Saturday, June 15, 2019

That '70s Nurse!

I never really cared much about medical stuff until I became a family man. My mom was a '70s nurse and we had it good. We always had a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. She never panicked if we had to deal with something a little worse than the usual boo-boo. 

We saved on countless trips to the hospital for sure!

From time to time I'd show her this little blog, and she'd be amused. She's also my #1 source of medical expertise. Head Nurse is a formidable qualification anywhere in the world, be it the battlefield or at home. 

Like most 80's kids, owning a BMX and a nearby village park meant that mom dealt with all this normal stuff:

  • road rashes
  • cuts
  • lacerations
  • at least 3 burns from a bonfire
  • firecrackers
  • rusty nails
  • dog bites
  • eye injury
  • slingshot hits
  • bee stings
  • a black eye
  • minor infections


Throw in the mumps, diarrhea, chicken pox, measels, and other fun things that children would catch at least once in their lives back then. 

It was a different time.

Mom's not always the nurturing type and we'd get yelled at from time to time if we had some injury that needed her help. 

Trust me, us kids were asking for it most of the time. We were after all Steve-O's generation of fools acting like Delta Commandos in the back yard. 

Crashing our bikes wasn't unusual, it was fairly commonplace. That meant we had to clean & dress our own scrapes so she won't get mad on a weekly basis. 

All this exposure to her expertise also meant we knew how to take care of ourselves and not get freaked out over "a little blood".

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And so here I am, all grown up with my own wife and kid to look after. Back when this blog was new I spent most of my time obsessing over food supplies, weapons, and fighting skills. I got my First Responder certificate and gained more skills over the years. Thankfully, my mom likes the newfangled trauma kits we have today. 

There were no chest seals and CAT tourniquets back then. She does know how to deal with tension pneumothorax from the gunshot wounds, massive bleeding, and stabbings from her days at the ER. "Skills over equipment" as some experts like to say, and they're not interchangeable!

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I just wanted to share this parenting stuff 'coz my boomer folks are the best. They've got the skills we gen X-ers, millenials, and the Yeet generation need to survive WTSHTF.



Stay vigilant!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Outbreak Alert: Pay Attention



the article can be found here

Live life in Condition Yellow. I've been keeping tabs on the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control for years, mainstream media, and a small network of reputable insiders. By the time they're throwing a fit over it, it will be too late.

Now look at this article:
Try to see what its telling you and not telling you. 

A clearer picture will develop when you get around the headlines

Seek out non-traditional sources but look out for conspiracy junk

Good information is ammunition 

You can never have too much ammo!

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Long ago people would keep charms filled with oils like thieves, cloves, or frankincense to ward off disease in the air.

Fake News was also the weapon of charlatans since time immemorial.

And all of this has come back with a vengeance thanks to social media. Its really bad for the brain. Like zombies.

So do you have a plan? What can go wrong in your area and the countermeasures against them? Its 2019. You should have done something concrete by now.

Come on, lets get you back to work.





As Roland the Gunslinger said: "Head clear. Mouth shut. See much. Say little..."


Stay vigilant!




Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Battle Belt


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I prefer to call this piece of kit by its funky nickname: the Boogaloo Belt. Many moons ago I devised a makeshift one composed of stuff that collected over the years. It was relatively low on my "to-do" list but I'm very happy that I finally put this one together. 

What's it for? Its a rig that holds my secondary weapon, extra magazines, and a trauma kit.

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THE OLD: 
My previous system used to have a Serpa holster (cringe away), nylon-buckled condor belt, a few soft 5.11 magazine pouches, maxpedition drop pouch, and a Condor rip-away mini trauma kit. Of all the items on that old rig, that last one was actually very good.  All this stuff didn't match but they'd get the job done. I'll say it again: the Condor Rip-Away Mini is solid, you damn elitists.

I could plug holes, make holes, and keep my pants from falling.

THE NEW: 
This is as high-speed & low-drag as you could get. I really wanted to add a knife, tomahawk, and second AR15 magazine pouch to this but I stood my ground. Perhaps I'll add one last pouch behind the holster and move my Leatherman over there from my plate carrier. 

One of my goals was to reduce the weight on my hips, and I've succeeded. 

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Components: 

HSGI Cobra Belt with velcro inner belt
2 HSGI polymer taco pistol magazine pouches
1 HSGI polymer  taco AR15 magazine
Voodoo Tactical tourniquet pouch that holds 1 CAT tourniquet and trauma shears
Blue Force Gear Trauma Kit Now Mini: standard trauma kit inside
Safariland QLS system holding a mid-ride 6004 series holster

That itty-bitty trauma kit packs a ton in a miniscule pouch that you could tug from the left or right side. Its soft and flat enough that I can sit down in a car and not have anything poking my back.



