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  Use the correct pool shock
Posted by: bdcochran - 12-17-2018, 06:26 PM - Forum: Water - Replies (5)

Use the correct kind of pool shock – there are two kinds

Use Calcium Hypochlorite to Disinfect Water .

A 1-pound pag of calcium hypochlorite in granular form will treat up to 10,000 gallons of drinking water.

Calcium hypochlorite is one of the best chemical disinfectants for water, better than household bleach by far. It destroys a variety of disease causing organisms including bacteria, yeast, fungus, spores, and viruses.

Calcium Hypochlorite is widely available for use as swimming pool chlorine tablets or white powder that is much more stable than chlorine. This is often known as “pool shock”.

How to Disinfect Water Using Calcium Hypochlorite Using granular calcium hypochlorite to disinfect water is a three step process:

To make a stock of chlorine solution (do not drink this!) dissolve 1 heaping teaspoon (about one-quarter of an ounce) of high-test (78%) granular calcium hypochlorite for each two gallons (eight liters) of water.

To disinfect water add one part of this chlorine solution to 100 parts water to be treated.

Let the mixture sit for at least one-half hour before drinking.

Be sure to obtain the dry granular calcium hypochlorite since once it is made into a liquid solution it will begin to degrade and eventually become useless as a disinfecting agent. This also means you should make your treated drinking water in small batches, for example enough for a few weeks at a time at most. A Little Calcium Hypochlorite Makes Many Gallons of Potable Water Another plus for using calcium hypochlorite to disinfect water for emergency use is that a little goes a very long way.

A 1-pound pag of calcium hypochlorite in granular form typically costs only a few US dollars and can be obtained in any swimming pool supply section of your hardware store or online. This amount will treat up to 10,000 gallons of drinking water, which is enough for a family of four for some six or seven years at a gallon per day per person!

Calcium hypochlorite will store for a long period of time and remain effective as a chemical drinking water treatment. So get rid of the household bleach and buy a can of Calcium hypochlorite for your disaster emergency water disinfection needs. It lasts far longer and treats far more water than the traditional chlorine bleach water disinfection treatment. So there you have it: when it comes to making water safe to drink you are better off having a small stockpile of calcium hypochlorite than jugs of bleach.

The stuff is exceedingly hydrotropic, sucking in water. Store in a zip lock baggie inside a clear plastic sealed container and store in the dark. Have extra zip lock baggies and measuring tools for dispersal/usage.

Costs about $7 a pound. Get it at a pool supply company.

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  Olight Warrior X
Posted by: bmyers - 12-17-2018, 06:15 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (1)

I just love my wife! The brand new Olight Warrior X showed up for me. Interesting light. A little big for me to EDC carrier, but I can see this light replacing her Javelot R20. It is about the same size as the M2R, except the head is larger. I'm going to try to get it out to the range in the near future to see how it compares to the other lights, but just shining it around the house it is brighter than the R20 and was able to keep up with the M3XS-UT (but I have a limited outside area around the house). 

Here is a video of a person reviewing it, giving his thoughts. 


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Posted by: bmyers - 12-16-2018, 11:36 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (2)

Rhonda got me a Romeo5 red dot sight for our anniversary. I took it up this afternoon to range and got it sighted in. I was using 147gr 9mm in my FX-9 pistol and sighted it in at 25 yards. 

Once I got it sighted in there, we went back the very edge of the bay (about 50 yards) and Rhonda fired five rounds. she hit 4 out of the 5 head shots and dropped one shot just below the line. 

So, I was very pleased with her shooting, the FX, and the sight. 

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Posted by: bmyers - 12-16-2018, 11:30 AM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (4)

My best friend purchased the Olight X7R. We went out and ate last night and then decided that we would run up to the shooting park and see how the light did since I was just up there looking at some of the other lights.

The X7R is a 12,000 lumen light. It is about the size of a soda can length and width. We had the R50 Seeker (not the Pro, the regular Seeker is 2,500 compared to the Pro 3,200) to compare the two.

We picked the bay to test the light in.


As you can see by the picture, the bay is about 65 yards long from where we were standing and the bay is about 35 yards wide.

We started with the R50 Seeker. It was able to reach the back of the bay without an issue and it lit up about 1/3 to 1/2 the bay. You had to point the light from side to side to be able to see everything in the bay, but not issues identifying items in the bay when the light was pointed in the direction of the item.

We then switched to the X7R. Went straight to max setting (12,000) and it lit up the whole bay. Pointing the light at the middle of the bay, you could easily see everything in the berm. There was no defined hot spot, just a giant flood light. We cycled from the lowest setting (200 lumens if I remember correctly) all the way to the max. We shined it at other areas and it is NOT a thrower type of light. If you are looking for a light to reach out, this is not it. Yet, if you are needing to light up a large area within 70 yards are less, this is the light. 

