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  • #29890

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    Straw? Depends on what you are packing. Flour? Pass.

    The nice thing about the water, I like a large square bucket, is it gently presses the bag against the materials inside as opposed to vacuum sealers which can puncture the bag on sharp items inside.

    A little practice, trying different heat settings and times is worth the loss of a bag or two, just keep cutting off the seal to try again.

     

  • #29889

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    AKs are good. But you are limited as to what bullets you can load with it, due to COL. I think 130grns are the max. Play around with the “jump” in your reloads and accuracy may improve.

    AK’s can use a variety of bullet weights, including factory 150’s.

    Was shooting the wife’s with lead flat nose 170’s for the .30-30.

     

    By selecting higher quality ammunition than most of the cheap commie imports, you can normally cut the group in half. But it’s still generally a 2″ gun at best.

     

  • #29822

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    Third,

    The AR-15.

    And more specifically the AR-15 Carbine .300 Blackout with a 16″ barrel and pistol length gas tube.

    I cannot recommend any of the side folding stocks, as they leave the gun unable to fire until deployed. The collapsible models will have to do.

    By taking the gun apart, it becomes fairly compact, but useless until you reassemble it. More on this later.

    Kept as light as possible, with an M4 profile barrel and GI style handguards the gun is accurate enough, light and very dynamic.

    The Blackout is similar enough to the 7.62×39 to negate any real power discussion, but is more friendly for reloading and making specialty ammunition.
    Again a sub-200y cartridge for our use.

    Personally I prefer the AR platform to the AK, handling, operation, and experience all play into this, but they both work.

    Much like the AK, modifications are simple, some optic such as a red dot or scope, and backup iron sights.
    Why optics on these two? Simple, I want and possibly need to hit the target.
    Being injured and being able to only use one hand for example, I can still shoulder the AR carbine and make hits with the red dot, and have but not with the irons.
    Or if the families chance of eating is dependent on my not missing.

    Again the 16″ barrel for legality and ballistics. Yes the BO can be shot well down to a 9-10″ barrel, but when you use full power high velocity loads, you do get more velocity and less bullet drop with the longer barrel. My standard hunting/defense load is right in the 7.62×39 power range.

    And unlike most other options, you can pop out two pins and change calibers/cartridges by simply swapping the upper and mags. Again the gun is useless when broken down, the modularity is key to its popularity and usefulness.

    The BO was something of a niche round, but this is a place where it shines. And it has grown in popularity in the last decade.

    Modifications or extras? A light mount for a small tactical light. That’s it, outside of the optics previously mentioned. And possibly a muzzle device.

  • #29819

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    • Second,

    (This should make Tolik smile)

    The AK. And more specifically the folding stock AK in 7.62x39mm.

    Why does that gun score so high? Simple, it’s reliable, rugged and accurate enough with good ammunition to fit our needs out to 200y. It also is compact enough to fit in places that other choices will not, even with a 16″ barrel.
    Why the 16″ barrel? And why the 7.62 caliber?
    The 16″ barrel because of the ballistics. Certain guns/calibers do not lend themselves to short barrels as much. The loss of power and accuracy stand out, especially when we are considering quadruped use.

    Also the legality of the SBR/pistol length barrels. Too many possible problems with the “braces” to make me consider one when it could be illegal to possess tomorrow.

    The 7.62 caliber? Because there is more of it in the US than other options and it is able to be reloaded with conventional .308″ bullets, not perfect but they will work. The 7.62 is also much easier to handload for, including lead bullet loads for practice and subsonic options.

    I prefer the underfolding stock for the surreptitious game gathering and concealed aka hidden gun use. But prefer the sidefolder and fixed stock for everything else.
    The underfolder is more compact and doesn’t thicken the receiver area as much as the sidefolder, and when concealing the gun, that is a consideration.
    On a fighting gun, I want the fixed stock, and for the GP gun I want the left side folder.

    With a decent optic, either a scope or red dot, and a decent US barrel, there are few things that I cannot harvest or hit within reasonable ranges, so long as good ammunition is used.

    And with the addition of a suitable muzzle device and the appropriate ammunition, this package can account for quite a lot of edibles.

