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Review: Streamlight 88850 POLYTAC LED Flashlight

This post was originally published here - http://modernsurvivalonline.com/review-streamlight-88850-polytac-led-flashlight/

 

Streamlight POLYTAC LED Flashlight

I love flashlights. They are a basic and integral part of any preparedness plan. Ask anyone to make a list of the top 5 things that should be collected in case of any kind of a disaster and surely”flashlight” will be ranked up there. As I continue to build my preps I sought out a high quality, high performance LED flashlight and after a lot of time on Amazon – I ordered the Streamlight 88850 POLYTAC LED.

This light is very compact as

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Gear Review: 5.11 Hard Time Gloves

Gear Review: 5.11 Hard Time Gloves

            For the longest time I was not one to wear gloves. I hated the loss of touch, dexterity and the sizing of most gloves. Despite being educated, throughout college and law school I worked construction and landscaping jobs and spent a fair amount of time in the gym. As a result my hands are thicker than normal for their size and fit poorly in many gloves. However, the value of gloves became apparent after burning them several times on an run n’ gun last summer. In addition to barrel burns, sweat made

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Gear Review: Millet Designated Marksman Scope

Gear Review: Millet Designated Marksman Scope

by Jesse James, Editor-at-Large

 

Features:

18 MOA donut Illuminated reticle 1 MOA dot 1-4x magnification 24mm Objective diameter 30mm tube Waterproof to 3 ft. (tubes are completely waterproof, but not electronics) Fogproof -40F-140F 18 oz. ~$225

 

While it has been quite a while since I have had the privilege to contribute to MSO, rest assured I have been quite busy with rounding out my preps. Much has been going on with my life, including finishing up my last semester of law school and attempting to find a job in the “recovering” economy.

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Review: ProMag Polymer AR 30-rd Magazine

During my recent trip to my bug out location in Georgia I had the opportunity to test a new ProMag polymer 30 round AR magazine. I paid $17.99 at my local gun shop. With the current demand on magazines for AR’s there have been several companies that have come out with new versions of the infamous 30 rounder. ProMag’s polymer 30 round version at first look appears to be a close copy of the Magpul PMAG.

With limited ammunition I only shot 60 rounds through the ProMag. 30 rounds were steel-cased Tula and 30 rounds

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Equipment Review: Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

This review was originally published here - http://modernsurvivalonline.com/equipment-review-grand-trunk-ultralight-hammock/.

 

I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into changing things to reduce weight. When my back was really bothering me the pain was agonizing and my mind wandered into to several “What if’s?“.  Having to trek on foot for several miles to hundred miles or so would be difficult with my condition. To

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Shooting the Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm carbine

So many guns, not enough money. Well – this is true unless you know someone and can borrow theirs. A couple weeks ago I had the chance to borrow a friends Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm Carbine. I have been interested in owning one of these for the past coupe years but it just never happened.

Over a weekend I was able to take a look at the Kel-Tec, handle it, shoot it, and get an overall impression. I was not able to do a full-bore review but certainly got a feel for it.

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Equipment Review: ProMag M&P15-22 32-round magazine

The Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 is one of my favorite guns to shoot. I have a few thousand rounds through mine and it continues to perform extremely well. Is it 100% reliable? No – but I know of no rimfire that is. I’ll tell you what – it is extremely close – maybe 99.8%. The factory capacity magazine hold 25 .22LR rounds and much like the rifle has an appearance that lends itself much to the AR/M4 appearance.

 

Like any other red-blooded American male (and quite a few females out there) – higher capacity is welcomed when it

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Firearm Review: Henry Arms US Survival Rifle……..

Introduction:

The Henry US Survival AR-7 Rifle is the latest rendition of the USAF AR-7 that many Air Force pilots carried “just in case” for the last 40+ years. Even today it can be found stored away by many backpackers, bush pilots, and ATV riders. The AR-7 is known for its unique ability to disassemble in several components and store it all in its buttstock. Worth mentioning is the entire gun will float when stored away – especially meaningful to boaters.

 

For the survivalist, the Henry US Survival Rifle is compact and light enough to fit

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Equipment Review: AQUAMIRA Frontier Water Filter Straw

I have several methods for making suspect water safe at home as well as while traveling. One of the most inexpensive methods incorporated in my system is the Aquamira water filter straw. I received this water filter from SurvivalGearBags.com who carry the Aquamira as well as many other survival and preparedness supplies.

 

Why the Frontier? Like I said – it is inexpensive and allows me to stretch my dollar further. Small, compact and extremely lightweight – it works great in a small Get Home Bag or a larger Bug Out Bag.

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Equipment Review: Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

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I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into changing things to reduce weight. When my back was really bothering me the pain was agonizing and my mind wandered into to several “What if’s?“.  Having to trek on foot for several miles to hundred miles or so would be difficult with my condition. To make things a bit easier I want to put together

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Equipment Review – Venturer Travel Portfolio Bag

The folks at PX Supply offered to send me a Venturer Travel Portfolio Bag to check out. I accepted and have actually had it for the past few weeks.

This bag is meant to be carried while traveling. Basically a one-stop shop to keep identification, credit cards, money, travelers checks, etc. all in one place. My initial impressions taking a look at the bag was that it was lightweight and had lots of compartments which to store things. I was very curious whether or not a Kindle would fit in the largest compartment

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Equipment Review: Bushnell Backtrack GPS System

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I bought a  Bushnell Backtrack GPS system for a little over $50.00 recently from a deal I purchased on GearHOG.com. Reading about it – seemed like a great idea and I wanted to check it out.

First time I used it I took it to a Carolina Panthers game to make sure I found my way back to my car. Like most men – I didn’t read the directions and it took me awhile to figure out how to work the thing. Not the Backtrack’s fault. By the way – it did work.

Bushnell Backtrack Point-3 Personal

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New generator bought – Briggs & Stratton 5500 Watt

Ready to open my present......

Ready to open my present……

I have been wanting to pick up a new generator for quite some time – but ball and chain wifey wouldn’t cooperate. With the recent storms here in the Southeast and damage to our property – she is finally seeing the light. She actually called me up Thursday and said “Honey – the biggest and strongest man around – go ahead and go buy that generator you have been wanting.” Alright – I exaggerated a little – but she did give me the go ahead.

I didn’t hesitate for a moment. I went to

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Review: Survival Gear Bags’ Paladin Go Bag

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Paladin Go Bag – A Review 

   

I recently recieved a Paladin Go Bag from SurvivalGearBags.com and want  to pass on this review to my readers.   

When I first saw the bag on SGB website it really intrigued me. My first thought was it would be great for a Urban Survival Kit (USK)- but I think it is too military looking for that – unless it  is a total WROL situation. My second thought was it would be great as a Get Me Home Kit or a Vehicle Survival Kit. Due to

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