Modular EDC Project: The Results

It’s all good, but here’s how I learned it:
Anything necessary such as medications, you include.
Everything else, aside from water, a knife, fire making items, you put on the side and instead, load up with MORE AMMO. Once you are acclimated, you can cut back on water, and load up with MORE AMMO.

Welcome To The Resistance!

This was, overall, a good exercise. Even after spending several hours digging through and organizing my stuff I honestly didn’t change much but what I did change is good. As a personal exercise, this really was a pretty good investment of my time. I found some items that were either expired or ruined, tons of duplication in what I was carrying and I reorganized all my first aid supplies.

Probably Shouldn’t Use Light Colored Carpet In A Shop Area…

Goal Number One: A Smaller “Critical Items” Bag

It is not perfect, it is not as light or small as I would like but it works and it has what I consider to be my “critical items” and a few that are not so critical but it works.

Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer

It is nowhere near what I would call “micro” but this little pouch/bag/organizer does fit in any of the…

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Planned Parenthood Doc Who Wanted Lamborghini for Selling Aborted Babies Caught Selling Baby Parts Again


Planned Parenthood Doc Who Wanted Lamborghini for Selling Aborted Babies Caught Selling Baby Parts Again

National   Steven Ertelt   Apr 26, 2017   |   8:59AM    Washington, DC

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Gun Ownership ..

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According to a 2013 PEW Research Center survey, the household gun ownership rate in rural areas was 2.11 times greater than in urban areas (“Why Own a Gun? Protection is Now Top Reason,” PEW Research Center, March 12, 2013).   Suburban households are 28.6% more likely to own guns than urban households. Despite lower gun ownership, urban areas experience much higher murder rates. One should not put much weight on this purely “cross-sectional” evidence over one point in time, but it is still interesting to note that so much of the country has both very high gun ownership rates and zero murders.

Source: The number of murders by county: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 69% had at most 1 murder – Crime Prevention Research CenterCrime Prevention Research Center

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My colleague Melody Lauer posted an interesting question on Facebook.

What malfunction to shot ratio would you accept on a carry gun (without said malfunctions being purposefully induced)?

Since this had been a topic of conversation with another colleague only a few days before, I posted the answer we both agreed on.

“How many magazines come with the gun? … It needs to be 100% reliable for the number of rounds in the magazine(s) that come with it or how many a person carries, assuming the person even bought a spare magazine. More than that is superfluous. For many autoloaders now that means one magazine plus the round in the chamber.

The multiple thousand round reliability tests that the ‘cognoscenti’ are in love with are meaningless except in a very narrow context. The desire for those kind of tests is generated by training junkies who want to make it through…

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Three Punks Enter a Nashville, Tennessee Shoe Store and Open Fire…Customer Takes one of their Weapons and Shoots all Three, Killing One…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man died after he was injured during a shootout at a Bordeaux shoe and clothing store late Thursday night.

It happened inside retailer Hot Kicks, located in a strip mall at 3101 Clarksville Pike, around 11 p.m.

Metro police told News 2 a group of people were inside the store when at least three armed suspects came in through an unlocked back door and began firing.

Witnesses said one of the people in the group was able to wrestle one of the suspect’s gun away and exchanged fired with at least one person.

Damelvian Evans
(Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department)

The three gunmen fled and a 22-year-old inside the store called police.

Responding officers discovered 19-year-old Damelvian Evans critically injured behind the business. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

Authorities said officers found one man near the back door with several…

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ARLIN REPORT...................walking this path together

Image result for photos of poison ivy This is what it looks like here in Missouri, even looks ugly.

