Mike Uher

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About Mike Uher

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  • Biography
    8 year veteran of the united States Marine Corps. Spent all 8 years in the 03 field, as a rifleman, and an antitank assault guided missile man. I am married, and have two wonderful children.
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    Minnesota
  • Interests
    Shooting, hiking, camping, writing, reading, messin with gear.
  • Occupation
    I am currently a student, but i intend to start my own business, and become published.
  1. Mike Uher

    Being weak is unacceptable...

    So, I have been absent for a while (Mainly due to school, and writing a lot) but I stumbled across something that would fit here well. It goes along with getting used to your kit and equipment. I made myself some stand in weights for my magazines using long envelopes, #7 lead shot, and duct tape. i cut the envelopes in half, measured out 13.5 ounces of lead shot (that accounts for the weight of thirty rounds, and the follower and spring) and poured the shot into the half envelopes. I then wrapped them in tape to keep the shot from falling out. After they were done, I removed the follower and spring, and stuffed the weight into the magazine (I use Pmags, so keeping the base on is relatively easy as I have the cover that can be mounted to the bottom, but this should work well with any other mag as well). It took me about twenty minutes to do eight mags worth. now I have the ability to do workouts with my load out the correct weight, and I don't have to worry about having live ammunition on my person. Figured some on here might like this idea. I hope all is well with every one here.
  2. Mike Uher

    EOTech Optics for your BO Weapon

    And if the batteries die, then at least have a good, solid set of Irons to get those remaining rounds on target (you know, that deer to feed your dears).
  3. Mike Uher

    Being weak is unacceptable...

    Survivalcyclist, dead on man. Last time we went to the state park, I did a pack run, only about 1.3 miles, but it was through trails and the like. My wife and i plan on doing a fair amount of camping and hiking with our two children, and I am working up to doing as much as possible with a pack for just that reason. Even when i was in the prime of my life, doing a twelve or twenty mile movement over roads was a back breaker. then again, i will only have the pack, and no armor (that is about sixty pounds off my frame right there) and a lighter pack (should I be fortunate enough to have to bug out in summer). If it is a winter bug out, then things are just going to suck butt, and I have come to accept that. Looking at buying a sled this summer for just that reason. But some advantages to that, no shortage of water (unless we have a repeat of this last winter...) and plenty of material for building a shelter (snow caves work wonders).
  4. Mike Uher

    Alice Pack

    I agree. My experience with the large ALICE pack was that it worked better without the waist strap done up. I also found that putting softer items inside the frame helped pad it some. For instance, in Boot Camp we put our shelter halves in the frame (as in between the two vertical bars, between your back and the cross members) folded neatly. It added some padding, and it also allowed you to carry it with ease. Later in my carreer I did the same thing with a single man tent (well, bug net thingy, but with a tarp or poncho, it could become a single man tent, should probably get one now that I think of it...) the same way. Allowed me to carry the other items I had too (food, sleeping system, hygiene kit, extra clothes, et cetera. ALICE packs are awesome. They are better than most of those dedicated hiking/camping bags on the market IMHO.
  5. Mike Uher

    EDC (Everyday Carry) Contest 2012

    Mahri, nice kit.
  6. Mike Uher

    EDC (Everyday Carry) Contest 2012

    "Doesn't "Everyday Carry" mean what's in your pockets at all times? " I would assume so. I just have two "kits" I guess. One is for around town, where home is about a hop skip and jump away, the other is when home is a full out hump away. I am at school for ten hours plus two days a week, and during the summer I will be there five days a week. My bag goes with me, and I am taking it more and more places (any road trip farther than say, six miles). So I feel that it falls under either EDC, or other EDC. I guess the people will decide if it is EDC or not though. Just showing what I carry. I have even taken my bag to the mall, with diapers, snacks for the kiddos, along with everything pictured.
  7. Mike Uher

    Alice Pack

    101matt, I love you man. "This is what Im going to get . http://stores.alleghenywholesale.com...ary/Detail.bok 2 at $18.00 the frame is $12.oo/ straps are $7.00...So at $50 dollars I have 2 /one with a frame one with just shoulder straps.." i have been trying to find a good deal on mountain rucks for a while, and this is the best I have seen. i have one already, but i wanted another (barter, or extra people who may become part of the group). This fits awesome. $12 for a frame is pretty good. Even without straps. That would get medium number two up and running. Seriously, good find.
  8. Mike Uher

    EOTech Optics for your BO Weapon

    My thought exactly.
  9. Mike Uher

    EDC (Everyday Carry) Contest 2012

    That is there for scale only,
  10. Mike Uher

    Buying New Vest

    Yeah, sometimes you can get deals at gunshows, other times, be leery. i usually go in knowing what I am looking for, and what a good price is. For instance, I found an older USGI MOLLE vest, built around the old LBV setup. the guy wanted fifty five for it, and with shipping on line, I could get it for around fifty. I asked if he could do forty. He said no. I am still kicking myself for not getting some VB boots though. i found some, that i could have tried n, and didn't. the price was really nice too. hopefully next time the guy still has some (and he is there...)
  11. Mike Uher

