Entries for April, 2013

Building A Rabbit Hide Box

A rabbit hideaway box serves several purposes – it provides a place for the rabbit to hide, provides the doe with a birthing box for her litter, and provides a high place for a lookout point. Rabbits are prey animals, and as such will want to hide when they are scared.Rabbit hideaway box

The rabbit hutch was built a couple of weeks ago, so now it is time to build the hideaway boxes.  One box will be built for the doe and one box will be built for the buck.

The first hide box was built 20 inches X 24 inches.  After the box was placed in the hutch it seemed a little large.

The second box was built 16 inches X 20 inches.  Even at 16X20 the box seems a little big.

I may cut that down to 12 X 20, but it will be after the rabbits are grown.  Right now the boxes seem a little large, but the rabbits still have a lot of growing to do.

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Justification For Owning An AR-15

Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting gun owners have been having to justify their reasons for owning an AR-15.  Personally, I think the only reason that needs to be given is “because I want one.”  I feel I should not have to “justify” my choices in which firearms I wish to own.  As a law abiding citizen there is no chance my AR is going to be used in a crime.  And as a law abiding citizen   I seen no reason to explain myself to anyone.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Free men do not explain themselves, we do as we wish when we wish.

Servants, slaves and criminals explain themselves.

With that being said, I would like to provide my opinion as to why people own an AR-15.  I am in no way justifying my ownership of an AR-15, simply because rights do not have to be justified.  I am giving reasons why I choose to own an AR-15.

The AR-15 is cool – It is awesome looking, it feels good in my hand.  Handling an AR is like patting my wife on her butt, it provides me with a sense of manly satisfaction.

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Finishing The Rabbit Hutch

My wife and I started the rabbit hutch last weekend. And as things happen in life we ran out of time and were unable to finish the hutch. This weekend we were going to be a little pressed for time, but I was hoping to get it finished. Besides the hutch my wife and I had a pageant for my daughter in Newton Texas on Saturday, then a birthday party for two of the grandkids on Sunday. Saturday was a no-go, so we only had Sunday to work on the hutch.Complete rabbit hutch

Sunday morning my wife and I moved the rabbit hutch from in front of the wood shed to under a large oak tree in the back yard. When my wife asked why we were moving the hutch to work on it, I asked her if she wanted to work in the sun.

The drops from the legs are long enough to make cross members for the floor. When the floor was being built a cross member was placed every 2 feet. This left a space of 2×3 feet that was not supported. As a result there was a lot of slack in the floor. After the extra cross members were installed the floor was reenforced and the extra slack was removed.

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Now That One Of The Bombers Have Been Caught

Now that the last bomber has been caught alive, now what?

Since the bombers are mulsim, will there be a backlash against people from the middle east?

Will the public demand aid to the middle east stop?

Since one of the victims was chinese, how will this affect china-USA relations?Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

Can we expect to see more vigilante attacks on people from the middle east? Unlike nations in the middle east, here in the USA Islam is a minority. Instead of Muslims beating Christians up, Muslims will be the victims of vigilante attacks

In the middle east it seems muslims can inflict violence on all over religions with no fear of retaliation. But here in the USA things are opposite in middle east. If a muslim does some kind of attack, non-muslims take revenge on other muslims, and even people that are mistaken for muslims.

Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhist,,, anyone that looks like they are from the middle east are already targeted by vigilantes. Sikhs already get abused because people confuse their turban with those worn by muslims.

Maybe white-supremacist groups attacking people from the middle east?

Will we see the formation of anti-Muslim hate groups?

What do radical muslims think is going to happen after commit these acts of terrorism? Do they expect everyone to look the other way?

How is this bombing going to affect the liberal agenda of equal rights for those who do not wish to integrate?

Lets not group all Muslims together. I would like to think 99.99% of Muslims follow our laws. So lets not blame the majority for the acts of the minority.

Did You Support The Expanded Background Check

Simple question, did you support the expanded background check?

People claim close to 80% of the general population supported the bill. So I would like to know what this community thought about it.

If you wish to discuss the expanded background check, post your comments in this forum thread.  Or, post your comments in the comment section of this post.

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The Boston Marathon Bombings

Someone on facebook sent me a message and asked what I thought about the Boston bombing.  I have a lot of mixed emotions about the situation.  Over the course of this article I will try to explain how I feel.

Short answer – what happened was terrible and I hope the SOB that did this is brought to justice.

Medium answer – How do we find justice for killing and maiming others?

Is putting someone in prison justice?

Is putting someone to death for killing others justice?Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Lets take Timothy McVeigh for an example.  Did putting him to death bring justice to those he killed and/or injured?  At the time putting Timothy McVeigh to death may have sounded like a good idea.  But in the long run I think he got off light.  Timothy McVeigh is dead, and we still have to live with the memory of what he did.

How do we find justice for people who had their legs blown off, or had a son killed, or had a daughter killed?

Putting someone in prison is not justice, that is punishment.

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Building A Rabbit Hutch

Have you considered raising rabbits as part of your long term SHTF survival plans?  Rabbits are easy to raise, do not take a lot of room, do not make a lot of noise,, what is there not to like about rabbits?

A couple of weeks ago my wife and daughter got a two Californian white rabbits.  The rabbits can not stay in their cage in the kitchen forever; the time has come to build a hutch and move them outside.Californian rabbit

Instead of building or buying some simple wire cages, my wife and I decided to build a solid rabbit hutch.  This is something that will fit into my chicken coop plans with no change of design or other major alteration.  The rabbit hutch my wife and I built this weekend is a total of 8 feet long, divided in half gives each rabbit a space of 3 feet by 4 feet, for a total of 12 square feet.

