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Posted at WRSA….

WRSA’s post, here.

Now, truth be told, I don’t think this has a chance in hell of passing both chambers of Congress.  However, I do think this is a trial balloon, to see where and who might resist this are, and of what party (yes, even some democrats would not sign on to this).  Even if it was unanimous in the House and Senate, and the President signed it, enforcing it would be the mother of all conflagrations.  At least, in my opinion.  But, you should read it to see what they’re up to….

Me?  I’ve read it, and I’m headed to the range tomorrow.  With a bolt gun, and an AR, and a pistol, AND a revolver.  Be there most of the day.  I hope you do the same.

“I know you all don’t want to read this but you should. It’s not an Assault Weapons Ban it’s a complete GUN BAN.

My sources the Corporation is desperate & expect a Big False Flag when school starts to spark the Safety & Welfare of Children just like Germany.

Remington 870 Shotgun & Remington R700 Bolt Action are included it’s a complete irradication of all guns. In other words it’s UN Gun Ban …

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1296/text

 

 

 

 

 

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“Come and hike with me, Grandpa and Grandma!”

Updated from June 18.

Can you get up and hike with your grandchildren?  Does your lifestyle demonstrate that you would most likely resemble these grandparents?

Or these?

Both sets of grandparents pictured above will have an influence on their grandchildren.  Based solely on their images, which generation will most likely grow to be active & healthy, all things being equal?  Following that, which generation has a better chance of positively influencing the future and conserving Western Civilization?

Many readers here are grandparents, and those grandchildren are the future of Western Civilization.  Without the rudder of western values, they will founder in the stream of the world.  As grandparents, we can, and should, cultivate our grandchildren by mentoring them in traditional customs, beliefs, and values.  To ignore this wonderful duty is to abandon the future.  Therefore, set the example for them.  Turn off the tube, get out into the air, do physical things with them.  Teach them the skills you have.  They crave it, and if you don’t fill the void, someone else will….and not necessarily those who embrace the values you do…

We proved this out to ourselves the last 10 days with our own grandchildren; walking, playing, chasing, bouncing on trampolines with them, taking them shooting (they absolutely LOVED the clay pigeon targets), team cooking on the grill, teaching them how to read and plot a map, read a compass, set declination, and watching good movies together.

We had a ball!  And slept for 10 hours when we got home yesterday.

Normal posting to resume in a couple days.

Non-Survival Knives – Part 1: Gerber Mark, Guardian, and Command 1 & 2

Posted at AP on 17 June 18.

UNDER FIRE, Ed Harris, 1983,  (c)Orion Pictures*

*Mr. Harris’ character in that movie was attributed to be loosely (REALLY LOOSELY) based on Michael Echanis.  If you don’t know who Echanis is, look him up.  He was a forerunner in the 70’s to what ‘commando’ means today.  In fact, the way Harris is carrying his Gerber MK II is exactly the way my team carried theirs.  Except for the idiot who wanted to carry it upside down on his harness and lost it on the first training mission he carried it on.  Bigger tears were NEVER cried!

First, I must admit to being somewhat of a knife junkie.  I own a lot of them.  Name brands, knock-offs, GI issue, ‘made for the GI’ knives, Cold Steel, Gerber, Randall, Ontario, Camillus, Buck, Kukri, Wall, Edge Brand (German), CRKT, Case, Rubley, even a LFC, and some other custom blades.  Yes, I do love knives.  Admittedly, most of my knives are ‘old school’ as I appreciate the workmanship and bomb proof (almost always) construction (the latest example I’ve bought recently is a Chris Reeve ‘Green Beret’ Knife.  It’s the civilian version of the knife issued to successful SF qualification folks, because the ‘real’ SF knife is serial numbered and can only be issued to SF folks.  I also bought a Rubley, “Daniel Boone” knife exactly copied from the design of the knife Daniel Boone had on him when he died.  The Boone family licensed the design to Mr. Rubley, who is a Master Bladesmith and likes to make his knives the way they did it in the old days, before commerical stampings and methodology.  In essence, it’s done the ‘old way’ and all by hand.

I especially love figuring ways to strap a favorite to my kit, or if I should put one or another into or on my harness or my ruck.  Most of these will eventually either make their way to male descendants through early gifting or my will, or get sold to provide my survivors some cash (should the FRN be worth a damn by then).

