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Enemy Tactics in the Land of Gucci *

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Asians used to be the ones that everyone left alone. It was an unwritten rule that you didn't bother them.
By the same token, they never really bothered anyone else (unless provoked, such as the Rodney King riots) and just kept to themselves.
Times change, I guess. A target of opportunity is a target of opportunity.
Around here it was the Vietnamese in 1970s and 1980s. 99% were refuges recruited to work in poultry plants plus a percentage opened businesses to cater to Vietnamese population. They were super violent and not uncommon for them to go off with guns over anything. Have seen guns pulled outside of bars or other places but only been witness to someone actually shooting one time.

Back when Friday/Saturday night "cruising" was huge had loop where everyone went around the mall but security guards routed cruisers out after one turn then would go up divided four lane, take turn around Burger King and back to the mall. Basically every person sixteen to early twenties was in the loop including Vietnamese kids. Parking lot of Burger King blew up with at least two AR 15s and one or two AKs all select fire swapping rounds. I was in turn lane to enter the parking lot. Pulled back out into four lane and left town for the night.

We had huge Vietnamese population that kept the poultry industry running but turned out living in war zone for generations had low regard for life and extreme violence became regular thing. The poultry association began renting billboards in Mexico offering jobs to Hispanics to come the the "Chicken City", took about five years for the Vietnamese part of town to become "Little Mexico" and the Vietnamese mostly left. Crime went up but was petty theives and drugs instead of regular shootings so locals seemed more content. Even I put three Hispanics on my crew to do the basic manual labor. Those first ones were willing to work, had one stay 13 years, another eleven and other nine but all saved enough money and have their own businesses now with half dozen or more kids as labor force.
 

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BTW, SWMBO got me one of those OCP Trunk Monkey patches at vendor, probably next door to AAFES. It reminded me of just how lucky I am (to have a spousal unit who went to charm school).

Meanwhile, I am living the dream by finding creative ways to get patients taken care of.

Might even slap the Trunk Monkey patch on while delivering glucose test strips.
 

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Asians used to be the ones that everyone left alone. It was an unwritten rule that you didn't bother them.
By the same token, they never really bothered anyone else (unless provoked, such as the Rodney King riots) and just kept to themselves.
Times change, I guess. A target of opportunity is a target of opportunity.
 

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Company been in communication with has some cool product and we cut a deal, wouldn't give away for review but sold them to me for under wholesale. Good enough could buy two 10"x12" shooters cut and two 11"x14" shooters cut. Good combination of materials using ceramic, UHMWPE and Kevlar to build a super tough and lightweight plate. All are NIJ 3+/ICW4 with the 10"x12" plates weighing 5.2 pounds each and the 11"x14" weighing 6.4 pounds which is spot on for weight to threat ratio. NIJ 3+ stand alone and are NIJ 4 in conjunction with NIJ 3a soft armor.

Most of my rifle kits run soft armor and have a pile of NIJ 3a plate backers in various sizes if want to run them in a plate carrier and get full NIJ 4 threat rating. Sent me some data and photos showing a 10"x12" plate with standard NIJ3a soft armor backer stop six rounds of 30-06 black tip. Backface signature is within safe specs but the bunt force trauma would suck to take but bets bullet holes. Also stops about as many rounds of 5.56 M855 can put on them (test showed a dozen stops) and stopped ten rounds of 5.56 M855a1 EPR so wearing the 11"x14" up front and will take a huge amount of abuse.

Aso bought four 6"x6" side plates at silly cheap price with promise I would shoot them and review on my website. Going to be fall (want cooler weather and time to build good test fixtures) as want to measure backface signature and should be able to test four of the more significant threat milspec rounds using the side plates. Also got to figure out my video and then look at editing and finally doing videos on my testing as its what most want. Have a 240 frame per second camera to slow motion down some but far from a high speed along with two GoPros. Have entire pile of military and LEO plates to test as well so looking forward to cooler weather.
 

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Now appearing on the East Coast.

