What Was Your Prep for Today?

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Sun, Aug 7, 2011 - 10:22pm Poor Boy
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@ Poor Boy re: PT92 9MM

We went to the range today. I was very pleased with the PT92.
It was surprisingly easy to shoot, a real pleasure. Recoil was almost negligible and keeping the sight on target was not a problem (credit its nice heft - approx 2.7lbs loaded).
The trigger was more sensitive than our revolver, so I needed to adjust for that. At 7 yds, it was very accurate, at 15 yards I confess it took 3 shots for me to find the target, but after a couple of clips, my groups tightened quite nicely.
My wife liked it especially for the lessened recoil. Her accuracy was more sure which she attributes to a combination of its easier trigger pull, lessened recoil (no flinch concerns) and better sights (than the revolver).
As our first 9MM purchase, after 150 rounds, it seems it was a very good choice.

Thank you for providing the Taurus history link.

Mon, Aug 8, 2011 - 1:28am rock collector
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You chose well as there are

You chose well as there are many things to like about the Taurus PT 92/99, not the least of which is the price. I have one of each, and they are my only 9mm pistols. The transition from double action (DA) to single action (SA) trigger pull is something to get used to. I carry mine or keep it in a drawer with a round in the chamber and the hammer down, safety on or off, so that when presented the first shot will be with the DA trigger pull, which is much longer than the very sweet SA trigger pull of this pistol. It's a bit more difficult to hold the sight on a small target through the DA trigger pull, so it's a good thing to practice at the range. I'm happy that you're happy with your purchase!

Tue, Aug 9, 2011 - 10:22pm Gil
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Gil Yep!  They're both great

Gil

Yep! They're both great pistols. Like you, I have one of each. Bought my 99 back in 88 from a friend that had a gun shop in his hardware store. The PT-99AF listed at $459.95 in those days(I paid $265). About six months ago I accidently picked up a new PT-92 for $325 (last years production according to the serial number. It shot much better groups than the 99 but it has a really gritty trigger that had a very stiff DA pull of about 12 pounds. It was almost unbearable compared with the 99. So what does one do with a crappy trigger? Go to a gunsmith and wait for a call that the job is done and then give him money. Well, I didn't want to wait and didn't want to pay and know nothing in the end. So I searched a little bit. It was too easy.

check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rLitVzLUgA

Worked like a champ! Both pistols shoot tennis ball size groups at 15 yards. No FTF's or FTE's with either factory or handloads. That's shooting either ball, HP or cast semi-wad cutters.

A bad day at the range is better than a good day at work.

Wed, Aug 10, 2011 - 12:11am Poor Boy
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Sweet!

Both of my pistols were purchased in the last 4 years, so they both have the "almost unbearable" DA trigger pull. Thanks and a tip of the hat to ya!

Wed, Aug 10, 2011 - 12:17am
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I just picked up another

I just picked up another dozen #10 cans of Mountain House freeze dried food. Between our stash of MH food and what we have canned/preserved on our own, the wifey and I have about a year's worth of food. Nice to be able to sleep at night knowing that you have some stuff on hand in case the SHTF.

Wed, Aug 10, 2011 - 12:28am Vernon Wormer
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Water bill?

This sounds so good I want to try it. VW: did your water bill go up significantly with your new system?

Thanks,

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Wed, Aug 10, 2011 - 9:08am
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firewood

Having a face cord delivered tomorrow. I've already got tons of it piled all over the place, but he's a sweet old guy and when he calls I don't have the heart to tell him no!

This isn't a metals blog anymore. It's a right wing circle jerk, masquerading as a metals blog.
Thu, Aug 11, 2011 - 12:06am Eric Original
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Bought an ar15 this past

Bought an ar15 this past weekend. next up a glock i think :)

Thu, Aug 11, 2011 - 8:30am
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We canned a bunch of chicken

We canned a bunch of chicken and pork over the last week. I took about 100 lbs of jars full of food out to storage (things we had canned over the last two weeks that were piling up in the living room). A bit more tidy now. The dogs were pleased when we found a can of chicken that had lost its seal and had to throw it out to them (didn't catch it for a few days). Gotta remember to check those seals. If we had caught it earlier, we could have refrigerated it and thrown it in with the fried rice we made last night.

Thu, Aug 11, 2011 - 5:07pm tmosley
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Canned chicken

I canned chicken for the first time today, thanks to help from a friend. Those of you like tmosley who are old pros will laugh at me, but I was so excited to do my first few jars.

There is something particularly empowering about canning your own meat for storage. Now we won't have to just eat rice and beans....!

