Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Emergency Evacuation Kit)


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

A homeless man, in Paris, France (ca 2005)
photograph by
Eric Pouhier

Other Opinions
Needless to say, ... Other people will disagree with last weeks suggestions. They think you and your family need to carry different or more 'stuff.'

Take FerFAL, from Modern Survivalist, he suggest carrying eight items, for your everyday carry.

In another article at The Prepper Journal, they have an article with 11 preppers showing off their every day carry.

Lastly, Happy Prepper, from Happy Prepper.com, suggests carrying a bag worth of stuff in you pockets which leads to my next point.


Amazon
It is rare, very rare, that a prepper or survivalist writer makes enough money, from their writing, to solely focus on writing about the tough times ahead. Like you and your partner, they have day jobs that they work to earn the money to shelter, feed, protect, cloth, and have fun with their families.

So, ...

Some writes will publish articles with the newest, hottest, and ... most expensive 'stuff' for you to buy, so the writer can earn a small commission. An item that might not be appropriate for you and your family.

In other words, ...

People will try to make money off you and your family's efforts to get prepared for uncertain times.

So, ...

You need to think critically when you and your partner read any article or watch any video because they may not have your best interest in mind when they suggest an item for you and your family to purchase

With that said, ....


Women
It use to be, many decades ago, that women seemed to be ambivalent about prepping. If you were lucky, your partner tolerated your efforts. If you were very unlucky, your partner tried to sabotaged your preps.

Now a days, women are contributing articles, videos, and even advocating for other women to get prepared for the tough times ahead, like ...

Jaime, from Guildbrook Farm, in this video about her Prepper EDC. Christy, from CampSmarts.com, giving some suggestions about a women's every day carry, and Jennifer, from City Girl Prepper, talking about her products.

Needless to say, there are many more articles and videos for you and your family to read and watch explaining every day carry.

But, ...

There are limitations to every day carry, so you and your family may want to consider packing an ...


Emergency Evacuation Kit
What ever you call them; INCH bag, GOOD bag, Bug Out bag, 72-Hour Kit, Ready to Go bag, Survival Kit, or ..., the emergency evacuation kit is a prepacked bag that you keep handy, so you can quickly leave an area, during an event.


Contents of an American Red Cross
'Ready to Go' Bag (ca 2006)
source
FEMA Photo Library


The Bag
Before I begin, I have to remind you.

You and your family probably have 80% of the equipment and supplies that you need to survive a short-term event, so ...


Homeless Man in the Park,
with his worldly possessions in a plastic bag
San Francisco, California (ca 2007)
photograph by
PRA

Plastic Bags
Every day, the state's child protection services swoops in and removes a child from their home. Sometimes these government employees will arrive with an armed escort to insure everyone's safety, but sometimes they don't. Either way, they always arrive with several black plastic bags to quickly scoop up some of the child's belongings, so the children will have clothes, a favorite toy, and their school books.

So, ...

You and your family can carry your emergency evacuation kit in a black plastic bag or a plastic shopping bag.

But, ...

These plastic bags are fragile, short-lived, and you have to carry them in your hands. Plus, they are not as durable as a ...


A Young Lady Carrying a Cloth Bag,
with long straps (ca 2007)
photograph by
Paul Pajo


Cloth Bag with Straps

An inexpensive alternative for your emergency evacuation kit's bag could be one, two, three or more of those cloth shopping bags with long straps that allow you to carry them over your shoulder, so your hands are free to carry a young child or baby, a  defensive weapon like a rifle or quarterstaff, or allow you to use your hands to climb over an obstacle.

But, ...

Cloth shopping bags aren't a durable as a ...


South Korean Tourist's Suitcase,
in Paris, France (ca 2014)
photograph by
최광모

Suitcases
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, in October 1962, my grandmother bundled up her children and fled Norfolk, Virginia, to her family in small town Ohio, as my grandfather deployed to stop the second round of soviet missiles from landing in Cuba.

