been interrupted by your need to heed natures call. Of course you hadn’t looked at the clock on your 25 foot travel to relief. “It has to be just about time to wake up.” With one push of the button on your Casio watch your eyes clearly make out the time 1:57 AM, but the light also made it so that you can’t see anything else… All night vision now just consists of a glowing orb, and blackness. Then you hear it down the hallway, the slow creak of the door. You know it’s not the dogs because dogs never open a door nicely, it always sounds like you are being raided by the ATF! “What the hell is that noise?”All at once its coming down the hall, heavy steps pounding the floor, sounding like a busy trap field closing in on you. Its something big, and its coming your way. “Why hadn’t I filled out the paper work for that Honey Badger, two NFA stamps, one form 4 (suppressor) and a form 1 (for the SBR) and I would be ready for this situation” Hell now it sounds like who ever is coming down the hall is riding a Clydesdale horse, or at least a morbidly obese Shetland pony. “The pistol is in its regular place, shotgun is too far away too.” Is this how its going to go down, someone is going to break into the castle, and kill the king, on his throne? Not on your watch, you look around for what can use to stop the situation. Deodorizer spray it is, if that door opens, someone is getting a face full of fresh linen glade, then its gonna get crazy. Your starting to believe it too, “feeling froggy, jump frog, jump!” Beads of sweat build on your brow. At the same moment you see four little fingers creep under the bathroom door. “What are you doing in there Dad?” You hear a tiny voice say, (How does a 35 pound boy walk so heavy on his feet, your almost 8 times as heavy as he is, and you can walk anywhere without even squeaking the floor, he on the other hand sounds like a jack hammer covered with silverware, pounding on bubble wrap everywhere he goes).” Buddy, give a minute here, you know what I’m doing”. “But Dad I had a bad dream, I’m a little scared” you hear him reply. “You and me both brother…”

Lately a lot of attention has been put upon ones EDC. If Brad were in the situation above he would have been fine, he would be wearing his tac belt with two pistols, 2 knives and probably 350 rounds of ammo on him, he wears that stuff to bed I’m pretty sure (and chances are that he sleeps naked too!). The first time that I met Mr. Michael, Kris asked Brad to show me his pistol (mind you Brad had just rode his motorcycle up from St. Maries to Post falls Idaho, and didn’t know me from Adam) Brad without missing a beat, pulls his pistol out, clears it, and hands it to me. Then proceeds to pull out 3 knives carried in different locations. That is Brad, he does it daily, he is a prime example of staying true to his beliefs and being prepared. But to a lot of people the work in different industries, carrying your full load out isn’t an option. I work for a beer distributer, they do not look kindle towards me carrying at work, so in order to keep a pay check coming in, I have to obey their rules (to an extent). My primary carry piece is a Smith and Wesson M&P45C in a Blackhawk serpa holster, I carry outside the pants with a cover because its more comfortable for me, by the same token, it is not the easiest thing to completely conceal (especially when you are not really supposed to be carrying one at your place of employment anyways.). In turn I end up with a core EDC, that no matter the day, I always have on me. I carry a Gerber (for now) recoil multi-tool, and  CRKT Hammond Cruiser (not the most expensive knife in the world, but it works well) On the weekend I carry my M&P. To me, a big part of your EDC is what is available to you at all times. As I have mentioned many times before I tend to carry a fair amount of gear in my vehicles, from basic survival gear, to specialized equipment for different situations, I can use whats on my person to get me to my cache of other supplies. I know, I know… What sense does it make to have a firearm that you train with, and not carry it? The answers simple, sometimes I cannot carry my firearm, be it at work or in places that are considered “gun free zones”. “Well don’t go to those places” I can hear you saying it right now. As for places that I choose to spend what little money I have, your are exactly right, (I still haven’t eaten at Buffalo Wild Wings.) but there are certain times that I just plain don’t have an option about being able to carry or not. When I take my Son to school, pick him up, or go to one of his many functions, weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited. So do I break the law (intentionally), and do it anyway because I feel that weapon free zones are complete nonsense? I don’t, My rights mean way too much to me to potentially jeopardize them, And I do not believe that I should have to become a criminal in order to defend myself from criminals. So what other options are there for situations in which you have to be some place that won’t allow you to carry? Well there are actually quite a few options and theories about how to handle gun free zones (please bear with me on this one, I personally don’t agree with most of these, but by the same token, maybe one of these options would be perfect for you).

