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    Captain Bart

    Born in Palestine, Texas and raised on the Gulf coast since my father worked in the oil refineries. SurvivalCache WriterJoined the Army 1969 for Artillery OCS and flight school. Viet Nam May 1971 through March 1972 followed by Pershing school and two years in Germany. In Germany my wife and I got into prepping. We had to have a NEO (Next of kin Evacuation Order) kit to get the depends out of the country in case the ‘evil empire’ headed into the west. Medically retired in April of 1976 for neck injuries I picked up in Viet Nam.

    Back to school on GI bill. Worked for NASA then to Phoenix in 1978 to be a test pilot and systems engineer for Sperry Avionics. After five years there, data base and systems administrator for the Phoenix Police Department for another 6 years. While in Phoenix, I attended seminary after work and weekends. I was ordained a Permanent Deacon February 28, 1987 for the diocese of Phoenix with the equivalent of a master’s degree in theology. Back to Houston in 1990 to work for Lockheed on the Space Shuttle program. There for 5 years then i spent 5 years working for Oracle as a field survive manager then back to NASA as an astrophysicist. (Yeah, I know, I AM a rocket scientist. Sounds cool but not so glamorous as it sounds).

    Our location makes getting out of town almost impossible since Housotn sits on all major roads out of town. Age, health and location make a successful bug out unlikely unless there is plenty of warning. Hobbies are ham radio, astronomy, flying, geology and shooting.

    We are putting together a retreat location near a nearby town that doesn’t need us to go through Houston. It is a reasonable location – not really isolated but just outside of a small town. The town is between us and Houston and acts as a bit of a buffer. Since it is a farming town it is a fairly efficient block.

    Favorite firearms, the gun I’m currently shooting. I’m rather partial to lever guns in rifle and pistol chambering and revolvers over semi-auto pistols but whatever I am shooting is my favorite at the time.

    How does Captain Bart answer 17 Survival Questions?

    1. Please describe your Every Day Carry?

    Kel Tec P-11 (in pocket 100% of the time)

    Swiss Army knife

    Case Knife

    Leatherman tool

    Green laser pen

    Magnesium fire starter


    BIC lighter

    Casio watch (time sync to WWVW)

    Dental Floss

    Two Flashlights

    Whistle, compass, thermometer, magnifying glass

    2. Favorite Bug Out Pistol?

    Ruger Blackhawk, .45 Colt/.45 ACP

    3. Favorite Concealed Carry Pistol?|

    .45 Colt Commander

    4. Favorite Bug Out Rifle or Carbine?

    Marlin 30-30 levergun or .45-70 Marlin and Savage .22 LR semiauto (if in vehicle)

    5. Favorite Rifle or Carbine?

    Shiloh Sharpe’s 50-90 in black powder

    CZ 550 American in .375 H&H Mag modern

    6. Favorite Shotgun?

    Mossberg 12 GA pump

    7. The amount of food you have at your house?

    More than a 2 week supply

    8. Name your top 7 items in your Bug Out Bag?


    Space Blanket

    Survival knife

    Flare launcher (pen size)

    First aid kit including required meds (diabetic)|


    Maps and Ammo (50 rds for rifle)

    9. Describe your Bug Out Location?

    5 acres in agricultural area. Well on property, minimal shelter but being improved. Primary location is Bug In at current location.

    10. Describe your Bug Out Vehicle?

    Suburban 4 X 4 with off road and tow packages

    11. Describe your Bug Out Bag?

    Red Head back pack.

    12. Favorite home defense pistol?

    Colt Combat Commander .45 ACP.

    13. Favorite home defense Rifle/Shotgun?

    Mossberg 12 GA pump

    14. Favorite Survival Book?

    A Kindle with them all! BSA manual, Back to Basics, etc.

    15. Favorite Survival Type Movie?

    Accurate movies about the West (Louie LAmour type stuff).

    16. Survival Knife?

    Army version Kay Bar

    17. Survival Tools in your kit?

    Leatherman, dental floss, range finder, machete, hatchet, survival saw, crank flashlight/radio, rope, wire
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    Rocket Scientist - actually Astrophysicist

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  1. Capt Bart

    What have you done today to better your Prep? III

    Hopefully I'm back on a more regular basis. I've been dealing with back surgery issues as well as retirement. I'll be checking in to see what is going on and if I can contribute anything. Now that I'm older, crippled and less energetic I'm finding that I need to rethink all my preps.
  2. Capt Bart

    What have you done today to better your Prep? III

    I actually logged in to Survival Cache for the first time in several years. I'm glad my account is still active. Due to age and health reasons, I haven't been to the range in a year so I started a process of cleaning and oiling all of my guns.
  3. Capt Bart

