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Saturday, February 13, 2010

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

It was a good week for preparedness here. I was finally able to make time to go to the bank here and get my card fixed (for the secondary account).That let me clear up a log jam of stuff. Ordered a 4 tray Excalibur dehydrator. Excalibur seems like the company to go with and this one cost about $100 so wasn't too much more expensive than most of the competition. Also got a bunch of those eneloop batteries, a normal charger and a solar charger. A few books also.

Read a pretty long and interesting article. Got some good stuff out of it.

Went through the primary first aid kit. Replaced everything that was expired and added a few more items like neosporin, crazy glue and an Israeli bandage. I mentally added going through the medicine cabinet (actually its a closet) to my list of stuff to get around to. I need to organize what we have, tossing long expired stuff and filling any gaps that become apparent. 

Next week I am going to be away for a few days. Posts are scheduled so there will be no interruptions for you folks. I don't think much is going to happen in terms of preps but that is just fine. Some weeks you do a ton and some little to nothing.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Increasing Small Arms Lethality In Afghanistan-Taking Back The Infantry Half Kilometer

First of all hat tip to Western Rifle Shooters Blog for finding this very interesting article.  I saw it last night and did some reading then plus a bit more at lunch and finished up when we got home tonight. Between calamity (we are off tomorrow and the last day of the week is always nuts) and actual work most of my time was spent thinking about this article. It is a touch redundant and I did not get much if anything out of the last 10-15 pages. 

It is 76 pages long but only 60 or so are the article, the rest is pics and stuff at the end. It talks a lot about the modern (pre-WWI to present) development of modern US military (particularly Army) weapons and training and also that of the world at large. Very interesting stuff. There is also great detail spent on the history and development of the M16 series of rifles right up through the contemporary M4 configuration. Some time was spent discussing rounds and optics for the M16/M4 family which was interesting to me. The discussion of other cartridges and to a lesser degree rifle platforms is interesting too.

I got some useful stuff out of it both for work and personal consideration. 

Here are my work thoughts. 
1. We need to seriously look at either changing rifle calibers (new rifle or upper) or moving to a more effective bullet. If we stick with .223 the Black Hills MK 262 Mod 1 has proven to be quite effective. Of course some people will always believe that anything less than 7.62x51 is useless but lets not go there. 

2. Widely issuing some kind of magnified optic (ACOG's rock my socks off) for service members in wide open spaces.

3. Most important is that it seems we need to regularly shoot past 300 meters and at moving targets. Training matters most. Even with the exact same weapons, optics and ammunition they currently carry if people were used to shooting at 400-500 meters it would be a whole different fight. Maybe current ammunition is wanting at these ranges but if Ahmed the Terrorist takes a few rounds to the torso eventually he will die. Of course with magnified optics and heavier, more accurate rounds it might take 1-2 bullets instead of a few and that would be a good thing.

Here are my personal thoughts on the matter.

As for how much this really matters. Admittedly the odds of defending your self or home with a rifle at all, let alone from distance are low.  However if I lived on a wide open cattle ranch I might pay more attention that one in the deep primordial woods of Georgia would need to. In any case it is what it is and I read this whole thing (got a lot out of it and enjoyed it too) so I a surely going to write about it.

I need to explore different .223 bullets and purchase different types for different potential needs. One huge advantage civilians have is that they can use ammunition that is not fully metal jacketed like soft point, ballistic tip and hollow points. These open up a range of different opportunities. Planned to get some SS109 this year and still do. It does some stuff I rather like. I do need to look into getting some 75-80 grain match ammunition, probably made by Black Hills. That sort of load has proven to be very effective out to 600 meters. Not cheap but having a couple hundred rounds of it could be very useful if I need to fight off invading Canadians.

The benefits of having a rifle that can really reach out and touch someone are pretty obvious. Not necessarily the first thing one might look for in a rifle but a useful tool to have in any well rounded collection. Hermit talked about this recently. Without mucking about in talk of different cartridges (wait a few lines) to me the biggest thing except of course skill when it comes to long distance shooting is probably an optic. I have never met a person who does not shoot significantly better at distance when doing so through a decent optic. Spending at least as much if not more money on an optic is the norm for equipping a decent distance and is definitely not the place to go cheap.

Now comes the talk about cartridges. As noted above with the proper bullet .223 can be very effective both in terms of hitting Ahmed the Terrorist and killing them at great distances. If you just plain like the AR platform shell out some cash for an optic and some good heavier match grade ammunition, do some training and call it good. However if you have been hankering for an M1A anyway then one of them could fill this nitche. Maybe if you are in the market for a deer rifle anyway so picking up a .308 bolt action Remington or 30.06 Savage or maybe even a .270 Winchester would be a solidly reasonable choice. Assuming a rifle has relatively decent inherent mechanical accuracy and the cartridge has ballistics capable of going for distance (with the right round) then choice of cartridge and rifle is far less important than putting a decent optic on it and, finally learning to shoot the darn thing at stuff that is far away.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Taking Care Of Your Chompers

I went to the dentist today. It had been a bit longer than ideal since my last cleaning. Things were fine because I brush and floss regularly. Seriously I do not think taking care of your chompers can be over rated. It is fine and good to have a pair of pliers and a copy of Where There Is No Dentist (available here on PDF). However taking a bit of time each day to brush and floss, keeping consumption of sugary stuff to a sane amount and visiting the dentist will go a long way towards not needing to have your buddy pull out teeth.

