Crazy times with the guys: Dude, You’re Screwed on Discovery Channel

When we first heard about the Discovery Channel TV show “Dude, You’re Screwed” from our pal Thomas “Tomahawk” Moore, we knew it would be good… Tomahawk is a very well travelled and skilled bush crafter and man-about-the-world. He’s actually the guy they modeled the Dos XX “The Most Interesting Man in the World” after… I’ve seen pictures and heard stories of him on I think every continent except Antarctica, but that’s probably just an oversight of mine.

The show features a group of 5 pals… all survival ninjas from different backgrounds, with each episode 4 of them gangs up on the 5th, tom surprise kidnapping him and dumping him in a nasty survival situation. The player has 100 hours to survive and find civilization, or be razzed and tortured endlessly by his pals. There isn’t money involved, for these guys, it’s professional pride at stake, which is infinitely more valuable than cash.

On the show, you’ll find Tomahawk the quiet one of the 5, but it’s hard to get a word in edgewise with Terry Shappert and Jake Zweig, the US Army Special Forces and former Navy Seal respectively… they have the swagger that goes along with their impressive credentials. Rounding out the cast is Matt Graham, the hippy/primitive survival instructor (and master of the atlatl!) and John Hudson, the stoic extreme survival instructor for the UK Royal Air Force.

If you are tired of the “whiners” on survival shows, Dude, You’re Screwed is the show for you… these guys delight in danger and survive in crazy-ass situations like they are on vacation!

The camaraderie and joking by the guys during the show is one of the best parts… as well as the “gift” survival items that each player gives the other… usually they are ludicrous, but they often turn out to be useful too. Love the creativity on both sides. Another fun angle is the stuff that the guys try to hide on their person and take with them to the trials… Jake was the master so far, with a ferro rod (for fire starting) up his freakin’ nose, and several knives… don’t ask where, you really don’t want to know. dude-youre-screwed-300x200

Some highlights from a few of the shows I’ve seen:
– As part of the “gifts” for each survivalist Tomahawk gives Jake some US Flag speedos for survival in Iceland… and Jake shares that view of him wearing them, IN ICELAND… and my eyes are still burning.
– Jake also gets a 4 foot tall pink teddy bear… and carries it around Iceland.
– Matt “the bush hippy that can kick your ass” gets ticks on his junk in Costa Rica.
– John the Brit makes bush tea in Alaska… and I can’t believe he didn’t turn into a block of ice. WTF with the bowling ball???
– Yes, you can start a fire with the aid of lipstick… find out how.

The outtakes and after shows are hilarious to watch too.

Do yourself a favor, it’s a great show, check it out on Discovery Channel!

Here’s the Dude, You’re Screwed Episode Guide to check out each show, bios and more.

We can’t wait to see Tomahawk’s Patagonia adventure, coming up…

Here’s a few highlights to enjoy:

 

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The Jeep Wave Explained. And our new Frogger!

The GetPunchy Team just picked up a new toy… a ’97 Jeep Wrangler!

We call our little TJ “Frogger”. It’s an inline 6 cylinder Powertech mean green machine, with nearly 200 horsepower… For a light vehicle, it’s pretty dang fast and with the doors and top off… oh, what a blast!  We’ve upgraded the seats and top so far, with tires, rims, led driving lights, front and rear bumpers and a winch coming this year.

We’ve already been out to Hidden Falls Adventure Park in Central Texas to do a little rock crawling and mudding!  They have 3,000 acres of trails for 4x4s, motorcycles, camping and even a shooting range too! We should be spending lots of time up there!   You can find Hidden Falls on Facebook here too.

The GetPunchy Jeep "Frogger"
The GetPunchy Jeep “Frogger”

 

We’ve got some friends at Rockit Offroad, and  Torch Monkey Fab so we may get her looking like this soon:  😎

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And if you are in Central Texas and have a Jeep, you’d have a great time connecting with Austin Jeep People, a very cool group of folks that have social events, 4×4 days and talk Jeeps… A LOT!

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And for those of you new to the Jeep Life, here’s a cool little video about The Jeep Wave!

 

An American’s Trip to Cuba: La Musica, History and more…

By Fernando X. Labastida
Our fearless American author with a Cuban visa shares his story and pictures of 12 Days in Cuba.