New York City Police (NYPD) said that three thieves broke through the glass front of Cellini Jewelers near E. 56th St. at around 3:30 a.m. The group broke three display cases containing hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of watches and other jewelry. The thieves escaped in a silver sedan that waited outside the store, completing the entire heist in under three minutes, according to police. One employee said the crime was "not normal."

NYC smash-and-grab thieves knock off Park Avenue jewelry store, take hundreds of thousands worth in gems (msn.com)

 

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The doctors told me based on this weeks blood work going to release me to wander beginning Wednesday till go back to hospital on November 11th for an MRI guided biopsy of a suspect area they have been monitoring since 2017 but was so small and had more important issues have put at the front of the list. Means I will be driving again for first time in months.

Since bought truck ordered with front to rear skid plates, wheel to wheel rock guards with steps for sliding up against stumps and small boulders without dragging side off truck. Bought a step to go in receiver step to help getting in bed plus so able to just back up to loading docks till step hits concrete. Before relegated to bed/recliner and put the first couple thousand miles on the new truck realized the step was flimsyand using a hitch for same purpose it would hang and drag if turned up a really steep slope often digging into a curb, dirt or asphalt.

Being trapped have been finding all sorts of accessories to outfit the new truck and found below item. It was ordered and shipped direct to my steel company who has cut a bigger plate from 1/4" AR250 that is triple width of skid plate in picture, extends up under the truck about an extra six inches then was put in pres break so it has same angle as portion angling up toward step. Will basically give three feet of angled plate protection if backing up and meet an L Back curb, low cross tie wallor take rounds aiming at fuel tank. At forward edge it is bent up at same angle with a four inch lip. Had their fabrication guy weld it up and sent out for powder coat.

So imagine below item 36" wide about six inches deeper toward the differential and a four inch angled lip so if going forward and catches a rock will not seize up but hop/bounce over obstacle. Truck has skid plate covering engine compartment, transmission, drive shaft, fuel tank and rear differential. With the oversize milspec armor front brush guard, wheel to wheel rock sliding steps and now this am armoring up every area I can as it shows it could use more protection.

The angled plate that goes up toward step is now 36" wide with rounded corners to save shins, bottom is 12"×36" and then has an angled 4" lip at leading edge of front so it is less likely to hang on something as hopping rocks and stumps. Have one more area looking for a bolt on skid plate which seem to be seeing more stuff for 2022 models popping up regularly or will have what I want made to protect my CAT Back exhaust system from damage. Bottom of truck is almost slick as a boat covered with mix of factory aluminum and aftermarket steel skid plates. Will get photos once pick it up from powder coat vendor but imagine likelihood of dragging off bottom of bumper or damaging it as back up through brush or to loading docks will be greatly reduced. Even if I may only be out for a couple weeks till the procedure on November 11 its going to be nice to unlock the door of work for first time in months and walk in with intent to do paid labor.
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In continued research on new truck setup discovered even the optically clear tint on front windshield blocks almost 50% of UV and 35% of IR light. Since there are times I drive using NV goggles instead headlights don't want to loose any ability to see at distance especially if need to move quickly.

Did some research today and have a set of milspec IR vehicle lights (two mounted forward and one rearward) that are waterproof even to pressure washers and have blast resistant housings and lenses. Found kits from $199 to $1,999 and settled on a kit that was $1,100 to augment IR output if decide I need to kill the visible lights and go to driving with IR monocular or goggles.

As mentioned this may be mylast fully blinged out truck so bringing glass to NIJ standards and pouring out enough IR illumination to blind others approaching using NV while giving me extended range to be situationally aware while driving at night without headlights even if just use hog hunting will be worth the investment.
 

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It is an ill wind that blows no good.
I am serious.


My opinion is, that this is possibly expanding to wealthy suburbs, due to apparent success...........APPARENT.


The one million + new guns sold each month, for the last 48 straight months, might have some correlation to these ongoing guerilla raids?

Bodegas are staring to shoot back. WTF!!!!!

It MAY be, that Law enforcement is subtly ignoring these raids, on insured retailers, to quietly create more MAGA voters....FBI, too. Nothing succeeds, like emotion and rage.

