Major Krisis

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    Raised bed gardening

    I might have to look into the compost thing. One of my winter projects is to actually build the beds and get everything set up for the 2014 growing season. Of course, that's after the other 20 or 30 little projects the fiancee want's finished are finished
  2. An excellent article from Popular Mechanics website on raised bed gardening. This is my late-winter project which I am currently budgeting for. http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/lawn-garden/4308264#slide-1 Any of you expert gardeners, I live in central North Carolina and the whole area is overrun with ants. I've been using some off-the-shelf ant killer that's been working well, but it seems as soon as I kill one ant hill I find another 15 yards away or so. Any suggestions?
  3. A lot of interesting points made in this blog article, which is an article that Craig "Sawman" Sawyer wrote. http://stevereichert.com/differences-and-similarities-of-civilian-competition-and-combat-shooting/ Sawman's resume off his website, www.tacticalinsider.com • U.S. Navy SEAL (SEAL Team One & DEVGRU) • Combat Veteran, decorated for "Heroic Service" • Counter-Terrorist Operations Expert • U.S. Marine & SEAL Advanced Sniper Instructor • U.S. Federal Air Marshal & Manager • High-Threat Mobile Security Expert • Surveillance/Counter-Surveillance • Hand to Hand/Combat Fighting Expert • International Experience in 54 Countries • Extensive Cross-Training w/World's Top Units Open for discussion!
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    Handguns: Revolvers or Semi-automatics

    Revolver Semi-automatic Neither, handguns are not useful in a survival situation There is a regional disaster that has left you hundreds of miles from the rule of law for an undetermined amount of time. You and your family/friends/team members are on your own. You have trusted your fate, your last line of defense, to a handgun of some kind. Would it be a revolver or a semi-automatic? There are pros to both options. Revolvers offer rugged reliability, simplicity to operate and a small package when compared to all but the smallest semi-automatics. Semi-automatic handguns offer you more firepower, the ability to reload quicker and a greater availability of ammo with the general population. There are cons to both, however. Revolvers are significantly more limited in firepower, difficult to reload when compared to other options and their ammo may be harder to come by. Semi-automatics are more maintenance intensive, are usually larger and therefore harder to conceal and they are more difficult to operate under stress conditions. So which do you grab? The old 6-shooter, your combat tupperware, or leave these "toy" guns to others?
  5. There is no "like" button on here, but I'm with you there Wardog. Since we're on the topic of carrying, it wouldn't hurt for everyone to do a little self-analysis here. Are there situations where you have intervened because you were armed and/or had training, where "normal" people wouldn't have? I know for a fact I have. Danm does make a point that perhaps as being more prepared than most, we may tend to put ourselves in potentially harmful situations helping others.
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    Old School Tool

    On the subject of old school guns, does anyone have any experience converting a standard Mosin Nagant 91/30 into a sniper variant with a (reproduction) period scope? I wanted to convert my Mauser to a sniper, but to do it correctly requires more than twice what it would cost to upgrade a 91/30, and I really like my Mauser as is.
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    Fuel in vehicle how much do u have?

