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  1. I read somewhere (I think it may have even been on this forum) about a 'wild garden'. The impression I got was if you have a BoL thats is perhaps a state park, or somewhere way out in the boonies, you could plant a scattering of some hardy veggies, and hopefully there would be some there already growing if you ever had to bug out. You could also plant some stuff along your bug out route in case you had to travel by foot (if that would take you more than a day or so). I guess my question to any gardeners would be, what are some hardy types of veggies that you can sort of plant and forget? I realize this would not -guarantee- you have some supplemental food, but for the small investment of time and seed cost, it might be something to consider.
  2. I just wanted to start a thread where people could post thier favorite series and authors. Im sure Im not the only one who hates buying a new book only to find that it is supremely sucky! 1- Jim Butcher, -excellent- entertaining author. I have not read a single one of his books that I didnt think was both funny and just plain old fun. He has two series out that I am aware of. The first is the Dresden Files, about a wizard in modern day Chicago. Very smartass main charachter who is always mouthing off and getting his butt kicked, but who wins in the end. The second series is the Codex Alera, not as funny as the other series, but still has a lot of humor. Follows a young boy on the continent Alera, whos people can bond with elementals of earth, fire, water, etc. The books have a distinctly Roman overtone, and it seems like the humans were somehow started by a transplanted Roman legion. 2-Robin Hobb, another great author. She has about 5 separate trilogys out, The dragon, fool, ship, and assasin trilogys are all excellent. However she does have one trilogy out that I thought was terrible... and I cant remember the name of it. Ill have to do some digging and find out the name of it. But other than that, all of her other books are excellent. Ill add more as I can think of them, running short on time now, gotta go frisbee golf and grill out with friends! -edit to add- The Robin Hobb trilogy I could not get into was the Soldiers Son trilogy.
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    Cotton balls + vaseline

    Ive heard over and over how effective these are. Im just curious how most people make them. I usually hear 'cotton balls soaked in vaseline, packed in an empty pill bottle'. Since Ive never used this before, how do you soak the cotton balls in vaseline? Do you just rub a glob on, or do you have to melt it and dip the cotton balls in, or what?
  4. Like the title of the post says, would burying small electronics in some type of waterproof container be equal to, or even work at all to protect said items from EMP? If so, how deep would they have to be below the surface? Seems this would be a fairly easy way to protect some small items from getting fried if it does work, with less worry as to whether or not your cage is thick enough, or grounded well, or anything else.
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    Im curious if anyone happens to know whether or not it needs to be refrigerated once it is opened? And I checked the bottle I have at home, and there is no experation date on it... Just wondering if its a good condiment for prepping. I know it used to make inedible MREs fairly tasty.
  6. I just got a Red Rock rover tactical sling pack, and am posting my initial impressions. First off, a link to what Im talking about so that you know what it is. Construction: I am impressed by the construction. The pack is made from heavy duty nylon, the inside of the nylon has a rubber like coating which should make it quite water resistant (NOT water proof). The zippers all work smoothly and well. The strap is wide and seems well padded for the amount of weight you could fit in the pack. It looks like all of the pack is double stitched, which speaks well for its durability. Design: I am also impressed by the design. In addition to the main strap across your chest, there is a second small strap that you can fasten under your other arm to help lock the pack in place if your going to be wearing it a while. The pack is padded where it will sit on your back, with a pouch between the padding and pack for concealed carry of a sidearm. The main compartment has 2 small dividers in it for organizing your stuff, and a small zippered flap pocket for small items you dont want to lose. The second largest compartment has another small divider, and 7 elastic loops for organizing your stuff, as well as a lanyard with a plastic clip on the end to hook to keys or something you deffinitely do not want to lose. The 3rd compartment has one small divider and 3 elastic loops for organization. And lastly there is a small document type pouch on the very outside of the pack. This is not a large pack! However I am *very* impressed upon first inspection with both the design and construction of the pack. It appears to be very well made and very well thought out. There are lots of ways to organize your gear, and if you dont choose to use the organizers they take up almost no room in the pack. This would be an excellent day pack, or medic pack, or EDC. I would not want to try and carry enough stuff for overnight jaunts, but it might be doable if your a minimalist. I want to repeat that these are first impressions. I have NOT used this pack yet. But for the $25 I paid for it, I think it was well worth the money. I was also very happy with the website, deal sergeant. I ordered it on a thursday, it was shipped the same day, and I recieved it 4 days later on monday. I used the cheapest USPS shipping they had. Hope this review is helpful to someone. Ill post more after I have used it some. -edit for spelling and to add- Forgot to add, the 2 largest compartments have grommet drain holes. There are also 4 plastic D rings for attaching stuff to the pack. There is also a -very- small pouch on the front of the strap, like a cell phone pouch. Its to small to fit a samsung charge smartphone, or an apple iphone 4. It would fit an ipod nano or small cell phone, or something similar.
  7. I picked up its big brother since I really liked the design and quality for the price, but wasnt as happy with how small it was. Here is a link to the larger size: The rambler sling pack is basically the same as the rover when it comes to pocket layout and organization. The differences are, the water bottle pouch, the concealed carry pouch (zippered access), and the shoulder strap is fixed to go over your left shoulder. Which should only really affect left handed people who plan on possibly shooting with the bag on. I really like the size much better on the rambler, very close to a standard school backpack in size, with way more organization than one of those. While I havent really used it roughly, Im happy with it so far.
  8. I picked up the standard issue GI MOLLE riflemans vest since I have an AR. I plan on putting a fixed blade with a hard sheath on it. Probably on the left upper chest/shoulder area. Im wondering if any vets could make suggestions on placements they found to be good carrys, and overall sizes of the knives to make it a comfortable carry. I plan on it being my everday camp/survival knife, as well as my last line of defense. Ive been looking at some Ka-Bar knives (I like the hard sheath and thier retention system). The ones I like most are pretty big though, like 12 inches overall length, around an 8 inch blade. Ill try and post a link in a bit... Im just not sure if thats going to be to large to fit comfortably on the vest. Added link to the Ka-Bar I am looking at
  9. I thought that perhaps a sub-forum for recipes would be nice. Ive seen several posted that I think are excellent, and the sub forum would just make it easier to find these recipes. I leave it up to the mods as to whether or not they think this would actually be a good idea or not, lol.
  10. I have been a bit of a gym rat for the last year or so, and have recently started working out with a close friend of mine. He is a tall, skinny, high energy type of guy who has problems putting on muscle mass. So he just recently got some weight gainer powder. I dont have the exact numbers in front of me, but they break down something like this. 1,200 calories per serving. ~25 grams of protien fortified with vitamins $50 for a 10 lb bag The 10 lb bag is supposed to be enough for 2 servings a day, for 2 weeks. That would give you enough calories and basic nutrition for an adult for two weeks at around $3.50 a day. I havent looked into the shelf life, but at first glance, it looks like something that might be an option.
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    Firearms for a group

