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Marine Sniper’s review of the CAA MCK (Micro Conversion Kit) August 10, 2020

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wp-1597100058286..jpgThese are strange times.  I think we all see that. Applications for firearms have increased 500% in Pennsylvania alone.. I happened to be at a gun range in Conroe Texas that I really like.  Shooters Station in Conroe has very knowledgeable staff…great ranges and a great selection…Many gun ranges have ‘gun dorks’ that are arrogant…aloof and not really helpful.  I have shot at scores of gun ranges.  Most leave me unimpressed.. Shooters Station is verywp-1597100024593..jpg good!  Caleb gave me a few free range passes and was super helpful!

These folks at Shooters Station have a clean store,  amazing range and people willing to help at every step.  I happened to step in and saw they had a CAA MCK.  This is a kit that allows you to put a (in this case) a Glock 19 or 17 pistol) into a platform that turns it into a SBR (if you have the licence) or at least a pistol that is much more stable and allows you to put optics and other fun things on it….

I mounted a Sig Romeo5and did shoulder it at the range.  I wanted to see how it shot.  WOW!  First..the MCK..is LIGHT!  Very light.  Probably about 1 lb…it is made of Polymer and is super light and strong.  I put my Glock 17inside…and zeroed my Sig Romeo5.  That little PWD (Personal Defense Weapon) was amazing!  No recoil…zero flash…it was dinging at 25 yards like nobody’s business!  I did not upgrade to a match barrel and the G17 had not even been broken in! TargetMCK

It has Picatinny rails and collapses down to about 10 inches.  Small enough to keep in a small back pack. Weighed with the Pistol inside and a light, laser and Romeo5?  Less than 3.5 lbs.  Easy to handle.

I can say definitively..if I had to get into a gun fight..I would much rather have a G17 or G17 in the MCKthan go with just the pistol.  As a friend of mine said (wont say where he works)…“Shooting a rifle well is like driving a race car.  Shooting a pistol well is like flying a fighter jet”. Based upon his background…I agree.  Putting good optics on the MCK and the stability makes it a no brainier in my mind.

I have decided my G17 will live in my MCK platform.  It folds up nicely to keep in my Jeep and no need to have a Pistol alone.

At the range, I shot rapid shot at 25 yards.  It was a bit high and left but ammo right now is hard SMallPirto come by so I just wanted to group.  You can see the group I shot.  20 Rounds at 25 yards…off hand all within 2.5 inches using a red dog sight.  WOW!  That is impressive from a 9mm Glock with a stock barrel I was shooting at bout 2 rounds per second!  Needless to say, I am super impressed.  

Construction is SOLID!  Polymer is very strong…it is modular and it does not rust.  The stock moves with ease and keeping the G17 in place is solid.  Keeps zero very well!  Overall,  it is worth the $298 I paid at Shooter’s Station 100x over.  I was a bit concerned as I had never met them that I might be given a ‘tourist rate”…nope…$298.  For that price…amazing.

For anyone looking for a great PDW and that has a Glock 17/19/22/23/43 etc.  Definitely check out CAA MCK!  One thing to consider.  I teach a LOT of people to shoot pistols.  That is hard.  I can put someone behind the MCK with a Glock and they are dead on within 5 minutes!  In today’s world..that is important…..

NFAC’s “Grandmaster Jay”- John Jay Fitzgerald Johnson (2016 Presidential Candidate) August 4, 2020

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NFAC leader Grandmaster Jay – Real name? John Jay Fitzgerald Johnson

UPDATE (at end..WOW!)

Over the past two weeks of riots I have had my inbox and social media inundated with videos of someone apparently trying to teach weapons handling to people of something called the NFAC (see below).  As someone who still practices shooting regularly I watched the videos.

Initially, I believed them to be parody until I saw an interview and realized this person is actually serious about the effort… If you are interested here are some some videos.  Video 1, Video 2.  I should also point out that these ‘Expert shooters’ shot three of their own members by accident during the Louisville march.

I was curious as to the identity of this person who uses the moniker Grandmaster Jay.  It appears he is the leader of NFAC.  So..what is NFAC?   It is an acronym for the “Not F@@king Around Coalition”.  According to their leader…”Grandmaster Jay” (not to be confused with the rapper)...“We are a Black militia. We aren’t protesters, we aren’t demonstrators. We don’t come to sing, we don’t come to chant. That’s not what we do.”  The leader also Stated that the United States should give the state of Texas to African Americans so that they can create an Ethnostate. He further stated that the group is comprised of “ex military shooters.”  In fact, he stated “we are all expert shooters”.  This is what brought this person to my attention.

