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  1. socalocalypse

    Wire saws

    FWIW I saw on survivorman? he tried to use one, and the ring on the end broke off in a jiff. He was less than impressed.
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    First time reloader

    You probably already know this, but in case you didn't, like me, safety glasses are supposed to be worn while reloading. If I set off a primer, or worse a tray of primers, I'll be really glad I wore them!
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    LaPolicegear Operator Backpack

    Any comment on the backpack if you got it? I've got some of their range bags, etc. They're aiight. Chicom for sure, but perfectly serviceable. I wouldn't want to use any of it for daily or heavy use. My friend has some backpacks by them,and they're about the same. Cheap, useable, not for extended or heavy use.
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    First time reloader

    There are lots of reloading forums, people ask this question all the time, I'd do some research on them before spending your hard earned money. Lots will tell you to get a single stage first before a progressive. It just depends on you and what you want to do. Personally I knew I wanted to crank out 9mm luger rounds and not likely rifle ammo, so I bought a Lee pro 1000 progressive. Single stage presses work fine but are slooooooooow. You just need to eyeball each powder charge to make sure its the correct level and not double charged. Then verify the primer is set to the correct depth when you box or bag your ammo. To be honest it was tricky teaching myself how to use, but mainly just learning the mechanical peculiarities of the Lee press was the hardest part. Now that I'm up to speed, I can do 300+ rounds an hour no problem. A single is maybe 50 an hour? That said, a setup like a Lee 80th? Anniversary set is tough to beat for the price. I think some people don't like their scales, but I'm sure they work. I'd also try to buy a used setup if you can. I know calguns has reloading equipment for sale, your craigslist might too. I'm sure there must be georgia firearms forums. Lee is what you want if you're trying to economize. The others are definitely better, but lots more money.
  5. I'd love a sub 2000 for the BOB. I could keep a pistol in my maxpedition, and the kel tec in the backpack, and use the same ammo. Of course I live in california, so I'd also get arrested and do time. Maybe when I get to a free state.
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    this may suprise you.

    Nice they went into this without a predetermined result in mind ;-) It's sickening. Frankly, its nobody's business why the kid wants to carry at a class, it's his right, whether he can stop a trained and planned attack or not.
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    Ruger 10/22 take down model!?

    The reviews I've read on it have all been good. I watched gunwebsites compare it to the AR7 on youtube. The AR7 crapped out during the first mag I think. teh 10/22 takedown looks real sturdy. You could probably buy a 10/22 and a Marlin 795 for the cost of a takedown. It just depends on your priorities. I'd love to have one. I dunno why I'd ever really need it, but it'd be dang handy to have in the right situation.
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    A question about .22 rifles

    x2 on automatic bolt release and extractor honestly mine doesn't stove pipe too much, but I'd rather it never did. the bolt release is totally annoying until you figure it out. \then it's just annoying. I also got the mag release extender.
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    BOB opinion: 'Nam era ALICE pack?

    FWIW I have a large alice, molle 2 assault pack, and molle 2 ruck. The Alice pack I bought for $35 shipped on ebay with frame I think for hauling all my guns and ammo to the range. It works fine, it's just not flexible and modular like the molle packs. It also doesn't hug your back like a molle, so it sways. How can you go wrong for $35 though. The assault pack I use as a get home bag. The molle 2 ruck is pretty big, and with all the extra molle bags attached makes it customizable to just how you want it. It's really nice.
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    What have you done today to better your Prep?

    re-organized my get home bag, got some extra mags for my get home pistol, added some anti-radiation pills
  11. Great stories! I used to joke about zombies and whatnot, got my inner boyscout thinking in that direction. Then I got hip to the Federal Reserve scam and everything went downhill from there. I read Ferfal's book about the Argentina collapse, and that got me in gear to prepare for disaster. Oh and I live in Los Angeles, riot and earthquake central.
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    Advice from my grandmother

