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  2. zackmars

    M9A3G

    I've put about 3k through the Beretta. Only malfunctions have been user induced. I think I'm riding the slide stop. The thicker backstrap prevents this, and I'd rather take the easy way out instead of re-learning how to hold a gun. Its not an issue that i can get to happen consistently. As for holsters, ive taken to using a bubba'd alien gear. The crossbreed has a crazy amount of retention, and a few others I've tried have too little. I've had the opportunity to handle a few other beretta m9a3's, and they are very consistent. Beretta has consistency nailed down, far better than CZ or Sig Some rust showed up on the grip screws, so those were replaced with houge stainless grip screws The gun seems to slightly prefer 147gr ammo. This is in contrast with gen 5 glocks, that seem to shoot 115gr a bit better. All my carry ammo is 147gr, so I'm happy. I wish the front sight was a tad larger, with a bigger tritium lamp. Its like 6" out there, it could stand to be larger. That said i don't loose it during recoil. The transistion from double to single isn't that bad thanks to growing up with a P.38, and a lighter hammer spring. The reset on SA has just enough take-up to not make me feel like the gun was going to outrun me, like on my PPQ
  3. zackmars

    22 caliber Fire arms

    Looks like a clone of the marlin 795 or mossberg plinkster rifles. Being a blowback .22lr, there's a limit to how different you can be. All things being equal, I'd go with the marlin version, as marlins "micro groove" .22lr barrels are fantastically accurate, and there's not a huge difference between them price wise. I don't think mags interchange between them unfortunately.
  4. Yesterday
  5. West Virginia Ridge Walker

    Picture a day thread!

    Had some time today so I made a sheath for one of my handmade ferrocerium rods. #god #family #westvirginia #leather #leathercraft #ferroceriumrod #handcrafted #striker #fire #firestarter
  6. West Virginia Ridge Walker

    22 caliber Fire arms

    Greetings all, Thoughts on the Rossi RS22 Rifle.
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  8. Image link: https://www.google.com/search?q=dexter+russell+duo+glide&client=tablet-android-samsung&prmd=sinv&sxsrf=ACYBGNS1u2i8c-igPkKgHjCjzyLInMHVnQ:1568487311687&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwitt7DI_tDkAhXNup4KHURbA0MQ_AUoAnoECBMQAg&biw=1280&bih=800# The dexter Russell duoglide 8 inch chef's knife. If, like me, your hands are starting to get stiff from age or arthritis, this thing is a lifesaver. I use one every day at work, and ordered another one for the house. Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, as well as looking cool. It takes an hour or so to get used to it, but worth the effort. No longer need to wear a compression glove when I come home from work. About 40 bucks US, but worth it, IMHO.
  9. Brad

    KELTEC P3AT .380ACP New Pistol

    Thanks for the feedback. I will be sure to put this thru its paces before I rely on it.
  10. zackmars

    KELTEC P3AT .380ACP New Pistol

    My experience with my p32 and kel tec in general was not great. I got one as an inheritance from my moms co-worker who lost his bout with cancer. At first i really liked it, it was small, and slim, and i was ok with only having it in .32 I had to hold off a while to shoot it to get some ammo, but once i did, i pulled it out of the safe, and i noticed a big bulge in the frame. I field stripped it, and the gun came apart, i think the hammer spring broke in half, and the frame bulge means the spring that holds the takedown pin in won't stay where in needs to be Anyways, I open a CS ticket with keltec, and i explain that the gun was an inheritance, and was used. I told them i was willing to pay for shipping and repairs, only for them to close the ticket without explanation. I sent off another email and they asked if i didn't see what the CS rep said (well duh, and even if i did, there isn't anything i could do on a closed ticket) and then they went on about how i need the FFL info and other info i had no way of getting. Needless to say i still have that thing in parts. If it were a simple broken spring, that'd be an easy fix, but the frame is a bit jacked up as well. I hope your experience is better than mine, but if i need a serious use gun, kel tec isn't goimg to be my first choice.
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  12. Brad

