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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Readyman Gear

It's about time that I wrote about this stuff!  Now that I finally have an entire day mostly to myself I'm gonna do my best to get caught up.  Happy New Year everyone!  I hope that you make some significant progress at becoming more prepared this year!  The same goes for me too.

If you are not already familiar with ReadyMan you should at least take a minute or two to educate yourself.  Theses guys are the real deal and so is the gear that they produce.

https://www.readyman.com/

I'm sure that you have already seen at least one of their products.  All of the products they create go hand-in-hand with the training they provide and are based on years of their experience as Army Rangers and Navy Seals.

The Hostage Escape Card was their first offering.  This metal card, the size and thickness of a credit card, is meant to be kept in your wallet with the purpose to aid you in escaping if you are ever kidnapped or otherwise captured.  This card includes a tension wrench, picks, handcuff shims and a saw for cutting rope, zip ties or tape.  Knowing how to pick a lock is a not only an impressive man skill it can help you avoid a sticky situation.  If you know how to pick a lock it is much harder to get your "Man Card" revoked.  
http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/readyman-hostage-escape-card


Additionally they have an Emergency Vehicle Acquisition Card (E.V.A.C.) designed to assist in the event that you need a vehicle in an emergency.
http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/readyman-e-v-a-c


An AR-15 Cleaning Card designed to scrape hard to reach carbon deposits from the AR-15 bolt carrier, bolt and star chamber.
http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/readyman-ar-15-cleaning-card
A Wilderness Survival Card that includes fish hooks, lures, saws, trident, arrowhead, needles and much more.
http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/readyman-wilderness-survival-card


A Fishermans Survival Card
http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/readyman-fishermans-survival-card

The EDC Defense Tool.
 http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/edc-defense-tool


The ReadyMan Arm Cannon.  A long lost skill that I will be working on diligently in the spring.
http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/readyman-arm-cannon

The ReadyMan Knife.  I need to get my hands on one of these!
http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/readyman-knife
A Pocket Survival Stove.  Watch out for an upcoming review on this specifically.
http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/readyman-pocket-survival-stove
And their ReadyMan Firearm Lubricant.  I am currently putting this to the test and will update you sometime in the future.  This year I have been shooting it dirty, (my AR-15 and XD-9) and it is now time to clean.  I will return and report.
http://readymanstore.com/collections/readyman-tools-survival-cards/products/readyman-firearm-lube
Watch for new upcoming collaborations between ReadyMan, PrepperCon and The Prepared Guy.  Visit PrepperCon.com for the new ReadyMan/PrepperCon card that will initially be available with the online purchase of your April expo admission in SLC.  

You can watch our previous broadcasts on the PrepperConTV YouTube channel with Jeff and Evan of ReadMan here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMjCf61SESI

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Tia5rpu7A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTddmM02Zz4


Or listen to the archived broadcasts here:

http://radiorecast.com/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2015%201230%20Cold%20Weather%20Survival.mp3

http://radiorecast.com/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2015%201202%20Winter%20Preparedness%20with%20Readyman.mp3

http://radiorecast.com/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2015%201111%20Readyman%20Team%20Jeff%20&%20Evan.mp3


Pandemic Preparedness - "The power of knowledge can save your life."

It appears that the end of the Ebola epidemic has finally come to West Africa, or has it?  One can never be 100% sure.  The possibility of new epidemics and new strains of viruses and bacteria emerging at any time becomes more and more likely.  Just as we are overdue for 'the big one', referring to an earthquake here in Utah, we are also overdue for a worldwide epidemic that, like earthquakes, have happened regularly throughout history.

Unless it is in the news you and I forget about it.  This is the case concerning most everything, especially pandemics.  This does not mean that you and I do not need to be prepared for them.  Just as with ANY emergency situation, if you do not get ready in advance, and wait until the problem is immediately apparent, you may then not have the chance to prepare.

Kenneth McClelland wrote this book entitled 'The Pandemic Preparedness Guide'.


