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Captain Casual

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  1. Handgun thoughts

    After much more research I'm now looking at a glock 17 gen 4. Mainly because they are so much cheaper than any other gun here and seem like a reliable platform. I like the Walther PPQ the HK VP9 and the Sig P320 but they are all at least 400 more than the glock. The M&P is 1000 here compared to 800 for the glock but the aftermarket parts available for the glock is what tipped the scales between those two. It's a 6 month process to get your first handgun in Australia so I still have a couple of months to wait. I'm also looking at getting a Hera triarii carbine conversion, it's the closest I will ever get to owning a semi auto rifle due to our gun laws.
  2. Handgun thoughts

    Thanks for the info. Grip size is one of my concerns, I don't have huge hands. Is the beretta much bigger than the ? I do like the m&ps too. Problem for me is I can't even look at any of these guns unless I drive 6 hours down the road to the nearest gun shop that stocks them. So I basically have to make a decision based on research rather than experience.
  3. Handgun thoughts

    Ok gun people's, bringing back an old thread here but...what are your thoughts on the beretta 92a1? Also looking at the Springfield mod 2 tactical.
  4. Hiking tents

    Hi all, Just curious as to what hiking tents you guys use and recommend, or don't recommend for that matter. I'm going for a 6 day hike in a few weeks and am thinking I may need to upgrade. I currently have a cheap 2 man dome tent which has worked well for me so far however this trail is a bit more serious and recommends a 4 season tent. Any help would be good.
  5. Hiking tents

    This track has designated tent platforms so hammocks are a no go. I think it will be too cold for one anyway. Those Alps Mountaineering tents look not too bad, but unfortunately they are not sold in Australia. Not a big fan of teepee tents, this one which they call a backpacking tent weighs in at 7lbs which is a bit much for my liking. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/guide-gear-backpacking-teepee-tent?a=1677985 I ended up getting a Marmot Tungsten. I prefer the free standing tents as I have camped on so many surfaces where tent pegs are a pain to get into the ground. I liked the bent pole design that gives you more internal room as well. http://www.wildearth.com.au/buy/marmot-tungsten-2p-hiking-tent-blaze-sandstone/987509382 Thanks for the feed back!
  6. EBOLA.

    I just saw that. Apparently it has now been confirmed.
  7. EBOLA.

    Any updates? This is my go to thread for Ebola related news.
  8. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    His intention was never to die. Yes he may have been ill prepared but like I said it's not a survival manual. It kind of reminds of a kid with a new toy that gets so excited that they neglect to read the instructions and just want to start playing with it then and there. Anyway, I guess to put it simply I admire his thirst for adventure. I also found an interesting article I found about how he died. http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-chris-mccandless-died
  9. EBOLA.

    To be honest I have not researched ebola much. In your opinion with all the stuff going on in the world right now where would you rank this?
  10. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    Spot on Watcher.
  11. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    Into The Wild was never a survival manual, never was and never will be. It's about breaking free of the consumerist shit storm we call society. In his short life he experienced alot more 'adventure' than most people ever will. So many people I talk to would love to walk out of their boring 9 to 5 job, flick the bird to society and do whatever the hell they wanted to. Christopher McCandless did that and that is why I loved his story.
  12. EBOLA.

    Why does ebola appear to not be spreading exponentially? I would of thought by the time 3000 people have been affected that number would have doubled (or more) in 2-21 days? Am I missing something or are they actually slowing the spread? We (Australia) have had a couple of suspected cases so far but none have tested positive.
  13. Exaggerations and Other Lies

    I've told you a million times not to exaggerate.
  14. Permaculture

    I have just recently finished up a 3 month online permaculture course. I have to say it was one of the best educational experiences in my life. Permaculture is a way to live sustainably through practical design. It's not about living like hippies (not that there is anything wrong with that) or ridding yourself of technology. It's about using nature to your advantage through some very clever yet simple design principles. Quite a number of people on the course heard about it from the survival podcast. For those who are interested in more than just wilderness survival I strongly recommend you check it out. The following is a link for some videos that give you an introduction to the world of permaculture: http://www.geofflawton.com/sq/15449-geoff-lawton
  15. Permaculture

    Here's a couple of other videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzTHjlueqFI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wI9Arel9tQ http://www.permaculturenews.org/permaculture-tv.htm
  16. Permaculture

    The course costs money. But if you put in a username and an e-mail address on the right hand side you get access to a group of videos. They won't spam your e-mail but you will get e-mails notifying you of when the next course is on.
  17. Music Corner

  18. Music Corner

    This is a song I came across recently about growing your own food. I think the lyrics are rather cool.
  19. Campfire Talk

    Howdy all, I just stumbled across this article and for the conspiracy theorists amongst us it's certainly an interesting read. http://wtfrly.com/2012/12/16/newtown-school-shooting-inconsistencies-emerging-show-sandy-hook-event-may-have-been-manipulated/#.UNBXcG83vy6
  20. What new guns are on your wish list?

    Marlin xt-22. Cheap first gun to practice with. Christmas present to myself.
  21. Facebook, not completely useless.

    I discovered this facebook page yesterday that is well worth a look: http://www.facebook.com/homesteading Lots of home gardening/self sufficiency tips in there. I'd like to know if anyone else has any non-useless facebook pages they could recommend? Edit: Should probably put in the website too. http://www.facebook.com/homesteading
  22. Hello from Australia!

    Another Aussie, wooooohooooo! Welcome.
  23. Stanley camp cup...

    An engineer couldn't have designed that, it looks like it actually works.
  24. What is this?

    I was always taught not to identify snakes from their colours and markings because it's not a guaranteed result. The only accurate way is to count their scales. This can sometimes pose a bit of an obvious problem.
  25. Last weekend I stayed a couple of nights at my parents new property. The property is located roughly 2 hours north west of Brisbane Queensland. It sits just over 400m (1300ft in funny talk) above sea level at the highest point. It covers 556 acres and is mainly typical Australian woodland with a creek running along the back boundary. Wildlife is everywhere with deer, rabbit, possums, goannas, snakes, and bandicoots being just a few that were spotted on my short stay. I struggled with the camera lens fogging up so forgive the blurry photos. Early morning fog in the valley. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Small red belly black snake. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Skinned and ready for cooking My little brother and I did a day hike down to the valley, the going was tough with lantana being a big problem. The machetes were out on a regular basis. Uploaded with ImageShack.us This is the view from roughly half way down Uploaded with ImageShack.us The scenery that greeted us at the bottom made the hike feel well worth it Uploaded with ImageShack.us It was an amazing feeling knowing that we were possibly the first people to see this part of the creek. It was very hidden with trees and vines creating a canopy that gave the place a very cool atmosphere By mrmastermech at 2010-05-02 Uploaded with ImageShack.us Uploaded with ImageShack.us I promised swede a photo of the wildsurvive shirt he sent me Uploaded with ImageShack.us My camp. Temps were comfortable at the lowest being around 15c or 60f By mrmastermech at 2010-05-02 Campfire Uploaded with ImageShack.us This is called Mt walsh and is located about another 3 and a half hours north. It's quite possibly my favourite hiking/camping spot. Will do a review next time im there. Uploaded with ImageShack.us