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  1. Best Camping Firearm

    I think there are many advantages to owning a good all around firearm. Whether it's for protection or food in a survival situation. I have some experience with a 30/30, but this would be overkill for more common, smaller game. I'm looking for something with a versatile chambering, that would give me some distance, protection, and ability to take smaller game if need be. Does anyone have any experiences with particular guns that they could recommend? Thanks!
  2. Alright guys... I just did a write up on the LMF II. Let me know what you agree with / disagree with, and if you feel I left anything out. http://manvsgear.com/2010/08/gerber-lmf-ii-asek-review/ -MVG
  3. A common topic of hypothetical conversation among my buddies is self induced survival. If you were dropped off in the middle of (in our case) the Desert with three items, and had to survive for a week, what items would you bring? I think the obvious is: A fixed blade knife, a ferro rod and a metal canteen. I think these items are essential for the following reasons. A good fixed blade knife gives you a platform to create a myriad of other tools. It's going to help you create your shelter and it serves as protection covering two of the three absolutes for survival. The ferro rod is not completely necessary and I often look at is as my "luxury item," but it certainly makes fire starting easier. It could also be used to scare away wildlife in a pinch. Stumbling upon water in the desert is a life saver, but most water holes you run into out here are going to be stagnant and full of bacteria. Having a metal canteen allows you to not only take the water with you, but sterilize the water through boiling. I wanted to see if you guys have any thoughts about this scenario. Would you bring anything different? What about different climates and terrains: would being in a forest, or in a mountain range change the type of gear you would bring? Let me hear your thoughts! -MVG
  4. Hey folks, I stumbled upon this forum a few days ago with much delight. I'm an avid outdoors man, camper, kayaker, climber, hiker, ect. I'm very interested in toning my bush craft skills and becoming all around more handy in the wild. I also run an outdoors blog with a couple of my buddies, and I'm sure I'll throw some links around from time to time and ask for feedback. Happy trails! -MVG
  5. 7 Day Survival

    @survivorgirl Haha, what happens when you get thirsty? @taken by the wind, I don't think an RV counts... You might get tired dragging it around all day, lol. @Matt I'm a big fan of a good tarp. Can't go wrong there. @Swede I've been looking into getting a spot! I want to start tracking my hiking trails and camping spots. How accurate would you say it is?
  6. Dual Survival Link

    Cody is hilarious! He's got a very realistic attitude, and his skills and knowledge never fail to amaze me. I'm hoping to get out to his complex here in Arizona soon and take a look around. Maybe partake in one of his courses...
  7. Gerber LMF II

    The Bayley knives are great. I looked into them a few years ago, but could never justify the high price point. The ebay auction might be the way to go...
  8. Hello from the Desert.

    Thanks for the warm welcome!
  9. Gerber LMF II

    I agree that the knife is quite heavy. I've been in the market for a nice, simple straight edge blade for short trips and hikes. I do love my LMF II, but it's just not the knife that you want to pack on every trip out. Here's the first half of the review: Designed as an all around survival knife for the United States Air Force, the Gerber LMF II packs in as much usability as possible. The average camper or backpacker will find this tool to be quite useful, though there are drawbacks to having a “jack of all trades” knife. One of the first things you’ll notice while handling the knife is it’s weight. The hefty LMF II weighs in at 3 lbs, which could be a deal breaker for some backpackers. Although, that weight comes in handy when using the blade as a hatchet, or using the flat hammer face on the butt of the knife. It’s thick full tang blade is perfect for battoning as it quickly splits logs and smaller stumps. I’ve had my Coyote Brown LMF II ASEK for about a year now, and I’ve really given it hell. The only part of the blade that suffers from my abuse seems to be the handle. The material at the cross-guard and just below the hammer face have really taken a beating, and there aren’t any options to replace or repair the handle. The handle of the blade is concave on both sides to assist in lashing the knife to a pole (in case you’re in a situation where you need to put a little distance between you and whatever might be considering you it’s next meal). It’s a great theory, but its never yielded any benefit to me, and the concave handle makes the blade a little tricky to handle when you’re trying to perform delicate work. The handle also happens to be insulated from the blade allowing you to cut through live electrical wire without fear of electrocution, though I’ve never tested that one out. Read more...http://manvsgear.com/2010/08/gerber-lmf-ii-asek-review/
  10. Hello from the Desert.

    I'm in Phoenix, Arizona. It's really a great place for outdoors enthusiasts. We're no more than 5 hours away from just about any climate or terrain you could imagine.
  11. Best Camping Firearm

    Thanks for the suggestion! I'll have to look into those calibers. I think my primary purpose in carrying a gun at this point is protection. I've had some encounters in the last few seasons that were a little too close for comfort with Bear and Elk. The ability to hunt small game is really secondary, and would only be necessary in a true survival situation. I like the idea of a shotgun, though most I've used are too heavy to trek around with for more than a few miles.
  12. Great looking knife and spoon! I might have to get in on this spoon contest... Your pictures almost make me feel homesick. I can't wait for a break from the heat so I can get lost in the woods for a few days.