Friday, May 15, 2020

Typhoon "Ambo" Makes Landfall in the Philippines

2020's getting pretty wild.

  • Taal Volcano Eruption 
  • COVID 19
  • Earthquakes 
  • And our first typhoon of the year!

Just so you know, we average about 19 every year.





Stay vigilant!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Visitors from Turkmenistan

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the recent visitors from Turkmenistan.

Salam we hoş!

Where the blazes is the "unknown region"??


We are honored by your visit! It is my wish that my humble journal provides helpful information for your well-being and safety vs the undead.

In turn I visited your embassy's website and discovered these wondrous sights and locations.







Yes, Turkmenistan conquers through its beauty. It has a fascinating country, culture, and history.

I wish it would be possible to visit someday. I'm all about the great outdoors, ancient ruins, meeting the locals, and enjoying the food. Just thinking about travel is making me hungry.


Stay vigilant!

hüşgär boluň!


Sunday, May 10, 2020

PHILVOCS Bulletin: 5.5 Earthquake Hits Luzon

Click here to visit the website.

I felt that.

At 3:18 AM a magnitude 5.5 earthquake rocked Metro Manila and southern Luzon. Its epicenter was just off the coast of Batangas City.

While I was watching YouTube, over a dozen of my friends started posting about it on social media. Judging from their strong reactions I could tell that most of them were living in apartment buildings.

My couch wiggled a little with one jolt and that was it. It felt like my dog jumped to sit beside me.

I immediately looked up to my chandelier and half full glass of water on the table, neither showed movement.  I knew right away that it wasn't strong in my area.

  • What if it was the so-called "big one"? (A magnitude 7.5)
  • Would we evacuate? 
  • Where would we go?
  • What if we had injuries?  
  • Where are our supplies and how will we be affected if the quake made them inaccessible? 

These are my 4AM thoughts. They should be yours too.

I took a quick look around the house checking for damage. Nothing. All is well.





Stay vigilant!


Friday, May 8, 2020

The Smashing Coconut Test V: FX Wildcat MK2 .25


Behold, the quietest and most accurate lead-slinger in our collection. 


The  FX Wildcat Mark II is a  pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle. It can fling a .25cal pellet weighting 25.39gr at 895 feet per second. This compact and lightweight rifle wins gold for benchrest accuracy and hunting small to medium sized game.

Real-world stuff? I could make nearly single-hole groups at 50 meters and pellet on pellet hits at anything closer.

I ordered a suppressor from a local gunsmith and it matches the performance of imported designs. The OEM moderator was adequate but I got something that would make it inaudible from outside my window.

This belongs at the highest-end category for air rifles. It contrasts greatly to my break-barrel Gamo Whisper IGT in terms of price and performance.

At 45.15 Foot Pounds Energy, it is a little over half the power of a subsonic .22lr.


Accessories: 

  • Coupled with a Vortex Ranger 1000 range finder and the Hawke Sidewinder 8-32x56 Mil Dot scope,  we could land all of our first hits out to a maximum of 200 meters. 
  • Ammunition featured is the JSB Exact Kings Diabolo airgun pellet. Made in the Czech Republic, these are the gold standard for airgun pellets.
  • I added a bipod and rifle sling to enhance its versatility in field conditions.

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Can it kill a zombie? Let's find out!

I brought along our young Zombie Hunter so she could do all of the shooting.

A. Target: 

Three fresh coconut shells with the husks removed for consistency. These simulate the hardness of a zombie skull.

B. Distance: 35 and 50 meters

C. Results: 

Zombie brains destroyed!

There were no exit holes at either distance. All pellets expanded completely flat inside the coconut for maximum damage and energy transfer.

The Wildcat is a certified zombie killer.

It has zero recoil and its laser-accuracy lets us hit any eyeball under 100 meters with ease.

As mentioned earlier, the suppressor is a major contributor to this weapon's effectiveness.

Imagine being able to silently eradicate hundreds of walkers without being noticed.

My daughter enjoys shooting this rifle. It is a bit large for her but she is growing very fast and that will cease to be an issue in a year or two.

Click the video to watch the test!

We shot all kinds of things so check out the video for the surprise at the end!

This was tremendous quality time.

Who knows what else we would yeet together?


Stay vigilant!


(Click here to check out to all previous Smashing Coconut Tests starting all the way back to 2011)


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Pistol Caliber Carbines for SHTF

I can remember very clearly how 10 years ago people were saying that the 9mm carbine or submachinegun was obsolete.  This was when the 300 BLK platform was the cool kid and anybody who had a short barreled 5.56 was somehow doing it wrong for CQB.

Back then the only PCC I could think of was the Kel-Tec SUB2K.

The same critics are now singing praises over every new AR9 coming out saying its ideal for home defense and 9mm isn't anemic. 

I never thought that carbines were obsolete.  The US army has recently acquired a 9mm SMG.

There will always be a place for a pistol caliner carbine before, during, and after SHTF. 

For the Zombie Apocalypse, I would recommend one for a few key reasons:

1. Ammunition availability: there was never a great rimfire drought for traditional pistol ammunition. In the Philippines, 5.56 and 7.62 are hard to come by in this present political climate. 

2. Superior handling: It may lack the power and range of a proper rifle caliber, but a PCC can help a shooter land quicker and accurate fire in distances up to 100 yards far better than someone using a handgun. 

Its so easy, smaller framed people could use it effectively. 

More on that later.

3. Size: The smallest ones like the new IWI Uzi can fit inside the smallest of man-bags. An AR9 can be folded and stuffed into a laptop bag. How cool is that? 

4. Training opportunities: Many countries such as mine have competitive venues for PCC matches. Just like in the USA, the Philippines has caught... the PCC bug. We even have carry permits for them too because of convoluted gun logic that for once works in our favor. 

5. Variety: There is a PCC for everyone.  The Angstadt UDP-9, Ruger PC carbines, IWI Tavor 9mm, Norinco MsP5 clone, CZ Scorpion, Sig MPX, JP Enterprise AR9s, CMMG Banshee, and a whole lot more have already seen tournament use here in the Philippines.  

6. You could add a suppressor. Against the undead? 'Nuff said!


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For our young Hunter I've had two firearms in mind for her, the CMMG Banshee or the Kalashnikov KR-9


East vs. West!

I'm really a NATO kind of guy and prefer the AR15 ergos aesthetics, but that Russian PDW looks slick, shoots really well, and is ideal for folks who want a gun that's good to go without all the tinkering AR-platform boys like to do. 

I am likely to go with the Banshee for my stated reasons, plus parts availability and the delayed blowback technology in its bolt. An edge is and edge. 

Think of a suppressed short barreled rifle with an optic that wakes up when you grab it, plus 33 rounds on tap. 

With this in her hands she'd be incredibly potent against any foe, living or undead. 

Things are looking up. With more choices becoming available to us and careful planning we could vastly improve our defensive capabilities.  



Stay vigilant!