Okay, it’s happening.

Thanks to the guys at “The House of Steel”… Knifemaker Idaho

Salome LIVES! ;)

Concept;

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Raw;
Salome Begins - Rough blade shape on 1095 Steel

Shaping;
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This ain’t no “Sissy Knife”, boy. This is a “MONTANA EDC”. From carving meat to carving through a car door…

Salome LIVES!

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They say the quickest way to a Man’s heart… is through his chest… Yep. This’ll do… ;)

This is gonna be a “Big Bad Wolf” blade…

“Open up or I’ll huff and I’ll puff… and I’ll cut yer freakin heart out!”

Muwahahahahah!

Stay tuned as Salome gets her “dress”…

Salome LIVES!

Now please excuse me. I gotta go take a cold shower… ;)
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Something really exciting is happening! A dream I’ve had for a long time is being fulfilled.

Recently, a new pal down in Idaho, David Marcotte introduced me to one of his pals in the Knife Building Guilds…

Now David is no slouch. David is a pretty good knife artist in his own right. He builds blades worthy of coveting, for sure. If you’re looking for a great knife, David is a great bet. In fact, he sharing one of his old stand-bys with me, to use as a field knife.

During some of our conversations. he pointed me at a knife building resource and in one of the exchanges, I mentioned that I had a “blade of dreams” that was far beyond my reach, but lodged deep within my heart. You can only dream about these blades. These blades cost hundreds of dollars, both in steel and in craft and dozens of man hours to bring to life.

And there’s the rub. Most of us can only dream about these blades because we can never reach them financially.

Nonetheless, I posted a photo of the blade I had in mind, with a few suggested changes.  I don’t need a hog-leg Bowie knife or some knife destined to be wielded by a crazy Aussie in a Crocodile  movie. What I need is a working, hunting, fighting, fiddling… kind of knife.

Sure, it will have some kind of cool inscription on the blade. Something like;

“This knife came from the depths of my heart. Don’t make me lodge it in yours.” 

Maybe I’ll even do it in Latin. LOL!

But I digress.

Somewhere along the way, as I described my dream… the dream grew legs.

In cooperation with Seth over at Knifemaker Idaho

We’re going to run a series of posts on TBE about Knife Lore. We’re going to talk about what metals are best, what designs are the most practical in an EDC and HOW great blades are birthed.

It will culminate with the construction of a blade that I’ve dreamed about for years. Some guys dream about cars or girls… I dream about tools. Go figure!

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I want a blade fitting a “Montana Life”. In rural Montana, we go from truck to horse to ATV to truck again. When it finally stops snowing, we break out our bikes for a few days of cruising mountain passes. So, I need a “special knife”. I want it for EDC (Every Day Carry) and I want to watch my young son watch it as it’s being used daily. When it’s his turn, I want that knife to fill his hand as he uses it confidently.

“This was my father’s knife. One day, it will be my son’s knife as well.”

Seth is one of the finest young knife artists in the country. His mentors are guys who are considered by most in the trade to be “Gods”. Seth builds  knives for his mentors. They think that highly of him.  He has a lot of wisdom to pass on and we hope that you’ll tune in and enjoy the lessons.

If you’re currently interested in having the very best in blades, Seth is a guy that you need to have a discussion with.

Stay tuned.

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Okay, here in Montana, we haven’t seen the sun in a while. But soon, I’m told that “Old Sol” will make an appearance and all this white stuff will finally melt.

Snow to the Fence TopsWhen you can see the grass… that means that it’s time for Camping! :)

When we camp, we establish a base camp and then we explore out from there on horseback. I’m not talking about overnighters, I’m talking about a few days to a week at a time. And that kind of “camping” mean good cooking. My kids will eat MRE’s for a day or so, but the novelty wears off quickly. They need real food cooked in non-conventional ways.

Imagine their shock when you show them how to cook burgers or bacon (or better yet, burgers WITH bacon) without a fire.

