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by smiffy
Wed May 27, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: How to Legally Own Firearms in the UK - Section 1 Firearms
Replies: 9
Views: 1366

Re: How to Legally Own Firearms in the UK - Section 1 Firear

Sheddi has largely beat me to this, and I need to be careful to write objectivley & not to let my frustration with some law-making I disagree with make me go into a political rant. the original post on this thread is a light overview of UK gun law. It's not badly wrong, but there are a couple of omi...
by smiffy
Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Disguising a gun cabinet?
Replies: 12
Views: 1382

Re: Disguising a gun cabinet?

Here in the UK, your gun-safe (required by law) MUST be hidden from view "from a casual visitor to the home". The general approach is to install the locker inside a wardrobe, with hardened-steel bolts connecting the safe (through the panel of the wardrobe) to a load bearing wall/pillar of the house....
by smiffy
Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Mystery Korean bivy bag?
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Re: Mystery Korean bivy bag?

If those photos were taken at some sort of Arms Trade-Fair or Public Relations exhibition, the sleeping-system might only be a one of a kind prototype or demonstration-model that they never found the budget to put into full scale production.
by smiffy
Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Mystery Korean bivy bag?
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Re: Mystery Korean bivy bag?

I'm frankly amazed that anyone ever made it to the bottom of one of those humongously-long pages of repetitive rambling that make up that site! There's a few pearls of wisdom there; that troops go faster and are less tired when they get there if they're carrying less weight, but there's a lot of ran...
by smiffy
Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Help me find a lighter I'll get along with
Replies: 76
Views: 4876

Re: Help me find a lighter I'll get along with

Can I weigh in here to suggest another European brand of Butane lighter? They're called "Clipper", are commonly available in the UK, France and Spain (from first-hand observation on my travels) and are a refillable, disposable brand. Their basic model is a plastic-bodied, flint-n-wheel model, just l...
by smiffy
Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: It's the late 30's and your a Jew in Germany
Replies: 22
Views: 2189

Re: It's the late 30's and your a Jew in Germany

Ad'lan had rather taken the words out of my mouth. I too am a Brit with one Jewish grandparent. My Great-Grandparents lived in Lithuania when it first came under the Russian Tzar's rule in the 1880/1890s, and then overt anti-Semitism became national policy there. While less mechanised and organised ...
by smiffy
Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ideas for Tube Vaults from CountyComm
Replies: 62
Views: 8143

Re: Ideas for Tube Vaults from CountyComm

I can't believe I'm the first person to post the idea of using them as an escape toolkit for rectal insertion. Put a piece of a hacksaw blade, a handcuff key, some files, etc. in there, and then you can break out of a POW camp! :lol: +1 for the Papillon reference! Look it up if you don't know it. I...
by smiffy
Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ideas for Tube Vaults from CountyComm
Replies: 62
Views: 8143

Re: Ideas for Tube Vaults from CountyComm

I can't believe I'm the first person to post the idea of using them as an escape toolkit for rectal insertion. Put a piece of a hacksaw blade, a handcuff key, some files, etc. in there, and then you can break out of a POW camp! :lol: +1 for the Papillon reference! Look it up if you don't know it. I...
by smiffy
Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: waterproofing matches
Replies: 6
Views: 525

Re: waterproofing matches

does the varnish work well? does the match burn well? does it wear the striker excessively? just wondered if it is a viable alternative...... Yes, with an "if"! My varnished matches are only a second-line of defence against fire-lighting in austere conditions, largely because I'm lazy and trying to...
by smiffy
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: waterproofing matches
Replies: 6
Views: 525

Re: waterproofing matches

I used hardware-store wood varnish (poly-urethane IIRC) on a batch with good results.

I used a strip of pizza-box cardboard (cut about 3/8 inch thick and bent into a circle) as a drying-rack. Stuff the matches into the holed in the corrugated layer.
by smiffy
Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: ECW Fire: WalMart-Coleman $1 Match tube.What's not to love?!
Replies: 25
Views: 2410

Re: ECW Fire: WalMart-Coleman $1 Match tube.What's not to lo

I just went out to burn some paper trash---my Bic worked fine & it's minus 10. I think Bics are a great item to have Yes, you just went out to do it - would it have worked quite so well if you'd left the lighter out at those temps, rather than take if from your warm house, and (I'm assuming) keepin...
by smiffy
Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: ECW Fire: WalMart-Coleman $1 Match tube.What's not to love?!
Replies: 25
Views: 2410

Re: ECW Fire: WalMart-Coleman $1 Match tube.What's not to lo

(snip) The lighters in particular are prone to not working properly when stored at an ambient temperature in the low single digits or below. My thoughts wandered back to the most controversial of incendiaries... matches. (snip) Yeah, butane runs into problems at about -1 °C, which is below it's nat...
by smiffy
Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Snugpak or Recon sleeping bags?
Replies: 8
Views: 2761

Re: Snugpak or Recon sleeping bags?

