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Handguns For Bug Out Location

Handgun for bug out location

Part of my overall prepping plans is to have enough firearms for friends and family members who bug out to my location. I live in a rural area with privately owned that borders national forest and timber company land.

Hunting firearms is not a problem, the issue is handguns.

Let’s say some friends and/or family members bug out to my location. Not everyone will get a handgun. It is just impossible to stockpile enough handguns for everyone,

What is possible though, is to give out a couple of handguns for people doing security. These are the people scouting the bug out location for signs of trespassers. Someone who who is not supposed to engage the enemy.

What would be a good handgun to focus on?

Glock Handguns

Thrunite TC12 Flashlight Review

Thrunite TC12 Review

The Thrunite TC12 is unique in that it has a built in battery charger. Plug in a micro-USB cable to charge the flashlight. While charging the brightness selector button flashes.

Being USB rechargeable makes this is an excellent truck, car or nightstand flashlight design. Keep the Thrunite TC12 in the console or glove box of the truck. To charge, simply plug it into a USB charger. Most people have some kind of cell phone charger in their vehicle. Use the included cable to charge the light.

To review the Thrunite TC12 I did my typical battery of test. starting with the freeze test.

Water and Freeze Test

The bad news is the USB port is not sealed. The good news is the flashlight has an attached rubber flap that covers the USB port. During the freeze test I took the rubber flap off which exposed the USB port. Water leaked into the flashlight which caused it to malfunction.

Atactical A1 My New Go To Flashlight

Atactical A1 flashlight review

Let’s just say that I am very impressed with the Atactical A1 flashlight. I have had this flashlight for around a month. During that time it has stayed in a table next to the front door ready to grab and go.

As some of you know I live in a rural area. It is not uncommon for the dogs to start barking at something. When they do, I take the Atactical A1 flashlight and walk around hoping to see what they are barking at.

No Lanyard Or Carry Pouch

The Atactical A1 does not include a lanyard or carry pouch, which is fine with me.

Let’s be honest, most of the factory included lanyards are junk. They are cheaply made and are just about useless.

What I would much rather have is a lanyard hole large enough to run either trotline or 550 cord through. Unfortunately, a lot of flashlight manufacturers put rather small lanyard holes in their flashlights.

The Atactical A1 has lanyard holes large enough to run green trotline string through. The green string has a rating of a little over 300 pounds. Instead of having a useless cheap lanyard, I have a piece of string with a 300 pound rating.

There are some people who carry a flashlight in a pouch, but I am not one of them. If you want a carry pouch, there are plenty of aftermarket options.

Rechargeable

The Rise And Decline Of Glock

Glock 19

In 1982 when Glock hit the streets it was thrown to the forefront of the gun control battle by having a polymer frame. The anti-gun leftist claimed a Glock would slip past airport metal detectors. The anti-gun media did one thing, they gave Glock all the free advertising the company could want.

From 1982 – 1986 I was in high school. Something teenagers did back then is we watched the news. Video games were far and few between. There was no internet, smart phone or tablet. there was no Netflix, Youtube, Hulu or amazon prime. The vast majority of people had 3 or 4 TV channels we picked up with an antenna. From 5:30 – 6:30 the only thing to do was watch the news. So watch the news we did.

Even after I graduated high school in 1986 I remember the anti-gunners beating the gun control drum over the Glock.

Handgun Evolution

Looking At A Glock 19

Glock 19

I never cared for the look of a Glock, or the fact that they are made out of a polymer instead of aluminum or steel. While some of my buddies jumped on the glock bandwagon a decade ago, I stayed with the Beretta 92F and more recently the Remington 1911 R1.

To ensure that the group is constant in some of the firearms we own, I decided to buy a Glock. The one I am looking at is the Glock 19.

Several months ago some of my buddies and I went to a shooting range in southeast Texas. They arranged their Glocks on the table and let me test fire several of them. The one I liked the best was the Glock 19.