As they entered the airport, in their hands were three suitcases, an adult-sized case and two child-size cases. These suitcases contained some clothes, all the currency the family had, a favorite toy and their woobies.

After checking in at the airline counter, with the attendant taking their suitcases, they boarded a aeroplane to fly to safety, away from the nuclear tipped missiles' target of Naval Station Norfolk

Just think, ...

If they had to have carried those suitcases a long distance, everything but the children, the currency, and the woobies would have been left on the side of the road.

In other words, ...

A suitcase will make a passable emergency evacuation kit's bag, if it is going to be transported in a vehicle or carried a short distance, especially if the suitcase has wheels.


Improvisation
Like most preppers, I don't have a lot of money for my preps, so I try to save money, where I can. One method of saving money is making an item, for me and my family.



Drawstring Backpack,
from a pattern (ca 2018)
photograph by
Spoonflower.com

Drawstring Backpack
These are probably the simplest backpack for you and your family to carry the items of your emergency evacuation kit.

But, ...

The strings, that go over your shoulders, are too thin. They will cut off the circulation to your arms, if the items in the bag are very heavy.

So, ...


A Reproduction WW2 Soviet M35 Duffel Bag (ca 1942ish)
photograph by
Epic Militaria


Soviet WW II Backpack
During the Great Patriotic War, the soviets needed to equip a large number of soldiers, so they used rudimentary equipment. One of these pieces of simple equipment was a canvas backpack.

As you can see, ...

The pack is basically a wide strap, attached at the two bottom corners, with the strap wrapped around the top of the bag to keep it closed.

A pack that could be fabricated by anyone handy with a sewing machine or a needle and thread.


Zanna Rayner and Luke Cowart help a child
choose a back pack during a book bag drive,
in Killeen, Texas (ca 2015)
photograph by
 Staff Sgt. Ange Desinor


Repurposing
Of course, every family with children will have one or two book bags/backpacks that could be pressed into service as bags for an emergency evacuation kit.

Or, ...

They could be purchased from the local charity store.


Purchasing
Needless to say, the sky is the limit when you start looking at buying a bag for an emergency evacuation kit. You have multiple choices, like color, size, number of pockets, thickness of material, new, used, military surplus,or ...

Either way, ...

You are going to need to fill that bag with useful equipment and supplies.

Link:
GSiEP - Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Every Day Carry)
https://gsiep.blogspot.com/2019/03/fridays-thoughts-and-other-stuff-every.html

The Modern Survivalist - EDC: Top 8 Must have Items
http://www.themodernsurvivalist.com/archives/3571

The Prepper Jounal - Every Day Carry: Show Us Your EDC!
https://www.theprepperjournal.com/every-day-carry/

Happy Prepper.com -Prepper's Eeryday Carry (EDC)
http://www.happypreppers.com/everyday-carry.html

Guildbrook Farm - Prepper EDC: A Practical Woman's Every Day Carry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg7ruznc6XY

CampSmarts.com - EDC: A Woman's Every Day Carry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9YFhkTnSKs

City Girl Prepper - Introduction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0mfUepClO4

The Peaceful Prepper - An Urban EDC for the Single Gal, Update 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md9R3PtOc6s

The Spruce Crafts - How to Sew a Durable, Reusable Grocery Bag
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/durable-reusable-grocery-bag-2977439

Spoonflower - This DIY Drawstring Bag Is a Cinch!
https://blog.spoonflower.com/2018/03/diy-drawstring-backpack/

Global Antiques - WWII Original Soviet Infantry Canvas Rucksack
https://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-ORIGINAL-SOVIET-RUSSIAN-INFANTRY-CANVAS-RUCKSACK/292165758696?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3D867fd621a38142ac93cb4b6c3a7dc06b%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D7%26sd%3D292165907059%26itm%3D292165758696&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wendesday's Websites of the Week - March 13th, 2019


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Storm Surge from Hurricane Carol
lashes the Edgewood Yacht Club. (ca 1954)
source
NOAA Photo Library


Introduction
There are many sources of information for you and your family to use in your quest to learn about prepping and its related skills. Some of them local, like the town's library or adult education local at the community college. Some may be regional, such as the county agriculture extension service office and a larger cities' art and history museums. On a national scale, information sources like a national library, national archives, or the nation's military is available to you and your family.

