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Guns • Re: Something Different – Kriss

February 28, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0
Cast Iron wrote:

DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:I own one. I’ve had it about 5 months now…love it.

Add the Eotech to the top rail and that’s my weapon.

The recoil mitigation is exactly as they brag about. Within 3 magazines I had it on point…It was really easy to figure out.
watch this in full auto slow motion at 1:45 here…note the barrel rise…lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntIZzXqWtzM

—-Glock mags (which I have about 15 of) made it fun.

I’ve heard of a few failure to feed issues with underpowered loads/remanufactured ammunition but I haven’t had any….I only have about 150-200 rounds downrange so far so the jury is still out but it certainly is fun to shoot.

Field strip is as easy as the Glock too…

I plan a serious test here soon with different ammunitions various factory standard loads and remanufactured to try to cause a FTF. (I’ll even sacrifice 2-3 boxes of Hornaday critical duty to check it out)

Driven, thank you for chiming in.
Always good to hear real world comments, feedback on a given platform.

Do you have any criticism of your Kriss? Or, perhaps if you had your druthers, you would prefer a change, modification, additional feature?

I am going to assume you have done a lot of research on this firearm before dropping that kind of money. Any known mechanical failures or breakages?

As Illini Warrior points out, spare parts for a not so common firearm be an issue?

You are correct sir. Lots and Lots of research on this before pulling the trigger. 2 years of hemming and hawing before pulling the Trigger…Literally…lol.

So the V1 had a few issues, but I still really wanted it. I didn’t and thankful on that. KRISS adjusted some things to help with the FTF issues. Like I said I haven’t had any on my V2 Enhanced but I have seen and heard just like the Glock a flinch or a “limp wrist” can cause a FTF malfunction…I’ve experienced it on my .9, .45, and .40 Glocks and EVERY time I had a FTF it was my fault.

You do see one malfunction in the video link above and notice he immediately identified it as a flinch malfunction…No others in the entire vid.

While I agree that a different with breakage is bad ju-ju in SHTF, I bought mine as a fun gun and not a primary weapon platform….I have a good size collection so this hurts me none.

My multiple M4’s were all bought with Direct Impingement instead of Piston for this exact reason….Odds of finding the same piston rod/assembly in SHTF failure are very low as each manufacture has a different spin on their piston design.(in general)…..Hence the decision for DI uppers….Drop and swap abilities if needed in a SHTF scenario.

Like I said the jury is still out on my final opinion without at least 1000 rds downrange, but I am liking what I hear and have seen on the V2.

If I was to be hyper critical at this point the only thing I can see some shooters needing to wrap their heads around is the mag release for right handed shooters. The natural inclination on your off hand thumb position it right where the mag release is. An unintentional mag drop is possible if not aware. Easily mitigated but non the less thought I’d mention it.

I have not had to deal with them but the reputation of KRISS in the USA is EXCEPTIONAL for any customer service……There was one guy on youtube that was thrashing them but he was in Canada and from what I hear, that was a country issue, not KRISS’s..That was also on the V1 with the known an addressed issues…I can say either way but that’s what I found in years of research.

Bottom line so far……. Awesome, fun gun….Recoil mitigation is excelled by none that I have shot(which is many). Charging handle and FTF issues were fixed well in the V2 update, Love the stock change, Trigger feel reset is great, but I wouldn’t say the absolute best out there. If you have to have the long barrel the new shroud really makes it a head turner.

This is a specialty gun platform…..UBER cool to own but I personally wouldn’t make it my only SHTF platform for a WROL situation

That’s what my Daniel Defense’s are for…. ;)

As with all things prepping….One = none, and two = one……I just have a few more than 2. ;)

.

