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  1. When I get home, I’ll pull out the form that had my results for the NJSP test. To score one point, I’m pretty sure you had to do 17 or so. Then, you gained points as you do more... which go to your cumulative score (would need to rack up 19 points on the other three parts). I do remember a handful of applicant numbers called out after both the push-ups and sit-ups... which were applicants that didn’t make the one point minimum. Were asked if they wanted to continue for practice, which most did. They didn’t call them out again, but remember one near me not doing too well when he continued. You see a lot of applicants in great shape, who blow past you in the run, and then you see some that couldn’t even complete the test. I felt bad for them, but I never went into a PT test without knowing what was required to pass. Poor preparation isn’t really an excuse.
  2. Not sure about the vertical jump in DOC, but know there isn’t one in NJSP. The Monmouth County Chief’s Test does a vertical... multiple attempts, but once you score above the requirement, you are done. To be honest, if she did it once in the past year or so... it is going to be the same as that one. Things like that really don’t change unless there is a big movement within the agency (usually, a lawsuit). When I took a few of the Chief’s Tests over the past few years, they first mirrored the NJSP test. When Monmouth County got their CALEA accreditation, there were a few differences with tests over the years around that time. Sprints were swapped out for pull-ups one year. Vertical jump used to be a slap on the gym wall, went away, and then they started using those markers that were adjusted for your height. Push-ups and sit-ups were always there for any PT test I’ve done, and the 1.5 mile run is a usual thing. Maybe tell her to look into Federal DOC. If their initial PT test is anything like CBP, she should be good. They do it via a recording at a occupational health center, and the recording I got was already out of date. You have to do push-ups/sit-ups within a minute... and even the website says you must do 10/12, but get more points towards the final score by doing more. NOPE! People have complained enough that you do your 10/12, and the administrator will not allow you to do anymore. Could get you unprepared for the next section. I will say for as stupid as it sounds, their step test really kicks the hell out of you. They do a 120 beat per minute cadence, “up, up, down, down.” Step height was different between CBP and Border Patrol, but 10 or 12 inches (forget which). Problem is that it is done for five minutes straight... and after about two minutes, your leg starts to tell you no. Can switch which leg goes first, but cannot lose step or get out of cadence for more than one full set... or you fail. Similar issue... you get people that think they are good to go with 10/12 within a minute, and they drop out of FLETC quick, IF they weren’t told to get in shape beforehand. I actually was more happy with Border Patrol still doing a second PT, just before FLETC, where you do a common PT test (normal aspects, including the 1.5 mile). CBP used to do a second PT, which I guess that went with the extra push-ups/sit-ups. But they also go to different FLETCs. I definitely wouldn’t want to tell the girl not to show interest in Corrections. It is a great job, with awesome pay, and a huge need for female recruits (only two downsides... locked in with inmates and forced overtime if someone calls out sick and you have least seniority). But if she can’t do push-ups, and has no desire to even get to the point where she could pass the PT test, she is wasting her time. I was in the position to hear a lot of applicants give their perspective on PT... and I can guarantee that any that just acted like it wasn’t important, none are in the position that they were trying out for, unless they tried again afterwards and got their head in the game. When I was first applying, a coworker of my parents (happen to be a girl), was boasting about her upcoming PT test for Ocean County. Talked to her for a few minutes, and realized she had no idea what she was attempting... as in she didn’t even read the requirements. Was also very arrogant about it, so left it alone. A few weeks later, was talking to another worker, and she walked past. Mentioned I was going to ask how she did... was told she really wasn’t interested in L/E, so didn’t complete it. These tests aren’t bad... so either she didn’t pass and was embarrassed, or did so poorly that instructors went off on her for not being prepared. Positions like that are pretty competitive. When I got into the actual NJSP application process, I was on a list with 10,000 people. Moved down to 250ish, since they did overflows (a lot of withdrawals happened in the first week, so they had extra people to put in to refill the barracks early on; wanted to get better than 50% graduating). If she has friends telling her it is easy, either she is misunderstanding them or they are a crappy set of friends. A state L/E organization CANNOT hold a test for hiring, and not enforce a requirement. Not only does that open them up for lawsuits from those who weren’t picked, they are placing people into a position, which the taxpayers cover the background investigations, and the likelihood of them failing the academy is pretty high. I mean, people that pass the PT tests don’t all make it to graduation. If that ever got out, you’d see the entire academy and hiring staffs being fired. I do feel sorry that you are in that position, but glad you actually are trying to help her. Sometimes, you have to let people make mistakes. At least here, she isn’t going to hurt anything but her pride.