With the explosion of the internet, thirty years ago, other sources have opened up to you and your family. Sources such as blogs, videos, websites, and many others, and that is the reason for this Wednesday blurb, to provide new and old sources of information to you and your family from the internet.

So, ...

Let's get started.


Thinking

More Than Likely
Many people get wrapped up on the big events, such as a world-wide economic collapse, the coming civil war, or other low-probability disaster, and they forget the more likely events, like ...

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Earthquake Safety Guidelines
https://preparednessadvice.com/earthquake/earthquake-safety-guidelines/


Emergency Evacuation Kit

A Review
Eight years ago, ... in Japan

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Japanese earthquake and seventy-two hour kits
https://preparednessadvice.com/seventy-two-hour-kits/japanese-earthquake-and-seventy-two-hour-kits/


Air

Protective Masks
Our country may face a health emergency that would require you and your family to wear a medical mask to protect yourselves.

Well, ...

Do you know how to properly donn that mask?

Link:
YouTube: Asia Health Channel - Put your N95 mask on right
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbLFZQP8cQg


Shelter

Stone and Mud
One technique to keep your family warm, if you have lots of stone and mud.

Link:
YouTube: Egoitz Salsamendi - Stone and mud fireplace
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHt5CLuROUc&t=12s

YouTube: Egoitz Salsamendi - Stone and mud fireplace 2.0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmBEmDMHAkI


Water

Number One
If all you do is store some water.

Link:
YouTube: PrepSteaders - How to Prepare for When the Water Runs Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XajZeH7jvx4


Food

photograph by
Alpes de Haute Provence


Plants
Another source of food for your family, during an event, is ...

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Edible Plants
https://preparednessadvice.com/edible_plants/eatable-plants/


Recipes
Link:
Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Curried Lentils and Rice
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/01/food-storage-friday-curried-lentils-and.html

Link:
Food Storage Made Easy - Shelf Stable Recipes: Apricot Oatmeal Bars
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/02/26/shelf-stable-recipes-apricot-oatmeal-bars/


Medical

Nuclear War
Do you have a copy of Nuclear War Survival Skills?

You do?

Good!

Then, ...

Do you know how to use Potassium Iodide?

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Potassium Iodide and Radiation
https://preparednessadvice.com/nuclear/266/


Protection

Improvised Weapons
From baseball bats to kitchen knives, glass bottles filled with gasoline to a leg from a broken chair or table, your home is filled with weapons. The same goes for your place of work or business.

Add access to sheet metal, tube stock, a few tools, and some knowledge, your family will never be denied a weapon.

Link:
Survival Outdoor Skills - Improvised Survival Weapons
http://www.survivaloutdoorskills.com/weapons.htm

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Improvised Weapons and Other Officer Safety Concrens
https://info.publicintelligence.net/LA-DisguisedWeapons.pdf
The Home Gunsmith -The 'Zip' Gun
http://www.thehomegunsmith.com/pdf/ZipGun.pdf

The Home Gunsmith - Expedient Homemade Firearms
http://thehomegunsmith.com/pdf/9mmPistol.pdf

The Home Gunsmith - Expedient Homemade Firearms II
http://www.thehomegunsmith.com/pdf/Expedient-Homemade-Firearms-Vol-II-PA-Luty.pdf

The Gun Free Zone - TM 31-210:  Improvised Munitions Handbook
http://www.gunfreezone.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/improvised-munitions-handbook.pdf


Communications



Transportation



Clothing

Spinning
Can you turn raw wool, linen, or other fiber into thread?