Part of sustainability is using available resources to complete tasks. And what better way to cook your food and make your coffee, than to use the sun to do it for you?

Here’s a novel way of building a solar cooker that will really excite you… especially if you’re standing too close to the focal point.

You can find these TVs on the curb on a regular basis. You can go into a TV repair shop and ask them for the lens out of a rear projection big screen TV. I called several local Repair shops and they told me that they could come up with the parts I required from a dead set, for a few bucks. You might tell them it’s for your kid’s science project, because once your kid sees this, he or she is going to quickly come to the realization that it’s an easy “A”. That kid of yours will be pretty popular when they’re passing out hot dogs grilled on the playground without a flame. :)

Imagine having one of these out on the back deck to heat water for tea, cook meat or just start the occasional “spot fire” for grins. Hey! I’m betting if you could find a big enough scrap TV, you’d get a lens big enough to heat a hot tub!

(I’m just kidding. You’d need a fresnel lens the size of a bus…)

One of the cool things about this is that there is no flame, so there is no “smoke”. You may be able to smell those burgers or hot dogs, but you won’t be able to tell where they’re  cooking at…  It’s cooking in stealth mode!  Tell your kid that you’re cooking like the Ninjas do… ;)

Try it. Once you’ve  done that, you’ll find it’s addicting. Or, maybe it’s just the bacon. Who knows? ;)

Here’s some more information on fresnel lens usage;

the-lexinator Now, take it a step further. You can find “page sized fresnel lens kits” at  the dollar store. I found three of them today at three different dollar stores for under $3 each. They call them “page magnifiers”. They’re fresnel lens in a 8.5′ x 11″  page sized format. They look like sheets of clear plastic with lines etched in them. Put one in your pack and you have one more way to start a fire or heat water without matches. Heck, if you get really bored, you can always use it to read a survival handbook with, before you hit the sack… ;)

A team of entomologists from the University of Illinois has found a possible link between the practice of feeding commercial honeybees high-fructose corn syrup and the collapse of honeybee colonies around the world. The team outlines their research and findings in a paper they’ve had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Since approximately 2006, groups that manage commercial honeybee colonies have been reporting what has become known as colony collapse disorder—whole colonies of bees simply died, of no apparent cause. As time has passed, the disorder has been reported at sites all across the world, even as scientists have been racing to find the cause, and a possible cure.

To date, most evidence has implicated pesticides used to kill other insects such as mites.

In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence to suggest the real culprit might be high-fructose corn syrup, which beekeepers have been feeding bees as their natural staple, honey, has been taken away from them.

You can read more about this, HERE.

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Veteran’s Create Backlash Against Obama.

A movement has been started by our armed forces, to get out the vote in 2014.  They are organizing themselves, but this can be done by all of us.

The President, the Commander in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult that our troops are often killed or wounded before they can even get permission to fight.

MANY of us have experienced this personally and considered ourselves lucky to have survived it.

Nothing has been done to stop our troops from being murdered by Afghanis they are training, either.  Now, Obama is pressing the US to sign on to the UNs International Criminal Court (ICC), which would allow the UNs ICC to arrest and try US troops for War Crimes, without the legal protections guaranteed under US Law, and from which there is no appeal.

The President, with his Democratic control of the Senate, has nearly all the power.  If the Non-Establishment can take back the Senate in 2014, our troops can once again be protected from unnecessary danger.

Please consider this, and send it on to your mailing lists.

Thank You and Semper Fi!

Interestingly enough, when GWB was President you heard about the military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan almost daily.

With Obama in the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet.  More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months.

This is more than the combined total of the nine years before.  Thirty soldiers died in August.

During the last month, over 50 additional NATO and US servicemen have been murdered, inside jobs by those who are hired to be a force for good in Afghanistan.  The commander in chief is AWOL.  Not a peep out of the White House in response, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half-staff for the Sikhs that were killed.

There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.

It has taken on a dangerous tone.  No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war.  Obama has had 4 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform.

But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president.  Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members.  This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.