Figs and Bacon wrote:
smiffy wrote:I use a Snugpack Softie-9 "Hawk". I am happy with it. So I've not tried the Recon model. Sorry I can't do a comparison for you.
How small can you squish down your Snugpak?
About 8" diameter x 10-11" long depending on how energetic I get with the tightening straps.
by smiffy
Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Transit Compass
Replies: 6
Views: 947

Re: Transit Compass

I'm not familiar with the model. If you post a pic I might be able to tell you if the dial is supposed to be working backward as it's meant to be read through a mirror/prism/lens arrangement.
by smiffy
Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Snugpak or Recon sleeping bags?
Replies: 8
Views: 2761

Re: Snugpak or Recon sleeping bags?

I use a Snugpack Softie-9 "Hawk". I am happy with it. So I've not tried the Recon model. Sorry I can't do a comparison for you.
by smiffy
Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:11 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Self defense umbrella - good against Zombies?
Replies: 7
Views: 1199

Re: Self defense umbrella - good against Zombies?

You are John Steed and I claim my five pounds!

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by smiffy
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Any good reason(s) to buy a .303 Enfield?
Replies: 76
Views: 6458

Re: Any good reason(s) to buy a .303 Enfield?

"[The]Weaponry [in our battalion] was equally simple. There were a few Tommy guns (but none of the hated Stens, the plumber's nightmare) in the company, but the standard arm was the most beautiful firearm ever invented, the famous short Lee Enfield, either of the old pattern with the flat backsight...
by smiffy
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Any good reason(s) to buy a .303 Enfield?
Replies: 76
Views: 6458

Re: Any good reason(s) to buy a .303 Enfield?

Seems like one of the main drivers behind side-charger ARs, sans gas system. Best reason behind a side-charging AR is to eliminate your gas system and have a side-charging bolt action that takes hicaps. AFAIK it would be 50 state legal. And legal in England,AFAIK. Yes, they seem to be getting quite...
by smiffy
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Any good reason(s) to buy a .303 Enfield?
Replies: 76
Views: 6458

Re: Any good reason(s) to buy a .303 Enfield?

I was told (by a Brit friend here in KY) that the SMLE, the MLE, and other Brit Army guns were excluded from private ownership in the UK because they were "military-issue small arms". Any truth to that? Nope. That's a nonsense I'm afraid. However if your friend was a non-shooter in the UK (And I th...
by smiffy
Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Any good reason(s) to buy a .303 Enfield?
Replies: 76
Views: 6458

Re: Any good reason(s) to buy a .303 Enfield?

How hard is it for you [the British] to get a license that would allow you to own an SMLE? I am assuming that they are not prohibited since they are bolt action. Standard FAC (Fire-Arms Certificate) licensing applies. Beyond that, not a controversial gun in the UK. We don't ban magazines * or bayon...
by smiffy
Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: compass reccomendation
Replies: 19
Views: 3824

Re: compass reccomendation

My recommendation: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Recta-Mirror-Sighting-Compass-Beginners/dp/B00025ZBJI/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; * Marked to +/- 2°, but can be used to 1° by putting the index mark between 2 lines. + Can be used to take resection bearings like a lensatic/prismatic can...
by smiffy
Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:20 am
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Why Bear Grylls sucks.
Replies: 116
Views: 14471

Re: Why Bear Grylls sucks.

Everest is a mountain where it is insanely easy to die and many times you may see your climbing mates die. Over 200 climbers have died there so just surviving Everest is a badge of honor. It also require a level of fitness and endurance that is not achieved overnight. Well, yes. No-one who has clim...
by smiffy
Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: SMLE Enfield with Chinese/Japanese markings?
Replies: 23
Views: 2080

Re: SMLE Enfield with Chinese/Japanese markings?

Yup, I also think that British arms went to at least one of the factions in the Chinese Civil War of the 1930s

Let's not forget the UK presence in Honk Kong and Singapore, too.
by smiffy
Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: SMLE Enfield with Chinese/Japanese markings?
Replies: 23
Views: 2080

Re: SMLE Enfield with Chinese/Japanese markings?

As well as the World Wars, the SMLE has been throughout the world not only in the hands of British troops, but also wielded friendly governments to whom Britain either sold or gave the arms to, as well as enemies picking them up. Wiki says the Enfield family has been used in the following wars, and ...

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