    TPS M6 Survival Rifle - 22LR/410

    So I've now run a few hundred rounds of 22 through this rifle and I'm very happy with the purchase. I've never hunted so I don't know how this would perform in a survival situation, but it punches paper as well as my bad eyes will allow. I've not shot the 410 year, but a friend recently asked me to go quail hunting. I told him this was my only shotgun, so I will give it a try and see what the outcome is. I really love the simplicity of this gun.
  13. I used to have the .32 ACP version of this and was recently looking for a new pocket pistol, so I picked this up from my LGS. (AZ folks can PM me if you want his info). .380 ACP 6+1 capacity and this thing is tiny! I was in an all wheel gun phase for a while, but wanted a new semi so I got this. Going to run a few thru it this week and I will post reviews but if the old 32 is a point of reference I think I will be happy with it. I know .380 is not everyone's choice for a survival caliber, and my main survival caliber is .22LR, but this is compact and affordable and I think I am going to like it. CALIBER .380ACP WEIGHT UNLOADED 7.7oz MAGAZINE CAPACITY 6 OVERALL LENGTH 5.2” BARREL LENGTH 2.7” HEIGHT 3.5” WIDTH 0.77” TRIGGER PULL 5lbs
  14. zackmars

    M16A1 "clone"

    I went ahead and got the correct lower. At least i can sleep soundly now
  15. This isn't my gun, it belongs to a fellow RSO It was bought new from cabellas, for a bit over $600, and came with a sig red dot. Gun was carried iwb for 3 days and developed rust bad enough that I'd consider it pitting the sights have surface rust, but those are made by ameriglo. Notably its only surface rust there. There is what looks like a spec of rust on the barrel, but it is beyond the capabilities of my camera to document 5 days of carrying, and thorough oiling, rust came back even worse, it got to the point where the mag release would stick open, and a magazine would not lock into the gun. Sig was contacted, and wanted to see the pistol, but wanted the owner to pay for shipping both ways, and pay for replacement parts, which totaled out to over $200, on a gun where they confirmed that this shouldn't happen They also said that the slide lock, takedown lever, and mag release button are made of 3 different materials, but that sounds like complete nonsense to me, as most of the guns internals are MIM. On the positve side, the gun hasn't had any other issues in 600 or so rounds, and is accurate. Sig has some cool designs, but I don't think they can be trusted to deliver on them properly
  16. zackmars

    G19X

    Got the G45 today. I do like the flared magwell. Trigger isn't worn in like my 19x so i still need to get used to it. Im lukewarm to the forward slide serrations 750 rounds through it. Had a fiocchi 124gr ftf. Was most likely an ammo issue. The hit on the primer was as solid as can be and 3 re strikes did nothing. I also noted all my fiocchi ammo had what looked like corrosion on the primers, and I've heard other people mention this happening
  17. zackmars

    Stop The Bleed

    Old post, but maybe this will help. Did a stop the bleed class a few weeks ago Would have liked a bit more reccomendations on gear, especially TQ's, or at least which ones to avoid. Our guy showed us CAT's and SWAT TQ's, and briefly mentioned SOF-T TQ's A more detailed description of what should and shouldn't be in an IFAK, how to organize it, etc would have been nice I liked how he stressed organization, one guy calls 911, one guy gives aid, one guy gets the attention of the EMS people, etc. Carrying people and recovery posistion was good info as well
  18. I decided to start a thread for any odd ball fishing gear that I have or make. This is not for store bought gear, but for stuff that I see on Youtube, forums, or come up with on my own. My first entry is a Hobo Reel. Full disclosure - this is an exact copy of one that I saw on a Youtube channel (Corporal's Corner). It's a tube for holding beads repurposed as a fishing reel. The entire length is covered with a bicycle tube. The handle is a #36 bank line wrap. Inside the tube I have assorted hooks, split shot, and a bobber. I took it out today and got a few wee pan fish at a local lake/pond. My best cast was 20+ feet, but I got sloppy reeling it in and the later casts suffered. But it works and it packs well so for now it's a keeper. Got a few odd stares when I was fishing, but that's OK. I have another odd ball project in the queue and will post that here too. Links to other ideas are welcome.
  19. Rick

    survival related humour

  20. Gary_Gough

    survival related humour

    I don't think the frame would handle a 18" cannon, let alone the recoil, but it would wake up the neighbourhood. Maybe a Davy Crockett? Of course is anyone really taken seriously if they don't have a few thermonuclear devices, and I think that one was just fission. Or maybe Geek fire... About as legal as the ATV around here ( looks like jail time to me ) .
  21. PappyHiker

    Picture a day thread!

