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by solarguy
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: In the Zpaw serrations or not?
Replies: 18
Views: 1193

Re: In the Zpaw serrations or not?

Serrations work more like a saw. If you need a saw, and all you can get is a serrated knife, that's what you get.

A properly sharp straight edge will cut rope and other fibrous stuff like butter.

The straight edge is easier to maintain, hands down.


So basically, everything 50 Mission Cap said.
by solarguy
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Do you have rain barrels?
Replies: 15
Views: 3531

Re: Do you have rain barrels?

Regarding the cost per gallon stored, a used IBC tote is often cheaper than the equivalent number of barrels and all the plumbing to connect them. Plus, that stores a meaningful amount of water. 55 gallons is not nothing, but compared to what comes off a roof in an hour, and compared to what a garde...
by solarguy
Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Initial Firearms Prepping Q&A
Topic: Ammo, lead & pregnancy
Replies: 10
Views: 1405

Re: Ammo, lead & pregnancy

Can you monitor blood lead levels? Yes you can, and it's not that expensive. Lead from the bullets is generally less concerning than the lead azide and lead styphanate primer compounds. When fired this produces significant amounts of lead in the air. This contaminates your hands (and to a lesser ex...
by solarguy
Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Soliciting opinions on Honda generators
Replies: 6
Views: 790

Re: Soliciting opinions on Honda generators

It's an inverter generator. That gives you several excellent features: 1. The engine does not have to run at full rpm all the time, which leads to: 2. Very low noise levels...for a generator. 3. Well above average fuel economy per kilowatthour delivered 4. Longer life 5. The inverter is "smart" and ...
by solarguy
Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Kentucky Bombings
Replies: 8
Views: 1040

Re: Kentucky Bombings

This sounds like an anti-hunting and/or PETA nut job.

Attempted murder and a bunch of other things. Prison for life with no possibility of parole, that's what I would give them.
by solarguy
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: The Day of EDC Victory
Replies: 225
Views: 51536

Re: The Day of EDC Victory

EDC/Get Home Bag/car supplies. Both cars have a $40 air compressor. One of my mild/useful obsessive-compulsive habits is looking at my tires, and really everybody else's tires too. I'm sure I have been the hero a dozen times for people at church, people at work, random people at the grocery store. S...
by solarguy
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Short Term Power backup for modem/router
Replies: 31
Views: 5247

Re: Short Term Power backup for modem/router

A few handy generalities: volts x amps = watts watts x hours = watthours watthours/1000 = kilowatthours voltamps > watts by a good bit, usually mostly, depending on power factor, which we can largely ignore for this conversation. Or, stated differently, the voltamp rating is usually a bit optimistic...
by solarguy
Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:16 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: .22 detachable magazine vs. tube magazine
Replies: 53
Views: 4182

Re: .22 detachable magazine vs. tube magazine

I love tube magazines. I have a bunch. Now I -never- shoot them. Why you might ask? In Michigan, we now have access to suppressors, which we didn't for a long time. With a tube mag, you have to unscrew the suppressor every time you reload. With a bottom loader, you don't. Just a word of warning, onc...
by solarguy
Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Katana Mythbusting
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Re: Katana Mythbusting

If he had fully sharpened the orc sword, it would have successfully cut the mat. SWAG

But the better steel, and the better heat treatment of the katana would provide 3-5 times the staying power before dulling at hacking off your enemies arms. Again, SWAG (Scientific Wild Assed Guess)
by solarguy
Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Photos of my new Enfield No. 4 Mk. 1 T sniper rifle
Replies: 20
Views: 2455

Re: Photos of my new Enfield No. 4 Mk. 1 T sniper rifle

Nice piece of machinery you have there. My dad was in the navy in san diego in 1960. There was an aussie navy guy in port that was looking to sell a .303, and my dad picked it up for $15. They were everywhere and nobody wanted it. It's nothing like yours of course. It's been bubba'd. But I'm still g...
by solarguy
Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: A Report on Solar Panel Degradation Over Time
Replies: 12
Views: 1264

Re: A Report on Solar Panel Degradation Over Time

The better mono-crystaline products will likely be producing 85% or better at 25 years.

The amorphous products degrade faster, but they are cheaper.


