Entries for June, 2013

How To Make Catfishing Noodles

In this article we are going to discuss step-by-step instructions on how to make noodles for catching catfish and bowfin (aka grinnell).

Bill of material:

Foam pool noodle
3/4 inch PVC pipe
3/4 inch PVC pipe cap
Tape measure
Marker – pen, pencil, sharpie,,,
File or sand paper
PVC glue
Trotline string
Lighter (for burning end of trotline string)
Electric drill
5/16 drill bit
Cable tie (optional)
Circle hooks
5 gallon bucket, my 5 gallon buckets are 13.25 inches tall
Various size weights (optional)
*Colored duct tape (some states require noodles to be a certain color)

[Read the rest of this entry…]

All AR-15s Are Not Created Equally

My wife and I were in Beaumont Texas on June 26th 2013 taking care of some business. Our family doctor had an ultrasound done of my wifes thyroid. The ultrasound showed a couple of cyst that needed to be checked by a specialist. A second ultrasound showed the cyst did not have any blood flow going through them, so there was no need for a biopsy.

After we left the doctors office my wife and I visited a couple of gun stores in Beaumont. The reason for the visits was for information. I wanted first hand knowledge from the sales people as to how the AR-15 market was going.

I am standing at the counter of gun store, the sales person takes a DPMS and a used Bravo Company rifle, lays the rifles side-bu-side and says something along the lines of, “besides the brandname, there is no difference between the DPMS and the Bravo Company.”

I did not know whether to laugh or tell the guy he is a dumb-ass, or do both.

[Read the rest of this entry…]

Panic Buying May Be At An End

Before my wife and I saw World War Z we stopped by Academy sports and outdoors in Beaumont Texas. The guys in the firearms section told me they had sold 1 AR in the past 2 weeks. They currently had around 13 ARs in stock. I asked how ARs had been selling, and I was told something along the lines of, “they aren’t selling.”

When the panic buying started Academy moved the high demand calibers to the customer service desk. A policy of 1 box per caliber, and 3 boxes per customer was implemented. While I was at Academy I was informed there was no longer a limit on 308 Winchester, and 308 had been moved back to where all of the other ammunition was at. Academy had several boxes of American Eagle 223 Remington in stock, 50 round boxes of 22 long rifle and plenty of 7.62×39.

I bought a 100 round box of American Eagle 9mm fmj, a 20 round box of American Eagle 223 Remington, and a 50 round box of Remington 22 long rifle.

My wife and I left Academy and drove to Gander Mountain. Gander Mountain had several ARs in stock.

Midway USA has had a limit on Pmags for several months. A few weeks ago the limit went up to 5 mags per order. As of today there is no limit on black generation 2 non-windowed Pmags.

Maybe the panic buying is a thing of the past.

Music From The 1980s

If there is one thing from the 1980s that I miss it has to be the music.  The 80s was a wonderful mix of artist and one hit wonders.  One week a one hit wonder would release their one and only hit, then a few weeks later some classic artist such as Ozzy would release a new album.

Takin’ A Ride by Don Felder is probably one of the few songs that would sum up the 1980s.

So Much Left To Do

If, and that is a big “if” everything goes to plan my wife and I should make our move to the homestead between the last week of July and the first week of August.

Things left to do

Clear some tree limbs for power lines.  The main trees have been cut, but some small limbs need to be cleared.

Stake out where the house is going.

Put down septic system.

Get power ran to house location.

Then there is the issue with water.  I have a friend who has a friend that drills water wells as a side job.

Build the chicken yard.  The chicken yard has to be ready for when we move the coop.  I have a responsibility to provide for and to protect my chickens.  There are a couple of small pine trees in and around the chicken yard that need to be cut down.  Over the next few weeks I hope to set the corner post, put the gates in and start running the wire.

Cut down a rather large pine tree that is leaning towards where the house is going.

About To Start A New Phase In My Life

There is an old saying that you do not count your chickens before they hatch. The saying is a reminder that sometimes things do not go according to plan.

