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Forum: Food and water Yesterday, 10:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 97
Posted By Astronomy
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Beyond the above portable Katadyn products, check out yachting forums...
Forum: Coronavirus Yesterday, 08:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,276
Posted By Astronomy
Just to throw another factor into the LEO/.mil...

Just to throw another factor into the LEO/.mil equation...

Most folks do not realize just how many law enforcement officers (State, Federal, Local) are themselves Guard or Reserve members. Which...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 03:01 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 4,960
Posted By Astronomy
Ironic that the original (WWII) level of Jump Pay...

Ironic that the original (WWII) level of Jump Pay was a hefty financial incentive for serving as a paratroop. $50 additional pay per month when Privates only made $50 a month in base pay. It was a...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 03-31-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 600
Posted By Astronomy
The US military no longer issues the item, but...

The US military no longer issues the item, but the best current manufacturers are (in order):

1. Alpha Industries [the original suppliers of the M65 to the military; very spendy for a retro design...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 03-31-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 42,279
Posted By Astronomy
I gotta say that I find the idea of waterproofing...

I gotta say that I find the idea of waterproofing a pack to be an utter waste of time and effort. Other than factory built waterproof packs built for full-time maritime use or water sports (sailing,...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 03-29-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 852
Posted By Astronomy
Not unless I'm planning to wear a lot of armored...

Not unless I'm planning to wear a lot of armored kit and plan to frequently ride in aircraft or while seat-belted into vehicles.

For those scenarios, yeah, cross-draw can make a lot of sense....
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 4,960
Posted By Astronomy
When it comes to delivering parachute forces,...

When it comes to delivering parachute forces, aircraft selection is a case of Horses for Courses.

You can go Small... and deliver just limited numbers of lightly armed specialists to a drop zone....
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 03-20-2020, 10:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,426
Posted By Astronomy
My ass out of Dodge...

My ass out of Dodge...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 03-15-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 3,977
Views: 499,914
Posted By Astronomy
I think he means that "When it rains, it...

I think he means that "When it rains, it pours..."

That opponents relish the opportunity to kick you while you're down, or go for your throat... if they think they can get away with it.

Who...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 03-12-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,209
Posted By Astronomy
Hey OP: As another possible option, consider...

Hey OP:

As another possible option, consider the Bear & Son versions. They have several for about $115. I bought one back in 2006 and it is a fine knife for the money. Was so busy recommending the...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 03-12-2020, 05:40 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,209
Posted By Astronomy
Tru dat. Have a Gen 2 Mainz Gladius for slaying...

Tru dat. Have a Gen 2 Mainz Gladius for slaying big combative gourds.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 03-12-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,634
Posted By Astronomy
You'd actually be surprised at how many don't....

You'd actually be surprised at how many don't. Although that no-irons practice is also a testament to the long proven ruggedness of modern combat optics.

Today, if you are running around a combat...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 03-12-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,209
Posted By Astronomy
I've used mine for two decades... without ever a...

I've used mine for two decades... without ever a hint of rust. That knife still brings a smile to my face every time I heft it. More so than my favorite Randall. The Model 16 I ordered back in 1978...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 03-11-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,209
Posted By Astronomy
On the subject of pricing for Cold Steel Trail...

On the subject of pricing for Cold Steel Trail Masters...

Agree that the tariff for the upscale models is a bit steep and places them in direct competition with other (similarly expensive)...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 03-09-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,209
Posted By Astronomy
I think that knife will serve several generations...

I think that knife will serve several generations of my descendants. The grip is one of my favored features with that blade. Checkered Kraton (just like like on my SRK). Good grip material when wet,...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 03-08-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By Astronomy
Mine is a DeSantis Nemesis: ...

Mine is a DeSantis Nemesis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEfU5FNZTOg

Been carrying J-Frames or 1991 Taurus 85CH in one for about five years. Ruger LCP gets carried in another example. Can't...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 03-08-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,209
Posted By Astronomy
'Nother vote for the Cold Steel Trail Master....

'Nother vote for the Cold Steel Trail Master. This is the one I took to Afghanistan back in 2001:

https://www.survivalistboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=299152&stc=1&d=1583719538

Still...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 03-05-2020, 12:51 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,634
Posted By Astronomy
Actually, the Tritium isotope radiates...

Actually, the Tritium isotope radiates illumination for every second of every day... forever. You just can't effectively see it during bright daylight. Not strong enough.

