Drew_Forge

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  1. Great thread. My son is attending a higher-end university in VT. His tuition is over $60k a year - can you imagine getting out of school with almost  a quarter million dollars' debt and just starting at the bottom of the barrel? I started working construction when I was 20, learned an incredible amount, worked my ass off, and now I have a comfortable job with zero college debt. 

     


  2. Yep, lay low, gather intel, keep your signature as small as possible, to the leaving and the dead. Keep an eye out for masses of people - hopefully there's a network of some kind to give you a heads up a few hours before they descend on you, so you can get a start on a secondary BOL. Run, don't stand and fight.


  3. I'm going to give our "guest" the benefit of the doubt and interpret this as him trying to show us an alternate point of view - but he should have discussed, not reported. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and own ways of doing things here - it is a prepper's form, after all, and we all do things as we see fit based on our interpretations of our own situations.

    HOWEVER - please debate or discuss items you disagree with in a civil manner - if you report and run, your argument really doesn't stand much of a chance of being taken seriously.


  4. This hasn't been OFFICIALLY rolled out yet via a post on Survival Cache, but I figured you lucky few who post regularly on here can be the first outside of the SC team to hear the Survival Cache Podcast that Doc Montana and I have been working on. I would expect a formal rollout here in the next week or so. Give it a listen, let me know what you think! The Bugout Bag podcasts are our first ones so they're a little shaky; we were still finding our groove.

    Criticism welcome!

    https://survivalcache.podbean.com/

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/survival-cache-podcast/id1450318606

    -Drew


  5. One of my all-around favorite pairs of guns is my Marlin 1894CL in .357, and my 4" S& W Model 66 in .357. Great combo that you can take anything short of moose or really big bears with here in Maine. The Marlin has a Lyman 66 receiver sight and is otherwise stock - but will easily keep all its rounds on a paper plate offhand at 75 yards, maybe even 100 on a good day.

    I also have an early pre-crossbolt Winchester 1894 Trapper in .44 Magnum to pair with a 4" Mag-Na-Ported S&W Model 629 - but really, with full-tilt handloads, both of these guns really with just beat the snot out of you so they don't get shot much.

    But really, either one of these rifles would be stellar self-defense rigs - they hold 10 rounds each and a good levergun guy can run one FAST.


  6. You guys have let me down on this gun porn thread! To get this ball back in play, I submit my 1969-mfg 4" S&W Model 18. This is my favorite outdoors sidearm, hands down. Just got done writing an article on tuning up S&W revolvers, and this was the subject revolver. A previous owner had clipped the trigger rebound spring and polished the sears so badly that I could push the hammer off of full-cock with just my thumb. In the end, I installed a new Wilson Combat mainspring and 14# trigger rebound spring, and had to replace the hammer and trigger with the pieces off my never-used K-22 Outdoorsman from the same era. Replacement parts are on order from Numrich.

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  7. On 10/3/2018 at 8:39 PM, P210SIG said:

    Yesterday I did a practice run on fire starting in a downpore of rain in 3 different methods, the easyist was using char cloth & flint, then using a ferro rod was second, then the hardest was using a bow drill method.

    Char cloth & ferro rod methods are ideal for me now, so much that I refuse to light I fire with a match or a lighter for quite some time now.

    ive made a 20 gallon propane tank wood stove a few years back & have cooked meals with it many occasions.

    It’s fun practice as usual.

    Have you practiced fire making without a match or lighter lately?

    How about starting a fire in the rain or on a snow covered ground.

    Practice until it becomes natural, that’s the ticket.

    Starting a fire in the rain without good dry tinder is crazy difficult even WITH a lighter!

    I always use a Firesteel when starting fires these days just to keep my chops up. And if I'm in the woods and I see a paper birch tree, Jackpot! I always take some bark and stuff it in my jacket pocket or in my pack - just in case. Tinder Tabs and vaseline soaked cotton balls are godsends if you have the presence of mind to bring them along.


  8. P210SIG, I remember years ago when New England suffered from 10+ days without power due to a major ice storm, my family and I would have to take our "baths" with a sponge from a 3-gallon kettle with heated water. It wasn't extravagant, and you did have to be careful on the amount of water you used to bathe because you had to rinse off too!

    That's one of those things you really need to try for yourself - hopefully before adverse conditions hit - so you can plan for the proper amount of water for bathing and hydration.


  9. Took my 5-year-old out in the woods today and we had a great time building a little lean-to shelter! He collected most of the evergreen boughs himself and had a blast putting them on the branch framework. Now he keeps bugging me to go out and go camping in it! :) 

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  10. Well, I finally got one - I've been searching for one of these for pretty much my entire adult life (though my wife would argue I have yet to grow up.) This is a .22 LR 4" barreled S&W Model 18 from the late '60s. I've had a 6" barreled S&W K-22 since I was 21, but the 6" barrel has always been better suited to target use over field use. I've been trying lots of different guns for field sidearms - Ruger MKI / MKII, Browning Buck Mark, the aforementioned K-22 - but I always just came back to the conclusion that I really just wanted a 4" .22 Smith & Wesson revolver.

    Now I've got one - and I don't think I'll ever step foot in the woods again without it on my side.

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  11. Wally, as far as illuminuation goes, give me a good flashlight or solar powered lantern like a Hybridlight PUC ANYDAY over candles. 

    However, if you're relying on the light as a small source of heat,  you'll do far better with the candle. You could probably heat the inside of a pickup truck cab with a big multi-wick candle enough to keep you from freezing to death . Just gotta crack a window for carbon monoxide evacuation.


  12. I wouldn't give anyone under 16 a real high-quality knife - it's likely to be lost or inappropriately used and broken. I didn't have REALLY nice pocketknives until my 30s, to tell you the truth.

    My Dad gave my brother and I some Buck lock-blade folders, and they worked great or what we needed them to do (namely, whittle sticks and chop up weird bugs). He also gave us Barlow knives, but the lock of lock left me with some nice scars on my fingers.


  13. For the few people who still visit - I got a new job that will require my travelling all over New England (sadly, even into Massachusetts).  I have been provided a nice Subaru Outback as a company car. However, since I am using a company car, and will often carry potential customers to jobsites and will need to carry samples, having a full-sized bug-out-bag like I have in my personal daily driver just won't fly. Therefore, I'll need to set up a minimalist kit to keep with me.

    I don't want to attract attention or have people break into my car to get this bag; any suggestions on a good durable bag (doesn't have to be a backpack) that won't raise eyebrows? Wanted to ask youse guys on here first before I shopped around. Opinions? Thanks!