Day 1 in La Habana

            Upon my arrival from the Jose Marti airport to our hotel Victoria, I was a wide-eyed individual budding with excitement and anxiousness to explore the first island nation visit.

Most mornings having to wake up in the morning before 9 would be a chore. However on this morning I was waking up in Havana! The city in Cuba that had more flavors than a Dr. Pepper! It did have a lot of the same characteristics of any traditional Latin American country but at the same time very much distinguishing as well. Maybe it was the classic cars that were on every street corner that made you feel like you were in a different time, a blast from the past of 50’s elegance. Or maybe it was the abundance of true diversity and inter racial mixes of la raza. Whatever it was I was enamored already from the atmosphere of it all, even more than I had expected.

Our first day gave us the opportunity to take pictures of old colonial villas and architecture, especially when we arrived in Habana Vieja. It was here where my colleague Obi and I experienced our first hustle in Cuba. It happened quick and easy and by the time we knew it we were owed 10 CUC’s to a couple of ladies for two cold kisses. Scrambling for extra cash we realized that you would have to be on our toes next time, soliciting here was no joke. However as traumatizing as that first encounter was, it wouldn’t be the first rip off we would come across that week.

Streets of Havana

Our tour of Habana Veija was the first of many delightful visits in the trip, but seeing firsthand the bullet holes that were left behind from a battle during the revolution at El Museo de la Revolucion was something beyond comparison to anything else I saw that day.

 

Day 2 in La Habana

                  By the second day, Havana had already captured my heart. I had already seen the beauty of the buildings, cars and people..But on this day I was able to see the beauty of its naturaleza.

Our 2 hour trip from Havana to Vinales had my nose pressed against the window of our bus the whole time. Surprised that I had not felt any fatigue yet from the plane rides or lack of sleep, it had to be pure adrenaline that kept me going throughout the whole time.

The country side showed an even more humble side of Cuba that I also had the pleasure to see on my travels in Nicaragua and Mexico. In the country side you can see the greenery of a tropical nation and the agriculture of Caribbean farming. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city air congested with exhausts and fossil fuels pollution. These were the areas where you can come and find peace, love…and some more ron of course.

It was here in El Valle where I had my first memorable meal in Cuba. What stole the show was El Arroz Amarillo that could already made my day, even if I would have fallen in that river cave.

There were many moments on my visit that I can say were near perfect, but not one stood out in my remembrance as much as what I experienced when we saw the pre-historic mural at Vinales . The sight swept me off my feet, literally. I was in such a place of serenity and zen at that moment approaching the mural, that I attempted to take up Yoga again in that short period we were there.(emphasis on attempted) It were times like this I would never forget, even the small moments that I won’t forget. Like the sleeping dog I saw on out trip back. At that moment driving back to camp, the dogged twitched from a deep dream he could have been having. This made me laugh out loud, loud enough to wake up some afternoon nappers.

 

Day 3 in La Habana

            The early morning of the third day in Havana was a Wednesday, which meant the first day of lecture at the Casa del Alba. Admittedly so this was the morning it took me a good amount of strength to pull myself out of bed, as it seemed liked some of the adrenaline was wearing off and my lack of sleep was catching up to me. However as soon as we got out and walked the streets to La Casa del Alba and were seated to begin our lecture, my anxiousness and excitement to figure out what these lectures can and will have in store for me in these upcoming weeks.

Chillin’ at the beach in Cuba

It was a challenge for me who grew up in a spanish speaking household to follow the lecture, since the Cuban accent and bigger spanish vocabulary would throw me off. But it was a challenge I was willing to embrace with no complaints as I understood the authenticity of the lecture would be to my benefit in a true experience of these lectures. The first lecture was over Guillermo Cabrera Infante. What I found interesting about the lecture is the fact that Carlos and his partner Elizabeth, were working hard to preserve the work and writings of Infante. It appears he was a forgotten Cuban writer, who deserves more credit for his work. This is very noble and respected work that I see them doing and I wish them the best of luck on their future researches and findings of Infante and other resources.

A review on this day in Havana holds the memory of my haircut experience in Cuba. Once again Obi and I were caught up by some locals found us and decided to lead us to a barbershop. At least three random locals hung around and waited for our haircuts to be finished just so they can take us to some restaurant afterwards. When we refused they begged for money, and that’s how we ended up paying a little extra once again for our ignorance towards these local solicitors.