    Is it nap time yet?
  22. I'm older, was raised poor in the midwest. My parents went thru the Depression. We'd always had a garden, put up produce, bought a side of beef and half a hog per year, cut it up and wrapped it ourselves, stuffed our own sausage. I've always been a hunter, starting with a slingshot at age 8.. I've never thought much of fishing with a pole. A net always made more sense to me, or put out a bunch of trotlines and then shoot frogs. 🙂 I"m into mass production and preservation when it comes to food. The Alone show proves that it only takes a week or so for starvation to rob you of productivity and proper decision making. Food productions is most definitely seasonal in most parts of the world.
  23. zackmars

    M16A1 "clone"

    Ok. Sure thing pal.
  24. I've had people complain that the e tool and the Crunch are hard/dangerous to baton. Well, just dont baton them. There's no need for batonning. It can be handy, at times, on small stuff, but I"ve batoned the e tool thru small stuff. It's awkward, but it can be done. For big stuff, you can start a kerf with the saw edge of the shovel, and then split the wood with a baton and wooden wedges. Jordan has skinned and butchered an entire moose with a multitool, while I'd remove the handle from the Cold Steel shovel and use it as an ukluk for that job. An axe, which is what Jordan had, is not very handy for skinning or butchering! For millennia, humans had only stone axes, but survived for 20 years or more (or they'd not have reproduced and the species would have died out. Until a about 200 years ago, the common man did not have a big saw and many of those saw blades broke easily, as metallurgy from back then was nothing compared with what we know today about the subject. While an E-tool is definitely inferior to an axe or saw for chopping or sawing, it's a LOT better than a stone axe. It's a lot closer to a modern saw and axe ability than the stone axe is to the E tool, for a fact. It's not to your advantage to build a cabin, or try to heat one with wood, for this little 2-3 month excursion (the alone show). That's a waste of precious foraging time and calories, at least until you've fed yourself well for a month and have at least 50 lbs of preserved food. If you haven't even managed that, you'll starve out before you have any need of a 'winter shelter". or a big stockpile of firewood. If you know to use the Dakota fire pit to heat stones/water and use those to heat your shelter, while you're foraging and to get understround for the winter, in a debris-stuffed dugout shelter, you wont need nearly as much wood as you think you will. So the E tool and multitool offer a saved pick over the axe, saw, belt knife triumvurate, and the duo offer more versatility at the stuff that's really needed. You dont want to have to cut wire or fishhooks with your knife or your axe, and none of those 3 tools help you convert one big fishhook into 2 smaller hooks, nor will they help you dig. Loosening earth with an axe and then using the cookpot or a wooden shovel to move the dirt onto a hunk of tarp, so that you can carry it out of the hole, can of course be done, but you run a major risk of chipping your axe blade and for sure, you'll dull the hell out of it. The Crunch tool comes with a file blade, with which you can sharpen the saw edge on the e-tool. One of the mods I recommend for the Crunch is to swap out the Phillips screwdriver blade for another file blade. There's a flathead screwdriver end on the file blades, so sharpen one of them into a chisel. There's a medium and small flathead driver blades, too, which are best converted into a hook/scoop knife and an awl.
  25. the only sure answer is to catch a really big critter, but this season is the first one to offer that chance, with the possible exception of a 300 lb bear on Vancouver Island As much as 70 lbs of that could be fat on a fall bear, and that would be 210,000 calories in just the fat, along with 80 lbs of meat, at 800 calories to the lb. So, say 300,000 calories, which is as much as 400 lbs of moose meat at 600 calories to the lb But a 1000 lb moose can have up to 200 lbs of fat on it in late fall, if the rut has not taken it all off of the maies, that is. fat is 3000 calories to the lb. So that fat moose is a ton of food! 🙂 If it's that big or bigger and taken in early november, it will get you thru the winter. Most CAN be 1500 lbs or a bit more, so it's a major score when catch one. But it's so rarely done with a bow, on a 5 sq mile area that you didn't pick, that it's a hail mary sort of thing. If you bait them, put out snares, AND call them, the odds of course go up, but you need a backup plan, say several dozen ducks, several hundred lbs of fish, some small critters and a deer, caribou, etc. Those speciies are much, much more likely to be a feasible source of calories and taking care of those first gives you calories and time to get a baited tree blind and some calling done for the moose, elk, etc.
  26. ratter

