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Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2019, 11:00 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 7,405
Posted By Astronomy
Actually you do. Every time you thank someone for...

Actually you do. Every time you thank someone for their service, you owe them a Buck Nine-Eighty. It's in the fine print.
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 12-09-2019, 12:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,393
Posted By Astronomy
I used (and continue to use) the Trigger Snap...

I used (and continue to use) the Trigger Snap described in paragraph #4 of the below linked product description:

https://northeasttactical.com/ocart2/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=50...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-08-2019, 11:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,819
Posted By Astronomy
My comments from a previous thread about the same...

My comments from a previous thread about the same thing:

https://www.survivalistboards.com/showpost.php?p=7013043&postcount=9

And a different thread about the same thing:
...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 12-06-2019, 01:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,393
Posted By Astronomy
I employed a Northeast Tactical Single Point...

I employed a Northeast Tactical Single Point bungee sling across three deployments to Iraq. It worked pretty well for my needs (HAF/GAF dismounts, Fast Ropes, CQB, convoy turret use, KLEs, and...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 12-05-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,402
Posted By Astronomy
That's really the crux of the biscuit. A...

That's really the crux of the biscuit. A philosophical Rubicon crossed (or not crossed) by those on both sides of this discussion. "You buys your ticket, you takes your chances..."

Some people...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 12-04-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,402
Posted By Astronomy
Thunder Ranch Instructor Clint Smith authored the...

Thunder Ranch Instructor Clint Smith authored the following advice many years ago:


Stuff happens. Sometimes out of the blue. Without any warning whatsoever. Things get bad. Then they get...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 12-03-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,402
Posted By Astronomy
CCW tells are very real (adjustments to clothing,...

CCW tells are very real (adjustments to clothing, "hitching" a concealed holster, slightly off-balanced gait/posture, etc.). But...

Where I live, a lot of folks simply open carry. Hardly anyone...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 12-03-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,402
Posted By Astronomy
There's an old saw that has it this way: ...

There's an old saw that has it this way:

"Opportunity Knocks. Trouble Kicks Down the Door."

Meaning that reaction time is a luxury. One you rarely have when things get sporty. In a rapidly...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-30-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 15,283
Posted By Astronomy
Very good points about a very viable need. I...

Very good points about a very viable need.

I did this numerous times while conducting small unit military patrols (Unconventional Warfare) over the years. Especially in first/second world...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 11-26-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,967
Posted By Astronomy
Pure fun and curio factors aside, the thing about...

Pure fun and curio factors aside, the thing about swords... today... is that (in certain situations) they are dis-proportionally effective. Because they come as a big surprise to folks never...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 11-25-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 800
Views: 55,430
Posted By Astronomy
IMHO, something lost in the sauce is a tendency...

IMHO, something lost in the sauce is a tendency to conflate ideal caliber based ballistic performance with least likely probabilities. In other words, folks latch onto the ideal strengths of a given...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-17-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,314
Posted By Astronomy
The classic Survival Rule of Threes has it that...

The classic Survival Rule of Threes has it that humans can survive three weeks without food, three days without water, three hours without shelter, and three minutes without oxygen.

It's a very...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-13-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 8,563
Posted By Astronomy
Hmmn... valid point. On the other hand, I found...

Hmmn... valid point. On the other hand, I found that most of the overseas competition was already aware of these things. It's just Light Infantry 101 stuff.

I once conducted a training linkup...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 11-13-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 988
Posted By Astronomy
Perhaps Tolerance Stacking finally added up with...

Perhaps Tolerance Stacking finally added up with that load in your Milspec. Even if it fired them reliably before, it might have been on the cusp of not firing them.

Check that batch of reloaded...
Forum: General Discussion 11-12-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,756
Posted By Astronomy
I lived in Germany for many years. As an...

I lived in Germany for many years. As an American, I adjusted to a different reality concerning dogs in public places. One that eventually came to make a lot of sense to me...

In Germany, dogs are...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-10-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 8,563
Posted By Astronomy
For making faster ground gain on hard surfaces...

For making faster ground gain on hard surfaces (including dirt trails), what about an adult sized kick scooter?

The folding types are light enough to hand carry, sling, or attach to a pack (when...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 11-09-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By Astronomy
Besides the previously mentioned criteria, I've...

