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The Game Plan – Loading Up For Civil Unrest

“The criminal does not expect his prey to fight back. May he never choose you, but, if he does, surprise him.”

— Jeff Cooper, United States Marine and creator of the “modern technique” of handgun shooting.


Let’s face it, criminals are dumb. That’s why they do what they do, and we do what we do. But thanks to the wonderful world of social media and messaging apps, they can now organize with the tap of a button. That is no bueno for folks like you and me who are just going about our day when like a flash flood, an angry mob breaks down our gate, and we are caught in our khakis, pink polo, and penny loafers, left to defend our home with our wife while she holds her purse gun like Barney Fife.

All that being said, it’s time we step up our game—just in case. Let’s hope we never have to use any weapon in self-defense, God forbid, but if we do, may we meet the threat with overwhelming force. The following round-up, years ago, may have been overkill, but in these times of violent protests, angry mobs, and heavily armed criminals, you never know. You know what they say: when seconds count, the cops are minutes away. Just think how long you’ll have to wait when they defund the police…

The Game Plan - Civil Unrest

SIG P320 RXP XCompact, basspro.com

One of the most popular 9mm pistols just got better. The RXP XCompact featuring SIG SAUER’s exclusive slide-mounted optic, the ROMEO1PRO, ensures faster sight acquisition on target. Simply put, it will make a good shooter a great shooter. Shoot confidently with faster target acquisition and improved accuracy. Installed. Zeroed. And backed by the quality of the SIG name.

The 3.6” barrel, XSeries slide, flat trigger, and XSeries compact grip module are now joined with a 6MOA slide mounted optic, along with perfectly co-witnessed XRay3 day/night suppressor-height sights. Additionally, an optic plate cover is included with all Romeo1 PRO-equipped XSeries P320 pistols for shooting without the optic if desired. The P320 RXP XCompact represents the best balance of precision, comfort, and capability in the CCW market. Each P320 RXP XCompact comes standard with two 15rd steel mags. 

Caliber: 9mm Luger
Mags Included: (2) 15rd Steel Mag
Overall Length: 7.0 in
Width: 1.4 in
Height: 6.2 in
Barrel Length: 3.6 in
Weight: 25.8 oz
Trigger: XSeries Straight
MSRP: $999.99

Sig Sauer Elite Performance V-Crown Handgun Ammo, cabelas.com, $15.99

This ammo provides superior reliability and terminal performance for personal defense. The innovative V-Crown bullet features a stacked hollow-point with a wide opening along with V-shaped jacket skives and scores to initiate expansion at all effective distances and velocities. A unique toothed cannelure, halfway up the shank, effectively locks the jacket to the core, ensuring maximum weight retention for thorough penetration.

The Game Plan - Civil Unrest

SIG MPX K, sigsauer.com

The choice of professionals worldwide, the MPX K offers a closed-bolt gas piston system that is ultra-reliable and durable. As with all SIG MPX models, the K is modular allowing for multiple handguard and barrel lengths and is ready to go for suppressor use. The K now features the SIG PCB folding brace, which allows it to fold into an ultra-compact size and be operable in the folded position. It also features an updated M-Lok handguard that is available as accessories in multiple lengths for suppressor coverage. Finally, the weapon is upgraded with the ultra-smooth, ultra-fast Timney Trigger. Co-designed by Timney and SIG, this trigger offers the Timney performance you have come to expect with the ultimate reliability to make it survive the punishment of a sub gun platform. If you are looking for the ultimate modular sub gun, look no further than the MPX K.


Caliber: 9mm Luger
Barrel Length: 4.5 in (114 mm)
Mags Included: (1) 30rd Polymer Mag
Trigger: TIMNEY Single Stage
Twist Rate: 1:10
Overall Length: 22.25 in
Width: 2.4 in
Height: 8 in
Operating System: Gas Piston
Weight: 5 lb
MSRP: $2099.99

Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec LQD Reflex Sight, $299.99, sightmark.com
Specially designed to handle your hardcore shooting needs, this optic promises repeatable accuracy, ultra-fast target acquisition, and rugged mil-spec reliability in virtually any environment. The premium wide-angle lens system with scratch-resistant and anti-reflective red coating, patented integrated sunshade, illuminated red 65-MOA circle-dot reticle with 10 brightness settings, night vision brightness modes, parallax correction (beyond 10 yards), and unlimited eye relief deliver a crisp, robust field of view and uncompromising reliability, even in low light and when perfect sight alignment isn’t an option. Built tough, this optic is shockproof, dustproof, waterproof, recoil rated up to .50 BMG, and constructed of a rugged, lightweight 6061-T aluminum protective shield and magnesium alloy body. 1 MOA windage and elevation adjustments, up to 120 MOA of travel, get you on target quickly while the Interlock internal locking adjustment system and a single CR123A battery keeps you there with a battery life of 200–2,000 hours.

Winchester 9mm Active-Duty Ammunition, winchester.com, $24.99

Selected to serve as the ammunition supplier for the U.S. Army Modular Handgun System (MHS) program. Winchester proudly developed M1152 to serve alongside the U.S. Warfighter. M1152 delivers the accuracy and reliability required by the MHS program.

The Game Plan - Civil Unrest


Take personal protection to the highest level with a full kit from 5.11 Tactical (511tactical.com) and others. Yes, it appears as if you are preparing for battle, but in all reality, overrun cities with marauding bands of angry mobs, burning buildings, and toppled vehicles, is as about as close to war as it gets if you are not a service member. Why not be ready for whatever they throw at you? Pun intended…

Chest rig setups are extremely subjective, and everyone will have their own preferences and configurations. This is our baseline configuration, housing the basics for full-on civil unrest. The plate carrier comes equipped with a full range of components that enable you to tailor its configuration to suit your needs. Build the carrier out with a slick configuration for low-vis or a standard configuration with 5.11’s patented multi-angle HEXGRID® mounting system for versatility, or a layered configuration for a robust maximum loadout of equipment, ammo, and armor. Speaking of armor, this too is a highly subjective topic. We suggest doing your homework to determine the level of protection vs. weight you desire—also armor comes with a price tag, so don’t be shocked as you read up on the options.

5.11 All Missions Plate Carrier, $219.99
5.11 Hard Times 2 Glove, $59.99
5.11 Flex Med Pouch, $39.99
CAT Tourniquet, Israeli Bandage, Combat Gauze, Chest Seal, Shears, www.narescue.com
5.11 6 X 6 Med Pouch, $24.99
5.11 (2) Flex Double Pistol Mag Pouch, $24.99
5.11 (4) Flex Single AR Mag Pouch, $24.99
5.11 Rapid 1AA Headlamp, 37.49
5.11 Flex Drop Pouch, $29.99
Gerber Center-drive Multi-Tool, $104 gerbergear.com
Benchmade SOCP Dagger, $115, benchmade.com
Ballistic Body Armor, safariland.com, prices vary.

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