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 - 10:09pm
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Soaker hose on the roof

@rat

The part of town that I am in is still flat rate for water. They have been threatening meters for years but can't seem to find the money.

ps. It was 93 or so today and the house was still 78. I'll let you know what the power company thinks next billing period.

Sat, Aug 13, 2011 - 2:27pm
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buBBle gum

bought out the local VONS that had orbits buBBlemint on closeout for .69 a pack. got 38 packs 4 26.22. going to the other vons in the area this afternOOn.

enjoy everyday
Sun, Aug 14, 2011 - 7:16pm
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Our prep is continuous

In the last three weeks we added 7k worth of physical to the stack, bought several years worth of toiletries like soap, toothpaste, Carmex, shampoo etc, and harvested the next years worth of garlic including seed for planting this fall. All of the underreported social unrest in the country caused us to pull the trigger on purchasing a pair of pocket pistols earlier than planned. Carrying a bigger Glock is ok in winter but becomes harder to conceal in the summer so we got a pair of Ruger .380 LCP's along with two hundred rounds of target ammo and forty rounds of Hornady 90gr hollow points.

We will be buying equipment and supplies to load our own in the next few weeks. Shooting for fun is such a kick in the pants that we need to reduce costs by loading our own.

I_S

Mon, Aug 15, 2011 - 3:24am Indentured_Servant
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Reloading your own is an

Reloading your own is an excellent way to decrease your costs. However, unless you have someone that you trust that is already experienced you will probably make many mistakes. Some can be corrected, some cannot. You may waste some money buying the wrong stuff, however making bad choices in the selection of components or committing errors in the actual loading loading process have the potential to damage your firearm and cause serious injury to you or innocent bystanders.

Perhaps you already have these areas covered in your planning and there is no need to worry. If not, before you buy equipment and components improve your knowledge base. Reloading lets you custom tailor your ammunition and potentially reduce your costs. It also will afford you the ability to have ammunition when it is not readily available thru normal retail outlets. .380 ammunition was one caliber that was severely affected for about the first two years of the current administration after the last election.

A few suggestions:

Purchase a loading manual. shop around there a lots out there. Hornady, Speer, Lee and Sierra are a few of many that are out there. The better loading manuals provide excellent information of the loading process and always address safety. Don't buy a manual that you can't open and examine the contents. Keep written records of what you load and how it performed, the benefits should be obvious.

You will need a powder scale, loading dies, a loading press and a powder measure. You will need powder, bullets and primers. Your best prices for components will be bulk purchases specifically bullets and primers. You will want a bullet puller to disassemble questionable loads. The hammer style inertia pullers are safe to use and you will not damage your bullet. Other types that grab the bullet will damage it.

RCBS, Lyman, Redding, Hornady and Lee market a relatively complete package for reloading.

see: https://www.midwayusa.com/ or https://www.wideners.com/index.cfm

or https://www.cheaperthandirt.com/Default.aspx

lots of stuff available there. Primers and powder can be puchased and delivered to you but there is a hazmat (freight) charge. Try to support your local gun shop it's always good to have a local source of supply even if it costs a bit more.

See if there are any gun shows in your area, if so you can usually buy powder and bullets in bulk and save shipping charges.

There are lots of good web sites that usually have reloading data and folks that will help you. Here's one site https://www.reloadbench.com/menu2.html Try them.

If you are only going to reload pistol ammunition then you want to purchase carbide dies, that way you can eliminate the lubrication step and the attending cleanup. Carbide dies are only made for straight walled cases like .380, 9mm or .45. Rifle cases really need to be lubricated and failure to lube the case will result in the case getting stuck in the loading die. This is very un-pleasent and it will cost you. You will either have to buy a stuck case removal tool or replace the die that you will probably wreck when to try to remove the stuck case.

Finally, types of cases that you can't/shouldn't reload. Steel cases, aluminum cases (usually Blazer), Berdan primed cases (usually foreign manufactured) and old military cases (might have used corrosive primers).

If you are going to reload military surplus cases you will probably need some spare decapping pins because you will nodoubt bend one while resizing the case and primer pocket swaging die because of the crimped in primer.

Mon, Aug 15, 2011 - 10:24am Maryann
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Maryann wrote: I canned

Maryann wrote:

I canned chicken for the first time today, thanks to help from a friend. Those of you like tmosley who are old pros will laugh at me, but I was so excited to do my first few jars.

There is something particularly empowering about canning your own meat for storage. Now we won't have to just eat rice and beans....!

