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Not available for public consumption, but footage of the new, long awaited Mad Max movie debuted at Comic-Con and has folks raving. Crazy, intense, channeling the aesthetics of the original trilogy...here's a snippet from one viewer's description:
At one point, muzzled Max, chained to the back of Hoult’s car, watches in awe as trucks and cars get swirled up into a flaming dust storm, exploding and sending bodies flying every which way. The shot is unflinching, the violence unforgiving; the scene seems to be on the edge of ending at every turn, but it just keeps going, getting more and more brutal and loud, until Hoult finally cuts the tension:
“What a lovely day,” he shouts. “What a lovely day!”
Write-ups with some spoilers are out there (see: MTV, iO9) if you're interested. Folks are going nuts about the footage, which is pretty frickin' great news.
They also released some promo posters, which I'm not in love with.
Only the mad survive!
BTW, Max looks to have added some new weapons to his arsenal (AK mags, pistol mags added to the outfit), but still has the old, iconic sawed off double.
Trailer for the new season of TWD dropped at Comic-Con. Looks like Team Rick is teaming up with the scam artist cannies from Terminus.
I'm going to guess that's a match that doesn't last...
Share your speculation about what we're seeing in the trailer in the comments.
Doug Marcaida demonstrating possibilities with the karambit - impact striking to dynamic deployment of the blade. We're big fans of the k-bit in various forms and Marcaida is one of the best edged weapons dudes in the world...good stuff.
Maintaining situational awareness and elevator tactics from Tony Blauer. Good one to watch - elevators are a common site for criminal attacks.
NRA's Media Lab with Dom Raso has been some fun viewing. Dom takes scenes from action movies and does the whole Mythbusters - 'would this work' deal. For the record on this specific episode - plausible. Jerry Miculek could do it.
Speaking of Jerry, this is one I've been wanting to share for a while. Jerry quick scopes a friggin' grape faster than most people can clear their holster.
Via Edpoint. If you're not following Ed, you should be.
BTW, more swag restock is incoming. Stickers will be here in about a week, leather patches a couple weeks after that.
Everyone, every blog and every site I read (especially in English) always talks about self defense and using arms but what if you had none?
Even still - when faced with multiple aggressors, even a skilled, fit combatant is at a disadvantage...especially if those multiple aggressors are armed and you're not.
Never fight fair. Minimize any advantage an attacker might have. You'll want to be armed, and you'll want to have friends who are armed. The more the merrier.
If you don't have allies at your back, all the more reason to have something more than your fists and feet, even just to hit and run from trouble.
Even in a state that fears private ownership of modern firearms, there are usually still lots of options for weapons.
Black powder or air powered firearms are sometimes option.
Bows, crossbows and sling shots are all rarely banned and simple to make with basic tools or a trip to the hardware shop. They give you some range and can be deadly as hell.
Blunt instruments - hammers, sticks, bats and so on are also an option. Outlawed exactly nowhere.
And so on...lots of options out there. Training is key to effectively using them.
Reworked the overnight bag to a light, grab-n-go sub-load to toss into a bag if/when needed. Contained in an Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube:
T-shirt and skivvies, ranger rolled for compactness
Merino wool hiking socks
Toiletry kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
Simple, practical and inexpensive to throw together...clothes you've got lying around. Just pick 'em out and set 'em aside.
We're in the process of getting stuff restocked and maybe get some more variety to add to the mix.
Ultimately, I'd love to be able to expand this side of what we do and offer a bunker full o' fun stuff and hard-to-find gear. Certainly baby steps for us along that path here--Thanks for your support!
The Hoss' American Militia
We're Hoss fans over here, and he's getting fairly close to funding the project with 9 days left.
And hey, if you have $10k lying around to throw Hoss' way, he'll come visit you and let you buy him dinner! I'd figure Hoss-a-Bossa could pick up the tab for some Denny's Grand Slams, but hey. He may even let you lend him your couch to sleep on!
Capricorn Pocket Tool
Next up is a project by a reader who has been following T-blog since the pocket survival kit contest way back when. Pretty cool little pocket bling, the Capricorn Pocket Tool:
The Capricorn Pocket Hook is a titanium design that weighs less than three quarters. Its main purpose is as a keychain dangler. The three hooks (main hook, pocket clip, and shallow hook) allow keys to be suspended in a variety of ways. Furthermore, the hooks also lend themselves to other uses, such as carrying bags, lifting hot dutch ovens, attaching items to backpacks, and more. The Capricorn is equipped with a bottle opener and a slot to drive 1/4" hex bits. At only $17 for the standard early bird option, we feel it's an economical way to augment one's EDC.
