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  1. To me something like this is perfect for the times you don't have time for a bonfire or just need a hot drink before you hit the hay.

    Or a quick meal on the trail. That's exactly why I like it. Its quick, easy, once you get the learning curve, and you don't have to build a huge fire.


    I've found that on the little soves and such that there is a learning curve. After you use it a little and find out exactly what size and type of fuel works best that things get a lot better. Little fires just take a lot more attention than big fires it seems.


    My big rocket stove can cook a big meal for a bunch of people and do it with just a handful of little pieces of wood. BUT, you have to stay with it and feed it a little at a time or it stops working. It isn't like hanging a cast iron dutch over over a big bed of coals and then going for a walk. .

    Definitely a learning curve, building a a big fire is a lot easier haha. But its a challenge and I'm glad I tried it out in the back yard before needing to use it somewhere else and having to learn on the fly. For the most part, its the same as any other fire. Make sure you have your fuel prepped and ready, you just have to feed it a bit differently in order to keep it going.

  2. Finally got to use my Solo Stove and Solo Pot 900 yesterday and I must say it works great. I have the standard size stove, which fits compactly into the Pot, so it packs small and light. Both are made out of 304 SS and a combined weight of 17oz. So I was doing some work outside and decided to make a cup of tea to keep me warm. Learned some stuff, like you need to feed small fires more than large ones. Anyway, it was really windy, and I had to work to keep it protected (they offer a windscreen that would work perfectly in this case. Once I got the fire up and running, it took about 3 minutes to get the light boil shown in the video, which was enough for me. Website says 8-10 minutes for a boil.


    It had been raining the past day, so everything was soaked. I used cotton balls and vasoline, along with some feather sticks I made to get it going. Sticks cut to about 3-5 inches in length and up to an inch in diameter work best. Thinner sticks can be fed through the air holes in the top as well. Obviously this isn't going to be something for a camp fire, though it does put out some good heat, but this is great for a single person in a backpacking trip or short hike. The Pot would hold a Mountain House meal or similar, for rehydration. Or you could fill it up with water to rehydrate a meal and have some hot tea/coffee. Also gives you a secondary (or primary) method of water purification. Great construction, can't wait to take this out in the field to have a bit more fun, but that will probably have to wait for a while.


    My video


  3. nothing to laugh at its a good pack...what about a good knife?

    Ah, forgot that. Strider MFS was getting cleaned up and wasn't in the pack at the time. Also I'm waiting on a custom Dalibor Sirius folder. I also have a full sized Tom Brown Tracker, but its really heavy and I think my new Gransfors Bruk hatchet is more useful...Might end up selling the Tracker or putting it in the car pack...

  4. Ok, so here is my work in progress. I'm missing/light on some stuff, which I will outline below.



    Brouton compass

    2 x waterproof matches

    1 x Fire lighters

    1 x Exotac nanostriker

    1 x Exotac matches and container

    1 x emergency whistle

    1 x red flare/ orange smoke

    1 x 7pk pen flare/launcher

    1 x 20y duct tape

    1 x Solo Stove

    1 x Gransfors Bruk hatchet

    1 x 2 person hammock

    2 x shemagh (tan/green)

    2 x short sleeve shirts

    1 x long sleeve shirt

    1 x silk thermal top/bottom/socks

    2 x watch caps

    1 x heavy winter gloves

    2 x regular socks

    2 x wool socks

    1 x amphib shorts (TAD)

    1 x amphib pants (TAD)

    1 x emergency bivvy

    1 x Military sleeping bag

    1 x Sparks headlamp

    6 x assorted chemsticks



    Still needed

    1 x Force 10 cargo pants (heavier that the TAD amphib)

    2 x wool socks

    More batteries for headlamp and flashlights

    Topo maps of area for escape/travel routes. I know most of the area by heart, but still needed.