One of the first things he states in his book is that, according to many experts and health professionals  "there's a storm coming".  He goes on to say that "by educating yourself... you'll be in better shape than those who will learn about it in the last hour when it's upon us."

This is truth!  Not only does this apply to epidemics, pandemics and the plain old flu it applies to every facet of prepping.  Let this blog post serve as a reminder to also work at being prepared for this seemingly unlikely scenario for us.   

This guide is very detailed!  At the very least the medical leader in your group should become familiar with it's contents.  It will also teach you and your family what you can be doing everyday to minimize your exposure and how you can prepare for a large scale pandemic.  I highly recommend that it be added to your preparedness library.    Dare I say this book could be the "Bible" of pandemic preparedness?    

You can purchase the book here:


We will be giving away 3 autographed books from Ken.  Just LIKE the PrepperCon Facebook page and follow the instructions to enter the contest. 




Ken is also the author of several other books.

PrepperCon Radio Episode 13, 12 30 15 Cold Weather Preparations

Jeff Kirkham of ReadyMan and RATS Tourniquet joined us again today to tap into his knowledge and experience with cold weather survival.  Good stuff!







For better sound quality you can listen to the archived broadcast here:

 http://radiorecast.com/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2015%201230%20Cold%20Weather%20Survival.mp3

Join us each Wednesday in 2016 at 9AM MST on K-Talk Media AM 630 in SLC, Utah.

You can listen most anywhere with the K-Talk app on Google Play.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.viastreaming.KTalkRadio

ReadyMan will be at PrepperCon in SLC on April 15-16.
www.preppercon.com

www.readyman.com

www.readymanstore.com


When I think of cold weather I think of the short story by Jack London, "To Build a Fire"  The second version is my favorite.   http://www.jacklondons.net/buildafire.html 

THE WORLD IN 2016

What will 2016 bring?


I certainly can't tell you with any kind of certainty but I believe that the world elites have their goals and already know what they would have it bring for us.  This cover of the Economist Magazine potentially lays it all out for us.  I'm not one to push these kinds of 'conspiracy theories' but I believe that there may be something to this.  To be adequately prepared we must have our eyes open to the possibilities.

Watch this video.  If you don't think that there are nefarious plans already in place you might want to do some research and then think again.  I'm not a big fan of Bix Weir and I don't agree with him for a second about Bitcoin or other digital currencies but I am a regular follower of SGT Report.




I will attempt to give you my predictions about 2016 and what I feel it might bring.  I think I was pretty spot on about my 2015 predictions but perhaps not as aggressive as I could have been as the events that transpired in 2015 were far more sinister and frequent than I had imagined.

1.  The Federal Reserve will continue to pretend that all is well.  It will be learned, although the Fed says that they had ended QE, that they have been supporting the markets and banks through back doors and off the books.  This will be stepped up even more because of the interest rate hike.  Although the inter-bank interest rate was said to have been increased the Fed and banks will do whatever they please in private to boost the stock market and support the banks.  Although it will initially appear that the interest rate hike has made very little impact to the markets this will be a lie as dollar creation will have increased exponentially and will be hidden from the public.

2.  A false flag operation unlike the world has ever seen before will occur on American soil.  Even 9/11 will pale in comparison.  This event will be used to institute martial law in most major American cities and further clamp down on citizens rights including gun rights and free speech.

3.  The 2016 presidential election will not occur.  This false flag (terrorist) event will create such havoc that martial law will be declared and it will be deemed impossible to continue with the elections due to security and other concerns.

4.  The stock and bond markets will crash and the 'economy' will officially enter a depression.  This will be blamed on the false flag event.

5.  A new Quantitative Easing program will commence which will also include an immense stimulus directly to the people where each taxpayer will be given a check so large as it will more than double the national debt.

6.  All of these events will unseat the US dollar as THE world reserve currency.

7.  The price of Silver and Gold will no longer be contained by the paper markets.  Silver will reach nearly $900/ounce before the end of the year and no one will be able to buy any.

