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Friday, August 3, 2012

Solo Stove, Rat 3 Knife and Why the M16/M4/AR Platform is Awesome

When it rains it pours and today it definitely poured.

I am pleased to announce our newest advertiser Solo Stove. I haven't gotten a chance to handle one yet but if their videos are any indicator it is a really cool piece of kit. Might just take most of the benefits of a camp stove AND most of the benefits of cooking over a fire and combine them in a compact package. Can't wait to get my hands on one.

An Ontario Rat-3 showed up in our mailbox today. The Rat 3 cuts and handles well in addition to being pretty darn light.  The sheath is very nice and well thought out. Between it's light weight and quality sheath you can easily forget it is on your belt. A brief initial impressions review will follow shortly but suffice to say I am quite impressed. The Rat-3 may well be the best small belt knife/ camp and field knife I have handled to date.

John Mosby has been cranking out awesome posts:
Tricks of the Trade and Tricks of the Trade II are worth reading and absorbing. While not a super duper cool SOF guy I have been around the block a couple times and still definitely got some stuff out of it. I suspect you will also.

His post: The M16/AR15/M4: Why it's the choice of professionals everywhere is worth reading and I will briefly discuss it. In no particular order:

-So much of the argument about .223 lethality (though JM makes a very compelling case that argument is junk) is really about full metal jacketed ammunition. Soldiers are required to use FMJ ammunition but civilians are not. If you like the platform but aren't thrilled with the bullets then get better ones. Modern soft point and hollow point .223 ammunition are a whole different ball game.

-As to reliability I think that any case of the AR platform being "maintenance intensive" or unreliable if not in pristine condition is seriously overstated. It is my belief that an AR could be kept going almost indefinitely by simply wiping out the inside of the upper receiver/ chamber and (assembled) bolt carrier group with a rag,  running a bore snake through the barrel and re oiling the gun. I have not empirically tested this theory but if anybody wants to donate a whole bunch of .223 ammo for me to test this theory I will provide the rifle, rag, bore snake and oil.

-To me the modularity of the platform is another significant bonus. You can have a unregulated legal short barreled rifle pistol, a defensive carbine and a solid varmit/ precision rifle that have total commonality in parts, ammunition and magazines. That kind of modularity and potential for a simple logistical footprint  is aweful handy.

The good folks at TEOTWAWKI Blog did a nice post on Blanket Rolls. This is a good technique to have in your brain housing group in case you find yourself (or a friend) needing to travel with less than the ideal gear setup.

I also ran 2 miles today leaving me with 44 more to go. Darn that is a long way. 

Thank goodness it is Friday. I got off work early which meant I could hit the gym and still get home at a very reasonable time. We went for a long walk and took kiddo to play with a ball in a big field. He really liked that and generally gets great joy out of being outside. We have been going out for a walk or to play every day after dinner which has been quite enjoyable. Hopefully we can have a yard at our next place.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Free Ebook- The Western Front Part 1

Our newest advertiser "The Western Front" is offering part 1 of their Ebook free on Amazon. Should be free for another day or so. I haven't read it yet but am looking forward to it. Note that if you do not own a kindle there is software which can be downloaded to read kindle stuff on pretty much anything.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Our Happy Homestead: Is Anybody Out There

If anybody affiliated with Our Happy Homestead reads this please send me an email. I tried to contact you through the email address I have used in the past to no success. Also I have gone to your site multiple times and had it be down or otherwise not available. Unless I can communicate with you in the near future I will have no choice but to take your ad down if just temporarily.

Please drop me a line.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Personal Survival Kit

First I have to note that I blatantly stole this idea from John Mosby. Since this isn't school there is no penalty for this. Anyway I wanted to give credit where it is due.  I didn't so much steal the general idea to have most of this stuff around as the idea of looking at it as a unique kit.

My personal survival kit consists of the following. A knife, in this case a Buck 110 though any good knife would be fine. A compass I had lying around, a couple lighters wrapped in ranger bands, water purification tablets, 550 cord and a small LED light. Also there is a flint and striker which I plan to replace with the much more compact Boy Scout model when I get around to ordering some stuff. I got the little pouch to put it all in. Figured either I could just slip the whole thing into my camelback or cargo pocket or take the stuff out and put it into various places. Either way it would stay in one place and be readily available. Probably not entirely necessary but it helped me put things together and worst case I can always use it for something else.

