Monday, November 4, 2013

BAD Gear: Blue Force Gear BFG PLATEminus

If you don't have body armour, your job is not bad ass enough. For over 10 years, I've worn a few different kinds of body armour, and with that - armour carriers. The one I am use to the most, has been the Eagle Industries CIRAS. While it has been the workhorse for a long time (due to its incredible strength and durability), it is meant for a more aggressive role over a longer period of time. I picked up the PLATEminus from Darren at for $179.00 Canadian. That's a great price considering basic plate carriers with MOLLE start at 170 for the Shellback Banshee to the SKD PIG at $329.

Fast foward to 2013 and there are myriad types of armour carriers out there, each professing to perform better than its competitors. In fact, with each generation of carrier, what we learn from fighting bad guys is indeed incorporated into subsequent iterations. As armour itself becomes more durable, flexible, lighter, we also see the complimentary changes within the carrier themselves. Also, a big part of how carriers are evolving relates to the shift from traditional dismounted infantry roles to mounted lite fighting. Armour is being worn, not just by traditional soldier-types, but also PSD, medics, NGOs, uniformed police, plainclothes police, security officers, special operations, amongst others.

Even in my career, I've transitioned from soldier to contracting, and even then I carry phones and comms more than I carry an AK. Even so, armour is a requirement for PPE. I was considering the SKD PIG, the Mayflower APC and the BFG LMAC, but I opted for this one. The main reason is that I can easily utilized my Chest Rig on top of it. Now, with the other ones you can, but there's extra bulk. With the PLATEminus its very thin and minimalist so my Tactical Tailor MAV just sits on top.  In comes the BFG PLATEminus. First thing I'm going to say is that, IT'S NOT FOR ALL ROLES!

I say this because if you think its a replacement for a full-on military patrol rig, you're wrong. Many of the features that make the CIRAS great for that kind of work is absent from this piece. Out of the box it does not have side protectors, nor does it have inner cumberbund - most importantly it does not accommodate soft armour (just backers). Note that it also does not have a grab-handle. Nor would I trust the ITW buckles to keep me harnessed in on an aerial platform (thats what riggers belts are for). This is an extremely minimalist LOW-PROFILE plate carrier. This is a very specific piece of kit designed for standalone (E)SAPI plates (III or IV) with backers in medium or large.

Here are the marketing specs:
MOLLEminus™ Technology - which really is the inverse of the traditional MOLLE system
Contructed from ULTRAcomp™ - as far as I can tell is very similar to Cam Nets. Its half the thickness of a dime and 4x abrasion resistant as 1000d CORDURA®. Apprently it can also be cut and is ripstop.
ITW GhillieTEX™ Low IR attachments cinches the 1" webbing elastic side straps for movement and breathability
Aerospacer Mesh

PLATEminus’ plate pockets are constructed from color matched CORDURA® for maximum signature reduction - eliminating black plates showing through the MOLLEminus front or the need for separate plate socks or painting.  The back of the plate pockets are Tweave to allow some “give” for various plate sizes or shapes.

PLATEminus’ shoulder straps are fully adjustable for length with hook and
loop closures that can accept the LMAC Enhanced Shoulder Pads. The straps feature sewn in One-Wrap for cable and hydration routing. The shoulder straps are edge stable and can be cut to length by the end user in order to trim additional grams and bulk. I love this for mounted roles, where getting in and out of civilian up-armoured vehicles (as well as APC's) present a mobility issue. There's lots of range-of-motion with this carrier, and my shoulders have full movement.

I've been using it for a while now as a replacement package to my CIRAS. With recently issued standalone IV plates, I retired the CIRAS in favour of the PLATEminus. The low-profile signature (both in footprint and in colour) enables me to wear it either on top of underneath a jacket. I don't have a Grey (Arc'teryx "Wolf") colour jacket, but its ok with black and grey. I'm not trying to win any colour contest, but I think that grey is the best option for low pro.

