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home-made improved Prepper trail cams


When the grid goes down, and mobile phone linked trail cameras no longer work, getting a wifi setup with some good range can help you secure a location. Wifi can get upto a mile in ideal conditions and good antena’s. these TTGo cameras are hackable and can be changed and customised to do exactly what you want. they can even do facial recognition if they are internet tied, but there is no need to use them in the way ,they have Passive infrared motion sensors built in and can be setup to use very little power.

get these and use them for security of a location – using them as trail cameras using wifi and alarms for your location . work really well with solar power and can be modded

Lock down – Yeast starter


If you didnt have yeast when lockdown started – you can make it from the natural yeasts that are in bread flour, with a little hot water and some time.

Take a large jar and put one table sppon of hot water and one of flour in the jar, stir until its well mixed,

Leave the jar covered with a clean cloth for 5 days in a warm place, adding a teaspoon of flour and and equal amount of warm water every day until the mixture starts to bubble . It can then be stored in the fridge and to keep it going add a table spoon of flour and water once a week.

If its starts to smell bad or turns any strange colours – toss it out and start again.

To use the yeast, add a large tablespoon of the mixture to the bread flour when making bread .

Lock down slow cooker bread


1 teaspoon yeast powder

3 and a half cups flour

1 and a half cups hot water

1 teaspoon Salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

Put the hot water in a large bowl

sprinkle the yeast in it and stir

add 3 cups of flour, salt and baking powder

mix until you get a good dough ball , add more flour until its not sticky

place a piece or wax paper in the slow cooker and place the dough ball in the center

put the slow cooker on low for 1 hour, the dough should rise and double in size.

set the slow cooker to hot and bake for 2 hours Remove and let the bread cool on a cooling rack before eating

can substitute the 1.5 cups of water, with half a cup water, half a cup milk and one egg. Or melted butter , and milk and and egg . so long as its around 1.5 cups of liquid. Experiment , its fun

No Yeast ? look here! https://civilizationsend.com/2020/03/30/lock-down-yeast-starter/

if you are prepping now its too late- almost


If you don’t already have Chickens and a veggie garden, get your butt moving ..,

The economy is going south and these will help you to see it through.

Its also time to get your home defense setup and working .

When the police are all or mostly sick with a virus the Criminals are going to figure out that they have free rain and its going to go south real fast…

GET IT DONE

I the last week, I have gotten chickens and put in three raised beds with seedlings – and completed the setup my home security system .

Today I built a chicken tractor so the hens can forage during the day .

next step is to setup a small Aquaphonics system , to help with growing veggies daily.

Home brew – hunting camera – homestead security.


get a couple of these:

WiFi Hidden Camera Power Bank 10000mAh, 10 Feet Night Vision Distance,HD 1080P Nanny Cam Portable Charger,Remotely View Real-time Monitoring

https://www.wish.com/product/5c48459292e46c5a8e0d7a83

paired with a weather proof box . in my case a Tupperware container

some cable ties and a usb charging solar panel https://www.wish.com/product/5d42a4193749290bf45eb066

set these up so they pick up the main approaches to the property, in trees, or on buildings and camouflage them appropriately.

History channel alone season 6


Here is what I would take if I were invited :

Let’s hope they open it to international people, I’d go in a heart beat,

here are the 10 items I would take – depending on the location

1. Sleep bag -15 centigrade depends On location and season

2. Kukri – Smith and Wesson outback bush hog – its what I have,¬† don’t judge

3. Ferro-rod, of course.

4. Thick Wire, 16 gauge high carbon steel/ high tensile steel ( about 88m of it in the allowed 3.5lbs /1.6kg’s ) for trapping making hooks, nails, springs for traps and other stuff.

5. Hammock – large double net type Home-made from para-cord if they would allow it, it is a hidden source of cordage.

6. Rations -2.2 kg /5lb’s of Biltong as I’m a South African – but considering Pemmican as it has more calories

7. Multi-tool – Leatherman Rebar

8. Dutch oven Pot and lid – 2quarts/ 1.9 liters

9. Saw- large cross cut bow saw

10. Cold steel Spetznaz spade

So one thing you will probably

You would notice is no axe, the saw should do the big work and the Kukri is perfect for battening wood to split, the leatherman will do the rest and it’s got more then one blade and a file to sharpen tools with.

The pot lid is also a good shallow pan.

The pot is nearly indestructible.

the ferro-rod is a no-brainer

The hammock can be used as a hammock, but can also provide loads of cordage if required, and isn’t bad to sleep in, and I can use parts of it to catch birds and fish with if i break it down and reweave some of the strands.

The wire is good for snares and for making traps, making nails and tying things up. Improvising hooks with cord from the hammock for fishing, arrow points and fishing Spear points, I’d go with a high carbon steel so it can be fire hardened by quenching.

The spade is good in managing fire and for splitting wood, digging scat holes, digging for bait, digging turf in grasslands for walls and fire and digging out traps elsewhere .

The Kukri I just like … I prefer them over smaller axes

first thing i would do is scout the area … and find the best spot possible.. that why I would take the rations, setup a temporary shelter each day and move around till I found evidence of game and the best fishing / hunting spots.

Then I would first build a simple drag travois https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travois

To carry all the gear and move it to the best area … somewhere not so close to the water and further up cause it’s generally warmer.

Then assess from there

I’d build more then one “lodge” if possible and move between the two as trapping and fishing allowed, and move between them as food stocks dwindled.

I would essentially try to be nomadic.

again this is all dependent on the area and season. ūüėČ

 

My new “Smith and Wesson Bush Hog Outback Kukri” review


I just got my new “Smith and Wesson” bush hog Outback Kukri

and can’t wait to test it out.