Best way to fuck with the reparations crowd's success, is to criminalize, by notoriety, and reputation, their entire base, to the Nation, for robbery, theft and assaults.

Songs like this do no harm to MAGA.

It plays well in the 42 fly over states.

A secondary observation........

LIke NOT deporting, or stopping, the thousands of illegals, flooding the urban cities............not one plane or bus load of illegals, has been stopped, and arrested, by any level of law enforcement. Not one...........FUCKING CLEVER!!

It is like a plague on NYC, Chicago and DC.
BLM is affected greatly by their presence, too.

WE COULD NOT PAY PEOPLE ENOUGH TO DO THIS.

Success can be achieved by such passive-aggressive ommission, as well as letting the filth of San Francisco, Portland and Seattle fester in the public's mind, too.

A Great tactic/policy by the secret, "unwoke".

It is amazing in its simplicity...like the French Resistance WAS inside the Nazi machine.
Chinas population is quiety fucking up all production quality, in like manner, that
NAZI slave workers sabotaged munitions and weapons.

It is a trend for sure.

The old guy the FBI shot recently, who apparently did go over the line, just takes the heat off the rest of the unknown "Q" and ultra MAGA, who vote.

Shows the FBI is doing something, to protect Biden, with a sacrificial lamb, while Q remains at large, like DB Cooper.

They are on our side, unlike the ATF and IRS.
 

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Yanno......there's gotta be a way to stop these "in'n'out" raids.?

Perhaps ceiling mounted industrial grade flash-bangs in showroom?
Bean-bag "claymores" set both sides of exit?
Sealed, ballistic glass vestibule with security dead-man switch locks and sleep gas injectors above?
All non-lethal.....

Nah! Courts would just let 'em out after a couple hours, only to do it again.

Best deterrent would be "purge" allowance to let store leave the blood stains and chalk outlines on floor and sidewalk as notification to crims as to what will happen??

Ahhhh; but only in the cartoon playing in my head. ;)
 

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Have discussed how at one time area I lived was so desirable and hard to buy houses bought a house closer into town and took seven years before my house came on market. Owners had purchased as first home, eventually moved into bigger house turning mine into a rental. They got over leveraged in second and third mortgages, boat payments, car payments when county said this house was in too bad condition and could not be rented till electrical, plumbing, staircase and other issues were brought to code. They tried doing themselves taking a loan out on this house for materials but soon as got loan used big chunk of remodel money to go on vacation.

Banker knew I was looking for house in this area and told me about this one on a Monday that they were repossessing it on following Monday and if owners could not sell it for what they owed by Friday not only would they loose this house it was going to cause a avalanche where they lost house living in and vehicles. They tried up till Wednesday 5:00pm to hold firm at $90,000 then sent my agent an $78,000 price. They owed $48,000 on the loan taken to remodel and I countered at 48,000 plus all closing costs so they could walk away without bankrupting. They were pissed (bankers not supposed to share some things but he was trying to help them not file bankruptcy and me get house in area wanted at cheap enough price could have money needed to fix it) as wanted tomwalk away with cash and next morning hit with a $58,000 counter and we resubmitted our $48,000 offer with cash closing in 24 hours.

Took three months to make house livable, roofed it, waterproofed basement, rewired, replumbed then remodeled master bedroom, master bath and living room. Since not renting dixnt have to do stairs immediately so sold house living in as also in desirable area for living in town and moved in. Still remodeling and adding on but got bulk done first ten years and first twenty years we lived here only one house a half mile north or south came to market. Area was mostly older people and when they died their kids or grandkids moved in and houses just almost never came to market till two were built around corner at end of the cove.

Always kept eye on neighbors and had my list of which would burn first night society collapsed so residents were dealt with before became a problem. Over years those have rotated and changed as neighbors died and if their kids/grands were nice or not. Then came covid and real estate spike and neighbor across street died then her son moved in and died three years later and his sister sold it to California flippers. People next door to south died, kids moved in, left grands moved in then left because Georgia doesn't have legal marijuana and it sold to flippers then house two doors down on south had residents die and went to flippers.

