Archive | October 2016

The Gray Man AR-15 8.5 Inch Pistol Project!


In an effort to develop and refine our E.D.C. kit, we decided to incorporate an AR-15 Pistol into our system. We need a highly concealable, lightweight, accurate, dependable, quick into action weapon that offers more fire power and range than traditional handguns that are chambered in the common calibers has to offer.

Enter Project “Short Sword”… the AR-15 Pistol chambered in 5.56×45!

We will being carrying our AR-15 pistols with the upper detached from the lower for stow ability in our E.D.C. backpacks. We can fit a 10.5 inch upper in our E.D.C. backpack, but with our muzzle blast / sound re-director installed makes it to tight of a fit. (We are unwilling to switch to another type of backpack at this time.) So we are building 8.5 inch barreled AR-15 pistols chambered in 5.56 for our backpack fitment purposes… Yes we know the ballistic short comings of the short barrel deal… Still the ballistics are much better that common handgun calibers. We also gain a lot of firepower, accuracy and extended range capabilities with this weapon platform! There are good ammo options available that are designed to maximize lethality when going with a short barrel AR-15… This will be discussed in an later installment.

If it is not broke, don’t fix it is a good all around motto that we will apply to this build. Meaning that this pistol build will not incorporate any exotic components that will drive the price up unnecessarily. Function before form! We will provide a cost breakdown when the project is complete.


We purchased complete 8.5 inch uppers online from Palmetto State Armory (Pictured above). They have good pricing and good products. The uppers we purchased did not include a charging handle or the bolt carrier group. The cost was about $260 delivered per upper. For the bolt carrier group and charging handle we are going with standard mil-spec parts. They work and are cheap. We will add folding back-up sights from magpul and a red dot sight of our liking. We will also add a mounted flashlight for low light target identification / room clearing. We are considering the addition of a laser sight as well. The only other change will be the swapping out of the A2 birdcage flash hider to our new flash / sound re-director. If you have ever run an AR-15 Pistol, you know the extreme muzzle flash & extra noise that this weapon produces… We want to re-direct the “flash & the bang” forward towards the threat.


For the buffer tube “Phase 5” will get the nod (Pictured above).

The lower receiver is a standard forged type.

We will use a standard lower parts kit with a “slicked up” trigger…

We normally run 2 point Viking Tactics slings, we may consider a few other options as we go through testing.

Pictures and result data to come.

We Live in a Time of War.

Be prepared to Attack!

Our best!

“Gott Mit Uns”



The Russians are Coming! (Not Really, Not Yet…)

The Russians are coming!

The Russians are being portrayed as the aggressors, in realty it is the other way around…

RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept military jet in ‘act of Russian aggression’

And here is another link to an article that describes the situation well enough…

While You Were Focused on The Walking Dead, NATO and U.S Marines Prep for Russian War

Where There is Smoke, There is…


A DIY Video, for reference only of course…


Another Info Link…

The Black Vault Home Page

Preparedness Reminder! Do not neglect this! Murphy Never Sleeps!


A friendly reminder to all.

We are living in a time of WAR in were terrorist attacks can/are happen(ing) anywhere…

We need to stack the cards in our favor.

Keep preparing for emergencies of all types.


Get fit.

Get first aid training.

Get defense training & always carry a firearm legally…

Learn new skills and teach others.

Make sure you have an E.D.C. KIT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.

Make sure your vehicle is prepped for the season.

Make sure you keep a “Get Home Backpack” in your vehicle.

Keep training. Including but not limited to, P.T. , Firearms, Emergency Medical, Communications, etc.

Work towards have 2-3 months worth of water, water filtering & purification, food, shelter, ammo, medical supplies, building materials, reading / writing materials, (The Holy Bible should be included.) etc.

Do not neglect preps for your pets! (NO, YOU WILL NOT EAT THEM TOUGH GUYS AND GALS…)

Those in the cold places, consider alternate / emergency heating methods as a mandatory preparation. Propane, Kerosene, Wood, Solar, etc.

We ALL have work to do.

Embrace it. MAKE IT FUN!

Get to it!

Please, spread the word!

“Gott Mit Uns”!



A Appetite Suppressant…

“KILLARY” A modern art masterpiece!