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ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 Charger Review

If there is one thing Thrunite does, they manufacturer a quality product. So far I have reviewed four Thrunite flashlights and all of them are top notch. Thrunite continues their reputation for quality with the ThruNite C2 mini-charger.

Full Disclosure: I received the charger at no cost to myself. This will not influence my opinion and hopefully will not influence your opinion either.

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Sootch00 Rifle Review FN FAL

Sootch00 has posted a rifle review, this time of the DS Arms SA-58 FN/FAL. From my personal experience of the DS Arms FN/FAL, they are great rifles. Sootch00 goes into some of the history of the FN/FAL. One thing that sets the DS Arms FM/FAL apart from other FNs on the market, the DS Arms model is made in the USA. This is a rifle that carries the made in USA pride and quality. I like the fact that DS Arms offers the SA-58 in a number of options. Such as a paratrooper model, various barrel lengths, short barreled rifle (SBR), folding stock… etc. This is a 21st century rifle chambered in the 308 Winchester. While not as powerful as the 30-06, recoil of the Continue Reading….

Gear Sling Pack For Get Home Bag

Are gear sling packs suited for a get home bag? After a hiking trip in July of 2016, my opinion is that it you use a gear sling for a get home bag there are some things you need to look for in the pack design. The July hiking trip was a little short at around 6 – 8 miles. Up until then I had never taken a gear sling pack on more than just a couple of miles. At round maybe the 5 – 6 mile mark, the strap started digging into my shoulder. My arm felt like it was going numb from the pain. I took a bandanna, folded it up and put it between the strap and my shoulder for extra padding. Continue Reading….

How to Pick a Good Skinning Knife

Armchair commandos may believe anything sharp will make a good skinning knife, this is simply not true.  Certain types of knives are much better at skinning wild game than others.  Let’s take a few minutes and talk about types of knives to stay away from and types to consider. For most applications the smaller and thinner the blade the better. The easier the knife is to clean, the better.  This should exclude multi-tools and knives with accessories, such as the Swiss Army knife. High carbon steel blade that holds an edge and is easy to sharpen. Examples that come to mind so far are the Gerber Big Rock, Gerber Profile, and Case pocket knives.  I have seen more deer skinned with a Case pocket knife Continue Reading….

Mountain house extends life of pouches

Mountain House recently extended the life of their pouches to 30 years, instead of 7 years.   This is supposed to be retroactive to existing pouches produced before the date change. How I found about about the date change, I posted a video on youtube called Stockpiling mountain house #10 cans and pouches. Someone posted a comment saying “Your way out of date regarding the life of the pouches.” So I started a thread on the forum – When did mountain house pouches go to 30 years. Someone from Mountain House replied with the following quote. Hi Kev, We’ve been using O2 absorbers in all of our non-novelty products for over a decade, including our Pro-Paks. It was before the early naughties that the pouches Continue Reading….

Stoves for bugging out

In the prepping community, there is a lot of focus on stoves for a bug out bag, while stoves for events such as natural disasters are overlooked. A stove for an individual bug out bag is different than a family sized stove. Do you need a two burner store, one burner stove, propane fuel, liquid fuel, will you be using a lantern?  Do you need a stove for a car survival kit or a stove for a cabin off in the woods? Before we begin, I want to make it clear I am not a big fan of liquid fuel.  Whether it is Coleman fuel or gasoline, I feel liquid fuels can be dangerous in certain situations.  Then there is the spilling issue with liquid Continue Reading….

Thrunite TN4A Flashlight Review

Up until a few months ago I had never heard of Thrunite. The leaders of the high quality flashlight pack are names like Surefire and Streamlight. Those guys better up their game because Thrunite is offering a quality product at a very affordable price. Full disclosure: I received the Thrunite TN4A at no cost to myself. Receiving a sample at no cost to myself will not influence my opinion as I look at the results of the test. The most important factor is if the flashlight passed all of the test and continue operating. The test: Some of the youtube viewers have accused me of abusing the flashlights in my test. One example is the Thrunite TN12 review where the flashlight is put through all Continue Reading….

Shotgun best all around SHTF survival weapon

When it comes to an all around SHTF survival firearm, there is no better choice than the pump shotgun. No other firearm is as versatile as the shotgun. No other firearm can go from snake protection, to hunting deer or hogs, to hunting squirrels like the shotgun. We live in an era of firearms where tacticool is the name of the game. Fanboy clubs have popped up where only the best of the best is good enough. Then it is a pissing match to see who can have the coolest toys on their firearms. This translates to who can have the best optic, the best trigger, the best light,,, etc. In other words, firearm ownership has turned into a competition to see who can invest Continue Reading….

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 Continue Reading….

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. Continue Reading….

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.   Official Website: (5% OFF Coupon Code:THRUNITE , limited time!) Amazon US: Continue Reading….

Building a Predator Hunting AR-15

Palmetto State Armory Freedom predator hunting rifle

Over the past couple of years coyotes have been stealing my chickens. I thought losses have not been “that” bad, but the time has come to take action. A few days ago I was looking through pictures of when I bought the chicks, that is when I realized just how many of my chickens are missing. Looking at how many chickens I currently have, and then looking at the number of chicks I had, the losses are not sustainable.

I do not count my chickens every day, or even every week. Living in a rural area with free range chickens it is normal to lose one here and there. Hawks, bobcats, coyotes, foxes,,, all love chicken. However, my flock is not a buffet bar. Something has to give or I will never be able to develop a self-sustainable chicken flock for shtf. In other words, the predators are killing the chickens faster than they can reproduce.

Deer Rifle Instead of AR-15

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Tacticool has no place in prepping

While visiting various AR-15 forums and other firearms forums, I see a common trend that only the best is good enough.  Only the best AR-15 is good enough, everything else is junk.  Only the very best magazines are good enough, everything else is junk.  Only the very best ammunition is good enough, everything else is junk.  Only the very best optic is good enough, everything else is junk. When prepping for a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event, do you apply that same philosophy to all aspects of your preps? Do you have the best tiller? Do you research the parts used to make that tiller, the manufacturing process, the heat treating, the hardness of various metals, what about stress test on parts used to Continue Reading….

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