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Introduce Yourself • Re: New to Prepping

November 15, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Welcome from Washington! Certainly there’s a lot to do when one is starting out. I suggest starting small with each necessary element (food, water, shelter, energy, security, etc) and then expanding into layers from there. Stock up on foods you act…

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Introduce Yourself • Re: New to Prepping

November 15, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Welcome from Washington! Certainly there’s a lot to do when one is starting out. I suggest starting small with each necessary element (food, water, shelter, energy, security, etc) and then expanding into layers from there. Stock up on foods you act…

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Other weapons • Re: Vital Weapons?

November 15, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Regarding defense I’ll second the idea to get into martial arts training. Train for when you have no additional tools other than what’s in your pocket and you’ve gone into an airport or courthouse where no knives are allowed. Also, some martial arts…

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Other weapons • Re: Vital Weapons?

November 15, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Regarding defense I’ll second the idea to get into martial arts training. Train for when you have no additional tools other than what’s in your pocket and you’ve gone into an airport or courthouse where no knives are allowed. Also, some martial arts…

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Personal Safety and Home Security • Re: Home cameras

November 12, 2017 Fyrediver 0

My only advice is to go with the highest resolution cameras you can afford. Also, might want to consider how to backup/secure the DVR against burglars. My safe has an input so you can put a DVR inside and record or backup the house system.Hardening …

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Newbee

July 1, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Welcome from the Socialist Mecca of Seattle! Good for you!

There’s a reason I don’t live IN the city and a good reason why I’m planning my retirement escape from this Socialist Paradise!

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Newbee

July 1, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Welcome from the Socialist Mecca of Seattle! Good for you!

There’s a reason I don’t live IN the city and a good reason why I’m planning my retirement escape from this Socialist Paradise!

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Guns • Re: Practicing Your Defensive Pistol Skills at Home

June 9, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Another useful home training system is the LASR and SIRT pistol.

Laser Activated Shot Reporter (LASR) will score your shooting by time, target, etc. Numerous drills can be loaded and practiced. I purchased the stand alone – tripod mounted tablet software. It’s quite nice.

SIRT is the shot indicating resettable trigger pistol. This is a Glock or MP form factor, inert, laser trainer. Two lasers indicate trigger pull and point of impact. They also make a laser bolt replacement for an AR.

LASR Trainer: http://lasrapp.com/store/
SIRT pistol or AR bolt: https://nextleveltraining.com/

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Personal Safety and Home Security • Re: Safety of house on Vacation

June 9, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Some of the simple things:

Stop mail and papers, have a neighbor/friend swing by to remove flyers and notices from the door (burglar flags), when same people stop by have them open/close blinds, lights, etc.

You can set the TV or radio on a timer to turn on periodically or lights on a random timer. I have digital timers that can be set for 6 different on/off cycles or even random.

Have good insurance. Just in case, right? There is only so much you can do.

The neighbor thing is the best. I live in a culdesac and everyone knows the others, we all share keys, and we watch out for one another. Cultivate good relationships with neighbors.

Statistics: Posted by Fyrediver — Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:18 pm


Guns • Re: Curved verses Straight triggers for the AR Platform

June 9, 2017 Fyrediver 0

I put in a CMC straight trigger in my AR; I like it and it gave me just a smidgen increase in length of pull. The assembly is smoother and crisper than the mil-spec one but D is right, it’s not the trigger, that’s the internals working.

I simply like the straighter feel of the trigger. Again, it increased my LOP just a tiny bit, but it feels better. There may be some difference in mechanical leverage over a curved trigger but, if so, it’s quite minimal.

Installation of a drop in unit is VERY easy. Select what poundage you want and get that one.

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Batteries etc… • Re: How do battery banks work?

April 7, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Would this work? Depends on what you mean by “work.” The system you describe would have a lot of current and potential but not unlimited by any imagination.

What are you planning on powering? How far are you moving the power (AC transfers better than DC)? How long are you powering it?

The issue with ANY battery bank is WHAT are you doing with the power? LED lighting? Charging cell phones, batteries, etc? Trying to run a washing machine? Toaster oven or Microwave? Refrigerator?

I have a two marine battery back up system that charges cell phones, computers, AA & AAA batteries, runs two CPAPs at night, runs a DVD player and TV, and a couple LED lamps. Plenty of power for that and I can charge them back up with my parked truck.

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Batteries etc… • Re: How do battery banks work?

April 7, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Would this work? Depends on what you mean by “work.” The system you describe would have a lot of current and potential but not unlimited by any imagination.

What are you planning on powering? How far are you moving the power (AC transfers better than DC)? How long are you powering it?

The issue with ANY battery bank is WHAT are you doing with the power? LED lighting? Charging cell phones, batteries, etc? Trying to run a washing machine? Toaster oven or Microwave? Refrigerator?

I have a two marine battery back up system that charges cell phones, computers, AA & AAA batteries, runs two CPAPs at night, runs a DVD player and TV, and a couple LED lamps. Plenty of power for that and I can charge them back up with my parked truck.

Statistics: Posted by Fyrediver — Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:58 pm


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Introduce Yourself • Re: New Member From W WA

March 29, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Welcome to the forum from another Western Washington Prepper!

Lots to learn and this is a good site to get many perspectives from.

Good reasons to Prep? Just read some of the headlines and that should be enough. Of course, not everyone is in tune with reality. Everyone has their own reason to prep. Mine? poo poo happens to SOMEONE every day. Loss of power (wind, rain, snow, traffic accident), roads closed. loss of job , social discord, etc. I want to insure against the someone being me or mine.

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: What is the first thing a beginning needs to do ?