In these pictures, its worn over my LEAF Alpha jacket, but I can also wear it under the jacket, on top of my tactical Ralph Lauren Polo Merino Wool Sweater. This is the perfect piece of kit for those of you working in the tropics where traditional CORDURA® will get soaking wet and heavy. Also, if you're like me and work with clients who'd rather not be walking around with a seemingly Blackwater/XE contractor types, this be the one for you. Also, if you're like me and you tend to futz in the office, until somebody yells, "LET'S GO FOR LUNCH AT THE PRESIDENTIAL!!!!!" then you just slip it over top, snap the sides in place, put on your jacket, and go for some great Lebanese (those guys, they're taking over Africa catering by the way).

As I said this plate carrier isn't for all roles. In fact, I'd personally limit it to those who need to smuggle it inside your packed shoes through contractorus non grata zones, and of course those roles I mentioned above. Because it does not offer side plate protection, I wouldn't bring this into an active GWOT zone;  active shooter critical incident - fo' sho. Also, if you have really old-school steel shitty plates, then you may want to rethink this piece of kit. Limited shoulder padding, as well as non-adjustability of the plates internally, as well as no cumberbund renders this kit to specialized role where lightfighting is key and you don't mind bouncy plates for a short time frame. Now, having said that, I have a large carrier, and large plates, and I notice extremely little movement of the plates. If you have non-standard sized plates, then you will have to test for yourself.

Oh yeah, this thing has a lifetime warranty and is Made in the USA.

Some sort of Room Entry thing

More Room Entry thing

The PLATEminus on my body in action

Oh No's PLATEminus on the ground and dirty

Damn, my ass, it looks good. Definately Bad Ass

Monday, October 7, 2013

BAD Gear: Otterbox Defender for iPhone 5 and iPad 2

I recently acquired two iPhone 5 and desperately needed to wrap them with some sort of protection. I asked the right people, I've consulted the web forums, and ultimately I chose to go with the Otterbox Defender. I've previously had Otterbox for my Blackberries as well as for my iPad 2.

 It was only recently that I made aware that Otterbox now offers lifetime warranty (contrary to what their website states). I took them up on their offer, as my iPad's case was getting beat up, and the stand no longer stood. A few quick emails, and photo submissions of the cover, and voila - a week later new case for the iPad. The previous case, was from December 2011, and I took it with me since then to work all throughout Europe, Africa, and travelling through Mexico and the United States (the desert parts). 

So I purchased two iPhone Defender boxes. They came out to about $67 cdn each. The pricing might be steep, but as with all things great - it comes with lifetime warranty and a good reputation for building quality cases. It also comes with belt clip holster, which also conveniently fits into a MOLLE space on the battle belt. Good to know.

The Defender features the following:
  • Triple Layering (Silicone Outer Layer, Polycarb Inner Layer, and Built in Screen Protector)
  • Its guaranteed to protect against Dust, Drop, Scratch and Shock. It does not provide water ingress protection. (I don't plan on swimming with it - If you need Crush and Waterproof go to the Otterbox Armor case)
  • Port covers to protect against Dust ingress protection
I quite like the material used. The closest comparison I can make of the silicon layer is that of the Magpuls. Its grippy yet strong and flexible. The inner case is molded and contoured perfectly for the iPhone and the cutouts for the ports are accessible. The inner polycarb, I liken to the Magpul Magazines.
To access the ports, you lift up the silicone tabs to reveal them. The Silicone is also cut to expose the divots located on the polycarb liner that the holster uses to latch and clip. The silicone outer shell is like a jacket or sleeve that you need to stretch and slip over the inner polycarb case. This is different than the other Otterbox offerings where the polycarb is the outer shell with the silicone as the inner liner. Personally I like the silicone grip on the outside as its non slip. 

Upon taking the case apart, you can see the built-in screen protector. This is different that the other cases that require a film to be stuck on. I find that it is still very usable and sensitive to notive motions. 

