Friday, December 8, 2017

Peanut Butter and Sinus Infection

The tail end of this term has been kicking my butt ar school. I'm pretty burned out and ready to be done. This week especially sucks as a sinus infection is kicking my ass. The meds are working just a lot slower than I would like.

When sick I fall back to old comfort foods. Today for brunch I wanted eggo waffles with peanut butter and jelly. I don't eat much peanut butter but knew I had some around. It is a good source of protein plus cheap, ready to eat, shelf stable, calorically dense. A pretty good survival food.

The jar I found happened to have a Best Buy date in 2012. Some oil had separated and the remaining peanut butter was a bit thicker. Poured most of the oil out. The smell was fine and the taste was fine also. The only difference in texture was a mix of the thicker parts and the thinner oilier parts from when I mixed it back together.

I will let you know if I get sick. Presuming no illness I will do a pic post in a few days.

Otherwise the next thing on my agenda is putting winter gear into my vehicle. Commander Zero did a great series of posts on that topic.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sportsmens Guide Free Trial and Shipping

Hey Folks, Sportsmens guide is offering free shipping on (at least some) ammunition and a free trial of their membership. That means you can get ammo at the members price and have it shipped to you for free. With a large purchase the savings involved could be significant.

I used this deal to maximize my funds and get 4 cases of ammo. Among other things they have Wolf 7.62x39 at $200  a case! That is about best price I've seen in awhile even without free shipping!

I don't get anything from mentioning this. It's just a very good deal I wanted you all to know about. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quote of The Day

"What kind of preacher goes around carrying a pistol and shoots like that?"-reporter

"A well prepared one"- Preacher

After the preacher took out his revolver and engaged a drive by shooting on the church wounding one. On the rather interesting USA series Damnation.

Posted for my buddy Bayou Renaissance Man

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Field Jacket

Thank you very much Pinelander! I need to grab a liner from the local surplus store and I'm in business.

Many thanks my friend. You are better than I deserve!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

But my adult male hands can't fit a Glock......

Friday, November 10, 2017


Today I sold the FAL. It's a great rifle. I didn't really use it and it was expensive. With the cash I just freed up I am going to buy a bunch of ammo and put some money towards spare parts.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

RE: Using vs Collecting

Admittedly while there is some overlap between her huge blog and my tiny one (I'm not sure if she knows I exist) we have different angles. Hers is a little more guns and such and mine is more preparedness.

In general I find her reasoning sound. From what I have seen in the survivalist world I have two concerns though.

First people who try to press collectible guns into a working gun role. The guy whose go guns are a P1 Walter and an M1 Garand. He is making a very stupid decision. Without going deep into this gun vs that guns collectibles should be enjoyed and modern designs from post WWII should be used for work.

Second is similar putting money that should go to a working gun towards a collectible one. Don't get me wrong, collect whatever you want. The thing is if you need a defensive handgun buy a Glock 19 or similar gun. Use your non preparedness fun cash to buy that S&W pre model 10 you really want. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Lube and Spare Guns

My recent post got a couple comments worth addressing.

-Different forms of firearm lubrication. I should give the disclaimer that some guns have specific needs for specific reasons. You should always do what the manufacturer recommends. That said.....

It is my somewhat experienced opinion that any/ all commonly available lubricants perform Very similarly if not the same. Typically I will just use motor oil. The people making claims about this special lubricant or that one almost invariably have a vested financial interest in selling said product.

- Using spare parts to build more guns. Don't get me wrong if you have all the parts to make a gun make a gun. That said you still want spare parts, now for your two guns. Look at it like this. Most of us own a car. That car has a spare tire. If it goes through a certain fuse/ bulb you probably keep a couple around. You don't need he added expense of a whole other car just to get the tire and bulb!

On the bright side most of the parts that typically would need to be repaired are pretty cheap. Pins, springs, etc. Buying a whole second $800 rifle to get $200 in spare parts doesn't make sense. Plus when you take the first $5 part now that while gun is deadlined! Buy a second (or 5tg!) rifle if you need/ want one but don't ignore spare parts. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Bleh on a Field Jacket size L

Hey folks. I'm looking for a size large field jacket. My mother donated mine to a degenerative relative which is ok but I need to fill the gap. If you have one to spew drop me a line an tell me why you want for it. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

RE: Brushbeater: Running Spares Keep Your Weapon Going

An excellent post that frames the problem in a balanced way considering parts can/ do break with the reality that's we all have competing financial demands.