How many of you grew up allergic to Poison Ivy or Poison Oak and Sumac?   If you are like me you didn’t need to walk in it to get infected.  If the wind blew through the poisonous plant in my direction, I got it.   The saying “Leaves of three, let it be” didn’t work for me.   I played golf, frequently during the summer during my teen and twenties…that is where I usually came in contact with the miserable menace.  I didn’t need to leave the fairway to end up with an itch later in the night or next couple of days. I developed the habit of showering as soon as I got home, it helped, a little.  Wash the clothes immediately……..don’t burn them the smoke only spreads the rash.   Just kidding about burning my…

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Firearm Issues: SAPS Member Speaks Out

Readers of this blog may find themselves familiar with the recent overreach (and that is an understatement) of Western Cape FLASH, and their intimidation and harassment of firearm dealerships and expired licence card holders in the province. The list of sins committed by this wayward department is a long one. Fortunately for us citizens the SAPS is still very much staffed by dedicated and ethical people, who share our frustrations. Below follows a verbatim message from an anonymous police officer that reached me via a chain of sources. Thank you for taking the time to write this, whomever and wherever you are.

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Knives aren’t necklaces

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A while back my wife and I got some training on using knives in a self-defense situation.  While the instruction was very useful and informative, something about that class has stuck with me and bothered me.  The instructor recommended a knife hanging around a lanyard on his neck as the best option for a bladed self-defense tool.  I’m going to disagree.

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ARLIN REPORT...................walking this path together

Have it…….. worse case in years.   That was my first thought waking up this morning, worse case since my late teens/early twenties.   Had a prevention vial of extract back then………. Having the itch now is so unnecessary, but thanks to the FDA, mostly only treatment drugs on the shelf now.   There is a preventative drug on the market, but it only reduces chance of getting infected.  Then take it to help rid the rash over a few weeks of course.

There is/was a very effective extract that WORKED.   Look for my next post for a full article on that; later today or tomorrow.   I’m a poison ivy expert.

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Ruger Announces A New LCRx

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While checking my email I came across an announcement by Ruger that I felt was pretty shareworthy; a new addition to the LCRx line of revolvers, this one in .22 Long Rifle.

It is an eight shot revolver sporting a three inch barrel and adjustable sights. This would make one heck of a little plinker and a great choice to introduce folks to shooting handguns. For certain individuals dealing with physical limitations that prevent them from using something more capable it might even make a good self-defense gun.

God Bless

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Survival Fishing Tips: How to Spearfish


This is a guest article by Lisa Johnson

You are interested in becoming an expert underwater hunter and you are searching for some spearfishing tips? Everyone is interested in becoming a great spearfisher and this article of spearfishing guidelines and tips will improve you quickly and make you a great spearfisher.

We will be happy to share our best strategies on how to catch fish under the water based on the years of experience we have gathered. So read on!

What is spearfishing?

Spearfishing is the process of going underwater to hunt fish by breath-hold diving with the utilization of a polespear or spearguns. Spearfishing of today utilizes elastic controlled spearguns and slings to hunt down the fish. Specialized equipment and techniques have been developed for spearfishing.

Spearfishing may be carried out utilizing free-diving, scuba or snorkeling diving strategy. Spearfishing while at the same time utilizing scuba gear is…

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FN America has introduced new FN 509, a full-size polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol born out of the Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition.

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Straw purchaser with 4 felony gun charges will not get jail time

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Guns in America: Gorsuch and Other Supreme Court Justices to Consider Gun Case That Could Expand 2nd Amendment

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Despite the 2008 “Heller” case, the Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the right to carry a gun outside of the home.

Source: Guns in America: Gorsuch and Other Supreme Court Justices to Consider Gun Case That Could Expand 2nd Amendment

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Spring Turkey Part 2b: Filling Tag #2


Flush with confidence from my special hunt (that I’d gone and done it, not that I saw and conquered) I headed out Saturday morning to my friend’s property where just the Saturday before I had faced a long-beard with my crossbow and been deemed the victor. Because my labbie-girl was still on her vacation at Paws Inn I was able to prepare and eat a hearty breakfast before heading out, although I somehow still managed to run a bit behind schedule; indicating it is me, and not my labbie-girl, who causes my tardiness in the morning.

