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  1. you are ignorant of the facts, guys. The producers want their expenses to END as soon as they have enough video for 12 shows. A competent person is the LAST guy that they will pick, much less two such. Even one would make all the others look like the campfire girls that they ARE, which would get the viewers all riled up for much better contestants, which would cost the producers a fortune in profits. Keeping their liability insurance in force and the rescue teams in place costs 100's of thousands of $ per DAY.
  2. you can't, and it doesn't matter. You either have adequate insulation and/or heat source (ie, fire) and shelter from wind and precipitation or you dont. That's all that matters. Also, you can get accustomed enough to the cold to be comfortable when 20F degrees colder than someone who's used to warm weather only.
  3. so you take one of Chief Aj's slingbows, the Crunch multitool, the paracord, the sheet hammock, the fishing kit, the snarewire, the tape, the salt, the 12x12, and the Cold Steel shovel. You can still win without being fat and lucky, even if they do sabotage as much of the net-making as they can.
  4. even if they disallow the rope hammock and also disallow cutting up their 20x20 tarp, as they have done with the 10x10 "camera" tarp, they can't stop you from cutting up YOUR 12x12 tarp and making netting out of it, doing the same with some of the sheet-style of hammock, out of the 40m of paracord, out of the rope tree straps and clews of the hammock, out of 600 of the 900 ft of monofilament line that comes with the fishing kit. You'll still be able to have a seine and one of the net weirs. That will feed you well enough to let you make and set lots of traps, spend time in a baited tree blind, etc. Even if you only catch 300 lbs of fish, instead of the needed 600 lbs, it will still still feed you adequately for 40-50 days, depending upon whether or not you're able to juice kelp, assuming that you mix in some cambium and dandelion roots, etc. If everyone else has lost 30 lbs in that time, and you were not the skinniest person in the group, you've still got a shot at winning, if you know to hole up in your sleeping bag at that point. You'll still have say, 30 lbs of body fat on you, which will let you last another 50 days or a bit more. If in that time, you're able to snare or arrow a deer, treblehook a wolf, or snare/boxtrap a dozen rabbits, a few coons and possums, you'll have bought yourself another 2-4 weeks of staying-potential. So making the netting is still where it's at. You can do without the sleeping bag easily enough, without the skillet too, if need be. If you're on a sea coast, you dont need to make the 3 lb block of salt one of your 10 items.
  5. I'd want an alloy framed commander 1911 in 9mm, with a .22lr conversion unit. I can load the 9mm up to 500 ft lbs in that 4" barrel, and the kids and grandma can use the .22 unit. Only a fool leaves a gun unloaded, if it might be needed. WEAR it and it's there when you need it and unauthorized hands wont be on it. It's only 32 ozs when full of 9mm and 26 ozs when the aluminum slide of the 22 is on it, and it's loaded. Anyone who's too frail or young to handle that shouldn't be messing around with guns in the first place.
  6. At one point, everyone was sure the earth was flat and that the sun revolved around the earth. Just cause lots of fools believe something doesn't make it so. If I could have only one item (assuming that ammo would go with it as part of the "item" ) I'd take a sound suppressed 10.5" barreled AR15 in 223, with a Ciener .22lr conversion unit, a 20 rd, 30 rd 100 rd drum mag, a 1x6 variable scope, luminous night sights, a free float tube fitted with a GI bipod, and a trigger job, the .22 unit to have a 15 and a 30 rd mag. I can gut the 100 rd drum for its mag spring and make fishhooks out of the wire, while the outside shell of it can be a container. I can remove the ejection port cover, sharpen its edges, and mount it in a wood handle. I can start fires with it, if need be. I want half of my 150 rds of 223 to be 60 gr Nosler Partition softpoints, with the remainder split between 62 gr steel capped ball and 69 gr hpbt Match ammo, with a few tracers thrown in, perhaps. I want 60 gr Aquila subsonic .22 ammo, a 500 rd brick of it. With this set up, , I can get whatever else I need, one way or another. Assuming that everyone else is going to play nice, when it's life or death, is a completely stupid thing to be doing. People all over the world manage to have guns, legal or not. If you're going to break the law, why not have the best? Dont settle for some clunk bolt action, or just a pistol. Get the combo that's the most likely to suffice for the greatest number, most likely, and most serious events. And if shtf, being attacked is by far the most likely and most horrific possible event. It's one thing to be cold or wet, and it's another to have enemies charging you or shooting at you. In the first case, you have many minutes in which to effect your salvation. In the latter case, you may well only have a fraction of one second. A gun for which you have no ammo is just a club. 223 ammo is 35 rds to the lb, while the heavy-bulleted .22 ammo is 100 rds to the lb. This combo weighs 19 lbs, but the 20 lb BAR was lugged all over the world, by a million men and 30 lb belt feds (counting a 100 rd belt) were also, and have continued to be, since then, by 10's of millions of men. 100 rds of the 223 ammo can be cached and so can the 100 rd drum and 400 rds of the .22lr ammo, Doing so saves 8lbs. Normally, since I'd only be out and about at night, half that much ammo would be plenty, saving another lb. At night, the scope has almost no value, other than if it's a full moon and snow is on the ground. But it's a great solar igniter for fire and it lets me scan my area during daylight. It could be left behind, too. So I'd then be down to just 10 lbs, yet still have a lot of versatility. So it costs $2000, or even $5000 on the black market, so what?