 

Day 4 in La Habana

The 4th day consisted of the second day of lecture and what was known as the “Trail of Tears”.

What intrigued me about Juana Borrero was how old she was when she died. At the age of 19 years old she had already accomplishment so much, it’s really amazing to learn about these forgotten iconic figures in Cuban history. And there was something that was said during the lecture about how since she had been a child prodigy, years older than here actual age, she was destined to die young. And it got me thinking about a couple of other female prodigy’s that died at a young age. The woman I was thinking about come from a musical background however.

Aaliyah and Selena are my two favorite singers of all time. Aaliyah died at the age of 22 from a tragic plane crash, Selena was murdered at the age of 23. Both singers started singing at a young age and had already instilled themselves as one of the all time greatest in their perspective musical genres. I thought about these 3 influential women the rest of the day and how they were able to accomplish so much at such a young age.

Making mojitos on the street in Havana

I reminisced over Aaliyah and Selena throughout that afternoon. With songs like “At Your Best” and “Techno Cumbia” stuck in my head walking from the Riviera  to our hotel and on the bus trip to pick up Mario.

When Mario was doing the tour of Miramar and the Necropolis I found myself hanging on to every word he was saying. I found everything he was saying fascinating. Listening to Mario was not only insightful, but humorous as well. Being in the presence of someone who contributed so much to Havana’s development and who was around during the revolution was quite something. I was honored to say the least.

 

Day 5 in La Habana

            Friday morning was the first time I started to really miss my inland. A dream of back home had me homesick, but this was nothing new to me because I’m usually away from my family anyways. And anyways I was starting to develop a sense of family within the group. Everyone had their own little corks and we started getting us to each other by now, At least for me.

It was exciting having our first Author Leonardo Padura of one of the books we read “Havana Red” for our 3rd lecture and getting the book autographed.

Our sight-seeing for this day was going back to Havana Vieja to the Casa de Africa Museum. It might have been the most brutal tour we went through due to the heat, but one of the more historically significant museums that we visited on the trip. It’s apparent that Cuban demographic is extremely mixed and a major contributor for that are the African slaves that came to this island. Diversity has always been something I loved to see and I would see a lot of it in Havana. Interracial couples are my favorite kinds of couples and I would see a majority of that in Cuba. I kept thinking that if I was ever to live her I would end up settling down with an afro-Cuban woman and would have many negrito babies running around.

The highlight of the day was without a doubt the folklorico dance or African Rumba that we had to the pleasure to witness. I’ve always had a great appreciation for this type of dance and music but being there live and experiencing it took it to another level. I even got the chance to go up there and give the dance a try too. It was very fun and very easy music to move your body to.

 

The Battlements of Havana

Day 6 in La Habana

            Saturday was beach day. Our first day free from sight-seeing or lecture. I know for most of many of fellow companies, this day was the best day of the entire trip.  I’ve always enjoyed the beach, but most of the beach trips I’m used to are the beaches in South Padre and Port Aransas and compared to those beaches Santa Maria looked like the Bahamas.

Santa Maria wasn’t too big, little umbrellas everywhere and acceptability to some nice cold beer anywhere. All you needed for a chill Saturday afternoon. One thing that I was observant about throughout my trip was the beauty of the country, like I said before there was beauty everywhere. In this case I would see beauty on the beach with the local women. I haven’t traveled the world yet, but I can honestly say that Cuba has some of the most beautiful women in the world.

I couldn’t help but think if I lived here, I would without a doubt be settled down with a beautiful Cuban negrita, probably already married and with kids! It was just every time I turned my head no matter where I was, especially at that beach, I would see any other worthy candidate. In the word of Biggie Smalls, “I see some ladies tonight who should be having my baby, bay-bee.” And trust me, baby mama  potentials were absolutely everywhere.

Having said this, I’m not the type of man just to run around with many girls. I have a girlfriend back in the states who I love dearly, but even if I didn’t, I would have stayed humble and behave on this trip and mind my own business. Was it tough at times to do so? Yes. But in talking to my wise and thoughtful roommate, he gave me this one piece of advice that helped me out, “Just build up your appetite here, so you can feast at home.”

 

Day 7 in La Habana

            A day with no agenda, no time to meet up, no expectations of what the day may bring…are some of the best days in the. That’s why I love Sundays, a day to yourself, a day to reflect with you and your spiritual advisor. No worries and complete relaxation.