    I keep my work vehicle full-up, my personal vehicle I don't let run below half (unless the girlfriend borrows it) and there is no telling where the girlfriend's car usually is. 1/2 a tank in my personal car will get me about 200 miles in decent driving conditions. 200 miles would get me out of the state either North or South running, and get me to the mountains or the coast.
  8. Danm, personally I would think long and hard before you jump on the bandwagon of people saying that. If you approach survival situations with that same mentality, you're making a whole lot of assumptions without any hard facts and essentially resting your survival on a lot of lucky breaks and good fortune. A very wise instructor of mine once told me "don't go home because the bad guy let you go home."
  9. I agree that there are idiots who own guns. I agree there are some people who would be far better living without guns as they will only (a) get themselves into trouble or ( give guns to the bad guys. I also agree that it is far better to avoid a confrontation and stay "off the radar" than it is to get into the confrontation under most circumstances. As stated, sometimes the fight comes to you though. And you need to make sure you're up to the task. To delve into the Martin/Zimmerman case, many of the "facts" presented in the initial post are just plain wrong. To start with, had Zimmerman seen Martin breaking into a house, the facts of the case would be NO different. In Florida as in much of the rest of the US, you are not allowed to use lethal force to defend property. The homeowner, had they been home, would have been operating under a completely different set of rules from Zimmerman as an outside observer. Had Zimmerman heard a homeowner scream (probable cause to believe an innocent victim is inside), then yes there is a possibility that he could have used lethal force to defend that person. To say Martin was not a real punk is just not correct. Do a little digging, the "kid" was no saint. Reference the skittles, tea and Trayvon Martin being some innocent kid, I'll refer you to this I'll refer you to this exceptional video on YouTube. I will agree you should carry weapons and tools other than just a gun. I doubt anyone here would disagree with you on that point. We don't know what else Zimmerman was carrying that night other than a handgun and a cellular phone. That being said, my priorities for grabbing tools/equipment look like this: gun, flashlight, knife, everything else. I would not rely on pepper spray/mace/oc spray, I've personally watched more than one person get sprayed with it and continue what they were doing, only squinting their eyes slightly. Didn't even slow them down. "Less lethal" weapons, in my opinion (and experience and training), should only be deployed when you have lethal cover, in the event Murphy is with you. All of your arguments about the Zimmerman case rely heavily on armchair quarterbacking. When you start laying judgements down on people, you MUST remind yourself of one simple fact. You weren't there. You didn't see what Martin or Zimmerman or those witnesses or the law enforcement/fire/ems that responded to the scene saw. You saw pictures and printings of what news stations with agendas WANTED you to see. Courts don't work like you think, and "the whole truth" is never shown in court. If you've never been part of a jury trial (not watching it, in it) then you know just how much information is not admissible, even legally obtained and truthful information. Ideally guns are for shooting people that are "over there" before they get "over here." Well, analysis of lethal force encounters in the civilian world shows that the overwhelming majority of lethal force encounters occur at less than 5 yards. Even someone who is ridiculously out of shape can close a 5 yard gap and leave you virtually no reaction time. Ideal conditions rarely happen on the street. I would agree that both Zimmerman and Martin made what I would consider poor choices that night. Did the gun contribute to Zimmerman's decision to engage rather than observe? Possibly, but Zimmerman is the only one who knows that. Was Martin really only going out for a fruit punch drink and some skittles? Possibly, but only Martin knew that. Was Martin trying to kill Zimmerman? Maybe, there is evidence that would support the argument in either direction. Was Zimmerman out to kill Martin? Doubtful, I don't see how there was any way Zimmerman would know that leaving his vehicle that night would directly contribute to Martin's death. Some people will engage regardless of access to weapons, the apparent physical strength of the other party, or numerous other factors. People don't always act rationally, with clear heads, and the ability to sit back and run a cost/benefit analysis of each and every situation they come across. That being said, I'll give my 2 cents. Get a gun. Train hard with it. Become proficient in its carry, use and maintenance. Shoot it whenever you can to reach and maintain your target accuracy. Know how to hold onto it if a bad guy gets close enough to try to take it, holstered or in your hands. Know how to draw it from being seatbelted in a car or while pushing a grocery cart. Know what it is capable of in YOUR hands. You fall to the level of your training, so make sure it's a short fall! When I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I want to be the baddest unseen thing in the valley.
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    Old School Tool

    If you are currently looking for an old school Mauser rifle, might I suggest the M48 Yugoslav or the Czech VZ 24? Both can be had for significantly cheaper than a German Kar 98k, they are better quality (in my opinion) than Turkish or other Mausers, and they are essentially the same weapon built under contract in another company. On the plus side, if you want to modify them you won't give a historian a coronary if you drill and tap it for a modern scope mount. Make sure whatever you get comes in 7.92x57 (commonly referred to as the 8mm Mauser) because that is what's most readily available. M48 Yugo with accessories Czech VZ 24 with accessories
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    Finally Seeing Some Sanity

