Entries for November, 2012

Rayovac Indestructible Flashlight Review

Rayovac Indestructible FlashlightThe thing about Rayovac, they have a reputation of low cost, low quality flashlights. When someone ask about a good quality flashlight, what are the first brand names mentioned? Usually its Maglight, Surefire, Fenix,,, but not Rayovac.

From what it appears, Rayovac is trying to improve that market image with its Indestructible line of flashlights. The model I tested on a recent camping trip was the OT3AAA-B.

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were shopping at the Walmart in Jasper Texas. A buddy of mine and I had a camping trip coming up, so I decided to drop by the sporting goods section to see if there was anything I needed.

Usually I do not bother with Rayovac flashlights, but there was something about the Rayovac Indestructible AAA flashlight that caught my eye. I can tell you straight up it was not the Indestructible name. More like it was the metal housing and dual output that caught my attention.

OT3AAA-B had almost everything I was looking for – AAA batteries, metal housing, dual output. At a cost of less then $20, I decided to go ahead and buy it.

A few days later my buddy and I headed out on our camping trip, which gave me the chance to test the Rayovac OT3AAA-B in a real life setting.

Some of the things I was looking for:

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Hunting Feral Pests in Australia

Australia has its fair share of feral pest, everything from wild hogs to rabbits.

steveleeilikeguns at youtube posted this video about hunting non-native feral invasive species in Australia

Far Cry 3 Review

Far Cry 3 has hit the streets and reviews are starting to come out. boogie2988 on youtube has posted another excellent video, this time its about Far Cry 3.

Far Cry 3 Plot:

Beyond the reach of civilization lies a lawless island ruled by violence. This is where you find yourself stranded, caught in a bloody conflict between psychotic warlords and indigenous rebels. Struggling to survive, your only hope of escape is through the muzzle of a gun.

Discover the island’s dark secrets and take the fight to the enemy; improvise and use your environment to your advantage; and outwit its cast of ruthless, deranged inhabitants. Beware the beauty and mystery of this island of insanity… You’ll need more than luck to escape alive.

The open world aspect of Far Cry 3 is appealing, it reminds me of Skyrim, Dead Island, the Fallout series and the STALKER series.

For those of you that do not know, I am an active gamer. SurvivalistBoards even has its own Steam group page.  If you have Steam, join our Steam group.

Should America Return to Christian Values

A lady on my facebook feed posted an image that said, “like if you think America should return to its Christian values.”

Slavery – It was Christians, good GOD fearing people that helped make slavery part of American history. To be fair, and to spread the blame, a good number of slave ships were owned by Jews. If we want to go back to our Christian values, are we going to enslave blacks?

Drinking – It was GOD fearing Christians that gave us Prohibition. Are we going to outlaw drinking again?

Marijuana – it was good GOD fearing Christians that helped outlaw the use of marijuana.

Gay Lifestyle – it was GOD fearing Christians that has helped fuel hatred towards gays. Shouldn’t we let someones lifestyle be their choice, instead of societies choice.

Why would we want to live a lifestyle that promotes hatred towards certain people? What kind of GOD tells his followers to kill people who commit adultery?

Maybe we need to scrap the old testament and following the teachings of Christ. Forget the apostles, forget the teachings of everyone that came after Christ. If we took the teachings of Christ, and Christ alone, then, and only then would there be a religion worth following.

What makes Christ so different? Because he taught people to love one another, period.

At no time as America been under the influence of pure Christian values. If we had, there would be no poverty, there would be no murder, gays would be able to live in peace, people would be able to smoke a little weed from time to time, and we would be a peaceful nation.

Getting Boar Hog Out of River Bottom

After the dogs chased the hog far away from the boat, I was called in to help. First we had to pick up one of the hunters, bring him around to the boat, then drive around somewhere close to where the hog was at.

We met up with the other hunters, used a GPS to find our way back to the hog, tied its legs, then packed the hog to the boat.

Chicken Flock for SHTF TEOTWAWKI

Chickens eating table scrapsIn a previous article we discussed what would be the Best Chicken Breeds for SHTF.  If you have not done so, I suggest you read that article as well as this one.

In this article we are going to be discussing how to design your chicken flock for a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation.

How many chickens would you need to produce enough eggs for you and your family? What about breeding, chicken coop and chicken yard size?  Do you want focus on egg production, meat production, or somewhere between the two?

This chicken flock article is part of our Indefinite Sustainability project.

Egg Production

Why would eggs be important during a long term SHTF situation? Its because of their fat, amino acids and protein content.

A couple of weeks ago two of my grandsons spent the night at my house.  For breakfast the 6 year old ate 4 eggs, the 3 year old ate 2 eggs.  That is 6 eggs a day just for those two grandchildren, what about the rest of the family?

Why my current flock of 13 hens, my wife and I get anywhere from 5 – 10 eggs a day.  The 10 eggs were during September and October before the cold fronts started pushing through.  After a cold front pushes through, egg production drops down to about 5 – 6 eggs a day.

While the cold weather is here, I need to keep an eye on the chickens to see which ones are laying and which ones are not laying.  Some chicken breeds do better then others in cold weather.

