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  1. I'll be in Ft. Leonard Wood MO for the U.S. Army. I know it'll be hot and humid, and I hear the worst thing about that place is that there isn't any grass, it's all dirt. Has anyone done BCT there?
  2. Well, I ship out the day after Memorial Day and I don't think I'm gonna be online again before then. I just wanted to say goodbye, I'll see you all in 10 weeks (give or take a few days) and I look forward to catching up on the forums.
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    Nice backup knife for pack

    Getting back to the original topic, this is my backup knife that I have in my Get Home Bag so I can get to my BOB with my LMF II in it. It's a great little knife, and serves all the purposes I have in a GHB knife. And no, epic knife fights is not one of the purposes. I have been considering substituting a KA-BAR army partially serrated knife into the kit, but I like the smaller size of the Air Force Survival Knife.
  4. Both Google Alerts and Google Public Alerts have the potential to be extremely useful in day to day life, providing that you know how to use them. I think it would be nice to have an article on how to use them. Especially Google Alerts, since you can customize what alerts you receive,so I think it would be nice to have a list of suggested alerts (key words like flood, riot, martial law, TEOTWAWKI, etc).
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    Star Trek Phaser Replica " WOW "

    Id rather just make a Phaser housing for a .22LR. A cop sees THAT in a holster, probably won't even bother you cause they think you're a trekkie.
  6. There are many ways out there that you can use to boil water. Fuel Stove (gas or liquid fuel) Fuel Tab Stoves: Found Fuel Stoves: Or just boil water in a pot over an open fire. What do you use to boil your water and why do you prefer your chosen method?
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    Zombie Fiction or Something to Chew On Funny article on why famous zombie movie weapons are actually bad ideas.
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    10 Survival tips that will get you killed Here's another article along similar lines of thought.
  9. Thanks for all the support and well-wishes guys! It really does mean a lot to me. I was also wondering if anybody had any input on being an Honor Graduate at BCT? My recruiter likes to brag that he has the highest percentage of Honor Graduate recruits and I wanted to know more about what it takes to be an Honor Graduate. I've heard that there are 3 ways to get it: High test scores, high PT score, Expert Rifle Qualification. Is this accurate or are there other things that are considered also?
  10. I've been running and doing Push ups for a while now. I'm actually in RSP (recruit sustainment program) because I am on a Split-Op program so I can finish college. For the past 4 month's I've had 1 weekend a month of RSP which is basically Basic Training Prep. I know how to salute, march, basic D&C, Pugil Sticks, Rank, Army Values, Soldier Creed, Army Song, Basic Water Survial, Room clearing (I'm sure I'm leaving things out) and next month we have Combatives. Every RSP Drill starts with the 2-2-2 APFT (even though the Army just decided to change to a new APFT) and I've passed every one, and have been improving. I do BCT this summer, come back for the Fall and Spring Semester, graduate college then ship to AIT at Ft. Eustis next summer. And in case anyone out there is wondering, I'm a 15T on track to being an Aviation Warrant Officer.
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    Article Idea: Crossbows

    However, looks can be deceiving. If you want a reliable crossbow, I'd say check out local hunting shops and get some brand names in mind, then check out eBay or something like that for a deal on them.
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    I have an ENO hammock, with the bug net attachment and I love it. I camped with it a few times last summer/fall and I plan on taking it out again soon. For the underside, I took a cheap $.98 Wally World space blanket, cut it to my size and layered one side with bright orange duct tape (for structural strength and can double as signal device). I also have a 30* sleeping bag I use in the hammock, and can use my thermal blanket for insulation. And then I also have a tarp I throw over the top in case of rain. I wouldn't mind saving up for a nice hammock from these guys as their hammock are everything all in one, but those price tags are a bit high for me. Maybe when I get back from Basic Training.....
  13. Post your opinions and experiences with different food companies (Mountain House, Backpacker's Pantry, etc). Freeze dried vs canned discussions are welcome here! Or perhaps you have a recipe of bannock or some other food you like to make for yourself and you'd like to share it. Or maybe a few 3600 Calorie Emergency Bars are all you pack. This thread is all about how you eat out in the wild, away from a fridge and fast food. Bon Appétit!
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    Zombie Apocalypse Survival