Pro’s :

  • Its considered a machette kukri but I,m not so sure — its blade is super thick and its ground better then a cheap machette version
  • Its got a nice ground bevel edge from the spine down to the edge so it will be easy to sharpen.
  • its heavy but not excessively so that I wouldn’t carry it in the bush
  • its got a lanyard hole .. I already fitted my own lanyard
  • its pretty sharp out the box
  • its pretty good value for money Paid $30US on e-bay
  • hard steel should hold an edge well
  • coating is very thick and should hold up well to abuse

Con’s:

  • the retention on the sheath isn’t great.
  • the blade seams a little hard/ brittle for chopping , may break

overall great value and very happy .. let see how it holds up to abuse.

 

New Dutch oven


Hey guys

Just got my new Dutch oven … can’t wait to break it in , it weighs about 3 kgs and hold about 1,8L of liquid , perfect for a small family of 4 ,

its much lighter than my older potjie, but its also way smaller in volume. Its¬† nice to have both but this one is much more … mobile .

Its got a great handle that stands on its own, and has a spring around so that it doesn’t burn your hand. but lacks the three feet and the round bottom of a traditional potjie pot.

It has a lid that can hold coals , and be flipped over and used as a pan, as it is slightly domed.

all in I’m very happy with the purchase .

it was about $30 US  including delivery.

Anyway here is a pic

The most important crop you can grow


If I were to ask you what the most important crop you can grow is. what would your answer be?

Some might say maze, but maze doesn’t produce much and is quite difficult to grow¬† in small spaces, if you have a few hectares of land maze isn’t a bad option. It is portable and requires very little preparation to eat, and is very dense,and who can forget the smell of fresh salted popcorn? they need good soil and need a full season to grow properly.
Continue reading The most important crop you can grow

Bullet Swagging


Hi Guys

Its been ages ,

been working on loads of things, one of them being Bullet swagging.

when i was still in ZA, I used cast 9mm bullets with Lee precision molds, and resize these with Lee resizing dies. I found these used to smoke when fired quite a bit from my Glock 19, even though they caused no leading.

I found out from a yourtube video how to coat these with an epoxy resin paint with hexan boron nitride powder added for lubrication and had very good results. The bullets smoked way less when fired even though it smelled a little like plastic burning, they were cheaper , I could reload for around 8 US cents a round, so i wasn’t bothered by the smell,

they were also just as accurate as jacketed virgin ammo, and caused no leading or any more fouling then normal.

After emigrating from ZA to New Zealand, i could no longer carry a hand gun, so on getting my firearms license here, I started reloading and casting but this time for .223 Remington.

I have gotten molds for .223 but haven’t been able to get enough tin and antimony to harden the scrap lead I’ve been able to find, so I’m a little nervous to use straight lead without a gas check, with just the coating even though it worked in 9mm.

I’ve been looking into Swagging .22 lr cases into jackets for .223, but the Corbin Dies I’ve found wont ship to NZ or are extremely expensive.

What I’m going to try and do is get a die maker locally to make me a set of dies and see how it goes, I’ll keep you all posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking about building some Tracks for my Car


When speaking with some of my friends from the 4×4 community, they were rather scathing of my choice of off road vehicle.

I have a 2001 RAV4 4WD as my hunting/general day to day car.
and apparently this isn’t very good in “real off-road” bashing

car

But, the thing is ..
I already own it.
Its paid off.
its in great condition and has done low mileage.
They are common as dirt and parts are still easy to get and cheap.
Its lighter on fuel than many others.

some down sides
no diff lock, only limited slip EBD/abs
not great ground clearance.
Tyres are more for road then off road as its in use mostly on road
Continue reading Thinking about building some Tracks for my Car

Nuclear War and Pandemic Survival tips


First off

get a Gieger counter NOW …. you can get cheap ones that will do well enough that plug into the audio jack of a cell phone¬† .. and cost under $35.

Decide whether you will  bug in and convert a basement room into a bunker, or setup a bug out fall out shelter far from your home either way Continue reading Nuclear War and Pandemic Survival tips

Lessons in First aid for Bullet Wounds during the past World Wars


Treating large Puncture wounds/shrapnel and bullet wounds  in the past was a rather difficult affair.

I went to the war museum the other day, and I paid careful attention to the past medical procedures, looking at how things were done in the past, because the more “low tech” you can go, the more sustainable your method will be.

what I noted was the following: Continue reading Lessons in First aid for Bullet Wounds during the past World Wars

Why you should buy a “Potjie Pot” or a three Legged Dutch Oven


Why should you buy a “Potjie Pot” or a three Legged Dutch Oven?

I finally had some time to put pen to paper ( or finger to keyboard lol ) and give a little info why you should get one.

these are heavy three-legged cast iron pots used in south africa to cook food …

here is why you should get one and have it as a Bug in tool : Continue reading Why you should buy a “Potjie Pot” or a three Legged Dutch Oven

Maps


One very important prep that is often overlooked are good area maps on Paper …. everyone should maintain a map and you would be wise to create an overlay made of clear plastic with a permanent marker and a dry wipe marker with notes on areas on interest .

the local military bases,

Food supply caches ,

hardware stores ,

and civil services in your area …

Create a map using https://inkatlas.com and print it out — preferably in no more then 1:50000 resolution

 

Update: Inkatlas is no longer doing free maps like they used too ; ( but its still a great service and not too expensive

 

 

Trapping and Fishing vs Hunting


The progression from hunter/gatherer, to formal agriculture is a major reason for man’s success,

Hunting, however, is a great start when agriculture fails.

Hunting is a great sport but ultimately trapping and fishing are going to feed a family a lot for longer and with much less effort, as they multiply the effort of a single person and could provide for a surplus of food for trade.