    So, lets say you were starting from scratch, and equiping a group of ~20 adults, and lets say 10 children old enough to be trusted with a gun (after being properly trained and taught how to shoot of course). The terrain is mostly open farmland, with rolling hills. The goal is firstly self and group protection, secondly protecting a large area used for food production... growing crops and raising livestock. Im thinking 10-15 or 20 .22 cal rifles, probably Ruger 10/22 or similar Something like 20 hanguns. Not sure if I would want all of either 9mm, or .45, or perhaps a half of each. (I figure those are the 2 most common handgun calibers). Anywhere from 10 to 20 12 guage shotguns, pump action for ultimate reliability, and intimidation factor. Nothing like racking a slide on a shotgun to make someone pay attention. Rifles... I am torn on. I deffinitely want a few .308 for sentry duty in raised observation platforms. After that... maybe a mix of AK, and ARs, or stick with one kind for parts and ammo considerations... Think of this as a fun *if I had tons of money to blow, and I could do this right the first time* type of exercise. Please no Barrett .50 cals or other fun, but totally impractical types of weapons.
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    What to do????

    Navyvet said pretty much exactly what I was going to say. I would also second the idea to get the kids into camping, and to have a GHB in the daughters car. And if the relationship is still cordial with the kids mother, you might want to consider the idea of having her come with the kids also. This is dependant on several factors of course... is she reliable, honest, trustworthy, etc. And could you live with her without either you or your husband killing her? (figureatively speaking of course)
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    BOB opinion: 'Nam era ALICE pack?

    I saw large ALICE packs w/ frame on ebay for around 30$. And I found large ALICE packs at the store Fleet Farm for 18. ALICE packs are rugged and a large can hold a ton of gear, and are quite affordable. I personally have a large one for my BoB. However I plan on upgrading to the new MOLLE ruck when I can afford it (which is gonna be a while lol). The newer packs have more pockets and its easier to organize your gear. I suppose it just depends on how much money you have to spend, and which features are important to you.
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    Long distance survival

    First you have to decide what your going to do (not attempt). Sounds like your for sure going to go check in with your parents in the Atlanta area. Second you are going to leave for Germany to get to your wife. If you would consider modifying that somewhat... Invest in some ham radios for you, your parents and your wife. You might be able to skip the trip to your parents if you are in contact with them already via shortwave. Then you drive to ports and see what you can do to find a berth on a ship heading to europe. Either buy passage with something tangible (gold/silver), work as a crewman, or perhaps hire on as security if you are armed. I would also invest in a -good- bycicle and rack for your car. Because hopefully you will be able to drive until you find a ship, but if for whatever reason you cant, a bike would be 10x better than having to walk.
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    New guy form Wisconsin

    Nice to see another upper midwest guy here, there are way to many texans on this board
  16. Ok, for food ideas you have already had some excellent ideas. A couple more would be the dehydrated backpacking meals if you want to go as light as possible. Someone mentioned peanuts, another good option, but I would go with trail mix instead personally. I make my own, a mix of peanuts, cashews, almonds, MM's, raisins, and dried cranberries. I guess I dont know this for sure, but I think that a mix like that would provide a little better variety of nutrition. You also said that handguns arent legal in France. Are rifles, shotguns, or submachine guns legal? (just wondering what you could legally own) Anyway, something to consider, if your finances permit would be gold/silver coins. If your hoping to buy a handgun after some SHTF event, I would go with gold coins. And I would have at least 4x what a gun normally costs. Because lets face it, people are greedy. If its getting nasty in the world, people will be selling guns for much more than they are worth right now. And if your trying to buy a 'black market' type of firearm, you may need to go 10x or more what they are worth.
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    Good morning from CO!

