Posts Tagged ‘zombies’

My resolution for the new year was to get out and do some more shooting this year and I started out strong.  I spent the first Saturday of 2014 out at the Hite Hollow range near Staunton, Va.  My neighbor had a new pistol to shoot so we loaded everything up and headed out.

I was very surprised at how well I did.  Considering I hadn’t shot any of my rifles in months, I was lucky I could even hit the target.  I really don’t like to let skills sit idle for that long, but I guess it was ok this time.  I managed some pretty tight groups with my two 22 pistols and was hitting extremely accurate with my AR at 50 yards with both 22lr and .223.

The only gun I shot poorly was my neighbor’s pistol.  I don’t think that’s a personal failure either as the gun is nearly the size of my head and I could barely wrap my hand around the grip.  At about 7 yards I was hitting the target close enough to be considered deadly, but the time and effort involved in lining each shot up would definitely have cost me dearly in a real-world situation.  I will definitely need more practice with a gun this size if I intend to ever use one, but for now I think I’ve decided that a 45 just might not be for me.

My SKS, as I expected, was the most fun to shoot.  There’s just something about the 7.62 round being fired from a gun with some wood on it that I really enjoy.  I would love to try shooting an AK47, but I’ll settle with the SKS for now.  It doesn’t kick, its very accurate (even with open sights), and it just looks so cool.  I used to consider my AR to be my #1 choice if things got bad, just because it can shoot two types of ammo.  I think I might be starting to change my mind.  After all, that Bayonet will be very handy when the zombies come . . .



I apologize for not getting yesterday’s tip out sooner.  I had both computer and phone problems that made it very difficult to get anything at all done.  And since both of these tips are similar and short, I figured I could easily combine them into one post.  So here you go:

6 & 7 – Build a First-Aid Kit and Disinfect

We’ll start with what you need to create a basic first-aid kit.  “If you’re the type of person who’s always asking for a bandage or aspirin, it’s time to get it together”.  Here’s what the book recommends you include in your kit:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Scissors
  • Nonadhesive dressing
  • Medical tape
  • Gauze roller bandages
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Elastic roller bandages
  • Surgical scrub brush
  • Disinfectant towelettes
  • Arm sling
  • Splint material, such as an inflatable splint or a rigid splint made of wood, plastic, or other material
  • Sterile compress
  • Tweezers
  • Selection of adhesive bandages, including butterfly bandages

Nothing in there that I wouldn’t expect, and not a hard list of things to gather.  Most of the basic stuff can be found at any hardware or auto parts store.  Lots of shops are required to keep kits like this available to their employees in case of accidents.  So you should have no problem gathering supplies.  As a viewer commented in my last post, you may want to include a clotting agent of some kind to help stop bleeding.

But oh no, you tripped on your way out of the store!  Your arm is bleeding and you need to treat it quickly.  Break out that kit and get ready to use it!  First, use those skills we learned in day 5’s tip to stop the bleeding.  Once you’ve stopped the bleeding, pull out your disinfectant.  Take the following steps to disinfect your injury:

  1. Flush the wound.  Use cold water instead of things like hydrogen peroxide or alcohol if possible.  Using those can damage healthy tissue.  
  2. Apply antibiotic ointment.  Cover the injury thoroughly with the ointment and then cover with a bandage or dressing of some sort.

“Even small cuts can become infected” so make sure you take appropriate measures any time you have an injury.  You don’t want to be trying to fight off zombies with an infection induced fever do you!?  A little work when the injury occurs will go a long way.

Have you ever needed this?  Ever had a cut you needed to doctor up real quick?  I remember having many as a kid and my mom would always follow the steps above to a tee.  Rinse, disinfect, cover.  And as always, if you want to buy this book, you can head over HERE.  Make sure you’re subscribed as well, because we still have 103 tips to go!

