Rapture333

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  1. Hey guys, my question to you is, what reading material would you pack in your BOB and why? Is it for information? Entertainment? Spiritual purposes? To keep you sane or to keep you alive? For me I'd like to keep a copy of the Holy Bible in my bag. I've heard the SAS Survival Guide by Collins Gern is a great book to have although I've never read it. The other book I had in mind was The Modern Survival Manual by Fernano "Ferfal" Aguirre which has a lot of great information about situational awareness, general survival and combat skills.
  2. So how much water do you keep in your pack? I realized that while im on the go in a bug out situation, water is gonna be a number one priority. Especially if I have many miles to walk. I want to carry at least 80oz of water in my bag, more if space allows. How much water do you carry? Im planning on carrying mine in a light 50oz Ice Canyon water bottle and a 30ish oz berkey water filter bottle. I also have a 100oz water reservoir, but I dont know if I should keep it filled right now as it would be pressed against the back of my maxpedition vulture II and my back and Im afraid it will burst or create an awkward carrying position if I need to grab and go.
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    Does this seem legit?

    Body armor on Ebay, never my first choice, but then I saw this offer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Body-Armor-Curved-10x12-6x8-Level-3-Powdercoat-Mil-Spec-Certified-Armor-Plate-/281078836295?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item41719aac47 Does anyone believe they're really selling level 3 armor for this price? Can anyone spot the catch? Maybe its surplus? Probably too good to be true, what do you think?
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    Does this seem legit?

    The ones with the dimples were used in test firing. I contacted the owner, he says the low cost of the armor is due to no overhead. Apparently his only real cost is the material used to make the plates, everything else is down with machinery he made and powder coated by a local powder coated for cheap, and its all a family operation. He says he doesn't like where this country is headed. Hmmm... I'm thinking about going ahead and buying a plate to do a review on, we'll see if this stuff really holds up.
  5. Hello, I was wondering what people thought would be the ideal gun camouflage pattern for Florida? Specifically Central and South Florida wilderness. I have a foliage green bug out bag and I figured it would be good to get a foliage green base paint on my AMD 65 with black tiger stripes. I'm not sure if I want the tiger stripes because I think it will blend in or if subconsciously I just think it looks cool Does anyone recommend any specific colors or patterns? In a Bug Out situation I will probably be wearing civilian clothing with my bag and switch too foliage green/OD green clothing. Here's a picture of the AMD 65: [ATTACH=CONFIG]1877[/ATTACH]
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    Best Gun Camoflauge Pattern For Florida?

    In that case black it is! I'll look for a regular "jungle" camouflage sleeve. Thanks for the advice guys
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    Best Gun Camoflauge Pattern For Florida?

    Major Krisis, that's actually a very good point. The only reason I'd want to paint my gun is in a SHTF scenario, is if I'm in a situation where I'm out of the city I can be invisible. The same reason I chose a foliage green bag. Now matching up my firearm with my gear... That would attract a lot of attention, but in a situation where I'm actually carrying a gun around I think that it wouldn't matter, but whose to say I'd be bugging out to the foliage or the woods? Hmmm... Perhaps I'm just leaving the city to get to a smaller town or actually leaving the city. Perhaps theirs a form of camo that works in the city and in the wilderness that will be different from my bag color. I'll have to check out those ACU and MarPat schemes. Black and grey may seem boring, but its the cost of being grey. I'll take a look.
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    Moral Dillemma

    As preppers I believe their is one thing many of us fail to account for, something that is very difficult if not impossible to prepare for. That is the moral dilemmas that come with prepping... AKA, survivors guilt. Many of us prep for different reasons, some more extreme situations then others, many of us are lone wolf preppers and only prep for ourselves, we all come from different ages and walks of life with different situations and relationships. The question I have for my fellow preppers, is do you think you are mentally prepared for whatever catastrophes may or may not take place, especially when those who you have a close relationship with are not prepared. Many of us prep in isolation, in order to keep our security if the S does HTF, usually only letting others who have the same thoughts on preparedness in on our preps. I think many of us have thought about the possible outcome of those we care about who are not prepared, and while not happy about it, accept it. I think many of us, especially us lone wolf preppers, have never spent enough time entertaining the idea that the suffering of those we care about will effect us. Their are some men on this forum who have whole families, with a wife and children who feel that it is their responsibility to protect that circle of people that is closest to him, these preppers usually prepare his family as best as he can, with his families consent and knowledge and understanding. But what about the rest of us? What of us whose wives/fiances/girlfriends have no intention to prep, those that probably wouldn't listen to us about preparedness or what could happen if we don't prepare (for that situation that may or may not someday happen). How do you deal with the emotional dilemmas of things like survivors guilt. This could be caused by not knowing how someone close to you ended up, like a close friend or family member, or knowing that the SHTF for them much worse then it did for you. Do we have a moral obligation to those we care about and if so how do we address these obligations? Is it to get those we care about to prep or have extra supplies handy to help. If you are in a situation where you can bug out, or help your girlfriend, or your brother, or your mother, do you stay put or do you seek self preservation? This question may be harder to answer for some then others, but I think its an important question that we need to consider now as it may be one we may be asking ourselves when (and if) TSHTF.
  9. I have a new Camelback water bladder on the way that I plan to fix to the outside of my Maxpedition Vulture II (I can't fit anything else inside, or in the molle pockets). Anyway, I hear that water that goes through for the first few times has a horrible aftertaste, is their a solution that I can make or buy that I can put through the bladder to clean it out? I heard something with baking soda works, has anyone ever tried this? Thanks
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    Solution Used To Clean Water Bladders?