    Some sanity has returned to NC. Finding 9mm, 22LR and .40 is still very difficult but possible. The local Wal Mart had a significant quantity of .45 cal 165 gr bullets. That would seem to indicate to me that people are no longer desperate enough to buy loads like that. You can also now find ARs at close to pre-insanity prices at a handful of shops. Surprisingly, single-stack firearms like the Kahr, XD-S and M&P Shield are very difficult to find. The local LEO supply store has them for very good prices, but with a year waiting list. I've had some luck finding them in smaller, out-of-the-way gun shops that only locals know about.
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    Finally Seeing Some Sanity

    Unfortunately things in North Carolina haven't returned to sanity yet. We are blessed with a state legislature that is passing every pro-carry/concealed carry law it can, however prices have not gone down much and ammo is still next to impossible to find. If I didn't have an AK-47, I'd have forgotten what one looks like. SKS's are still an endangered species and forget about any rifle that's semi-automatic. Even shotguns, pump or semi, have been tough to come by. The only KelTec long-gun I've seen since November is the one in the passenger seat of my car right now. Unfortunately, that same legislature is poised to vote away additional pay for teachers with masters degrees and subsidize private schools...not much good to report on that end.
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    long gun to keep in the vehicle for trips

    I LOVE my 8mm Mauser. I'm just using the 196 grn surplus in it right now, where did you get the 220 grn from?
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    BoB trial results

    A good quality tent is a definite must! I have a nice waterproof 6-person tent that I've used camping numerous times for paintball. Its not something I'd bring along on a bug-out because it is simply too heavy to carry for its size and it takes at least 2 people to set up. This is the one I've been looking at: http://www.rei.com/product/828150/marmot-limelight-3p-tent Anyone have any experience with Marmot tents? Are there tents of comparable weight that will work out-of-box just as well for less money? The tent would need to sleep 2 plus a 70lbs dog that thinks she's a person.
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    Handguns: Revolvers or Semi-automatics

    Very good points by all. My choice is always a semi-automatic at least and a long gun when possible/practical. I do think some of this is because I've never received any formal training with a revolver--I'm simply more comfortable with the manual of arms on the semi-automatics and I've had exceptionally good examples of them up to this point.
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    I wants one...

    Well said Snake. The situation, well tragic, was not of his making.
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    Does this seem legit?

    For $175 with shipping and handling, it could be worth a shot. I'd certainly buy a "test" plate and try it out at the range yourself before you start carrying about 25lbs of steel that may or may not do what you need it to. IMHO steel plates are a better investment then "soft" body armor. Ceramics are lighter but harder to come by and significantly more expensive. The Level IIIA I have has to be replaced every five years because sweat, fatigue and other factors reduce the bullet-stopping qualities of the kevlar. Bear in mind, even with this armor, if you take a hit it's going to knock you on your backside and leave you wheezing at the very least.
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    M1A/M14 as a SHTF/TEOTWAWKI Rifle

    I've never mounted this on an M1A, but Ive used it on an AR-15 that was issued to me. Its called a Millett DMS, a 1-4x variable zoom illuminated scope. The center red ring is illuminated when you choose to turn it on, but the ring is still there when the scope is off, so even if the batteries run dead it is still functional. You can leave it in 1x for close-range use, and then run the zoom out to 4x for 200 to 300 yard shots. I'd want stronger optics for any shot farther than that, but this might fill your needs of a good all-around optic. Another option is to mount a small red-dot scope on a 45 degree mount off to the side if you wish to put a stronger magnified scope on it.
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    ...at what point do we say enough?