Trapping of birds is the simplest of affairs, and ,while rather cruel,can be done with fish hooks and bait,

or possibly nets, and other falling traps, even mouse traps.

Continue reading Trapping and Fishing vs Hunting

How good is an Air rifle for long term Survival?


Air rifles are often seen as weak, and not very effective hunting weapons, and  while the smaller caliber modern air rifles ( under .25 ) are not great against human targets, they have some merit.

Firstly I’m talking exclusively about single shot spring / gas piston guns.

Air rifle pellets are cheap and light.

Air rifles are relatively cheap – but a cheap .22 rifle is still cheaper, and a good powerful air rifle will be much more expensive.

Continue reading How good is an Air rifle for long term Survival?

Load shedding – off the grid


I’m going to try very hard not to complain or rant…

Preparing for planned power outages over the last few years has meant I have bought a generator, and many smaller solar powered security devices, and the discussions at the office have lead to load shedding almost exclusively in the last few weeks…

lets face it , it sucks, and shouldn’t be necessary with some planning on the part of the publicly owned power providers, many guys are looking at solar,¬† inadvertent side effects of load shedding is that many are looking to go off grid now .and that’s good for business if you sell that sort of thing and its better for the planet ( well sort of ).
For private use, going off the grid, is actually quite easy, point solutions actually rain supreme, when it comes to cost, and scaling up. a bit of good planning goes a long way. Continue reading Load shedding Рoff the grid

Seed bombs


My first post for a long time.

Ive been very busy with many projects, tiling and loads of DIY at home and its also the Year end rush, at my day job, to get things done before year end , so I’ve been too busy to prep.

the general Idea with a seed bomb is to find all the open land in area’s around where you live and make an investment in your own survival, buy a bag of popcorn kernels, a bag of gem squash ( or a big pack of gem squash seed), a bag of broad beans ( or a big bag of Bean seeds), Continue reading Seed bombs

Solar cooking for SHTF


Hi all

I’m going to be building a solar cooker, it feels like a good idea.

I will never be able to grow enough wood or produce enough gas to boil water and cook food indefinitely,¬†the solution is¬†to use that for lighting and heating, and¬†use the sun for cooking. Its good for stealth, because it doesn’t smoke, the sun is very strong here in southern Africa so it should work well…

I’m going to get an old DSTV dish and coat it with foil as the reflector. that setup with a potjie or dutch oven which is already black , and I already use quite often … should make cooking simple…

I will post picks here when done .. as always

Sorghum Millet- grains for guerrilla gardening


Sorghum Millet- grains for guerrilla gardening

Hi Everyone

As some of you know, I often advocate responsible guerrilla gardening,

guerrilla gardening is planting on land that isn’t really yours – crops that someone can eat, that are not obvious to all, that are edible …

my favorite for jhb is pearl millet — or sorghum – they are really cheap – R20 a bag for 200g from these guys

www.sproutingseeds.co.za/products-page/other-seeds/millet-seeds/

Straight from Wiki

Sorghum bicolor,native to Africa with many cultivated forms now,¬†is an important crop worldwide, used for¬†food¬†(as grain and in¬†sorghum syrup or “sorghum molasses”),¬†fodder, the production of¬†alcoholic beverages, and biofuels. Most varieties are¬†drought- and heat-tolerant, and are especially important in¬†arid¬†regions, where the grain is one of the¬†staples¬†for poor and rural people. These varieties form important components of pastures in many tropical regions.¬†Sorghum bicolor¬†is an important¬†food crop¬†in¬†Africa,¬†Central America, and¬†South Asia¬†and is the “fifth most important¬†cereal¬†crop grown in the world”.

Sorghum grows really well here and can provide grains for bread and other things, and is not immediately recognizable to most of the population as food , so its a good back-up crop.

Plant the crop on open land and let it grow, and reseed itself . Obviously don’t choose invasive crops and be responsible.

 

 

Building techniques for a post modern culture


In my searches on the internet i often stumble across info that is new to me and might be useful to other in the prepping community

One of these such items is the catalan vault

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_vault 

 

the catalan vault is a really great idea and can be manufactured with limited resources, is very solid and can provide very stong buildings.

 http://architecture.mit.edu/class/guastavino/features/ramage/index-ramage.htm#

http://block.arch.ethz.ch/

the tiles used in the vault can be simple clay dried in the sun . and can be stuck together with a simple plaster –

http://www.notechmagazine.com/2011/12/sustainable-urban-dwelling-unit-sudu.html

 

check out some of these links for more info

 

 

 

Calcium carbide – and its uses


Calcium carbide can be produced by cooking Quick lime ¬†and charcoal together at a very high temperature –¬†approximately 2000¬†¬įC

CaO + 3 C → CaC2 + CO

It was invented in 1888, when wet with water it produces acetylene, that can be used for many purposes Рeven to run a  car, an engine or a generator, and provides a portable source of uncompressed gas for lighting and cooking.

it is hot enough to be used for welding with the hot flame it produces when mixing the gas with pure oxygen.

the process of producing Calcium carbide is of great interest to those prepping simply because it is sustainable, using very basic ingredients, and quite low technology.

 

you can get a hot enough flame to make this by using an arc welder with a carbon rod .

Air Rifles for survival


In the last few years in south Africa the law regarding Air rifles has changed , and they are no longer required to be licenced,

so long as they are under .22 calibre and ( I maybe wrong here ) under 9 foot pounds of muzzle energy.

so a nice powerful .177 calibre rifle is well within the reach of most people.