    Maybe is just me, or my bottle, but the Berkey can be a pain to suck water through. Technically you have to squeeze the bottle extremely hard for water to come out, and my bottle leaks... It may be because I just got and perhaps water has to sit in the filter for a few days to soften it up. If I'm not satisfied with the Berkey I may change... How tall are the water filtration bottles?
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    Solution Used To Clean Water Bladders?

    Hey t2940, as far as the Water Filtration Survival Travel Bottle-Dark Green goes, how does it compare to the Berkey Water Bottle? Is it easy to suck water through it, and what are the dimensions?
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    Solution Used To Clean Water Bladders?

    I do have a lifestraw and a berfkey water bottle. I'm saving up for a Katadyn Combi though, which would mean I could just pump water straight into my reservoir or bottles. I just feel that in a Bug Out situation having enough water to Get Out Of the Dodge is important, especially if I have to walk many miles on foot. Just like we keep MRE's in our bags, I think water is even more important to have around. Especially if theirs no access to fresh water like in my case. Salt water a plenty however.
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    Solution Used To Clean Water Bladders?

    psllgroup I completely agree on the Maxpedition Vulture II, in order to remedy those problems I have two tool bags (similar to the ones Rothco sells) and 9x5 vertical pouches on both sides. Helps to organize things far better. The downside now is, I'm trying to find a way to secure a water bladder onto it since clothes take up the remainder of the inside space and the side pockets hold some gear as well. I want to be able to hold a lot of water so I'm hoping this bladder will be able to be secured to the pack. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lw0duwpyyu74xsr/2012-12-20%2019.22.54.jpg https://www.dropbox.com/s/d62zp10i0uhey7n/2012-12-20%2019.23.07.jpg https://www.dropbox.com/s/hpz93zwo0vv769g/2012-12-20%2019.23.17.jpg Btw this is the bladder I want to put on, any advice on how I can secure it would be nice. I might get rid of the buttpack and secure the bladder there instead. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WFYOEQ/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Another Knife Giveaway!

    IN I could really use a new knife!
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    Moral Dillemma

    Of course, if someone goes ahead and knocks on your door, even if it is your neighbor, I would give very little if it meant endangering me in the future, or nothing at all. But for me I have very young brothers and sisters and a family that is not into prepping, that is where the moral dilemma comes in for me. I was just curious what other people thought, I know everyone has a different situation.
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    Long-Term Vitamin Storage

    Vitamins are extremely important for our survival, not just in an emergency situation, but in life in general. Without vitamins we succumb to disease, lose our strength, our stamina, and mental clarity. That's why I feel that it is very important to be taking multi-vitamins and minerals. However, the vitamins I tend to take (the organic kind anyway) don't have a shelf life more then a couple of months. I really wanted something like this in my BOB. Now does anybody know anyway to store vitamins and keep them fresh? Does anyone know of any high quality multi-vitamins with a long shelf life perhaps?
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    AM/FM/Short Wave For the Cache

    Found something that might be even better: http://campingsurvival.com/sowiuprabl.html
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    AM/FM/Short Wave For the Cache

    http://www.amazon.com/Ambient-Weather-WR-090-Emergency-Flashlight/dp/B0083J46Q4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360975099&sr=8-1&keywords=WR-090 This little guy has been awesome to me so far. Pretty great reception, extandable antennae, digital clock, receives AM, FM and CB. It runs on 3 AAA's, but you could also power it a USB to Mini USB cable. I don't think it "charges" it. But it runs off the source while plugged in. A hand crank would work, or preferably a solar powered source could power it. Maybe rechargeable AAA's and a dynamo or solar charger would work best? That or just have enough batteries on you.
  19. Great compact sleeping bags! Made in Australia and used by militaries around the world, these bags are small and lightweight, with the largest bag weighing only 4lbs. All bags are the same size with differing amounts of isolation. These bags look really great. Here's a little tip! 20% of the listed price for a limited time with coupon code: nutnfancy http://www.elitesurvival.com/sleeping-bags/
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    How did it begin for you?

    I believe my prepping started after watching a documentary by Aaron Russo called America:Freedom To Fascism, outlining the dangers and the consequences of our modern banking system. I began researching, I learned about the Federal Reserve, our massive debt, the outcome of all empires based on fiat money and I began to see the writing on the wall. So I started prepping, low budget, high school student, but I was already more perpared then 97% of most people. Plus where I live the threat of hurricanes is always a concern.
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    Leather goods!

    Beautiful! If you can do a belt attachment for 2 33rd Glock Mags and one 10 rd that would be great! PM Me!
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    Another Knife Giveaway!

    This would be a great addition to my vehicles GHB/BOB! "IN"!
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    Cheap Sem-Automatic Sniper Rifle?

    I'm thinking about a cheap, sem-automatic (was thinking of a bolt action before but would rather save up and splurge) sniper rifle with good range, accuracy, and all the attributes that make a sniper rifle a sniper rifle xD. I was hoping to find one on the cheaper end, either below or around $1000. Preferably in a common round, such as 7.62 or .308, Does anyone know any good models or conversions?
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    Bumper Sticker

    http://www.wildbillwholesale.com/mts1799.html Nostalgic Tin Signs / Colt - We Don't Dial 911
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    Bumper Sticker

    I don't call 911, I call 1911 [ATTACH=CONFIG]1828[/ATTACH]