Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Praxis: A Reminder When Buying Military Surplus.

Stay away from property book items -- especially if they are offered for sale online.


Pat H. said...

If only he'd sold his LIF's to American customers only.

Bawney Fwank said...

Yeah - safest to buy your mil stuff from Mexican drug lords. At least you know they won't be setting you up with the feds, like the Ruby Ridge fiasco!

EMWONAY said...

A friend of mine had a night vision scope for a 240 come apart while firing at the range. Happened right in front of us. The Marine Corps then proceeded to officially accusing this guy of breaking open the scope to find this "LIF" thing. He got off the hook, but I can still remember how helpless this guy felt in being accused by the Corps of something that was completely false. He didn't even know what it was! And, they would have hammered him good and hard had it not happened in front of so many people. Just because.

There may be some criminal activity going on here. The Marine had to find out what they were to sell them, and realize something was up when the buyers were from china... But the government is incompetent on all levels generally and it blows my mind how he could have got these.

This is probably just a cover-up for more weapons sales to enemy powers! Lol

Anonymous said...

I have asked some of the other Patriot bloggers to address a concern I have. I will ask you as well.

What of the 10%? I know its not as exciting or glamourous as being a Threeper, but do you honestly believe we have a chance without the active, direct logistical support of at least 10% of American gunowners? I didnt think so. So why arent why spending any time talking about them, the role they will play, and how best for them to direct time and resources in support of that goal?

Anonymous said...

I could see the questioning to purchase on-line if it was an actual NVG itself, an obviously high-dollar item. But a set of what appears to be nothing more then disposable dust covers, is not so obvious.
If the ex-soldiers story is true (and appears to be so, from evidence in the story), then the person who originally had them thrown away is the one that the MilPo & CID should be tracking down.

B Woodman

Bad Cyborg said...

To Anonymous September 7, 2010 10:39 PM:
I consider myself a 10%-er. I am too old and messed up physically to be any use as a grunt. Infantry is a young, healthy man's (and woman's) game. My limitations would NOT prevent me from defending a fixed position such as the compound where I plan to ride out the storm with my family. Any support I will be able to lend to active fighters will be available no questions asked.

Mike does not NEED to brief us on our role(s). He is rightly concentrating on 3%-ers. Bless 'em, they are the ones who will be taking the hurt to the enemies of liberty. For my money a 10-percenter's role is pretty much obvious. We provide safe areas for them to rest and re-provision. We provide supplies as able. We bind their wounds and let them stay to recuperate as needed.

If anyone has other suggestions for support we 10%-ers can provide, I'd genuinely love to hear 'em.

Bad Cyborg X

Sean said...

You always hurt the one that you love...............

Anonymous said...

Question 1: If this guy had sold to a U.S. buyer, would there have been a crime (beyond, perhaps, theft of government property)?

Question 2: Is it a crime of any kind for an ordinary citizen to purchase and own one of these devices?

Just curious, as I don't own any NV equipment, and am unlikely to ever do so because of the cost.

Interestingly, there is at least one current EBay auction selling LIFs - at http://cgi.ebay.com/Light-Interference-Filter-LIF-works-PVS-Anvis-/300415740680?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item45f22c6b08 Note that I am not the seller, and that I did not even know that such an item of technology existed prior to reading this post.

[Admin - feel completely free to delete the link].

CorbinKale said...

I found a guy on arfcom, named Victor, who runs a company called TNVC.


If you are in the market for night vision, he is the one to contact, in my opinion. He will answer any question you have. If it is legal to sell, or own, he can tell you.

NV light amplification tubes have a service life measured in hours. Buying used gear online is a terrible gamble. If a tube has a rated service life of 5,000 hours and the unit you buy has 5,500 hours already on it, you got screwed, and it could go tits up any moment. There is no way to tell how many hours a tube has on it.

I recommend buying brand new. Victor has a solid rep for a good reason. Everyone who does business with him has nothing but good things to say. I bought a PVS-14 from him and it is 100% better than anything I was ever issued in the Army. TOP quality optics with a 5 year warranty. No one else will match that. He assembles the units himself, mounts and test fires them at the range before shipping, just to be sure. He has been in this business for going on 2 decades now, and is the go to guy for real world professionals who need the best.

NV is not something to skimp on, but it isn't worth a Federal prison term, either. If you go with TNVC, you can be certain you have the best, and that you are legal. It is expensive, but when you buy the best, you only cry once.

Justthisguy said...

Bastard. At least he could have sold them to fellow Americans, if he was gonna do that kind of crime. Git a rope.

Dr. Richard said...

I purchased my ITT 3d+ gen PVS-14 night vision monocale and accessories from Victor at TNVC.


I highly recommend Victor and his company TNVC as a supplier. He sells some of the highest quality, hand-picked tubes. His support and service is exceptional.

Victor also works with Magpul Dynamics helping teach night vision for some of Magpul Dynamic's classes and appears on at least one of their DVDs.

Slobyskya Rotchikokov said...

RE 10 per centers.
Even those who could not at all manage front line operations can manage, as grey men, long range targeting of single, strategic targets from secure locations within local AOs.
Anything that a WWII Partisan could manage in occupied lands can be improved upon today due to better tech, stealth techniques and greater target access in a more open society.
And ten per cent is a Hell of a lot of armed, skilled grey men. They are everywhere, too.