PatzerDave

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    Crovel

    Is anyone familiar with these or have any experience with them? http://www.gearupcenter.com/new-crovel-extreme-shovel-multi-tool/ I heard the guy who invented this on Coast to Coast AM a few weeks back. I think he's also going to be on the Doomsday Prepper series on Nat Geo. I was on the fence about getting one because it seems a like it might be a little gimmicky. And at five and a half pounds it probably isn't a good option for the BOB. However, I thought it might be good to keep in the truck so tonight I decided to order one. It costs more than other entrenching tools ($109 plus about $25 for the Kydex sheath) but it looks pretty solid so I don't mind spending a little more on something if I think it will last. I guess we'll see.
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    Pool Shock

    I've mentioned this video a couple of times so I thought I would post it. Liquid bleach has a shelf life of about six months so this stuff is good to have on hand. Even if you have a filter or other ways to sanitize water it's good to have redundancy. At about four bucks for a small bag why not? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSBOdFr9yfs&list=UUsJ1aIF6LJ5X2r3KrjDAvZQ&index=27&feature=plcp
  3. If you go to the Knife Rights website and make a donation of at least $20 you can enter a drawing for a chance to win some beautiful and valuable knives. http://www.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=179&Itemid=1
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    Freedom To Facism

    I was going to post this in the thread "Capt's Chair" where the discussion is about whether or not we've passed the tipping point. However, I think this is an important video for people to watch and deserves it's own thread. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1656880303867390173
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    Survival Coins

    In another thread I talked about trading in some old jewelry for Silver coins. That got me started. Now I buy a one ounce coin every week. Yeah, you're paying a premium and sales tax (that puts a Silver Eagle currently at about $37) but I just look at it like another savings account. At the end of the year that's fifty two ounces of Silver. Occasionally I may make larger purchases, but this way I'll at least have something. Also,on barter transactions (like trading Gold) or purchases over $1,500 there is no sales tax. In my area a Silver Eagle (or Maple Leaf, or Brittania) goes for spot plus $3. A silver round (a coin printed from an unofficial mint) goes for spot plus $1.60. If I sell a Silver Eagle back I get spot, and a round spot minus $1. So in the end the bullion (Silver Eagle, Maple Leaf,etc.) is 40 cents more than the rounds. I would rather pay 40 cents more for the bullion with a recognized pedigree than a round from some random mint. But that's just me. Some people like junk silver (it's probably good to have this as well) but I prefer fine Silver. Not to be a snob but I just think when the chips are down people might be more reticent to accept junk silver or rounds and would be more comfortable with fine bullion.
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    the travon martin shooting.

    Zimmerman to be charged for shooting Martin. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17684422
  7. That's the spirit. Don't come crying to me when your job goes to China.
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    Freedom To Facism

    I've been hearing about this movie for a little while now. Mostly from Ron Paul supporters. So this morning my wife and I watched it. Man was she steaming. I wasn't to thrilled myself. I know you can't believe everything just because someone makes a film, but I've been hearing these arguments for a while now. I think this guy did a good job of putting things together.
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    Capt's chair

    I witnessed the L.A. riots first hand. I was glued to my T.V. at night (there was a dusk to dawn curfew) and roamed around some during the day to see for myself ( maybe not the smartest thing to do but I was a young man in my twenties). The truck driver Reginald Denny who was beaten nearly to death was in sight of several LEO's who were stationed at the next intersection. They did not move to help him (in fact they pulled back) because they said they were outnumbered and the situation was quickly deteriorating. This is not an indictment of law enforcement but just a simple reality - in a SHTF situation the safety of you and your family is entirely in your own hands. Damion "Football" Williams, the gangbanger who was charged in Denny's beating was only convicted of inciting a riot because they didn't want to reignite the riots. In the inner city many of the markets and liquor stores are owned by Koreans. There has always been a lot of tension between the Blacks and Koreans. During the riots some of these stores were burned down and the Korean store owners took to their rooftops with firearms to protect their businesses. Many of the deaths during the riots were would be looters shot by Korean store owners. There was no mention of this after the riots. A lot was overlooked for the sake of quelling tensions (not that the Koreans weren't in the right). The riots were confined mostly to the urban areas. The suburbs were mostly unscathed. The police had fallen back to contain the riots in these areas. In fact, on the first night there was a group of rioters burning storefronts in Hollywood that started heading towards Beverly Hills. Needless to say they were met with stiff resistance and were turned around. So in a riot you are on your own and no one is keeping a tally of who did what.
  10. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/42056b-Alpine-Ranches_Flagstaff_AZ_86004_M16318-87287?source=we I was checking out properties online and came across this one in the Flagstaff area. It has solar, five water cisterns, and even a buried cargo container "root cellar".
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    Urban Food

    FEMA! Okay, just kidding. I agree with what Capt. Bart said in another thread - if you're riding out something like a hurricane or earthquake and you think things will get back to normal at some point then bugging in is a viable option. If it's TEOTWAWKI you may want to G.O.O.D.. However, if you do find yourself in this situation it will be post die-off so I think raiding water heaters (like Survivalcyclist said) is an option. But you will have to be careful. I live in a suburb in So. Cal. so there are tons of swimming pools. You can use your water filters, boil the water, or set up a solar still. Whatever you do you will have to be careful. But for all of the talk of bad people I think there will be more good people pulling together and helping each other out.
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    Threat to America

