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by MikeM
Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Systema Anyone?
Replies: 36
Views: 2593

Re: Systema Anyone?

Systema is right up there with Yellow Bamboo for crazy "teach you psychic powers to keeeel people with" but they do have some really useful physical culture and dexterity/mobility exercises (I got turned on to kettle bells and sand bag training from Systema). If you are going to take it, make sure t...
by MikeM
Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Bartertown
Topic: AR and AK mags for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1035

Re: AR and AK mags for sale

Last ones just sold
by MikeM
Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: ENO Ember Underquilt.....is it worth it?
Replies: 13
Views: 2674

Re: ENO Ember Underquilt.....is it worth it?

For about the same price you can get a JacksR Better Shenandoah, a true 40 degree full length underquilt. I've got one that I use for warmer weather hangs when my Nest underquilt is too much
by MikeM
Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Bartertown
Topic: AR and AK mags for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1035

AR and AK mags for sale

Gotta let these go, and I'd rather they went to the ZS family. AR mags are all used but in great condition: 7 30rd mags with Ranger Plates and yellow Magpul followers $30 each plus S/H or $200 for all including shipping 16 30rd mags with green followers $20 each plus S/H or $300 for all including sh...
by MikeM
Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: This might be something good for carry, Shanghai Shadow
Replies: 8
Views: 1564

Re: This might be something good for carry, Shanghai Shadow

I've got one, but I actually use it for grass and weed clearing. The wide, double edge blade, held flat to the ground makes quick work of the secondary growth between trees that makes it hard to hang a hammock. A few back and forth sweeps is all it takes.
by MikeM
Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ultra light sleeping bag? Anyone have a 1 pound or less bag?
Replies: 18
Views: 2258

Re: Ultra light sleeping bag? Anyone have a 1 pound or less

Even going for ultralight gear you are not going to hit sub one pound for a comfortable sub 30 sleep. My 900 fill power Speer Winter TopBlanket is 18oz and the Thinlite pad is another 6oz to get me down to a comfortable 20-30 degree temp, and remember: ultralight costs $ If you are looking to save/s...
by MikeM
Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Guy from Central NY
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: New Guy from Central NY

Hello and welcome to ZS. I'm also a CNYer (bordering on the Southern Tier).
Be sure to check out the ZSNY section and check out the trips and events we plan in NY.

-Mike
by MikeM
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: To scope or not to scope?
Replies: 20
Views: 855

Re: To scope or not to scope?

I went with red dots on both my personal carbines. I went with the dots for the simple reason of wanting a head up, both eyes open shooting option. There's nothing wrong with either irons or scopes (in fact I plan to build a scoped 20" AR next), but for the ranges I shoot at most I do not need magni...
by MikeM
Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: INACTIVE - ZSC:007
Topic: ZSNY Ham Radio Practice Camping Trip?
Replies: 4
Views: 2712

Re: ZSNY Ham Radio Practice Camping Trip?

I'm not into the Ham radio thing, but I could use a weekend away from it all. I would rather a hike than a paddle trip. If we are looking to get out of the Dacks and get in a hike there are always the Finger Lakes Trail section hikes. The Mariposa Forest Section is the longest section of wilderness ...
by MikeM
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: The All Purpose AK Thread
Replies: 4244
Views: 194433

Re: The All Purpose AK Thread

Dave_M wrote:Even the guys at PA say that their RDS' aren't for duty use.
Yup, that's why there is a PA Micro on my AK, but an Eotech on my AR. The AK just doesn't rate that high end an accessory :lol:

-Mike
by MikeM
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: Zombie Combat Tactics
Topic: Backup melee to compliment a crossbow?
Replies: 51
Views: 5540

Re: Backup melee to compliment a crossbow?

If I was going with a bit of sporting equipment as a backup, I would go for a hurley stick. Those things are all kinds of vicious, and would play well with any of the "Dos Manos" systems from the Filipino Martial Arts.
by MikeM
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Warm Weather Sleeping Bag (Low Buck) - Your Suggestiongs?
Replies: 30
Views: 1455

Re: Warm Weather Sleeping Bag (Low Buck) - Your Suggestiongs

I like the Patrol Bag from the MSS (the only part of it I have not ditched or thrown into a car kit). It is a great go to bag when I am travelling through wet areas or weather and don't want to worry about my down quilts. Toss in a poncho liner in case it drops another 10 degrees and you're good for...
by MikeM
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Sleeping Pads - what do you guys use?
Replies: 45
Views: 3942

Re: Sleeping Pads - what do you guys use?

