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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just A Quick Trip To The Store

Today after making a nice dinner of beef fajitas it came up that somebody needed to run out to the store to pick up an item. So I got ready to go to the nearest place that offered said item, a five minute drive away. Put on a belt, stuck a subcompact handgun (in holster) in a pocket, a reload in another picket, grabbed my wallet, phone and keys then threw on the first footwear I found and was out the door.

Since I was planning for the next day at work my usual knife and lighter were in the gym bag.

I got to the store and in a typical survivalist way thought "what would I do if something happened right now." Lets ignore the fact that I could easily walk home barefoot from there. Well I had the basic capacity for self defense, almost surely sufficient for a small town store at 7pm on a Thursday. My footwear were iffy, I didn't have a knife or a lighter.

However all of these things were in the modestly sized but fairly thought out set of stuff in my vehicle. My GHB, a pair of running shoes I no longer use with socks in them, a good knife, fire, food and water a plenty (I often forget to bring lunch to work or can't leave so I keep a few cans of food, some oatmeal, ramen, etc above and beyond the food in my bag) if needed.

These sorts of events happen in life and when you least expect is is when you are inevitably slammed. Establish and maintain systems to help cover for human shortcomings that inevitably occur.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday I'm In Love

Today was an interesting one. Ran at PT, crushed shoulders and biceps at the gym.

{For the record I could really give a S*#t about biceps but I am currently lifting with some dudes who roll about 50% power lifting, 25% crossfit/ functional whatever and 25% body building. Two of them are a heck of a lot stronger than me and push me to be better. I am showing huge gains working out with them. So yeah occasionally I do some stuff I don't totally agree with. However the endstate is that I am currently crushing near term PR's and in some cases passing all time PR's. If it ain't broke don't fix it.]

We got out of work early which was pleasantly surpising.

After than I took my POS broken lawn mower back to the store.I bought it less than a year ago and apparently purchased a 3 year warranty to go with it (never doing that again). After a half hour they managed to find the record that I purchased it there. I could wait 5 days for them to take it to a shop 3 miles away or drop it there myself. Said I would take it there myself. Took it to their designated repair place who politely told me the store sold me a POS mower with a totally useless warranty.  Bought a t shirt so I could change into civilian clothes because I saw the discussion back at the store maybe going bad. At this point I was willing to do anything that would not get me arrested to fix the situation. Also I had a pretty good plan to crush the store via a combination of social networking, personal appeals and just plain being a hassle to the guy.

 Got to the store. Went to customer service and nicely told the gal I could tell her my story or we could all save some time and I could talk to the manager. She made a call and in a few minutes a nice guy about my age arrived. I told him the story and we took a look at my mower. Obviously it didn't work. He called their warranty people. After ten minutes with them a guy on the phone said they had to turn it in to the repair place. I said that 'you need me to wait 5 days for you to take it to the guy who said he would not do anything, that is not acceptable.:' He said "that is what I am allowed to do.' I said that was he totally useless and asked if he would rather I just hang up or hand him back to an employee' then handed him back to an employee. Up to this point I had been totally nice but  I was about to completely flip my S(#t.

The girl at the desk then called the same manager I was talking to. They told me to go grab the same mower and bring it up. They refunded my old one and sold me a new one. So I ended up with a new one of the same thing for basically (maybe it was a buck or two different but negligible anyway) nothing. It stole 2 hours of my life but that was an acceptable outcome. The funny thing is when ringing me up the girl asked if I wanted to buy the extended warranty. I laughed quite heartily at that one.

Got home and did some long overdue mowing. Dropped off some eggs to the neighbors. The Golden Girls produce enough eggs for our families normal usage which is a ton more than I personally consume. Between a guy at work and the neighbors I gave away about 34 eggs today. Chatted with one neighbor a bit. After than I finished some trimming with the hedge trimmers. Even working from 6 to 8 it was hot sweaty work.

Tomorrow I am meeting an internet acquaintance for lunch. Should be fun and hopefully I do not get murdered (though knowing myself and him neither of us are exactly good pickings for a victim.).


