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    It's that simple? Geez.
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    First Aid

    Looks like a sof-t wide tourniquet. If it's legit, its a great choice, i prefer them over all the others I've tried I have close to ten of the things attaced to various plate carriers and other med kits
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    I've been really getting into synthwave lately, esp. Gunship, and perturbator NSFW videos, especially perturbator. One day, i will figure out how to embed, but i still won't do it because I'm lazy
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    Harvey pictures

    A few restaurants have closed permanently. Not much else. Of course a good number of people have also moved
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    Harvey pictures

    Pics from our yard during hurricane Harvey. We were not hit directly, but we are getting tons of rain and lots of wind. As of now it's still raining, and i wouldn't be surprised if we get water in our house. As if by some miracle, we haven't lost power. Yet.
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    Mossberg 590A1

    Its not that bad. Not exactly the best source on this, i tend to carry long arms at low ready, with a few exceptions
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    Mossberg 590A1

    So far the new safety is holding up Been trying out the magpul SGA stock, and its quite nice. I still think it looks terrible, and it's a PITA to loosen the bolt every time you want to remove the trigger pack, but the buttpad is nice and soft, and you can easily adjust the LOP and comb height
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    Harvey pictures

    I have to add, you can't prepare for a storm like Harvey. You can try, but you'll run yourself ragged jumping at every storm coming your way, especially when 99.999999% of them either turn away at the last second, or just give some wind and rain It wasn't inching its way to us as a cat 4, it was just going to be a cat 1 at most. In a period less than a few hours, it kicked up to a 4, and hit land. Then it stayed there. It would be like if you drove into a parked car at 2 mph, and instead of a little shake, both cars blew up.
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    Harvey pictures

    Thanks. This won't be like Katrina, the factors that made Katrina such a soup sandwich just simply aren't here, from city layout, culture, all the way down to LEO competence... All the stories about looting and murder are coming out of the areas they always do, for lack of a better term, the "bad parts" of town. Looters don't last long here anyways, people will ride out cat 5's just to protect their stuff from looters. As for FEMA, they didn't learn from Katrina or Ike, so I doubt they'll be any better this time around. But they aren't telling all the aid groups to shove it this time around (AFAIK), so who knows. The only people here who have faith in the system are the ones who haven't gone through this before.
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    Harvey pictures

    These were the only cars i could get a good pic of, there were at least 6 other ones. No water or bread at krogers, very little lunch meat Some places the water level was at about 10 feet
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    Hurricane escape tips

    Kinda left this for awhile, but harvey has me in the hurricane mood, so the part 4 i never delivered Scenario, it's the last few hours before the weather turns, but in the frenzy, you forgot to get a loaf of bread, or milk. The big supermarkets will either be empty, or closed. Small, local convenience stores might have stuff. It won't be much, but it beats having nothing Have a large flashlight, like an old 6 D-cell mag-lite, with an LED conversion. It won't be super bright, but it will last forever, and is difficult to loose. Speaking of light, lanterns are awesome. I'm a big fan of the streamlight siege's, but most any quality lantern will work well. Again, stick to LED. Avoid any glass Have a lot of USB battery cores. Stash them all over the place, your purse, your car, bathroom, etc. Putting your phone/tablet in airplane mode will also help charge faster, and avoid wasting the charge. Information is critical, and here in the US, nothing beats NOAA, no matter how much you like your local weatherman. NOAA will get you critical info, and nothing else. No politics, no news anchors saying how aweful it all is. Have multiple back ups of sensitive documents, computer hard drives, SD cards, thumb drives, whatever, just have copies. Have a way to your roof, if its through the ceiling, keep some tools and signalling equipment in the attic, near the access point We have another band coming in, so I'll close this out. What advantages are there to staying? You have more space to store supplies, and aren't limited to what you can stuff in your trunk You can protect your home and possessions from looters You can begin cleaning up immediately, you don't have to wait for the water to come down to cut up your carpet and float it out Keep a level head, have some books, scale model kits, hell even legos, to keep you entertained. You can be there for days
  12. i started one thread about hurricanes (http://survivalthreads.com/topic/55-pictures-from-hurricane-ike-lots-of-pics-inside/) but it was relativly absent of helpful information. but this deserves a whole thread, because there is a LOT to cover. this info is good for any natural disaster where you have advanced warning, but some info can help no matter the disaster, so keep that in mind. should you stay, or leave? staying is a major gamble, especially the closer to the water you are, so put me in the "leave" camp. the safety of your home doesn't mean much when your house can be picked up, shredded apart, and flung into the gulf. that said, if you stay, you can clear out your property quicker, and defend your home from any possible looters. in the end, it is up to you, weigh your options, and prepare accordingly. if you stay you are in for one hell of a ride, 145 MPH winds, 22 foot high waters... You may not see such severity, but mother nature is hardly discriminatory With that in mind, if you do stay, you will need the following. water (16.9 fl/oz and 5 gallon jugs) generators (enough to power lights, tools, fridges, AC's) gas (in good metal fuel cans, USGI/NATO cans are the best) OTC and prescription meds, and a good first aid kit (CVS will NOT be open) LED flashlights (no exception, LED lasts longer, is more durable, and brighter) AM/FM emergency radios (you will have no TV, and very little if any phone signal) batteries (the more the better, don't cheap out) boots (work boots for construction/cleaning, and shrimp boots for general stuff in water) plywood window barricades (reinforcing them with 2x4's is a great idea) chainsaws, and spare parts (chains, bar oil, etc) food (M.R.E.'s, wise company rations, freeze dried, etc) ice (very critical, freeze a bunch of water bottles, and make as much ice as you can, all ice will be gone days before) weapons (knives, pistols, rifles, shotguns. it is sad, but some people ain't worth a drop o' pee) tarps (several) gatorade (good fuel for your body) hygiene products (specifically baby wipes) general tips for staying turn your generators over every month or so buy all of this well in advance, do not be looking for plywood at lowes at the zero hour, it will be gone. avoid the gallon jugs of water, the plastic will deteriorate, and that is no bueno frozen water bottles make excellent bed coolers, and by morning, they will have melted do not throw away melted ice water, drain, and purify it unplug all electronics and elevate them if possible do the same with family heirlooms and pictures if you leave the cautionary move, you get to leave a few things out, but you will still need water food OTC and prescription meds, and a good first aid kit LED flashlights ice gas tarps AM/FM emergency radios hygiene products batteries maps gatorade walkie talkies weapons family heirlooms sensitive information (stored in a hard drive AND in paper) general tips for leaving be the first to leave, do not wait till the last minute to decide walkie talkies are a godsend if you have a caravan keep a decent sized cooler in your car where you or a passenger can reach it, fill it with bottled water and gatorade, nothing else (beer, soda, etc) keep a handgun concealed on your hip (if legal...) do not draw attention to you, or your vehicle, be it from law enforcement, or desperate joe schlow have somewhere to go, be it a friends house, or a hotel, don't just stop in a walmart parking lot. don't count on gas being available, use what you brought with you. do not skimp out on what you take, you may end up having nothing to go back to this is part one, i will add more stuff later
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    Harvey pictures

