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Modified railroad track anvil

Over the past month of or I have taken an interest in blacksmithing. One of my buddies has been talking about making knives and such. this got me to thinking about learning the basics of blacksmithing.

Rather than spend a lot of money on an anvil I have been looking at various anvils made from railroad tracks, also known as the poor man anvil.

While looking through youtube I came across this video about homemade railroad track anvils, which have had steel welded to the top and bottom. The larger anvil has a magnet on the side. One of the comments on youtube asked what kind of steel to use. The reply was AR500.

One of the things I have been thinking about is how do you mount a railroad anvil to a solid base? The video answers that question for me. A thick piece of steel is welded to the bottom of the anvil and then clips welded to the steel plate.

Tips on buying an AK-47

Ak Operators Union, Local 47-74 published a video on youtube awhile back where they talk about things to look for before you purchase an AK-47.

First thing that is mentioned is magazine fit. My WASR-10 can be rather picky when it comes to magazines. Some are loose while others are rather tight. When I bought some Korean 20 round AK magazines the fit was tight until they had a few rounds put through them and the finish started to wear.

Make sure the rivets and pins are uniform.

Look at the front sight if it is “canted”, which means the front sight may be leaning to one side or the other.  My WASR-10 has a slight cant on the front sight.  I did not know to look at the rifle to make sure the sight was aligned with the barrel.  I figured the person assembling the rifle would take a little pride in their work and make sure the front sight was on straight.

The video talks about several other things to look for before you buy.  Be sure to subscribe to the AK operators youtube channel.


Homemade anvil with stand

Very nice video about a guy who finds a piece of steel at a local scrap yard.  The piece looks to be around 3 inches thick and the guy says it is 27 1/2 inches long.

What makes the video so interesting is how he builds a wood base and frame around the piece of steel.  He starts out with some 2x6s and a rubber pad.  He builds a base made out of wood, puts the rubber pad under the piece of steel, then builds a wooden frame.  By the end of the video he has a very nice setup with slots to hold his hammers.

What I would have liked to see is a frame that could be left outdoors, such as in a polebarn.  Not everyone has a nice enclosed shop to work in.  Some people may have their farm supplies in a simple barn with a dirt floor.


Thrunite Archer flashlight ultimate test

This is a review of the Thurnite Archer 1A V3 flashlight. Awhile back I did a review of the ThruNite TN12. The TN12 took everything I threw at it and kept working. With this review of the Thrunite Archer I decided up up the game and add some different test.

Disclosure: The Thurnite Archer was sent to me at no cost to myself. This will not affect my opinion of the flashlight and hopefully will not affect your opinion.

The Archer comes with a lanyard and a heavy duty clip.  I removed the clip for the test.  To get the clip off I had to use a screw driver and pry it off the flashlight housing.


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When did society stop respecting police

What has caused society to lose respect for law enforcement? With the innovation of smart phones, video recorders, youtube, liveleak, facebook,,,, etc, police activity can be videoed and shared worldwide in a matter of minutes.  The public can see what police have to deal with everyday.

Has the sharing of police activity on social media caused society become hostile to law enforcement?

I think so.

The police preform a job the general public do not understand.  Most of us do not see drug users daily, we do not see domestic violence victims daily, we do not deal with the  mentally ill daily.

Ever since the death of Michael Brown I have pondered why people get upset when police have to use force.  Last night I came across a video that got me to thinking even more about the police and society issue.

The following video is from the Hagerstown Police Department. This should of been a typical traffic accident, but things took a turn for the worse.

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Democrat policy tell a lie until people believe it

When Hillary Clinton collapsed after leaving the September 11th memorial event, the media said:

She stumbled when taking a step.

Then it was her knees buckled.

Then it was she got too hot and collapsed from the heat.

Finally, it came out that Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia.

So which is it?

The thing with telling the truth, one does not have to change their story when the facts are disputed.

Luckily someone was able to film Hillary collapsing and being drug into a van.  When you look at a breakdown of the video it is clear Hillary collapsing is nothing out of the ordinary.  The security detail acts like this is an everyday event.  One of the security personal, a bald headed guy, moved into position several seconds before Hillary collapses, as if he knew what was going to happen.

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Breakdown of Hillary Clinton collapse video

Major media outlets are reporting that Hillary Clinton “stumbled” on her way to the van. The video says otherwise.

Lets do a breakdown to the video:

0:02 – Hillary is leaning against a post. There is a bald headed guy to the left of the scene. Van pulls up, there is a lady under the left arm of Hillary Clinton. Important to note that Hillary is leaning against the post and is receiving aid from the lady under her arm.

0:05 – The bald headed guy moves toward the van.

0:09 – Hillary sways slightly to her right.

0:11 – Hillary takes a small step forward.

0:12 – Bald headed guy is now under Hillarys right arm.

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NOTHING ELSE MATTERS by STEVE´N´SEAGULLS

Every culture in the world has developed it’s own form of music.  This is the one thing in all of humanity that just about all of us can relate to.  Music taste varies from person to person and culture to culture.