    CCW - Guns Banned Sign Question

    It is very much state dependent. Here in Texas, having a LTC (License to Carry - we have open carry for CHL holders) allows you to bypass the metal detectors at state buildings. CHL holders carry in state buildings so why bother with the detector. It is cool to walk through the state capital carrying your firearms. LOVE my state! In Texas, a business must post a particular sign for both open and concealed carry. Referred to as a 30.06 and 30.07 (sections of Texas Penal Code) signs, the size, language, and placement are all spelled out. If the sign is not according to the law then it doesn't count. In addition places that derive more than 50% of their income from liquor sales must post a prescribed "51%" sign to let folks know 'no guns'. Additionally, the holder must respond to any verbal request to leave from the owner. A 'no firearms' sign has no effect if it is not according to the code. Still, why would I go there if I'm not wanted. I don't open carry just because I don't want to be identified as a prime target if TSHTF so the 30.07 signs don't really impact me but I avoid places that don't want my business. Lots of employers have a no firearm rule - while it won't get you arrested if you violate their rule it might get you fired.
  4. Capt Bart

    speaking of lever guns

    TB, naw, it is not about the local bears .... it IS about the circus train that derails (ever see the movie "The Big Circus" circa 1959?) and the rhinos, and lions, and tigers, and elephants, etc. get loose. I have a .375 H&H Mag for just that reason. OK, that's my story and I am sticking to it! Also good to get keep polar bears away. Must be working because I haven't seen a polar bear loose in my area in decades! Truth be told; consideration of 'exotic pets' and loose zoo animals is not totally off the wall. Not a reason to buy a cannon until everything else is cared for but they have gotten loose before and in urban areas. Actual reason? It is just so bloody much fun to shoot these cannons I really don't see not having them. When my Brit friends come over, they always want to shoot the big stuff, not the normal hunting rifle size stuff. Just my not so humble (but in this case absolutely correct) opinion.
  5. Capt Bart

    speaking of lever guns

    You are right, Wardog! I more than like it! Now if I can get a .500 S&W revolver AND this lever gun to go with my Sharps 'BIG 50' I will 'FEEL" (after all, the liberals all say it is all about how you 'feel', right?) safe! That bloody thing brings a small. Back to the gun envelope in the desk; this one is going to take a while, I fear.
  6. Capt Bart

    Something in the wind and it ain't good

    I am very proud of my military service and I have the greatest respect for those who continue to serve. It is because of OBozo and the other clowns in DC that I talked my son out of joining the army. I felt bad about doing that but now I am extremely glad I kept him from being in the force that the clowns are trying to create. God save our beloved country.
  7. Capt Bart

    Space junk

    Just an aside - There are actually hundreds of thousands of pieces of debris and we can track things as small as a few centimeters. I used to work in the orbital debris world for NASA. The problem with the really small stuff is that the atmospheric drag (yep, it exists at a few hundred miles up), solar wind, magnetic effects, etc. disrupt the small stuff so much that accurate prediction becomes really tough for more than a few orbits. Debris bigger and denser than the smaller stuff is relatively easy to track and forecast. There are between 5,000 and 7,000 (I haven't checked lately) of the big pieces out there that are tracked. With the debris, you are tracking the results of explosions. An intact satellite is easy; it is when that satellite gets hit by a chunk going the other way (10+ miles/sec impact speed) that you get the hypervelocity explosions that blasts everything in to small bits. As always with an explosion, there a a few big pieces, more medium pieces and an incredible number of small to tiny pieces. It is those medium to small pieces that are so tough. My concern is that we have a coward in the white house (I'll capitalize white house when we no longer have an illegal alien there) and cowards can get you killed. They panic and do strange things. Check out "Sum of All Fears" by Tom Clancy; cowards scare me. Just my not so humble opinion.
  8. Capt Bart

    Who makes a low-priced AR that will last?

    No, sir, I didn't. The Marlin Guide Gun can/could be purchased in the .45-70 Marlin caliber. It has approximately the same ballistics as the .444 Marlin. In fact, I have read (can't verify beyond that) that the purpose for the .444 Marlin was to reduce the chances of chambering the .45-70 Marlin into a .45-70 Govt rifle. Essentially, Marlin built a stronger action/rifle to take advantage of the extra room the .45-70 case has when loaded with modern powder. This gives much better ballistics that a .45-70 Govt which has black powder ballistics. [/url] The second link seems to indicate that the .450 Marlin may actually be what I purchased as a .45-70 Marlin. It looks like they took a .45-70 case, belted it so it would not fit a Govt. gun and now call it a .450 Marlin. I don't know, I will have to explore that some and see what I come up with for an answer. Thanks for the question, wardog. I haven't looked for ammo for it for a while, now I'll have to check it out.
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    Somebodies watching me...

