Two Great Podcasts on Preparedness

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We have been big fans of The Survival Podcast (TSP) here at Fleeting Survival for years. Jack Spirko over at TSP has been instrumental in helping us to make excellent self-sufficient decisions. Jack recently did two shows called zero-to-prepared where he outlines how to start down the preparedness lifestyle.

These are great shows to listen to if you are just starting out or if you have been living the preparedness lifestyle for years. These shows are also excellent to pass on to those that may not be into preparedness as the simple things you can do to be better prepared for everyday life.

To make life easy we have posted the audio here but it would be a better experience to check them out over at TSP. We have posted direct links to each show under the audio.

EPISODE 1056 – ZERO TO PREPARED – Fast Simple & Low Cost – Part 1

Link to Episode 1056 over at TSP

 

EPISODE 1057 – ZERO TO PREPARED – Fast Simple & Low Cost – Part 2

Link to Episode 1057 over at TSP

 

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Join the NRA – Now is the Time to Stand as One

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If you are a gun owner of any kind please join the NRA. The NRA is the main force in protecting our Constitutional rights. The NRA’s primary focus is to protect Americans’ 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In doing so, they are also working to protect all of our Constitutional rights.

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Now is the time to stand as one. Please join the NRA to help fight those that wish to take away our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. This is not about hunting or shooting sports this is about our freedom as Americans!

We would also encourage you to join your local 2nd Amendment organizations as they will help to defeat local laws trying to restrict your 2nd Amendment right, like those just passed in New York State.

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How to Build a PVC Pipe Survival Cache

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Great video on how to make a PVC Pipe Survival Cache

 

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FrogLube Experiment Update

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We wanted to update you guys on our FrogLube tests. At this point we have put thousands of rounds through our guns using FrogLube. I have to say, that we have all come to the conclusion that it is far and away the best lubricant available for firearms.

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If you are worried about rust prevention, I think Eezox is the way to go. If your guns are going to sit in a safe or case for a long time, my process now is to use FrogLube and do an exterior wipe down with Eezox just as a preventing agent.

Originally we learned about FrogLube on forums. It was always described as some kind of wonder lube. I don’t know if it’s going to make you shoot better but I will say it is the best gun cleaner / lube we own or have ever used.

I have a closet full of cleaners, lubes and solvents. From Hoppe’s #9, to Ballistol, to M-Pro 7, to CLP, to Weapons Shield, to Gun Butter, to lithium grease (great for the AK), to MILITEC-1, to Slip 2000. I mean, I literally have a closet full of this crap. No more, I’m throwing it all out except for the M-Pro just because it is such a kick ass cleaner / degreaser.

The basic premise as described in our earlier posts HERE & HERE is, you apply FrogLube with the use of heat and then just use it as your primary cleaner / lubricant. After several applications carbon will build up but will just wipe off. You can get the FrogLube kit that comes with an applicator brush, a microfiber towel, Lubricant Paste and Liquid. We use the liquid to clean (has the consistency of ketchup) and the past (has the consistency somewhat of shoe polish) to lube as we have always been a fan of using grease for lube as it stays where you put it.

So what’s it on and what’s the difference after using: Continue reading

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It’s about Freedom

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Sometimes, I think it’s easy to forget. We have a good deal. Cherish it!

 

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from all of us here at Fleeting Survival.

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Review of Swiss Bianco’s QDS for the Ruger 10/22

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The brilliant guys over at Swiss Bianco sent us a Quick Disassembly Screw (QDS) for review when they sent us the awesome M-Sharp (check out the review here). The QDS is a screw that replaces the factory receiver screw (technically known as the Receiver Stock Takedown Cap Screw) on a Ruger 10/22.

The Ruger 10/22 Rifle when broken down is two parts is around 23 – 26 inches depending on what stock you have. This is ideal if you are trying to throw the rifle in a bag and not make it look like a rifle. The QDS allows for this process of disassembly to happen in seconds.

The 10/22, depending on the model, has two main sections; the stock and the receiver. The barrel is attached to the receiver through a V-shaped steel block that fits over an extension at the bottom of the receiver. The stock and receiver are held together, again, depending on the model, by a barrel band and a receiver screw that holds the front of the receiver into the stock.  Most of the higher end 10/22 forgo the barrel band so they are using the receiver screw as the main connection point. Continue reading

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Haley Strategic Skimmer Trigger Review

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I should just start this off by saying – I’m a GLOCK guy. I love GLOCKs. So this review will be coming from that standpoint. If your coming from a 1911 standpoint or you just want to read a great review, MaxVenom did a review HERE.