  3. Then you aren’t on a well... you tend to get pin-hole leaks with copper unless you have a very deep well or you have a very good conditioning system. The development I live in originally had copper installed. The guy I work with that has lived there longer than us has been fixing neighbors’ leaks for years. Also the reason why I did PEX, especially knowing we are leaving within the next year (results from the polygraph came back the other day, which I passed, so it isn’t a question of if but when). Only copper in our house is where I needed to put it, per code (out of the gas water heater, where it crosses the vent piping)... and used L for that, instead of M. With the amount of plumbers that work for our company, I’ve seen a lot of stuff fail. We had an 1.5” ProPress coupling made without any teeth, which blew apart a few days after the work was done. I’ve seen McDonald couplings that I was on the original repair cause a leak with a year (watched the guy put it together, but was a manufacturing defect when we compared the old one to other in stock). I don’t see SharkBites failing at a higher rate than anything else. However, I consider them an emergency or a quick fix. How my kitchen is currently set up, the bathroom and kitchen sinks are pretty much right behind one another (offset maybe a foot). When I did the plumbing for the bathroom sink, I still wanted the current kitchen sink to work until we redo the kitchen, next month. So, instead of running two more Ts to cap or put in a coupling, I ran the lines like I would for the bathroom, and put a SharkBite T where the 90 will be. Once I pull the SharkBite, crimp in a 90, and I’m done. Reason why? I prefer something more permanent. Pipes should be secured, but that shoulder that comes out of the fitting is the only thing keeping it together. I rather take that out of the equation... unless I’m coming back to it somewhat soon.
  4. Just need a revolver with a rail... [emoji6] I like it. My fiancé got it for me for my last birthday. Saw it come out, was going to order it, and she wanted a present that I wouldn’t buy myself. I use it a lot with my Glock, but also picked up the adapters for my LCP and P938 (I do have the stick-on one, as well). It’s nice, because you get summaries, and told what you are likely doing wrong for the shot to wonder. I’ve always been big on CT lasers for training, but the MantisX is a very nice tool to have. They put out the groups a couple months back, but I really haven’t followed it past the original announcement. They had mention of some people in the firearms industry being used with the group system. Interested if you guys figure out how to use groups... I’ll actually make it more of a point to use it more than I do.
  5. I would think the NJSP number would be pretty close. Most have a minimum, but unsure if they do the point system like NJSP (could get a max of 28, need 20 to pass; and must score at least 1 point for each component; relay, push-ups, sit-ups, and 1.5 mile run). Not to be a jerk, but she does realize that she will have to do push-ups in the academy? Any of those tests just give a baseline for hiring people that should be able to get into the academy. I forget what the minimum number was for the NJSP when I was in the application process... but I do remember the first PEPP II session I went to, when the instructors bluntly said that the original PT test doesn’t mean s***. One PEPP session (first one I ever did), we did push-ups for about 5 minutes straight (which I’m not saying is a long time). Everyone was in pain, and most of us couldn’t hold ourselves up. That is what those minimum PT tests give the academy to work with. You worry about doing 47 or 49 within a minute, not any more. And that was an introduction to the academy... not the academy. If she doesn’t do push-ups well, start doing them every day until she graduates.
  6. Better than $300+ trip to Robar...
  7. Not a fan of lasers in that role... Being in Florida, I have two handguns with me... both with CT lasers. Only thing is that I only put a few rounds at the range with it on. Do that for two reasons; make sure it still works, and confirm zero. 99% of the time, I use them for dry fire practice. Most of my live fire practice is using sights. If I use the laser, in a defensive situation... great, but not my go-to sighting option. For me, I’m not a big fan of lasers on guns other than handguns. I do have one on my CX4, but was young when I set that up... and just never had the desire to pull it off (the red dot has an EOTech-like reticule, and the LaserMax unit pulsates a dot right in the center). The only laser setup I’d be interested in is an IR laser... but that will be a purchase when I’m out of NJ for good. I’m sure that some people like a laser on a Shockwave/TAC-14, but do I really want to be searching for it? I’ll just hold the gun out like most people do... sort of like there were a stock. Have sights to use, and picked up the vent rib barrel so if something happened to a bead, I’d have a straight plane to use, as well.
  8. Take a look on eBay... I’ve found quite a few parts for surplus parts on there. Good thing is there is a bayonet. Those are an odd size.
  9. I’m still liking the TAC-14, but will add that Remington finish is BS, as well. I’m not sticking with it. I have a vent rib barrel, but had to go back to S/I to have the extractor cut modified. Guess they use Chinese barrels, and the extractor met the lower edge of the cut. Once that is done, might send the original barrel to have the chamber polished (see if I want a two barrel gun), and considering options on the sights for the vent rib. Either considering a night sight bead, or a mid bead with a larger white bead. Once all that is finished, going for NP3 Plus (unsure if I’ll do the both, or sell off the OEM one). Going to update in that other Shockwave thread... whenever I move forward.