This day, I will look back as almost the perfect day. I know a perfect day is one of those unattainable instants in life, but this one came darn right close. I slept in to start off the morning, which was something I never take for granted because for me is on rare occasions in my life. As the perfect day started off to a good start, it was accompanied with an average light breakfast that I had found less and less humbling as the days went on. Alas it made do and as soon I was done I threw on my swim trucks and joined the smaller part of my Cuban family poolside. I had really began to appreciate the relationship I had with Alesia and Joey, and it was true, they were like a smaller more immediate family that I had on this trip. Prior to the trip I absolutely didn’t know anybody. But hanging out  just the three of us was like being back home.

The rest of the day consisted of just sitting outside at the pool, occasionally talking, writing in our journals and listening to the nonstop reggaeton playlist that the hotel had playing. But mostly we just sat there, relishing in the soothing ambiance of the pool. There had been a change in the weather that day, major gusts of wind were blowing through Havana. And form the area we were in it seemed like the blowing wind was being tunneled right to us. This is my kind of weather and it was amazing.

 

Day 8 in La Habana 

            More in more as the days wore on, I started to look at the analogy of the group as some sort of family. We had the older more knowledgeable individuals in the professors, who we’d wait on for his/her words or decisions to carry on with events, lead us from place to place, decide meet up times and lunch or dinner locations etc. Kind of like the guardians of the group over-seeing us like humble parents. Then we had the younger crowd. Some being impatience or even rebellious with the group, like a disgruntled child in a big family. When it came time activities or decision-making they always seemed unsatisfied and un pleased with the whole operation.

But in the end we all stuck together, I could have never imagine the 12-13 of us finding a better group to go on with this trip. This “family” I had in Cuba became more and more apparent to me on this day. Visually you can start to see the frustration in some of my fellow companies or “family members”. I see this all the time with my siblings and kept on thinking of what I sometimes tell them, “No matter how frustrated you may get or annoyed of us you are, you’re stuck with us…so you’ll just have to deal with it.”  In this situation it was just for the next week, so it at least pertained for the time being. I choose to take things chill and let things roll on, to expect the unexpected, because if you expect too much..you may be disappointed.

A family is not a family unless there are any disagreements, ridicule or small fight that arises. And this also occurred that Monday, when I had to personally call out one of my closest companions on the trip for making the females in the group uncomfortable. But hey if I didn’t see this as a family and I wasn’t as close to them as I thought, I wouldn’t have said anything, but I was. So I had to step in, it’s what family does.

 

Day 9 in La Habana

The lectured we had scheduled on this day was of radio host Roberto Zurbano, a man who would stand out in a crowd. He was a tall, sharply handsome man with Rastafarian hair. There were many great lectures that we had the pleasure to listen t, but without a doubt my favorite one was Roberto’s.

I also know that it wasn’t just me who felt this way. With all the lectures being in a fast speaking Cuban accents it was difficult for most of the non spanish speakers in the class, even for me. But Roberto spoke in such clarity that it even made the non spanish speakers understand his rhetoric.

Classic cars in Cuba

Roberto discussed many interesting topics in Cuban culture, subjects that were right up my alley and had me intrigued and eager to learn more. I discovered Cuban Hip-Hop took as much or even more criticism than Hip Hop in the United States. None the less Cuban Hip-Hop transcended from the critics and racism that was present in the 90’s and held annual Hip-Hop festivals.. What I also found interesting, was how Reggaeton ended up taking over the popular culture in Cuba after Hip-Hop continued to get criticized for its uncomfortable conversations especially with the older crowd. So according to Roberto Reggaeton neutralized the criticism of rap, as it became more of a commercialized entity in Cuban culture for selling out clubs and other venues most local Cubans can never afford.

My girlfriend is a BIG reggaeton fan, so I’m very much familiar with the enthusiasm Latino culture has towards this genre of music. And it reflected very much the city of Havana, as I remember walking through the streets, I can hear reggaeton blaring through cars and house windows.

 

Day 10 in La Habana

Having come off my favorite lecture from the trip, the following one on Wednesday was equally as fascinating. Nancy Morejon’s lecture on the poems of Nicolas Guillen dived into the subject of the mixed demographics of Cuba and the diversity you see in this country.