Over the past few months my wife and I have been making planning on moving to a rural area of southeast Texas. The timber has been cleared, the house location has been stacked out, chicken yard stacked out, trees cleared for the power lines,,,,. With a lot of work done, there is still a massive amount ahead of us.Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

If (and that is a big “if”), if things go according to plan, we may be able to move at the end of July into the first part of August.

The house has to be put in, septic system put down, electric company has to run power lines to the house location, water well put down, chicken yard built,,, there is still so much to do.

There is a rather large pine tree that is leaning towards the house location. Hopefully I will be able to cut that tree down and cut it up this coming weekend of June 28, 29 and 30th.

 

Mindless Drivel In Modern Video Games

Having played video games since the early 1980s, I believe the golden era was the late 1990s. Classics such as Doom, Quake, Diablo, Command and Conquer, Warcraft II, Half-Life,,, set the bar for modern games.

There was once a time when gamers were thrown into the action with little or no introduction. Quake, Doom, Command and Conquer, Diablo,,, all threw the player into action almost as soon as the game started. Half-Life had a great introduction and cut scenes that helped build the story plot.

Last night I was on youtube watching some random videos when “if doom had been made today part 1″, and “if doom had been made today part 2″ showed up in the suggested video list. I watched those videos, but found the second one boring and ended up skipping through half of it.

Then I ran across the dumbing down of the elder scrolls video. Having played a little Daggerfall, Morrowwind, Oblivion and Skyrim I decided to watch the video all the way through.

After watching those three videos I started thinking about what turned me off Oblivion, and some of the newer games in general.

When I first started playing Oblivion I loved it. I absolutely loved exploring the caves, doing the various quest, exploring the countryside,,,.

Then I got bit by a vampire. I did not want to be a vampire so I started looking for a cure. While looking for a cure I was set off on some quest to find needed items to make the cure.

Being sidetracked looking for a cure to being a vampire ruined the game.

[Read the rest of this entry…]

AR-15 Bubble Has Popped

It had to happen sooner or later. With demand dropping, and manufacturing at an all time high, sooner or later the bottom had to drop out of the AR-15 market.

Instead of people buying AR-15s as soon as they are on the shelf, I am seeing rifles staying in stores 2, 3 even 4 days before they are selling.

In addition to staying on the shelf, I am seeing multiple rifles in stock at the same time. The local walmart had 2 colts and 1 bushmaster in stock over the course of a weekend.

I hope prices bottom out over the next few months so I can pick up another couple AR-15s.

Last Friday (June 21, 2013) I dropped by pawn shop here in Jasper Texas. I acted like I was interested in buying, but what I really wanted was information on what other people were buying. According to the nice lady at the pawn shop ARs were not moving like what they were a couple of months ago.

No wonder the rifles were not moving, why should I buy a basic Bushmaster from the pawn shop for $1,100, when I can buy a Colt 6920 with Magpul furniture from wal-mart for $1,170?

The pawnshop had a bunch of 30 round AR-15 magazines starting at $25.

Why should I buy an aluminum magazine for $25, when I can get brand new aluminum magazines off the internet for $10 – $12. Pmags have been available for $13 – $16 for the past month.

Hopefully the price gouging market will crash and burn.

I also hope buyers are educating themselves on what the rifles are actually worth.  Just because someone ask $1,100 for a Bushmaster does not mean a Bushmaster is the same quality as a Colt, LMT, Bravo Company, Daniel Defense or Palmetto State Armory.

To go along with AR-15 prices, AK-47 prices seem to be coming down.  A few days ago someone on my facebook feed posted a link to Zastava PAP M70 that was on sale. The starting price was $899, sale price was $599. $300 drop in price for a new AK-47 is a good sign.

Because the majority of AK-47s on the market are imported it might take a little longer for prices to drop then AR-15 prices.

If you are in the market for an AR-15 or AK-47, pay attention to prices. The time to buy may be just around the corner.

5 Essential SHTF TEOTWAWKI Survival Skills

For the sake of discussion lets say that some kind of SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event has happened.  What essential survival skills may you and your family need to know in order to ensure their long term survival?