While this isn’t much good at protecting a household from anything , its a very effective weapon to hunt small animals and birds, and while it is illegal to hunt with an airgun, in South Africa, if the SHTF , they could be used to take pigeons, and other birds, rabbits, cats, and other smaller animals or scare off dogs, and other predators. Continue reading Air Rifles for survival

Green laser Pointers


Green laser pointers are excellent signalling devices and should be included in any emergency survival bag, they are light and can signal aircraft and even others on the ground much like a flare gun.

when combined with Morse code you would even be able to send messages to others simply by shining it upwards in the sky at night and coding out the message.
obviously everyone would be able to receive the message and would see where it was sent from, but this is not always a bad thing, and for messaging over a few kilometres, would be better then a flare gun with only a few flares ..

Old tech for a new use, the ww2 german army zeltbahn Poncho


Creating one of these is really easy and if done well, can replace poncho tents

Being a “grey man” is great but sometimes you also need camouflage.. the german army used these poncho’s to provide soldiers with rain protection and camouflage.. they can also be adapted to form tents and sheltars when used in groups

check out http://www.zeltbahn.net/

http://www.zeltbahn.net/tent.htm

Zelt31

a few notes on SHTF firearms


Hi all

Ive been reading the forums lately and have seen some posts on SHTF firearms that really make me smile.

One guy has 3 weapons and ammo along with a Kevlar vest… but only 3 days food, in his bug out bag.

this really doesn’t make sense to me

for bug out you are probably going to need to have as much food as possible, and if you are moving you wont get time to hunt,  so what would you do with all that ammo and that many guns?

the person in question said they have a shotgun , a pistol and a .22 rifle in semi auto.

without knowing the persons plans i am not able to say too much, but thats seams a little over kill for any situation  to the point that carrying all three will make you inefficient at combat or hunting in any case.

my 2 cents worth is simple — loose the long guns – if you are moving through urban areas .

take the shot gun if you are going short term in the wilderness.

and the .22 if you are going to stay long in the wilderness.

if you have ever served in the military you should know that carrying more then one weapon is going to be a pain , during my service I realized that the lighter the better, now I only carry a pistol, and would prefer a pistol caliber carbine over anything.

Pistols are not great weapons, but the reason I advocate this is simple, they are lighter, and you really need MUCH more food then you think and WATER is extremely heavy.

Officers use submachine guns rather then a rifle, most of the time, simply because it is lighter and has more compact ammo with good accuracy. leaving space for food and water, when resupply is uncertain.

rather have 15 days food and water and a pistol that you will probably not need then dehydrate.

bottom line is you cant eat shotgun shells.

MAG – Mutual Assistance Groups


The MAG will not be a welfare department for the unprepared, but just because a potential new member isn’t prepared, doesn’t automatically mean that they will be rejected, it does mean that they must show commitment, by making progress every month, in getting their food supplies and other supplies in order.

A member must be able to acquire there own supplies, and not rely on the group to provide for them.

The Group operates as a team, trains as a team and plans as a team, attendance to one training session per month is mandatory.

There will be a small monthly membership fee, without this the Group cannot purchase Long-Term supplies.

Members of the MAG will forfeit any group gear and fee’s, should they be exciled from the group, be unable to meet there obligations to the group, ¬†or no longer wish to participate.

 

Issues with 9mm casings —


Without really looking I reloaded 100 rounds on the week-end , at the range i had 6 casings where the primers fell out in the magazine . failing to allow the weapon to go into battery and messing powder everywhere.

I¬†was lucky that¬†nothing blew up …

I¬†picked up the casings at the range and hadn’t properly checked them – but it looks like “durapoint” (or somthing¬†like that) reload’s, in the orange box, has been reloading berdan primed casings with¬†boxer¬†primers .obviously drilling out the old primers anvils¬†which works just fine with the primers they use, once … but when reloading the primer pockets are stretched.

My winchester¬†primers seem¬†a little small and they¬†were falling out … while they felt fine and looked fine on the press.

Needless to say I ditched all the berdan primer casings from my brass stash and now will sort my range brass a little more closely.

Getting a group together


After many nights of lying awake i have decided the only way to really prep is in a group.

i’ve know this would become neccessary for a while and its finally time to act …

Myself and few others will be meeting monthly,¬†for¬†firearms practise and¬†discussions, in the eastrand area of johannesburg – if anyone would like to join us , then contact me via gmail or wordpress for more details … we would be glad for a few more members.

kind regards Xi0

 

 

Catch up


Wow its been a busy month …work has been crazy

I read Patriots Рthanks to a friend .

good book …

some crits¬†… no bunker under the first house …¬†took them too long to build¬†claymores … there BOL was way to far away from most of the members.

Anyway going to stop off at the range tomorrow with one of the group members … reloading ammo tonight …

Cant wait for my garage to get finished .. its been 3 months now – need a new builder maybe?

Bought a lee bullet resize die .. works a charm .. starting to cast projectiles more actively .

found a cool system for coating bullet in epoxy …¬† probably going to start a cottage industry and sell to local gun¬† shops .. just need to build a casting machine …

Sod house


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sod_house

The sod house or “soddy”[1] was a corollary to the log cabin during frontier settlement of Canada and the United States. The prairie lacked standard building materials such as wood or stone; however, sod from thickly-rooted prairie grass was abundant.[2] Prairie grass had a much thicker, tougher root structure than modern landscaping grass.

Construction of a sod house involved cutting patches of sod in rectangles, often 2’√ó1’√ó6” (600√ó300√ó150 mm) long, and piling them into walls. Builders employed a variety of roofing methods. Sod houses accommodate normal doors and windows. The resulting structure was a well-insulated but damp dwelling that was very inexpensive. Sod houses required frequent maintenance and were vulnerable to rain damage. Stucco or wood panels often protected the outer walls. Canvas or plaster often lined the interior walls.

