Homesteading and Survivalism

Living a simple life

Lee Greenwood Sings GOD Bless The USA

Thank GOD obama is out of office and we have someone in office who loves the United States of America.

To watch Donald Trump sing along is very moving.  Lee Greenwood sings a moving and passionate version of GOD bless America.

Finally, after eight long years, we have a president who loves this nation in office.

I hope Hillary is sitting at home crying her eyes out. The people saw through her lies and treachery.

Looking At A Glock 19

Handguns for SHTFI never cared for the look of a Glock, or the fact that they are made out of a polymer instead of aluminum or steel.  While some of my buddies jumped on the glock bandwagon a decade ago, I stayed with the Beretta 92F and more recently the Remington 1911 R1.

To ensure that the group is constant in some of the firearms we own, I decided to buy a Glock.  The one I am looking at is the Glock 19.

Several months ago some of my buddies and I went to a shooting range in southeast Texas.  They arranged their Glocks on the table and let me test fire several of them.  The one I liked the best was the Glock 19.

The 19 fits the bill as a lightweight handgun that I can carry while working around the farm.  Something that I can carry while running a chainsaw, or brush hogging with the tractor.  A handgun that stays out of the way, lightweight and chambered in 9mm.

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Wildlife Habitat At Bug Out Location

Wildlife Habitat At Bug Out LocationA few weeks ago I walked around the property looking for squirrels.  There were a couple of locations that had perfect squirrel habitat, but there were no signs of squirrels being in the area.  There were no pine cones that had been tore apart, no half eaten acorns nor did I see any squirrels.

As I followed a creek that runs along the back of the property, the timber transitioned from pine and oak to mostly oak and iron wood.  Iron wood is a tree that grows in the shade of larger trees.  It does not produce any kind of nut for squirrels or deer.  It is mostly used for its hard wood to make walking sticks and bows.

Several years ago a lot of the older pine trees were cut off the property.  Pine trees are a renewable resource when managed properly. Several large pine trees were left on the property to so they could reseed the area.  Their seedlings float in the wind and can travel several hundred feet, depending on how the wind is blowing.   I expected to see oaks and ironwood, but I also expected to see pine tree saplings coming up.  I was rather surprised when I did not see hardly any pine saplings.

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ARES SCR Generation 2

The ARES SCR Generation 2 lower looks very interesting.  It is a lower that uses a custom AR-15 bolt carrier group along with a standard AR-15 upper.

First thing I wondered was how does the ARES SCR work without a buffer?  It uses a buffer like an FN/FAL.

Another thing that came to mind was putting a 300 blackout or 6.5 upper on it for hunting.

Overall, I like the idea and the looks of the rifle.

Millenials Lack Survival Skills

There is a thread in the survival forum about how Millenials Lack Survival Skills. The opening post links to a page on Foxnews, which links to another page and so on. None of the linked pages outside the forum offer very much information, so I thought I would write my own thoughts on the topic.

Removed From The Farm

G.I. Generation, people born around the 1920s, lived in rural America. They lived in a time when people had a garden, canned the food they grew, had chicken, guineas, cows, horses… etc. The men from the G.I. Generation served in World War II or Korea. They came back from war, then used their GI Bill to go to college. A lot of them moved away from rural America in search of work. They grew up in a time before vaccines. Small pox, polio, pneumonia, are killers. Antibiotics are not going to widespread until the 1940s.

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Where Do You Find Your Happiness

Happiness, what is it, where does it come from and where can it be found.  I turn 49 years old in 2017.  As I look back there have been various times when I was happy.  I can look back at the 1990s and think of times when I was happy, and a lot of times when I was not happy.

There have been times when I was very happy with a job.  Such as when I worked at various welding shops in Southeast Texas.  Some of them were good to work for, some were terrible.

The worst kind of happiness is that which depends upon others.

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Starting Livestock Fence Project

2017 is the year I fence in several acres for livestock.  I have been talking about this for several years, and this year is when I take action to put the project into motion.

One of my favorite books about medieval life, which is Life in a Medieval Village by Frances and Joseph Gies, talks about how people valued small livestock.  Cattle were mainly for milk production, which was used to make cheese and butter.

In medieval times there was no way to preserve meat for long periods.  If a 500 pound cow was butchered, a large amount of meat would rot and go to waste.  Based on that, I am going to focus on small livestock and just a couple of cattle.


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What Is Your Prepping Goal

What is the goal of your prepping plan? If you were to write an essay on prepping, what would your closing paragraph be about? It should describe your ideal goal in prepping.

