posted on Jan, 1 2008 @ 11:34 PM
Surprisingly enough, movies and fiction books can do some good as long as they are used for inspiration rather than information.
When i was a kid, I read alot of sci fi. One book which I can not remember the title to, always stuck with me.
The basic premise was a guy somehow getting transported to an earth like primitive planet, and having to survive with only what he had in his pockets
when he got snatched.
To this day I carry a small compass, flint and steel kit,and a P38 can opener ( for C rats), on my key chain.
In my back pack gear I have a fairly unusual rifle.
I stumbled on a WW2 Jap paratroopers sniper rifle.
Until i got the rufle, i didn't even know the Japanese in WW2 had paratroopers, but apparently they did although they were only used in China, not
against our military.
Anyhow, the beauty of this little darlin is that it breaks down into two pieces. Each about 24 inchs long. Bolt action with a 5 round mag, and one
in the chamber with a respectable 7.62mm projectile rideing 180 grain powder.
Pretty much equivelant to a British 303 as far as range, trajectory and impact.
Originaly I intended to have it cleaned up and put together it's provenance as a display piece, but when my gun smith said he could make it
operational the potential for either a long gun in a fire fight, or a decent hunting rifle, that could be broken down and carried in a back pack,
over ruled my collector reflex's.
It has a scope mount, but the original scope is sorta lame, so i'm shopping for a better scope equal to the range of the rifle
I totaly agree, the best way to accumulate your gear without blowing the houshold budget is picking it up a peace at a time.
I think a persons kit is a personal kinda thing and sorta tailors to the individual.
What i recommend is that the person make a plan, draw up a shopping list that will get them the farthest down that road, then constantly keep an eye
peeled toward outfitting themselves.
For some of us who have had trigger time in a two way range, sometimes an offensive arsenal is better than a defensive one. For others they may want
to focus on a defensive posture.
I figure there'll be a market for us ex grunts if and when the defication impacts the rotating propellers.