    M16A1 "clone"

    2-3" is not good at 50 yds, other than from a 9mm pistol. That was my point. i'd toss a rifle that I couldn't get 1" at 50 yds from, even with iron sights. When you KNOW the gun's empty, of course you dont flinch. Like I said, it's a subconscious thing. Mix in some dummy rounds with live rds and watch your front sight when you drop the hammer on a dud. Or have a friend cycle the bolt with his back to you and then hand you the rifle, so you wont know if it's loaded or not. He'll have to know how to hold over the mag catch, so that you wont hear it click when he's lowered the mag, letting the bolt shut on an empty chamber.
  27. when you really need the shelter, you're likely to be so sick and/or hurt that you're unable to do all this scrambling around. 1/4 lb of SOL mylar Emergency bivvy (much more durable than a mere mylar "space blanket") and a 3x8 ft, 1/2 lb bag of Wally's absorbent painter's drop cloth makes 30F degrees of difference, IF you can get up on some dry debris. If you have to lay on cold, hard ground, it only helps about 15F degrees, but it's still capable of saving you from the wind and rain making things much worse. I also carry a couple of 1/4 lb , 3x8 ft bugnet bags. If I'm so messed up that all I can do is get inside the mylar and dropcloth bags, sit/recline, back against a tree, etc, at least I can fold up the net bags many times, and use them as padding and to reduce heat loss to conduction thru my butt and back. Lying down increases heat loss to the ground. By being somewhat vertical, the heat loss to the air, from your lower body rises to warm your upper body and head. if you fall thru the ice and get soaked, having just a tarp and garbage bag is not going to save you, and neither will a fire, cause it takes too long to get one going , on 3-4 sides of you, which is what you'd need., if all you had was a tarp and garbage bag. I also carry the 1/4 lb UCO candle lantern and a couple of beewax candles. The heat from the candle (set between my thighs) is worth another 15F degrees. The beeswax has very little in the way of toxic fumes and if the lantern falls over, the flame just goes out. NEITHER of those things is true of paraffin candles, so BEWARE. In such a position, you can do knee rock backs, wave your legs and arms around, generate another 10F degrees of metabolic heat. So you CAN be ok (albeit miserable) at 30F degrees, for a long night and early morning, or all the next day if the sun doesnt come out to warm you. Given some painkillers, sedatives, stimulants, antibiotics, anti inflammatories, that much rest is likely to let you use your rifle or your trekking poles as a splint, and at least get to where you've more shelter from the wind and can have a fire. For very little more bulk/weight than t he tarp and garbage bag, you can have a LOT more protection. In hot weather, the bugs can kill you (or make you wish your were dead) and you can't just cover up with the tarp and garbage bag, or the heat WILL kill you. Ideally, of course, you'll get the mylar and drop cloth bags tented over a ridgeline, the bugnet bags stuffed with dry debris, and have one above and one below you. Then you can handle some seriously cold conditions, if you'll also exercise and can have a fire.🙂
  28. it's stupidity to go on a mere "day hike" without a bit of shelter gear, a lighter, a multitool, a way to treat and carry water, and some water being with you. Even if you DO have phone service, it can take many hours, (in the mountains several days) for help to reach you. If you've broken a leg, it's getting dark, rainy, windy, you can be severely harmed by not being able to get yourself out of the weather and warmed up, hydrated, etc. I've been guilty of hunting in not so warm weather with nothing in the way of emergency gear, thousands of times, but i'd never do it again. That "extra" 5-6 lbs of stuff can easily save your life, especially in the mountains and especially if you dont have phone service.
  29. ratter

    Rabbits Suck!

    pellet rifle and shine them at night with a flashlight. A rabbit offers 750 calories and some of them carry diseases, so cook their flesh well and wear rubber gloves to process them.
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