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Power is a problem when you are out in wilderness areas and a big problem during an emergency situation.

Here is a good idea from Got2Go Prepared on YouTube.
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A medicinal plant that you might find in the wetter parts of Texas. From Dave Canterberry.

https://youtu.be/CELyFI6jKDM
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I usually like to use this space to share information, but this is going to be one of those rare occasions that I take a position. If you are a prepper and have pets, it is your responsibility to plan for them as well. Domestic cats and dogs are just that, domestic.
They rely on us to live.
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I have a Yukon Outfitters Mosquito XL hammock on the way. I am really looking forward to testing this one out.

Hammock camping is all the rage in the bush craft YouTube community, so I think that this is going to be fun.
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Ozark Trail Multi-Purpose Knife And Spork Set

By Ric Hubbard

Building a bug-out-bag can be a tricky proposition. I am putting together a light bushcraft/bug-out-bag for camping trips. It will also serve for a grab and go situation. Putting together a new kit means new gear and that means covering the expenses related.

I always have an eye out for inexpensive gear that looks like it might hold up. Cheap gear is usually exactly that, cheap. When you get lucky you can find pieces of gear that are both inexpensive and of a quality good enough to hold up. If you do not know about Wal-Mart then you have been living under a rock for the last 20 or so years. In the sporting goods section you will find products that go by the brand Ozark Trails. This is Wal-Mart’s house brand of camping and sporting goods.

Ozark Trail products come from several vendors. They are sold as one product line so the quality runs the gamut from really bad to good. For instance, you can't count on the backpacks to last more than a few months even under light use. But you do find pieces of gear that are worth the expense.

The Multi-Purpose Knife And Spork Set is one such piece of gear. This is not one of those spiffy new Titanium super sporks that cost an arm and a leg. This is a $3.47 knife and spoon/fork set made in China of stainless steel. The manufacturer added in a few extras to give it some extra value that makes it a good value for what you spend.

Each piece has a bottle opener at the end. Most beverages these days come with screw-off caps, but you will come across the bottles that requires a cap lifter. They positioned the bottle opener on the knife in such a way that can cut yourself if you are not careful. It would be better designed if they had reversed the layout so that your hand rested on the back of the blade. As it is, use the spork to open any bottles, it will be safer.

I also question to cap lifters. It would be better to include a can opener on one of the utensils. In my opinion, the ability to open cans of food is more important in a survival situation then opening a drink. You can add a sharp edge to one of cap lifters, providing a way to get into a can as needed.

Each one of the utensils also has three hex wrenches, sized 6, 8 and 10 mm. These are common sizes amongst camping gear so they should be useful. I would think that since there are two utensils I would think that six sizes would be of added value. Again, you have to use the wrenches on the knife. If you apply too much pressure, the serrated edge can cause an injury.

Eating with this kind of gear is not the same as the utensils that you use at home, but they are functional. Some camp forks that I have seen have a sharp knife edge that I worry would cause the risk of a cut while you eat. This kit has a separate knife that I find more useful and safer.

I was looking for a good set of affordable eating utensils to go into my kit and when I came across this set, I decided to give it a try. I am satisfied with this in my kit and I rate it as useful, but there is room for improvement.
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Wisdom is where you find it, thanks to Rob Pincus and Guns America.
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A short story. One of my goto rifles is a Mossberg 100ATR in .308. Awhile back I made the mistake of running steel cased ammo through it and I ended up ripping the extractor out of it.
I recently contacted the service department to inquire about getting replacement parts so that I could get it running again. I expected to pay for the parts because the rifle is long out of warranty. To my surprise I was sent the parts gratis.
That in it's self is good service.
The extractor parts are a small spring, a .10 inch steel ball baring and the extractor. I think you can see what could happen if you are not very careful. I emailed back to ask advice and was offered a phone call to help me through the process. Not being the patient type, I worked out a solution on my own, but to Mossberg's credit I got a call on Tuesday to make sure that I had figured it out and offer any help that could be given over the phone.
I appreciate Mossberg and Lety for taking the time to provide great customer service.
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I am gathering a little info on survival sharps. What is your go to - small knife, large knife, machete or an ax/tomahawk?
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