In my opinion, it is to big for EDC. The X7R would be a light that I would have by the door so I could go out and light up the whole back yard. I could see this light being handy at the farm based on where the farm house is located and the barns, there is about 50 yards and this light would light up the area in between there perfectly. There would be no where you could hide. I could see using it to light up a campsite while setting up, basically any scenario when you need board area of light. It comes with a holster, but I don't know that I would want to wear it. 

So, I think if I was going to have to wear a light, I would go with the R50 Seeker Pro. It is smaller, easier to carry and would meet most of my needs. Yet, I still want one of the X7R lights. Yeah, I'm a flashlight guy, but I could find some specialty use for the X7R. Plus, the awe factor of being able to throw out 12,000 lumen of light and make a dark area look like high noon is cool.

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  Zippo wick/flint
Posted by: David - 12-12-2018, 12:25 AM - Forum: Fire - Replies (5)

For you guys that carry a Zippo, how often have you found it necessary to change the wick and the flint?  How often do you use the lighter?  I don't smoke and carry a Zippo as a prep.  With the ranger band I can go 3 weeks or more before needing to refill but tend to fill it every two weeks as part of a schedule I'm on.  I test light it at that time so for the most part I light it up twice a month.  I'm on my original wick and flint and have had this lighter for (guessing) two years give or take.  

I have an extra wick and several flints in the bottom of the insert but haven't found the need to use them yet.

You guys?

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  Non-fiction survival/prep books
Posted by: David - 12-11-2018, 03:11 PM - Forum: Resources and reviews - Replies (2)

Throughout this section of the board are reviews on various books, magazines, websites and YT channels that discuss survival/prepping.  GT member gave me the idea to post a thread to list these resources.  Feel free to post what you recommend and also a separate review thread if you like on your choices.  Let's keep this on non-fiction for the purposes of this thread.

I have in e-format (and some in hard copy) the following that I have enjoyed and recommend:

  • Prepper's Natural Medicine by Cat Ellis
  • Bushcraft 101 (A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival), Advanced Bushcraft (An Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival), The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering & Cooking and Survivalbility for the Common Man by Dave Canterbury
  • Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual by Mykel Hawk
  • American Library FoxFire Folk Rememdies
  • Medicinal Herbs (A Beginner's Guide), Herbs for Common Ailments by Rosemary Gladstar
  • The Coastal Homestead (The 3 G's to Kitchen Cleaning) by Amber Bradshaw
  • When the Grid Goes Down by Tony Nester
  • Survive by Les Stroud
  • 98.6 Degrees (The Art of Keeping Your arse Alive and When All Hell Breaks Loose (Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes) by Cody Lundin
This is my current non-fiction library not counting the magazine bundle I have sticky'd in this section.

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Posted by: bmyers - 12-10-2018, 02:07 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (1)


We had to take our 3-hour renewal course for our carry license last Saturday evening. When we got done, it was around 7PM and dark outside. So, I grabbed the Olight M3 out of the SUV to see how well it lit up there area since we were out in the middle of no where with farm fields all around. It worked really well. You can see in the above post, that the distance from where I was standing to the edge of the far berm was around 280 yards and it lit it up just fine. I could easily make out anything over there. I also shined it on the grain bins, which were about 230 yards and they lit up fine also.

I tried the M2R and it was great around the buildings, but did not have the throw to reach the berms. I tried the Javelot 20 and it reached the closest berm in the picture, but that was about the limit of it. 

Anyway, it was interesting to see how the different lights functioned in an area that I had lots of distance to give them a good try.

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Big Grin Liberal Preppers?
Posted by: David - 12-10-2018, 03:04 AM - Forum: Good for a Laugh - Replies (1)

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  End of the year gear evaluation
Posted by: justsaymo - 12-08-2018, 08:48 PM - Forum: Packs and Gear - Replies (6)

Every year I try to evaluate my Go-BOB-GitHome-GP-Everthing Bag. This year I made a few changes with the goal of reducing weight and size of gear, mostly in the shelter category.

I picked up a Paria sil-nylon tarp 12x10. It was almost half the weight of my previous tarp and a little bigger but packs smaller which was a nice bonus.

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Fortunately/unfortunately I didn't get to test it in severe conditions. Light rain, moderate wind and some frost were about the extent of the environmentals it was exposed to. It handled those conditions with ease. How it would do in heavy and persistent rain went untested.

The tarp comes with guy lines and stakes. The line is dyneema which is light and strong and seemed to work pretty well when I used trekking poles. When I used a ridgeline I'd use paracord. The Y-stakes are quality aluminum that work best in firm soils. Not so much in the duff common in our forests.