  7. so what? if shtf, there wont be any laws. You can' t even imagine how horrible it will be to be un-armed in such a situation.
  8. ratter

    Make fire from battery

    if you've got some wire, tape and TP, or something just as combustible, you can make fire with a battery without harming the battery. Tape one end of each of the 2 wire to the poles of the battery and cross the other ends. It will almost instantly glow red hol. This is easiest to do with insulated copper wire.
  9. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=chief+aj's+grizzly make 4-tined fishing arrows, but use spring wire, not bike spooks. You can use a torch to the points just barely redhot, without annealing the steel, and smack that tip with hammer, on something hard, and flat, to flatten it, letting you grind and file the barb shape. Thin sheetmetal as a ferrule, like on a pencil, but wider and stiffer. Given a barb on each end of the tine, each one can become two fishhooks in a couple of minutes, for the Alone show. Take 2-3 broadheads and the rest as fishing heads. Once you remove the tines, you'll still have blunts that will take small game and waterfowl. Leave one as is, for bowfishing., if your waters are clear and still. The fishing arrow has to have slip on rubber vanes. So do your broadheads, on super rainy Vancouver Island. 🙂 The others should feature spiral flu flu fletching, that limits the flight of the arrow to 20m, making it much less likely to be damaged or lost. You can also make baked clay falls, for the shots not worthy of an arrow, like mice, small birds, chipmunks, snakes. Foger rocks, cause they dont fly straight. dont risk scaring off the game with near misses, wasting a stalk, etc. by tying to use rocks. They are a waste of time. Your slingshot "ammo" needs to be as perfectly round and the same size and weight as you can make it.
  10. you'll have LOTS to do before pottery becomes an issue. it's out of the question if it's cold, or if you dont have plenty to eat. Blacksmithing is a joke. if shtf, 99% of the population will be dead in a year. There will be diesel fuel in drums and tanks, diesel pickup trucks, generators, welders, and hand and power tools laying all over the place. and almost every structure will be empty. Vans make excellent shelters, guys. Not long ago, I lived in one for 3 years, on 5k a year. Sold my plasma for 3k a year and made the rest of it doing oddjobs from craigslist.
  11. number one. There are no rules. #2, always cheat, always win. #3, see rule 1.
  12. I prefer the hammock, but I can set it up as a reclining slingchair, if there's just one decent sized tree. I can also cross the trekking poles, tie them at their tops, guy them out, and use them as a back rest, reclining, while sitting on my pack, it's good down to 20F, without a fire, given my clothing choices. With the UCO candle lantern (beeswax ONLY) between my thighs. or with dry debris between the layers, I can go down to 10F. With the projected heat of a Siberian fire lay (works to 2m) I can handle near-arctic temps. If this seated supershelter has the clear PEVA "door' facing the 9 am sun, the greenhouse effect will make it 40F warmer at noon than it was at dawn. So I can sleep from 11 am to 5 pm, given a 10 mg Ambien sleeping pill. Those things are a blessing, there's nothing comes close to them for utility in size, weight and likelihood of need in a crisis..
  13. you not want to waste half a day, every day of travel, waste calories, have all that noise and movement to attract your killers, making a debris shelter. Getting one to be rainproof is a real pita, and it all requires the right resources, which often are not present. Bad idea for a bugout scenario, really bad, in fact.
  14. you can do much better, if you take the right gear. I have 4 lbs of sleep shelter gear and 4 lbs of clothing (beyond what I'd wear to the office) and it suffices down to 10F, without a fire, and to near arctic conditions with the projected heat of a Siberian fire lay. All of my 2.5 lbs of sleep/shelter stuff can be worn as a poncho, and the additional 1 lb of monofilament gillnet hammock (without the lead weights) can feed me if need be. It's 6x100 ft of 2" mesh, with mule tape tree straps. Add another 1/4 lb for stakes and cordage. You need shelter that can be put up or taken down in 5 minutes, that is not effected by its getting wet (stuffed sleeping bags suck) and it should include bug netting (for summer, but also as insulation in winter, between the modified SOL escape bivvy and the PEVA clear plastic bag, A frost cloth bag should go between the bugnetting and the SOL.
  15. neither. A modified Crunch multitool with some 10" saw blades to be held in the visegrip of the crunch and a Cold steel shovel, one edge with a convex shape, for chopping, the other edge slimmed down for slicing. 10x the versatility. Digging with a stick sucks, and making a fire-hardened wooden shovel takes all day! It's also pretty useless in hard dirt, gravel. So you'd have to waste another day making a stone adze. If you make a longer handle for the E tool, you can stand up to dig and move sand, etc. If you drill a couple of holes near the rear corners of the blade, and add some cordage, it's a lot handier for moving snow. If you make a right-angled forked sapling into a handle, the E tool becomes a pick/hoe/adze. This pair of tools is by far the most useful combo you can get for being in the woods.