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Okie’s Law • Re: Protection from Rogue Officers

February 28, 2017 Norman11 0

If you don’t know all ready After Katrina , Congress passed ‘ PUBLIC LAW 109-295 SEC 706 PROHIBITING THE SEIZURE OF FIREARMS IN A EMERGENCY OR DISASTER BY ANY FEDERAL EMPOLYEE OR PERSON ACTING IN SUPPORT OF RELIEF FRON THAT DISASTER. IT DOES ALLOW THEM TO REQUIRE THAT YOU TEMPOARLY SURRENDER YOUR FIREARM WHILE BEING TRANSPORTED BY THEM. IT ALSO ALLOWS FOR LAWSUITS IN FEDERAL COURT FOR VIOLATIONS AND FOR RETURN OF THE FIREARM

GET A COPY AND POST IT ON YOU DOOR KEEP A COPY IN YOUR PREPS

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 28, 2017 kenjabroni 0

Through one of the contacts my wife has made in town I ordered 6 300w solar panels. They are 53 bucks each. I wish I could have placed a bigger order but thank goodness I am able to get some because I know down the line I was wanting to get some. This just puts me a bit ahead of that curve. Gotta love making useful contacts. This lady has helped us quite a few times already but this to me is pretty huge to help be more self sufficient.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

February 28, 2017 Murby 0
NJMike wrote:
Murby,

I’m curious on this:

It should be noted that putting electronics in a Faraday cage for a solar storm is a waste of time.

Is this due to the duration of a massive solar storm and someone taking their electronics out of the box prematurely?
OR
Is this due to construction/materials of the Faraday cage vs. shorter wavelengths’ penetration?
OR
Inducted energy within the Faraday Cage, or something else?

Also, Any difference if the Faraday Cage is non-screen and grounded?

Thanks.

Its because a Faraday cage just isn’t needed for an EMP caused by a Coronal Mass Ejection…. The induced voltages are too small to bother small electronic devices on the ground. In fact, solar EMP’s are sort of a mislabeled event and are kind of misleading in that regard. You have to have an understanding of the differences between a nuclear emp and a solar emp.

Nuclear EMP ( E1 pulse) is caused by gamma rays knocking electrons loose from the atoms in our atmosphere.. This is called “the Compton Effect” or “Compton Scattering”.. When those electrons get knocked loose, they travel to the ground and induce voltages up to 50,000 volts per meter into conductive surfaces. This all happens within time frames measured in nano-seconds.. There’s no real amperage behind it, its mostly a quick static like charge similar to what you get on a dry day when you kiss your wife and you zap each other. But that’s enough to absolutely fry delicate micro-electronics that our world runs on today. Anything not well protected behind multiple layers of emp shielding will be fried.. Well.. at least those things nearest the detonation center.. as the distance increases, the laws of wave propagation (inverse square to the distance) reduce the severity the further they are from the detonation point.. Eventually, the signal is too weak to do any damage to things. Within a 1000 mile radius, a metal trash can isn’t going to provide much protection without multiple layers.. outside that 1000 mile radius, the metal trashcan on its own might actually protect something.. but I wouldn’t count on it.

A solar EMP is a very different animal.. This is the (E3 pulse).. Solar EMP isn’t really an EMP pulse at all.. its more like a wave. When the billions of tons of particles streaming from the Sun hit our atmosphere, they compress the Earth’s magnetic field on the day side and cause a tail to form on the night side (It causes our magnetic field to move around).. When the stream of particles pass us, the magnetic field returns to normal. Its that simple.. but…..
What happens when you move a magnetic field around in the presence of a metal conductor? You get electrons flowing! This magnetically induced charge isn’t powerful or concentrated enough to have any meaningful affect on small conductors like electronics.. but those long power lines stretching across our country that carry electricity every where? Oh boy! Those act like giant antennas and the magnetic field induces a charge of about 1 volt per meter into those lines. Now, 1 volt per meter isn’t much considering your iPhone is only about 6 inches long.. your big screen TV certainly won’t be bothered by an extra volt within its circuits.. But a power line that runs hundreds of miles? That one volt per meter is going to add up fast! Transformers designed to take 14,000 volts will suddenly see the input voltage go past 100,000 or more.. causing huge voltage spikes, huge rushes of current, and very high conductor temperatures.