A bit of research seems to point to a man named John Fitzgerald Johnson.  A bit more research seems to point to a gentleman by a man of the same name and VERY similar appearance and voice who ran (obviously unsuccessfully) for president of the United States in 2016.  Here is his Facebook Page when he ran as an independent ‘candidate’ for US President.  Here is is actual candidate website.  Here is his updated Facebook page called “The Real Grandmaster Jay” Here is his Youtube channel, as well.  What is curious is who John Fitzerald Johnson went from “Only WE can fix us” to a radical who demands the state of Texas to create an ethnostate?  As he stated:

“The solution is very simple. We follow the declaration of liberation, declaring every African American descendent of slavery a political prisoner here in the United States who were affected by the Portuguese slave trade and then after that the United States has a choice either carve us a piece of land out here, we will take Texas, and let us do our own thing or don’t stop us when we exit this body here and go somewhere where they will give us our own land to build our own nation.”

I find it curious is how he actually ran as an independent candidate and now, as the leader of the NFAC, has not (to my knowledge ever disclosed his JJF2018true identity while heading the NFAC.  He even refuses to state when the group was formed.What we can surmise is that it was formed after January 26th, 2018 as he updated his presidential Facebook platform’s profile picture on that date.  It could be that he was both attempting to run again in 2020 and founded the NFAC during that time.  Only Mr. Fitzgerald can answer that question.

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More curious is the radical transformation from when he posted a video (Sept 16, 2016) what said, in part: “We are born Americans.  Our Diversity is our strength.”.  He claims to be both a veteran and a combat veteran.  How now trains armed militias and is very clear in his desire for a black “ethnostate” (he wants Texas…good luck on that one.)

After recognizing this person I took time to watch his Youtube channel.  I have to admit, he is certainly charismatic and confident as were Hitler, and Charles Manson, and Ted Bundy.  I would encourage people to read the book the Psychopath Test by John Ronson.  While I am no expert at the Hare Psychopathy test Grandmaster’s Jay’s unbridled delusions of grandeur, and seeming narcissism  resonate with what I read in the book.  To those who are his followers, I would remind them of a great song from the 1980’s from Living Color called The Cult of Personality.

UPDATE…I just had this video sent to me.  WOW! All I can say is WOW!  This guy is over the top. BTW.  John Jay…I am more than a ‘gun enthusiast’ and yes, I will say you have ZERO idea what you are doing.  Your skills are not even marginal.  No wonder three of your people were shot by your own people and you had a negligent discharge.

So…a question to the major media outlets.  How come this information has not been on your  networks yet?  We have a person advocating for the overthrow of the US Government and leading armed militias who are shooting people (granted…only themselves 😉 yet, crickets.

 

“Shotgun” Joe Biden- Idiot on Display talking about Guns & Knives July 15, 2020

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This is “Two blasts” Joe Biden, presidential candidate and the man who bravely stood up to the make believe gangsta “Corn Pop” while playing with his own leg hair.  He once advocated that people simply get a double barreled shot gun and shoot “two blasts into the air” to deter people who had committed no crime from coming to a house and he has once again demonstrated his absolute ignorance and stupidity on all things related to guns, self defense, and the police.

In his latest inanely incoherent rant, “shotgun Joe” has stated: “Instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there’s an unarmed person coming at ‘em with a knife or something, shoot ‘em in the leg instead of in the heart,” He continued: “… we also have to fundamentally change the way in which police are trained,” I am not quite sure how someone with a ‘knife’ ‘coming at ’em’ is “UNARMED” but it is still an ignorant statement. As anyone who has ever been in a gunfight or life and death situation can attest, it is not like the movies.

First, it is important to note that with the massive pump of adrenaline in your system, your fine motor skill deteriorate and leave you only with gross motor skills.  Pretty much every person in their first firefight can attest that their hands didn’t work and they could not even reload their weapon cleanly.  Secondly, a knife is VERY deadly (or a pipe, bat, etc.) and requires force to stop.  There is a “21 foot rule” (see video from the 1970’s below) hat is typically adhered with.  See the video below.