  10. Whether it is or it isn’t... are all your shots guaranteed to be within seven yards? The longest shot in my house is down the hallway; ranch with bedrooms on one side of the house, kitchen/laundry room/den on the opposite side, with a living room in between. A common shot with someone coming into the line of sight at the end of the hallway would be at least double your range. If someone decided to walk in and hug the wall that the wood burning stove was on (not common, as the kitchen setup would make it not as likely... but could happen), it would be close to triple your distance. Would be a little longer than triple the range if I decided to sit in the bathtub of the bathroom at the end of the hall. Likewise, if someone came through the living room, it would be anywhere between seven and ten yards (there is a couch on the wall nearest the bedrooms, which would likely push someone at least that far out). The only way someone could get into my line of sight within seven yards would be climbing on the couch and jumping out into the hallway. While people can choose whatever they want, and should do their own testing, I’ve done mine. My PDX1 keeps the three 00 inside a torso within all ranges I need it to. And a slug isn’t just going to piss someone off, if it gets further out. Dick Cheney’s hunting buddy is a prime example of that... I’ve yet to see compelling data that birdshot is anything other than a load for birds (live and clays). If it is the same as 00 within seven yards, no reason not to go 00, in case your engagement distance extends further. If you live in a place that you have to worry about over penetration, I’d really rethink the shotgun as your go-to firearm (maybe a pistol with frangible ammo). In that case, if I had to shoot someone, I’d rather have something that can do the job the entire distance than something that could just piss them off at a likely common distance in my home (we have an alarm/dogs for a reason, and that spot in the hallway is my position to keep an intruder away from myself/my fiancé).
  11. I have a Spikes .22 upper, and used the chamber adapter from their’s on a CMMG kit. Very happy with the outcome, as it has a Lothar Walther barrel that can shoot the nuts off a fly. However, they were pricey when they offered them. In regards to a conversion, you have a 5.56mm AR already? If so, and just for limited use, I’d just get a CMMG conversion kit that utilizes your upper. Two heads up... don’t shoot a ton of .22, then go over and shoot 5.56mm right after. Lead build up will need to be cleaned, but no idea on if the lead moves up into the gas block/tube. Never had to deal with it, so never looked into it (would think just the barrel, but something to look into). Second, if you have a forward assist, opt for the kit that has the bolt insert to work with it. The forward assist on a 5.56mm isn’t something I put down as hugely needed (all my ARs have them, but because they came configured as such), but on a dirty .22, it is such a nice thing to have. I’d also say get the CMMG anti-jam charging handle. My Spikes came with a standard charging handle... you will love not having to get a case out from between the charging handle/bolt.
  12. Colt originally patented the clockwise rotation, which is why people felt it was a better design. If you rotate clockwise, the force on the cylinder in a normal opening design (swings out to the left), pushes the cylinder into the frame. If you stopped movement of the cylinder, it would cause the crane to push against the frame. Likewise, a counterclockwise rotation... if you stopped the cylinder from spinning, it would open the cylinder by forcing the crane to the left. S&W’s answer to that was having the ejector rod lock up at the barrel end. From a design standpoint, clockwise rotation is better... but with modern designs that have been working for YEARS, both work. If you want to look into it, C&Rsenal on YouTube is doing videos on WWI small arms. They did an episode on a Spanish K-frame copy, which I believe went into that... if not that, one of the Colt episodes that followed it.
  13. My lightest AR happens to be my .45 D/I... Macon Armory upper, built off a Spikes lower. Runs a CompM4s. Started building it as a rifle for my ex, being she had medical issues resulting from a stroke (loss of dexterity on left side). Only difference now is I yanked off the BAD lever (was having intermittent failure to lock back when empty). Didn’t weigh with the light (USC magazine was included; no sling), but was just shy under 7 pounds. Is it the same weight as my SUB-2000? No, but that is light enough for me.
  14. Gas piston works, but I’d be more strict for it if you had a specific reason for it to be beneficial... like running a suppressor on the gun. My first 5.56mm upper was a Adams Arms kit, which was assembled by Spikes. If you need to go piston, the AA kit is probably the way to go. When larger name companies were putting out piston systems, a handful went with AA. My first D/I was actually a .45 ACP. But for my more accurate 18” AR, I went D/I. You aren’t going to notice a difference in accuracy with either, judging you get a good barrel. Cleaning... while that was my original reason for going piston, you aren’t considering the piston at the gas block. That is definitely something to worry about cleaning. Really, to go out of your way to not go D/I, I’m not really seeing a good reason with what was said thus far. And this is someone that went piston from Jump Street, and still has it on his main AR. I just don’t feel like changing anything out on it, when it works fine.