Now, the question Bad Ass Dad will ask, "Is it kid-proof." I will say with a resounding yes. If you liken your kids to being in a war environment, then hells yeah. My iPad and Blackberry's have been dropped, thrown, spat on, spilt on - and as long as the mess is wiped up quickly, the water ingress will be nil. I've had sticky fingers, sticky substances, and sticky something else all over my stuff, and shit still works.

For those of you who need true waterproof capabilities, don't forkout for the Armour series, instead, get Freezer Ziplocks. Plus they will float.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this purchase. I recommend this to anybody who is looking for a case that provides excellent protection from everyday life. I've used Otterboxes throughout my work and they've taken beatings, literally. So I trust that this will be no different for the iPhones boxes. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

BAK gear: MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) Muddy Buddy suit

The MEC Muddy Buddy is a suit designed to keep the mud, rain, puddle, snow from ingress. Worn as an outer shell, the suit will keep your kid from getting wet, provided, they don't pour water down their neck. It's a nylon material with a DWR coating. It also includes taped seams, and has dual zippers running down the front to easily evacuate the suit. This suit has been superseded by what MEC is calling the NEWT. I'm assuming its better technology in some cases. However there are stories that the Newt is not as durable especially at the taped seams. If you live close to a MEC not a problem with their warranty program.
The muddy buddy is not a CBRN suit, so don't throw biologicals or chem like gasoline onto the kid. It will ruin the fabric. I probably would also refrain from subjecting your kid to nuclear or radioactive material. Trace amounts of tritium OK though. It's more akin to being part of an ECWCS, granted its not Goretex - your kid, they don't need it. (for the record I DO NOT CONDONE subjecting Bad Ass Kids to any NBCD, although they think bathing in J&J all-in-one is death)
This suit has elastic cuffs for the legs and arms. Ideally, you would have rainboots and gloves for the kid (might I recommend Kamik) that you would slip over top the boots. Because it is not insulated, be sure to dress your kid accordingly. Underneath the suit you see the MEC fleece for kids (think layering ala ECWCS). You might be gawking at the price for a muddy buddy / fleece combo, but I have found that the MEC fleece is a performance fleece and does hold insulation well when compared to fashion-grade fleece. As you can see from this picture, the hoody is also elasticized, but nowhere do you see drawstrings or cords, probably because they are strangulation hazards.
There really isn't much else to say about this item. It works as intended, its worth the money for it especially because its backed by MEC. It comes in HiViz colours. If your Bad Ass Kid prefers the outdoors then this is the shizzle. If you can still find one on ebay or craigslist pick it up now. The Newt is relatively new, so I'm not going to buy one just yet, but by all accounts the muddy buddy work as intended.

BAD Gear: Allen Gun Works (AGW) Linear Muzzle Brake

I have a NEA PDW (North Eastern Arms Personal Defense Weapon) with a heavy 7.5" barrel. Very very short. I have my own reasons for running such a small barreled gun. Concealment, movement with vehicles, movement in buildings, etc. This rifle isn't being used to
engage targets more than 100m, this is for bad breath distances and Holy Shit Contact distances. I find that the A2 Birdcage it came with tended to dissipate the gas and the noise back into my face. The use of eye and ear pro mitigated most of that. But, my shooting partners, or the folks on my team, they no likey being too close. So I looked into finding something that would lessen the effects of gas and noise on the shooter and those beside.

I landed upon the AGW Linear Muzzle Brake. Note that this is not designed to be a Flash Suppressor or Hider like the A2 cage is. So you will get fire breathing. That's cool though, cause if the guy in front of me is going to get a bullet hole, he might as well catch on fire too. I bought the brake from Darren at whom I believe have an arrangement with Allen of AGW to stock these at a very good price of 50 bucks. Now, there are linear brakes out there that also combine some aspect of flash hiding: ATRS Eliminator,  Battlecomp Comps, or even the Levang Linear brake.  However, for the cheapness and no hassle and simple design of the AGW LMB, I'd give it a try (also a bonus is that its made in Canada).

