Friday, April 24, 2015

Barter Town: Spring Cleaning 2015 Updated 9 Apr

Updated 4/16: If you had an eye on something but the price wasn't quite right this is the time to strike before I list things elsewhere. Send me a note with what you are thinking and we'll talk. I'm not having a fire sale but I do want to unload this stuff and put that value elsewhere. If I earn another hundred bucks I can get a case of 5.56 which sounds pretty darn good to me.


 I teased it before. Folks seemed to think my idea not to include shipping in costs as it would drag up the price of items but instead have a surcharge for smaller purchases. After deliberation I set the amount (under which a $10 surcharge will be added) as $60. The reason for that instead of $50 is that price would let someone buy an item, toss in a $10 pouch and avoid paying the surcharge. In effect I would be giving away the smaller item.

 As to procedures either leave a comment or email me at theotherryan@yahoo.com and include Barter Town in the subject line (both is the best approach). Obviously the first person to make a full price offer gets the item. If they want to bargain (which is totally fine) I will do one of four things: A) accept right away B) counter offer, C) tell them I'll see how much interest the item gets and maybe get back to them or D) outright reject their offer.

EDITED TO INCLUDE: Payment can be done through paypal (theotherryan@yahoo.com) or USPS money order.

Anyway here we go.

Knives:
British Sheffiield made OEM Survival Knife. It cost me $85 plus shipping. I received this knife and immediately just didn't like the way it handled. Too heavy for it's length in my opinion. I never used it as I planned to return it. For reasons lost to time the return got messed up and in frusteration I put it on a shelf and a few months went by. 

Holsters:
Safariland 6285 1.5in drop holster for a Glock 17 with TLR-1 light. I know they also fit a G19 just fine. Also I believe they fit the G22/23 as holsters are generally compatible between the two.

Bianchi Model 7/7L pancake holster for a full sized 1911.Slightly used in excellent condition Asking $35.

Quality leather OWB holster for a Glock 26 though it will fit a G19 just fine. Got it in a complicated trade and don't need it. Manufacturer is unknown but it is a nice well made holster. Used in excellent condition. Asking $40.
Cross breed style holster (manufacturer unknown) for a Glock 9mm. Used in VG/G condition. Asking $30.
Sold

Bianchi (I'm pretty sure) leather IWB holster for a Walther PP/PPK. Would presumably fit similar sized guns like a Bersa .380 but again do your own research and take your own chances. It was barely used as I owned the PP for about a week but probably sat on the shelf at the gun shop for a minute so the leather is pretty stuff. A rub of saddle soap or leather conditioner should fix that minor problem. Asking $15.


Other Stuff:

Springfield leather (National Match?) sling. In very good condition. I purchased it because the Garand needed a sling. Took it off when I sold the rifle and do not have a use for it. Asking $25.
Side saddle for a Mossberg 500. Can't remember who made it and the bolts to mount it were lost who knows when. Asking $10.
 

Leather sling. Asking $20.


PUR hiker water filter. Asking $40. They don't make these anymore but they take Katadyn replacement filters.

PUR water filter. Asking $40. They don't make these anymore but they take Katadyn replacement filter.

My goal is to make enough cash to fund some projects. Honestly as such my primary goal is to turn this stuff into cash. Inevitably the topic of trades will come up. First of all valuing trades is hard, everyone wants to value their stuff close to new and the other guys at half the value. I tend to look at both sides stuff based on % of new price and factor in condition. If you have something else to trade I might be interested in I guess let me know. Worst case I will say no thanks.

Well that is what I have up for sale now. Please let me know if you have any questions. Barter Town is now officially open.

Edited to include: This post is going to be bumped to the top pretty consistently until the spring cleaning is over and Barter Town is closed.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Real Life: Wifey Screamed Out In Panic

Yesterday afternoon was going along normally. My mom is in town. She was outside with Wifey and the kids. I was inside working on the 'honey do list'. I heard Wifey scream 'RYAN!'.

I looked out the window to see if I needed to grab the 870. It turns out Dog #2 was in the chicken coup. She had one of the golden girls in her mouth. By the time I got there the kids were screaming. I got Dog #2 out of there but the damage was done. Got the kids inside, gave them a snack and turned on the tv. I went outside, hit the injured chicken in the head with the back of an ax and got rid of the carcuss. Would have cleaned and eaten it but there was not time to do so as we had plans.

