HOLY DIVER said:Very cool post Enjay!!!!!! Back to the grouping thing. Just wondering is everyone's group standardized? Will all of the groups ammo magazines all interchange? I think this is important. Vote on it if everybody agrees that a Glock 21 is the side arm everybody must own a G21. If everybody agrees a AR-15 well you get my drift
I think if people spent half the time they seem to spend on this sort of issue doing PT, networking, attending first aid classes, dry firing, etc they'd be better off.
I also think that most folks would be better off spending $$$ on training to learn to use the equipment they already have and on ammo to stockpile deep. If you have more $$$ and storage space tied up in guns than ammo then you're being pennywise and pound foolish. I'm guilty of "collecting" guns too but when it comes down to it, in your heart of hearts you know what ONE rifle you're going to grab at 0300 when a crew cab of meth heads are kicking in your door -- and that's the one you should have lots of ammo and training invested in (at least to start with).
At the buddy team level, gear interchangeability is good, preferably mags if not caliber. For most people this is their spouse or maybe best friend/neighbor. Beyond that... I'm much more concerned about people having quality gear they know how to use. I'd prefer to see one guy with a nice 30-30, one gal with an Arsenal AK, two with decent quality ARs with AimPoints, and one with a scoped 308 bolt gun than five folks with standardized mosin-nagants or SKS's that they agreed on as the lowest common denominator. I'd MUCH prefer all of them to have attended CERT training, gone to at least a basic first aid class w/ CPR (if not an actual Tactical Casualty Care or Wilderness First Aid or EMT training) with good IFAKs and a vehicle first aid kit, and at least have some formal firearms training. You're far more likely to use CERT skills or first aid training than to be operating as a four main fireteam in an extended fight where you need to throw someone a mag.