What is prepping

I’m a prepper ………….yes I am !

So what is this thing I do ? well I’m not to sure how to put it if I am honest the media says I’m a nut a crazy person . They might be right I’m not sure but what I do know is this .A wee while ago I worked for a company and I did my job to the best of my ability in that time .The person who employed me thought I was there for the good of my health  and didn’t keep to his side of the deal namely pay me my wages when they were due .This left myself and my family screwed over the Christmas time I asked a few time even for a sub but he gave me the hard up story or the i forgot my wallet type it even got to the point where I was looking for union help but they failed in they’re duties as well

I was slightly pissed off as you can imagine and from that time onwards I have been a prepper .This means I have food ,water and supplies in my home when I need them the most I look out for the folk around me and help others in my community when they need it the most as I know in the long run it will pay off not in money but in other ways if I ever need a hand with something I know someone will be able to help me and my family but here’s hoping  i never will

The prepper community  is wide and full of folk who prepare for problem that maybe around the corner some of these thing are real problems that can and will happen to the average person others are very much down the scale of life losing a job is high on the list with the way the country is being ran the markets are due for a false boom this is something that I am worried about as my main job is connected in this manor .I am working on something that will improve my lot in life and hope it pans out
My advice for folks it to look at what is the biggest problem you could face in the next ten weeks of your life  and start to work out what your needs are ,your home food for the family medical supplies and so forth

Its not just about the zombies knocking on the door or the big EMP strike we all dread its about the small thing in life that matter the most to you and your family and from there you can slowly start to build up to bigger things making decisions on the information at hand

Just start with food first it is one of the biggest hurdles to get around and organise .Work out how much you are going to need and for how long can you start to grow stuff in your garden if so, when do you start. Where does the best deals on stuff and questions like this .Water is the easiest one to do I had to check this over and over again and again to make sure it was right but it pans out The empty juice and soda bottles washed out and filled to the top can be stored away very quickly after a few weeks they just gather up to no end you’ll have enough water to run daily life. remember a little goes a long way  Security is another matter but its of a personal nature and can be or rather should be done in a one to on bases as everyone’s needs are different  depending on where you are

Have fun and get stuck in ,it might make a difference in your life or someone else’s

Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
Terry Pratchett

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Hi all

hope some of you are having a good summer here at the Kilt castle we are relaxing and enjoying the good weather we are having 

I have just got my perfect set up for airsoft at the moment Sniper rifle (M700 ) MP5 for fibua or CQB ,MR 60 for support weapon and evil kilt days of airsoft warfare an L85 for the other types of games as I am trained on the real steal weapon platform for a good few years and a 1911 pistol for “OH BUGGER” moments because well why the hell not Image

we also went to the local beach for a nice day out and to enjoy the sea air Toddler kilt had a good time she wasn’t to use to the sand and water but came around  a few hours .Toddler kilt has also entered the terrible twos a great stage to be in it means I now have a side kick to my general evil plans of life 

My bush buddy AK had a wound on his paw so i had to stop all training and play with him so it could heal up plus I don’t want to work him when it is hitting the upper 20C’s here in the UK it wouldn’t be fair to him to work when everyone else is melting maybe I am a little soft on him but saying he is my number one and always has my back when we are out it’s my job to look out for him as well Image

This is our best result so far AK pulled my arse right up and on top of this wee fawn and as a reward he got to sniff and lick the fawn .That boy worked for his dinner that day 

Mrs Kilt I swear is slowly turning grey with the things the rest of us get up to and I love her dearly so If any of you have any good ideas on how this could be done feel free to comment .That woman’s nerves are close to being shattered 

I’ll be back to work soon and back to the hum drum of that shite hole but it is looking up on that front and every day I’m working on improving my lot in life and that is what it should be for all of us as a goal in life 

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.

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Terry Pratchett“Good Omens”

Hey all

just a quick note to say I was working on a few things and I got way laid about writing on here for a wee bit but things will be back to normal soon enough 

I set out to start a website and got it going but it sucked ass big style so will have to rethink a few ideas on that front and see how to work it better but I did learn what it takes to make a website up and get it going  a score from a fail and I’ll take that 

AK an I have been out tracking and came across a fawn on its lonesome was a great score for the mutt I was very happy about the result 

so Hello and speak to you shortly 

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Awesome Agrips by Brooks tactical system