Link:
YouTube: Josefin Waltin - Spinning flax on an in-hand spindle


Information



Power Production

Light
You and your family need light.

Where you need it and when you need it is up to you.

But, ...

Understand, you and your family will need to read when it is dark, cook when it is dark, and take care of other things when it is dark.

With that said, ...

This particular flashlight is a possibility, not a recommendation.

Link:
Preparedness Advice - Hybrid solar flashlight review
https://preparednessadvice.com/lighting/hybrid-solar-flashlight-review/


Kit




Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Every Day Carry)


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

A Man Sitting Under a Tree (ca unk)
source
Herman T Bohlman Collection
OSU Special Collections & Archives

Two Sisters
Before I begin, I want you to consider something, ...

Two little girls, 8 and 5 years old, survived for 44 hours with nothing but the clothes on their bodies, the contents of their pockets, and the knowledge in their heads.

That's right, ...

They had no food, no water, no bug out bag, nothing but some clothes and wilderness training, from camping trips, their parents, and the 4H, according to the mass media reports, Here, Here, and ...

O.K. ... Back to my the blurb


Every Day Carry
Right this minute, empty your pockets.

That's right, put everything on the table, desk, couch, .. where ever you're reading this blurb

Don't reach for anything, either!

What do you have?

I have a cellphone, an Apple 6S IPhone, a set of keys, and my wallet.

What are you wearing?

I'm wearing a watch, a Seiko 5 Sport, a leather belt, another set of keys, my work keys, a pair of jeans, a dress shirt, wool socks, and a pair of steel toed leather boots.

Not much is it?

What about what is in your head?

Can you build a shelter with materials at hand? How about start a fire? Find and gather water? How about boiling the water, so it's safe to drink?

Notice, ... I didn't ask about food.

Can you signal a potential rescuer? Treat a minor injury?

I'll stop because you probably get my point ...

What is in your head, your knowledge, is as important as what is in your pockets.

And, ...

These two little girls prove this again.

So, ...


Skills
As you get prepared for the tough times ahead, I want you to learn some wilderness skills.

The first skill is ...


Hug A Tree
If you read the article, about the two girls, they traveled over a mile from home, before stopping. An adult will travel, if I remember correctly, over 6 miles before stopping!

So, ...

The first skill that I want you to teach your partner, your children, and yourself is to ...

Stop and Hug a Tree

Next, ...

Stay Warm

Lastly, ...

Help the Searchers by answering their calls

Needless to say, ... I'm going to stop here because I have included three great links about the "Hug A Tree and Survive" program that offer a lot more information, for you, your partner, and your family.


More Information
If you have been reading here for any length of time, you know I like providing you with lots of information because you and your family may have to use your knowledge to cover a unique situation.

So, ...

There are three more links about surviving getting lost.


Shelter and Fire
The next bushcraft or wilderness survival skill that I want you and your family to learn is how to build a primitive shelter and make a fire.

Needless to say, ...

There are more links, to some videos on these subjects.

So, ...

Let us move on to what, I think, you should be carrying in your pockets.


The First Plastic Credit Card
with a Magnetic Stripe (ca unk)
photograph by
Arthahn


Credit or Debit Card and Some Cash
That's right!

You need to have a credit card/debit card with overdraw protection with some money in your wallet or purse. Depending on your credit limit, you will be able to rent a hotel or motel room to provide shelter for your family, buy some food from a restaurant or grocery store to feed your family, make the copay at an urgentcare or emergency room to provide medical care for your family, and do a host of other things to provide for your family, including buying a pizza for when your partner doesn't feel like cooking

The next item, I think, you need is a ...


A Nokia Cellphone (ca 2012)
photograph by
CLS Research Office

Cellphone
What one device can summon emergency medical care, armed response, summon a vehicle to take you home, to the hospital, or on a date, and get food delivered to your door?

And, ...

Has the ability to send a written message, take pictures, help your memory, and calculate a tip for the food delivery driver?

Needless to say, ...