8.  The Real Estate market will drop off a cliff.   This is where deflation will hit the hardest.

9.  China will announce it's true reserves of gold and will back it's currency with gold.  This is one of the factors that will cause the precious metals manipulations to end and gold and silver to spike in price.

10.  WWIII will 'officially' start.  Although there are many that feel it has already begun, the false flag attack will cause the US to declare war on whatever nation it blames the attack on.

11.  Division in the US of A will increase and become even more heated and dramatic.  It's not gonna get any better any time soon.

12.  The American people, the true patriots and those who would uphold the Constitution will be ever more persecuted by it's own government, called terrorists and be blamed for the current troubles.

OK, I admit, this may not all happen in 2016 but most definitely by 2018.  Black swan and false flags events are occurring more and more often and government is assuming control more quickly.  Like a snowball or avalanche the speed and frequency with which these events occur will continue to increase, thus I don't feel that it is too far fetched to say that all of these events could happen in 2016.
Prepare yourselves!  Get as much food storage as possible.  Don't forget water too and a way to purify and filter much more.  Stock up on ammo and find a way to get those firearms you need.  Get your dollars out of the banking system and stash away some cash, gold and silver.  Always keep your eyes on the ball.  Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.

Monday, December 28, 2015

New to me: Teton Sports

I love backpacks!  When I say I love backpacks I mean it!  Throwing on a backpack makes me feel all warm and tingly inside.  Ok, well, that's an exaggeration, (actually it's not) but the reason I am so enamored with carrying a backpack is because I have spent so much time outdoors relying on a good pack to serve me well and carry all of my essential items.  Some of my best and most favorite experiences have been outdoors in the "wilderness".  When I am in unfamiliar territory, in adverse weather, in places where I could easily die ( I exaggerate not) through a number of different ways all I have to count on is myself and my gear.  The backpack is what makes all of this happen.  I do not undervalue a well built and well designed pack.




I have had these two packs in my possession for about a month now.  I had never seriously considered Teton Sports products before as I am EXTREMELY picky about what gear I carry.  I will not accept any gear failure!  Especially something as critical as a backpack.  For this reason I have always spent a lot of money on proven packs such as Mountain Hardware and The North Face.  My first internal frame pack that I purchased in the mid 80's was made by Wave Products in SLC.  A heavy cordura pack that to this day has never so much as frayed a stitch, nor busted a zipper despite its heavy use.  This pack has been the standard to which I hold all of my other backpacks.

When I got my hands on these packs the first thing I noticed was the material.  I don't really care what the fabric is named, I judge it by other criteria than some made up name.  The fabric is not nearly as heavy as the cordura of my Wave or North Face packs but it's thicker than what i've seen on many ultralight packs.  My initial thought was that it seemed to be a good middle of the road fabric.  I admit, the cordura material of the two packs I just mentioned are TOO heavy on many of my trips.

The second thing that I look at is the quality of the zippers.  The tell-tale sign that I typically look for is the infamous YKK marking.  This is the best quality and most reliable zipper brand that I know of.  I then look to see the sizing of the zipper; to see if it is adequate for the use.  I don't like to see any zipper holding much weight, but if it is, it had better be a large burly zipper, even oversized.  Although these zippers do not have the YKK markings they appear to be a good quality and adequate size for the use, and critical zippers are backed up by straps to help take the load off of them.    

The third thing I look at is how comfortable and adjustable the pack is.  Every body is different in size and dimension.  An internal frame pack must fit me like a glove.  Most of my hiking is off trail so I can't have a pack slipping and sliding around or even shifting slightly.  This is my favorite feature of the 4000.  The comfort and adjustability is excellent!  The padding on the hips and shoulders is ideal.  Not too bulky yet padded enough for all day comfort.  The fit and comfort get an "A" grade from me!

