Gizmodo posted a story about getting two things any good survivor should have:
Pretty much if you plop down >$3000 for a solar energy setup, the company above is willing to give you back $400 towards the purchase of a fire-arm.
Pretty sweet deal if your looking to keep some of this magic technology going after “the end”. And you plan on protecting it.
My lovely backup piece. It just so happens that I grew up with a father who was quite fond of his mossberg 500, and a little of that love must have rubbed off on me since at first sight I knew I needed this.
As one of my two boomsticks, the other being a Smith & Wesson 3000, this thing is a loved member of my fire-arms collection. It’s also by far the newest.
Currently I have this thing holstered in a condor shotgun scabbard* that’s attached to my E&E Ruck* by Bug Out Gear. You know, for the end of days and all that.
It feels good in the hand, and it’s light enough to travel with. At only 18.5 inches and packing 6 (5+1) rounds of heat, it makes a good argument against the classic sawed side by side. It’s also legal, so there’s that in it’s favor too.
I’ve also bought a tac-star mossberg side saddle, which holds an additional 6 rounds, and when equipped looks awesome. The only downside is that when attached the shotgun wont fit in the scabbard, which for me is a no-go. Currently I have the side-saddle riding in a molle ar-15 mag pouch on the side of the scabbard.
*Reviews Coming Soon
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter 2SA w/Magnesium.
Recently I’ve been getting hardcore into hiking/camping equipment. Primarily due to my end of the world paranoia.
Thankfully, now, when 2012 comes knocking at my door, I’m going to open it, whip this out and shower that apocalypse in magnesium sparks.
So just what does this thing do anyways? Well I could say start fires, but the product video would probably give you a better show.
As you can see, it doesn’t just set fires. It sets anything on fire! Anyways, on to the review.
It’s made of a full aluminum body with options of a 440c stainless blade or, like this model, a super alloy of cobalt, tungsten, and carbide.
The provided rubber o-ring is capable of keeping the water and elements out. I submerged mine and can attest to this. In actuality though, I intentionally got mine wet and it still sparked! tenacity in a storm? Check.
This thing will probably outlast my useful life. The internal magnesium rod has thousands of strikes and the hundred or so I’ve put it through (hey it’s fun) have yet to make a noticeable impact.
It really does light stuff on fire.
At a whopping $26us, it’s about four times as expensive as a standard magnesium fire starter. The performance is not 4x as good so why is the price 4x as high?
This would actually be a pro for most people but to me, it’s just too small. I’d rather have something sizable that felt really good in my hand than something that’s sized for a survival kit.
Like I mentioned above. Even after scrapping off the protective coating and practicing for about a week, I just can’t get much better sparks off of this than off my cheap $7 magnesium fire-starter, and that one comes with a a chunk of scrape-able magnesium too!
In the end, it’s a great piece of kit. I’d prefer to have this to one of the magnesium ones if I’m going to be gone for any length of time. This one seems built to last.
However, value wise, if your just looking for a great fire-starter to throw in a butt pack or in your car. Stick with the tried and true solution:
Magnesium Fire Starter
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
So this past week I purchused a new addition to my EDC. It’s the Scottevest Ultimate Cotton Hoodie.
Coming in at $70 + shipping it’s far from the least expensive. But as I was expecting quality, comfort, and massive storage I was willing to try this product out.
Let’s start with the pros.
Incredibly Comfortable. Currently it’s the middle of june, and I can’t take this thing off. It’s light weight and semi-breathable, and keeps me from getting sun-burned. It came with an already weathered feel about it, and I seriously appreciate that.
Cool Ideas went into making it. You can tell that they had a lot of good intentions when they were designing this thing. The pockets are plentiful and the magnets for closure on the hand warming packets are dank.
It has a key-chain clip. I use this all the time since my job requires a swipe card to enter the building, and it makes forgetting your keys in the car a thing of the past.
The hood is roomy, but not enough that it will let the weather in.
The “Hidden” side pocket is perfect for my knife, cell phone, w/e. Though not well hidden.
The zippers seem to be good quality, and don’t feel like their going to break on their own.
Sadly this sweatshirt could have been so much more. It’s unfortunate that they let some basic problems slip past.
The “Patented Personal Area Network” is severely lacking. Being a tech geek, I figured that wiring the sweat shirt would be a breeze. It’s not. It’s not hard by any means, but definitively not simple either.