Tritium has a half-life...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 02-28-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,634
Posted By Astronomy
If budget is not a consideration, then my choices...

If budget is not a consideration, then my choices would be (in order):

#1 ELCAN SpecterDR 1x4 or 1.5x6 (I've only used the 1x4)
#2 ACOG
#3 Aimpoint CompM5
#4 Any previous incarnation of...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 02-27-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,120
Posted By Astronomy
Although in a pastoral setting you can get by...

Although in a pastoral setting you can get by without minute to minute time pieces (just employing solar/lunar observations like sundown & sunrise)...

In a complex world, knowing exact times is...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 23,272
Posted By Astronomy
It's hard to believe that Operation DESERT STORM...

It's hard to believe that Operation DESERT STORM (AKA "The First Gulf War") was nearly 30 years ago. Longer than the period of peace between World Wars I & II.

On the other hand... there's an...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 4,960
Posted By Astronomy
Several other posters have eloquently rebutted...

Several other posters have eloquently rebutted most of that incredibly uninformed article. I'll not repeat what they've already refuted. Instead I'll simply address one spurious claim:



Utter...
Forum: Reviews and questions 02-16-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 553
Posted By Astronomy
It's a coyote tan version of the old Blackhawk...

It's a coyote tan version of the old Blackhawk Patrol Pack from the early 2000s. Decent pack, especially for the price you paid.

From an archived advertisement (item currently out of stock):
...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 02-15-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 3,977
Views: 499,914
Posted By Astronomy
Flying those large & very visible US flags is a...

Flying those large & very visible US flags is a very real thing in the shifting geo-political terrain and territorial battle lines of Syria.

It's a deliberate TTP. Equivalent to a skunk or...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 02-13-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,305
Posted By Astronomy
Interesting thread. “There are three kinds...

Interesting thread.

“There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will...
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,321
Posted By Astronomy
1996 Nissan 300ZX commercial... Nissan Toys...

1996 Nissan 300ZX commercial...

Nissan Toys Commercial featuring Barbie and Ken and Van Halen, You Really Got Me, 1996 Nissan 300ZX - YouTube
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 02-08-2020, 05:58 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,376
Posted By Astronomy
What are these "chain saws" & "rifles" of which...

What are these "chain saws" & "rifles" of which you speak?

When I canter past yon woodcutters with my lords and ladies, I should expect to see non but hardy axes and mauls. Ye gods, how should I...
Forum: Books, Movies & Stories 02-08-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,367
Posted By Astronomy
Dammit man! How can you not instantly realize...

Dammit man! How can you not instantly realize that (from the perspective of the average E-9) personal camouflage is inherently detrimental to critical day-to-day operations?

That the typical CSM...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 02-08-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,376
Posted By Astronomy
In Bosnia (Republik Serbska), I always carried a...

In Bosnia (Republik Serbska), I always carried a pocketed M67 as my secondary while working as a JCO. M9 as primary. Frags have always been my favorite party favors.

When speaking of long term...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 02-08-2020, 03:10 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,376
Posted By Astronomy
It's a bit of a situational quandary... at least...

It's a bit of a situational quandary... at least in the context of some SHTF scenarios.

Agree with just about every point you (fragout) made in Post #1. The real question boils down to whether the...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 02-05-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,775
Posted By Astronomy
Forgot to mention that milsurp or commercial...

Forgot to mention that milsurp or commercial hunting camo netting makes for a very decent light diffuser around immediate entrance grounds. Just stretched out (at something like a 45 degree angle)...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 02-05-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,775
Posted By Astronomy
An even bigger part of effective structural light...

An even bigger part of effective structural light discipline is to control/limit the usage of interior lights in spaces with windows and especially at doors/entrances.

In other words, if you need...
Forum: Books, Movies & Stories 01-31-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,367
Posted By Astronomy
Stripes. An Army movie for the Ages... ...

Stripes.

An Army movie for the Ages...

When it came out, I saw the premier in a theater completely full of Soldiers & military families. We damn near incurred real life casualties from...
Forum: Food and water 01-20-2020, 10:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,820
Posted By Astronomy
For youse guys that went w/ Polar Pure... ...

For youse guys that went w/ Polar Pure...

Realize that the stuff always comes empty except for the iodine crystals. You have to add water to make a solution... even with a brand new bottle.

The...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 01-19-2020, 07:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 629
Posted By Astronomy
Bianchi UM84 Series. Several models available...

