I read an interesting post by Justin Kassab who is one of my favorite bloggers. Short and sweet, his posts often trigger thoughts about what I do.
For example, his Survival Tip #243 is entitled “Your Best.”
“It sounds very simple. Your best. It seems so easy.
But it’s not.
Your best takes hard work. Your best takes dedication. Your best is a constant fight. Tomorrow your best should be better than today’s best.
Your owe it to yourself, and those around you, to always put your best into everything you do.
Yep, totally agree YET I’m a survivalist and sometimes doing your best comes with an excessive overhead, a tally, a price.
In survival terms I do just enough.
Just enough to meet my basic goals means I’ve still got some reserves of energy to deal with the unexpected.
For example, setting up a temporary camp.
Doing your Best often involves long hours on the task of organization, building proper latrines, washing facilities, cooking areas, and the 101 things necessary to set up a “proper camp”.
Doing enough is usually all you need in a transient world and it is generally a low footprint approach. A set of basic tasks, a minimal routine that conserves your mind and energy.
Enough generally flows adapting to local conditions.
Best is often rigid in it’s application, with a degree of mental if not physical stress. Forcing a regime onto already mentally and physically tired bodies.
Survival is all about gain over effort and yet when I have been working with others who “excel at best”, it sees them working long after I have eaten, washed up, and settled down for that all important rest.
So you’ll always do your best to survive BUT I advocate just doing enough to meet your needs. Forget best the whole time.
As Justin points out its HARD WORK and when surviving, you need to rest your body and mind WHEREVER and WHENEVER possible.
We’ve got a simple multi-fuel stove, so today I asked my boss (wife) how she would light the stove. I got that “What?” look. All guys know that “What are you on about look?”
So, humoring me (which she does a lot) she started up with
“I’d get some tinder, some kindling and – - – -”
I stopped her there and I said “Hang on, simply, how would you light the stove?”
Answer one:- “Use the lighter”.
I said, “It don’t work”
Answer two:- “Use matches”.
I said, “We’re out”
Answer three:-”Go out and get some”
Sun shining, warm, bit hazy (did I mention warm), and on the radar NOT ONE little burst of rain within 200 miles and what there is happily is going to miss us.
Ordinarily I’d be sitting back sipping my cup of tea content with the world however I did a silly thing today. I took the rubbish out and found overnight someone had made the grass grow.
Someone else had been planting weeds in the veg patch, and the birds had been trying out new techniques for bombing the windows i.e. bird poo.
I was so looking forward
to a quiet lazy day.
What’s your weapons effective kill range?
For my air weapons it’s 35 yards.
With only a 12 ft.lb PCP or spring air rifle, anything else is wistful thinking as I like to save ammo with a philosophy of the one shot kill.
For a 22 LR the range is 70 yards.
What, you were expecting more?
So do the “play at shooting” target shooters but I live in the real world.
Back to zeroing.
Put up a large sheet of paper with a bulls eye on it and AT RANGE, fire a couple of well aimed, slow deliberate shots at the bull. This is really when you need an observer to watch the shot fall in case your sight are hopelessly off. If you are off the paper, don’t play creepy time, make bold adjustments to hit on the sheet.
Once you are on the paper, secure your weapon (sandbag it) it so the sights are pointing at the original aiming point and without disturbing the rifle, adjust your sights to align with the bullet holes. Simple isn’t it.
I am too for larger game and my effective range for my little 150 lb is only 30 yards (broad point or not). Yet I use the same method of zeroing.
A story of collateral damage.
Most people think bullet, glass, no competition and the bullet keeps on going. Guess what, it does but seldom in a straight line.
A 22 LR through a glass sheet at 50 yards deflected the bullet some 7 inches off the bull. The problem shouldn’t have been the angle of obliquity as the estimated angle was only a few degrees off a perfect 90 degrees YET the bullet veered some 12 degrees off-line once it had passed through the glass.
It is generally regarded that strikes LESS THAN 15 degrees off perpendicular are pretty safe for directional deflections but as we all know, nothing in real life ever works out the way it should.
The real “problem” was the potential damage to another through the spray of high velocity glass fragments and in this case it just about shredded the paper target mounted 3 feet behind the glass.
Hornady have come up with an interesting visualization of a high velocity debris cloud spreading at about 3.5 inches per foot in the first 4 feet behind the glass with a 22. That’s one heck of a damage area.
Food for thought this one as it’s not so much glass being in front of the target that you should be worrying about, what if the glass is directly in front of YOU.
Just imagine 12 degrees of drift over 50 yards from your muzzle?
That’s potentially 10.6 yards of inaccuracy.
You’d be better off chucking the rifle at the target.
Last night we visited our local seaside resort (town).
It’s only 30 miles away but we’ve never been there at night.
A fun trip we thought.
First clue was the gang of youths, obviously out of their heads on something, walking up to a car stopped at a traffic light and trying the doors.
Then there was the cars doing hand brake U turns in one way streets.
The taxi van driving like a demolition derby candidate undertaking us then having to slam on his brakes (fully laden with passengers) as yet another taxi stopped dead right in front of him.
The ambulance barreling its way through brain-dead motorists who were totally ignorant of what to do with blues and two’s and flashing headlights blaring behind them as he fought to get through the jam.
The local LEO’s were out in force BUT SO WERE the private security vans and cars. Ratio? one LEO to five security.
Street corners with bodies slumped in doorways.
Dark alleyways with the occasional glow of a badly concealed cigarette.
Loud mixed groups of people doing that “we’re having a lovely time” whilst barging little old ladies out-of-the-way.
Come to think about it, at 8pm there was a complete absence of family groups. In a seaside town, over Easter? The boss (wife) says there were a few but I was a bit busy trying not to kill us.
Door security was everywhere but not surprising really as booze and holiday makers usually make for a bit of “fun”.
Typical SOP with door security on the same street, a call had obviously gone out for assistance as I saw one door left unguarded as the doorman rushed to assist another.
Even more typically as we drove past, all the action was spilling out into the street and not a LEO to be seen.
We stopped to get a burger and chips.
Standard fare for a grockle (slang term for a holiday maker).
Across a street and about 20 yards from the car to the shop.
Think I upset the Mrs a bit as she was none too gently maneuvered to remain in my safe zone as various threats exposed themselves.
Back to the car, door entry assist to get her safe, auto lock as I walked round the other side, me in, full door lock and drive off.
For someone who has not done CP work for many a year, I was surprised just how the Situational Awareness came flooding back but worried how the lack of exposure to the realities of life had made me soooo sloppy.
In short I came out of our one hour visit feeling like hammered sh#t.
The rub is that this is the town we were thinking of moving too.
A once sleepy granny type resort where the most dangerous thing you ever saw was a kid covered with gooey ice cream looking for somewhere to wipe their hands.
No, not the methane I produce after a decent curry, the shooting side of things.
A discussion with another about self-defense weapon choice centered on two “absolutely important to him” factors. Cheapness to feed i.e. the cost of ammunition, and its audibility.
It’s a bit unusual to pick a weapon with these two requirements in mind as conventional thinking usually rotates round caliber and stopping power. So it piqued my interest a bit about the users “special” requirements.
More concerned about not being heard, the initial choice was for a quote “simple 22″.
Is a 22 going to be effective in self-defense and survivalist terms?