It happened to Wifey but just as easily could have happened to me. We haven't really had an issue with the dogs actively trying to get to the chickens so maybe we've been a bit lax. Lesson learned.


I'm also not mad at Dog #2 as they like have instincts and stuff.

So now we are down to 5 chickens.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pastor Joe Fox 'Before You Buy PM's'



On the ammo discussion:
10,000 rounds by Pastor Joe Fox
Cheaper than Dirt chimes in and thinks 2 cases per rifle is pretty reasonable
My thoughts on How Much Ammo is Enough

To recap my thoughts:
Fighting Rifle like an AK-47 3,000 rounds of 7.62x39. Ditto for 3 cases of 5.56 for the AR, etc all
Fighting Pistol- 1k of 9mm or whatever your flavor is.
Shotgun- 1k mixed between buckshot, slugs and small game loads. Depending on your area and firearms setup you might want more buckshot for say an urban scenario or more small game loads if you are set on defensive rifles and out in the sticks. Honestly I would probably go 300 buck, 200 slugs and 500 various small game loads like #6 and BB because I'm more likely to shoot 5 rounds a week at squirrels or birds than burglars.

In general:

I think there are a couple of ways to look at precious metals.

One could look at them as a part of a survivalist type plan. From this perspective on the low $$$ end you might have a bag of 90% silver dimes to barter with. This could be $20 face (14.2ish ounces, costing about $300 today) or a big $100 face bag. On the high end you might have a bit more silver and whatever the balance of your funds is in gold.

Personally I do not look at PM's as part of my survivalist plans. If I was headed to Ye Olde Barter Faire sure I would have a few dollars face in 90% but I would also have fifty rounds of .22 lr, a pack of sewing needles, some pins, etc. The way I look at PM's is not so much as  a survivalist thing but as the uuber conservative portion of my financial plans. Some folks put a bit of money into bonds or treasuries, I go with silver and gold instead.

Anyway I thought the video was worthwhile and thought provoking. I hope it is equally worthwhile to you.

Pocket Pistol Rules

A few months back I was able to have dinner with Chris and Heather. The topic of very small pocket sized handguns came up. They had recently purchased a pair of them, which they were judiciously carrying. He said more or less "be careful you might end up carrying one all the time [instead of a larger more potent pistol] as they are so convenient."

Well I purchased the LCP not too long ago. It is darn convenient. However I decided that I need some rules to limit when it is used as it's certainly not ideal for every situation.

-I carry the LCP in my immediate area as it is boringly safe. This covers most of my outings.

-I also carry the LCP in non permissive (socially if not legally) enviornments.

-When I go to the bigger town I carry the G19. Not that any violent confrontation is ideal but the G19 gives me a lot more capabilities should there be 2 or more Goblins trying to accost me. It also gives me a lot more range and more rounds if we get caught up in a mass shooter situation.

Do you have a pocket pistol? Under what circumstances do you carry it? When do you leave it behind (or as a BUG) in favor of a larger pistol.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Not Jurassic Park Just Two Big Dogs

Commander Zero threw it out there but no, in fact we are not running Jurassic Park here. It came up in a recent post how much dog food we are going through. My initial estimate was a bit off (we had a 3rd dog for awhile and he skewed things) but we are going through around 2/3rds of a 50 pound bag of dog food a week. That actually works well as it means we have around a 90 day supply on hand which is a pretty reasonable place to be at for the beasts.

So these are our dogs. Regrettably Dog #1 is no longer with us. He was a good old boy and I'm sure he is lazily sitting in heaven being petted by a bunch of kids. Seriously that dog was awesome. He was truly kid proof, I do not believe a kid could have done anything to make Dog #1 hurt them. In Arizona we had a walkable convenience store. When I went there I took Dog #1 and tied him up to a rail outside while I shopped inside. Every time I came back to some kids petting him and Dog smiling. He was a good boy. He was my friend and I miss him.

