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by sheddi
Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:10 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Catapults/Slingshots
Replies: 47
Views: 3747

Brash, where do air pistols fall in the UK, legally? I know I'm not Brash but here's a rough take on it. Air weapons are legal to own and use without a licence provided they meet certain legal restrictions, the chief being a limit on muzzle energy of 12 ft-lbs (rifles) or 6 ft-lbs (pistols). Here's...
by sheddi
Sat Nov 03, 2007 4:07 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: What would you do if municipal water fails in a drought
Replies: 35
Views: 2600

I have 300 gallons of stored water. I'm good. Don't believe that for a moment. My previous house, like many in the UK, had a water meter. My household consumption (2 adults, 1 small child) was typically 100 cubic metres (100,000 litres, about 27,000 US gallons) a year. On that basis, 300 gallons wo...
by sheddi
Sat Nov 03, 2007 3:53 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: MRE Depot discount
Replies: 22
Views: 2405

Damnit, there really is nothing like this in England. Google brings up next-to-nothing. Unless any Brits know of anything similar round these parts? 24-hour Operational Ration Packs. And they're cheaper in the UK than MREs are in the US (£5 a day if you shop cerefully). http://www.genuinearmysurplu...
by sheddi
Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Halloween Watch '07
Replies: 99
Views: 12591

L1Z4RD wrote:999? is that like our 911?
Yep.
by sheddi
Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: rumors of USAF tactical nuke strike on that Syrian site
Replies: 44
Views: 2143

Lynxian wrote:Should a small nucleair device going off in Syria not have showed up on seismology stations in Europe?
You would think so, that's what the CTBT monitoring network is there to detect.

Time for one of these, perhaps:
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by sheddi
Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:08 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Military style backpacks, are they worth the extra cost?
Replies: 48
Views: 6954

I know people that have retired their packs after 15 years – and these are people that walk hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of miles a year. In a similar vein, my main backpacking pack is a 65-litre Karrimor Jaguar that cost me around £100 (~$200) back in 1991, and is still going strong after be...
by sheddi
Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:44 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Gun crime in Britian up 4x since 1998.
Replies: 50
Views: 2655

There are a lot of variables though. Do shootings more often occur in areas where medical aid is available faster? Are different types of firearms being used? Looking at the more recent 2006-07 report, 55% of gun crime happens in the areas covered by the Metropolitan (London), Greater Manchester an...
by sheddi
Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Tabasco, Mexico has too much water.
Replies: 17
Views: 997

Re: Tabasco, Mexico has too much water.

Well right now they are saying 70% of tabasco is flooded. Tabasco is a state. On the tail of Mexico. It's the top foreign news story here in the UK. Reuters are reporting 80% of the state underwater. http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSN0150571820071102 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/ame...
by sheddi
Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Gun crime in Britian up 4x since 1998.
Replies: 50
Views: 2655

or they're more likely to pull the gun and not have to fire it? Sorry, I mis-typed in my previous post. It should have said: It's interesting that, in the original report, although the number of "firearms injuries " has increased from 864 in 1998-99 to 3821 in 2005-06, the number of "fatal firearm ...
by sheddi
Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: How and what do you guys use to make coffee when camping?
Replies: 34
Views: 3025

Re: How and what do you guys use to make coffee when camping

sharkchild wrote:How and what do you guys use to make coffee when camping?
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by sheddi
Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:48 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Gun crime in Britian up 4x since 1998.
Replies: 50
Views: 2655

Uh, no. In fact, you're completely wrong - your own Home Office says so. At least refer to the original Home Office report, rather than some second- and third-hand reporting of it. Here (537k .pdf) is the original report referred to in the Times article. For comparison, here (1.9Mb .pdf) is a repor...
by sheddi
Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: another evil poll
Replies: 14
Views: 1029

Lordiego wrote:Coffee during the day.

Tea after dinner.
Tea during the day. Coffee after dinner.

I must drink 4 or 5 pints of tea a day - but then I'm British so it's probably normal!
by sheddi
Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Halloween Watch '07
Replies: 99
Views: 12591

Brash wrote:Well it's that time again ... Wish me luck.
Good luck!
by sheddi
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:40 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Gun crime in Britian up 4x since 1998.
Replies: 50
Views: 2655

one could argue that before the ban criminals didn't know who might have a gun (even if they were rare), but afterwards they are sure no one does, thus making them braver. One could, but as the UK had no right of concealed carry (or open carry, for that matter) I can't imagine it troubling many cri...
by sheddi
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Gun crime in Britian up 4x since 1998.
Replies: 50
Views: 2655

I think what's more troublesome than the restrictions on guns is the courts attitude towards self-defense. Even if you use a perfectly legal weapon, or no weapon at all, you're the bad guy. For a run-down on UK self-defence law produced by the Crown Prosecution Service (the public prosecutor, the p...
by sheddi
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:13 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Gun crime in Britian up 4x since 1998.
Replies: 50
Views: 2655

Pistols are banned though. Not entirely true You can have a revolver - .38 only though I think. You can also have a black powder pistol, and you can also shoot .22 pistol. There are caveats though with respect to barrel length etc. You're 10 years out of date. The Firearms Amendment (No. 2) Act 199...
by sheddi
Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Alcohol Wipes and Iodine Wipes
Replies: 34
Views: 2394

Like bananas. They're full of potassium and people routinely die from ingesting large quantities. There's a story that Peter Andre (a 90s pop star) had to cancel a gig after suffering an excess of potassium. He was in the habit of eating bananas before performing to fuel himself up and overdid it t...
by sheddi
Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:22 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Alcohol Wipes and Iodine Wipes
Replies: 34
Views: 2394

Nexy wrote:Can the iodine be used to help protect the thyroid gland in the event of a radioactive iodine release? (attack on nuclear reactor etc?)
I'm not an expert, but I wouldn't expect the iodine in iodine swabs to be in the correct form to be absorbed by the body.
by sheddi
Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:06 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: I NO LONGER need DOS or windows 3.1 on 3.5" disc
Replies: 10
Views: 1337

Do you need a full OS or just a boot disk?

For the latter, try http://www.bootdisk.com/
by sheddi
Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Camo for Vehicles?
Replies: 41
Views: 5989

Re: Camo for Vehicles?

Does anyone have any tips? What patterns, colours, etc? A basic run-down would be great... Try this for starters: http://www.olive-drab.com/od_mvg_camo_patterns.php If that's all a bit too complicated, in temperate climes the British Army make do with two colours, green and black like this: http://...
by sheddi
Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Saran wrap
Replies: 43
Views: 3549

In the UK, we're told to wrap burns in cling film (which is what it's called over here) before we take someone to the hospital (after running cold water over it for 20 minutes). To prevent infection no doubt. Do you put anything between the burn and the cling wrap? Nope. Everytime I've been taught ...
by sheddi
Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: emp
Replies: 61
Views: 6402

crypto wrote:Every advanced piece of electronics other than the stereo is located in front of the firewall, under the hood. Cooked.
... and the stereo has an antenna that sticks outside the car body - it has to otherwise the radio wouldn't work. So it's toast too.
by sheddi
Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:43 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Day Hike with Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack and other EDC gear
Replies: 15
Views: 1915

Re: Day Hike with Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack and other EDC

That's a good write-up with some nice photos!
by sheddi
Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:36 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Stove combat!
Replies: 86
Views: 15588

I must get around to doing some stove comparisons ...

If you fancy an Optimus but the 111 Hiker seems too big for you, there's a Russian clone of the smaller 8R Hunter available for $40 from A&H Packstoves.

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