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Shifting Tides

I like guns, I own guns, I collect guns, I carry a gun, I want more guns…

I am going to take a break. My focus will shift toward shooting my favorite guns more regularly, stocking surplus ammo for others before it dries up, and improving the state or my reloading setup. There won’t be any new guns for me for a while. And all of this is going to take a backseat to the project I am about to describe.

I want more people to be armed, I want more people to learn to shoot, I wnat more people to carry, I want more people to own decent holsters…

I am going to buy a handful of simple carry guns and shotguns to loan out to people interested in arming themselves. I am going to set aside a small amount of practice ammo (box or two) for each, a small amount of social ammo for each (a mag’s worth or two), one spare mag or speedloader/speedstrip if applicable, one decent holster for handguns,  one NH state Pistol/Revolver License application with my information already filled into a reference slot, one $10 bill for the application fee, one basic safety pamphlet, one basic maintenance flyer made specifically for the gun with a small tube of oil or grease, one copy of NH state R.S.A. relevant to carry and self-defense, and one sheet of resources specific to handguns or shotguns (sites to read, basic tactics for lack of a better word, places to find ammo, etc.). And I am going to focus more intensely on arming those around me. I am going to offer basic instruction to any interested.

Which brings me to my readers reader? spambots? I would like some help in the following:

  • Developing a basic introduction to handguns that uses 50 rounds of ammunition* and some dry-fire to start them off on a decent footing. Pistol Specific (draw, sight picture, stance, grip, what ranges should be involved?, etc.).
  • Same for shotguns but with 5 slugs, 5 buckshot, and 25-50 birdshot.
  • Finding some decent sources to the practical (self-defense) application of pistols and shotguns that are somewhat printer-friendly.
  • Any suggestions to better fill the starter kits while keeping them simple?
  • Any suggestions to simplify them?

Once my financial situation improves, I plan to actively purchase 22 rifles and single-shot shotguns with which to start even more new shooters to be loaned/sold dirt-cheap-at-a-loss/given to people who want to start from nothing. These will have similar support kits minus self-defense focused materials.

I have a Taurus 85, Ruger LC9, and 12 gauge Stevens 620 set aside for this project, already. The handguns already have holsters, $10 bills, practice ammo, one speedstrip/spare mag, and one carry load set aside. I can have all three kits fully assembled by the end of the June with hep from you guys.

And I would love it if some of you would try to do the same.

* The round count will not increase. This is the equivalent of a mother bird nudging chics out of the nest. The people will have to learn on their own, and I am just trying to give the a basic footing to build from. Money is also tight for me for the next two years, I can afford to hand out 50 rounds here and there. I also only have time to offer one morning or afternoon of instruction to each person, anyway.

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Bubble Bubble Toil And You Have A Cuppa

I don’t remember how long I’ve had my favorite camp stove, but my mother bought it for me sometime in middle school. It is nothing fancy, just a Mini Trangia. The little mess-kit contains a Trangia alcohol burner, Frying pan lid, pot body, pot handle, snuff/temp. adjustment ring, and “wind hield” burner stand. They also come with a plastic disk to line the non-stick frying pan to keep it from getting scratched. I lost it and now use a sheet of paper.

As you can see, I keep some extras in the kit: A sponge half, flint wheel, folded aluminum foil wind-shield, and matches. These items make the kit very convenient and small while at the same time keeping the burner unit from banging around side to side with little added weight.
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New Leather


After a bump-in the night incident that ended in wrestling a dog to the ground last year, I have been looking for a way to have a holster handy in a hurry for my night stand pistol. I think I have found it in this reproduction pilot’s holster for 4″ S&W k-frames. There is one shoulder loop that goes over your head and lies across your chest making it quick to put on with or without pants. Spare, if very slow to load, ammo slides along the shoulder strap. A belt loop keeps the weapon from shifting when worn properly, but I’ll use it to strap a light and phone to the rig. The whole rig can just hang off the post on my bed’s head board and be ready to go.

Fuddy, decideldy not high-speed-low-drag, but I’m enough of a dork to love it.

By the way, Clint Smith, mine is classier than yours:

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The Walk Home Bag

Jay G has himself a spiffy new BOB, and wants to know what he should put in it.

I had one similar back when I was a graveyard shift equipment operator on a mountain. I didn’t have much room for stuff in my rig and I still needed to fit a lunch box, but I wanted to be prepared for a walk down the mountain while banged up a bit. The kit was cannibalized for a break-down kit in the car now that I commute farther to work, but I threw it back together for a photo-session.

I feel the urge to explain the contents:

Fire: I have waterproof matches, strike anywhere matches in a water-proof match case, a mini-BIC, a swedish fire-starting jobby, candle stubs, a film canister filled with vaseline soaked cotton balls, and a refill container of naptha for the zippo that lives in my pocket. Fire makes you warm, dry, visible, purifies water, and cooks food, I like redundancy in my ability to make flame.

First-Aid: I have assorted gauze pads, a roll of cling, assorted band-aids, hand sanitizer pads, alcohol prep-pads, benzalkonium pads, a roll of bandage tape, burn gel w/ pain relief, and baby aspirin. I often work and travel with people with heart conditions, thus the aspirin. The bandages are self-explanatory. There is a spare pair of wool socks in the corner of the picture because I assume that my feet will be wet and dry wool socks are nice to have.

Light & Signaling: I have a 2AA Mag-Light, a couple of chemical light sticks, and a whistle. The light sticks are nice for a variety of reasons, like low level light without wasting flashlight batteries. I forgot to throw the spare batteries in the picture. A lenght of cord also appears in the picture.

Survival Type Stuff: An old-style survival guide put out by NHF&G, a space blanket, and a poncho. I like the old “You Alone In The North Woods” better than the new guide Fish and Game puts out, so I use it in my kits. The poncho keeps me dry, and although I don’t care for space blankets, they make nice reflectors for fires, are shiny and flashy to get attention, and they beat no blanket at all.

Water: I have a canteen and water purification tabs. A sealed store-bought water bottle tied to the pack is what I actually had, but the canteen is what I had handy for the picture. The tabs are easy to use, make the water taste funny, but I don’t care, and the expiration date should be checked periodically. Water, warmth, and not bleeding will be your priorities if you need this kit.

Assorted Stuff: A small fixed-blade, a blue sharpie, a pencil, notepad, and a sturdy water-proof bag. The bag is nice to tote or catch a little extra water, store non-waterproof stuff, store foraged berries, and so forth. The pencil and notepad can leave notes behind, itemize my list of stuff to do to get home, doodle on a sleepless night, and the paper can make for emergency dry tinder.  A fresh sharpie marker comes in handy all the time. I like blue ink, black can go unnoticed, red can be mistaken for blood, a rash, or a smudge of stuff, blue seems to catch the eye better. With the marker I can leave notes on stuff like a person, piece of metal, wood, anything.

The Bag: Nothing special here, just a little shoulder bag I got at Wally-World. It has a shoulder strap, belt loops, a connector for other gear in the line, a clip to hang from stuff, and a few pockets.

Left out: My watch cap, spare batteries, a few assorted zip ties, another length of cord, and food bars. There is still just enough room in the bag for these, but they are burried in a breakdown kit in the car right now. You lose most of your body heat from your head. Even during the summer up here, if you get caught in the rain overnight with no fire, hypothermia will find you, so the wool watch cap is nice to have. The zip ties save cord on small connections, and you can never have too much cordage. The food bars are to keep my stomach happy if my walk home turns into an overnight. A small bite to eat before bed will give your metabolism something to turn into body heat while you sleep.

There she is, feel free to comment good, bad, or indifferent.

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