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  1. A poncho is about as likely to keep you dry as the rainsuit, (ie, not very) but the poncho is a lot easier to make out of a tarp than to make a watertight container. In an area as wet as Vancouver, water-tight containers are priceless.
  2. if you dont prep properly, even the ferrorod wont succeed in making fire. Fowler, season 3, could not get one going on his first day. If you ARE prepped properly, the ferrrorod is a wasted pick. You are not going to homestead, so forget the axe, and the big saw. You dont want or need to cut big wood. A saw is needed, but you dont want one that requires both hands to use. This is especially true on Vancouver, cause you're forbidden to cut green trees. Fire doesnt feed you, and you should not need it for warmth. So it should not be a huge priority for you. Boiling water for drinking is a huge pita, so instead, draw the water from a seep well (with a low wall and lid to keep out the crud). Then make a filter out of one leg of the rainsuit, Suspend the pants from your ridgepole, and in one leg of the pants, have layers of moss, gravel, sand and charcoal, with a bit of T shirt to keep the crud from dripping into the container.
  3. You can start your first fire with the batteries that they give you, the tape and either the tines from the fishing arrowheads, or some of the fishhooks (arranged in chain fashion) Once you make a dry bag out of one of the gaitors ( sewing with a straightened-out fishhook and taping the seams) you can forcedry (with hot rocks) some tinder, and keep dry some ashes and charred punkwood. Once you have those, any piece of quartz or chert and any carbon steel tool will suffice for a fire. If you bury some coals, touching some dry wood that's also buried in ashes, the fire will be "re-ignitable' for hours. Half a day will suffice to make a big pump drill, which will start friction fire easily, as long as the inserts for the spindle head and the hearth board are kept dry in your dry bag.
  4. I have never seen any reason to vote for any given one, other than Dave McIntire, and then only after he wove his net and found the natural crab trap. I gave props to alan for not wasting a pick on an axe. I did think that the Whipples had the deck stacked in their favor, due to the fact that they'd not have to split the prize money. But they made the usual mistake of messing with a shelter instead of providing massive amounts of food income. You should be dealing with the cold by taking adequate clothing and sleeping bag, so fire and firewood should be only a minor issue. Make a poncho out of a hunk of tarp and some tape, since you'll get wet inside of the rainsuit anyway. The rainsuit is much better used as water filter and storage (the legs) and water carrier (jacket/sleeves)
  5. they were all losing at least half a lb per day, so they certainly were NOT thriving physically.
  6. true lethality at hand to hand for number one, and major medical first responder skills for the second.
  7. ratter

    Multiple Defense Options

    you've got them down, now stomp them into wheelchairs for life. Then they 'll never again attack anyone. Too bad you can't also tattoo their foreheads, "I attacked somebody".
  8. ratter