When I first thought about getting a handgun, everyone I talked to told me to get a GLOCK. I didn’t listen and I bought an FN pistol because I wanted (thought I needed) a physical safety and in my inexperience I thought the GLOCK didn’t fit my hand.

Well the trigger on the FN was not the best, I never used the safety I thought I needed, and it was a double-action/single-action pistol that was hard to train to. It had a long trigger pull for the first shot (double-action) and then a nice short trigger pull onwards (single-action). It was a good gun and it did a good job of showing me the way.

I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to firearms safety. And once the light bulb went off in my head that my two main safeties are my mind and my trigger finger, it seemed like the mechanics of pistol safety’s just got in the way. This is what led me to GLOCK. There a number of reasons to buy a GLOCK but for me it comes down to reliability, ease of maintenance, and dare I say, the trigger reset. Jerking the Trigger has a great write up on “why GLOCK” – HERE.

Anyways, reliability; the GLOCK is the AK of handguns- rock solid. Ease of maintenance; maintenance on a GLOCK is a joke, you can field strip and clean a GLOCK in about 5 min. And last, there is the trigger reset. Not the trigger pull itself, or its smoothness, because these not much there, a GLOCK trigger is grainy and rough. But the trigger reset is the same every time and has a fast positive reset.

Early on, I tried to get rid of some of that graininess in my GLOCK trigger and did the inevitable $0.25 trigger job. You are essentially polishing up the trigger mechanism to smooth things out. For future reference you can also do this by putting a couple thousand rounds downrange. The trigger on my GLOCK 19 smoothed out both from the trigger job, which is a nice way to learn all the components of you handgun, and a LOT of shooting. A great DVD to learn more about the trigger job and the GLOCK itself is AGI Making GLOCKs Rock.

So I own a few GLOCKs and I like the trigger on all of them because they are all the same. You pick up a GLOCK and you know what you are getting. I was never one of the guys that wanted to install a new trigger.

How does all this get us to the Haley Strategic Skimmer Trigger? Well I have been a fan of Magpul for a while and thought it was interesting when Haley and Costa left to go start their own gigs. Because of that I subscribed to Haley’s blog and one day a video popped up of Haley explaining the skimmer (UPDATE – sorry, Haley pulled the video a little while back for reasons I don’t know).

First off, he is saying it’s a carry trigger. That’s kind of huge as most (not all) replacement triggers are for competition or trying to lighten the trigger pull. This trigger was designed from the start to be a carry trigger. I use my GLOCKS as tools and carry them often so this made me think a bit.

GLOCK Triggers and Jeff Wilson have a reputation of putting out quality stuff and I’m always down with increase hit probability and reduce operator error. So I decided to poke around and try to find some reviews. Two things I found crawling the interwebs: 1) people who have tried it, love it and a lot who haven’t, hate it, for a multitude of reasons, 2) there weren’t that many in-depth reviews out there.

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How To Spot A Hidden Handgun

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Interesting diagram put together by a former NYPD officer on how to spot a hidden handgun on a person. Click on image to see full size.

 

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Prepping Mistakes

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Off Grid Survival has a great piece out today about the common mistakes that people make when they start to prepare, like, not having enough water or putting too much importance on gear.

We don’t often link to outside articles but this is a quick read that’s to the point and well thought out. Have a look at the Off Grid Survival’s Prepping Mistakes. 

As always, I think the key is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you. That may be losing your job and having to get by for a couple months while looking for a new one. Or your microwave, car, computer, and furnace all go out at the same time and having money in reserve to fix those issues without going into debt.

I think the biggest mistake people make when they feel the need to become prepared is they are thinking about the big issues like economic collapse or an EMP. These things may very well happen but you are far more likely to loose your job or get hit by hurricane sandy. For those events, your best options are to have stored food on hand and food that you eat everyday, have a backup generator in case the lights go out, and have a plan to get out of dodge if you are going to be hit by a hurricane.

My point is, preparedness is not about stuff (funny coming from a blog that does survival gear reviews), its about being smart and making decisions that put you in a good place if the SHTF or even if it doesn’t.

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