Interestingly enough dental issues are one of the biggest non combat related reasons deployed service members are forced to evacuate in order to receive care. You can be the toughest guy or gal in the best shape and serous issues with your chompers will make you con combat effective. There just isn't an excuse for not taking basic care of your teeth.

I know things are tight for most everyone right now. Lots of jobs do not offer decent dental care at a reasonable price, or even dental care at all. Of course if you need to choose between paying the rent/ mortgage or eating and going to the dentist it is a non decision. However I would urge you to make the choices necessary to get into the dentist for a checkup and cleaning on a somewhat regular basis.

To me long term avoidance of dental care in order to save money is false economics. Think of a person telling you they save money by never changing the oil in their car. In my observation most people who have not been to the dentist for many years and decide to go usually end up needing to get all sorts of stuff done. Since we can't see where problems in our mouths develop too many people will live with a ticking time bomb in their mouth. Nothing will be done until either they get a checkup and the problems are found or they start to have horrible pain in their mouth. You do not want to be dead lined with crippling mouth pain when your family and friends need you.

Short of finances I can not think of a less flashy part of preparedness. Though as Western Rifle Shooters noted in this great post awhile back the common sense non flashy stuff is probably more important than the flashy stuff. A car with a DVD player for the kiddies to watch is nice but it still needs good tires and an engine that runs. I can't say I agree about their premise (to do this preparation for a coming fight between armed Americans and some vague socialist totalitarian group) but the concrete advice is great for whatever comes down the pipe.

Anyway I have to go pick up some gas cans and hit they gym.

Have a good weekend!

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Day The Dollar Died

Been reading my way through this interesting blovel. Just finished the fourth chapter.

Edited to include: And the fifth chapter. Then the sixth and the seventh. Not sure why I kept editing this. Oh well.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Quote of the Day

"We are NOT - repeat NOT - advocating that our folks INITIATE any ‘rumbles’. We just want you to SURVIVE them."
-Western Rifle Shooters

Random Thoughts: Shooting Shooting Shooting

I am pretty tired today as I didn't sleep much last night and in general am down a few hours for the week. I just need to drop whatever is going on and go to bed NLT 10 oclock. I wake up at 5:30 or so so so hitting the rack at 11 or 12 just doesn't make for a good next day or rest of the week. One great thing about time is that it is truly the great equalizer. No matter if you are rich or poor or skinny or fat there are still 24 hours in the day. I suppose that like anything else you just prioritize from most to least important and do as much as you can in any given day.

I have really liked Sons of Anarchy this season. There were a few epsiodes where they were just sort of whining and being downtrodden which isn't a role that criminal protagonists do well. Yeah Tony Soprano would grumble about his life but then he would smoke a cigar, have sex with a stripper and randomly kill someone in a fit of rage. The last couple of episodes have more than made up for that whiny period. I like that SOA brings up all sorts of interesting points about dealing with various situations outside of the scope of the law. Basically you can either shoot people or choose to live with what they do which is why I rather like that we have some laws. (yeah we have WAY too many but that is another discusssion) The balance of having action be good but still realistic helps a lot. Yeah the 'good' guys almost always win in the end but one guy doesn't beat up five guys with knives, etc.

I have also really been enjoying Western Rifle Shooters Blog a lot. They have some real gems pretty regularly and a practical outlook I like a lot.

I really like their whole Appleseed concept and will try to attend one with Wifey. The concept of useful practical rifle training at a price everybody can afford. Seriously with the cost of ammo at more than the cost of instruction how can that not be a great deal.

Got a new job so my days will likely be busier. Somewhat shorter posts and me being around the blogs a bit less often. If things get a lot busier I will likely go to doing catchup reading on the weekend.

Friday, November 27, 2009

quote of the day

"Given the current situation, 'tis best to get on with your new life as a criminal. As a warm-up exercise, I'd suggest violation of at least one malum prohibitum law per day -- be it speeding, tax avoidance, unauthorized concealed carry of a deadly weapon, removing the flow restrictions on showerheads and faucets, tossing a rock through an appropriate statist window, or any other of an almost-infinite number of other meaningless rules."
-Western Rifle Shooters Blog

I cannot say I totally agree with this quote in its entirety but it is definitely thought provoking which is why I quoted it. Read the rest of the  post it came from here.
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