My impressions after 6 months of use is that it is durable (thus far). It is a fire breath SOB. It does do what it asserts to do, that is: Reduces felt recoil, Straightens the escaping gas from the muzzle (the muzzle climb is directed rearwards instead of up or down), Forces muzzle blast down range instead of sideways, and it is Low profile and fits into most rail systems. It is made with 4140 HTSR and finished in a Salt Bath Nitride. The outer dimensions are L2" x W1" with a 1/2-28" threading. The interior diameter is bored out for firing .223/5.56 projectiles. There is also .308/7.62 version available.

The design features include a notched barrel end for wrenching. The muzzle end is crowned and bevelled inwards, with 6 gas ports surrounding the muzzle in cocentric circle.

It does extend the barrel length by 2 inches, but on a PDW like mine, it's well worth the extra length. Apparently, through testing, AGW claims it "dramatically improved cycling. You could empty a mag as fast as you could pull the trigger with no issues. This is a result of the increased back pressure..."

So far, I am quite happy with the results I am getting with it. I've had zero cycling issues typical of a PDW-sized weapon. I'm hoping in future releases some measure of flash hiding and shortening of length (towards an A2 size) would be available and at the similar pricing.  I'd recommend this as a solution for those running PDW's.

Friday, August 23, 2013

BAD Gear: Tactical Starbucks 16oz. Flex handle Stainless Travel Mug (MOLLE Compatible)

Somebody at the airport stole my Aroma Starbucks mug. So I got this one. This is probably their best style mug in my opinion. It has the standard features that I normally enjoy:

  • Double Wall stainless steel for Hot/Cold insulation
  • Texturized Handle for extra tactile grip during tactical situations
  • Screw-top lid with no-spill valve
  • Slim and sleek design
  • Non-slip bottom surface
  • It fits within a standard vehicle cup-holder
  • Simple 'Starbucks' vertical graphic
  • 16 oz volume = 1pint !
Now the unique features I like about it:
  • Flexible handle grip. means I can still put it into my tactical attache bag with the handle sticking out, or hang it off the back of the transport seat.
  • The grip features a clip system, enabling me to attach it and secure it to MOLLE systems
That is the biggest draw for me. Every Bad Ass Dad will have a tactical something or other. Pack, Body Armour, Chest Rig, Thigh Rig, Apron. The ability to harness the power of the MOLLE system and append the Coffee Mug is key. Look how beautiful it is. It uses 1 column, two rows to attach, very small footprint. You could attach it to a battle belt, and use it as a pistol mag dump pouch if necessary. So let's take a closer look at this clip attachment system.

The clip system is your standard back-pack style quick release. The male end is located on the grip, while the female end is attached to the mug. When attached there is no wiggle room. To release just squeeze on both sides with deliberate equal pressure. Through this design, a conscious effort is required to release the grip therefor preventing accidental release and possible spillage of lager -

Upon closer examination, it looks like the quick release buckle utilizes a retaining pin to hold secure it in place. Not a bad design. You can see a small gap where the femal end attaches to the mug. Although it is secure right now, I can see through lots of hostile movements, this could be a failure point. It looks like is uses a steel S-shaped flat piece of metal welded to the mug, and the plastic is glued over top of it. I'd probably use some sort of epoxy bedding compound liek JB Weld or even Goop to fill in the gap and provide no space for the plastic to shim around. 

The lid is a standard screw-top lid with a rubber gasket to seal in that perfect cup of shite airport coffee. Although the literature states that it is NOT a NO SPILL/DRIP lid, in my experience it doesn't at all - if you follow these procedures.

Note that the flip-top is a two piece design enabling the flip cap to fold all the way back. Also note that the two rubber plugs meant to cover the vent and sip holes respectively. To prevent spillage, always bring the small piece over first, and then the large piece, this ensures that the vent will be secured. Else, if you were to just secure the large piece without firmly pressing on the green piece, the vent will not be plugged properly and the airport dogs will be going berserk.
So far I am impressed with the fit and finish of this product. Functionality-wise, this goes in my EDC pack, travelling everywhere. I filled up my coffee at 07h00, now it is 11h00 and it still warm. I also like its body-type. Thinking of it as a woman, it is technically an inverse triangle, but because of a very shallow taper, its more closer to a rectangle, therefore facilitating near equilibrium balance.