The fourth thing I look at is how it is configured.  How are the pockets and access to the the compartments designed and laid out.  Does the design fit my needs and specific use?  Are the straps positioned to carry my gear properly and are there an adequate number of them?

Now, I'm not one to strap a bunch of stuff to the outside of my pack and let things dangle or swing.  The items that I will strap to the outside of my pack would include a rope, helmet, sleeping pad, tent and possibly trekking poles.  I also find it useful to have a quick access pocket or pouch where I can easily stash or access a jacket as the weather in the high country can change suddenly.  Both of these packs accommodate this purpose well.  

Speaking specifically about the MA 4000; while it is large enough for an overnight or even a 3 day backpacking trip the built in straps on the sides and bottom of the bag are not long enough to accommodate a regular size sleeping pad or tent but should work fine if you have the less bulky lightweight or ultralight versions.  The same goes for a sleeping bag.  The pack is not large enough for a "regular" size sleeping bag but accommodates a light weight version such as my NF 30 F down Blue Kazoo sleeping bag.  The Teton Sports Grand 5500 pack would be a better choice for me for a multi-day trip.  Because of all of the straps the 4000 has, it is an ideal size for me for an afternoon caving trip when I have to pack a lot of gear.

On the 4000 there is a perfect spot for my helmet and I would also assume that it would work well with my snow shovel and possibly a snowboard.  I didn't intend to go into great detail about the pack but one additional feature I really like is the incorporation of a pocket in the right side of the hip belt that is perfect for a phone, camera or snacks and a knife.  This pack also includes a tarp/poncho made of ripstop nylon which makes the perfect addition for the prepper using this pack as a bug-out bag.

I prefer to go "heavy".  Heavy is relative.  I am always concerned about weight when backpacking but i'd rather carry a pack that is larger than I need to carry those few extra items.  So, a day pack for me is an afternoon pack, a weekend pack is a day pack; you get the picture.

I could, however, easily use the Rock 1800 as a day pack for a summer hike.  My favorite features are the small pocket on the right shoulder strap which makes it very convenient to carry and have quick access to a phone or camera, and the pouch on the back makes it easy to quickly stash or access a jacket.

For a day hike I would typically carry:

Gore Tex jacket
Water filter
Water bottle
Food
First Aid kit
Flashight/headlamp and extra batteries, back-up flashlight.
Leather gloves
Fire kit
Pocket Knife/Multi-tool
Compass/GPS
Firearm and loaded magazines.
Extra socks
Cel Phone/HAM radio and solar charger
Monocular/Binoculars

Add a small stove and a cook kit and a day pack won't work for me at all, and depending upon the weather I may want to add a warm layer, thus the larger pack is a better option for me for most trips.  Because I am typically a trip leader I will carry more gear than most, for the benefit of the group.  A stove and water filter isn't usually required for every hiker in a group thus most of the other hikers can carry less gear making a day pack ideal.

If you are not a hike leader and are looking for a "day pack" the Rock 1800 is a very good option.  The quality and value is very good.  The Talus 2700 and the Mountain Adventure I consider an excellent option for a trip leader and the Grand 5500 for a week long backpacking adventure.      

For me to give you a complete review of these packs I would need to give them a full year or two to really put them to the test.  I wish I could hang on to them longer and have the opportunity to get them dirty and take them on several trips but alas I don't get to keep either of these packs.  But, let me say, my eyes have been opened a little wider and I will consider Teton Sports products when I have a particular need in the future.  You should too.  

Teton Sports, if you happen to read this, send me a 2700 or 4000.  I'll put it thru the wringer and give you a tough and honest long term review, and focus on how a prepper would use it too.  I DO like the black!  