Anything connected to the power grid is likely to be fried when your normal household power goes from 240 volts (120 per side) to a whopping 10,000 volts (or more) and the current to back it up..

Your electronics that are not plugged into the grid are not in danger of being damaged by the EMP, they’re in danger of being burned by the fire as your home burns to the ground because your television or your microwave caught fire.

For Nuclear EMP, you get a Faraday cage..
For Solar EMP, you get fire extinguishers.

Either way, you might also want to get a steam engine because you won’t see any grid supplied electricity for several years…

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Prepper Fiction • Re: The Fall

February 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0
NJMike wrote:

Cast Iron wrote:NJMike, thank you very much for your input. I really appreciate it.
Based off your critique and observations I clearly did not convey the relationship dynamic as well as I thought I did.
The first draft went more into detail about Claire, her parents, the relationship with Jason and how it all started . . . but it felt like I was going down a rabbit hole and questionable if it was adding to the overall storyline or not.

And to be honest, some of it felt like a cliche: mousey, verbally/emotionally abused young lady, limited options, marries a, to use your most excellent words, bonehead who is nearly carbon copy of her father.
There is a lot of psychology there.
After years and years of continued verbal/emotional abuse, during the SHTF, she snaps.
Again, feels like a cliche.

You have given me something to think about for future posts.

Thank you again.

You’re welcome. I enjoyed the read. I’d say cliches are cliches because they happen often enough to resonate with people and past experiences. That doesn’t mean a cliched character is bad in the story if done properly. If I drew an incorrect cliched conclusion from your intent, that’s based on my life experiences. You still created a character in Claire deep enough in a few short passages to get a reaction out of me.

Thank you again NJMike.
I may use conversations in the future to give a better background story to develop Claire.
Maybe even tempt a cliche.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

February 28, 2017 rickdun 0

I don’t think a nuke to produce an EMP is going to happen, not when it’s much, much easier to do it via the internet and a whole lot cheaper for whoever does it. All they have to do is get the right combination to the grid and they may already have it and just waiting for the right time to do it. They hack into the government computers thousands of times a day, so the grid is just as vulnerable.

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Stories and Fiction • Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

February 28, 2017 rj5156 0

Just a check-in today, ya’ll know the drill by now. If we’re out for a while there is generally a reason for it.

We have had a whirlwind week or so. Been working on another barrel line build and I have spent lots of quality time and very long days with the mag drill, drilling and tapping holes to mount a machined rail to a steel tube frame. Feeling it some too.

I have been excused for a few days and am now working hard to catch up on laundry and household stuff. I had hoped to post all our pics from the build today but was a little optimistic about what I can get done;)

Tomorrow should be pretty clear beyond laundry which never ends around here. This kind of work really is life as usual for us and we enjoy it tremendously! Lots of good stuff to share.

I have at least managed to keep good notes each day, I use facebook like some folks use a notebook. Helps me keep it roughly in order and remember the details when I finally have time to make real posts. Even that has kept me up past my bedtime many evenings. Always glad I did it anyway though.

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CERT • Re: Comminucations Breakdown

February 28, 2017 Norman11 0

Communication problems have always happened during emergencies. Planning ahead is necessary If you are intending on using a radio. It takes two to tango. The is no ring tome like a phone. In my area CERT is planning on using GMRS and FRS radios available at Walmart and sporting good stores. FRS is low power. radio to radio No License. GMRS requires a license from the FCC base station can go up to 25 watt. The license is good for your whole family. No test. Ham radio is the Amateur Radio System that has been around as long as radio. You study the rules take a test , if you pass you are licensed. The radios will talk to other radios and thru repeaters that cover larger areas. Estimate 40 to 60 mile depending on location. Ham radios cost from $35.00 up
Again you need two, yours and who you intend to talk to. Your Local CERT coordinator can advise you on the local plan. For your family plan ahead what to do where to go , a time of day and a frequency to talk on, and if you miss that time three hours later.