Although it is recommended to handwash, every so often I'll send it through a high-temp dishwasher just to clean out the evil swill crustys. Probably a dose of boiling water and vinegar could do the trick, and probably easier on the finish but whatever. Its been through the top rack 3 or 4 times and its still OK. I don't put the lid through it because of its rubber gasket though.

Ok, so you bad ass dads, moms, world travelers, get this mug if you are in the market for one. I see that the Starbucks store online doesn't carry these, but last I checked the airport ones and probably the in-store retailers have it. There is no part number to look up though. sorry. Also, check out ebay. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Why I let my kids play with guns

Chances are, if you're reading this, you are OK with guns. Are you OK with guns in the hands of your child? I am. There are a few reasons why I will let my kids play with toy guns and shoot real guns. This is written specifically as a response to an article found here:

First and foremost is that it builds confidence and it inspires a desire to build on skillsets that have long lasting character development especially in moral intelligence. Guns, or at least gunplay is a catalyst for learning and experiencing good and evil. What's right, what's wrong. As a boy growing up, I got to sit and watch Die Hard and T2 with my dad. I cherish those moments, because that was fun time with my dad. My younger brother, Me, and my dad would play good guy/bad guy and pretend to shoot each other. Of course, my mother was always around tempering and balancing so we got a good dose of piano lessons, painting lessons, and swimming lessons too. Later as we grew up, we became more serious with firearms. If the liberal anti-gun groups' theories of cause and effect are right - then we'd be psychopathic gun-crazy wife-beaters who rob banks and punch people in the face (instead its my wife who beats me down, my kids who rob me, and my dog who punches me in the face with his tongue).

Instead, my bro is a missionary in dangerous places (I have no doubts he has the skillsets to protect his family, himself and the villagers he works with). My sister is a lawyer, and I am a Bad Ass Mofo who just punches bad people in the face. My now-retired parents, they just reads books on their iPADs, garden and bicker with each other. But my dad is still pretty good behind a gun. None of us are violent people, none of us have wanton disregard for government or the law. What playing with toy guns enabled us, as kids to do was explore cause and effect. You pretend to shoot somebody, they pretend to get shot (it also had the added benefit of us being outside climbing trees, hiding in ditches, hiding behind cars - which later in my life became, finding a sniper hide, hunkering down in trenches and foxholes, and using barricades as concealment). Where the moral intelligence piece comes in, is the careful cultivation of discernment between what is right, and what is wrong. I hope we all have the fundamental belief system that we would do whatever it takes to protect our own. I also hope we all have the fundamental belief that we should right injustices wherever it may be, with whatever instrument we have at our use; whether its through Jurisprudence, Faith-based Missionary work, or Peacekeeping. Does that mean we are teaching our kids that guns and gun violence are the answer to injustice? Seriously, who thinks like that? Take a tactical course, take a gun course, take a use of force continuum course - they all advocate increasing the violence of action only when faced with imminent threat to human life - responding in kind.

Now to steer away from the philosophical, and to the practical. My girls, they will grow up with guns in the house. It is a fact of life. They are stored and/or displayed according to laws of our land, and they are discharged within the same parameters as well. My job as a dad is to ensure that its presence is as ubiquitous an object as a circular saw or a lawnmower. It's just a piece of machinery, it requires maintenance (clean and lube), it requires skill and practice to use, and it is something that is to be respected - at all times. It requires proper instruction and mentoring by somebody who knows how to use it.  Before I even let my daughter hold a handgun, there several moments of just talking about it, finding teaching moments at the playground when she sees boys using their pointer fingers and supersoakers. When I finally let her hold the gun, it wasn't the complete assembled piece. Instead, I had detail-stripped the Glock down to its small bits and pieces, laid out on newspaper. In front of it was a cleaning kit, cleaning liquid and lubricant. Her job was to help dad perform care and maintenance on the guns. I did this so that I could mentor her on how a pistol works (trigger press, striker, firing pin, primer, ignites powder, pressure buildup, bullet through barrel, and slide recoil...that's fucking highschool physics and chemistry I'm teaching to a 4 year old). Its very interesting for her to see how these little pieces can come together to make something go boom. For her, its no different than seeing and hearing all the individual musical instruments in an orchestra setting.

