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2012: What have you done this week to prepare?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by G29Reload, Dec 30, 2011.

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  1. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    My 10/22 is scoped and it rocks. You can hit a tennis ball at 100 yards. An AR15 with irons will keep you in the paint on the 100 yard range too. I'm envious of your learning to shoot rifles, it's a really fun time in life, enjoy it all you can.
  2. I wanted to bring my 10/22 with red dot, but ended up using my AR-15 with the EOTech. With irons, the AR actually is sighted for 200 meters, no? Not very familiar with the AR family, unfortunately, more familiar with the Mini-14/30 family.

    But yeah, shooting rifles was more fun and fulfilling than standing there punching holes with a pistol for some reason.

  3. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    Sighting distance is up to you but the AR15 has a slight lift (an inch or two) during travel so sighting at 200 yards makes good sense to me. Also much more than 200 yards and you need to compensate for drop so I am dialed in at 200 yards.

    I like red dots for quick aquisition but I like a real scope for for really accurate distance shooting myself. That said I have red dots on my AR15's.

    It's great that we have all of the choices that we do.
  4. never done an appleseed shoot but as far as ar15 irons go, with the difference in sight height over the bore centerline, i zero mine in at 50 yards and then confirm its on again between 200 and 250. mine coms back on at 225-230 yards. that was with the federal xm193. need to reconfirm my new ammo choice though.
  5. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Same here; I wanted my CAR-15's to be quick for close-in use, but at the same time knew they were capable of reaching out there several hundred yards, so I compromised and went to a compact 1-4X shotgun scope with very-good light gathering qualities and heavy duplex reticule. Left at 1X (zero magnification), the bright picture and bold reticule make them very fast to acquire, but the ability to zoom instantly to 4X makes them useable a lot farther out (for me at least) than a non-magnified red dot does.
  6. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    That sounds like a good way to do it Quake. Where I live it's hard to find a 200 yard shot if your not at a range or on a boat so my red dot works ok here.
  7. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Got my titanium spork and water treatment pills from today...

  8. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Penn's Woods
    The do you like it?

    We use sporks at the kiddie prison I work at. Ridiculously flimsy (on purpose for obvious reasons) But I could see how one with some integrity would be highly useful. Only gripe I have with sporks is when you try to stab something, the curvature of the spoon impedes your effort.

  9. But the curvature helps when you try to scoop out your victim's still beating heart out of his chest cavity.
  10. jarubla

    jarubla Dos Pistolas

    Feb 16, 2010
    I've had a few of the 'light my fire' brand (but plastic) for 24+ months. They have survived through every day use by >3 and <10 humans. Don't believe the hype that the plastic ones are crap, I have been very pleased with mine!

    On the preps side, I am doing more health related junk I have put off. This past week I have been going to the chiropractor; he found some cervical spine stuff he is going to get worked out (C3 and some others out of whack from an old 'yard sale' ski wreck I had the luck of performing right under the ski lift 7 years ago). Very hopeful that what he is adjusting will help resolve my neck issues!

    I put some $ down @ a local funshop (Piazza's Pawn) on a layaway boomstick. Down to earth folks, easy layaway terms, I will be sending more $ their way!

    Also picked up a few cool books:

    "Food in Jars" ISBN 978-0-7624-4143-3 (tailored to preserving food in small batches, this is key as we rarely do bushel-at-a-time stuff)
    "Girl Hunter" ISBN 978-0-7382-1466-5 (author was a hoity toity chef, left that as she became interested in harvesting/preparing her own game. Her exploits converted her to the hunter lifestyle)

    Last edited: Jun 5, 2012
  11. The Shadow

    The Shadow

    Jan 14, 2012
    Built a tactical 10/22 rifle for my wife, repaired my defective CETME, bought some .308 ammo, worked on restoring an old tube HAM transceiver.

  12. owl6roll


    Sep 9, 2004
    I'll qualify a couple of times with a new weapon and shoot a match or two and then It's good to go.
  13. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
    I think you might be in the wrong thread?
  14. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    The one I got was titanium. It has a serrated edge on the fork piece to use as a knife, but you gotta watch out when you eat. It's not seriously sharp, but just serrated. I mainly got it to use at work for lunch. I'm tired of using plastic forks. You do need to get used to using it though, as you are right with the stabbing of the carcass!

  15. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Came across an almost crazy-good deal at gander mountain of all places. They had a used taurus 4" 82 (one of the old CAI imports), that had a problem. The hardened nub at the cartridge-rim end of the center-pin had been attached very slightly off-center; almost not enough to see really, but just enough that it would bind the centerpin and keep it from returning free to lock up in the faceplate recess. This meant the cylinder wouldn't lock closed and would flop open/closed completely free. May have been that way from the factory, or may have been worked on later; I couldn't say for certain, but the rifling, muzzle & forcing cone look completely wear-free, so I suspect it came that way from the factory 30+ years ago.

    The nub problem was an easy fix, but they don't have a gunsmith on staff there anymore, and had written it off as 'bad', and kept marking it down to try & get rid of it. It'd been setting in the case for a long time evidently and I picked it up for $179. Fifteen minutes for cylinder disassembly & some very minor nub filing, and it works perfectly. Ran some rounds thru it the other night and was surprised to find that its muzzle velocity constantly runs 3%-6% faster than a same-length smith revolver, for 6-10% muzzle energy increase compared to the smith. Don't know if it's a slight difference in the bore diameter or rifling, or if it's simply due to the smith being a .357 and the increased bullet-jump inherent there; but with three different loads that was the case.

    Regardless, $179 and fifteen minutes' work got us another second-tier gun that's completely reliable, and in a decent, commonly-available caliber that I already reload for. (Did have to buy new speedloaders though; haven't owned a k-frame in years.)
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2012
  16. BR549

    BR549 Thread Killer

    Jan 18, 2008

    Compare the brl-cyl gaps also.
  17. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    Shot Rifleman

  18. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    Still focused on controlling expenses and reducing debt. So I have not acquired much. I did purchase a vacuum food sealer. That's about it though.
  19. added another 6 months of dog and cat food to the rotation, almost up to a year.

    closed on the refinance of my home so i dont have a payment this month or next. those payments will be spent on home maintenance and repaint stuff. continuing my current payment keeps the financial preps more inline with what i like and will pay off the house in half the time.

    also started a new job a little over a week ago, not sure if i posted those in here already or not.
  20. RedHaze

    RedHaze Handgunner

    Aug 23, 2009
    SE WA
    Some of you may remember I mentioned we bought an '87 Suburban a while back for $800.

    Just spent $12 on flat back Walmart brand spray paint. BAM.

    Up next is a couple new tires. The ones on the front are pretty low on tread. :whistling:

    And for those wondering, it's a USMC sticker on the rear quarter window.
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