The million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls.   It might not keep another one hundred U.S. troops from dying between now and November, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heart breaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement, that hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who just lets our soldiers die.

Veterans:  Please forward to your lists.

High Priority!

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It’s snowing… again. It’s hard to believe that Spring will arrive soon. In fact, I’ve come to believe that the word “Spring” in Montana is a myth, an urban… er… rural legend and not factual at all.

After weeks of heavy snow the rains came turning everything to slush, ice and flood waters. We’ve actually had flash-flood watches and warnings for a few days.  Then, G_d looked down, saw the ground, realized that we hadn’t mowed our yards and then… said in His redundant way (at least if the weather of late is any indication)…

No Trampolining for you“Let there be SNOW… again!”

… He sent more snow to blanket our lawns again so that He wouldn’t have to see the crabgrass.

At least that’s MY theory.

(Josh’s theory is that someone is conspiring against him and his “trampoline practice time”.)  ;)

As we spend more and more time indoors trying to stay warm, it gives us an opportunity to start giving thought to our gardens this year.

Between the construction of new greenhouses, the installation of vertical gardens and the introduction of the “aquaponics sheds” which will provide both produce and protein, it’s going to be a very interesting year.

Did you know that you can grow 44 lettuce plants in a little over 6 square feet? Did you know that you can grow many types of produce, like tomatoes and herbs this way? Did you know that you can do it almost effortlessly?

Did you know that you can do it using large buckets, a few submersible pumps, some PVC Pipe casing and a few Photovoltaic panels?

Did you know that you can do it in far less thyme… er… time than the “traditional” way?

(Oh stop groaning. You knew it was coming…) LOL!

Vertical Farming methods“Well, did ya, punk?”

Sorry, I have no idea where that came from… probably all this talk about getting “dirty”… or the lack of it, actually.

The new motto for TBE is; “Oh GROW UP!”

And there’s your clue.

The Bubba Effect (TBE) isn’t about filling your basement with “beer and ammunition”. TBE is about preparing your family for hard times, no matter what “suit” they wear.

Sustainability is about “surviving many wolves”… and not becoming part of a flock of sheep.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to start pushing “garden tech” on TBE. It’s time to stop “thinking about gardening” and start “doing something about it”.

I had a whole list of chores to do today. I need to wash the Jeep. I have too many trucks and some rube… er… interested party” is coming over to take a look at it.

For those of you looking for an inexpensive BOV/Ranch/Hunting/Fishing rig… it’s got all the right buttons to push; Grand Cherokee Limited, Big strong V8, Full time 4wd, Winch Bumper, Lifted, rebuilt suspension front to back, power everything… ;)

Hump Day“Whew! There’s a bullet dodged!” :)

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Sometimes, in the field, you fall “hard”.

And unless you got guys like our pal Gino (USN Corpsman and all-around “Wild Child” ) backing your play, you might get banged so hard that you don’t get up.

Got a sucking chest wound? It’s time to hammer that med kit for gear to patch the hole. What have you got in yours? Duct tape?

Personal Survival KitGot a “PCIK” to stabilize it with until you pop smoke?

The H&H sterile Penetrating Chest Injury Kit provides proven emergency care for general, sucking, and exit chest wounds. The Penetrating Chest Injury Kit combines two products, both pre-sterilized and vacuum sealed in a 5 mil poly bag for easy storage and use.

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The Bolin Chest Seal is one of the most advanced and reliable treatment for a sucking chest wound on the market. Sucking chest wounds require an emergency first aid solution that is fast, direct, and effective. The Bolin Chest Seal is a sterile occlusive chest wound dressing for treating open pneumothorax and preventing tension pneumothorax that result from gunshots, stab wounds, or other penetrating chest trauma. The patented failure-proof triple-valve design of the Bolin Chest Seal allows air and blood to escape while preventing the re-entry of either, thereby eliminating any unwanted gas or liquid exchange at the trauma site.