Now two houses next to me on south side have been empty over a year and changed hands between flippers or people wanting rental inventory at least twice. My house and those two were built by same man, really good reputable builder and built of old growth real 2"×4" studs instead if 1.75"×3.5" and all lumber full size but all had stairs built legal at time but now code says too steep. We reworked ours and it was hard work as had to set four steel posts, rip out old and build new but only needed one more step to meet code, two next to us are even steeper and one of the past owners trying to remodel to rent his said cheapest bid he had was $55,000 to fix them so both sit empty as cant be rented till stairs fixed and flippers overpaid so much after first two flippers took losses still have so much in them letting sit till hopefully market allows them to sell without taking loss.

Across street the son fixed his stairs for his mom fifteen years ago and after flipped three times (his sister got $395,000 for house worth $195,00 cause flippers pulled comps off houses on my side of road that are all lake front with docks and across street are lake view with no docks or access except going to Rowing Center Park. So no house across street gets new set of tennant's and three to five months the eviction crew comes with cops to put all furniture on road right of way and lock boxes on all door knobs. We call it the "neighbor of the month" house. Got a really odd phone call yesterday from a friend in law enforcement. Is a detective at the state level and known each other thirty plus years.

Said he had been by my shop twice a week past five weeks this Tuesday and never there, asked if I had retired. Told him had multiple medical issues and not been to work in two years and most likely out rest of 2023. He then said had checked and I was still listed as active with FEMA, GEMA, Region 4 SMAT, HCEMA, HC 911, HC CERT, Mountain Medical Reserve Corp, NEGA Med Center security, Red Cross, HC ARES, NAMB and still had gate/door/elevator key cards for 911/EMA center, S.O. administrative building, all access/any electronic locked door to hospital, Red Cross gate key plus keys to communication trailer and I was thinking they finally were pulling all my I.D. cards and keys using a friend to make it feel easier. Then he asked if still lived at 146 blah blah blah and replied yes, he asked how much was home and said basically every day except when have doctors visit or in hospital for surgery. Then he asked if wanted to help him with a task can only be done from my house and said yes.

Told me they had a 35 year old female been trying to get cuffs on for over a year and wanted her bad because victim of crime is a mover and shaker upset about her not being in jail. Said they got a tip she is living in house across street from me but setting up surveillance is near impossible. Said in past if send undercover car to suspect address knock on door then do it a second time she moves. If get tip and park a Ma Bell truck or high top van I site for more than a half day she moves. Tried getting owners of house next door to let them rent house but refused because they are mad about not being allowed to rent house, losing money till government needs it a week or two. Say part of reason for almost daily speed trap at church is try to keep eye on house without drawing attention but can't sit there 24/7 without drawing attention.

Since she is not person leasing house they can't get warrant as have pulled three warrants, come up dry each time and judge said no more warrants unless they are sure. Asked me if would watch house and told him one of my exterior video cameras has decent view of house and another partial view. Told him could use a spotting scope to get tag numbers and if notice someone get a good look and send him a video clip or photo. Said if he could get either could have warrant in matter of an hour as if don't get there fast she will be gone. Reviewed last two weeks of footage from DVR yesterday afternoon and there is a late model silver compact SUV that has not moved and parked with front toward street so can't get tag number. Three is a small black late model Honda leaves every morning Monday through Saturday before 7:00 am and arrives home around 7:00 pm except on Saturdays gets home about 2:00 pm and usually sits Sunday. My video camera footage does not get clear enough video to read tag number but when it got home yesterday evening 24x digital spotting scope got it with video capture and clearer photo using still shot but watching car arrive person exits and goes around front and with trees/shrubs of car using it to block view then in side door quickly.

Big issue is house has a driveway and entry door on rear and can use the side road at church to approach from rear and I can't see. Curtains are closed all the time but big living room window curtain is open about two inches and could see light comes on and off in that room at random all day and yesterday as watched some through spotting scope appeared someone moved curtains just enough to peek out ever hour or two. Soon as it gets dark every light across rooms in front and sides of house come on and stay on till about midnight. Looks like see shadows moving around from at least three or four people in evening but way the black car parks and person driving exits can't tell if male/female or white/black/brown. He sent me a photo via text of person wanting a long with some other details like car registered in her name but not seen it.