Pepper Spray: Some have decided oc pepper spray is the way to go.  If you decide to go the pepper spray route, be warned that there is a lot more to safely carrying/using pepper spray then just throwing it into a pocket and thinking that you are well prepared for any situation. Traditional defensive sprays have a horrible tendency to drift back and get into the shooters eyes. Luckily, now companies have identified the faults of their ways and tried to make pepper spray more user-friendly with products like “Pepper gel” from the Sabre company. Same principle as the original (spray enters the assailants eyes and air passages, virtually shutting down their sight and breathing.) The new formula does not leave the canister as a mist, but a stream that actually travels around 20% farther than traditional sprays. Still, you need to practice to become competent, luckily Sabre also sells a practice can (same stream, just with no pepper irritant) that sells for about $5.

Asp/Batons: Asp’s have long been used by professionals in security industries. They are a collapsible baton that can be carried on the belt, unsheathed and deployed instantly with a single motion. (If you want to know what your state laws are as for collapsible batons click “HERE”) The problem is that you are still going to draw quite a few looks from people, and depending on interpretation of the law, you may still end up in jail. Police are trained to strike limbs, and soft spots on the body with this style of batons, staying completely away from the central nervous system and skull. Why? Because batons will kill people, they will break bones,  and they will stop a potentially life threatening situation. It’s up to the owner to know the legality, practice often, and be responsible for the potential actions that using a weapon like this could cause. (Now were getting into the meat and taters!)

Knives:  Check your local laws, and check what documentation is on the “gun free” signs. If the sign states that it is a “gun free zone” you may be alright carrying a knife. Now do I recommend that you whip out a Down under knives Outback bowie at a Buffalo wild wings? (I will address both issue with the statement above… When drawing a knife that has a total length of 16″ and a blade that measure 11″ the only term to be used professionally is “whip out”, secondly  if you are going to un-sheath a beast of a knife like that there is only one place to do it at… Outback steak house of course, when they bring out your “bushmen bread” with that steak knife they expect you to cut it with, you must hand the steak knife back and say… “That’s  not a knife”… (“whip out” said short sword) “That’s a knife” and point the tip at the waiter. That’s the gentleman’s way. 🙂 ) Carry knives have come a long way, with tons of options as for fixed blade knives, and sheath configurations that make them easier to carry that are both vertical and horizontal. Choosing one is really a personal decision that has to be made by the carrier. Reputable knife makers are popping up everywhere. Check out knives made by ESEE , the carry a full lifetime warranty, even covering modifications done by the user, and that pretty tough to beat. The amount of folders on the market is also growing daily, as mentioned before I carry a CRKT and have been pretty happy with it (read: I’m happy with it until I get something else that I enjoy more than it), with modern pocket clips, and limitless blade options you can find a knife that is easy to carry and suits your needs. But don’t think that your out of the woods just because everyone carries a pocket knife, try flipping out a Mantis MT-8 Siko to clean the dirt underneath your nails at your next family gathering, and I will bet my lunch money that no one is going to ask you to baby sit their kids. Even a legal to own, legal to carry knife can cause quite a stir, if the wrong eyes happen to fall upon it. This is where a gentleman’s folder can be the ticket. When I think of a gentleman’s folder I think of Case knives, simple, slim, and they sit in the bottom of the pocket where no one knows they are there. As for a fighting knife, or “weapon” they do have their drawbacks, (No locking mechanism, and blade shape) but they also are perceived to be less intimidating by those un-initiated. Even a multi tool and its somewhat hard to reach blades provide a viable option in a “politically correct” package, that can and may save your life. What is better in a time of need, a less than perfect tool, or no tool at all? (Here comes the curve ball…)

Tactical Pens: Yep I said it. You all know how much I hate new stuff, especially things that seem gimmicky in the least. But recently I have done a little research into this fad… And I don’t think it’s too bad of an option. Remember when you were little and your mom would yell at you because you were running down a flight of stairs with a popsicle in your mouth, stating that if you fell on it you will surely die? That was just a tiny wood stick, now imagine that instead of a wood stick it was actually a piece of titanium, aluminum, or steel? How would that feel if you fell on it? Speaking as a man who has fallen on his keys a time or two, I can vouch for the fact that metal things tend to hurt ya pretty good, and they definitely redirect your thought process. That is the whole principle behind the tactical pen. You probably use a pen daily, and never give any thought to it. You may be signing for deliveries, doing inventory of stock items, or simply writing a check, a pen is a very recognized and widely used item that draws little if any attention. Now take that pen, machine it out of robust material, throw a glass breaker point on it and increase the weight to around an ounce or two, as a last-ditch defense, I can come up with quite a few worse options. What stops an attacker much faster then being impaled by a piece of machined metal?  Will it take the place of a bullet? Not in my book, but it is a viable option that I hope to never end up on the business end of.