Besides the previously mentioned criteria, I've always viewed the distinction between LMG & GPMG as being this:

With an LMG, the weapon can still be practically & routinely shoulder fired from a...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 11-07-2019, 12:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 988
Posted By Astronomy
I figured you already noticed that... and might...

I figured you already noticed that... and might entertain a slight rear sight adjustment.

I owned the same basic Springfield model back in the early 90s. Excellent handgun. IMHO, still the best...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 11-06-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 988
Posted By Astronomy
Nice gun. Great pictures as well. That's an...

Nice gun. Great pictures as well. That's an inherently pretty tight shooting piece for a "military" (non-accurized) pistol.

I'm seeing that you know how to group consistently, but that there's a...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 11-03-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,441
Posted By Astronomy
I'm in the LCP I camp. Both are decent little...

I'm in the LCP I camp. Both are decent little guns. But...

Although the II (striker fired) has the definitively better trigger pull, the DAO original better meets my pocket carry requirements. It...
Forum: General Discussion 10-30-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,295
Posted By Astronomy
It's a Brown Shoe Army again. With the...

It's a Brown Shoe Army again.

With the recent adoption/fielding of reintroduced WWII style Pinks & Greens, the dress footwear for the entire Army is again a brown shoe. Possibly followed by brown...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,295
Posted By Astronomy
Actually, yes. That's possible. Due to officer...

Actually, yes. That's possible. Due to officer casualties. NCO (Acting) Platoon Leaders. Or Frocked to NCO grade (E-5) in a combat zone.

The "discharged as a Sergeant (E-5?)" thing and the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,295
Posted By Astronomy
You're the one who introduced it (comparative...

You're the one who introduced it (comparative instructional experiences in the military)... in post #1, Paragraph #3. You actually opened that can of worms.

Just out of curiosity... were you...
Forum: Food and water 10-29-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,156
Posted By Astronomy
Re: Beans... A fork in the road. When I...

Re: Beans... A fork in the road.

When I first started doing the freshman-prepper bucket/Mylar/O2 absorber thing, I rushed right out (the very first time) and bought bulk pinto beans. Then found...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,295
Posted By Astronomy
Actually... yes. If you actually care about...

Actually... yes. If you actually care about shutting down someone's accusations. If not, walk away. It's just the internet. A gabfest of strangers gathered around a virtual cracker barrel.

There...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,295
Posted By Astronomy
Seems like a fair query. Easy for any veteran to...

Seems like a fair query. Easy for any veteran to answer with specificity (and damn near instantly).
Forum: General Discussion 10-28-2019, 10:06 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,295
Posted By Astronomy
People are simply less civil these days. Partly...

People are simply less civil these days. Partly due to recent decades of permissive upbringing/education and partly due to the safe anonymity provided by the internet. That'll not change until...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-28-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 8,563
Posted By Astronomy
A pretty spot-on description of that pace. ...

A pretty spot-on description of that pace.

That 4 mph was a pretty standard rate for rucksack PT in every unit I ever served in. Typically just a morning team or platoon road march completed...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 10-24-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 458
Posted By Astronomy
Bought my first Speed Scabbard (for a 1911) back...

Bought my first Speed Scabbard (for a 1911) back in '83. This after seeing a friend's example perform nicely during a shooting course.

Excellent design back then. Still a classic design today. My...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 10-23-2019, 02:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Astronomy
To what useful effect? It's not going to slow the...

To what useful effect? It's not going to slow the other guys down or dissuade them from their intended objectives. They'll just ignore the effort. But ultimately use any captured devices to paint a...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 10-22-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Astronomy
They'd respond with a wide variety of closely...

They'd respond with a wide variety of closely coordinated countermeasures. Round the clock attention from Fusion Intelligence Centers, ISR (drones, big and small, at all altitudes), prowling attack...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 10-22-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Astronomy
Typical US military devices operate at 600-867 nm...

Typical US military devices operate at 600-867 nm (for small arms mounted/handheld designators like a rifle mounted AN/PEQ 15 ATPIAL or IZLID hand held Commander's Pointer) and at around 1064 nm for...
Forum: General Discussion 10-20-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,235
Posted By Astronomy
I think the disparity between German & American...

I think the disparity between German & American driving accidents/drunk driving rates is due to several factors...

1. As mentioned, driven mileage per year is a significant factor. Deutschland is...
Forum: Urban Survival 10-18-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 17,407
Posted By Astronomy
Some extract comments (about sniper defense...

