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Posted by: bmyers - 09-05-2018, 07:21 PM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (2)

Well, just accomplished another major goal, I passed my CSP test today. It is a five and half hour test, I took a little over 4 hours to take it. 

So I'm very excited to have accomplished that.

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  Making Knives this weekend!
Posted by: ric0123 - 09-05-2018, 12:17 AM - Forum: DIY - Replies (4)

I have been watching you tube videos about knifemaking and cheap and easy home forges. I finally just bought all the stuff and I'm heading to a friend's shop on Saturday to give it a try.   I may video it, just for the heck of it.

I'm excited and nervous that I don't screw it up, but making a knife by hand is one of those life bucket list things of mine.  We shall see!

Interestingly, the actual STEEL isn't expensive. But, I had to pick up a bunch of tools (grinder, fire bricks, etc). I really have no interest (or space) to make knives to sell, but I probably will give some away as presents.

I'm also going to attempt Kydex (which was really cheap) for sheaths. I've done a fair amount of leatherwork but I got rid of all of my tools.

I'll post updates. Tonight (while watching Walking Dead) I've been sketching out blade designs on graph paper.

We'll see what happens!

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  Fridge Pickles
Posted by: Tsquare - 09-03-2018, 11:16 PM - Forum: Gardening & Homesteading - No Replies

Kirby cucumbers have been coming in like crazy. I cleaned up 10 Mason jars to put some away for the winter. I picked up 2 containers of pickling spices, Mason lids, garlic, and some dill. I had the rest of the ingredients in the cupboard. Here is the basic recipe:

Brine: Combine ingredients and bring to boil to full mix and let it return to room temperature
3 cups apple cider vinegar 
9 cups water 
1/2 cup pickling salt 
1 tablespoons of Splenda Brown sugar 

In the Jar add:
a tablespoon of pickling spice 
4-5 fresh garlic cloves, peeled and crush half of them
handful of fresh dill 
cucumbers, quartered, halved, or sliced to fill the jar
then cover with brine and put it in the refrigerator.  The pickles will be ready in 2 days and will keep for 9-12 months.

Variations include adding green onion, validia onion, hot peppers (Chopped for hot pickles), or use okra or jalapeño instead of cucumbers. The brine can be refrigerated for future use. I have 3 jars in the fridge and another 5 in the spare fridge. The current jars in the fridge are halves, heavily dilled slices, and hot speers. The other good thing about the mixes is fresh cucumbers can be added to mixture about 2 more times before the brine get too weak. 

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  Glock 42
Posted by: David - 09-03-2018, 09:32 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (9)

Any of you guys have a Glock 42?  I just got one this afternoon.  Traded my Savage Axis XP .308 for it. Has a orange outline tritium front night sight and steel black rear sight.  Came wit two mags, one has a blue Hyve +2 extension on it.  Haven’t shot it yet.  

It is small!  And light.  Wife almost took it but she stayed with the Ruger LC9s because she feels better with the thumb safety.  

Without a round in the chamber it would make a good pocket pistol.  He tossed in an IWB holster and a handful of Horniday Critical Defense and Federal Hydra Shoks.  Almost enough for both magazines.

Makes me miss the Glock 43 a bit.

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  1st Impressions on my new Walther Creed.
Posted by: TN.Frank - 09-01-2018, 11:00 PM - Forum: Testing and Evaluations - No Replies

Picked up a Walther Creed with part of the funds I got from the Glock G30s sale. Made a 1st Look/1st Impressions about it. Enjoy.

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  Semi-auto pistol vs. revolver
Posted by: David - 09-01-2018, 11:47 AM - Forum: Defense - Replies (21)

Well I'm sure this type of thread has never been done before... Wink

Actually I thought it would be interesting to look at the merits of both of them.  Pros and cons of each.  Where one is superior to the other.  Tim at the MAC has posted an interesting video that's worth tossing into the mix:

I actually like a good revolver.  I 'grew up' on them.  I've mentioned before that for the first 11 years I carried a S&W Model 64 .38 Special.  My first personal gun was a Taurus Model 669VR .357 magnum.  Wasn't the best choice I could have made but I only knew what I knew back then.  Not because the Taurus was a bad revolver, actually it shot just fine and was a good looking gun.  But a full size .357 for a carry/HD wasn't my best choice.  I'd hate to have to touch off a .357 indoors without hearing protection.  But the point is that I like a good revolver.  

About 8 years ago I went totally with revolver for carry.  I alternated between a S&W 640 and 642.  Carried .38 Special in both (don't remember what round).  Actually felt pretty comfortable with those as my carry choices.  And I'd still probably have no issue with carrying either.  Not that I have either anymore of course.  But I think it's a wiser choice, for me personally, to carry a G26 which (with the Xgrip and a G19 magazine) has just slightly more than triple the capacity in a package that isn't all that much larger than the S&W 640.  I didn't watch the following video all the way through, but post it simply for the size comparison of a J-frame snubbie against the G26.

But I eventually went back to the semi-auto pistol.  My reasoning, like many, was why have 5 rounds when I could have double or even triple in a similar sized package.  For me it was the smart move.  As much as I like revolvers, they are sorta outdated when it comes to personal protection.  Not that they can't be effective.  They can be quite effective.  Simply that they are by their nature limited in areas like capacity and thickness.

