A common theme I experienced throughout my military career, across all ranks, was a misunderstanding of how communications and other electrical systems worked from power generators, to the complex communication systems in tracked and wheeled vehicles. This lack of understanding resulted in systems being down longer because soldiers could not communicate problems to distant technicians assigned to conduct system maintenance. This resulted in improper reporting on what the true problems were, creating situations where the wrong parts were ordered or the wrong tools arrived to service the issue. An understanding of the simple exercises in Charles Platt's book "Make: Electronics" would have solved many problems that occur when people work around electronics. This book is also an excellent primer for those thinking about taking the Amateur Radio Technicians Exam. The principles are the same, but this book provides the hands on experiences for truly understanding the electronic concepts on the exam. I picked up my book for under $20 on Amazon.com see link below. This is the cheapest price I've found for this item. If you're interested in being able to better trouble shoot communications, battery powered accessories, and solar system issues, this is a great resource!
Next time you're at Walmart purchase Winchester's Train & Defend (T) 147 grain 9mm 50 rounds of ammunition for $14.99. This is a reasonably priced 950 fps subsonic ammunition, that cycles well on any 9mm suppressed host weapon especially when less recoil and noise is important. Pictured is a Glock 17 host with a mounted AAC TiRant 45S with several boxes of ammunition fired this weekend. Always practice with heavier bullets so you can replicate the feel of your personal defense ammunition.
Game simulations are a perfect way to train individuals in the science of movement techniques and the associated communication skills that are needed to be effective when operating within a tactical scenario. In preparation for paintball matches or other tactical scenarios, teams should use games such as Call of Duty or other networked first person shooter games to replicate a battle space that requires individual communications in a tactical environment. These games/simulations allow for the execution of battle drills such as a clear a room, clear a trench, conduct ambush in a controlled environment where resources could be constrained. Prior to any field exercise the most professional militaries in the world rely on simulations such as Virtual Battlespace to refine team communication skills that are necessary to reinforce how each soldier interacts with each other when moving within a buddy team, within a fire team and within a squad. Simulations are a cost effective way to allow team members the opportunity to visualize how their actions contribute to such simple drills as laying down a base fire so another team member can maneuver. Today's simulations are a resource that must not be overlooked when establishing a training program for your team. As long as everyone has access to a gaming console, anyone can join the training from remote locations. Assign younger individuals on the team who are the most familiar with these systems to train others on how to use them. It is essential to use simulations as a rehearsal to work out any problems before the next training event. Your onsite rehearsals will go much smoother, and best of all you'll save range time expenses.
On your next pistol sight upgrade consider purchasing elevated Suppressor Sights. Although with practice, you become proficient in "looking through your suppressor" in order to compensate for an obstructed sight picture due to the short height of standard sights. I prefer the ability to see a target with minimal obstructions, so the additional expense for my host weapon was not a big decision. Attached are several pictures of Ameriglo's GL-329 Suppressor Tritium sights mounted on a Glock 17 with an AAC TiRant 45S attached (suppressor diameter 1.38in). I recently purchased these sights from Amazon.com (see link below- left). The $86 price shipped is the lowest price I've seen for tall tritium sights. I also included non-illuminated suppressor sights for those looking for a less expensive option.
As you can see from the picture, the Ameriglo front sight just touches the top edge of my suppressor. The added height of these sights allows me to see enough of the target, for better sight alignment and image of what I'm engaging. Another great feature of these sights is the height not being to aggressive to where you have to modify your holsters to accommodate the additional height. As you are awaiting your suppressor Form 4 to be processed, continue to purchase sights, threaded barrels and other accessories so you are ready to go to the range when your paperwork arrives.