Back in the Sandbox with memories of a great leave

Back in the Sandbox with memories of a great leave

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    Back in the Sandbox with memories of a great leave

    Well guys I have completed my yearly leave and I am back in the sandbox. I first want to apologize to the members here that I was going to meet up with, I had great plans and intentions but they just didnt work out you think a month is a long time until you try to squeeze everything into it you want to do.

    For the first time in my life I carried concealed with a permit I have always worn a badge so never had to worry about any problems. Found myself looking for signs at entrances and so on. Met up with a lot of former coworkers at the PD and courts felt foolish going back to put the Para in the saddlebag, Government building and all, they ask me what I was doing and finally said geez just come in and visit.

    Carried everyday and night that I was home mainly the Para Carry 9 in a Galco Royal Guard and the Springfield TRP in a Raven Concealment rig. I cannot stress enough the importance of a quality holster when carrying no matter what the brand it makes all the difference in the world.



    Got to do two range dates one with the wife and kids where we got to shoot all the new toys. The Sig 522 and GSG-5 got a good workout with the kids and fed everything without a problem. The 556 rifle was above and beyond my expectations and performed without problem. It took me two days to mount optics and sort through firearms and accesories that I had purchased over the last year.



    Handgun wise my wife shot her Sig 238 which had no hiccups at all even with Blazer ammo and was amazingly accurate, the S&W Airweight performed as expected, I did forget how stout the recoil could be in one of these little guns with a heavy load.


    Both the the Para and the TRP shot ragged one hole groups out to 15 with the TRP extending that out to 25 yards. The trigger on the Para took some getting used to but after a couple of mags it was no problem to complete rapid fire drills or start the hammer back and then stage it for accuracy work.


    Overall I am very pleased with the firearms, optics and ammo that I puchased. I will continue to stockpile for the next leave and hopfully will be able to get out to the range more.
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    "A first rate man with a third rate gun is far better than the other way around". The gun is a tool, you are the craftsman that makes it work. There are those who say "if I had to do it, I could" yet they never go out and train to do it. Don't let stupid be your mindset. Harryball 2013


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    Gald you enjoyed your time home. It's what makes it all worth it--friends. Now keep your eyes open and head down.
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    Leave is always great, and goes by way too fast, glad you enjoyed it and had fun with friends and family. Stay safe over there.
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    Thanks for the post and the great pics! The rifles look pretty awsome. Are those before and after pics, or two rifles?

    Thanks again for the post and your service to the country.

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    Those are two seperate rifles. The first is a GSG-5 .22 cal copy of an MP5 subgun and the second is a SIG 522 with a Leupold CQ/T optic, the .22 cal copy of the SIG 556.
    "A first rate man with a third rate gun is far better than the other way around". The gun is a tool, you are the craftsman that makes it work. There are those who say "if I had to do it, I could" yet they never go out and train to do it. Don't let stupid be your mindset. Harryball 2013

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    Thank you for your service to your country and all of us.

    I completely understand the attitude of your former LEO coworkers letting you 'break the law' but I do not condone it. Another example of some being 'more equal.'
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    Gad you had a good time, but get 100% of your attention to where you are at now. Distractions and combat zones don't mix. Stay safe.

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    thank you for your service and be careful out there. oh, ya, nice firearms!
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    Good luck CYA
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    Glad you had a good leave! Now that you're back in the sandbox, STAY SAFE and ALWAYS CHECK YOUR SIX....
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    Thank you for your service, I'm glad you had a good time stateside and I wish you best of luck in the sandbox. Stay safe.
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    Thanks for your service to our country and stay safe.
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    Glad you enjoyed the short break, but thanks for all you do and hurry back!
    Stay safe!
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    Thanks for your sacrifices for us. Now-as others have said: Keep your head on a swivel--good SA is a lifesaver.......
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