Archive for the ‘Equipment’ Category

The following are a suggested list of items to keep in your vehicle just in case.

Portable Cooler filled with Water Bottles

Food

Bolt Cutters

Pry Bar

Axe

Shovel

Metal Pipe

Wrench for tow ball

Knife

Tow Rope

Climbing Rope

Jumper Cables

Outdoor Extension Cord with Adapter

Rags

Spare Gas Container with Pour Spout

Funnels

Flashlight full size

Spare D Batteries

First Aid Kit

Fire Extinguisher

WD-40

Fix a Flat

Tire Plugs with Tool

Antifreeze Pre Mixed

Motor-Oil 5W-30

Mechanics Tool Kit

Tape Measure

Duct Tape

550 Para-cord

Oil Filter Wrench

Extra Fuses

Spare Brake Light/Rear Light Bulbs

Zip Ties

Toilet Paper

Hand Sanitizer

Sleeping Bag

Portable Pillows

Spare Clothes

Work Gloves

Backpack

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and preview one or more over at Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover images on the left side of my blog page; and if you like the preview, feel free to purchase. They make very interesting and entertaining reading.

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Range bags and or packs can be interesting things.  Many of us form a love/hate relationship with them and are constantly looking for something better as our handgun transport needs to the range, at the range, and from the range change. Many times range shooters use the exaxct same bags, which is not an issue, when the bag is kept at your shooting station.  But at some ranges they need to be kept away from the shooting station and left on a table generally ten to twenty feet behind you.

If I want to know where my range bag/pack is; and make sure no one accidently walks off with it; it needs to be different and it needs to stand out from the others. The one I currently use is shown below.  It works well; has all of the pockets and internal and external pouches I need for handguns and related supplies, and it definitely does not look like everyone elses.  The apocalypse/zombie theme colors are simply an added conversation piece.  When range bags/packs are all together on a back bench or table; having the ability to find mine quickly, when I need it, is now a very easy process.  

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read if I do say so myself.

 

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It sometimes seems as though I am on a never ending quest for the perfect concealed carry OWB holster for my large frame Smith & Wesson M&P 45.  So far the best I’ve come up with is the Fobus retention paddle holster for strong side carry.  I am however going to give the Uncle Mikes Mirage Super Slide Belt Holster a try and see if that might also be a workable option.  So what concealed carry holsters are you using on a regular basis and what are your thoughts on them?

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Need I say more.  Without and with Night Vision.

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During a post apocalyptic scenario; it’s a good idea to have a tactical vest, or load bearing vest, or chest rig, or plate carrier ready to go depending on one’s preferences and specific survival scenario.  It should be kept out of sight; but in a convenient to retrieve location, fully stocked with your fighting/defensive gear ready to roll if it is ever needed.  

A monthly review of what is on or in the vest is a good idea and it is also a good idea to put it on discreetly and walk up and down the stairs of your home with it, a bunch of times, to get yourself used to the additional weight.  It is also a good idea to make sure your mobility remains unrestricted.  For those who have a lot of accessible land; you can also get used to walking with it privately outdoors.  Better to have the vest and not need it; then to need it and not have it as the saying goes.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read if I do say so myself.

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Last night my heavy duty steel shelving units complete with 3 months worth of food and water per person came crashing down as the legs buckled under the extreme weight.  I rebuilt a heavier duty shelving system and restocked everything which took many hours to do.  Luckily none of the food and water supplies burst upon impact with the concrete floor. I share this with my readers so you can learn from my experience. Make sure your shelves, no matter how heavy duty you think they are, really can support all the weight you are looking for them to support.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read if I do say so myself.

