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Old 11-30-2011, 15:20   #126
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No nothing wrong with hand powered which is why I reccomended you split your wood with a maul.

Read my last replies in that thread.

Survival cable saw - you posted a thread a while ago loking for the best one so you could cut limbs in your back yard. I am not wasting the time to find that thread but I am sure you remember it.

Oh you mean the pocket chain saw.

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Honestly I don't see what your problem is. This toy uses infrared to see in the dark over 50 feet away and has a built in camera that you can store video or pictures to a removable Sandisk memory card. For $22.99 shipped that is a deal - even if it just sits behind the seat of my truck and I use it occassionally to view deer in the feild....it's worth it.
I have no problem. Again, I'm curious to see some feedback after you and others try them out.

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Old 12-05-2011, 21:15   #127
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Todays deal

12-PACK DURACELL DAYLITE 80-LUMENS LED FLASHLIGHTS
$99.99 + Free Shipping -$5 w/ coupon "daylite"
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Not bad for a 3-AAA LED flashlight. I could see tossing these in a BOB/GHB, and an extra for the car...or you could put them away for the zombie apocalypse.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:21   #128
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Wiley-X safety sunglasses with removable facial-cavity seal, which does help with keeping out wind & dust, but I personally removed & use them as regular sunglasses. They're rated at the higher "-2" high-velocity standard of Z87, with pretty good lenses as well. I've been a fan of wiley-x for quite a while; used their Roamer-2's for several years until one of my sons "adopted" them from me. They have four styles here at $49, which is a very good price. I bought the Brick version and am happy with them so far:
http://www.altatac.com/servlet/the-7...glasses/Detail



Camelback hydration/molle vest, inncluding 103-ounce camelback bladder & hose for $99. It says "one size fits most, but if you're bigger than me (6'3", 50" chest, 38" waist) it may not fit you as it's only 'just' big enough for me, and that's without hard armor under it. With hard armor it'd be borderline for someone my size:
http://www.altatac.com/servlet/the-6...dration/Detail
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Lastly, a combo-pack of molle pouches. A 'stacked-double' AR mag pouch that holds four 30-rounders, radio pouch, small-flashlight pouch, and double pistol-mag pouch. Color is the old OD and doesn't match the vest on sale above, but minor to me. I don't like the AR mag pouch quite as well as the 5.11 version, but it's still good, and the whole kit here is just $18.99; less than the usual price of the one 5.11 magazine pouch by itself.
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http://www.altatac.com/servlet/the-6...-5-Vest/Detail

One thing to point out - altatac ships strange. Their charges aren't overly high, but they ship in pieces. I placed one order for five items, and they came in four separate packages on two different days. Likely a drop-shipping thing, but just fwiw.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:17   #129
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What changes? No.

However, last week I was still reading people's complaints. Again, I'm curious what changes they made. I'll see what google turns up but please share what you've heard.

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I've been researching knives this week and from everything I can tell the problem was with the handle breaking back where the hammer part is and they changed the design awhile ago to address that. Gerber is also coming out with a non-serrated version in a few months.

I think the Gerber LMF II is a better overall design. No way in hell I would use a knife as a hammer unless it was sheathed. Talk about dangerous.

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Old 12-06-2011, 11:16   #130
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I've been researching knives this week and from everything I can tell the problem was with the handle breaking back where the hammer part is and they changed the design awhile ago to address that. Gerber is also coming out with a non-serrated version in a few months.

I think the Gerber LMF II is a better overall design. No way in hell I would use a knife as a hammer unless it was sheathed. Talk about dangerous.
The Prodigy is a good alternative to the LMF as well. It's basically just a smaller version without holes to make it a spear and knife sharpener. If you watch the price on Amazon it can be had for $35. The last one I bought was actually $34 something, but I've only seen it go that low once. I have two of them and am really happy with them.
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The Prodigy is a good alternative to the LMF as well. It's basically just a smaller version without holes to make it a spear and knife sharpener. If you watch the price on Amazon it can be had for $35. The last one I bought was actually $34 something, but I've only seen it go that low once. I have two of them and am really happy with them.
Here's a good comparison between the two. Tough choice. Edit: forgot the link: http://heezy.com/gerber.html

I frankly don't need a knife like this but was considering one for the B.O.B./vehicle to be all-around as best prepared as possible. The lighter Prodigy would make a lot of sense but OTOH you reach a point of diminishing returns. I already have a decent multi-tool for small cutting tasks.