They're just over halfway to their goal with 12 days left. Check it out here:
The bag is a Camelbak Urban Assault, going on 4 years old. Still lookin' good, no rips tears or busted zippers. Excellent bag, with a dedicated laptop pocket and lots of useful internal pockets. The gear pictured goes into admin pockets, leaving the main compartment wide open for whatever I might need.
The bag's contents are a mix of daily-use items, snivel gear and lightweight contingency kit. Doesn't weigh much, provides some good capability and keeps oft used items at hand.
Contents after the jump:
- Guyot stainless water bottle with CapCap
- N95 mask
- Mechanix gloves
- Military Energy Gum x2
- Metrx Bars x2
- Clif Bar
- Electronics kit contained in an Eagle Creek Pack-It:
- Bic lighter
- SAR signal mirror
- Pocket survival kit similar to this one, with a repair card ranger banded to the back
- 25-feet of Technora 400 survival cord
- Leatherman Charge xTi (apparently has been replaced by the TTi) with extra bits and bit extension
- Leatherman PS4 with pliers swapped for scissors
- Lamy Tri-function pen
- Spare reading glasses
- Lens cleaner
- Headphone case with Bose MIE2 headphones
- $125 in cash, mixed bills
- Microfiber cloth
- Stanley Mini-tape measure
- Lip balm
- Altoid tin with Fisherman's Friend
- Hand sanitizer
- Boo-boo kit
- Titanium Spork
Some additional commentary:
Pretty simple, but it works for me.
If you look back over some of my older dumps, you'll note that I've trimmed out quite a bit. I used to carry a toiletry kit, more food, etc. - it didn't get used and it wasn't worth carrying around. There are certainly still some non-essential pieces of gear, but I keep them on hand 'cuz they're convenient for daily use and/or weigh little.
Example - I could drop all the snivel gear and only suffer some inconvenience as a result...but, it'd gain me a few ounces that aren't really needed for my purposes.
I've misplaced my little notebook that I keep in the bag - need to replace that. Somtimes have a glow stick or two in the bag, used those for kiddo entertainment and need to replace them. Other contents added based on needs.
My personal laptop is beefier than I'd like or need it to be for travel - it's something like seven or eight pounds with the cable/adapter and makes up the heaviest component by far. I need to get a tablet of some variety for trips, reducing that down to 1 whole pound.
That's about it! Happy to answer any questions, open to suggestions.
Yep, you read that right. It can run off of any of those battery types. Streamlight doesn't advertise AAAs working, but they most certainly do. The single cell battery compartment is smartly designed to expand/contract to fit the cell size - it's spring loaded, so it adjusts automatically when you slip a different cell in. And it actually works, too.
Keeping on that theme of versatility, while the Sidewinder is primarily likely an upgrade to your headlamp, it can do more than that. It has a very useful and bomb proof metal clip for attaching to webbing, belts, shoulder straps, etc. Or use it as a pocket clip. There's even a hole for adding a dummy cord or lanyard.
The light has negligible weight - only a few ounces - and fits well in the palm for hands-on lighting.
The UI is very good, and one of the few that easily can be used by touch alone. The various modes come on at their lowest setting and step up in brightness from there, which is exactly what you'd want in a tactical situation and to preserve battery life.
The switch operates silently, without the tell-tale clicking of many switches. Similarly, rotating the light is also silent - no ratcheting noises.
The light is constructed from a very durable polymer, with an unbreakable lens and rated for full submersion for at least 30 minutes. It feels solid, rugged and tough in hand.
Battery life is pretty good. With a CR123A, the Sidewinder is advertised to get 70 hours on low (10%), 6 hours on high (100%). With an AA, you'll see about 40 hours on low, 4 hours on high. Streamlight doesn't provide data for the AAA, but it would be obviously shorter. Since it's a single-cell light, those numbers are all with one battery.
For its awesomeness and versatility, the Sidewinder ain't perfect.
The light provides plenty of usable brightness for navigating around (around 45-55 lumens with white light, depending on the kind of battery), but it isn't capable of the eyeball blasting lumens that other lights are (see: the 500-lumen Surefire Maximus). In most situations, that level of output is overkill for a headlamp or task light, though. The low/med is what you'll be using most of the time.
It'd be great if Streamlight actually slowed down the flashing for the beacon mode and/or lowered the brightness a notch or two and doubled or tripled the run time. As-is, the red/IR bulbs are rated at 24 hours in beacon mode, plus whatever else it can squeeze out of the battery - ok but not great.