Some extract comments (about sniper defense considerations) that I posted on another thread some time back...

On defending against "snipers":
...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-08-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,284
Posted By Astronomy
That is an excellent point and one I have...

That is an excellent point and one I have subscribed to for decades. To my outlook, a BOB implies forced travel to a point of safety/security, on some sort of fixed schedule dictated by time, events,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-08-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,284
Posted By Astronomy
Weights of USGI ALICE ruck components: The...

Weights of USGI ALICE ruck components:

The issue ALICE Large (3800 cu in / 62 liter) pack bag weighs 3 lbs, 1 ounce.
The issue ALICE Medium (2350 cu in / 38.5 liter) pack bag weighs 2 lbs, 12.8...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 10-08-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,624
Posted By Astronomy
Don't wear a lanyard or cord around your neck...

Don't wear a lanyard or cord around your neck that won't give way before your windpipe & carotid arteries do.

Over the years, I've worn various neck knives... and also little .32 ACP pistol neck...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-08-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,788
Posted By Astronomy
Just a technique... In winter, I keep...

Just a technique...

In winter, I keep booties, a pair of ski gloves, and a balaclava stuffed inside of my compressed sleeping bag. They reside there full time and serve as part of my sleeping...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-06-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,788
Posted By Astronomy
I've noticed that much of internet discussion...

I've noticed that much of internet discussion (and manufacturer marketing effort) is aimed at the nuances of 3-season bags. Because the vast majority of people simply don't do recreational winter...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-05-2019, 10:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,788
Posted By Astronomy
Good question. Assuming an honest manufacturer...

Good question. Assuming an honest manufacturer rating, the answer is 20 degrees. It will handily deal with 20 degrees and possibly down to zero. But at zero degrees, I'm carrying a -20F bag.

In...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-05-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,788
Posted By Astronomy
There are scads of articles on the internet...

There are scads of articles on the internet concerning how sleeping bag ratings are arrived at. This is a pretty good one; understandable to the layman, but also includes the technical aspects of how...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 10-02-2019, 10:35 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,945
Posted By Astronomy
Sometimes it takes a bit (days) for the person...

Sometimes it takes a bit (days) for the person you are seeking to catch the latest post... and reply. Somebody will come along with the info you need.
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 10-02-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,945
Posted By Astronomy
Glad to see this thread breathed back to life. I...

Glad to see this thread breathed back to life. I had forgotten about it after finally making a decision to purchase the Solo. Turned out to be a good stove and just what I wanted. Now part of my...
Forum: Food and water 10-01-2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 826
Posted By Astronomy
The Omnivorous lifestyle for the win... Ate...

The Omnivorous lifestyle for the win...

Ate sand - YouTube
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-30-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,809
Posted By Astronomy
1. Not a bad idea to keep a stock of generic...

1. Not a bad idea to keep a stock of generic Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Dramamine (motion sickness tablets), or even some "medicinal" alcohol for calming/sedating folks under your roof. Sleepy time...
Forum: Urban Survival 09-27-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 13,598
Posted By Astronomy
They oughta just re-introduce the old cigarette...

They oughta just re-introduce the old cigarette packs and throw in a 2 oz. airline bottle of brandy, bourbon, vodka, etc. Maybe some scratch tickets.

Rations would still mostly suck, but morale...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-27-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,283
Posted By Astronomy
Herd Sniper: Agree about the old rations. The...

Herd Sniper: Agree about the old rations. The Beef & Rice has been gone for a long time, but Mountain House still makes the Chicken & Rice to this day. My favorite and just like it used to...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-26-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,283
Posted By Astronomy
You have to view a gun sales "slump" in context. ...

You have to view a gun sales "slump" in context.

Yeah, today there's a slump in comparison to the US Election Year of 2016, when panic buying levels reached a stratospheric crescendo. After that...
Forum: Health, Fitness and First Aid 09-25-2019, 04:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,184
Posted By Astronomy
I'd suggest more cardio/endurance training (dog...

I'd suggest more cardio/endurance training (dog walking, hiking, running, jogging, swimming, biking, stair climbing, snow sports, local team athletics, backpacking, work related repetitive physical...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-23-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,283
Posted By Astronomy
Very true. "When someone shows you who they...

Very true.

"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." – Maya Angelou
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