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  1. make a world of difference. So does the polypro bag that i put between the "breathable" and heavy-duty mylar bags. The soft armor boxer shorts and vest  help quite a bit  as insulation from the ground as well as padding on hard surfaces.  Now I'm good down to 20f, no problem in the hammock, or on the ground if there's any debris for padding/insulation. If I had better circulation in my legs, or if i'd use a Dakota fire pit to heat rocks and water bottles, i could go 10F colder.  But then need the super shelter and a fire all night, for colder temps.  If have several pits and use them all night to heat rocks, those rocks will warm  you most of the next day, placed under your hammock, or your raised wooden bed. Thus, no smoke for enemies to see. The later afternoons are typically 15F or more warmer than late at night, and you can usually get away with a Dakota pit fire a bit before dusk, since they'd have to try to find you in the dark.  That is, if you've got night sights and night vision. :-)  Anyone moving in that cold is going to crunch snow or frozen twigs. So the guy who's holding still is a lot more likely to be the one who detects the enemy first.

  2. given the 80 gr VLD bullet, the 223 AR's have OWNED the 600 yd matches for 20 years now, beating 308 quite consistantly.  But basically, it's dumb as hell to not have suppressor on rifle.  22" 308 and 8" of can results in a bipod only clunk.  14.5" of M4 barrel and 7.5" of can results in a still handy rifle, and it will reach 1/4 mile just fine.


  3. wind charts show that a mere  10mph breeze takes a 308 bullet 10" off-target  at a mere 300m. Winds often gust and lull. So you aim at one side of the guy, the wind gusts or lulls and you miss to the other side. :-)  or it's hot and mirage drifts the image just as much. Or he's head on prone to you and the up and downhill angle makes you miss, or he's dodging, using cover, and you can't gauge either his direction or his speed, you lack hearing protection and you're ducking incoming fire and fragments.

  4. He'll  probably bring to you a contagious disease.. I'd rather just not have a door for anyone to knock upon. All above ground buildings will be searched, repeatedly, by armed, desperate men if shtf.  However, a concealed  hole in the ground, in the wooded hills around your local water source, will not, if you have enough sense to stay in it during daylight hours.

  5. Fowler, winner of Alone TV show season 3, has a yt vid testing some little half assed survival kit, to help when you fall thru the ice. He did a full body immersion into water where he'd broken the ice. Then he ran for 10 minutes to someplace that he could start a fire, and took  another 5 minutes to get a fire going and wrap one of those worthless little, tear if you sneeze on them space blankets. .  EFF that bs!   If you  get wet in such conditions, you need to be out of those clothes and inside a REAL space blanket-bag, in 1 minute or less, or you're highly likely to be unable to help yourself, due to shivering and numbing of your hands. THEN worry about getting a fire going, donning dry clothes (IF you have any with you) polypro long johns dont GET wet, so probably either leave those on (if already wearing them, of course)  or don them if not. Might be necessary, tho, to remove them, dry yourself and then don them again. That's one of the reasons why the standard sized space blanket,  5x7ft, is not big enough, unless you're of quite small stature.  I'm 6 ft and 220 lbs and such a blanket, folded lengthwise, is 6" too narrow to close around my arms/shoulders.

    with the 7x8 bag, there's room to do crunches, knee lifts, etc, so as to generate metabolic heat, which also helps to dry you, if you didn't have  a bandana to do that job. It's best to not bring water into the mylar bag with you, if you can possibly avoid it.  After a couple of hours, the impermeability of the normal type of  mylar means that you'll have condensation problems.  The "inside" mylar bag of my system is supposedly more "breathable".  My testing so far seems to bear that out,  but the same claim is made for tyvek and I wore tyvek coveralls for many days in S Cal, and they surely do retain body heat and moisture (quite badly). when you are working in such heat and humidity. The full moon suits that i sometimes had to wear (hydroblasting on oil drilling sites) would have a pint of water in each boot at the end of the day.  Sucked really hard.

    If it stays cold enough, long enough here, I might get to also test a tyvek coverall for how much additional warmth it provides. I doubt that it will make the grade into my system, tho, cause it's not worth much for the warmer parts of the year, and it's fairly bulky, altho not much weight. Be good to have one in the van, tho.

  6. you are many times more likely to not GET to any longarm in time than you are for your ccw pistol to not suffice. Most of the time, they flee at the sight of your gun, and misses have changed a lot of minds, too. If you have the 10 seconds or so to run and get any gun, why not just charge the guy and rip off his head?  What makes you think that you wont be getting shot in the back 4x per second as you try to do this?

  7. jesus, you twits are paranoid.  I'd bet good money that you're slow as molasses with the ccw draw and have no hand to hand ability at all. What makes you 'think" that the attack will be while you're in your bedroom? it's many times more likely when you're not at home, or, if at home, as you mow the yard, walk the critters, get your mail, take out the garbage,  etc.