Mountain Adventurer 4000  $139.99
http://www.tetonsports.com/Backpacks/UltraLight/mountain-adventurer4000.htm#.Vks6qXarRhE


Rock 1800  $59.99
http://www.tetonsports.com/Backpacks/UltraLight/rock1800.htm#.Vks6XXarRhE


Sunday, December 27, 2015

PrepperCon Radio Episode 12, 12 23 15 Thrive: Ben Hansen

With Ben Hansen of the SciFi Channel "Fact or Faked" in studio we gave our thoughts about last minute Christmas gifts and an upcoming show about our gun laws and firearms training in January.  In addition to being an expert on the paranormal, Ben is also a firearms instructor and will join us again in January.







Join us each week as we talk about emergency preparedness and survival topics on K-Talk Media.  AM630 KTKK, SLC, Utah.  Download the KTalk app on Google play.

http://www.k-talk.com/

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.viastreaming.KTalkRadio


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

PrepperCon Radio Episode 11, 12 16 15 Survive: Day One Response

Episode #11 of PrepperCon Radio with Day One Response, the creators of the Day One Waterbag  A complete water treatment system that incorporates purification and filtration.

What will you do when the taps run dry?  Do you have a plan in place about how to obtain more water consistently?  How do you plan on making that water drinkable?  Here is one excellent solution.

Listen to the episode and then watch my YouTube video review of the waterbag.




You can buy the waterbag at Day One Response.com as well as donate them to relief efforts all around the world.

http://dayoneresponse.com/


Watch my review of the waterbag and learn about my long term emergency plans about how I will provide water for my family.  Do you have a plan on how you'll get more water for your needs if the power goes out for an extended period of time?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSa-HZl95lQ

You can also read my blog post for a more detailed review.

http://www.preparedguy.com/2015/11/day-one-response-waterbag-gear-review.html

What are you going to do when your faucets no longer provide clean drinkable water?




Sunday, December 13, 2015

PrepperCon Radio Episode 10, 12 09 15 Protect: The Armory

This 10th episode of  PrepperCon Radio we had a good time talking about concealed carry handguns and had some great listener questions and comments.  Being the second week of the month our theme is the 2nd mission of PrepperCon: Protect.  Our guest today was Brian from The Armory, a shooting range and gun shop in Sandy, UT.



Do you prefer to carry a pocket pistol, sub-compact, compact or full size pistol as your daily concealed carry weapon?  We talk about the benefits and reasons.  I say carry as big a gun as you can.  Scott disagrees.  Of course I'm right.  We also talk briefly about our top five firearm recommendations for preppers before our time is up.  Watch the broadcast below.




You can also listen to better sound quality at the PrepperCon Radio K-Talk archive here:

http://radiorecast.com/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2015%201209%20Guns%20Guns%20Guns%20with%20the%20Armory.mp3

Check out the last two blog posts where I expound more about these two topics.

http://www.preparedguy.com/2015/12/top-5-prepper-firearms.html

http://www.preparedguy.com/2015/12/what-should-you-carry.html





Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Top 5 Prepper Firearms.

The second topic that we briefly discussed on todays PrepperCon Radio broadcast was that of which guns are a preppers' best friend.

There are lists and videos all over the internet about this subject and many of these lists are the same but not necessarily in the same order as to what you should buy first.  That was a tough decision for me.  So I'll give you a brief outline of what I chose, why and in what order.


1.  Handgun.  Springfield XD-9.  This is my concealed carry weapon that I have with me everyday and that I know intimately.  It is #1 on my list because I can easily conceal it and always, always have it with me.  The preppers most important firearm.    



2.  Ruger 10/22.  .22LR.  This rifle has been around since 1964.  I grew up shooting my Dad's and I love this rifle!  I have a few different configurations including the 10/22 take down.  If I were able to take only one gun with me this would be it.  I can carry 1000's or rounds with me verses 100's of another rifle caliber because of the weight.





3.  AR-15.  Smith and Wesson M&P15.  When it comes to versatility and customization the AR-15 can't be beat.  An excellent option for home defense, community defense and hunting small game. With the right ammo this rifle does it all.  Plus liberals hate it!  Put a 1 - 4X scope or red dot optic on for quick target acquisition but get to know your steel sights first.  


