Loot Vault: Morning Wood Plunder

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Among the many benefits of backing us on Patreon is access to the loot we hand out to our supporters. We’ve given a lot of swag and plunder away since we first called the banners.  Unfortunately, we’re not terribly bright so we didn’t record it all or post it online.

That’ll change now. As we go forward we’ll update this page with new contests and giveaways (or the big ones, anyway). We’ll also announce on Instagram (@house.morningwood), so be sure to keep an eye on that frequency too.

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Medieval Knights Helmet Decanter

Medieval Knights Helmet Decanter

As far as decanters go unless you are storing your booze in the skulls of your enemies you likely can’t come up with a more classy booze storage device for your war room then the Medieval Knights Helmet Decanter.

If this thing doesn't scream opulence and grandeur I don't know what does!
If this thing doesn’t scream opulence and grandeur I don’t know what does!

Not only does it have a decanter inside the helmet but it has room for 4 shot glasses so you can share a victory drink with your battle buddies.

The metal work on the Medieval Knights Helmet Decanter is also very well done.
The metalwork on the Medieval Knights Helmet Decanter is also very well done.

We never thought it was possible to have a toss-up in our heads on the globe booze storage but now the knights helmet might just be edging it out.

The Emerson Roadhouse — It’s Like a Pocket Samurai Sword

Emerson Roadhouse folding knife on load bearing gear.

One thing to be said about Emerson Knives is that they do love variety! The company makes something for everyone who enjoys edged tools. Large knives, small knives; you name it — they’ve done it, and are doing it as we speak. This article will focus on the Emerson Roadhouse tactical folding knife. Let’s get the obligatory technical specifications out of the way first, then dive into the meat of the matter.

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What the Hell is a Battle Rifle?

What the hell is a battle rifle? Featured image.

The named concept of the battle rifle existed after most battle rifles had fallen out of service. As far as I know, the term is seemingly one made up by firearms enthusiasts to describe rifles that fall outside of the realm of an assault rifle, or sniper rifle. In the firearms industry, we like to make shit up, but occasionally something sticks. Battle rifle was something that stuck. 

When most people say battle rifles, they are talking about semi-automatic rifles that fire a full-powered cartridge like the 308, 7.62x54R, and even the newer 6.5 Creedmoor would qualify. These rifles can be select-fire, but its not a requirement. As you’d expect, this includes guns like the AR-10, the FN FAL, the G3, the M14/M1A, and the most modern model on the market, the SCAR-H. These rifles define the contemporary battle rifle, even if most are not that modern. 

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Changing Stripes: a History of Tiger Stripe Camo

Iconic tiger stripe uniform Martin Sheen in the Vietnam War movie Apocalypse Now.

It has been said that just as a leopard can’t change his spots so too a tiger can’t change his stripes. Yet when it comes to military camouflage, the versatile tiger stripe camo pattern has changed and evolved over the years. The fact remains however that unlike the U.S. military’s Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) or Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), the iconic tiger stripe camouflage pattern was never actually an “official” form of camouflage.

Tiger Stripe Camo

While it has been called “tiger stripe camo” unofficially, as the name derives from its resemblance to the stripes on the big cats, it is unique in that the pattern has no name. And unlike OCP, UCP, or the other official camouflage patterns, tigerstripe camouflage is also not really one specific pattern. Some experts have suggested that there were nearly two dozen different variants, so it really is the name of a group of camouflage patterns rather than one particular pattern.

Navy SEALS wearing tigerstrip camouflage in Vietnam.
U.S. Navy SEALs wore locally produced tiger stripe uniforms in Vietnam – and yes, blue jeans were also commonly worn by the frogmen. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Public Domain)

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How Striker-Fired Guns Work

Apex Tactical Heavy-Duty Striker for FN.

Striker-fired guns are the bee’s knees. Rarely do you see a new gun come out in any design besides striker-fired. Hammer fired handguns aren’t dead, but they may be gone as far as armed professionals go. The United States military got rid of the hammer-fired Beretta for the P320. Most police forces have transitioned to these guns in various flavors, and most popular carry guns are striker-fired models. What exactly is a striker-fired handgun? How do they work? Well, let’s find out.

What’s A Striker-Fired gun?

All strikers are firing pins, but not all firing pins are strikers. Striker fired guns can best be described as spring-loaded firing pins. The racking the slide or pulling the trigger, or a combination of both cock the striker and the striker is held in the ready to fire position with potential spring energy behind it. Once the trigger is pulled, the spring energy propels the striker forward.

Image showing the internals of four striker fired handguns.
Strikers galore.

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Cheek Weld: a fundamental of accuracy

Cheek weld: because consistency breeds accuracy.

Cheek weld is important — far more important than many people know. Like grip on a handgun, cheek weld is frequently misunderstood.

Consistency equals accuracy.

We have – you should have – been hearing this for years.  There is no single element that guarantees someone will be a good shooter. Rather there is a collection of several seemingly small things (i.e. fundamental skills and actions) that must be reliably and consistently executed with each and every shot.

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Smoke grenades: a colorful strategy from Enola Gaye

Enola Gaye Smoke Grenades

Now and then, you find yourself in need of letting everyone within several city blocks know of your whereabouts. Maybe you’re a stranded hiker outside of Machu Picchu and just got your gear lifted by Peruvian bandits. Now you need to signal for help. Or, maybe you just really like a flamboyant entrance to Mom’s annual 4th of July cookout. Either way, Enola Gaye USA (@enolagayeusa) makes a whole line of smoke grenades to make just such efforts easier.

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You Wanna Be PALS with MOLLE?

Thyrm Now A Part of House Morningwood

A company has made it when people start using their brand name as a stand-in for any item in the same realm. For example, tissues being called Kleenex, Jacuzzis and hot tubs, and lest we forget Ping Pong and table tennis. Sometimes it happens even when it’s not an accurate term. This is what has happened with the terms MOLLE and PALS. MOLLE became the nearly synonymous name with modern webbing used on plate carriers, belts, backpacks, and more.

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