    Tinder (Vaseline cotton balls, etc)

    GPS (maybe)

    Another form of water purification, I can boil so that's one, I'm currently contemplating an MSR purifier, that would pump right into bladders, which would work well as I have them in all my packs. I have also looked into the Steri-Pens.


    Shelter - I can't decide on. I really like, extremely light weight, not cheap, but durable. One the flip side, I like some of Kifaru's minimalist stuff, but in an area that gets snow and cold temps, I'm not quite sure how those would work...


    Food - I have food at home, but I plan on some MH/jerky stuff to keep in there long term


    First Aid - this is something I really need to research more. I know the basics of first aid and trauma care, but not enough. Most of what I have is blood loss control and general stuff, which I suppose covers most of what you'll see in a bug out situation. Luckily the Army has some really good combat medic courses and if I pass RASP, I'm sure I'll get some hands on experience too.


    Anyway, point out and laugh and tell me what I'm doing wrong haha.

  5. Hey JonM1911,


     No need to buy ice, just fill up the cooler with snow & it's all good.

     To keep the cooler cold indoors.

    Yea should have specified. We had a bad storm during the summer, power out for almost a week. Right now I could just throw it out in the snow and it would freeze like a rock. -10 and supposed to get 10 more inches Sunday, high of 7 on Monday with a low of -17, 0 on Tuesday with a low of -3.

  6. Shadow makes some good points. Having a backup plan to meetup at home if you can't meet within a certain time is a good idea. As for the food, you'd be surprised what you really don't need? Ever hear of GoRuck? Go look it up, its a great challenge if you're into that sort of thing. I do them when I have the time. I just got done with a 9 hour challenge 2 weeks ago, I ate NOTHING the entire time or 2.5 hours before. So I went a total of 11.5 hours 9 of which were extremely physical, while carrying a 50lb pack, without food. I did go through about 6 liters of water however. You can do without food, though I don't recommend it for extended periods, you can't last long without water. That's what will really kill you, regarding focus, comfort, etc. Unfortunately it weighs more than food, but you have water with you and a way to get more. I work about 7.6 miles (by freeway) from work. I know multiple routes to get home, as I've lived in this city all my life. I carry a small TAD Gear Litespeed pack with really not much in it. Laptop, mouse, point and shoot camera, multi-tool, large knife. Keychain has a light and 2 ways to start fire. I also carry a pocket knife and primary light on my person. I have a Glock 17 and spare mag in the car (can't carry inside the office). If I need to hoof it home, I'll fill up my 32oz Nalgene, down the extra can of tuna I keep in my lunch box, and off I go. That is just me, my plan is to get home ASAP. Now my old job used to have me traveling, I had A LOT of stuff in the car then, because I could be out of state at times.

  7. I would NOT use steel armor, there's a reason they no longer use it. First off, Jim-Bob made this in his garage, I wouldn't trust my life to it. Secondly, steel plate armor was notorious for causing more harm than good. Curved steel plate, made bullets slide, often up into the neck and jaw area. Thirdly, ceramic plates are much lighter and you can get them at a good price ( If you're connected, talk to some guys who are deployed. I kid you not, they throw away ceramic plates, good ones. Guys just pick them out of the trash. Amazingly, they do the same thing with NVG's too. I know a guy who picked his out of the trash. I got medium, 7.62 multi-hit SAPIs for $250. I'm 5' 10" and 200lbs and they cover the vital organs. I was surprised, I thought I would need larges.

  8. A bit pricey Jon but they look really good. I guess quality does cost a little

    I see some really good lightweight tents for packing.

    Yea, they are a bit pricey, but actually not that much more than some of the ones I've seen at the local stores, such as Dicks Sporting Goods. And when I think about the huge amount of weight savings I'll get, its worth the extra money, to me anyways. For now, I just have a huge double person hammock. Its nice and heavy duty. In a pinch it will work perfectly as a rain shelter.


  9. If you're looking for a Hawk, look no further than RMJ Tactical. They're expensive, but they're near indestructible. They're a favorite of SOF and SF overseas and they've saved more than a few lives. I've read stories of guys chopping holes in the hardened structures in A'stan to make escape routes. They also chopped the tail off an old decommissioned Cobra with one.



