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  1. Just running errands and what not, I limit it to the Minimal kit. Gun, wallet, pocket knife, flashlight, keys, and phone. I also work in a secure area, so my work EDC is the Minimal Kit that I lock in the gun lockers outside my area. My EDC is pretty extensive when I load out with what I call the "Full Panoply." I know it seems ridiculous, but I really can fit all of this crap comfortably in a pair of jeans (although I more often wear Tru-Spec 24/7 cargo pants.) -Not pictured: LG-G4 Phone, White 100% Cotton Handkerchief, & Albuterol Inhaler. -I switch back and forth between all the leather and nylon/plastic/kydex belts, holsters, and pouches. Call me OCD, but I hate mixing the two. 1. Wallet ReadyMan Lock Pick CardFresnel Lens MagnifierCard Sharp Folding Credit Card Knife2. Leatherman Wave 3. Glock 22 Magazine 4. Benchmade 710 5. Streamlight ProTac 2L 6. Notepad 7. Speed Strip w/ .38 SPC 8. S&W 442 in a Bianchi Triad Ankle Holster 9. Timex Indiglo (cheap) with Paracord Strap (replaced when the original broke) 10. Paracord Bracelet w/ Compass 11. Trauma Kit in a Ricci Ankle Medical Pouch Quick ClotTourniquetChest SealMouth-To-Mouth ShieldIsreali Bandage12. Nite-Ize Keychain on a Leather Belt Keeper Various KeysSwiss Army Swiss-KeyPill Tube stuffed w/ Zippo Waxed Tinder SticksFerro Rod & Magnesium BarFlash Drive w/ Vital Docs13. Parker Ball-Point I.M. & Sharpie Stainless 14. Zippo (engraved w/ name as a Groomsman's gift) w/ Z-Plus Butane Insert 15. Mace Pepper Spray 16. Glock 23 in a Galco holster 17. PSK in a Gallon Zip-Lock Bag Emergency PonchoMylar Emergency BlanketQuart Zip-Lock BagAquamira Water Purifier Tabs x4Six Yards of Heavy Duty Aluminium Foil18. ESEE Izula 19. Cabela's Leather Belt In my GHB, I have what amounts to a minimal bushcraft set coupled with some more urban survival items. The GHB goes with me to work and when ever I have to be more than 10 miles or so from home.
  2. I keep a climbing rated locking "D" carabiner in my strong side pocket coat. It has a number of uses. 1. A weight in my pocket that helps keep my coat from flapping around too much and exposing my pistol. 2. An improvised impact weapon, best employed in a hammer-fist but could also be a knuckle duster. 3. An actual carabiner, lol. I know, using an object for it's intended purpose seems to go against some kind of prepper code sometimes... I've flown on planes many times with this carabiner clipped to my carry-on pack holding my empty stainless steal water bottle. Once I'm into the secure area, I fill up the bottle. Now I have two impact weapons or if I combine them, a swinging club that can hit with a lot of force.
  3. $25 for a Baofeng UV5RA handheld ham radio. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009MAKWC0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00
  4. Definitely humor is a great de-escalation tool.
  5. I'm a jailer (turn-key) at a city police department. Responsible for booking, fingerprinting, searching, & generally taking care of prisoners for the short term. Mostly I try to de-escalate before things get too crazy. Also, you got to know how to pick your battles. Some things are not super critical, others are. I'll give ground on one to get cooperation on the other. If some one is bound and determined to be a problem, I'll do my best to have as many hands on as I can get. When you see videos of 5 cops piling on one suspect, people tend to yell "police brutality." The truth is, it's safer for everybody. If I have to fight a guy alone, I'll have less options for restraint and I'll have to be more ruthless. So you can see, I can't really avoid interaction with drunks, addicts, mentally disturbed, and/or bad guys.
  6. For sure a large number of fights involve alcohol or drugs. If you stay away from that, you stay away from most fights. The problem is, drunks sometimes show up even when your not drinking. We are teatotalers in my house, as were my parents. I don't think my father has been in a single fight in his adult life. He still carries, though because bad guys do bad things. As for me, my various jobs have put me in more contact with the public and my chance of having a fight has gone up due to that. My current job virtually guarantees that I'll have to fight occasionally. I'm actually suprised I avoid it as much as I do. For the record, I'm not especially trained in martial arts. Bare minimum, I'd say.
  7. There is trained Martial Arts for Sport and then there is trained Martial Arts for Self-Defense. Sometimes the line gets blurred and it can get dangerous for people when they don't know it. Of course, the first rule to winning a fight is: Don't Get Into a Fight.
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    Naked and Afraid Item

    My pick, in order of priority. If my partner chose one further down the list, I would choose the highest. 1. Cutting tool appropriate to the environment. 2. Metal pot, as big as they would let me bring. 3. Firestarter
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    This Blog Could Catch Fire

    The trick, in my experience, with friction fires and even magnifying lense fires, isn't getting the coals, it's getting the coal to ignite in the tinder bundle. All my failures and successes have been due to the tinder bundle.
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    How To Make A Torch With A Red Bull Can

    Lily's great. I appreciate that a woman is putting this type of stuff out there so I can watch it with my daughter.
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    Bannock Bread

    I use a modified Better Homes and Garden cookbook biscuit recipe. I like a slightly sweet cranberry bannock. Also good is cheddar, bacon, and jalepeno (seen below.) Here's one I did in my Paderno carbon steel pan I use as a fry pan in the bush. Here's one in my Snow Peak No. 1 kettle. The lid on the No. 1 is recessed so you can pile coals on top and use it like a mini-dutch oven. In this one, I got the coals a little to close to the side. Still tasted good.
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    The Bug out Bag dilemma.

    You'd really like my spreadsheet detailing what to take at the various levels of warning, where it is stored, where it goes and who job it is to get it there.
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    The Bug out Bag dilemma.

    I have a suggestion. Take your BOB on a camping trip. Only use what's in your BOB. Find out what you use, what you wish you had, and what's dead weight. Of course, you gotta use common sense. I don't use my trauma kit every outing but I'm not about to leave it behind. As for me, I really don't have a BOB, I have a Get Home Bag. I can use it as a BOB if I need to, but it's not really geared for independant living for a indefinite amount of time. What my family really has for getting out of Dodge is a BOBox of extra camping gear (along with four 5-gallon buckets of food, hygiene, and medical supplies.) It's set up for a week, with some ability to gather more food and water. We actually have a layered approach based on the amount of warning we receive. At the maximum amount of time (3 hours,) we hook up the pop-up camper and load up enough supplies for a month or more.
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    What are your thoughts on neck knives?

    The blade length of an Izula is just as long or longer than many folding knives and a Mora (which many wear around the neck in the wild) has a 4" blade. I don't see that as too short for a useful tool. As for self-defense, well, all I can say is that any knife leaves a lot to be desired. Knife use rarely has the ability to stop an attack quickly enough to prevent pretty severe injury to the defender. But then, my neck knife is a backup to the backup in a self-defense role.
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    What are your thoughts on neck knives?

    I carry an ESEE Izula as a neck knife. I carry it under my shirt, so it's pretty much out of sight. Here's a piece of advice given to me when I was young by a buddy's dad. This guy was a police officer and narcotics detective who did quite a bit of undercover work. He told us one day; "Always have three knives. One to use, a second to fight with, and a third no one knows about." The Izula is my Third Knife. It's also a way for me to always have a fixed blade about me, and yes, that little guy can baton, lol. In the woods it's a little different. My main knife is a little larger and and so the Izula is for finer work like making spoons and what not.