One of the quotes mentioned from Guillen is, “El problema negro es el problema blanco” Sort of a jab at racism in Cuba at that time, when people believed there was a black problem. What Guillen was attempting to literate was that it was really the white people who had the problem, the problem of racism.

I found this very interesting. Guillen would advocate against racism as much as some of the leaders like MLK did during the civil rights movement. Guillen’s rhetoric was to realize that even though this is a mixed society in Cuban, there would be white Cubans who in the middle class who would be well off, but if you were a black Cuban in middle class you would still be behind. Nancy had some good ideas. As she believes if more Cuban people today read more of Guillen, it could change the mentality of some people from false and wrongful propaganda, as there is still a sense of discrimination in the culture today.

This lecture opened my eyes to the fact that even though I would see more interracial couples in Cuba and that there was no real sense of minority groups of black and white, there still existed some discrimination just the United States. But like Nancy said Guillen’s poems and such can change the mentality of those who still discriminate. Especially when they learn that if you trace every Cuban through their background, no matter if you appear full black or full white there are still traces of mix ethnicity in every Cuban.

 

Day 11 in La Habana

Thursday was the last day of lecture and to many a feeling of the last day of school after taking a full work load of semester work. But instead of class work, what made them exhausted was the feeling of homesick that was finally setting in. It was the vibe of the whole group already coming to a realization the trip was almost over upon this last lecture by Ana Cairo.

The body language of most of our companies in the lecture was of fatigue. Some of us exhausted from walking around everywhere, some tired of constant rice and bean plates…and even some that were severely missing their daily fiber, including yours truly.

The last day of lecture also meant the last chance for sightseeing and visiting one last museum. I choose to accompany my second family to the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, which so happened to be conveniently only a couple blocks away from the hotel.

Ernest Hemmingway’s place in Havana, Cuba

shortly entering the museum we quickly realized we weren’t the only ones from the group who decided to venture out to the closest possible museum to our beds. However a museum closer rather than far didn’t mean it wouldn’t be as amazing. The exhibit was exquisite and mind bending. The detail that went into these types of decorative artwork, coming from all over the global was indeed mind bending. Most came from the 18th or 19th century, but all of it was a classic piece of art.

What also astonished me about the museum was the location. It used to be a house for royalty back in the day, and it was indeed a spectacle. But when you went back outside it was like you re-entering back into reality, as the streets of Havana didn’t correlate well with the marvel that was inside.

 

Day 12 in La Habana

            The last day of Havana was another free day which would conclude a last group feast at El Ajabe for dinner. Another free day that I had hoped to be another repeat of last Sundays free day. But this was my last day in Havana and I’d be damned if I were to sit around and do nothing again. So the last day meant last-minute souvenir shopping and bargaining for a friend or relative. The last day also meant one last meal at our favorite paladar Los Amigos.

My reflections of Havana, Cuba and the whole trip was sensational, and I must admit I learned a lot. Most of the learning was in the streets however. The museums and lectures did provide brain stimulation, but what will stick to me years from now would be the people. Just by talking,  joking and being collegiate with one another. It also gave me a revelation about myself in these conversations with the locals.

Having been raised in a spanish speaking family, I could never honestly say that I’m fluent in my native language. And it is mainly because of my American accent. Being ashamed of being a Latino and not sounding like one completely, discouraged me from any spanish speaking. However, after talking to the security guards and other locals I realized that these conversations could withstand for hours, and I was spitting out sentences I never thought I could say in spanish before. It was truly amazing the ease I suddenly had. I soon realized it was because I wasn’t being so self-conscious. What I decided during my trip was to embrace my accent, since the accent I was used to replicating was Mexican, there was no chance in perfecting the Cuban accent within a couple of weeks.(Even though my mother says I speak like a Cubano now). So I completely embraced it, which turned out to be a stepping stone for me.

Our fearless author Fernando enjoying a classic Mojito in Havana

I was smitten by Cuba’s beauty and charming hospitality. I will return again…one day hopefully, some day in the near  future.

 

Brilliant Design Docked in Miami – Fjord 40 Open Cruiser

Relaxing during a brief trip to Miami, I came across one of the most innovative boats I’ve seen… an elegant but crisply designed Fjord 40 Open. A brand of the HanseGroup, the Norwegian company Fjord’s work is an amazing piece of craftsmanship and design. 