So based on reliable tip state level law enforcement believes she lives across street from me and he said since we never have company or vehicles other then ours afraid to park in my yard to watch house. Said only way to watch rear without making her suspicious would be from boat which is hard, especially 24/7. Cameras on front of my house are now on my laptop in 4 camera view so if see anyone outside or turn in drive can walk to window where have my digital spotting scope with video capture, have a Nikon DSLR with 80-400mm VR lense and another with 300mm super fast (f 1.8) zoom lense and I.R. night vision with video capture handy at two best windows.

Thought about flying my drone over the house to view back but he said they tried drones at one house she was supposed to be and their tipster said she left when began seeing drones. Thus they have a relative or friend of hers feeding information but judge who is not issuing anymore warrants till have someone say for sure she is inside. He offered to pay me some money if able to see her and call him and confirm she is in house to cover my trouble. Told him am going crazy without anything to do because can't leave house plus rather have him/agency owe me a favor instead of a few dollars out of their bribe/snitch fund. He said she has history of violence so told wife no more going outside to mailbox or truck without pistol. Don't normally like getting involved if don't have a dog in the hunt but if a violent criminal across street means likely others in house have criminal background and want them gone too.
 

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Yanno......there's gotta be a way to stop these "in'n'out" raids.?
Perhaps ceiling mounted industrial grade flash-bangs in showroom?
Bean-bag "claymores" set both sides of exit?
Sealed, ballistic glass vestibule with security dead-man switch locks and sleep gas injectors above?
All non-lethal.....

Nah! Courts would just let 'em out after a couple hours, only to do it again. Best deterrent would be "purge" allowance to let store leave the blood stains and chalk outlines on floor and sidewalk as notification to crims as to what will happen??
Ahhhh; but only in the cartoon playing in my head.
Had a few locations used to install backup batteries regularly that made me very nervous and one that was downright scary. Serviced telecom batteries at Ft Polk, Ft Knox, Arnold AFB, Shaw AFB and others that were relatively easy to get on base and go to remote terminals unescorted but inside buildings had someone escort me mainly not to get lost. Then there were bases like Naval Weapons Station/Joint Base Charleston where it was a full security check then vehicles with two MPs escort me entire time on base then Lockheed-Martin/Dobbins AFB where I won't discuss their procedures except my phone had to be left in my truck, batteries, tools and myself moved from my truck to a van with no windows then according to area of base it got really odd. Hartsfield International Airport was o.k. once got through guardpost and stayed clear of all aircraft.

Banks were easy to enter their phone/computer rooms to point I thought it was too lax. The "nervous" locations were server farms and when entered went through front door, was buzzed through second door to find yourself in a 8'×8" to 12'×12' room made with 1.5" to 2.5" AR acrylic to full on rifle rated name brand ballistic glass all four sides plus ceiling and doors in and out of the "glass box" were clear ballistic rated to at least NIJ 3 along with blast rated. Once in the box you had to stand (never a bench or chair) till they took your credentials, work order then called the client who ordered new batteries, Ma Bell if they were for telecom and both if doing both.

Most of these places were huge and had a bigger room full of server and Ma Bell racks that were leased to a variety of companies then smaller rooms with their own HVAC feed, enclosed in ballistic glass walls/ceiling with ballistic/blast door that if serviced those areas an I.T. person from company who owned them had to come unlock them and watch every move made. After went through initial background check then had to bring all batteries and tools into the glass box at entrance and tool bag was searched, meters turned on to make sure they were meters and batteries went through a scanner like TSA uses at airports so they could verify it looked like a battery from inside.

Was five of these type places I serviced, three went to at least every couple months to point guards recognized me but never got slack. Would be two at counter just beyond interior door and a pass thru box would give all your I.D. cards and work orders. A third would come from a door behind them to get documents and all were armed with duty pistols and wore overt armor. Buildings were reinforced concrete and guess all had walls at least a foot thick but closer to two feet thick then concrete roofs supported with steel trusses and not a single window. They all had a loading dock area for clients to bring big objects like racks in with a forklift but I never got to use a loading dock or have a big door opened even if racks servicing were just a few feet away and had over a ton of batteries, just had to hand truck them in four to eight at a time.