A so-called smartphone allows you to download several applications, such as a mapping and compass app, first-aid app for you and your pets, and others, at a small fee or with advertisements.

The next item, I think, is a little controversial, especially in Great Britain, schools, airports, government buildings, offshore oil platforms, and a lot of other places. It is a ...




Knife
You, your partner, and your children need a pocket knife. A small one for cutting things like rope, notching a stick for a trap, and protecting yourself.

The knife doesn't have to be expensive, especially with the possibility that it might be confiscated by an overzealous security officer.

As an example, ...

I was able to purchase three knives for under $8.00, when one of the regional farm and home stores was clearing out their Christ Mass gifts, at the beginning of this year.

The item, I think, you and your family need is a way to make ...


Several Kinds of Gas Lighters (ca 2004)
Source
de:User:Peng

Fire
When I was younger, I always had a lighter or matches on me. Now that I'm older and wiser, and a nonsmoker, I never have a way of making fire, except what I can improvise from the material around me.

With that said, ...

You and your family have several options.

You can carry a inexpensive, no name butane lighter like one you find at a convenience store, or a little bit more expensive model like a Bic. You and your family could purchase a fire steel then learn how to effectively use it.

Or, ...

You can go totally retro and carry a Zippo lighter.


Lastly, ...
These are the items, except for the credit card, every member of the family can carry in their pockets to increase their chance to survive during tough times, for a wide variety of events.

Needless to say, ...

There are other items thaat you and your family may want to have during certain disasters, but that is another blurb.

So, ...

I'll see you next week?


Link:
Outdoor Life - How the Carrico Girls Survived Alone in the Wilderness
https://www.outdoorlife.com/how-carrico-girls-survived-alone-in-the-wilderness

Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue - Hug A Tree and Survive
http://www.gpsar.org/hugatree.html

Adventure Smart - Hug A Tree and Survive
https://www.adventuresmart.ca/kids/hugatree.htm

National Association for Search and Rescue - Hug A Tree and Survive
http://www.nasar.org/education/hug-a-tree/

Bowhunter Ed - If You Get Lost
https://www.bowhunter-ed.com/michigan/studyGuide/If-You-Get-Lost/301023_3827/

Sportsman's Vintage Press - On Getting Lost While Hunting
http://sportsmansvintagepress.com/read-free/how-to-hunt-deer-table-contents/getting-lost-while-hunting/

International Commission for Alpine Rescue - Predicting Lost Person Behavior
http://www.alpine-rescue.org/ikar-cisa/documents/2017/ikar20170111003497.pdf

YouTube: TA Outdoors - Primitive Survival Shelter Build with Bare Hands: No Tools Needed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCT9K72ByUE

YouTube: Kullcraven Bushcraft & Survival - Survival Skills: Building a Primitive survival shelter with No ModernTools Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C_qid_0wto

YouTube: Kullcraven Bushcraft & Survival - Survival Skills: Building a Primitive survival shelter with No ModernTools Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX2yQCGYwho

YouTube: Survival Lilly - Building A Primitive Shelter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVO4slzx7zs

YouTube: Tom McElroy at Wild Survival  - Easy Survival Shelter (Stay Warm and Dry)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfx6I0rajOo

YouTube: Norwegian Bushcraft - Winter Survival: 15 minutes shelter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf-PKoR6IR8

YouTube: Smooth Gefixt - Winter Camping in a Quinzee Survival Shelter: How to build one!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew0ULfyRLdU

YouTube: Shawn Woods - How to make a Weatherproof Cattail Shelter. Primitive Bushcraft Survival Skills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03IVOhctT14 

American Red Cross - Mobile Apps
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wendesday's Websites of the Week - March 6th, 2019


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Rua Gonçalves Ledo (ca 2019)
photograph by
Alcimar Luiz Callegari


Introduction
There are many sources of information for you and your family to use in your quest to learn about prepping and its related skills. Some of them local, like the town's library or adult education local at the community college. Some may be regional, such as the county agriculture extension service office and a larger cities' art and history museums. On a national scale, information sources like a national library, national archives, or the nation's military is available to you and your family.