My kit varies a bit from the one JM described. Not shown is a handgun with a spare magazine because well I am in Germany right now. Also not shown are eye pro but I wear them in the woods. Also I added the small light because they are just really handy. Not pictured or mentioned is a water bottle/ camelback/ canteen. I thought about that for awhile. In the end I sort of consider it an implied item I would have anyway, sort of like how I didn't mention footwear or pants.

This little kit lives in my car and goes with me when I am in the woods or whatever. It is pretty small and as such could be carried during any sort of tasks. Anyway if you do not have some sort of kit like this then it might be worth thinking about putting one together.

Get all kinds of survival gear online at RV Ops.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Welcoming Our Newest Advertiser- Joshua

Today I would like to welcome our newest advertiser Joshua. It is a book about a man and a young boy trying to make it during a long term collapse. The first 5 chapters are available free to read which is pretty cool. The book bears some slight similarities to The Road in that a man and a boy are making their way through a crazy total end of the world type situation but it really ends there. As a distinct difference this book doesn't make we want to drink a bottle of scotch and stick a handgun in my mouth.

 Please go check out the free chapters and see if the book interests you. I do not think you will be disappointed. I will be reading the whole thing once I finish up a couple other books which have been waiting for awhile.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Today I would like to welcome our newest advertiser Hush Tunnel

The privacy rights that we are supposedly afforded in life don’t translate to our online lives. When we send a letter we have a reasonable expectation of privacy. The letter will arrive at its destination, unopened. Sadly, this is not the case online. Most traffic sent over the Internet is plain text, and even that which is encrypted with SSL is susceptible to a trusted man in the middle interception.
With this being said, there are ways to protect your internet privacy. You can prevent ISP's from spying on your traffic by using an encrypted tunnel such as Most proxies available are SSL based and as such are prone to trusted man in the middle attacks. Hush Tunnel uses SSH and is the easiest way to protect your online privacy, encrypting and anonymizing your internet traffic with a single click. Hush Tunnel is devoted to protecting your online privacy rights!

Please go check out hush tunnel and consider using their service to help with your internet security needs.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Seeking Advertisers

We here at the Rantfest are actively seeking out new advertisers. If you sell firearms or firearms equipment, outdoor stuff, strait up survivalist stuff or precious metals advertising here would be a great fit. We are flexible and work with folks to meet their unique needs. Also if you know someone whose business could benefit from advertising here please suggest that they check out the blog and shoot me an email at

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


A pretty cool selection of freeze dried food in a bucket designed to grab and go which would be ideal for short term emergencies like natural disasters. They will be be raising the price on the wise food storage 60 servings from 99 dollars to 109 dollars after March 1st.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review Trudge Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

This book and the second in the series “Soldier On” are written by Shawn Chesser. I am going to discuss/ review them together because it is just easier that way.

They are pretty much your quintessential zombie/ doomer porn type book. The basic plot is that a man is traveling across the country to find his family during a Zombie Apocalypse. A cynical person might say the author took “The Survivalist” series and added zombies. The main character is that a former special operations type, who used to be in an organization that rhymes with Shmenta Farce. They live in Portland, Oregon and his family went on vacation in South Carolina and he decides to go find and save them. The first book begins with the initial outbreak and ends at a logical break while he in inland West searching for his family. The second book takes off more or less where the first ended and finishes shortly after he is reunited with his family in Colorado. The plot leaves me with some solid ideas on where book three is going and it should be good. [I actually got confused and read them out of order but the second book does a good enough job catching you up that I got caught up enough for it to be OK which is always good. Also they aren’t exactly what you would call super deep.]

The Good: They are light, fast paced and entertaining. The action is consistent but pretty realistic. One guy doesn’t kill 30 dudes with guns who are shooting at him in an open field or head shoot 200 zombies in a row, no matter what his background is. Guns need to be reloaded and people run out of ammunition.
Also I appreciated that the books are quite fairly priced at 3-4 dollars for the kindle versions. Given the length and type of book they are I though it was a good value for my entertainment dollar. I do not think a physical book is available.

