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Exclamation Examples of why one should always be armed in the woods
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 05:42 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (49)

A member of the SRI forum (no longer active) posted this a while back. I thought it should be here as well as it is sound advice.

Quote:These things didn't happen to me personally, this is something that occurred to 1) a good friend of mine and 2) In a co-workers rural neighborhood (a stretch of county highway and some gravel roads where about a half dozen neighbors that have all known each other for a couple generations reside).

My friend is an avid arrow head hunter, he posts many videos on youtube of his finds. His account name is gramps something or other, I think. Anyway, that's not important.

He didn't used to carry anything but a walking stick and a knife, till one day a pack of dogs treed him. He was walking in the creek several miles from the truck and he looked up to see a dog at the top of the bank, which was a vertical incline of about 15 feet or so. He said "Hey there, buddy", to which the dog responded with peeled back lips to display his teeth, and one of those Hollywood sound effect "Wolf about to eat a guy's face" growls.

The dog took off down the bank, looking for a place to get down into the creek, and at that point my friend saw the half dozen other dogs, from coon hounds to beagles to unidentifiable muts, following the first. The bank on the opposite side was not so steep and before they got in the creek he was up the opposite bank and into a tree that happened to have some low hanging branches.

He spent a while in that tree while those dogs parked and bayed at him, with no cell phone signal. And then he spent another indeterminable amount of time after they left still in that tree, before making an extremely nerve racking trek back to his truck.

After that, he carried a .22 automatic pistol.

Then one day, he rounded a bend, eyes down scanning a rock bar for points, and looked up to lock eyes with an equally surprised mountain lion about 25 yards away. They both backed slowly away and the lion disappeared into the brush and he beat feet back to his truck.

Now he carries a .45 automatic pistol.

I don't expect to ever have any problems with a lion, they just aren't the type to screw around with two-leggers. But dogs.. they can be a problem.

Which is a nice segue into my other story:

Out in the country where my co-worker lives, somebody dumped a big white pit-bull. They didn't dump it because it was a nice dog. It almost caught a woman walking from her front door to her car, but she managed to get in the car. She started making calls, warning people in the area because the kids were starting to get home on the school bus. Two other people barely made it in their house. And this was not a dog running up to people like "Hey there's people, I want to see what the people are doing" this bastard was like, full on Kujo. Not normal. Throwing himself into doors, growling, frothy mouthed, the whole bit.

The last guy to get chased, he was staying in a small camper-trailer in a friends yard - he came out of the trailer to go to the house and barely made it inside. He'd left the door to the camper open, and after the dog couldn't get in the house door, it went in the trailer. This guy, admittedly ballsier than me, ran out there and slammed the camper door shut. I guess this dog went completely nuts, just tearing up the inside, slamming into the windows, completely insane. About that time his buddy got home with another friend and they hooked the trailer to the truck, and since they had a rifle and a shotgun in the truck they hauled it out in a field and readied an ambush. One guy stood about 20 yards from the trailer, one stood in the back of the truck, and the other got the door.

When that door opened, that dog came out of there like hell's fury, and made a b-line for the guy in the field. They put four rounds of turkey loads and two thirty caliber bullets into it before it was done, and everybody needed new clean underwear.

No, I don't think paratroopers from Cuba are going to parachute into rural Missouri and take over the place like Red Dawn or something, but there ARE good reasons to carry a firearm (or two) when you're out in the woods. It's not all about criminals and foreign invaders.

Although, there IS the chance of running across a meth lab (and meth cookers) in remote areas.

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  Actual battery runtimes
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 05:40 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (4)

Acebeam L10 AA light

firefly(0.09lumens 147hours)

(10 lumens, 30hrs ) [actual run time using Eneloop was 43+ hours]

(120 lumens, 1.5hrs)

Fenix E05 AAA light

High: 85 Lumens (Ni-MH: 1 hour; Alkaline: 45 min.)

Mid: 25 Lumens (Ni-MH: 4 hours 15 min.; Alkaline: 4 hours 15 min.)

Low: 8 Lumens (Ni-MH: 14 hours 30 min.; Alkaline: 15 hours)

Tank007 E09 AAA light

120 lumens(33 minutes)

60lumens(95 minutes)

10lumens(1020 minutes) [actual run time of 19+ hours on an Eneloop]

Thrunite Ti3 AAA light

Firefly 0.04 lumen (115 hours run time)

Low 12 lumens (6.3 hours)

High 120 lumens (0.5 hours)

Strobe 120 lumens (1 hour)

Cree Super Light AA

Lo Tenergy Premium 5hr 30min
Lo Thunder alk 5hr 12min
Lo Everyready alk 5hr 0min
Lo EBL 5hr 56min

HI Dura ion-co 1hr 39min
Hi EBL 1hr 33min

High - Trustfire Flame 900mah 55 minutes
Low (high medium) - 3 hours 20 minutes

Low - purple GTL (cheap EBay version) - 1 hour 15 minutes: labeled as 1600 mah but probably closer to 300 mah.