    For knives, I'm waiting on my Dalibor Sirius. Custom made from Croatia, should be done here in a month or so. Ordered in April.

  10. I've got 2 Sigs, 229 and 226, both in 9mm. A word of advice, DO NOT but Sig branded mags. Sig branded mags are mostly made by a company called Mecgar and run about $45-$50. You can go to Midwayusa and find the exact same mags made by Mecgar for $27...they just don't have Sig Sauer stamped on them. ;)

  11. Not another caliber argument....5.56 was designed to tumble, and therefore do more damage over a great area. People have been shot in the chest and round exited the lower half of the body. The problem is that with the advent of "better" 5.56 rounds, such as the steel core, the tumbling effect is lessened or altogether removed and therefore it just goes straight through the target.

  12. Hmm, yea, didn't think about that. Maybe I won't bother with that at all. I check my donut in the trunk regularly and I have AAA so I'm not too worried. If/when I have a truck, I'll carry a compressor, etc, just not practical for a car.

  13. Tiere chains is a good addition if you live in an area that get snow and ice Ohio. Tow strap spare fuses if you don't have them duct tape, I had to break a window glass that was stuck down free of the holder in the door once to get it up in the middle of winter ice storm once thanks to duct tape I didn't freeze it was the driver window and I pulled it up and ran a few pieces of duct tape over the top to hold it up


    Oh, good one. I've got spare fuses, but completely forgot I should put them in there.

  14. One thing I've been told by tire people is not to use fix-a-flat. If you do the tire people will not fix the tire. For this reason a keep a full size (not a donut) tire and a big jack in my truck. The spare tire is just that - a spare since its pretty worn out. My father also told me to keep a bottle of Coke in the car too. Supposedly it helps with the corrosion on the battery connectors? Never had to try it out so I'm not sure if it really works! Otherwise maybe some electrical tape and an emergency candle. I heard that it can heat a small car up by a couple of degrees.

    Well I think I'm more concerned about being stranded somewhere and making it to civilization. Unfortunately, cars only carry donuts, rather patch it and pay for a new tire than try to survive on a donut. Yes, coke will take corrosion off metal, common science experiment to take rust off nails with coke, the acid in it causes the reaction. Good thinking on the tape and candle.

  15. Ok, so one thing I've neglected is putting together a basic vehicle kit to fix minor issues. Right now I only have a car, truck will come later. Anyways, so far I've got a basic 20 something piece Craftsman tool set, 5 chemlights, and a DieHard battery jumper/charger. I plan to add some road flares, tire patch kit, work gloves, and blanket. Any other ideas? I've got my BHG with food, clothes, etc.

  16. So here's something I've been wondering...and am really too lazy to research, how sturdy are solar panels. I mean, I assume that they'd have to be strong enough to withstand a pretty good hailstorm, otherwise you'd have to replace them multiple times a year in most locales. In Ohio, we aren't really prone to a ton of bad weather, mostly snow, ice, rain, and hail. Southern Ohio gets the occasional tornado, but the panels would be the least of my worries in that instance. I just wonder about upkeep on the panels and the battery bank. There's only so much you can keep on hand. Though if you run something like solar with a wind backup, you'd be set. Could pretty much go completely off grid. I know a guy in Az. that went completely off with solar power for about $15k. Think I need to talk to him about it.

  17. I've heard PCP and LSD. Cop I know from Texas said his department rounded up 4 people on PCP in one night from the same apartment complex that exhibited the same symptoms, naked or half naked, screaming at the sky about demons. One of the Miami cases, it took 15 cops to subdue the guy. Think I'll switch back to my 1911 for carry :eek:

  18. I like this book it is great apart from his "experts" advice on unarmed combat. I am light years from being a expert in unarmed defense but I train Muay Thai and Judo as well as being afan of sports like Kickboxing Muay Thai Judo and MMA.