Your home is your castle, and as comfortable as that should make you feel, you should always be ready to defend it. When you enter the realm outside your draw bridge, you have to be prepared for things that may come. Even in situations and places where your normal array of defense weapons are made unavailable to you. Arm yourself sufficiently (even in places where you can’t follow your EDC protocol completely), and stay alert and aware of your surroundings (condition yellow), carry yourself in a manner that shows other that you are confident, and not a victim. In your house try to keep it simple and streamlined, when Harbor Freight has the coupon up for free flashlights, go pick one up, keep doing so until you have one in every room of your house. They may lack the light output of your favorite Fenix PD-35, or the striking bezel of your Surefire E2D, but in a pinch, when something goes bump in the night, that light may be the only thing available to get you out of a sticky situation. Arrange your home in a way that you can work from room to room with options as you go. Make a plan, and most importantly PRACTICE, become proficient with your defense tactics, and leave yourself with no option for failure. Because God forbid anything actually happens and you are forced to use your plan, and you get caught with your pants down.

-Grant Willoughby 03/19/2017-

Kickin it old-school

As you pass through the front door that familiar “ding” sounds, and the cashier  welcomes you kindly with a smile, and a “hows the day treating you?”. You return the greeting, and make your way quietly past the isles of Stanley tools, and the glass fronted cases full of American made Old Timer, Case, and Buck Knives. You finally reach the back of the hardwear store, where the hunting supplies are.  “Hey partner, what can I do for you fellas?” You look up at you father with excitement in your eyes. “Junior here needs his first real hunting rifle” your fathers tells the clerk. Finally you will have your very own deer gun. “Well what an exciting day this is, whats it going to be, the model 70 in 06′, or the model 94 in 30-30″…

How quickly, in these days of infinite choices and availability, we forget that not all the long ago the purchase of a firearm was just like that. You went to the local hardware store, and depending upon who the store had affiliation with, had to pick from a very limited amount of guns. If they carried Winchester it was a Model 70, Model 94 or a  Model 12. If it was Remington, you were looking at a Model 700, Model 760, Model 740, or the 870 pump shotgun. Calibers were limited, most likely in 30-06 or 30-30. (Yes there were others calibers available but stock on hand was most times kept pretty well limited, and we will get into that later.) You would pay with cash at the counter (remember that a 1967 Winchester Model 94 cost between $100-$140 depending on the model) and you would walk out of the store with rifle in hand and not a lick of paperwork anywhere. We could go on for days talking about the 4473… But instead lets talk about all the oldies and goodies that still make visits to the deer woods every year, and still put venison on the meat pole.

