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  Zippo wick/flint
Posted by: David - 12-12-2018, 12:25 AM - Forum: Fire - Replies (4)

For you guys that carry a Zippo, how often have you found it necessary to change the wick and the flint?  How often do you use the lighter?  I don't smoke and carry a Zippo as a prep.  With the ranger band I can go 3 weeks or more before needing to refill but tend to fill it every two weeks as part of a schedule I'm on.  I test light it at that time so for the most part I light it up twice a month.  I'm on my original wick and flint and have had this lighter for (guessing) two years give or take.  

I have an extra wick and several flints in the bottom of the insert but haven't found the need to use them yet.

You guys?

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  Non-fiction survival/prep books
Posted by: David - 12-11-2018, 03:11 PM - Forum: Resources and reviews - Replies (1)

Throughout this section of the board are reviews on various books, magazines, websites and YT channels that discuss survival/prepping.  GT member gave me the idea to post a thread to list these resources.  Feel free to post what you recommend and also a separate review thread if you like on your choices.  Let's keep this on non-fiction for the purposes of this thread.

I have in e-format (and some in hard copy) the following that I have enjoyed and recommend:

  • Prepper's Natural Medicine by Cat Ellis
  • Bushcraft 101 (A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival), Advanced Bushcraft (An Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival), The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering & Cooking and Survivalbility for the Common Man by Dave Canterbury
  • Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual by Mykel Hawk
  • American Library FoxFire Folk Rememdies
  • Medicinal Herbs (A Beginner's Guide), Herbs for Common Ailments by Rosemary Gladstar
  • The Coastal Homestead (The 3 G's to Kitchen Cleaning) by Amber Bradshaw
  • When the Grid Goes Down by Tony Nester
  • Survive by Les Stroud
  • 98.6 Degrees (The Art of Keeping Your arse Alive and When All Hell Breaks Loose (Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes) by Cody Lundin
This is my current non-fiction library not counting the magazine bundle I have sticky'd in this section.

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Posted by: bmyers - 12-10-2018, 02:07 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (1)


We had to take our 3-hour renewal course for our carry license last Saturday evening. When we got done, it was around 7PM and dark outside. So, I grabbed the Olight M3 out of the SUV to see how well it lit up there area since we were out in the middle of no where with farm fields all around. It worked really well. You can see in the above post, that the distance from where I was standing to the edge of the far berm was around 280 yards and it lit it up just fine. I could easily make out anything over there. I also shined it on the grain bins, which were about 230 yards and they lit up fine also.

I tried the M2R and it was great around the buildings, but did not have the throw to reach the berms. I tried the Javelot 20 and it reached the closest berm in the picture, but that was about the limit of it. 

Anyway, it was interesting to see how the different lights functioned in an area that I had lots of distance to give them a good try.

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Big Grin Liberal Preppers?
Posted by: David - 12-10-2018, 03:04 AM - Forum: Good for a Laugh - Replies (1)

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  End of the year gear evaluation
Posted by: justsaymo - 12-08-2018, 08:48 PM - Forum: Packs and Gear - Replies (4)

Every year I try to evaluate my Go-BOB-GitHome-GP-Everthing Bag. This year I made a few changes with the goal of reducing weight and size of gear, mostly in the shelter category.

I picked up a Paria sil-nylon tarp 12x10. It was almost half the weight of my previous tarp and a little bigger but packs smaller which was a nice bonus.

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Fortunately/unfortunately I didn't get to test it in severe conditions. Light rain, moderate wind and some frost were about the extent of the environmentals it was exposed to. It handled those conditions with ease. How it would do in heavy and persistent rain went untested.

The tarp comes with guy lines and stakes. The line is dyneema which is light and strong and seemed to work pretty well when I used trekking poles. When I used a ridgeline I'd use paracord. The Y-stakes are quality aluminum that work best in firm soils. Not so much in the duff common in our forests.

Underneath the tarp I tried out the Paria Mesh Tent. While not as roomy as my previous tent it is pounds lighter and more compact. It is well made and kept the skeeters at bay.

Another new addition was my sleeping bag. I went with the Kelty Sine 20*. It too performed well and paired with my thermarest trail scout made for several comfortable nights outdoors. I never tested the thermal rating but had a number of nights in the 30's with some frost and never once felt chilled. There were some warm 60* nights too and the unique venting zippers worked well. It did take some getting used to as it zips diagonally across the top of the bag at the torso and at the feet. It was a feature I grew to like as I am mostly a back and side sleeper and never had to deal with laying on top of the zipper. The fit was snug but roomy enough for me 5'-9" 210 pounds. With the pad it takes up less room that my previous bag in my pack.