The large (6” diameter), rugged polyurethane disc structure of the Bolin Chest Seal can cover practically any size chest trauma site. The thickness of the disc prevents any disc wrinkling from occurring during application. In addition, the wound side of the disc is covered with a thick layer of jell-based adhesive, strong enough to not only seal over hair and blood but also flexible enough to be removed and reapplied to the trauma site if required.

The H&H Penetrating Chest Injury Kit pairs a Bolin Chest Seal with an H&H clear Wound Seal that is used to seal an exit wound, offering a quick and effective way to treat penetrating chest injuries. Every first aid kit needs one of these!

The Penetrating Chest Injury Kit contains:

One (1) H&H Bolin Chest Seal, providing a flexible, creaseless solution for sucking chest wounds with its triple valve design, thick super-adhesive layer and heavy duty application disk. One (1) H&H Wound Seal Kit for penetrating chest injuries and exit wounds with a sterile 6″ x 8″ polyurethane rectangle coated with a thick super-adhesive hydrogel layer along with an ABD Pad.

These usually run in the $30+ range. The vendor has them  on sale for $22.95, but if you use “TheSurvivalPodcast.com” discount code (TSP01) you can get them for $13.95 each.

Jack has made a deal with the Vendor to allow anyone who reads  his blogs and listens to his podcasts to get in on the deal.  You can order yours, here (remember to use the discount code – TSP01);

http://store.oldgrouch.biz/mipechinkitw.html

I’m buying three and I should actually buy a few more, for “just in case” situations.

People ithe-lexinatorn the medical field will tell you that these are a must have, and have many uses  beyond treating gunshot wounds. There are all kinds of wounds where a kit like this could save a life. They’re a great thing to have in your BOB, your car and  your home first aid kit.

Get yours NOW before it’s too late.  And after you do, drop Jack a comment on his blog to say thank you, okay?

Here at TBE, we’re constantly reminding people that sometimes, the solution to their problems is right under their feet…

Many of us think of the obstacles to come and we wonder how we’ll build bridges to insure that our way of life goes on, uninterrupted, as things around us change. Whether or not it’s Mother Nature, act of man, or just bad luck… things change. The strong adapt while the weak falter.

So today, we’re going to introduce you to someone who just “thought outside the box”…

This is the story of 78 year old Pat Delany, one of the leading creative minds  in a field called Appropriate Technology — (AT) technology that is best described as;

  • small-scale,
  • decentralized,
  • labor-intensive,
  • energy-efficient,
  • environmentally sound, and
  • locally controlled.

No “spring chicken”, this grandfather came to the AT field as an outsider, inspired by a second-hand description of a news photo. But his visionary home-built machine-tool designs now have the potential to help millions of people bootstrap themselves out of poverty.

Delany didn’t have any formal engineering education. Delany didn’t have vast cash resources. What he did possess was experience and a thirst to develop open-source DIY machine tools that have been embraced and spread by Appropriate Technology’s conference-hopping, grant-getting establishment.

In simple English… he needed a  tool. He didn’t have the cash to just go buy one. SO, he built one from scratch.

pat_delany_multi-machine diagramDelany’s beast is called “The MultiMachine” and it is built on two engine blocks. The six-cylinder block in back (A) uses one bore to hold the mill’s spindle (B) and another above it to hold an overarm (C), which extends out to hold a tailstock for using the machine as a lathe. The block is held up on a wheeled engine stand (D). Driving the spindle, and mounted around it, are a fast motor, a slow motor, and three pulley clusters (E), all of which allow the user to run the spindle at a range of speeds and torques by swapping belts around. These drivetrain components are bolted to existing mounting holes on the block, like for the oil filter or to angle iron brackets (F) bolted to new holes drilled and tapped in the block. The spindle itself is just a piece of pipe that rotates inside bearings salvaged from a car differential.

Key to his design is what he calls the “adjuster,” a small ring around the spindle that acts like a bike axle ball bearing adjuster. A variety of tools — like a lathe chuck, end or horizontal mill, drill, saw with blade up to 14″, grinding wheel, sanding discs — can be attached to the end of the spindle, enabling the MultiMachine to do virtually all metalworking operations. The overarm can be replaced with a shaper or slotter.