Now in areas where neither of those are a consideration i.e. hunting for example, the revolver has a definite place.  And as a snake gun I'd go with a revolver well before a pistol.  Guy over on GT that I was talking with has a job that puts him out in the wilds quite a bit.  He carries a snubbie .38 loaded with snake shot and has used it on occasion quite successfully.  Good choice.  

Pocket gun is a niche for a good light weight revolver as well.  Though I'd prefer a DA semi with thumb safety like the LC9.  

Just some ramblings to start of a discussion.

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  Florida Salt Water Fishing!
Posted by: Scout - 08-29-2018, 02:17 PM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (3)

I fish the salt waters of Florida as much as my schedule allows, recently my Nephew and I started participating in the NOAA shark tagging program. When we catch a Shark larger  than 3 ft. we will be tagging them to research movement, growth and overall health of the sharks. We  can track our tags when another angler catches a tagged shark and inputs the data. This effort allows researchers track shark movement in Florida waters, and keep an eye on the growth patterns.

Big Grin

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  Alcohol & Prepping
Posted by: Scout - 08-28-2018, 06:42 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (7)

I thought I would start a thread on this topic to relieve this traffic on the precious metals thread.

Alcohol can be used as a topical- use as a anti-bacterial, burns and insect bites.
Alcohol can also be used as an disinfectant use to clean wombs, tools, eating utensils and knifes etc.
Drinking alcohol can help with pain and obviously you can get buzzed, drunk, whatever?

I read that Jack Daniels is a favorite with preppers buying it by the case?
Please add some information on alcohol and its many uses, the best types to stockpile? How could it be bartered, in what amounts traded etc. Huh

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  Nice surprise
Posted by: bmyers - 08-26-2018, 02:12 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (6)

I got home last night from my three day training in Chicago. Rhonda and Megan thought I deserved a special gift since three weekends here in August I've been gone to training classes.

This is what they gave me last night


It also came with a red dot. We are going this afternoon to take it out to the range and run some rounds through it.

Yes, it uses Glock magazines.

(FX-9 pistol)

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  Why Does everyone love AR15s?
Posted by: ric0123 - 08-22-2018, 10:47 PM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (4)

The title is semi rhetorical.

As I've mentioned, I spend a lot of time on Redditt these days, in the survival, bug out, prepper, offgrid and gun forums.

Regardless of which sub it's in, about every 2 weeks someone will post a 'what gun should I buy for home defense' thread. 

And, without fail, 95% of the replies are AR15    4% of the replies are 'shotgun' and 1% are something reasonable like a revolver or a glock

What in the hell. 

Please, SOMEONE explain to me why an AR15 is a better home defense gun for an  22 year old girl, with limited gun experience, who lives alone in a 700 sq ft apartment, than a $150 shotgun or a $200 revolver?

to me, it makes no sense on literally any account.

LAST-AR15.  - even if you built it, which someone with no gun experience WOULD do.. I'll be generous and call it $400
WINNER-vs an NEF 12g from Academy for $150
WINNER-high point 45cal    $150
Second-tarus 9mm $300
Second-Kahr    $300

Ease of maneuvering
Tie for last -Even with a tele stock, an AR15 with a 14.5 barrel and muzzle break is going to be a LOT longer/heavier/harder to move around 
Tie for last-Shotgun
Winner-- ANY pistol. 

Ease of training. This is a matter of opinion:
tie for second  -Shotgun, insert shell, rack side, pull trigger
last               -AR-15. Load magazine, insert mag, flip safety, line up sites, seat on shoulder. pull trigger
Winner          -Tarus 38sp Revolver-put bullets in cylinder. pull trigger
tie for second    -Semi auto pistol (without safety, like a glock or kahr).  Load bullets into mag, put mag in gun, rack slide, pull trigger.

Over penetration:
Armchair delta force apparently refuses to go to Boxotruth.com and look at the hard, real world data about what bullets will go through what wall.

223.  -yes
22LR -yes
hollow points- yes
frangiable ammo -yes
32acp -yes

The website basically boils down a fact which is that if the bullet doesn't have enough push to go through drywall, it doesn't have enough push to get into vital organs, so it's worthless (Like a #8 buckshot)

What did interest me about the 223 is that it veered so wildly off course when it hit the wall, that there was no telling where it was going to end up.  At least, with my 9mm or my 45, I know it's going to go in a straight line. Yes, it's going to KEEP going through that straight line but I can have some reasonable prediction as to where it's going to end up. 


But, in an indoor environment, in a house or an apt, why does range matter?

So, I don't get it. As far as I'm concerned in every category except Range (which I think is not relevant) the AR loses. However, if you DARE suggest anything other than an AR15 as a gun that everyone should own, you get massive downvotes.

What the hell am I missing?

As a note, I'm NOT anti AR15. I'm going to buy one again one day. I just think that they are literally the LAST gun that I would buy for home defense with ONE exception.

If I lived on a 50 acre ranch (or house with a large yard), and I was concerned about being invaded by zombies, mobs, or any other situations where I'd have to engage multiple targets at greater than 50 yards, then yes,  I'd want a semi auto rifle.  The only other situation I could see if if I was in the middle of a city that was at extreme risk for mob violence/riots  i.e. 'The Purge' then I might consider it.  However, that's a fringe of a fringe of a fringe... and only Detroit and Chicago come to mind. 

So, what am I missing here? Am I just over thinking this too much and I'm trying to fight a pointless war against armchair experts?

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