Archive for January, 2012

Survival

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Survival
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In a survival situation it is important to stay calm and avoid being careless or impatient.  You must learn to recognize and control your fear.  Remember that there is always something you can do to improve your situation.  Consider all of the facts then make effective decisions.

Formulate responses based on safety, security and survival.  Use all of your senses and trust that gut feeling that you get that tells you that something is wrong.  Use common sense to avoid situations and locations that increase your risk of danger.  Remember maximize your distance to a threat; minimize yourself as a target and keep your muzzle between you and the threat.

Your survival depends upon applying survival principles and adapting them to your situation.  You must take responsibility for your own survival and not rely on anyone else to save you.  Outside help may be coming, but there will be times when outside help is not available, so you must rely on yourself.

Develop the will to survive.  You must have the mindset that you will survive.  Attitude and determination are great allies just as doubt and fear are your enemies.  Stay calm and don’t worry about things that you can’t control.  Keep your eyes and ears focused on the task at hand and be aware of your surroundings.  You must think clearly and react accordingly.

                                                  The following are my favorite 12 Gauge pump action shotguns.

 
 Above is the Remington 870 Express Tactical 
   
 Above is the Remington 887 Nitro Mag
 
Above is the Mossberg 500 Defender 
 
 
 
 
Above is the Mossberg 590A1
 
          
         Above is the Mossberg 835      
 
                           
  Above is the H&R Pardner
 
 
 The following are my favorite shotgun accessories. 
 
 
 Above is the Pachmeyer Decelerator Medium Slip On Recoil Pad  
 
 
 Above is the ATI Sidesaddle which can be mounted on the stock 
Above is the Tac Star Side Saddle which can be mounted on the receiver
 
           Above is the Blackhawk Single Point Sling Adapter
 
 
Above is the Blackhawk Single Point Quick Detach Sling
 
 
Above is the ATI Heatshield  which can be mounted on the barrel
 
 
                                                                                   
                                                                                
                   Above is the ATI Flashlight Holder which can be mounted on the tube
 
 
 
                                                                               
                   Above is the Surefire G2 Flashlight
 
 
 
          Above is a box of Olin Winchester Military Grade 12 GA 2 3/4″ 00 Buckshot 
 
 

                        Above is a box of Remington 12 GA 2 3/4″  7.5 Birdshot

                  Above is a Molle Saw Pouch for Shotgun Shells

Brief synopsis of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution:

1st – Protects freedom of religion, speech and the press and provides the right to assemble and petition the government.

2nd – Protects the right to keep and bear arms.

3rd – Prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers.

4th – Prohibits unreasonable search and seizures and sets requirements for search warrants based on probable cause.

5th – Sets the rules for endictment by a grand jury, eminent domain, protects the right to due process and prohibits self incrimination and double jeapordy.

6th – Protects the right to a fair and speedy trial by jury and the right to be notified of accusations.

7th – Provides the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases according to common law.

8th – Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail as well as cruel and unusual punishment.

9th – Asserts the existence of unenumerated rights retained by the people.

10th – Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution.

11th – Provides immunity to states from suits from out of state citizens and foreigners not living within the states borders and lays the foundation for sovereign immunity.

12th – Revises procedures for presidential elections.

13th – Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime.

14th – Defines citizenship and contains the privleges or immunities claus, the due process claus, the equal protection claus and deals with past civil war issues.

15th – Prohibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color or previous conditions of servitude.

16th – Allows the federal government to collect income tax.

17th – Establishes the direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote.

18th – Establishes prohibition of alcohol. (Repealed by the 21st amendment).

19th – Establishes women’s suffrage.

20th – Fixes the date of term commencements as January 3rd for congress and January 20th for the president.

21st – Repeals the 18th amendment.

22nd – Limits the president to two terms or a maximum of 10 years.

23rd – Provides for the representation of Washington D.C. in the electoral college.

24th – Prohibits the revocation of voting rights due to non payment of poll taxes.

25th – Codifies the Tyler precedent defining the terms of presedential succession.

26th – Establishes the official minimum voting age to be 18 years old.

27th – Prevents laws affecting congressional salary from taking effect until the beginning of the next session of congress.

When purchasing a whole house portable generator, the following are some key features to look for based on trying to run an average sized house during a power outage including heat, water pump, lights, appliances, etc.  8000 watt rated output; 10,000 watt peek surge ouput; electric key start with included battery; automatic voltage regulator which maintains a constant voltage level; backup pull start mechanism; heavy duty steel frame; 11 hour run time at half load and a low oil shutoff system.