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Old 12-06-2011, 14:18   #132
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Here's a good comparison between the two. Tough choice.
I thought so as well and actually ended up owning both. I had the LMF to start, but liked what people said about the weight of the Prodigy. Short answer...I don't think anyone will regret owning both as well. I actually bought a second Prodigy because of the price.

The only thing that worries me is that blade test site beat the crud out of the LMF and it held up well. The Prodigy isn't as wide so it might not take that abuse.
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Old 12-07-2011, 17:11   #133
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I have no problem. Again, I'm curious to see some feedback after you and others try them out.

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Well the Spy Gear toy arrived today. I thought about posting a review thread on it but really, there isn't much to say.

It's got a very limited feild of view and the range is more like 20 feet, not the 50 feet they claim. The picture is low resolution as would be expected.

I can see the appeal to kids goofing off with it but the real world application is quite limited. I can just make out the treeline at the edge of my property from my door, there could be an elephant standing there and I would miss it.

I only paid $22.99 shipped but would likely have been better served spending that money on scratch tickets.

My assesment: if you don't have high hopes you probably won't be dissapointed with it.

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Old 12-14-2011, 08:23   #134
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Old 12-14-2011, 16:39   #135
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Well the Spy Gear toy arrived today. I thought about posting a review thread on it but really, there isn't much to say.

It's got a very limited feild of view and the range is more like 20 feet, not the 50 feet they claim. The picture is low resolution as would be expected.

I can see the appeal to kids goofing off with it but the real world application is quite limited. I can just make out the treeline at the edge of my property from my door, there could be an elephant standing there and I would miss it.

I only paid $22.99 shipped but would likely have been better served spending that money on scratch tickets.

My assesment: if you don't have high hopes you probably won't be dissapointed with it.

Not sure how I missed this but I actually was going to ask about it today. Seems like "you get what you pay for" still rings true. Thanks for the review.

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Old 12-15-2011, 00:49   #136
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Two weeks, or while supply lasts: 20%-25% off all Mountain House freeze dried foods in #10 cans:

http://beprepared.com/category.asp?c=62
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:02   #137
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Two weeks, or while supply lasts: 20%-25% off all Mountain House freeze dried foods in #10 cans:

http://beprepared.com/category.asp?c=62
Which one or two is usually the best tasting/well liked?

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Two weeks, or while supply lasts: 20%-25% off all Mountain House freeze dried foods in #10 cans:

http://beprepared.com/category.asp?c=62
These are good prices, thank you!
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Two weeks, or while supply lasts: 20%-25% off all Mountain House freeze dried foods in #10 cans:

http://beprepared.com/category.asp?c=62
Thanks! I was able to go and get some!
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Again, what flavors are yall getting?!?

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Again, what flavors are yall getting?!?

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I am ordering a tin of pilot crackers, couple rasp. crumble and some more chili mac.


Actually IMO one of the better deals on this sale is the PP Taco Mix TVP. High calorie/protein content and mixed in with some other MH meal or with rice etc...not that bad.
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I got the spaghetti and meat sauce and eggs and bacon. That chicken and rice looks like a good value as well though.
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Assuming it's the same as the stuff in the pouches, I prefer the Beef Stroganoff, along with the Rice And Chicken. All I ordered this time was Pilot Crackers, but I'm considering another order after the Christmas shopping is done.

I was thinking about getting some Mac And Cheese, to go with my hoard of Spam...
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Awesome, maybe I'll try some...

I did watch a bunch of vids and did some math. For quick, SHORT TERM, SHTF meals these seem pretty good...in cans (due to 30 year shelf life). However, you can buy exponentially more grain, mylar bags/buckets, and a few mills...plus other flavoring and preparation materials for the same it would cost to feed someone for a month or so with these meals.

One problem I had after trying ONE MRE is it gave me the runs for a day or two after eating. Had it been a true SHTF where liquids may have been scarce I probably would have been dehydrated and possibly dead. Not the results I'm hoping for with these...lets keep our fingers crossed.

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Awesome, maybe I'll try some...

I did watch a bunch of vids and did some math. For quick, SHORT TERM, SHTF meals these seem pretty good...in cans (due to 30 year shelf life). However, you can buy exponentially more grain, mylar bags/buckets, and a few mills...plus other flavoring and preparation materials for the same it would cost to feed someone for a month or so with these meals.

