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  Basics and Fundementals
Posted by: David - 12-05-2017, 10:30 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (2)


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Thumbs Up Ultimate prepper truck
Posted by: David - 12-05-2017, 07:24 PM - Forum: Land Transportation - Replies (5)

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  .38 Special short barrel
Posted by: David - 12-05-2017, 05:42 PM - Forum: Firearm Maintenance, modifications and ballistics - Replies (3)

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Video Speed Strips vs. Speed Loaders (Revolver Reloading)
Posted by: David - 12-05-2017, 05:24 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (4)

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  How quickly can you leave?
Posted by: bmyers - 12-05-2017, 12:25 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

If your watching the news this morning you see the massive fire that started last night and has grown to about 50 sq miles.

First reported about 6:20 p.m. PT near Steckel Park, the fire grew from 50 to 100 acres in minutes. Flames quickly jumped Highway 150, which cuts a path from Ojai to Santa Paula, a city of about 35,000 on the eastern end of the Ventura County.

By 2:30 a.m., the fire had spread to 26,000 acres. 

So my question is how quickly can you bug out of your house? I know we can all just run out of house, but knowing your house is going to be destroyed, how quickly can you get what you need and your family/pets and get out of your house?

In 5 minutes I would be able to get pets and family with not much else. Loading the two dogs would eat up most of the time. 

15 minutes would allow us to grab some emergency food, documents, some clothes, and a few little keepsake items. 

30 minutes we would be able to add to the items above with additional firearms, ammo, more food, clothing, and a few other keepsake items. 

From this point on it would be just seeing what space we had available in the three vehicles on what we would add. 

One thing that we have started doing is placing prepping items in containers for storage. So this allows us to grab a container (i.e. the one labeled communications has radio, portable two-way radios, batteries, solar charger for the AAA batteries, etc.) and have all those supplies packed and ready to go. 

In addition since every vehicle already has a sleeping bag, blanket, and emergency gear in it, those are things we don't have to grab. 

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  What will be the weapon of choice in a 100 years?
Posted by: bmyers - 12-05-2017, 12:13 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (3)

Somewhere in the 1300's it appears that the first 'hand cannon' was developed and used. The design improved over the years until we finally got to the 1800's.

In the 1830's Colt patented the design of the revolver and the revolver is still in use today. In the 1890's the first semi-auto came out followed a few years later by the 1911 pistol which is still being used today.

Designs have changed a little, but no major breakthrough, basically just improvements on these designs. 

So I wondered in a 100 years if anything will change? The Glocks I have today, my great-great-grandchildren could still be using or will we have the next major breakthrough that changed us from the sword to the handgun? (S&W states their lifetime warranties are transferable, will they still be honoring them in 100 years when your great-great-granchild is carrying your old Shield)?)

It took 500+ years for the big revolution from hand cannons to revolvers. Will it be 500 years before we see the next breakthrough (ok, we won't see it)?

 Just a morning of pondering while I wait for the new employees to show up.

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  does a pole less tent exist?
Posted by: ric0123 - 12-05-2017, 01:52 AM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (1)

As I noted in other threads, I've recently gotten rid of my hammock.  I loved the size and weight, but setting it up was just a PITA and I couldn't get comfortable.

I was pondering last night though, that I like the IDEA of the hammock, a 1 man shelter with a roof and netting that is super light weight, small, and not $5,000 like fancy REI tents

I had this idea, of what looks like a hammock, but is actually designed to be on the ground.. Support ropes hold the top up off your face, but don't actually support your weight.  Yeah, call it a tarp or bivy, or a 'hammock on the ground'  but does anyone make such thing and I just don't know what they are called?

I was actually fairly shocked with the amount of guide lines I had to put up for my hammock when I had it, since i had a roof tarp over the top  Just thinking that if someone made something that LOOKED like a hammock, but had a net, but came apart into a rectangle instead of a banana shape, you could have the best of both worlds.   It would be easier to set up than a hammock, since your support trees are not holding much weight, and for the user, it would take up less space and weight than a pole based hammock.    I dunno if this is making any sense to anyone??

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  Florida concealed pistol permit?
Posted by: mac66 - 12-03-2017, 07:21 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (1)

Dave or anyone from Florida who might know....

My state requires handgun registration except there is a loophole that says if you have a concealed pistol license/permit from another state you don't have to register your handguns.  Kind of weird but okay.

Anyway, I've been thinking of getting a Florida permit simply because I can, I go down there to visit my inlaws several times a year and often spend several weeks  to a month there during the winter as well, so why not?

I've gone to the Florida online permit page and it says one can apply online but requires out of state applicants to get a fingerprint card from them to submit.  The directions are somewhat sketchy and it doesn't say anything about out of staters applying in person. Is goes into some depth about getting digital fingerprints taken for residents.

I've read through the online forums, applications etc and I am eligible to get a permit. 

So my questions are.

1. If I do the application online can I do the fingerprints in person at one of the centers they have?
2. Can out of staters simply apply in person?

My wife and I are headed to Florida on Tuesday to visit her parents at the Villages and then are going on a cruise on Sunday out of Port Canaveral.   Just thought I might be able to take care of this week since I'm going to be down there.

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  Wilderness Survival Skill Testing
Posted by: JRSC - 12-03-2017, 03:14 AM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - No Replies

How many of you have put your skills to the test before? 

What all did you bring with you? Did you really need it or find that something was useless? What did you find to be a necessity? 

How much or how little actual gear did you test yourself with?

What did you learn about yourself? Did you exceed or underperform your expectations?

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  Top 15 Forever Foods for Survival
Posted by: David - 12-02-2017, 03:00 PM - Forum: Food - No Replies

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