In the kitchen I bought one of those inexpensive butane backpacking stoves. Small and weighs less than an ounce. Screws on a fuel canister and boils water fast.  Not great for simmering or reheating and fair for frying but doable if you're attentive and stay busy stirring. Somewhat noisy which only concerned me early mornings in a crowded campground or while out hunting from a spike camp.

I transitioned to Smart Water bottles as my Sawyer filters will screw onto them and they are easier to fill from most water sources. They are also allow you to see the debris or discoloration of the water before running in through the filter. They seem pretty tough, come in a variety of sizes and relatively inexpensive.

Mountain House meals... A bit spendy but taste good and are super easy to prepare if you can boil water. No dishes needed but a long handled spoon is handy. A cozy made out of Reflectix (?) keeps em warm when it's cold out. If my plan is to do a lot of hiking or work I treat myself.

I did "upgrade" to the larger Corona pruning saw. It handled larger wood and wasn't that much of a weight and space penalty.

Other frequently used items, Paracord, First aid (Ibuprofen, tweezers, clippers, iodine, bandaids mostly), Headlamp, gloves, Stanley pot and cup, watch cap, bandanas, knife, lighter, extra batteries, socks. toiletries,

Less frequently, extra clothes, extra ammo, raingear (this year), map and compass, camp towel, water filter,

Never, tourniquet, whistle, water bladder, pack cover.

Most used pack: Camelbak Ranger (day use)
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Overnight trips, Kelty Redwing
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  AR15 CMMG 22 Conversion
Posted by: justsaymo - 12-06-2018, 07:20 PM - Forum: Testing and Evaluations - Replies (4)

A degrading political atmosphere locally and some Black Friday deals spurred me to buy another EBR (evil black rifle). Get 'em while you can.

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Complete build under $400. We'll see how it compares to pricier versions later. First impressions are all good.

Another Black Friday deal was for the CMMG 22 conversion kit. I've heard mostly glowing reports so I scored one of those too.

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Assembled with kit installed
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Touching off 22lr ammo goes over a lot better around here than 223/5.56 unless you're whacking a yote so I didn't need to head to the range to get a familiar with it. I tried a variety of 22 - CCI Mini Mags and Standard Velocity, Aguila Standard Velocity and Sniper Subsonic, Federal Bulk - and proceeded to check for function and shoot for groups. I wasn't sure how the 1/7 twist would do with 22 rimfire ammo but right off the bat the CCI Mini Mags showed promise.

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The SV did almost as well but all of the groups produced a flier. Same with the Aguila SV but the SSS did better than I expected. I had read that it needed a 1/9 twist of faster to shoot well and that appears to be true. At least the holes are round. It did print a little higher than the other loads.

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The federal bulk ammo didn't group. I'm not certain why but 6" at 25 yards is not even good enough to plink with. Bummer because it's what I have the most of...

Function was 100%, even with a "dry" gun for about 200 rounds with the ammo listed. I'll test it with some other ammo when I get the chance.

The sight to bore offset is 2-1/2"+ inches. I was a little surprised how close the elevation was on right out of the box. It did require some windage adjustment.

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Later I zero'd it with the CCI mini Mags at 100 yards as it appeared on the ballistic chart that it would be the most practical Point Blank Zero for field use, POI = POA within ~2-1/2" the whole way. With some practice and experience I think I could hunt small game with that. For steel and paper it's good to go.

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It will be interesting to see what 5.56 ammo it likes and how much change will be required for zeroing. If it's close it sure would make this a versatile package.

In comparison to my 10/22 TD it looks like it is more finicky about ammo accuracy wise. The rifle with an empty mag is just under 7 pounds vs. less than 4.5 for the 10/22 TD in backpacker configuration. It is also bulkier. I'll have to scope it before I know how accurate it really is. I suspect it is on par with a 10/22 with the ammo it likes.

Where it shines is as a training tool for those unfamiliar with the AR platform and those wanting to get reps in less expensively. It could do a lot of the work a dedicated 22 lr rifle can do, just clumsier.

So far, I'm very happy with my purchase.

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  Security: sniper
Posted by: David - 12-05-2018, 12:17 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

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  How to make slingshot ammo with a socket
Posted by: ghost - 12-04-2018, 11:46 AM - Forum: DIY - Replies (1)

Here is how I use a socket as a mold to make ammo.


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  Back strap and round fries
Posted by: ghost - 12-04-2018, 11:43 AM - Forum: Food - Replies (1)

Here is how I cook my back strap up.


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  Has enough Illinoisans/New Yorkers moved to Florida?
Posted by: bmyers - 12-03-2018, 11:42 AM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (1)


It appears that Florida is getting enough people to relocate there that they are starting to propose some insane gun laws. Hope you have better luck beating them off than we have.

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