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EDC Everyday Carry is essentially a prepared persons way of keeping essential items with them every time they go out.  Generally speaking you can use a small pouch and place it in a jacket pocket or a cargo pants pocket.  The pouch I use is the Condor EDC pouch which is small enough to take on the go; and holds essentials I might need such as a flashlight, spare batteries, bandaids, lens wipes, P51 can openers, lighters, mini screwdrivers, etc. etc.  I keep this with me in conjunction with my cell phone, pocket knife, keys, etc.  So if you haven’t set up a small, portable, every day carry pouch it is certainly a good idea to go ahead and do so.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting to read if I do say so myself and they also make excellent gifts 🙂

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The vehicle that you drive should contain an emergency roadside assistance kit.  You can buy pre-made kits but generally speaking these are not as good as the kits you can assemble on your own. Your emergency roadside kit should contaion items that will assist you if you have any vehicle issues either pre or post apocalypse.  Here are some suggested items to have in your kit.

  • Portable Gas Can
  • Jumper Cables
  • Small Tool Kit
  • Tow Strap
  • Windshield Scraper
  • Spare Tire Jack
  • Lug Wrench
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Funnels
  • Siphon
  • Fix A Flat Sealant
  • Tire Pump and Gauge
  • Bungee Cords
  • Spare Fuses
  • Invertor
  • Work Gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Spare Batteries
  • Spare Cell Phone Charger
  • Roadside Triangles
  • Folding Shovel
  • Clean Rags
  • Rope
  • Extra Oil, Anti Freeze, Brake Fluid, Windshield Washer, Brake Lights, Headlights, etc.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting to read if I do say so myself and they also make excellent gifts 🙂

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Here are a few bug out bag tips I’d like to share with you based on my personal experiences.  I will take the position that you already know what a bug out bag is and what items to place in and on your bag. The following are some tips above and beyond that; which hopefully will help you further refine your bug out bag.

  • Go through your bag on a monthly basis.  This will allow you to further memorize what gear is located in which sections of the bag.  It will also give you an opportunity to continually check your food, in your bag, and to rotate it out at its expiration point.
  • Everything in your bag and in your pouches that is not weather proof needs to be contained inside zip loc bags.  The reasons should be obvious but in case they are not; damp and wet gear is not good period.  The zip loc bags help keep everything dry.  Quart and gallon sizes should work for pretty much everything.
  • Make sure like items are stored together and conveniently placed.  Clothing should all be together, fire making gear should have its own compartment, communications gear should have its own pouch, there should be a dedicated location for weapons and ammo, a seperate area for toilitries, a pouch for flashlights and batteries, cooking supplies and cutlery should be grouped together, you get the idea.
  • Don’t overpack.  Each month when you go through your pack focus on what you don’t need and remove it.  You must maintain a pack weight that is not too heavy.  If you can’t carry it then you are doing a dis-service to yourself and anyone else who relies on you.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting to read if I do say so myself and they also make excellent gifts 🙂

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In my never ending quest for a better backpack; and yes I have a closet full of them as my backpack needs change, the below 511 Covrt 18 pack is now on my list.  The description of the pack is below from Amazon followed by its photo.  Upon eventual receipt I’ll do a review after I’ve had a chance to customize it to my specifications and break it in.  Most of my packs are very tactical looking so I decided I’d like to have one with a less tactical appearance but full of features that I know I might need.

The new 511 COVRT 18 is a bag built to blend in, yet go operational at a moment’s notice. And because blending in means not having the same color as everyone else on your team, the COVRT 18 is offered in five color combos: Asphalt/Black, Deep Moss Green/Black, Mantis Green/Dark Oak, Code Red/Steel Grey and True Navy/Asphalt.  When you need to be ready for anything, choose the COVRT 18. You’ll find everything you need in this lightweight pack including a hidden ambidextrous Weapons pocket, removable hidden agenda identification panel, concealed R.A.C. (Roll-down Assault Compartment) with web platform and Back-up Belt System compatibility, side mesh water bottle pockets and compression straps, admin pocket, internal and external organizer pouches, padded computer compartment sleeve with hook and loop retaining strap, external attachment points, sternum strap, a carry handle integrated into a yoke shoulder system, hydration compartment, internal, easy-access flex cuff channel and shoulder straps designed to work with future QuickTact accessories.

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