Variety is the spice of life… Maybe. Speaking from the personal stance of having a lot of firearms in different calibers (.22 LR, .22 WMR, .243 WIN, 270 WIN, .303 British, 7.62 x 54R, .338 WIN Mag, 45-70 GOVT. .38 Spl, 9mm, .357 Mag, .44 Mag, 40 S&W, .45 acp and 12 gauge) I can officially say that sometimes it is hard to choose what to take to the range or out into those cold November mornings. The first “hunting rifle” I purchased was a Ruger M77 featherweight all-weather in .270 Win at age 18, it still brings me a smile when I look at it. I’ve never even harvested a deer with that rifle (now it’s locked up and waiting for my son to christen it) but I know that it can, its accurate, beautiful, lightweight and in a caliber that is more than enough to kill anything in North America if used in the right situation and a proper shot is taken. But the same can be said about the Enfield SMLE that I got when I was 13. I talked my mom into buying it for me from Big 5, all $69 of it, it was my money after all, but Ma had to do the paperwork. Heavy as hell, with a sweet action, and a great caliber that can take care of almost anything (they still kill moose with it in the Canada)   But let’s be honest, can’t every rifle do the same? lets look at the lowly 30-30 Winchester, Its 122 years old and ballistically about as exciting as a dud-firecracker. We have all heard the exact same sentiment about this rustic old caliber, “it’s an OK brush gun, just keep your shots under 100 yards, it just doesn’t have enough knockdown power”. Well lets give it some real thought. If you had the opportunity to shoot a black bear or moose at point-blank (were talking muzzle touching animal kind of range) would you make that shot with the mighty .44 Rem Mag? Would that be sufficient to humanely kill that animal? I sure think so! The .44 Rem Mag loaded with a  240 gr. jacketed soft point leaves the muzzle of a Smith & Wesson 629 with a 4″ barrel at 1180 fps, that works into a kinetic energy level of around 741 foot-pounds. Now lets look at the 30-30 for comparison, shooting a leverevolution 160 gr. bullet from a 20″ carbine will give you a muzzle velocity of 2340 fps, or roughly 1945 foot pounds of K.E. The pip-squeek 30-30’s kinetic energy doesn’t DROP DOWN to the mighty .44 mags muzzle energy until it has reached a distance of 400 YARDS (747 foot pounds). “Yeah but a 30-30 drops like a stone”. I guess it all depends on how you look at it, if you site in 3″ high at 100 yards, your dead on at 200, and 13″ low at 300. I don’t know about you ,but 300 yards goes along way in the woods that I hunt. In fact I would say that 95+ percent of the deer shot in North Idaho are shot at 150 yards or less, and of those I would just about bet my tax returns that 95% are shot at less than 75 yards. Do you know what will kill deer at those kinds of ranges? Everything! So where is the magic? What can a .325 wsm (est. 2005) do that a .250-3000 savage (circa 1915) cannot? At practical ranges, nothing. A miss with a .460 Weatherby or a miss with a .219 Zipper count the same. So do shots that don’t hit the vitals, a shot in the leg is still a shot in the leg no matter how big the hole is. Remember that Teddy Roosevelt, declared that the “”little 30″ (30-30 win) was a fantastic antelope gun, routinely connecting at shots of 180+ yards.” He liked them so much that he actually order one custom-made with a SUPPRESSOR, for killing varmints at his home in Long Island. (Like we needed any more proof that ol’ Teddy was the coolest man ever) Lever guns have also came in a lot more calibers then we tend to remember, the Marlin came in 30-30 win, .35 Rem, .219 zipper, .32 special, .356 Win, .44 Rem mag/ .44 spl., .410, 45-70 Govt., 444 marlin, .450 marlin, .357 mag/ .38 spl. and .45 Colt. The Winchester comes in .38 Special/.357 Magnum, .44 Special/.44 Magnum, .45 Colt , .405 Win, 30-30 win, .38-40 Winchester,.44-40 Winchester, .410 as well as  7-30 Waters. If you want to throw the Savage model 99 into the mix (and I firmly believe  you can’t talk old school lever guns with out mentioning the 99) you have a hammerless lever gun in .303 Savage, .30-40 Krag, .300 Savage, .30-30 Winchester, .250 Savage, .22 Hi Power, .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .358 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington, .284 Winchester, .38-55 Winchester, .32 Winchester Special, .375 Winchester. That’s a lot of options, in a lightweight, high-capacity carbine that can be carried anywhere, and in most cases wont even raise an eyebrow in the media. In this day in age, that is truly saying a lot, especially in regards to firearms.

Maybe today we just have to many choices, or maybe we just want to be different. Every time we develop a new cartridge it’s like we are creating a solution so we can look for the question. Since the beginning of time, man has been protecting his livelihood, his livestock and hunting to feed himself and his family. The battle hasn’t changed, and neither have our goals. But as we become more technologically advance we feel that only new answers can solve our problems, how quickly we forget. So maybe next November, as you open your gun cabinet a 0′ dark thirty and prepare for another day afield, you will look past your .300 short mag with its $3,000 Nightforce scope, and grab the old lever-gun with its old iron sights. Maybe you bypass your Sitka activated carbon camo, for Granddad’s old Mackinaw Jacket. The feeling is different, you are experiencing what all the generations before you felt, stalking close, getting on a personal level with the animal, it’s what Dad did, and his Dad before him, and his Dad before that.  It’s an appreciation for all the cold mornings spent afield before you, and a hope that there will be plenty more after you are gone. Remember that all your new inventions today, will at some point in time be considered old-school too.

-Grant Willoughby 02/05/2017-

A check-up from the neck-up…

Lately I have been doing a lot of talking about hunting… Probably because I have been doing a lot of hunting. I could just go off today about how the ducks were flying great 2 weeks ago, until the channel froze… Or talk about how waking up early  to go do something before last call at the bar  is actually just about the best time a guy can have when the weather gets cold. I could talk about how I spent the remainder of my vacation days (plus last weekend) installing a LVP floor in the living room for my wife. 5 days on my hands and knees pulling enough crown staples to fill a 16 oz. beer can, from the pad under the old carpet… In all reality, it is a survival story, being as if i didn’t install a new floor, my wife was destine to kill me. I live to hunt another day.  But instead I decided to try to kill as many birds with one stone as possible.