The weather report called for thunderstorms and scattered rain, but I did not let that deter me. Of course, by the time I got parked and began to get my gear out of my truck, the rain started. By the time I got my decoys up and sat myself down beside a tree, behind…

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Spring Turkey Part 2a: Special Hunt


Having never won a special hunt before, I didn’t know what to expect; but visions of wild turkeys flocked my thoughts as I imagined a veritable buffet of gobbler choices in my special hunting area. To prepare, I made sure my aim was true with my shotgun, had cameras charged and ready to go, packed my Field & Stream backpack with extra knives and food storage bags, and tucked away my son’s multicam raincoat just in case. I took my service dog to Paws Inn, the kennel/doggie resort in town on Thursday evening so I’d be unencumbered on the day of my hunt; and took Friday off of work in order to utilize the first special hunt day.

The weekend prior, my labbie-girl and I had driven out to the location in Clay County, an hour away, to make sure I’d know where it is; which I was thankful for…

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Why Does Reloading Data Vary?

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 Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box

Everyday we get calls on our 800 line about why does data vary from one manual to another? It’s an honest question and we’re going to take a deeper look into why this happens. The short answer is tolerances, but let’s see what this means.

Everything in this business has a tolerance to stay within. Let’s look at powders first and use IMR-4064 as an example. When the powder manufacturers make a lot of powder, it will be tested  to make sure the burn rate is right. Again, just for example let’s say it must fall between one and ten on a scale. The first lot comes in at eight and the second lot at three. They are both within spec, but the second lot is slightly faster.

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The A-Political NRA of Yore Strikes Again – 1918 Edition

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In a much longer recent entry I questioned the common narrative that the National Rifle Association was (largely? mostly? considerably?) a-political prior to the 1977 Revolt at Cincinnati.

Continuing my stroll through 100 years of the NRA’s flagship publication, The American Rifleman, I came across still more evidence that the fundamental political emphasis of the NRA has been to protect the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners (that pesky Second Amendment). Case in point: the 2 February 1918 issue (back when the magazine was still called Arms and the Man).

Hopefully the page images below are clear enough that you can read the full text of “Fight the Firearm Law” for yourself. Here I will just highlight a couple of relevant passages. The piece begins by reporting on work of the United States Revolver Association’s legislative committee which “serves to emphasize the need of eternal vigilance on the part…

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More Guns Stolen from Government Sources. Surprise, surprise.

Before I start, I need to add a disclaimer.

I am not anti-SAPS by any stretch of the imagination. It is staffed by many good men and women who put their lives on the line daily, and who try to make a positive difference to the safety of their communities. They deserve praise and admiration. The SAPS also deserves far, far better leadership than it is currently subjected to. To those officers who continue, despite these most trying times, to perform their duties with pride, integrity, and diligence: I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are an inspiration to us all, and a beacon of light in times of darkness.

You know who you are.

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USMC War Vet Faces Prison for Legally Owned Gun Unregistered in New Jersey

Classic argument that indicates Constitutional Carry, could have helped with one charge. There are multiple charges involved. Bring a gun INTO a confrontation with POLICE, that the friend did, he too, gets charged. For having the friend get the gun, he too, is charged with Failure to Secure/Safeguard a Firearm. Gross Stupidity was involved. The Marine, is not in the clear, and, New Jersey, just like any other state, has its own laws, where Stand Your Ground, if unified with Constitutional Carry, would simplify things with one set of laws, could have helped about halfway, then there would be something to work with, especially if the Marine would have behaved as he was trained, to stomp his friend’s brains out the moment he retrieved the gun and attempted to bring it into a confrontation with police.
Per the Law, he is not in a very good position.

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The State Supplies Arms to Criminals: Robbers Raid 9 SAI Battalion Base, Steal R4 Rifles.

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I permit myself more than occasional spells of righteous indignation. Any sentient person held hostage by the machinations of the incumbent South African government and its president would themselves likely be familiar with such emotions.