Another reason, is that she is handling a firearm, in an inert state, under the direct supervision of a subject matter expert. Finger control, Aiming, Grip, and the firearms safety rules can be discussed in a non threatening learning environment (vice the shooting range where there are lots of bang booms going on, and lots of big people with big guns). If god-forbid she ever comes across a tossed gun in any setting, she would have the knowledge and the practical know-how to make safe, and render it benign to others, and who to contact to safely dispatch of it. She can discern between the myths and whats real and whats not real...

You might be thinking to yourself, "self, how about what this precious little girl wants? why is her bad ass dad forcing her to play with guns?" Am I? Am I forcibly handcuffing her to the Bumbo (Ok maybe she was at that age), but now that she's older - she has demonstrated curiosity in the matter. So, I'd rather that we foster that curiosity into mentored learning, versus self-exploration.

So the last reason why my girls will learn how to care, maintain and shoot firearms is so that they can respect it. Guns are implements or tools that make an action more efficient. In this case, throwing a projectile. To witness the effects resulting from the discharge of a firearms reins in all the suspense of reality that she will encounter throughout her life in media and on the playground regarding gun and gun violence. She will appreciate the visceral finality of pursuing her prey, and knowing how much work it is to get from nature to the table (and that not everything needs to come on Styrofoam trays at Costco) - I'm talking hunting here.

Shooting guns is not just about pointing and shooting. There are lots of body dynamics involved. Hand-eye coordination, breathing, controlling the flight/fight body response mechanism, trigger control, trigger pull, procedural memory, etc. Shooting guns is a discipline that requires consistent quality training, and the satisfaction comes from having the impact where you want it to be. Lastly, they will learn how to shoot, because their Bad Ass Mom is a great shot.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BAD Gear: Importing from Brownells How-To Guide for Canadian Bad Ass Dads

So I am writing this little gem for those who of us who live in Canada and want to import gun stuff from Brownells. There's a myth that importing gun parts out of the US takes a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy. While some paperwork is required, ultimately its just 3 or 4 pieces, and its all digital. The whole process takes about 20 minutes. I've not incurred any extra costs(notwithstanding the duty and taxes).

So some acronyms I'll be using:
DFAIT - Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada)
IIC - International Import Certificate (Canada)
DOS - State Department (USA)
DDTC - Directorate of Defense Trade Control (USA) 
FFL - Federal Firearms License (USA)
ITAR - International Traffic in Arms Regulations (USA)
DSP83 - Non-Transfer and Use Certificate (USA)

When buying from Brownells, there are a few options for buyers:
  1. Non-gun parts as well as US Commerce-regulated parts. There is no dollar limit.
  2. Gun-parts manufacturers under $100/order. Manufacturer must be registered with DOS; however does not require import/export papers.
  3. Gun-parts manufacturers over $100/order. Manufacturer must be registered with DOS, and requires import/export papers.
  4. No parts requiring FFL can be imported from Brownells.
  5. No parts controlled under ITAR or other export restrictions can be imported Brownells. This includes hi-cap 22lr mags.
This tutorial is for (3.).

You will require the following documents, links will be provided at each step:
   - International Import Certificate (Canadian)
   - DSP83 (US)
   - End User Statement (self-declaration)
   - Purchase Order (self-typed)

1.  Check that the manufacturers are registered with State Department.

  • To do this, click this link to a spreadsheet I made.
  • These are manufacturers doing business with Brownells that can export to Canada (there are several other registered companies who are not on this list because they do not do business through Brownells)
  • There are also export restrictions from US Commerce department (scopes, shotgun parts, etc). The process is the same except that a separate IIC, DSP 83, End-user certificate etc is required for the Commerce portion of the order. An order could definitely contain both a State and Commerce-regulated portion: ie 2 x the paperwork on the same order. I've found that the easiest way to find out what part falls under which department, is to do the next step...