    The "expert" implies that a kick to the knee has a good chance of breaking said knee despite the fact that in kick boxing Muay Thai and mma kicks to the knee are completely legal often utilized by very strong professional's and they almost never result in a TKO or a broken any thing. He state's that a open palm strike under then chin will break a neck. This is what made me realize he had no clue. Bas Rutten was 205 pounds of lean muscle a champion that specialized in that technique, he utilized it numerous times in almost every fight and never broke a single neck in his 13 year career.


    The "expert" poo poo's cage fightings application in street self defense but when ever a rare story surfaces about a professional cage fighter getting in a altercation the result is never the cage fighter was easily brutalised. Small men like Urijah Faber have managed to survive assault by many armed men at the same time because of the skills toughness and physical fitness developed through a career in cage fighting. Mma might not be a perfect system for self defense but if you look at the case studies it clearly has a good track record.


    But the two most egregious crime's of the "expert" where telling people that do not need to spar or join a gym. Training as a complete novice with no qualified supervision will create bad technique that compounds on more bad technique.


    Drills have there place but there is no substitute for sparing. I have seen guys apply perfect technique in a drill but when they get in the ring with a fully resisting opponent they cant execute until they have done it some times hundreds of times on a fully resisting opponent.


    If your number one priority is learning to defend your self my advice is this, I am just throwing it out there to see what people think. Go to a reputable mma gym train at least twice a week until you have proven your competent in the basic application of the following skills against a fully resisting opponent.


    Jab, Cross, Hook, leg kick, elbow slash, foot work for managing range, keeping your hands up, blocking punch's with your arms, pummeling for under hooks, pummeling for full Thai clinch, knees to the body from Thai clinch, at least one take down from clinch, a double leg take down, sprawl, a rear naked choke and one other basic submission, transitioning from side control to mount, ground and pound from mount.


    Once you have those skills going to Krav Maga class's which include sparring will be helpful for learning about situation specific skills and approaches to fighting as long as you maintain your basics.


    Also remember that while being a perfect physical specimen in terms of speed strength balance endurance and flexibility wont always win you the fight it defiantly helps so do your best to strive for higher goals in all aspects of fitness.


    If any one wants to disagree agree or comment on any thing I have said I would enjoy the feed back.


    Here's a few things. While I don't know if you have a "good chance" a kick to the front of the knee, delivered correctly, COULD break it. Even if it only damages the ligaments, its a lot harder to kick or even move on a damaged knee. Still you never rely on one thing. As for cage fighting being talked down about, well yea, its cage fighting. The point is that there are rules. Certain shots are not allowed, in a street fight, everything is allowed. That's the idea behind the anti-cage fighting. Though you are correct, I haven't heard of a cage fighter getting his ass handed to him, that could be because the attacker was an idiot.


    As for not sparring, that's bull. Everything goes out the window when you're losing oxygen. Unless you train over and over and over to the point of moves being second nature, all technique goes out the window. I love sparring, well I love it all really, but sparring lets you see how far you've progressed. I've been training in Krav for 2 years and I still have those "Oh ****" moments when I first get choked. Mainly because I always close my eyes on those drills, makes it more realistic since you don't know when its coming.


    I would disagree that you have to know stuff before going to a Krav gym. Any Krav gym worth the money will teach you from an off the street novice status to whatever your goal is. I knew some stuff when I started, but I still learned a lot. Krav is all about opportunity and variety. I still, after 2 years, get set in my ways. In fact last night we went over this. Doing stick defense, every time its taught, you block, attack, and take away. Well just because you have the stick, doesn't mean you have to use it. Maybe the stick drops away, then what? Also went over reading body signs to predict sucker punches. One of the instructors is a local SWAT guy, so it helps to get his real world experience on it as well. But he likes those low kicks, so we practice incorporating those into our punches, either before or after. The key is variety and recognizing the openings. The more you practice the more it becomes second nature.