Like an overly generous Pandora’s Box of endless shenanigans, our State truly is the gift that keeps on giving. And yet again they did not fail to disappoint us.

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Happy days

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Earlier today Governor Branstad signed HF 517 into law. He
said he would pass it if crossed his desk and now he has. The
Stand Your Ground Bill is now law in Iowa.

We no longer have to retreat when faced with a threat. The law
also states that going armed with intent cannot be presumed
just from the carrying or concealment of a firearm.

Citizens can now carry their handgun in and around any capital
building if they have the permit.

HB 517 also restricts the state of emergency powers in that
the state can’t stop, prohibit, regulate, or curtail the legal
possession of firearms or ammunition nor confiscate them.

The bill also gives the parents the right to determine when
their children are ready to learn firearm safety with parental

HB 517 also restricts the release of information on holders of
nonprofessional carry permits. County Sheriffs will…

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Living the Kansas Lifestyle


You likely wouldn’t be able to tell it now; but I was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area for a significant portion of my life. I even moved back in my late 20’s after having given birth to my son (now a 25 y/o Army veteran on his globe-trotting honeymoon: When I was a child I absolutely loved going into the city, and reckoned I’d move into the heart of San Francisco one day. At the same time; I spent much of my youth in a suburb of San Francisco; a coastal town in San Mateo County aptly named Pacifica. What I loved about Pacifica back then was that one edge of town was sandy beaches and rock cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the opposite edge of town was forested hills and mountains. Farms dotted the area and I loved seeing the lush…

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Gun-Grabbers Purposely Vague when Exploiting Latest School Shooting

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They’re selling helplessness and fear. And lies, of course, as relatively high rates in domestic urban pockets with high criminal populations are used to taint the entire national pool. And the “developed world” canard is based on selective ‘data” that purposely omits countries like Mexico and Russia, with higher gross domestic products, economic complexity and literacy rates than many “included” countries – along with higher murder rates and more “gun controls” than the U.S.

Source: Gun-Grabbers Purposely Vague when Exploiting Latest School Shooting

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Bolt Fertile: Agent Of A.P.H.I.S.

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As a supporter of the constitution, which includes every amendment, including the Second, I am supportive of the individual right to keep and bear arms. I generally consider gun ownership to be a good thing because the Founders, in their wisdom, understood it is the ultimate deterrent to tyranny. Not only that, should deterrence fail, it retains for the people, unlike the people of every other nation, the ability to overthrow tyranny. Statists, of course, hate the very thought of this fundamental American principle. They scream that the very thought of common citizens rising up and overthrowing the government is anti-democratic. They bitterly complain about the Second Amendment, complain, that is, when they’re not doing everything they can to destroy it and disarm the law-abiding.

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Spring Turkey Part 1


It wasn’t that long ago, in the grand scheme of things, that I was still a wanna-be hunter; reading hunting magazines, sporting hunting t-shirts, and dreaming about the day I’d finally get to hunt. Now, as I approach 55 years young, with almost three years of hunting experience, I think of little else but the next hunt.

And so it’s been; waiting for spring turkey season to reach Kansas… watching the calendar and ticking off the days until I could get out hunting. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism has an informative and interactive website that works in conjunction with the iSportsman website, offering short online classes for permits to hunt on the Fort Riley military installation, and which allows electronic check-in of harvested game. During a recent perusal of both websites I came upon a notice in my account stating I hadn’t yet applied for my special…

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Allowing Veterans To Carry Handguns – American Military News

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Dismantling the Sawyer Mini and the Lifestraw water filter…what’s inside?

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The Sawyer Mini water filter is a sealed cartridge with no way of getting to the inside without cutting into it.  I was kinda looking forward to the day my Sawyer Mini water filter expired so I could take it apart and see the guts of it, maybe make some modifications, hah…  After discovering this video I now know what’s in there and what I can expect to find.  Watch this fellow take apart both filters to see how they’re made…

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Mike Seeklander: “The Way is Training”

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Having borrowed so much from his American Warrior Show podcast recently (about Gabe Suarez, Steve Tarani, and Tom Givens), I thought it only appropriate that I search through the 60+ episodes to find one in which Mike Seeklander himself is the focus.

