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Gear Review / canteen - stainless steel water bottle
« Last post by Kbop on October 18, 2018, 07:32:28 PM »
I've been using klean kanteen stuff for a while now.  i love their insulated cups and single wall bottles.
i have made one change - i moved up to the 64 oz / 2L bottle.  its allowed me to carry more coffee (i put the packets in the bottle until needed.  I've added some electrolyte replacement powder.  put a mini sawyer water filter set in the bottle holder.  I have a nesting 48 oz / 1.4L cup.  i can put the cup over a small fire or take the cap off and put the whole bottle into the fire. 

it isn't a large change from my 32oz or 40oz bottles - but the cup is large enough to cook a meal in, or boil enough water for a typical freeze dried meal.  Once i'm sure it will work as intended, i'm going to put a spoon and sill cock key in the carry bag and remove my cooking kit from the car.  the bottle isn't a lot heavier than my current rig, but getting rid of the cook kit from my get home bag is a real weight saver - over a pound.

my car kit is designed for 5 days of support.  My area has enough 'biomas' to use a small stove without having to carry fuel. 

there are several good brands, but i like klean kanteen.  I've worn out the silicone seals (easy to replace) but never trashed out a bottle - and the caps are pretty tough.
Gear Review / Re: Best General Review
« Last post by gadget99 on October 17, 2018, 03:57:57 AM »
Worth the 8 minute watch.  I strongly suspect gadget88 will agree.  I found it on th first link below but had to go to the second to get a direct link.


Yeah this is a subject close to my heart.

The thing is. While experienced people can advise on what gear to load up on. Advice usually goes only so far.

Unfortunately this is one of those lessons that usually comes via the "learn the hard way" school.

Best advice I can give is to take a good look at what you have rigged up for ops and think about a few points.

1. Layer everything according to what is needed for the mission and time associated with the mission.
2. Never underestimate the length of the mission. A 12hr partol can turn into a 72hr situation in a heartbeat.
3. Make sure ammo and water take precedence over other stuff.
4. Carry on your person. Pockets, vest and belt ect. what you absolutely need to have with you at all times. Make sure you can move tactically and assault with that load. This is the load you will most likely be wearing 24hrs a day on ops. Make this layer your minimalist 72hr layer.
5. Then you can add a assault pack for more ammo and items to make life easier during the 72hr missions. (Remember you may need to shed this pack in a heated assault so remember you may loose it if thins go pear shaped)
6. The contents of the assault pack can be added to a larger rucksack for longer missions. (Once again you will be dropping this to allow for mobility in combat. So be prepared to possibly loose it.)

Best thing to do is to take the time and effort to learn the hard way in controlled conditions. Wear your gear for a whole weekend. I mean wear it the whole time. Learn ho to live in it. I have gone days without removing my gear. You just have to learn how to function that way. The hardest is learning how to sleep that way. Trust me it can be done.

Now this may sound a bit over the top. Yet the harder you train the better off you will be when you need it. You will also find out what you need to carry and how to carry it while still being effective. Each individual is different so you need to find the adjusted load that works for you and allows you to function well. That way you are able to not be distracted by your gear giving you grief when you need to be 100% on the mission.

Hope this helps.

General Discussion / New Picture for Living Room Wall
« Last post by Nemo on October 15, 2018, 10:23:01 PM »
or over the fireplace.   

You can buy a puzzle at   $16.00


News & Politics / Re: Sort of a democrat?
« Last post by JoJo on October 15, 2018, 07:18:08 PM »
News & Politics / Re: Sort of a democrat?
« Last post by Kbop on October 15, 2018, 06:42:51 PM »
:) politics  :coffeeNews:
News & Politics / Re: Sort of a democrat?
« Last post by JoJo on October 15, 2018, 04:17:07 PM »
 A Senator with a clearance (I can't remember his name) said he read the FISA warrant and there was not anything there that needed to be classified. As far as his taxes, why would he give his opponents more fuel to attack him? Remember they went after him for taking legal deductions and tried to make him look bad. Just saying.   
General Discussion / Re: Drone Threat
« Last post by Nemo on October 15, 2018, 04:02:57 PM »
I can hold the light so you can see what you're doing.  When do we start building them?

General Discussion / Re: Drone Threat
« Last post by Kbop on October 15, 2018, 02:54:26 PM »
sure, but without the cool sound effects and light show.   :cheers:

a good way to visualize this
- the microwave beam has alot in common with some radars or even the average microwave oven. 

the transmitted energy is used to cause an electrical differential between the tiny components inside an IC chip.  it causes physical damage through heat.  if you fry a couple of tiny gates on a typical IC chip, it can't function properly any more and it will keep anything that uses that chip from working.  thats the mode of damage when you put a cell phone in a microwave.

the beam is in the same frequency 'neighborhood' used by alot of cellphones - just much stronger and directional.
cell phones transmit around 3 watts max.
microwave ovens range from 1,000 to 2,000 watts.
put another way,
a cell phone could heat 1 gallon of water from room temperature to coffee temperature in around 2 to three days.
a klystron from a microwave oven will heat a gallon of water from room temperature to coffee temperature in 6 minutes.
i think a phaser - would just vaporize the water and a good amount of the wall behind it in a split second.
- in lab conditions :)
News & Politics / Re: Sort of a democrat?
« Last post by Kbop on October 15, 2018, 02:15:02 PM »
or... is Trump not releasing his taxes, FISA warrants and other items because there is something there he doesn't want in the clear?  I think the Republican Senators are protecting the AG from Trump.  They've gone on record saying so.

Hmmm, he could end the collusion conversation with the stroke of a pen and get on being POTUS if he wanted.

News & Politics / Sort of a democrat?
« Last post by JoJo on October 15, 2018, 11:48:19 AM »
 President Trump said he didn't know if Mattis was leaving but he is sort of a democrat.

 Could this be the reason President Trump didn't declassify the FISA warrants?
 No man could take the verbal beating that AG Sessions took from the President if he wasn't working with him. It's my opinion that the President and the AG are going to drop the hammer before but very close to November 6th and not allowing the democrats time to respond. :tinfoil:

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