Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Correlation Between The Equipment You Choose and The Skills You Learn.


A Correlation Between The Equipment You Choose and The Skills You Learn.

I believe that when choosing equipment for survival use in the bush, there is more to consider than just ease of use and sustainability. Obviously when preparing for long term wilderness living, you need to choose equipment that will survive the years of use, but what about a correlation between the equipment & the skills you learn from using this equipment?
As an example, anyone can learn primitive fire lighting skills, they can learn about native plant tinders & the difference between tinder & kindling. They can learn about wet weather fire lighting & where to find dry kindling in the rain, but how many people do you think will actually learn these skills if they are using a BIC lighter or a ferrocerium rod & Vaseline cotton balls to make fire? Let us take another example; using bow & arrows for hunting. If you are using a bow for hunting, or even a muzzle-loader, you need to know how to stalk your game in close. You may only get the one shot, plus you need a clean kill or at the very least a disabling shot. But how does this compare to someone using a long range modern breech-loading rifle?
Now for those of you that now ask the question what does it matter? I say this, IF you are unable to get a fire going with your BIC lighter or if you should take a fall & break your lighter, how are you going to make fire? If you run out of ammo or your modern rifle malfunctions, how are you going to be able to hunt for food? Yes I know, you may have learnt how to make traps & learnt about trapping, you may also have more BIC lighters on your person, but you can surely see where I am coming from. I believe that a person who is primitive oriented & chooses to carry primitive equipment (pre 19th century), is likely to be more knowledgeable regarding primitive survival skills than someone who uses modern equipment.
What equipment do you use? What primitive survival skills have you learnt? Think about it!
Keith.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

What is Apocalyptic Survival?


What is Apocalyptic Survival?

There are many terms used for serious survival, apocalyptic, SHTF,TEOTWAWKI, in my book all mean the same thing; something big has gone down that seriously changes the way we live and the way we look at things around us (I do not include a nuclear strike in our vicinity that most people could not survive). It could be an invasion from another country; it could be an Alien invasion. It could mean that the grid is down from a terrorist strike. What it is not is a normal temporary black out. It is not a chemical truck turning over in your neighbourhood. So let’s get this straight, a real serious survival situation is not for hobby survivalists. A hobby survivalist can go bush for a weekend or even a weeks camp-out and they will probably be okay providing no natural disasters occur or the camp is attacked by feral humans.
Now I must say that there is nothing wrong with being a hobby prepper, providing you stay within the limits of your expertise, you should be fine. Enjoy yourself. I do not mean this to sound demeaning, but facts are facts. If someone’s main fire making tools are a ferrocerium rod, some bic lighters and a box of matches, then they are not thinking long term. They are only prepared for a short term survival situation. Anyone who carries only one knife and that knife is used for multiple bushcraft tasks is not thinking long term survival. Now a lot of these people will defend their choices of gear, and that is fine. I see no point in arguing the point. But the fact is that in a major survival situation, these people will not survive.
If you are a serious prepper/survivalist you will be using flint, steel and tinderbox as your main fire lighting tool, and you will have learnt at least one other primitive method of fire lighting as a back-up. Your main knife will be for skinning, butchering and defence, and your choice of blade will reflect this. You will have at least one other blade which will be for camp chores and general usage. You will also be carrying a belt axe/hatchet or tomahawk for the heavier cutting chores and for defence, and you will know how to use these tools to their best advantage.
My hunting knife.
My legging knife.
My friction blade clasp knife.

The serious survivalist will have some form of hunting tool suited to long term wilderness living, be it a traditional bow or a firearm. If it is a firearm then you need to think very carefully before making your choice. You know what sort of game you may encounter, and you know that you may also have to depend on this tool for defence. Do not compromise other important survival needs in your pack by carrying too much weight in ammunition. I choose to carry flintlock guns. A flintlock gun has many advantages over a modern firearm and some advantages over the use of a bow. But having said that I am still very much in favour of carrying a bow, both the bow and the flintlock gun are long term sustainable tools for wilderness living. They may have a disadvantage in a fire fight compared to a modern firearm, but I firmly believe that both are better than a modern firearm regarding their versatility and long term sustainability.
.62 caliber flintlock fusil.
.32 caliber flintlock rifle.
.70 caliber flintlock pistol.

