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  1. In addition to my M6, the other survival rifle that I have wanted for a long time is the Henry AR-7. I don't recall what I paid for it, but the current MSRP is $305. I've actually had it for years, but fired it for the first time tonight. The rifle breaks down and stores in the stock and from what I have read, it floats. (Not trying that for now) Assembly is easy. There is a screw sleeve that attaches the barrel and a thumb screw for attaching the butt stock. It comes with 2 magazines and they store in the stock as well. While I really like the simplicity of a single shot like the M6, it's nice having the 8 round mags and the ability for a quick 2nd or 3rd shot. My eyes still suck so the peep hole is a challenge for me with any rifle, but I was able to shoot it well enough for what I would perceive to be it's primary use. (Small game). The post is orange, so that helps. There are a crazy amount of accessories for this rifle if you want to go that route. I'm thinking I'm just going to leave this one stock for now so it all stores in the stock. It's fun to shoot and packs up small. More details to follow as I shoot it more.
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    Henry - U.S. Survival AR-7

    @Rick I'm not real experienced with long guns, but my impression of this is positive. The trigger pull seemed medium, but consistent. The sights worked well enough with my vision correction. The rifle seemed to shoot consistently. Might be shooting a little low, or I might be shooting a little low, I'm betting on the latter. My main goal was "Can I shoot bunnies at 25 yards or less" and I think I can. (more if it's 'less'!) I had zero misfires or other issues. I shot 36 g Winchester HPs. About 400 rounds. If they asked me to design this rifle, I think I'd do a folding wire stock, sacrifice a little length for a quicker setup, but they didn't. I never had a Henry but I know a lot of folks who swear by their lever actions. I'm pretty pleased with this one and it does fit in some small packs/bags when it is all stowed.
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    New Opinel #6

    Went to REI today to spend my yearly dividend and I needed to add something on to use it all up. I saw this wee Opinel #6 and decided I had to have it. (had is subjective - I don't need another knife) 3" handle, 3" blade, 1/2" lock. 6 1/2" opened, 3 1/2" closed. Not sure if this will be part of my EDC, but I like it.
  4. I've wanted an M6 for years. Never could justify what the original were going for used but when I saw this new version from TPS Firearms, I decided to take the plunge. It was raining today so I took it to the local indoor range and ran some ammo through it. I didn't have a case, but it fit nicely into my old laptop bag, so I loaded it up and took it to the range. The barrel assembly uses a pin to lock it to the other half. One neat improvement is that the pin has a stop so it won't fall out. The trigger is a paddle kind of thing, but once I started shooting I didn't even notice any difference. It has a peep site and a v (for the 410). My eyes are not the greatest, so my distance correction makes the peep hole very fuzzy, but I was able to make it work. The operation is simple, as you would expect. Load ammo, close rifle, cock, fire. There is a selector button that you lift up to shoot 22 or push down to shoot 410. Since I was all 22 this time, once I set it, I was good for the whole time. The extractor works well when you break the rifle open again and remove the spent ammo. Then just pop another one in and keep shooting. Even with the limitations that my eyes gave me, I was happy with the accuracy of this rifle. Next up is to try out the 410, but I can't do that at this indoor range. (I think) The stock opens up to store ammo and even has a little space for other things? Bore snake comes to mind, TBD. I had gone back and forth trying to decide if I should get this rifle or the Henry AR7. In the end, I got both! Separate write up on the AR7 to follow in another post. As I have more experience with this particular gun, I'll add to this thread
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    TPS M6 Survival Rifle - 22LR/410

    Chiappa does a 20/22 combo. And others. https://www.chiappafirearms.com/p/id/217/product/M6-Folding-Shotgun/Rifle-w/-4-Inserts.php
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    TPS M6 Survival Rifle - 22LR/410

    $480 OTD from my local guy.
  7. Correction - that's a Nebo NanoLite. I've ordered a lot of wee flashlights lately and got the two mixed up. The Key Smart is longer, but has a shroud to protect the bulb.
  8. After a night on a Youtube wormhole, I crafted this Altoids Mini Suburban EDC kit. It's not going to give me shelter, or help me purify water. This was for things I might need in a non-survival, daily suburban environment. Fits great in that little pocket in my jeans that I never knew what to do with. 2 stamps, Band-Aid, alcohol pad, 3 Imodium & 2 Benadryl, USB>mini adapter, Spyderco Bug, lens cleaner cloth, KeySmart Nano Torch mini flashlight, needle and thread (in the straw),16 gb flash drive, and the tin that it all fits in.
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    Picture a day thread!

    Another Mora. This is the Light My Fire.
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    Brad's BOB

    Added two rat traps (lots of desert chipmunks and a few bunnies around here). Two fit nicely into this 30 rd molle carrier. Gonna drill holes in the traps so I can secure them with cordage. (Picked that up on some YouTube videos) P.S. Upgraded to P-51 based on zachmars' input. Also picked up a half dozen cheap carabiners since they were so light and come in handy for non-climbing hook ups.
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    Brad's BOB