Dog #2 is the big ole tan gal. She is short with her shoulders coming about to my knees but she is thick! That dogs chest, neck and head are just huge! She is built like a linebacker. Walker tried to tackle her once, like a full on running attack. He hit her neck, rolled over the top of it and fell down, she didn't move. Dog #2 is pretty darn strong. I found this out when we were camping last fall. Someone took a cat camping and let it walk around the place. Turns out she hates cats, like a lot. It is a good thing I was holding the leash not Wifey. I am not a weak guy and it took most of what I had to keep my hand on the leash. She really hates cats. Also Dog #2's jaw strength is ridiculous. I don't recall why but we had a big old bone floating around the house. It was at least as big as my fore arm, probably a hog thigh bone. For some reason the other dogs were fighting over it and she got annoyed. Dog #2 picked up that big ole bone in her mouth and bit it in half! Another fun moment with Dog #2 was when my daughter opened up the fridge looking for a cup of milk. There was a half eaten rotisserie chicken in the fridge. Dog #2 got that thing in one bite and ran off.

She is a good girl. Really patient with the kids and stuff. Maybe it's the fact that she's had pups but she seems to get the whole concept of little ones being ridiculous. Occasionally she nips at Walker but only when he really, really deserves it. She gives a ton of warnings beforehand so really it is our fault for not getting Walker to knock it off.

Dog #2 absolutely looks scary and as a matter of fact is scary. She is my dog and I trust her to be around my small children (which is the highest level of trust I could give a dog but) I really, really wouldn't want to make her angry.

Dog #3 is ridiculous. He is just a pup still. That boy is probably going to be 110ish when he is fully grown. He has a little (lab) head but is a big lanky boy. As best we can tell he is part great dane and probably part lab. His head is lab sized which is weird for his big old body. He was pretty skinny at about 65 pounds when we got him (and the pic was shot), probably after starving for awhile.  Also Dog #3 is still a pup at well under a year old. Pretty quickly he gained a bunch of weight and is up to about 90 pounds.

Dog #3 is smart. Also he has all the right instincts. He is super high energy but in no way aggressive to the kids. Oddly he is so hyper Walker doesn't try the stuff he does on Dog #2 with him. Dog #3 is very aware and does not like anything getting into our area or near the kids. He is viciously protective of them and his default reaction is to fight any decently sized dog that tries to get close to them. Dog #2 is genuinely scary, maybe more so than #3. However I am very confident if Dog #3 is around nothing short of a black bear is going to hurt my kids! If a good old doggie deterrent is needed Dog #3 is the answer. He is very protective of his people, especially the kids, and generally cautious to aggressive towards everyone else. That dog would definitely eat someone if he needed thought it was necessary. Woe betide anyone who messes with the kids or wife! Also maybe best of all Dog #3 gets Dog #2, who is a big ole beast, going. She might be too stupid to get the need to fight unless someone smacks her on the nose but she will follow dog #3 when he gets going.

Wifey had Dog #3 at a dog adoption thing, before (she) we decided to keep him. Whenever a decent sized dog got near the kids Dog #3 said hell no and flipped his shit. He will not let an other than midget sized dog near my kids. Dog #3 says screw it he will fight them all. Also he seems to hate German Sheppard's for some weird reason  I guess he is a doggie racist or something.

Those are our two dogs. Dog #2 weights about 104 and Dog #3 weights about 92 pounds. He is still growing and I'd guess he grows up to 110-115ish. He's going to be a big old boy.

They are a handful but we love them. I generally prefer big fairly non aggressive dogs to smaller more aggressive ones. Also they make a very good case as to why someone should pick another place to rob.

Got Dogs?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Land Nav Training with Max Velocity

Max Velocity is offering land nav training.


MVT will offer practical Land Navigation classes. These will be 2 day classes.
Classes will include:
Theory
Practical Instruction
Day & Night Practical Land Navigation
(Night course optional)
Background Reading HERE.
Equipment:
Orienteering Compass
Map Case/ZipLock Bag (A4 sized)
Day Pack
Water Source
Whistle
Light Stick
Flashlight
(Lensatic Compass & Protractor use will be covered, equipment supplied).
A permanent orienteering course is set up at the MVT site, due to the MVT Rifleman Challenge.
Free basic camping is available at site. Motels are available in nearby Romney, WV.
Dates:
June 8/9 (Monday/Tuesday): This class will be offered immediately following the Combat Team Tactics (CTT) Class (space is available on that CTT class).
June 19/21 (Saturday/Sunday).
Cost: $250.

