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Berkey Water Filter Contest

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 31, 2010 Comments Off

Interested in winning a Berkey Water filter?  Then check out this thread on the forum – Berkey water filter contest. Prizes Include: First Prize: Berkey Light System & PF2 Fluoride Filter set Second Prize: Big Berkey System Third Prize: 1 Emergency Seed Bank 25 Runner ups will receive 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles That is  [ Read More ]




Bulgarian AK-74 Review

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 29, 2010 0 Comments

This article was originally posted by Heckler&Coke on the Survivalist Forum. Special thanks the Heckler&Coke for giving permission for this article to be reposted here.

Review of the Bulgarian AK-47 Review

Bulgarian AK-74

As some of you may know, I recently got a AK74. It’s the Century M74 sporter. I got this one locally for about $400 out the door with a sealed case of 5.45 mil-surp, and 4 Bulgarian 30 round magazines after some haggling. It seems to just be relatively new Bulgarian parts kits built on a proper Nodak spud receiver. Big plus there imho. Also, worth noting, they seem to be assembled pretty well for Century.

After the first day I realized without a heat shield the hand guard was useless, as the plastic literally began to melt during my specialized mall ninja training routine, so I just refinished some wood furniture I had lying around and slapped it on.

bulgarian ak 74 wood stock

My first impression wasn’t too good to be honest, and I was second guessing myself the whole time but as an AK fan I knew better than to reject it outright. These have the absolute worst AK furniture I’ve seen in my life. Cheap plastic, no heat shield, no hand guard bulge, heats and melts easily, and it has a cheap look and feel. The finish isn’t all that great either. It’s just a really flat grey pseudo parkerized finish. I’ve already scratched it up pretty good in a few hours of hard use.

…but for ~$350 what can you really expect?




October 27 2010 workout

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 28, 2010 Comments Off

Its gotten to the point where I am ashamed of my weight. In all, I’am about 25 pounds over my ideal weight and that is 25 pounds too many. My great grandmother always told me to watch my weight, stay slim, stand up tall, and keep my back straight.  I have let her down.  Over  [ Read More ]




Fear and rumors during an epidemic

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 27, 2010 Comments Off

angelina river jasper texasThe story looks like its straight from a history book about the dark ages. Doctors without Borders tried to setup a clinic in Haiti to treat cholera patients. Instead of being welcomed by the local people, the doctors were met with fear, a small riot and rock throwing. The situation got so bad that armed troops had to be brought in to protect the clinic and doctors.

Cholera fears spark anti-clinic protest in Haiti

During the middle ages, people that did not understand the plague looked for groups of people to blame for the outbreaks. Finger pointers would pick someone in the village that had a bad reputation, brand them a witch for the outbreak of the plague, and burn them at the stake. An unknown number of Jews were murdered and burned during the Dark Ages for “supposedly” spreading the plague. There are stories of people being rounded up, locked in a barn, and the barn set on fire – because it was believed the people were witches, or were Jews and were responsible for causing the plague.




Sean Penn on the Cholera outbreak in Haiti

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 26, 2010 Comments Off

Sean Penn talks about the Cholera outbreak in Haiti. By the latest number, over 250 dead and over 3,000 infected. Until people start getting safe drinking water, the problem is just going to get worse. Once Cholera gets into the drinking water supply, the water has to be chemically treated or filtered to remove the  [ Read More ]




Mixing and matching survival gear

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 25, 2010 Comments Off

molle pack vs alice pack

I find it interesting that Taco Bell can create so many items on their menu by mixing and matching about eight different ingredients. There is the taco meat, sour cream, refried beans, tortilla shell, taco shell,,,,. But by the looks of the Taco Bell menu, it appears they have a thousand ingredients.

Its called utilizing available resources. And the same can be applied to survivalism.

