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Hill People Gear – longhouse: Land Navigation

Monday, August 7th, 2017

I fully admit that I love the company Hill People Gear, their products, and what they do. It’s things like their longhouse series of videos that fuel that admiration. This one is near and dear to my heart. Land navigation is a skill anyone who spends time in the outdoors needs to develop and practice. Electronics are great, but they rely on power. You never know when the batteries may go dead for the day, a week, or God forbid, a lifetime. This video offers an introduction to land navigation including maps, orienting a map, three methods for locating your position on a map, planning a route, and executing a route.

Even though resources like this exist on the web, actually learn how to do things. Don’t think you’re going to rely on a web-based resource to teach you a skill in the back country, when you need it. Chances are good you won’t have a connection.

Learn basic fieldcraft and practice, practice, practice.

Warrior East 2017 – Garmin Foretrex 601/701 with Applied Ballistics LLC Engine 

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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At the Strohman Enterprise booth we got to check out the new Garmin Foretrex 601 and 701 with Applied Ballistics LLC Engine, wrist mounted navigators. The 701 combines three capabilities in a single device.

-Applied Ballistics
-Garmin GPS Navigator
-Jumpmaster

Additionally, they both use signals from GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite systems with simultaneous display of two coordinate systems. They also include a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis compass and a barometric altimeter. The user can store up to 500 way point, 20 routes and 10,000 track log events.

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With the 701, Applied Ballistics has implemented Sight Scale Factor, and the entire bullet library onboard. Everything can be done directly on the device. This device is also a part of the AB Connect System. So FW updates to this device will always contain the latest bullet library. The software has also demonstrated its accuracy for Extreme Long Range shooting, with solutions past 10,000.

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What’s more, battery life in navigation mode exceeds 48 hours and lasts up to one week in UltraTrac mode and the backlight has an ultra low NVG mode.

The Foretrex 601/702 features a 2 inch display and weighs just 80 grams (2.8 ounces).

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Finally, they’re offering Berry compliant loop bands. Other options include Quick Fit wrist bands.

appliedballisticsllc.com/products/devices/g701

NEMO Equipment Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Wooden Spoon Shaper Kit

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

First off, it’s hard to believe that NEMO Equipment has been around for 15 years. Man, has that time flown. Congratulations to NEMO Equipment and in particular to their founder, Cam Brensinger. Everytime I talk to him I learn something new, but one thing that has never come up, is his love of carving. I found out about that when NEMO released their 15th Anniversary Spoon Shaper Kit. Cam assembled these kits in order to help others pick up his hobby.

It consists of a straight blade knife, a hook knife, a folding saw, a leather strop mounted on bamboo, handmade by Cam, and a pencil and sandpaper, all nestled in a custom waxed canvas tool roll. All you need is a piece of wood and a lazy afternoon.

Get yours at www.nemoequipment.com.

Kinetic Development Group – Moral Compass

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

I’ve loved compasses since I was in Scouting as a kid. Sure enough, the guy at KDG who came up with this is also a former Scout. That’s probably why the Moral Compass from Kinetic Development Group struck a chord with me.

I carry a small, similar compass on my person, anytime I’m in the back country or more than an hour away from home. But, I think I’m going to replace it with this one and also get one for each of my sons, to remind them to always stay on the path.

A compass can only point you in the right direction, it can’t make you go there…

Some people already have a moral compass, others could certainly use one! For those that need one, KDG is happy to announce our new solid brass compass!

No one likes to feel lost in life, and at times it can be hard to keep your bearings. The KDG Moral Compass helps find direction. While it can’t replace that inner sense which distinguishes what is right from wrong, it will serve as a reminder to use good judgement. Built off of a traditional Marble’s® brass body compass, our Moral Compass shares the legacy of great men and adventures worldwide. Undaunted men such as Teddy Roosevelt carried similar compasses on remote expeditions, safaris, and big game hunts. Arctic Explorers Admiral Perry and Byrd often trusted a neck worn compass on treks to the North and South Pole. They have been carried by Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airman for decades all across the world. When you are in a tough spot, our Moral Compass will show you the way out!

Day or night, in the dark woods or a dimly lit nightclub, our Moral Compass with guide you. The brass construction and crisp lettering makes this a great present for your friends, family, and anyone you want to send a subtle message to that might have lost their way.