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A while ago I was given an Agrip by brooks tactical system and I got a great chance to use it  to put it on is easy as hell and to use it was brilliant  but that’s not what made it brilliant, HAND FATIGUE when I go into a fire fight I tend to grip the pistol grip a bit harder as the adrenalin is pumping through the body  and squeeze a little bit harder waiting for the recoil that never comes with an airsoft weapon but the habit is still the same , with the Agrip I found the hand fatigue to be less if not at all at points through out the game .Now you could say it was down to a bad firing posture but I’ve used and carried weapons all my life and know the difference between a bad hold and a good hold on a weapon platform having someone scream at your face till you get it right is a bit of a motivator in doing so 

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When my hands got hot and sweaty it was still the same grip and texture and just as fresh as the morning when I started the games .I did show it around a few folk and the couldn’t believe the ease and comfort that it gave no hard plastic but a smooth suede feel no deep ridges to hide the mud and dirt in as they are all covered which makes cleaning the weapon platform a bit quicker as its not covered in crap .The one part I did wonder about was the over lap from the grip if it would peel or roll up and get in the way but the Agrip glue held and pulled it in if you know what I mean it ,it sort of shrank to the grip size so the flap edge was sunk in and give you nothing to catch on 

Now when I mentioned to a few folk about the Agrip it was dismissed as a flash in the pan idea well I can say its not .The other point that was brought up was why not use use an inner tube from a bicycle tire or grip tape well that would mean removing the Agrip and I couldn’t do that so the better option was to get another MP5 I managed to pick one up for cheap it was an MP5K I added a few extras onto the wee K to bring it up to standard ,I added a Butt stock from a HK416 and a riz hand guard to add to the platform and tested it with the two substitutes .I know what one I do like the inner tube had the rubber feel to it and did grip my glove good but it started to roll down after a while during swap over drills from pistol to primary and back again .The grip tape went on easy enough but had the sand paper feel to it an when your hand starts to sweat it would start to leave marks on your hand after a period of time 

With the Agrip I didn’t have any of them problems at all it stayed on and didn’t roll or leave your hand a bit sore from rubbing ,no hand fatigue as I didn’t feel the need to squeeze as much I knew the MP5 was there and secured into my grip  even running into a fire fight I was happy to know I could bring the airsoft gun up and on target when I engaged fire 

All in all I’ll be getting a few more of these for a few other airsoft weapons I have knocking around and if Brooks doesn’t have the weapon type I’m sure the extra grip pads will mould on great and it wouldn’t be too hard to make a template up .The Agrips system could be used for knives and axes very easy as the amount of hand contact in use and dexterity involved. If I find a knife that I know I could use every day I’ll be putting it onto them without a doubt but so far I’m onto my third knife test to find a great one   

Just started PT again

Today I found out why the army thought it was a great idea to train me on assault courses and it’s practical use in life ,I have never seen a 12ft wall with a rope on it I had to climb, never seen a set of monkey bars all nice and smooth to swing across .I did once have to cross a river on a tight line but that wasn’t covered in the assault course .The old school of PT was to have some small brain muscle bound freak chasing you around a 6 mile route shouting like a woman to move yer arse and at a time this is a good method of fitness being as you have no way to complain or do anything after as they beat you into the ground till your nothing more than a puddle of green weighted down by webbing and bergan .So how does this relate to me in my second life I have a sprog or a child if you will and Baby Kilt is roughly 16 months old which means in baby terms coming close to the terrible two’s yep she is into everything .

How does this relate well I was at the local jungle gym and to anyone who hasn’t been there with kids its a mecca for hyper kids to run around in a safe place and because I’m a bit of a protective father i have to go with her to make sure she is safe at all times its a fathers job and by the looks of today I wasn’t alone by the amount of other fathers who were doing the same thing …………..or we are all big kids and want to play on the gym as well ,anyone asks it the first one Ok  yep we had a great time and afterwards I felt like  had moved my ass through the gates of hell but loved every minute of it

The hard bit >>>

And how does this come under old school fitness ,well the first part doesn’t but it was great craic to do and an enjoyable morning from rope bridges to slides ,coming home I knew I had to take the dog out for a walk and he needed a good one so I picked up my webbing set and grabbed his lead an took him out for a TAB or what use to be called a tactical advance to battle.they have now changed the name of it to something trendy and media happy  It was fun to go out an do it without having a platoon running with you or being made to run up the hills with all your gear on no more wearing helmets or carrying a rifle (that bit I do miss) .all I had was myself my bush buddy my webbing set and a route to follow at my own fast pace using the long lane as a warm up we set off happy bush buddy sniffing and getting rid of his last meal through his bowel and not forgetting to cock ones leg on places where other dogs could of pissed I myself was stretching off my legs and getting ready for a bit off a run WALKING up the hill parts but at a strong pace I was passed by a runner who gave me an odd look because of the webbing set I was wearing but I just put my head down and kept going lead in hand and keeping to my pace

