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  Level of preparedness - SHTF/WROL/TEOTWAWTI
Posted by: David - 08-10-2015, 01:47 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (13)

Just as in the 72 hour poll, what is your level of preparedness in an event that is....well, it's THE event (massive EMP/Grid down and busted/Major world wide economic collapse/etc).  Or a combination of events that just screws the pooch as far as life as we know it.  Where are you at?

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Question Level of preparedness - 72hr
Posted by: David - 08-10-2015, 01:42 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (19)

At what level of preparedness are you for an event that lasts up to 72 hours?  For this question we'll assume that you are able to remain in a bug-in situation.

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  98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your arse Alive
Posted by: David - 08-09-2015, 05:41 PM - Forum: Resources and reviews - Replies (2)

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98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your arse Alive

I thought I'd reviewed this book here before, but I guess it was the old SRI forum. In my opinion, this is a MUST READ for anyone serious about prepping, survival and/or self reliance. It delves not just into the gear and kit, but all the reasons why including avoiding a survival situation, mitigating it if you do find yourself in it and the psychology of survival.

Filled with excellent illustrations that grab your attention and written in a style that is humorous and series at the same time. It is evident that Cody walks the walk. I've designed my own EDC/GHB around what Cody has offered in the book.

Written in 2004, the bulk of it is still highly relevant 11 years later and will be relevant 111 years later. Only issue I would have is the lighting section which is a bit dated. Cody advocates for a light that is simple and which have batteries that are easily obtainable. That's good advice. But in 2004, the Mini-Maglite was still a pretty good light (with incandescent bulb). This is no longer the case. I'd like to see him update this information. As an example of what I'm talking about, a 2xAA Mini-Maglite will give you around 5 hours of useable light if you're using alkaline batteries. And it puts out about 14 lumens. Since that time, LED lights have left this in the dust. A CREE LED light will last 100,000 hours before the LED burns out which is a far cry from the maybe 25 hours on the little incandescent bulb. Furthermore, run times have been dramatically increased. Here is an example of some single AA and AAA lights:

Run times for AA/AAA lights

The Acebeam L10 is just about my favorite single AA light. You'll notice that the low is 10 lumens (you won't notice a difference between 10 and 14 lumens) and will last from 30 to more than 43 hours on an Eneloop rechargeable battery. And you have the option of flrefly (143 hours runtime) or 120 lumens when you really need bright light.

But that doesn't take away from teh rest of the book. As I stated, IMHO it is a must read and I suggest it highly. I purchased it first in paperback and then got the Kindle version so I can take it anywhere easily.

Good stuff  Smile

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  Crimson Trace Lasergrip MKII
Posted by: Ronin.45 - 08-09-2015, 05:31 AM - Forum: Buy-sell-trade - Replies (6)

One pair of Crimson trace grips for sale. I have a pair on my suppressed MKII that are really cool, but I have no use for this second set. Retail was around $200 originally and I'd take $80 for these shipped.
They are the same as the ones in this pic of my MKII.
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  Allan West
Posted by: JRSC - 08-07-2015, 05:01 PM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (2)

Not sure if any of you have heard of him, if not this video is a good introduction. If Mr. West is as serious as he seems in this video I'm glad to have him standing up for this country. 

Feel free to post your thoughts 

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  Dual Survival Cancelled
Posted by: David - 08-07-2015, 01:01 PM - Forum: Survival on TV and other media - Replies (20)

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  First Republican debate
Posted by: David - 08-07-2015, 11:58 AM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (6)

' Dewey Defeats Truman' : Chicago Daily Tribune November 3, 1948.'

' Trump loses Republican debate' : Fox News August 7, 2015.'

According to Liz Peek, Trump lost the debate.  Perhaps she and I weren't watching the same debate?

Quote:Drudge Poll Results

#1. Trump 49.3% of the vote
#2. Cruz   12.9%
#3. Rubio   8.48%

All others are even LOWER.

And looking at the comments on Fox, folks are pissed at Megan Kelly and comparing her to Candy Crawley!  I like Megan, but perhaps she was trying to hard, particularly with Trump. 

I watched the first hour and the closing remarks.  I liked Huckabee, Carson and Cruz but nobody was simply as 'tough' as Trump imo.  And I wasn't impressed with Paul.  That's just my take.


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  A trade section
Posted by: ghost - 08-07-2015, 03:01 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (5)

I was wondering if we could get a trade section on here I like to trade with people it saves money as long as you don't get scamed but most people that stay on forums won't because the can only do it onece or twice and then people are on to them.

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Question Considering a rifle...
Posted by: David - 08-05-2015, 06:08 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (122)

I currently have several handguns and my 12g Mossberg 500P as well as a couple of Marlin M60's in 22LR.  I am considering getting a rifle to augment what I already have.  Now to be clear, I've got two instructor certifications for handguns and I'm a SG instructor.  But other than the .22 rifles I don't think I've shot a rifle since the military (M16) and that was back in the 80's.  And believe it or not, I've also used the M1 Garand.  We have rifles at work, but we don't use them in my Bureau as our primary is the 12g Remington 870. 

So I'm not sure what I'd like to get.  My brother has an AK47 that he speaks highly of and he gets a fair bit of use with it being way out in the country (rabid and nuisance animals).  An AR15 is an option I'm considering as well.  I also like the look of that VZ 2008 that I've seen online.  But I'm not married to anything in particular at the moment and I'm keeping my options open.  I'm not looking to break the bank and I don't need a gee-whiz-tacticool model.  Something reliable would be fine without all the frills. 

So if you've got something you'd like to toss out I'm all ears.  Thanks Smile

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  Alternative Bug Out Idea
Posted by: Tsquare - 08-05-2015, 03:20 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (8)

I just got back from visiting a friend just outside of Charleston SC. He has a small farm but he is in the bullseye area for a hurricane if one makes landfall near Charleston. His plan is to leave and leave early. He has a vehicle that will get him out and back in afterwards. A severely modified 89 El Dorado RV.

My buddy picked up the 38 foot RV at an estate sale a few years back. It was well worn and had a Chevy drivetrain that could barely propel the RV down the road. He took a Dodge with a Cummins diesel 4x4 as a doner truck and transplanted the engine and transmission and installed a Banks turbo management system in it. He changed the gears in the front end to match the rear end. He also added a second fuel tank increasing the fuel capacity from 53 gallons to about 200. He can drive half way across the country on a tank of fuel.

He also dropped the original gas generator and replaced it with a Yanmar diesel genset that is plumbed into the fuel system. The two rooftop AC units were replaced with more modern units that are more efficient as well as a larger fridge inside that had more freezer capacity. He stripped the carpeting and replaced some of the cabinet works with storage areas better suited for a couple. He also enlarged the bathroom/shower area to make it more user friendly. New carpet, cabinets, fridge, bedding, and bathroom made this look almost new. The only thing he did not update was the stove as it was in good shape.

The 4x4 gives this thing more versatility on rough terrain and the diesel power train has more torque with more fuel efficiency than the small block Chevy could ever hope to deliver. The interior makeover also included a very nice weapon storage area, increased fuel/water capacity, and additional storage. I wired in an on-the-go satellite dish for entertainment and a second auto tracking dish for a Hughes stationary system for internet.

His home is at a retirement location for him in a beautiful, historic area of our country. He has a plan for a bug out and the vehicle and the the preps for it. He has plans to drive this RV to my BOL in western NC if the need arises. His immediate family are part of my "tribe". We are a small group but if there is an emergency we have a safe location to go to and others that will support us or will be at the location for the long term.  It is just another option.

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