     
4.  Shotgun.  12 gauge Remington 887 tactical.  With its fiber optic front sight and polymer encased barrel this is one durable firearm!  The ability to shoot 9 to 15 - 00 (double ought) buck shot all at once or a one ounce slug is quite devastating.
5.  Ruger Gunsight Scout.   16" barrel, 308 caliber (7.62 x 51) bolt action do it all rifle.  Even with the shorter barrel this round is effective out to at least 600 yards which makes this rifle excellent for hunting as well as home defense.  The saying "Beware of the man who only has one gun, he probably knows how to use it." is referring to this rifle.        




The one word to describe the ammo used by these weapon, and the reason why i've chosen them is:  "commonality".  Any of this ammo is prevalent most anywhere in the world.  9mm, .22LR, .223, 5.56x45,  12 Gauge,  .308, 7.62 x 51.

Now take your 9 mm, 12 gauge and AR-15 and go participate in 3 gun matches/competitions.  That's the best practice you can get.

What should you carry?

On today's episode of PrepperCon Radio Scott, Brian and I discussed the topic of concealed carry and the best prepper guns.  I know I say this every week.  There is never enough time to get to even a fraction of what we could talk about so we just barely skim the topic.  Leaving, I suppose, many listeners hanging.  So, I will expand and expound on what we talked about today.

Concealed carry is the topic.  What kind of hand gun do you carry?  Why did you choose to carry that particular pistol?  It's quite likely that you, through your years of experience, and through trial and error, have owned a number of handguns which have worked for you and some that haven't.

Did you buy a pistol that was just too big and heavy for you to carry concealed?  Have you purchased one that was too small or too difficult to shoot accurately?  Did you find the one pistol that fits your hand perfectly, can shoot extremely well and wish you could carry it with you wherever you go?

Well, that's what I did.  I started out by buying a small 'pocket' pistol because I assumed that it would be easier to conceal, and they are pretty darn cool.  I quickly realized that they are not very fun to shoot, beyond 7-10 yards they are not very accurate, they don't hold many rounds, they don't typically have all of the features or full size semi-autos, among other disadvantages.

The advantage of a pocket pistol is that they are very easy to carry and conceal.  Which for many people means that they can always have a gun with them.  That is very important.  If it comes down to either having a pocket pistol or none at all, a pocket pistol it is.  However, I don't think that has to be the case.

Now, of course, depending upon your work circumstances, what you are required to wear, and other factors, it may not be possible for you to carry a full size frame pistol.  Or is it?   I'm gonna argue that.

My argument is that more people could be carrying a more capable, more comfortable, more fun, more effective handgun than the pocket pistol that they are carrying right now.

First, why should you choose a full size frame pistol?  What I mean by 'full size' is a semi-automatic pistol that has a 'double stack' magazine and at least a 3" barrel.  These pistols may have a 'full size' grip or a 'compact' grip.  A full size grip allows for all of your fingers to wrap around the grip where as a compact grip will only allow two and maybe a part of your pinky finger.  A full size grip allows for better control and grip on your weapon and the compact grip can easily accept an extension onto the magazine for your pinky.

Compared to a single stack magazine the capacity may be half or less of what the compact magazine holds.  The advantage of more rounds in a magazine is not to be underestimated or undervalued.  Even the police have a very low percentage of hitting their target when in a gunfight.  So why would you limit round capacity?  More is better.

When it comes to malfunctions, semi-autos have em.  Some more than others.  To quickly and safely correct malfunctions and quickly return to firing takes lots of practice.  A bigger pistol is just plain easier to learn manipulate than a pocket pistol.

When it comes to proper grip on a pistol you just can't achieve that grip on a pocket pistol.  This means that you can not be as accurate or as consistent as easily.  Why make it harder than it has to be. Here's a picture of one of my favorite instructors, Chris Costa showing how it's done.  To manage recoil and get back on target the fastest, this is the form you should follow.