There is one very famous soft drink company based in the ATL area that was the hardest access and tightest security I ever serviced. Had to go through guard shack with armed guards to get in parking area for loading docks, then once got to docks was a group of armed security to check credintials and then once got tools/batteries on a pallet or cart always had two men with you till hit server room with all loads. Servers were on 17th floor and first set of service elevators only went from sub basement loading docks to 15th floor. At floor fifteen had to move batteries (often two to four freight elevator loads worth based on weight) then took next set of elevators to a higher floor and when it opened there was a desk with two armed security guards that checked credentials again.

Server room had a door like a bank vault which was big enough to drive a forklift through and at least six feet thick. Anytime door was open had a man on either side in full rifle rated armor, MICH helmets with NIJ 3a flip up/down polycarbonate face covers, LBEs with spare mags, IFAKs, radios, duty pistols in drop leg holsters and M4s at the ready. Now way was anyone getting inside their server room without renting a SEAL team that could get through all the loading area security, up first set of elevators, transition to second set of elevators all before they got that vault door closed as doubt it could be breached without killing everyone in access area. Had a security guard and I.T. person waiting to escort technician to racks there to swap batteries, controllers or power supplies. I liked the server farms that anyone entering found themselves in a ballistic/blast rated glass room till whoever entered was verified they had business inside. It pretty much would stop all but a team ready to breach two ballistic doors, get through guards and more doors before SWAT showed up.

Had one local client that prepackages sterile surgical packs of instruments for hospitals. We actually did a sterile room with airlock and separate room before airlock to change into sterile suits with soft air fed headgear so once employees got suited up they looked like someone in a biohazard movie about some killer virus. Main reception area had big hallway going left and right with offices left and right of reception area. We had to frame up the big open hallways rip out all drywall in reception area and install a ballistic window with pass through for documents and speaker for receptionist to communicate. All drywall was removed (metal stud construction) then we covered in in 3/8" Durock cement board for a base layer.

Exterior layer used UL 772 Level 6 (sustained burst from 9mm submachine gun) ballistic panels like use in courthouses that finish out slick as drywall. Each hallway that went left and right into different areas of the building we hung 40"×80" force rated doors with electronic pass locks that receptionist (we used UL 752 Level 5 on wall to her office as was exposed to public entering thus had biggest threat) could unlock or if employee could use a rotating code to go left into operations or right into work areas. The two offices either side of main door had only windows on ground floor which we put 5/8" Lexan MR 10 liners. We also put security doors with locks in some storage areas and force rated entry doors in either end of employee break room to use as a place to take shelter.

Owner of company was from Columbia and most of his employees were freshly immigrated asian women doing the actual packaging with sa!es people who spoke a variety of languages as they shipped prepackaged sterile surgical kits all over the world and a lot to military clients. Unfortunately shopping centers, stores, churches can't be done similar due to fire regulations requiring easy ingress and exit. Putting ballistic panels behind teller counters and now using tempered polycarbonate to protect employees is about the most even banks will do and few of them are doing it anymore.

When come in my business enter a 12'×14' room with door that enters the main hallway where I display a large portion of my bicycle collection in a rack system from a bicycle shop. Have my small personal office that directly faces the entry door with a NIJ 3a ballistic reception window tinted where I can see anyone coming in but they can't see me and a shooting port. Door coming into main hallway from reception is a security door so anyone entering is in a box and I am behind a ballistic wall with rifle over desks drawer to grab if someone were to come in aggressive. Since I stopped doing retail sales almost a decade ago we just keep front door locked and clients have to text or call for me to open front door.

