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Building A Rabbit Hide Box

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 27, 2013 2 Comments

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.




Justification For Owning An AR-15

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 25, 2013 5 Comments

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 that I should not have to “justify” my choices in which firearm 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 on some of the current explanations as to why people own an AR-15. I am in no way justifying my ownership of an AR-15, because rights do not have to be justified. I am giving reasons why I choose to own an AR-15.




Finishing The Rabbit Hutch

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 22, 2013 0 Comments

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.




Now That One Of The Bombers Have Been Caught

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 20, 2013 0 Comments

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.




Did You Support The Expanded Background Check

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 18, 2013 0 Comments

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  [ Read More ]




The Boston Marathon Bombings

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 17, 2013 0 Comments

Someone on facebook sent me a message and asked what I thought about the Boston bombing.

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.




Building A Rabbit Hutch

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 16, 2013 0 Comments

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.




We Need More Bomb Control

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 16, 2013 0 Comments

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.

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).




Categories: Political Opinion

Palmetto State Armory Pink M4

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 10, 2013 0 Comments

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.




Bug Out Box Essentials

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 7, 2013 0 Comments

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.




Universal Background Checks

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 3, 2013 0 Comments

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 for one 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?




Time To Batten Down The Hatches

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 2, 2013 3 Comments

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.