With the explosion of the internet, thirty years ago, other sources have opened up to you and your family. Sources such as blogs, videos, websites, and many others, and that is the reason for this Wednesday blurb, to provide new and old sources of information to you and your family from the internet.

So, ...

Let's get started.

Thinking

photograph by
Tudor Washington Collins


The Long View
Several months ago, Survival Blog had a series of articles from J.M about some of the long term issues facing you and your family in your preppers.

Like all good writers, J.M. has some solutions for you.

Just be careful of those opinions.

Link:
Survival Blog - The Long View, Part One
https://survivalblog.com/long-view-part-1-j-m/

Survival Blog - The Long View, Part Two
https://survivalblog.com/long-view-part-2-j-m/

Survival Blog - The Long View, PartThree
https://survivalblog.com/long-view-part-3-j-m/


Emergency Evacuation Kit

Shoestring
My first so-called bugout bag was thrown together from stuff I found around the house.

Well, ...

Link:
YouTube: Viking Preparedness - Gen Z BoB: inexpensive but good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydSxOuynOIQ

Spendy
Here's an article with a different approach.

Link:
Graywolf Survival - How I built my ultimate 25 pound bug out bag
https://graywolfsurvival.com/66545/how-to-build-ultimate-25-pound-bug-bag/


Air

House Fire
For most families, buying a protective mask is going to seem, ... a little far out, especially for a reluctant partner.

But, ...

Getting prepared for a house fire is going to seem acceptable.

Link:
City of Arlington, Virginia Fire Department - Escape Plans
https://fire.arlingtonva.us/safety/escape-plans/

Travelers Insurance - How to Create a Fire Evacuation Plan
https://www.travelers.com/resources/home/fire-safety/how-to-create-a-fire-evacuation-plan


Shelter

Wood and Mud
One technique to keep your family warm.

But, ...

Be careful. Wood burns ; - )


YouTube: Billy Rioux Adventurer - How to Build a Stick and Mud Chimney, Long Version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZXH41m1xz8



Water

SODIS water disinfection
using clear PET plastic beverage bottles,
in Indonesia (ca 2008)
photograph by
SODIS Eawag


Disinfection
There are many ways to make your family's water safe to drink, during and after an event.

One of these ways is ...

Link:
Prepardness Advice - Sodis an inexpensive method of water purification
https://preparednessadvice.com/water_purification/sodis-an-inexpensive-method-of-water-purification/


Food

photograph by
New Zealand National Archives

Recipes

Link:
Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Black Bean Tostadas
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/02/food-storage-friday-black-bean-tostadas.html

Storage Made Easy - Shelf Stable Recipes: Garden Chicken Stewhttp://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/02/19/shelf-stable-recipes-garden-chicken-stew/

Food Storage Made Easy - Recipe: Ultimate Meatloaf (with a twist)
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/02/21/recipe-ultimate-meatloaf-with-a-twist/

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage and Fondant
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2010/02/18/food-storage-and-fondant/

Food Storage Made Easy - Cream Cheese and Jam Cookies made with HEALTHY White Flour
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2012/02/20/cream-cheese-and-jam-cookies-made-with-healthy-white-flour/


Medical

Dr. Ahmedu examining a patient
with a keratometer (ca 2007)
photograph by
Mike Blyth


Read and Heed
During some events, it's going to be ... Calories, Calories, and More Calories.

Until then, you and your family need to be watching your weight.

Link:
The Telegraph - Fat Britain: Average person eats 50pc more calories than they realise
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/19/fat-britain-average-person-eats-50-calories-realise/


Eyes
Medical science has gotten pretty good. They can replace pretty much any part, except for ...

