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by DannusMaximus
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Alternate fuels
Replies: 3
Views: 810

Re: Alternate fuels

I can't think of a reason you couldn't still use wood as a stock to make fuel gas, or use it on it's own as a fuel for wood fired steam engines. If a tree has been frozen dead for a decade, then it is probably dry as a bone and in relatively good shape as far as rot (wood decomposition wouldn't occu...
by DannusMaximus
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Banana Republic
Replies: 2
Views: 1503

Re: Banana Republic

Disturbingly plausible... And nice job with the .gov speak and the clinical dryness of the memorandum/report form. It might surprise a person who hasn't been 'in the business' just how boringly matter of fact even the most horrific event is when it is translated into an official report. You pretty m...
by DannusMaximus
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Sir Percy to the Rescue by UncleMorgan
Replies: 3
Views: 1495

Re: Sir Percy to the Rescue by UncleMorgan

I am a sucker for a well done short story, and this is another good one, UncleMorgan!
by DannusMaximus
Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Unprepared by UncleMorgan
Replies: 7
Views: 1413

Re: Unprepared by UncleMorgan

Nice short, UncleMorgan!
by DannusMaximus
Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Old Soldiers
Replies: 16
Views: 3714

Re: Old Soldiers

Thanks for the kind words, folks! Glad you enjoyed it! My stories tend towards the depressing, but I was caught up in the notion of an old soldier fighting one last good fight, so it's maybe not as depressing as it seems at first blush.

Thanks again!
by DannusMaximus
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Old Soldiers
Replies: 16
Views: 3714

Old Soldiers

The boy crouched next to his grandpa, both of them shivering in the early winter breeze. He had never been so hungry or so scared, exhausted to the point of collapse from the constant running of the last few weeks. A short barreled black carbine was cradled in his thin, filthy hands. He stared with ...
by DannusMaximus
Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Question for our LEO members for a story line
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: Question for our LEO members for a story line

FWIW, many warrants are issued for non-felonies, e.g., a bench warrant is issued for failure to appear (FTA) in court for a public intox charge, misdemeanor drug charge, whatever. Not a felony, and generally not something that police are going to try and track a person down to serve (unless it is a ...
by DannusMaximus
Sun May 10, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: EMS Refresher Course
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: EMS Refresher Course

Are you currently in a civilian job where the EMS cert is helpful or required, Slugg, or are you looking for a job like that? I ask because anytime you upgrade your cert, you also increase (sometimes dramatically) the continuing education and skill recertification requirements. If you're active in E...
by DannusMaximus
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Minimalst Camping or Deprivation
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Re: Minimalst Camping or Deprivation

A PAW situation I would think assumes the loss of a lot of comfort and luxury, so what deprivation or difficulties have you endured in your life and what did you learn? I've learned that I would rather be warm and dry than cold and wet, I would rather be well-fed then hungry, I would rather be unin...
by DannusMaximus
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Intimate and acquaintance murder
Replies: 51
Views: 6726

Re: Intimate and acquaintance murder

Yeah, I work in those circles. My experience is that random violence is only very, very, very rarely an actual random act. Here's some things that I've noticed are highly correlated with being a victim of violent crime, irrespective of whether or not they are causal: 1. Don't have too many homemade...
by DannusMaximus
Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: What is your faviorite Defensive Pistol Caliber
Replies: 70
Views: 9843

Re: What is your faviorite Defensive Pistol Caliber

I don't think there's a big enough difference between modern defensive 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP for there to be much of an argument on the matter. What I do know is that 9mm is generally lighter recoiling than .40 and .45, even in +P loadings, making it more pleasurable to shoot. I also observe that...
by DannusMaximus
Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: How long will ammo last? both exposed and properly sealed.
Replies: 12
Views: 1105

Re: How long will ammo last? both exposed and properly seale

Didn't Dave_M or Doc66 do a test on this at some point or am I just imagining it was them ? Dave isn't old enough to have tested this. Doc66...maybe :rofl: I remember Dave_M doing something with old ammo, but I'm probably thinking of when he fired some 7.62x39 stuff he found in the back of his truc...
by DannusMaximus
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Extreme cold in USA
Replies: 33
Views: 2236