    EOTech Optics for your BO Weapon

    BTW, i also hit my target. And the ability to look farther has real advantages when you are trying to see what someone is doing way out there.
  12. Mike Uher

    EOTech Optics for your BO Weapon

    With practice, I was able to do that with an RCO, and Irons. In the Marines we would shoot timed stages with RCO from 5 to fifty. I never failed to make time. All it takes is practice. If I was given the option now of RCO, Irons, or Eotech, I would probably go RCO with a back up carry handle. 4x magnification, BDC good to 800 meters, tritium lit lamp, that has a fiber optic back up, nitrogen filled, and ZERO batteries. The lamp is good for 10+ years, and even when its gone, the fiber optic lamp will make it visible during the daytime. But at 2-3x the $$$, it's a hefty purchase.
  13. Mike Uher

    Sleeping Bags

    My wife and i bought some surplus USGI sleeping systems. I used these as a Marine, and they work very well. Its a three bag system, with one bag rated to +30 F, and another that by itself is rated to about +10 F. Together they can go to -40 F. Plus it has a Goretex bivvy, and a compression sack. Here is where we got em, http://www.ebay.com/itm/USGI-Army-Modular-Sleep-System-MSS-Sleeping-Bag-Gortex-/220969438667?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3372ce0dcb the three we got were all in good shape.
  14. Mike Uher

    EDC (Everyday Carry) Contest 2012

    Ok, so here is what i am currently carrying. For starters, I carry a Browning Hi power, in 9mm, with two mags full of PMC 115gr JHP, or a Springfield 1911 with one mag of Tul Ammo 230gr FMJ. (It was cheap, and it works, and I have ten rounds left til the next box, so one mag of eight is all I can manage right now). I have been thinking about taking the pistol with me, and leaving it in the car under the front seat while I am in class, but a ten hour day in school makes me very hesitant to do this. If I am going somewhere I cannot carry a concealed handgun, I leave it home (so school days it stays home). What I have in my pockets is one CRKT tanto folder with a titanium handle. A lighter, a simple fold out fork/corkscrew/canopener, some steri strips, and some water proof self adhesive bandages which are in my wallet. i had a spare cell phone battery, but it lost its charge when in my pocket, so i may just nix that. This is my everywhere I go kit. When at school, the game changes slightly. I have a thirty five mile commute to school, over mostly rural highway. It takes about forty minutes to get to school when driving, I figure it would take about two days to walk home. As such, I have a fairly decent haul for school days. First up, is the things that are easily accessible. My aluminum water bottle, wrapped in hockey tape (gives me a better grip with gloves, and allows me to use it when full as an improvised weapon). A Commenga lensatic Tritium lit compass. A reflective belt, whistle, clicker (like in band of brothers), chemlights, and black crayons for signaling and explaining intent if lost. Two door stops to block a classroom door in case of one of those crazy people gone wild with a gun scenarios. If I hear a gun going off, those door stops go in, and Mr. CRKT comes out. Flattened sponges in a clear ziplock bag for gather water. Infant formula (mainly for the ten month old daughter, but if I need it, it has micro nutrients I could use getting home.). Some small, high calorie snacks from MRE's. Baby wipes, cause being lost in the wilds of F-ing Egypt is no excuse to smell bad (an bad sanitation leads to sickness and death). Fold out spoon (the other half of the fork, got them from Herbergers for $0.01 after my wife used some coupons, we have four of them... My wife is awesome ). AA powered flashlight with one set of spare batteries (not pictured). Plastic d-ring for carrying the water bottle in the shoulder strap of the Rush 12 I use as a book bag. Thumb drive (has survival manual on it, and homework, gotta love being a creative writing major). A deck of cards, because idle minds lead to bad thoughts and low moral. Earplugs, because my hearing is important to me. SAM splint, for those pesky broken limbs, and for collecting rain water, and funneling it into my bottle. Trauma shears for cutting clothing, and anything else that my knife would not be good for. Leather gloves, to protect my hands. An emergency poncho, for water gathering, and keeping me dry (the former ore than the latter). And a copy of the Declaration of independence, and Constitution, for reading purposes. Items not readily accessible, but carried as well, my fire starting kit, with matches in a old Tylenol tube, lighter, and flint put into a water proof box, with a nomex balclava. these are then put into a ziplock bag covered in electrical tape, along with my multi tool, and space blanket as well as a signaling mirror. Then the two nine hours candles, in a ziplock bag, to keep the wicks dry. My trauma kit has on large sterile bandage, two small rols of gauze, bandaids, a CAT tourniquette, and a roll of ACE wrap for applying pressure. The little white box has bandaids, some small alcohol wipes, and another lighter. things that are carried because it is a school bag, are pens paper, and other reading materials (if I decide to hold onto them, rather than use them as kindling, of just leave them). In my car, their is a kit bag with a poncho liner, wool sweater, steel mug, a Kabar Tanto with sheath, Cold weather face mask, triangle, food, and more medical supplies (mainly bandages, and bandaids). All of this will fit in my bag if I drop all the school stuff. If SHTF, My first priority is to get to the car, and try and drive home, if I am forced to leave the car, I grab my Rush 12, and the diddy bag, and get to someplace concealed. Call my wife, tell her I am on foot, then pack up and start moving. If I can't make it to the car, then it is all up to my wits, and teh contents of my bag. [ATTACH=CONFIG]653[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]654[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]655[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]656[/ATTACH]
  15. Mike Uher