Because pocket pistols are so much lighter, even though they are a smaller caliber, the felt recoil is greater than that of a larger caliber full size pistol.  That you can't grip it properly means your follow up shots will be much slower and less accurate.

It quite literally will take 1000's of rounds down the barrel of your concealed carry weapon in order for you to come to know it intimately.  Believe me, you want and need to come to know that handgun like it is part of your own body.  When you reach through your cover garment to locate your weapon with the space between your thumb and index finger then wrap your fingers around it firmly the first time, without having to re-position your hand after your pistol leaves its holster and then draw it out to meet your other hand with the proper grip and then extend it out to the target, you then must replicate that motions thousands of times until you can't get it wrong.  I just don't see that being possible with a pistol the size of your hand.



I admit, I am not a handgun instructor nor have I shot the majority of pocket pistols that are available but the ones that I have, which include the S&W Bodyguard .380, Beretta 3032 Tomcat, Ruger LCP and Kel-Tec PF-9.  From my experience it's just not possible to do with a pocket pistol what you can with a full size.  This can put you at a big disadvantage.  When it comes to a gunfight you need all of the advantages you can get.  Capacity, accuracy, consistency, function.  Why settle for anything less when you don't have to?
 
Ok, if you're really not that into self defense, if you really don't train hard and often enough to be super proficient with your sidearm, and I mean THE pistol that you carry with you every day, then maybe a pocket pistol is the right handgun for you.  If you take it to the range every few months and shoot a box through it and call that good then by all means.

Personally, I take my protection, my families protection, and the defense of everyone I happen to be around at the moment and where ever I may be, very seriously.  Even to the point of what some people would call obsession.  I spend time every day, every day, honing at least one aspect of my skills.  Are you any less committed than this?  If, by chance, I am forced to draw and use my handgun, my chances of coming out on top will be much better than the bad guys because of the weapon I carry and because of my training.  I don't plan on getting lucky.  

Regardless of what you carry I urge you to carefully consider, beforehand, the situations in which you would un-holster your pistol.  It is ALWAYS best to de-escalate.  In many cases it may be best to turn and run.  But the one time you NEED it you had better have it with you and on your body.  If your only option is a pocket pistol, it is better than nothing.  But, i'm telling you, that, in more cases than not, what you carry CAN be better that a pocket pistol.

It is my observation that many owners of pocket pistols see the trend and their popularity and think that since they are so popular than one should be good enough for me.  That it's so EASY to just stick it in a pocket or purse.  I also see that people are not willing to change the way they dress, however minor the change may be, or are not willing to carry a 'big, heavy' gun because they perceive that it would be uncomfortable and bulky.  Well, that's your choice and thus the reason, I guess, that pocket pistols are so popular.

For me, I feel the need to do more than that.  Thus also the reason for this post.

With the right combination of just the right holster and just the right pistol you don't have to compromise.  If I were to illustrate all of combinations for you we'd be here all night.  So, here's where I recommend that you start:      

Consider compact semi-automatic handgun models such as the Springfield XDM the S&W M&P, Glock 26 or 27 or Ruger SR9 or SR40c.  Consider a sub-compact such as the Springfield XD-9 Mod 2, M&P9c or Beretta PX4 storm.  These are my primary recommendations to start.  These pistols all have additional full size magazines which provide for a full size grip in addition to the compact magazine.



The key to carrying these larger handguns is choosing the right holster for you and possibly adjusting how you dress.  If you don't wear a sturdy belt you won't be able to carry these inside your waist band.  Inside the waist band is where I prefer to carry concealed, at about 4 O'clock on my strong side.  Also consider appendix carry.  If you wear a suit and dress shirt you can absolutely carry any of these pistols comfortably.  Ladies, if you don't wear jeans or slacks that allow you to wear a belt I don't have any immediate recommendations for you, but like for us guys there are many, many options for you to carry concealed.  Consider the Galco King Tuck, the Alien Gear or Stealth Gear tuckable holsters.  There are also many other inside the waist band tuckable holsters but these are the ones that I can speak to.  They are very comfortable and when positioned right no one will ever know that you are carrying one of the models i've listed above.    