    In honor of The Walking Dead Season 2 premier, let's talk about Z-Day. As I've mentioned in a previous post, Z-Day plans are EXTREMELY similar to SHTF planning, with the exception of dealing with infection prevention from a Zed. Please feel free to share any strategies you have; let's have some fun with this thread.
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    Self Defense Training

    Kali is great, the other one I'd recommend would be a Krav Magra school. They're pretty hardcore and all around. However, the style or name to what you study doesn't mean crap if the instructors teaching it aren't any good. There are tons of commercial schools out there that don't get much deeper than pay $100, get a belt, learn a kata. I had the honor and privilege of having a fantastic Karate Club in college with fantastic instructors. Don't go to a school for the name on the uniform, go for the quality of what they teach. Another thing to keep in mind is that no one style is completely better than another. That's one of the things they kept telling us at Karate Club. We focused on Shorin-Ryu, but also had Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Krav Magra and any other guest instructors we could get. Every style has a different outlook on situations, and it can't hurt for you to have multiple options and find what works for you. I hope that helps you a bit!
  16. I currently have a Humvee Assault Pack. I received it as a gift, so I'm not complaining about it at all. It's a great backpack and can handle anything I throw at it. It's just not the right backpack for hiking. I need a top loading backpack that I can put my compression sack Hammock in, hang my compression sack sleeping back from the bottom of and hike with.Right now, I have to hang a lot of things off of the ALICE straps on the back, and it's fairly awkward. Does anyone have any suggestions for a camping backpack? Also keep in mind that I don't want to break the bank on this. Thanks!
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    Canteen/Cup/Stove...and fuel?

    Yeah, stick with Esbit, another problem that WetFire has, is that after 6-8 months or so it just loses it's ability to burn. I had to throw out 10 cubes cause they just weren't burning anymore. Esbit, dryer lint, sawdust, cotton balls, cotton balls in petroleum, pine tree sap...there are quite a few good tinders/fuels that you can use.
  18. I'll be doing the Split-Op program, meaning I don't do BCT until this summer and then AIT the next summer so I can finish my last year of college. I'm going to be a helicopter mechanic, then put in my packet for Aviation Warrant Officer. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips about Drill, BCT, AIT, or anything else. EDIT: I deleted the warning that was here before. I wrote it late and night and did not realize how it sounded until too late. I apologize to everyone for the confusion this has/may have created.
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    SOG Seal Pup

    They sell them at Walmart for like $47, that's where I got mine.
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    First AR

    One thing I liked about my M4 is that the carry handle and iron sights can be removed so a scope or ACOG can be put there instead. Fits any situation (except for a bayonet because of the shorter barrel).
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    First AR

    I bought my M4 (5.56mm) from Smith & Wesson for $1200. I'd say with the optics and decent magazines and the bullets to put into the magazines, you should be looking at about the $1500-$1600 range. In case you were interested, here's a link to the model that I bought. (Currently a bit more expensive than when I bought mine over the summer.)
  22. That's what I'm most worried about: running. I've never been much of a runner, but I've started running for 2 miles every time I workout (T/TH/SAT). I want to be close to 5 miles by this summer.
  23. Thanks. I didn't really think of what my warning could mean out of context. I'm in several forums for other websites, and most people on those forums understand that being reported means a PM to the moderator. I just wanted to cover all my bases with that warning, and didn't realize what it sounded like till it was too late. I've removed the warning after looking it over again. I really should have taken more time to pick better words. I had originally intended it to mean negative comments only, but realized I left out a few vital words that made it look like I didn't want ANY comments. I'd like to apologize to everyone again. I'll be over here, quietly wiping off the egg from my face and trying to get that foot out of my mouth.
  24. I meant like reported to a moderator or something. I still love and will argue non stop for freedom of speech and the right to personal opinions. I just don't want this turning into a debate about how corrupt/not corrupt the government or how the US army is/isn't used to further big corporations agendas or something like that. I just want to avoid how almost any video on youtube about the gov or the military has a raging comment war between 2-3 people and you aren't able to actually read the positive or helpful comments due to everyone calling each other Hitler. Thanks Capt for the advice and CCsir for the congrats. Rayz, I'm getting a haircut today, haha.
  25. If you use the carbide side, yes it can mess up your knife by removing a lot of metal. For perfectly dull (basically flat) blades, only use 2-3 passes on carbide then move over to the ceramic side. Ceramic is good enough for any blade that's been dulled slightly. It's the carbide pull through sharpeners that can mess up a knife.