Underneath the tarp I tried out the Paria Mesh Tent. While not as roomy as my previous tent it is pounds lighter and more compact. It is well made and kept the skeeters at bay.

Another new addition was my sleeping bag. I went with the Kelty Sine 20*. It too performed well and paired with my thermarest trail scout made for several comfortable nights outdoors. I never tested the thermal rating but had a number of nights in the 30's with some frost and never once felt chilled. There were some warm 60* nights too and the unique venting zippers worked well. It did take some getting used to as it zips diagonally across the top of the bag at the torso and at the feet. It was a feature I grew to like as I am mostly a back and side sleeper and never had to deal with laying on top of the zipper. The fit was snug but roomy enough for me 5'-9" 210 pounds. With the pad it takes up less room that my previous bag in my pack.

In the kitchen I bought one of those inexpensive butane backpacking stoves. Small and weighs less than an ounce. Screws on a fuel canister and boils water fast.  Not great for simmering or reheating and fair for frying but doable if you're attentive and stay busy stirring. Somewhat noisy which only concerned me early mornings in a crowded campground or while out hunting from a spike camp.

I transitioned to Smart Water bottles as my Sawyer filters will screw onto them and they are easier to fill from most water sources. They are also allow you to see the debris or discoloration of the water before running in through the filter. They seem pretty tough, come in a variety of sizes and relatively inexpensive.

Mountain House meals... A bit spendy but taste good and are super easy to prepare if you can boil water. No dishes needed but a long handled spoon is handy. A cozy made out of Reflectix (?) keeps em warm when it's cold out. If my plan is to do a lot of hiking or work I treat myself.

I did "upgrade" to the larger Corona pruning saw. It handled larger wood and wasn't that much of a weight and space penalty.

Other frequently used items, Paracord, First aid (Ibuprofen, tweezers, clippers, iodine, bandaids mostly), Headlamp, gloves, Stanley pot and cup, watch cap, bandanas, knife, lighter, extra batteries, socks. toiletries,

Less frequently, extra clothes, extra ammo, raingear (this year), map and compass, camp towel, water filter,

Never, tourniquet, whistle, water bladder, pack cover.

Most used pack: Camelbak Ranger (day use)
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Overnight trips, Kelty Redwing
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  AR15 CMMG 22 Conversion
Posted by: justsaymo - 12-06-2018, 07:20 PM - Forum: Testing and Evaluations - Replies (4)

A degrading political atmosphere locally and some Black Friday deals spurred me to buy another EBR (evil black rifle). Get 'em while you can.

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Complete build under $400. We'll see how it compares to pricier versions later. First impressions are all good.

Another Black Friday deal was for the CMMG 22 conversion kit. I've heard mostly glowing reports so I scored one of those too.

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Assembled with kit installed
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Touching off 22lr ammo goes over a lot better around here than 223/5.56 unless you're whacking a yote so I didn't need to head to the range to get a familiar with it. I tried a variety of 22 - CCI Mini Mags and Standard Velocity, Aguila Standard Velocity and Sniper Subsonic, Federal Bulk - and proceeded to check for function and shoot for groups. I wasn't sure how the 1/7 twist would do with 22 rimfire ammo but right off the bat the CCI Mini Mags showed promise.

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The SV did almost as well but all of the groups produced a flier. Same with the Aguila SV but the SSS did better than I expected. I had read that it needed a 1/9 twist of faster to shoot well and that appears to be true. At least the holes are round. It did print a little higher than the other loads.

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The federal bulk ammo didn't group. I'm not certain why but 6" at 25 yards is not even good enough to plink with. Bummer because it's what I have the most of...

Function was 100%, even with a "dry" gun for about 200 rounds with the ammo listed. I'll test it with some other ammo when I get the chance.

The sight to bore offset is 2-1/2"+ inches. I was a little surprised how close the elevation was on right out of the box. It did require some windage adjustment.

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Later I zero'd it with the CCI mini Mags at 100 yards as it appeared on the ballistic chart that it would be the most practical Point Blank Zero for field use, POI = POA within ~2-1/2" the whole way. With some practice and experience I think I could hunt small game with that. For steel and paper it's good to go.

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It will be interesting to see what 5.56 ammo it likes and how much change will be required for zeroing. If it's close it sure would make this a versatile package.

In comparison to my 10/22 TD it looks like it is more finicky about ammo accuracy wise. The rifle with an empty mag is just under 7 pounds vs. less than 4.5 for the 10/22 TD in backpacker configuration. It is also bulkier. I'll have to scope it before I know how accurate it really is. I suspect it is on par with a 10/22 with the ammo it likes.

Where it shines is as a training tool for those unfamiliar with the AR platform and those wanting to get reps in less expensively. It could do a lot of the work a dedicated 22 lr rifle can do, just clumsier.

So far, I'm very happy with my purchase.

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