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  • #29814

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    Believe me when I say that it’s about time tht the kids go back.
    Not because I think that all the parents need babysitters, but because kids normally lose @25% of what they learned the previous year over summer vacation, and these kids lost an additional three months despite the online attempt.

    Speaking with friends who are teachers, as well as my own kids, who thankfully kept up, but the kids in general were giving up within weeks of the shutdown.

    The lack of socializing and group interaction has been readily apparent as the kids have gone back and sports started.

    In a lot of respects, these kids have lost a year of their lives through no fault of their own, and they seem even more “done” with it than the parents.

     

    Other than that, we have had a couple of mornings where we have had frost on the windshields. It’s gonna be a short fall and hard winter, plan ahead.

    Basically got none of my intended projects done, although I did get most of the wife’s projects finished.

    Ah well, time to work on stuff between the shoveling.

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  • #29772

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    The “rioters” don’t believe that anyone will actually fight back. When it happens, they normally scatter and run like roaches when the lights come on.

    They are emboldened by their numbers, adrenaline and the rhetoric. Not to mention the free stuff.

    Dangerous? Certainly, mobs always are. And like any predator, they will pursue when you run or they sense weakness.

  • #29760

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    My problem with the people of Kali finally leaving is that they bring their politics with them.

    Rolling blackouts, that’s still better than some places today. I recall fairly recent blog posts from Zimbabwe where the power may be on 4 hours a day.

    Looking at the situation in a different light, how could you keep the lights on and things going without panicking and or bugging out?

    I keep thinking that some of the solar power banks might make a lot of sense. With or without the panels themselves, the ability to charge off the grid and keep things running when the power switches off.

     

  • #29745

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    First things first.

    Lock your doors! Do not stop!! Did anyone learn anything from Reginald Denny?

    They are chasing you on foot, you are in your car? Keep going and dial 911, be the first to call it in.
    Being the complaintant/victim beats being the suspect.

     

    Part three, carry a bloody gun.

    You attempt to tear me out of my vehicle, I can articulate the threat and will empty a handful of rounds of “low penetration” ammunition into your throat or crotch. And drive away, on flat tires or over the opposition. Dialing 911 as soon as I can.

  • #29690

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    This goes deeper than just a storm or computer program.

    The next couple of years are going to be interesting at best. Most foodstuffs have seen an increase in price of 10%+ over the last three months.

    Add to that what China has purchased, the flood damage and early freeze damage from last year, the lack of materials for cans, not to mention the demand for certain things like yeast that went up 300% because bread and TP are how you deal with a pandemic it appears.

    Right now I am recommending that people put back what they can, and plan for a long time. Why? A couple of reasons, first all the animals that were slaughtered last year because of the lack of food. Some of these herds will take 3-10 years to get back to the previous numbers.

    Second, a lot of not most farms/seed companies don’t keep much more than next years seed stock on hand. Wonder why the seed companies were running out earlier in the year? Most depend on growing next years seed stock this year. If they sell/use it this year, there is no reserve for the next year.

    All those seed potatoes that never got out of the ground? Bad juju.

    Thirdly, everything is outsourced at least in part. A shortage of tin and steel in Asia and what do the manufacturers put that corn and beans in? Nobody expected the sheer volume of canned goods that people would buy at the beginning of the ‘Rona either.

    Add in the arson in Australia, the droughts and flooding in South America and the entire process changes.

    Looking at Beirut as an example, the port there held some 80% of the country’s grain, wasted.

    65% of the nations shipping came through there. It is reported that the country will run out of grains to make bread in 2.5 weeks. Something to think about.

    What happens when the trucks don’t have anything to deliver? It’s not just that the prices may skyrocket, but that there may not be anything available.

    Looking at Venezuela and Zimbabwe, it’s a milk day, it’s a bread day, line up and pray that you can get some.

    Or look at England during the Blitz. You can be rich but without your ration book, you’re not getting anything.

    What do you need to supplement your food for a handful of years? Staples like salt, yeast and baking powder? Ammunition for hunting? Spices to make those rice and beans tolerable?