    Eh. I think the worst part is over, but we still have rain coming, at least untill friday Yup! And thanks! Thanks, and there are several areas that are decently high up around us, should it ever come to that Yup. I'm pretty much stuck here, unless i wanted to go kayaking in the ditches. Can't even drive to the nearby convenience store, much less a real supermarket. If i could, I'd be there yesterday, but the truck couldn't go through some of the water I'd have to go through to get there, plus the boat would probably float off it's trailer. I have all the respect in the world for the people who are pitching in. We have a few tools and some signalling equipment in our attic for this very reason
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    local emergencies near you?

    Looks like when Harvey hits us, it'll be a cat 3 Harvey. Hopefully nobody receives much damage
  15. One in the pipe is hardly a hair trigger response. Cops aren't walking around with the gun in their hand, it's in a holster, often with some form of retention device. And when it can mean the difference between having a caved in head, or with your guts spilling out of your chest? It's more than 500 miliseconds, especially when your other hand is tied up, doing something else. If I'm blocking a guy with a knife, the absolute last thing i want to EVER do is worry about if my rear sight did or did not catch on my belt to load my firearm. Also, it's a horribly terrible idea to constantly mess with your firearm, loading and unloading it for no reason. Not only do you increase the chances of having an ND, you can also cause issues like bullet setback I don't think you quite got the meaning behind the examples i gave. They were just to point out that people get ambushed and killed ALL THE TIME, even in areas that are in no way, shape or form, "war zones". But whatever. I'm out.
  16. As a responder, you never get to pick what, or where something happens. The criminal is the one who sets the stage, look at any of the recent terror attacks around the globe, tell me how many took place in war zones? Have you ever heard the term "complacency kills"? Criminals do not stop plying their trade just because of a gate, or a line on a map. Dallas isn't a war zone, yet 5 cops were killed by one man, 6 cops across the US were killed very recently, and they weren't in Fallujah. That's just one example out of many i can drag out.
  17. Thats not a bad habit. You may not always have the benefit of time to rack a slide, you may need your other hand to create distance between you and your attacker, or you could even cause a malfunction by trying to manipulate your firearm.
  18. Either he has a super cheap leather/nylon holster that folded in the trigger guard, or he's making stuff up to save face. Good thing they had a tourniquet.
  19. Please do not advertise like this, here, see rule 10 https://survivalthreads.com/rules/ We have a thread that is more appropriate for promoting your business, here Thanks.
  20. Please cut out this condescending attitude.
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    Pistol or Revolver for Concealed Carry?

    Except 9mm 147gr out of short barrels DOES expand Skin is different, bone structure is different, CNS is different, reactions are different. Ever seen a deer shoot back, or wear body armor? I haven't Again, you show your ignorance of modern ammo. Modern JHP's dont get clogged. Look at any test of gold dot or HST I don't know hoelw to get close enough to an animal to hit it with my ccw piece? You make a lot of assumptions. I hope you stop it, because it's already wearing thin. Hunting out of your car, spotlighting animals is illegal in a great many states. If it was legal here in texas, i still wouldn't do it. Shooting animals from my car using a concealed handgun is ridiculous, and I'm not sure how that is supposed to prove your point. As far as how many animals you've shot, if I'm going to buy into anecdotal data, I'd look at the FBI's compilation and inspection of OIS's, where details like gun, caliber, shot placement, etc. Oddly enough, the best performers there are the rounds that do the best in ballistics gelatin Again, most modern JHP's do not get smashed shut on bone hits. It's not the 70's. Outclassed? By you? Who thinks its still 1973, and shooting animals is better than data like ballistics testing, backed by hundreds upon hundreds of actual shootings? I'm not going to keep this going, no sense in arguing with someone who can't even entertain the thought of being wrong