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday Night Ramblings

I found myself in Walmart the other day. Needed a haircut and some light work on the family hauler and there is only one place to do both of those things around here. Turns out everybody else had the same idea! So I was waiting for both things and looking at the ammo situation.

It was actually pretty good. Lots of .223, 7.62x39, .308 and of course all the shotgun shells and hunting type calibers you could want. A guy was talking to the dude working behind the counter. Guy didn't now what type of ammo his SKS shot but wanted to buy some. Dude said 7.62x54R but Guy was not exactly convinced. I said it was 7.62x39. Walmart Dude was happy somebody else was dealing with his problem. Guy was not entirely convinced. He asked if I was sure to which I replied that I was. He asked the same question a similar way. I said I was absolutely positive and would bet him a thousand dollars cash on the matter. Guy was convinced. That narrowed it down to caliber. Dude had both steel cased (Wolf I think) and brass cased ammo. Guy wasn't sure about the difference.

That lead to a 2 minute discussion. Since Guy didn't reload (thank God!) we agreed steel cased would suit his needs at a much more agreeable price. Guy bought 3 boxes and we both went about our days.

Today I had to run some errands and ended up at a surplus store. Got a castle nut wrench which I am long overdue for purchasing and a used USGI wool blanket, picked up the blanket for $10 which I was pretty happy with. After that I went to scout out a place to do some camping. It looks good. In my time driving around the woods here I definitely realized the longest line of site you get here is under 200 meters with under 100 being more common. That's bumped my desire to acquire a precision bolt action rifle, lately boosted by the book I am currently reading Point of Impact (Thanks Zero and Harry Flashman!), down a big notch. Short of improbable shots down a strait road, in a field, etc Project AR could easily dominate any shooting tasks here, hell an iron sighted 30-30 would do around 90% of it just fine and a shotgun could cover 70% or so.

I may go camping tomorrow but it depends on how far I get on a project at home. As a kid and teenager I absolutely loved camping. I went at least monthly forever and for multiple years about every other weekend. Then I joined the Army and subsequently started sleeping outside all the time for work it ceased to be any fun. Since then I could probably count the amount of times I've slept outside on the ground, outside of work,  on one hand. Each time involved family so I was pretty much stuck. Now I am for better or worse at a place in my career where I have been removed from that sort of thing for awhile. I sort of miss it.

That is good because incidentally Walker seems to be expressing an interest in camping. He went with Mother in Law in the drive way a week or so back. Except he noted it wasn't real camping because "the truck didn't move and we didn't sleep in a tent" (She has a camper and it was going to be 20 that night) but he seemed to have fun all the same. So maybe we'll start doing some of that in the yard then ultimately out and about. He is getting towards the right age to start doing more outside stuff. We've got the gear so that is not an issue. Anyway we will see where that goes.

Today while going over my BOB I made some changes. Added a few pouches to give me more readily accessible space. Aside from that mostly it was transitioning to a winter setup admittedly a bit late. Added a pair (top/ bottom) of silk weight long underwear and a wool sweater. I took out a waffle top that had been my sole piece of cold weather gear (for summer in AZ). Swapped a desert pattern goretex for a multicam shell to better fit the area. Also added a pair of wool gloves. If I am smart in the spring when I ditch that stuff I'll put it all in a box or bag to make the transition easy in the future.

I realized some holes that need to be filled today going through our gear. They are going to be listed not so much for you but so I can remember in a month or whatever when I want to fill them:
3x wide mouth stainless steel water bottles (1x ghb, 1x everyday 1x wifey)
1x nesting cup for 1q bottle with carry pouch
3x Louisiana state maps (or a western central LA type map if I can fine one larger than parish but below state sized)
3x eastern Texas maps if available
1x trowel
2 pair wool socks
a kydex belt holster that will hold a Glock 9 with a light yet be reasonably concealable. The big Safariland is great for a battle belt, duty, OC role but I'd like to have a holster (raven concealment, bravo concealment, etc) that could hide under an oversized shirt or a sweatshirt. Should get a pair of good mag pouches along with it.