    What can you buy today as an investment against inflation and starvation? What will it take to keep you and yours fed and healthy?

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  • #29659

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    From a LE perspective, there are a couple of things that can make a real difference and are cheap.

    First, actually lock your doors and windows. This morning I walked into the living room and found the french doors open. The oldest didn’t remember to shut and lock the door last night.

    I investigated a number of “break in’s” that were more related to the lack of personal responsibility than actual breaking in. Unlocked doors and windows were the usual.

    There are a number of little things that can be done, adding stops (sticks work) to windows and sliding doors, making sure that the blocks that prevent lifting the sliding doors out are still present, etc.

    There are a couple of “door stops” that will prevent the door from being kicked in, most brace against the door handle, and thats a good thing. Especially when the handle is solid not just a turn handle.

    Most things are simple, common sense. I ask students in my “classes” to look at their homes and look at how they would break into their own houses if they lost their key. If they can, so can anyone else.

    Start with the basics, go on from there.

  • #29658

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    Working part time in a C-store, we have been hard up for certain change, quarters mostly.
    Pennies and nickels, no problem.
    Rolled up my change bucket and took it in, considering that it is mostly what I have picked up off the floors, I cannot complain about what was there.

  • #29641

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    I can’t say about the CV bug. We just had our first death, and the person had serious health issues long before this.

    I have been in communication with friends in the Tampa and Miami areas. Both are looking at this as more of an inconvenience than anything else.

    All of these people have spent substantial time below -20f, and anything less is an inconvenience rather than a hazard.

    A lot of people don’t understand what it means to live in the Midwest or the mountains. A friend and I travelled to NC. I had more “survival” gear in the back than most of the people we encountered had total. And it served us well when we got stuck in Kansas for 4 days on the way back.

    In fact one of these people spoke of good deals coming up on hurricane supplies, as usual.

    If people aren’t willing to learn, may as well take advantage.

  • #29595

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    Both Colt and Fightlite industries have made belt fed uppers for the AR platform.

    The only real problem with the AR platform is the heat dissipation from the chamber area. That’s what causes the cooking off. Finding a method to disseminate the heat better, or causing less heat is the challenge.

    Part two? Training. Get off the trigger, stop using the burst and FA setting. Only hits count and cranking off four or five magazines “iraqi offhand” may make you feel better, cause you’re shooting back, but it wastes ammunition. Precious ammunition.

     

  • #29594

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    Their property, their rules.
    Don’t like it, shop at the mom and pop grocery.
    Shop locally at the farmers market.

    I may pay a little more for my seeds for example but I am getting better product from the hardware store.
    And by buying some stuff in bulk from local restaurants, ours are still doing this, we are avoiding wallyworld as much as possible anyway.

    What can you do to avoid wallyworld?

  • #29593

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    The online learning was an utter failure.

    And with prices of food, utilities and everything else going up, the majority of these newfound “teachers” will find themselves returning the kids to public schools.

    A good friend of the family is a middle school teacher and he repeatedly commented that the kids had lost months of prior education let alone what they couldn’t show them and teach them in person.

    My own kids, in high school and college were thankfully ahead of the curve, especially once we upgraded the router. But without that structure, those social connections, there is a difference in what and how they learn. Let alone the loss of sports.
    The changes in kids are easily seen, especially when they are in programs that build them up.
    I have watched several groups of kids change from “mice” to lions. And have academic success at the same time. I watched the XC kids help each other with homework while at meets, go for an 8-10 mile run and then stop at someone’s home for dinner and homework.
    Those kids became family.

    Another friend homeschooled their kids, the oldest never quite fit in socially, but he’s a marine now so that works. And we have a surprising number of families that homeschool in the county/area, (mostly but not all are Mormons) and I will make the observation that they are socially awkward outside their limited spaces.

    Believe me when I say that I am not putting the public school system on a pedestal, can’t wait for the last one to graduate and be done with that mess. But the kids really do need that experience with others, the challenges.

    My eldest, is missing her “team”, her roommate, her new family.

    We have a generation that may not be able to socialize, to get off the couch, or take care of the most basic needs. And I haven’t seen homeschooling fix any of that, only exacerbate it.

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