Get down to your local shooting range and check out their rental guns.  I guarantee that they will have most of the models I've listed above for you to try.

Don't get rid of your pocket pistol just yet.  Carry your new full size and also carry a pocket pistol as a back up or to arm someone else.        

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

PrepperCon Radio Episode 9, 12 02 15 Prepare: Readyman

In addition to, and as a continuation of the radio show today I wanted to expound on the topic of what you can do to be prepared for winter emergencies.  An hour is just so little time for such an important topic.



Jeff Kirkham with Readyman was our guest again today.  He had some great comments from the perspective of being former military and having trained in winter conditions all over the world.

Take a listen to the program on the K-Talk.com archives here:   http://radiorecast.com/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2015%201202%20Winter%20Preparedness%20with%20Readyman.mp3

Or watch/listen to the broadcast on the PrepperConTV YouTube channel.  I completely forgot to take along the DSLR this morning so there is no video for this episode.  Sorry.  But the sound quality is much better.  You just don't get to see our handsome mugs this time.



 We spoke briefly about what items you should carry in your vehicle for the winter in a worst case scenario.  Here is my winter survival kit list.

1.  Wool blankets
2.  Snow boots
3.  Flashlight / spotlight / signal light
4.  Hand warmers (lots)
5.  Tool kit
6.  Food  (72 hour kit)
7.  Water
8. Fix-a-flat
9.  Extra fluids, including windshield washer fluid.
10.  Emergency radio and extra batteries
11.  Car charger / jump starter
12.  Map
13.  First Aid Kit
14.  Tow strap
15.  Ice scraper
16.  Shovel
17.  Duct tape
18.  Knife
19.  Tire chains
20.  Camp stove
21.  Gloves
22.  Winter coat/clothing.
23.  Cel Phone
24.  Emergency Flares / triangle
25.  Tow strap
26.  Large garbage bags

In addition to this list you will need to add personal items appropriate for your family.  These items may include:

-  Prescriptions
-  Coloring books and crayons
-  Child backpack or stroller
-  Etc.

Check the weather reports before you leave and plan accordingly.

You should always tell others your travel plans and stick to a travel schedule.

25% of winter deaths are attributed to people leaving their vehicle.  So, unless you are prepared to walk in the bitter cold of winter, don't.

Keep your gas tank full.  When your tank reaches 1/2, consider it to be empty and top it off.  If you slide off the road and become stuck you will need to stay warm by keeping the vehicle on.  I you are stuck in traffic for hours because of bad weather you'll feel much better if you have a full tank.

Winter / snow tires make a very noticeable difference.  However, unworn tires with good tread life and lots of siping will help to ensure that you have good traction.  As you drive you can check road conditions by applying the brakes to test your tire traction and then driving at an appropriate speed to will keep you in control.

If you are driving in wet snow you will find that it may be more difficult to find traction than in dry powder snow.  Avoid spinning your tires.  Keeping a bag of kitty litter or coarse sand in your vehicle may help you to find traction when you are stuck.

Dress in layers.  Avoid cotton clothing that will absorb moisture and wear synthetic clothing layers such as polypropylene or other name brand fabrics made specifically to 'wick' away moisture from your skin.  Remember, the three rules of winter survival.  1.  Stay dry.  2.  Stay dry.  3 Stay dry.  If you are sweating and the weather becomes cold your body will lose heat rapidly and you may become hypothermic.  Wearing the right clothing when outdoors in the winter could save your life.

Read my recent post about how to property tow a vehicle to learn how to also recover a stuck vehicle.
 

The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about what I have learned, my experience, and what my motivations are as a Prepared Guy. I have always felt driven to be ready for any situation by something powerful deep inside me. Being prepared has always served me well. I feel compelled to help others do the same.
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