Anyways, if you're in the market for a headlamp or looking to upgrade, the Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II is worth a serious look. The ability to run on CR123As/AAs and AAAs is huge and can mean the difference between having a topped up light or not. The different modes give you lots of options, the UI is great and the build is rock solid.
It ain't perfect, but it's pretty darn good.
Buy the Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II on Amazon >
Leather morale patches and hard-use bomb rider stickers are up on our shop for buyin'. Limited quantities of both, especially the patches. US orders only at this time.
Get Some! >
7/10 Update: Only a couple patches left in stock!
7/12 Update: Patches are sold out, stickers remain. How many folks are still chompin' for some of our patches?
I've been reloading for a few months now, on both single stage (Lee Hand Press) and progressive (Hornady LnL - I was going to get Dillon, but scored a great deal on the LnL). I'll be posting up some thoughts, pros and cons once I get some more loading time and experience under my belt. Stay tuned for that.
As Ryan mentions, in terms of pure apocalyptic 'survival' purposes, reloading has limitations and does not guarantee an unlimited supply of ammo. He mentions being limited to components on hand, which is indeed the big 'un.
Of course, that assumes that more components are impossible to come by - that may not be the case. People reload ammunition in the depths of the 3rd world, there are lots of half used containers of powders sitting on shelves around many parts of the country, components are more compact and easier to transport/smuggle than loaded ammo, and so on. Components might not be impossible to come by.
Black powder cartridges and cast bullets can help get around cartridge limitations, too.
Equipment breakage is another limitation, especially with progressives. Spare parts mitigate that, along with machining skill. My reloading mentor machined replacement parts for his Dillon 550 for the fun of it.
On the some of the 'survival' merits.
As Ryan mentions, the economics are appealing. The big 'un is shooting more today. Stockpiling more cheaply today, too. Stretch that ammo dollar as far as it can go. Even with ammo prices normalizing, you can save a lot of money reloading - half the price is pretty easy to do. So shoot twice as much, stack twice as deep.
Less often mentioned - you can reload premium stuff for much cheaper than buying off the shelf. When survival types stockpile ammo, it's usually FMJ stuff, 'cuz jacketed hollow points and other are just too expensive to do so in bulk. If you're a reloader, you can feasibly stockpile higher quality stuff.
For example: I'm working on loading up some Federal 147 grain HST jacketed hollow points. From the factory, these run $25-$30 for a box of 20 - over a buck a round, easy. My reloads will run me the grand total of about $0.20 each.
Similar story for rifle ammo.
Now, I'm not an advocate for carrying reloads in a defensive weapon today. There are a lot of reasons for using factory stuff for that. It is a good idea to practice with your carry ammo regularly. And, for a crap hit the fan stockpile, would you rather have Wal-Mart FMJs or premium JHPs to draw from?
Last for now - stockpiling components can give you more versatility versus loaded factory ammo. Does that pile of powder n' primers become 9s, 45s...223s or 308s, etc. What do you need? What do your buddies need? You have more ability to fill that need when starting from scratch...loaded ammo is what it is.
First up, video from a blacksmith shop in Nepal where they mass produce Khurki knives. A practical, proven design for a big ol' chopper, made with the most basic of hand tools.
And, Man at Arms, a look inside a 'modern' weaponsmith's shop. Lots of powertools - the power hammer is especially cool.
These are movie and video game designs, but the tools and techniques would work for more practical designs. There's a couple dozen of these videos and other every week or two - some of the weapons are more practical, some are not, the process is interesting to watch for all.
How Sherlock Holmes would carry his entry tools. Low profile, heirloom quality...good ol' fashioned cow skin.
From Vigilant Gear >
Beautifully mean looking Native American-style war clubs, hand made by T-Blog friend and black smithin' hippie, Randy Church.
Channel your inner Mohican war chieftain. A steal at $300 each.
Available from the Redbud Forge >
The sharing of experiences/ideas amongst the Tribe is an asset to all - diversity of thought helps to produce the best end results! Hopefully the thoughts/commentary from me was helpful as well.
The winner of the contest will receive a prize pack containing a Bomb Rider t-shirt and some new T-blog swag that will be up on the store shortly:
Bomb Rider stickers...
and a limited edition leather (yup, real leather!) Bomb Rider morale patch...
as well as a grab bag of odds-n-ends from the T-Blog ark of gear.
Anyways, enough jibber jabber - onto the announcement!
Contest Winner is...KK's Discrete Messenger bag!
Clean photography, artful knolling of components, good organization of gear and a nice balance of practical and contingency made this one stand out for me.
I complete stole the mini-tape measurer idea, too. It's come in useful a dozen or so times now!