On the flip side of the coin from Taco Bells minimalist approach, I find it interesting that survivalist stockpile so much gear. Certain survivalist think they have to have a special “bug out bag” that is separate from their standard camping / backpacking pack, that they need several rifles

Lets backup a few years, all the way to the early – mid 1980s. Back then I (Kevin), was in High School and was busy camping and exploring the marshes around the Bridge City, Texas area. My backpack at that time was about 14 inches tall, 12 – 14 inches wide, and maybe 6 inches wide. It could have easily been a school book bag, but it was OD green and made out of a canvas material. I had one backpack for all of my camping needs. At that time, that is all I needed. The pack was just big enough for a couple of cans of vienna sausage, or chili, can opener, small pot, matches, contact case, and maybe a spare shirt or socks.


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Where would you hunt after TEOTWAWKI

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 24, 2010 0 Comments

over grown road hunting leaseYesterday evening while heading to the woods for a hog hunting trip, an interesting conversation came up between everyone in the truck – “where will you be hunting at this deer season?” My son and I are on a deer lase, so we have a place to hunt. But the other 2 people in the truck do not have a place where they can not. They have to rely on the kindness of other people to give them permission to hunt on their land.

This got me to thinking, where would you hunt in a post long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation? If you do not have a place to hunt now, what makes you think your going to have one after the fact?

A lot of survivalist plan on “bugging out to the wilderness in a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation. So having a place to go and a place to hunt might go hand in hand.

If you – do not own land, not on a deer lease (which grants you a legal right to be on the land), don’t have friends with benefits, or know where the public hunting land is, where will you hunt at?

Owing land in a rural area might the ideal situation for most survivalist, but for a lot of people, is just not realistic. The majority of the people live and work in the city. So if they own property in a rural area, they have to maintain the house they live in, and maintain a remote camp.




Cholera post disaster

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 23, 2010 Comments Off

angelina river jasper texasHere in the good ‘ole USA, do to the massive amounts of chlorine that we put in our water, waterborne diseases are pretty rare. Sure there might be the occasional case of Cryptosporidium, but cases of Cholera, Polio, and Typhoid fever are pretty rare.

So what brought the topic of Cholera up? It was an article on CNN about how fast Cholera can be deadly. This is news to me, I would have never thought that Cholera could turn deadly in just a few hours. I thought that just about all waterborne infections took 3 – 10 days for the first signs to show up, then a few days for dehydration to take place, with death finally occurring. With my understanding of how Cholera progressed, death would occur 7 – 14 days after infection. But after reading that article from CNN, Cholera has earned a new level of respect and fear.




The WASR-10 AK-47

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 22, 2010 Comments Off

wasr-10 ak-47The WASR-10 AK-47 is a Romanian variant of the Russian AK-47 rifle. The rifles uses a receiver made in the USA, unlike the SAR series that use a Romanian made receiver.

The equivalents with Russian models are:
* AKM: WASR-10 (7.62×39)
* AK-74: WASR-2 (5.45×39)
* AK-101: WASR-3 (5.56×45)

WASR-10 Specs:
Overall Length: 35 inches – including muzzle break
Barrel: 16 inches – including muzzle break
Stock: Wood
Pistol grip: Plastic
Caliber: 7.62X39

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Picking a new survival rifle

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 22, 2010 0 Comments

AK-47 AR-15 Survival RiflesI’am looking for a 308 semi-auto rifle – its to be used as my primary hunting rifle and survival rifle. This will be my “go to” rifle in the event of a disaster. Currently I have a Bushmaster AR-15 223 / 5.56mm, WASR-10 in 7.62X39, Ruger 10/22, SKS and Remington Model 700 Mountain Rifle in 280/7mm Express. The goal is to have something with a little versatile then those rifles. Something that is rugged enough to take take wherever I want, but accurate enough to make 100+ yard shots and hit a baseball sized target without a bench rest. Ideal accuracy would be a 1 inch group “Minute of angle MOA” at 100 yards. But some military rifles are just not designed to have the accuracy like a bolt action hunting rifle, or the AR15.

