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Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-07-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 38,777
Views: 5,479,078
Posted By merlinfire
just wondering, what kind of money do these run?

just wondering, what kind of money do these run?
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,789
Posted By merlinfire
is that including the ANG?

is that including the ANG?
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,789
Posted By merlinfire
Who's afraid? Of what?

Who's afraid? Of what?
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-06-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 774
Posted By merlinfire
i would caution you that in such cases any type...

i would caution you that in such cases any type of fiction, even if seemingly well thought out, should be approached as entertainment and fantasy. there's a lot of important things often glossed...
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,789
Posted By merlinfire
a lot of my ancestors paid that price for me, in...

a lot of my ancestors paid that price for me, in the revolution, in the civil war, in ww1, in ww2, and korea, so i think that makes us even, even if i didn't sign up



as does felony assault
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 12-05-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,906
Posted By merlinfire
i'm not an expert on such things so i can't say,...

i'm not an expert on such things so i can't say, i guess i was talking mostly of places that do have marked trails

i guess in a place with zero trails, there's no particular harm in marking a...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-05-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,322
Posted By merlinfire
We're all legends in our own minds Well,...

We're all legends in our own minds

Well, except for me ;)

We can all bs around the water cooler from now until the end of time

But eventually, the rubber meets the road, and all that talk...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 12-05-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,906
Posted By merlinfire
I've walked on trails where there were false...

I've walked on trails where there were false trails, and even some that were so bad that the park service had to actually put up a sign saying "this is not a trail"

i'd be considerate and careful...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-05-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 716
Posted By merlinfire
Yep I've got that pocket ref, that's a lot of...

Yep I've got that pocket ref, that's a lot of info in a small package.

They also make a auto version of it.

Wish they made a lot more of them.
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 12-05-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,194
Posted By merlinfire
i agree the only experience i have is...

i agree

the only experience i have is backyard shooting and an appleseed shoot

but from my limited experience, i got used to having the added stability of sling-assisted shooting, and i...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-04-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 38,777
Views: 5,479,078
Posted By merlinfire
well see i got a much better job back a few...

well see i got a much better job back a few months ago, it pays about 40% more than previous

and then black friday rolled around

and i bought....well....a lot of stuff.

i wanted to be able...
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,260
Posted By merlinfire
I'm sure there's people on here who have lots of...

I'm sure there's people on here who have lots of pointers on how to do that.

After all, there's more than one way to shave a cat.
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,911
Posted By merlinfire
so hard to know who's real and who's faking it ...

so hard to know who's real and who's faking it

who's really down on their luck and who's a wino

i've heard there are charities who vet their recipients to make sure they're not on drugs, i'd...
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,789
Posted By merlinfire
I don't think most veterans really expect...

I don't think most veterans really expect anything except the paycheck and benefits they were promised. I've yet to meet a vet who expects you do bow down and worship, and most don't wanna even talk...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 12-04-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,194
Posted By merlinfire
nice, a brand new account with no post history...

nice, a brand new account with no post history makes 1 post to necro a thread that's literally just an ok-boomer meme

high quality engagement, that
Forum: Political News and Discussion 12-04-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,637
Posted By merlinfire
bloomberg is unpopular on both sides. he won't...

bloomberg is unpopular on both sides. he won't survive the primary
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-04-2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 716
Posted By merlinfire
well i mean, we can hardly blame someone for...

well i mean, we can hardly blame someone for concluding that modern electronics might be vulnerable

i think the obvious answer is to do both
Forum: Political News and Discussion 12-04-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By merlinfire
Wait, Schiff is using alphabet agencies to snoop...

Wait, Schiff is using alphabet agencies to snoop phone records from the ranking member of the intelligence committee? What the hell?

This is really far beyond the pale.
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 12-04-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 660
Views: 37,330
Posted By merlinfire
Unverified opinions follow: The only thing a...

Unverified opinions follow:

The only thing a prepper can do is attempt to mitigate the impact of climate change, you one nation cannot meaningfully impact any attempts to stop or reverse it, and...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-04-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,858
Posted By merlinfire
Gas pumps not only require electricity, but in...

Gas pumps not only require electricity, but in most gas stations, they require working electronics. My local BP had all their gas pumps down the other day because something went wrong with their...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-04-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 716
Posted By merlinfire
You make a good point. I found my way onto a...

You make a good point. I found my way onto a relatively old prepper website (predates Y2K, but they've kept the info updated periodically) and some of the advice is really stellar, the things this...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-04-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 716
Posted By merlinfire
depending on how much space you want to use up,...

depending on how much space you want to use up, you can download a tarball of wikipedia itself, with or without images/media
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-04-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 716
Posted By merlinfire
the expense and space for storage can potentially...

the expense and space for storage can potentially be a concern there, but if you can manage, i'd consider that ideal. a cheap 128GB thumb drive can store nearly every worthwhile word of text man has...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-03-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,702
Posted By merlinfire
things stored at a buddy's house for very long...

things stored at a buddy's house for very long have a way of slowly integrating themselves into said buddy's stash, and one good argument with said buddy = a lot of hassle getting your stuff back. ...
Forum: Food and water 12-01-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Posted By merlinfire
longest storing oils

was looking to start storing back some oils for baking and cooking during SHTF. we're talking LTS stuff here, not rotating stuff. do you prefer dehydrated butter or coconut oil, and why?

what...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 11-26-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,264
Posted By merlinfire
important thing to keep in mind: some fuel...

important thing to keep in mind: some fuel sources require a flame - not sparks - to light. and even some that can start with a spark are more ideally started with flame. so in your kit, be able...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-26-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,550
Posted By merlinfire
there's no question in my mind that wood heat is...

there's no question in my mind that wood heat is going to be best if you get it for free, and split it yourself. I know my family currently pays about $600/yr in fuel oil for heating (and I regret...
Forum: Political News and Discussion 11-26-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,310
Posted By merlinfire
I agree entirely. Same for most federal...