That said, I want to focus on the old-school Gerber boot and combat knives in their 1 & 2 series.  I carried Mark I’s, Guardian 1’s, and Command 1’s in my field gear from the late 70’s until I fell in love with Randall knives in the late 80’s.  It started when, as a member of a Rapid Deployment Force 81mm Mortar team member, our branch wouldn’t issue us anything more than a M7 Bayonet, and, from what our command told us, we couldn’t sharpen them due to Geneva Convention rules (I was then young naive enough to actually listen to that garbage).  So, my peers and I all looked for remedies to our situation.  We had been issued USGI ‘Scout’ knives (basically a boy scout knife made completely of stainless steel), but that wouldn’t cut it, so we decided we’d purchase our first ‘combat’ knife, a KaBar imitation made by Camillus.  We also simultaneously were learning to sharpen knives (I made two butter knives out of perfectly good Camillus knives doing it wrong….sigh….it was all trial and error, until the appearance of one former US Army Ranger who came over to the USAF and taught all us pups things we REALLY needed to know.  A true mentor if there ever was one, and I hope he’s still alive.).

A bit of time went on and we were introduced to Gerber Mark I boot knives.  They clipped nicely to our cargo pockets, and if you got some 100 mph tape (it was ALWAYS Olive Drab until recent years) and cut it just right, you could get rid of the polished stainless steel clip, which was a good thing.  We very, very, very carefully kept the edges honed with a fine stone, and would always keep them in the strong side cargo pocket as either a ‘confined space rescue tool’ or a last ditch weapon, should we need it.  Years later Gerber came out with a black anodized clip that subdued any shine nicely.  They had to have fielded a LOT of complaints or suggestions from the field to change their manufacturing methods, I’m thinking, but it was a good thing they did.  Lots more knives were sold.

From there, it was a natural progression to the Gerber Mark II, and good bye, “Camillus Combat Knife”, which, actually, based on our mission and skills, a mistake.  The Camillus fit our needs much, much better.  But that damn Gerber sure had a YUGE ‘CDI’ factor to it, and about 95% of us carried them, including our team leaders, except for my mentor, mentioned previously.  He carried a Randall 14.  Didn’t say a lot about it, but basically rolled his eyes on occassion when I, and a couple other of our team mates showed him our, latest and greatest, in this case, the Gerber Mark II.  He asked once, “So, you planning on taking out any sentries with that?”  Went right over our heads (we were young….about 23 average age).

           A Mint Example of my First Gerber MK II

Didn’t stop me from loving that Gerber MK II, though, or the MK I for that matter.  I carried the MK 1 until I was gifted a Guardian I & 2 as a going away present by my last Flight (Air Force for ‘Platoon’) when I left to teach at the USAFE NCO Academy.  I kept them with my personal gear, even in an admin assignment as a NCO Academy Instructor.

Well, time went on, and I had the opportunity to own all three of the Gerber series, Mark, Guardian, and Command.  I still have mixed emotions about the Command, which is closest to meeting the needs for combat and survival because A:  It has a single primary edge, and B: it has a small serrated false edge.  Why?  Because I had learned that survival knives and combat knives should not be crossbred with a dagger.  And that’s what the Gerber series is, friends.  It’s a dagger, made to do ‘dagger things’ (Fairbairn-Sykes anyone?).  If I had to choose between the three iterations, I’d choose the Guardian series, because A:  It’s what it purposes itself to be:  An anti-personnel dagger and B: it’s camouflaged and the blade is non-reflective black.  Easy to keep hidden.   But that’s me…

So, I’ve got a Mark I & II, a Guardian I & II, and a Command II.  I’ve owned a couple Command I’s, but either gave them away or sold them throughout the years.  Very nice daggers; much better than the original Sykes-Fairbairn, “Limey Sticker” or V-42 of the Devil’s Brigade.  The Gerbers can be considered, ‘product improved’.  They’re light, strong, and very ‘fast’ knives.

If you want a good dagger, you really can’t go wrong with a Gerber.  I must admit, I’m not a fan of the ‘newest’ generation of the MK II, though – the serrations are too deep.  If Gerber were going to do it right, they’d re-do the Wasp model with the 5 degree cant, no serrations.  Perfect dagger.  Perfect.