    How to survive in Lenin era Russia is also good advice on how to survive in 2012 United States. It's stomach churning to believe that to be true. As another piece of the puzzle that validates the above advice, to me anyhow, is the TSA has begun helping undercover police on busses in houston TX make random searches of luggage and passengers.. If they're asking people where they're going and why they're riding the bus, as alleged in the article, is it a big stretch for them to ask why you're reading a survival website or preparing for natural disaster? Or to think the undercover police might frisk you based on a political opinion you state to another passenger?
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    Advice from my grandmother

    Greatfully accepted but not necessary.
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    Advice from my grandmother

    Just to clarify-it ain't my grandma or my words, I just re-posted because I thought there was good info in it.
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    Advice from my grandmother

    this is *not* my article. I found it posted in another forum Advice from my grandmother Alexander Mikhaylov There is a lot of talk about ‘the talk’ in the media, in all shapes and colors. And it got me thinking. See, I never got any talk from my parents, but after reading several articles on the recent John Derbyshire affair, I suddenly recalled some things my grandmother had taught me when I was very young. My grandmother was born well before the Russian Revolution, and as an adult, she managed to survive the major historical upheavals such as the WWI, the change of the regime, the collectivization, the siege of Leningrad, the Red terror, the Stalinist terror before and after the war, the Cold War period, and the rest of the Soviet reality, until her death at the venerable age of 90. I still remember her as a good old grandma but, being a kid, I could hardly appreciated the considerable survival skills that kept her and her family alive, out of prison as well as could be expected all through the troubled years of modern Russian history. Although she was poisonously contemptuous towards all things Soviet (her favorite nickname for V. I. Lenin was “the Antichrist”), she had realistic attitudes through her entire life. What she tried to instill in me also, ever since I was three years old, was certain norms of behavior that, as I realize now, were the basic rules of survival. How well they served me later in life! Obviously, those rules were survival strategies in an age of anarchy, wars, a totalitarian regime and finally multiculturalism with its abundance of crime, dirt and diseases. Who would’ve thought her advice would be so painfully applicable in contemporary multicultural, PC-vigilant US of America? Advertisement Rules of basic personal hygiene in relation to other people. Never touch other people, their things etc. Always wash your hands after a handshake, never try on other kids’ shoes, clothes and especially hats (so you wouldn’t get lice), never drink from a shared bottle or a glass (to prevent disease contamination). Never accept food from anyone. Try to avoid eating outside (waiters and cooks in restaurants spit in your food, besides home cooked meal is always a healthier and safer choice, because you know it is clean and fresh). Always know what you eat. (While cats and rats were common in Soviet fast food, human meat was apparently sold during the siege of Leningrad and you don’t have to be a vegetarian to object to that). Always wash vegetables and fruits (many foods are coming from contaminated regions). Never wear the street clothes at home (you never know who had sat on a tram seat before you). Always wash your hands upon returning home (you never know who had touched door knobs, money etc). Rules of behavior outside Never approach or indeed, come close to a car whose passengers are getting in or out of it at the moment (so you won’t be snatched, kidnapped etc). If a car is slowing down close to the curb while you’re passing by walk, faster and never stop. Never approach a parked car with people sitting in it (same reason). While walking down the street, be sure no one is following you. Be sure no one is following you into a building/elevator/apartment. Keep the curtains in your house closed when the lights are turned on (during the daytime it is considerably more difficult to spy on you, but when the lights inside the house are on and the curtains are open, you’ll be seen from afar) Never let anyone leave their things in your place (so nothing could be planted in your house). Never answer the door if you hear a doorbell, or come close to it. Never talk through a closed door to anyone even if it is one of your neighbors; be absolutely sure it is one of your relatives and no one else. Never tell anyone where you live, what is your last name, address, etc. Never give anyone any information about your parents’ work, profession, whereabouts etc. Never talk to strangers. Nice and friendly looking women are especially dangerous. Never trust a person in uniform. Always have an escape route and never wander into unfamiliar parts of the city. Never accept food from anyone, especially not sweets or drinks. And never leave your glass unattended. (And to think that rape drugs did not even exist then.) Never repeat to anyone anything that was said at home. Never shout while at home, especially