This ties directly into the next and largest issue I have with this sweatshirt.
The pockets don’t hold anything! The pockets located on the left and right breasts are almost completely open at the top. This would be okay for a pocket you want to use to quickly stash something, or for some non-critical equipment you happen to be carrying. But these pockets are designed and designated as media pockets, for your iPod and Cellphone!
The first time I wore this thing, I decked it out: Phone, iPod, water bottle, keys, knife, fire-starter, compass. It was awesome. Then when I arrived at work, I threw it over my arm (it’s not “office attire”) and when I got to my desk, my phone was gone!
Now, I have a motorola razr, so 3-5 years ago, I might have understood that it was smaller than most phones, but today, with the invention of smaller and smaller, more expensive phones, that’s unacceptable. Luckily it only fell out into the hood of the sweatshirt, but ever since I’ve not put anything important into those breast pockets.
Like other reviewers said on their site, there’s alot of lose threads here. Everytime I find one I clip it or cut it with my knife, at least seven so far. If it keeps up, I’m not going to have a shirt left.
I’d have to say that I’m disappointed in this sweatshirt, and Probably wouldn’t buy it again. It might just be that I had high hopes for it, or that it seemed a lot cooler at the time I ordered it, and it is good enough to replace my failing old pull over, so I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt and it can score a solid 3/5 stars.
Rating: 3 (out of 5 Stars)
Hack-a-Day has a sweet post up regarding turning your garden hose, a pvc T, and some valves into a water cannon. It’s worth checking out if you’ve got a free weekend and a low water bill.
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running around this cruel world sure can get dramatically tiring, luckily having come generations upon generations into this iteration of civilization we have bestowed on us the spoils of living with a corrupt government. The explicit spoils i speak of are automobiles and commercially available sustenance.
While in bed on a rainy Monday morning i began to contemplate, for the briefest of moments i assure you, my life. This is odd because my policy on thoughts of this nature states verbatim: “DON’T” as thoughts of this nature generally lead to thoughts of ineptitude and self pity. This particular morning however they lead to the revelation that having Monday off due to rain meant i wouldn’t make my insurance payment on Tuesday.
This thought would normally rattle someone in my situation who vests so much of their faith in the belief that their automobiles lineage can be traced back to Christ. It was however upon realizing that i had to work Tuesday morning that i more than quickly dropped back into REM sleep.
On Tuesday however after coming home from work i realized i had yet another problem, not working had still left my funds vitally short and though i could drive to greenfield and pay my insurance, i could not venture off the beaten path to get any personal enjoyment from the trip. This bothered me quite severely since despite believing that i drive the Davinci-mobile i didn’t want to make a trip solely to handover my pay to “the man”.
Ultimately coming to the realization that i had to pay money to make money, i hauled my ass to greenfield by way of a 3.1 liter v6. After making payment my pocket lint had gained majority shares in my pants and my only cash was the 99 cents in my pocket and on leaving the insurance agency i realized that would soon be gone as well.
As though it was scripted a sign caught my eye, “.69 CENT SLUSHIES”! at the Cumberland farms. I immediately cut off a truck to get my hands on my prize, i mean i had excess responsibility points since i had gotten of my ass and driven to greenfield without the goal of personal gain, and i might as well spend those with my last few cents.
Once i was inside the complex i made a b-line through the rows of junk food and dashed the last meter to the slushie machine. A clearly novice slushie maker was behind me, and it was her face that gave her away, in roughly her middle thirties the women was astonished that i had the audacity to mix NRG high caffeine slush with basic cherry. i would even go so far as to say that she would have let me fix her own slush at that point, but i merely gave her that timeless han solo line: “I know” and turned my back to her. Thinking back she prolly came during this experience…
Regardless of how hot and heavy she got im sure her heart was all a flutter. Back to hauling ass, i spent the day at my sisters watching her spawn and had an overall great day.
oh and for those of you who are like “but you said you had 99 cents and a slushie is only 69!” In the words of the timeless Ice Cube “ch-chickety-check yourself before you wreck yourself” cause your a numerically obsessed bitch, go watch the number 23 and orgasm or something. that movie blows and so do u, cause i spent the rest on an airheads extreme, strawberry flavor.
Ive got some more of this shit but i have to work in a few hours so ill scribe it down some other time.
Peace and luv, Zypher T. Leetest