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  1. Dr Prepper

    The One Gun

    What firearm do you start with if you are starting your collection from scratch? In a recent thread, "Rifles for the apocalypse", there were a lot of good points brought up. Capt Bart said a few things that kept me thinking, and there is a difference in the questions of what "rifle" and what "gun" would you have for SHTF. I even have a different answers for TEOTWAWKI. So where would you start at if you were starting over? I humbly propose a 12 gauge and for me that would be the Mossberg 500. This is mostly because of my mantras of reliability, versatility, and availability of ammo. It has barrels available for defense, hunting fowl, rifled for slugs, and even muzzle loading.
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    The One Gun

    I just checked them out at http://www.tcarms.com/ I need to get my hands on one of those and test it out. I like the concept. The reason why I like the AR platform is the versatility (& rate of fire), but this is even more so. It also has a lot less moving parts (I'm thinking reliability), and I think it would also have the same trigger pull and feel no matter what you are shooting. This is a serious contender for the "One Gun" title for me. Can anyone tell me about their experience with them?
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    The One Gun

    Let me see if I can sum up what everyone has been saying. You can't go wrong with the Ruger 10/22 as a first gun. It is a good place to start if you are new to firearms and want to get some experience without blowing a lot of money on ammo. The rate of fire will make up for the raw knock down power a 20 or 12 gauge shotgun and you can hit targets further away and more reliably than your typical shotgun. Personally I am leery of anything that says "take down" (says an AR-15 owner). If I know the model you're talking about, a friend of mine has the same thing. The fore end and barrel come off and it stores nicely in a pack. An issue he was having at the beginning was his point of aim was shifting every time he put it together (I don't know if that has been resolved or not). Also he noticed that he needed to tighten it a few time while he was shooting otherwise he was getting 10 inch groups at 25 yards. All of this might be just the break in issues that are specific to this gun. IMO I don't want to do a take down if I don't have too, or I am going to question it when I put it together. You're probably going to want more input on the take down model, but the 10/22 is high on my list for the next thing I get.
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    The One Gun

    The 10/22 is coming up high on my list for my next procurement. Either that or get a dedicated 22LR upper for the AR-15. H&R (Harrington & Richardson) has some items that are worth looking into (thank you Capt Bart). They have a .357 magnum/20 gauge single shot combo that I think retails for under $350. http://www.hr1871.com/default.asp The break-action design has very few moving parts and the combination of a popular handgun round with the second most popular shotgun round is appealing to me. There is also a .44 magnum/12 gauge combo. Thoughts?
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    The One Gun

    Good call Wardog. Have you any models in mind? One of the reasons I chose what I did is the price. A new Mossy runs around $400-800 MSRP. A good air rifle might also be a good idea along those lines you mentioned (I think there is an article somewhere on that).
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    Planning a Meet

    Oregon has some weird weapon laws like "no crossbows" on public land. Oregon also does not honor any other states' concealed carry permits. Only two counties that I have heard of will process Oregon permits for non residents. By those standards Nor-Cal is out unless you have all compliant items. Washington is pretty dang liberal when it comes to weapons and target shooting and the like. They also recognize the permits of: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah.
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    Planning a Meet

    Regional gigs sounds like the best way for me... although I have been known to drive across the country for an event. For me personally, anywhere in Oregon, Nor-Cal, or Washington is good with me. For those of you on the other coast, may I suggest "Cooper's Lake." https://www.cooperslake.com/home/index.php Its not "back woods," but it is easy to get to from just about anywhere on the East Coast. Exit 99 on I-79 in Western PA. I've been there a number of times and they are good folk.
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    ok folks, i have a question....

    Part "tree": Still more premises. And these I think you will all agree with. 1) Self determination, the ability to choose ones own destiny, is the essence of what it means to be free. 2) Someone should not be "forced" to see a provider that they do not want to, especially if they have the means to go elsewhere. 3) A provider should not be "forced" to accept lesser pay for their work, especially if their skills are as good or better than their peers. Well, here comes the rub. Medicare is the standard by which all other insurance institutions set their rates. "For this service we'll pay 125% of Medicare and for that service we'll pay 200%." And yes, some do pay 200% (or double) Medicare rates for some billing codes. The problem is that the rates for primary care are so low that providers can't live on them and pay their staff. The biggest problem is that primary care is what keeps people healthier for longer and thus out of the hospitals. Anyone looking for ammo for their anti-socalized medicine argument... I just gave you plenty right there. But that isn't the whole story unfortunately. There are a lot of interest groups that are looking after their interests when it comes to any changes being made. How do you think Medicare got to the point of where they paid so little for primary care? Specialists wanted to be paid more, so they got it. Insurance companies don't want to pay out unnecessarily, so they pay primary care docs a little more than Medicare so they will see their patients and then make them go through a bunch hoops before a patient can be referred to a specialist. No one up top wants Medicare to go away because it has been crafted to what they as privet businesses paid lobbyists to make it. So our system is not socialized and it's not privatized either. It's got the ugliest parts of both.
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    ok folks, i have a question....