Great job and congrats!
A special shout out to Ed, for submitting the most badass EDC load out. He'd probably win every one of these if we let him! We'll be sending some T-Blog swag and gear his way, too. If you haven't already, check out Ed's new blog, EdPoint for more gear, knowledge and photography from Ed!
Since everyone dumped their bags for all to see, I'll do a dump of my current bag within the next few days, as well as post up some general thoughts and observations from the contest entries.
Thanks again, amigos!
My background aside from running the 7P's Blog is in Emergency Response and Oil and Gas Field so most of my items are tailored to one of those three functions. First and foremost this is not a bug-out-bag or a get home bag it is merely an EDC bag with all the tools I need to get through any issue in my day. While I wouldn't have a major issue getting through a week or so in the woods with this kit (I have a couple times) it was not set up for this purpose.
More Pictures and information about the bag and its contents can be found here: http://
The Bag (Center Black Bag): It is the perfect size to fit between the seats of a vehicle or in the front of a car while still having room for all of my essential gear.The back has plenty of room for expansion via MOLLE and has countless interior pockets for additional organization.
On the exterior of the pack I keep the following Items: Large Fire Kit (http://
The rear zipper compartment contains a water bladder and when in the woods it also includes a grill, large gauge copper wire and thinner gauge wire for trapping.
Exterior top pocket of the bag includes Sunglasses case (Oakley's, 2 lense cloth and 1 fleece lense wiper), six AAA batteries, six AA batteries, one AC/DC charger, one usb charging cord (spare battery and spare stylist at work and not in picture).
Contents of my dual magazine pocket: three magazines loaded with critical defense ammo, three magazines with FMJ ammo and twenty rounds of FMJ ammo in small plastic bags which act as a spacer for the magazines to sit on.
Contents of the front zipper pocket: Check book, Cash (needed for filing legal documents), bottle of pain reliever and a small first aid kit.
Front pocket behind the zipper pocket contents: EDC Tool Kit (http://
Top right interior pocket contents: trail mix (one used this weekend), boil in bag rice (one used this weekend), two cliff bars, Salmon, Italian sandwich, Breakfast Sandwich, Shrimp Ramen x2 (used this weekend).
Bottom right interior pocket contents: Grabber survival tarp, SOL Survival Blanket, SOL Bivi Bag, Two clear plastic bags, two black contractor bags, 50' paracord, two beiners, six short sections of paracord (for trapping or securing a shelter.
Main Bag Contents: HexArmor Rescue gloves, rain coat, hat, 220 lumen head lamp with night vision mode, bandana, and paratec padded dew rag (great for use with a hard hat).
Bottom left interior pocket contents: cologne, mouth wash, deodorant/antiperspirant, three shout wipes, packable towel, comb, tooth brush, four toothpaste, four sun screen, wet wipes, N95 mask.
As always feel free to ask any questions you may have or make any suggestions you may have. Thank you for reading and as always I look forward to your feedback.
Thanks for the entry!
First thing that comes to mind...this is a lot more wilderness-focused than a typical EDC...but - I don't know what your emergency response/oil and gas field job looks like. If your job brings you into the deep wilderness often, where a night (or several) in the bush is a fairly decent probability and a hot lunch is one you cook over coals, then carry on.
Assuming that is the case and you're not carrying a bushcraft saw and cooking grill around suburbia, and viewing this as a woods/wilderness based EDC...
In terms of warming up lunch off the grid, you might want to look into a alcohol stove, sterno can or a Jet Boil. Lets you get things cooking faster and cleaner.
For shelter, a fleece or other lightweight layer item would be helpful if forced to sleep in the boonies. Good choices on the combo of SOL gear and contractor bags - functional for not a lot of weight.
Am I missing a compass and/or GPS? I'd also want a water filter of some kind if a wilderness walkout or unplanned stay in the woods was potential.
The SD gear carried in the tool bag may be very tough to access...you'd likely have to remember to remove and pocket it on your way to deal with a potentially hostile person. Not ideal.
Six pistol mags is a lot to haul around on a daily basis. Not sure what scenario you're envisioning, or the mix from JHP to FMJ. Clicking through, looks like your sidearm is a low cap single stack...maybe a .380? If you're worried about needing that much ammo, you'd be better served by upgrading to something double stack and higher cap and/or more potent.
Finally, ensure you're 'legal' well on all the gear you're carrying, and think through the perception of an LEO or even a jury if you did have to say use your pistol in self defense. A fixed blade knife, baton, pepper spray, handcuffs, zip ties, pistol and six magazines...the prosecution tried to use the fact that Zimmerman topped off his mag against him. They could have a small field day here. If your emergency response gig = LEO or some kind of security work, then that's a different story. But for an average citizen, certainly something to think about.
