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Monday, March 28, 2011

Pellet Guns, Not Just For Kids Anymore

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The survivalists’ old standby for hunting small game has always been a small .22 rifle or pistol. While definitely no replacement for a good rifle, the pellet gun offers several advantages in a survival situation, here are a few to think about.

Why a Pellet Gun?

By Josh (The Survival Kid) and Captain Bart
1. Open Carry. Open carrying or storing of firearms in a vehicle or in public is prohibited in most Air Gun for Survivalareas, but there is no such restriction regarding pellet guns in most areas (Check with your local law enforcement agency).
2. NoisePellet guns are much quieter than a traditional rifle.  With almost no report outside the immediate firing area, with a pellet gun you are able to hunt small game without giving away your location or your activity.  Some new pellet guns come with a legal suppressor (No stamp required).
3. Economics.  The pellet gun is more friendly to your wallet to purchase and maintain than a rifle.   The ammo is also much cheaper and lighter to carry around.  A pellet gun can easily take down small game from the size of a turkey on down to a squirrel.

Is a Pellet Gun a Deterrent?

While I do not condone using a pellet gun for self defense, a pellet gun is a powerful deterrent for 2 reasons:
A. It is very hard to tell a pellet gun from a regular rifle, especially looking down the barrel.  Note: This applies to Law Enforcement Officers as well so take care not to appear threatening – getting hit with a 9mm round because you had an air rifle could ruin your day.
B. Getting shot with a pellet gun hurts like hell and no one wants to get shot with one.

Configurations

Pellet guns come in two different styles, those that are powered by bottled Co2, and those that are air gun huntingpowered by the air around us that is compressed by pumping a lever on the gun. The single pump air rifles actually compress a spring that drives a piston to compress the air for firing.  Still an air rifle but as the gun is used, the spring may weaken so check the history of the gun before buying. The type that is powered by muscle power is the more viable option in a survival situation because it does not rely on a non renewable fuel to make it shoot.  They are also available in pistol and rifle configurations. Some pellet guns can fire in excess of 1200 fps.  Be sure to get a gun with a minimum velocity of 550 fps, to be most effective against small game.

Ammunition Diversity

Pellet guns come in two different sizes of ammunition, the more popular being .177 cal. A box of Air Gun Target Shooting550 rounds of .22 Lr. ammo is about 20 dollars, which works out to around 4 cents a round, not much but lets consider the cost of pellets.  A tin of 300 .177 pellets is about 2 dollars, which works out to about $.6 cents a round (less than a penny a shot).  Also in some pellet guns 4.5 mm BBs can be fired for target shooting, the price for 2400 4.5 mm BBs is about 4 dollars, which works out to about $.4 cents.  The difference in ammunition prices is obvious, even if you just use a pellet gun for cheap practice, you will save a bundle on ammunition prices.  The fundamentals of shooting are the same with a pellet gun as they are with a real rifle.

A Little History

Historically, air rifles date back to the late 1700s.  In fact, at the time they were at least as capable as the gun powder fire arms of the time.  The Girandoni Air Rifle air rifle carried by Lewis and Clark could fire up to 40 balls of around .40 caliber at velocities similar to black powder guns of the day.  A replica put a steel ball through pine boards at 100 yards – definitely a lethal weapon.  Its drawback was that it took 1500 pumps to have that ability.  That plus the expense to build made them a rare weapon.  Still with a 22 round magazine, it was impressive to the Native Americans they met on their travels.  Since the explorers were very careful not to let the Native Americans know how many guns they possessed, the supposition was that EVERY member of the expedition had one of these fine, multi-shot weapons.  No one wanted to start a fight with these super weapons in the hands of their enemies.

Notable Air Gun Brands:

Weihraunch
Benjamin
Walther (8 shot repeater)
Beeman
Gamo (I own one of these, never had an issue with it)
Diana

Conclusion

Even the big bore air rifles would not be my first choice for a survival weapon, they definitely have a place in a survival battery or a possible hunting tool stored in a below ground Survival Cache.
When you need a cheap means for taking down small game, or perhaps a gun that you are going to need to stash some where for long periods of time without worrying about it affecting its reliability or your ammo going bad, consider the pellet gun.  The pellet gun is also the perfect way to introduce young shooters to the concepts of gun safety.  While the pellet gun may not be the ultimate tool for survival hunting, it has its advantages for sure.
Please tell us about your experiences with pellet guns in the comments below.
Photos by:
Evan Ross Murphy
Somnambulant
Estevan Wildlife Federation



Fallout: Natural Sources Of Iodine

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One of my less tasteful friends made the comment that Japan had to wait sixty years to return the favor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I suppose, in a sense, he was correct.

There's been much in the news about having to deal with potential radioactive fallout from the Fukushima powerplant's possible meltdown. Unit One and Unit Three have already been rocked by explosions and the threat to the remaining reactors is growing. Some news articles contend that a meltdown is in progress, or a partial meltdown has already occurred.

If a meltdown does, or has, happened fallout in the form of heavy and light particles will rise into the atmosphere and travel across the Pacific Ocean on air currents.

Maps tracking fallout patterns to the west coast of North America as well as an excellent article can be found here at Modern Survival Blog. It has updates on the developing situation and pertinent information regarding personal preparation.

The good news is many of the heavier particles will drop out of the airstream over the Pacific and probably not make landfall in North America.

The bad news is the more fine, lighter particles, will travel farther before dropping out of the airstream. These will make landfall, possibly as far as Colorado, before dropping out.

The good news is that if the quantity of fallout is small, it will be so widely scattered as to essentially disappear into normally present background radiation sources.

And there's where the hitch is.