As you can see, the lines are amazing, every aspect of form and function is considered… but the power is nothing to sneeze at either: twin 370 horsepower diesels or optional 435 hp diesels, with joystick controls. wow.

The experience is rounded out with a galley and eating area for 8 on deck, below decks is a queen bed, full shower and toilet, all with the design touches to match the deck.

Although I can’t quite spare the funds from my budget to pick one of the amazing boats up… maybe someday.  Find out more at www.fjordboats.com.

Flying Squirrel Suplex Coming to London

I guess this video of Ellis Coleman doing his “flying squirrel suplex” has been going around the internet, since it’s gotten 4.5 million views… it’s pretty amazing.  He just launches over the guy’s head, brings him down with his weight and momentum and pins him.   I love the look on the faces of the guy and his coaches… literally “what the feck just happened?!”

Very cool to see this article on Ellis’ coach and community rally around him and his family to raise money so his mother and join him in London and support his try for gold.  It’s really inspiring.

Best of luck to Ellis, his family and the whole US Olympic team!

Legion Firearms Proving Grounds Range Day – The Overview

By Colin Crocker and Charlie Punchy

Ever wish you had a buddy with a really cool firearms arsenal you could hang and shoot with? On Legion Firearms Proving Grounds Range Day, you do! Last weekend at the Best of the West Range in Liberty Hill (approximately 40 miles north of Austin), the fellas of Legion Firearms provided several tables full of insanely awesome guns for participants to shoot, including a full array of customized LF-15d’s and LF-15c’s, an SBR prototype, and super-slick LF-P9 pistols.

 

My personal favorite was the suppressed LF-15. The action on this weapon was so smooth and the recoil so non-existent, it took me several shots to actually realize I had been subconsciously adjusting for kick that never came!

A good number of other vendors were on-hand as well, including the good people at Round 2 Brass & Reloading (Leander, TX), Off the Grid Concepts (purveyors of custom-made, “hard-use” kydex from San Diego, CA), GT Distributors (Austin & Dallas, TX, Roswell, GA). Also, two different women’s shooting leagues, A Girl and A Gun and Austin Sure Shots.  We have several other pics and videos from them here on the site.

Several times during the day I found myself in awe of my surrounds. Here were hundreds of people merrily milling about in the sweltering Texas summer heat (high 90’s with the sun blasting us), each happy to be there, talk firearms and send rounds down range. With folks like these doing this for fun, it’s little wonder the US military is kicks so much tail around the world. Hoo-ah!  😎

The LF-15d Rifle

Legion LF-15

I’m an old Army guy, having spent most of my time with ancient M-16A2’s rather than the new hotness like the M4’s, etc.  But I gotta say, the flexibility and reliability here is pretty amazing with these latest generation platforms.   And I think Legion really outdoes even the modern pack.  From the coatings and low maintenance and little to no lubrication needed, to the hex-milled stainless steel barrels.  I understand they not only increase surface area for cooling, but are stronger and last longer than your average production barrels.

From the LF-15 product pages: 

The LF-15d is designed to surpass expectations of even the most discerning shooter. Our rigorous testing and intense scrutiny over every component has produced an innovative weapon that excels in speed, reliability, accuracy, durability, and ease of maintenance.
Its revolutionary features include:
• a permanently lubricious nickel-boron coating over the bolt carrier group, upper receiver, and lower receiver to minimize dependence on grease, oil, or any liquid lubrication for the life of the weapon
• a three-groove polygonal rifled bore optimizes projectile performance by decreasing wear on the bore while improving accuracy and increasing muzzle velocity compared to angular-bored rifling
• special external contouring along the barrel to enhance balance by reducing forward weight and increase heat dissipation through greater surface area
 
Legion Firearms ensures the quality of each weapon with a deliberate Build & Test process which includes three different weights of ammunition. Every weapon sold is accompanied by a Quality Assurance Report and targets from the test procedure. All weapons are shipped in high-quality Flambeau cases.

The LF-P9, LF-P45 and LF-P40

These 9mm, .40 and 45 handguns are all on the 1911 platform, but milled directly with increased tolerances not only to operate smoothly with no hangups early in it’s lifespan, but also to consider the nickel-boron coating that keeps them operating after hundreds of rounds, dirt and grime.  In fact, during the range day shooting, they must have put a few thousand rounds through these things… the lines were very long all afternoon.