Success: Episode #40 from 30 September 2016 on “The Way is Training.”


In this episode, the COO of the American Warrior Society, Rich Brown, interviews Seeklander.  I will focus on two of the questions to which I found Seeklander’s questions interesting, and one question of my own.

(1) What does it mean to be armed?

In a previous post, I raised the question, “What does ‘unarmed’ mean anyway?” So many people equate “unarmed” with “not in possession of a firearm” and therefore “not a threat.” That people without firearms can still threats to our well-being is true without question. But what about…

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Aurora Magnesium Firestarter

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This idea isn’t new but I thought it was worth posting.  What I particularly like about the Aurora Magnesium Ferro Rod is the fact it stores in its own sealable container.  This might be handy if you live in an area where the salt-air is on the highside.  Not only that, but it’s got Magnesium mixed into the ferrocerium.  Check it out for yourself…

Here’s some more information of ferrocerium rods and magnesium…

Ferrocerium is a man-made metallic material that produces sparks in excess of 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit when it’s scraped with a rough surface or a sharp edge.

Magnesium – Wikipedia

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Where, Oh Where Did My Spotting Scope Go?

I know the feeling. I am out two Randall knives (Model-2, and Model-14). Mysteriously disappeared.

Midwestern Ramblings

Two years ago we made a cross-country move and had professional movers do all the heavy lifting (pun intended). While the job they did was outstanding, we believe we lost something along the way. Not in a metaphysical sense, but really… we lost something. My wife had a small statue in our old house, and I had a couple spotting scopes as well. Unfortunately, neither of these has surfaced and we’ve been through every box (twice). As these were in the same general area in our old house, and having been through the gyrations of cross-country moves a couple times before, we can only guess a box was lost in the moving process. While its contents is known to only God and the moving company, we are fairly certain at least one statue and a couple spotting scopes were part of the package. The last time I went to sight…

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From Armed Self-Defense to PreFense While Armed

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I concluded my previous post about Gabe Suarez on Mike Seeklander’s podcast by mentioning seeing Steve Tarani at the NRA annual meeting in Louisville last year. Continuing my foray into the private citizen gun training industry via podcast this morning, I was surprised to find an interview with the very same Steve Tarani on Episode #7 of the Modern American Shooting & Firearms Civilian Carry Radio podcast on April 5th (also available on YouTube). Fortuitous timing!

Like Suarez, Tarani and the show co-hosts — Baraka James and Allen Sams — observed the increased danger of living in a world with lone wolf terrorists roaming about.  As I noted in concluding my last post, because you don’t know when and where the wolf will strike, you need to be proactive in your self-defense.

This idea fits well with Tarani’s idea of preventative defense or “PreFense.” Being proactive gives you “The…

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Defining Problems and Offering Solutions in the Private Citizen Gun Training Industry

Most people, cannot handle any stress induced training. Long ago, I did not shoot a teen gunman, because there were people milling around and a missed shot would have been bad. I chased the kid and tackled him. It turned out that he was 15 years old. Other cops gave me hell for not shooting. Most of them never shot a person, while I was once a machine gunner. Apples and oranges. Over the years, I observed cops, who were trained, fail to shoot in a proper circumstance, because they could not bring themselves to shoot another human being.
Maybe, firearms training, should start with training and conditioning the brain. Autopsy photos. Videos of people bleeding and screaming out, once shot, and general havoc on the streets, then, go into Grand Juries, indemnification, testimony for criminal and civil litigations, missed shots/unintended casualties, living with the aftermath.