Today is the last bug out bag style tip.  After this we start learning things.  Not that bug out bags aren’t important, I just feel knowing how to use everything in your bag effectively will be more useful than simply having it.  In coming tips we will learn how to disinfect wounds, set bones, avoid pickpockets, etc.  These things are of more immediate interest to me.  But without further rambling, here is today’s survival tip:

4)  Make a Kit in a Can

“You can pack a surprising amount of crucial gear in a very small container”.  In today’s tip we learn to pack a small container with very useful items.  Most of these items, while small in size, have many important uses.  Here’s what the book says you should try to include:

  •  Small pen and paper
  • First-aid instruction cards
  • Duct tape
  • Razor blades
  • Wire saw
  • Waterproof matches or fire starters
  • Needle and thread
  • Safety pins
  • Water-purification tablets
  • Zip ties
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Micro compass
  • Fishing kit (ten hooks, four split shot, two swivels, 25 feet of 2olb test line)
  • Folded one-page guide to edible plants in your area
  • 5 square feet of aluminum foil
  • Signal mirror
  • Bouillon cubes
  • Shoelaces
  • Copper wire
  • AA batteries
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Painkillers

My only comment on this one is to be careful when storing batteries, wire, and aluminum foil.  Especially if being stored in a metal “can”.  AA batteries have a positive and negative side, and if connected to one another, the battery can become extremely hot very fast.  Make sure to store your batteries safely to avoid damage and possible injury.  Sorry, my AC/DC Fundamentals course just fought and fought until I let it out.

What else can we keep in a small container?  I would personally toss in a small multi-tool like the one I talk about here.  Many uses all in one small package.  I’m sure there are plenty of small items we could add or substitute if we took the time to think about it.  Let me know in the comments.

To buy the book, head on over HERE or visit your local bookstore of choice.  I’m not getting paid to advertise this or anything, I just figure if I’m using their ideas for my blog I should probably give them credit and whatnot.

So I’m sure you’ve probably heard of The Walking Dead.  Its this TV show that is based off a series of comics.  If you don’t know, and can’t tell from the name, its about zombies.  Its supposed to be about how people survive and live during a zombie apocalypse.  Its in its 3rd season right now.

And its not living up to its potential.

I don’t watch it because it’s a good show; I watch it because I really want it to be a good show. Because so far, rather than exploring what shape society will take after the zombie apocalypse, or how real, complicated human beings deal with such an awful scenario, The Walking Dead has been more concerned with what happens when obnoxious cliches from different ethnic backgrounds have to be roommates.

When I first watched this show, the first season, I was so excited.  I bought it and showed everybody.  My mom, my fiance, my coworkers, everyone.  I was so thrilled.  I’m not one of those zombie obsessed people, but I’ve always enjoyed post apocalyptic stories.  Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas are probably two of my favorite video games of all time for that very reason.

When I watch what the show has become now, I get angry and look online for other angry “fans”.  Most people think its bad because its not following the comics 100%.  I’ve never even seen the comics.  I’m just sick of the drama.  Everyone hates everyone else and nobody can get along.  The writers just took and put every human cliche in one small area and said here, go at it.

Don’t believe me?  We have a very religious farmer and his family, a racist backwoods hillbilly, the good cop and the bad cop, a wise old man that wants everyone to get along, a helpless little girl, a reckless little boy who doesn’t listen to his parents, and a woman who gives birth to a baby who’s father is either her husband or his coworker.  Yes, I understand that these are supposed to represent realistic people, but good lord can’t we be creative?

Heck, while I’m writing this I’m watching two groups of humans firing at each other with automatic rifles (and Carl using a pistol to shoot long distance, go figure).  No zombies in sight.  Even though they keep having problems with the zombies breaking into the prison they’re hole up in.  Wait, I’m wrong, one of the Governor’s guys just drove a truck full of zombies into the prison complex.  NOW we have some walking dead again . . .

Anyway, this rant was inspired by something I read over on  I just miss the Season One Walking Dead.  This could’ve been the show of the decade.  As Robert Brockway says to the show’s writers in the post I linked to, “you were supposed to be making an apocalyptic drama; what you guys did was The Real World: Zombieland.”

Feel free to tell me I’m wrong and that the show is the best thing ever.  I wont agree, but hey, I’m sure you hate things that I like too.  Of course if you agree that the show is less about zombies and more about human on human drama, please leave a comment so I know I’m not alone.

Today’s “Tip of the Day” over on was to always have an alternative route when traveling during a disaster.  When your life is in danger and you’re trying to survive, becoming trapped or lost could easily be a death sentence.  Having an alternative route every time you travel is key to avoiding such a situation.  This is something I believe in and try to be aware of every time I leave the house.