Legion LF-P9
Legion LF-P9

The second time I came up to shoot, as I was talking to the Legion employee about the reliability and number of rounds through that LF-P9 today.  He just wasn’t worried about jams.  He then made his point VERY clear by just taking the empty gun and pitching it right into the Texas sand, rocks and dirt!  He picked it up, sand and rocks falling off of it, but he didn’t even blow out the chamber.  Having punctuated his confidence in the platform, he handed me the weapon, gave me my mag, and told me to fire it up!    I had to look at him twice, and after laughing at his dramatic yet understated performance, proceeded to ping the target with all my rounds and the LF-P9 performed flawlessly.  wow.   It shows just how much this employee knows about his platform and how much confidence he has in it’s performance ability.

From the LF-P9 product page:

The Legion LF-P9 is our tactical version of the venerable 1911. Unlike it’s race gun cousins, the LF-P9 has looser tolerances to survive and thrive in harsh combat conditions, without sacrificing accuracy. Other features include a Nickel Boron coated slide and custom 2011 frame, custom night sights in either 3 dot or straight 8 configurations, custom mag well with lanyard attachment, cryo-treated upgraded Springco springs, and no guide rod for easy field dressing.

    • 4140 Chrome Moly 5″ Slide with Omni-Directinal Serrations
    • 4140 Chrome Moly 2011 Frame
    • 416 Stainless Bull Barrel, 1 in 16 twist, with 1/2″-28 Threads Stainless Threaded Attachment*  
    • EGW Melt Barrel Bushing
    • Legion Hex Hammer
    • Ameri Glow Rear Sights , STI Front Machined Sights to Co-Witness with the optional Leupold Delta Point Mount**
    • Springco Cryo-treated 10lb Recoil spring
    • Springco Cryo-treated 19lb  Main spring
    • Custom trigger assembly
    • 4.5 lb. trigger wieght
    • 9 mm
    • 23 Round mag capacity
    • Ships with three magazines

D-27 Tourniquet Pouch

They also showed us the D-27 Tourniquet Pouch, a flexible, easy access centerline pouch that also has space for other med gear or admin items. Looked like smart design, and comes in several colors/camo patterns.

Direct Action Response Kit – D.A.R.K

The DARK is a trauma first aid kit from Legion, with a full load of trama gear including shears, quick-clot, large bandages, etc, plus the molle-compatible pouch to keep them quickly-accessible.  About the size of 2 AR mags thick, you can also get refill packs.

Anywwear Bio-Lubricant

They also gave out samples of their Anywear Bio-Lubricant, a pretty interesting hi or low temp weapon lube that can fully bio-degrade in 28 days. It offers several performance improvements over petroleum or synthetic oils, and can hold lubricate in close-tolerances or extreme temperatures.

They also sell accessories such as the hex-cut barrels, ball cut barrels, upper receivers, Aimpoint sights, lowers and more on their site. They look like some great components to add to your gear.

Now Legion isn’t a budget manufacturer, it’s more like a Mercedes or a Lambrogini, in fact their price points can be a little tough to swallow, but really, if your life depends on your firearm, then Legion’s gear is a good place to put your trust. 

I’d really like to spend some more quality time with each of their platforms, getting to know more about what makes them different from an $800 AR, or a budget 1911.  Since Legion’s HQ isn’t far from the GetPunchy HQ, I’ll ask about further testing and hopefully a more in-depth article on either the LF-15 or the LF-P… they certainly bear more investigation.  Maybe even a factory tour… stay tuned!

Besides their site, check out Legion on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Check out the gallery for shots of the event, and the video is coming soon!

 

 

Scientific Hangover Cure – The Hows and Whys – ASAP Science

I’m really glad I stumbled across this series of hangover info and cure videos. (get it? “stumbled”.  I crack myself up.)  The folks over at ASAP Science have put together the really simple but informative videos on why alcohol and caffeine dehydrate you, what alcohol does to your body, and why  you get hangovers… of course, most importantly, what you can do to minimize them.  Brilliant huh?

Here’s ASAP Science on Facebook, Twitter and their ASAP Science YouTube channel.  Follow them on each, I’m looking forward to new videos soon!  Keep making the world a better place guys!  😎 

Why do coffee and alcohol make you PEE more?

 

And here are the mechanisms/action of why you have a hangover…  What Causes a hangover?