Knowing how to make and use traps is important, their use on a trap line will save on ammunition, and they are working for you day and night. Learning primitive skills is very important; they will help keep long term, as will primitive equipment. Modern equipment will eventually run out or break down, and the hobby prepper who only carries modern gear will gradually find themselves living a Stone Age lifestyle. Those people who invest in pre 19th century equipment will not likely ever have to drop below that level of comfort, be it 18th century or 12th century because again, it is sustainable.

A quick word about so called 24 and 72 hour survival packs. As a get home pack I think these are a good idea, but as a survival pack to take bush, I personally would not advise it. None of us can predict how long we may have to survive in any given situation. Limiting your pack to mere hours instead of a lifetime in my opinion is pointless. Use your main survival pack all the time, whether it is just for a weekend camp or longer. This will make sure you are well prepared and it will make you more familiar with your gear.

Here below is a list of skills our group members learn and practice; also there is a list of benefits of using a flintlock muzzle-loading firearm. If you are serious about being able to survive in the future should anything major happen to affect our quality of living, then I urge you to be honest with yourself and evaluate the skills you have and the equipment you carry.
New England Colonial Living History Group 1680-1760.
This is a list of basic skills in which we expect an 18th century woodsman or woods-woman to have some experience with in our group. There is no time limit set, learn in your own time & if we can help just ask.
Keith.
·      Flint & steel fire lighting
·      Wet weather fire lighting
·      Fire-bow fire lighting
·      Flintlock fire lighting
·      Flintlock use, service & repair
·      Marksmanship with either gun or bow.
·      Field dressing & butchering game
·      Blade sharpening
·      Tomahawk throwing
·      Making rawhide
·      Brain tanning
·      Primitive shelter construction
·      How to stay warm in winter with only one blanket
·      Cordage manufacture
·      Moccasin construction and repair
·      Sewing
·      Axe and tomahawk helve making
·      Fishing
·      Hunting
·      Evasion
·      Tracking
·      Reading sign
·      Woods lore
·      Navigation
·      Primitive trap construction & trapping
·      Open fire cooking
·      Fireplace construction
·      Clothing manufacture
·      Drying meat & other foods
·      Knowledge of plant tinders & preparation
·      Knowledge of native foods & preparation
·      Knowledge of native plants in the area and their uses for other than tinder and food.
·      Scouting/Ranging.
·      Basic first aid.
·      Finding and treating water.
General leather work.

Advantages of a Flintlock Muzzle-loader.
1)   Ammo is less expensive than a modern equivalent caliber firearm.
2)  The smoothbore is very versatile, being able to digest round ball, bird shot, & buckshot, or any combination of two of these (can also use minies).
3)  The fusil is lighter to carry than a modern equivalent sized gun.
4)  You can vary the load if needs be.
5)  The smoothbore will digest other projectiles besides lead.
6)  Lead can be retrieved from downed game & remoulded with a simple mould & lead ladle. This means that you can carry less lead, & more of the lighter gunpowder.
7)  You can make your own gunpowder.
8)  You can use the lock to make fire without the need for gunpowder.
9)  You can use gunpowder for gunpowder tinder fire lighting if needs be.
10)        IF the lock should malfunction (these are very robust & it is not likely) you can easily repair it if you are carrying a few spare springs & a few simple tools.
11) If you do not have any spare parts & the lock malfunctions, you can easily convert it to a tinderlock or matchlock & continue using it.
12)        You do not need a reloader, brass shells, caps, or primers. The latter have been known to break down in damp conditions or if they are stored for too long.
13)         Wadding for ball or shot is available from natural plant materials or homemade leather or rawhide.
14)       Less chance of being affected by future ammunition control legislation.
15)        Gunpowder is easily obtainable providing you have a muzzle-loader registered in your name regardless of caliber (NSW)
16)        A .32 caliber flintlock rifle is more powerful than a .22 rimfire, less expensive to feed, more accurate over a greater distance, able to take small & medium sized game, & other than not being able to use shot (unless it is smoothbore), it has all the attributes of the other flintlocks.
17)        Damage from a .62 caliber-.75 caliber pistol or long arm is in the extreme. Wounded prey is unlikely to escape.
18)         By using buck & ball you are unlikely to miss your target. This load is capable of taking out more than one target.
19)        There is less kick-back to a muzzle-loading gun.
20)       Antique Flintlock muzzle-loading guns do not require a license, registration, or a permit to purchase in NSW Australia.