How long does coal last once you burn it? Yeah, zero.
by solarguy
Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Torn over .22lr takedown rifle
Replies: 19
Views: 2172

Re: Torn over .22lr takedown rifle

I now have about a hundred rounds of cci standard vel .22 through my new ruger takedown. It currently wears a nikon fixed 4 power. I have cleaned it a couple times and it has settled down to shooting nice half inch groups at 50 yards. That's off my upstairs bedroom window sill. On a bench with a goo...
by solarguy
Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Torn over .22lr takedown rifle
Replies: 19
Views: 2172

Re: Torn over .22lr takedown rifle

I just got the ruger takedown .22 and couldn't be happier. The marlin papoose is a great rifle, and I prefer the (older pre-remington) marlins to rugers. But the papoose is no longer being produced, so there's that... That also caused the price for used marlin papooses to skyrocket. The ar-7 was che...
by solarguy
Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Hundreds of bullets cook off during Arizona house fire
Replies: 7
Views: 896

Re: Hundreds of bullets cook off during Arizona house fire

While nobody really wants to stand around a house fire with a bunch of ammo inside, let's be clear about the real risks. Unless the ammo is actually in the chamber of a gun, the round can't build up significant pressure and if and when the round "cooks off" it will be about like throwing a rock gent...
by solarguy
Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Purpose made defensive weaponsthat don't look the part?
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

Re: Purpose made defensive weaponsthat don't look the part?

Canemaster sells some stout canes that make excellent defensive weapons. Anything with a hidden blade or a big metal ball on top will have dubious legality in many jurisdictions, and getting on a plane with one is out of the question. But a stout wooden cane is good to go in any situation. And becau...
by solarguy
Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: So Santa got me a radio...
Replies: 8
Views: 1321

Re: So Santa got me a radio...

You have been forwarned. The rabbit hole goes pretty deep.

You may end up learning morse code (which is very energy efficient to transmit), and have an antenna farm in your back yard. Building your own equipment, etc etc etc.
by solarguy
Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: So Santa got me a radio...
Replies: 8
Views: 1321

Re: So Santa got me a radio...

This pretty much sums it up nicely: http://www.hamuniverse.com/shortwaveantenna.html Doesn't have to be fancy. Tons of youtube videos on various antennas as well. But a plain old longwire antenna works well and is inexpensive. A receiver without a good antenna is like using a chain saw without gas. ...
by solarguy
Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Shooting with aging eyes, I'm in that zone now
Replies: 2
Views: 463

Re: Shooting with aging eyes, I'm in that zone now

That is a spot on article. I'm an optometrist and a shooter. I help out a lot of shooters: older law enforcement folks who may have a hard time qualifying because of eye sight problems competitors hunters who struggle with their glasses while trying to use their scope in the cool fall weathe red dot...
by solarguy
Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My pistol blew up today - pics added
Replies: 40
Views: 5804

Re: My pistol blew up today - pics added

People who design modern guns think about these rare but terrible outcomes. It's like crumple zones in cars. They are designed to fail systematically and strategically, protecting the operator as it absorbs and directs the excess energy. It doesn't always work, or work completely, but it is tremendo...
by solarguy
Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Home Security: Thermal Style
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Re: Home Security: Thermal Style

What did the new FLIR camera cost??? Yes, blower door tests are expensive, but...there's a cheater way to do it. Buy some incense (or use a candle, blow it out and watch the smoke) and on a really windy day, walk around with the smoking incense stick around all your doors, windows and other penetrat...
by solarguy
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Tanto Cold Steel warcraft with 30cm blade
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: Tanto Cold Steel warcraft with 30cm blade

All of the miracle coatings and finishes will eventually be damaged and/or worn off through regular use. I'm more interesting in how good the steel and the heat treat are underneath the fancy coating. Go use the shit out of it and don't worry about the finish. I know, I know, it's like getting that ...
by solarguy
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Freedom Pop MIFI - free 500MB/month
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Re: Freedom Pop MIFI - free 500MB/month

I don't use this service, but the more expensive Verizon wifi hotspot, which works similarly. I pay 60 bucks a month or a bit more. But I use it at work every day, not just for occasional use... Here is the most favorable review I could find for the service you suggest: http://www.engadget.com/2014/...
by solarguy
Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: New home/business Power Packs
Replies: 29
Views: 2424

Re: New home/business Power Packs

The biggest potential advantage to "good" lithium ion batteries vs lead acid is a far longer lifespan. Lithium ion batteries with a sophisticated cell management system can go to 35,000 cycles. You'll be lucky to get 1-2,000 from lead acid. http://www.clyde-space.com/products/spacecraft_batteries I ...
by solarguy
Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Current Idiots Guide to First Aid?
Replies: 12
Views: 1107

Re: Current Idiots Guide to First Aid?

I had to get certified for work. I'm an optometrist...?? Whatever the insurance company want...whatever. These things stuck out in my mind. The two EMT's that taught the class were excellent. 1. Go ahead and initiate cpr NOW. You might crack their sternum (esp old ladies--poor bone density) but you ...

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