Tomorrow or the next day I'm going on a monster rant about Bushcrafting. I think bushcrafting is to camping what crossfit is to exercise. They do so many good things but also do some really silly things and take it all so seriously. That should be a fun talk.

I pulled the trigger and ordered the stuff for Project 870. Brownells matte black Alumahyde, Elzetta light mount, GG&G rear sling mount and a half dozen essetac cards. I can procure a light locally and have some slings in my box o gun junk. Think I ultimately want to use a Magpul MS3 to have the 2-1 capability but I'm not sure. Looking forward to getting that all set up.

Realized that one of my not explicitly defined but over arching goals for this year is to have all the guns I currently own set up how I want them to be. Of course there is some evolution as new products come out, we test stuff, yadda yadda yadda but instead of buying another gun or piece of kit I want to get the stuff I have all squared away. Mostly my 642 as it is just a handy little thing. Honestly it is probably too handy for my own good. That little wheel gun is so light and convenient that in moments of weakness or laziness which inevitably occur more than they should I carry it instead of a more potent firearm.

Got some Lone Star beer the other day. One of those cliche Texas things I had to try. It is pretty good straddling the line of being flavorful without too heavy or busy.

Anyway I'm bored of writing now so it's time to wrap this up. Talk to you all later.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tab Clearing



I prefer rifles to shotguns but for those looking to defend home and hearth on a budget the pump shotgun (Rem 870 or Moss 500) is a capable weapon at an awesome value. Inside the house a $400 shotgun is almost as capable as a $1,200 AR. Given that shotgun fights do not last long I would be quite comfortable with the more affordable option.

Street Robberies and you is a pretty interesting post over at ARF. Of course we do not KNOW the author but it rings of truth to me. My thoughts: Making eye contact is significant. First it shows you are aware of the person, second that you could probably identify them. Third like the article says you can show you have a gun in a way that probably (I'm not a lawyer, blah, blah, blah) does not cross into brandishing territory but gets the point across. The universal hand on the gun under clothing is a pretty solid "you don't want to mess with me, I'm packing" indicator. If you do those 2 things the odds somebody is going to attack you unless they know/ believe strongly you have something really good to take (lots of cash, drugs, etc) drop to about nil. Good for a read and some thought anyway.

Along those lines take the damn ear buds out of your ears and put your blankety blankets smart phone away whilst you are walking and driving. Also pay attention to what is happening around you and pack a heater.

Bayou Renaissance Man replied to my recent Bugging Out Revisited post that this article at his place may be of interest.Good stuff worth reading.

Lastly 6 Abandoned Sites that would make Great Supervillan Lair's.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Morgan Freemen Reads "What Does The Fox Say"

Walker asked to watch The Fox. While watching it Youtube brought this video up so of course I had to check it out.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Emergency Use Vs Longer Term Survival, System Compatability and Overall Gear Thoughts

Imagine if you will a continuum between the shortest term emergency we can think of (say an hour or two) all the way to a true Hatchet style long term survival situation.

Shorter term situations inherently lend themselves to carrying just the things we need.

Example, lets say I work 10 miles from home and am a pretty fit guy but not a marathon running champion (a reasonable description of me). Something happens, say a disaster in which a bridge a half mile from work goes down or is blocked. Thankfully this being Louisiana and not near the Mississippi it's not a huge water obstacle. Lets say it is the dry season so the water is shallow enough to walk but vehicles aren't getting through. There are no reasonable alternative routes so I'm walking home. Well what do I need? A comfortable set of seasonally appropriate clothes with a hat, good broken in boots, and a couple quarts of water. Some munchies to replace a meal or four would be nice. A weapon would be good as I just might need it for self protection. A flashlight in case it gets dark before I make it home. Really I do not NEED anything else for this scenario. I'll be home in under 3 hours hoofing it and that's if I can't hitch a ride with somebody.

On the other hand there is a breaking point where you simply cannot carry enough consumables to rely on them. One can't carry enough food to walk hundreds of miles or live for months as well as the other stuff they will need. I hesitate to say there is an exact breaking point but it is more of a gradual transition from consumables to tools and equipment to gather food, traps, fishing stuff, etc all. For example I do not carry trot lines, a cast net, 110 conifer traps, an ax and a cast iron frying pan all the time, though I would if I was going to the woods for a year.

