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  1. Rick

    survival related humour

    Meanwhile in Siberia...
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    Saws ?

    I happen to have a 16pc set of reciprocating saw blades sitting in front of me and thought "Gosh, if I had a good handle for these I could cut through a lot of different stuff." It would be fairly compact as well. The handles I found online ranged from $15 - $50 for the Bosch. The folders are 6" but I don't see why you couldn't slap in the biggest blade you have if needed. There don't seem to be many of these handles on the market, and some resemble big utility knives, so I might actually prefer a substantial home-built one if I could get it, maybe with a guard to save fingers.
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  4. The classic lean-to shelter and reflector fire as outlined in Scouting for Boys is still one of the best.
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    Mossberg 590A1

    You should be a golden boy for pointing out a materials/design flaw. They're going to have to mail out a better replacement part to each purchaser or jeopardise an old reputation.
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    Highrise rescue backpack

    The ones currently on the market seem to work well. As some of us have no doubt seen on the news, people will jump to certain death rather than be burned alive so the escape packs sort of sell themselves. I'd rather strap on one that's been around for a bit and rigorously tested rather than the knock-off though. There seem to be some really good variants out there, Latchways PRD is a work safety device that allows a worker to let himself down after falling and being arrested by the device, in essence rescuing himself instead of having to summon others. A simple version of escape reel I saw on youtube seems to be the one that comes with some apartments in Korea. They seem to be more common in Europe and Asia than in North America, but that's a glass half full situation as far as sales is concerned. Tomas Bata, Shoemaker to the World told the story of 2 salesmen sent to Equatorial Africa to explore the market; one wired back, "Situation hopeless, no-one here even wears shoes." The other man wired back "Possibilities endless, no-one here has shoes yet!"
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    Highrise rescue backpack

    "Looks promising, what do you guys think?" Looks like a copy of this one https://www.amazon.com/SkySaver-260-Building-Escape-Backpack/dp/B013F0N7G0 except they spelled braking wrong.
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    Hi from Australia

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Mossberg shockwave

    That gun reminds me of Mad Max, but as a close-quarters defence weapon looks like it would be pretty effective (as noted, with training). In the 1970's there were a couple of robbers and speed dealers here who modified pump guns with a hacksaw to approximate those dimensions, and used rope or pantyhose for a sling to hang it under their raincoats. The police cars had Remington Deerslayers in the trunk. As one of those "die-hard stocked shotgun guys" I still think it would be fun with an after-market stock or a folding stock and wonder if it patterns tight enough for instinct/snap shooting clays.
  10. This fits right in between the seats of the van.
  11. After watching a couple of youtube reviews I got curious about the 6" model, and checked on Amazon. One of the reviews cracked me up. I have the smaller Ty-lite as well, and they are incomparable. I carry the small one around with me day-to-day, the large one is simply too cumbersome. I would definitely recommend this knife if you were in a gang or some other profession that required a daily demonstration of your supposed manhood, but for everyday use, it is simply too large to carry in your pocket without arousing suspicion that you have a full chub.
  12. Someone brought this Cold Steel Ti-Lite to a punk rock dance at the bar where I work on Tuesday night and lost it somehow (mosh pit?). It's mine now.