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Food & Water • Re: how to keep bread fresh?

February 28, 2017 sageprice 0

Sheesh! Fresh bread doesn’t last around my house. It is eaten before it goes stale. I back every third day or so. Mostly I bake what is call turbo bread. It rises overnight and is baked fresh in the morning. I DO NOT need to store it as I do not over bake. Make only the amount you will eat in two days. If it’s a small loaf it’s your Fresh small loaf. If I want a firmer bread, It’s more non-wheat flour than wheat. There are also very good gluten free recipes. The grocery store GF sucks.

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Prepper Fiction • Re: The Fall

February 28, 2017 NJMike 0
Cast Iron wrote:
NJMike, thank you very much for your input. I really appreciate it.
Based off your critique and observations I clearly did not convey the relationship dynamic as well as I thought I did.
The first draft went more into detail about Claire, her parents, the relationship with Jason and how it all started . . . but it felt like I was going down a rabbit hole and questionable if it was adding to the overall storyline or not.

And to be honest, some of it felt like a cliche: mousey, verbally/emotionally abused young lady, limited options, marries a, to use your most excellent words, bonehead who is nearly carbon copy of her father.
There is a lot of psychology there.
After years and years of continued verbal/emotional abuse, during the SHTF, she snaps.
Again, feels like a cliche.

You have given me something to think about for future posts.

Thank you again.

You’re welcome. I enjoyed the read. I’d say cliches are cliches because they happen often enough to resonate with people and past experiences. That doesn’t mean a cliched character is bad in the story if done properly. If I drew an incorrect cliched conclusion from your intent, that’s based on my life experiences. You still created a character in Claire deep enough in a few short passages to get a reaction out of me.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

February 28, 2017 NJMike 0

Murby,

I’m curious on this:

It should be noted that putting electronics in a Faraday cage for a solar storm is a waste of time.

Is this due to the duration of a massive solar storm and someone taking their electronics out of the box prematurely?
OR
Is this due to construction/materials of the Faraday cage vs. shorter wavelengths’ penetration?
OR
Inducted energy within the Faraday Cage, or something else?

Also, Any difference if the Faraday Cage is non-screen and grounded?

Thanks.

Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:07 pm


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Okie’s Law • Re: Protection from Rogue Officers

February 28, 2017 Murby 0

A criminal with a badge is still a criminal and shall be dealt with as such under a SHTF situation.

If we American’s simply give up our rights because we are afraid to die due to overwhelming force, then we’ve already lost everything. My philosophy is a life for a life.. I am willing to die to protect my rights and the rights of others.. The cops trying to confiscate my guns better be willing to die also because I’m going to get at least one them and I won’t be afraid to fire the first head shot.

When the rest of America takes on the same attitude, they won’t go door to door trying to intimidate people and violate their rights.

They count on the fact that you value your comfortable life with your iphone, xbox, television and fast food more than you value your freedom and your liberties…

Who said the famous phrase “Those who give up liberties for safety deserve neither” or something like that.

Most cops are good people.. and believe it or not, most political leaders have good intentions and are also good people.. even if they make stupid mistakes..

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

February 28, 2017 Murby 0
ReadyMom wrote:

Murby wrote:Like dressing in layers for cold weather, EMP Shielding is best accomplished using those same layers.

It should be noted that putting electronics in a Faraday cage for a solar storm is a waste of time.

But for a nuclear EMP, you want layers.. Use static bags, at least two layers, and then a metal can.

Can you provide links with confirmation for that suggestion. Thanks! -k

Harharhar hahaha.. Would you like a link to Northern Michigan University’s Electrical Engineering program? hehehehe..

If you tell me what your question is, I might be able to explain the how and why in layman’s terms.

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Guns • Re: Something Different – Kriss

February 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0
DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:
I own one. I’ve had it about 5 months now…love it.

Add the Eotech to the top rail and that’s my weapon.

