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  Doomsday Preppers.
Posted by: kirgi08 - 07-13-2015, 09:43 AM - Forum: Survival on TV and other media - Replies (9)

They have been showing reruns from 2013,wow some of those folks are really out there.We don't have tv at home so I see them at work.'08. Exclamation

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Video Cooking with Tammy Trayer (Trayer Wilderness)
Posted by: David - 07-13-2015, 02:51 AM - Forum: Food - Replies (1)

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Smile Smiles
Posted by: David - 07-12-2015, 05:43 PM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (3)

I will be upgrading the 'smiles' here and there.  The board came with a bunch and I'll be adding to that.  To see the full list just click the 'get more' link in the smiles box when you are posting.  It will be on the left of where you type.

The ones I've added so far:

Clap Bow high five sak white flag down load thanks ditto Cool ebay

Suggestions welcome and I'll try to find them.

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Smile Introduction thread - intro yourself
Posted by: David - 07-12-2015, 05:40 PM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (132)

Well let's see... Big Grin 

I was a member of GT almost since the beginning (Feb 1999).  Enjoy the board and have seen it grow leaps and bounds over the last 16 years.  Really stated getting into the Survival section in recent years (use to be the Y2K section IIRC).  One of the things I noticed is that 'survival and emergency preparedness' encompasses a LOT of stuff, yet GT only has one section to lump it all in.  So threads on everything from tents to water disinfection to EMP to ammo selection to BOB's and EDC and everything else gets lumped in.  Lots of good info but several times I had to go searching for info or a link or whatever.  When the boards hopping stuff tends to fall off the page quickly.

So I figured I'd start a forum (I have several on various topics).  And it worked pretty well.  I sectioned it off a bit so it was a lot easier to find stuff and had areas of interest for everyone.  But it was one of those free boards that didn't have a lot of capabilities and it changed hands and started having a lot of server issues.  One of our members (Racer) offered to help me set up this board.  So basically I bought it and pay to have it on a good server.  It can be upgraded and has a plethora of capabilities the other board didn't have.  So I'm as happy as a pig in mud.

One thing I want to stress is that yeah, I'm 'paying the bills' but I don't consider this board as 'my' board.  I consider it 'your' board as in it belongs to the community so I'd like folks to feel and make it a home.  I'm just the guy that does the behind-the-scenes stuff to keep it all good.  So feel at home.

About me....

Well I was in the military back in the 80's doing 'stuff'.  Been a Deputy for the last 24 years and heading for retirement in the not to distant future.  Multiple instructor certifications in firearms, defensive tactics, combatives and martial arts.  Wife got me interested in 'prepping' many years ago and now it's become a lifestyle.  I've learned a bunch that I like to share but don't claim to be an expert and constantly want to learn from others. 

So I'm here to learn from others and if I can pass on a tidbit in the process that someone else finds useful then thumbs up.

I'll be upgrading stuff as I'm able and welcome all questions/comments/suggestions.  Feel free to email or PM me.  Keep in mind I'm still active duty and pull 12 hour shifts (which are more like 14 1/2 hour shifts) so if I don't get right back to you it's because I'm on duty or asleep. 

Okay, enough about me....what about you folks? Shy

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Posted by: kirgi08 - 07-12-2015, 04:30 PM - Forum: K9 and other animals - Replies (1)

I raise/breed security k9s,they are viable as family/security/pack animals.I sell to a select few,critters are the old way to move things.Nowadays animals are frowned upon as anything other than "pc" photo ops.Any querries about family or meat animals are welcome.

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Thumbs Up Upgrading your incandescent Maglite
Posted by: David - 07-12-2015, 03:52 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (4)

The high lumen lights are fine and have their place. To fill this need I have several 26650, 18650 & 14500 type flashlights. With that said, lately I've made a move in the other direction. From a survival/preper/emergency preparedness standpoint I'm now looking at maximizing my burn time. This gets to most out of my battery sources, be they one-use primaries or rechargeables.

Harbor Freight and Tool is a store that I like for a few items. Lots of useful, inexpensive items for the practical prepper. One of those items is the Nite Ize 55 lumen LED upgrade for C & D cell lights (2-6 cell).  I've converted all of my C & D cell Maglites. The light it provides is brighter and whiter than the original incandescent bulb. And more significantly, it should provide several times more burn time. I'm going to do the same with some of the AA mini ML's I have. Burn time is suppose to be increased five-fold on those. That again is quite significant.

Now I've read on-line reviews where folks complain that they don't produce enough light (55 lumens on the D & C cell and 30 for the AA). I can't agree at all. Are they going to be confused with a lighthouse? No. But does it provide enough light to be useable during a black out at home/flat tire on the side of the road/walking the dog at night/walking through the woods etc....absolutely yes. In most situations you don't need 1000 lumens and 30 would do just as well. I think it's prudent to have both bases covered i.e. a blow torch and a long lasting torch. Both have their uses and place and from a survival/prepper standpoint the long lasting one is the better choice imo.

By the way, the Nite Ize 55 lumen LED upgrade cost me just over $7 with the 20% HF coupon. I consider that a pretty good deal since I'll likely never need to replace it, takes more abuse than the incandescent bulb, sheds more light and has a longer run time. Oh, and it doesn't interfere with the flood to focus. Squarely puts the old D & C cell ML's back into contention for my preps.

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Question How involved is your...
Posted by: David - 07-12-2015, 01:43 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (18)

Immediate family?

Extended family?



And how can you, or how did you get them involved?

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  Peanut lighter
Posted by: David - 07-12-2015, 01:38 PM - Forum: Fire - Replies (31)

A while back a fellow SRI member got me into peanut lighters.  And Ferfal helped as well.  I carry these on my EDC keychain along with my SAK and a couple of flashlights which I talk about in the Lighting section.

These things are really great.  They're small, light and you can find them inexpensive on Ebay.  I see many versions that get pricey though I'm not sure why.  I generally pay about $3 for mine give or take.  They are just like a mini Zippo in operation.  And they LAST!  I did a test earlier this year.  I filled my peanut lighter and tested it every few days.  Over the course of two months in never failed to light on the first strike.  I went 66 days before I stopped the test and it was still going strong.  Ferfal says he normally gets between 6 months and a year.  The come with an O-ring so that goes a long way towards stopping the evaporation process.

And easy, inexpensive way to have flame any time you might need it.

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Lightbulb Pass along a tip
Posted by: David - 07-12-2015, 01:25 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (34)

Here's a good opportunity to pass along a tip to like-minded folks.  Post a tip or video or article or whatever you think would be helpful to folks.


When I'm out camping (usually remote and as primitive as possible) I like to carry one of those small plastic pencil sharpeners we use to use in school.  The kind you can pick up in a 12 pack in the dollar store for a buck.  I toss one in my fire kit and use it on small twigs to get some really fine shavings for my bird nest.  I've used this and a ferro rod to get a fire going and it works pretty well.  Cheap, light and takes up very little space.  Usually in a nice bright color as well for easy visibility.

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Video How to harvest lettuce seed
Posted by: David - 07-12-2015, 01:14 PM - Forum: Gardening & Homesteading - No Replies

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