Preparedness

IWA 2015 – Article 1

Hello readers,

 

I got home from IWA in Germany a few days ago. IWA is a yearly event and this was my second visit. I remembered it smaller, but the show floor is actually quite big and there were many companies present that made it’s way from overseas, which was a nice surprise.

The show is focused toward military, law enforcement, sports shooting, outdoors, hunting and so on. Of course I found a lot of very nice things to look at.

Here are a few:

 

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FrogLube CLP is adding a De-greaser to its repertoire. Looking forward to trying it. I also found out that their Solvents works in windshields. I’ve been using FrogLube in my AR15s for a while with good results, but I will also start using it in my AK after talking to Mr. Lube (?). Good stuff!

 

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Team Wendy had a booth at the show as well, reasonably priced and very comfy helmet liners made by one of the best in the business.

 

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I am a snow camo guy. There just isn’t that many good ones out there. Thankfully the last couple of years has provided us with a few; Kryptek Yeti, Multicam Alpine, PXL Snow and Pencott Snowdrift. The latter is shown here by Helikon-Tex who are developing an over-white set in the pattern. This is just a prototype and the production version will among other things have color matched zippers.

 

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Mechanix is releasing a new series of gloves called Tactical Specialty. Model names are TEMPEST, ELEMENT, PURSUIT, RECON, BREACHER and AZIMUTH.
Most models are flame retardent and no-drip made for military use. The AZIMUTH in the above picture is a Nomex flight-type glove with padding for knuckles and leather reinforcements. The BREACHER looks brutal, but felt very comfortable. The whole series seem to succeed in balancing both dexterity and protection and I am certainly looking forward to slipping my fingers into these beauties…

 

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Yes please! Who doesn’t want one of these babies?


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Since I am about to write a review of my Eberlestock Battleship I took the opportunity to talk to the very friendly Mr. Eberle himself and ask some questions about the Eberlestock product line.

 

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5.11 was of course present, as always. Very friendly crew, mainly from my home country it seemed. 5.11 seem to be moving away from the overly tacticool and into the realm of discreet preparedness, something I am very happy to see.

Oh, and thanks for the ballcaps guys! ;)

 

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Had to take a look at the stuff Heckler & Koch showed, a lot of RAL8000 as expected. A lot of stuff added to my Christmas wish list. ;)

 

 

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I’m no big fan of flaunting the joy-sticks and SERT offers some nice carry solutions for discreet shooters – be it Law Enforcement, Military or Civilians.

 

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Armourlite makes some interesting discreet yet functional watches. But can you rely on them in a crisis? A review is in the making.

 

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This might just be one of the biggest news coming from ATK! this year.
Former 160th SOAR Nightstalkers pilot and Air Crew Systems designer at Eagle Industries, Todd McDunn, the artist formerly known as “Chief McStache” is turning 50 this year and decided to remove his signature facial hair. Doesn’t he look younger though?


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Some of the Spartan Blades blades, note the very nice looking take-down chop sticks to the right. We all love Ti right? Very nice and polite guys as always.

 

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The italians are making some new very nice looking knife models. This one is made by Viper.

 

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I guess a lot of us have been looking forward to the Leatherman TREAD. For those of us that value readiness and preparedness, this is a very interesting tool / accessory. The well-known brand is also releasing a survival and bushcraft oriented tool with a lot of useful features in a SERE situation. The SERE multitool will be called SIGNAL. Didn’t get any pictures of that though, since some douchebag had stolen the one at the booth.

 

More to come!

Preparedness Methodology – Part I: Fundamentals

 

Even though my blog is mainly oriented towards gear, I believe that the foundation to any form of preparedness has to begin with something completely different. In this article I will walk you through the steps to take in order to become an effective ‘prepper’. I have divided the fundamentals into four parts:

1. Mindset
This is without a doubt the first step to becoming a prepper. If you realize that there are risks and threats that you should prepare for and if possible avoid you have already taken the first step in the right direction. You need a keen eye and a sharp and creative mind. Think outside the box and understand the fragile nature of our society. Plan ahead, see options and opportunities. When you go to the grocery store, do you look for things you might need in a crisis so you can find it quickly if you’re in I hurry? Do you plan alternate routes to and from your place of work? Do you have a plan if something happens to your home?
When you have the right mindset you will also learn what you need to improve your level of preparedness.

2. Knowledge
Knowledge is an important part of your preparedness and fuses with your mindset. It helps you understand how risks happen and what to do when they happen.  Knowledge is mostly theoretical, and examples could be geographical knowledge like routes, possible shelters or how ice forms on a lake. Knowledge helps you make good decisions and what you need to approve in the next step.

3. Skills
This is the application of stuff you can read about but not use without practical experience and/or training. With the right mindset and knowledge you will have an easier time identifying skills you need to improve. You may learn animal tracks from a book, but you will need the skill to track. You cannot learn martial arts or hunting only by reading about it, you need training and practice.

4. Equipment
Even though I and many others tend to focus on equipment this is the last step for a reason. Equipment is force multipliers, they can help you greatly but they multiply your mindset, knowledge and skills and without the first parts their effectiveness will become slight at best. A hunting rifle is an excellent tool, but if you don’t foresee that you will need to purchase ammunition prior to TEOTWAWKI, you don’t know how animals travel or how to lure them to you and don’t know how to shoot or take care of a killed animal the hunting rifle won’t do any wonders. You cannot multiply zero.