just outside of your apartment, on a staircase or a balcony. (You may utter something that can be used against you later.) When you see a group of drunken people approaching you, cross to the other side of the street. When you see a group of loud teens, cross to the other side of the street. If you see a suspicious group of people standing near the entrance of your house do not try to enter your house, but walk by as if you do not live there. When a passer-by tries to stop you and asks for the time or any other information, do not stop and keep walking; never engage in a conversation. (It is easy to assault you when you’d already stopped. It is much more difficult to assault a moving target. In addition, an attacker would rarely attempt to chase you.) If in trouble, scream. Never flash your wealth in public. Never carry with you any significant amounts of cash or anything of value. Never carry with you anything that can be easily snatched from your hands. Never dress in a way it would make you to stand out in a crowd. Always keep your hands free. Never carry with you anything that you would be sorry to lose (in case of a hold-up or an arrest). Rules of safety on public transport. Never take a seat while riding on public transportation (your freedom of movement would be restricted and your route to escape might be easily blocked). Always make sure you have room to maneuver, such as an easy opportunity to disembark/leave the bus, train etc. upon the slightest doubt or provocation. Always check your surroundings and people who are standing or sitting close to you. Never remain standing close to anyone who behaves strangely or has a strange/unusual/threatening appearance (it might be a provocateur). Always walk away from and keep a good distance from such a character. Rules for young partying adults. Never drink outdoors. Drink at home. Avoid all public drinking establishments. If you have been partying with friends at their places, make sure that no one returns home alone. Always walk home in twos or threes. If you happen to be on a street drunk, try to appear sober (drunken people are easy targets for the police or criminals, especially a young adult). Learn how to handle alcohol and all the rules regarding safe drinking from a young age, preferably under the supervision of your parents. If you keep your wits when you’re drunk, you are double smart (a Russian proverb). While drinking with friends, keep the topics of conversation to the weather, sports and sex — never politics. Living with a hostile government Never trust the police or an official. Never approach a parked police car. Never open the door to the police unless you absolutely have to. Never testify as a witness unless you are absolutely forced to. If you see an accident on the street, walk away fast and never stop to watch. Never admit to anyone that you had problems with the police in the past or ever. Always hide your personal history. Never show to anyone your ID unless you are absolutely forced to. When you are talking over the phone treat every conversation as public. Never talk politics in public. Never reveal your political views or opinions. Always try to appear less intelligent and knowledgeable then you really are. (”Woe from Wit” was written by a Russian.) Never write down anything that can incriminate you. Never keep anything incriminating in your home. Never talk about religion in public and never discuss your religious beliefs with anyone. Never make political jokes. Never tell anyone about your family history. Never trust anyone, even your spouse. Your spouse is your best friend and your worst enemy. Never tell anyone including your close relatives/spouse the complete truth about yourself. Never expect justice from anybody. Never expect the law to be on your side. Never trust political news, newspaper, official statements — better yet do not read or watch them. Your family is the only safe heaven for you. Always remember that no matter what the State officials say to you, your family is the only group who would genuinely try to protect you. But your family and your friends can be your worst enemies. * * * * I haven’t listed everything my grandma told me at one time or another. The abovementioned rules are only a short excerpt from the long list of “don’ts” and “nevers.” What is interesting in this example however, is that after sifting through these rules, one gets a better notion as to why the totalitarian state has been so aggressively opposed to the traditional family as such and why it always has tried to break or ’deconstruct’ it. Throughout human history, the family has been the only unit that has guarded the younger generation against the hostility of the State. This is especially important now. Unlike a religion, which can and often does ally itself with oppressors, the family alone stands fast against state-sanctioned personal disintegration. In conclusion, I may only add that “the grandmotherly institute of common sense and wisdom” — collected and fine-tuned for generations—is fast becoming a rarity. Naturally, a “family” with two fathers or two mothers, or a single parent has virtually no chance to provide children with basic knowledge and protection against the abuses and poisonous influences of blood thirsty and crazy ideologues. That is why communists and the other “engineers of the just human society” have always tried to smear, destroy and deconstruct’ the traditional family.