On the low end I still like to be fairly tool heavy (as Dave Canterbury said). To me there are two primary reasons for this. First of all I like to keep a variety of capabilities all the time, cutting stuff, starting fires, carrying water, heating up water/ cooking, etc. The basic stuff to do this is within arms reach at work being a Power Point Ranger getting ready for some briefing. Second short term emergency situations can very easily turn into longer term ones. Situations start out bad then get worse. Lets say a violent conflict makes it so I cannot get back home and there are no good options in other population centers (Partisans in Central/ Eastern Europe during WWII come to mind) so I'm headed to the deepest darkest woods in the area. All of a sudden I need tools more than another box of granola bars.

Based on this my kits tend to include: a good fixed blade knife, some sort of container I could cook in, cordage, flint and steel (lighters too of course), some sort of shelter plan, etc. 

System compatibility is important. All your stuff needs to work together in it's intended pattern of use. This means your holster, fighting load (if applicable), ruck sack, etc all have to fit together. Carrying a handgun with modern type hiking backpacks that rely heavily on a big padded hip belt is difficult. Your options are to put the gun in a fanny pack, strap it to your pack's hip belt, put it in the pack or employ a chest rig/ hill people gear kit bag. A normal holster simply is not in the cards.

Honestly this is what led me to the current tiered system I am employing. I redid my fighting load into a war belt plus a plate carrier with (to be determined) pouches or the TAP. I have an assault pack/ get home bag as my level 2.5. It lives in my car but could be attached to the ALICE (which would suck a lot) or configured as needed based on the mission. Lastly is my Bug Out Bag.

Not saying the way I did it is the only way. There are a lot of ways to skin the proverbial cat. What matters is that your gear is compatible with the stuff it is going to be used with. Testing it is really the way to figure out of it will in fact work together.

Anyway those are my thoughts on that.



Friday, November 1, 2013

Random Thoughts on Life, Connectivity and Wool Socks

 Had lots of ideas for a real focused post today. Till life happened and I spent a long time working on The Crunch. (NANOWRIMO Day 1 work count 2,650!) So today you will get whatever is floating around in my head.

First I am very happy to be off Facebook. I am happier with my life than I was before. The effect of everyone putting their absolute best foot forward makes us all feel like junk that we are not living up to other peoples fake lives. Also I talk to people on the phone more which is good. That's been an excellent decision.

We do not really miss having cable either. Heck there currently isn't a TV set up in our house; simply because the room it will go in is not ready yet. That is a project we need to attack with great rage. Anyway moving back to the point I do not miss it. My schedule is busier, mostly due to gym time and a commute that's longer than it has been in awhile, than we are used to so there is more available time. I watch a bit of TV here and there (work or lunch or whatever) and can watch shows I like (SOA and Walking Dead) on the computer so it isn't a huge loss. Would like to get it set up to watch the news on lazy weekend mornings and in the evening and we will. However I can't see us getting cable again any time soon.

I switched to wool socks this week. Picked up a couple pair of Carhart brand ones at the local farm type store. So far so good. They are a lot thicker than I am used to but not overly hot. Our temps have averaged in the 80's and I haven't been uncomfortable in them. Have noticed my feet do not get that muggy sweaty feeling as they wick the moisture away which is nice. So far I like this. Also it's another way to incorporate more functional survival gear into my regular life setup's which increase the odd's I'll have it when needed.

 Tomorrow I am going to start working on some home improvement stuff. Should be big fun.

Anyway that's all I feel like writing so it's time to wrap this up. Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Walking Dead and Random Thoughts

Life is busy these days. Also for the first time in awhile I have a commute. This means going home after PT before work or for lunch is not practical. So basically I leave home at 0530 and get home at 1830 (6:30pm) which makes for long days.