One that that I enjoy is hearing music that crosses the cultural boundary.  Music that was written in one nation, is sung and enjoyed by people in another nation.

Couple of things about this video I love – 1.  The guy in the boat making his way to shore and then joining the band.  2.  The lead singers hat.  Where can I find a hat like that?

ThruNite TN12 review

Up until just a few days ago I had never heard of ThruNite, much less the ThruNite TN12.  Someone on youtube reached out and asked if I would be interested in reviewing the TN12.  After looking at the light I said sure, I would love to see it.

Looking at the ThruNite TN12 on amazon, I asked myself how good could a $49 flashlight be?

First impressions are important.  I liked the quality of the box and how the flashlight was packaged.  It is “just a box” but first impressions are important.  I liked the overall packaging, the light was held in place with padding.

 


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Hillary coughing fits

This has been going on for several months; I just have not posted anything about it.

What is it with Hillarys health that she has these coughing fits? It is perfectly normal for a canidate to lose their voice from all the speeches, but Hillary has not held a press conference in 9 months.

Why is Hillary hiding from the press?

When Hillary does speak, she has these coughing fits.

The nation has to ask if Hillary is being honest about her health.  Why isn’t she fielding questions from reporters?  Why didn’t she visit the flood victims?  Why is Hillary staying out of the public eye except for certain controlled events?

Democrats adopt republican policies

It is nice to see Democrats adopting republican policies.  Maybe democrats are finally coming around to a reasonable way of thinking.

What is really nice, liberal Democrats are not saying a single thing about the shift in democrat policy.  Maybe, just maybe, the far left is getting some common sense about them.

What exactly have the Democrats changed their minds on?

Building walls and requiring IDs to vote.

Fences and more fences

Not only did the Democratic National Convention have a fence around it, they also built a fence between the audience and the platform.

The two fences are symbolic of the three groups of people:

  • Outside the first wall – the illegal aliens.
  • Inside the first wall – the citizens and people who are in the United States legally.
  • On the platform behind two walls – the political elite.  These are the people who tell everyone else what to do, but are protected by security and two walls.

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The Gray Man Concept

The concept of the gray man is to blend in.  This person can disappear into the crowd and never be noticed.

For all points and purposes, shouldn’t preppers / survivalist be practicing gray man on an everyday basis?  As stated in another post, tacticool has no place in prepping. At all times we should blend in. Sometimes we need to be reminded on some of the simple things.

Some of the ways I practice “gray man”.

Pants.  In rural areas such as where I live  pants are levis, wranglers or some kind of blue jean. Cities and suburbs maybe khakis or slacks.

I stay away from “tactical” looking cargo pants. Keep it simple and basic.  I do not own a pair of slacks.  Rarely, and I mean “rarely” will I wear khakis.

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Scouting around bug out location

You have a bug out location for you and your family in the event of a complete collapse of society.  This might be a secluded place on a river, somewhere deep in the national forest, or maybe a friends farm who lives in a rural area.  You have taken the time to look around the area, maybe walk around your buddies farm, help with running fence, helped plant fruit trees,,,, just your typical stuff.  But what is the lay of the land like around the bug out location?

What does the land around the bug out location look like?  Where are the water sources?  Where does wild game move?  Are there any good camping areas?  If you not able to make it back to home one evening, where could you spend the night and feel safe?  Are there any old logging roads, railroad tracks, pipelines, or power lines that run through the area?

Do you know where roads, railroads, utility right of ways, power lines, creeks, streams, ponds and lakes are near the bug out location?

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Thoughts on Trump and his immigration suggestions

When trump said he would block immigrants coming from nations with a history of terrorism, his words set off a crap storm that is still brewing.

Then there is the famous trump wall that he suggest be built between Mexico and the United States.

Why do people get so angry when someone says we need to secure our borders?

Those people who get mad at securing our borders:

Do they lock the doors of their house? Do they even have doors on their house? Maybe they have just a glass door so people can look straight into their home? Surely they do not have security systems on their homes. Do they lock their windows? Surely they do not have security cameras. If they took any measures to secure their home they would be a liberal hypocrite.

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Liberal hypocrisy election 2016

Something nice about liberal democrats it is easy to spot their hypocrisy. All those rich liberals say to build bridges rather than walls, then they go back to their home that has a wall around it. Why does Hillary have a wall around her house?

Democrats oppose voter ID, but required ids at the Democratic National Convention.

Democrats oppose a wall between Mexico and the USA, but Democrats built a wall around the DNC. Then there was a wall between the speakers and the crowd.

More gun control, but rich liberals have armed body guards. Hillary has private bodyguards; while she is running for president she has the secret service.

If liberal democrats “really” believed what they preach, then let them practice what they preach. Hillary says one thing then does something else, as most liberals do. If hillary “really” believed what she preached, then no armed guards, no ids required at the DNC, no wall around her house, no walls at the DNC,,,, etc. If she is elected president she will tear down the wall around the white house?

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