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by CountryClub
Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: What was your first Handgun?
Replies: 174
Views: 13903

Re: What was your first Handgun?

Bought a Browning Buckmark FLD PLUS with slabside target barrel and rosewood grips. I was 20, in college, broke as shit. Put it on layaway and paid it off on the day I turned 21 because I had to have it. Still have it. http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy307/Maverick299/Buck-Mark-FLD-Plus-with-Ros...
by CountryClub
Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: What was your first Handgun?
Replies: 174
Views: 13903

Re: What was your first Handgun?

Brand new Ruger Security Six... Back in my day guns were made out of heavy steel, if 5-6 rounds didn't finish the job you were expected to pistol whip them into submission. Yeah but zombies only carried switchblades and broken bottles, and you were more likely to be laid out by a casserole or a loo...
by CountryClub
Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Homebrew Trangia stove kit PIC HEAVY. Dialup No Bueno!!!
Replies: 41
Views: 17762

Re: Homebrew Trangia stove kit PIC HEAVY. Dialup No Bueno!!!

Yeah, my cargo stand is holding up fine. It's not the "best", but what is? Thanks for reply, i'll check it out for a trip coming up. "Best" is a cast iron pan about 500 degrees in a clay oven with a ribeye for two minutes each side max! But if i knew how to get that in a 20lb pack i'd tell you guys...
by CountryClub
Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Homebrew Trangia stove kit PIC HEAVY. Dialup No Bueno!!!
Replies: 41
Views: 17762

Re: Homebrew Trangia stove kit PIC HEAVY. Dialup No Bueno!!!

Old thread here, but is that varga stand still going strong? I have an almost identical setup with hardware cloth, and its very functional but kind of funky. I dont like funky. Built in windscreen of the varga looks like a winner, plus flat folding. My alternate when its not bone dry is a paint can ...
by CountryClub
Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Above ground pool into a fish pond?
Replies: 22
Views: 3005

Re: Above ground pool into a fish pond?

Do you have a rain harvesting system set up? Or well water access? If not, i would look to establish this first in at least 50% of the volume of your fish pond size. If you have to replenish evaporative loss in a drought, add water after a leak, or do a 50% emergency water change to save your 1000 +...
by CountryClub
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The Beekeeping Thread (Pic heavy)
Replies: 332
Views: 50828

Re: The Beekeeping Thread (Pic heavy) - Updated OP

Thanks for this thread, learning a bunch. Im gonna need to move next to a bee keeper though, the little buggers creep me out.
by CountryClub
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Above ground pool into a fish pond?
Replies: 22
Views: 3005

Re: Above ground pool into a fish pond?

I always thought the best way to do this for small-scale would be to get some big plastic barrels... you can move them into the garage in the winter to keep them from freezing since your veggie production will still be seasonal. Ive seen many systems use IBC totes cut in half, or food grade drums. ...
by CountryClub
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Above ground pool into a fish pond?
Replies: 22
Views: 3005

Re: Above ground pool into a fish pond?

Can you find used stock tanks around you? Whatever you use, anything that can leach from the materials will potentially be concentrated in your food. This may or may not matter to you, but pools are made for holding chlorinated swimming water... Just sayin'. Maybe they are okay, i dont know.
by CountryClub
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Above ground pool into a fish pond?
Replies: 22
Views: 3005

Re: Above ground pool into a fish pond?

Above ground pool would work well depending on size. In a place with hot summers and cold winters, thermal mass is going to be important. Tilapia could work if you heat the system in winter. Somewhere like utah, i would think long and hard about digging an outdoor system into the ground. You can use...
by CountryClub
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Thinking about getting a .45
Replies: 71
Views: 7975

Re: Thinking about getting a .45

Sorry for double post, also wanted to suggest this: the hi point 9 mm is a range gun, but now you are talking about a scenario where you are at elevated (granted, only moderately) risk. Now you have a NEED for a reliable firearm on your person well beyond target practice and training. I would seriou...
by CountryClub
Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Thinking about getting a .45
Replies: 71
Views: 7975

