Sunday, December 29, 2013

TEOTWAWKI. Further Down The Track.

There are basically two factions of TEOTWAWKI survivalists, the primitives and the modern. The modern survivalist are in the majority, because no matter how many of them believe that primitive skills are all important, they are not willing to give themselves over wholly to being primitive. They want the best of both worlds, and in my opinion this will not work in the long run. You need to be one or the other.
Modern gear and firearms will give the modern survivalist an advantage in a violent urban environment. Even if they grow a brain & get out of the city to survive in the bush, the early days should be pleasantly comfortable. But further down the track, this modern gear will start to break down, clothing, equipment and arms will become useless. The modern firearm requires breech-loading ammunition, which in the larger calibers is bulky and heavy. Out bush there will be no gun shops to supply more ammo, so they will have to carry it all with them. When it is spent, or if the gun should malfunction, all they have left is a fancy club.

But it is not just the modern equipment that makes the difference, it is the way of thinking and the attitude that goes with it. When most of the modern equipment is gone, they will be thrown back into the stone age, but with a modern mind and experiences.

My opinion is that the primitives will be the long term survivors. The level of comfort early on will not be great, but, it will not ever change. Whatever they start off with, they will retain. IF there is to be any fighting later on, it will be done with bows, slings and hand to hand. The 18th century lifestyle or earlier is well suited to this, but the modern survivalists will be totally dependent on their so called short bladed survival knives and possibly the odd machete. Some will experiment with making bows and arrows and other primitive weapons, but the majority will have a hard time surviving.

18th century primitives will have the advantage of carrying muzzle-loading guns, rifles and pistols, plus knives, tomahawks and possibly even swords. Bows will be popular, self-bows, not compound bows. They will have attained the wilderness survival skills of hunting, trapping, making moccasins and much much more. They will not be the ones to get into fire fights, they will be keeping a low profile and leaving the cities to live permanently in the wilderness. The bush will be their domain, a place where they will have the advantage.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Woodsrunner's Diary: The Housewife Sewing Kit and Comfort.

A Woodsrunner's Diary: The Housewife Sewing Kit and Comfort.: Everything we carry on the trail is for comfort. Different people have different ideas about what was carried by the average woodsman. But w...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Did David Use A Stone?

During my research into 18th century small bar lead, I came across some interesting info on slings and their ammunition. It seems that David may not have picked up a stone to slay Goliath, he may in fact have used one of three sizes of lead bullets.
There were three types of lead bullets made for slings, one for killing, another to break shields, and yet another to smash the timber boarding on ships. All of these were wielded in the common sling of that time.

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Ammunition You May Not Have Seen Before.

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Ammunition You May Not Have Seen Before.: Musket lead round ball joined together in 2s with brass wire. This is to inflict more damage. 17th century. Recovered from the wreck...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Self-Sufficiency. Constructing An Inexpensive Pig Pen and Keeping Pigs.. Video.

The Flying Tortoise: Mark Gunton, Local Idiot And Millionaire Went To A...

I hate trophy hunters who do not use the meat for food. There are people going hungry in the world, and this stupid son of a bi**h is shooting animals for fun.

The Flying Tortoise: Mark Gunton, Local Idiot And Millionaire Went To A...: Mark Gunton unfortunately, I'm ashamed to admit is a New Zealander. He's also an idiot and a millionaire. And one of those ignoran...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Flintlock tools.

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Flintlock tools.: Many people are put off getting a flintlock because they require more effort to make them work properly. Others start off with a flintlock a...

"Blow-Up" seems to be a clear message here!

The sign language used in the court room seems to be "Blow-Up", but is this meant to be a diversion, or is it the real plan? Are these people just a small part of a larger Terrorist cell? No doubt the British Intelligence organisations will be checking this out.

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Woodland Indian Leggings By Sheryl Hartman.

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Woodland Indian Leggings By Sheryl Hartman.: I did write several reviews on this book many years ago. My copy is now an old one. The new version I believe has a new cover image. I did t...