Ok this is a bit of a rant, and hopefully will make you think and perhaps re-evaluate your Everyday Carry Philosophy.
So first of all let’s get a couple of things out-of-the-way, I am not nor have I ever been an “operator”, Seal, Green Beret, Ranger, Seabee, or Cop. I have however spent lots of time with many who have worn those titles, and spent over 20 years studying various aspects of self-defense and survival. I am also an old fart and thus am entitled to spout off anything I so desire before returning to my curmudgeonly hidey hole, until which time I feel sufficiently perturbed to spout off again.
Ok so I have been carrying “EDC” items for 25 years or so, and admittedly once upon a time, I tried to do the whole YouTube commando tactical operator blackwater beard load-out. You know what? It was foo-king heavy and ridiculous. Listen I go into some really bad, Jihadist Somali neighborhoods on occasion and I STILL Don’t carry 20 lbs of she-ite on my belt and in my pants pockets. It’s ludicrous to think that I will need four blades, three guns, mace, a blowout kit, two multitools and 100 rounds of ammo, oh and chap-stick because you cannot possibly survive a day in the USA without something to soothe your wittle chapped lips.
I tried this shit and trust me, if my ass had fallen face first into a mud puddle I would have had to try to use one of my three fire starting methods to light my shitty chap-stick and signal for help before not only my two phones were water-logged , or I in fact drowned because all the “survival” shit I was carrying made it impossible to get up!
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I did a ton of research, and found the best two used options for our situation were Subaru and Toyota. Continue reading →
In a fraction of the time it would take to radio town and find someone with a manual, you open your laptop, connect to the packet radio BBS hosted on the laptop and download the manual directly to your laptop.
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I immediately set about to make the necessary modifications to the Mossberg, that allow it to work even better for our needs. Continue reading →
If you have ever wanted to automate any mechanical or electrical device, you can probably do it with Arduino. IF you have a desire to learn electronics and programming. If these subjects are not for you then find a friend that can help you. Continue reading →
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I carry quite a bit of gear every day, and my initial thought on the Alpha jacket was “LBE for the urban environment”. Unfortunately it did not quite work out as I had planned. Lets look at the good and bad of the ScottEVest, Brad Thor Alpha. Continue reading →
I will be posting some of our past and current adventures as we strive to balance practicality and paranoia! Continue reading →
In the fast paced and sometimes dangerous world we find ourselves in, wouldn’t it be nice to get intelligence briefings and early warnings like the president and other world leaders? Continue reading →