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by MarkTBSc
Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: INACTIVE - ZSC:010
Topic: UK gear sources
Replies: 200
Views: 39089

Re: UK gear sources

If you've ever looked at some of the small items on CountyComm and been sad that they wouldn't ship to the UK then you can now buy a good selection of the items such as the Breacher Bar and the Widgy Bar from:
http://www.edcgear.co.uk/

The prices aren't too bad either.
by MarkTBSc
Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: INACTIVE - ZSC:010
Topic: UK gear sources
Replies: 200
Views: 39089

Re: UK gear sources

Just thought you chaps might like to know, there's a fellow on eBay selling Stanley Fubar Forcible Entry tools at quite a low price. The auction's only running for another three days from the 29th of March but I think they're worth it if you're looking for a good tool. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stan...
by MarkTBSc
Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:23 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: The Ideal BOB Food: MREs or Other?
Replies: 56
Views: 6727

Re: The Ideal BOB Food: MREs or Other?

I'm a big fan of Toblerones for short-term survival food. A 200g Toblerone is 1050 Calories and includes some protein. They have an internal foil wrapping and the outer cardboard shell helps prevent them being squashed when they're hot and soft. Plus they taste great and pack pretty well.
by MarkTBSc
Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Home Defense
Replies: 94
Views: 4619

Re: Home Defense

This thread rather reminds me of a section from the book "Cordelia's Honor" by Lois McMaster Bujold. Science fiction, obviously, but interesting. Cordelia and Aral are chatting about weapon selection. Cordelia - representing the Liberal standpoint - says that she would rather have the stunner and ha...
by MarkTBSc
Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:20 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Zombietools.net
Replies: 233
Views: 29744

Re: Zombietools.net

I'm a fan of Zombietools. I have to say it. In a way I can see where their detractors are coming from because ever since the 90s, when online shopping turned up, there have been a LOT of people selling pretty and cheap stainless pieces of crap. Mostly made in China for the geek set. In a way, the ZT...
by MarkTBSc
Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: bug out bicycle?
Replies: 512
Views: 63874

Re: bug out bicycle?

I think grey man is also key here. My bike is badly spray painted looks like crap but rides very well and is reliable. No one messes with it because it looks like a cheapy bike that is not worth reselling not even to the crackheads. +1 on this. I work in Cambridge, UK and almost everyone cycles. Yo...
by MarkTBSc
Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: A non-survival knife question
Replies: 12
Views: 884

Re: A non-survival knife question

Maybe it's just me. The only reason I can see for using a razor-blade over a Stanley knife blade is that the razor might be sharper. I know these guys cut lots of fabrics so perhaps the razor helps get a nice clean cut and no dragging. I'd just prefer a good, solid, meaty handle on my sharp blades, ...
by MarkTBSc
Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:19 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: A non-survival knife question
Replies: 12
Views: 884

Re: A non-survival knife question

im confused, what item are they using to replace the stanley? you mean one of thses? a folding razor? http://www.ustape.com/stores/u/ustape/catalog/59952-Folded-Knives.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; if so its the same blade used in the stanley you linked Nope. They're using one ...
by MarkTBSc
Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: A non-survival knife question
Replies: 12
Views: 884

A non-survival knife question

This is pretty much off-topic - Hence being in here - but I'm hoping to take advantage of ZS's plethora of knife enthusiasts. I'm a big fan of Amplified on YouTube. The web series made by the Soundman Car Audio company in Santa Clarita, California. I love watching these guys build stuff and screw ar...
by MarkTBSc
Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:30 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: E-Books and E-Readers
Replies: 69
Views: 4505

Re: E-Books and E-Readers

Ruggedness is a definite concern of any handheld. Though if I were to guess, Kindle and the like are likely solid state (using no moving parts). I'm pretty sure the IPad uses a spinning harddrive (however small). Actually the iPad uses solid state storage. It's part of what allows it to have a reas...
by MarkTBSc
Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: E-Books and E-Readers
Replies: 69
Views: 4505

Re: E-Books and E-Readers

For those of you touting an ipad/netbook, I have two words for you - screen, and glare. Actually, one of my favourite things to do is to go for a Sunday afternoon walk in the country, plonk myself down somewhere with the iPad and read a book. Midsummer, no problems with glare. Sure the readability'...
by MarkTBSc
Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: E-Books and E-Readers
Replies: 69
Views: 4505

Re: E-Books and E-Readers

Heh! I'd completely forgotten I'd posted in this thread. In the end I didn't buy a Kindle. I got an iPad instead and it's awesome. Yeah it doesn't have the battery life of the Kindle but I have a homebrew battery pack that gives me a couple of extra charges. A nice extra function I've found is that ...
by MarkTBSc
Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Quick, defend yourself: What do you have on hand RIGHT now?
Replies: 1225
Views: 73504