All exterior walls are concrete with rebar and exterior doors are all commercial steel doors with frames set into the concrete walls when built. While heavy steel doors from 1950s had my steel fab guys over years weld strongest hinges to frame and door could source and a layer of 1/8" AR 250 steel inside and out then in addition to good door locks all doors but front door have a big sliding bolt and two padlocks on inside of door. Would take a wrecker or fire truck to pull those off the hinges, our loading dock and side materials entry door we use only when installing new equipment are insulated 12 gauge steel roll ups. All our trailers have tongue locks, are attached to steel poles cemented in ground with stainless cable security cables and have LoJack modules hidden on them so if begin moving I get alerts they are moving.

Buddy had a trailer stolen and S.O. recovered it in just a few days. It's not spoken about or in local news but every intersection in the county with a traffic light has a camera that's designed to read and record tag number of any vehicle that goes through it. Computer was able to tell them every intersection it went through and what time it passed. Deputies told him they recover a large majority of trailers, boats and cars stolen because they get a sense where they were going, last intersection it was logged then people with criminal history near that point using a drone to overflow their property. Seems to me law enforcement in California don't want to stop their theft problems if it costs money to do it.

We actually had a theft at my business a few months ago and person had to be crazy. Didn't try trucks (all are alarmed and LoJacked like trailers) and watched by cameras. This person got great video (for black and white night video with some color where he set off two motion sensor security lights) but he cut seal off meter base and pulled the meter then reached in meter base to get last six inches of copper ground wire. Even with meter pulled one side is still 440 volt three phase hot all the time and only fuse is the three transformers on pole. Had no gloves or insulated tools and even stole about three cents worth of aluminum at scrap price off side of meter feeding building. I got notice from alarm company about 4:45 am power was off, since part timer was starting at 7:00 am waited for him to see what was up. Alarm has enough battery backup pulling meter doesn't kill it but reaching in meter bases rather than cutting ground wire where it exits box for a few extra inches of copper is crazy. Again, blue jeans, black hoodie, bandanna over face and brown forehead. Eventually cameras may get enough to arrest someone prowling around.
 

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Getting close to having new truck (10 months since shipped & 8,000 miles later but medical house arrrest slowing process) but finally manufacturer of front push bar was able to ship as my Gen 2 2022 Colorado has same frame as the new Gen 3 2023s. It's made of 3/16" MIL-A-12560 tubing and plate. Most big brush guards are made of mix of mild steel and muffler pipe and many the skid plates are plastic.

Front optional tow hooks (needed to be sure frame and front end trim would accept bar mounts so paid for option planned to remove) are removed and then bar is mounted to frame using 1/4" MIL-A-12560 steel boxed mounts and Grade 8 5/8" bolts.

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Most bars that use tow hook mounts mean you loose tow hooks but this has tow hooks factory installed when made. All tubing and skid plate are 3/16" MIL-A-12560 (AR 360 to AR 385 equivalent but gone through the drop, heat/cold cycling and water quench before shot) and the skid plate overlaps the 3/16" T6 aluminium skid plate protecting engine (pain to service techs). Front engine skid plate overlaps next skid plate protecting transmission and some exhaust parts then next overlapping plate protects tailshaft of transmission/first universal and CV axles going back under skid plate in front of it to front wheels. Third skid plate overlaps next skid plate that protects the two speed electronic transfer case (high dollar to bust that puppy) then hit a special vented steel device that bolts on using security bolts to protect catalytic converter from damage but more importantly theft as it's a $2,000 part and easy to steal if crawl under with sawzall. Local Super Walmart has a report of a dozen or more catalytic converters stolen in a half hour hit regularly with Honda's and Toyotas being most stolen.

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Bar is not huge monstrosity trying to cover headlights and hood as taller they become more leverage on a upper strike stresses attachment points. Extends far enough can push on stuff without hitting majority of high dollar front end parts as wife learned Monday at hospital when overshot hitting the concrete post holding handicap sign knocking big chunk of concrete off and I was able to wipe yellow paint off bar to show her it wasn't even scuffed. Have to get used to front end being almost a foot longer even with sensors and cameras in grill. Plan to see if impact sensors can be adjusted to tell driver bar is about to bump something.