Sod houses can stop bullets and can be made for next to nothing …they may no last forever but can be made quickly and last for many years if done well…

sod houses require only hand tools to construct and would make a great bug out location temporary structure as most of Gauteng is covered with grass lands ..

my ideal bug out location would include a house of brick, sod or sandbags , in the form of a court yard house .. these are usually constructed with windows facing inwards and a central pond for fish and drinking water … with all roof run-off going into the pond in the middle … all windows face inwards and fruit tree’s are grown in the court yard providing shade and food.

the outer walls are at least 3 meters high and very thick – only very small windows set high on the wall would face outwards

– 2 sets of gates- with inner and outer gates. and a dry mote to stop vehicle rams, complete the setup .

below grounds storage and underground safe rooms – or bunkers provide a last line of defense .

obviously, inline with my other posts, a number of  lines of fences and trip flares .

My new pri-bar tomahawk project


image image Hi guys … Been very busy but just a quick note … Here is a glimpse of the chisel I’m turning into a pribar tomahawk … It’s also a hammer and a knife … Got the concept of the idea from red scorpion six Mohawk … Look it up on the web for more details .. any way Gtg bye … From my mobile i started off with a brick cutting cold chisel … its very tough .. and heavey … about 2 pounds or 1 kg when i began, it should take a good edge cause its a good quality steel… cost me R80 or about $8 US … and when im finished it should be a really good axe, pribar, knife, hammer and chisel combo. nice thing is its smaller and lighter then the tools described put together and much cheaper then the Mohawk

 

—–progress update—–

 

works really well … even without a handle attached .

still allittle left to do to make it look nicer .. got loads of filing to do and a little paint wont hurt but i cant wait till its done …

 

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Investing in silver and gold


In the case of localised economic disasters
Gold and silver are excellent ways to preserve your purchasing power, when the economy crashes your silver will still be worth something to someone and so even when the Rand slides against the dollar physical precious metals still hold value.

Paper money and coins with a face value can easily lose value when inflation hits and can be devalued by the central banks — silver and gold bars cannot be.

Coins like the Mandela coin are based not on the value of the metal but the value people are prepared to pay for the face value – this is highly inflated.
Continue reading Investing in silver and gold

Shooting challange


Shooting challenge — post you results in the comments if you like.

Went to the range yesterday and started my new training program

Drill – to learn to draw and change mags correctly.
Rounds – about 100
Action – load 2 round into your pistol and 2 rounds into each additional magazine ( minimum 1 normally 2)
Target – man-sized, stationary
Distance – 20 m / +-60 feet
Method – address target , draw, Fire 2 rounds, change mags, let slide loose, fire 2 rounds, change mags to empty mag, dry fire, change mag to other mag with ammo, fire 2 rounds, change mags to empty mag, dry fire, make weapons safe,
reload and start from scratch.
Objective – to draw and fire and reload accurately, then speed up as you become better at this, then work on accurate fire, when quick.

– my results were quite good …
all shots on central mass, no fumbles, not exceptionally quick, need to review my holster setup, its slowing me down.

Home made MRE in South Africa


While reviewing my Get home bag, and after doing some research I found some great idea’s on homemade rat packs .

While the oat survival bars in one of my older posts are great, they can get boring,
so I started out with dehydrated stuff
so now the pack has:

1 instant oats
1 instant soup
1 pack Oros powder
1 small pack of instant mash – Smash
2 tea bags
4 pre-packed sugar packets
75g of compressed Dates
125g of Knorrox Savory Soya mince – re-packed from the 400g packs
1/3 oat survival bar listed elsewhere

total – 7200 kilojoules – probably a little light at 1720 calories —-

“Get home bag” issues


I have once again reviewed my get home bag as i do a number of times a year to get optimal performance out of the bags contents as I learn new techniques and discover new ways of doing things

For one my original bag is over-stocked with medication and ammo, and could probably have sustained me almost indefinitely,
but it weighted in at over 12 kg’s, and was a pain to carry (even though it was kept in the boot of my car I would still need to carry it if SHTF.)
Continue reading “Get home bag” issues

My Idea for an improvised backpack


veshMy Idea for an improvised backpack would use a pair of old pants and some rope

Cargo pants or BDU pants work well as they will have external pockets you can use for smaller things

the idea is to make a pack similar to a Veshmeshock http://wp.me/p1Ff3c-h3

Take the pants and lay them out legs facing down

tie the legs together and closed with a small piece of rope

Tie another longer rope that will form the straps to the  first small piece with a large gap

Fill with stuff …

tie top like Vesh ….

and now you have rope and a spare pair of pants for no extra weight

 

 

 

http://www.tentpro.co.za/


Get SADF¬†/ SANDF ¬†surplus equipment from http://www.tentpro.co.za/¬†— just got army boots for R165¬†— that’s¬†exceptionally cheap … they respond quickly to queries and deliver free in JHB and PTA …

Friendly¬†fast and cheap doesn’t¬†get better than that .

they have more than¬†they list so don’t be scared to ask for more stuff¬† …

 

best is the Back Pack/Webbing Combo http://www.tentpro.co.za/surplus/Army_back_pack_combo.html

R570.00 including vat¬†that’s like¬† $60¬† for everything a soldier needs in¬† a back pack and webbing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soviet Army veshmeshok back pack


Soviet Army veshmeshok back packs are really cheap and a nice big pack for those on a budget . they are low tech and very tough .