Land nav is not something you can learn watching youtube or reading a book. If you do not have these skills then best remedy the issue promptly. I urge you to do so while all it costs is a bit of money. 

Hookers for Hillary

Apparently there is a group, based out of the famous house of ill repute known as the Bunny Ranch, of prostitutes referring to their selves as Hookers for Hillary. They are advocating for Hillary Clinton to be our next president. I don't really know what to say about this but it is weird enough to bear mentioning.

On a sad but serious note. The prostitutes are honest about what they do and work hard for a living. They provide services that people want and willingly pay for. That is more than I can say for their chosen candidate.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What Have You Been Up To In Preparedness Lately?

I revamped my get home bag.

Have an 80% solution on a resupply cache.

Selling stuff to buy more useful stuff.

Rotated some stored fuel. Will rotate more over the next 2-3 weeks till it is all fresh and properly preserved non ethanol gas.

Bought 350 pounds of dog food. That gives us about a 2 month supply.

Bought 20 pounds of just add water pancake mix and 2 big things of syrup.

We are looking at cargo trailers.

What have you been up to in preparedness lately?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Trades in Barter Town

I was asked about potential trades. This is a tough one as it is difficult to say everything I might be potentially willing to trade for without fully developing the situation. If you are interested in an item I think is going to be harder to sell or the trade is going to lean pretty hard in my favor; I am inclined to be more accepting of generally useful items I might not exactly be looking for.

As of right now I would be very interested in trading for a rail mounted AR-15 type folding sight made of metal from a decent manufacturer. Extra special bonus points if it is a MaTech Milspec BUIS but I'm pretty open to any decent option. Also if you have a used Aimpoint or Eotech I am interested.

edited to include: I am also looking for a Glock 22 9mm conversion barrel such as this lone wolf model. 

I can also definitely use some carbine length AR handguards (mil spec type or similar with metal heat shield) and would like one of those Tapco AK hand grips.

I can also use a couple of those MOLLE FLC mesh vest things to make ancillary rigs of spare pouches. Also a good holster for a 4"k frame with a heavy barrel would be nice as would a streamlight or surefire flashlight (1" tube type) to mount on a weapon.

Those are specific things I can really use. Beyond that all manner of mags (AK, AR, Ruger 10/22, HK G3, Browning Buckmark, Glock 9/.40), spare parts, commo equipment and of course precious metals.

I can also use a small full tang knife like an Isulla II.

I am not saying this list is by any means inclusive, it would take days to come up with every possible thing I might potentially trade for. You might have something I haven't thought to mention or maybe even a cool thing I haven't heard of. So If you have something that seems generally useful for preparedness and want to trade it for something I have just let me know. Worst case I will say no thanks.

I hope this explains where I am at with trades for barter town.

2016 Gun Buying Plans

I talked about getting ready for the upcoming (pretty well scheduled) 2016 Election Hysteria awhile back. Figured it is time for an update.

Since writing that post I did order a stripped lower.

Would like to get 2 more, maybe this weekend. I look at these as a stock option. For $40-60ish they give me the option of buying an AR down the road at a pretty normal price, despite whatever AWB type stuff could get passed. $200 in stripped lowers in the safe would let me buying that 20" M16 A4 style tack driver I kind of want, build a pink AR for Wifey and one for each kid.

I got a 3rd mag for the LCP. Probably good enough for now.

Also want to get some of those new Glock magpul mags to try out. A half dozen of them would go a long way to testing the (almost surely great) new product and getting ahead for when I eventually get another Glock.

Have not picked up any more .380 or .308. These are pretty low on the list as tiny pocket pistol ammo and deer hunting rounds aren't going anywhere any time soon. Still on general principle over the course of the year I want to get some of each, bare minimum 200 rounds each .380 ball and .308 150gr SP.

The proceeds from my spring cleaning sale are going to be turned into a case of 5.56. Honestly I fear some day we will be laughing about $350 a case the way folks are talking about SA 5.56 at $200 a case in the early 00's. I have habitually been short of my self identified goals for 5.56 so this year I want to get closer to, if not achieve, my desired goal of 3k (per fighting rifle).