During hunting season the purposed rifle is going to be my primary hunting rifle. I need something that is compact enough to move around a deer stand with, or use a climbing stand with, but but with a barrel long enough that accuracy is not affected. Something with an 18 – 22 inch barrel would be ideal.

This is what I have come up with so far:

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AR-15 for Survival

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 21, 2010 Comments Off

ar-15 as a survivalist weaponIs the AR-15 a good survival rifle? The simple answer is, “it depends.” The M16 223/5.56mm was original developed as a replacement for the M14 and the 308. The mindset was to develop a lighter rifle and lighter ammo so that soldiers could carry the rifle further and carry more ammo. The drawback, instead of shooting a 150 or 180 grain bullet like the 308 Winchester / 7.62 NATO, the 223 / 5.56mm shot a 55 grain bullet.

Lets talk about some of the pluses and negatives of the 223/5.56mm:

1. To compensate for the smaller bullet diameter and lighter weight, the 55 grain 5.56mm is supposed to “tumble” after it hits flesh. The “tumbling” creates wounds and does quit a bit of damage to flesh.

I see a couple of issues with the “tumble” theory:





Have you ever

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 20, 2010 Comments Off

maxpedition falcon ii pygmyThe other day, my wife and I were walking around one of the local big-box marts when I saw this late teens – early twenties looking fellow. From the sight of him, I doubt he has ever done more then a weeks worth of hard labor in his life. He might have been around 5 feet 9 or 10 inches tall, and must have weighed between 250 – 300 pounds, and not a single ounce of that was muscle. If there was muscle, it was buried under the layers of fat.

This makes me ask the question, have you ever

shot a rifle
shot a shotgun
shot a pistol
gone camping
shot a deer
tacked a deer
skinned a deer




Maintaining a level of physical fitness

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 20, 2010 Comments Off

boat angelina riverBefore I took this desk job as a computer tech, maintaining a level of physical fitness was not a problem. Working as a fitter in a welding shop for 8 – 12 hours a day does enough. I remember fitting a 2:1 elliptical head on a shell, it taking 2 hours to get the job done, and a lot of that I was swinging an 8 pound hammer. One tower I built going to Saudi Arabia was 1 3/4 inch thick, about 11 feet in diameter and the head was 2 inches thick. Instead of using a hammer, dog and wedge, I had to use a 50 ton port-a-power hydraulic jack. The hydraulic jack probably weighed 30 or 40 pounds – I had to pick it up, set it down, pick it up, set it down,,, for 12 hours a day, and for an entire week.

Before I went into junior high school, mom and dad put my brother and I in little league baseball and football. Our coaches made us do drill after drill after drill,,,,, and run laps around the practice field. The training that I received at such an early age has stayed with me later in life – even though I do not use it anymore. At the very least, I had the concept of training drilled into my head.

Once I started junior high school, I did not want to do any more sports. To be honest, I never wanted to play football or baseball. I think mom and dad signed my brother and I up so we could meet other kids and give us something to do. As soon as I could get out of the sports I did – I had other stuff I wanted to do, like go camping and play in the woods.




Personal hydrogen refueling station

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 20, 2010 Comments Off

Just imagine a day when you can use your own personal hydrogen refueling station to recharge your hydrogen car or motorcycle. Seems like science fiction? Maybe for right now. A company called Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is working on a solar powered device that can extract hydrogen from water, convert the hydrogen into electricity, the  [ Read More ]




Solar Desalination

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 19, 2010 Comments Off

tent on beachPeople living along the ocean, or salt water barriers might get a kick out of this. It seems that MIT has developed a portable solar powered solar desalination unit. Besides, MIT, IBM along with some people from Saudi Arabia are also working on a solar powered desalination unit.

The small version of the MIT desalination unit is supposed to be able to produce 80 gallons of drinking water every 24 hours. The larger version has an estimated cost of $8,000 and will produce an estimated 1,000 gallons of water everyday.