 

I found them for sale for only R210 at http://tacticool.co.za/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1560

http://www.rusmilitary.com/images/soviet_rucksack.jpg

video of how to tie it up http://sovietarmystuff.com/images/sidr.avi

 

vesh

 

 

so I came up with idea to make my own will post it soon … Should be free to make as its all from old scraps most guys will have at home…

 

Scouts


Scout Oath or Promise

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
To help other people at all times and to obey the Scout Law

Scout Law

A Scout is:
Trustworthy,
Loyal,
Helpful,
Friendly,
Courteous,
Kind,
Obedient,
Cheerful,
Thrifty,
Brave,
Clean,
and Reverent.
Boy Scout Motto

Be Prepared!

Hail in the vale


On the 20th of October  at 14h30,  Johannesburg time, my house was hit by hail the size of tennis balls and some up to the size of  a Cricket ball, breaking most of my north facing windows  ( about 15 in total ) and breaking straight through my roof tiles and my roofing boards in some places, luckily no one was hurt, and my cars were under cover so they were not damaged.

Firstly I must mention that i was shocked at how powerful the hail was, and how vulnerable the roof is , even on a relatively strong ¬†building, it made me very aware of how fragile houses actually are, South African houses are not designed for extreme weather as it isn’t something we get very often. our windows are thin and not safety glass, our roofs are tiled but the tiles are not as strong as you would believe. and the impact of hail is much more dramatic then one would expect.

Fortunately being prepared for natural disasters is something I try to do and I had about 40 spare roof tiles that the previous owner left behind when he moved out ( he was also the builder of large sections of the house), so my friends and I climbed on the roof and fixed the majority of broken or cracked tiles. ( once again thanks for your help, I hope you enjoyed the potjie )

This was a great opportunity to see who I can rely on in an emergency, and it was interesting to see how people react to needing to help others, or themselves.

Link to pics of the hail.

How to build survival fortifications


Readers have requested I do an article on how to build a survival fortification.

So here it is.

-I often hear of people in America living in wooden houses who have storm shutters that cover their windows, made of ply wood-so long as you understand these are only storm shutters and a wooden house wont stop bullets, and in no way make your house a fortress , then go ahead, they may help for storms … but thats not what we are discussing.

Firstly we need to establish your strategy, to determine the answer to the question of fortification.

Are you bugging-in or out, are you planning on building them before or after an event, what are your foreseeable threats, how big will your labor force be to build it and how big is your garrison that need shelter and food stored inside for a siege , what force could you expect to attack you and finally what is your budget ?

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Pistol Carbine System South Africa


Licensing a firearm in South Africa can take anything up-to a year and so many don’t bother and few gun shops survive the lack of¬† cash flow.

According to the new law you may only have one hand gun and only one gun under section 13 which is for self-defense

this is also the only semi-auto weapon you are allowed, under conventional circumstances.

This dictates, that if you need a firearm for self defense, you should buy the best and most versatile handgun you can.

the 3 most common weapons i see purchased are the following 3 :
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High intensity lighting using gas.


¬†Useful retro tech to make search lights and other light types to illuminate fortifications — dont forget to read my other article on how to apply this¬† ie use a reflector and harden your lighting

…or elsewhere in my blog where to get gas from I.e methane from a biomass digester .

“Limelight (also known as calcium light)[1] is a type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls. An intense illumination is created when an oxyhydrogen flame is directed at a cylinder of quicklime (calcium oxide),[2] which can be heated to 2572 ¬įC before melting. The light is produced by a combination of incandescence and candoluminescence. Although it has long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in the public eye is still said to be ‚Äúin the limelight.‚ÄĚ The actual lights are called limes, a term which has been transferred to electrical equivalents.”from wiki¬†

The role of Ferro-cement for Fortifications


Sand bags are good but soon rot … i prefer this method

Ferro-cement is a method of construction ( there are many ways to do it but here is mine) where you make a frame of steel mesh (about 2 inch mesh) … and attach chicken wire to it every few links.¬†

or start with EMPTY ¬†Gabion’s¬† ¬†, ones of the right dimensions,¬† — preferably a thinner type like 1 a foot thick or less¬† – they are made in many sizes — 3 foot by 4 foot by 1/2 a foot and use them as you would bricks .. tying them together with wire, obviously with the 1/2 foot being the width of the wall.

kinda like this (please excuse mspaint art)


Then attach the chicken wire to the outside of the wall and what will form the inside and plaster .

Plaster with a very fine plaster mix on the chicken wire — let it set and re-plaster until its quite thick .. maybe 1 inch

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Garrison


I said it a hundred times, get a garrison together — community rules … western military doctrine always maintains that only troops can hold ground…

This is idealistic and not my plan exactly but its an idea that can be applied elsewhere.

I would say the ideal in suburbia is the close off your street at both ends with a barricade ( we have this already ) .. get everyone in your street on board … link all the houses with radio or field telephones … establish a central meeting hall and guard house to coordinate everything, and provide a central kitchen, and central alarm should everyone need to wake up at once .

Dig the road up around the block to about 2 m deep and pile the rubble on the inside to form a parapet … use what you can to make a wall … cars … sand bags .. roof sheets with gravel whatever .. this is really just a trench to defend from. make a single entrance where the road is OK …

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Join the community policing forum in your area and get aware


http://www.turnitaround.co.za/

Join the community policing forum in your area and get aware.

We have recently invested in radios that most residents carry to call for help from the community – they go for about 700 bucks and make a good simple radio net for us to call for help should we need it.

 

Rat packs and other stuff


http://original-retnev.blogspot.com/2009/03/ratpacks.html

http://www.mreinfo.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4128

Now that brings back memories — dont eat the cheesie’s they give you gypo guts (jippo guts)

quoted from the site link

“Not a whole lot of information available on the current SANDF (South African National Defense Force) ration pack, but here’s what I found out.
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Comparing the Spetsnaz Spade to the Machete to the Kukri to the Hatchet multi tool


Comparing the Spetsnaz Spade to the conventional Machete to the Kukri machete to the Hatchet multi tool

 

When I was cutting down a tree in my yard the other day, I decided to compare the cutting power, comfort and usability of each of the tools pictured above and found some surprising results.