February 11, 2017 Fyrediver 0

First I would take a nice deep breath and learn first. Don’t panic and just start buying stuff. Evaluate, Plan, Act, Re-evaluate, etc.

Determine what your existing resources are and what your limitations are then start by reducing your limitations. Work toward goals such as 72 hours without resupply then go to a full week, two weeks etc per person in your group. Ensure you have what you need for the short term then begin making redundancies and layers.

Initial priorities should be:
KNOWLEDGE and (not necessarily in this order):
Water — contained, portable, potential resupply, treatment methods …
Food — what you already eat; if you need one can of beans buy two; variety of foods that can be eaten cold or hot….
Shelter — could be as simple and inexpensive as a roll of visqueen plastic or as complex as an RV; blankets, extra clothes, …
Energy — light, heat, cooking, batteries, solar, generator etc
Security — wide range of issues; can be first aid, neighbors, firearms, camouflage, evasion, etc

Take classes such as first aid, cpr, REI offers camping and hiking classes, gardening, CERT, etc to expand your knowledge base.

What issues are you likely to encounter? Consider the threat from your epicenter: house, city, county, state, region, etc. Loss of job, house fire, earthquake, wild land fires, tornadoes, floods, extreme cold or hot, windstorms, civil unrest? What can you do to reduce likelihood of harm from these issues? What can you do to increase preparedness for these specific concerns?

Simple things like smoke and co detectors, fire extinguisher, savings account, knowing your home’s utility (gas, electrical, water) shut offs, neighborhood and neighbors, stocked pantry, flashlight with fresh batteries, etc can go a long way to alleviate harm in a personal disaster.

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BOB’s & BOV’s • Re: First BOB (Heavy Loadout)

January 29, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Something previously mentioned: can you stash supplies at your friend’s house and lighten your load so you can move faster? Are you going to fish and set snares or cover distance as quickly as possible? Ammo is heavy. Be realistic about your plans and abilities.

Can you lose the pack and still have basic survival supplies (ie in the pockets of your vest or waist pouch)? I suggest packing in layers: Pack, Vest, Jacket/pants pockets.

Plastic ponchos are pretty fragile. I’d suggest going with something more durable. Wiggy’s makes a nice one and has a very nice poncho liner to go with it. I carry two lightweight, ripstop ponchos. One can be a shelter and the second is my “sleeping bag” when combined with the liner or any other clothing I have.

Might want to consider a lightweight pair of rain pants or chaps. Ponchos are notorious for getting the legs soaking wet. Also they’ll keep you warm if its windy.

I fail to see anything about waterproof bags, flotation, etc for river travel. How are you keeping the contents dry and floating in the event of a capsize/sinking etc? How are you going to keep YOU floating in the same situation?

Ditch the first aid book and just learn first aid. Also, I’m a fan of Israeli battle dressings but you can improvise them with the addition of an elastic wrap bandage. Triangular bandage is also very useful to bandage wounds, make a sling etc. Again, just learn first aid. The more wilderness focused the better. Improvisation is your friend.

Climbing rope (dynamic) is heavy and quite bulky. What are your plans for that? Any equipment to go with it? Webbing, carabiners, etc? Thin, lighter rope can be had to do similar functions depending on what you’re planning on doing with it. Dynamic versus Static.

How are you carrying the pistol? Presuming it’s going to be quickly available but you’re also wearing a pack. Have you seen the Hill People Gear kit bags? http://www.hillpeoplegear.com/Products/ … fault.aspx

I’m a fan of modern LED lights using AAA batteries. I carry a headlamp and a handheld lamp which both use the AAA batteries. A LOT of light and where you want it.

Have you ever worn your ballistic vest and the pack? I’d try it and then also figure out if the layers work together or if there are conflicts when you put it all on.

Why the Allen set for the scope? Usually there’s just one size but what do you need a set for?

Might want to add a small roll of duct tape — can wrap it around one of your water bottles or a pencil. Quite helpful for repairs.

Three pair of gloves? Can you get by with two working gloves?

My 24 – 48 hour GHB (kit) weighs about 25 lbs and is intended to get me over 25 miles overland. I have supplies in my car (folding shovel, tomahawk, extra jacket, etc) and in my office that can supplement the kit depending on the situation but my basic kit is very lightweight. My personal plan is to cover the distance as quickly as possible. I have duplicates and redundancies in my kit but they get progressively smaller the closer you get to my body. ie a road flare in my pack is a tiny lighter sparker in my jacket pocket.

You’re well on the way. Good job.

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Wilderness Survival • Re: what survival skills can I practice while camping?

January 28, 2017 Fyrediver 0

Map reading and compass are always skills that need polished. You could set up a scavenger hunt using compass headings and distance. It was fun to play when we did it. Sort of like GeoCaching. Combine that with other wayfinding techniques.

Scat, track, and plant identification are another. Get some local ID books for all of the above. Can make more fun games with that out while wandering around.

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Personal Safety and Home Security • Re: Prepper Clothing

January 14, 2017 Fyrediver 0

My favorite duty pants are from Tru-Spec. The 24-7 series specifically. You can get them in cotton or poly blend. I wear shorts off duty from the same series. Functional, comfortable, durable, breathable. My Lt. wears the same pants and he’s got massive thighs. Definitely more snug on him than on me.

http://www.truspec.com/24-7-series/pant … cal-pants/

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Wilderness Survival • Re: Winter survival shelter

January 14, 2017 Fyrediver 0

That shelter with the fire under the tree reminded me of the Jack London story “To Build a Fire” wherein the subject has built a fire under a tree and the snow above melted and fell on him and extinguished his fire. Good improvised shelter but something to consider when building a fire is what is above it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Build_a_Fire

Statistics: Posted by Fyrediver — Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:03 pm