Throughout this series, I’ll write up several types of knives from general purpose to special purpose, depending on interest and feedback.

So what do you think?

Preparedness Basics – Water

Originally posted 12 May 18 on AP.

Water is the second cornerstone of all the building blocks (right behind shelter and fire) within the world of preparedness and survival, and is right next to the air we breathe in importance. Water is more important than food, because we can last longer with a good supply of water and little food than we can with little to no water and a good supply of food.

To that end, it’s important from time to time to revisit the importance of planning for the supply, purification, and amount of water needed for each person in your family or team. It’s really not that difficult to prep a good water supply that will last through most situations when remaining in place, and the purification tools available are relatively cheap on average, and only basic information is necessary to properly purify water for human consumption.

Water that’s not purified, or ‘non-potable’ water, such as captured rain water, is useful for hygiene (so long as it’s not ingested) and saves the purification agent (if only using a filter and not a purifier) used for water to be consumed. Be careful, though, in warm weather, to keep saved rain water covered to minimize parasite growth.

A good rule of thumb for storing water is to obtain several six to ten gallon water jugs with spigots, such as those used for camping (some folks like the 55 gallon plastic water drums to keep in their basements or garages, and that’s fine as far as it goes.  Remember they’re not too mobile as they weigh more than 440 pounds when full!)  They are very reasonably priced, and when determining how many to get, simply having one or two per person in the home is usually sufficient for most disaster/emergency conditions not expected to last more than a week or ten days.

When you purchase your containers, take a quarter cup of bleach, add it to the container, and then add about a quart of tap water. Shake the container so that the heavy bleach mixture gets into any small crevice for about a minute, and drain. Allow the container to dry thoroughly before adding more water for storage, and you have disinfected your container of any possible pathogen or vector larvae  (this is an old service method taught to me and we were required to do this every time we were issued different canteens or water containers.  It’s a great way to prevent illness or parasitic internal adhesion).

When you fill your containers, fill as completely as possible in order to have as little air as possible in the container. It should be understood that the person filling the containers should have disinfected their hands as well as the working area (such as a mud sink or the head of the hose or spigot) used to fill the containers. Once the water container is sealed with as little air as possible, store the water in a cool, dry, place not exposed to direct sunlight. The water will last for years. If you’re anxious about it and don’t trust the water, change it out every nine to twelve months and use the old water to water your garden or house plants or to wash the family dog. DTG experiments have included drinking water stored for well over a year with no adverse effects when treated and stored as described.

For water purification at home, I’ve opted for the Sawyer brand of water purifier in conjunction with others for non-stored/prepared water that will fulfill my personal needs when on the move.  I got mine at Great Lake Survival Company, here.  I like having a bucket that will purify over a million gallons for home emergency use.  Simple, too.  Dump the water into the bucket, and gravity feeds it through the purification element.  Everything that comes out is potable.  The kit lets you use your own bucket, too, so you can rig it any way you’d like.  I bought a food grade six gallon bucket, used the provided drill (by hand, because the plastic bucket isn’t thick), and then assembled the hose in about a minute.  Bam!  Covered at home.  And, because it stays empty, I could, if I needed to do so, take it with me in a vehicle for short term emergencies.

Some of the agents you can use to purify your water:

  • Stabilized Oxygen – This one is the most expensive, about $20 per bottle, and I keep a bottle in my ‘go bag’ and one in my water bladder case. Basically, for 100 ounces (my water bladder size), I put 128 drops in filtered water to purify.  I use the brand pictured, but there’s many out there that do as good a job.  I’ve used this with ‘wild’ water (that which is found in running streams or spring fed ponds/small lakes) after running the water through a strainer, and have never had any ill effects.  Some folks don’t like it, but it’s still a viable option.  Have a care:  It is caustic, so putting a drop or two on your tongue will burn the inside of your mouth.

  • Bleach: If using bleach to purify water, the bleach must be unscented, uncolored, with no additives whatsoever. Then, 8 drops of bleach per gallon of clear water; 16 drops of bleach for cloudy water. After adding the bleach, let it sit for 30 minutes or so.  Personally, I would wait 45 minutes, but that’s me.  I’d also add some flavor, just as I would with water purified from Water Purification Tablets like we were taught by our squad leader in days of old, but it’s not essential to do so.

