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6/29/12

Open Thread: What have you been up to?

Open thread for the weekend. What have you been working on? Acquisitions, skills, research? Anything keeping you up at night or pushing you to prep fast? What goals are you working towards. Share with the tribe in the comments section.

It's been a busy week for me, starting up a big new job. That's been keeping me pretty busy.

I did have time to get our bug out bags re-organized and restocked with some food. Have a short list of items to add this weekend. Played around with some new configurations of gear that actually ended up working pretty well...but, fact is, I need a bigger bag.

Also got in a KYWI pistol magazine pouch. Miles better than any nylon mag pouch I've tried--yes, even better than the HSGI pouches. Very consistent, which speeds up tactical reloads dramatically. I'll try to get up some pictures and a more complete review early next week.

TEOTWAWKI Wife has been reading up/watching YouTube videos on gardening...we now have a yard, favorable weather and inherited a garden at our new place. We've been eating fresh tomatoes daily--yum.

What about you guys and gals?

21 comments :

  1. AnonymousJune 29, 2012

    Picking up Coleman stoves and lantern. Stocking up on fuel. Watched Zombieland for technical pointers!

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  2. AnonymousJune 29, 2012

    Managing a military surplus store now, working on stocking budget minded survival gear. Any input would be appreciated.

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    1. Cool! Top list of the milsurp stuff that I look for when I'm in a shop: ponchos, poncho liners, MREs, canteens, ammo cans, various bags/packs/stuff sacks, cammo netting and GOOD MOLLE pouches--not cheap crap--and then probably stuff like e-tools, 100mph tape and paracord.

      Most Milsurp stores I've been too have been WAY over priced and mostly jammed with old smelly uniforms, which are of little interest to most.

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    2. Korean War era wool shirts were pretty nifty. Good quality and cheap! But, I haven't seen any of those for a while.

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    3. Mr. Wolf's e-tool comment made me think. As much as I like my Cold Steel Spetnaz shovel (mostly for throwing into the ends of big logs) and have various e-tools and garden trowels (the hollow-handle nylon ones can be filled with 'stuff' - not as sexy as a Rambo-knife, but often more useful) in my smaller kits, but if you have to dig anything bigger than an emergency 'cat hole' to relieve yourself, it is going to HURT.

      For your shop, you might want to consider a corner with some 'real' agricultural/garden hardware for prepper-types - shovels, garden spades (the 2 foot D-handle spade in my vehicle is a LOT more useful than my e-tools ever were..), felling axes/splitting mauls, snow shovels, sickles, replacement handles, etc. ( A straight hoe handle makes a great sturdy walking staff, and just happens to have the same taper as the inside of a Cold Steel 'Bushman' belt knife.)

      I definitely agree on good MOLLE, not the stuff that falls apart before you get home, and big spools of paracord.

      Also, consider the old Eastern Bloc surplus clothing and military gear out there. It's a lot like an AK-47 - looks like it was made in a high school shop class, but it keeps doing its job for years and years with little or no maintenance. MY competition Chili team has been using the same East German Army surplus chef coats and Czech army surplus aprons for 6 years now :)

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    4. Set up a display labeled "Items for your Bug Out Bag". People love suggestions!! Good luck with your store.

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  3. AnonymousJune 29, 2012

    Teaching my daughters to use a fire steel, edc for every family member, bug out route planning (critical here, as the mountains limit vehicle routes), hiking and exercise...

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    1. AnonymousJune 30, 2012

      Well, the above is put on hold. The wife step on a hole and broke her ankle so bad she had to have a two hour surgery where a steel plate and eleven screws were put in. With crappy insurance and me having to do everything, things are gonna be rough. Plus I have to modify all my bugout plans to reflect my wife's restrictions. No hiking out, no riding bikes, for at least six months, maybe longer.

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    2. Jeez! That's rough. Our prayers are with your wife. For what it's worth, "bugging in" is generally your best bet.

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    3. AnonymousJuly 01, 2012

      Thanks. Bugging in is our first plan, I have to agree with you there. Bugging out is the backup. Thanks for your prayers. This has made me think, though. What do you do if this happens during a shtf or teowtwaki event? How do you cope? Do you have the skills or supplies needed? Know someone who does? Have you planned for such contingencies? I didn't. This is a blessing in disguise, because it has forced me to rethink a lot of things, and though most of my plans remain the same, I have begun contingency plans. I am also looking a lot harder at taking EMT classes, and am getting that book about not having a doctor in a shtf moment... new things to think about and plan for...

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  4. DiabloLocoJune 30, 2012

    Taking the whole family out for target practice later today. My wife needs more range time. She doesn't want to go, but she understands why I insist that she comes along. I gotta figure out how to get her "more" on board.

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    1. Make sure she has good ear protection, try to stay away from yahoos or people shooting big calibers, and start her on a .22lr.

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    2. DiabloLocoJune 30, 2012

      Yup....Good ear protection. I started her off on .22lr, but had her fire my rifle and shotgun once each. She may never fire the higher caliber weapons again, but it won't be because she doesn't know how to! She likes the pistols the most. I don't blame her....lol

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    3. TeotwawkiWifeJuly 01, 2012

      I screamed when I shot my husband's Glock for the first time...at the range. It was SO embarrassing. I prefer it to his other guns now.

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  5. Great question,

    Let's see. I added the Biolite stove to the ladies 'get home bag' after testing it for a weekend in the woods. I also picked up a Dale Fricke archangel holster for the G19. Next experiment is attempting to melt down some gold scraps into small nuggets or something. More youtube research to be done on that.

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  6. Tru TUFF pouches. Same type of construction w/ or w/o a flap. I like the 5 mag pouches.

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  7. AnonymousJune 30, 2012

    been reading and practicing suture techniques, using regular thread, dont want to waste my real stuff. have been planning a shelter design so when I get my little piece of land I can build it post haste. also learning how to make quick shelters, so in a pinch I can get that done if need be. always reading and learning. finishing up the welding on a Sterling SA build, almost ready to go now.

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  8. AnonymousJuly 01, 2012

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  9. AnonymousJuly 01, 2012

    Picked up an old Coleman 502 single burner stove at a grage sale, along with an unopened gallon of Coleman fuel. The stove is a 1968 model, and the can had a price sticker of 2.99 on it, so I know it's ancient! The stove needs a little TLC, but I'm happy to add it to the stash.

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  10. getting ready for hurricane season. bought a new new knife, reorganized and updated bags and supplies

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  11. I did some gardening this weekend. Cleared my garden of all the weeds. Gardening is surely a great stress buster.

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