Here is a list of the equipment that I carry. As in everything, equipment is a personal choice based on experience.
Equipment List.
.62 cal/20 gauge flintlock fusil. 42 inch barrel.
.70 caliber smoothbore flintlock pistol.
Gun tools and spare lock parts.
Shot pouch and contents.
Leather drawstring pouch of .60 caliber ball (in knapsack).
Powder horn.
Ball mould and swan shot mould.
3 Gunpowder wallets
Lead ladle.
Butcher/Hunting knife.
Legging knife.
Clasp knife.
Tomahawk.
Fire bag.
Tinderbox.
Belt pouch.
Fishing tackle in brass container.
Two brass snares.
Roll of brass snare wire.
Knapsack.
Scrip.
Market Wallet.
Tin Cup.
Kettle.
Water filter bags (cotton & linen bags).
Medical Kit.
Housewife.
Piece of soap and a broken ivory comb.
Dried foods in bags.
Wooden spoon.
Compass.
Whet stone.
Small metal file.
Oilcloth.
One blanket (Monmouth cap, spare wool waistcoat and wool shirt rolled inside blanket).
Two glass saddle flasks.
Length of hemp rope.
Bottle of rum.

Times of Change. Finally!



The Seismic Shift to Freedom Through Out the Western World.
Headlines like “Trump“,
“The latest result of a populist wave that is set to upturn the political order”,

“2016 the Year that Changed Everything”,  are not true, most of the changes, almost imperceptible changes, have occurred during the recent 25 year period. These changes are all part of the war, which is almost as old as human history, the war between ‘central control of the few’ versus ‘freedom for the people’.
We can all easily appreciate the recent great efforts of Brexit, David Leyonhjelm and the Liberal Democrats combined with the success of One Nation, the Trump Victory and just recently the Shooters Party victory in Orange NSW. The Nationals suffered a record 34 per cent primary vote swing against them in a seat they have held since 1947.
We all I hope, want freedom in our lifetime, or it would be nice to feel that our efforts would result in freedom for our children and our children’s children, but we are only going to get that freedom by making the correct decisions, and not have our efforts miss directed under the many false flag organisations that spring up and demand your support.
The Genie is Out of the Lamp,
and that Lamp is now shining brightly into every nook and cranny of the international suppressive conspiracy.
The mainstream media are horrified, they try to box it into words of containment, ‘revisionism’, or ‘populist’ desperately attempting to minimalize us all as a temporary phenomena.

