July 2012

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Against All Odds: Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Sometimes bad things happen in the wilderness, and often the best way to get out of a bad situation is by using an electronic device. Cellular and satellite phones, GPS devices and radios are among the items that come in handy when things go wrong. Along with electronic devices comes the need for electronic power.…

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Food on the Run: Making Use Of Nature’s Market

Teddy Roosevelt advised, “Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are.” Excellent advice when foraging food in a survival situation, because the real life hunter-gatherer has always been more of a gatherer-hunter—it’s just that the hunting and fishing part is more fun. Some aboriginal Americans raised corn, squash and beans, but…

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Hello? Reality Training Calling: The Reading Drill

While deeply involved in reading one day, my phone rang unbeknownst to me. When I reached a stopping point in the reading, almost as though recalling a dream, I thought I had heard the phone ring. I confirmed that it had and the ring volume was at a level I should have heard. My mind…

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Heavy Hitter: SIG716 Patrol Rifle

Overall, the 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Remington round used in the AR platform is sufficient for general use by our military, law enforcement and private citizens. Sometimes, however, a bit more power and/or range is required. For the military, this may mean engaging the enemy beyond the effective range of the 5.56. Law enforcement may have the…

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Street Smarts: Shotgun Love

Pick up any current gun magazine and you’ll be inundated with images of sexy black rifles. If you just got off the proverbial turnip truck, it would quickly become apparent that the AR-15/M16 platform is the only weapon in the world that should be considered for serious tactical purposes. Is there a word stronger than…

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Ready to Rumble: Vang Comp Systems Remington 870

Sixty years have passed since the first Remington 870 rolled off the assembly line. In that time, an incredible 10 million have been produced. The popularity is well deserved, due to its durability, ease of operation, smoothness, and in no small part because it’s relatively inexpensive. It has accompanied hunters in small aluminum flat-bottom boats,…

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