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I wrote yesterday about an interview with gun trainer Gabe Suarez of Suarez International on gun trainer Mike Seeklander’s American Warrior Show podcast. Near the end of the 1+ hour interview, Seeklander asks Suarez for concluding thoughts, which I found worth noting:

There’s alot of people out there today that are comfortable with violence. Comfortable with extreme violence. Not only that but then we’ve got this foreign ideology that wants to come in and kill us. So, I would urge the listener to understand the reality of this. It’s not theoretical. It may be theoretical if it’s never touched you. But those folks in San Bernardino, those folks in Orlando, I’m sure they woke up that morning thinking, “Ah, you know what, I live a safe life. I go to church. I eat my vegetables. Nothing’s ever going to happen to me.” Every time you leave the house, you need…

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Ontario SP46 Knife Review…

I gave serious consideration to purchasing an Ontario SP46, but every knife I have with Kraton or rubber grips, rots and deteriorates. If the SP46 was fitted with a different grip, such as Micarta or similar, from the factory or available aftermarket, the knife would be a more prudent purchase to add to the collection because, my knives are used and not admired. Everything from general work to field dressing harvested game. In fact, I was looking at my Becker BK5 Chore Knife, and read so much online of complaints about the slickness of the handle scales, and all the ideas of “experts”, then thought a while, with knife in hand, and came up with my own solution if I need it. It’s called, sandpaper 80 grit. Problem solved.

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The Ontario SP46 Gen II Knife, designed by Dan Maragni, is a full tang flat grind knife made of 5160 high carbon steel with a generously sized Kraton grip (there is also a Sabre grind version of the knife labeled the SP47.) Both knives are large bellied knives and are also called “Pig Skinners.”  The SP46 knife has a total length of 11.098″, of which 5.574″ is the blade with a thickness of .1875

The sheath it came with when I bought the knife at the time was a very cheap universal sheath designed to fit many of Ontario’s knife models, but I modified the sheath a little to make due by cutting it to length and stitching the end with bank line.  I also thickly coated the sheath with plasti-dip spray …

ontario sp46 knife in its sheath knife in sheath after mods

ontario sp46 sp47 knife sheath modification image factory sheath modification (cut off end to length and stitched with bank line)

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“Ready to Rumble”?????

?? Let’s see where it goes.

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What the hell do these idiots mean?

Fighting who? The only party that seems to be throwing hate, intolerance and violence around the past few years have been the nutjobs on the left..

And now their ‘ready to rumble’?

Their constant whining and threats are getting annoying..

Are they ‘upping’ their game now?

Source: Left-Wing Gun Group Warns It’s “Ready to Rumble”

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Some ideas for emergency flotation devices…

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We can be careful people, but we cannot control every situation.  People around us make mistakes that effect our well being and you never know when this can happen.

Of course there are other things at play in this world; natural, Godly forces, such as weather, that mankind has absolutely no control over…

The idea behind this article is to get the wheels turning in your head, to better prepare you should a sudden and rapidly escalating situation manifest…

Let’s paint out a scenario or two, let’s say we’re out fishing for something to eat in a small boat or raft, a storm suddenly develops, next thing we know, we’re caught in the middle of three to six foot waves all around us, then in a period of two seconds, we find ourselves swimming in the water…

Whether or not you know how to swim-hopefully you can swim-you’re going to…

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Almost there

Just Cruisin 2

Here in Iowa the Stand Your Ground bill is one step closer to
the Governor’s desk. It must first go back to the House for a
vote on the changes made while going through the Senate. And of
course we have the uninformed saying passing this bill will
increase gun violence and racial tensions.

There is more to this bill than just stand your ground. A
minor under 14 would be able to use a handgun, with parental

You will be allowed to concealed carry a pistol or revolver on
the Captial grounds.

And citizens can sue local government for enacting gun free
zones if said citizens feel adversly affected by the action.

This bill passed 33-17 and has some people worried. We’ve
heard it all before in one form or another. Gun violence will
increase, it will cause more racial unrest, we legal gun owners
will declare open…

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Second Amendment: Sometimes It’s About Surprisingly Little Money

Stately McDaniel Manor

H&K MP5 Submachine Gun

I’ve often written about the continuing threat to liberty represented by progressives determined to disarm the law-abiding, while doing nothing to disarm criminals. This is a never-ending threat because progressives know they can never achieve their ultimate, utopian aims as long as citizens are allowed to be citizens rather than subjects.