The 19 fits the bill as a lightweight handgun that I can carry while working around the farm. Something that I can carry while running a chainsaw, or brush hogging with the tractor. A handgun that stays out of the way, lightweight and chambered in 9mm.

What Was Your First Survival Knife

Around 1984,I went to GI Surplus in Orange Texas and bought my first survival knife. The store is no longer in business, which is a shame. They had a good selection of military surplus.

When I got the knife home I was so proud. It was like a turning point in a young mans life, I had bought my first knife.

The knife I bought was a Valor brand name. At the base of the blade it is stamped “Valor Miami, USA” on one side. On the other side it is stamped “440 Stainless, 599 Japan, camo”.

ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 Charger Review

ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 Charger

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.

Specs from Amazon:

  • Weight 5 ounces
  • Dimensions 3.6 x 0.9 x 1 inches
  • Item model number C2
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item Package Quantity 1
  • Batteries Included? Yes
  • Battery Cell Type Lithium Ion

Why Review A Phone Charger

Gear Sling Pack For Get Home Bag

Red Rock gear sling pack on hiking trip.

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. That helped for a little bit.

The pack I was using is a Red Rock Rambler. The strap is on the left side and can not be switched to the right. I ended up taking the pack off and carrying it by hand for the last couple of miles. The pain was so intense my shoulder was sore for a couple of days.

Get Home Bag

How to Pick a Good Skinning Knife

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 than any other brand of knife. Old guys do not mess around with fancy or expensive knives. Experience says go with what works. For most applications, a Case pocket knife will do just fine.

Mountain House Extends Life of Pouches to 30 Years

Mountain House freeze dried 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.

When I go hiking or camping, Mountain House is my “go to” food. I love the ease of just boiling water, adding it to the pouch and having a hot meal.

When it comes to stockpiling food for a long term SHTf even of collapse of society, nothing beats a #10 can.

Stoves For Bugging Out After SHTF

Single burner propane stove

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 fuel and fumes. However, Coleman fuel is more efficient than propane. Coleman says a gallon of liquid fuel is equal to something like 4 1/2 one pound cylinders of propane.

Everything mentioned in this article is for reference only. During the course of this article certain brand names and models are mentioned, this is not an endorsement. It is up to the reader to make the final decision on what is best for them and their family.

In this article we talk about several different types of stoves:

  • Family size
  • Liquid fuel
  • Propane
  • Blended fuel

Family Size Stoves

Thrunite TN4A Flashlight Review

Thrunite TN4A flashlight

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 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.

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 kinds of test. Some of the viewers asked what running over the light with a tractor proved. Some testers run over gear with a car or truck, so I thought why not be different and use a tractor. Due to the feedback I decided not to run over the Thrunite TN4A with a tractor.

Specifications

Farm Welding Basics – Stick, Fluxcure and Mig Welding

Generator and welding machine in back of truck

Let’s take a few minutes and talk about welding basics. I started working in welding shops in Southeast Texas in 1986, and spend 15 years in the welding field.

My welding qualifications:

2 years experience structural steel welder.

13 years experience fabrication AMSE certified pressure vessels and shell and tube heat exchanges.

I have been certified on:

  • Carbon steel
  • Chrome
  • Stainless

I also have experience fitting and working with Monel, Hastelloy, Inconel,,, and a few other alloys. The vessels and heat exchangers I built had everything from water to hydrogen to phosgene running through them, but not all at the same time.

Welding Basics

Shotgun: Best All Around SHTF Survival Weapon

Large molle pack with mossberg 590

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 the most money into their toys.

Then there is the classic pump shotgun. Nothing fancy, no light, no optic, maybe not even a sling. There is something about the shotgun, how simplistic it is, how timeless it is.

Tactical vs Hunting Shotgun

Thrunite Archer Flashlight Ultimate Review

Thurnite Archer 1A V3

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.

The name of the Thrunite Archer is a little misleading. Rather than 1A, maybe it should be called 1 AA, as it holds a single AA battery.

Specifications

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