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5" steel side steps are rated for 600 pound load from above so two fat people can stand and bounce on them and called "rock sliders" unfortunately it's hard to find any burly items for long beds as most people have four door short cabs as "subdivision trucks" but have a pair of 10" hoop steps on back order that fit behind them and match height profile plus bolt to frame opposed to rocker panel sheet metal with self tapping screws. Got my 3M security tint installed all windows with legal 6" tinted strip on front windshield and got a layer of clear on front windshield that's guaranteed to stop windshield damage from rocks/road debris and website shows windshield taking two rounds of 9mm before film and glass were fully penetrated on third round. Can't put on outside of side windows as weather strip starts lifting it over time rolling windows up and down but looking at product made of flexible glass like used on smart phone screen protectors.

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Wanted bar to protect entire rear bumper but none were longer than 30" and all mild steel. This attached to receiver hitch and is made of 1/4" mild steel. Gives step into bed and then angles down to where it has another bend extending a foot giving a skid plate to protect bottom of bumper cover. Already taken by steel supply who pulled and measured along with me getting CAD drawing from manufacturer which I used to create a CAD drawing for their torch table and brake/shear. Will get back a piece of 3/16" AR250 that will match profile and is 32" wide so extends to just shy of bumpers built in corner steps so if go up steel incline won't drag bumper cover off, people in parking lots won't back into bumper and damage my truck and my former steel fabricator said he would come in on a Saturday (steel company has three to four week turnaround on custom cut/bent AR steel items. So it won't rattle or bend if hit at far corners have drawn up a pair of bars that will attach to existing hole in rear of frame and to this device when extended so it's got three points of attachment and he is also going to weld a 1" round steel tube trim/frame to protect my shins from sharp edge of the 3/16" plate and add more strength.

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Going to put exterior film on rear windshield and rear side windows myself (or my part time graphic installers) when up to it as cost $500 to have windshield done and to do rear three windows they wanted another $600. Have the material in shop paid for wide enough for those plus glass is flat not a compound curve. Leaves radios not felt up to installing and waiting on bid from local Motorola shop as they owe me a favor from doing a municipal module on local cell tower about three years ago as a favor when there tower guys were all in Puerto Rico, Haiti or someplace a storm wrecked. Had rear electronic long gun lock installed behind seats that unlocks when crank truck, locks when turn off and has emergency over-ride button if need rifle and truck is not running. Still trying to find a set of NIJ rated panels to go in doors but Chevy only offers in Caprice's and Tahoes they sell to cops and say neither will fit my doors. Another project I may have to do when back to work but want majority of truck including glass NIJ 2/blast rated and NIJ 3a wherever possible. Really close as driver/passenger doors and 3 windows are all not protected but the security film used inside has been known to stop a 9mm round on several occasions but is not NIJ or milspec ballistic rated but is milspec blast rated. Everyone needs to armor up their vehicle, still looking for a serviceable high mileage Mercedes armored sedan. Half the doctors in Atlanta drive them so they do pop up just need to find one not totally worn out we can afford. Have been looking at a low mileage Chevy 9C3 Detective car with AWD, almost 500 HP, push bar, ballistic doors and rear glass. House armored, got to do vehicles, eh?
 
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Because this will cruise down the interstate at 85 mph on cruise and get 25 to 27 mpg. If had the money would have an APC sitting in the garage for emergencies but somewhere you have to find a balance. If able to get truck to where it is NIJ 2 rated at most high threat areas without spending a quarter million dollars, has enough body armor and weapons inside but looks like average truck have met my goal.
MRAP vehicles usually have "V"-shaped hulls to deflect explosive forces from land mines or IEDs below the vehicle, thereby protecting vehicle and passengers. MRAPs weigh 14 to 18 tons, are up to 9 feet (2.7 m) high, and cost between US$500,000 and US$1,000,000.
I don't have a million bucks to pitch at a vehicle that probably gets six miles per gallon at its best and doesn't fit in a parking deck. The Colorado has been tuned and top speed turned up to 143 mph which is scooting to get us back to the Ponderosa. Have run flat inserts on order but are having to be made to order to fit my wheel/tire combination.
 
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