The Panhandle Rancher shares……

The Panhandle Rancher sent in a couple of pictures to share with everyone.

It is often discussed what to take with you when traveling. I find myself feeling very uneasy when traveling far from home due to scenario’s running in my head related to some unfortunate event occurring and I am away from supplies and/or family.

PR shares the following:



All of the non firearm items other than the knife in the photo with the M1A Socom nest in a .50 cal ammo box. One more box holds ammo in loaded magazines. Two magazines have steel penetrators and tracers, the remaining are filled with hand loaded ammo using Hornaday A Max bullets. 308 Win 168 gr A-MAX®

The black item top right of the weapon photo(above) is an 8 magazine pouch for .45acp.



Before someone jumps in and mentions the A Max is really a target round and not a hunting round, I still see good enough to try for head shots whenever possible.
Another similar ammo box holds travel HTs, spare batteries, chargers, pocket GPS, and a handful of relevant paper maps including WAC aviation charts AERONAV WORLD AERONAUTICAL CHARTS (WAC) from Aircraft Spruce.
I keep a Yaesu FT 991 in a foam padded long ammo box when not in use.


Last, a photo of the view from my mountain the other day.


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12 thoughts on “The Panhandle Rancher shares……”

  1. Rourke- I also feel very uncomfortable going any long distance from home, thanks for sharing that.
    PR Beautiful view and I imagine excellent privacy. How do you get away with bringing firearms- as every state has different laws?? Arlene
    Rourke when the notice on the rt hand side of the screen says Chat? offline -I assume that means you arent there?
    What will it say when you are there online? Thanks

  2. like your load out PR, I remember using the M-14 in my day, I consider it a mans rifle, I could see it, I could hit it. I liked being able to obtain a much lower profile shooting prone. My uncle had one at Khe Sanh. He said he like the ability an touch some one, and when bullet were flying in your direction, all of the sudden you forgot how much it weighed. He preferred it over the M-16.

  3. Panhandle,

    Great picture you took. The view is incredible. I too am a fan of the 7.62 caliber round and the A-max is a nice projectile. Thank you for sharing your travel kit with us, I like your idea of using the ammo cans for storage containers too. I may start using those for the stuff not found in my ruck sack.

  4. I don’t blame you PR I’m the same way, maybe worse because I keep 1 M1A SOCOM, 1 AR, 1 870 and 3 pistols with me when traveling in the pusher. I guess my main concern is waking up away from home one morning and hearing on the news that the financial system has collapsed and now it’s a rush and possibly a rolling battle to get back home.

  5. Thank you all for the comments.

    Remember when we were innocent and presumed that every time we left home we would return in the same way? Sadly, the world has moved on and increasing reliance on the national grid and microprocessors exacerbate vulnerability.

    Metal US Military ammunition containers with good gaskets are marvelous for storing electronics. I use weatherstripping glue to affix foam rubber to the insides of containers used to transport shock sensitive electronics such as radios, range finding binoculars, NVGs, amplified hearing protection and such. Each item is first wrapped in plastic sheeting or placed in a zip lock bag which is then over wrapped with aluminum foil and bagged again or wrapped in more plastic sheeting (as an insulator) secured with low adhesive paper masking tape. By so doing, sensitive electronics receive the mechanical and electronic protection from the metal box in the pickup truck bed, protection from the metal ammunition can, and protection of the aluminum foil. Were I to abandon the vehicle, these items would still have a measure of electronic protection from the aluminum wrap (which can later be used as a cooking aid and from moisture by the double zip lock bags or plastic sheeting. I would likely bury the empty ammunition cans against the chance of returning as not to leave indication of having volume ammunition.

    Likewise with bulk rifle and pistol ammunition. The rifle magazines would be placed in the enclosed Alice clipped milsurp canvas bags made for that purpose and the ammunition can abandoned per above.

    Arlene, as you know, l never advocate illegal or immoral actions. Like those businesses recently mentioned by Rourke ‘protected’ by the handgun prohibited symbol I so avoid nanny states where this load out would nominally be illegal. Most places east of the People’s Republic of Kalifornia and west of Old Man River have no problem with transport of these items. Of course the pistols remain on my person and I qualify annually to keep HR 218/PL 108-277 in effect. See T18USC926(b) and (c).

    Sorry, the Randall is not for sale.


  6. Awesome load out photo PR. I can always count on seeing high quality items when you post things. Beautiful view of your property..simply breath taking. I would give up everything here in my side of Texas to live like that everyday. The family would have no choice but move with me. You know speaking of view and property. Have you been watching Texas rising? The last episode had what I thought was a perfect example of lone wolf preppers. I was curious of your thoughts. The story of Texas and how during the conflict of independence St.Anna offered land to settlers and fools who were stupid enough to come get land…take it from someone else, during the conflict. One such pinwheel brought his wife, 2 children, and a slave with him for some land.

    First of all, any idiot that would intentionally move into a conflict to get land, especially when the conflict is not over is asking for it. Anyway, as the guy goes on the property and starts to move in. He and his wife walk in the house and she asks him. “Why would anyone just leave this stuff and a house?” The guy see’s an arrow head in the door way and quickly takes it out before she can see it. He then advises they need to get their cellar ready first, (old school bunker). The wife is like…we have so much work to settle this house why work on the cellar. Anyway…at the 40 minute mark of this episode you can see the guy starting to get spooked. Watching this episode you can see what I believe to be the resultant of lone wolf preppers. The guy and his family are attacked, he kills I think 3 or 4 of his attackers. Not bad. You would have to see the results, but even if he survives. It’s only one attack. Imagine several attacks by roaming 8 to 10 person groups. In this link at the 40:46 mark shows the guy getting spooked. You may want to skip through or what not. The attack starts around the 51:20 mark.

  7. Capt. Michaels, as a native Texas I am always interested in how the Republic was founded. Living in the panhandle, I often wondered how bad it must have been to cause a people to leave the familiar and settle barren grasslands – and why they didn’t keep moving on elsewhere. Tough folks for sure no doubt with a tint of desperation. Of one thing I have no doubt, every Mexican dreams of Reconquista (see: and when the opportunity happens, they will stream across the river like a hoard of locusts. Of this I am also sure, if that day happens, it will surely be a sad day of reckoning for peoples of Hispanic descent everywhere within the Great State of Texas.



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