A hammock :lol:

But seriously, when I need a pad either in the hammock or on the ground I use a Gossamer Gear Thinlite, 6 oz. Really all you need if you pick you sleeping spot carefully (or just use a hammock and float off to sleep on cloud)

-Mike
Sub-Deacon of the Cult of Hanging Bliss
by MikeM
Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Mini-14 Stock, Collapsible or Folding
Replies: 16
Views: 1723

Re: Mini-14 Stock, Collapsible or Folding

If the option was available to me (I live in a ban state), I would absolutely put a side folding stock on my Mini. The side folder makes it nice and compact, while keeping it "Mini-looking" rather than "bad impression of an AR".

-Mike
by MikeM
Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: skeeter beater / blackbird hammock question
Replies: 7
Views: 1531

Re: skeeter beater / blackbird hammock question

There are lots of cheap tarps out there that will work with the hammock if that is the deal breaker for you and why you are looking to use the GI poncho. If you are looking to multi-purpose your poncho, then an extended length poncho like the one made by Jacks R Better is the best way to go.

-Mike
by MikeM
Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: skeeter beater / blackbird hammock question
Replies: 7
Views: 1531

Re: skeeter beater / blackbird hammock question

I don't know about the Skeeter, but it will not work with the Warbonnet Black Bird, too short for adequate coverage, and I would not want to ride out a rainstorm with it over me. I've tried it and it will work with the Nano-7, and I could check its fit with a GT Ultralight if that would help. -Mike
by MikeM
Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Zombie Combat Tactics
Topic: Martial Arts/Hand-to-hand Combat
Replies: 157
Views: 49659

Re: Martial Arts/Hand-to-hand Combat

I actually think that zombies would be one of the cases where Systema would shine since the system seems based around your opponent moving slowly and having really bad balance :D Now, if we are talking Hoodoo/Voodoo zeds, Systema would rule, 'cause those guys have got the big time mojo http://www.yo...
by MikeM
Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:12 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: How to convince a family member to prep?
Replies: 43
Views: 3493

Re: How to convince a family member to prep?

My wife was anti-prepping (or as she would put it "wasting money on that crap") until we faced a situation where we needed the preps. During 2003 we dealt with the power outage, and she got on board a little, April of 2011 we were without power for 4 days and she got on board a bit more, and then wi...
by MikeM
Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: AR-15 optics question
Replies: 51
Views: 3486

Re: AR-15 optics question

Redshirt wrote:
Which model? I just might consider that, as I can deal with $90/month easy.
The 512 ($414 base price then 10% off member discount, then $10 off coupon and then I got the 4.95 shipping deal. Win!)

-Mike
by MikeM
Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: AR-15 optics question
Replies: 51
Views: 3486

Re: AR-15 optics question

I think it is fine to start with a low end optic, if you are just using it as a test of concept, and you have somewhere in your home for it to go once you've moved up (even if that is just a plinker or even an airsoft gun). The number of cheap optics you will regret and have cluttering up the gear c...
by MikeM
Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Becoming an Instructor
Replies: 24
Views: 1775

Re: Becoming an Instructor

I'm not a firearms instructor, but I do train fighters. My advice, for what it's worth, is to compete and become a known quantity in the competition world, and then use that and your time in the military to spring board yourself into a position to teach others. My wins, overall fight record, and pra...
by MikeM
Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Your hobby stuff in the PAW?
Replies: 62
Views: 2894

Re: Your hobby stuff in the PAW?

I'm so incredibly boring as it is, I don't think my hobbies will change much. :lol: Let's see, I camp, hike, shoot guns, bows, blowguns, practice martial arts, and lift weights. That's it, beyond work, that's what I do. Occasionally I will get really crazy and jump in a ring or out on a mat with som...
by MikeM
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: The Zombie Hunter Shotgun
Replies: 26
Views: 4054

Re: The Zombie Hunter Shotgun

I think they went the wrong way on this: choosing cheezy graphics when something more subdued would have been cooler. Heck, a co-production with KaBar for a set of furniture to match the plague green of the zombie knife line would be better. I agree with Jeriah, a manufacturer looking to cash in on ...
by MikeM
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Anyone watch Sons of Guns
Replies: 785
Views: 45126

Re: Anyone watch Sons of Guns

What the show really needs (if they insist on doing these crossover episodes with Jesse James, American Cycle etc) is a Myth Busters crossover.

Come on, we could finally bust some worthwhile gun myths like AK reliability, DI vs piston, and the pyro would be epic.

-Mike

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