    Part II: A couple more premises. 1) A person should not have to show the ability to pay in order to receive life-saving treatment. 2) A person should not have to show proof of legal residency in order to receive life-saving treatment. I will actually clarify these. If you have been mugged and are now laying unconscious and bleeding on a sidewalk, the EMT's should pick you up and take you to the hospital which should save your life and ask payment questions later. The idea is that the life of the person is the most important thing at that moment. Trying to get money out of a dying person before you treat them is not considered ethical (this is way over simplified by the way, but it is to make the general point). So, people who can't pay are going to get treated. For those of you who have not been keeping up with the numbers: "plain film" x-ray $150, CT scan $750-$1300, MRI $2500+, simple urine dip $40, an overnight in an inpatient bed $10,000. Also my fees haven't even been calculated into this yet. It adds up quick and how is a hospital supposed to recoup this money? --And lets keep the answers to how and not discuss the exorbitant charges at this moment.-- One way to combat this is to implant a chip into every lawful citizen that can be scanned by the EMTs and the hospital to prove who you are and your ability to pay. All those in favor say AYE... Anybody?... I didn't think so. How this is being paid for at this time is that everyone who does the right thing and either has insurance or can pay completely out of pocket, pays more to cover the cost of those who can't pay. This is also for emergency/hospital based medicine. Primary Care is a whole different animal and should be talked about in its own context.
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    ok folks, i have a question....

    I am involved with multiple healthcare related bodies and panels. I have been looking into the topic of "Obamacare" specifically for the past year and change. My comments are made on the following premises. 1) Life expectancy, maternal mortality and infant mortality are the three main universal indicators of the health of society. This is validated by research published in multiple peer reviewed journals. 2) A person needs to be in reasonably good health in order to work and contribute to society. I'm not big into the sociology literature, but this seems to be correct. 3) Prior to "Obamacare," someone needed to either have a better than half-time job or pay for a "Cobra" plan to have health insurance. Again, I don't have literature to back this up. The following numbers are from 2010 which is prior to the healthcare law taking effect. (www.cia.gov) The US was 51st in life expectancy at 78.49 years (best was Monaco at 89.64, worst was Chad at 48.71). The US was 47th in maternal mortality at 21.00 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies (best was Estonia at 2.00, worst Chad at 1,100.00). The US was 49th in infant mortality at 6.00 deaths per 1,000 live births (best was Monaco at 1.80, worst Afghanistan at 121.63). The only place where the US comes in first in health is at an average of $7,800 per person per year we out spend the second place country (Canada at $4,200) by nearly 2 to 1. Incidentally with more than 45 million citizens uninsured, that is more than the 34 million that is Canada's entire population. Count the under insured in that number (those that are a serious illness or injury away from bankruptcy, BTB 96 million in the US) we're talking about almost triple the population of Canada. At this point, this is not an argument for socialized medicine. This is a statement that the system prior to 2010, which had both commercial and socialized elements in it, was/is not working.
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    So what's in your fire staring kit ?

    Great ideas circulating here, and I'm planning on making a few adjustments to my kit. Something that I haven't seen mentioned here is "fat wood." This is probably classified more as kindling and not fire starter but I think it's worth mentioning. I have a bunch of kindling splinters that are about 5.5" long. I dipped them in bacon grease then set them in my oven on low for about 20 minutes so that they would soak up the fat. This is something I keep in my BOB in a No. 2 cylinder can with a pet food cover to seal the top. This is just in case dry kindling is hard to find and this stuff burns hot.
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    Rifles for the apoyclypse