2. The next step is to place an order through Brownells Online.

  • You will, get an Order Confirmation right after:

Order Confirmation - Order # 52602296
Bill To: Ship To: Payment:
Canada Parcel Post Surface
Credit Card XXX 
Stock Number / Description Retail Price Your Price Quantity Total
080-000-558 (In Stock) .22LR Conversion Kit w/26 Round Mag $189.99 $184.99 1 $184.99
Product Total $184.99
Tax (Iowa and Indiana Only) $0.00
Shipping Restriction Charges $0.00
Shipping - Parcel Post Surface TBD
COD Charge $0.00
NRA Add-A-Buck $0.00
Total $184.99

  • Within 24hrs, you will receive another notice:

Thank you for placing your order with Brownells. This is to confirm your order and indicate what items are in stock and will be shipped.
SHIP TO: Purchase Order #: 20100119-1
Your Web Confirmation #XXXXXXXXX Generated Order #XXXXXXXXXX.00
If you have questions regarding this order, please contact us at: Order on the web at:
200 South Front St
Montezuma, IA 50171

  • By going through the online process of ordering, you get the stock number, the item description on the Order Confirmation, and more importantly what restrictions the items fall under (State or Commerce, thus determining the amount of paperwork you will have to complete) . You use this to copy and paste when you fill out forms. DDTC, for example would be State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Control.

3. The next step is to get an IIC Here. Click ACCEPT at the bottom of the page

  • Fill out the details for the Client/Contact information. GST/EICB Numbers do not need to be filled in. Hint: phone numbers are (xxx)xxx-xxxx
  • The Importer should be the same as client
  • The Exporter will be Brownells. Fill in the information using the Brownells Order Confirmation emails as reference
  • End User should be yourself, and for personal use
  • Items. For each item, copy and paste the description from the Order Confirmation number, for example: 080-000-558 .22LR Conversion Kit w/26 Round Mag, enter the USD currency amount
  • No additional documents required
  • Distribution select Surface Mail - doesn't matter, you will get an email
  • Then submit. It takes a few days to receive via email

4. The next step, while you are waiting, is to fill out a DSP83 form (use typewriter function in acrobat), that can be downloaded from Here.

  • Fill out sections: (3.), (4.), (5.), (6.), and (7.) leaving the rest empty for US Govt and Brownells to fill out.
  • For section (5.) Itemize each item per line, for example: 1 080-000-558 .22LR Conversion Kit w/26 Round Mag 184.99
  • Print it, sign it, I wouldn't date it until you get your IIC in the mail and are ready to send everything off.

5. The next step, while you are waiting, is to fill out an End User Declaration form that can be downloaded from Here.

  • Fill out the End-user information which should be for self.
  • For the Description of main activity, for my specific case I wrote: personal use at the range for target practice
  • End-Use should be the same as the description of main activity: personal use at an approved range for recreational target shooting practice in Canada.
  • Other nifty descriptions could include something like: All the above goods will be assembled by the end user in an AR15 semi-automatic rifle, Caliber .223 Rem, (chiefly the upper section of said rifle) to be personally used by the end user for recreational target shooting in Canada.
  • Sign it, wait for IIC to date it before you send the whole package.

6. The next step, is to copy the old Order Confirmation into something like a word doc, using your name as letterhead. Here is a sample you can copy and paste into your word processor.

  • Fill this PO out, substituting for your information.

7. Once you get your IIC. Send everything down to:
C/O Sandy Moranville
200 South Front St
Montezuma, IA 50171

8. The whole process should take about a month or less (depending on back orders).


Full Disclosure: Unless noted, Bad Ass Dad has not been compensated in any means to review this gear. It is all his own, procured through pro-channels, retail, or issuance.