Survivalist should know the basics, such as beans, bullets, band-aids, shooting skills, water purification,,, etc.  Lets think outside the box.  During a long term complete collapse of society what skills will people need to know?Barred Rock Chicken

Lets assume that you and your family have a source of safe drinking water.  This should be some kind of water well with a pitcher pump, or maybe a solar powered water well.  For this article lets say that water is a given.  Saying we need safe drinking water is like reminding people to breath, access to safe drinking water should be that important.

Now that water is out of the way lets move forward.

[Read the rest of this entry…]

Water Under The Bridge

I have come to the conclusion living life is like watching water pass under a bridge.  One side of the bridge is when we were born, the other side is when we die.  As we walk along the bridge of life we look around, and look down at the water.  The water is our memories.  The potholes on the bridge are the problems we run into.Kevin Felts, Blogger and Survivalist

It seems like only a few months ago my kids were born and brought home from the hospital.

My youngest son is 19 years old, got married a few weeks ago and is in the navy.

My oldest son is 26 years old.

My daughter turned 17 years old in 2013.

Where has the time gone?

[Read the rest of this entry…]

Survivalist And The 40 S&W

After its release in 1990 the 40 Smith & Wesson quickly shot to fame.

For survivalist the 40 S&W was like a gift from GOD. The 40 S&W was effective, just about every gun maker had something listed in 40 S&W, ammunition was widely available, there are even some carbines offered in 40 S&W. What is there not to like?

What niche did the 40 S&W fill

The 40 S&W offered a viable option for law enforcement who wanted a heavier bullet than the 9mm, or more rounds than the 45 acp, and without the slow reload of the revolver in 357 magnum.

The cartridge also offered a middle ground between 15 rounds of 9mm and the 7 rounds of 45acp 230 grain bullet.

[Read the rest of this entry…]

Ergo 4255 Review

The Ergo 4255 is an affordable vertical forearm pistol grip solution for just about anything with a picatinny rail. For this review the test platform was a Palmetto State Armory M4 carbine with pink Magpul and Egro furniture.Ergo 4255-BK on Pink M4

There is an old saying, Keep It Simple Stupid, otherwise known as KISS. The Ergo 4255 does just that, it keeps the forearm vertical grip simple.

The Ergo 4255 does not include a built-in light or laser, which makes it an excellent choice for someone who wants just a vertical forearm AR-15 grip.

Excluding a light and laser does two things – it keeps the grip in an affordable price range, and reduces the weight.

[Read the rest of this entry…]

Rabbit Box Update

After building the rabbit hutch, my wife and I built a couple of hide-away boxes for the rabbits to get into.  The box also acts as a birthing box, a place to get out of the cold winter wind, and a place to get off the wire of the cage.

The problem is, the rabbits have been urinating in the box.

The floor, the walls and the bedding material are soaking up the urine.  This is creating an unsanitary situation for the rabbits.  Something has to be done to fix the problem.  So what I did was remove part of the floor of the box.

From what I am observing the rabbits tend to urinate and poop in the corners of the box and cage.

[Read the rest of this entry…]

Jasper Texas In The News Again And Again

First there was the James Byrd jr murder, then the chief of police was fired (which was called an act of racism), and now a couple of cops were fired for what happened to a lady while in custody.

How can one little town in southeast Texas get so much attention? Its not like we are “trying” to make the news.

Survivalist And The 270 Winchester

During the recent ammunition shortage several calibers have been in steady supply.  Some of those calibers were 204 Ruger, 22-250, 300 WSM, 270 Winchester, 280 Remington and 30-06 Springfield.

Out of all of those calibers, which ones are chambered in a wide variety of rifles?  I think it would be a tie between the 270 Winchester and the 30-06 Springfield.  The 30-06 being developed in 1906 had a 19 year head start over the 270 Winchester which was revealed to the public in 1925.  So its not like either caliber were developed over the past few months.

Why should you pick the 270 Winchester over the 30-06 Springfield?

All things aside, the main reason to go with the 270 Winchester over the 30-06 Springfield is recoil.  Unless the shooter has received professional training, as recoil increases, accuracy deceases; studies show the 30-06 is the largest caliber most people can shoot accurately.

[Read the rest of this entry…]