Firearm: Para-Ordnance P16.40
Capacity: 18 rounds
Caliber: .40 S&W

This is my old competition pistol from 1997. To clarify, I used it from 2008 to 2014. It has never let me down. I can run it hard for over 1000 rounds without cleaning. Its utterly reliable, accurate, and has light recoil. We put a Bar-Sto match barrel in there too. 

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I've run competition holsters for nearly a decade and really appreciate the sturdiness of this Safariland system. The QLS lets me unhook the holster from the Han Solo style thigh rig. That leg strap also keeps things very stable with all the running I've done.

Having a belt like this allows me bring it anywhere. Try to fit those other heavier ones in a backpack, mine can.

I can't emphasize "lightweight" enough. My main strength as a fighter is speed. I'm fleet of foot compared to a lot of guys and I'm going to make the most out of it.

My tests have proven that it is indeed sturdy and gives me no movement penalties whatsoever. Heck yeah I love this thing, lets rock!


Stay vigilant!






Thursday, May 30, 2019

Time Skip Ended: Back After A Year!

My last entry was August 2018. Hello wonderful readers!

A ton has happened, all of them good. I truly hope this message finds you well.

And now for the updates!


  I was planning to make a YouTube channel but put that on hold for a while. Its terrific fun but writing journals is my thing.

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All of 2018 was training twice a week and competing in matches at least 3x a month. I landed in the middle of Class A and feel quite proud of my journey. That season took me all over the country and we gained a lot of hard-won knowledge. This marks a major improvement in my shooting fundamentals. What a tough but rewarding year!

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Lots of gear were evaluated for some time, and some have earned a spot on our must-have list.

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I now load my own ammo. I've done it for more than a year and have made over 50,000 rounds. We consume around 800 rounds a week just for practice in 2018's qualifier season. Let's say that I can make quality match ammunition that can deliver a low standard deviation for consistency and the lowest recoil possible. This is the good stuff.

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We built better BUG OUT BAGS for the family. They're all ready to go. We can handle any weather condition in the country for more than 2 weeks. We've got trauma kits, water filtration, shelter, and all inside lightweight and durable packs. We'd rather bug in, more on that later.

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My man-cave has a reloading bench and a locked cabinet for storing my war gear. 

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My fight kit has evolved since this blog started.  From a chest rig + STALKER type to a Crye JPC combat loadout. The chest rig will go to my kid, 'coz two is one and one is none. The new stuff is high-speed and low-drag. We tested level 4 plates and soft armor too. 

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My battle belt system was a mixed bag, its now Tier 1 legit.  We are finally past the Magpul Dynamic Pie era. 

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Our home has begun to use HAM radios. My fight kit has them too in case I need to go without mobile phones. What remains is to hook them up to a portable solar charging system.

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Everybody learned new skills, grown up, and gotten stronger too. 

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There was a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in a major city here a few weeks ago. A buildings took light damage but it was enough to tell us that a slightly stronger one would bring real problems. We're also over due for a BIG ONE. That would shut us down for more than a month at a minimum. That's SHTF. 

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I've kept a lot of drafts in the past months and hope to publish bite-sized articles because this stuff "brings me joy" or something like that. Speaking of which, we de-cluttered loads of stuff and shared them to those who needed more. That's prepping too!

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I never stopped getting ready, I hope you did the same. Wishing everybody good health. 


Stay vigilant!




Tuesday, August 14, 2018

TZH Watches: The Canadian Prepper


Fun fact: I lived in Vancouver in the mid 90's. Good times.


Out of my cave I have emerged to say that I'm a longtime fan of the Canadian Prepper.

I've watched him evolve, its been an impressive journey. Canadian Prepper's older videos delved into the criminal mind and various predators. I also enjoy it very much on how he has an emphasis on the psychological aspect of survival and what it takes to get ready for truly challenging times.

The After the Collapse playlist is a great place to start.

Some channels paint some fantasy Mad Max scenario for clicks. For years the prepping community devlolved into sponsored gear reviews over "tactical" or "prepping" gear as taglines.

This guy challenges the viewers to reflect on hard questions without being alarmist.

Other preppers are too frikkin dark. They're peddling fear porn, and that's not cool. Fear is the mind killer some desert guy said.

The Canadian Prepper is also fun. He's got a bunch of videos telling us to lighten the heck up. 'Coz if we don't we'll all go crazy.

Canucks vs Yanks never gets old

I can pitch tent near this guy's shelter and would be dandy cool about that. I can't say the same about other preparedness guys there who give me the creeps.

He's got a good head on him and finds pleasure in sharing helpful knowledge.

Oh, and there's a really great online store too. Hey YouTube's been a real jerk to the preparedness community. Anybody how hurts our efforts to prepare for SHTF is definitely on my not-cool list. So check it out coz we need to stick together.

Anyway, check out the Canadian Prepper as soon as you can. He's also on Facebook too over here.


Hey cool, my 1st 2018 post! hahahahaha

Stay vigilant!