There are only two roads that lead to my house, and one is highly susceptible to flooding.  Knowing how to get from the flood point and back to the other road that leads to my house is an important thing.  It’s even more important if you live in an urban area where roads could become extremely congested, making travel extremely difficult if not impossible.  Most of us know what it’s like to be trapped in traffic backups on the freeway;  in a disaster or apocalypse type scenario, having an alternative route out of the city or back to your home is something everyone should consider.

“Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street.  Thinking opens new avenues.”  – Cullen Hightower

I included the quote by Cullen Hightower to illustrate another point.  Very rarely are we ever completely trapped.  Even if you may not know right off the top of your head where all the exits are, taking time to pause and think can reveal a lot more than you think.

The next time you go to town, plan ahead and think about how you could get to your destination if your current path suddenly became blocked.  Try to avoid roads that have very few adjoining roads.  You can also practice the same when on foot.  As you walk down the street or through the mall, look for the exits.  Look for alleys along the street that don’t end with dead ends.  Look for roof access ladders.  Manholes.  Anything that could potentially be used to evade an attacker or to reach your destination when other routes are blocked.  Basically, just be observant.

As you practice the skill of observing your surroundings, it will eventually become second nature.  Much like blinking or breathing, when you walk down the street you’ll start noticing things subconsiously that just might end up saving your life one day.  And that’s something worth working on in my opinion.  Let me know what you think and how you’ve used such skills in the past.

Sloan, Gun Runners, Quarry Junction

I don’t often talk about my Mini-14 but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it.  In fact its one of my favorite guns.  I was in love with it the moment my coworker brought it in to sell it in August of 2011.  I had never bought or owned a gun before but I knew I wanted that one.  I bought it that evening.

The reason I don’t talk about it often is because I haven’t been shooting it lately.  Its been much more economical to focus on my 22’s rather than blowing through boxes of .223 ammunition.  But I will be shooting it more.  Watching Aaron shoot it Wednesday made me remember why I loved shooting it so much.  I shot it a few times Wednesday but I definitely intend to devote an entire shoot to it on a future trip to the range.

My Mini-14 came with a Federal Ordinance “under-folding” stock when I bought it.  It was pretty cool looking and the wood made it feel like I was holding an AK or something.  Especially when I bought my 30 round magazine made by Tapco.

Unfortunately the Mini-14 wasn’t really designed to have tactical accessories and attaching a scope of any kind was going to be a pain.  So I decided to invest in an entirely new stock for it.  People laughed when they saw it but it looks even more amazing to me now.

The stock I purchased for my Mini was the ATI Strikeforce side-folding stock in desert tan.  With the new stock and add on rails I purchased, I was able to start adding some accessories.  Within months I had a red dot sight, a bipod, and a verticle grip.  Since then I’ve removed all of those and all but the sight currently call my AR15 home.

I learned a lot from my Mini-14 and I am truly happy that it was my first firearm.  Not only did I learn about the mechanics involved in the firing of a gun, but I also learned a great deal about barrels and ammunition.

Mini-14’s are not known to be that accurate.  They’re typically good at medium distances but groups tend to spread the more you shoot. The barrel on my early production Mini is a “pencil barrel”.  This thing is basically as thin as it could be in order to reduce its weight and make it easier to carry.  Unfortunately a thin barrel heats up and begins to warp very fast.  My barrel in particular likes to string bullets diagonally (up and to the left) when it gets hot.  The hotter it gets the farther the shots climb.  Newer Mini’s come with a thicker barrel to reduce this effect.  From what I’ve heard they are now significantly more accurate.

I don’t mind the reduced accuracy.  I can hit a man-sized target at 50 yards no problem.  While I wouldn’t want to take this thing hunting and try to kill a deer at 200 yards, it’s more than effective enough for me to shoot paper.  Besides, if I wanted a precision “tack driving” rifle, I would’ve bought someting that’s bolt action.  There’s just something really exciting and fun about shooting through a 30 round mag in under 15 seconds.

And when the zombies come, ill probably be using my AR anyway.  22lr rounds will work plenty good for head-shots.  🙂