I agree entirely. Same for most federal agencies.

But we both know how the common folk lack knowledge of our history and basic civics.

It's like Bastiat said. If you say the government should...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 11-26-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 800
Views: 54,960
Posted By merlinfire
over time my opinion has evolved on this ...

over time my opinion has evolved on this

weight of ammo and gun, practical engagement distances under 300 yards, proven track record, and -discretion-

my current choice is a pistol-braced...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 11-26-2019, 10:34 AM
Replies: 800
Views: 54,960
Posted By merlinfire
would love to see some pics of your M1

would love to see some pics of your M1
Forum: Political News and Discussion 11-26-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,310
Posted By merlinfire
Deep down I knew you'd be here, defending this...

Deep down I knew you'd be here, defending this mouth-breather because she had a D next to her name. The more things change...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 11-25-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,264
Posted By merlinfire
Bobcat-in-the-woods though I have long been a fan...

Bobcat-in-the-woods though I have long been a fan of twig stoves (I have several) after some practical use I generally agree with you. Under most conditions they will work great. In less-than-ideal...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 11-25-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,711
Posted By merlinfire
there's never been a generation more prepared for...

there's never been a generation more prepared for the boogaloo than this one
Forum: Political News and Discussion 11-25-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,310
Posted By merlinfire
Maxine Waters says Ben Carson isn't smart enough to work for the government

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/11/24/maxine-waters-ben-carson-lacks-the-intelligence-to-be-hud-secretary/

I know this will probably shatter your irony meters for the day/week/month, but try...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-25-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 1,146
Views: 81,562
Posted By merlinfire
The problem is that the people the far left are...

The problem is that the people the far left are calling fascists are less conservative than their grandfathers were when they landed on Normandy's beaches.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-25-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,372
Posted By merlinfire
Honestly in the near term (next 50-100 years) the...

Honestly in the near term (next 50-100 years) the biggest threat to human existence is AI. Everyone is worrying about climate change, humans can adapt to climate change.
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 11-22-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,431
Posted By merlinfire
Overalls

How many of ya'll wear overalls? I ordered a pair of insulated overalls to try them out, never really wore em before, but thought they might make some good winter in-the-woods clothing. Maybe have...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-22-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,372
Posted By merlinfire
I work for a company that manages mobile sims and...

I work for a company that manages mobile sims and their network activity. You would be surprised what you can do in the aggregate with them if you really wanted to. But it would take way too much...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-22-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,436
Posted By merlinfire
I think that's realistic for a setup for the...

I think that's realistic for a setup for the basics. How many people is this supposed to be for?
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-22-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 774
Posted By merlinfire
Rock you're right, my 2-days estimate is...

Rock you're right, my 2-days estimate is conservative to allow for things to go wrong and a broad spectrum of physical fitness. IMO, if we're prepping for disasters we're already willing to accept...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-21-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 774
Posted By merlinfire
This is something I think about often. 20 miles...

This is something I think about often. 20 miles is a reasonable distance, a lot of people work in the city and commute to the suburbs. I'm probably about 20 miles from home now.

I'm not worried...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-21-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,436
Posted By merlinfire
OP, what's your realistic budget for this?

OP, what's your realistic budget for this?
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 11-21-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 682
Posted By merlinfire
Trucker's Friend: Valuable multitool or Tacticool garbage?

Wanted to get your thoughts. I'd seen this several years back and kind of forgot about it, was reminded this morning by a friend. I'm kind of torn on this. I get that it's a compromise of...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 11-21-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,877
Posted By merlinfire
I mean, swords are cool....but are only made for...

I mean, swords are cool....but are only made for a single purpose, a purpose for which they were eclipsed in efficacy hundreds of years ago.

Knives, machetes, axes, these all are multi-use tools...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 11-20-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,143
Posted By merlinfire
for reference, you can fit precisely 385lbs of...

for reference, you can fit precisely 385lbs of shelled corn in a 55 gallon barrel, less packaging if any. Since most foods are going to be slightly less dense than that, you may reasonably estimate...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 11-20-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,264
Posted By merlinfire
when it comes to survival the question is always...

when it comes to survival the question is always "what's your time horizon?"

it's possible to prep enough fuel for long term cooking at your home or BOL, up to a certain time horizon beyond which...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 11-20-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 820
Posted By merlinfire
so that speedy stitcher, pretty much just use it...

so that speedy stitcher, pretty much just use it on leather and canvas, or can you use it on anything
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 11-20-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,028
Posted By merlinfire
hey bunkerbuster, i know it hasn't had much time...

hey bunkerbuster, i know it hasn't had much time for testing, but how's evaporation so far? most people i talk to say the standard zippo lasts maybe 2-3 weeks before dry. do we have any experiences...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-20-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 8,671
Posted By merlinfire
Maybe. if I had a neighbor like that what it...

Maybe. if I had a neighbor like that what it would say to me is "this shows that a person can be prepared for this kind of thing". You're probably right though, most people don't think like we do.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-20-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 1,146
Views: 81,562
Posted By merlinfire
everybody remembers the name of the president who...

everybody remembers the name of the president who signed it. nobody remembers the name of the congressmen who wrote it and passed it, or the citizens who voted them into power

people do love...
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