How many people do you anticipate being in your group? I would say plan on having 1.5 – 2 chickens per person for steady egg production.  Part of the egg production is going to depend on the breed of chicken, the weather, quality of the food sources, and other factors.

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Inside Job Movie Review

Want to know why our ancestor hated banks, just watch the movie “Inside Job.”

The documentary was well done, except where Glenn Hubbard got pissed off. If he would have talked to me like he did the interviewer, I would have bitch slapped him.

Inside Job starts off with Iceland, a nation that was financially sound. that is until regulations on the banks are reduced and government oversight is laxed.

The Inside job talks to various people about what helped create the crash of 2008.

Long story short, the working class people are screwed and the banks are going to keep getting richer.

There is a saying I saw awhile back that stuck in my head – “privatized profits and socialized losses.” Meaning, when times are good, the banks keep their profits. When times are bad, the tax payers have to foot the bill.

When the federal reserve is there to hand the banks whatever money they want, who worries about losing money?

So, everyone that voted for obama, how is that change working out for you.

Inside Job should be required watching for everyone who votes for the two major parties.

What really amazed me was the lack of remorse in ripping off millions of investors, and ripping off people with predatory lending.  Its as if the people working on wall street are sociopaths.  If everyone acted like bankers, the world would be in some serious trouble.

Now that the banks have control of our government, things are just going to get worse.

If Inside Job is an indication of things to come, we are in some serious crap.

Random Thoughts November 27 2012

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistIt is time to have another random thoughts article.

National Debt – I figured it was time to make anther article when I read this opinion piece at the Wall Street Journal. According to that article, our national debt already exceeds $86.8 trillion, or 550% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to the authors of that article, the true amount owed to the Federal Reserve is hidden from public view.

In other words, the government is treating the people like a bunch of mushrooms, we are being kept in the dark and fed crap.

I do not know for a fact that the national debt is anywhere close to the $86 trillion range like the article claims.  Even at $16 trillion we are in deep trouble.

What is sad, the nation is bankrupt, and there are people looking for a government handout.  There is no money, but people want more free stuff.

Coleman – The same Coleman company that makes outdoor products, why you no offer all of your products in the USA?

Why am I finding Coleman tents in overseas stores, but not in stores here in the states?

Related Forum ThreadWhy doesn’t coleman sell their full product line in the USA

I was doing some google searches for a good 2 man tent, when I came across several stores in the UK selling coleman tents.

Do a search for those same tents in the USA, and nothing comes back.

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Turning Points in My Life

As I was reading through an article on Toms Hardware about the greatest video cards of all time, I caught myself looking at the dates on the video cards, and then comparing those dates to things that were happening in my life.

Between 1996 – late 1999 were a great time in my life. My third son had been born in 1994, my daughter had been born in 1996, I had a steady job with good benefits, a little overtime here and there.

I started going to Lamar College in Port Arthur around 1995.  It was time to get out of the welding field, so I went to Lamar to learn computers.

Then there were the video games such as Diablo, Quake, Red Alert, and the camping trips into Orangefield Texas in the mid 1990s.

The early Quakecons were a blast. Driving to Dallas, staying with my buddy “Acid Breath” and his wife for the weekend, those were good times.

Around August 1999 all of that fell apart when I was laid off from Allied Fabrication in Rose City. The company had recently lost a lot of money, I had missed time due to my drinking. When it came time to reduce cost, I and a couple of other people were let go.

In all honesty, I loved working at Allied Fabrication. They were a great group of people that I really liked working for.

Regardless of how much I liked the job, all good things must come to an end.

Towards the end of 1999 and into early 2000, I was feeling really down. The jobs I was able to find sucked – terrible pay, no benefits and really long work hours.

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AK-47 or AR-15

The Military Arms Channel on youtube has posted another excellent video, this time its about what gun should someone buy post election?

For most of you the information covered in the video is very basic and boring.  It goes back to whether the shooter likes the AK-47 or the AR-15 better.

There are some good points that are brought up, such as there being no domestic manufacturer of 5.45×39mm ammunition for the AK-74.  This is the main reason why I have not bought an AK-74, and I do not want to stockpile yet “another” caliber.

In the video there is a comment that WASR-10 prices are in the $600 price range? I have not confirmed those prices. But if those prices are correct, we are in deep crap as the WASR-10 is made in Romania.

There are two driving factors that would drive up the price of a Romanian made products:

1, Inflation, as in the US dollar is losing value on the international market.

2, Demand is outstripping supply.

Before and after a democrat is elected president there is usually some level of panic buying. But to make the price of a rifle double? Something is wrong there.

When a bottom of the barrel AK-47 cost more then an AR-15, its time to stop buying AK-47s. Let demand drop, surpluses will rise, and prices will go down. In all honesty, there is no excuse for a foreign made AK-47 to cost over around $300, and includes Russian and Chinese made AKs.

However, as the value of the US dollar continues to drop, foreign made products will continue to go up in price.

There is another issue that might be driving up prices, and that is good ole capiticalsm. If someone is willign to pay $600 for a bottom of the barrel WASR-10, then the company is going to mark the prices as such.