    Since the secretary of state, John "Did you know I served in Viet Nam" Kerry, has already labeled me a war criminal for serving in RVN, I suspect I'm on every list extant. Oh, FYI, the GPS option is NOT necessary to determine your location from your cell phone. At least once a minute, every cell phone 'pings' the system to check on incoming messages. With the advent of high speed systems, the arrival time of a ping can be measured in nano-seconds. With that information, your location to within about a yard can be determined at least once a minute and that is WITHOUT you actually using your phone. (the ping contains your phone number - that is one way "track my phone" works.) Only way to stop that is to remove the battery. Cute, huh? The only way we get privacy now is to be buried so deep in the noise that they do not recognize you are there. Once you appear on the radar, you are stuck there. It is possible to disappear again but it takes a great deal of work, care, and the disruption of your life. Even your purchases at the grocery stores are now being tracked; every time you use a "discount card" or a cell phone coupon or a cell phone bar code reader you pop up. You can sleep well tonight because you are being watched over by your beneficent big brother! Just my not so humble opinion.
  10. Capt Bart

    Who makes a low-priced AR that will last?

    Coyote, This is not the only caliber with this issue. There is a .45-70 Government and a .45-70 Marlin. Exactly the same size but again, do NOT fire the .45-70 Marlin in a .45-70 Govt. Similar issues with the .30-06 rounds. Modern heavy hunting loads should not be used in the M-1 Garands because the higher pressures can cause mechanical problems. "Cowboy" guns and old Single Action Army revolvers and lever guns can not handle the modern .45 Long Colt pressures, etc. Always be sure you KNOW what you are feeding your firearm. A lot of weapons that started out as a black powder round (including the venerable .30-30) have cases that can hold way too much modern powder. Hand load these incorrectly and you blow up a gun at best, serious injury or death at worse. The .223/5.56 cases are not exactly identical but close enough that I can not tell the difference. The thing is this, the .223 uses the SAMMI pressure test and the 5.56 uses the military standard. Pressures are measured at different places on the round. for more detailed explanation. Long story short is that a 5.56 is essentially a "proof" round in a .223. The .223 SHOULD handle it but would you really be comfortable in shooting a couple of hundred proof rounds through your weapon? Any weakness, even a little excess dirt, could tip the balance in the catastrophic direction. Since I can not eye-ball the difference, I would be extremely careful about what I fed my weapon. I have a .45-70 Govt and a .45-70 Marlin. I NEVER take both to the range at the same time and if I have the .45-70 Govt, there is NO .45-70 Marlin ammo anywhere around. I'm rather paranoid about blowing up a gun in my own face. I hope this helps a tad. The confusion is why I suggest making sure you get something chambered for 5.56 and then you can shoot either without too much worry. I'd still be very careful not to ever let the two calibers get mixed up, just as a matter of good, safe practice. Anything that can kill me I never want to do so I am a bit "anal retentive" about ammo. Just my not so humble opinion, but I've not had a problem in over half a century of shooting.
  11. Capt Bart

    Who makes a low-priced AR that will last?

    Coyote, everyone knows I do not like the AR platform. That said, your question was about AR's so I will not bore everyone with another rant! That said, I strongly recommend that you buy a 5.56 and NOT a .223. There have been many detail explanations but the short version is that while a .223 will fire a 5.56, it is NOT safe (with a FEW exceptions) to do so. A 5.56 will safely fire a .223 but not the other way around. IF you get the AR, get it in 5.56. Just my not so humble opinion.
  12. Ham, yep, trigger locks are a 'warm, fuzzy, feel good' sop to the liberal, mindless portion of our communities who actually believe what the government tells them. Things like TSA smelling your shoes makes air travel safer! I detest lies, especially when people tell the lie to themselves. Partsman, my kids all knew how to shoot before they were 10 yrs old. A hidden gun that adults freak out over is "forbidden fruit" and a kid will be curious. Remove the mystery, demonstrate the effects (shotgun on a melon works extremely well - shoot the melon then tell the kids to put the melon back together; when the say they can't tell them the gun will do the same thing to their friends, brothers and sisters. They get the point.), and tell them you'll take them shooting when they wish. Not a mystery, they KNOW how to deal with a weapon (especially a found weapon) so they are safer than someone who watches TV movies and are fascinated by the firearms liberals LOVE to show on screen and hate in real life. Just my not so humble opinion, of course.
  13. Capt Bart