The recoil mitigation is exactly as they brag about. Within 3 magazines I had it on point…It was really easy to figure out.
watch this in full auto slow motion at 1:45 here…note the barrel rise…lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntIZzXqWtzM

—-Glock mags (which I have about 15 of) made it fun.

I’ve heard of a few failure to feed issues with underpowered loads/remanufactured ammunition but I haven’t had any….I only have about 150-200 rounds downrange so far so the jury is still out but it certainly is fun to shoot.

Field strip is as easy as the Glock too…

I plan a serious test here soon with different ammunitions various factory standard loads and remanufactured to try to cause a FTF. (I’ll even sacrifice 2-3 boxes of Hornaday critical duty to check it out)

Driven, thank you for chiming in.
Always good to hear real world comments, feedback on a given platform.

Do you have any criticism of your Kriss? Or, perhaps if you had your druthers, you would prefer a change, modification, additional feature?

I am going to assume you have done a lot of research on this firearm before dropping that kind of money. Any known mechanical failures or breakages?

As Illini Warrior points out, spare parts for a not so common firearm be an issue?

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Prepper Fiction • Re: The Fall

February 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0
BigOrange75 wrote:
AWESOME. A good read. Looks like you are a natural getting the words to flow onto the paper. Look forward to each post. Keep up the good work.

BigOrange, thank you for your response and feedback.

I sometimes feel it does not flow as well as it should.
I have re-written a three sentence paragraph half a dozen times to get the flow just right.

Again, thank you and I am glad you are enjoying the story.

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Prepper Fiction • Re: The Fall

February 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0
NJMike wrote:
If I may offer my feelings on Claire.

First, I don’t have Jason’s perspective to weigh, but will give him some benefit of doubt. He came across as being stubborn and a bonehead. His shelter in place isolation and stored food may have kept them both alive in the early part of SHTF. His follow up ideas were bad, but he was protective of her by standing watch and having OPSEC concerns for both of their benefits. There’s no mention of him being violent with her, just being ignorant of her ideas and reminding her of her father.

Those traits may make surviving harder, but they are not punishable by death.Thus, I don’t think Claire needed to kill Jason.

She had options. She could have left with her own stuff, as she did the first time on the bike. She had gardening skills to offer for room and board. She could have approached the situation with Jason using different conflict management methods, such as demonstrating new options and reward. The meal she cooked was an example, but she didn’t put any further effort into turning their dynamic around positively in a subtle fashion. Her switch had already gone off.

The murder was a disproportionate response. Her motivation was better tasting food? More social interaction? Being a character from one of her books? Escape from someone? She cast Jason as worthless and he should have been easy to escape from. She saw other people, other options and in her calculus his company was now no longer necessary. She internalized their arguments and that’s on her holding onto past demons. She was projecting past anger of her father issues onto her partner, and making him out to be more of a villain with herself as a blameless victim, all in order to rationalize a greater crime. As I noted before, very much a realistic possibility. It happens without SHTF.

With that said, I think her character reads as selfish, an opportunist, perhaps bipolar or otherwise cray cray. She lacks a moral compass and represents a future danger to the community, more so if she encounters conflict with her world view. I wouldn’t trust her.

I think the community, if intent on law and order, would and should hold her accountable for murder.

NJMike, thank you very much for your input. I really appreciate it.
Based off your critique and observations I clearly did not convey the relationship dynamic as well as I thought I did.
The first draft went more into detail about Claire, her parents, the relationship with Jason and how it all started . . . but it felt like I was going down a rabbit hole and questionable if it was adding to the overall storyline or not.

And to be honest, some of it felt like a cliche: mousey, verbally/emotionally abused young lady, limited options, marries a, to use your most excellent words, bonehead who is nearly carbon copy of her father.
There is a lot of psychology there.
After years and years of continued verbal/emotional abuse, during the SHTF, she snaps.
Again, feels like a cliche.

You have given me something to think about for future posts.

Thank you again.

Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:44 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

February 28, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Murby wrote:
Like dressing in layers for cold weather, EMP Shielding is best accomplished using those same layers.

It should be noted that putting electronics in a Faraday cage for a solar storm is a waste of time.

But for a nuclear EMP, you want layers.. Use static bags, at least two layers, and then a metal can.

Can you provide links with confirmation for that suggestion. Thanks! -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

February 28, 2017 Murby 0

Like dressing in layers for cold weather, EMP Shielding is best accomplished using those same layers.

It should be noted that putting electronics in a Faraday cage for a solar storm is a waste of time.

But for a nuclear EMP, you want layers.. Use static bags, at least two layers, and then a metal can.

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CERT • Re: Comminucations Breakdown

February 28, 2017 NJMike 0

My prior community’s CERT team were almost all radio licensed and a number of them had been operating for some time. They all had their own equipment at home in addition to what the OEM provided. I was involved with them post-Hurricane Sandy, so not sure if there was some course correction needed in their case, as identified in the OP situation. I did learn that CERT is handled differently at the town and county levels depending.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions

February 28, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Don’t Underestimate North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal
The country’s weapons are likely more advanced and dangerous than many experts think.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dont-under … 1488239693

By R. James Woolsey and
Peter Vincent Pry
Feb. 27, 2017 6:54 p.m. ET
44 COMMENTS

North Korea successfully tested a solid-fueled missile earlier this month, the latest in a series of technological leaps. Instant experts allege Pyongyang is not yet a serious nuclear threat to the U.S. Some reporters say North Korea does not have “miniaturized” nuclear warheads for missile delivery and that its weapons are primitive—even after five nuclear tests. These are dangerous delusions.

Google the history of nuclear testing and weapons development, and North Korea’s tests suddenly seem a lot more serious. This has all been done by the U.S., the Soviet Union, China, Britain, France, Israel, South Africa, India and Pakistan. History suggests North Korea already has nuclear-missile warheads and a sophisticated array of nuclear weapons.

Testing is not necessary to develop nuclear weapons. The first atomic bomb, which used enriched uranium, was never tested: Hiroshima was the test. The second one, which used plutonium, was tested once and worked perfectly at Trinity and on Nagasaki.

France entered the nuclear club in 1960 with a sophisticated high-yield fission weapon that worked perfectly on its first test.

According to the Wisconsin Project and defector Mordechai Vanunu, Israel developed a sophisticated array of nuclear weapons from the 1960s to the ’80s—all without testing. Its arsenal ranges from high-yield thermonuclear missile warheads to low-yield tactical weapons, including neutron warheads.

South Africa also developed nuclear weapons and designed a missile warhead without testing. India and Pakistan designed atomic bombs, thermonuclear warheads and neutron warheads 20 years before testing.

North Korea built its first atomic weapons by 1994, more than a decade before testing. Yet the yield of North Korean nuclear tests isn’t known. Estimating yields from seismic signals is inexact. Press reporting on estimates for North Korea’s January 2016 test range from 4 to 50 kilotons. The estimated yield for North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, in September 2016, is between 20 and 30 kilotons.

Less known: North Korea could conduct decoupled tests to hide their true yield. Decoupling entails detonating a device in a cavity to dampen the signal by as much as 10-fold. A 100 kiloton test could look like 10 kilotons.

And low-yield tests may indicate more-advanced nuclear technology. High-yield testing is usually done for political reasons and to study nuclear-weapon effects. Low-yield testing is scarier because it is usually done to verify design principles for a more advanced generation of nuclear weapons.

In 1946 the U.S. used 23-kiloton Nagasaki-type atomic bombs to study blast and radiation effects on ships and structures. But it was the 1951 nuclear tests of mostly low-yield devices, between 1 and 8 kilotons, that confirmed new designs to expand the U.S. deterrent. America went from 50 atomic bombs in 1948 to hundreds of new weapons, including hydrogen bombs.