    First try at a BOB. Not going to get all of the things that I need, but it has a lot more than my previous non existant bag. If I BO in my car, I have additional supplies, but I wanted something that I could grab and go if I needed to. This sleeps by the foot of my bed. No firearms in this bag. (not that they aren't a part of my BO plan) I picked up a SOG bag at the local big box sports store and filled it with stuff that I mostly had about the house. I know that I have some redundancies and that I need to add some stuff. Includes: Dryer Lint, Disposable Poncho, Bandana, Smith Pocket Sharpener, Headlamp, Spare glasses, Reading glasses, Space blanket x2, Lexan spoons, Small file, 3/8" brace & bit drill bit, 250 steel shot for slingshot, Life Straw, 1st aid kit, Poncho, Small pot, 2 silicone bowls, 2 mouse traps, compass, Storm matches, Lighter, Ferro rod and striker, P 38 can opener, light-sticks x2, 4800 Cal in food bars, battery powered lamp, 4 mil 55 gal trash bag, 50' paracord , Gerber Parabellum folding knife, Buck fixed knife, Cold Steel folding knife, Axe, Sven saw, 4 Always pads, 5' x 7' tarp, Slingshot, Whistle. Aluminum water bottle.
  12. When I was back east, my winter car kit included: Space Blanket Winter sleeping bag Fire starter(s) Road flares Spare water Spare food Spare gloves/socks/hat Kitty litter (for traction if stuck) Not an all inclusive list, just what is on the top of my mind.
  13. Like the title says. If you magically came into $250 (US), what would you add to your gear? (P.S. football gods smiled on me this week)
  14. I decided to spend it on preventative survival. My dentist has been after me to take better care of my gums. My survival angle here is that if the S does HTF, the better shape I'm in today will impact my long term chances. I'd imagine dental hygiene would take a hit if I was in a survival situation, so I'm prepping by taking better care of my self now. I ended up getting a SonicCare toothbrush. But I also got a Mora neck knife, 'cause you could always use an extra knife. The balance went to odds and ends like tarps and paracord.
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    Saws ?

    Apologize for the thread resurrection, but it seemed to be the best place for this. For some reason I've wanted a Sven saw for years and this year I finally bought one. (15") I used it on a camping trip in New Hampshire and for this one trip it did exactly what I expected. It packed light (I flew to NH). It was easy to set up. It cut wood. It's best suited for 2" - 3" branches, but it did cut some 5" - 6" logs as well. I cannot speak to the longevity of the blade, but this earned a place in my BOB based on this week's performance. I might consider the 21" model if I was buying again, and I still want to test this against some folders, but I have to say that the 15" Sven Saw did not disappoint.
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    SURVIVAL necklace

    Update - slightly smaller whistle came in the mail today. (Acme Tornado Slimline #636) This allowed me to add 5 butterflies and 2 Benadryl tabs. (I carry them for mild allergic reactions.)
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    SURVIVAL necklace

    OK, so I set out on a mission to create one of these. It's a work in progress, but it uses an Altoids Smalls for the container, 550 cord for the necklace*, and bicycle tubes to stick it all together. Inside are a knife (a wee tiny knife), whistle, ferro rod, striker, and some dryer lint. I'm waiting on a smaller whistle which may afford me some room for some first aid stuff. This will continue to evolve. This was more of a exercise in what I could do, not so much a serious piece of survival kit for me. But time will tell. * (I plan on doing a breakaway as suggested by Wyzyrd, in the future)
  18. I still watch it, but each season it gets more and more like "Survivor" or "Big Brother" to me with people playing to the cameras. Mouse head on a stick? Give me a break. But the lure of $500,000 is strong and you can't play if you don't get picked. I blame the producers who (I think) coached them to be outrageous and then edit it those parts. And they need to remove the disclaimer that these people are "trained survival experts" and replace it with one that says they are "survival hobbyists", in my opinion. (for you kids, that means IMO! 🙂)
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    Desert Monsoon Season

    Phoenix, AZ here. We get the Monsoons and 120° days. (Only 108° today) But the other 9 months of the year are awesome!
  20. I went on a search for something like this after reading a similar post on the MTJS blog. My two biggest wants were a bottle opener and a cutter. Screwdriver was a nice third, and nut driver/rulers were a distant fourth. This opens bottlers and cuts 550 cord so it's staying on my keychain. I think it could pry something if necessary, but I have not had the need yet. And if I need a 2nd thing to help me measure 2", this has me covered. Cost me $12 and I'm happy with it.
  21. Yea, for these types of things, it is 2-3x higher than the others I've seen, but my rational is this. It cost me about the same as 2 pints and a tip at the local brew pub. If I ever find myself in a situation where I need to cut something like 550 cord and don't have a knife, I'd be pissed that I didn't spend one happy hour's bill on this item.
  22. We all have knives, fire starters, etc., but what is your unexpected item(s) in your BOB? I have two - nail clippers and mouse traps nail clippers - yea, I could do it with a knife or emery board, but it's low cost for the payoff mouse traps - not only to keep out critters, but to provide bait for other things These are my two - do you have others?
  23. Well, since you brought the thread back, I'll add my $0.02. I'd probably go with a ferro rod w/striker. (Technically 2 items, but I'm counting it as a kit). Knife would be a close #2.
  24. Since this thread is recently resurrected, I'll add mine. This is assuming off the grid living. 4/5 taken from above How to build shelters (using any available resources) How to make fire How to source water and make it safe How to source food (hunting/fishing) How to source food (edible plants) I need to really work on the last one, and still need to work on most of the others.
  25. Lifelong contact lens wearer (adult life) who recently realised that I don't have enough emergency glasses. I have two pair, but none in my BOB and no spares in my car. That changes today as I just moved my 2nd pair to my BOB and will be getting a new pair this week for my car. I'm afraid of going overboard, but afraid of not going overboard. So - glasses wearers, how many pairs do you have and where do you keep them? <edit>FYI - I am about 20/150 without correction. I need glasses or contacts to function. I can read without them just fine, but can't see far.</edit>