We at PWP, Have to be pretty good at rationing our time. With houses, family’s,our day  job’s and responsibilities, we have to find a happy balance between doing what we have to, and doing what we want to. You (I’m sure) and I both know how much that can suck. When The first snow flies in late October/ early November I think “RUT”, not “SNOW SHOVEL”. But, if I want to continue to stay happily married, concessions have to be made, My wife could care less about how falling/ stagnated low barometric pressure really turns on the  bass bite, but she knows that it makes me happy and wants me to go. In so I realize that she would like a new floor and if I have to miss a couple days of prime migration… So be it.

I am not tactical, and I’m sorry. I know that the members of PWP are a varied crowd, from high country hillbillies to the tactics based preppers, and each of you has chosen to become apart of the PWP family for different reason (whatever your reasons, from the bottom of our hearts, we sincerely say thank you). That being said, I have a real strong personal belief that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt. I know a lot about ballistics, I know firearms, and I can understand the principles. I’m just not wired that way. To me almost all things can be traced back to hunting. Its about the stalk, about blending in with your surroundings, about always being ready, and about the mental preparedness to be able to pull the trigger when the chance arises. From dating to self defense I see it the same way. I wont be able to explain to you which is a better defensive pistol drill drill between the tri-lambda and Mozambique, I can explain them both, have shot them both, and can tell you how they relate to each other, but by no means am I an expert, and I don’t want to lead you astray. If you would like to have more blogs that are along those lines, drop us a note and we have some great minds here that would be more then happy to do a blog about them. I’ll just sit in the corner, reading dope charts, and wait until my 34 years of random knowledge is needed again. 🙂

Without you, there is no us. When we first started talking about Our hopes for Post World Patriot, we asked each other what would set us apart from the crowd and what we could share that every other website couldn’t. That is when we started to focus on the word “SHARE” were not talking tweets or re-tweats or Instagram, we were (and are) talking about creating relationships, and actually sharing personal knowledge. We have our skill sets and you do too, I don’t want to talk about things that you don’t care to learn about. So I  cast my nets in hopes that someone would like to learn more or become a part of the conversation. I know that you are all experts at something, and with my history of being a chronic dabbler, I want to know everything about everything. Tell me what you know and tell me what you would like to learn. I can bet that if we throw enough topics around we can all learn something from each other. Skill sets over assets right?

With 1 hour and 36 minutes until the big day, I would like to be the first to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We at PWP hope that your holiday is filled with warm memories, great food and laughter, and if you are still looking for that extra gift for someone special, you can click this link http://postworldpatriot.com/membership/ and enter Coupon code: TACTICALSANTA, and get a PWP membership for $30, that’s $20 off the normal price. With that membership you will receive the following:

  • 5″ oval Post World Patriot Eagle decal
  • 3″ Post World Patriot PVC 3D patch
  • Post World Patriot Member Oath
  • Members only forums
  • Members only Bartering/For Sale forum
  • Access to members only videos, newsletters, and content
  • Access to members only raffles
  • Exclusive access to giveaways and member contests
  • 10% off all Post World Patriot merchandise from our online store
  • Post World Patriot will also cover the shipping cost of your membership package!

That’s a pretty smoking deal when you think that the t-shirts alone are $20, Buy one for yourself, and one for a friend. Any friend of yours is a friend of mine… but it would be a whole lot cooler if they had one our sweet t-shirts on. Merry Christmas!

-Grant Willoughby 12/24/2016-

Lions and Tigers and Gear, Oh My!

As you read our blog at PWP you can see most of the articles are about a way of life.  Whether it be hunting, fishing, camping, surviving in the wild or urban environments, prepping food,  gardening, etc. we are also avid craftsmen.  We believe that gear is as personal as it gets and if you EDC (every day carry) or have packs at the ready you have no doubt spent plenty of time dreaming about a perfect item, or wished you had a better method of carrying an item or attaching it to another piece of gear.

This weeks article is just a short reminder that we at Post World Patriot have also felt that pain and frustration.  So if your still searching for that perfect gear or have a great idea you cannot find in the public market place be sure to send us a message and let us help you bring that dream to realization.  We currently make custom knives, custom knife scales, build personalized packs, bags and kits that contain only what you want and need.  Not stuffed with cheap or filler items that wont serve your individual needs.

Custom kydex sheath with tek lok for this beautiful BHK
Custom kydex sheath with tek lok for this beautiful BHK
Custom black walnut scales for a damascus tracker
Custom black walnut scales for a damascus tracker
Custom kirinite scales
Custom kirinite scales
Custom molle lock sheath for stiletto
Custom molle lock sheath for stiletto
forged tomahawk
forged tomahawk
We the People ammo airbrushed ammo storage box
We the People ammo airbrushed ammo storage box
The CareTaker personalized all in one survival pack
The CareTaker personalized all in one survival pack