Two of the most significant early Soviet nuclear tests had yields of only 2 kilotons and 3.5 kilotons, but these foreshadowed tactical nuclear weapons, including nuclear artillery and torpedoes.

Pakistan’s nuclear test series in 1998 had yields of mostly only 1 kiloton. At the time, the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission said these were “neutron bombs—a battlefield weapon that is essentially a low-yield device.” Almost immediately afterward, Pakistan deployed nuclear-armed missiles and bombers.

North Korea has intercontinental ballistic missiles, the mobile KN-08 and KN-14, that can strike the U.S. mainland. They are probably nuclear-armed. Following North Korea’s fourth illegal nuclear test in January, the Pentagon warned that Pyongyang might have tested components of a hydrogen bomb.

The Congressional EMP Commission—and Russian, Chinese and South Korean sources—assess that North Korea probably has nuclear arms specialized for electromagnetic pulse, what the Russians call “Super-EMP” weapons. These warheads would be low-yield because they are designed to produce gamma rays, not a big explosion.

These are the most dangerous weapons known to man. A single Super-EMP warhead detonated over North America could permanently black out the U.S. and Canada and kill up to 90% of the population through starvation and societal collapse.

Since North Korea and Iran are strategic partners, and since nuclear testing is unnecessary to develop weapons, Iran too might already have nuclear-armed missiles.

Among the senior national-security experts who share these views are William Graham, chairman of the EMP Commission; Henry Cooper, former director of the Strategic Defense Initiative; and Fritz Ermarth, who chaired the National Intelligence Council.

The U.S. should immediately harden its national electric grid to deter and defeat a nuclear EMP attack. Further, it should quickly redeploy Aegis guided missile cruisers to America’s most vulnerable regions. Looking to the future, President Trump must work with Congress to modernize the U.S. nuclear deterrent and revive President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative by deploying space-based missile defenses to render nuclear missiles obsolete.

Mr. Woolsey was director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1993-95). Mr. Pry, chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission, has worked in the House Armed Services Committee and served in the CIA.

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Prepper Fiction • Re: The Fall

February 28, 2017 NJMike 0

If I may offer my feelings on Claire.

First, I don’t have Jason’s perspective to weigh, but will give him some benefit of doubt. He came across as being stubborn and a bonehead. His shelter in place isolation and stored food may have kept them both alive in the early part of SHTF. His follow up ideas were bad, but he was protective of her by standing watch and having OPSEC concerns for both of their benefits. There’s no mention of him being violent with her, just being ignorant of her ideas and reminding her of her father.

Those traits may make surviving harder, but they are not punishable by death.Thus, I don’t think Claire needed to kill Jason.

She had options. She could have left with her own stuff, as she did the first time on the bike. She had gardening skills to offer for room and board. She could have approached the situation with Jason using different conflict management methods, such as demonstrating new options and reward. The meal she cooked was an example, but she didn’t put any further effort into turning their dynamic around positively in a subtle fashion. Her switch had already gone off.

The murder was a disproportionate response. Her motivation was better tasting food? More social interaction? Being a character from one of her books? Escape from someone? She cast Jason as worthless and he should have been easy to escape from. She saw other people, other options and in her calculus his company was now no longer necessary. She internalized their arguments and that’s on her holding onto past demons. She was projecting past anger of her father issues onto her partner, and making him out to be more of a villain with herself as a blameless victim, all in order to rationalize a greater crime. As I noted before, very much a realistic possibility. It happens without SHTF.

With that said, I think her character reads as selfish, an opportunist, perhaps bipolar or otherwise cray cray. She lacks a moral compass and represents a future danger to the community, more so if she encounters conflict with her world view. I wouldn’t trust her.

I think the community, if intent on law and order, would and should hold her accountable for murder.

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Guns • Re: Hand guns and go bags in the lower 48 states?