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EDC From SurvivalBlog

It’s okay, but I tend to frown on batteries and technology because of MURPHY’s LAW. Bare basics are better with high skill levels. The most technical piece of equipment being a Spork. 😉

disturbeddeputy is always a great resource.  Here is a great little article (part 1).  I’ll probably post the other segments later.  Found this at the Woodpile, another great place to stop when surfing the interwebs.

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Some of the forest life I’ve discovered in Arkansas…

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Good morning to everybody,

I thought for today’s post I’d share some of the photos I’ve taken over the past week of discoveries I’ve made here in the Northern Central Arkansas forests…

arkansas morel mushroom in ground Golden Morel Mushroom in Arkansas…later prepared with a hot pot of Quinoa, wild onions and garlic for dinner

arkansas speckled king snake image Speckled King Snake in Arkansas











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How A-Political Was the National Rifle Association Before The Cincinnati Revolt of 1977?

Gun Culture 2.0

I confess that I have always been jealous of historians and historical sociologists because their wide field of vision offers so many insights into the present. Good history helps us see where we came from, and how the present day is or is not different from the past. Total immersion into a previous time period must be an amazing intellectual experience, and those who can convey what it was like to be living in that earlier time are remarkable.

I hope my own work analyzing gun advertising in The American Rifleman over a 100 year period will give me some insight into how American gun culture has changed over time, but I am also very aware that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.

For example, I am not a historian of the National Rifle Association as an organization. I have observed, however, a common narrative that the…

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Learn to tie this special knot suited well for a quick DiY gathered end hammock…

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Hammock camping has come a long way with high tech materials and fabricks such as ripstop nylon, but did you know you can easily make a gathered end hammock yourself?

You may find yourself in a situation where you have to camp in area that is deffinately going to require you to get off the ground and a hammock does just that…

Once you learn to tie this special knot, you’ll have one more option added to your arsenal that will enable you to quickly gather and tie the two ends securely of your hammock sheet…

banner image showing wooden tarp clip in use with tarp

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CBS NewYork | Nassau County First Responders Stage Truck Attack Simulation At Jones Beach

“Warmer temperatures mean outdoor concerts and cookouts, and first responders on Long Island were getting some special training Sunday in the wake of recent terrorist attacks involving trucks plowing through crowds.”

Source: Nassau County First Responders Stage Truck Attack Simulation At Jones Beach

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Review Of Rory Miller’s Book


Training-for-sudden-violenceWith the title of “Training For Sudden Violence, 72 Practical Drills” I really didn’t know what to expect.  This turned out to be a fantastic guide to reacting to sudden violence perpetrated against you.  Miller has a strong background in martial arts and corrections, so he is not just stating unsubstantiated opinions.  He’s been there and lived it.  Working in detention you sort of expect to be attacked by an inmate once in a while, and they would rather blindside you than try to face off. 

Miller starts with martial arts and LE training (like PPCT) and explains why these methods have a big hole in them in real life situations.  As I read the book, Miller’s observations and training drills made a lot of sense.  I could clearly see his points about where my black belt training lacked certain aspects.  He covers the basic predator psychology on…

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The Wikiup Shelter – a winter camp bushcraft construction…

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The wikiup.  The long used conical design shelter has been given many names.  Many people today know the shelter design as the tipi or sometimes spelled teepee.

Bushcraft know-how and skills are a must for proper construction of these shelters.  Watch Mitch Mitchell from the The Native Survival School, along with some of his friends, build a multi-pole wiki with nice lattice work, well done thatching weaving, and lots of dead leaf cover, in their particular wintertime location during snowy weather…then build a fire for warmth inside the wiki…

how to make a single pole survival backpacking tarp tipi wikiup image

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