I purchased a pair of Blackhawk waterproof tactical boots a couple of weeks ago from OpticsPlanet.com’s daily special website Dvor.com. The site had them for under $110 with shipping. The boots were delivered in a few days and I strapped them on my feet right quick. At first they were a little tight. I wore them for a full day to let the boots form to my feet. After 12 hours I did not have any blisters or hot spots and I did not even notice I was wearing new boots.
I’ve been wearing the boots not stop for three weeks now. They became even more comfortable as time went on. I’ve purchased other high end boots over the internet but I’ve never been satisfied with the quality or the fit of the boot. I usually wound up returning the boots or giving them to a family member that is not as picky as I am. The Blackhawk tactical boots exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend them.
I forgot to list the contents of my individual first aid kit in the last post. The complete list of items is below.
Complete List of Contents
- 1 Specter Gear medical pouch
- 1 Tourniquet
- 1 Celox gauze roll
- 1 Celox 25 gram granule pouch
- 1 Medical shears
- 1 Quickclot sport 3.5 x 3.5 in gauze pad
- 2 2×2 in gauze pad
- 3 large knuckle band-aids
- 3 medium knuckle band-aids
- 4 large band aids
- 3 butterfly closures
- 1 small needle tweezer
- 4 pks ibuprofen
- 1 10 count advil travel bottle (not shown)
- 1 chapstick (not shown)
- 2 doses benadryl / diphen
- 6 doses sudafed
- 3 pks triple antibiotic ointment
- 5 antiseptic towlettes
- 2 alka seltzer
- 2 pair vinyl gloves
- 1 5×9 in gauze pad
- 2 3×4 in gauze pad
- 1 4×4 in gauze pad
- 2 3×3 in gauze pad
- 1 6.5x4in mole foam
- 2 3in wide gauze rolls
- 2 ft duct tape roll
- 1ft duct tape roll
- 1 small roll medical tape
- 3 safety pins
- 1 triangular bandage
- 1 elastic bandage
- 1 betadine solution ampule
It’s about time that I got my Individual First Aid Kit in order. As most thing this is a work in project and it changes constantly. My current IFAK is encased in a Specter Gear PALS/MOLLE Compatible Modular Individual First Aid Pouch. I combined an Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight and Watertight 7oz First-Aid Kit and a Adventure Medical Kits Trauma Pack with QuikClot and added a SOFTT-W Tourniquet, a CELOX Gauze Roll, 5-Foot by 3-Inch, a 25 gram packet of CELOX First Aid granules, a pair of Medical Shears, a tube of Advil (not shown), sudafed, a couple a packs of Alka Seltzer, a stick of chapstick (not shown) and a some hand sanitizer wipes.
I put my IFAK on my magazine carrier to use when I go to training classes. It is a little bulky and sticks out a bit from my side but once I start moving around I don’t really notice it. The size is 6 inches wide 7 inches high and 5 inches deep. I estimate it’s weight at about 2 plus pounds. I wanted to have the first aid kit portion of the kit in a separate pouch that I could easily remove. I made sure to put a small carabiner on it just in case I had to hang it on my gear or put it somewhere else. The first aid kit itself is split into two individual waterproof pouches that allow me to access the individual components. Here are some pics.
My house is pretty darn close to a nuclear power plant. It makes me uncomfortable but I can’t just move out to the middle of Wyoming to error on the side of safety. It’s a nice thought but I’ve gotten used to a salary and all the nifty bobbles it allows me to buy. In the mean time I bought some anti radiation pills mentioned in a previous post and I have my fingers crossed.
I know it seams like wishful thinking but the reality of the situation is that you can only do so much to prepare. Thinking about all the things that can go wrong can be crippling. If something happened and several million people started to panic trying to get out of a city would be a horrific experience. I’m preparing as best as I can for the worst and hoping for the best. In the mean time here is a website that can get you started on worrying about your future or if your lucky not at all
The potential for nuclear radiation poisoning from the nuclear power plants failing are Japan is very high. My friend who lives on the West Coast was expressing his concern yesterday and I e-mailed him some links to products on Amazon.com. Last night the products were available. Tonight the products are back ordered and not available for several months.
Last year I had the foresight to buy several packs of iodide pills just in case something happened on the East Coast. I have a lot to be concerned about because there is a high concentration of nuclear power plants here. I hate to think that my life would be dependent on the governments foresight to protect me and my family. They can’t even get pot holes filled around where I live so I don’t give them too much credit.
I bought the Iosat Iodide tablets below. If anyone is concerned about radioactive poisoning now is the time to get some of these pills before the world supply is depleted for the next several months.
I went for a screening of Restrepo — a film by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington last night. I want to discuss the film a little bit and why I think it is worth seeing. I spent a little over three years in the military as an infantryman. While watching Restrepo I had a smile on my face because it reminded me of a lot of what I did like about the military; the camaraderie, traveling all over the world and shooting really awesome guns. On the flip side there was being exhausted all the time, waking up at 5 am to do physical training and occasionally watching your friends die in training accidents.
This movie is worth watching because you see it from the soldiers perspective. There isn’t any agenda associated with this movie, it’s as if you’re looking over the shoulder of a soldier. I went through a lot of shit that most civilians would never understand and formed a strong bond with a lot of the guys that I was with. Even though my units never went to combat we completed training that would make most men quit and we did it no matter what the weather was like or how shitty we felt. Whoever watches this movie will get an excellent understanding of the bond us soldiers share and how hard it is to talk to non military people about our experiences. To this day I miss my friends who I served with over the years. May God watch over them.
I picked up the Grayman Satu folder a few months ago. I saw the pictures on the Grayman’s Knives website and I knew the knife was going to be big. It still did not prepare me for the size of it when I opened the box. It’s one hell of a big knife. The first thing I did was inspect it closely. The knife did not have any machining marks or scratches and all the screws were tight. The action was initially stiff. I put a little white lithium grease in the action before I began to open and close the knife a couple of hundred times in each hand over the next several days to loosen it up. I know that may seem a bit obsessive compulsive but it’s the way I get familiar with the action of a folding knife. This way I get very familiar with the knife and opening it becomes second nature in both hands.
I primarily wanted to use this knife as a hiking knife. I was looking for something very well built that I can put in my pocket or backpack. Since I live on the east coast I have to be more discreet than those of you who live elsewhere. The knife has a really strong clip that will hold on to your pants like a leech. It might be a little to tight in case of an emergency but I’m not carrying this knife as a self defense weapon. You can definitely use it as such but that’s not it’s main purpose. I would like to test this knife further but I can’t bring myself to start chopping at branches just for the hell of it. For now it’s residing in my home waiting for it’s first trip into the woods. Until then I will have to leave you with a bunch of pictures.
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I would like to point everyone to these two videos on You Tube. There are two parts. The first half is from the perspective of a defense attorney and the second half is from the point of view of a prosecutor.
Defense Attorney’s Take on Not Speaking To Police
Prosecutions Take on Not Speaking To Police
So you want to bring down your local dictator? Well here is a manual that will give you the knowledge to bring down that pesky lone leader of the country that you’re currently living in. From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation by Gene Sharp is the book for you.