Specs:
-Solid Brass Bar Stock Construction
-Precision Machined
-Strong, Malleable, Waterproof
-Ultra Smooth Agate Jewel Bearing
-Virtually Shatterproof Crystal
-Revolving Black Face
-Luminous Green Letters
-Impact resistant crystal
-Nylon lanyard included (3ft)
-Housing Made To Last a Lifetime

MSRP: $23.99

kineticdg.com/product/kdg-moral-brass-pocket-compass-kit

ITS Tactical – Waterproof Matches

Monday, June 20th, 2016

ITS Tactical has added to their expanding line of survival items with the introduction of lifeboat matches.

These strike anywhere matches feature a special wax coating which runs nearly halfway down each match and keeps the fire-starting chemicals dry. Once lit, nothing stops these matches, be it wind, rain or even snow. They’ll even re-ignite after being submerged in water or snow.

Available in packs of 15.

https://store.itstactical.com/its-waterproof-matches-15-pack

Back By Popular Demand – Starbrite Car Bomb CLO2 Odor Control System

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

You asked for it, so we shared it again. Last time it was so popular the ATF tried to get us to sell them car bombs after we posted it.

Finally, a Car Bomb that you’ll be happy to see. We’re passing this along after hearing from a reader who gave us one of the best lines we’ve ever heard.

My Honda no longer smells like CIF and Dog Puke.
-BS
Army NCO, Dad, Dog Owner and longtime SSD reader

He went on to say, “This thing removed the sweaty ass scent of professional soldiering and parenthood that infests almost any dude’s car/truck/minivan.” After reading that, we decided to share the info on this wonder product with our readers.

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The CLO2 Chlorine Dioxide generator pouch treats an area up to 1,000 cubic feet to eliminate the odors caused by mold, mildew, pets, food, smoke and more. Even better, it doesn’t try to mask odors, leaving you with a perfume smell. In fact, the manufacturer recommends its use to rid yourself of those odors.

While you shouldn’t use it while people or pets are in the car, it is people and pet safe and frequently used in public water systems, hospitals and food processing facilities to disinfect and sanitize. Sorry guys, not available in Canada or Europe.

www.starbrite.com/item/car-bomb-clo2-chlorine-dioxide-odor-eliminator

Discontinued Boy Scout Merit Badges – Stalking

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

In the past, we told you about the discontinued Master-at-Arms Badge.  On a similar note is the Stalking merit badge which was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. It replaced the 1910 Stalker “Badge of Merit”.  The term “Stalking” should be familiar to SSD readers, a technique that I also referred to as tracking. The badge was temporarily reissued as “Tracking” under the 2010 Historic Merit Badge Program.  Unfortunately it, along with the handful of other 2010 badges were only temporary.  

These are the Stalking merit badge requirements from 1938 until it was discontinued in 1952.

-Demonstrate by means of a stalking game or otherwise, ability to stalk skillfully in shelter and wind, etc., showing how to proceed noiselessly and “freeze” when occasion demands.

-Know and recognize the tracks of ten different kinds of animals or birds in his vicinity, three of which may be domestic.

-Submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed two different kinds of wild animals or birds on ordinary ground far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds trailed, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed; or submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed six different kinds of wild animal or birds in snow, sand, dust, or mud, far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed.

-Submit satisfactory evidence that he has tracked a human being and deduced from the trail whether it was a man or woman, young or old, the gait or speed, and also give any other information deduced.

-Submit evidence the he has scored at least 30 points from the following groups: [Group (f) and 4 of the 5 groups (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) must be represented in the score of 30 and at least 7 points must be scored from (a), (b), or (c)].

-Make a clear recognizable photograph of:

(a) Live bird away from nest 4 points each

(b) Live woodchuck or smaller wild animal 3 points each

(c) Live wild animal larger than woodchuck 4 points each

(d) Live bird on nest 3 points each

(e) Tracks of live wild animal or bird 2 points each

(f) Make satisfactory plaster cast of wild animal or bird tracks with identification imprint on back of cast 2 points each

Prometheus Design Werx – Expedition Watch Band Compass

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

 

Seen here in general purpose wrap mode.

www.prometheusdesignwerx.com