Re: Quick, defend yourself: What do you have on hand RIGHT n

I'm glad I read this while at my desk at home, it makes it a nice easy question to answer. It all depends on whether I want to cause blunt damage or slicing damage. To my left is a Softball bat and a pool cue, to the right is a Khukuri and my Urban Bone Machete 1.5. Behind me is my ZT Para Bellum an...
by MarkTBSc
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bug Out Vehicle Porn - pictures only please
Replies: 1754
Views: 496165

Re: Bug Out Vehicle Porn - pictures only please

Finally got myself a BOV. I wanted a Land Rover or a Range Rover. I craved that British 4WD power... Then I worked out how much the fuel would cost for a year at minimum mileage. So I got something else. http://hexapuma.homeip.net/~marktownsend/jag.jpg Jaguar X-Type (04) SE Diesel 2L. Maybe not an o...
by MarkTBSc
Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:11 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: The new Rhino Revolver... Opinions?
Replies: 60
Views: 13312

Re: The new Rhino Revolver... Opinions?

He said instead of flip recoil, it actually pushes back against your hand. I was rather impressed by it as an innovative solution to one of the major problems in self-defence handguns. You want it light and small and portable, but you also want it to fire a decent round while still being controllab...
by MarkTBSc
Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag
Replies: 49
Views: 8421

Re: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag

Wow guys... Thank you. This level of information is really above and beyond the call of duty. The use of the towel roll to give me a size comparison is very much appreciated. Certainly the MSS is leading the charge right now simply because of price and size. I am a little paranoid about Down, mostly...
by MarkTBSc
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:44 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag
Replies: 49
Views: 8421

Re: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag

Once again, thanks for everyone's help chaps. Regarding rated temperatures, I live in the UK. The South-Eastern UK at that. 90% of the time the temperature doesn't drop below 2-3C (35-37F) even in winter. The coldest temperature in recent years has been about -12C (10F) and that was in the extreme n...
by MarkTBSc
Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:53 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag
Replies: 49
Views: 8421

Re: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag

I would recommend the green bag from the US Military MSS...it's light and packs small and fits huge guys and is cheap and I've slept in mine down to 25 degrees... Oooooh! A challenger appears! The MSS is easier to get, over on this side of the pond, than the Recon 3. It's pricier, but not that much...
by MarkTBSc
Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:07 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag
Replies: 49
Views: 8421

Re: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag

A tip for expanding your existing bag to an extra season, if you're interested: Between a milsurp mummy bag liner (or the one that came with your system, some do, some don't) and your sleeping bag, insert a space blanket, and then seal up the two into a single unit- the military stuff has snaps or ...
by MarkTBSc
Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:27 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag
Replies: 49
Views: 8421

Re: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag

Thanks for all the great advice, guys. It's one of the great advantages of the forum that someone, somewhere, has probably purchased every half decent bit of kit there is. It saves a lot of the trial and error purchasing that people go through when trying to find the item that's right for them. Plus...
by MarkTBSc
Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag
Replies: 49
Views: 8421

Re: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag

Very interesting stuff! I hadn't realised that most of the good small bags were down, which is a substance I'm not fond of (had a down-filled coat once. It was murder to dry out after washing). While I am willing to pay more for a reasonable bag that packs down well, the Marmot at £250 seems a littl...
by MarkTBSc
Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:40 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag
Replies: 49
Views: 8421

Re: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag

http://www.proforceequipment.com/index.php Snugpack, they compact down really small and have a wide temp selection to choose from. Great bags, can be $$$ for the higher end stuff. I've actually already got a Snugpack Elite 3 in my main BoB. I was really looking for recommendations from people who m...
by MarkTBSc
Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:32 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag
Replies: 49
Views: 8421

Looking for a REALLY compact sleeping bag

My Bob is pretty huge. It's a 100L military pack and isn't the easiest thing to transport. Certainly if I wanted to grab it for a smaller reason like "someone's gone to hospital" then it'd be mucho inconvenient. As such I'm trying to construct a bare-essentials kit that'll fit into an overnight bag ...
by MarkTBSc
Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:28 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Zombietools.net
Replies: 233
Views: 29744

Re: Zombietools.net

I'm with Jeriah and BumblingBear. Zombietools tools are a combination of "Designed to look good" and "Designed to work". These are guys who care about what they do and actually hand make their products. None of their production line is mechanised and they do, in fact, take examples of their work out...

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