Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Sylvan Arms Folding Adapter Review Part 1

When building an AR pistol, you want short. Short enough to fit into a backpack and not be noticable, short enough to look cool but still be functional and get the job done if needed. However, in order to make something that short, you have to cut length in areas that may sacrifice certain things such as velocity.

When I was looking into building my AR pistol in 5.56 NATO, I ran into such problems. I wanted a short barrel but not too short and yet I wanted to be able to fit my build into a backpack. Doing research and looking through my gun porn library that is instagram, I came across the Law Folder. I fell in love with the concept of being able to keep a reasonable barrel length but have a folding stock to take away the inches needed to fit into a bag. Sadly, at around $230 dollars it was out of my price range, I tried to reach out for a test product. Unfortunately, I never got a response. Not being defeated I looked around more, finding Sylvan Arms. Reading and watching some other reviews found me wanting to know more, so I reached out to Sylvan Arms and surprisingly, they responded and offered to send a few things out.

The adapter installed super fast and easy, making me instantly happy. My AR pistol with a 10.5” barrel fit perfect into my Vertx Gamut Plus backpack. Being this is made out of aluminum, I was curious about the hinge. I folded and unfolded for what seemed to be hours, surprised at how fast it deployed. There was no wobble in the hinge, everything felt solid. It locked into place without issue and the release button was in a perfect place to push with my thumb and fold the stock back over. I slid a mag in my rifle, pulled the charging handle and instantly felt the pain on my fingers. I discovered the position of the hinge made it extremely difficult to charge the rifle one handed. In order to not hit the hing, I had to bring the rifle more in front and use a finger on either side of the charging handle. I installed an extended latch and that seemed to help bypass it, but if not careful, I would hit my knuckles again.

Shooting a magazine through the rifle I was pleased with how well everything functioned. No jams, double feeds, failure to ejects or any issue related to the adapter, bolt carrier group or buffer assembly. Sadly, that all came to a stop once I put my suppressor on. I first want to say, that I take partial blame for this. In my pistol I was running an H1 buffer, it ran so well before that I never thought to put a heavier buffer in. The first couple shots felt great, I got half way through the magazine and noticed a wobble in the adapter. Folding my pistol brace over, the hinge still felt tight, and everything seemed fine. It wasn’t until I extended the adapter that I noticed it wouldn’t latch. Taking everything apart, I noticed a little chip was taken out of the latch. That chip was enough to cause it to not catch and not stay extended. I immediately contacted Sylvan, explained my issue and offered to send it back so they could look at it.

A couple weeks later I was surprised by a package from Sylvan Arms, they sent me another adapter to test. Now the title of this says, Part 1. That is because my Co Host, Phil, was in the process of building an AR pistol, so I sent him the adapter to test out, get his thoughts and if he wants to send it back to me I will test it out again, this time with a much heavier buffer.

Below you will find a pros and cons list I found with the Sylvan Arms Folding Adapter:


  • Super Lightweight
  • Easily deployable
  • Smooth transition from folded to extended
  • Creates a super compact system
  • Allows for more concealment options
  • Easily installed


  • Made out of Aluminum
  • Not as durable as Steel
  • Hinge Placement to high

Andrew Bobo

Friday, January 25, 2019

Episode 100 - Survivor Jane, city girl to homesteader

Jane Austin, or Survivor Jane as most know her, is a city-girl turned homestead prepper – moving to the Appalachian Mountains from Central Florida. She is the creator and editor of the survival preparedness website with a mission to educate on how to better be prepared for any disaster by sharing her experiences and research, in an easy to understand conversational format on various preparedness topics.
As an additional social media outreach, Jane created the social media hashtag #PrepperTalk resulting in the “Largest Prepper Community” forum on Twitter; bringing people from all over the world together to share “all things preparedness”. Since the hashtag’s creation in 2011, #PrepperTalk has become one of the most used hashtags by preppers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Linkedin.
After noticing what seemed to be a lack of focus in personal hygiene and cleanliness in preparedness plans, Jane authored the book “Survivor Jane’s Guide to: Emergency/Survival Hygiene – A Prepper Cookbook on Making Survival Hygiene Products.
Her next book was, “What Could Possibly Go Wrong??? – How to Go from Completely Clueless to Totally Prepared”; written after she noticing a normalcy bias regarding current events, disasters and weather patterns, of today’s society. In her book she shares how anyone can overcome this bias and be better prepared.
And, then in an attempt to steer away from the doom and gloom and fearmongering approach that a lot of preparedness minded have today, Jane created a more fun and entertaining approach to preparing with her book, Puzzling Over Preparedness – Survivor Jane’s Word Search Puzzle (Vol. One), to help those just starting their journey into preparedness and the more seasoned prepper by using word search puzzles and premade preparedness lists as things to do and items needed to better prepare  themselves, that also help mentally strength the brain!
Jane is a past contributor to National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers BlogTV and hosted National Geographic Channel’s tweet-chats on Twitter. She writes for several preparedness periodicals such as Prepper and Shooter Magazine, and Prepare Magazine, to name a few. And was featured in Season 4 of the hit Reality TV series Doomsday Preppers receiving the 2nd highest score in the show’s history. Jane has also appeared in the 2015 Special Newsweek Edition – OFF-GRID, on Galileo German TV, PBS, and can currently be seen on the NEW Amazon Prime Original docuseries (beginning Feb 22, 2019) “That Giant Beast that is the Global Economy”
When Jane isn’t writing, you will find her on any number of social media networks discussing preparedness with others, or performing various homesteading tasks at her mountain top retreat. She is a public speaker at various preparedness conventions and expos; as well as the co-host of Prepper Camp™; the largest three-day outdoor preparedness event in the country, featuring hands-on classes and training on  preparedness, survival, and homesteading skills.
To find out more about Jane or to contact her go to her website ( for all her contact links.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

American Insurgent, by Phil Rabalais. Available exclusively on Amazon.

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
The inalienable right of citizens of the United States of America to keep and bear arms has been rescinded by the changing tides in US politics, but not all is peaceful. The Minutemen take up the task of resistance, and place themselves on a collision course with the very country they call home. What will the consequences be for the men and women on both sides of the conflict, and for their country? What happens when peaceful people are pushed to violence by intolerable circumstances? Where does one draw the line between fighting for one’s freedom, and open insurrection?