No laughing here. This is only my second year canning meat. You are right, it's a world apart from canning vegetables. With meat, you are actually EXCITED to go get some out and make a nice meal with it. Just yesterday I took down some roasted turkey I canned last year and put it in some Mexican cornbread, along with sweet corn, also canned last year. Had some leftover batter, so I made some griddle cakes, and MAN were they good. I may never make cornbread again. The little griddle cakes cook so much faster, are nice and moist, and have a wonderful crispy texture on the outside, and softness on the inside.

Mon, Aug 15, 2011 - 11:43am
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And what are you

preparing FOR today? (inflation or deflation?)

Not to coopt the thread, but what you do depends largely on what you are preparing for. We here in Turdland have pretty much settled on a consensus that hyperinflation is coming, and that our preps should be based on that assumption. But I sometimes wonder... can you have hyperinflation when there is no money? All the USD that the Fed has been creating and pumping into the government, banks and equities markets does not exist in any physical form. They do not PRINT money. They simply create "pixie" dollars which exist only as bits and bites in data bases and balance sheets. And no one has great amounts of FRN in their possession - not banks, nor corporations, and certainly not individual Americans.

What almost happened in 2008 would have wiped out the majority of the pixie dollars in the world and devoured most of our major banks in a single gulp. That threat is not in the rear view mirror. 2008 was a preview of what may happen in the next 12 months as equity markets and the massive US and Euro debt bubble implode. If all the pixie dollars that supposedly "exist" suddenly cease to do so, maybe those much maligned paper FRN will be the very thing everyone will be seeking!

Any thoughts??

Remember you have five categories of wealth: spiritual, physical, intellectual, relationships, and financial. Mind your accounts in all of them.
Mon, Aug 15, 2011 - 2:36pm argent rampant
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better and better

better and better wrote:

preparing FOR today? (inflation or deflation?)

Not to coopt the thread, but what you do depends largely on what you are preparing for. We here in Turdland have pretty much settled on a consensus that hyperinflation is coming, and that our preps should be based on that assumption. But I sometimes wonder... can you have hyperinflation when there is no money? All the USD that the Fed has been creating and pumping into the government, banks and equities markets does not exist in any physical form. They do not PRINT money. They simply create "pixie" dollars which exist only as bits and bites in data bases and balance sheets. And no one has great amounts of FRN in their possession - not banks, nor corporations, and certainly not individual Americans.

What almost happened in 2008 would have wiped out the majority of the pixie dollars in the world and devoured most of our major banks in a single gulp. That threat is not in the rear view mirror. 2008 was a preview of what may happen in the next 12 months as equity markets and the massive US and Euro debt bubble implode. If all the pixie dollars that supposedly "exist" suddenly cease to do so, maybe those much maligned paper FRN will be the very thing everyone will be seeking!

Any thoughts??

There has never in history been more than a brief spell of deflation in ANY fiat currency (by brief I mean one year). NEVER. There have, however, been HUNDREDS of instances of fiat currency hyperinflation.

Preparation for either one is the same, in any event, if one considers that during the days of the gold standard when there was deflation the real price of gold went UP, meaning you did well owning gold, better than holding dollars which were "as good as gold", except that you couldn't trade one for the other as an American citizen. Just assume that your purchasing power is going to fall, and make adjustments to your lifestyle accordingly.

Mon, Aug 15, 2011 - 4:41pm
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Repeat prepare yourself...

We have no idea what the future brings, so take some time and prepare your physical self.

I'm now on week 4 between day 1 and day 2 of following the C25K learn to run program.

So far so good.

I have no association with C25K other than as a user.

Reasonable men adapt themselves to the world, unreasonable men adapt the world to themselves, therefore all progress is due to unreasonable men. -(George Bernard Shaw)
Mon, Aug 15, 2011 - 8:44pm
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Rain Barrel and Compost Bin out of Pickle Barrels

We just received 1 - 55 gal rain barrel (w/screen top and hose adapter) and 2 plain 55 gal barrels from Francis Enterprises in Northern pines, NC.
We got free delivery to Northern VA. We only had to wait a couple of weeks for him to be delivering to our area. (There may be a minimum purchase required for free delivery)
We plan to make 2 tumbling compost bins out of the 2 plain pickle barrels.
They happily gave permission to post his website where you will find a list of products, contact info and hours of operation.
www.francisenterprises.org
*Cleaned food grade 275 gallon tanks: Call for pricing
*Cleaned non-food grade 275 gallon tanks: Call for pricing
*Plain, unmodified pickle barrels: $40
*Pickle barrels made into rain barrels: $70
*Hose adapters for the 275 gallon tanks: $15

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 - 12:09am
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Installed a reverse osmosis water filter w 3 gal tank

I installed a reverse osmosis water filtration system which includes a 3 gal tank. I bought it for $150 from Costco

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