Somebody asked about The Crunch in a comment recently.  I'm working on it. Had a setback but am almost back to the same place page wise. Honestly it's a lot better than the first version of those chapters which is good. Currently writing chapter 7. I think the first book will end somewhere between chapters 12-18 depending on how things crack out. Haven't got close enough to worry too much about it yet. Realistically at a chapter a week I'll have something ready to go to kindle press in the December-January time frame.

In hindsight I probably overestimated my ability to get a book done based on my school lackadaisical work schedule and the family being at home; the combination of which left me with a lot of time to write.

Watched the first episode of season 4 of The Walking Dead. With some new blood and additional firepower the group has got a lot more survivability. This is good as I am pretty bored of Rick putting the last 1-2 rounds of ammo into his sweet 6" stainless Colt Python for the 40th time.

While watching The Walking Dead it occurred to me first that I wished I had a big awesome zombie killing knife and shortly thereafter that I do in fact own one. It's a pretty awesome blade I'm happy to own. Cutting wood, slicing up meat or maybe chopping into Zombie heads, that knife is awesome.

Max has an interesting discussion going on about Battle Belt concept of use and setup over at his place.

Anyway I am bored of writing so it's time to wrap this up. Hope you all have a great tomorrow.






Monday, June 3, 2013

Transgender Navy SEAL 'Warrior Princess' Comes Out

To everyone who says there is no way gay's are capable of fighting or serving in the military. Kristin formerly Chris Beck, recently retired Navy Seal, pretty much knocks that one out of the water. Plenty of gay's have served, are serving and will serve. If you served there is a very high likelihood you worked with some individuals who were gay. A few of them you might have been aware of and some others successfully kept it quiet. Some of these individuals are awesome soldiers/ sailors/ marines, most are average and some are not so good. Roughly in the same distribution as strait folks. A lot of things make or break a soldier/ sailor/ marine or guerrilla and sexual preference is not on the list.

To answer the inevitable question. Yes, I have served with gay soldiers. At various times I have worked for them, had them as peers and been in charge of them. I have served with some of these individuals in combat. Also I have no problem literally "sharing a foxhole" with the competent ones.

Seriously folks, Any arguments except than your personal judgement/ bigotry are pretty much nullified. The whole thing is stupid anyway. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to hate people, being gay is not one of them. At least have the intestinal fortitude to say you do not want to be around someone because you do not like/ hate/ fear them; not because they are in any way less capable of doing the job.

The comments for this one should be fun.

 



Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ice Cream Wars

Ice cream man reportedly threatens rival vendor: ‘This is my town!’

 Sorry but this seems more like a comedic substory in an episode of the Soprano's than reality.

Monday, January 7, 2013

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

With having another kid and all not a lot happened this week. Did pick up various extra hygiene stuff and OTC meds. Also replaced some batteries that had been used.

Also I did some tweeking to my GHB. I think at this point it is going to slide from a true EDC to a lives in the car GHB. Adding that $20 brand new USGI gore tex and a couple light weight tops, 2 spare mags for the Glock, 100 rounds of 9mm,100 rounds of .22 and about 2k more in calories in food. It was annoying to haul for my few strictly EDC things but now I don't really want to haul it to class and whatnot. If I was going in someone elses car or whatever I would put my few EDC things in it but otherwise it's just going to live in the vehicle/ near me. Will likely get another bag to fill the EDC in the near future.

I'm working on swapping another gun or two. Noticed two interesting phenomenons worth discussing. The first are folks who think that they can get new gun prices for their barely *cough they are all barely used come selling time cough* used gun. Sorry folks, when you take it out of the gun shop it becomes used. Period. END OF STORY. The second are the people who send you a note asking what the absolute lowest price you will take is. Most smart folks build in some bargaining room to their asking price so there is some wiggle room but come on. If you are too lazy to bargain you pay asking price or walk. Anyway these two things have been annoying me lately.

Also as a bonus I almost appreciate the guy who sends an email offering half the going price of guns. Helll no I won't sell him a Glock for $300 but can't blame the guy for trying. Guess he is sort of the used gun equivalent of the dude who asks every woman he meets if she wants to have sex. Even if the rate is 3% if he asks 100 folks week he does pretty decent.

