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by RonnyRonin
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Did they make this cool wood burning camping stove?
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Did they make this cool wood burning camping stove?

Yep, going to have to take a hard pass on the $500 mini stove. This guy has a wonderful way of heating tents that is not only effective but dirt cheap and easy. I'd definitely give that a try before you recommend it, having spent some time heating tents in the snow that doesn't look terribly appeal...
by RonnyRonin
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Did they make this cool wood burning camping stove?
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Did they make this cool wood burning camping stove?

I have one of the shasta stoves, pretty sure its the same manufacturer just different importer. Haven't really tested it yet but hope to this year, quite a bit of off gassing from the initial burn (assume bad paint?) but the overall design is pretty solid. The camp chef stove from Home Depot.com mig...
by RonnyRonin
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Alpenflage clothing dye job?
Replies: 34
Views: 451

Re: Alpenflage clothing dye job?

don't bother, that fabric is some of the worst I've ever seen in surplus. It is a loose, thick weave which is both hot and not very windproof, as well as soaking up water like a sponge and taking forever to dry. The cut and features on them is about as bad as it gets as well, cannot say enough bad t...
by RonnyRonin
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Recent flea market finds
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: Recent flea market finds

The BCUSA poncho woobie looks like a fantastic deal, should be a good bit warmer then an issue woobie with the added features
by RonnyRonin
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Recent flea market finds
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: Recent flea market finds

PICS

which MOLLE II bag is it and did it come with the frame and suspension?
by RonnyRonin
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Headlamps?
Replies: 6
Views: 280

Re: Headlamps?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E904CKA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Wife and myself really like this light. May not have the red light feature and it's 50 lumens less , but it's plenty bright enough for us. Only uses a single AA. Long run time , comfortable head lamp use a...
by RonnyRonin
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Tactical bags that don't look like tactical bags?
Replies: 37
Views: 1422

Re: Tactical bags that don't look like tactical bags?

MPMalloy wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:18 pm
Plain-jane looking. No exterior webbing. Dark, flat color...but not "mil"-looking. A camelback inside would be nice.
This excludes very few backpacks in the grand scheme of things.

Budget?

capacity range?

Top entry? panel loader?

amount of internal organization desired? External pockets?
by RonnyRonin
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Tactical bags that don't look like tactical bags?
Replies: 37
Views: 1422

Re: Tactical bags that don't look like tactical bags?

a bit of a tricky request to parse, "tactical" is mostly aesthetic beyond PALS webbing, so a bag that doesn't look tactical is more or less just a non-tactical bag. Do you mean a brightly colored bag with PALS? or just a modular bag with lots of organization that isn't tactical? what capacity and fe...
by RonnyRonin
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Have you had to draw your concealed carry, and why?
Replies: 26
Views: 1002

Re: Have you had to draw your concealed carry, and why?

Only time I've ever come close (sorta kinda half-drawn) was meeting a small bear in a dark neighborhood street while on an evening walk in the foothills of my town. The bear was running away from us but our car was parked in the direction the bear was running so I wanted to be cautious. I didn't fee...
by RonnyRonin
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?

I did get to try the_alias's CNOC (for a beFree) on a recent trip and the top opening was much easier to fill from a tiny stream then most soft bottles (certainly a world better then a platypus) but I still have trouble trusting those soft bottles long term. I had a gen 1 hydrapak that felt like a v...
by RonnyRonin
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?

an MSR dromedary and one of their hose kits is a simple way to get a gravity bag that is more robust then most on the market. I pick them up pretty regularly from REI garage sales for cheap so I keep one rolled up in each food bag. They also make great training weights in backpacks.
by RonnyRonin
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Please Share Your Experinces of the Great Recession
Replies: 9
Views: 883

Re: Please Share Your Experinces of the Great Recession

I graduated highschool in 2008. Not wanting to jump straight into collage I took a gap year trip to Australia and New Zealand, I worked a few agriculture jobs while there, the minimum wage was $18-19/hr while I was there so most folks rounded up to $20(!). Of course with the matching cost of living ...
by RonnyRonin
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Why are tents such ugly damn colors?!
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: Why are tents such ugly damn colors?!