Link:
Consumer Reports - How to Take Care of Your Eyes as You Age
https://www.consumerreports.org/vision-eye-care/how-to-take-care-of-your-eyes-as-you-age/


Protection

A Sleeping English Bulldog (ca 2011)
photograph by
Aobranc


Bullpup
For some reason, folks aren't going to purchase the world's greatest prepper rifle, the SKS. They are going to buy an AR-15 series rifle instead.

That's o.k.

It's o.k., too, if you and your family decide on using an AK-47 series rifles, too.

It's also o.k., if your family decides to use ...

Link:
All Outdoors - Extended Use Report on Kel-Tec RDB
http://www.alloutdoor.com/2015/11/23/extended-use-report-kel-tec-rdb/


Tavor
If you live in, formerly, Great Britain, you need to learn to use the SA-80 service rifle

And, ...

If you live in Israel, you and your family need to learn how to use the current service rifle

Link:
All Outdoors - IWI Tavor Review
http://www.alloutdoor.com/2014/04/02/iwi-tavor-review/


Comparison
Of course, everyone is going to do the research, so they can choose the best rifle, for their family. Right?

Link:
All Outdoor - IWI Tavor vs. Kel-tec RDB
http://www.alloutdoor.com/2014/06/02/iwi-tavor-vs-kel-tec-rdb


Communications



Transportation



Clothing

Linen
I would like for you to watch this video, and ask yourself, ... What would you need to scale this up, to cloth a community.

Link:
YouTube: MonreaghCentre - Linen:Making Linen Fabric from Flax Seed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFuj7sXVnIU


Information



Power Production



Kit

Old School
The current military standard for carrying the combat load is M.O.L.L.E.

Well, ...

Forty-five years ago, it was A.L.I.C.E. (All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment)

And, ...

Some people still use it for their needs.

Link:
YouTube: Renaissance MarineTV - My Deuce Gear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jBCzMoa7I0


Readings and Additional Resources

Woodpile Report
Last, but not least. Some words of wisdom from Ol' Remus

Link:
Woodpile Report - Issue 568
http://www.woodpilereport.com/html/index-569.htm


Friday, March 1, 2019

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (The $75 Defensive Rifle)


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Sgt Jim Meek armed with a C7A1 assault rifle,
during Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training  (ca 1996)
photograph by
LCpl. R. L. Kugler, Jr.


Previously
In the past, I have advocated for you and your family to purchase a SKS rifle because they are inexpensive, generally available, don't look like a typical defensive rifle, especially with the spike bayonet removed, and don't require expensive magazines.

Well, ...

History
Many decades ago, a SKS rifle could be purchased for $75, maybe $100, so it made financial sense for a family of four to purchase SKS rifles, until President George Herbert Walker Bush, Bush 41, banned the importation of certain semi-automatic rifles.

Fast forward a decade, the Democrats controlled the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Presidency, so they implemented several gun-control measures, notably the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, in 1994.

Because of these gun-control measures and inflation, now a days, SKS rifles start at $350 and quickly increase from $450 to $900, per rifle.

Ouch, ...

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I know the more expensive rifles are so-called collector-type rifles from the former soviet union that should be avoided by preppers and their families.


Currently
I still stand by the suggestion for a family to purchase SKS rifles, but these United States has been in a worldwide armed conflict for the last 18 years, the sunsetting of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and a gun-control push by President Obama has increased the supply of inexpensive AR-15 style firearms and their standard capacity magazines.

So, ...

It might make financial sense for a family of four to purchase an AR-15 style rifle for everyone in the family, especially 'If' you and your family focus on, as Uncle from Say Uncle says, the Ford and Chevy of AR-15 rifles, such as the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine, Smith and Wesson M&P 15, the Ruger AR-556, but, these rifles are still in the $700 range.

Plus, you still have the cost of, at least, seven magazines.


Cheaper
If you are thinking about purchasing an AR-15-style rifle, I prefer the M4A3 Patrolman's Carbine, from Bushmaster, This rifle has a chrome-lined barrel and chamber, and it has the detachable carrying handle with attached sights. This means the rifle is ready to use because you don't have to purchase a separate sight.