Bianchi UM84 Series. Several models available that mainly differ in frame size/muzzle length or by having/not having a hard trigger guard protector for striker fired guns. Essentially the same M12...
Forum: Shotgun Forum 01-17-2020, 02:34 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,726
Posted By Astronomy
And that is (in a nutshell) the advantage of a...

And that is (in a nutshell) the advantage of a shotgun. It's a jack-of-all-trades handyman weapon. Hunting arm, self defense arm, and adaptable to varying tasks by simply changing barrels, chokes,...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 01-16-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,014
Posted By Astronomy
The tent within a tent concept is nothing new....

The tent within a tent concept is nothing new. Been used for thousands of years by nomadic dwellers on winter steppes, prairies, etc.

Check out classic Amerind "Tipis", Mongolian yurts, military...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 01-11-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,859
Posted By Astronomy
Usually just place them around your lower...

Usually just place them around your lower leg/upper ankle, at about boot top height. Keeps the little bastards from crawling up or down your socks/pants seeking bare flesh to burrow into. Your lower...
Forum: Polls and Surveys 01-11-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,598
Posted By Astronomy
Besides the most obvious reason (more ammo on...

Besides the most obvious reason (more ammo on tap), I've always carried at least one spare for additional reasons:

1. If your only magazine mechanically fails, "You're Out of Schlitz". It happens....
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 01-09-2020, 12:09 AM
Replies: 3,977
Views: 499,914
Posted By Astronomy
BDA from open source analysts (updated commercial...

BDA from open source analysts (updated commercial satellite photos) show solid strikes on pinpointed targets... not shotgun pattern random impacts on open areas or other misses. I spent a fair amount...
Forum: Shotgun Forum 01-06-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,726
Posted By Astronomy
Notwithstanding the very proven lethal effects of...

Notwithstanding the very proven lethal effects of a reliable 12 gauge, I think that combat shotguns have more of a historical brand myth than a practical dominance.

Americans kinda culturally...
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 01-05-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,820
Posted By Astronomy
Segue from the weapon painting topic: That CS...

Segue from the weapon painting topic: That CS Trail Master was a parting gift from some of my guys a few months before 9/11. I carried it everywhere during OEF I... but concealed. So no need to paint...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 01-03-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 3,977
Views: 499,914
Posted By Astronomy
He wasn't just some random Iranian general. In...

He wasn't just some random Iranian general. In the scheme of things, he was the Iranian regime's direct equivalent to Darth Vader. Arguably the third most powerful man in Tehran. The guy directly...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 01-02-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 949
Posted By Astronomy
Blade-Tech Ultimate Klipt; ~$40 ...

Blade-Tech Ultimate Klipt; ~$40

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2471/4446/products/Ultimate_Klipt_Front_2000x.png?v=1562944647
...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 01-01-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,820
Posted By Astronomy
Good points. IMHO, you require...

Good points.

IMHO, you require legal/situational justification for pointing a loaded weapon to begin with. This before you ever employ the light attached to its muzzle. That light is for...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 12-30-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Posted By Astronomy
Yes & Yes. I'm similarly sized and always...

Yes & Yes.

I'm similarly sized and always wore ESAPI X-Large plates downrange (11 x 14). Worked for me comfort/arm mobility-wise while wearing a CIRAS Maritime chassis.



No. Bullet impact...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 12-30-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 3,977
Views: 499,914
Posted By Astronomy
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/66/2d/4e/662d4ec8d0...

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/66/2d/4e/662d4ec8d0ecc24a057281abee8ff61f.jpg

Sorry. Couldn't resist. Happy Holidays to All.
Forum: Military Weapons Forum 12-30-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,820
Posted By Astronomy
I know that hobby weapon painting has evolved...

I know that hobby weapon painting has evolved into high art, but...

I usually just tossed my issued military weapons onto a piece of scrap cardboard on the ground... and sprayed away with whatever...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 12-30-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,820
Posted By Astronomy
Of course it does (make you a possible bulls...

Of course it does (make you a possible bulls eye). Potentially. Maybe. If the other guy is a switched-on decent shot, reacts quickly, and takes advantage of your employment of foolish light tactics....
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 12-29-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,859
Posted By Astronomy
Clear protective eye wear for moving through...

Clear protective eye wear for moving through thick stuff in the day or for busting brush at night. Along with that, flight gloves for dealing with wait-a-minute vines, thorn branches, etc. Tritium...
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