The worktable (G) is a metal plate bolted flat atop a four-cylinder engine block (H) that sits beside the main block. Each block has a vertical plate bolted to each side (I), and these pairs of plates interlock and serve as a slide mechanism that lets the work surface be raised and lowered by an automotive jack that supports the lower block. After you jack the table, you keep it in place by clamping the vertical plates together. And by applying a bit of jack pressure, releasing the clamps, and tapping the lower block with a hammer, you can raise the table just a few ten-thousandths of an inch, a level of precision that Delany calls “amazingly repeatable.”

Think about the tools you use from day to day. Do you understand them enough to duplicate them, or cobble together a close facsimile thereof, in case of failure? Do you require tools that you cannot reach?

Pat Delaney did. And then… he put his back into it.

We can learn a lot from guys like Pat Delaney.

You can read more about Pat Delaney and his inventions, HERE.

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There has never been a better time to start (or continue) preparing for “difficult times”. As America is battered by “Storm and Stupid”, we remind you that a full larder and preparations for hard times is mandatory, if we’re going to see our families through “whatever comes”.

Many readers have contacted us lately asking us if we think that Obama’s kneejerks are anything but sabotage. Many feel that far from creating jobs (and thus bolstering a struggling economy), Obama is actually trying to prevent them from being spawned in the first place.

Obama recently picked up his pen and drafted yet another one of his executive orders, this time raising the minimum wage for any business working federal contracts to $10.10.

He actually said; “It will lift millions out of poverty immediately.”

LIE Number #1.

According to the records, there are only approximately 1.6 million people working at minimum wage, and most reports put that number at approximately 1.4 million employees.

Naysayers will claim that he means that the wage earners and their families will be somehow, miraculously be saved.

Um… Bull. Those same reports document that the vast majority of minimum wage earners aren’t even “heads of family” raising a house filled with dependents.  They’re “family members”.

Obama is demanding that business owners with employees working on federal contracts must pay a minimum wage of $10.10.

Okay, let’s look at that for a minute.

If I’m an employee with a few years service at one of these companies and I have worked my way up to $10.10, but a new hire immediately gets the higher wage, you can bet that I’d have a big problem with it.

The logical thing to do is to go to my boss and demand a raise, right? I mean… since I have more time in, I should get, say… $12.00 at least. Makes sense, right?

And my supervisors living on the clock aren’t exempt either. Their skills surpass mine or they wouldn’t be my bosses, right? Surely, since everyone else is getting  a raise, they’ll want one too.

Allen West nailed it when he said that this is just “wage inflation” in another wrapper.

Obama says he’s “boosting the economy.”

That’s LIE Number #2.

What happens when you make it harder for businesses to operate profitably?

They start cutting costs, usually by laying off workers.

This is just another batch of Obama’s “BIG LIES”…

He’s trying to buy votes from the stupid and gullible. What choice does he have? His butt is on the line…

November is coming.
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It’s heavy winter here in Montana. We’re digging our vehicles out of the snow daily. A LOT of us are using our heads and keeping our trucks and  SUVs stocked with “just in case” gear, in case we have to “bail out” and trek through the tundra.

Many of us don’t keep a fully stocked BOB (Bug Out Bag) in our trucks at all times. While it’s a good idea to do exactly that (especially in severe weather), it’s “bat crap crazy” not to have SOME KIND of support gear on hand, just in case.

Here’s a cool bag from SO Tech that doesn’t take up a lot of room.

This is their very popular “Go Bag Extended”. This is a versatile, high quality, sling bag that is “Made in the USA”. It’s extremely durable and has a lifetime guarantee.

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From the SO Tech website;

Built as a survival bag for America’s elite special operations forces, the S.O.TECH Go Bag is cylindrically shaped for easy access and extraction from a downed aircraft or burning Humvee.