First I tried the machete – ( R40 – or $3US from Makro, made by Lasher in South africa )
on softer wood that was thinner than my thumb it worked quite well, but the blade stuck fast in logs thicker than my wrist, and the reverberation of the cutting stroke was not very pleasant,

while cutting into the wood that was as thick as your wrist, after some time, I found my arm getting tired and I was not making much progress, each cut would slice about half an inch into the cut.
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My idea for a survival spade/shovel


My idea for a survival spade/shovel

You can buy a shovel from lasher – looks for what is known as a “ladies spade” with a square blade LASHER link —product 162—

This spade has a steel shaft made of the same steel as the spade blade, that is hollow and can be welded closed at the bottom. Weld this opening closed. or use “Pratley putty” to close the opening. ( easier than welding)
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Gel stoves to cook on when the power is out


Gel versus Paraffin
http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/Research/publications/07Lloyd%20Visagie%20fuels.pdf

gel stoves are less efficient and more expensive to run, but are less smelly, are less of a fire hazzard and quite low tech, the gel is easier to store and not as toxic as paraffin, and produces less soot, over all the use of gel is better and should be advocated over gas and paraffin for emergency short term cooking …
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Importance of Concrete


Link to importance of concrete
Concrete has made building what it is today
Make sure you can partly improvise concrete it will help build fortifications and is paramount in the rebuilding of law and order.

Portland cement is the most common type of cement in general use around the world because it is a basic ingredient of concrete, mortar, stucco and most non-specialty grout. It usually originates from limestone. It is a fine powder produced by grinding clinker (more than 90%), a limited amount of calcium sulfate (which controls the set time).

Portland cement clinker is made by heating, in a kiln, a mixture of raw materials to a sintering temperature of about 1450 ¬įC for modern cements. The aluminium oxide and iron oxide are present as a flux and contribute little to the strength. The major raw material for the clinker-making is usually limestone (CaCO3) mixed with a second material containing clay as source of alumino-silicate.

Normally, an impure limestone which contains clay or SiO2 is used. The CaCO3 content of these limestones can be as low as 80%. Second raw materials (materials in the rawmix other than limestone) depend on the purity of the limestone. Some of the second raw materials used are clay, shale, sand, iron ore, bauxite, fly ash and slag. When a cement kiln is fired by coal, the ash of the coal acts as a secondary raw material.

Musings on staple foods


http://www.sa-longevity.co.za/p/161229/the-country-living-grain-mill

A friend recommended this link to me – this might be a necessary item to buy if you intend on growing grains, (I for one am looking at pearl millet – Link to seeds )… might be nice to make Corn bread or porridge with fresh ground corn or whatever grain.

I do need to mention though that this is why the Irish and English cultures were revolutionized by the discovery and importing of potatoes – they don’t need to be milled and made into bread and they produce more per hectare then grain, ( they don’t keep as long as grains do though) the best being red sweet potatoes if you live in South Africa – they grow like weeds – propagate themselves , and you can make a sweet syrup from them to sweeten anything by boiling down the water after cooking them and squeezing out the juice.

pumpkins also make great flour if dried and ground -( or so i hear ) and the yields are good.

Perma-culture VS Aqua-phonics


Perma-culture VS Aqua-phonics
To feed my family is important to me and i have research many ways to do this.

I was looking at installing an aquaphonics system, as these can be hidden in plane site, and was considering a flotation method may be the easiest and least expensive (float the plants on the surface in styrene) but then the pond has to be really big and the plants have to have really small root systems.

After I did some research i discovered Perma-Culture and maybe its a good ideas to do permi-culture instead of aqua-phonics — they yield is lower but its way lower profile, requires less to setup and is lower tech so the natural balance is maintained, you also don’t have to worry about pumps, tanks etc.
the trade off is the lack of fish protein that would be a nice addition to the table.

Well i bought the book from this site and am working through it – maybe perma-culture is the way to go?
will let you all know how it goes.

The most overlooked and important prep you can make


In a word … “Boots”
A strong , good set of well worn in boots or shoes cannot be improvised . And any soldier will agree that your rifle and your boots are what make a soldier… I can fight naked as long as i have my boots . Yeah I know it sounds funny but any thing else can be made .. stolen or improvised but good shoes are complex and hard to make… Stock up … And learn the art of cobblering

Survival garden Recipe idea’s


Potatoes are very productive and produce the best crop for the smallest plot of land, one reason they are so good is that they don’t need much additional processing to make them edible, just wash them and cook and eat , compared to grains that need to be ground and made into bread you can see how potatoes save you time — although, one problem is monotony and storage – potatoes don’t keep all that well, so preserving them is important, I propose making dried gnocchi and using them as pasta.
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Bug out food tubes – an alternative energy food


 

I bought some of these tubes¬†the other day – wasn’t to sure what i would do with them but at R10 for 2 at the local Mr Price sport – cause they were “shop soiled” ( which was only the packaging i might add ) it seamed like a good buy.

Initially i had no idea what i might do with them but it dawned on me this morning, the ration bars I have posted on my blog before are not so great to eat because they are very dry and hard .. which in itself is good but with these tubes i though to make them easier to eat and more appetizing, the idea is to put the ingredients in the tubes dry, other than the honey, and add a little more powdered sugar to make up for this, then when needed open the clip, add warm/ hot water, enjoy, well at least thats the theory, will have to test and get back to you all.

I will see when I test, but the tubes may not be big enough for a full ration which wont help much.

