note: I thought this was a fascinating video. A single shot black powder Martini-Henry, and the rate of fire at a bayonet charging target. Makes me wonder what all the hoopla is over semi's
Transitioning to another way of life is never going to be easy for most people. I’m not talking about fleeing to the wilderness to become a hermit. That is a good change, if you are an introvert and you really hate people for being the soul suckers that they are. I’m talking about involuntary transitions. You know, like when the apocalypse rolls around and you are forced to go from Oil Age luxury to a solar economy bare assed barbarian existence ( actually, it won’t be that primitive or completely devoid of luxuries once established, but it will at first feel that way ).
You expect this transition. You are busily stockpiling FLIR scopes and freeze dried rat esophagus for the day. You have a bit of a hedge transitioning. Stockpiling is not to get you through to recovery, it is to ease you through to a more sustainable way of life. There will NEVER be a recovery to back to business as usual. Because a one off oil age cannot to returned to. Just as we can’t return to an age of dinosaurs, we can’t return to an age of dinosaur juice once it is used up ( well, the ability to extract the rest has ended, to be more concise ).
Pretty Pony Pussy Preppers cannot conceive of living in such a vile manner, and they refuse to believe. They fully expect to return to central air and going on a jet plane. They even refuse to see the luxuries they no longer have after fifty years of economic decline, let alone face what a collapse will take away from them. If the majority of preppers refuse to admit the oil can disappear, can you imagine the denial and hubris of the average civilian who can imagine a world without luxury as easily as they can a world full of glitter farting unicorns granting us wishes? Change is NEVER a favorite for humans who are programmed as children in their reality.
Do you think that the hunter gatherers who refused to change into farmers were rewarded for their choices? They were forced into marginal lands, desert and tundra, and killed off otherwise. The natural inclination is to avoid change like it was the plague, and that is perfectly normal. A species survival technique. What you learn as a child is culture and culture is the way previous survivors lived. The idiots that changed ( “oh, let’s try making females into warriors” ) were punished by death.
When the species is threatened by extinction, as in the above needed move to farming due to climate change, the refusal to change is normal and only those who force themselves to refuse the cultural norm have a chance of survival ( they aren’t guaranteed, they just “bought” increased probability ). Everyone you talk to and everything you read or see, all reflect the cultural norm, which is oil consumption to the point of enriching those who financed oil extraction through monopoly fiat money creation. Excess consumption and more of it.
I’m no huge fan of female armpit hair weaving Birkenstock wearing tree hugging dirty hippies, although they do have some valid points. But the main reason they are both mainly unaccepted AND are hypocritical Earth Rapers through car ownership is because of the accepted cultural norms. Oil consumption. They still consume oil to be accepted into the tribe ( and because they are lazy humps ) and they are not taken seriously because they merely contain the faintest whiff of disapproval of complete wasteful oil consumption ( they don’t want NO oil consumption, just less. Heresy! ). Gore Warmers can never be accepted in polite society unless they waste oil because our cultural norm is unlimited uncritical petroleum use.
We all make fun of Al Gore. Ha, ha, the dumbass is driving a SUV and lives in a three thousand square foot McMansion, nobody is going to take his environmental concerns seriously! Well, actually, now they will. Because he is of their culture. The average Joe connects with him if he is so inclined because he is one of us. A Waster. A Rapist. If he was poor? Some Bush Bitch babbling incoherently about respecting the earths spirit, or some such nonsense. Right? Think about it.
We all make fun of Yuppie Scum Survivalist Gurus. Ha, ha, he has a five thousand gallon tank of gasoline, is hooked to the grid with two tiny solar panels as back-ups, stockpiles ammunition five thousand rounds at a time and has a combat squad that must bug out from Chicago to meet at his concrete bunker atop a mountain and nobody is going to listen to him because he is pimping the same tired old Rich Bitches Only membership club. Buzzzz! Wrong answer. They listen to him because he is of their culture. Oil consumer, earth raper, money grubber. The crazy bastard living off grid IN POVERTY and stocking wheat kernels and odd old European caliber cartridges? He is of an alien culture-ignore, ignore!
If you can clearly see the cultural bias and the divide just in the survivalist community, you can see things from the perspective of the average non-prepper. You think they are crazy as a craphouse rat for NOT prepping long term, but please remember that YOU are the crazy bastard by any definition of the normal ones. You are living a non-approved lifestyle. To them, female gender identifying gay males are perfectly normal, IF they belong to the current economic paradigm. But if you are a straight male with subservient wife and two point one children living off grid and without debt and no car, you are a freak. A pariah. In a society of want, conformity to convention assures the least deaths. In a society of surplus, conformity to convention assures those in power will share enough of the wealth to assure the least deaths of the poor masses. In effect, go along to get fed.
You must be nonconformist to increase your odds of survival when this current system fails spectacularly, but don’t confuse your good sense with everyone else’s far more normal conformity. Unfortunately, the conformists are who you have to pick from as your next new tribe. We continue tomorrow.