I would add the following:

Even if they don't break small springs and pins are the items most likely to be lost in cleaning/ disassembly. Related to this in field/ emergency conditions just field strip weapons for cleaning. For the AR I would not even disassemble the complete BCG. Clean it off and re oil it. Now if there is an issue you don't have a choice but as a matter of normal course keep all the small parts together where they should be.

Consider having a spare set of ancillary stuff. Pouches/ etc. it doesn't have to be expensive Gucci cool guy stuff. A cheap surplus LBE with mag pouches and a canteen works. Just a decent intentional way to carry your gun stuff in case your primary stuff is lost or fails.

For rifles commonality dictates standard 5.56 DI AR's and AKMs in 7.62x39. The other viable choices lack a sufficient base. For pistols it's a much more spread out mix. Standard Glocks in 9mm and .40S&W probably have a slight edge but a dozen or so various pistols follow closely.

If your this worried stack cleaning stuff Deep also.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

FN-FAL for sale

My DSA Voyager 21" with a full embell spare parts kit, 20x20 red mags and 6x 30rd mags.

It's a great set up. I am selling it because an opportunity to buy a truck came up at a time I can't really cash flow it.

I have over 2k into it all and would ideally like to get 1,700 out of it. I would Ben willing to separate the spare parts it to sell separately if someone wants that.

I would be open to a partial trade for a nice AK or a Glock 9mm.

Serious inquiries only please. I want to see and am willing to play some let's make a deal but it's not like I'm desperate to sell today. Leave a comment or drop me an email if you are interested.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

State of the .22 LR

Today I found myself at Cabellas. It was a convenient central point to meet a guy to sell an item
I don't need anymore. I took the opportunity to restock my 9mm ball range ammo. I looked around. Lots of everything but I don't need everything. I decided to grab some .22lr. They had Blazer bulk pack at 500/$27 but most were $36/500. I just grabbed a couple of the 100 round CCI Mini Mag plastic boxes. At this point I don't shoot much .22lr so it's just for the stash. Back when there was a big difference in price between the cheap stuff and the good stuff, which CCI Mini Mags are was 2x it made some sense to get the cheap stuff. These days it's negligible so I might as well have the good stuff put back. 

I think the 8-9 cent range is the new normal for .22 ammo. It's probably never getting much cheaper. It used to be cheaper and thankfully I got a reasonable amount but I know some folks didn't. It is currently widely available. Stock up or be sorry later. $10 a week would be a box of 100 CCI Mini Mags and over a year you would put back over 5k. Remember, lots of friends and family have .22's and maybe a partial box of ammo. Also they are the perfect survivalist small change. 

Got .22lr?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Upcoming Plans

One of the cool things about survivalism/ preparedness is that it has so many facets. You can pursue a lot of things within it. That may be part of the reason it has kept my interest an this blog has stayed alive as long as it has. 

Things that I am going to be working on and likely talking about. 

-Physical fitness. I need to get back to my roots here. Reestablish good patterns and stay consistent. 

- Handgun shooting. Specifically shooting, ideally at least one IDPA match a month. 

- Combatives. Keep pushing to improve. 

- Finances. The essential topic almost every survivalist ignores. 

- Organization/ systems. I really want to firm up my heavy bug out and bug in stuff. That will give me a better idea why I really need and an opportunity to get rid of the rest. 

- Caches. I can improve my situation and know most of you could stand to do the same. 

Honesty I'm not going to promise anything in terms of regularity of writing. Honesty the blogs healthy priority is somewhere below practicing guitar and above watching tv so it naturally comes way after relationships, work, school, fitness, jiu jitsu and other work. That's part of the reason I demonetizes the blog, so I don't feel like I have to write. Things go in cycles aandnright now it's a busy life/ slo blog time. 

If this hurts readership honesty I don't care. I hope core people stick around. Maybe setting up email alerts for posts is a good idea. Anyway be well folks. 
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