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  What Have You Learned From Prepping?
Posted by: JRSC - 08-25-2015, 04:32 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (19)

Let's take a minute to reflect on wisdom, knowledge and information we've received from prepping, bush crafting, homesteading, camping, hunting, trapping etc. what were the easy and hardest lessons learned? 

I've learned that physical fitness and a strong mentality are key to survival. We've got to trust in the Lord above all things. 

Cody Lundin said one time that "Fire is an art" I fine this to be exceptionally true. In my practices I've found that without proper fire lay and knowledge to work with damp material fire is not a guarantee. Even in the best of circumstances with a Zippo or Bic fire still isn't a guarantee. Fire is an art and you've got to practice and perfect that art. 

When it comes to hunting and trapping. Let the animal you're perusing tell you how to catch them. Most animals are creatures of habit until pressure is put on them. Use that to your advantage and keep your sight, sound and smell out of everything even in trapping. Just like trapping you set up a an area and circumstance for the animal to be tricked into your set up. Do the same with hunting. Find their natural paths. If baiting is allowed in your neck of the woods by all means make them a buffet. And let them fall in your trap.

One thing I've learned from "Alone" these guys were kind of out of sorts the first week or so being in an entirely new area. To help gather your bearings find a quick area where you'll have water, shelter and may be able to find some quick food. Then when you can venture out to find better. And always keep situational awareness for assets and predators.

These are a few of my findings. What's yours?

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Video DIY solar generator
Posted by: David - 08-25-2015, 01:46 PM - Forum: DIY - Replies (22)

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Posted by: Will Beararms - 08-25-2015, 01:56 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (7)

I live in an area with 5 million people. The wife's family put together a nice BOL in the middle of nowhere in E TX after Katrina,
The chances of us making it there would be slim. How would you handle disposing of human and other waste if stuck in a suburb? Addtiionally, what you do when the last roll of chamin is gone?

I would think you would  burry your waste but I am not sure about where. My guess would be to have designated areas in your neighborhood to burn and burn the latrine donations. We used wet leaves as kids when hunting and a nature call presented itself.

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  Jeremiah Johnson
Posted by: JRSC - 08-23-2015, 07:21 PM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (19)

This has always been one of my favorite movies. Saw it yesterday, and got to thinking. By today's standards this is a cheesy old movie. Yet, it's been one of the influential movies of all time. This movie has inspired many an outdoorsman, hunter, trapper, woodsman the list goes on. 

For me personally, it has always sparked a fire in me to be in the woods. Having an interest in the mountains and mountain people and native Americans and their ingenuity this film has been almost like drawing to learn and progress in self reliance and bushcraft survival skills. Not to mention the allure to be in the wilderness away from the hustle and bustle of today's world. Just like ole Jeremiah. 

Just like Jeremiah, I think about how far I've came with my skills and knowledge. All this might sound crazy. But this old movie is what I believe they all should be. Something that educates and inspires in a positive perspective and teaches folks that there's a world out there (some in our own back yard) that needs to be explored. It'd keep a lot of our youth out of trouble!

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Smile Dude vs. Wild
Posted by: David - 08-23-2015, 05:13 PM - Forum: Good for a Laugh - Replies (1)

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Posted by: kirgi08 - 08-23-2015, 03:40 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (10)

Does anyone keep milsurp combloc weapons to hand out,ie someones "" broke and no parts available.We keep m44s czs nef single 12ga we have 4 sets of these rtg.With all the support gear to go with them.

m44s- slings c/kits and 2 tuna cans of ammo.

czs- milsurp holsters c/kits 8 mags and a 1000rnds of 7.62x25.

nefs- 18.5 w/sling c/kits a attached 5 shot carrier on the stock and 4 spare f/pins per unit.The pins sometimes break when they hit a hard primer. 50 slug-50 double 00 buck and a 100 various hunting rounds.

We figure we got around $400 in each setup so it's not a lot of money but it is money we may never see if loaned/bartered out.'08.

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  Ultimate Survival Tips
Posted by: David - 08-22-2015, 09:22 PM - Forum: Resources and reviews - No Replies

Ultimate Survival Tips

If you haven't checked out this website I encourage you to do so.  I've enjoyed his articles as well as his YT channel:

YT channel

Here's an example of one of his videos that I found helpful when thinking about purchasing the BG Ultimate Knife (which I've done a review on here in this section).

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  Pellet/BB gun
Posted by: David - 08-22-2015, 05:17 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (50)

Not really a 'defense' tool, though I wouldn't want to get shot with either.  But wanted to toss the concept out in a thread.  What got me thinking about a pellet/BB gun is my brother.  He and his family live out in the country on 26 acres.  They have various firearms for various purposes and use them with some regularity, mostly for varmint control.  Some of their varmints take some serious firepower like the monster rabid raccoon that was slaughtering their chickens.  That story and photos are in the 'Armed in the Woods' thread.  But he often uses an old pellet gun for the small stuff like rats and mice.  The one he's been using was a 14 year old pellet gun (Crossman IIRC).  But it's starting to fall apart.  So he's ordered a new one from Wallyworld that was pretty cool and had pretty good reviews from his research.

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It's a Crossman MK177 and WM has them for like $59.  A jar of 6000 BB's is around $8 and a can of 500 .177 pellets is around the same price.  Gets around 700-800 FPS and from what I've seen does a pretty decent job on rats, squirrels and mice.  This got me thinking out this as a good prep piece of gear.  First, the ammo is inexpensive and widely available.  It's pump so I don't have to worry about Co2 canisters.  These things are reputed to be accurate (within the ranges they're designed for of course).  Their inexpensive.  Their quiet compared to a real firearm and even a .22 rifle.  And from the YT vids I've seen a .177 pellet puts down the small critters pretty effectively.  Plus it can give you some cheap practice.

So I'm thinking about getting this or something similar.  Anyone else have or use one of these?  If so, what do you have and what have you used it for?  What's your experiences with it?

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Posted by: David - 08-22-2015, 05:06 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (51)

Felt it might be interesting to have a SG thread.

Been a SG instructor for the agency since '97.  We use the Remington 870 at work (4-shot tube).  Couple of years ago I bought myself a Christmas present for the house, Mossberg 500 Persuader (7-shot tube).  But on the type of side saddle that you Velcro and it's held up well.  Also put a universal flashlight mount and a Covoy S2+ flashlight on it.  Came with a regular stock but I've since put on a pistol grip since this is more for HD.  Still have the stock of course if I need to convert it back for other purposes.

Down the road I'd like to get another one, mainly for my son but also as a back up (the two is one/one is none mantra).  Not sure if I want another 12g or perhaps a 20g?  Still tossing around the pros and cons on that one.

Whatcha got?  What's the main roll for your SG?

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Shocked Yurts
Posted by: JRSC - 08-22-2015, 02:15 AM - Forum: Shelter - Replies (4)


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