Re: Thinking about getting a .45

Not sure if o.p. is still in the market, but i just went through the same decision process. Backpacking gun. I wanted light weight, small black bear penetration, maximum concealability from urban weekenders in speedos and fluorescent tinfoil hats, and inexpensive as possible cuz im going to beat it ...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Aquaponics indoor test setup
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Aquaponics indoor test setup

Update 6/27/13 Harvested field greens and they are flavorful, not bitter, but a little limp from the heat. Its in the 90s ambient temperature with water at 84 degrees. Broccoli showing moderate leaf growth, pinto beans exploding and starting to show signs of fruiting, cantalope solid leaf growth, ro...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Central Texas
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Greetings from Central Texas

Been lurking for awhile. Time to join the ranks and contribute. I'm from Washington state, now located North of Austin for my second swing at becoming a Texan. (Lived in Denton circa 9/11). Background in social science, lots of general mountaineering/wilderness travel experience, worked everywhere f...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Aquaponics indoor test setup
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Aquaponics indoor test setup

Re: Aquaponics indoor test setup by Paladin1 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:57 pm Very interested in your progress. I've been researching it for awhile now, but haven't pulled the trigger. This year was the bee hive install. I'd like to know how to incorporate bees into a large greenhouse system! Indoor aqua...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Aquaponics indoor test setup
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Aquaponics indoor test setup

A few challenges TEXAS. It's hot. for realsies hot. My garage door competes with my oven door. I cut this wall insulation into panels that sort of ghetto fit into my garage door. http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/ZSCountryClub/media/aquaponics/aquaponics021_zps1c290a57.jpg.html?sort=3&o=44 This see...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Aquaponics indoor test setup
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Aquaponics indoor test setup

Ready for plants After I added fish (and before the system was cycled), I put seeds in the bed and poured a little water on the surface of the bed 2-3 times a day to keep them from drying out. This part amazed me. germination time in this system is FAST. I need to run more tests, but it seems like ...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Aquaponics indoor test setup
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Aquaponics indoor test setup

Cycling the system I cycled my system using live fish. And I regret it. I lost a bunch. That aside, the half dozen left are probably hardy as hell. I tend to think of fish as the bottom of the food chain, and didnt think i would lament the loss of a few for cycling's sake. But after doing this, I g...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Aquaponics indoor test setup
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Aquaponics indoor test setup

Preparing the grow bed material I used lava rock under a layer of hydroton clay, as it is easier to work with. (here you can see the overflow/drain bell) http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/ZSCountryClub/media/aquaponics/aquaponics034_zps0eac8886.jpg.html?sort=3&o=31 http://s1276.photobucket.com/user...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Aquaponics indoor test setup
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Aquaponics indoor test setup

a pump moves water from the fish tank to the grow bed every 15 minutes. water flows into the bed through an inlet on the bottom left of the grow bed, and overflows through the hose on the front back into the tank. After fifteen minutes the pump shuts down and the grow bed drains back through it. htt...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Aquaponics indoor test setup
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Aquaponics indoor test setup

I'd like to start a thread for small scale Aquaponics notes and comparisons. I found a few posts here and there related to Aquaponics, and a respectable discussion on a University project with pictures, but unless I've searched poorly it seems like this extremely promising method of growing food is ...
by CountryClub
Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Quick, defend yourself: What do you have on hand RIGHT now?
Replies: 1225
Views: 87283

Re: Quick, defend yourself: What do you have on hand RIGHT n

I've got a hot cup of coffee, a lit cigarette and a rubbish bin.
don't underestimate that hot coffee! I remember taking a wilderness first aid course and the instructor (first responder in many mountaineering accidents), said her most common injury to deal with was hot liquid burns!
by CountryClub
Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Quick, defend yourself: What do you have on hand RIGHT now?
Replies: 1225
Views: 87283

Re: Quick, defend yourself: What do you have on hand RIGHT n

virgin post on this crazy thread. In this moment I am prepared to fight off a home invader with an empty Pendleton whisky bottle, a tickle-me-elmo, and a 12' stanley measuring tape. not necessarily in that order. I do not feel unprepared given my current location, but have to wonder about the combat...

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