    EDC (Everyday Carry) Contest 2012

    Ok, so here is what i am currently carrying. For starters, I carry a Browning Hi power, in 9mm, with two mags full of PMC 115gr JHP, or a Springfield 1911 with one mag of Tul Ammo 230gr FMJ. (It was cheap, and it works, and I have ten rounds left til the next box, so one mag of eight is all I can manage right now). I have been thinking about taking the pistol with me, and leaving it in the car under the front seat while I am in class, but a ten hour day in school makes me very hesitant to do this. If I am going somewhere I cannot carry a concealed handgun, I leave it home (so school days it stays home). What I have in my pockets is one CRKT tanto folder with a titanium handle. A lighter, a simple fold out fork/corkscrew/canopener, some steri strips, and some water proof self adhesive bandages which are in my wallet. i had a spare cell phone battery, but it lost its charge when in my pocket, so i may just nix that. This is my everywhere I go kit. When at school, the game changes slightly. I have a thirty five mile commute to school, over mostly rural highway. It takes about forty minutes to get to school when driving, I figure it would take about two days to walk home. As such, I have a fairly decent haul for school days. First up, is the things that are easily accessible. My aluminum water bottle, wrapped in hockey tape (gives me a better grip with gloves, and allows me to use it when full as an improvised weapon). A Commenga lensatic Tritium lit compass. A reflective belt, whistle, clicker (like in band of brothers), chemlights, and black crayons for signaling and explaining intent if lost. Two door stops to block a classroom door in case of one of those crazy people gone wild with a gun scenarios. If I hear a gun going off, those door stops go in, and Mr. CRKT comes out. Flattened sponges in a clear ziplock bag for gather water. Infant formula (mainly for the ten month old daughter, but if I need it, it has micro nutrients I could use getting home.). Some small, high calorie snacks from MRE's. Baby wipes, cause being lost in the wilds of F-ing Egypt is no excuse to smell bad (an bad sanitation leads to sickness and death). Fold out spoon (the other half of the fork, got them from Herbergers for $0.01 after my wife used some coupons, we have four of them... My wife is awesome ). AA powered flashlight with one set of spare batteries (not pictured). Plastic d-ring for carrying the water bottle in the shoulder strap of the Rush 12 I use as a book bag. Thumb drive (has survival manual on it, and homework, gotta love being a creative writing major). A deck of cards, because idle minds lead to bad thoughts and low moral. Earplugs, because my hearing is important to me. SAM splint, for those pesky broken limbs, and for collecting rain water, and funneling it into my bottle. Trauma shears for cutting clothing, and anything else that my knife would not be good for. Leather gloves, to protect my hands. An emergency poncho, for water gathering, and keeping me dry (the former ore than the latter). And a copy of the Declaration of independence, and Constitution, for reading purposes. Items not readily accessible, but carried as well, my fire starting kit, with matches in a old Tylenol tube, lighter, and flint put into a water proof box, with a nomex balclava. these are then put into a ziplock bag covered in electrical tape, along with my multi tool, and space blanket as well as a signaling mirror. Then the two nine hours candles, in a ziplock bag, to keep the wicks dry. My trauma kit has on large sterile bandage, two small rols of gauze, bandaids, a CAT tourniquette, and a roll of ACE wrap for applying pressure. The little white box has bandaids, some small alcohol wipes, and another lighter. things that are carried because it is a school bag, are pens paper, and other reading materials (if I decide to hold onto them, rather than use them as kindling, of just leave them). In my car, their is a kit bag with a poncho liner, wool sweater, steel mug, a Kabar Tanto with sheath, Cold weather face mask, triangle, food, and more medical supplies (mainly bandages, and bandaids). All of this will fit in my bag if I drop all the school stuff. If SHTF, My first priority is to get to the car, and try and drive home, if I am forced to leave the car, I grab my Rush 12, and the diddy bag, and get to someplace concealed. Call my wife, tell her I am on foot, then pack up and start moving. If I can't make it to the car, then it is all up to my wits, and teh contents of my bag. [ATTACH=CONFIG]653[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]654[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]655[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]656[/ATTACH]