February 28, 2017 Illini Warrior 0

a whole lot depends on the circumstances and what law enforcement department you’re dealing with …. what gets a pass from a state trooper on a “I’m passing thru the state interstate” will get you reamed to the 9th degree from a county cop or city PD ….

the gun regs detailed in the New Jersey state link will get you thru almost any state situation – whether you follow it 100% of the time – I’d be ready with that set-up for the more troubling states and cities …. stopping a minute to secure the weapon in a cargo/tool compartment lock box is 1000X better than a court reaming ….

Statistics: Posted by Illini Warrior — Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:52 am


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Guns • Re: Something Different – Kriss

February 28, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0

I own one. I’ve had it about 5 months now…love it.

Add the Eotech to the top rail and that’s my weapon.

The recoil mitigation is exactly as they brag about. Within 3 magazines I had it on point…It was really easy to figure out.
watch this in full auto slow motion at 1:45 here…note the barrel rise…lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntIZzXqWtzM

—-Glock mags (which I have about 15 of) made it fun.

I’ve heard of a few failure to feed issues with underpowered loads/remanufactured ammunition but I haven’t had any….I only have about 150-200 rounds downrange so far so the jury is still out but it certainly is fun to shoot.

Field strip is as easy as the Glock too…

I plan a serious test here soon with different ammunitions various factory standard loads and remanufactured to try to cause a FTF. (I’ll even sacrifice 2-3 boxes of Hornaday critical duty to check it out)

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Economic Disasters • Re: Marc Faber Warns Markets Will Fall “Like An Avalanche

February 28, 2017 rickdun 0

I agree with Anita, but one thing is for sure (guarnteed), what goes up must come down, The market has boomed since the election and it is well OVER priced and will have a huge correction sometime in the future. Stocks are trading way too high compared to their earnings. You don’t need an event (good or bad) for the market to take a dive, it just happens and they call it a correction and we’re well overdue for one.

Statistics: Posted by rickdun — Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:36 am


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Food Storage with Katzcradul and Peggy Layton!

February 28, 2017 gman 0

Food Storage with Katzcradul and Peggy Layton! Host: Katzcradul “The Homestead Honey Hour” Can you think of anyone better to talk to about long-term food storage than someone who’s a home economist and licensed nutritionist, has written a series of books on the subject, and has raised seven children utilizing her food storage? She’s out … Continue reading Food Storage with Katzcradul and Peggy Layton!

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Guns • Re: The 9 vs 40 debate

February 28, 2017 Stahlrosen 0

Hornandy came out to the range not too long ago showing off the new Critical Duty 9mm ammo. I wasn’t there for the session, but from what I understand it preformed every bit as well as the 40. Hubby insisted I had to carry a 40 because up until recently the 9mm hasn’t had the stopping power, but I guess the demo was impressive enough that Hubby changed out my barrel on the Glock. And yes, now I have more rounds in the magazine, which was another consideration in the swap. I didn’t mind the recoil on the 40, just something you get used to with practice. I really didn’t think it was that big of a deal, but from what I understand even many of the guys complain about it. Of course those are probably the same ones that only shoot at qualification and never practice :crazy: I’ll probably just continue to practice with both.

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Prepper Fiction • Re: The Fall

February 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0
IceFire wrote:
I like Claire. Jason definitely needed to go, but I’m kind of sorry that she was the one who had to do it.

Thank you IceFire for continuing to read and comment. I appreciate the feed back.

May I ask what is your “feel” you get from Claire? What kind of person do you think she is?

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Livestock and more • Re: Meat Grinders

February 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0
RockinB wrote:

IceFire wrote:I don’t process that much meat, so I stick with the hand-crank models…I have two…one slightly smaller, and one larger one. I like the hand-crank ones for times when the power isn’t working. When it is, I have the meat grinder attachment for my KitchenAid mixer.

My wife says we’ll burn up her Kitchen Aide stand mixer running livestock through it. We have the grain mill attachment and it works great but I think she wont budge on the meat grinder.

I think your wife is right.

I use a Kitchen Aide for grinding meat.
But I only grind 5lbs at a time.

From the research I have done, look for all metal gears.

Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:38 am