Companies sell the tents that people want to buy. Some people like different things, and thats OK. buuuuuut..... Lots of earth tone tents at reasonable prices, maybe not so many at disposable gear prices. Seek Outside, Kifaru, Hillegburg, REI, Big Agnes, Mountainsmith, and plenty of others are selli...
by RonnyRonin
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Building a BOBike
Replies: 59
Views: 11575

Re: Building a BOBike

The choice between rifle or water os one nobody should have to make. Rather than cutting the center our of your rifle, maybe you can fabricate a folding stock. If you are referring to my cut-down 10/22 you should look again; It does not conflict with the fork mounted bottle cage. As for the cutting...
by RonnyRonin
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Building a BOBike
Replies: 59
Views: 11575

Re: Building a BOBike

I will likely need assistance as my knee is now pretty much fubar. And that is exactly the case where they make sense, keep us updated. I'm hopeful that e-bike tech will improve pretty soon, but the current level is a bit underwhelming to me at least. From everyone I've talked to they are just fine...
by RonnyRonin
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Building a BOBike
Replies: 59
Views: 11575

Re: Building a BOBike

One issue with folks thinking about e-bikes is that they're counting on the electric motor to make up for deficiencies in their own fitness level. I can see that if one is actually facing a disability, but when you can go out and 'fix' yourself, an un-powered bike can have far more utility than an ...
by RonnyRonin
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Coming Civil War - (Warning: No Politics)
Replies: 686
Views: 42002

Re: The Coming Civil War

I do find it ironic that the Antifa would be against more civil rights and support guns for the police and military only. It's about as hypocritical as it gets. A small point perhaps, but worth mentioning as it has security implications: Do not conflate the far left in general with Antifa. While th...
by RonnyRonin
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: New AR Optic
Replies: 17
Views: 1519

Re: New AR Optic

The TA33 ACOG (compact x3) seems to go for around $750 on a consistent basis on eBay. I bought one for that amount back in 2012 and just watched one go for that exact amount last week. The TA33 is a fantastic optic in that the eye box is forgiving, the optical clarity is second to none, and the illu...
by RonnyRonin
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Building a BOBike
Replies: 59
Views: 11575

Re: Building a BOBike

I do get a kick out of the folks who naysay at the idea, then immediately show their lack of experience and knowledge about the subject. Not saying I see that much here, but some forums have threads that start out as "I suck at cycling, so it must be stupid!" Bikes come up pretty often on the prepa...
by RonnyRonin
Sun May 26, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: In home cash reserve
Replies: 14
Views: 1567

Re: In home cash reserve

I don't keep as much cash on hand as I'd like (mostly because craigslist deals keep knocking it back down) but I try to set aside some cash every paycheck. I haven't yet with cash, but with most all my preps I'm trying to diversify between my apartment and my detached garage, so that in the event on...
by RonnyRonin
Thu May 16, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I
Replies: 6533
Views: 983406

Re: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I

Ha! that is a metric crap ton to be sure and pretty tempting, thanks!
by RonnyRonin
Tue May 14, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Building a BOBike
Replies: 59
Views: 11575

Re: Building a BOBike

https://i.imgur.com/aWY4dvo.jpg Found an extrawheel trailer at the local used sporting goods store. The included axle adaptor didn't fit my bike so I threw it on the wife's bike for testing. Pretty impressed so far, far less versatile then a flatbed trailer like a BOB but much lighter, more compact...
by RonnyRonin
Sun May 12, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: The definitive ZS MRDS thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1777

Re: The definitive ZS MRDS thread

I did a lot of research awhile back, things have probably changed a bit since then. I really wanted to like the Leupold deltapoint pro for its very clear glass and top opening battery compartment, but I heard far to many "had to send it back for work" stories for me to trust it. While I'm not blown ...
by RonnyRonin
Thu May 09, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Which of these 2 bags would you pick?
Replies: 13
Views: 1535

Re: Which of these 2 bags would you pick?

I would strongly recommend neither. They both use very cheap sub-par materials that will likely fail in short order. The off-brand zippers are usually the first thing to go, but the fabric coatings tend to crack and fail quickly as well leaving poor seam integrity. The cheap buckles are also a vulne...

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