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About CMHN

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  • Birthday 08/27/1977


  • Location
    Berwick, PA, USA
  • Interests
    Staying Alive
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  1. CMHN

    BOB Trial

    Sounds like fun, I hope you have a blast and learn a lot from your experience.
  2. You can use the white hardwood ashes to make soap. Well actually the lye water used to make soap. Be careful though, lye water is acidic and could burn you. But that is the first thing that came to mind with the question asked.
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    BoB food selection

    He actually made it 100 hrs.
  4. CMHN

    The One Gun

    If you are new to shooting go with what you are comfortable with. I like the Taurus P22 It shoots the 22lr. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1671[/ATTACH] I also have a Marlin Model 60 .22LR Semi Auto Rifle w/Scope The rounds are cheap, accurate and small enough for even my 9 year old to handle if need be.
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    who is currenty reading what?

    Last night I decided to pick up my old copy of Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. This will be my 2nd time reading it, the last about 15 years ago.
  6. I enjoy the 22lr, I have a 22 rifle and a 22 pistol that both take the 22lr round. They don't have the major stopping power as a larger caliber, but anything is intimidating when you are staring down the barrel. You can take down small game with them, and if you hit the right place you can take down some larger game. As for self defense, if you get hit by a 22, its most likely to shatter and tear up your insides, it might not kill you instantly but it will kill you slowly and painfully. Plus they are cheap and light, you can pack a lot of rounds in your BOB and not worry about it.
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    Hello from Northeastern Pennsylvania

    Oh, and thanks for the warm welcome
  8. CMHN

    Hello from Northeastern Pennsylvania

    My job takes me to Philly and to NY City. I prefer my home town, the city life is not my cup of tea.
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    Bartering can be a intimidating task to some, you can be easily taken advantage of if you are using your heart instead of your head to barter. You may listen to somebodies sob story and give them more than you originally intended to do. It would be best to hone your skills up now so it is second nature. You can practice bartering by checking out Craigslist, there is a barter section there where people will trade items or skills for something that they need. In these economic times I have seen more posts pop up on there. You can find some good deals there and its a good way to hone your bartering skills. Just my 2 cents on the subject.
  10. Hello everybody, I have been lurking for a while, reading some of the articles, reading the blog, and getting ideas. I decided to join the community. So for a little about myself. Family: I am happily married going on 13 years, and I have 2 children. They are the most important thing in my life and I will do anything to protect them. Education: I have an Associates of Science Degree in AutoCad Design. Occupation: I am currently an AutoCad Designer and a CNC programmer for a structural skylight company in my home town. In the past I have been a carpenter, electrician, plumber, welder, forklift driver and a supervisor for many of them professions. Interests: I have many; I enjoy the outdoors, if I can work outside I am happy. I collect scrap metal, its amazing the things people will throw away. I enjoy carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, welding, woodworking, and sewing (yes sewing). Im interested in learning blacksmithing and herbal medicine. I have been doing some studying on the subjects and find them fascinating. Books and Manuals I enjoy: Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank I read this one in high school and thought it was great I recently bought a copy and plan to read it again. Blacksmiths Manual Illustrated by J.W. Lillico Wilderness Survival For Dummies by John Haslett & Cameron M. Smith (yea I know there are more serious books, but it has some good ideas and tips in it) FM 21-76 US Army Survival Manual Why am I interested in Prepping/Survival? I was watching the news after the "Super Storm Sandy" came and wiped out parts of NY and NJ. I saw people that were without power for less than 24 hrs crying about how they were going to die if the power wasn't returned soon. Now I have never considered myself a prepper or a survivalist, but I know that I could have lasted for about a week without power if needed. I had enough food in the basement, I have a well with a backup hand pump on it for water, and I have alternative heating arrangements. Luckily I didn't have to use it since we never lost power nor did we get any damage from the storm. It still got me thinking about preparing for the next one, Im not a "Doomsday" fanatic, but I do believe that being prepared for what life throws at you is very important. I am now doing searches on the internet for stuff that will aid me in an emergency, and if by chance a Doomsday scenario does happen, I would like to have the skills and resources to survive. I will be lurking a while, reading past posts to the forum and reading the blog. After I get comfortable here I will start asking questions and maybe even put my 2 cents in once in a while. Thanks for having me, Chris