 

And this is gold, what science says about preventing and curing your hangover!

Net-net, eat before drinking, drink lots of water before, during and after drinking, then eat eggs, bananas and fruit juices to get rid of the hangover you already have. Stay away from coffee/caffeine, and keep drinking water. I’ve added liquid vitamin supplements and Power Edge Drink Mix, which we covered here before.

 

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NOTE: This post was repurposed from a post on a great site called Brain Pickings, I’m a big fan of it and their email list. They feature articles on psychology, creativity, research and more.  Check them out!

Brain Pickings is the brain child of Maria Popova, an interestingness hunter-gatBrain Pickingsherer and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UK and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She gets occasional help from a handful of guest contributors.
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Round 2 Brass and Reloading – Interview with CEO Mat Unruh

I’ll be posting about many of the great folks we met out at the Legion Firearms Proving Grounds Range Day at Best of the West range in Liberty Hill, Texas! We had an awesome time shooting and seeing some sweet gear from really innovative companies! Thanks to everyone that came out!

I’ve actually known Mat Unruh at Round 2 Brass and Reloading for several months, he came highly recommended when I needed to transfer a firearm from out of state. He was great to work with and things went very smoothly, and the prices on .380 and 9mm ammo were great.

Ammo from Round 2 Brass and Reloading
Round 2 Brass and Reloading Ammo Table at Legion Firearms

Next, I had a warranty repair and Mat helped me again… fast, smooth service with a smile. Both the hollow points and ball ammo were smooth to fire and again, at great price points.

Check out the Round 2 Brass and Reloading site for the details of what he offers, from once-fired brass, bullets to great deals on reliable ammo. Mat and the team also give CHL classes, offer FFL services, DuraCoat finishing and stock several types of firearms, and can get most anything you need.  Check them out on their Facebook page too.

 

Here’s our Legion Range Day Interview with Mat Unruh:


 

 

Range Day Sponsors: GT Distributors

I’ll be posting about many of the great folks we met out at the Legion Firearms Proving Grounds Range Day at Best of the West range in Liberty Hill, Texas! We had an awesome time shooting and seeing some sweet gear from really innovative companies! Thanks to everyone that came out!

During the event we talked quite a bit with Jim Orr and Tim Brown from GT Distributors, one of our great Austin local tactical supply retail outlets. Tim gave us an overview of GT, which you’ll see in the video below.   They are a full online public safety dealer, with three retail outlets, one in Austin, Dallas and Rossville, GA. They carry A LOT:  5.11, Glock, Blackhawk, Taser, Streamlight, Maxpedition, Colt, Vertx, Ka-Bar, Bianchi, Surefire, Springfield Armory and MANY MORE.

Besides the yearly in-store sales like “Glock-tober-fest”, where you can get great sales on Glock and store wide deals, I love being able to stroll into the store and check out the merch. I’ve gotten some amazing deals on 5.11 and other gear there, like my Rush Moab 10 Sling Pack.   The team there is very personable and helpful, giving you the info and benefits of their experiences,  not snotty/arrogant like a lot of gun shop staff.

R. Lee Ermey - Gunny
R. Lee Ermey – Gunny will be at the GT Distributors Dallas Location in October!

Check out this year’s Glock-Tober-Fest event in Dallas, where R. Lee Ermey “Gunny” will be there and hang out, signing autographs and yelling at people.  😎

The Streamlight TLR-1s Tac LED Light that we got from GT Distributors at Legion Firearm’s Range Day!

Since GT Distributors sponsored the Range Day, they supplied some raffle gear that Legion CEO Adam Morehead and his team raffled off.  The GetPunchy crew was lucky enough to win a Streamlight TLR-1s Tac Light with Strobe…  a blindingly bright, waterproof, rail mount LED. It comes with a mounting kit that’ll put the on button just in front of your trigger guard, where you can flash it, strobe it or turn it fully on.  This 160 lumen compact beast of a light will blow your eyes out… it’s sweet. It’s about $119 GT retail price, pics below, but I really can’t accurately represent the brightness of the light…  I flipped it on the dashboard of a car in 100+ degree Texas sun, and I could still see the light spot VERY clearly. It’s bright, damn bright.

 

Here’s Tim Brown from GT, sorry about the range noise…

Check out the Streamlight gallery!  And check out the gear from GT!