    Multiple Defense Options

    I"ve had to point a gun at a man half a dozen times in my life. Cops are never around when you need one. Anyone who maintains otherwise is just a fool.
  9. I took up running on the treadmill 2 months ago. I'm 30 lbs too heavy, so it's been a real slog, but I get in half an hour twice a week. For 3 years now, I lifted heavy weights and while I got bigger and stronger, I didn't gain a lick of stamina. So now I do a couple of hours of weights, but it's high reps and low weight, to keep it aerobic.
  10. The way most of us do so is to realize that you can't care about everyone. You get forced into choosing who you will save and who has to die in order to save the others. You do what you have to do and it's just tough for the losers, that's all.
  11. autopistols are plenty reliable enough and revolvers are fragile. You can easly ruin one by having it drop on a hard surface. if the crane or cylinder pin bend even a little bit, the cylinder wont revolve. There's also a lot of crevices in a revolver that let in rain, fog, etc and lead to rust. Yes, stainless steel guns still rust (just more slowly) There's a reason why the militaries all abandoned the revolver, decades ago. A tiny bit of degree, a couple of grains of sand, even, can lock up a DA revolver. i've had it happen, both times the wheelie fell out of my holster, once into a pile of limestone and another time inside of a grain bin. In really fast fire, it's common to not let the DA trigger fully return forward, causing a skipped chamber. So the revolver is like the pump shotgun, full of all kinds of problems that few realize exist.
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    We had no need to invade Japan. Our sea blockade saw to it that they could not fish or trade. They starve without those avenues. Our firebombing of tokyo killed more people than the 2 nukes put together. Because of the earthquake risks, they built with only wood and paper. So we could have burned their buildigs and ripe rice fields and starved them until there was nobody left alive. Presto, easy invasion. The threat was Russia, both in Europe and in Asia. So we scared them off with the nukes. We coudn't admit (at the time) that our "great ally' (russia) was a worse threat than japan and germany put together.
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    Big brother would be unable to sustain nationwide martial law for more than a month. If such law is imposed, Foreign investors will immediately cease buying our short term bonds, rendering the $100 bill nothing but toilet tissue. Nobody works for free, including soldiers and cops. They'd all have to desert and go try to care for their families. There's only a million troops, and most of them are on ships or overseas. There's a million more Reservists and NG, but most wont answer the call after shtf. So just how will a million guys control 100 millon gunowners, 10% of whom have autorifles, (altho half of those are .22lr, they'll suffice) 1% of whom have night vision, soft armor, walkie talkies, boats, welders, lathes, off-road bikes, even ultralight planes? It can't be done. We are not broke, un-educated peasants, like the Russians, Germans, Chinese and Cambodians were! So, no, i aint worried about martial law. 100,000 of those troops would be shot within a month. Making a very fine, threaded-on .22lr silencer takes only an hour, once you are set up to do it (takes 3 hours). Making a "can" for a high-powered rifle takes half a day. Those troops will swiftly learn to hate their duties!
  14. there's no need to buy any. Your stuff and presence have to be emplaced at night, showing no light and leaving no sign. If shtf, you stay undeground during daylight hours. In a year, nearly everyone will be dead, so everything you see will belong to you. Dont waste your money on land. you'll just have to pay taxes on it and enemies will know to look there for you. If shtf, every above ground building will be searched, many times over, by desperate, well-armed people. You dont want to be in any such place.
  15. they need to take : The new Condor shovel, with the saw edge, a modified Crunch multitool, (with a Silky saw blade to be held in the visegrip) the 12x12 tarp, the sleeping bag, the 5 qt skillet (Amazon) the 8 treblehooks and fishlne, one of Chief Aj's slingbows and the 6 arrows, 4 of which should have 4-tined fishing heads, which swiftly convert into 32 fishhooks, a 2 person hammock made out of 750 (9- strand) paracord, which can be woven into 2000 sq ft of 3" mesh netting, a big roll of heavy duty duct tape, and one 5-lb ration of a mix of gorp and pemmican. Fish and game lack carbs. By far the most feasible carb-source on Vancouver Island is to juice the kelp, with a big wooden mortar and pestle. They need to convert their gaiters into dry bags, with a fishhook made by straightening out a fishhook and the tape. One of them should be full of the salt that you recover from seawater, by boiling it constantly, for about 3 weeks. The other gaiter-drybag should be full of forced-dry (ie, with hot rocks) tinder, ashes, and charred punkwood. Use the treblehooks on small log rafts, baited with roasted cambium, for gulls and ducks, with a 3 lb drowning rock tied about a foot from each hook. Make a tree platform blind, use the fishheads and guts to bait in a bear and arrow it. There's the fat that you need. Fish (unless they salmon) offer no fat. Cut a 3 ft slice off of the 12x12, and another one off of the remaining 9x12. You need to make a poncho and hood, cause you'll be using the legs of the rainsuit to filter and store water and the sleeves of the jacket to haul water. :-) Make a dry bag ou out of the tarp and tape, for protecting the camera gear. Tape the seams of the hard Pelican camera cases and use them for floatation devices, making your little outrigger log raft a viable way to get up and down the coast, and to install and service your crab traps and nets. Sapling frames and netting (several wraps) make traps for birds, crabs, fish, mammals. You may not be able to get thru the winter with the above gear and tactics, but you go without losing any weight for 3 months. Things that would make it possible to get thru the winter would be catching a lot of fish, being on a body of water that doesn't freeze up, arrowing at least 2 bears, , eating a lot of cambium, finding a wild beehive, arrowing a seal or 2, catching a ton of fowl, quite a few coons, possums or porcupines, (they have fat) extracting tree sap in March. Forget elaborate shelters, until you've made it 2 months without losing any weight and have 100 lbs of food preserved. If you dont take care of the food first, you'll starve out before you need that shelter! A 9x9, set up diagonally over a ridgepole, 3.5 ft high at the head end, tapering to 2.5 ft high at the foot end, slit the diamonds at each end, letting them drape down and form the doors of your little sleeping shelter. Use the 10x10 "camera tarp " to form the roof of your 7 ft high "work awning" in front of the sleeping shelter. Use brush, debris and dirt to make the sides and end of this shelter. Have a pair of Dakota pits, one on each side of the awning, with long, tapering access holes, so you can feed long timbers into the flames without having to cut them to length. Keep the shelter portable, and move it to where the squawood is. Dont waste time and calories carrying wood to your shelter. prop up some big, flat rocks over the vertical holes to the firepits, to reflect heat towards your work area. At night, slip them under your raised bed. When you are using fishguts as fishbait, use little chunks of t shirt to make bait bags, so the minnows can't nibble off all of your bait. If you need smaller mesh netting, fold over the 3" mesh and tie every other mesh, you'll have 1.5" mesh. Do it again and you'll have 3/4" mesh. While it's nice to have a drawstring and a round cast net, you CAN make a square net work in shallow water, after tying small stones around its edges Cast it over the school of small fish, pinning them to the bottom of the body of water.. Use a small sharpened stick to brain each one, after you find it by feel (the fish will stir up mud in their struggles) after you've killed them all, remove the net, and they will all float, letting you put them into a container. Once you've woven the net with too small mesh, you see, you have no option to make it larger. So you start with big mesh netting.