The tubes also might work well for peanut butter which is very high in nutritional value – although I have read of people who use this for holding anything liquid having issues with the clips that break or leak , so I would stick to the dry stuff when on the move …¬†

Nitestik review


Nitestik site link

The other day I bought a “nitestik”, just for fun, but I think it may be useful in finding your BOB in the dark and as its actually bright enough to use as a low powered emergency light for illuminating a very dark space,(I have tested this and it works ok for the first hour or two .. then it isn’t much use cause it is too dull, but works fine just to find what ever is tied to it)

The nice thing is, nothing to break and its effectively solar powered,
now I’m not saying it is going to replace a torch just that it can provide a compact light that could help you in a tight situation, even if its just to find something tied to it, like your house keys.

It is a little over priced in my opinion , but with imported things our currency generally are

Micro hydro power systems


links to micro hydro generators


Micro hydro is a sustainable energy system that takes us back to the time of the water wheel —

Electric lighting is still the most efficient way to produce light, converting mechanical energy into light is one of the most important developments in human history, lengthening the time people can work , as there is light to work by, and effectively making us more efficient as a species.

Electrical lighting is safer than candles and provides a cleaner and more steady light and doesn’t burn anything, it is also available at the flick of a switch and from a distance, gas lighting and other methods of lighting have many flaws when compared to this .

If used for nothing other then lighting, electrical systems are a very good candidate for hydro power, as it is constant and predictable.

Hydro-power i.e water wheels should be used directly, with gearing, if mechanical energy is needed, (like to run a mill, or lath , or bellows for a forge) as losses in generators are quite large especially in improvised ones, unless power is needed far from water and then you have no choice but to run cables, and use generators. This should be avoided, if possible.

But it is my opinion that using water to power electrical lighting is the best way to do lighting

Drying and Dehydrating for food preservation


Drying and dehydrating has long been used as a method to preserver food, the lack of water in dehydrated food stops bacteria multiplying.

When compared to other methods of food preservation , drying wins hands down as it allows most foods to be preserved without any additives, this is important as those additives may not be available anymore after a civil collapse.

Food can be dried in Johannesburg, mostly when weather permits , which is usually best in early winter, and even late summer on days that it doesn’t rain.

Dry in the sun on a fly proof rack in a box, under a pane of glass for full effect, or alternatively in the oven on a low heat , about 60 to 80 centigrade.

When in doubt as to if its ready, dry it for longer,,, longer is better than shorter,,,

Most dried stuff will keep for 6 months once dried and stored in a dry place, away from insects, careful not to use wet/damp containers, and discard anything that looks moldy.

Sun-dried tomatoes are a great way to store your tomato crop, make sure they are ripe, but not over ripe before starting .

The new age of sail


please go and read this article i know its long but its relevant

I read this article some time back an found that the information was rather inspirational, a move towards sail powered craft with the knowledge of modern nautical maps and charts as well as combining this knowledge with something like the concrete submarine – or a ferro cement hull, and modern refrigeration, possible steam power , might be an option for a post SHTF scenario when the immediate danger has subsided and you need to find a way to feed yourself and your family … fish stocks in the ocean will soar without the fishing trawlers taking large numbers of fish…

Long term, fishing will be a real option .. and as most rivers lead to the ocean . a life there could be better over all rather then inland … of coarse living near the sea pre-SHTF is not necessarily wise with all the possible natural disasters that accompany it .

any way read the article it speaks for its self.

The 3 sisters – corn , beans and squash


Simple gardening with the 3 sisters can provide all you need in nutrition to feed you family.

The three crops benefit from each other. The maize provides a structure for the beans to climb, eliminating the need for poles. The beans provide the nitrogen to the soil that the other plants utilize, and the squash spreads along the ground, blocking the sunlight, helping prevent establishment of weeds.

Maize lacks the amino acids lysine and tryptophan, which your body needs to make proteins and niacin, beans contain both and therefore maize and beans together provide a balanced diet.

links to info

Improvised Jam Jar light bulbs


Jam Jar light bulbs
Electrical light bulbs were a great innovation simply because they provide light on demand and are safer than candles, they don’t smoke and provide light that doesn’t flicker, this is why they were such an innovation in their time.
Simple homemade light bulbs are useful if you have a source of electrical power, and can be made using a glass bottle or jar ( if using a bottle with a neck then you don‚Äôt even need a lid just enough wax to plug the neck ) , some steel wool ‚Äď or thin wire ,some thicker insulated wire , a match or two and some wax to seal the holes
If using a jar,
Open the jar, make 2 holes in the lid , strip about half an inch or 1 cm of insulation off, of the thicker insulated wire, on each end of each wire , thread 2 of the thicker insulated wires through the holes and seal around them with wax –
Take some of the steel wool or really thin wire and link the two thicker wires that will meet inside the jar, experiment with this a little as to the number of these and the thickness that works best with the voltage you are using, I find 4 of about 1 inch long threads of steel wool, works well at 12 volts, they last about 2 hours, then burn out … this is expected, they don’t really last long., also making them into a coil makes them provide more light.
For bottle based bulbs just use the wax as a plug for the bulb .

Once done light a match and throw it into the jar. And screw the lid with the wires gently, but quickly, back on, the match will burn up all the oxygen inside the bulb and allow this bulb to work,
You should have a working bulb now ‚Äď turn it on and experiment ‚Ķ
They don’t last long and don’t provide that much light but can help in a pinch

Making keys instead of picking locks


Lock smithing is a skill I picked up some years back- and one of the most useful skills to have is the ability to quietly make a key for something like a pistol safe when you need to get into it without breaking in or making too much noise,

This technique was detailed in a CIA manual that I had access too some time ago and maintained that it was quicker in some instances than picking.
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