Brutal stick and blade work from the movie the Raid...some of the most intense hand to hand fighting put to film. Not for the squeamish.
I have changed up some of the contents in the past but I have settled for now on this to meet likely needs. My commute is about 12 miles so I don’t have to plan for a 3 day ‘get home’ situation.
I like the sling bag over a standard backpack as it is easy to put it on with one hand and stays put. I am also a fan of ‘nesting pouches’ for organizing smaller items. I can remove the pouch separately and not have to fish around for what I need. There is plenty of room for my iPad, charging cables, etc.
I do not carry a handgun off body even though the Sitka has a built in holster. My place of work does not allow firearms so it would be a pain to have this in the bag. I have another bag in my car that contains a bigger FAK, food and seasonal clothing/shoes if I have to hike.
Bag contents are as follows:
Spare reading glasses
Rite n Rain tactical notebook w/Maxpedition Notebook cover
Combo screw driver/level/flashlight
Black shoe strings with metal clip
3 x 5 cards
Sun screen wipes
Blood stopper pads
Small sewing kit
Expired Passport for ID
Roadmaps of surrounding counties
Maxpedition 4 x 6 pouch
Tactical Notebook Cover.com (iPad, maps, pens, pencils highlighters) this a min-EDC in itself
Naglene bottle or I use a Berkey Sport portable water filter.
Lots of ‘smalls’ but the bag and the contents are comfortable to wear. Having the pouches and Notebook covers make this easy to get to what I want. I appreciate any feedback provided.
No really specific comments aside from things covered in a bunch of entries so far (sling bags, spare cash, food, emergency cell charger, work gloves/personal protective gear, duct tape/repair kit, etc.). I would do hand sanitizer versus the soap.
One question about some of the contents, though - why include the tongue depressors, exercise band or shoe laces?
I am a psychiatric social worker and travel the Greater Columbus (Ohio) area visiting people in their homes and in community. I often alternate between my car and motorcycle, depending on weather and job needs. So, I need a bag I can wear comfortably when I ride. Most standard backpacks are to chunky and not comfortable for riding, while a laptop bag offers a more streamlined design with usually more storage pockets inside. Also, my bag looks like all the others out there.
- Belkin “Core” 15.6” Laptop Backpack (comfortable, good storage, aerodynamic for riding)
- Zippered Portfolio (work stuff, fits in the laptop section of bag)
- Leatherman Style PS
- Photon Micro (white LED)
- USB flashdrive (work and personal stuff, encrypted)
- Pens (blue only)
- Qwik Clot Trauma Kit
- Collapsible Rolled bottle w/carabiner
- Advil in travel bottle
- Hand cleaner spray
- Small hotel lotion
- Lite My Fire Spork w/ziploc baggie of salt and pepper packs (lunch seasonings)
- Clif, Power Bars, etc. (rotated in and out as eaten or age)
- Contractor yard bag, folded
- Index cards
- Metal pill container
- Cotton balls (inside the pill container)
- Small rolled duct tape
- Small Bic lighter
- Chlorine Dioxide tabs
- Crystal Light flavor powder
- Mini light sticks
- Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter
- Folded aluminum foil
- Small folding utility blade
- Small Safety pins
- Fisher Space Pen
- 4Sevens Preon AAA
- Leatherman Style CS
- 10′ of paracord braided
- Swedish Firesteel
- Cotton Bandana
- USB cig lighter adapter
- Retractable USB charging cable
- USB quick charger w/extra AA
- Ruger LCP w/spare mag (if riding)
- Beretta Nano w/spare mag (if driving)
- Wenger “Highlander” knife w/ Olight I3 EOS AAA on TEC pocket clip
- Small Bic lighter
- Sog Flash I
- Cell phones (work and personal)
- Wallet (usual stuff: drivers license, CHL, cards, cash, AMA Card…)
- Car or Motorcycle and House Keys
- Work ID in retractable lanyard
Nice, well rounded bag! Good organization with the subloads - helps keep things from becoming too chaotic.
One omission looks to be spare batteries. Add a small handful of AAAs for those lights.
A full-size Leatherman like the Wave is one of my most-used items - hard to beat for all around use.
Given the nature of the bag, I don't see the fishing kit coming in handy during a 20 mile walk home. It likely takes up little to no weight or space, so no biggie.
The spare pistol mags would be better riding in some kind of mag pouch like the Galco Pocket Magazine Carrier.
That's it from me!
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