Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Preparedness By Avoidance

I had really awesome plans for today after work. Things had lined up wonderfully and I was going to get to do two things I enjoy very much. The downside is these plans were about 40 miles away and this morning we had about an inch and a half of ice come down. During the day it sort of melted and froze into a solid mass. So I cancelled my plans. That sucked a lot. It was the smart move though.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sure I can drive in bad weather and have survival gear in my vehicle. I can do first aid and have a serious kit in the vehicle. Yet if I keep my happy ass at home till this all melts I won’t have to do any of that stuff.

We would all benefit from thinking a bit less like Sammy Seal  and a bit more like Grandma. Sammy has big tires on his truck and went to an extreme off roading class. He had a high lift jack and a winch.   Granny has an old Buick. The thing is Granny stays home when the weather is bad. Sammy might need that winch but Grannies Buick is staying in the garage.

To quote our friend Tamra  who was talking about the topic of self defense though it equally applies here “I actively don’t go there so I don’t have to do that.”

Friday, February 16, 2018

Star Cluster

Hey Folks, It’s been awhile. Life has been pretty busy. Between jobs, school, PT and various self improvement I am a fairly busy guy. Won’t apologize for that. A lot of the meaningful self improvement we do isn’t necessarily good blog fodder. This spring when school wraps up I may take up writing more frequently, if I want to, unless I don’t.

The financial markets are getting downright sporty. While huge moves to time the market are generally foolhardy a bit of rebalancing is probably a good idea. Taking a few profits out of equities isn’t a bad idea. Today on CNBC someone called the current market “picking up dollars in front of a steam roller.”

The topic of inflation is reading its head.

Money is under mentioned in preparedness. Part of this is the inherent oddly American trait to not talk about it and all call ourselves middle class. In our systems aside from some basic stuff like a pocket knife, a flashlight, comfortable footwear and a first aid kit money is probably the most important part of our systems for realistic emergencies followed closely by a concealed handgun. A roll of 20’s can solve a whole lot of problems. A comparable roll of 50’s can solve even more. A credit card with a high limit can get you a room to stay in, plane tickets or even buy a car to drive away if needed!

For a real world get home I am pretty comfortable with a day pack that has some basic stuff and a wad of cash. I am unlikely to be using a survival fishing kit but cash to buy lunch would be nice. Even in a realistic bug out situation I will have my pre packed bag, some guns and such but what I really need is a Visa card to get a motel room and a pizza!

Money also buys gear and bigger items like buy out vehicles and fancy survivalist retreates!

While not a sexy part of survivalism the answer to work more and scrimp to pay for stuff is really important. It applies at different relative levels for most everyone.

In a very transitional American view get out and earn that cool new thing you want!

One of the cool things about survivalism is that t is so broad. When life throws you a curve in one area focus on others. PT and dry fire are free. Organizing your stuff into cohesive systems is free. Rotating stores food and relaxing it as part of your diet is cost neutral if not free. The point I am trying to make is that there is a lot of stuff you can do even when money is tight.

Get out and do something this weekend!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Review

Good: Started doing IDPA, did a local rifle class, got into grad school, got a couple guns, bought some ammo.

Bad: Haven't been as consistent at Jiu Jitsu or dry fire as I would have liked.

Ugly: PT and health have not been improved and in fact have degraded. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Life and Travel

Work and school are done for a bit. Time to go full bore into family stuff.

For me part of that is traveling. Yes the TSA is ridiculous but sometimes for work or family stuff flying is the only option. If I had to guess I'll fly 8-10 times this year All said and done. So I kinda know the drill. Being aware of the rules and following them is simple enough even if they sometimes defy common sense. Just know the rules and follow them.

In terms of preparedness. For the trip:
-Wear comfortable clothes and decent footwear. It doesn't have to be hiking boots and multi cam, just some kind of clothes you can move in and shoes you would be comfortable walking a few miles in.

- Cash money. People get all stirred up about not having a gun on the plane but a far more likely situation is getting stuck somewhere. How much cash depends on your finances and the risk of the trip. A domestic flight from the Midwest to the PNW has a pretty low risk level. A flight from Somalia to Afghanistan has a high risk level. For the first I'm comfortable with a couple hundred bucks in cash. Enough to buy some food and get a room for the night or a bus/ train ticket if needed. For the other I would bring a few thousand dollars, more if I was in a place where I could risk losing more.

-A credit card. A card with enough room on it to stay in a motel and eat for a few days then get another flight or bus/ train ticket covers a lot of ground. Since I am a grown up who generat uses a credit card responsably I have asked them over time to raise the limit. If need be I'll buy a darn car to get out of somewhere!

- Passport/ alternate ID. Keep it in a bag or not in your purse/ wallet. That way if your wallet/ purse gets stolen you still have a form of ID. I usually keep a card and some checks with it also.

-Medical stuff. I put together a combination first aid kit/ ifak light to keep in my carry on backpack. The items omitted from the IfAK piece are the sharp stuff so scissors and a 12 gauge needle. Pastor Joe Fox of Viking preparedness did a video on travel first aid kits which I used as a guide. Google it.

- The only other preparedness item I put in was a pair of leather gloves. Good for moving in and around sharp stuff.

- As to guns and sharp stuff. Traveling with guns isn't really a huge deal. If you go somewhere regularly set up a cache so you don't have to mess with it. 

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!

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.

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