About Me

I am a full-time law enforcement officer with experience in the Patrol, Tactical, and Gang Divisions and a part-time martial artist. I believe that law abiding citizens should learn to defend themselves with whatever tools they may legally carry. I am currently in the process of starting the "5 Rings Tactical" training school where I hope to encourage good people to become protectors of their own lives and the lives of their families. This blog will contain reviews of defensive and tactical products, all of which I have purchased with my own funds. I will try my best to give my honest and unbiased opinion of all the products featured. I hope to eventually make the items that prove to be of quality available to customers of 5 Rings Tactical. Before distributing any of these items, they will be purchased privately by me and evaluated. I do not pretend to be any type of expert or master. I'm just a guy trying to share my experiences with others. I am always looking for more training and good people to learn from.

Monday, May 2, 2011

FDE 5-3-2011

Today's FDE was submitted by a good friend of mine who I've known for over 13 years.  I can't say anything too mean about him in this FDE post because he possess incredibly embarrassing photos of me from our high school prom.  Our reader is a law school graduate working in the field of patent law.  He also happens to be a heavy drinker.  He and I may differ in certain political views, but we tend to see eye to eye when it comes to life saving equipment.  Our reader chooses to carry a Surefire G2 flashlight in black.  It matches most suits better than oliver drab green or desert tan.  The crazy contraption over the lens is a red flip-up filter.  This comes in particularly useful during office espionage missions where a low profile is needed.  The red light is more subdued and will not attract as much attention or adversely effect night vision like a white light would.  I imagine this red filter gets a lot of use after a night of binge drinking then trying to locate those contracts for his morning meeting.

Since alcohol often means being obnoxious and hitting on other peoples' girlfriends, my buddy is a likely target for morning-after assaults.  Lost, hungover, and in a state of mental disarray puts him at a slight disadvantage when people are trying to kick his ass for whatever expensive suit he puked on the night before.  For this reason, my old chum is rarely without his Spyderco P'Kal folding knife.  The exact same blade I am usually carrying.  Razor sharp S30V steel in a reverse, edge-in grip is available at lightning speed with the built in "wave" feature of the knife.  It's the perfect tool for defending your life against a butt-naked Ken Jeong that comes flying out of your car trunk armed with a golf club that you didn't know was there because you roofied yourself the night before.

Since kidnapping a small Korean doctor often leads to abducting Mike Tyson's pets... a knife may not be enough.  Our reader's pistol of choice is a Series 80 Colt Combat Commander.  This was actually my personal gun for several years before I sold it to our FDE submitter.  Naturally the pistol is a single-stack, 45 caliber piece.  The frame and slide are all steel.  The gun was worked over by a pistol-smith to my personal specifications.  The sights are modified Novak's with a green tritium dot in the front and tritium bars in the rear.  The feed ramp was polished, the ejection port flared, and the springs replaced with a Wolf spring kit to ensure reliability.  Truly a gentleman's weapon, I decided it needed a French boarder and hi-power cuts milled in to the slide.  The top of the slide was also flattened and serrated to prevent glare, and well because I thought it looked cool.  The magazine well was flared to facilitate smoother reloads, the grip was hand checkered, and a high relief cut was made at the back of the trigger guard to allow for the gun to really mate with the user's hand.  Finally a Wilson Combat beavertail grip safety was hand fit to the pistol.


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