The main characters made use of back roads and forest service roads to get around. Certainly your best shot for travel in that sort of scenario. Also they used some basic convoy methods and had impromptu plans for communication (albeit on an open channel) which was smart, especially for a cobbled together group.
The main character uses an AR-15 and Glock 9mm’s pistols. Clearly he is a man of taste and distinction. I know it is dumb but I kind of like that they used guns I like.

The Bad: That the core of the book is that a guy decides to travel all the way across the country during the Zombie Apocalypse to find his wife and kid is a little bit implausible to me. I just don’t see that working for so many reasons. A nice sentiment and all but it is too ridiculous.

Also the supposed connection the character has, and the favors they get him are just not realistic. He a bit too conveniently always stumbled into an old buddy who can move mountains to assist him. Even for a guy who has better than average connections and a crazy time where folks bend our totally break rules it is just a bit too convenient. . I have a decent idea what kind of favors one can pull off and my BS detector was going off like crazy.

The Ugly: There really isn’t any ugly. If you are expecting a literary masterpiece you will face disappointment. One needs to realize that this is a definite nitche area and most folks in it are not professional book writers. For $4 doomer porn it is pretty solid.

Recommendation: It wouldn’t be my first recommendation for preparedness/ survivalism/ zombie fiction. However if you have worked through most of the more popular titles it is worth looking at. I didn’t really draw any lessons out of it but it was entertaining and fun to read. For the price it is well worth it but if you can get a copy free that is even better. Barnes and Noble promotional codes might save some change on more zombie or survival books.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Federal .45 ACP Recall

Just in case you didn't hear about this Federal and there subsidiary American Eagle are recalling some .45acp. Check out the full details at Luck Gunner. Lots were made between Sep 2010 and mid January.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Please Welcome Care One Credit

Our newest advertiser CareOne Credit offers credit counseling, debt consolidation and a variety of other services. I was a bit skeptical about working with them because credit consolidation types are often shifty and do not have peoples best interests at heart. I did some looking and they seem like good honest folks who give people good information and don't pressure them.

If you are in a bad spot get in touch with these folks and they can help you see what your options are.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

We Would Like To Welcome Our Newest Advertiser-PrepareWise

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, PrepareWise, LLC provides affordable and delicious meals packaged to be used for long term food storage and outdoor recreational use. The company specializes in freeze dried food products that can be stored safely and securely for up to 25 years, and offers the best prices online. Created as a source to provide emergency food storage products along with valuable consumer information, PrepareWise aims to help families and individuals make informed decisions about food storage. The PrepareWise website is located at

PrepareWise is starting off with a giveaway contest featuring freeze dried food storage and other survival gear. The contest will run February 1st- February 18th with prizes given out each week during the contest and ending with the grand prize giveaway on the 18th, it is worth $1300!! Become our fan on Facebook and be automatically entered into the drawings. For rules and more information visit our freeze dried food storage blog.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Note From Our Advertisers

Our friends at LPC survival have exciting news, we now offer Wise Food Storage here. Here is a little info:

Wise Foods Grab and Go Food Kits are perfect for any unplanned emergency. Our ready-made meals are packed in airtight NITROGEN PACKED Mylar pouches, and then encased in durable plastic containers. Our unique packaging process removes the majority of the residual oxygen through a nitrogen flushing practice. Wise Food Storage Grab and Go Food Kits carry up to a 25 year shelf life, with absolutely no rotation needed.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Public Service Announcement- We do not Advertise for Free

I have gotten a  flurry of emails recently. Emails from people who want me to mention their site or something or another they are doing. I am more than happy to do this for bloggers who are getting started and those with interesting or useful information. I received a lot of great help this way when building my blog and am more than happy to pay it forward.

However when it comes to ventures that are primarily commercial I take a very different position. I sell advertising and thus have no interest in giving away the bread and butter of my business. I am inclined to give small semi commercial ventures (everybody is trying to make a few bucks in this economy) the benefit of the doubt. However when I click on the link and it is a store or they want me to just mention something you are trying to sell it isn't going to happen. Please just remember that we aren't running a charity. We offer very reasonable rates  for our advertising and are quite flexible when it comes to figuring out an arrangement that will suit your individual needs.

Thank you for your time and understanding.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Good For Them

Our friends LPC Survival got some huge linkage and all kinds of hits recently. Over 8000 people visited their site, and thousands of people were looking at berkey's and thinking about prepping. If it is at all possible, please post a link to the story on the blog.