This coming week I am getting back to eating right and serious PT which is good. Planning to review the Solo Pot 900 also. Will put some work in on my BOB and just maybe talk about my GHB.

What did you do to prepare this week?


Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Couple New Blogs

 Max in Colorado Springs has been around for awhile but this is the first time I've seen it. He is a frequent commenter here and seems like a good dude.

Backup Disaster Recovery is a new site. Seems to be sort of an aggregator but it's a bit soon to tell exactly what it's going to be like.

Both are worth checking out if you have spots open on the ole internet reading list.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

3 Guns For ....

Some folks have talked about a 3 gun scenario and due to boredom I feel like chiming in.

My thoughts on a basic battery (rifle, shotgun, pistol, .22) are on the record being an AR, Remington 870, Glock 9mm and Ruger 10/22. I talked about my families survival guns awhile back. Those are my Glock 19 and AR, Ruger 10/22 and Remington 870 and Wifey's .38 and if we can fit it in a 30'06. I have thought about this one for awhile and 3 guns is a lot less than ideal. While it is worth noting that the 3 gun scenarios folks have talked about are for an individual so I will go that route. For a family I would be pretty unhappy with anything but a basic battery. A basic battery would let a viable defensive long gun be at home and with the person going out with a pistol somewhere in the mix so it has some options.

My first two guns in almost any conceivable scenario are an AR, pretty happy with Project AR but any good functional rifle works and a Glock 19. The third gun is the rub. I have a hard time going generic here so it has to be somewhat scenario specific.

If I really cared about legally hunting (within this contrived scenario) the rifle would need to be something that is legal to hunt with. This is a great case for a semi auto .308 like a PTR-91 or an FN-FAL.

For an economic collapse or long term survivalist scenario I would have the 3rd gun be a Remington 870. This gives me the ability to take a wide variety of game and to use one of the most common types of ammunition out there. Since a .22 conversion bolt will let me shoot .22LR out of the AR (almost cheating but since it is just a $200 bolt and magazine that can fit in a mag pouch it isn't too bad IMO) I have a lot of options. In general for anything except a very military context this is the way I would go.

If I was in some sort of a Red Dawn scenario the third gun would be a .30 caliber scoped 'precision' rifle. The .22 conversion kit and AR could keep me fed if I was scavenging. The AR is good for just about everything with the Glock 9 as a backup. In a military context the only other gun (aside from multiples stashed away) that would buy me something is a rifle that could be used from a really long distance.

Anyway those are my thoughts on that. If somehow you were stuck with just 3 guns what would they be?


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Busy Saturday: Night Sights, Good Food and Big Fun

Today we were all over the place. This morning we went to the farmers market in town. It was pretty small but was still fun. We got some pistachios and kiddo got a cookie. Ran down to Wally World for a garden hose and picked up some .357 ammo to help fill that shortage and a Blackhawk holster for the Glock 19. After taking it home and fiddling with it I wasn't very happy. The retention seems to be some weird little plastic thing that seems really flimsy. It will get returned on our next trip there.

Recently Tam talked about some night sights. Since I like stealing borrowing ideas from folks who are more knowledgable than me on a given subject and I needed some night sights for my heater a set were ordered. They showed up the other day and I took them to the local gun shop for installation. I should order the tools to do this sort of thing myself but it would probably take forever to recoup the costs. Anyway they were nice enough to put them on right away and didn't charge me anything. These folks understand building relationships and the concept of a loss leader. Since I owed them one and needed some things anyway one of those new 25 round .22 magazines and a Galco Matrix paddle holster came home with me. Both were on the list so it was an easy decision. For small purchases a local dealers slightly higher price is less than shipping anyway. The sites seem quite nice, fast to acquire but still capable of deliberate shots.

We also checked out the local food coop which was great. They had all sorts of interesting food and homeopathic/ alternative medicine stuff. After that we hit a new park which was big fun for the kid. Shortly therafter we went home to make dinner and were in for the night.

Anyway lots of fun stuff happened and the Glock has sweet new sights.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

You Might Be A Survivalist If...

You have ever used a case of MRE's as an end table in your house.

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