With that said, ....

You and your family could build an AR-15 style rifle for about $75.


Receiver
To build your rifle, the first thing you are going to need is the lower receiver. This is the part that has the serial number, so you will need to buy it from a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer.

Now, ... This isn't exactly true.

As a citizen, you have the right to purchase from another citizen at a gunshow, from a newspaper advertisement, or a friend. This is known as a private purchase, but it has to be in person, no going through the mail or shipping the lower receiver directly to your home.

With that said, ... Most people will purchase their lower receiver from a local FFL dealer, like I did.

Aero Precision AR-15 Lower Receiver

The above receiver cost $75, plus taxes, for a total of $82.32, from a local gunstore. I could have purchased a less expensive receiver from Palmentto State Armory for $49.99 with a transfer fee of $30, for a total of $80, but I would have had to wait a few weeks because of shipping times.

Either way, ... Once you have your lower receiver, you can purchase all of your other parts directly from a retailer. No need for a FFL dealer to transfer the parts.


Lower Receiver Parts
The next items you are going to need are the lower receiver parts. These parts are the various springs, hammer, trigger, buffer, buffer tube, pistol grip, buttstock, and other assorted parts.

Now, ... You can order these parts individually or as a set, from various retailer such as Palmetto State Armory, Brownell's, or several others.

Palmetto State Armory Lower Receiver Parts Kit

For me, I decided to go with the above parts kit, with free shipping. It had the collapsible buttstock, pistol grip, and all of the other parts to complete a lower receiver.

O.K., ...

Once you have your lower receiver parts kit, you are ready to assemble the lower receiver.

Needless to say, ...

There are a bazillion videos showing you and your family how to assemble a lower receiver, such as ...

Link:
YouTube: nsz85 - Build Your AR-15 Lower Receiver!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1omm6jY7Gg

Brownell's - Assembling Lower Receiver
https://www.brownells.com/aspx/learn/learndetail.aspx?lid=11011

Full360: IraqVeteran888 - How To AR-15 Lower Receiver Build
https://www.full30.com/watch/MDEwOTc2/how-to-ar-15-lower-receiver-build


Of course, once you have your completed lower receiver, you need an upper receiver.


Upper Receiver
You have several choices for an upper receiver. You can buy it as separate parts, the actual receiver, barrel, bolt carrier group, charging handle, and several other parts, but you are going to need several tools.

Or, ...

You can purchase an almost complete pre-assembled upper receiver, ready to place on your lower receiver.

Me, ...

I want with an almost complete pre-assembled upper receiver

Palmetto State Armory M4 Freedom Upper Receiver

Needless to say, you can purchase these from several places, like Brownell's, Palmetto State Armory, and ... Many Others.

Heck, you can purchase a whole rifle, minus the lower receiver, from Sarco, Inc, ... as parts


But, ...
That's right. I told you; you could get a rifle for $75, and it's true.

Once you purchase your lower receiver, you just have to save you money. At $75 a week or a month to purchase these items, you will have a rifle ... for $75, and another $75, and another $75, and another ...


Lies
Needless to say, ... Some folks will say that I lied to you and your family. They will say that you can't get an M-16 series rifle for $75.

And, ...

They are wrong, very wrong.

Think about this scenario.

Soldiers are hungry, or they want to get drunk but have no money. What can they sell to you and your family?

Their uniforms? Na, they need them for the walk home.

Their tools? Everybody already has enough tools.

Their rifles? Of course, especially if it is stolen during a training exercise.

Needless to say, ... The lower receiver is the part with the serial number, so you buy their rifle, dump the government's lower receiver and build up an AR-15 with the parts on your lower receiver.


Lastly
There are a lot of dark clouds on the horizon for owning an AR-15, so buying a few lower receivers, now, will give you and your family an opportunity to build one when money isn't tight.

So, ...

Think about it, and get ready for the tough times ahead.