Re: Extreme cold in USA

MOST cars can handle a couple feet of snow, on a road. Man, going to respectfully disagree with you on that one, halfapint. I can think of very, VERY few passenger vehicles (including trucks) that could get anywhere in 24" of unplowed snow. That amount of snow would likely be a record breaker in my...
by DannusMaximus
Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Built or bought: AR rifle in late 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 2615

Re: Built or bought: AR rifle in late 2014

1)Just because many departments are authorizing and issuing entry level guns, does not mean they are right for everyone. 2)The amount of use a carbine sees in the hands of an LEO is usually fairly small. With the exception of specialized teams, the majority of LEOs will rarely touch their patrol ca...
by DannusMaximus
Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Built or bought: AR rifle in late 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 2615

Re: Built or bought: AR rifle in late 2014

Dannus's Bushmaster? The one he sent back to the factory to be unfucked? He had several parts replaced as well, IIRC. My ears are burnin'... I did indeed have that carbine sent back to deal with a barrel cant issue, and had a buddy of mine who knows such things swap out some parts, upgrade some par...
by DannusMaximus
Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Treatment for "sucking chest wound"
Replies: 16
Views: 2550

Re: Treatment for "sucking chest wound"

Complication #2: lung holes WITHOUT exterior holes. Let's say that you are a really tall, skinny guy who does lots of running. For some reason, one day you are out running/playing basketball/athletic thing of your choice, and you can't seem to catch your breathe when you are done. It's not an asthm...
by DannusMaximus
Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: BOB Advice
Replies: 95
Views: 5631

Re: BOB Advice

If it was me in the trees, hungery, starving, cold and trying to feed my family then ANYONE with a large backpack is a target! Negative Ghostrider. Even if your plan is to commit assault and/or armed robbery in order to procure supplies, the ZS Forum is not the place to talk about it. If your inten...
by DannusMaximus
Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:55 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: BOB Advice
Replies: 95
Views: 5631

Re: BOB Advice

I am in the market for a small radio. I'm tempted to get one with shortband to listen in on the local chatter as an alternative for news. I suppose solar power would be a good option. Any suggestions are welcome.) Here's a link to a thread where I asked the same question. I ultimately went with a G...
by DannusMaximus
Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Chickenomics
Replies: 21
Views: 1607

Re: Chickenomics

Great post. I raised chickens (and have helped harvest broilers with a buddy who raised them) almost entirely for the intangibles. They were absolutely worth it for me, and it never ocurred to me to do a cost/benefit. Since I was very small scale, it was probably completely financially unforgiveable...
by DannusMaximus
Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Trauma Kit
Replies: 8
Views: 1446

Re: Trauma Kit

I own a number of different TQs. I've found that the elastic/rubber based TQs are both harder to apply and don't work as well (completely stop my pulse.) Concur with the above. I use a SWAT-T at work because it's what we're issued. I have a CAT in my own FAK's because I think they are easier to app...
by DannusMaximus
Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: putting together a Vehicle Accident Kit
Replies: 53
Views: 5007

Re: putting together a Vehicle Accident Kit

Skip the space blanket and instead include a wool blanket like you can get (usually cheaply) from a surplus store or surplus outlet. A basic wool blanket can be used for oh so many things... Yup, I second that wool blankets are pretty awesome. I have one in my car in addition to the Space All Weath...
by DannusMaximus
Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: putting together a Vehicle Accident Kit
Replies: 53
Views: 5007

Re: putting together a Vehicle Accident Kit

Skip the space blanket and instead include a wool blanket like you can get (usually cheaply) from a surplus store or surplus outlet. A basic wool blanket can be used for oh so many things... Keeping a person warm Providing a way to extinguish small fires Provide protection from sharps (drape it over...
by DannusMaximus
Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Treatment for "sucking chest wound"
Replies: 16
Views: 2550

Re: Treatment for "sucking chest wound"

"medic photog", for my layman's lack of knowledge, could you better explain " consider popping their chest". Thanx in advance. I think medic photog is talking about decompressing the tension pneumothorax using a hollow needle inserted into a specific area of the ribcage. In a pneumothorax, air has ...
by DannusMaximus
Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Treatment for "sucking chest wound"
Replies: 16
Views: 2550

Re: Treatment for "sucking chest wound"

Good article on such things from the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). Linky: http://www.jems.com/article/patient-care/treating-sucking-chest-wounds-and-other Here is a relevant excerpt, but the entire article is worth reading: Another type of injury, sucking chest wounds, are a dramatic...

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