How much fallout North America will have to deal with is also a question that is, pardon the pun, up in the air. If we use Chernobyl as a representation of a possible scenario, an estimated 50 TONS (100,000 pounds) of nuclear fuel "evaporated" in the explosion and fire. Much of it landed in the area immediately surrounding the plant, and even more in the areas downwind in the Ukraine. But significant materials remained in the air so that it traveled and triggered radiation detectors in Western Europe, and even the Eastern US.

Remember, Chernobyl was a single reactor. Japan is dealing with the potential for multiple reactor failures.

What most people should be concerned with are Cesium 137, Strontium 90, and Iodine 131.

Cesium 137 is released by reactor accidents and presents a significant health risk in that it distributes itself through the soft tissues and is a strong source of ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation can destroy your DNA and disrupt the body's cellular functions. Half life is 30 years, and the primary path into the body is ingestion and inhalation.

Strontium 90 is not likely to be released by a reactor accident, BUT it can be. Strontium 90 mimics calcium and is readily taken up by the body. Half life is approximately 30 years and the primary path into the body is ingestion and inhalation.

Iodine 131 is readily absorbed by the thyroid gland as it mimics the non-radioactive form of iodine which is needed for the production of certain hormones. Half life is 8 DAYS, not years, so that is a sort of a blessing. Primary path into the body is ingestion.

Three simple steps to protect yourself from ingesting these elements:

Wash all produce thoroughly with clean running water.

Wash all cans of food prior to opening them to avoid potential contamination from radioactive dust that may have settled on the cans. (Remember your pets, too!)

Avoid drinking from open water sources (streams, ponds, etc.).

Much has been said about purchasing Potassium Iodine (Iodate) in order to flood your thyroid with the needed element to prevent the uptake of the radioactive form of Iodine. Apparently, there are rumors of panic buying.

If you find yourself unable to locate iodine supplements, there are natural sources that are readily available.

Kelp

Arame

Wakame

Laver (Nori in Japan. It's that greenish/black paper-like wrap around makizushi )

Seafood (fish and shellfish)

Yogurt

Cow's Milk

Eggs

Mozzarella Cheese

Another strategy is eating peanuts, soybeans (and related like Tofu), canola oil, cassava, strawberries, pine nuts, millet, pears, peaches, spinach, bamboo shoots, sweet potatoes, and anything in the Brassica family. These are known to inhibit the absorption of iodine by the thyroid.

This last suggestion is a stop gap measure only to be considered if you do not have access to a source of iodine.



The time is now………

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Just over the past few years there has been a lot of disasters on this small planet. There have been tsunamis, earthquakes, tornado’s – and more. Nature is always threatening and if you are reading this then you are not unfamiliar to the man-made problems that can occur. The word seems – at least to me – to becoming more and more volatile and dangerous. I tend not to post much about specific “current event” disasters such as what is going on in Japan right now because so many do it better than I.  However – the unfortunate events that are affecting tens of thousands of people should serve as a reminder that anything can happen at anytime.
If you value the safety of yourself and your family – the time to prepare is NOW.
Over the past few months I have been stepping up my prepping. Increase food stores has been and continues to be a priority. I have a plan made on what I will continue to do over the next few months and into the Fall – and it revolves around suring up my preps in several areas. I suggest you do the same.
I have been planning on doing an “Introduction to Prepping” post for some time and this will NOT be it. No matter-  I want to throw out a few ideas and suggestions especially if you are still in the beginning stages of prepping.
  1.  Food & WaterGet it! Without it you are in bad shape. Stock up on what you currently have in your pantry by buying extras. Shop the sales and get foods that provide sustenance (calories).  Fill your cabinets and then fill totes. Buy spring water by the gallons. Store water in containers such as rinsed soft drink containers. Buy a water filter such as a Berkey or at a minimum those you can find at Wal-Mart and Target. The bottom line is – and although food prices have increased recently – you can find good deals and with a little bit of money you can buy quite a bit if you shop sales.
  2. Firearms - Get something! If you already have a firearm – great. Do you have plenty of ammunition? Do you have magazines for it? When was the last time you shot it? You need to be able to use your firearm proficiently. Time for a reality check: There are a lot of bad people out there. If a significant disaster happens – and you have supplies – there will be those that do not have supplies and they WILL come to take yours. Don’t doubt that statement. What guns to have has been discussed many times – but if you could only have one  – a shotgun is a pretty good choice.
  3. Methods for Light - Got flashlights? One of the first things to go in a disaster is power. Without power – once the sun goes down your ability to see will be gone as well. Flashlights are incredibly powerful nowadays and relatively inexpensive. Buy several and have plenty of extra batteries. I recommend getting ones with LED bulbs as they sip from the batteries and last a very long time. Battery operated lanterns as well as those run from oil or propane can be used to light up an entire room.
  4. CommunicationLet’s talk! Sitting with your food, guns, and flashlights will be stressful enough without any method of contacting others and finding out what is going on with the situation. Have a battery or hand-crank powered radio available so you can listen for incoming news. If you have a battery powered radio-  have plenty of extra batteries. If you are not alone and have family members-  get a pair or two of FRS/GMRS radios so that should someone need to leave your position to patrol, check shelter conditions, or whatever – you will have some method of communication. Most likely in ny type of disaster cell phone service will be absent.
  5. Medical/First AidGet a good first aid kit!  If you or a family member  has a medical condition requiring medications -stock up on extras – as much as you can. Having a decent first aid kit is the first step in preparing for any kind of disaster when it comes to medical situations. Stock up on extra rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial hand sanitizer, Clorox bleach, and Lysol will assist in keeping sanitation-related illnesses at bay.
Call this a “Call to Action” to sure up your supplies or just a reminder. Either way – the time to prepare is NOW….while you still can.
Take care all – Rourke
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