Beyond that in no particular order I plan to pick up some HK G3 mags and if I get a windfall of some sort a full spare parts kit for a G3. Bet you can guess what my next years goal is?

I should note that hysteria aside I see the chances of anything meaningful happening at a national level to limit our 2A rights as a no go. I'm not saying to go out and charge everything you will ever want on the visa because this will be your last chance ever. What I am saying is that next years market might be wonky so it is prudent to front load some firearm and firearms related purchases and not plan on much happening next year. Honestly if I had the cash to buy all the stuff listed plus a PTR-91 today I would do it and just be done for 1.75 years  but well I don't so some stuff has to wait.

Thoughts?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Max Velocity and Alexander Wolfe Talk Gear


Max Velocity is ditching his beloved battle belt for a much more modern setup of a lightweight battle belt with a couple rifle mags and a pistol plus his sweet new MVT CUTT chest rig by AMH Tactical. I think this sort of system brings a lot to the table.


As you may well know I have a heavy battle belt/ modern LBE a lot like what MAX used to run. 

Both Max Velocity and Alexander Wolfe pretty much lay down the same thinking on the pro's and cons of the heavy battle belt.

Pro's-  Probably the most comfortable way to carry a fair bit of weight in a fighting load. It also lets you go prone comfortably and open the belt for even more comfort if you are say lying in an position for hours.

Cons- Not so great for vehicles as it's lots of extra stuff around the mid line on your sides and back. This isn't a huge deal for me as I can't see too many situations where I would be driving for any distance and having it sitting by me would not be sufficient.

Not scalable. These are all or nothing and they are fairly heavy. Mine is (IIRC) almost 20 pounds with ten or so loaded AR mags and 2 Glock mags. This brings a couple of issues. First for most realistic civilian situations I am not going to need to be carrying a dozen AR mags. The option to have a couple reloads for my long gun is a handy one that fits a whole lot of realistic scenarios. If I was say, going a block over to check on a neighbor, even during the nastiest situations to hit the US is recent memory, the LA Riots and Hurricane Katrina, I would feel quite comfortable with my AR and 2 reloads.

Second people who haven't done much field time fail to realize this stuff gets heavy. When people get back into camp after a long hard day of patrolling the first thing they want to do is take off all their heavy stuff! If people are going to be doing work around camp the first thing they want to do is take off all their heavy stuff! A big ole battle belt might get left behind under a bunk or in a shelter.

Personally despite the fact that I am selling stuff right now you note my battle belt is not for sale. I believe that system has a valid niche and plan to keep it. That being said...

I do have another 'prime time' (not to be confused with various ancillary backup stuff) system. That system is a 2 part tiered system. The first part is a Costa Leg Rig (reviewed at T Blog) with a good heavy duty belt and a holster. I currently have this set up for home defense so instead of rifle mags it is holding shotgun shell cards for my trusty 870P. A benefit of this system is I could swap it to use with my AR tomorrow, a PTR-91 the next day, whatever.

I could attach a fixed blade knife and a TQ to this system and it would be plenty for most scenarios. Certainly even in a nasty situation it would be enough to wear while doing chores around the house/ camp or relaxing after a tough day of fighting off Chinese hordes/ Zombies/ whatever. 

The second part is a chest rig, probably my MOLLE II TAP panel because it can easily be used with body armor or solo. That gets the mag count of this system to a respectable level and gives places to put necessary stuff.

Which system do I prefer? It is definitely situationaly dependent. The tiered system is a lot more versatile. Honestly I can see my battle belt ending up in a cache at some point. It would be great for going all Red Dawn but I can't see wearing it in a hurricane or riot where I can definitely see the pistol belt from the other system being a constant companion.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ruger LCP Custom First Range Trip Report

I finally got the Ruger LCP Custom out to the range. Took a box of .380 PMC FMJ's and some .380 Hornady 90 gr JHP American Handgunner ammo.

Accuracy: I was pleasantly surprised. This little pistol was pretty shootable. Getting head sized shots at 10 yards and chest at 15-25 was not at all difficult. I was able to shoot it to that level of accuracy with decent follow up time so that was nice. I shoot it way better than a J frame.