Thanks so much,

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

ACOG Product Review

The Trijicon ACOG is a a pretty darn nice optic. Onto the usual format.

The Good: These things are rugged and reliable. They have a day/ night illuminated reticule that doesn't require batteries. They are really easy to mount on a flat top rail. If you remember where you mounted them they hold a zero well enough for functional use. Between the generous eye relief, wide field of view and Bindon Aiming Concept they are easy to shoot well from very close to a few hundred meters. Their bullet drop compensator is very quick and useful after a little bit (like a single trip to the range) of practice. With a properly zeroed ACOG most people shoot better than before. I know I do.

It is my opinion that the ACOG is the best all around combat optic I have used or seen to date.  I could go on and on but it is easier to say they are really good scopes.

The Bad: They are expensive. These are a lot nicer than Chevy grade optics costing less than half as much, as they should be. An ACOG can easily costs as much, if not more than many AR style rifles you could mount it on. Depending on the exact model you want they start a bit above a grand and go up from there.

The Ugly: The only real ugly is just a continuation of the bad. They're just too expensive for many to willing to pay for or able to afford. I can certainly understand that perspective and don't think you should go out on a financial limb to get one. Also I get just being a cheapskate. The high price point and the resulting sticker shock of the ACOG is such that they  aren't even considered as an option by lots of folks.

Bottom Line: If you can deal with the sticker shock and hit to your wallet I strongly suggest the ACOG. You will really like it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Why Ammo Cans? By Brian

Since you're reading TSLR, you're likely like me in that you're worried about the direction our country is headed and you'd like to protect yourself in the event that things go south - quickly.  Ammo cans are absolutely the best storage option for this sort of thing.  Simply put, you want one of these cans holding your valuables in a time of crisis.  Think of them like a portable safety deposit box.  The ones made after WWII are built to be air-tight and water-tight.  That means you can store just about anything you'd like in them for long periods of time, whether that's ammo, food, shotshells, a gun, a radio, or  medical supplies. Just drop in a pack of silica gel to absorb excess moisture and you'll be ahead of 99% of the populace when it comes to storing emergency supplies.

-Brian is with, a sponsor of TSLR.  Currently, has a special price of $9 being offered on ammo cans, specifically their highly-rated 50 caliber surplus ammo cans from Lake City:  If you buy 10 cans or more, the price is only $7 per can through October 7th.

TOR here: First of all I want to thank Brian and Lucky Gunner for supporting us. Believe me when I say our advertisers really do make this place a lot more active and interesting then it otherwise would be. Anyway onto ammo cans. 

Ammo cans are definitely one of those things you can't have too many of. Just writing this makes me want to order some more ammo cans. They are so darn useful. Personally I use them primarily for their intended purpose to store ammunition. Buy yourself some ammo, put it into an ammo can, toss some silica gel in and you can forget about it. One word of advice though. Inventory and label the  cans before putting them away. Otherwise when you come back in 6 months or a year to grab a box of JHP's for your pistol or target loads for the shotgun you will have to search through a bunch of cans. Not saying I've done that, just that I imagine it could happen. You could easily use a label maker or write with a marker on a piece of tape so one look on the outside could show what the contents are. If you are want to be more discrete or the contents are complicated (versus say 1,500 9mm FMJ) then label them with a number and keep an inventory elsewhere. 

The more I think about it the more uses for ammo cans there are. They are tough, cheap and waterproof. If you want to use them to store fragile stuff then just get some foam or whatever. I know a fellow who keeps his silver in ammo cans. They would also be a good place for all those mags you bought for redundancy or as tangible investments.

I'm sure the ammo cans from Lucky Gunner are totally fine. However as general advice if you buy ammo cans elsewhere just make sure the lid fits properly and that the seals on the top of the lid is intact and soft. Sometimes you will come across ammo cans that are a little bit rusty. That isn't a big deal. Just get some sand paper, or use a metal bristly attachment for a hand grinder and remove said rust. Get a can of spray paint and touch up the spots with exposed metal. I've gotten some real good deals on ammo cans at surplus stores that just needed a half hour of effort to be serviceable.

At a minimum I suggest having enough cans to store all your ammo.

Got ammo cans?

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