  • Water Purification Tablets:  Pretty much best used when mobile or in temporary location when you might have to go mobile quickly.  The picture above is USGI, but there are plenty of commercial offerings out there.  Pros are that it does a great job on a quart or two of water, cons are that you have to let it dissolve in your canteen/water reservoir, shake it, and let it sit for at 30 minutes and it tastes really bad.   See the earlier note on adding a flavor agent.

If you want better water from your city system, or your well, you can purchase a variety of water filters/purifiers that range in price from very inexpensive to very expensive. Just as anything else, you get what you pay for, so buyer beware. Listed below are a few that DTG has experience with and recommends:

Zero Water Filters:  The Zero Water system costs under $80 for it’s gravity fed filtration system and removes all dissolved solids from the water. DTG staff use this in their homes and reports are all positive.  It does NOT remove pathogens or bacteria.  That’s where the two step process of filtering and purification comes in (along with, for me, the Sawyer Bucket System).

Berkey Water Filters: The Berkey models are on par with the Zero Water, and have a full range of gravity systems that can range into a few hundred dollars. There are also web sites that demonstrate using the Berkey filter elements to make an ‘on the cheap’ model that will work fine, however ‘rustic’ it may look in the kitchen.

Sawyer Water Purifiers:  The Sawyer systems are really good for personal use in a ruck, on a harness, or in the home.  They’ve got just about everything covered, and it’s my preferred system.  Your mileage may vary, and that’s fine – just make sure you have some purification/filtration capability!

There are many more water systems on the market, some less expensive; some unbelievably high in price; the objective is having good, potable water to see you and yours through an emergency. Planning now will ensure you have something that will become priceless in a disaster situation.

Back Home – Posting to Resume Most Ricky Tick!

DTG ruck

Well folks, I had a great year over at American Partisan; I wrote 43 posts on various topics averaging a post every 10 days or so.  The material DTG provided was pretty steady.

Like I said, American Partisan was a great place to be and a terrific opportunity, but after a year, I decided to come back to my own place.

I wish all the crew over at AP well, and from time to time, you may see a link to articles posted there that I find informative, and you might see them linking to articles here.

Basically, I just finished a nice year long walkabout with some great people, and am really glad to be back at my primary base of operations.

Tell your friends!

In the mean time, I’m throwing my ruck on and going for a nice long walk….

Skills Over Gear, or, Doing More With Less

Another good post from Brushbeater.  Read the whole thing.

via Skills Over Gear, or, Doing More With Less

Key thought:  “But skill, specifically mastery of basic skills, can never be supplanted by a product. And in turn, no product will make you better if the fundamentals ain’t there first. Those fundamentals, with some very basic supporting gear, lay the foundation for you to be effective whether it’s combat weapon[s]craft, movements in potentially hostile environments, or tactical communications. The basics of anything never, ever change. And you might be surprised at what can be done with just a mastery of what’s simple.”

It’s Getting Real Out There…

As most who know me know, I’m not a fan of the NRA and haven’t been for a long, long time, ever since I learned they gave tacit approval to the ’94 AWB that Bill Ruger helped craft.  I quit, as a Life Member on the payment plan.  In my book, they’re way, way to nice when it comes to stopping government infringement on our protected rights.

That said, what happened in Florida to Dana Loesch, the NRA’s spokesperson, demonstrates what’s happening to civility in our country.

“I want to make this super obvious point,” Loesch said. “The government has proven that they cannot keep you safe. And yet, some people want all of us to disarm. You heard that town hall last night. They cheered the confiscation of firearms. And it was over 5,000 people.”

“I had to have a security detail to get out,” she said of the Sunland, Fla. event. “I wouldn’t be able to exit that if I didn’t have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming burn her. And I came there to talk solutions and I still am going to continue that conversation on solutions as the NRA has been doing since before I was alive.”

Read the rest, here.

“Burn her”??????

As in burn at the stake or in a fire, ‘burn her’??

Civility is failing fast.  Sage advice I’ve read somewhere before:  “Be polite, be professional, and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”  Additionally, carry.  24/7.  You might be glad you did.