    FT Hood shooting trial set

    He is NOT a terrorist ... this was a case of "work place violence"! Why, IF he were a terrorist the injured and dead would be entitled to medals and compensation and health care and ..... further, IF he were a terrorist, then the "system" that screens folks for the military does not work! Those who promoted the SOB did not do their jobs, etc. Nope, no terrorism here, you gotta go examine a TEA Party or the Founding Fathers if you want examples of terrorist activity. Now that Prisoner Hussein (since convicted he is, or soon will be, no longer a major and we can stop paying the SOB) has been convicted, maybe he can get the "sex change" operation that the PFC is asking for and then we can send him back to his "Brotherhood" buddies for their care? He may want to be shot to be a martyr but what happens if he is shot as a woman?????? Is that better or worse than pig fat? Of course, we could do both. Seriously, treason should be met with hanging, not shooting but either way, for the good of the service, he should be executed. I don't care what he wants, good order and discipline demands that he be executed. My thought is hanging with a rope greased with pig fat but that is just because I'm on the Air Forces list of extremist and I'm trying to uphold my end of that designation. Just my not so humble opinion.
  14. Capt Bart

    Finally Seeing Some Sanity

    To the absolute horror of some of my friends, I much prefer wood. There is a visceral pleasure in oiling and polishing a nice wooden stock. Yes, I know the plastic stocks are low maintenance etc but I do not care. I like the feel of wood. My son just recently obtained my "Western Auto" (Marlin manufactured for the chain store) .30-30, lever gun. I offered him a new rifle but he wanted the first center fire rifle I ever owned for the history and the "patina" (not sure that is the right word here) of decades of use and care. Not a perfect condition gun but one that has done its job over time. I was greatly pleased with his choice of history over new. I simply can not image a "heritage" Glock. Even the TV show "Blue Bloods" the commish carries his fathers old S&W detective's special revolver instead of one of the newer weapons. A used and cared for gun acquires a sheen that is not possible for plastic. I may be wrong but it seems to me that plastic guns are throwaways when worn while wood and steel just develop personality. I never wanted the M16 the Army gave me in RVN but I've always had a soft spot for the M14 they used to teach me to shoot long range. Just my not so humble opinion.
  15. Welcome, Ham_529. Unfortunately, while a trigger lock makes a gun unusable as an "immediate response" weapon (you've turned a firearm into a club) it will not protect you legally if an unauthorized users gets it to work. A cold chisel and a hammer and that lock is gone. If I take a gun to a locksmith, he will remove the lock for me - I helped a friend do just that very thing. Unfortunately, if someone gets it to shoot by whatever means then your precautions were not good enough. It does not matter that the BG, kid, nosy neighbor, etc was illegally messing with your weapon. All that the progressives care about is that you 1) had a gun and 2) someone got shot so you did not properly secure it. It depends on the political climate of your state/location. Some states used to require the gun and ammo be physically locked up in separate locations within the home. The Supreme Court ruled that was the equivalent of banning guns (they got one right for a change). I have "gun cabinets" that provide some secure storage and a minimal level of fire protection. While not true safes they do allow locked storage inside of steel containers. Easier to crack than a safe but more than sufficient for anyone who does not have a half hour and tools and they are too heavy to just cart off. Here in Texas that is more than enough. I do not like the entire concept of trigger locks. The gun is either unloaded and locked so now you have a four step process to put the weapon into use. In case of emergency you must 1)find the key, 2)unlock the trigger, 3) load the gun (this could be a multi-step if you have the ammo stored separately from the gun), and 4) rack the slide (assuming an automatic). Now, and ONLY NOW, you have a weapon! The one place the locks might fit is for a long gun that is only used for hunting or some such and is not used as a defense weapon. I know some folks with small children who have a hunting rifle they store that way. The self-defense handguns reside in a bedside hand safe but they do not have enough money for a full fledged safe. If you use a trigger lock on a loaded weapon (all of my firearms that can be left loaded for long periods of time remain loaded with a few exceptions - black power doesn't due well over time and clearing out a cap and ball cylinder that did not fire is a pain) then you are messing around the trigger, without intent to fire, of a loaded weapon. THAT is a perfect recipe for a negligent discharge. Further, on some guns, especially older guns, a dropped weapon can still discharge. It happened to Earp in Kansas when he was first a deputy. His Colt fell out of his holster and put a hole in his coat. That is why a great many revolver shooters always keep an empty chamber under the hammer. Never use a trigger lock on a loaded weapon. It is a VERY bad idea to ever touch the trigger of a weapon unless you intend to destroy whatever is in front of the barrel. Just my not so humble opinion.