One problem I had after trying ONE MRE is it gave me the runs for a day or two after eating. Had it been a true SHTF where liquids may have been scarce I probably would have been dehydrated and possibly dead. Not the results I'm hoping for with these...lets keep our fingers crossed.

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We have been over this before. Low price is not the appeal to freeze dried foods. The appeal is;

1. Very little preparation (just add water)
2. 30 year shelf life
3. Diet diversity
4. Light weight

It's great for times when you have limited fuel/time to prepare a meal that you will actually want to eat. I used it while hiking the AT and I can tell you it's light weight, easy to reconstitute and tastes like a gourmet meal after a hard day.

Sure you can buy a bunch of wheat/oats etc and a mill for less money per volume...what are you going to do with it? With no other preparation, try adding just warm water to your wheat berries and eating it, sure it can be done but cooking time is exponetially longer and you will not enjoy the flavor/texture I promise.

To your last point, Mountain House is not an MRE - not even close. Any experience you had with an MRE does not apply here.

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Awesome, maybe I'll try some...

I did watch a bunch of vids and did some math. For quick, SHORT TERM, SHTF meals these seem pretty good...in cans (due to 30 year shelf life). However, you can buy exponentially more grain, mylar bags/buckets, and a few mills...plus other flavoring and preparation materials for the same it would cost to feed someone for a month or so with these meals.

One problem I had after trying ONE MRE is it gave me the runs for a day or two after eating. Had it been a true SHTF where liquids may have been scarce I probably would have been dehydrated and possibly dead. Not the results I'm hoping for with these...lets keep our fingers crossed.

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I'd recommend finding a local sporting goods/camping store that carries the pouches of Mountain House foods and buying/trying a few. Even some Walmarts carry a limited selection of MH pouch meals in their camping department. Pick out a few, and have one for lunch on some weekend day, so if it doesn't agree with you, you have time to get over it. I've never had that problem specifically with MH foods, but as I get older, ANY radical departure from my normal diet is usually greeted with tummy rumblings (or worse). I think this is one of the reasons that many "new prepper" resources preach a larger-than-normal supply of normal foods as an important building block in food storage planning; fewer problems with adapting to strange foods or textures that you (or your family) are not used to dealing with.

And my experience with MREs (in the military) was exactly the opposite of yours. After a few days of MREs, most folks are passing concrete blocks, if they're passing anything at all...
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I hope everyone took advantage of some of the great deals that come up at the supermarket in the runnup to TG:

I saw:

-bulk sugar
-canned cranberries
-canned gravy
-nuts
-flour and baking needs,

…etc, all on sale at times for ridiculously low prices.

I bake with canned cranberries weekly (Cran walnut bran muffins, good for keeping cholesterol in check) and during the year they go for 1.50-2.00 /can.

4 for 3$ (.75c a can) I bought a couple of cases.

Flour, now running in the area of 2-3$ per 5lb bag?

$1 each on special.

Canned gravy, running .50c a can.

Sugar gets cheaper.

In total, you can really stock up..I havent even touched what else was there, all the stuff I saw that are conventional pantry items.

The runnup to Christmas is also good for this. So make your lists but also be prepared to pitch them for all the on-the spot goodies you see. Lots of bulk items at a fraction of what they cost the rest of the year. Pay attention to aisle-enders, and palletloads stacked in the clearings.

Calculate your annual usage and acquire it!
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Dick's Sporting Goods is selling the Marlin 795 .22lr semi-auto for $125 until 12/24. There's a Marlin $25 rebate so final price is $100 before tax.
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Dick's Sporting Goods is selling the Marlin 795 .22lr semi-auto for $125 until 12/24. There's a Marlin $25 rebate so final price is $100 before tax.
I bought a pair of these a few years ago when they ran that special. Awesome deal IMHO!

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rwrjr - Both a 'thank you' and 'darn it' on the 795 deal. Don't need one (don't even need another .22 rifle in general), but I'd never been to the new Dick's in conway ar, and was near there yesterday test-driving a vehicle anyway; so I stopped in. I've considered a 795 as another spare .22 since marlin discontinued the 7000, which is just a 795 with a target barrel & no sights. Ended up picking one of them up while I was there yesterday since it has identical controls and will even share magazines with the 7000 that I like so much.

Thanks again (I've really got to stop checking this thread... )
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