    Welcome, your not in a unique situation lol. Ask questions, people here enjoy throwing out ideas to help others. Hope you enjoy the forum
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    ATF approved AR-15 stock, turns AR-15 full auto!

    Just my personal opinion, but full auto is completely worthless except for wasting money. It is wildly inacurate, and unless your a millionaire, its a toy to play with I guess if you have never shot full auto before. But for prepping purposes I would not recommend getting one. Now if you just want it for fun, go for it
  19. Im sure some things have changed about basic training since 1993 when I went through it in Ft Benning GA, but I will tell you what I can. First off everyone that has said fitness is 100% correct. You sound like your in pretty good shape, if you really want to excel, try and double what you are doing now. And practice carrying a 40 lb ruck for 5 miles at a 4 mph pace. Hydration is #1, and the DIs will make sure that hits home. If you are a smoker or chewer, QUIT NOW. There is absolutely nothing worse than going through nicotine withdrawls while in physical pain from all the exercise, while the DIs do thier best to break you mentally. Do not take anything expensive with you, like an ipod, laptop or ipad, expensive headphones. All of your civilian stuff will be taken and stored somewhere separate from you, and things tend to disappear from storage. Be a robot, do not improvise! Basic training is teaching you to follow orders, no matter how retarded. Just work with a will, dont complain, and do what your told. Find others in your platoon/squad that are like you and try to set a good example. Never volunteer for anything, and never snitch. Sounds like you should have a relatively easy time of it though if you have already been doing all that you say you have. Just keep your head down, do your time, and once you get into AIT and your permanent unit, then you can shine.
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    Hi From la Belle France

    Welcome Dangerwolfe, always nice to have someone who lives outside the US who can give us some outside perspective. Hope you like the forum, its been highly instructive to me.
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    Best E-book?

    So my parents offered to get me an e-book, or e-reader or whatever the heck you wanna call 'em, for my birthday. Soooo... what Im wondering is what would you good folks recommend? I want a reader, not a tablet. My phone is basically a tablet lol. I have a little experience with a kindle (my mom has one) and I like it. I think there is a new kindle touch out, anyone have one of those and like it or not? And are they almost pocket sized? They dont look very big... Same questions about the nooks also, I have absolutely no info on those.
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    Do You Believe In Aliens and UFO's

    Personally I think the universe is too large for there not to be another form of intelligent life. I dont really buy into flying saucers though. I just hope we can recognize it as intelligence , if they are *vastly* different from us. Of course hot blue alien chicks would be a huge plus
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    Firearms for a group

    Hmmmm, unless I am way wrong, a .357 in semi auto is a necked down .40 cal case. Not interchangeable with a .357 revolver. I *think* the semi auto caliber is called .357 sig, for differentiating between the two.
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    Firearms for a group

    I suppose that I should make a few things clear, so that everyone knows what I am thinking. I grew up on a large family farm. I mean very large, thousands of acres, thats how it supports so many of my family. Its located in SE Minnesota, so no real large predator or even game animals. There is the occasional small black bear, but I only hear of a sighting in our area maybe once a year. No moose or elk or anything like that around here. The terrain is rolling hills. Visibility for rifle shots probably averages ~500 yards. From the top of the silos and grain elevators, maybe a mile. If things ever did get bad, there is no way we could defend the entire place even with a full battalion, its spread over 30 miles. But there are at least 2 locations with grain elevators that I would like to try and occupy/defend. I say that because one location is only 2 miles outside a city of 100,000, and the other site only 15 miles. Both visible from a pretty major highway. And since it is a farm, and easily seen, I can see the need for a strong deterrent. I dont envision lots of combat... but if someone is starving, and you dont make it clear that not only are you willing, but very able to defend what is yours... well you get the idea. --edit to add-- This same highway is one of two major routes south for a MUCH larger major metro area, which is only ~90 miles away. Im not a huge pistol fan, but in the context of working a farm during a SHTF event, I think they would be 100% necessary for ease of carry while working. Its hard to carry a scoped hunting rifle while chasing cattle on foot lol. But a pistol holstered on your hip would be doable. Hopefully that makes the situation Im in a little more clear.
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    Firearms for a group

    My hypothetical is for a set BoL. I dont have the money to do any of this, but Im wondering if I should make a plan to work towards. Maybe steer some of my familys firearm purchases towards whatever plan I come up with. Im curious as to whether people would prefer a small range of calibers; like 50% 9mm, 50% .45, etc. If you did that, you would be more likely to be able to use any scrounged or ammo gotten in trade. And there will always be some oddball cal weapons that people already own and will bring along. For instance my dad owns my old 357 sig, and a brother in law has a 7mm mag hunting rifle. Or do you go all one make and caliber, for ease of maintaining them and your ammo stock?