If I am going to keep rabbits and chickens, I want to make sure they are treated humanly, protected from the elements, and have plenty of room.

Bill of material

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We Need More Bomb Control

After the events in Boston is has become clear that we need more bomb control.

Here is what I purpose:

7 day waiting period on buying a bomb – This is a cool off time to make sure someone is not buying a bomb to kill a jilted lover. The cool off period is to give the person buying the bomb time to think about their actions.

We do not want someone buying a bomb in haste or while they are angry.

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Background check for all bomb purchases – We want to make sure bombs do not fall into the wrong hands. The background check is to make sure those buying a bomb are not criminals (like criminals care about laws).

Not only do we need background checks for licensed bomb sales, but also person-to-person bomb sales.  If an individual wants to sale a bomb to someone else, they need to go to the local police department so a background check can be ran on the buyer.

Bombs have to be kept out of the hands of criminals.  The only way to do that is for a universal background check.

Limit bombs to 10 pounds of explosives – Bombs that have have 15 pounds of explosives are too dangerous for civilians.  Only the police or military need bombs with more then 10 pounds of explosives.

Bombs with more then 10 pounds of explosives are nothing more than weapons of mass destruction and most be prohibited.

License for the manufacturer of bombs – Anyone who makes a bomb will be required to have a license.

Restrictions needs to be put on being able to modify a bomb, such as adding a timer, remote detonator, or adding more pounds of charge.

Liability insurance for bomb owners – If someone owns a dangerous bomb, that person needs to obtain at least 1 million dollars of liability insurance.

You never know when an irresponsible bomb owner might leave a bomb laying around for a child to find.

Limit how many detonators someone can have – If someone has more then 100 detonators then that person will need a special permit from the government.

There is no legitimate sporting purpose for anyone to have more than 100 detonators in their procession.

But then again – when do criminals care about stupid laws?

Laws like the ones listed above would only apply to law abiding citizens, as criminals do not care.

Palmetto State Armory Pink M4

For the sake of discussion lets say that some kind of SHTF event has happened; some kind of new flu has developed, financial collapse, nuclear war,,, something has happened to send the world to hell in a handbag.  It is now up to you and your family to protect your property, livestock, garden,, and other resources.

Building my wife (her name is Kristy) an AR-15 that appeals to her is part of my prepping in depth rather then breadth SHTF survival plan.  Instead of trying to get my wife to shoot a rifle that does not appeal to her, I decided to build a Palmetto State Armory M4, then deck it out in pink Magpul MOE and Suregrip parts.Pink M4 carbine

In the current state of panic buying anything AR-15 is almost impossible to find.  In most cases, if a website or store gets something in stock, it is sold out in a matter of minutes.  What is sad is a lot of companies resort to price gouging when panic buying kicks in.

I have to say a couple of things about Palmetto State Armory, they are getting stuff in on a regular basis, and they are not price gouging.

Bill of Material

Palmetto State Armory lower receiver, shipped to Devil Dog Guns in Jasper Texas for the background check and paperwork.

Palmetto State Armory / Magpul MOE lower parts kit with fire control group, milspec stock and buffer tube.

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Bug Out Box Essentials

While my wife an I are camping at Martin Dies State Park – which is closee to Jasper Texas – I thought this would be a good time to talk about our Bug Out Box. We do not call it a Bug Out Box per say, we call it our camping box. But it would serve either purpose.

If some kind of SHTF event happens and we have to bug out to the homestead, the box contains everything we need to prepare, cook and eat a good meal – pots, pans, coleman stove, propane, utensils, plates, radio,,,.Cooking hot dogs on a coleman stove

As my wife and I use the equipment in the box while we are camping, lets talk about how things are working out.

Related Article – Never underestimate the effect of a hot meal on morale.

The Box – My wife and I use a Rubbermaid 36 gallon / 136.3 liter green tote, which measures 29.75 inches long, 20.25 inches wide, and 20 inches tall.

After several years of camping with friends and family I think the Bug Out Box is tuned enough for me to share my experiences.

Two burner stove – in my case I have a two burner coleman stove.  But any good quality stove will work.  Please do not think of this as a sales pitch for coleman, because it’s not.

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Universal Background Checks

There is an old saying, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  This is why I visit a number of liberal biased websites throughout the day.  Because I want to know what kind of filth and lies the liberal news media is spreading.

One such article I read today talked about the universal background check. In a round-about manner the article asked who in their right mind would be opposed to a universal background check?Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

I am opposed to a universal background check for all firearm purchases.

Here are 5 reasons why I oppose the universal background check system.

1. Gifts and wills – Will my daughter have to go through a background check before I can buy her a firearm for her birthday?

When I pass away, will my grandchildren have to go through a background check before they take possession of a family heirloom shotgun?

If my dad, or a close friend decides to sell me a firearm, do I have to go through a background check?

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Time To Batten Down The Hatches

As I said in a previous post, 2013 – 2020 is going to be an interesting phase in American history.

China is set to surpass the United States as the worlds largest manufacturer.

North Korea is starting up a nuclear reactor that in one year can produce enough weapons plutonium for a nuclear weapon.  This puts the world on a one year timeline.  Either something has to be done about North Korea within the next year, or the world sits back and allows this rogue nation to develop more nuclear weapons.Evinrude 30 Horsepower Angelina River Texas

Sanctions are not working against Iran.

Social Security disability is going broke, with around 14 million people already drawing benefits and 250,000 new applicants every month.

Eurozone facing historic unemployment rates.

Russia set to increase trade with Europe to $500 billion.

In other words, the United States and Europe are going broke, while Russia and China are poised to become world financial leaders.

BRICS

United States dominance in the world financial market is about to come to an end. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have come together to form BRICS; which is going to offer developing nations financial security without having to go through the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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