Made in the USA

Designed for Heliborne and Humvee Mounted Personnel

The only thing worse than getting shot out of the sky or hit by an IED is knowing that you now have to get your kit and get the hell out of the area. Our Go Bag was designed for Helicopter crews and Humvee personnel, so that in the event of a crisis, they could grab the bag on the way out of the vehicle. It fits perfectly in the spaces that exist in a Helicopter or Humvee, which are too small for a ruck, but could be a great storage site for an E & E bag. The options for this bag are endless. The Medics fit a roll-up stretcher in it, the Spec Op shooters use it for E & E kits, and when you’re not shooting and moving, it’s a great Bail-Out-Bag for your car, home or gym.

Concealed Carry Device Bag

The tubular design gives a civilian look and masks large devices. Extended version is 3″ longer and can be used as a concealed device bag. This extended version of the Go-Bag was designed as a covert carry option for the shooters who need a device close by, while still being low profile. This is the perfect system for 17.5″ devices and the upper and lower components of a similar device. This is perfect for contractor work where the principal understands the need for such devices, but the situation dictates a low profile signature. The outside has two pouches where you can store and assortment of mission related items. The inside has room for a Cordura® covered foam divider, the Go Bag Insert (SGBI), sold separately – for a broken down device, or any other kit you find necessary to your mission.

Hydration: 100 oz (3 Liters) – bladder sold separately
Warranty: Lifetime
Material: 1000 Denier Cordura®
Weight: 2.0 lbs

Dimensions: Length x Width x Depth
22 in. x 5.5 in. x 6 in. (internal main)
9 in. x 5 in. x 3 in (2 external pockets)

Volume:
627 cu. in. (internal main)
135 cu. in. (each external pocket)

The GO-Bag Extended is indeed a great Bail-Out-Bag for your car, home or gym. From the looks of it, it can also be used to carry a take down rifle. Each of the large outer pockets will carry (4) 30 round mags, easily.

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Street price is $135.00, but if you google it, you can find them for about $100, with free shipping in several places.

On the SO TECH website, it’s currently on sale for $99.00 in Coyote Brown (SBG-X-CB). Multi-Cam(SGB-X-MC) or Ranger Green (SGB-X-RG) will cost you $145 and $135 respectively.

And yes, you can even get it in BLUE, but it’ll cost you almost 2 Benjamins to do it. Personally, I wouldn’t. It’s just not my thing.

If you’re a member of Jack Spirko’s MSB (Member Support Brigade) over at SurvivalPodcast.com (as of Feb 11th 2014) he can save you 10% though a deal he has running on his site for the Coyote Brown (SGB-X-CB) bag. I don’t know how long this special offer will last. If it interests you, go ask Jack.

About Jack Spirko;

We get emails and PMs asking about Jack on a regular basis. We’ve never been on his podcasts (talking about ISBU shelters or any other survival/prepper topic – although we know that we’ve been recommended to him and that people talk about it) but we’ve heard many of his podcasts and caught ourselves nodding our heads in the right direction most of the time.

Jack’s not just “some strange guy in a closet podcast booth in his basement.” He takes this stuff seriously and he’s got a big fan base and a whole tribe of paying members to help keep him moving the message forward.

Jack Spirko (along with his guests) shares good intel in his podcasts and from time to time he offers his paying members good deals on gear. I’ve met him. He’s not a bad sort, once you get past his “game face”. Like all of us, he’s intensely focused. Go into it with an open mind and be patient. We often hear that Jack is a; “Love him or Hate him” kinda guy. It’s quite possible. It should be noted that the same is often said about us. All I can say is that a wise person would want to listen to him for a while before they make any judgements. ;)

Additionally, we don’t have any association or affiliation with SO Tech or Jack at TSP (The Survival Podcast). We’re not card-carrying members of his tribe. Nor are we getting paid a referral fee or commissions by anyone.

As always, we’re just interested in showing you new gear that will fill a slot and make you safer.

Till next time.
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