With no facts to oppose us their only resort is to demean us.
The media cannot understand that their programming of human minds, their push polls and false stories are not working. Throughout the western world the internet, they call it social media but really we should call it Free Media is fuelling a revolution, but it is a new peaceful revolution, (up to date) in reaction to the impositions and controls that have inhibited the common person for too long.
Now, freedom parties in Europe such as Geert Wilders, who identifies it well and calls his party the Freedom Party of Holland, Nigel Farage led the Brexit Movement, Italy has the Five Star Movement and Marine Le Pen’s the National Front in France. The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s with similar sentiment coming from Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic.  These movements all have the same issues in common, not just anti immigration, or anti muslims they are movements that are concerned with rectifying suppression of individual freedoms, such as Freedom of Speech, Freedom to retain their livelihoods, their jobs, their property, their freedom to defend themselves and their freedom from international interference in their countries decision making. They all oppose big international banking, the UN and oppose the free trade agreements, which for all who go to the trouble of researching them find that they are not free at all. They are designed to turn all people on earth equality to compete for the lowest wage, that is set by the central banking system. Work for nothing, or starve, country by country is the Free trade outcome, that they want. Any one who opposes the international disarmament treaty or the free trade treaties, or international control on climate change, or any of the controls over our freedom are treated by the political and media establishment as being so disreputable that we don’t have a right to exist.
We still have a long war to fight but now the Genie is completely out of the lamp, they can never close the lid and trap it again. They may try to kill Facebook, or control the internet, vet emails, but the populace of the western world has realised that the mainstream media is part of the problem, its authority is not just flawed, its been exposed as part of the chains that bind us down.
In the dark days of John Howard’s power trip in 2001 after he stole our rights, property, jobs and our avocations in 1997 and before he did it again in 2003, when he stole our pistols, closing shops, collectors, disarming even security guards accept his own people, I wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper. It was too extreme for them so like hundreds of other letters they did not print it, but here are some extracts.
Regaining our Freedoms will be a Long Term War -2003.
“To answer the many questions, as to why our freedoms cannot be regained for many years, is complex but it is ultimately due to the huge contrast of power between the few people within the academics/ politicians/banks who control the mainstream media and ourselves, hundreds of thousands of voiceless individual people.
We can understand that the same few who control the media also control the parliaments, and huge tools of coercion, the public service, the Police and the Defence forces, but fortunately in our system all that can be replaced by the re-direction of the one single, main power the ‘Media’.
The establishment demands more central control and the people demand individual freedoms. We are going to win this war but it is not going to end with one election victory, one battle, it will take many victories. Neither in theory, or in practice can the weak win against the strong, or the few win against the many. There will be an ebb and flow, it is part of the natural law of the universe every action will have an opposite and equal re-action. We think that obviously what is big and powerful now can always suppress the weak, but there is another huge factor, ‘Time’ and its ability to change the factors in the coming battles. In history very often the small progressive country conquerors the larger country with more people and more resources. Usually, the progressives have technological advantages, time takes its place and the progressive empire gets complacent and then there is a ‘revision’.
In our present case, the enemy, the Anti Gun members John Crook, Rebecca Peters, John Howard with the media building their credibility and regurgitating their every utterance makes them very strong and if we are not vigilant there is a danger that we will lose everything. It is not all bad news though, the enemy has its shortcomings as well.  They have the media but no numbers and no people on the ground in electorates, we have advantages as well. We have to use our advantages to remove their advantages and remedy our own shortcomings. So we can win final victory and avert total civilian disarmament, defeating this central power movement that seeks to choke the individuals to death.
Since our enemies have only one advantage, media power and shortcomings in numbers and we have only one disadvantage no media outlets and are only advantage is power in numbers, this has resulted in putting the Anti Gun people in a dominating position, we know that the battle ground has to be fought with the media tools, or we will always be in this inferior position of Subjugation (Slavery by another name).
The establishments power is so strong and ours so weak at present it is very difficult for our own supporters to see that the enemy have any shortcomings, but they will become more apparent as we become more proactive on the media battle grounds. We will lose more battles, but gain experience, we will be further from absolute defeat and nearer to victories as time goes by. As we have the numbers and even without the internet we can talk to one another, we have the telephone, we are getting comment on talk back radio, we are communicating and educating the up and coming generations, so they can resist this huge power grab by the anti gun elements within the major political parties. If we employ correct tactics to increase firearm ownership, to increase members of our clubs and train these people to be pro active in communicating their resistance to the government impositions, letter writing, petitions, articles, meeting, emails we can exploit our best advantages and expose their worst shortcomings. Then there will be a continual change in comparative strengths, we will get stronger and they will get weaker. As yet we have not fundamentally weakened them, they know we are here, but they marginalise us and call us conspiracy theorists to box us in.
History shows that disarmament does not work and where ever there is a vacuum other powers will seek to employ it.
Crime will continue to grow. Before John Howard’s disarmament, home invasion was unheard of, now its on everyone lips. To our north are countries that need our natural resource, yet do not need our small western population. Our defence forces are weak, the little island of Singapore could invade us and hold us. As time goes buy Australians will buy target and hunting rifles without mentioning the real reason, their fear in defending their families.  They will enjoy their sport, but keep their rifles close. This, we have to encourage as our numbers increase, and they can appreciate the impositions we live under, this will bring even more power to our cause, not only in our voting power but in creating our own media channels. We will have to sustain some losses but as international troubles increase so to will our numbers increase, we will not win quickly, but eventually we win in this long prolonged war. If we do nothing we may well lose everything.”
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Of course our opposition, those few who through there academic and media power state ‘they are fighting for freedom, by freeing their society from the threat of firearm owners’.   We cannot question their right to have free speech, and their right to have a free opinion, but I can question their hypocrisy of using the banner of Freedom by denying freedom to the two million licensed firearm owners in Australia who own property.
We, on the other hand deny none of their rights, yet they continually oppose our rights to free speech and the right to own property. This establishment quango, which is one small anti gun group, has used its power to systematic coerce another much larger group, the firearm owners. We are all supposed to be citizens of Australia, our police are citizens, our defence forces are citizens, the government employees are all citizens with supposedly the same rights as ourselves, but we are treated similar to slaves. These elite few dictate that government employees can have firearms to defend themselves and politicians, but not us, we the common working people are the downtrodden, the peasant peons who have no rights and no freedoms.