    It won't matter if it does, they won't get him out of office for it.
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    Gun Policy & Law Enforcement

    For those of you who have had questions about where your average law enforcement officer stands on gun rights and gun laws...I give you the PoliceOne survey results. Official press release: http://www.policeone.com/corporate-profile/press-releases/6188461-PoliceOne-com-Releases-Survey-of-15-000-Law-Enforcement-Professionals-about-U-S-Gun-Control-Policies/ The survey itself (its a PDF): http://ddq74coujkv1i.cloudfront.net/p1_gunsurveysummary_2013.pdf Executive summary and links to analysis of the data: http://www.policeone.com/police-products/firearms/articles/6188462-PoliceOnes-2013-Gun-Policy-Law-Enforcement-Survey-Results-Executive-Summary/ This survey was filled out by 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals (approximately 75% current police/sheriffs and 25% retired). For comparison sake, the anti-gun people who are quoting the "recent polls say Americans are in favor of more gun control" survey only had 1,084 people answer. For those of you who don't want to do all the reading, I'll sum up the key points here: 86% feel the currently proposed legislation would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety Similarly, 92% feel that banning semi-automatic firearms, or “assault weapons,” would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime Demonstrating the opinion that the best way to combat gun crime is through harsher punishment, 91% said the use of a firearm while perpetrating a crime should lead to a stiff, mandatory sentence with no plea bargains. Likewise, 59% believe increasing punishment severity for unlicensed dealers would reduce crime Respondents were more split on background checks, with 31% agreeing that mental health background checks in all gun sales would help reduce mass shootings, while 45% disagreed 71% support law enforcement leaders who have publicly refused to enforce more restrictive gun laws within their jurisdictions 82% believe gun buyback or turn-in programs are ineffective in reducing the level of gun violence 91% support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and/or have not been deemed psychologically incapable Likewise, 80% feel that legally-armed citizens would likely have reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting incidents 38% believe the biggest cause of gun violence in the United States is the “decline in parenting and family values”. This was trailed by “overly lax parole and short sentencing standards” at 15% and “pop culture influence” (eg. violent movies and video games) at 14%
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    Gun Policy & Law Enforcement

    Pineslayer, I'd be interested to see a bit more information on that one...if he's hiring deputies to provide off-duty security, he can certainly do that. They can only enforce state laws and politely request people to move on. If the sheriff's department has "act as agent" rights (meaning the land owner has allowed anyone representing the sheriff's office to act as his/her agent in the absence of the owner) then they can tell you to leave. If you don't, you're trespassing and you can be arrested. I'd be interested to find out if he is actually hiring deputies off-duty to force them off forestry lands...if that's the case, go above their heads. Contact a state law enforcement agency, preferably the one that handles state parks, forest service and public game lands. Let them know what the situation is. They have MUCH deeper pockets and will fix that mess. Another option is to talk to the county's district attorney and let him know what the issue is. The district attorney can actually bring independent charges against the Sheriff if he is in fact violating the law.
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    Minot be a problem but then again it maybe

    It was certainly a bit of a shock to read that in the news. I guess with the USSR gone, relations with Russia in a (relatively) good position and no other major real nuclear threat, the drills must be getting a bit boring. I'm curious to see what Russia's systems look like. For those who have not done it, 24 hour watches SUCK. There HAS to be a better system to rotate watches than that. I don't think any doctor anywhere would tell you that its a good idea to force someone to be on full-alert for 24 hours and expect them to respond appropriately and exercise good decision-making skills. I'd be money the Chinese system works pretty well...you fall asleep at those terminals and they drag you out back and execute you.
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    Central VA

    Glad to see another member of the Southeast posting up!
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    Handguns: Revolvers or Semi-automatics

    The recent shooting in Middlefield, Ohio showed that the results were different. The two officers involved shot the suspect numerous times with a handgun. Yes, the handgun rounds were not nearly as effective as long gun rounds would have been. However, they were both able to reload and continue shooting and were able to hit the suspect enough times to end the fight. With revolvers, they certainly would not have been able to get off enough rounds to drop that guy.
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    long gun to keep in the vehicle for trips

    On the topic of truck guns, I've been thinking about getting a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 for the truck. I'm going to stick with the 18" barrel and I'm toying around with the idea of a folding stock. Does anyone have any experiences with folding stocks on either of these guns?