So following the trail we pushed on and did run up a few humps and I must admit I did have fun doing it so did the dog off and round up and down we got to the highest part after that it was all down hill we passed the runner again on his way down who was surprised to see me running up the humps dragging the dog happily along. The Old way of doing it was to run 200 meters for every 500 meters of walking and I kept to that .mostly plus we ran all the way down the hill to the start of the trail as for the time or distance we covered well your more than welcome to ask the dog as I’m slightly embarrassed at how I’ve let my fitness levels fall to such a low stage at this point of my life

The plan

My plan for the summer is to do this once a week between children ,dogs ,wife and work i should be able to keep to the plan and slowly get back my fitness I could go off half cocked but last time I did this I ended up getting injured and being put out of action is not on my cards at any level For strength training I do that at work as I have to life heavy items there for roughly 11 hours a day that does have the effect of improving what you have if you want an easy day does that for a man .So here’s to improving and getting better for life of children dogs and a wife who likes to throw all sorts at me hopefully more jungle gym time

cheers for now

Bush craft equipment gear I use

It seems to be a fad to throw up photos of your bush crafting gear so here is my set up –

I’m using a system were my EDC rolls into my bush gear and my bush gear will roll into my long distance bergan  by pulling off the back pouch and slipping on my large daysack for extra gear needed Image

Why yes ,yes I am using a PLCE webbing set up (Personal Load Carrying Equipment ) and the reason that I am using the old gear, it works well with my body movement when I am being dragged up and through the woods chasing deer or whatever my bush buddy has his nose too and that could be up steep banks or thick bushes .I picked the webbing set as I have odd and fond memories of using it so I know the track record and problems that it can have from rubbing to nipping to sagging .I have the gear set up in a “south African” configuration .That is to say the rocket pouch in the middle is fixed to the yolk of the webbing set and keeps the centre of gravity close to the core meaning my balance wont be unaffected  by much 

As for the stuff that I use this is my basic set up .The bayonet was placed on there to make space for a SoG Tomahawk that will be with me in a few weeks and the other bit of gear that wasn’t in the photo because it would cause a barking fit and a mental 5 minutes with AK is his two dog leads I use a 17 foot search lead that can be clipped onto me gear or belt to keep him stood by so I can work were I need to knowing he won’t go playing with the deer without me and the damn mutt has done that a few times when he was a pup 

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So the break down of the contents 

This is it mostly stripped down to the bones ,the first aid kit is tightly packed into a small area as is the rest of the gear I am working on the notion of less is more and I’ve seen to many folk get large bergans and fill to the top with stuff they don’t need ( one person I know goes for a 4 stone weight carry with his set up ) .The old adage is you’ll fill what you have all the kit I have here would go into a medium day sack with room to spare 

the long middle jet or rocket pouch has my sleeping bag ,basha ,and bivi bag ready to be pulled out of in order of use when I set up camp .After that working left to right along the belt ,I have an empty pouch for my coffee mug and spoon (not in photo but being washed ),gardening secateurs,3 snaplights for camp,lighter ,bayonet to be removed for the tomahawk ,air rifle ammo ,para cord ,the ever useful bungee cords (including one on the webbing ) ,a folding saw ,one tin of spread for rations ,one candle biscuit browns and fruit for the lunch time snack with my coffee , a small gas burner and 4 hour gas bottle (handy if I cant get a fire going ) tooth brush and tooth paste , ass wipes or toilet roll take yer pick ,first aid kit ,3 CO2 12g capsules for my air rifle and a smoke grenade for safety and marking One of the pouches not mentioned contains a full 24hour ration pack and my mess tin for cooking with .If i come across a proper metal mug I’ll swap them over 

The first aid kit is an important factor for anyone going out and about in the wild you are roughly about 3 hours away from the start of a rescue so I’ve kept it simple and compact but covering most of my bases Natural rubber gloves ,condoms ,tampons ,eye wash,pain pills , an Israeli bandage and a British field dressing and  a CPR mask .The first aid pack is also to be used for the dog as well as myself but I hope never have to use it in an emergency ,but who would ?

I’ve left water out as I have a bladder that myself and AK can drink from it goes under the the rocket pouch 

hope this is interesting and helpful to all who read it 

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This is my Face book page if anyone wants to get hold of me or ask anything or even have any suggestions for me to look at 

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