Check out who they vote with and if they do really support firearm owners?
Who Do we Trust, Which Party? The Answer. “Know Them By Their Fruits“.(View their past records)
We are in a long protracted war for freedom, this war will be won in three stages, we have been on the defensive during this early period, but now we are approaching the middle stage where we can have much more offensive action, (non violent of course) with a large part of our community now doubting all information from mainstream media and nothing that is spoken by the major party politicians. The main stream media and their masters have lost a lot of their power and we are gaining leaps and bound using internet sights, youtubes and facebook to communicate almost instantly, with the evidence plain for all to see. For the first time we are seeing some of there advantages weaken. We have lots of minor parties, as we have mentioned above, the Shooters, Fisher and Farmers Party, One Nation, the Liberal Democrats and the Katter Party. In this second stage of the our protracted war we have to discern and investigate to find which party, in our area, is going to be the most proactive and keen to remove the huge impositions and protect the law abiding citizens from the henchmen of the establishment. We have to remind each party that per the Crimtrac Annual Report for 2015/16 which has licensed shooters numbers at 1.98 million, that’s a squidgeon under two million and nearly 6 million licensed firearms, a national increase of 37 %.  14 million Australians voted at the last general election, 22 % voted against the major parties, so which policy is going to do the most for shooters. We all have to ask them, each and every one of us has to contact these parties. Ask them for a copy of their Firearm Policy. Then we decide. Then we can support the best of them, in every way that we can.

Never Ever Again, We Now Want Them Back With Interest.
The third and final stage of our prolonged war, and this part might be the hardest part, as when we get them elected and in power, we then have to ensure that they carry out the instructions of those whom they represent and not betray us like the Liberal and National Party did in 1996.
I have no doubt that we will win our freedom again, I just hope I live long enough to see it happen.
Ron Owen. Phone 07 54 825070.