Preppers can not be classified into one category. we have different groups who subscribe to different prepping plans. These go way beyond what organizations like FEMA and the Red Cross suggest. We all know the government will not be able to help everyone. There are also situations that may result in the collapse of the federal and state governments, such as nuclear war or some kind of new disease.

Stockpiler’s may say

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What Was Your First Survival Knife

Around 1984,I went to GI Surplus in Orange Texas and bought my first survival knife. The store is no longer in business, which is a shame.  They had a good selection of military surplus.

When I got the knife home I was so proud.  It was like a turning point in a young mans life, I had bought my first knife.

The knife I bought was a Valor brand name. At the base of the blade it is stamped “Valor Miami, USA” on one side. On the other side it is stamped “440 Stainless, 599 Japan, camo”.

Overall length: 12 1/4 inches.
Blade length: 7 1/8 inches

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Gun Jesus Apocrypha: The Gospel of Browning

Forgotten Weapons has a wonderful youtube channel. Ian goes out to auction houses, and then does videos about the unique and forgotten weapons up for auction. He also does some tidbits of information, such as why the safety of the AR/M16 is the way it it. Which I thought was pretty cool.

The gospel of Browning talks about how people add all kinds of unneeded garbage to their handguns.  To what end does the extra “stuff” serve?  Only to add weight and more stuff to break?

If we have something that works, why beat the drum for something else?  The 1911 has proved its value through two world wars and numerous conflicts all over the world.  Yet the 1911 is losing respect because it is old?  If something works, it works.  Age is of little relevance.

This is a wonderful video that talks about past and present handguns.

Fire Alarm And Young Men

My fiancee and I Went to see Rogue One at Tinseltown in Beaumont. Towards the end of the movie the fire alarm went off. A lady came over the speaker system and said a fire alarm had gone off and asked everyone to exit the building.

People got up and started exiting through the fire exit. When my fiancee and I reached the exit I looked back and realized there were a number of older couples waiting on everyone to leave so they could make their way down.

Every young man who walked out was either playing on their phone or not checking on other around them.  I felt rather sick to my stomach that these young men were only thinking of themselves and were some of the first ones to leave the building.

I waited inside the doorway until everyone was outside.

There were no flames or smoke. I felt that do not excuse the behavior of the young men who walked out of the building and never offered to help anyone.  There were several able young men in their 20s and 30s and not a single one observed the older people who were last to leave.

I felt like chewing all their asses out, but it would not have changed anything.

What happened to teaching young men to look after others who are less capable?  Whatever happened to manners?

 

ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 Charger Review

If there is one thing Thrunite does, they manufacturer a quality product.  So far I have reviewed four Thrunite flashlights and all of them are top notch.  Thrunite continues their reputation for quality with the ThruNite C2 mini-charger.

Full Disclosure:  I received the charger at no cost to myself.  This will not influence my opinion and hopefully will not influence your opinion either.

Specs from Amazon:

  • Weight 5 ounces
  • Dimensions 3.6 x 0.9 x 1 inches
  • Item model number C2
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item Package Quantity 1
  • Batteries Included? Yes
  • Battery Cell Type Lithium Ion

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Sootch00 Rifle Review Henry 44 Magnum Carbine

Sootch00 has released yet another great video, this one is of the Henry 44 Magnum Carbine.

Truth be known, I love lever action rifles. There is just something about them that draws attention. Maybe because the lever action is known as the rifle that won the west?  On top of that, have a handy short rifle chambered in 44 magnum?  Talk about a perfect combination.

For the 2017 deer season I am thinking about buying a lever action rifle.  Here is southeast Texas shots are rarely over say 125 yards or so.  Why not go with a 44 magnum?

My sons have a Marlin 336 in 30-30 Winchester.  It is a great rifle and the 30-30 Winchester is perfect for up close shots here in Southeast Texas.  But then again, I would like to have a rifle chambered in a handgun cartridge.

 

Stuff You See On The Gun Range

Polenar Tactical put together an excellent video showing just about everything you see at the range.

Tactics include:

  • The noob
  • SWAT
  • Wanted Fans
  • Olympic one hand

To name only a few.

If you have ever spent any time at the gun range you can probably relate.  I like the noob, when he turns with the rifle.  I am sure we can all relate.

Log Splitter For The Farm

Landed a tractor powered log splitter for the farm.  This is something I have wanted and needed for a very long time.  An older gentleman had a log slitter he was no longer using.   It had been left uncovered for so long the hoses and seal on the ram had dry rotted.

The splitter works with a pump that slips over the spline of the tractor PTO. The hoses going to and from the pump were dry rotted through and were leaking.

There is a place in Jasper Texas called East Texas Mill Supply. They can make up a new hose in a matter of a few minutes. That is where I took the hoses.

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