  8. I'm quite unlikely to be found above treeline, in the desert, or anyplace that it stays under 20F at night, doesnt warm up to 30F in daytime, or where there's lots of snow.  A regular sleeping bag will absorb a full 5 gallon bucket of water, 40 lbs, and takes forever to dry out with hot rocks, sun and wind, etc. If it's made of  down, it WONT dry out. Try to wear it as a poncho, and you'll tear it on brush, guaranteed, even if you do have other layers of stuff around it.


    when you're fleeing from people who shoot at you with autorifles, you'll tear stuff, and you'll get wet, too, as you slam prone to avoid being shot, etc.  I might get small holes burned in my stuff if I use it as a super shelter, but the entire thing wont combust, as most sleeping bags, and a lot of tents and sleeping pads will.

  9. If I was a younger guy, with better circulation in my legs,  exercised before going to bed, ate some hot soup, and took some hot rocks or hot water in bottles to bed with me, I could probably get by at 10F degrees colder temps, maybe even  a bit more. There's a big difference, tactically, between having a small fire down in a Dakota pit, for 30-60 minutes, heating rocks and /or water,  and then putting it out, as vs having a big  flaming "long fire"  all night, heating a super shelter.

  10. I'd much rather have sub zero temps, with no wind, than 34F, with lots of wind and rain. This is especially true if I've got a lot of deep, dry snow to use as insulation. However, the latter requires skis or snowshoes, which are then quite worthless when there's no snow. So you might well have to make a set of the snowshoes in the field as needed. x'd sticks can suffice, if the snow is not too soft/damp. But it takes the better part of a  day to make a set of such snowshoes,  and they really slow down your travel, as  in   1 mph, even if you dont have to fight brush, hills, etc.

  11. this setup has proven capable of letting me sleep all night at 20F (with the aid of Ambien, which I have to take anyway)  It handles 30 f if I have to sleep on the ground, too.  If I rig the gear as a sling-chair, I can get by with having just one tree to tie my hammock to.  Use a bow knot to tie my torso upright, with my back to a tree. Use the shemaugh as a neck brace. Put the armored vest under my feet, and the armored boxer shorts under my butt. Pop the ambien and get  5+ hours of sleep in the sitting position. That's enough to keep me going. 

     I had originally wanted this setup to get me down to 10F on the ground and to Zero F  if in the hammock, but I can't achieve that, with acceptable bulk and weight. The odds are very small that it will be less than 20F and above 10f, anyway. and below that, I was going to need the fire and supershelter anyway. So what I have suffices.

  12. I'm currently r and d on a sub5 lb, 4 season  sleep/shelter kit, supplemented by 2 lbs of "extra" clothing (beyond normal summer wear) Starting with polypro longjohns, (buttons and loops to keep them from separating at the waist in back) polypro socks, balaclava, neck gaiter, and gloves.  Goretex cammies,  wool socks, shemaugh. A highly modified SOL escape bivvy (mummy shape, velcro seams, removable hood with drawstring, a foot wider at the shoulders, a foot longer and a drawstring at the neck. Next, a polypro bag, snaps all down the seam, next a "heavy duty" space blanket bag,  7x8 ft when unfolded, snaps all down the seam. Then the bugnetting bag (just to have a place to put it, really, in cold weather) snaps all down the side, and then the clear plastic (well, with fiberglass threads reinforcing it) bag., 8x7 feet when opened up. It of course is present in case I need a super shelter with a fire in front of the clear plastic. 


    The Leval II A soft armor boxer shorts (made from 2 vests) and II vest offer a lot of insulation and padding if I have to sleep on the ground, but normally, i prefer to sleep in the hammock, made of 3" monofilament fish netting,  6 x 100 ft of it, folded back on itself 3x.  A roll of heavy-duty aluminum wrap is part of the kit, to front a stick wall (2x4 ft) on the  far side of the fire. The super shelter can handle any temps at which you can handle getting the firewood. 

    This setup can all be worn like a poncho, if need be. It's modifiable to handle any sort of weather/terrain. None of it is harmed by geting wet, and there's no zippers to jam or break, no stuffings to fall out, either.  The armor adds 5 lbs, but considering that it is likely  to save your life if shtf, it's worth having along.

    Rolled up, this assembly is stiff enough to serve as a frame for my daypack, saving  1/2 lb or so. If I'm out on the ice, or if it's really cold and I'm moving, or cold rain/wind is the order of the day, then  the heavy duty space blanket/bag is kept ready, by itself. Then, if I fall thru the ice or get wet in some other way, I can shed the wet clothes, deploy the big bag, and then add the other layers as needed, while inside of the bag. Since it featurs snaps, I can stick out feet or hands as needed, to get a fire going, move to a more sheltered area, etc.

  13. in towns and cities, nobody will have any water after a week or so, and most wont have any after a couple of days. When the power shuts off, so does the water treatment and pumps. So almost nobody is going to have the option of staying in towns or cities. They will be forced to go where the water is. It will be too damned dangerous to go back and forth, so they'll say wherever they moved-to, and only  move on to find food to loot.