    Capt Bart, As always, your advise is sound. Some details we may disagree on but for the most part we do agree on the basics: it has to work, it has to work every time, it has to work everywhere we are going to need it, and we need to be comfortable enough with it to make it work for us. I think I have seen you mention that you are partial to lever action and you have just mentioned (again) that you are not fond of the AR platform. I am not going to be able to change your mind and I wouldn't want to. I will say that the points that you brought up are concerns that I have and I believe that I have addressed them in a way that I feel confident in the system I have put together. That is the point of this really. I learned to shoot on my Dad's 32 Win SPL. You better believe it, I still have it. I plan on getting a bullet mold so I can reload for it post SHTF. Even if it was a 30-30, I don't think it would be my primary system. I went to war with an M-4 and an M-9. I could get as proficient with a lever as I am with an AR but the capabilities I'd miss (30 round mag to start). I built a lower group out of the best components I could buy. My father raised me right when it came to buying tools. The lower receiver itself is a machined billet of 7075 aluminum as opposed to forged 6061, making it 80% stronger. The trigger/hammer group is made to handle the harder primers of the 50BMG. The buffer tube is stainless steel and the stock is the Magpul PRS that is made for the AR-10 (still accommodates the AR-15 just fine). I put this together in such a way that I could handle any upper receiver that I put on it, from a .22LR to the Zel Customs Tactilite T1 in 50BMG. I confirmed this with Zel Customs before I started the build. The only problem I have is that the .22LR adapter, or if I got a dedicated upper, use a different magazine than the one for the 5.56 and 300AAC Blackout (both of those use the same mag). The .22LR mag looks and fits just the same though. It does take time to swap one tool for another. Then again, it does take time to pull out another weapon chambered in something different. The nice thing about having the same lower is that I have setup my stock in such a way that when the new upper is in place my eye relief and sight picture is spot on with each one. If one of my buddies sets-up a lower like mine, they can set adjustments on their lower to do the same thing. It is fun to take my scoped upper and put it on my friend's lower and watch him hit the same point of aim without any other adjustments. You have mentioned fragile parts as one of your concerns about the platform and I think I've addressed that. I am not sure if you have said this, but it seems that you are also concerned about having more moving parts on a survival/post apocalypse firearm. If I continue that logic, you feel that more moving parts means a greater chance of failure (let me know if I'm off base). My answer to that is, "You've got me with that one." The best I have as a reason to still pursue the AR platform (besides its flexibility) is that it is ubiquitous. Every time I go to the range if there is not one other person shooting an AR-15, then I am the only one there. The parts are everywhere and every milspec upper (and there are only a few that are not) can swap onto my lower. I have a decent supply of spare parts of my own and I'm going to hope that is enough. At least I have my Dad's Winchester to fall back on.
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    sucession

    Every constitutional expert will agree that the legal basis for us being able to form the US and have a constitution is the Decoration of Independence. That is the basis for all constitutional and thus all US law. Interestingly enough it has a few interesting turns of phrase. "...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..." Now, I'm not stating that it is time to do so. 700,000 people is not even a third of the number we have incarcerated in the US (2.3mil), and not even 1/2 of a percent of our potential electorate (200mil as a guess) so it is by no means representative of the whole of America. Still, this is a petition that the President will have to address in some manner. Not for any legal reasons but for the 20,000 signatures and I'll talk about it statement on the White House web site. [Man, I am including all of the red flag, tag this guy and find out where he lives buzz words] I believe what is going on here is that America is waking up to the fact that what we have is a horse that was designed by a committee (that's a camel for those not familiar with the joke). I haven't met an American that has different values than myself... just different ideology on how to get there and that is what all of these arguments boil down to. So when compromises are made it's from an ideological point of view not one based on values. This will pass, but we need to make sure that our values are represented not ideology.
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    5.56

    I try and stock up on as much Lake City brass as I can. Its typically a little heavier, thus thicker, than your typical commercial brass. Federal/American Eagle is alright but I don't get too many uses out of it compared to Lake City. So find yourself some Milspec M855. Cheaper than Dirt and Midway USA usually have M855/5.56 NATO/"Green Tip"/Military Ball, and they will typically say that it is Lake City brass. You can tell that it's from the Lake City Armory if there is a "L C" or a cross-hair on the head stamp. I'm lucky in that there are folks that frequent the range I go to that go through hundreds of rounds of M855 surplus. Rude as it is to leave you firing point a mess, it means that I usually leave with more than 500 spent Lake City cases.
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    Rifles for the apoyclypse

    I have seen a lot of votes for the AR-15/M-4 platform but I haven't seen the any arguments that mirror my reasons for choosing it. 1) Versatility: I can put at least 3 different types of ammo through mine with two uppers, one adapter and only one purchase from an FFL. Those rounds are 5.56/.223, .22LR and 300AAC Blackout (300 Whisper works too). If I was really serious I could get a dedicated 22LR upper. 2) Accuracy: [with my configuration] I hold 1 MOA accuracy out to 200yrds with M855 and under 3 MOA at 500yrds. If I'm using my 69gr match ammo, I'm driving tacks at anything under 500 (I need to go to a longer range to get more data). 3) Ammo Availability: Granted not much of an argument if you are considering something chambered in .308, but it's a lot easier to find than .416 Barret. 4) Resource Consumption: I reload, and I can get 200+ rounds out of a pound of powder vs. 100+ per pound if I'm loading .308. Before the comments start rolling in, this is VERY over simplified and there are a lot of other variables to consider as well. Tying this all together... I have got country that I plan to get to if TSHTF but I need to get there first! Being able to adapt and overcome with as few things as possible is the name of my game. For the urban situation I have the 300BLK upper with 220gr subsonic rounds, and I can switch to 125-180gr supersonic for hunting large game (legally even) with ballistics that are better than 7.62 Russian. I've got decent range with the 5.56, pop in the adapter and I'm now plinking or hunting small game. This does not handle everything, but this one platform does handle a lot. If I had to choose one rifle/carbine... the AR-15 is it. Oh... I can also put the Tactilite T1 upper on it and have either a .338 Lapua, .406 CheyTac, .416 Barret or 50BMG bolt gun as well!!! Now I could handle anything!