I remember Russian made AK-47s selling for $75 in the late 1980s. I wish I would have bought a case of them.

Hunting Wild Hogs After SHTF

Need a good source of renewable food after SHTF, look no further then the wild hog.  Wild hogs have invaded all of the lower 48 states, Texas alone has an estimated 1.5 million feral hogs.

The problem is, the hogs are mean, can be difficult to trap, can injure or kill hunting dogs, and can be difficult to transport.

Trapping Wild Hogs

Hog traps are only limited by your imagination. They can include anything from a box trap to a pen trap.

The usual hog trap is made out of welded angle iron, and is 4 feet wide and 8 feet long. The door is spring loaded so that when a hog enters the trap, the door closes behind them. Some traps are rigged so that the door opens while the hog is rooting around the edge. The hog pushes the door open, the hog goes into the trap, and the door closes behind the hog.

Hog traps are not that difficult to build, all you really need is the materials, wire cutters, maybe some boards, hammer, nails,,,,.

Most people use corn to bait the traps.

In some cases hogs will not enter the trap.  When that happens, wire the door open for a couple of weeks so the hogs can go in and out of the trap.

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Turn about is fair play in divorce court

There is an interesting article on the telegraph – female breadwinners are ‘losing out’ in divorce.

The article basically says what men have been saying for decades, the person with the lowest income comes out on the better end of the deal in a divorce.  In the case of that article, it is talking about working women coming out on the short end of the stick.

Oh boo hoo hoo, a woman has to pay her fair share in a divorce, why is that even news?

When the lazy wife does not want to get an education or go to work to bring more money into the family, society is just fine with men having to split things down the middle.

In other words, when men are getting the shaft, everything is fine and dandy.

When women get the shaft, something is terribly wrong.

Double standards suck.

Drawback to Remote Primitive Camping Sites

One of the major drawbacks to remote primitive camping sites, you never know what idiot you are going to end up next to.

November 24, 2012 a buddy of mine and I headed out to the Angelina river close to Jasper Texas to do some camping. These are primitive camping sites that are only available by boat.

We arrived at the camping site, set the tents up, then headed out to the river to do some fishing. Just before the juglines were set out, I got a call on my phone saying my son-in-law and his hunting buddies caught a hog in the river bottom. The dogs had chased the hog a long way from the boat, and they needed some help. But that is another story.

After helping my son-in-law and his hunting party pack the hog back to the boat, my buddy and I headed back to our camping site.

By the time we got back to the camping site we only had about one hour of light left. We broke out the camp stoves, cooked a quick meal of Mountain House freeze dried foods, then started the camp fire.

Shooting – The whole time my buddy and I were cooking dinner, and starting the camp fire, the group in the next camping site over were shooting their guns. After the sun went down and the last glimpses of light faded away, the people kept shooting their rifles.

Gun safety – trigger disciple, muzzle disciple, target disciple.

How the hell are you supposed to have target disciple when you are shooting into pitch black darkness?

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How Can People Justify Wasting Food

Walking through walmart today, saw a pack of ground meat and steak sitting on a shelf. The shelf was in the canned goods section, and not the cold foods section.

I picked up the meat, checked to see if it was still cold, then took the two packs to the freezer section.

Is this what humanity has come to, that we can waste enough meat that would feed a family for a day, maybe 2 days, or even 3 days?

The person that left the packs of meat on the shelf, have they gone hungry a single day in their lives?

The person that left the meat on the shelf, were they on food stamps or welfare?

Did the person give a single thought to the animal that had to die to put the meat on the shelf?

What about the cost of raising the animal? The cost of butchering, packing and shipping the meat, did the person give a single thought to all of that?

Sometimes I am ashamed of the human race. How can we justify wasting food while others starve?

Walmart Jasper Texas and Black Friday

This is a rant about walmart in Jasper Texas not having the Sig Sauer M400 rifle like they are advertising in the black friday sales paper.

What the hell has happened to the nation that firearms are put behind big screen TVs and video games? I found out today the walmart in my town (Jasper Texas) is not going to have the Sig Sauer M400.

The next nearest walmart, which is in Woodville Texas is not going to have the rifle either. The walmart in Silsbee Texas said it is going to have 3 of the Sig Sauer M400 rifle sin stock.

Looks like I might have to drive an hour one way to get a Sig Sauer M400.

This really pisses me off. I bet walmart is going to have plenty of video games, wii, playstations,,,, and everything else, but no AR-15s?

What is happening to this nation that a store does not carry a rifle it advertises? I thought there were laws that prohibited deceptive advertising. If a store advertises a product, I thought they were supposed to have it in stock?

Black friday is supposed to be the biggest shopping day of the year, but no AR-15s at walmart? What would Sam Walton say? I thought Sam was supposed to be sportsmen friendly?

Screw video games, TVs and bb guns, I want a Sig Sauer M400 for Christmas.

I have sent several tweets to walmart, but they have yet to reply. I doubt they care if I get my M400 for Christmas. Maybe I should get Devil Dog guns in Jasper Texas to order me a Bravo Company rifle instead of dealing with walmart.




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