Other important features to look for are an all steel 8 gallon fuel tank; low noise rating of around 78 dba; 4 fully protected standard 110v outlets; 1 twist lock outlet 240V 30 amp; 1 twist lock outlet 120V 30 amp; 1 DC outlet 12V 8.3 amp; durable wheel and handle kit; reasonable weight around 241 pounds and reasonable dimensions such as 27.75″ x 22″.

Make sure a licensed electrician wires your panel box correctly so the long power cord from the generator can be plugged into an exterior transfer outlet box after the main circuit breaker has been switched off and the reserve generator breaker has been switched on.  Refer to your specific generators instruction manual for safe and proper operating procedures.

Most generators do not come with a power cord so that will need to be purchased seperately.  A 25 foot power cord is generally a good length.  Make sure you also have a sufficient quantity of safely stored gasoline with stabil added to run your generator when needed.  So what generator do I use to get me through extended power outages?  My selection is the Allpower portable generator.

Be alert for predatory signs that usually signal an increased probability of attack.  These signs include excessive or prolonged eye contact; people who approach you deliberately or move with you as you move; predatory movements such as circling, splitting up, or trying to get behind you and people who try and herd you towards a low visibility, isolated ambush point.

Other signs include the use of distractions such as someone asking for directions, or for a light, or physically bumping into you; people who quickly enter your personal space; people who are deliberately following you and people who wear inappropriate clothes such as a heavy jacket in warm weather.

Pay attention to your surroundings (situational awareness).  If something seems unusual, start to increase your defensive posture.  Your behaviors and actions should signal to a predator that you would be a hard target and that you pose such a hazard to them, that they will look elsewhere for an easier target.

Avoid dangerous people and dangerous situations.  If attacked you must be mentally prepared to incapacitate your attacker and win at all costs.  Your mindset and attitude can significantly effect the outcome.

Tactics

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Tactics
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Tactics are an important element when the SHTF.  Here are some tactics to consider as the need arises.  Move quietly, don’t travel in a straight line, avoid main roads, never go back the same way that you came, never use the same ambush site twice and remember if you can see the enemy the chances are that the enemy can see you too.

Avoid predictable patterns, watch carefully for trip wires and booby traps, do not step on twigs as the sound of a twig breaking will travel a considerable distance.  Avoid using or wearing shiny objects and stay away from locations which leave you vulnearable such as alleyways and dimly lit parking lots.

Pay attention to sounds.  Birds suddenly moving away from a location are an indicator of movement.  Know your enemy and keep your weapons within arms reach.  Your mission will dictate your weapons choices; there is no such thing as one correct weapon for all scenarios.  You must learn to become aggressive enough quickly enough.

Never submit to threats or allow an enemy to isolate you in a vehicle or abandoned building.  If you do get into a vehicle make sure the car door will open from the inside before closing that door, as some unscrupulous folks will disable the inside door handles to prevent them from working.  Never allow yourself to become incapacitated especially if bindings are produced such as rope, cord, duct tape, zip ties, wire or handcuffs.

Minimize your risk profile as most attacks are crimes of opportunity.  Pay attention to your gut instincts; if something feels wrong it probably is wrong.

 

The three primary methods of water purification are boiling, chlorine and iodine.  Let’s take a brief look at each method.

Boiling:

First filter out any debris then heat the water until it boils.  Keep the water boiling for several minutes.  Boiling is quick, reliable and kills both bacteria and viruses and is considered the most effective of the three methods listed.

Chlorine (Household Bleach):

Use only plain, without fragrances or other additives.  The chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) content should be between 4% and 6%.  Once you open your container of bleach the chlorine content will diminish, so avoid opening it until you plan on using it.  Once the water is at room temperature add 2 drops of bleach for 1 quart, 4 drops for a half gallon or 8 drops for a gallon.  If the water still remains cloudy then double the amount.  Stir the bleach and water briskly and then let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour.  The water should retain the faint odor of bleach, if it does not then treat the water again.

Iodine:

Water treated with iodine may retain a chemical taste which can be reduced by adding a flavored drink mix to it.  Use 5 drops of iodine per quart of water if clear or 10 drops of iodine per quart if the water is cloudy.

If in doubt about your water supply, consider your sources of water as contaminated until treated.