Recoil: Negligible. It isn't a gun you would want to fire 500 rounds through but I shot 65ish and could have shot another box without any unpleasantness.

Reliability: Kind of a sad face here. Out of 65 rounds there were 2 failures to feed. The first one was an FMJ that just didn't chamber. I racked the slide and it loaded just fine. The second was a JHP when I went to load the pistol. The first round in the mag jammed up on the feed ramp and got dented up pretty bad. Maybe when I went to load the mag I didn't fully seat it or failed to pull the slide back all the way, I don't know.

I am taking this with an open (albeit annoyed) mind as I somehow failed to lubricate the gun at all. I shot it right out of the box totally dry. After a shot of lube there were not any more issues. I'm hoping further testing shows those FTF's were an anomoly.

Presuming the stats on reliability gets to 99% for subsequent practice I think this is going to make a nice little carry pistol.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Fitness Push




I am on day 2. Not quite as low carb as Pastor Joe recommends but we haven't really done a dedicated shopping trip with this new found health push in mind so it's been catch as catch can. Anyway I am working to get fit and establish healthy long term habits. Are you physically where you want to be? If not, what are you doing about it?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My Level 2.5 Get Home Bag Update 4/11/2015

I talked about my level 2.5 system awhile back and did a full breakdown. Since then I acquired a new bag and have trimmed the system down to a more manageable size/ weight. Anyway somebody asked for a full breakdown so here it is.
 From top to bottom:
-Burner phone with charger. I keep this as a back up to my normal phone. I'm not worried about the Gubmint listening in on me but like the layer of anonymity when buying/ selling things. 
-Little tan bag with some cash in it. Enough to buy a tank of gas and a few meals as well as to have cash to flash to buy a ride if I need to. "I will pay you a hundred bucks to take me in the general direction you are already going" type thing.
-Glock 19 with 2 spare mags loaded with Federal 115gr JHP ammo. It is in my trusty Bianchi 100 professional but there is a little Raven Vanguard 2 just in case some time I put it in the bag and forget the holster.
-IFAK. TQ, Israeli bandage, compressed gauze, nasal breathing tube and needle.
-Boo boo kit. Band aids, mole skin, athletic tape, liquid bandage, etc. Recently added some caffine pills and peptol bismol.
-Benchmade Bushcrafter knife. 
I ended up putting this knife back in. I think a full tang knife that can be pushed pretty hard has value that makes it's additional weight worthwhile.
-Piece of VS 17 panel and a whistle for signalling.
-Headlamp and extra batteries.
-Nalgene bottle and stainless nesting cup.
-Compass, map, protractor, notecards and pencils
-Sawyer water filter.
 -TP and spare socks. Not real sure why they share a bag.
-Nomex flight gloves.
-Fire kit. Lighter, matches and a couple little candles.
-Food. A couple things of tuna, some peanut butter, a bag of M&M's, some instant coffee and 5 cliff bars.
-My Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack.
-ECWCS wind jacket
-Poncho with stakes and 550 cord.
-The woobie this photo is taken on is also part of the system.
Not shows
-A small bag of 550 cord I overlooked in the bottom of the bag.

 The bag fully loaded.


Of course no system is ever completely finished.
Things I need to add:
-A larger (smaller scale so bigger coverage) map
-A couple freeze dried meals to beef up the calorie count a bit.

 Things I am considering doing:
-Swapping out the woobie for a thermal/ casualty blanket at least for the summer. This would save some weight and considerable bulk.

Things I would like to do but have not yet funded.
-Titanium cup
-Snugpack jungle blanket. Smaller and a bit lighter than the woobie and I suspect warmer.
-Potentially a lighter knife that is still full tang.

On an unrelated note out advertiser Lucky Gunner has Glock 23 magazines on sale for $22.95 instead of the usual 28-30. Glock mags practically never go on sale so if you have a G23 jump on this deal.

So anyway that is my bag. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Winston Churchill Biography on Kindle for Free till 4/11

Winston Churchill was an amazing man and you can read about him for free. Hat tip to Bayou Renaissance Man for the find. Note there are aps to read kindle books on most electronic devices.
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