    You raise a good point. It's getting hard to find stuff that's really made in America. A little while back I was looking for a good EDC flashlight. I watched a youtube video by Sootch00 were he was touring the 4sevens plant in Georgia. He highly recommended them calling 4sevens a good "American company" in the video. I took this to mean they were made in America. Well, not exactly. When I received the flashlight I ordered it said that it was assembled in the U.S. with parts from China, U.S.A., and I think the Phillipines (okay computer, why don't you just tell me how to spell it?). So it's sort of made in America, sort of isn't. If I'm not mistaken Chevy and Ford make trucks in Mexico (we can thank NAFTA for that) with parts from who knows where. So it is getting more difficult to find things completely made in America. This is why I qualified it with "whenever possible".
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    Threat to America

    WALMART Ten percent of of all imports from Communist China to the United States are for Walmart. They build new stores in "redevelopment zones" to get tax money to subsidize construction. They work many of the employees less than forty hours so they don't get any benefits and in fact many are eligible and collect food stamps (another tax payer subsidy). They target the competition (your local independently owned "mom and pop" stores) with loss leader products until they drive them out of business. This is why they were banned from Germany. They also pay their employees less than most of the competition lowering the standard of living for these careers. I know a guy who used to drive trucks for Walmart. They would pay him a flat rate of $40 to unload his truck including wait times, it often took him eight hours (that's $5 an hour). He since quit. I know another guy who is an independent OTR driver and told me that sometimes he would have to wait for two days to get his truck unloaded at Walmart. Two of the top ten richest people in America are Walton's. I buy made in USA whenever possible and shop at local independently owned stores whenever possible. Even if it costs a couple bucks more, I consider it my patriotic duty.
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    Knife Rights Drawing

    Good article, thanks. I guess just asking someone who you think should know isn't good enough. You have to look into things and learn for yourself.
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    Bacillus cereus bacterium

    I'm sure it depends a lot on your climate. I lived in Hawaii for a little while and food went bad almost immediately if left out. If you're living off of your supplies it's probably good to get in the habit of making less.
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    dooms day prepers tonight

    Good info, thanks. I had heard that if you had them from before you were grandfathered. But I wasn't sure and didn't know specifically what the rules were. Good to know.
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    Shaving cream @ red jello in 1st aid kit

    Only red? If so why is this?
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    Occupy Wallstreet, Youth Standing Up

    The news is like reality television - you're not going to get the whole story and you've got to read between the lines. As far as I could tell there were a few people with a valid point and were able to articulate it (namely Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, et. al., had just pulled the biggest heist in world history and were getting away with it) and the hangers on who were just there for a party. The news seemed to focus on the hangers on who were just hanging out with nothing much to say of any relevance. After they were booted off the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall the Mayor had a press conference talking about the hundreds of thousands of dollars it would cost to fix the lawn of city hall (really?). About a week later there was a story on the news about all of the money the city was spending to berth and maintain the official city yacht. WHAT!? That's right. The city of Los Angeles has a yacht so the mayor and other high ranking city officials can take cruises and party with visiting dignitaries. I wonder how much the city is budgeting for prostitution? As far as I'm concerned our government is corrupt from the top to the bottom, so if a bunch of hippies want to camp out on the lawn of city hall I couldn't care less.
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    New Thread - hygiene alternatives

    I use Witch Hazel for aftershave. It works great. It also works well for sunburns.
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    Show me Your SHTF Coffee Maker?

    You could also make Hobo Coffee (aka Cowboy Coffee). Put the grounds directly into a pot of boiling water. Give it a couple minutes and then pour a cup of unheated water on the top. The cooler water will make the grinds sink. Quickly pour yourself a cup of joe.
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    dooms day prepers tonight

    The guy that really worries me is the guy who talks about hiding in his "spider hole" and waiting for someone to move into his house and then picking them off one at a time. This guy is a real psychopath and is exactly the type of person that gives survivalist/preppers a bad name. Let's say for example things go south and you and your family have to head out of town. You've been on foot for a few days(or longer) and you come across a house that appears to be empty. Now normally you wouldn't think of moving into someone's house but desperate times call for desperate measures. You're hungry and tired, this doesn't mean you are bad people. If someone was obviously home you would keep going or approach cautiously and ask for help. But no one is there. As night falls this guy is out in the treeline with a night vision scope trained on you and your family. It also appears that this guy lives in the Sierra's of California. This guy is running around with illegal 20-30 round magazines in his rifle on nat'l television. I suppose it's possible that he's on the Nevada side.
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    Rugers and Smiths

    So my wife and I like to take the occasional foray into bear country. We're planning another trip in a couple months. We have a GP100 .357 mag. with 180 gr. Cor-Bon Hunters for just in case, but I'm not confident they would do the job. Today I stopped by our local gun store thinking I would look into a Ruger Redhawk .44 mag. The guy at the store said he didn't have any but he would check to see if he could order one. A minute later he came back and said none were available and he didn't know how long it would be. I had heard that Ruger had stopped taking new orders because of a back log so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. He then checked to see if he could order a Smith and Wesson and they were back ordered as well. Looks like I was late to the party.
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    Show me Your SHTF Coffee Maker?

    Nescafe instant.
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    Rugers and Smiths

    Thanks Snake. I was worried about the recoil and knew I would lose some power, but I didn't realize it would be that significant. It looks like a lose lose on the snubby.
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    Rugers and Smiths

    Thanks guys, good info. We went to a range/gun store in the next county yesterday. They had a 7.5" bbl .44 mag Redhawk that we rented. It shot nice and my wife loved it. The store had the same gun new for $850(about $100 less than the guy who was going to order one quoted me) and a Super Alaskan .44 mag w/ a 2.5" bbl. for $999. We both loved the 7.5" Redhawk but I wonder if the Alaskan isn't better for carrying in the woods. Maybe we'll look into some of the other options you guys mentioned. As far as FFl goes they charge $80 plus $25 transfer fee and any applicable tax. I guess it just cost more in these parts.