If an attacker is within 21 feet they can typically move quickly enough that a person with a firearm will struggle to even react quickly enough to stop the threat.  Finally, when faced with a threat, the intent is to neutralize the threat (ie…STOP IT!). While “Shotgun Joe” believes simply “shooting ’em in the leg” is effective, let me assure you that people can be shot MULTIPLE times and keep “coming at ’em”.

ALL military and police are taught to shoot “Center Mass”  The objective is NOT to kill rather to STOP the threat.  See the video below of a man who had a knife and was shot MULTIPLE times and did not stop and actually was attacking the officer with the knife.  Again, it is NOT like the movies or video games.  I will propose that I will not advise “Shotgun” Joe Biden how to molest women if he will stop proposing to educate police on how to do their own jobs. Both are experts in their respective fields..

Schneider Trucking- Thank You on Behalf of Vets! July 9, 2020

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schneidertruckUntil yesterday I had a passing knowledge of Schneider National, Inc. (Schneider Trucking).  Through an unfortunate circumstance (read below). I became much better acquainted.  First, let me tell you what I learned.  This company has been around since 1935! Additionally, 22% of their drivers are veterans.  Probably once of the most impressive things I learned was their dedication to all veterans.  They have a military apprenticeship program and other benefits for vets.

Schneider has (since 2007) a very cool program called Ride of Pride where, if a veteran driver applies and is selected, they get to captain a custom rig that is absolutely beautiful.  Check out the picture at the top! Check out this cool video, as well!  It is a great honor for drivers and, apparently, very selective.  In addition to driving they get to attend special functions around the country representing the program, and veterans.  Again, amazing effort by Schneider to show support for vets. In 2020 they released their 12th Ride of Pride truck.

Unfortunately, there are always some people who want to take advantage of a good thing.  Schneider’s website listed their newest driver and listed his military background and bio.  This immediately caught the attention of the US Marine Reconnaissance and Scout/Sniper community with which I am a member. Many of our members are combat vets, disabled vets, and wounded vets.  Without going into too many details in this post, suffice it to say that the claims this person made appeared clearly fabricated.  I called Schneider, as I am sure many others did, to report the discrepancies.  I received a call back within two hours to inform me that an investigation was already being undertaken.

Literally within hours the website was scrubbed of that driver and Schneider had issued a statement.

“Since 2007, Ride of Pride trucks have served as rolling tributes to the U.S. and Canadian Armed Forces within Schneider’s fleets. These commemorative trucks are made even more special by their drivers – military veterans who command the road with the same valor as they displayed while serving their country. To that end and in light of recent feedback, we are reviewing our captain selection process. One of Schneider’s core values is integrity, and we are committed to ensuring integrity in the Ride of Pride program. Thank you for your support for the Ride of Pride and the military branches and servicemembers it honors.”

I am not privy to how the investigation resulted nor do I care to know.  What I do know is that Schneider took the concerns seriously, and moved with lightening speed to address the concerns raised by numerous veterans.  It would have been very easy to have just ignored the concerns.  In addition, from the statement, it appears that Schneider is taking further steps to maintain the integrity of this amazing program.

For this Schneider ….THANK YOU!  Many companies say they support vets…you have shown in no uncertain terms with your hiring practices, your Ride for Pride and your quick action to resolve an unfortunate situation that you “walk the walk”!

Chris Mark published in Computing Security Magazine May 21, 2020

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Computing Security magazine recently published an article I wrote on COVID19 and Threats, Vulnerabilities and Exploits.

“The suitability of security strategies is relative to the controls implemented to address risks; therefore, security should be viewed as a function of time and resources. Naturally, there can be no guarantee of security when threats are constantly adapting. Adaptive Threats are caused by something that can change its behaviour in reaction to prevention. As defences improve, threat actors adapt and so this cycle continues.

Adaptive Threats react to take advantages of vulnerabilities which are characteristics of design, location, security posture, operation and they render an asset, system, network, or entity susceptible to disruption, existing even if yet unidentified. An exploit is something that takes advantage of a bug or vulnerability and can be used to gain advantage of a susceptibility in a control. However, not all vulnerabilities are of equal risk or severity.

Furthermore, exploits and vulnerabilities are not mutually independent, and one can only exist without knowledge of the other…”.READ MORE!

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