Eneloop 1900mah AA

High - 1 hour 39 minutes (down to near firefly mode)
Low - 4 hours 30 minutes (dim but still useable. Shut off at this point)

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Question Tent, hammock or other?
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 05:30 PM - Forum: Shelter - Replies (27)

What's your preference and why?

Whatcha got?

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Lightbulb Tinctures, salves, infusions and other medicianal remedies
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 05:27 PM - Forum: First Aid - Replies (4)

Article: Herbal Antibiotics: An Effective Defense Against Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’

Article: Homemade Healing Salve


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Video DIY paracord bracelet, rope and sling
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 05:05 PM - Forum: DIY - Replies (4)

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Video How to Store Food in 5 Gallon Buckets
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:56 PM - Forum: Food - Replies (1)

DIY $20 Survival Food Bucket

[url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006T5ES9O?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00][/url]Started with rice and oatmeal.  Plan to do various types of beans as well.   Smile

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Video Survival Water Purification Sip Well
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:48 PM - Forum: Water - No Replies

For when you don't have a proper container to boil water in....

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Question Bic or Zippo?
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:42 PM - Forum: Fire - Replies (52)

What to you find you EDC the most, and why?

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Video Think You're a Prepper? Go Primitive Camping!
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:35 PM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (6)

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Lightbulb Review Thread
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:30 PM - Forum: Resources and reviews - Replies (14)

Please feel free to review anything from products to services etc. It would be helpful to include pics, links, videos, specs and to be as detailed as possible.

Gerber LMF II Survival Knife - Coyote Brown - Review

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I reviewed this knife on Amazon, Youtube, discussion boards and other websites prior to purchasing. After evaluating these reviews and opinions I was expecting an excellent knife and I was not disappointed. Shipping was very quick to begin with. Secondly, this is a substantial knife that will give one years of service.

Starting with the knife itself, it has weight to it. Some don't like that aspect whereas I was hoping for it to have some heft. I don't want to give the impression that it is a brick, rather that when you hold it you KNOW you are holding a knife with enough steel to chop, baton or break something with the pommel end. In otherwords, this isn't a cheap flea market special. The blade came 'scary' sharp. The finish on the blade was excellent as was the fit of the handle. It felt well balanced in the hand for normal bush craft duties.

The sheath is well made. The only way to lose the knife out of the sheath is if you lose the sheath as well. The knife 'clicks' into the sheath like the Bear Grylls knive do and it also has two straps that fasten with a snap. The nylon part of the sheath can be completely removed from the ballistic nylon part if you wish (this is the part with the belt loops). The nylon part houses the sharper and this type of sharpener in this location is brilliant on the part of Gerber. Better than a sharpening stone with requires a bit more skill as well as more refined motor skills to accomplish. The type of sharpener on this sheath is simple and efficient i.e. simply insert blade, provide a bit of downward pressure and pull. Additionally, if you look closely at the sheath you'll notice cut out holes and slots on the outside of the sheath where 550 paracord or velcro straps can be attached. This provides the the ability to 'pimp' out the sheath with added items if desired such as a ferro rod, whistle, mag bar or whistle. I'm not talking adding the kitchen sink to the sheath, but the ability to secure something as simple as a ferro rod can go a long way in a pinch.

This sheath can be worn horizontal, vertical or attached to any pack with ease.

The thigh bands are high quality and heavy duty. This feature was a selling point for my on this knife. My last trip to the woods I had a quality knife on my hip, but no bands to secure it to my thigh. Not a big deal really when your walking/hiking. But sitting down in a chair or log tends to have the longer sheaths get in the way or snagged as they stick out a bit when your bending/leaning over.

The seat belt tool and sheath was icing on the cake and has now found a home in my glove box. I've responded to auto accidents and this is a very useful tool to have. It is one of those tools that if you don't have it but need it you're going to wish you did.

I recommend this knife highly and expect it will provide years of service. It is worth more than the asking price imo.

As a note: If anyone has a link or video of a pimped out sheath let me know. I'd like to see ideas for adding things to the sheath without being silly.

BTW the YT reviewer is a different 'David'.  Good video Smile

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