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* By the by, all my writing is copyrighted. For the obtuse out there
I had a look at that Martini-Henry in the link. Ruger used to make a very similar rifle to this. It was a singleshot falling block, hammerless design, just like the Martini-Henry, and was available in a wide variety different calibers. I think it was simply referred to as the #1 singleshot rifle (later there was a 2, 3, and 4 if I recall correctly). It was actually a very nice design, but towards the end of manufacturing they were rather expensive.ReplyDelete
If the Martini-Henry is the singleshot, breech loading, black powder rifle, that you have been referring to all along, then I was confused about what you were referring to. I thought that you meant the hybrid that fell in between the black powder muzzleloading type guns, and the modern, central firing, self contained cartridge guns. The type of gun that I’m referring to used a rolled paper cartridge that was loaded from the breech. You then only had to add a percussion cap to the nipple and it was ready to fire. Not as fast to fire as a modern cartridge firing gun, but significantly faster than a muzzleloader. A prime example of this type of gun would have been the Smith Carbine or the early Sharps percussion breech loader.
I'm just going with the rifle in the video, firing the all in one metal cartridge. I might have the rifle name incorrect.Delete
It’s probably my fault. When someone says blackpowder rifle, I generally think of muzzleloaders. So when you mentioned “breech loading” my mind jumped to the next up in the line of succession, the paper cartridge percussion breech loader. I also thought that you mentioned the possibility of home manufacturing this gun before. If that were the case, the paper cartridge percussion gun would be much easier to build. Black powder is so very forgiving to the home builder. Picture this: A homebuilt breech loading gun as the one that I mentioned above. You do not have the sophisticated equipment required to rifle it however, so you have two choices. You can use it as a shotgun/musket, or you can get a rifled slug mould for a shotgun, and increase your range out to around a 100+ yards.Delete
Dang - I could be sold on a single shot. In Dingoland the station master only lets us play with 10 round magazines.Delete
Modern caliber 22lr / 223 / 30-30 / 308 / 357mag
The Ruger No.1 is available in 303 on the 2nd hand market but the prices their asking for them... double dang
I liked the idea of a single shot break-open in 223. Then I read up on how crappy hey are for accuracy. I think spending the extra $50-$100 is worth the ammo saved, buying a bolt. Not speaking of the no.1, just regular hunting rifles.Delete
8:55-I'm wondering how well a rifle sabot would do. Recycled plastic, you can cast the bullet out of anything if you are low on lead, plus increase normal BP velocity. The question is, would that make up for decreased barrel tolerances? Of course, the primer is your weak link-probably not viable. Well, that, plus the surplus nitrates availability. Stupid question time. Can you use human turds for methane and then still get the nitrates out of it for powder manufacture?Delete
Lord and Grand Master of holy hair...Delete
You'd be better off just saving pee for the nitrates.
The human turds will make methane and end up higher in nitrates too. In digesting if possible, for methane you'd be better off without the pee mixed in anyway.
8:55 here Jim. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen the plastic sabot sleeves with the added rifling, as with the rifled lead slugs? If they do come that way, then you could probably cast the bullet out of other material as you say, if using sabots.You could also always go with a smaller lead slug that uses far less resources; think like a 28ga (.54 Cal) or the like. To be honest Jim, I’ve never heard of anybody extracting nitrates from human waste, but that’s not to say that you can’t. I know that chicken shit is really high in nitrates, because you can smell the ammonia nitrate in that stuff from a mile away. When I worked at a landscape supply center, we sold the Foster Farms Compost. It was a high nitrogen soil compost. It stunk so bad that the yuppies living relatively close by made us discontinue it, due to the flies and odor.Delete
@Dingo. Those #1 Ruger rifles are really well made guns, and you couldn’t go wrong if you got one. It’s a falling block design, so it’s right up there in accuracy with a bolt. With the wide variety of long range and accurate cartridges that the gun came available in, I personally wouldn’t pick the less accurate .303, but that’s just me.
Now that you can use PVC and those square plastic totes on pallets to make methane, compared to the old problematic innertube tire or floating metal drum design, everyone should be making methane. The nitrates after are a bonus. I'll have to remember to keep the pee separate.Delete
Human waste nitrates were the primary blackpowder feed prior to overseas tropical colonies providing guano. "Petermen" had that wonderful job.
The two most important things about turning manure into methane , is to keep the consistency about that of pancake batter stirred often . Secondly to keep oxygen away from it by use of traps in plumbing.Delete
Nature does the rest :-)
If/When SHTF 90% of Americans are going to be dead in 6 months. So really you need to be moved out into the country and away from the cities if you want to survive.ReplyDelete
I'd raise that from 90% and decrease that from six months, but yes. Unfortunately, moving out to the country doesn't jibe well with 30% unemployment as we currently see. No good answers for that, just less bad choices.Delete
Do you really have a cousin named Francis? Or is it a "Stripes" reference? That name has been ruined for several generations. I got the target joke, though. It would just be double funny if that was his name.ReplyDelete
I wonder if the anti-speech laws aren't like anti-gun ones. Selectively enforced, some places more than others. It's that way now. The military, college, corporations. I just wonder if it won't stay that way, or if it will get worse.ReplyDelete